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BITE-SIZE PERSONAL STORIES OF SURVIVING LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES: Hosted by Luke Colson and Kyle Wise, we feature weekly guests and explore extreme personal life changing experiences and the journey emotional and physical recovery. Each guest discusses their story of how their lives were turned upside down, by unexpected events. Stories like surviving a car crash, surviving abuse, being paralyzed in an accident, witnessing a crime.. and many more! Luke and Kyle will take an honest, raw, yet ...
 
Thinking is hard, but necessary. Our goal is to have our listeners look a little deeper into their daily lives and surrounds. To not just accept things as "this is just the way things are" but rather to become curious of "how did 'things' become this way". Look Beyond Face Value is a podcast that dives beyond the surface, exploring the origins, motivations, and stories of historical and more recent events.Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day? What are "Hemingways Cats"? Who was Helen Keller ...
 
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The National Committee on United States-China Relations is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that encourages understanding and cooperation between the United States and Greater China in the belief that sound and productive Sino-American relations serve vital American and world interests. With over four decades of experience developing innovative programs at the forefront of U.S.–China relations, the National Committee focuses its exchange, educational and policy activities on ...
 
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Luke and Kyle get existential, as we recap the rollercoaster of the previous episode, Ben's Story. Having to deal with a child's death, and then losing custody of your three foster children, and then losing your job.. and still keep your faith, is quite extraordinary. Respect and high fives to you Ben. Links from Ben: Ben's Podcast 'Threads': www.t…
 
Sorry, this one is heart-wrenching, but its an important episode to share. Ben ran a youth group, fresh out of college, and formed some amazing bonds with some amazing kids. One day Ben received news that the one of the kids that he was close with, had died in a BMX accident. More trauma was to come for Ben and his wife, when they found out that th…
 
Kyle gets quite worked up in this After thoughts section, about why men have to give us such a bad name. All joking aside, the trauma we just heard about in Melanie's story, what she went through with both her supposed step dads growing up, and then her partners, with repeat toxic behavior, Its a wonder she even wanted to chat to us! We are glad sh…
 
Melanie had lived with six 'step dads' by the time she was 16 years old. Several were abusive, and when she was old enough, she finally escaped the nightmare. Amazingly though, that wasn't the end of toxic relationships for Melanie. In this fired up and passionate episode, Melanie looks back and just cannot believe she continued the cycle of toxici…
 
Your hosts Luke and Kyle unpack the three traumatic experiences our guest Leslie walked us through, and reflect on her strength and courage. It's amazing how some of these awful events often jump start us to really find out about ourselves, and allow us to begin a journey of healing and fulfillment. extraordinary really!! TRIGGER / CONTENT WARNING:…
 
Leslie takes us through three events that happened over a short period of time, that really tested her will to survive. The first was when she was raped while serving in the US Navy, the second not long after was the sudden death of her sister at 37 years old, and the third was the birth of her son that resulted in an emergency c-section and nearly…
 
This week, Kyle is way, and it's the first after thoughts section where it's just Luke talking to, well, Luke. Kellen was such a wonderful guest with so much energy and so many stories. In this short summary of the episode, Luke discusses keeping a open mind when it comes to stories of near death and the after life, because, well, you never know! W…
 
After decades of severe depression and major addictions, Kellen was finally on the road to recovery. Then, suddenly, he became gravely ill. As doctors struggled to diagnose Kellen at the hospital, he slipped into a Coma and the doctors were certain he would die. That's when he met 'God' and had a number of 'conversions' during his near death experi…
 
How did the poor, isolated People’s Republic of China become the factory to the world? Shelley Rigger argues that the origins lie in Taiwan. In her new book, The Tiger Leading the Dragon, she describes the evolution of Taiwan’s influence from the period when Deng Xiaoping lifted Mao’s prohibitions on business in the late 1970s, allowing investors f…
 
Luke and Kyle discuss rejection and how we are moulded so heavily as children. Amanda was so desperate to feel acceptance and a love that she never had, that she would literally do anything to feel loved in any way she could. Links from Amanda: website www.amandaacker.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/amanda.acker2017 Facebook group: https://www.faceb…
 
As a child, Amanda was abandoned and rejected by her parents, and she quickly came off the rails. Drink turned to drugs, and soon Amanda was facing lengthy Jail time for a botched home robbery. Now free once again and with her life completely turned around, Amanda talks openly about how the lack of parental love as a child left her trying to find h…
 
CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria was the featured speaker for CHINA Town Hall 2021, a national conversation on how the U.S.-China relationship affects our cities, towns, and communities. From supply chains to national security, new technologies to climate change, the future of both countries will be determined by their relations with…
 
Luke and Kyle recap Paula's amazing story of Tourette's and Murder! An amazing double pronged episode that shows the resilience of the human spirit and that we don't need to be defined that the experiences that happen to us. Links from Paula / Jess FB: https://www.facebook.com/jesssqueaks Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jesssqueaks/ Twitter: https…
 
This is like 2 x episodes in one,. The first half documents the onset of Paula's Tourette's Syndrome, and what it's like to live for years with varying ticks including squealing and opera singing!! It's fascinating. The second act takes a somber turn as we discuss the loss of Paula's siblings, including the recent murder of her brother. You will cr…
 
Addiction can often be covering up a bigger emotional or traumatic issue. Drink, drugs, eating disorders, gambling and other forms of addiction are all encompassing and overpowering and it take a monumental effort to overcome and recover from what is often years of addictive behavior. Luke and Kyle reflect on Garys amazing story. If you didn't list…
 
TW: Gambling and Suicidal Thoughts. Addiction comes in many forms, and in Gary's case, it was Gambling that was to bring him to his knees. What started as a fun distraction became an all encompassing nightmare for Gary, and everyone around him. If he wasn't gambling, he was obsessing about it, and thinking of ways he could get his next fix. As the …
 
In recent years, the U.S.-China relationship has deteriorated rapidly. Engaging China: Fifty Years of Sino-American Relations brings together leading China specialists to reflect on relations between the two countries over the last half-century and consider what might lie ahead. The contributors – academics, nongovernmental organization leaders, an…
 
Faith is an intriguing topic. Losing your original faith system, doubting everything, deconstructing 40 years of your beliefs, and starting again, is just remarkable. Luke and Kyle discuss Rebekah and you new found happiness and freedom. Links from Rebekah: Links from Rebekah: Site: https://rebekahslider.com/ Email: hello@rebekahslider.com FB: Face…
 
Rebekah and her 4 siblings were brought up by strict Christian parents, where the bible was the letter of the law, and physical contact was almost obsolete. As a teen, she rebelled, breaking free from the constraints of her parents rule, only to find herself missing the security of her Christian faith a few years later. She returned to church, both…
 
American rhetoric about Chinese students in the United States is growing increasingly hostile, causing some to re-think their overseas study plans. Some claim that Chinese students pose a national security risk; while a few may, it is important to recognize that the vast majority of Chinese students, pursuing studies in a wide range of fields, add …
 
What an amazing insight into what it is like living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Luke and Kyle discuss the episode, Adam's Story, and take all the inspiration from a man who's mantra is simply, 'Never Give Up!'.. Thank you Adam. Links from Adam: Website: www.meditationnotmedicine.com Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/me…
 
After experiencing back pain over a few months, Adam went for a simple corrective back surgery. After the surgery went well, he was surprised to be called back to the doctors office two weeks later. At age 39, Adam was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS. Things would never be the same again. In this riveting episode, Adam, now 52, discusses how …
 
U.S.-China relations are arguably at their worst point since diplomatic recognition in 1979, and may be getting worse. In this environment, American researchers organized by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the American Friends Service Committee undertook a systematic audit of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED)…
 
Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, five men have principally shaped the ruling Chinese Communist Party and the nation: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping. During their decades of leadership, China, starting from a base of poverty and insularity, became a world power. In his latest book,…
 
Luke and Kyle discuss the previous episode, Heidi's Story, and chat about how loss and grief can effect people in different ways. We may often feel that we are grieving too much, or sometimes not enough... the reality is, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, its a very personal experience! Links from Heidi: Website: www.heididunstan.ca Faceboo…
 
Heidi had finally begun to feel alive after years of depression and suicidal thoughts, and had met the man of her dreams, Mike, in a seminar. They fell in love and began a life together. Then, the day before her 40th Birthday, Mike, had a massive heart attack in front of her. She tried CPR, and she watched while the first responders did everything …
 
For anyone to come through 20 years of an abusive marriage is one thing, to then become dangerously ill and nearly lose your legs, is another thing altogether! Luke and Kyle discuss the strength and courage shown by Ann, who simply never gave up! Links from Ann: Website: anncknickell.com FB Page: facebook.com/anncknickell Instagram: instagram.com/a…
 
After 20 years, Ann finally found the strength to escape an abusive, emotionally crippling, and desperate marriage. Just as her life was beginning to blossom, disaster struck. After coming down with the Flu one day, Ann's health started to deteriorate, and the next day, she awoke with no feeling in her legs. After emergency, life saving surgery to …
 
In this week, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we are seeing and hearing many accounts of the events of that horrific day. However, out of the darkness and the ashes, come stories of survival and hope. Luke and Kyle discuss Diana's story, her own personal trauma she went on though that fateful day, and the growth and empowerment she has found over the…
 
Diana was 17 years old, in the first class of her high school day, when she saw the first plane explode into one of the Twin Towers, just 2 x blocks away. Her story of the events that day, the confusion, the panic, and the memory black outs that she buried along with the trauma, make for an incredible and emotional episode. This week, on the 20th a…
 
TRIGGER / CONTENT WARNING: Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence. The strength and courage that we heard in Leticia's story was enough to last a life time. From a scared, rejected and lonely child, to an abused teenager, and finally a wife on the end of such violence, it's hard to imagine how anyone would be able to turn things around. Leticia did, …
 
TRIGGER / CONTENT WARNING: Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence. Leticia was groomed by her would be husband at 14 years old, he was twice her age. As a child, she was rejected by her parents when they separated and had nowhere and no-one to turn to, so she was drawn towards the one man she thought loved her. After a decade of physical and mental a…
 
Addiction can happen to anyone at any time and often we don't know it's happening until it's too late. From recreational and street drugs, to prescription medication and alcohol abuse, it's all too easy to slip into a cycle of substance abuse. Luke and Kyle discuss David's rise, fall and rise again. We are happy you made it back David!! Helpful Lin…
 
David was a young, successful, high-flying executive, making his way to the top! First working for a record label in LA, he then fell into the business and marketing side of the adult film industry! By his twenties, he had 'the cars, the girls, the houses, and the expensive watches', and he felt he had the world at his feet. Then came Heroin. David…
 
The U.S. military is pulling out of Afghanistan, a process that should be complete by August 31. Both China and the United States face looming strategic challenges as a result. America’s presence has preserved a fragile balance of power in Central South Asia, benefitting both the United States and China. It has prevented terror activities from spil…
 
Dana's episode showed us that no matter how far down into darkness we go, we can find a way out. The moment that she stopped herself from driving into a brick wall after realizing she couldn't leave her kids behind, was incredible. Her scream of desperation was a war cry to the universe to let up! And it was time to start living again. Luke and Kyl…
 
Once again we focus on the recovery and the subject of hope and survival!! We commend our guest Dana's strength in what is one of the most powerful, emotional, raw, and tragic stories we have heard. Dana was scared and homeless at 16-year-old, after seemingly being rejected by her family, she would rebuild her life, even through two divorces! Then,…
 
Kyle and Luke discuss our latest episode, in which Justin's spiritual awakening was stopped in its tracks by a long, chronic, and crippling illness caused by Mold spores, an immune reaction, and lyme disease.... to name just the tip of the iceberg. These stories take real courage to share! Helpful Links from Justin: website: foragerhealth.com busin…
 
Justin was always seeking validation and always chasing success, through classes and courses, fitness and challenges.. All to make up for past trauma as a child. Things were just beginning to make sense through an amazing spiritual breakthrough, until he began to get sick. Mold spores in his college campus would slowly poison Justin and take him to…
 
Why do bad things happen to good people? In Marjorie's Story, we heard from a truly remarkable woman who survived a car crash but lost the use of her legs. Her positive thinking and acceptance is quite amazing. Luke and Kyle discuss Marjorie's wonderful episode. Helpful Links from Marjorie Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWSNPawpxFqWctKUJ…
 
Marjorie had set off for work, not knowing that on this day, in the blink of an eye, things would change forever. A patch of black ice would send her car into a head on collision with a truck, and leave her without the use of her legs from that moment onwards. 10 years on, Marjorie discusses that fateful day, the physical and mental highs and lows,…
 
Life can change in an instant. As many of our stories have confirmed, everything can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Carl's bravery and inspiration is a wonderful thing as Luke and Kyle discuss another amazing episode of trauma recovery. Amazing. Helpful Links from Carl: Website: https://carljones.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/Carl…
 
Carl was a Police Officer in the UK Police Force for 19 years. One night, on a routine call out to a domestic dispute, his life would change forever. Carl takes us through the events of that night, the PTSD that would haunt him, and his slow journey out of the darkness. An incredible story that will leave you with your mouth wide open! Helpful Link…
 
What is happening across the Taiwan Strait? In March, Admiral Philip Davidson, then commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific (INDOPACOM), said in a hearing before Congress that a Chinese attack on Taiwan could take place within six years. His successor, Admiral John Aquilino, agreed that such an attack could occur sooner “than most think.” More rece…
 
At the sixth month mark, the Biden administration’s China policy differs only slightly from that of the previous administration. Relatively easy policy initiatives that could have benefited the American people seem to be on hold. The Senate has passed the Strategic Competition Act of 2021 which, if it becomes law as written, will restrict how the E…
 
Both the United States and China are seeing a rapid rebound from the economic damage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Bank’s recent report forecasts GDP growth of 8.5 percent in 2021 for China, leading the world’s economic recovery. Does this bullish outlook accurately reflect the reality of China’s economic development in the second …
 
On July 8, 2021, The Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), with assistance from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, organized a multi-part event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Henry Kissinger’s secret trip to China. The event took place at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guest House and featured live remarks by Dr…
 
Luke and Kyle discuss the resilience and power of the human spirit, and how surrounding yourself with the right people is key to a happy life. Amanda, like many of her guests, removed the toxicity from her life after one struggle and trauma after another. It's an amazing lesson. Go where the love is. the rest will follow. Helpful Links from Amanda:…
 
Amanda was in the Foster Care system from 12 years old. While some of her carers were great, many abused the system, using her for money and forcing her to work. She was left to fend for herself as a teenager and would end up in an abusive relationship that nearly killed her. Amanda came through such intense struggle and hardship, including the sui…
 
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