Fairfax Radio 6-13-2023 Drive Time

author, Doyle GlassOur first guest is Doyle Glass, an author, historian, and sculptor dedicated to honoring those who fought for freedom. He is a master at recounting true stories of brave men and women who were outnumbered and out-gunned but continued to battle toe-to-toe with ferocious opponents in war.

Today we will discuss his second book, Swift Sword, which chronicles the gut-wrenching story of valiant Marines in Vietnam who endured a horrific firefight isolated on a lone knoll in the Queson Valley. His first book, Lions of Medina, gives a firsthand account of the sacrifices made by the Marines of Charlie Company during Vietnam.

Doyle Glass was born in Midland, Texas, among the fifth generation of a pioneer ranching family who was raised with an appreciation for hard work, adventure, and honor. After earning degrees in history and law from Southern Methodist University, he completed law school and worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Texas. Later, he served as Assistant Attorney General in Kentucky, prosecuting some of the worst violent crimes in the state. In 2000, Glass turned to the arts as a way to tell stories of his childhood heroes. He conceived and sculpted a bronze statue of John Squires, who braved enemy fire to save others during WWII and received the Medal of Honor. The statue stands in The Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, as a reminder of the sacrifices made by local citizens who fought and died for freedom. In 2008, Glass designed and sculpted the Texas Medal of Honor Memorial, dedicated to George O’Brien, who earned the Medal of Honor during the Korean War. The memorial stands at the International Artillery Museum in Saint Jo, Texas, symbolizing those who earned America’s highest award for combat valor. Besides writing and sculpting, Glass’ greatest pride is being a loving husband and father to his wife and three children, who reside in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit  doyleglass.com/swift-sword.

Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)Our second guest is Charlotte A. Burrows, Chair for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will discuss the Pregnant Fairness Act and who is protected by this new law. She will also discuss the implications of this pivotal new law for everyday working people, including how they can exercise their new rights. Did you know roughly 56% of pregnant women work full-time during pregnancy, and 73% return to work within six months after giving birth? The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a new federal law that requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.” This law goes into effect beginning on June 27, 2023. The EEOC seeks to help employers avoid illegal practices at work and help employees when their rights are violated.

President Biden designated Charlotte A. Burrows as Chair of the EEOC on Jan. 20, 2021.  She was initially nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2014. In 2019, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her for a second term. Chair Burrows has advocated for strong civil rights protections and robust cooperation between the Commission, employers, and employees to advance equal opportunity in the workplace.  She seeks to enhance the Commission’s enforcement of all laws within its jurisdiction, focusing in particular on initiatives to combat retaliation and harassment and advance diversity and inclusion. In 2021, she also launched the EEOC’s initiative on artificial intelligence and algorithmic fairness.  In addition, while at the Commission, she has worked to increase the agency’s outreach to Native Americans, vulnerable immigrant and migrant communities, and other traditionally underserved populations. For more information, please visit www.eeoc.gov/pregnancy-discrimination.

Christopher Frank , President of the North Texas Rodeo FoundationOur last guest is Christopher Frank, President of the North Texas Rodeo Foundation. I was fortunate to meet Christopher and others that are part of the Foundation. The North Texas Rodeo Foundation Rodeo dates back to the early 1700s when vaqueros greatly influenced cowboy culture and modern-day practices.

Rodeo is a defining aspect of Texas’ history and should be celebrated by today’s generations. Furthermore, Texas is famous for the world’s first indoor rodeo, held in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards Coliseum in 1918, launching and expanding the rodeo lifestyle in every area of our heritage and future.

President Frank states, “We are here to continue this grand tradition, using leadership skills, teamwork, athleticism, and determination to perform to the best of our ability and succeed in our individual events. We take pride in our team and look forward to demonstrating the character that made Texas a state people love to live in. It is a character birthed in the Western lifestyle. For more information on The North Texas Rodeo Foundation, visit thentrf.org.

Listen Now