A Conversation with Julian Lennon on the Revolution and “Lucy” – HuffPost 12.14.09

Mike Ragogna: Julian, this is like your twentieth interview of the day? Julian Lennon: (laughs) It’s been a looong day, but I’m fine. MR: Are you all talked-out yet? JL: No, this is partly the beginning of the onslaught. You know, it’s been a while since I’ve done any interviews so I haven’t quite condensed […]

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A Very Special Christmas (Special Olympics Series) Conversation with Tim Shriver, Vicki Iovine, Colbie Caillat, Carter Twins & Mitchel Musso – HuffPost 12.10.09

Mike Ragogna: Tim, what is the mission of the Special Olympics organization? Tim Shriver: I think our movement is a force for social change, it’s a real civil rights movement in 180 countries around the world. In each of those countries, villages, cities, and towns, our job is to empower people with intellectual disabilities through […]

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An Interview with Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix – HuffPost 12.7.09

Back in 1977, singer-songwriter and activist Harry Chapin co-founded the organization World Hunger Year with Bill Ayers, a famous DJ of the era, because, as his daughter Jen explained, “He saw hunger and poverty as an insult to America.” When Chapin passed, his organization lived on mainly with the support of his friends, family, and […]

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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix – HuffPost 12.7.09

[Note: This is advice to new artists in the context of contributing to the culture in practical ways.] Mike Ragogna: When did your band start helping the needy? Jacoby Shaddix: It began in April 2009, and we worked with a local charity called Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento. When we were working on our record Metamorphosis, […]

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Daryl Hall & John Oates – HuffPost 12.3.09

[Note: These are quotes taken from my interviews with Daryl Hall and John Oates that are included to be inspirational.] Mike Ragogna: On your show, you’ve featured classic acts such as Smokey Robinson, Todd Rundgren, and Nick Lowe, but you’ve also focused on current artists like Matt Nathanson, Chromeo, KT Tunstall, Travis McCoy of Gym […]

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