Category Archives: Episodes

Taylor Mali -014



Taylor Mali has been writing and performing poetry since 2000. His poems have been described as eminently clear, relatable, humorous and touching. He has performed or taught poetry in over 50 foreign countries and throughout the United States. He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having taught in one capacity or another since 1990. In that capacity he worked with students with varying learning disabilities, inspiring them to love learning and creativity.  Formerly president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America, Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist these days, traveling around the country performing and teaching workshops as well as doing occasional commercial voiceover work. He has written several books and has narrated several books on tape, including The Great Fire (for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children’s narration). If you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia, please visit our website at WICD.org.


Kids with Superpowers -Rick & Joey Nurmi -013



Kids With Super Powers – Joey and Rick Nurmi – A conversation between Jordan Rich and Joey and his dad Rick Nurmi. Joey is now attending college having successfully overcome the hurdles of Dyslexia. Hear his perspective on how Dyslexia has benefited him in many creative ways. Also, Joey’s dad Rick will share his story of pride and appreciation for what Joey has accomplished. Together this father and son team exemplifies what dedication, focus, hard work and love is all about. And if you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, a groundbreaking film we’re creating to celebrate the strengths of dyslexia, please visit our website at WICD.org


Jodi-Tattiana Charles -012



A conversation between Jordan Rich and children’s book author Jodi Tattiana-Charles, who talk about how it wasn’t until Jodi was an adult that she learned she is dyslexic and therefore as a child she just thought she wasn’t that smart.  Her Haitian immigrant parents placed a huge value on education but they also encouraged Jodi and gave her opportunities to learn in unconventional ways.  Watching her parents overcome obstacles and persevere encouraged her to do the same thing. Most recently she wrote a book titled “It’s Just A Rug” where three young friends take a journey to discover, and ultimately celebrate the legacy of their families’ personal histories.   In this podcast Jodi talks about how she intuitively compensated for her dyslexia, and continually challenged and developed her strengths.  To discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia’s groundbreaking film project celebrating the strengths of dyslexia, please visit us at WICD.org.


Deb Mallin -011



Educator and literacy specialist Deb Mallin is the founder and CEO of Literacy Matters. Deb had a thriving private practice helping students, one at a time, learn to read and write. The more success she had helping her students and student families, the more concerned she became about the vast numbers of those she couldn’t help. With the encouragement and support of her husband and three sons, she leveraged the most innovative technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to replicate her processes on a scalable device to now reach entire classrooms of emerging readers. Deb created the Literacy Matters Foundation and is on course to close the widening literacy gap, making possible what others thought to be impossible.
The Literacy Matters Foundation is a growing team of educators, content experts, technology gurus and strategists who have come together to help students master literacy by leveraging technology, refining curriculum, nurturing relationships, and painting a vision of the world when we’re all on the same page. Find out more at www.literacymatters.org. To discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia’s groundbreaking film project celebrating the strengths of dyslexia, please visit us at WICD.org.


Alex Maclean -010



Alex Maclean-  A conversation between Jordan Rich and pilot and photographer, Alex Maclean, who has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Alex is dyslexic, and in this interview he talks about his early diagnosis in the 1950’s and how his mother, recognizing the disparity between his curiosity and intelligence, and his reading ability, read to him so that he could keep up with his schoolwork; in fact he excelled in school, and graduated from Harvard College.  He credits having dyslexia with his ability to think spatially and translate what he sees in his mind’s eye into images taken through his camera lens. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. MacLean’s photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and are found in private, public and university collections. To see images of and learn more about Alex’s work, go to AlexMaclean.com. To discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia’s groundbreaking film project celebrating the strengths of dyslexia, please visit us at WICD.org.


Carey and Cliff Cort -009



Carey and Cliff Cort-  A conversation between Jordan Rich and Carey and Cliff Cort, inspired and inspiring dyslexics married to each other, and the parents of two daughters one of whom is dyslexic.  Cliff and Carey talk about the joys and difficulties they’ve experienced being dyslexic, and how it has challenged and enhanced their work and family life. To discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, the Webb Innovation Center for Dyslexia’s groundbreaking film project celebrating the strengths of dyslexia, please visit us at WICD.org.


Tom West -006



Tom West- A conversation between Jordan Rich and Tom West, who is dyslexic and the author of Seeing What Others Cannot See (2017), Thinking Like Einstein (2004), and In the Mind’s Eye, which has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean (1991 and 1997). In addition to being an author, Tom has worked with engineering and consulting firms where he co-managed a large international renewable energy research, design and training program in Egypt for USAID, participated in and led trade missions to Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, via Hong Kong and Singapore, helped to redesign a nationwide computer information management system (SSI) and integrated strategic planning for several federal government agencies. To learn more about Tom go to WICD.org, where you can also discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, a groundbreaking film we’re creating to celebrate the strengths of dyslexia.


Kurt Carberry -005



Kurt Carberry- A conversation between Jordan Rich and Kurt Carberry, President of the North Star Media Group. Kurt is dyslexic, a former student of Dr. Gertrude Webb, and a graduate of the PAL program, which she founded at Curry College in 1969. Kurt credits having dyslexia with his ability to listen carefully and focus on other people’s needs. As his dad owned several radio stations throughout New England some of his first jobs included using his strong verbal skills by working on-air during holidays and weekends, times no one else wanted to work. Those early experiences taught him how to listen, and that he could succeed, and they sparked his passion for radio, and from there his passion for radio sales. To learn more about Kurt go to WICD.org, where you can also discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, a groundbreaking film we’re creating to celebrate the strengths of dyslexia.


Kids with Super Powers -Chessy Singer -004



Kids With Super Powers- Chessy Singer- A conversation between Jordan Rich and Chessy Singer, granddaughter of Gertrude M. Webb. Like many others in her family, Chessy is dyslexic. Listen to her talk about her own perspective on dyslexia, and decide for yourself whether as a child and young adult her worldview was influenced by having had a grandmother who early on recognized and celebrated her strengths. And if you’d like to discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, a groundbreaking film we’re creating to celebrate the strengths of dyslexia, please visit our website at WICD.org.


John Finley -003



John Finley- A conversation between Jordan Rich and Rev. John Finley, IV, Founder and Head of Boston’s Epiphany School. John is dyslexic, and he credits having dyslexia with his ability to think outside the proverbial box, find his passion and through it his life’s work. John has created a school that supports and celebrates all kinds of learners, doing so with a population of students from under resourced families. The Epiphany School provides wrap around services so that students have support before and after the school day begins and ends, and the support continues even after they graduate and move on in their lives. To learn more about John and The Epiphany School, go to WICD. org, where you can also discover ways to support and become involved with Decoders, a groundbreaking film we’re creating to celebrate the strengths of dyslexia.