Better with Mark Brand

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iHeartRadio is proud to present BETTER—an impact-driven podcast and radio show designed to empower & guide audiences into activating our purpose to build BETTER lives, together. This new show is hosted by Mark Brand, a pioneering chef, global activist and entrepreneur dedicated to ending hunger and creating equitable food systems.

Joining Brand in conversation are some of his friends, fellow frontline workers, highly-respected artists and icons including the legendary singer-songwriter Jann Arden, Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté, acclaimed journalist & activist George Stroumboulopoulos, powerhouse advocate Rha Goddess and many other of the globe’s most influential thinkers, artists and leaders all building BETTER lives for the world at large.

  • Suzanne Barr - For the love of food

    Chef Suzanne Barr is a social justice advocate & food advocate who walks the talk in equitable pay, food security, social justice for People of Color and the LGBTQIA+ community. She is a one of North America’s most respected chefs, a dear friend of mine, the author of My Ackee Tree: A Chef's Memoir of Finding Home in the Kitchen, and she previously owned of the popular restaurant Saturday Dinette, Head Chef/Owner at True True Diner, and was the inaugural chef-in-residence at the Gladstone Hotel.
  • Kathryn "Kitty" Kolbert - Reproductive Freedom

    Almost every man I know has benefited from a woman’s right to choose. And in this time, we need them to be louder than ever. Control is not an option. Which is why I’m bringing Kathryn “Kitty” Kolbert on to talk about the data, action and tools that we need to equip ourselves with to support women’s reproductive rights. What makes Kathryn’s voice so powerful is manyfold, but one in particular is her legacy as the attorney who co-founded the Center for Reproductive Rights and argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the historic 1992 Supreme Court case that saved Roe v. Wade. She’s also the co-author of “Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom,” which I binged the day before our interview and is mandatory regardless of your pronouns. In this episode, you’ll gain access to critical information on Roe v. Wade, abortion rights, what we can do collectively, and what’s next, from the wisdom of someone who has literally been at the tip of the spear for 30 years and is recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”
  • Tim Daly - You are an artist

    Tim Daly is an award-winning actor best known for his roles in MADAM SECRETARY, WINGS, PRIVATE PRACTICE, and THE SOPRANOS. He’s also the voice of Superman for the animated series. But, beyond a 40-year acting career, Tim is a dear friend and advocate in some of the most critical spaces. He’s president of The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on funding for the arts and shaping policy in a way that supports our creativity as humans. He’s also on the board of Inside Out Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing juvenile recidivism. In this important conversation about art and politics, he shares with us how creativity can be used as a catalyst for personal transformation, so much so, that it actually saves people from re-entering the prison system by finding their own voice, power, and inner-artist. We also talk about unlocking memories that leads to creating more space for presence and learning how to properly honor the part of you that is creative. One of the many great lessons here is that even if you think you’re not, you are. We are. And your individual creativity can unlock opportunities for a BETTER world.
  • Sara Roversi - Climate justice

    Sara Roversi is transforming the future of food and doing it in the most powerful spaces on the planet. She is my dear friend and a powerhouse accomplice in developing global food systems. Her focus directly addresses climate change, planetary health, and global poverty, but amongst the heaviness, she brings so much light, wisdom and joy. Among her many influential roles, she is the founder and President of the Future Food Institute, an organization dedicated to facing the urgent challenge of protecting our planet while feeding humans in a way that is sustainable, equitable, and nourishing. In this episode, she brings her love of Earth, people and food to brighten our vision of what’s truly possible for our planet’s health and shows us how certain mindset changes can empower Us to create a sustainable world together. The beauty of this episode is indescribable, but I’ll give you one off the top: you’ll see and FEEL that you’re never “just one person,” you are much more than that—connected, capable and creative. And together, we can do big things.
  • George Stroumboulopoulos - The power of music

    Having interviewed every music legend known from Prince to Public Enemy, George Stroumboulopoulos is one of the most trusted and respected journalists—period. He has over three decades of music knowledge and an ability to help us see the revolutionary healing power of music. He’s won awards for Best Talk Series, Best Show Host, Best Screen Award, and more, and uses his platform to create change and stand up for people and causes that deeply matter, including hunger, mental health, decriminalizing drugs and keeping people safe alongside The United Nations World Food Program, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, and Artists for Peace and Justice. George and I go deep on music and explore how healing and unifying it can be when the world or life can feel so lonely, hope is found in the lyrics of your favorite song.
  • Mark Groves - Human connection

    Mark Groves is a massively insightful human dedicated to helping us understand human connection. He shows up in the world as a teacher and translator of some of our most challenging and beautiful experiences in life so we can better understand the pathways to true love within ourselves and within relationship. In this conversation, we talk about discovering and creating liberating love, and also offer some powerfully conscious tools to help you create the love you wish to experience most deeply in life.
  • Rha Goddess - Awakening activism

    Rha Goddess is an Entrepreneurial Soul Coach, the Founder & CEO of Move The Crowd, a Hip-hop artist, known for coining the term “floetry,” and the author of The Calling. In her TED talk, she says, “This is a story of a young girl’s journey to rock the mic, save the hood, and heal the planet. This is my journey from starving artist to sustainable revolution. This is the story of how I healed my relationship with capitalism, and empowered a new generation of entrepreneurs.” In this conversation, we hear Rha’s raw wisdom highlighting the beauty of what we can be if we invest in hope. We hear about “the medicine of slowing down and finding your people.” And we dig into the current systems of power and what meaningful change looks like, and how you can find your way into creating it with us.
  • Jodi-Ann Burey - Not imposter syndrome

    Jodi-Ann Burey works at the intersections of race, culture, and health equity. She co-authored Harvard Business review’s top 100 most-read articles in history: “Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome,” and her TED talk, “The Myth of Bringing Your Full Authentic Self to Work” embodies her disruption of traditional narratives about racism at work. Jodi-Ann holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She prides herself on being a cool auntie, a twist-out queen, health advocate, adventurer and reluctant dog owner. In this conversation, you’ll gain tools to lessen imposter syndrome, sympathize with your own mental health, as well as gain tools to increase workforce accountability, while also laughing with us along the way.
  • Jann Arden - Asking for help

    The world knows today’s guest from smash songs like “I Would Die For You” and “Insensitive.” She’s a multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter, an actor starring in CTV’S hit show, “JANN,” an author, dedicated animal rights activist, and beloved soul of Canada. Beyond growing up with her music, I also know today’s guest from her sincere support of my work with A Better Life Foundation, where we feed over 1,200 people a day in need of nutrition and the simple love and care that comes from a scratch-made meal. Today, Jann Arden helps us see how she built a BETTER life for herself and so many others. We get to go into her safe space, a place she created growing up in a chaotic childhood home with alcoholism, and a desire to heal through music. You’ll also hear stories about coping with the loss of our pets, learning to ask for help when we need it, and so much more.
  • Dr. Gabor Maté - Compassion

    Dr. Gabor Maté is an internationally renowned speaker known for his expertise on addiction, trauma, and the connection between mind and body. His wisdom comes from decades of lived experience working with homeless patients struggling with drug addiction and severe mental health. With bestsellers like “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” and “When The Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection," his work is revolutionizing our understanding of self, healing, and, simultaneously, transforming Our human capacity for compassion.