Meet The Gang
Creator & CoHost
Rose Medina, MSSW
Rose, Bastard-Child-of-the-East, was born and raised in NYC, a Nuyorican (Puerto Rican non-raised Ashkenazi), with a big mouth & many opinions. She began this Podcast to bring together both friends, strangers & people from around the world, to discuss issues with authenticity, laughter & respect. Sometimes not being Politically Correct.
As an overachiever, Rose attended both Columbia & Boston University proudly graduating with a solid D average. She worked as a Social Worker in NYC & LA but now is a stay-at-home-mom podcaster, whose kid is nowhere to be found (I think they moved out.) She’s been a devout Radical Feminist since 1983, when she learned the actual meaning of the word, had her first orgasm & thought she was going straight to hell!
Creator & CoHost
Leland Heflin, AA, LSD
Leland Heflin is an actor, model and comedian. She has performed her stand up at Flappers, The Comedy Store, Second City and The Pride Festivals. Her dramatic skills as an actor continue to grow with each commercial. Leland is also a host on the popular Los Angeles California radio program "American Conversation Podcast". She has also appeared in numerous music videos for artists such as Bjork, Iggy Azalea and progressive soul legend Seal!
Pay attention while she shares her under-educated, un-medicated, and unsolicited advice, on topics that you may or may not care about. With a chip on her shoulder, and the inability to stop herself. Listen In, while she and a group of Americans drink and argue current issues.
Halona Shaw, Life Coach, CSW
Halona is an entrepreneur, a professional life coach, an attorney (at large) and a Social Worker. Oh - and an ordained deacon. Obviously, she still hasn’t decided what she wants to be when she grows up (she is open to suggestions). All she knows is that the plight of mankind is in her hands. So, she started a CBD business called "Breakroom Company", #MeetUsInTheBreakroom! She wants to make sure our guests & listeners feel no pain!
She BIPOC - for the un - “woke” among you, that means “Black Indigenous Person of Color.” Amen to that! Is she a woman first? Or a POC first? Depends on the issue and her mood.
AACP wanted a Republican co-host but got something WAY better - an Angry Black Woman! She is a Yankee surviving in a Southern State - may God help us all!
No, #MeetUsInTheBreakroom then!
The ONLY native Angeleno, Deborah Corday, is first generation American & fourth generation entertainment stock, which means you’ve never heard of her.
Having endless love & compassion for animals, Deborah has taken the “crazy cat lady” a step too far! A longtime partner in Animal Alliance, a non-profit animal advocacy group that has instituted many valuable programs. Animal Alliance exercised their creative spirit by designing & manufacturing a clothing line, “T-shirts with a conscience” all proceeds benefit animals in need.
Deborah & her partner also appeared regularly on the "Adopt-A-Pet" segment of Good Day LA on Fox 11-TV. She is proud to sit on the board of FixNation & National Animal Museum. Now, if she can figure out how to Neuter/Spay men!
Corday was a pioneer of the fitness movement & created & hosted countless fitness/entertainment shows including Aerobicise, :20 Minute Workout, Passport Pour La Forme, to name a few.
Video Production Editor
Ted’s desire to discover & produce, out of artistic passion or obsession we don’t really know yet; turns into a moonlighting journey or job, to becoming the first time ever, behind the scenes, Audio/Video Editor for An American Conversation Podcast™.
Ted holds a long-standing DJ residency at Wurstkuche, one of LA’s Arts District’s finest establishments, along with crediting corporate DJ gigs, such as Tillys, Vans, E3 Video game conference, Comic Con, & various production houses. He’s basically all over the place! Literally people!
Currently, he’s co-producer for Raza’s Edge Radio Show on KQBH 101.5 FM, a community service of the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. Ted really can multitask!
Embraced by the “Lion’s Den”, or as Ted likes to call them Broads/Crones, he’s deliberately stepping out of his comfort zone. May God Have Mercy on His Soul!!
Talent Acquisition & CoHost
Human Rights Activist
Sandra Currie is an autodidact mother of 5 kids in 6 years. Neither Catholic, nor careless, she insists the Protestant contraceptives weren't effective. Her partner, of 44 years, is a polymath, (scary people with ‘genius’ level gifts, yeah, he’s special.)
Gigs: running a crisis day care/nursery in the poorest, toughest neighborhood in Vancouver; ran a residential shelter for street kids; ran multi-unit social housing projects; worked for the prestigious, internationally lauded Vancouver Wine Festival; acquired & sold Native Art run by the Vancouver Native Housing Society, volunteered as a Resource Guide for person(s) for partners of childhood sexual abuse & hosted a self-help group.
Her core beliefs, forged by hands-on experience, in difficult & dangerous situations are, that solutions to difficult & complicated crisis/challenges/problems/disagreements/conflicts must be Reality-Based & Results-Oriented. Especially if it PERMANENTLY changes a life or your life, FOREVER…