It’s the last “fresh” show of 2023 and our featured idealist is Stephen Ritz, a South Bronx educator who created the “Green Bronx Machine” centered around exciting students about growing plants. His idea has taken off and earned him and his school national accolades—along the way, it raised student attendance and grades. The Big Interview is with Nancy X. Valentine, who uses her skills as an artist specializing in Asian calligraphy and images to break racial and “othering” barriers in greater MN. In my C-Block, I share about an extraordinary story a friend told me of how my book, Getting to Ellen, changed the minds of intolerant parents to a transgender child—they decided to love and support their kid. Now that’s what I call “rippling”!