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Miles O’Brien has been a journalist for over 30 years and has won every award you can name. Countless assignments of his have put him in harm’s way and yet, as Miles says, “Life has a way of surprising you.”

Sadly, Miles hasn't been able to maintain his sense of humor since the accident.

Sadly, Miles hasn’t been able to maintain his sense of humor since the accident.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The unlikely accident that led to the amputation of his left arm just above the elbow
  • The long road to recovery and what that looks like in his daily life
  • The emotional and social effects of the amputation
  • Being a one-handed MacGyver
  • Re-learning to ride a bike and setting ambitious goals ( Bike Ride)
  • The current state and future of prosthetic devices (e-NABLE)
  • Miles’s desire and plan to get back into the cockpit and fly a plane (Able Flight)
  • And more!
"Every day I learn something new."

“Every day I learn something new.”

Follow Miles on Twitter @milesobrien.

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Kary Oberbrunner helps people.

He helps people discover their identity, uncover their purpose and then he helps develop a plan to carry out that mission.

And he’s really good at it.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kary at the World Domination Summit in Portland, OR earlier this month and I’m so glad I did. I’m a fan of good dudes and Kary definitely fits the bill.


Kary and me and that lady at WDS2014

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Kary discovered his passion for helping people
  • His experience growing up with a stutter and then struggling with an addition to cutting
  • How he gained freedom!
  • Kary’s own journey moving from his day job to his dream job
  • Recognizing and dealing with a negative, self-limiting mindset

I’m so excited for you to hear this episode and I know you’re going to be impacted in a positive way.

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Maysoon Zayid has been all over the internet lately.

Whether it’s Upworthy or The Huffington Post, Maysoon’s TED Talk, which has already inspired millions, is making the rounds.

As it should be.

maysoon zayid ted talk

Recently, I had the good fortune of speaking with Maysoon and I’m so proud to share our discussion with you!

Our discussion runs the gamut, from our experience growing-up “different” to the struggle for “disabled” actors in Hollywood and what can be done to change the landscape, to Maysoon’s work with children in Palestine and her adoration for Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating interview with an amazing woman!

And if I may be so bold, I’d love for you to subscribe on iTunes and leave a 5-star review if you like the podcast, too.

(Also, toward the end the sound was getting a little wonky…sorry about that!)

Visit and Maysoon’s Kids and follow her on Twitter at @maysoonzayid!

Leave a comment about your favorite part in the comments below!

The sports bug bit Joe Rogers early.

joe rogers notre dame

Born into a hockey family in a hockey state (Michigan), Joe started early and knew by age 9 he would be playing Division I college hockey. A lofty goal for any boy in America, it was especially gutsy for Joe. Born with a limb-difference, Joe’s parents had no idea what he’d be able to accomplish, though they were supportive every step of the way (and continue to be). Joe is finishing his senior year at the University of Notre Dame where he’s been a back-up goaltender to one of the best in the nation and heads with his team to the NCAA Playoffs starting next weekend.

I had such a great time hearing Joe’s story and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it, too. We learn about how Joe grew-up, the role his parents and friends and community played in his formation as a young man, whether or not he has a girlfriend…you know, the important stuff.

Listen, enjoy, and share!

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A while back I got a text from my friend Erin.

Erin is an elementary school teacher and she had just read a book called Harry and Willy and Carrothead with one of her students.  She thought I would like it.

She was right.


When I saw her text, I was like, “How have I not heard of this book?!”  Well, author and illustrator Judith Caseley wrote Harry and Willy and Carrothead back in 1991, so I was fourteen at the time.  Mystery solved.  Briefly, the book is about a boy, Harry, who was born with one hand, just like me.  His friend, Oscar, has red hair and Willy decides to tease him about it.  The cover kind of gives away how things turn out.  I love it.  In fact, I read it again to my kids and some of my nephews at Thanksgiving and they all sat in rapt attention, smiles on their faces.

Shortly after I got the book for myself, I “pulled a Ryan” and emailed Judith to tell her how much I loved it.  She replied soon after and we have since become friends, which is incredible.  A couple months ago she graciously agreed to be interviewed and I’ve finally finished editing our conversation!

This podcast is a little different than the others I’ve done in that, it’s more of an actual conversation.  Much of it was, frankly, only interesting to me, so I’ve edited it down to the parts I think will interest you!  She tells about the inspiration for Harry’s story, her experience with people with disabilities and some about writing good stories.  She’s awesome and I think you’ll love it!


With the holidays coming, Harry and Willy and Carrothead is a PERFECT gift for kids or your kids’ school or your public library…the list goes on and on.  🙂

Back in September, the limb-different community tuned in to the Miss America pageant to see if Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, would win.

nikki kelly, miss iowa, miss america

The beautiful Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly!

She didn’t win, but following her path to the pageant was fun and seeing her on TV, just like millions of others did, made us proud.

I’m honored to share with you an interview I did recently with Nikki!  In it, she shares her path to Miss America, her thoughts on dealing with differences and interacting with others, and more. We had a really fun time and I’m excited to hear your thoughts about it!

Listen at the bottom of this page, on Stitcher or subscribe and listen on iTunes!

As promised in the podcast, here are Nikki’s answers to 10 Random Questions:

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Kyle Scheele is our guest for episode 6 and he BRINGS IT.  I invited Kyle onto the podcast because he helps people, especially teens, live better stories with their lives.  I’m always encouraged and motivated after I talk to Kyle and I think you will be after this HOUR OF POWER!  Ok, now I’m pushing it.  Seriously, though, this one was super fun to do and I think you’re really gonna dig it.  Oh, and here’s my hilarious review of Kyle’s book.

Here are a couple clips to get to know Kyle:

Remember to go to and buy some sweet stuff for 50% off through Sunday!  And find Kyle on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Also, as I mention on the podcast, here’s me in my Oscar the Grouch costume two years in a row:

I like what I like.

I like what I like.

What was your favorite costume growing-up?  And have you ever taken advantage of a physical difference at Halloween?  Comment below!

Episode five is ALIVE! I’ve been waiting a while to say that. In this episode:

  • I’ve been getting several questions about learning to drive, so I answer that at the beginning.
  • Interview with Shaholly Ayers!  This is Shaholly’s first podcast interview and I think she did AWESOME!
  • Find Shaholly online at:, on Twitter @ShahollyA and “Like” her Facebook Page!
Shaholly Ayers

Shaholly Ayers

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In this episode:

  • Welcome and recap of the Helping Hands Midwest weekend
  • Interview with Tony Memmel (find him on Twitter, Facebook and at
  • Kwestions with Kristy – What do you remember about starting school?  What advice do you have for parents whose kids are starting soon?
  • Interview with my mom – My mom tells us about when started school – what it was like for her and for me
Lesleigh, Julie, Tony and Me (Photo by Keith Azzopardi)

Lesleigh, Julie, Tony and Me (Photo by Keith Azzopardi)

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Nick Newell beats people up for a living.

That’s kinda awesome.

On this episode of Podcasting One-Handed we get to hear from Nick as he tells us about growing-up with one hand, how he deals with the attention and a ton of other stuff.  He even tells about his first MMA fight, the results of which may surprise you!

We also hear from my friend Kristy in this episode.  Kristy is awesome and this is the first in a series of conversations will be having, so if you have topics you’d like us to discuss, please post them in the comments below!

Also, if you have thoughts about bike-riding for kids with limb-differences, share them here or on the Facebook page!

Hope you enjoy the episode!  I’d REALLY appreciate if you subscribed and left a review on iTunes if you like it.