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The Purpose @ Work Podcast explores the future of work through the lens of people and purpose. Nourish the leader inside you and learn from change-makers, innovators and other heart-centered leaders about their personal stories and progressive people-first ideas that really work. Spencer Jacobson is a startup founder, speaker, student of purpose and advocate for business as a catalyst for social change. If you believe in Peter Drucker’s phrase, “culture eats strategy for breakfast”, this pod ...
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Exposing Mold

Kealy Severson, Erik Johnson, & Alicia Swamy

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Helping you is our mission. Implementing change is our goal. Exposing Mold is non-profit foundation that works to address the reasons toxic mold has become a public health emergency, preserve the medical history of toxic mold and it's connection to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and provide honest education and information on how to mitigate mold exposures and overcome mold injuries. Honest - We are the only health team that balances detox with understanding mold contamination and hypersensitivit ...
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HOW WOULD LUBITSCH DO IT? is a journey through the life and works of Ernst Lubitsch in chronological order, one film at a time. In this film history podcast, host Devan Scott will facilitate a series of discussions about all 43 of Ernst Lubitsch’s surviving films, from Wo ist mein Schatz to Cluny Brown. Each episode will consist of a mix of historical background and a discussion with a rotating slate of guests - critics, academics, and filmmakers - about one of Lubitsch’s films.
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It’s our season finale, and the end of the pre-code era! To celebrate, Tim Brayton returns to discuss THE MERRY WIDOW. We effuse about the film’s infectious energy, the many incredible ‘Lubitsch Touch’ moments and gestures, discuss Lubitsch’s extremely loose adaptation of the Lehar operetta, the French-language version, Edward Everett Horton’s grea…
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Eric Dienstfrey joins us to discuss the sound technology behind early talkies, and in particular THE MERRY WIDOW. We cover the ways in which recording and exhibition technology changed and fluctuated throughout the 1930s, the sordid tale of both the innovation and skullduggery engaged in by Electrical Research Products, Inc, the institution of the …
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Podcasters, filmmakers, and artists Jordan Fish, Ray Tintori, and Z Behl join us to further discuss DESIGN FOR LIVING and disrupt the flow of the podcast much like the film in question disrupts the format of the romantic comedy! We cover the film’s structure, production design, relationship with branding and commerce, Gilda’s identity as “matron of…
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Molly Rasberry returns to discuss DESIGN FOR LIVING in the first of two episodes devoted to Lubitsch’s (in)famous 1933 pre-code romantic comedy! We cover the absolutely scandalous nature of the film’s central ménage à trois, the drastic changes made to Noel Coward’s source material, the screen presence of the film’s three leads, and much more! Edit…
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Bram Ruiter returns to discuss the Paramount anthology film IF I HAD A MILLION, and in particular Ernst Lubitsch’s contribution THE CLERK. We discuss the struggles inherent to anthology films, compare and contrast the different directorial styles of each of the film’s directors, Lubitsch’s relative mastery of the poetics of cinema, and what we woul…
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Author and scholar Krin Gabbard joins us for our third and final episode on TROUBLE IN PARADISE! In this episode, we cover Samson Raphaelson’s history with Lubitsch, Samson’s mixed feelings on the film itself, the film’s ambivalence towards the possible romantic pairings that it might end on, and the dense use of leitmotifs in W. Franke Harling’s s…
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Willa Ross returns to further discuss TROUBLE IN PARADISE! In this episode, fierce debates are had about the film’s position on the spectrum between idealism and cynicism, Lubitsch’s sense of rhythm, the film’s political angles in the context of the great depression, the famous clock scene, the way in which sensory deprivation allows us to particip…
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Exposing Mold is back for 2024, aka the, "year of reckoning." We're bringing you even more history and information regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), toxic mold, and the insidious nature of "experts" helping this community. If you're looking for truth and straightforward information on toxic mold, welcome, you have arrived at the right place…
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In the first of three episodes in on TROUBLE IN PARADISE, Tanya Goldman joins us to discuss two key works in the Gentleman Thief subgenre - the aforementioned TROUBLE IN PARADISE as well as William Dieterle’s JEWEL ROBBERY! We cover the work of William Powell, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, and Miriam Hopkins, the differing ways in which each film …
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emerita Lea Jacobs joins us for a discussion of film rhythm in the early sound era. We discuss the various ways films can deal with on-set singing and musical numbers, the incredibly complex and constrictive ways in with early sound films were constrained when it came to everything from blocking and camera …
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In this very special episode, we visit Matt Severson on-location at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California to discuss the glorious pre-code adultery musical ONE HOUR WITH YOU! In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss the film’s monumental horniness, the ways in which Lubitsch & company were allowed to get said horniness past…
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Film writer and podcaster Will Sloan joins us to discuss THE MAN I KILLED (BROKEN LULLABY), Lubitsch’s heartfelt 1932 pacifist screed and his only straight-ahead drama of the sound era. We cover the film’s radical interwar politics, its portrayal of grief, the many different performance styles on display, the haunting and twisted ending, national p…
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UC Berkeley PHD student Jonathan Mackris joins us to discuss Lubitsch’s 1931 musical THE SMILING LIEUTENANT! In this episode, we cover Maurice Chevalier’s career and charisma, the film’s mildly troubled production, the entrance of the highly consequential Samson Raphaelson to the Lubitsch stable of collaborators, Lubitsch’s increasingly ambitious u…
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Explore the fascinating world of mold illness as we debunk the common misconception that measuring mycotoxins is the ultimate key to understanding it. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education group: bit.ly/EMember Exposing Mold is a nonprofit! Donate here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MT…
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Katharine Coldiron, author of Junk Film: Why Bad Movies Matter, joins us to discuss Ernst Lubitsch’s 1930 musical MONTE CARLO. Our wide-ranging conversation covers the evolution of Lubitsch’s formal technique in the early sound era, the film’s extremely naughty lyrical content, and its gentle satire of class and gender roles. In the second half of …
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Ursinus College professor Jennifer Fleeger joins us to discuss THE LOVE PARADE. In this episode, we cover the operetta form, the divergent singing styles of Jeanette Macdonald and Maurice Chevalier, how those styles interact with the recording technology of the time, as well as this film’s fascinating and sometimes uneasy ways of dealing with both …
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How Would Lubitsch Do It returns for a fourth season! It’s an exciting time for Ernst Lubitsch and, therefore, the podcast: this season, we’ll be covering the years between the introduction of synchronized sound in Hollywood and the establishment of the Production Code Administration in 1934. Ahead of us lie the years of Lubitsch’s greatest influen…
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In this compelling discussion, we unravel the mysteries surrounding toxic mold—examining its evolution, the factors contributing to its proliferation, and the contemporary implications of a predicament that dates back to biblical times (Leviticus 14:45). Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education group: bit.…
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Exposing Mold doing what they do best - getting to the truth of the matter. Join us this week as we tackle the hard question, are mold experts actually hazardous to your health? The answer is shocking. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education group: bit.ly/EMember Exposing Mold is a nonprofit! Donate here:…
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Did you know that there are different types of mold sick people? You’d be surprised to find out that it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when getting out of mold was enough to recover. However, we are seeing an alarming trend of individuals becoming permanently reactive to toxic mold. Tune in to this episode to find out which type of "moldy…
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Jason Lewein, a certified personal trainer and owner of Mukwonago CBD and Wellness Dispensary, opened up a CBD store after his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and used CBD as a way to manage and cope with her pain before passing. Mukwonago CBD Wellness Dispensary carries premium quality CBD products with their main focus of educating their cus…
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“We pursued this case at enormous cost to our family, and we did that, not for ourselves, but for all families who have been poisoned by the homes they live in. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Kristina Baehr, Founder of Just Well Law, joins us to discuss her prevailing toxic mold case. Read the story: https://bit.ly/3P4Ljvv Need hel…
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The Exposing Mold team tackles the common statement seen on the internet, "there is no such thing as a mold free home." What are the hidden motivations behind this statement? Tune in to learn more. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education group: exposingmold.org/membership Exposing Mold is a nonprofit! Don…
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Dr. Eric Dorninger currently practices in Boulder, Colorado at Roots and Branches Integrative Health Care. His focus and dedication is helping patients with unresolved health concerns. At Roots and Branches, Dr. Dorninger is in relentless pursuit of diagnosing the underlying cause of illness. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking t…
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Mike Proto is a licensed public adjuster and homeowner advocate dedicated to making sure homeowners across the nation are treated and paid fairly by their insurance companies. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education group: exposingmold.org/membership Exposing Mold is a nonprofit! Donate here: https://www.…
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In our Season 3 finale, returning guest Bram Ruiter joins us to discuss the final film Ernst Lubitsch ever directed that didn’t involved on-set sound recording: ETERNAL LOVE! We discuss the film’s unusual status as a hybrid silent/sound picture, the strange story of how this film was lost and then discovered, John Barrymore’s dipsomaniacal tendenci…
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Scott McMahon is a board certified physician practicing pediatric medicine. His interest lies in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) which led him to the opening of his clinic, which treats adults and children suffering from biotoxin exposures. This also led him to work alongside Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, later co-founding CIRSx, a website t…
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THE PATRIOT is a lost film. So, returning guest David Cairns joins us to pick up the pieces and discuss the film’s, and Ernst Lubistsc’s, connections to acclaimed studio rebel Josef Von Sternberg! We discuss THE SCARLET EMPRESS, THE LAST COMMAND, DISHONORED, THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN, BLONDE VENUS, SHANGHAI EXPRESS, and Sternberg’s habit of burning ever…
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Whitney Museum digital asset manager and restorationist David Neary joins us to discuss THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG. We discuss all things film preservation, including photochemical and digital restoration processes, stochastic film restoration, the dangers and benefits of nitrate film stocks, and the morality of piracy. Recorded live in N…
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Michael A. Pinto, CSP, CMP, is Chief Executive Officer of Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 200 published articles and several books including, Fun…
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Julia Sirmons joins us to discuss SO THIS IS PARIS, Lubitsch’s 1926 sex farce and pseudo-remake of THE MERRY JAIL. We cover the ways that Lubitsch treats feminine desire and fantasies, the film’s slightly tenuous connection to its titular location, the kaleidoscopic party scene, Lubitsch’s minimal use of title cards, communication and miscommunicat…
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The enigmatic realm of celebrity lives never fails to captivate our curiosity. Yet, the escalating concern of toxic mold unveils a surprising vulnerability among our cherished stars, as they too grapple with the trials and hardships that afflict regular individuals when confronted by the insidious grip of mold-infested living spaces. In this episod…
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Legendary critic and Museum of Modern Art film curator Dave Kehr joins us to discuss LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN and the MOMA’s restorations of it and three more of this season’s films*. We discuss all the elements of the restoration process: scans, tinting, scoring, digital trickery, distribution, and even thievery. To request films such as LADY WINDERM…
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Dr. Nicolas P. Money holds the esteemed positions of Director of the Western Program and Professor of Biology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. His expertise lies in the realm of fungal biology, coupled with his role as a science writer. Renowned in the field of mycology, he has authored several books that pay tribute to the intricate diversity of…
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Nicole Tomazic-Spanger, an independent journalist, found herself grappling with the challenges of ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). However, she embarked on a transformative journey to regain control over her life by embracing the principles of Strategic Mold Avoidance, a methodology pioneered by Erik Johnson. Through dil…
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Returning guest Will Ross joins us to discuss FORBIDDEN PARADISE. We cover Lubitsch’s use of blocking, cutting, and production design for thematic purposes, anachronistic automobiles, slanderous Catharine the Great biopics, the film’s abstract politics, frivolous revolutionaries, the psychological effects of intercutting tints, MOMA’s intensive res…
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James Penco joins us to discuss THREE WOMEN, Lubitsch’s 1924 melodramedy*. We discuss Lubitsch’s use of objects as a proxy for characters, the film’s sometimes-baffling tonal decisions, the preservation state of Lubitsch’s American silents, the wisdom of “Three Women” as a title, and the undeniable talents of Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall. *To co…
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Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik is Director of the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), Griffith University. She is an immunologist and recognized as the world leader in natural killer (NK) cell and ion channel dysfunction research for the identification of the pathophysiology of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fa…
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Sarah Shachat joins us on-location in New York City to discuss THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE.. We mull over the evolution this film represents in Lubitsch’s tone, the strange pairing of Ernst Lubitsch and the Warner Brothers, the luminous Adolphe Menjou, Lubitsch’s bewilderingly advantageous contractual terms, his filmmaking philosophy circa the mid 1920s, t…
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Join the Exposing Mold team as they discuss the act of doctors and scientists use of name changes for established illness entities such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to (CFS) Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), as a way to suppress historical evidence. Need help navigating your mold injury without breaking the bank? Join our education grou…
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Margaret "Molly" Rasberry joins us to for a special side episode Charlie Chaplin’s A WOMAN OF PARIS: A DRAMA OF FATE, a key influence on Ernst Lubitsch going forward. We discuss Chaplin’s political leanings, the luminous Adolphe Menjou, the stories of the women who inspired the film, the impact it had on Lubitsch’s career, the evolution of film act…
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Kim Rogers, a popular Tik Tok'er and Founder of RogersHood has 18 years of experience working in the medical field including academics, authored multiple medical books, wrote national allied health certification tests, and served on medical advisory boards. While her own personal health issues took her away from this amazing path, it led her to an …
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Critic and friend of the show Tim Brayton returns to discuss Lubitsch’s first American silent film, ROSITA. We discuss Lubitsch’s artistic evolution upon leaving Berlin and entering Hollywood, his struggles with Merry Pickford, the film’s recent MOMA restoration, Lubitsch’s newfound mastery of tone, this film’s status as a ‘transitional work’, the …
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Viktoriya Legkun and her husband are the founders of MoldHound, a professional mold inspection company that uses the help of Jax, their trained mold sniffing Beagle. After dealing with her own personal health issues, Viktoriya was motivated to do her part in helping others overcome toxic mold. Their goal is to help their clients locate the source o…
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We’re back, and Ernst Lubitsch is now in Hollywood! It’s been an exciting time for the podcast: we’ve traveled around the world or, more specifically, to Los Angeles and New York City, to record the next few seasons. We begin at the Margaret Herrick Library at Beverly Hills, in conversation with Peter Labuza as we discuss the history of early Holly…
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Alden Wicker is an an award-winning journalist and sustainable lifestyle and fashion expert. She has written investigative pieces and deep dives on innovation, materials, and consumer trends for The New York Times, Wired, The Cut, Vox, Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Quartz, Inc. Magazine, Glamour, Popular Science, Refinery29, Vogue Business, Craf…
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Scott Simpson is the founder of the podcast, "Medical Error Reviews" and Remedies Online Counseling, where he provides counseling services to people with illnesses such as ME/CFS, chronic Lyme, MCS, Long Covid, vaccine injury, and other illnesses the medical system mostly ignores, minimizes, or psychologizes. Need help navigating your mold injury w…
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Medical kidnapping occurs when a medical professional believes you have caused harm to your child and as a result, calls CPS to remove the child from your custody. This is often the result of a medical professional thinking you have abused or neglected your child. Many parents are experiencing the travesties medical professionals have committed aga…
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Dr. David Straus is a retired Professor of 32 years for the Division of Microbiology & Immunology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has completed extensive research in microbiology of indoor/outdoor air, the effects of the inhalation of fungal spores, the detection of mycotoxins in indoor air, the neurotoxicity of Stachybotrys, an…
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