Friday, April 30, 2021

AND UPSWING IN CRIME AND POLICE SUICIDES

31-Year Career Veteran Law Enforcement officer SGT. MIKE MCGREW joins us to talk about the latest statistics which he says are the result of anti-police sentiment. McGrew is also Co-Founder of 911 At Ease International (911AEI), former Major Crimes Detective and Author of A Higher Call to Duty.

WEBSITE: https://911aei.org

From his 31-year career as a police officer and sergeant, co-founder and executive director Sgt. Mike McGrew knows firsthand the dramatic impact of working the front lines as a first responder. He faced his own struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries and other self-destructive behaviors, after years of dealing with the gruesome and inhuman crimes he encountered while working as a police officer. He also experienced the unbearable pain of losing a child to cancer. Through Sgt. McGrew’s own personal and spiritual journey  of discovering healing from post-traumatic stress injuries, he co-founded 911 At Ease International. 

His Book: 

A HIGHER CALL TO DUTY: True Story of Finding Peace & Redemption in Overwhelming Circumstances

Publisher: Moriah Global Enterprises; 1st edition (January 1, 2019) 

Over a 31-year career as a highly decorated police officer and major crimes detective, Mike encountered trauma-inducing incidents on a near daily basis. Paired with personal tragedies at home, Sgt. McGrew resorted to self-destructive behavior. He found himself deep in a pit of his own making. A Higher Call to Duty recounts Mike’s remarkable policing career, his descent into despair, his miraculous recovery and the launch of 911 At Ease International to rescue other first responders from trauma. 

 

THE RIGHT STUFF FOR TODAY’S ASTRONAUT AND THE FUTURE OF OUTER SPACE

More on that with Columnist for the New Yorker and Author, NICK SCHMIDLE who joins us to talk about his latest book: 

TEST GODS: VIRGIN GALACTIC AND THE MAKING OF A MODERN ASTRONAUT

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (May 4, 2021) 

In the spirit of The Right Stuff, updated for the 21st century, Test Gods is an epic story about extreme bravery and sacrifice, about the thin line between lunacy and genius. Most of all, it is a story about the pursuit of meaning in our lives―and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Working from exclusive inside reporting, New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle tells the remarkable story of the test pilots, engineers, and visionaries behind Virgin Galactic’s campaign to build a space tourism company. Schmidle follows a handful of characters―Mark Stucky, Virgin’s lead test pilot; Richard Branson, the eccentric billionaire funding the venture; Mike Moses, the grounded, unflappable president; Mike Alsbury, the test pilot killed in a fatal crash; and others―through personal and professional dramas, in pursuit of their collective goal: to make space tourism a reality. Along the way, Schmidle weaves his relationship with his father―a former fighter pilot and decorated war hero―into the tragedies and triumphs that Branson’s team confronts out in the Mojave desert as they design, build, and test-fly their private rocket ship. Gripping and novelistic, Test Gods leads us, through human drama, into a previously unseen world―and beyond.

Schmidle writes for the New Yorker and is the author of To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan.

WEBSITE: https://www.nickschmidle.com

His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and many others. Schmidle has been a National Magazine Award finalist, a two-time Livingston Award finalist, and winner of a Kurt Schork Award. He is a former fellow at the Institute of Current World Affairs, the New America Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. In 2017, Schmidle was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.