#044 - Josh VanKooten

 
 

At the age of 19, Josh was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease - Neuromyelitis Optica. Related to Multiple Sclerosis, Josh's body began attacking it's own nervous system. This episode outlines the story of this diagnosis and Josh's life today.

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#043 - Second Time's the Charm (ft. David Brotherton)

 
 
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David Brotheron is the Program Director for Business and Environment at University of California, Berkeley.

Josh and David sit down to discuss the future challenges and solutions of climate change. The conversation begins with the two discuss the recent series of extreme weather the United States has be experiencing and what portion of it can actually be attributed to global warming. The two then go into depth about new forms of energy such as natural gas, wind, and solar and why the U.S. is being left behind by China and India in the renewable sector of the global economy. The podcast finishes by looking at what each listener can do to truly reduce their carbon footprint.  

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The podcast's closing song is I Want You by Odezsa.

#041 - Homelessness and Urban Poverty (ft. Tim Huffman & Alex Mueller)

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In this episode Josh sits down with Saint Louis University professor Tim Huffman and Saint Louis University student Alex Mueller to discuss urban poverty and homelessness. The three examine the difference between urban and rural poverty, what the life of those without homes is like, and the Saint Louis University Labre Program. The conversation finishes by identifying why we view people without homes in such a different light than those with homes.

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#040 - Time For a Change

Protests have exploded in St. Louis following the final verdict of a case regarding Jason Stockley, a St. Louis police officer responsible for the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Officer Stockley shot Smith 5 times after an alleged drug deal which developed into a car chase. Despite DNA evidence providing evidence that Stockley may have planted a gun in Smith's car and stockley's damning quote, "I’m going to kill this this motherfucker, don’t you know it." The St. Louis Judge Wilson found that Stockley’s use of force was justified, he felt that Stockley was not guilty of any homicide crime..

For a great breakdown of the verdict, check out this article: https://www.slu.edu/law/law-journal/online/2017-18/the-stockley-verdict.php

Our hosts take the time to briefly break down the case and it's response in St. Louis. We then turn to a larger question - what is the efficacy of protests in the modern United States? 

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#038 - Unprecedented Advocacy with Mary Baudouin

The Jesuit sphere of influence extends from some of America's finest universities, to the top of the Vatican, and even to some of the most profitable boardrooms on the stock market. This week, Assistant for Social Ministries of the Central and Southern Province, Mary Baudouin,  joins Brian to discuss how the Jesuits in the US and Canada have influenced corporations like Monsanto to implement socially responsible and sustainable business practices. Hear Mary talk about this cunning sort of advocacy, which meets companies where they are in order to implement last change.

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#037 - What's in the Box?

We wish we could say this episode was Brad Pitt saying "what's in the box?" on loop for an hour, sorry, not true. Instead, Bob and Josh discuss two classic thought Experiments. 

Beetle in the Box by Ludwig Wittgenstein describes a world in which everyone is given a box with a beetle inside. However, no one is able to look into anyone else's box. How then would the world be able to agree on the reality of what a beetle really is?

Mary's Room by Frank Johnson describes a brilliant scientist who understands the complexities of human sight, but has never seen in color. Although she understands everything that goes into seeing color, would she learn anything when exposed to color for the first time?

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Today's ending song is Wasting Time by Jack Johnson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaDmchfCaJA)

#036 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ft. Grant Mayfield)

[Diversity and Equity] Josh and Grant Mayfield sit down to discuss the progress and the challenges of creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. The start by looking at how a changing workforce will challenge companies to stay ahead of the curve with their diversity initiatives or risk becoming the next corporate pariah. 

Josh and Grant then venture into a discussion of what make the United States so unique in this journey of diversity and inclusion. They explore why the U.S. is still the "beacon of light" for immigrants around the world. However the two challenge each other's views when it comes to understanding how far we have come as society to how far we still have to go. 

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Today's ending song is Wait a Minute! by Willow Smith (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKh31vKbQig)

#035 - Brandon Molina

 

Brandon Molina has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints his entire life. Months into his 2 year mission in Brazil, he decided to leave the church and return home to the United States. He was kind enough to share his story in today's podcast. 

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Today's ending song is CRΣΣKS by Bon Iver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Fx1yq3A8M)

#034 - Many Americas

 

Brian, Bob, and Josh reunite in our first podcast from 3 cities - Kansas City, St. Louis, and New York City #BriansBack.

We enter a discussion of the ideological gaps in the United States. Would the country benefit from redrawing it's state boarders to one's the more appropriately correlate with the area's sense of identity? This draws us to an interesting conversation on urban elitism and what it means to be an American. 

We then turn to the morality of children. Continuing one's lineage continues to be one of life's most satisfying endeavors. It is hard to imagine a life without children. However, the Earth cannot sustain this growth. Is there a moral argument for limiting how many children we have? 

Today's ending song is an excerpt from Ocean by John Butler. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdYJf_ybyVo). 

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#033 - Adam Rozak

 

Adam Rozak is a stand-up comedian, a sketch comedian, and writer. In this episode, Bob and Adam take the time to explore the art of comedy. This brings us to a larger question - the qualifications of an artist. 

Today's ending song is Friends by Francis and the lights ft. Bon Iver and Kanye West. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wScYn10D2vo). 

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#032 - Fight for Your Life (ft. Kyle Watson)

[Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC] Josh sits down with former UFC fighter Kyle Watson to discuss the glory and hardships that come as a professional fighter.

The episode starts by discussing Kyle's history as a competitor on the reality television show The Ultimate Fighter and his time in the UFC. The conversation then flows into a discussion about the difficulties of professional fighters and the hardship these athletes endure without the glory of other major sports. The conversation finishes with a look at why martial arts are a life changing practice.

This episode's song is Kyle's walkout song, You Can't Stop Me by Andy Mineo.

#031 - Garrett Ziegler

Illinois boasts the third largest city in the nation, an impressive GDP, and is the proud home of our guest and host today. Bob is grateful to be joined by entitled team member, Garrett Ziegler, as he visits him in The Big Apple. Garrett shares his impressive knowledge of the state's complexities in a discussion of the recent Illinois budget. We then proceed to a larger discussion about corruption and public choice. I know you will enjoy Garrett's presence and knowledge. 

For more with Garrett, check his show The Witness Review and read the accompanying blog post: "Clingers and Bandits: Illinois Edition".

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#030 - How Did We Get Here?

Josh and Bob tackle some local news, again reporting on the minimum wage in St. Louis City. Thanks to a study out of George Washington University, new evidence is mounting towards the challenge of minimum wage bumps. We decide to take a spin at the other things we could be focusing our attention on in the world of minimum wage positions. 

We then turn to the biggest joke of the 21st century - the Illinois state government. After 736 days of running sans budget, they've finally passed one. Let's see how it looks.

Finally, there is a meme of Donald Trump pile driving CNN and we have to talk about it. 

This weeks song is There Will Be Time by Mumford and Sons with Baaba MaalCheck it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCIHPdx1OAs (we do not own any rights) 

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