In this episode, meet Olympic athlete and filmmaker Alexi Pappas, author of Bravey, award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross, author of Chatter, and owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch Kim Meeder, author of Hope Rising. Go behind the mic with these authors to learn what inspired them to write and share their stories and ideasâ€”and what it was like recording their audiobooks.
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In Bravey, Alexi Pappasâ€”Olympic athlete, actress, filmmaker, and writerâ€”fearlessly and honestly shares her battle with post-Olympic depression and describes how she emerged on the other side as a thriving woman. Unflinching and exuberant, Bravey showcases Pappasâ€™s signature voice as she reflects upon the touchstone moments in her life and the lessons that have powered her career as both an athlete and an artist.
In Chatter, acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies—from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy—Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships.
Kim Meeder owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Central Oregon, a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering them a place of safety, peace, and hope. She has been a popular guest on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast, Dr. Dobsonâ€™s Family Talk, and featured on the CBS Early Show. In Hope Rising, Meeder describes how experiences at the ranch have transformed the lives of both horses and children.
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