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SEE Turtles
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On this episode, travel under the ocean waves on a sea turtle expedition with Ocean Conservancy Senior Scientist Wallace J Nichols. Well learn more about what hes doing to protect the worlds population sea turtles, and what we as tourists can do to help. Then - with spring in the air and summer around the corner, well take a personal fitness journey with Ian and Tonyas own Iron Man, Nick Irons. And find out about the upcoming the French Quarter Festival in the Big Easy.
Episode Segments:
The Stage and Seas
Special Guest Host Ray Ficca, President of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts talks about whats coming up at the conservatory. Then Wallace J Nichols talks a little about the Ocean Conservancy See Turtles project and his appearance in Leonardo DiCaprios 11th Hour documentary.
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Wallace J Nichols & SEE Turtles
J Nichols talks extensively about the Ocean Conservancys SEE Turtles campaign; a conservation tourism program founded with the goal to protect endangered sea turtles by increasing the income needed for local conservation efforts, providing economic alternatives to end threats to sea turtles and inspiring travelers to take a more active role in protecting sea turtles.. Find out which countries are involved, as well as how you can help simply by visiting these destinations.
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Fitness Tips from Ian & Tonyas Iron Man
The warm weather will be here before you know it, and fitness guru Nick Irons is here with some quick fixes to get in shape for the swimsuit season! Plus, he has fitness advice for the close to forty crowd, and tips to staying fit while youre on the road.
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The French Quarter Festival
Its been called the best free festival in the South, and its only a few short weeks away. Its New Orleans French Quarter Festival, and its celebrating its 25th anniversary. Mary Beth Romig from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau joins Ian and Tonya to tell you all about this celebration of the best Louisiana has to offer. Mary Beth Romig is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a native New Orleanian, and her professional career has included four years as Managing Editor of New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine.
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Learn More About SEE Turtles
SEE Turtles is an Ocean Conservancy conservation tourism campaign that links people with sea turtle sites in ways that directly support efforts to protect sea turtles, while increasing resources in communities to help residents thrive and value sea turtles in their environment.

Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Ray Ficca
Ray Ficca is President, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. He is a graduate of both Georgetown University (BA), The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (AC), and was a founding member of the original Actors Repertory Theatre. Ray has been acting professionally for 18 years appearing in over one hundred productions on regional stages nationwide, including; Wayside Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Olney Theatre, Charter Theatre, Theatre on the Hill, Metro Stage, Imagination Stage, and the Hanna Theatre. He is currently a company member with Wayside Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse and Charter Theatre where he also serves as Artistic Associate and Vice President. Locally Ray is also a member of the award winning musical improv group Now This! He is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association - the union of professional actors and stage mangers in the United States - and serves as co-chair of the Washington, DC Equity Liaison Committee.

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Nick Irons
Nick Irons was the first person in seventy years to swim the length of the Mississippi River and the first to swim it with the locks and dams of its “modern” form. He did it to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), the disease his father and hundreds of thousands of other people live with every day. Nick followed up his swim with a 10,000 mile bike ride around the perimeter of the United States, also to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Nick and his story have been featured on ESPN Radio, NPR, CNN, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post Express, Metro Sports DC, The Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, People, Triathlete and Fast Company magazines and a host of other national programs and publications. Nick is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength Professionals Association (NSCA).

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Wallace Nichols
Wallace “J.” Nichols spends his time discovering nature. He has undertaken the task of reaching new constituencies with a positive and inclusive conservation message and building a network of like-minded people, from diverse regions, backgrounds and careers who share a commitment to maintaining abundant life in the oceans and on the coasts. In 1998 he founded the Grupo Tortuguero, an international grassroots movement dedicated to restoring Pacific sea turtles and to sustainable management of ocean fisheries. In 1999 he co-founded and for five years directed WiLDCOAST, an international conservation team dedicated to the protection of coastal wilderness where he and a diverse group of partners organized fishermen to protect endangered sea turtles and helped coastal ranchers protect their shores for future generations. In 2003 Nichols and eight others trekked 1,900 km along the coast from Oregon to Mexico to bring attention to coastal and ocean issues. Currently, J. works with several universities and organizations to advance ocean protection, including Senior Research Scientist at the Ocean Conservancy, , and as a board member of Animal Alliance , Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International.

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