August 18, 2017
One of the side effects of the events in Charlottsville is the cry to tear down monuments of George Washington in Chicago and to have Mount Rushmore blown to bits. But what does erasing our past do to democracy?
Neighbors Again is raising money for Life After Hate, an organization that helps people leave the White Power movement, and will hopefully raise enough to support the Domestic Abuse Hotline, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, and Straight Up Boxing (a nonprofit I work with that trains kids to change their lives through sport regardless of their ability to pay).
The shirts are $25 or 2 for $40, and hopefullly will sell well enough to make a decent donation to all four organizations. The store isn't up yet, but will be later today (Friday, August 18th).
You'll be able to find the links at these locations:
August 15, 2017
It took me four full days to be able to sit down and tackle this topic.
I'm sure I'll have guests on to discuss this tragedy moving forward, but first...I had to just hop on a mic and talk about 10 questions and responses around the events in Charlottsville.
- Are the right and the alt-right the same thing?
- What is the Antifa?
- What about Robert E. Lee?
- Are white supremacists more dangerous than Islamic extremists?
- "This is Trump's fault."
- "We should ignore it."
- "You're the bad guy for suggesting self defense."
- "The KKK is 2x larger than three years ago."
- Segregation or unity?
- Is baseball racist? (The St. Louis Cardinals were protested)
August 11, 2017
Last week, a Mosque in Minnesota was bombed. Five years ago, a mentally ill man killed several Sikhs at a temple near Milwaukee. Multiple Hindus have been murdered by White Supremacists this year.
Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims hold to very different belief systems. This is a discussion about those differences, how they affect terrorism and hate crimes in India, Pakistan and the U.S.
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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/
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.
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 () 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
July 28, 2017
Kyleann Hunter () 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 (), 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:
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.
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/