The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (general)

Today we will kicking of the first SOFA talk of 2014. This talk is hosted by the Houston Metropolitian Federal Credit Union and is open to the general public. If you work down town you can come on over from 12 to 1. HMFCU will be providing a FREE lunch to the first 50 who attend.

You can come visit us from 12-1 today @ 611 Walker.


Taking Control of Your Cash - Eliminating Debt

ü Tips on how to stop living paycheck to paycheck

ü Answer questions about your financial future

ü Useful information to aide in eliminating debt


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How can we solve the national debt crisis? Should you or your child take on a student loan? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone while driving? Are there viable energy alternatives to fossil fuels? Could simple policy changes reduce political polarization? These questions may all seem very different, but they share two things in common. First, they are all questions with important implications for either personal success or our success as a nation. Second, they all concern topics that we can fully understand only with the aid of clear quantitative or mathematical thinking. In other words, they are topics for which we need math for life--a kind of math that looks quite different from most of the math that we learn in school, but that is just as (and often more) important. In Math for Life, award-winning author Jeffrey Bennett simply and clearly explains the key ideas of quantitative reasoning and applies them to all the above questions and many more. He also uses these questions to analyze our current education system, identifying both shortfalls in the teaching of mathematics and solutions for our educational future. No matter what your own level of mathematical ability, and no matter whether you approach the book as an educator, student, or interested adult, you are sure to find something new and thought-provoking in Math for Life.

Today we were joined by Jeffrey Bennett and discussed his newest book Math for Life :

Math For Life


About Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specializes in mathematics and science education, spending most of his time as a writer, along with speaking to audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculty, and offering teacher in-service workshops. He has taught extensively at all levels, including having founded and run a private science summer school for elementary and middle school children. At the college level, he has taught more than fifty classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He is the author of best-selling college textbooks in four distinct subject areas: astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology (life in the universe); together, these books have sold more than 1 million copies. He has written four books for general public: On the Cosmic Horizon (Addison Wesley, 2001); Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), which was selected by Miami University as their Convocation book for all incoming students to read in 2008/9; Math for Life (Updated Edition from Big Kid Science, 2014), which won the Colorado Book Award for general nonfiction; and the forthcoming What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014). He is also the creator and author of the children’s series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” which includes Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to Jupiter, and of The Wizard Who Saved the World. Through his “Max Goes to Schools” donation program, he has donated more than 23,000 copies of his children’s books to elementary school libraries in more than 60 countries. Dr. Bennett and his book Max Goes to the Moon were recognized with the 2013 AIP Science Communication Award.

Among his other major endeavors, he served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where his achievements included creating the Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy (originally IDEA, now called IDEAS), developing the Perspectives From Space theme (and creating its poster set) for International Space Year, and helping start the program known as Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment (FOSTER), which flew teachers on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and will soon be taking teachers on the SOFIA airborne observatory.

Perhaps his most visible achievements have been his work in developing educational scale models of the solar system. He proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System (on the University of Colorado campus) and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Among his current projects, he is the founder of Big Kid Science, a company dedicated to educating and inspiring children with the wonders of science. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and the daily adventures of life with his wife Lisa, children Grant and Brooke, and dog Cosmo.

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Direct download: MMEP27.mp3
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Please join us tomorrow at 10 am to help decode and answer those lingering questions you still have about the Affordable Care Act. Nothing in America is required by law for you to own. The Affordable Care act changes that statement on January 1st, 2014. You will be required by law to own health insurance on January 1st, 2014. If you cannont afford health insurance you will be subsidized. If you do not own health insurance you will be penalized. If you have questions or need help i am available.

We will be joined by Lisa Zamosky, WebMD’s Health Reform Expert to assist us in answering questions about the new changes taking place on October 1st (Open Enrollment).

·         Author of Healthcare, Insurance, and You

·         Consumer Health Columnist for the Los Angeles Times

·         Previously worked with one of the largest managed care organizations in the country where she developed benefit plans for Fortune 500 companies and state governments.


Learn more about her book here:

Healthcare, Insurance, and You: The Savvy Consumer Paperback Edition

Healthcare, Insurance, and You: The Savvy Consumer Kindle Edition

You can visit WebMD for personalized, credible information to help prepare for future health insurance decisions at . You can also follow Lisa’s WebMD blog at


Comprehensive List of Health Insurance Resources  Click Here Now


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For ages, money has meant little metal disks and rectangular slips of paper. Yet the usefulness of physical money—to say nothing of its value—is coming under fire as never before. Intrigued by the distinct possibility that cash will soon disappear, author and Wired contributing editor David Wolman sets out to investigate the future of money…and how it will affect your wallet.

Our guest today was David Wolman, Author of The End of Money. David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired and the author, most recently, of The End of Money. He has also written for such publications as the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street JournalTime, Nature, and Outside.


To find out more about David visit him at:



Here is a link to his newest book:


The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--and the Coming Cashless Society


And the Kindle version:


The End of Money



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Direct download: MMEP19.mp3
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Tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 am on, HD3 link for Money Matters.  Have you ever heard a CEO or Public Relations person from a company speak to the press and then thought "what the hell is this guy talking about?"  During the first part of the show we will be continuing our discussion of Corporate Responsibility and Accountability.

After the break we will be joined by Author and CEO L.J. Rittenhouse ( L.J. Rittenhouse is a trust and valuation expert, as well as a financial strategist and innovation coach to FORTUNE 500 and small cap companies. She is founder, CEO and President of Rittenhouse Rankings, Inc.

L.J. has written the following books:

Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions By Decoding CEO Communications

Do Business with People You Can Trust: Balancing Profits and Principles - Fifth Anniversary Edition

Buffett's Bites : The Essential Investor's Guide to Warren Buffett's Shareholder Letters


We will discuss how to cut through the FOG of corporate double speak. We will also discuss how companies can benefit from being transparent and truthful. 


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I will be hosting the Open Journal show tommorow from 9:30 am to 10:00 am on KPFT 90.1 FM. We will be promoting the Money Matters show that comes on every Friday morning at 10 am on the HD3 digital streaming page found here:


We will be joined live in the studio by Jessica Bolanos and Nelson Vanegas, founders of Goodspero. They will be filming our conversation to be part of an upcoming film documenting their efforts towards the largest educational crowdfunding ever. To learn more about there cause visit the website at:

or to learn more about the current crowdfunding and film project visit:


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Listen in tomorrow at 10:00 am to hear us discuss Corporate Social Responsibility and what a company can do to help people, The planet and still earn a profit (Triple Bottom Line).

We will also be joined by bank whistleblower and freelance writer Brian Penny. A former project manager and analyst at Countrywide Home Loans and Bank of America. Penny worked with Anonymous to leak confidential BofA emails to the media and public in an event called Black Monday.  The event launched Operation Empire State Rebellion, earning him the support of whistleblowers and Anons worldwide.

Throughout 2011, Penny and Anonymous helped organize and support the US Day of Rage protests, evolving into Occupy Wall Street and ultimately the Occupy Movement.

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Have you ever wondered what it is that drives us to make irrational choices when it comes to money. On todays episode we talk with Dr. Margaret J. King from the think tank The Center for Cultural Studies and Analysis. We discuss Financial Behaviorism and Neuro- Economics. I also share with you some of the process that I use in my financial planning practice when helping my clients put together a financial plan. You won't want to miss this episode.

Money Matters broadcast every Friday at 10 am on KPFT Houston. To hear us go to and click on Listen Live, Then click HD3.

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To Contact Margaret King or find out more about The Center for Cultural Studies and Analysis

Direct download: MMEpisode8.mp3
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On this episode we have live coverage of the 2013 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues. Coverage includes interviews with HR Houston President Tracy Frazier and Executive Director Barbara Lane. We also interviewed attendees as well. Listen in to get a behind the scenes look at what goes into putting this event together. This show was recorded in KPFT Houston studios on June 14th, 2013

To find out more about HR Houston go to

Money Matters broadcast every friday at 10 am on KPFT Houston. To hear us go to and click on Listen Live, Then click HD3.

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Direct download: MMEpisode5.mp3
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On this show we covered Adult Learning & Humor. Our guest for this show was improvisational comedian and professional speaker Steph Dewaegeneer. Listen in to learn how add humor to adult learning and how to keep training fun.

Show was recorded live on June 7th at KPFT Houston studios

Direct download: MMEpisode4.mp3
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