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The award-winning FMC Fast Chat podcast features 30-minute conversations with notables in news, media & business. Expect engaging conversations — partly driven by audience questions — that get right to the point, providing you with expert insight and advice to help you improve your life, business and community. In 30 minutes, you’re in the know. FMC Fast Chat is hosted by Fair Media Council CEO & Executive Director Jaci Clement. Reserve your virtual seat for upcoming live shows below.

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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: Inside the Space Race

Expect an engaging and insightful Fast Chat with Janet Ivey, President of Explore Mars Inc. and the creator of the PBS nationally syndicated children’s show, Janet’s Planet. We’ll chat about space-related current events, their economic impact, and the increasingly important role space exploration holds for our future.

With over 27 years in the children’s edutainment and space science outreach sector, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work. Her first Tedx Talk was in 2014 entitled, AWE,(Art, Wonder and Experiential) Inspired Science, her second Tedx Talk will happen May 3rd, at the Weiss School, entitled, “How To Inhabit Your Very Own Planet, #PlanetYou.” She has received 12 Regional Emmys, five Gracie Allen Awards, for her children’s series Janet’s Planet that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide. Most recently Janet joined the Board of Directors for Explore Mars, she is an active NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society, the Educational Director of the Midsouth Chapter of NATAS, (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) recipient of the New World’s Institute’s inaugural Permission to Dream Award in 2016 and has won a STEM-FLORIDA Award for “Exploring Microgravity,” an educational video about gravity and microgravity, she wrote and produced for Space Florida. Janet’s Planet is a dynamic and fast-paced series is geared to 5-10 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and exploration. The short form series can be seen also on streaming sites, YouTube, BatteryPop, Club Jelly Telly and HighBrow in the UK. Her mission is simple, amplify the love of space, science and exploration and to encourage this generation that MARS is theirs. (

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.: A Life in News

Mary Alice Williams is a highly acclaimed pioneering broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience in the field. Her investigative work on such topics as foreign policy, ethics, technology and health have made her a respected authority and recognized voice for public information. Since 2020, she has hosted national conferences, moderated panels and conducted interviews with authors covering national issues from the environmental threat to the partisan divide and its impact on voter turn-out, as well as the future of the Supreme Court and the fate of Roe Vs Wade.

Recently, she stepped down as anchor of NJTV News, a Public Media station devoted to telling stories of import to New Jersey residents, capping a news career that began local — at NBC New York and WPIX — to becoming one of the highest-ranking female executives in American television. A primary architect behind the design of the first worldwide television network, Williams oversaw the construction of CNN’s New York bureau and served as principal anchor and Vice President in charge of the New York bureau. From there, she went on to NBC News, where she was an anchor of the news team that won a national Emmy Award for its coverage of the fall of communism.

These are just a few of the highlights of the extraordinary life of Mary Alice Williams. Find out more and ask your questions during the 30-minute chat.

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