Show 1

Thursday / 5-6:15p / The Big Idea

Our lives have become wildly sped up and are now dominated by the tyranny of urgency, but this opening show posits that it doesn’t have to be that way. Through his top-rated podcast, Rich Roll has spoken with scores of people who are the very best in their fields and, after numerous in-depth conversations, has learned the power of personal evolution and the importance of leading an examined life. Joining him is Ruthie Lindsey whose own personal journey is astonishing. Recovering from physical and emotional trauma led her to unexpected places that helped her realize the true depths or her wounds. She has dedicated her life to healing and sharing her story, so that others can find the beauty in their woundedness. Roll believes we need to commit to “a journey of self-inquiry and self-discovery where no one can tell you how to do your life,” which seems like a great way to start Original Thinkers.



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Rich Roll

Rich is a living testament to the power of personal transformation. At age 40, having overcome an addiction to alcohol that almost completely derailed his life, he found himself out of shape, overweight and in need of a major change in lifestyle. He switched to a 100% plant-based diet, lost 50 pounds and soon shocked the endurance world by achieving top finishes in grueling endurance races like the Ultraman World Championships, while garnering praise as one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World".

Rich now dedicates his life to exploring human potential with insight gleaned from top performers in worlds of ultra-endurance, wellness, business, culture and others. He shares these lessons of personal empowerment across his #1 best-selling memoir, a cookbook, speaking engagements and the wildly popular "Rich Roll Podcast".

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Ruthie Lindsey

At seventeen years old, Ruthie Lindsey was hit by an ambulance. The accident broke her neck and she was given a 5% chance of survival and a 1% chance of walking again. She beat the odds and left the accident behind her but seven years later, something changed and she became riddled with debilitating chronic pain. This left her bedridden for seven years. At the precipice of total breakdown, she decided to give up narcotics and choose life.

Ruthie’s extraordinary story urges us to unlearn the limiting stories of brokenness that we tell ourselves and embrace the wholeness, joy, and healing that lives inside all of us.

Ruthie Lindsey is a Nashville based speaker, traveling the world sharing her story of hope and healing. She is co-host of The Unspoken Podcast and is currently writing her memoir There I Am, The Journey From Hopelessness To Healing which will be published by Simon and Schuster in spring 2020.

Mr. Wash

Fulton Leroy Washington a.k.a. Mr. Wash won’t give up. After being wrongfully convicted of three nonviolent drug offenses, he was sentenced to life in prison. Remarkably, he taught himself to paint, a passion that helped him serve two decades behind bars before his sentence was commuted by President Obama. Now, he lives in Compton and is working to build a career as an artist. He is the subject of the short documentary, Mr. Wash and will speak in Show 1, A Tortoise’s Journey about the many iterations of his life




Mr. Wash

Directed by: Marisa Aveling

Runtime: 18 minutes

In 1997, Mr. Wash was given a mandatory life sentence for a non-violent drug offense, and in 2016 was set free by President Barack Obama. While in prison, Mr. Wash taught himself how to paint, crafting thousands of hyper-realistic artworks that told the stories he saw around him. This short documentary tells the inspiring story of Mr. Wash and his return home to his family in Compton, CA, making the case for creativity as an optimistic force against the backdrop of America's broken criminal justice system.

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