Special Guests

  • Sister Joan Chittister — Award Winning Author of Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
    Joan Chittister is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counsellor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the the Huffington Post. She has received numerous writing awards and honours for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England. In 2015 Sister Joan was the featured guest of Oprah Winfrey on "Super Soul Sunday." She has appeared on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert, “60 Minutes,” “CBS News,” “NOW” with Bill Moyers and numerous BBC and NPR programs including “Weekend Edition Sunday” with Liane Hansen and “On Being” with Krista Tippett. She is one of the most popular and requested speakers at the iconic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York State. In 2014 the Joan Chittister Lecture Series was inaugurated at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, in conjunction with the dedication of the The Helen Boyle Memorial Archive in Honour of Joan D. Chittister. In 2015 Sister Joan was "In Conversation" with Maria Shriver for the lecture series. Joan Chittister currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders. She was an adviser for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored “Council of Sages,” an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations. She served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders of Catholic religious women in the US, president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and was prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for 12 years. She received her doctorate in speech communications from Penn State University, the primary site of her archive collection. Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. She is executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research centre for contemporary spirituality and the founder and animator of Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.

  • Terry Real — Family Therapist, Author of The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work
    Terry Real is an internationally recognized Family Therapist, Speaker and Author. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology. A family therapist and teacher for more than twenty five years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women, and most recently The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work. Terry knows how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy — and greater personal fulfillment. A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists. Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships. Terry’s work, with its rigorous common sense approach, speaks to both men and women. His ideas on men’s issues and on couple’s therapy have been celebrated in venues from the Good Morning America, The Today Show and 20/20, to Oprah and The New York Times. A proponent of “full-throttle marriage,” as described in The New Rules of Marriage, Terry has been called “the most innovative voice in thinking about and treating men and their relationships in the world today.

  • Father Brendan McManus — Jesuit Priest, Author of Redemption Road: Grieving On The Camino
    Jesuit priest Brendan McManus decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, the famous Spanish pilgrimage route, while struggling to come to terms with his brother's suicide. On the way he undergoes a profoundly transformative journey of rebirth and renewal that moves through grief and anger to hope, gratitude, and acceptance. He describes with honesty, humor, and great humanity both the hardships and the moments of joy and beauty experienced along this long, hard road to recovery. This is a book for all of us who wish to think more deeply about the meaning of loss and death and discover how such devastating experiences enrich and shape our own journeys through life.

    During July, Drew will be speaking with some of the hosts of a NEW digital broadcasting platform launched by JOY Radio called Faith Strong Today. www.faithstrongtoday.com

    TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT - Donna & Kevann Carter: Hosts of Grow On The Go
    Join Donna and her daughter Kevann as they talk about faith and everyday life. Understanding the busy lives of women, Donna is passionate about helping people find faith, teaching them to apply it to everyday life, and live with purpose. Find some time to listen to this encouraging and challenge women’s podcast.

almost...LIVE! on TDMS

  • Devoted SOULY to The Art of Music
    We've had some incredibly gifted recording artists perform live in studio and each of them “accidentally” left Drew their CD. So during the first hour of each show in July, he'll live out one of his childhood dreams and play DJ – spinning tracks and showing off how talented these artists really are! (Most will be from this past Season #14)

    This week’s featured videos:
    Chris Antonik / Wax Mannequin / Jamie Oakes
    Preetam Sengupta / Tommy Emmanuel / Brother Neil
    *Click on any of the featured musicians above to see their LIVE in-studio performances!

    AND… Check out our DrewTube page to watch over 80 videos from just some of the recording artists who have performed LIVE on TDMS!

Talkback, etc.

  • Two TDMS Listeners Talk About Their Camino
    One of our listeners from Australia contacted Drew to let him know that they just came back from walking The Camino de Santiago and another listener from The USA let him know that they will be leaving to walk this ancient pilgrimage soon. So we’re going to let them talk with each other during the show.

    For the last time in Season 14, we’ll play the soundtrack or audio clip from an old television show and if you're the first caller to guess which TV show it's from - normally YOU WIN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! However, on today’s show we are going to give one caller the entire collection of books and CD’s we’ve collected during Season 14! The only catch is that you’ve got to pick them up from our studios.