#30 Colin Kaepernick and When Speaking Out Hurts Your Career with Rapper Derek Minor

August 8, 2017

Rapper Derek Minor (@thederekminor) joins me to talk about Colin Kaepernick's lack of signing to the NFL, and the complexities of speaking out as a person in the public eye. 

We start by talkingabout article I wrote in Relevant Magazine, so if you're not into that, skip right to the 15 minute mark after the intro. https://relevantmagazine.com/article/the-theology-debate-thats-dividing-christian-hip-hop/9

  • To listen to the success podcast I co-host with Jim Fannin, the #1 success coach in the world (to top athletes, actors and business people), search The Jim Fannin Show. 
  • To catch Derek Minor on tour this fall, visit: http://www.derekminor.com/



#29 The Flaming Liberal Who Built a Conservative Talk Empire (with Beowulf)

August 5, 2017


My friend Beowulf (@nowitsthenews) helped build a Conservative talk radio empire, even as his own politics skewed further towards Bernie Sanders land. 


A conversation about real news, fake news, responsible news...and whether or not those angry people on TV actually believe what they're saying. 


#28 Job Creation & How Capitalism Can Work Through Social Responsibility with Tyler Sickmeyer

August 1, 2017

Tyler Sickmeyer and I met in an Nashville Starbucks. Six hours later, i ran into him again, when he showed me a fresh tattoo and told me he was quitting college. 

Connect with Tyler: https://twitter.com/tsickmeyer

Check out Tyler's podcast, The Lion's Share Marketing Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lions-share-marketing-podcast/id1204386129?mt=2

Hey, how the heck did you find me? 

Let's talk: 





#27 “Liberal Bashing” (Listener Feedback Episode)

July 29, 2017

...and so begins a new experiment. 

Got something to say? If you're interesting, then there's a place for you on the show. 

Ian Philpot (@IPhilpot ) thought I was liberal bashing, so I asked him on the show to see what he meant by that. 

This one winds through a fascinating path from jr. college to military service, a the theory of guarnteed mimium income. 

Here's the Medium post I reference) 


Got an idea? Hit me up






#26 Trans Soldiers and Trump Tweets: Marine Helicopter Fighter Pilot Vet Kyleanne Hunter

July 28, 2017

Kyleann Hunter (@RambaKy) is a former Marine and current PhD student with legislative experience. We dive into Trump's tweets about trans soldiers, and what the trans issue looks like in the day to day operations of the military, as well as what it means in battle. 

I reference tweets from Wisconsin Vet. J.R. Salzman (@jrsalzman), a Wisconsin vet who lost an arm in combat. Read the summary of his Twitter statements here:


Here's the article I read part of from the closing: 



#25 Netflix’s Counterpunch Director Jay Bulger on Boxing to Overcome Circumstances

July 24, 2017

Big moments from this episode: 

  • Even people who make movies and TV for Netflix aren't really sure what success looks like in the Netflix age. 
  • How boxer Lil B Hop went from living in one of the worst neighborhoods in America to acting in a movie with Alec Baldwin.
  • Why skateboarding in Iran matters to US international relations. 

This one gets a bit heavy on boxing talk if you didn't grow up watching the sport, but the human story here, of disadvantaged kids who learn to overcome their circumstances through "the sweet science" is just undeniable. 

You can connect with Jay here: 


To learn more about Straight Up Boxing in Kenosha, WI (which I volunteer for) go here: 


For the Jim Fannin Show, which I'm executive producing, search "The Jim Fannin Show" wherever you download podcasts.  


#24 The “Mike Pence Rule,” Illinois Budget Corruption & Making Your Own Opportunities with CFO Christina Butler-Triem

July 19, 2017

Yes, this is two CFO episodes in a row. 

Christina Butler-Triem (well, just Christina Butler in 2nd grade), is an elementary school friend that I lost track of when my family moved to the north side of Pike County, IL. 

Since then, she became one of the youngest CFO's in state history. 

We talk about the "Mike Pence Rule" (the firestorm around the fact that Mike Pence won't dine with women alone, and that he won't drink alcohol without his wife present)...

...and then get into Illinois government corruption, and how it stems from apathy. 

...finally, we talk about the ethos of Pike County, where people still pull themselves up by their bootstraps. 

Connect with Christina via her blog, http://www.brewedrenovations.com/


#23 Desperate Poor, Stupid Poor or Six Figures But Flat Broke with CFO Scott Cooley

July 14, 2017

Scott Cooley, the son of a teacher and construction worker/farmer, grew up with me in Pike County, IL (the second poorest county in the state). He was able to climb to the top of the business game without the money and networking that comes from an upper-middle-to-wealthy upbringing. 

Which leads us to talking about three kinds of financial desperation: 

1. People who are born dirt poor, and struggling to keep food on the table. 

2. Lower-middle to middle class people who spend more than they make, and are in regular financial crisis. 

3. Six figure earners who are two paychecks from disaster.

In many ways, all three groups are cash poor (they don't have cash on hand), but the consequences of that circumstance, the reason it happened, and the ways to overcome it, vary widely.


#22 Foster Care–We Actually Talk About it This Time.

July 11, 2017

Johnathon Eltrevoog (@johnnymornings) of the midwestern radio network WBGL (wbgl.org) comes back on and we actually talk abou what we said we would talk about last time--foster Care and adoption (Johnathon was on for episode 17, but I got a lot of feedback for a more in depth dive into foster care). 

For more on Safe Families, which is mentioned several times, visit http://safe-families.org/

The Cradle - provides adoption education and resources: http://www.adoptionlearningpartners.org/index.cfm

Crisis Nursery: There's no central site, but you can Google it to see if there's one in your area. 


#21 Trumpcare, the Poland/Russia Missile Situation and will America Become Canada in 2020 with Amanda Prestigiacomo of The Daily Wire

July 10, 2017

Amanda Prestigiacomo (@AmandaPresto) of leading conservative site The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) joins me to talk about Trumpcare, US foreign policy under Trump vs. Obama, and whether or not we will wind up with a young, socialist President in 2020. 

Also, why does Twitter hate me (@sethtowerhurd)?