Episode Thirty Four - Cassie Byrd

When is the last time you went to the Michigan Science Center? With live stage shows, a 4D theater, a Planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities, special exhibits and more, there’s more than you can see and do in a week. In fact, there’s something new to discover at MiSci every month and an amazing Woman named Cassie Byrd is behind all of those great discoveries. Listen to the podcast and you will hear why she is a WCSX "Woman Who Rocks".

Cassie Byrd has a background in clinical laboratory science, beginning with her work as a molecular biologist for the United States Air Force (USAF). Yup, you read that right. A molecular biologist. Cassie now spends her time as Michigan Science Center’s Chief Learning Officer and teaching young girls about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Cassie is one of the most interesting people I have ever spoken with and is an inspiration to all women.

In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter from Turning Point Macomb. This week we talk about a Michigan woman who almost went to jail over the way she disciplined her daughter.

Mom in court for taking phone from daughter

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - A mom said she was punishing her daughter when she took away her cellphone, a punishment she figured would get her point across. But on Tuesday, that mom was standing before a district judge, her disciplinary action labeled a crime. She was accused of stealing that phone and facing possible jail time.

Cyndy and I also discuss reality television and the problems it creates for some participants with substance abuse. A recent article on the "Real Housewives" series, had me shaking my head.

'Housewives' say Bravo keeps the booze flowing

Aviva Drescher, who starred on Seasons 5 and 6 of "Real Housewives of New York," said the show's production team could sometimes go too far with their eagerness to liquor up the cast. She recalled the time a producer phoned ahead of filming and asked her to take a shot of alcohol with castmate Ramona Singer during a reconciliation scene at a restaurant.

Finally, we talk about how some residents in an Ohio city were abusing their benefits at strip clubs. Yes, it really happened.

Ohio Strip Club Loses License After Accepting Food Stamps for Lap Dances, Hard Drugs

Photo: Getty Images - Dmitri Maruta Ohio residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits-colloquially known as the food stamp program- can use those benefits to buy "most food products," including breads, fruits, vegetables, meat, and even live lobster or shrimp.

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