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Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show
John Stewart is "The Problem?" and the End of Journalism

Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 56:56


In this week's show we discuss John Stewart's new apple TV Show "The Problem." Created in a podcast style format the program is often funny and real until known govenment official and war hawks Condolessa Rice and Hillary Clinton were featured. Joe Balog, Grant Easterday and I your host David Daniel Gonzalez dive deep into the repercussions of a famous comedian, activist and social commentator cozzing up with war criminals and pandering to two powerful women who used their influence to push propaganda and cause harm to other nations as part of their political legacy.

Heron's Home Podcast
Episode 303: Weaponizing Winter

Heron's Home Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 71:59


We jump into the studio for a great conversation on this Indigenous Peoples Day as we rap about some of the recent headlines. We talk about Tarantino's two cents on superhero movies, the collapse of FTX and the problem with financial literacy, and John Stewart steps up to call out the heavy handed approach to conversations about the Jewish community. Let's get into another thought provoking discussion. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/khary-robertson/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/khary-robertson/support

This Is Karen Hunter
S E1131: In Class with Carr, Ep. 141: Educating Black People is a Declaration of War!

This Is Karen Hunter

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 130:30


Dr. Greg Carr, who is attending a Black Educators conference in Philadelphia discusses the importances of centering #Blackness in education and why it is a declaration of war to do so. Prof. Hunter begins with a Jon Stewart clip from his show "What's Wrong with Jon Stewart" on @AppleTVJOIN KNARRATIVE/#knubia: https://www.knarrative.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

What I Meant to Say
The Genetics of Risk Taking with Brian & Jesse Bielmann

What I Meant to Say

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 64:17


Key Points, Top Takeaways and Memorable Quotes - “I never thought of it as a risk taking job, I just thought of it as a way to keep surfing.” -B @3:42“You sleep better at night after you've had all that exercise.” -B @4:39“I just kinda fell in love with the structure and the, you know, physical aspect of what the military, or at least that military program provided.” -J @6:57“Especially initially one of the big differences is you kind of have to relax a little bit.” -J @17:53“Obviously, ‘Better Medicine' I believe is what they refer to it as, is incredible.  The results we've seen from it, fantastic!” -B @30:52“I went to the Holtorf Medical Group and I got a series of different peptides, stem cells, weekley IVs, biweekly IVs sometimes, and everything in conglomeration with each other was really the thing that kind of kick started the healing process for me.” -J @31:40“In the end, the person has to be more important than the profit.” -W @36:48-”If we can't figure out a way to take care of our Veterans, we better quit having wars.” -B quoting John Stewart @38:56“You learn from mistakes and you learn from successes and just soak it all up, that's what life's all about.” -J @1:02:10 Guest Bio -Brian Bielmann is an internationally renowned photographer. With his images gracing more than 150 magazine covers, the pages of 30 books and appearing in iconic magazines like Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, he is recognized worldwide to be a photographer at the very top of his field. He captures the entire surf lifestyle and continues to push the boundaries of photography both above and below the water.  Brian was the senior staff photographer for TransWorld Surf Magazine for it's 14 years of existence and is currently the go to guy for Volcom, a manufacturer of surf and lifestyle clothing. Jesse is a Decorated United States Air Force Combat Controller who served as a United States Air Force Veteran with 6 years of Active Duty Special Operations (2011-2017).  He also served in Afghanistan and Africa.  His other honors include; Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Good Conduct Medal (2), NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, and an Air Force Training Ribbon Medal. Show Notes - 0:00 - WIMTS Podcast Intro0:32 - Introducing Brian & Jesse Bielmann1:08 - Welcome to Brian & Jesse2:10 - Brian's Risk Taking Career & Famous Surfers He's Photographed6:03 - Jesse's Risk Taking DNA Led Him to Military Service9:18 - Air Force Combat Controller Vs. Navy Seal Roles & Training11:10 - Brian's Perspective on Son's Combat Controller Choice14:40 - Comradery When Deployed 16:46 - Jesse's Service, Deployment, & Reentering Civilian Life 21:26 - Physical Challenges 26:46 - Asking for Help & GoFundMe29:47 - Combat Controller Foundations & Holtorf Medical Group Showed Up32:51 - BB Commercial33:01 - Intro to Peptides & Conscious Capitalism39:08 - How Did the Supportive Surf Community Make Brian Feel?41:59  - Grateful to Be American & Human 44:20 - Jesse's Tattoos & Beads44:54 - 43 Years in Surf Photography & Getting Back into the Water47:47 - Better Medicine is Here!50:53 - Other Holistic Practices53:08 - Brian's Conclusion on Risk Taking Similarities with Jesse57:50 - One Piece of Advice  1:00:19 - Jesse's Advice to a Struggling Teenager1:02:20 - Where Can People Find You?1:04:04 - WIMTS Podcast Closing Links & Where to Find Brian & Jesse - Combat Control FoundationFirst There FoundationIG - Brian @brianbielmann Email - Jessebielmann@icloud.com 

DEER HUNTER
#274: Johnny Stewart : The Time is Now

DEER HUNTER

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 101:16


On this weeks episode I am joined by my good friend and public land big buck assassin John Stewart. John and are breaking down how we are spending the next ten days trying to get a big giant bucked killed. Thanks for listening and best of luck to my fellow Michiganders on the 2022 Michigan firearm deer season opener! The Johnny Stewart on Instagram Exodus Outdoor Gear News Letter/Black Friday Sale The Whitetail Experience/surviving the rut tips DEERHUNTERPODCAST.COM Join the Community DHP Patreon DHP on Instagram Music Credit : Gordon Lightfoot

Comic Talk Today
OMIC TALK TODAY COMIC TALK HEADLINES FOR NOV 9th, 2022 | Final Regular Episode for Season 3

Comic Talk Today

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 73:50


It's time for the Comic Talk Headlines with Generally Nerdy! Going out with a BANG! TWO different rumors that are connected to Deadpool 3. Gears of War and Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer both getting picked up for live action distribution. Plus PLENTY more!Tune in Wednesdays for the regular show and Saturdays for the re-post of the Friday night LIVE SHOW. Plus, don't forget to subscribe for more fresh content.      TV/StreamingFollow-ups/CorrectionsWestworld - Canceled at HBO. No season 5 for Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/westworld-canceled-hbo-1235328276/ Green Lantern - HBO Max series lost their head writer Seth Grahame-Smith. Rumors all now void as it seems the writer's room will now start over and focus on John Stewart. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/greg-berlanti-green-lantern-series-hbo-max-redeveloped-1235248929 TrailersCarnival Row - https://youtu.be/Xt6tUc0p8pY Second season will be the final season. Prime Feb 17 2023.SuggestsAmerican Horror Story NYC S11MoviesFollow-ups/CorrectionsScream 6 - New release date March 10, 23 https://twitter.com/ParamountPics/status/1588566439429931008 Rambo - Prequel movie now a sequel with Stallone wanting to “pass the torch” to someone new. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-features/sylvester-stallone-interview-rocky-rambo-tulsa-king-1235254384/ TrailersGlass Onion - https://youtu.be/gj5ibYSz8C0 Knives Out sequel. Netflix December 23 2022Gears of WarNetflix nabbs exclusive distribution rights for movies and series (animated). No creatives have been brought in to make the adaptation come to life.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/gears-of-war-franchise-feature-film-animated-series-adaptations-netflix-1235256913 SuggestsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRumor MillConfirmations/RefutationsDillinger Escape Plan - No reunions in the works.New SourcesPunisher - Jon Berenthal Punisher coming in phase 5.Black HammerJeff Lemire's universe is getting the Multiverse treatment from Amazon Studios according to reports. To include multiple series and movies.Into the Spider-verse 2Tom Holland said to be coming to voice himself in the movie. Though it could just be a Spider-Man that looks like Holland, with a different voice actor. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, but also former animation voice actors Josh Keaton and Christopher Daniel Barnes.Wonder ManBob Odenkirk rumored to be cast in the movie as Simon Williams' manager… AKA the villain of the feature.Star Wars Zen: Grogu and the Dust BunniesSeemingly leaked by the Italian Disney+, there will be another special event on the platform Nov 12.GleeRyan Murphy gets what Ryan Murphy wantsSupermanSteven Spielberg might be directing the next Man of Steel movie.Star WarsDeadpool 3 director Shawn Levy said to be getting his own Star Wars movie.Deadpool 3Agent Mobius as played by Owen Wilson said to be appearing in the movie.DCULobo said to be coming to a screen near you. To be played by Jason Momoa?PlaystationPS5 Slim coming soon??You can support this show by visiting our merch store, or by leaving us an Apple Podcasts review.

Nerdy Legion Podcast Network
COMIC TALK TODAY: OMIC TALK TODAY COMIC TALK HEADLINES FOR NOV 9TH, 2022 | FINAL REGULAR EPISODE FOR SEASON 3

Nerdy Legion Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 73:50


It's time for the Comic Talk Headlines with Generally Nerdy! Going out with a BANG! TWO different rumors that are connected to Deadpool 3. Gears of War and Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer both getting picked up for live action distribution. Plus PLENTY more!Tune in Wednesdays for the regular show and Saturdays for the re-post of the Friday night LIVE SHOW. Plus, don't forget to subscribe for more fresh content.      TV/StreamingFollow-ups/CorrectionsWestworld - Canceled at HBO. No season 5 for Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/westworld-canceled-hbo-1235328276/ Green Lantern - HBO Max series lost their head writer Seth Grahame-Smith. Rumors all now void as it seems the writer's room will now start over and focus on John Stewart. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/greg-berlanti-green-lantern-series-hbo-max-redeveloped-1235248929 TrailersCarnival Row - https://youtu.be/Xt6tUc0p8pY Second season will be the final season. Prime Feb 17 2023.SuggestsAmerican Horror Story NYC S11MoviesFollow-ups/CorrectionsScream 6 - New release date March 10, 23 https://twitter.com/ParamountPics/status/1588566439429931008 Rambo - Prequel movie now a sequel with Stallone wanting to “pass the torch” to someone new. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-features/sylvester-stallone-interview-rocky-rambo-tulsa-king-1235254384/ TrailersGlass Onion - https://youtu.be/gj5ibYSz8C0 Knives Out sequel. Netflix December 23 2022Gears of WarNetflix nabbs exclusive distribution rights for movies and series (animated). No creatives have been brought in to make the adaptation come to life.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/gears-of-war-franchise-feature-film-animated-series-adaptations-netflix-1235256913 SuggestsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRumor MillConfirmations/RefutationsDillinger Escape Plan - No reunions in the works.New SourcesPunisher - Jon Berenthal Punisher coming in phase 5.Black HammerJeff Lemire's universe is getting the Multiverse treatment from Amazon Studios according to reports. To include multiple series and movies.Into the Spider-verse 2Tom Holland said to be coming to voice himself in the movie. Though it could just be a Spider-Man that looks like Holland, with a different voice actor. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, but also former animation voice actors Josh Keaton and Christopher Daniel Barnes.Wonder ManBob Odenkirk rumored to be cast in the movie as Simon Williams' manager… AKA the villain of the feature.Star Wars Zen: Grogu and the Dust BunniesSeemingly leaked by the Italian Disney+, there will be another special event on the platform Nov 12.GleeRyan Murphy gets what Ryan Murphy wantsSupermanSteven Spielberg might be directing the next Man of Steel movie.Star WarsDeadpool 3 director Shawn Levy said to be getting his own Star Wars movie.Deadpool 3Agent Mobius as played by Owen Wilson said to be appearing in the movie.DCULobo said to be coming to a screen near you. To be played by Jason Momoa?PlaystationPS5 Slim coming soon??You can support this show by visiting our merch store, or by leaving us an Apple Podcasts review.

Remarkable Receptions
The Green Lantern--John Stewart

Remarkable Receptions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 3:03 Transcription Available


A short take on John Stewart, an African American character who became the premier Green Lantern for a generation of fans.Episode by Stephyn PhillipsRead by Gigi Monroe

The Comic Conspiracy
The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 564

The Comic Conspiracy

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 67:35


This week, we're the TV/Movie Conspiracy as we discuss Baltimore Comic-Con, Harrison Ford joining the MCU, Vision Quest, WonderMan casting, Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania and the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special trailers, The CW canceling Stargirl, The Batman spin-offs, John Stewart heads to HBO Max, and Henry Cavill eyeing a more inspiring Superman. Starring Ryan Higgins, Brock Sager, Kevin Sharp, and Charlie West.

The NERDSMASH TALKCAST
Episode 98: Big Casting News and Changes, Friday the 13th Prequel Series, HBO Max Chooses John Stewart, What We've Watched, Worst Halloween Experiences

The NERDSMASH TALKCAST

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 75:48


Hosts L.T. and Steve bring you the latest happenings in the world of nerd entertainment! On this episode, the hosts discuss: What We Have Watched (Spooky edition?) Friday the 13th Prequel Series Announced, Crystal Lake Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher Season 4, to be replaced with Liam Hemsworth? William Jackson Harper allegedly cast in Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania HBO Max Green Lantern show to now focus on John Stewart character The hosts also give their worst Halloween related experiences! Strap in for a jam-packed episode!

Titans Podcast
Green Lantern Podcast Season 0 - Episode 11: HBO Max's Green Lantern TV Show Starting Over...With John Stewart!

Titans Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 60:31


In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night...no evil shall escape the Green Lantern Podcast's sight! John, FoxyJazzabelle, and Toni are joined by Andy to discuss the major news that HBO Max is starting from scratch with the Green Lantern TV show, but this time…with John Stewart this time as the lead! Tune in for a juicy breakdown on the Green Lantern Podcast! Find Green Lantern Podcast on: Social Media: Facebook – @Lantern_Podcast – Instagram Subscribe: Apple Podcasts – Stitcher Radio – YouTube – DC TV Podcasts–Google Podcasts – iHeartRadio – Spotify –Amazon Music – Podchaser – TuneIn – Podcast Index Contact: TheGreenLanternPodcast@gmail.com Support: TeePublic Store

DC TV Podcasts
Green Lantern Podcast Season 0 – Episode 11: HBO Max’s Green Lantern TV Show Starting Over…With John Stewart!

DC TV Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 60:31


In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night…no evil shall escape the Green Lantern Podcast's sight! John, FoxyJazzabelle, and Toni are joined by Andy to discuss the major news that HBO Max is starting from scratch with the Green Lantern TV show, but this time…with John Stewart this time as the lead! Tune in for a juicy […] The post Green Lantern Podcast Season 0 – Episode 11: HBO Max's Green Lantern TV Show Starting Over…With John Stewart! appeared first on DC TV Podcasts.

The Nerds With Accents Podcast
Episode 139: Nerdery & Nonsense: Fall Anime Update, Tales of The Jedi, James Gunn x DC News and more!

The Nerds With Accents Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 75:54


Joe and JayG discuss My Hero Academia Season 6 being on FIRE right now, Bleach TYBW and the Quincy being OP, Spy x Family, Tales of The Jedi, Chainsaw Man, Cabinet of Curiosities, Liam Hemsworth Replacing Henry Cavill for ‘The Witcher' Season 4, James Gunn, and Peter Safran to Lead DC's  Film, TV and Animation Division, The Rock Just Can't Help Himself, HBO Max Green Lantern series focusing on John Stewart, George RR Martin Wanted HOTD to Start Earlier in the Targaryen History, Guardian of the Galaxy Holiday Special,  Absurd Nerdery, Vision Series Starring Paul Bettany In Works At Marvel Studios For Disney+ ,  listener feedback and plenty more nonsense.  To send feedback hit us up on Facebook , Twitter or E-mail us at thenerdswithaccents@gmail.com. We will read it on the show!     Join the new TNWA Patreon for early access to episodes, bonus content AND full video podcasts! If you love or hate this show, share with your best friends OR worst enemies! Joe's Socials: Twitter  | JG's Socials: Twitter | TNWA Facebook | TNWA Twitter | TNWA Patreon | 

DC on SCREEN: Zack Snyder's Justice League
Gunn, Safran and Superman

DC on SCREEN: Zack Snyder's Justice League

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 47:30


We're entering the age of DC Studios! On this episode we discuss the Happy Sad Confused interview Henry Cavill did with Josh Horowitz, Henry's reason for choosing the Man of Steel costume for his Black Adam appearance, Zack Snyder's clear support and cryptic statements, and of course the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Safran to lead the newly minted DC Studios!We also talk about the retooling of HBOMax's Green Lantern series which is now featuring John Stewart as lead, the new showrunner for Matt Reeves' Arkham Asylum series, and new faces coming to Doom Patrol!

The Craig Collins Show
Where was Will?

The Craig Collins Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 30:45


This Hour- Craig and Will, “Just Chattin” about where Will was? Details on Bradley University and OSF joint partnership! John Stewart audio regarding Hunter Biden's laptop; Craig speaks on the ban of handgun sales in Canada;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Craig Collins Show
Where was Will?

The Craig Collins Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 30:45


This Hour- Craig and Will, “Just Chattin” about where Will was? Details on Bradley University and OSF joint partnership! John Stewart audio regarding Hunter Biden's laptop; Craig speaks on the ban of handgun sales in Canada;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Bad Queers
Kris's Baby Beyoncé Update I Episode 129

Bad Queers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 70:42


Kris returns to give us an update on Baby Beyoncé and what it's like to be a parent. Trans rights are up for debate this election season, and we have John's (Oliver and Stewart) showing their allyship. Is it a bad queer opinion to enjoy your long distance relationship? Susie Carmichael should be the next LGBTQ+ cartoon character.Shoutouts:Shana: TransClinique: Uses telemedicine to create a virtual concierge gender affirming clinic that provides convenient, high quality care to Trans and non-binary folks - and they did this adorable video of trans kids and their parents doing Trans affirmations. Follow @transclinique on IGShelli: Dani Janae writer, poet, temptress. @figwidow on twitter and @bell.biv.dahoe on IG Bad Queers is co-hosted by:Shana Sumers: @shanahasagramKris Chesson: @kris.chessLet's keep in touch:Email us for advice at badqueers@theherapp.com or DM on InstagramFollow us @badqueerspod on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Tik TokLove our soundtrack? Check out Siena Liggins: @sienaliggins

Hodgetwins
John Stewart Compares Transgenderism to Cancer Treatment

Hodgetwins

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 16:14


John Stewart Compares Transgenderism to Cancer Treatment Patriotic Apparel: http://officialhodgetwins.com See Hodgetwins Live on tour: http://hodgetwinstour.com Hodgetwins Children's book: Http://hodgetwins.bravebooks.com Follow Hodgetwins: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehodgetwinsInstagram Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hodgetwins Twitter: https://twitter.com/hodgetwins Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/hodge_twins Other YouTube Channel: Politics: https://www.youtube.com/conservativetwins Askhodgetwins: http://youtube.com/askhodgetwins --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/hodgetwins/support

The Sync Report
S3 Ep9: The Sync Report | John Malkin

The Sync Report

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 114:45


First, we hear about John's love of music and how learning drums then guitar in his childhood set him up on his music journey, which since 2019 includes singing and playing guitar for his band The Simple Radicals. Find out why, when he was a kid, his parents never came to see his band live and how his band became one of Chicago's best covers band. Find out how Johns' podcast MUSIC & A BREW was born and evolved, with guests including Mark Farmer from Grand Funk Railroad. Hear what it was like to work at MTV at its peak as well as working on the launch of Comedy Central, hanging out with comedians such as John Stewart. Hear about John's encounter with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at the MTV awards aftershow party? And what was Colin doing at the MTV EMA's in Dublin? Find out why John left MTV to go and work for Fox news! And how the network was a different place back then. Hear what John thinks was his greatest achievement at Fox New and why it's important to watch a balanced amount of news from different sources. Then how did John land a role at the NFL and what spurred him to move on to work with Ovation after six years. Hear what is happening in arts and culture on Ovation TV and how excited John is about upcoming projects. In this week's sync session we talk to filmmakers Chris Rolfe and Tricia Jackson about their upcoming movie The Boys of 742, based on the the life of Matt Gideon and his friends as they succumb to and then overcome drug addiction;  a story of hope and recovery. Then we listen to music submissions from our audience hoping to have their music placed in the film. John Malkin Ovation Twitter LinkedIn Music is the difference between a good film and a great one. Music Songs included in this episode are: Rocky Mountain High by John Denver  Spirit of Radio by Rush  I'm your Captain (Closer to Home) by Grand Funk Railroad  Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana  New Revolution by The Simple Radicals SYNC SESSIONS Featuring: Featuring:  Chris Rolfe - Tricia Jackson - Matt Gideon – Heather Ragnars - Jodylynn Talevi Songs            As Night Falls by Todd Bordonaro Walk On by Native Sunz Live as One by Zac Ware  2 Sense  Music presents The Sync Report, where you will meet industry experts and top level songwriters as we pull the curtain back on music placement and scores, build vital relationships and provide real opportunities to our listeners. Listen to indie filmmakers present their latest productions and describe specific scenes as they consider music submitted by our audience. Please tell your friends about us, and remember to rate, comment, & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts and across all platforms.  And find us at The Sync Report here TSR Website  Facebook  Instagram Twitter Youtube Linkedin Tik Tok  The Sync Report podcast is:  Hosted By: Colin O'Donoghue - Rose Ganguzza - Jason P. Rothberg Featuring: Kevin Sharpley - Paula Flack and Willow - Milfredo Seven - Phill Mason – Jodylynn Talevi – Lisa Dunn Produced By: Jason P. Rothberg - Paula Flack - Robert Cappadona - Kevin Sharpley Executive Producers: Colin O'Donoghue - Rose Ganguzza - Jason P. Rothberg - Kevin Sharpley - Gianfranco Bianchi - Dean Lyon Writers: Jason P. Rothberg - Lisa Dunn - Paula Flack Editors: Jason P. Rothberg - Milfredo Seven - Paula Flack - Edgar “Edge” Camey - Adam McNamara Marketing Director: Paula Flack Music Supervisors: Phill Mason Music Department: Heather Ragnars - Lisa Dunn Foley: Phill Mason Research: Lisa Dunn Art Director: Gianfranco Bianchi Graphic Design: Jodylynn Talevi College Programs: Dr Stacy Montgomery College interns: Angela Nicastro – Drift – Princess Arga – Sean Jeon

Think Outside the Box Set
S25E4. F*** Grandpa Joe

Think Outside the Box Set

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 70:50


Incesticide by Nirvana Click here to join our Discord! (https://discord.gg/5vpqXaS) Check our announcements channel for news about livestreams. Learnin' Links: * Courtney Love on Kay's relationship with fame (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jun/24/kurt-cobain-desperate-for-fame-says-courtney-love#:~:text=%22He%20wrote%20to%20every%20major,in%20the%20National%20Geographic%20series.) * John Stewart (no not that one) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stewart_(character)) * Grandpa Joe Hate (https://www.reddit.com/r/grandpajoehate/comments/x6b4po/happy_labor_day_to_everyone_exept_this_pos_both/) * Incesticide Liner Notes (https://genius.com/Nirvana-incesticide-liner-notes-annotated) Listen along to Incesticide here! (https://open.spotify.com/album/6ICrBzsbHVluGHP8wGK4Y3) You can support us in several ways: Kick us a few bux on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/boxset) By becoming a supporting member, you'll gain access to special bonus episodes, including a weekly mini-show, What's in the Box Weekly! Buy T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more at our merch page! (https://boxset.threadless.com/)

Common Censored
Episode 204 - They Can't Cover This Up, Divesting from Deforestation, Calling Out Churchill & More!

Common Censored

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 59:50


Sometimes the internet is a beautiful place. Like that time just recently when Zelensky tried to hide the N*zi symbols on his guard's uniforms but oh the internets saved that little gem! Meanwhile, what do John Stewart, Mickey Mouse and a N*zi have in common? The EU parliament is pushing to divest from deforestation. Is this as good as it sounds or is it yet another false solution? Or maybe both... A railroad strike has been averted - for now. These workers hold $2bn a DAY in their hands as a looming strike is still very much in the cards. PLUS Winston Churchill get his due.   leecamp.net    

The Rental Journal Podcast
#111 - Chatting With John Stewart: Makinex Group CEO

The Rental Journal Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 38:51


John Stewart is the Group CEO at Makinex Construction Equipment.Makinex makes inefficiencies extinct by inventing and manufacturing solution-driven products, that provide the global construction community new ways to increase productivity, profitability & efficiency. There are now 4,580 rental stores around the world with Makinex Products.The Hire & Rental Industry Association (HRIA) promotes hire as the preferred choice for Australian business and consumers through supporting members, hire businesses, developing people and growing the industry. Celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2018, the HRIA continues to be a powerful voice for the hire industry in Australia, providing direction and support to enhance the success and safety of hire businesses in Australia.PODCAST INFO:Podcast website: https://www.therentaljournal.com/podcast-episodesApple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-rental-journal-podcast/id1529824111Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1EhZH7P39tgHJpmAyaF1He?si=xDVjELiFTqSX_u8fwbV5Uw&nd=1Email: mark.simonsen@therentaljournal.comSOCIAL:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-rental-journalInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/therentaljournalpodcast

Middle Aged Man Talk
Steve Carell is Irresistible!

Middle Aged Man Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 16:48


This week we try some spicy pea chips from Taiwan and talk about how Steve Carell is Irresistible. Recorded August 19, 2022.Thank you so much for listening,Brendan and RichardOur theme music is: Welcome to the Show by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4614-welcome-to-the-show License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licensePlease Support Middle Aged Man Talk on Patreon If you enjoyed our show Please Support Middle Aged Man Talk on Patreon!Support the show

Fictional Banter
Fictional Banter: Episode 113| Green Lantern: Beware My Power

Fictional Banter

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 58:48


In this DC animated film, John Stewart be becomes the new host of the green lantern ring, gaining the power of will. John is joined by Green Arrow and Hawk Girl to stop Sinestro and Hal Jordan(he appears to be possessed by Parrallax).

WWL First News with Tommy Tucker
Where Do We Stand In The Fight Against Cancer?

WWL First News with Tommy Tucker

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 9:25


Dr John Stewart joins Tommy to talk about cancer and the research to ending cancer. 

Ageless by Rescu
Karina Stewart, Founder & Chief Wellness Officer | Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Ageless by Rescu

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 36:34


Founder of the award-winning Kamalya Wellness Sanctuary Karina Stewart is a renowned authority on holistic health and wellbeing. An acclaimed speaker, author and innovator, Karina has more than 40 years of experience in the study and practice of diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions. Together with her husband John Stewart, they conceived and developed Kamalaya Wellness  Sanctuary which opened in 2005. Since then, they have received more than 35 industry awards- most recently Kamalaya was named ‘Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year' at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2022 in London. Karina's vision to create programs and experiences that draw on many of the influences and healing modalities of east and west are world renown with a wellness concept based on the idea of synergy. Under Karina's creative direction, Kamalaya develops holistic wellness programs that access the healing power within and support harmonious integration of heart, body, mind and spirit. This year, the program will integrate the world of functional testing, biohacking and science-based therapies into the diverse and deeply personalised program offer. Karina has a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in California, followed by training across structural therapies including Hellerwork and Cranial-Sacral Manipulation, yoga and Taoist philosophy and practice. She has a B.A. from Princeton University in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Asian religions.  This episode is dedicated to seekers of holistic transformation, cellular wellness and the alchemy of nature and science. In a post-pandemic world when we are all seeking to enhance our life and healthspan, there simply is no better expert to take us on this journey than Karina Stewart. Watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/Zart3FCg9kgSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Lawrence Ross Show
TLRS 09-09-22 - Favorite Soda

The Lawrence Ross Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 119:47


Episode 561 New Facebook likes. Stewie and the couch potatos are back, find out how they celebrated labor Day. Sports - Jim Rome talks about Ozzy only being on TV for a few seconds during last night's game, the infamous Carl Lewis National Anthem reset. Sleez's picks week 1. Cola wars explained by Weird History. "We Can Relate - Favorite Soda", Trump almost gets ejected from the segment. New Alex Jones themed audiobook about fairy tails. "Hey Boris Jonson" replay. "Blind Guy At The Picture Show - See No Evil, Hear No Evil." Home schooling on the rise, Twitter whistle blower. Reflecting on the impact of 9/11. George Carlin's ideas for combating terrorism. What happened to the host on 9/11 at the airport? Scene from "Family Guy" concerning Bin Laden. John Stewart's post 9/11 monologue. The show closes with "The End of the Innocence" by Don Henley. Break music - "All Revved Up With No Place to Go" by Meatloaf Rejoiner music - "Another Saturday Night" by Jimmy Buffett --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lawrence-ross9/message

A Mick A Mook and A Mic
Salute to 9/11 First Responders: FDNY Deputy Chief Rich Alles & Michael Barasch, Esq. Ep# 109

A Mick A Mook and A Mic

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 67:02


“They knew what they were signing up for.”“Ignore the infirmed, bury the dead, and just move on” seems to be the callous chorus of all too many insensible lawmakers who have never left the comfort of their own office nor lifted anything heavier than a pen. Too many of the so-called “powers that be” are only too happy to prattle these tired cliches to the families of first responders and war veterans.    As a Vietnam Vet and an FDNY first responder, I deplore their craven coldness, so I was delighted when legislators recently approved of compensation for victims of the Iraq fire pits. I equally applauded Congress when they begrudgingly recognized the effects that agent orange had on the victims of my generation. If not for the efforts of a few extraordinary men like comedian Jon Stewart, deceased firefighter Ray Pfeiffer, and late policeman James Zadroga, some Congressmen would have been delighted to put 9/11 in the rearview mirror. “Get over it.” “Move on.” “They knew what they were signing up for.” Jon Stewart didn't feel like that, nor did the grieving families of all who responded and suffered that fateful day.  On A Mick, A Mook, and A Mic's third 9/11 anniversary show, we will feature former FDNY Deputy Chief Rich Alles who not only served on the UFOA Executive Board but also maintained an active presence at Ground Zero.  Rich brings his extensive expertise and firsthand knowledge to our podcast and would be a welcome, if not necessary, addition to any forum about 9/11.   He will be joined by the renowned Michael Barasch of Barasch & MaGarry Law Firm, another who felt the victims of 9/11 should not “just get over it.” Together we will review victims' eligibility for the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and discuss little-known valuable benefits for these heroes and their families. This information will be of immense value to victims who have yet to enroll and even for victims who have already received compensation, including the $350,000 cancer death benefit.   Barasch and McGarry's firm has not only fought like the blazes for the victims of Ground Zero but has delivered more than $5 billion of the $7.2 billion made available in compensation to the victims and their families.  They have been instrumental in ensuring that the families of those heroes “who gave their last full measure of their devotion” that fateful day are at least compensated monetarily for their gruesome losses.  Let's not “just get over it.”  Don't allow our heroes and their families to suffer the slow poison of indifference. Fix what is broken. Remember our heroes.  Let right be done.  Category: By Billy O'Connor (Da Mick)

The Podcast of Oa: A Green Lantern Podcast
Episode 214 - Dark Crisis, Part 1

The Podcast of Oa: A Green Lantern Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 60:55


For episode 214 of The Podcast of Oa, co-hosts Myron Rumsey and Phil Bova dive into the current DC Comics crossover event, "Dark Crisis".  Phil and Myron talk about the first three issues as well as the Green Lantern tie-in one-shot book that focuses on John Stewart's perfect world.  There's also listener feedback and Phil features Green Lantern Ash in this episode's "Know Your Corps" segment. The Podcast of Oa is the official podcast of The Blog Oa and a proud member of the Comics Podcast Network. Share your comments and questions by calling the show's voicemail line at 406-PODOFOA (406-763-6362) while Skype users can leave a voicemail on the show's account, blogofoa. Send your emails to podcast@blogofoa.com. You can also find The Blog of Oa and The Podcast of Oa on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Podcast of Oa is sponsored by Heroes Your Mom Threw Out Comic Shop. Green Lantern and other related characters are the copyrighted property of DC Comics Inc. and are used without permission. The Blog of Oa and The Podcast of Oa are fan productions and do not claim any ownership over the Green Lantern or any other copyrighted properties. Show Links: The Podcast of Oa on Amazon Music (https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/188c3cd3-5633-4f02-93af-e63ac3b19ef2/The-Podcast-of-Oa-A-Green-Lantern-Podcast) The Podcast of Oa on Audible (https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Podcast-of-Oa-A-Green-Lantern-Podcast-Podcast/B08K56W3LZ?qid=1605031882) The Blog of Oa YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/Blogofoa) The Podcast of Oa Soundcloud Page (https://soundcloud.com/podcastofoa) The Podcast of Oa on Google Play Music (https://goo.gl/KAfEBA) The Podcast of Oa on Tunein (http://tunein.com/radio/The-Podcast-of-Oa-p881651/) The Podcast of Oa on Iheartradio (http://www.iheart.com/show/263-The-Podcast-of-Oa-A-Green/) The Podcast of Oa on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/0H0zOqRShuSujQmRjtG7aM) Contact the Green Lantern Book Club Email to bookclubofoa@gmail.com Show Notes: 00:00:00 Intro / GL news 00:08:53 Know Your Corps - Ash 00:10:10 Dark Crisis 00:39:24 Listener Feedback 00:57:13 Closing

Hipster & The Nerd
A Dramatic Reading of the Unproduced Batman v. Superman Script: Part 2

Hipster & The Nerd

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 54:03


"What's the deal with the Green Lantern Corps?" Hipster & The Nerd cracks open an emergency episode with a return to the unproduced third draft of Batman v. Superman! Join Chris and Brian as they stretch their voice acting muscles to bring life to iconic DC characters like John Stewart, Amanda Waller, Wonder Woman, and more; while mostly just sounding like goofy idiots. They'll also go into their thoughts on this specific draft as it stands, how it compares to the final film, the state of DC as a whole, and why they're not doing The Owl House this week. It's a short but sweet episode you won't want to miss, so give it a listen! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Another Relaunch
Episode 97: Captain Marvel #40, X-Men #13, MCU She-Hulk Episode 1 and More!

Another Relaunch

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 78:29


Welcome back! Update 11: 29 November Solicits - Marvel, Xtreme X-Men 2, Fantastic Four #1, Murderworld: Avengers #1. DC- JSA, John Stewart the emerald Night Comics 34:23 Captain Marvel #40 (Kelly Thompson, Alvaro Lopez and Juan Frigeri) 40:12 Strange #5 (Jed McKay and Marcelo Ferreira) 44:43 X-Men #13 (Gerry Duggan and CF Villa) Mentions: New #29, Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1 AR Book Club: New X-Men #29-31 [52:09] Rewatch: She-Hulk Ep. 1 [01:04:54]

The LanternCast: A Green Lantern Podcast
LanternCast Episode #489- "Green Lantern: Beware My Power" Animated Feature Review!

The LanternCast: A Green Lantern Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 70:27


Chad and Mark breakdown the highs, lows and controversy surrounding the new GL animated movie, Beware My Power! SPOILERS AHEAD! Be sure to email us your thoughts or call/text us on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN.

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs
Episode 151: “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie

A History Of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022


We start season four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs with an extra-long look at "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie, and at the Monterey Pop Festival, and the careers of the Mamas and the Papas and P.F. Sloan. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Up, Up, and Away" by the 5th Dimension. Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt's irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/ Resources As usual, all the songs excerpted in the podcast can be heard in full at Mixcloud. Scott McKenzie's first album is available here. There are many compilations of the Mamas and the Papas' music, but sadly none that are in print in the UK have the original mono mixes. This set is about as good as you're going to find, though, for the stereo versions. Information on the Mamas and the Papas came from Go Where You Wanna Go: The Oral History of The Mamas and the Papas by Matthew Greenwald, California Dreamin': The True Story Of The Mamas and Papas by Michelle Phillips, and Papa John by John Phillips and Jim Jerome. Information on P.F. Sloan came from PF - TRAVELLING BAREFOOT ON A ROCKY ROAD by Stephen McParland and What's Exactly the Matter With Me? by P.F. Sloan and S.E. Feinberg. The film of the Monterey Pop Festival is available on this Criterion Blu-Ray set. Sadly the CD of the performances seems to be deleted. Patreon This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of my backers on Patreon. Why not join them? Transcript Welcome to season four of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs. It's good to be back. Before we start this episode, I just want to say one thing. I get a lot of credit at times for the way I don't shy away from dealing with the more unsavoury elements of the people being covered in my podcast -- particularly the more awful men. But as I said very early on, I only cover those aspects of their life when they're relevant to the music, because this is a music podcast and not a true crime podcast. But also I worry that in some cases this might mean I'm giving a false impression of some people. In the case of this episode, one of the central figures is John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. Now, Phillips has posthumously been accused of some truly monstrous acts, the kind of thing that is truly unforgivable, and I believe those accusations. But those acts didn't take place during the time period covered by most of this episode, so I won't be covering them here -- but they're easily googlable if you want to know. I thought it best to get that out of the way at the start, so no-one's either anxiously waiting for the penny to drop or upset that I didn't acknowledge the elephant in the room. Separately, this episode will have some discussion of fatphobia and diet culture, and of a death that is at least in part attributable to those things. Those of you affected by that may want to skip this one or read the transcript. There are also some mentions of drug addiction and alcoholism. Anyway, on with the show. One of the things that causes problems with rock history is the tendency of people to have selective memories, and that's never more true than when it comes to the Summer of Love, summer of 1967. In the mythology that's built up around it, that was a golden time, the greatest time ever, a period of peace and love where everything was possible, and the world looked like it was going to just keep on getting better. But what that means, of course, is that the people remembering it that way do so because it was the best time of their lives. And what happens when the best time of your life is over in one summer? When you have one hit and never have a second, or when your band splits up after only eighteen months, and you have to cope with the reality that your best years are not only behind you, but they weren't even best years, but just best months? What stories would you tell about that time? Would you remember it as the eve of destruction, the last great moment before everything went to hell, or would you remember it as a golden summer, full of people with flowers in their hair? And would either really be true? [Excerpt: Scott McKenzie, "San Francisco"] Other than the city in which they worked, there are a few things that seem to characterise almost all the important figures on the LA music scene in the middle part of the 1960s. They almost all seem to be incredibly ambitious, as one might imagine. There seem to be a huge number of fantasists among them -- people who will not only choose the legend over reality when it suits them, but who will choose the legend over reality even when it doesn't suit them. And they almost all seem to have a story about being turned down in a rude and arrogant manner by Lou Adler, usually more or less the same story. To give an example, I'm going to read out a bit of Ray Manzarek's autobiography here. Now, Manzarek uses a few words that I can't use on this podcast and keep a clean rating, so I'm just going to do slight pauses when I get to them, but I'll leave the words in the transcript for those who aren't offended by them: "Sometimes Jim and Dorothy and I went alone. The three of us tried Dunhill Records. Lou Adler was the head man. He was shrewd and he was hip. He had the Mamas and the Papas and a big single with Barry McGuire's 'Eve of Destruction.' He was flush. We were ushered into his office. He looked cool. He was California casually disheveled and had the look of a stoner, but his eyes were as cold as a shark's. He took the twelve-inch acetate demo from me and we all sat down. He put the disc on his turntable and played each cut…for ten seconds. Ten seconds! You can't tell jack [shit] from ten seconds. At least listen to one of the songs all the way through. I wanted to rage at him. 'How dare you! We're the Doors! This is [fucking] Jim Morrison! He's going to be a [fucking] star! Can't you see that? Can't you see how [fucking] handsome he is? Can't you hear how groovy the music is? Don't you [fucking] get it? Listen to the words, man!' My brain was a boiling, lava-filled Jell-O mold of rage. I wanted to eviscerate that shark. The songs he so casually dismissed were 'Moonlight Drive,' 'Hello, I Love You,' 'Summer's Almost Gone,' 'End of the Night,' 'I Looked at You,' 'Go Insane.' He rejected the whole demo. Ten seconds on each song—maybe twenty seconds on 'Hello, I Love You' (I took that as an omen of potential airplay)—and we were dismissed out of hand. Just like that. He took the demo off the turntable and handed it back to me with an obsequious smile and said, 'Nothing here I can use.' We were shocked. We stood up, the three of us, and Jim, with a wry and knowing smile on his lips, cuttingly and coolly shot back at him, 'That's okay, man. We don't want to be *used*, anyway.'" Now, as you may have gathered from the episode on the Doors, Ray Manzarek was one of those print-the-legend types, and that's true of everyone who tells similar stories about Lou Alder. But... there are a *lot* of people who tell similar stories about Lou Adler. One of those was Phil Sloan. You can get an idea of Sloan's attitude to storytelling from a story he always used to tell. Shortly after he and his family moved to LA from New York, he got a job selling newspapers on a street corner on Hollywood Boulevard, just across from Schwab's Drug Store. One day James Dean drove up in his Porsche and made an unusual request. He wanted to buy every copy of the newspaper that Sloan had -- around a hundred and fifty copies in total. But he only wanted one article, something in the entertainment section. Sloan didn't remember what the article was, but he did remember that one of the headlines was on the final illness of Oliver Hardy, who died shortly afterwards, and thought it might have been something to do with that. Dean was going to just clip that article from every copy he bought, and then he was going to give all the newspapers back to Sloan to sell again, so Sloan ended up making a lot of extra money that day. There is one rather big problem with that story. Oliver Hardy died in August 1957, just after the Sloan family moved to LA. But James Dean died in September 1955, two years earlier. Sloan admitted that, and said he couldn't explain it, but he was insistent. He sold a hundred and fifty newspapers to James Dean two years after Dean's death. When not selling newspapers to dead celebrities, Sloan went to Fairfax High School, and developed an interest in music which was mostly oriented around the kind of white pop vocal groups that were popular at the time, groups like the Kingston Trio, the Four Lads, and the Four Aces. But the record that made Sloan decide he wanted to make music himself was "Just Goofed" by the Teen Queens: [Excerpt: The Teen Queens, "Just Goofed"] In 1959, when he was fourteen, he saw an advert for an open audition with Aladdin Records, a label he liked because of Thurston Harris. He went along to the audition, and was successful. His first single, released as by Flip Sloan -- Flip was a nickname, a corruption of "Philip" -- was produced by Bumps Blackwell and featured several of the musicians who played with Sam Cooke, plus Larry Knechtel on piano and Mike Deasey on guitar, but Aladdin shut down shortly after releasing it, and it may not even have had a general release, just promo copies. I've not been able to find a copy online anywhere. After that, he tried Arwin Records, the label that Jan and Arnie recorded for, which was owned by Marty Melcher (Doris Day's husband and Terry Melcher's stepfather). Melcher signed him, and put out a single, "She's My Girl", on Mart Records, a subsidiary of Arwin, on which Sloan was backed by a group of session players including Sandy Nelson and Bruce Johnston: [Excerpt: Philip Sloan, "She's My Girl"] That record didn't have any success, and Sloan was soon dropped by Mart Records. He went on to sign with Blue Bird Records, which was as far as can be ascertained essentially a scam organisation that would record demos for songwriters, but tell the performers that they were making a real record, so that they would record it for the royalties they would never get, rather than for a decent fee as a professional demo singer would get. But Steve Venet -- the brother of Nik Venet, and occasional songwriting collaborator with Tommy Boyce -- happened to come to Blue Bird one day, and hear one of Sloan's original songs. He thought Sloan would make a good songwriter, and took him to see Lou Adler at Columbia-Screen Gems music publishing. This was shortly after the merger between Columbia-Screen Gems and Aldon Music, and Adler was at this point the West Coast head of operations, subservient to Don Kirshner and Al Nevins, but largely left to do what he wanted. The way Sloan always told the story, Venet tried to get Adler to sign Sloan, but Adler said his songs stunk and had no commercial potential. But Sloan persisted in trying to get a contract there, and eventually Al Nevins happened to be in the office and overruled Adler, much to Adler's disgust. Sloan was signed to Columbia-Screen Gems as a songwriter, though he wasn't put on a salary like the Brill Building songwriters, just told that he could bring in songs and they would publish them. Shortly after this, Adler suggested to Sloan that he might want to form a writing team with another songwriter, Steve Barri, who had had a similar non-career non-trajectory, but was very slightly further ahead in his career, having done some work with Carol Connors, the former lead singer of the Teddy Bears. Barri had co-written a couple of flop singles for Connors, before the two of them had formed a vocal group, the Storytellers, with Connors' sister. The Storytellers had released a single, "When Two People (Are in Love)" , which was put out on a local independent label and which Adler had licensed to be released on Dimension Records, the label associated with Aldon Music: [Excerpt: The Storytellers "When Two People (Are in Love)"] That record didn't sell, but it was enough to get Barri into the Columbia-Screen Gems circle, and Adler set him and Sloan up as a songwriting team -- although the way Sloan told it, it wasn't so much a songwriting team as Sloan writing songs while Barri was also there. Sloan would later claim "it was mostly a collaboration of spirit, and it seemed that I was writing most of the music and the lyric, but it couldn't possibly have ever happened unless both of us were present at the same time". One suspects that Barri might have a different recollection of how it went... Sloan and Barri's first collaboration was a song that Sloan had half-written before they met, called "Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann", which was recorded by a West Coast Chubby Checker knockoff who went under the name Round Robin, and who had his own dance craze, the Slauson, which was much less successful than the Twist: [Excerpt: Round Robin, "Kick that Little Foot Sally Ann"] That track was produced and arranged by Jack Nitzsche, and Nitzsche asked Sloan to be one of the rhythm guitarists on the track, apparently liking Sloan's feel. Sloan would end up playing rhythm guitar or singing backing vocals on many of the records made of songs he and Barri wrote together. "Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann" only made number sixty-one nationally, but it was a regional hit, and it meant that Sloan and Barri soon became what Sloan later described as "the Goffin and King of the West Coast follow-ups." According to Sloan "We'd be given a list on Monday morning by Lou Adler with thirty names on it of the groups who needed follow-ups to their hit." They'd then write the songs to order, and they started to specialise in dance craze songs. For example, when the Swim looked like it might be the next big dance, they wrote "Swim Swim Swim", "She Only Wants to Swim", "Let's Swim Baby", "Big Boss Swimmer", "Swim Party" and "My Swimmin' Girl" (the last a collaboration with Jan Berry and Roger Christian). These songs were exactly as good as they needed to be, in order to provide album filler for mid-tier artists, and while Sloan and Barri weren't writing any massive hits, they were doing very well as mid-tier writers. According to Sloan's biographer Stephen McParland, there was a three-year period in the mid-sixties where at least one song written or co-written by Sloan was on the national charts at any given time. Most of these songs weren't for Columbia-Screen Gems though. In early 1964 Lou Adler had a falling out with Don Kirshner, and decided to start up his own company, Dunhill, which was equal parts production company, music publishers, and management -- doing for West Coast pop singers what Motown was doing for Detroit soul singers, and putting everything into one basket. Dunhill's early clients included Jan and Dean and the rockabilly singer Johnny Rivers, and Dunhill also signed Sloan and Barri as songwriters. Because of this connection, Sloan and Barri soon became an important part of Jan and Dean's hit-making process. The Matadors, the vocal group that had provided most of the backing vocals on the duo's hits, had started asking for more money than Jan Berry was willing to pay, and Jan and Dean couldn't do the vocals themselves -- as Bones Howe put it "As a singer, Dean is a wonderful graphic artist" -- and so Sloan and Barri stepped in, doing session vocals without payment in the hope that Jan and Dean would record a few of their songs. For example, on the big hit "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", Dean Torrence is not present at all on the record -- Jan Berry sings the lead vocal, with Sloan doubling him for much of it, Sloan sings "Dean"'s falsetto, with the engineer Bones Howe helping out, and the rest of the backing vocals are sung by Sloan, Barri, and Howe: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena"] For these recordings, Sloan and Barri were known as The Fantastic Baggys, a name which came from the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Oldham and Mick Jagger, when the two were visiting California. Oldham had been commenting on baggys, the kind of shorts worn by surfers, and had asked Jagger what he thought of The Baggys as a group name. Jagger had replied "Fantastic!" and so the Fantastic Baggys had been born. As part of this, Sloan and Barri moved hard into surf and hot-rod music from the dance songs they had been writing previously. The Fantastic Baggys recorded their own album, Tell 'Em I'm Surfin', as a quickie album suggested by Adler: [Excerpt: The Fantastic Baggys, "Tell 'Em I'm Surfin'"] And under the name The Rally Packs they recorded a version of Jan and Dean's "Move Out Little Mustang" which featured Berry's girlfriend Jill Gibson doing a spoken section: [Excerpt: The Rally Packs, "Move Out Little Mustang"] They also wrote several album tracks for Jan and Dean, and wrote "Summer Means Fun" for Bruce and Terry -- Bruce Johnston, later of the Beach Boys, and Terry Melcher: [Excerpt: Bruce and Terry, "Summer Means Fun"] And they wrote the very surf-flavoured "Secret Agent Man" for fellow Dunhill artist Johnny Rivers: [Excerpt: Johnny Rivers, "Secret Agent Man"] But of course, when you're chasing trends, you're chasing trends, and soon the craze for twangy guitars and falsetto harmonies had ended, replaced by a craze for jangly twelve-string guitars and closer harmonies. According to Sloan, he was in at the very beginning of the folk-rock trend -- the way he told the story, he was involved in the mastering of the Byrds' version of "Mr. Tambourine Man". He later talked about Terry Melcher getting him to help out, saying "He had produced a record called 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and had sent it into the head office, and it had been rejected. He called me up and said 'I've got three more hours in the studio before I'm being kicked out of Columbia. Can you come over and help me with this new record?' I did. I went over there. It was under lock and key. There were two guards outside the door. Terry asked me something about 'Summer Means Fun'. "He said 'Do you remember the guitar that we worked on with that? How we put in that double reverb?' "And I said 'yes' "And he said 'What do you think if we did something like that with the Byrds?' "And I said 'That sounds good. Let's see what it sounds like.' So we patched into all the reverb centres in Columbia Music, and mastered the record in three hours." Whether Sloan really was there at the birth of folk rock, he and Barri jumped on the folk-rock craze just as they had the surf and hot-rod craze, and wrote a string of jangly hits including "You Baby" for the Turtles: [Excerpt: The Turtles, "You Baby"] and "I Found a Girl" for Jan and Dean: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "I Found a Girl"] That song was later included on Jan and Dean's Folk 'n' Roll album, which also included... a song I'm not even going to name, but long-time listeners will know the one I mean. It was also notable in that "I Found a Girl" was the first song on which Sloan was credited not as Phil Sloan, but as P.F. Sloan -- he didn't have a middle name beginning with F, but rather the F stood for his nickname "Flip". Sloan would later talk of Phil Sloan and P.F. Sloan as almost being two different people, with P.F. being a far more serious, intense, songwriter. Folk 'n' Roll also contained another Sloan song, this one credited solely to Sloan. And that song is the one for which he became best known. There are two very different stories about how "Eve of Destruction" came to be written. To tell Sloan's version, I'm going to read a few paragraphs from his autobiography: "By late 1964, I had already written ‘Eve Of Destruction,' ‘The Sins Of A Family,' ‘This Mornin',' ‘Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind,' and ‘What's Exactly The Matter With Me?' They all arrived on one cataclysmic evening, and nearly at the same time, as I worked on the lyrics almost simultaneously. ‘Eve Of Destruction' came about from hearing a voice, perhaps an angel's. The voice instructed me to place five pieces of paper and spread them out on my bed. I obeyed the voice. The voice told me that the first song would be called ‘Eve Of Destruction,' so I wrote the title at the top of the page. For the next few hours, the voice came and went as I was writing the lyric, as if this spirit—or whatever it was—stood over me like a teacher: ‘No, no … not think of all the hate there is in Red Russia … Red China!' I didn't understand. I thought the Soviet Union was the mortal threat to America, but the voice went on to reveal to me the future of the world until 2024. I was told the Soviet Union would fall, and that Red China would continue to be communist far into the future, but that communism was not going to be allowed to take over this Divine Planet—therefore, think of all the hate there is in Red China. I argued and wrestled with the voice for hours, until I was exhausted but satisfied inside with my plea to God to either take me out of the world, as I could not live in such a hypocritical society, or to show me a way to make things better. When I was writing ‘Eve,' I was on my hands and knees, pleading for an answer." Lou Adler's story is that he gave Phil Sloan a copy of Bob Dylan's Bringing it All Back Home album and told him to write a bunch of songs that sounded like that, and Sloan came back a week later as instructed with ten Dylan knock-offs. Adler said "It was a natural feel for him. He's a great mimic." As one other data point, both Steve Barri and Bones Howe, the engineer who worked on most of the sessions we're looking at today, have often talked in interviews about "Eve of Destruction" as being a Sloan/Barri collaboration, as if to them it's common knowledge that it wasn't written alone, although Sloan's is the only name on the credits. The song was given to a new signing to Dunhill Records, Barry McGuire. McGuire was someone who had been part of the folk scene for years, He'd been playing folk clubs in LA while also acting in a TV show from 1961. When the TV show had finished, he'd formed a duo, Barry and Barry, with Barry Kane, and they performed much the same repertoire as all the other early-sixties folkies: [Excerpt: Barry and Barry, "If I Had a Hammer"] After recording their one album, both Barrys joined the New Christy Minstrels. We've talked about the Christys before, but they were -- and are to this day -- an ultra-commercial folk group, led by Randy Sparks, with a revolving membership of usually eight or nine singers which included several other people who've come up in this podcast, like Gene Clark and Jerry Yester. McGuire became one of the principal lead singers of the Christys, singing lead on their version of the novelty cowboy song "Three Wheels on My Wagon", which was later released as a single in the UK and became a perennial children's favourite (though it has a problematic attitude towards Native Americans): [Excerpt: The New Christy Minstrels, "Three Wheels on My Wagon"] And he also sang lead on their big hit "Green Green", which he co-wrote with Randy Sparks: [Excerpt: The New Christy Minstrels, "Green Green"] But by 1965 McGuire had left the New Christy Minstrels. As he said later "I'd sung 'Green Green' a thousand times and I didn't want to sing it again. This is January of 1965. I went back to LA to meet some producers, and I was broke. Nobody had the time of day for me. I was walking down street one time to see Dr. Strangelove and I walked by the music store, and I heard "Green Green" comin' out of the store, ya know, on Hollywood Boulevard. And I heard my voice, and I thought, 'I got four dollars in my pocket!' I couldn't believe it, my voice is comin' out on Hollywood Boulevard, and I'm broke. And right at that moment, a car pulls up, and the radio is playing 'Chim Chim Cherie" also by the Minstrels. So I got my voice comin' at me in stereo, standin' on the sidewalk there, and I'm broke, and I can't get anyone to sign me!" But McGuire had a lot of friends who he'd met on the folk scene, some of whom were now in the new folk-rock scene that was just starting to spring up. One of them was Roger McGuinn, who told him that his band, the Byrds, were just about to put out a new single, "Mr. Tambourine Man", and that they were about to start a residency at Ciro's on Sunset Strip. McGuinn invited McGuire to the opening night of that residency, where a lot of other people from the scene were there to see the new group. Bob Dylan was there, as was Phil Sloan, and the actor Jack Nicholson, who was still at the time a minor bit-part player in low-budget films made by people like American International Pictures (the cinematographer on many of Nicholson's early films was Floyd Crosby, David Crosby's father, which may be why he was there). Someone else who was there was Lou Adler, who according to McGuire recognised him instantly. According to Adler, he actually asked Terry Melcher who the long-haired dancer wearing furs was, because "he looked like the leader of a movement", and Melcher told him that he was the former lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels. Either way, Adler approached McGuire and asked if he was currently signed -- Dunhill Records was just starting up, and getting someone like McGuire, who had a proven ability to sing lead on hit records, would be a good start for the label. As McGuire didn't have a contract, he was signed to Dunhill, and he was given some of Sloan's new songs to pick from, and chose "What's Exactly the Matter With Me?" as his single: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "What's Exactly the Matter With Me?"] McGuire described what happened next: "It was like, a three-hour session. We did two songs, and then the third one wasn't turning out. We only had about a half hour left in the session, so I said 'Let's do this tune', and I pulled 'Eve of Destruction' out of my pocket, and it just had Phil's words scrawled on a piece of paper, all wrinkled up. Phil worked the chords out with the musicians, who were Hal Blaine on drums and Larry Knechtel on bass." There were actually more musicians than that at the session -- apparently both Knechtel and Joe Osborn were there, so I'm not entirely sure who's playing bass -- Knechtel was a keyboard player as well as a bass player, but I don't hear any keyboards on the track. And Tommy Tedesco was playing lead guitar, and Steve Barri added percussion, along with Sloan on rhythm guitar and harmonica. The chords were apparently scribbled down for the musicians on bits of greasy paper that had been used to wrap some takeaway chicken, and they got through the track in a single take. According to McGuire "I'm reading the words off this piece of wrinkled paper, and I'm singing 'My blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin'", that part that goes 'Ahhh you can't twist the truth', and the reason I'm going 'Ahhh' is because I lost my place on the page. People said 'Man, you really sounded frustrated when you were singing.' I was. I couldn't see the words!" [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"] With a few overdubs -- the female backing singers in the chorus, and possibly the kettledrums, which I've seen differing claims about, with some saying that Hal Blaine played them during the basic track and others saying that Lou Adler suggested them as an overdub, the track was complete. McGuire wasn't happy with his vocal, and a session was scheduled for him to redo it, but then a record promoter working with Adler was DJing a birthday party for the head of programming at KFWB, the big top forty radio station in LA at the time, and he played a few acetates he'd picked up from Adler. Most went down OK with the crowd, but when he played "Eve of Destruction", the crowd went wild and insisted he play it three times in a row. The head of programming called Adler up and told him that "Eve of Destruction" was going to be put into rotation on the station from Monday, so he'd better get the record out. As McGuire was away for the weekend, Adler just released the track as it was, and what had been intended to be a B-side became Barry McGuire's first and only number one record: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"] Sloan would later claim that that song was a major reason why the twenty-sixth amendment to the US Constitution was passed six years later, because the line "you're old enough to kill but not for votin'" shamed Congress into changing the constitution to allow eighteen-year-olds to vote. If so, that would make "Eve of Destruction" arguably the single most impactful rock record in history, though Sloan is the only person I've ever seen saying that As well as going to number one in McGuire's version, the song was also covered by the other artists who regularly performed Sloan and Barri songs, like the Turtles: [Excerpt: The Turtles, "Eve of Destruction"] And Jan and Dean, whose version on Folk & Roll used the same backing track as McGuire, but had a few lyrical changes to make it fit with Jan Berry's right-wing politics, most notably changing "Selma, Alabama" to "Watts, California", thus changing a reference to peaceful civil rights protestors being brutally attacked and murdered by white supremacist state troopers to a reference to what was seen, in the popular imaginary, as Black people rioting for no reason: [Excerpt: Jan and Dean, "Eve of Destruction"] According to Sloan, he worked on the Folk & Roll album as a favour to Berry, even though he thought Berry was being cynical and exploitative in making the record, but those changes caused a rift in their friendship. Sloan said in his autobiography "Where I was completely wrong was in helping him capitalize on something in which he didn't believe. Jan wanted the public to perceive him as a person who was deeply concerned and who embraced the values of the progressive politics of the day. But he wasn't that person. That's how I was being pulled. It was when he recorded my actual song ‘Eve Of Destruction' and changed a number of lines to reflect his own ideals that my principles demanded that I leave Folk City and never return." It's true that Sloan gave no more songs to Jan and Dean after that point -- but it's also true that the duo would record only one more album, the comedy concept album Jan and Dean Meet Batman, before Jan's accident. Incidentally, the reference to Selma, Alabama in the lyric might help people decide on which story about the writing of "Eve of Destruction" they think is more plausible. Remember that Lou Adler said that it was written after Adler gave Sloan a copy of Bringing it All Back Home and told him to write a bunch of knock-offs, while Sloan said it was written after a supernatural force gave him access to all the events that would happen in the world for the next sixty years. Sloan claimed the song was written in late 1964. Selma, Alabama, became national news in late February and early March 1965. Bringing it All Back Home was released in late March 1965. So either Adler was telling the truth, or Sloan really *was* given a supernatural insight into the events of the future. Now, as it turned out, while "Eve of Destruction" went to number one, that would be McGuire's only hit as a solo artist. His next couple of singles would reach the very low end of the Hot One Hundred, and that would be it -- he'd release several more albums, before appearing in the Broadway musical Hair, most famous for its nude scenes, and getting a small part in the cinematic masterpiece Werewolves on Wheels: [Excerpt: Werewolves on Wheels trailer] P.F. Sloan would later tell various stories about why McGuire never had another hit. Sometimes he would say that Dunhill Records had received death threats because of "Eve of Destruction" and so deliberately tried to bury McGuire's career, other times he would say that Lou Adler had told him that Billboard had said they were never going to put McGuire's records on the charts no matter how well they sold, because "Eve of Destruction" had just been too powerful and upset the advertisers. But of course at this time Dunhill were still trying for a follow-up to "Eve of Destruction", and they thought they might have one when Barry McGuire brought in a few friends of his to sing backing vocals on his second album. Now, we've covered some of the history of the Mamas and the Papas already, because they were intimately tied up with other groups like the Byrds and the Lovin' Spoonful, and with the folk scene that led to songs like "Hey Joe", so some of this will be more like a recap than a totally new story, but I'm going to recap those parts of the story anyway, so it's fresh in everyone's heads. John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, and Cass Elliot all grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few miles south of Washington DC. Elliot was a few years younger than Phillips and McKenzie, and so as is the way with young men they never really noticed her, and as McKenzie later said "She lived like a quarter of a mile from me and I never met her until New York". While they didn't know who Elliot was, though, she was aware who they were, as Phillips and McKenzie sang together in a vocal group called The Smoothies. The Smoothies were a modern jazz harmony group, influenced by groups like the Modernaires, the Hi-Los, and the Four Freshmen. John Phillips later said "We were drawn to jazz, because we were sort of beatniks, really, rather than hippies, or whatever, flower children. So we used to sing modern harmonies, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. Dave Lambert did a lot of our arrangements for us as a matter of fact." Now, I've not seen any evidence other than Phillips' claim that Dave Lambert ever arranged for the Smoothies, but that does tell you a lot about the kind of music that they were doing. Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross were a vocalese trio whose main star was Annie Ross, who had a career worthy of an episode in itself -- she sang with Paul Whiteman, appeared in a Little Rascals film when she was seven, had an affair with Lenny Bruce, dubbed Britt Ekland's voice in The Wicker Man, played the villain's sister in Superman III, and much more. Vocalese, you'll remember, was a style of jazz vocal where a singer would take a jazz instrumental, often an improvised one, and add lyrics which they would sing, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross' version of "Cloudburst": [Excerpt: Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, "Cloudburst"] Whether Dave Lambert ever really did arrange for the Smoothies or not, it's very clear that the trio had a huge influence on John Phillips' ideas about vocal arrangement, as you can hear on Mamas and Papas records like "Once Was a Time I Thought": [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "Once Was a Time I Thought"] While the Smoothies thought of themselves as a jazz group, when they signed to Decca they started out making the standard teen pop of the era, with songs like "Softly": [Excerpt, The Smoothies, "Softly"] When the folk boom started, Phillips realised that this was music that he could do easily, because the level of musicianship among the pop-folk musicians was so much lower than in the jazz world. The Smoothies made some recordings in the style of the Kingston Trio, like "Ride Ride Ride": [Excerpt: The Smoothies, "Ride Ride Ride"] Then when the Smoothies split, Phillips and McKenzie formed a trio with a banjo player, Dick Weissman, who they met through Izzy Young's Folklore Centre in Greenwich Village after Phillips asked Young to name some musicians who could make a folk record with him. Weissman was often considered the best banjo player on the scene, and was a friend of Pete Seeger's, to whom Seeger sometimes turned for banjo tips. The trio, who called themselves the Journeymen, quickly established themselves on the folk scene. Weissman later said "we had this interesting balance. John had all of this charisma -- they didn't know about the writing thing yet -- John had the personality, Scott had the voice, and I could play. If you think about it, all of those bands like the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, nobody could really *sing* and nobody could really *play*, relatively speaking." This is the take that most people seemed to have about John Phillips, in any band he was ever in. Nobody thought he was a particularly good singer or instrumentalist -- he could sing on key and play adequate rhythm guitar, but nobody would actually pay money to listen to him do those things. Mark Volman of the Turtles, for example, said of him "John wasn't the kind of guy who was going to be able to go up on stage and sing his songs as a singer-songwriter. He had to put himself in the context of a group." But he was charismatic, he had presence, and he also had a great musical mind. He would surround himself with the best players and best singers he could, and then he would organise and arrange them in ways that made the most of their talents. He would work out the arrangements, in a manner that was far more professional than the quick head arrangements that other folk groups used, and he instigated a level of professionalism in his groups that was not at all common on the scene. Phillips' friend Jim Mason talked about the first time he saw the Journeymen -- "They were warming up backstage, and John had all of them doing vocal exercises; one thing in particular that's pretty famous called 'Seiber Syllables' -- it's a series of vocal exercises where you enunciate different vowel and consonant sounds. It had the effect of clearing your head, and it's something that really good operetta singers do." The group were soon signed by Frank Werber, the manager of the Kingston Trio, who signed them as an insurance policy. Dave Guard, the Kingston Trio's banjo player, was increasingly having trouble with the other members, and Werber knew it was only a matter of time before he left the group. Werber wanted the Journeymen as a sort of farm team -- he had the idea that when Guard left, Phillips would join the Kingston Trio in his place as the third singer. Weissman would become the Trio's accompanist on banjo, and Scott McKenzie, who everyone agreed had a remarkable voice, would be spun off as a solo artist. But until that happened, they might as well make records by themselves. The Journeymen signed to MGM records, but were dropped before they recorded anything. They instead signed to Capitol, for whom they recorded their first album: [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "500 Miles"] After recording that album, the Journeymen moved out to California, with Phillips' wife and children. But soon Phillips' marriage was to collapse, as he met and fell in love with Michelle Gilliam. Gilliam was nine years younger than him -- he was twenty-six and she was seventeen -- and she had the kind of appearance which meant that in every interview with an older heterosexual man who knew her, that man will spend half the interview talking about how attractive he found her. Phillips soon left his wife and children, but before he did, the group had a turntable hit with "River Come Down", the B-side to "500 Miles": [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "River Come Down"] Around the same time, Dave Guard *did* leave the Kingston Trio, but the plan to split the Journeymen never happened. Instead Phillips' friend John Stewart replaced Guard -- and this soon became a new source of income for Phillips. Both Phillips and Stewart were aspiring songwriters, and they collaborated together on several songs for the Trio, including "Chilly Winds": [Excerpt: The Kingston Trio, "Chilly Winds"] Phillips became particularly good at writing songs that sounded like they could be old traditional folk songs, sometimes taking odd lines from older songs to jump-start new ones, as in "Oh Miss Mary", which he and Stewart wrote after hearing someone sing the first line of a song she couldn't remember the rest of: [Excerpt: The Kingston Trio, "Oh Miss Mary"] Phillips and Stewart became so close that Phillips actually suggested to Stewart that he quit the Kingston Trio and replace Dick Weissman in the Journeymen. Stewart did quit the Trio -- but then the next day Phillips suggested that maybe it was a bad idea and he should stay where he was. Stewart went back to the Trio, claimed he had only pretended to quit because he wanted a pay-rise, and got his raise, so everyone ended up happy. The Journeymen moved back to New York with Michelle in place of Phillips' first wife (and Michelle's sister Russell also coming along, as she was dating Scott McKenzie) and on New Year's Eve 1962 John and Michelle married -- so from this point on I will refer to them by their first names, because they both had the surname Phillips. The group continued having success through 1963, including making appearances on "Hootenanny": [Excerpt: The Journeymen, "Stack O'Lee (live on Hootenanny)"] By the time of the Journeymen's third album, though, John and Scott McKenzie were on bad terms. Weissman said "They had been the closest of friends and now they were the worst of enemies. They talked through me like I was a medium. It got to the point where we'd be standing in the dressing room and John would say to me 'Tell Scott that his right sock doesn't match his left sock...' Things like that, when they were standing five feet away from each other." Eventually, the group split up. Weissman was always going to be able to find employment given his banjo ability, and he was about to get married and didn't need the hassle of dealing with the other two. McKenzie was planning on a solo career -- everyone was agreed that he had the vocal ability. But John was another matter. He needed to be in a group. And not only that, the Journeymen had bookings they needed to complete. He quickly pulled together a group he called the New Journeymen. The core of the lineup was himself, Michelle on vocals, and banjo player Marshall Brickman. Brickman had previously been a member of a folk group called the Tarriers, who had had a revolving lineup, and had played on most of their early-sixties recordings: [Excerpt: The Tarriers, "Quinto (My Little Pony)"] We've met the Tarriers before in the podcast -- they had been formed by Erik Darling, who later replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers after Seeger's socialist principles wouldn't let him do advertising, and Alan Arkin, later to go on to be a film star, and had had hits with "Cindy, O Cindy", with lead vocals from Vince Martin, who would later go on to be a major performer in the Greenwich Village scene, and with "The Banana Boat Song". By the time Brickman had joined, though, Darling, Arkin, and Martin had all left the group to go on to bigger things, and while he played with them for several years, it was after their commercial peak. Brickman would, though, also go on to a surprising amount of success, but as a writer rather than a musician -- he had a successful collaboration with Woody Allen in the 1970s, co-writing four of Allen's most highly regarded films -- Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, and Manhattan Murder Mystery -- and with another collaborator he later co-wrote the books for the stage musicals Jersey Boys and The Addams Family. Both John and Michelle were decent singers, and both have their admirers as vocalists -- P.F. Sloan always said that Michelle was the best singer in the group they eventually formed, and that it was her voice that gave the group its sound -- but for the most part they were not considered as particularly astonishing lead vocalists. Certainly, neither had a voice that stood out the way that Scott McKenzie's had. They needed a strong lead singer, and they found one in Denny Doherty. Now, we covered Denny Doherty's early career in the episode on the Lovin' Spoonful, because he was intimately involved in the formation of that group, so I won't go into too much detail here, but I'll give a very abbreviated version of what I said there. Doherty was a Canadian performer who had been a member of the Halifax Three with Zal Yanovsky: [Excerpt: The Halifax Three, "When I First Came to This Land"] After the Halifax Three had split up, Doherty and Yanovsky had performed as a duo for a while, before joining up with Cass Elliot and her husband Jim Hendricks, who both had previously been in the Big Three with Tim Rose: [Excerpt: Cass Elliot and the Big 3, "The Banjo Song"] Elliot, Hendricks, Yanovsky, and Doherty had formed The Mugwumps, sometimes joined by John Sebastian, and had tried to go in more of a rock direction after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. They recorded one album together before splitting up: [Excerpt: The Mugwumps, "Searchin'"] Part of the reason they split up was that interpersonal relationships within the group were put under some strain -- Elliot and Hendricks split up, though they would remain friends and remain married for several years even though they were living apart, and Elliot had an unrequited crush on Doherty. But since they'd split up, and Yanovsky and Sebastian had gone off to form the Lovin' Spoonful, that meant that Doherty was free, and he was regarded as possibly the best male lead vocalist on the circuit, so the group snapped him up. The only problem was that the Journeymen still had gigs booked that needed to be played, one of them was in just three days, and Doherty didn't know the repertoire. This was a problem with an easy solution for people in their twenties though -- they took a huge amount of amphetamines, and stayed awake for three days straight rehearsing. They made the gig, and Doherty was now the lead singer of the New Journeymen: [Excerpt: The New Journeymen, "The Last Thing on My Mind"] But the New Journeymen didn't last in that form for very long, because even before joining the group, Denny Doherty had been going in a more folk-rock direction with the Mugwumps. At the time, John Phillips thought rock and roll was kids' music, and he was far more interested in folk and jazz, but he was also very interested in making money, and he soon decided it was an idea to start listening to the Beatles. There's some dispute as to who first played the Beatles for John in early 1965 -- some claim it was Doherty, others claim it was Cass Elliot, but everyone agrees it was after Denny Doherty had introduced Phillips to something else -- he brought round some LSD for John and Michelle, and Michelle's sister Rusty, to try. And then he told them he'd invited round a friend. Michelle Phillips later remembered, "I remember saying to the guys "I don't know about you guys, but this drug does nothing for me." At that point there was a knock on the door, and as I opened the door and saw Cass, the acid hit me *over the head*. I saw her standing there in a pleated skirt, a pink Angora sweater with great big eyelashes on and her hair in a flip. And all of a sudden I thought 'This is really *quite* a drug!' It was an image I will have securely fixed in my brain for the rest of my life. I said 'Hi, I'm Michelle. We just took some LSD-25, do you wanna join us?' And she said 'Sure...'" Rusty Gilliam's description matches this -- "It was mind-boggling. She had on a white pleated skirt, false eyelashes. These were the kind of eyelashes that when you put them on you were supposed to trim them to an appropriate length, which she didn't, and when she blinked she looked like a cow, or those dolls you get when you're little and the eyes open and close. And we're on acid. Oh my God! It was a sight! And everything she was wearing were things that you weren't supposed to be wearing if you were heavy -- white pleated skirt, mohair sweater. You know, until she became famous, she suffered so much, and was poked fun at." This gets to an important point about Elliot, and one which sadly affected everything about her life. Elliot was *very* fat -- I've seen her weight listed at about three hundred pounds, and she was only five foot five tall -- and she also didn't have the kind of face that gets thought of as conventionally attractive. Her appearance would be cruelly mocked by pretty much everyone for the rest of her life, in ways that it's genuinely hurtful to read about, and which I will avoid discussing in detail in order to avoid hurting fat listeners. But the two *other* things that defined Elliot in the minds of those who knew her were her voice -- every single person who knew her talks about what a wonderful singer she was -- and her personality. I've read a lot of things about Cass Elliot, and I have never read a single negative word about her as a person, but have read many people going into raptures about what a charming, loving, friendly, understanding person she was. Michelle later said of her "From the time I left Los Angeles, I hadn't had a friend, a buddy. I was married, and John and I did not hang out with women, we just hung out with men, and especially not with women my age. John was nine years older than I was. And here was a fun-loving, intelligent woman. She captivated me. I was as close to in love with Cass as I could be to any woman in my life at that point. She also represented something to me: freedom. Everything she did was because she wanted to do it. She was completely independent and I admired her and was in awe of her. And later on, Cass would be the one to tell me not to let John run my life. And John hated her for that." Either Elliot had brought round Meet The Beatles, the Beatles' first Capitol album, for everyone to listen to, or Denny Doherty already had it, but either way Elliot and Doherty were by this time already Beatles fans. Michelle, being younger than the rest and not part of the folk scene until she met John, was much more interested in rock and roll than any of them, but because she'd been married to John for a couple of years and been part of his musical world she hadn't really encountered the Beatles music, though she had a vague memory that she might have heard a track or two on the radio. John was hesitant -- he didn't want to listen to any rock and roll, but eventually he was persuaded, and the record was put on while he was on his first acid trip: [Excerpt: The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand"] Within a month, John Phillips had written thirty songs that he thought of as inspired by the Beatles. The New Journeymen were going to go rock and roll. By this time Marshall Brickman was out of the band, and instead John, Michelle, and Denny recruited a new lead guitarist, Eric Hord. Denny started playing bass, with John on rhythm guitar, and a violinist friend of theirs, Peter Pilafian, knew a bit of drums and took on that role. The new lineup of the group used the Journeymen's credit card, which hadn't been stopped even though the Journeymen were no more, to go down to St. Thomas in the Caribbean, along with Michelle's sister, John's daughter Mackenzie (from whose name Scott McKenzie had taken his stage name, as he was born Philip Blondheim), a pet dog, and sundry band members' girlfriends. They stayed there for several months, living in tents on the beach, taking acid, and rehearsing. While they were there, Michelle and Denny started an affair which would have important ramifications for the group later. They got a gig playing at a club called Duffy's, whose address was on Creeque Alley, and soon after they started playing there Cass Elliot travelled down as well -- she was in love with Denny, and wanted to be around him. She wasn't in the group, but she got a job working at Duffy's as a waitress, and she would often sing harmony with the group while waiting at tables. Depending on who was telling the story, either she didn't want to be in the group because she didn't want her appearance to be compared to Michelle's, or John wouldn't *let* her be in the group because she was so fat. Later a story would be made up to cover for this, saying that she hadn't been in the group at first because she couldn't sing the highest notes that were needed, until she got hit on the head with a metal pipe and discovered that it had increased her range by three notes, but that seems to be a lie. One of the songs the New Journeymen were performing at this time was "Mr. Tambourine Man". They'd heard that their old friend Roger McGuinn had recorded it with his new band, but they hadn't yet heard his version, and they'd come up with their own arrangement: [Excerpt: The New Journeymen, "Mr. Tambourine Man"] Denny later said "We were doing three-part harmony on 'Mr Tambourine Man', but a lot slower... like a polka or something! And I tell John, 'No John, we gotta slow it down and give it a backbeat.' Finally we get the Byrds 45 down here, and we put it on and turn it up to ten, and John says 'Oh, like that?' Well, as you can tell, it had already been done. So John goes 'Oh, ah... that's it...' a light went on. So we started doing Beatles stuff. We dropped 'Mr Tambourine Man' after hearing the Byrds version, because there was no point." Eventually they had to leave the island -- they had completely run out of money, and were down to fifty dollars. The credit card had been cut up, and the governor of the island had a personal vendetta against them because they gave his son acid, and they were likely to get arrested if they didn't leave the island. Elliot and her then-partner had round-trip tickets, so they just left, but the rest of them were in trouble. By this point they were unwashed, they were homeless, and they'd spent their last money on stage costumes. They got to the airport, and John Phillips tried to write a cheque for eight air fares back to the mainland, which the person at the check-in desk just laughed at. So they took their last fifty dollars and went to a casino. There Michelle played craps, and she rolled seventeen straight passes, something which should be statistically impossible. She turned their fifty dollars into six thousand dollars, which they scooped up, took to the airport, and paid for their flights out in cash. The New Journeymen arrived back in New York, but quickly decided that they were going to try their luck in California. They rented a car, using Scott McKenzie's credit card, and drove out to LA. There they met up with Hoyt Axton, who you may remember as the son of Mae Axton, the writer of "Heartbreak Hotel", and as the performer who had inspired Michael Nesmith to go into folk music: [Excerpt: Hoyt Axton, "Greenback Dollar"] Axton knew the group, and fed them and put them up for a night, but they needed somewhere else to stay. They went to stay with one of Michelle's friends, but after one night their rented car was stolen, with all their possessions in it. They needed somewhere else to stay, so they went to ask Jim Hendricks if they could crash at his place -- and they were surprised to find that Cass Elliot was there already. Hendricks had another partner -- though he and Elliot wouldn't have their marriage annulled until 1968 and were still technically married -- but he'd happily invited her to stay with them. And now all her friends had turned up, he invited them to stay as well, taking apart the beds in his one-bedroom apartment so he could put down a load of mattresses in the space for everyone to sleep on. The next part becomes difficult, because pretty much everyone in the LA music scene of the sixties was a liar who liked to embellish their own roles in things, so it's quite difficult to unpick what actually happened. What seems to have happened though is that first this new rock-oriented version of the New Journeymen went to see Frank Werber, on the recommendation of John Stewart. Werber was the manager of the Kingston Trio, and had also managed the Journeymen. He, however, was not interested -- not because he didn't think they had talent, but because he had experience of working with John Phillips previously. When Phillips came into his office Werber picked up a tape that he'd been given of the group, and said "I have not had a chance to listen to this tape. I believe that you are a most talented individual, and that's why we took you on in the first place. But I also believe that you're also a drag to work with. A pain in the ass. So I'll tell you what, before whatever you have on here sways me, I'm gonna give it back to you and say that we're not interested." Meanwhile -- and this part of the story comes from Kim Fowley, who was never one to let the truth get in the way of him taking claim for everything, but parts of it at least are corroborated by other people -- Cass Elliot had called Fowley, and told him that her friends' new group sounded pretty good and he should sign them. Fowley was at that time working as a talent scout for a label, but according to him the label wouldn't give the group the money they wanted. So instead, Fowley got in touch with Nik Venet, who had just produced the Leaves' hit version of "Hey Joe" on Mira Records: [Excerpt: The Leaves, "Hey Joe"] Fowley suggested to Venet that Venet should sign the group to Mira Records, and Fowley would sign them to a publishing contract, and they could both get rich. The trio went to audition for Venet, and Elliot drove them over -- and Venet thought the group had a great look as a quartet. He wanted to sign them to a record contract, but only if Elliot was in the group as well. They agreed, he gave them a one hundred and fifty dollar advance, and told them to come back the next day to see his boss at Mira. But Barry McGuire was also hanging round with Elliot and Hendricks, and decided that he wanted to have Lou Adler hear the four of them. He thought they might be useful both as backing vocalists on his second album and as a source of new songs. He got them to go and see Lou Adler, and according to McGuire Phillips didn't want Elliot to go with them, but as Elliot was the one who was friends with McGuire, Phillips worried that they'd lose the chance with Adler if she didn't. Adler was amazed, and decided to sign the group right then and there -- both Bones Howe and P.F. Sloan claimed to have been there when the group auditioned for him and have said "if you won't sign them, I will", though exactly what Sloan would have signed them to I'm not sure. Adler paid them three thousand dollars in cash and told them not to bother with Nik Venet, so they just didn't turn up for the Mira Records audition the next day. Instead, they went into the studio with McGuire and cut backing vocals on about half of his new album: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire with the Mamas and the Papas, "Hide Your Love Away"] While the group were excellent vocalists, there were two main reasons that Adler wanted to sign them. The first was that he found Michelle Phillips extremely attractive, and the second is a song that John and Michelle had written which he thought might be very suitable for McGuire's album. Most people who knew John Phillips think of "California Dreamin'" as a solo composition, and he would later claim that he gave Michelle fifty percent just for transcribing his lyric, saying he got inspired in the middle of the night, woke her up, and got her to write the song down as he came up with it. But Michelle, who is a credited co-writer on the song, has been very insistent that she wrote the lyrics to the second verse, and that it's about her own real experiences, saying that she would often go into churches and light candles even though she was "at best an agnostic, and possibly an atheist" in her words, and this would annoy John, who had also been raised Catholic, but who had become aggressively opposed to expressions of religion, rather than still having nostalgia for the aesthetics of the church as Michelle did. They were out walking on a particularly cold winter's day in 1963, and Michelle wanted to go into St Patrick's Cathedral and John very much did not want to. A couple of nights later, John woke her up, having written the first verse of the song, starting "All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey/I went for a walk on a winter's day", and insisting she collaborate with him. She liked the song, and came up with the lines "Stopped into a church, I passed along the way/I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray/The preacher likes the cold, he knows I'm going to stay", which John would later apparently dislike, but which stayed in the song. Most sources I've seen for the recording of "California Dreamin'" say that the lineup of musicians was the standard set of players who had played on McGuire's other records, with the addition of John Phillips on twelve-string guitar -- P.F. Sloan on guitar and harmonica, Joe Osborn on bass, Larry Knechtel on keyboards, and Hal Blaine on drums, but for some reason Stephen McParland's book on Sloan has Bones Howe down as playing drums on the track while engineering -- a detail so weird, and from such a respectable researcher, that I have to wonder if it might be true. In his autobiography, Sloan claims to have rewritten the chord sequence to "California Dreamin'". He says "Barry Mann had unintentionally showed me a suspended chord back at Screen Gems. I was so impressed by this beautiful, simple chord that I called Brian Wilson and played it for him over the phone. The next thing I knew, Brian had written ‘Don't Worry Baby,' which had within it a number suspended chords. And then the chord heard 'round the world, two months later, was the opening suspended chord of ‘A Hard Day's Night.' I used these chords throughout ‘California Dreamin',' and more specifically as a bridge to get back and forth from the verse to the chorus." Now, nobody else corroborates this story, and both Brian Wilson and John Phillips had the kind of background in modern harmony that means they would have been very aware of suspended chords before either ever encountered Sloan, but I thought I should mention it. Rather more plausible is Sloan's other claim, that he came up with the intro to the song. According to Sloan, he was inspired by "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures: [Excerpt: The Ventures, "Walk Don't Run"] And you can easily see how this: [plays "Walk Don't Run"] Can lead to this: [plays "California Dreamin'"] And I'm fairly certain that if that was the inspiration, it was Sloan who was the one who thought it up. John Phillips had been paying no attention to the world of surf music when "Walk Don't Run" had been a hit -- that had been at the point when he was very firmly in the folk world, while Sloan of course had been recording "Tell 'Em I'm Surfin'", and it had been his job to know surf music intimately. So Sloan's intro became the start of what was intended to be Barry McGuire's next single: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "California Dreamin'"] Sloan also provided the harmonica solo on the track: [Excerpt: Barry McGuire, "California Dreamin'"] The Mamas and the Papas -- the new name that was now given to the former New Journeymen, now they were a quartet -- were also signed to Dunhill as an act on their own, and recorded their own first single, "Go Where You Wanna Go", a song apparently written by John about Michelle, in late 1963, after she had briefly left him to have an affair with Russ Titelman, the record producer and songwriter, before coming back to him: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "Go Where You Wanna Go"] But while that was put out, they quickly decided to scrap it and go with another song. The "Go Where You Wanna Go" single was pulled after only selling a handful of copies, though its commercial potential was later proved when in 1967 a new vocal group, the 5th Dimension, released a soundalike version as their second single. The track was produced by Lou Adler's client Johnny Rivers, and used the exact same musicians as the Mamas and the Papas version, with the exception of Phillips. It became their first hit, reaching number sixteen on the charts: [Excerpt: The 5th Dimension, "Go Where You Wanna Go"] The reason the Mamas and the Papas version of "Go Where You Wanna Go" was pulled was because everyone became convinced that their first single should instead be their own version of "California Dreamin'". This is the exact same track as McGuire's track, with just two changes. The first is that McGuire's lead vocal was replaced with Denny Doherty: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "California Dreamin'"] Though if you listen to the stereo mix of the song and isolate the left channel, you can hear McGuire singing the lead on the first line, and occasional leakage from him elsewhere on the backing vocal track: [Excerpt: The Mamas and the Papas, "California Dreamin'"] The other change made was to replace Sloan's harmonica solo with an alto flute solo by Bud Shank, a jazz musician who we heard about in the episode on "Light My Fire", when he collaborated with Ravi Shankar on "Improvisations on the Theme From Pather Panchali": [Excerpt: Ravi Shankar, "Improvisation on the Theme From Pather Panchali"] Shank was working on another session in Western Studios, where they were recording the Mamas and Papas track, and Bones Howe approached him while he was packing his instrument and asked if he'd be interested in doing another session. Shank agreed, though the track caused problems for him. According to Shank "What had happened was that whe

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Congressional Dish
CD257: PACT Act - Health Care for Poisoned Veterans

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 107:28 Very Popular


After decades of our government denying healthcare to veterans they exposed to poisonous toxins, the PACT Act - which will eventually provide this hard-fought-for care - is now law. In this episode, learn exactly who qualifies for these new benefits and when, discover the shocking but little-known events that led to their poisonings, and find out what exactly happened during those 6 days when Senate Republicans delayed the passage of the PACT Act. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! View the shownotes on our website at https://congressionaldish.com/cd257-pact-act-health-care-for-poisoned-veterans Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD249: A Few Good Laws CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage CD195: Yemen CD161: Veterans Choice Program CD124: The Costs of For-Profit War CD107: New Laws & Veterans' Health Care What the PACT Does and Doesn't Do “BREAKING NEWS! Huge Step Forward for Veterans: PACT Act 2022 Adds New Presumptive Conditions for Burn Pit, Agent Orange, and Radiation Exposure.” Aug 10, 2022. VA Claims Insider. Abraham Mahshie. Aug 10, 2022. “Biden Signs PACT Act to Expand VA Coverage for Toxic Exposure, but Some Are Left Out.” Air Force Magazine. Leo Shane III. Aug 4, 2022. “Now that PACT Act has passed, how soon will veterans see their benefits?” Military Times. “The PACT Act and your VA benefits.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA Sidath Viranga Panangal, Jared S. Sussma, and Heather M. Salaza. Jun 28, 2022. “Department of Veterans Affairs FY2022 Appropriations” [R46964]. Congressional Research Service. “VA health care.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Eligibility for VA health care.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Your health care costs.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Toxic Exposures Burn Pits “Ten things veterans should know about burn pits.” November 20th, 2014. VAntage Point. “DoD concedes rise in burn-pit ailments.” Feb 8, 2010. Military Times. “Operation Desert Shield.” U.S. Army Center of Military History. “Operation Desert Storm.” U.S. Army Center of Military History. Agent Orange Donnie La Curan. April 1, 2021. “Agent Orange Laos Victims Never Acknowledged by U.S.” Veterans Resources. Charles Dunst. Jul 20, 2019. “The U.S.'s Toxic Agent Orange Legacy.” The Atlantic. Patricia Kime. May 11, 2020. “Report Claims Vietnam-Era Veterans Were Exposed to Agent Orange on Guam.” Military.com. “Clinic Issues Report Confirming Guam Veterans' Exposure to Dioxin Herbicides Like Agent Orange.” May 11, 2020. Yale Law School. “Agent Orange - Johnston Island Atoll, AFB.” Vietnam Security Police Association. Susan E. Davis. Apr 9, 1991. “The Battle Over Johnston Atoll.” The Washington Post. Enewetak Atoll Chris Shearer. Dec 28, 2020. “Remembering America's Forgotten Nuclear Cleanup Mission.” Vice. “The Radiological Cleanup of Enewetak Atoll. March 2018. U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Dave Philipps. Jan 28, 2017. “Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can't Get Medical Care.” The New York Times. Palomares, Spain Nuclear Accident “New Federal Suit Filed Against VA on Behalf of Veterans Exposed to Radiation at Palomares Nuclear Cleanup.” November 1, 2021. Yale Law School Today. Dave Philipps. June 19, 2016. “Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident.” The New York Times. “Palomares Nuclear Weapons Accident: Revised Dose Evaluation Report.” April 2001. United States Air Force. U.S. Department of Energy. February 1966 “U.S. Position on Minimizing Soil Removal.” U.S. Department of Energy Archives. Thule, Greenland Nuclear Accident Robert Mitchell. Jan 21, 2018. “Cataclysmic cargo: The hunt for four missing nuclear bombs after a B-52 crash.” The Washington Post. MAAS v. U.S. 897 F.Supp. 1098 (1995). United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division. “Project Crested Ice: The Thule Nuclear Accident Volume 1 [SAC Historical Study 113].” June 1982. History and Research Division, Headquarters, Strategic Air Command. Captain Robert E. McElwee. “Project Crested Ice: USAF B-52 Accident at Thule, Greenland, 21 January 1968.” U.S. Defense Technical Information Center. South Carolina Nuclear “Storage” Doug Pardue. May 21, 2017 (Updated Jun 28, 2021). “Deadly legacy: Savannah River site near Aiken one of the most contaminated places on Earth.” The Post & Courier. Gulf War Illness “What is Gulf War Syndrome?” Johns Hopkins Medicine. “UTSW genetic study confirms sarin nerve gas as cause of Gulf War illness.” May 11, 2022. UT Southwestern Medical Center Newsroom. Camp Lejeune Water Contamination “Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims | Veteran Owned Law Firm.” The Carlson Law Firm on YouTube. “Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Summary of the water contamination situation at Camp Lejeune.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Health effects linked with trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride exposure.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Camp Lejeune Water Contamination History.” Oct 18, 2009. St. Lawrence County Government. St. Louis Area Nuclear Contamination Chris Hayes. Jul 27, 2022. “Flooding around nuclear waste renews residents' fears.” Fox 2 Now - St. Louis. Jim Salter. Mar 19, 2022. “West Lake Landfill cleanup slowed after more nuclear waste found.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jesse Bogan. Dec 20, 2021. “Concerns linger as completion date for Coldwater Creek cleanup pushed to 2038.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Evaluation of Community Exposures Related to Coldwater Creek.” Apr 30, 2019. U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Robert Alvarez. February 11, 2016. “West Lake story: An underground fire, radioactive waste, and governmental failure.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “Westlake Landfill, Bridgeton, MO.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Atomic Homefront.” HBO Documentaries. Hanford Waste Management Site “Hanford's Dirty Secret– and it's not 56 million gallons of nuclear waste.” Jul 26, 2019. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Biden Drone Bombing “'Cutting-edge technology used to eliminate Zawahiri.'” Aug 7, 2022. The Express Tribune. Jon Stewart People Staff. August 11, 2022. “Jon Stewart Shares His Emotional Reaction to Signing of Veterans Health Bill: 'I'm a Mess'” People. Republican F*ckery Ryan Cooper. Aug 3, 2022. “Republicans Just Exposed Their Greatest Weakness.” The American Prospect. Jordain Carney and Anthony Adragna. August 1, 2022. “Senate GOP backtracks after veterans bill firestorm.” Politico. “Roll Call 455 | H. J. Res. 114: To Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq.” Oct 10, 2022. Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Foreign Wars No One Talks About Ellen Knickmeyer. Jun, 16 2022. “GAO: US Failed to Track if Arms Used Against Yemen Civilians.” Military.com. Joseph R. Biden. June 08, 2022. “Letter to the Speaker of the House and President pro tempore of the Senate regarding the War Powers Report.” The White House. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim. Oct 16, 2017. “The Deaths of Four Elite U.S. Soldiers in Niger Show Why Trump Must Wake Up on Terrorism in Africa.” Newsweek. Overseas Contingency Operations Emily M. Morgenstern. Updated August 13, 2021. “Foreign Affairs Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Funding: Background and Current Status” [IF10143 ]. Congressional Research Service. Todd Harrison. Jan 11, 2017. “The Enduring Dilemma of Overseas Contingency Operations Funding.” Center for Strategic and International Studies The Law S. 3373: Honoring our PACT Act Jen's Highlighted PDF of S. 3373 - Final Version Timeline of Votes and Changes June 16, 2022 Senate Roll Call Vote July 12, 2022. “Comparative Print: Bill to Bill Differences Comparing the base document BILLS-117hr3967eas.xml with BILLS-117S3373ES-RCP117-56.” U.S. House of Representatives. July 13, 2022 House Roll Call Vote July 27, 2022 Senate Roll Call Vote August 1, 2022. “Amendments Submitted and Proposed.” Congressional Record -- Senate. Audio Sources President Biden signs the PACT Act, expanding healthcare for veterans exposed to toxins August 10, 2022 PBS NewsHour on YouTube "Justice has been delivered": Biden says top al-Qaeda leader killed in drone strike August 1, 2022 Global News on YouTube “Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims | Veteran Owned Law Firm.” The Carlson Law Firm on YouTube Senator Toomey on State of the Union with Jake Tapper July 31, 2022 CNN Clips 7:00 Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): Here's what you need to keep in mind, Jake. First of all, this is the oldest trick in Washington. People take a sympathetic group of Americans — it could be children with an illness, it could be victims of crime, it could be veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals — craft a bill to address their problems, and then sneak in something completely unrelated that they know could never pass on its own and dare Republicans to do anything about it because they know they'll unleash their allies in the media and maybe a pseudo-celebrity to make up false accusations to try to get us to just swallow what shouldn't be there. That's what's happening here, Jake. 10:40 Jake Tapper: So one of the questions that I think people have about what you're claiming is a budgetary gimmick is, the VA budgets will always remain subject to congressional oversight, they can't just spend this money any way they want. And from how I read this legislation, it says that this money has to be spent on health care for veterans who suffered exposure from toxic burned pits. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): This is why they do this sort of thing, Jake, because it gets very deep in the weeds and very confusing for people very quickly. It's not really about veteran spending. It's about what category of government bookkeeping, they put the veterans spending in. My change, the honest people acknowledge it will have no effect on the amount of money or the circumstances under which the money for veterans is being spent. But what I want to do is treat it, for government accounting purposes, the way we've always treated it for government accounting purposes. Because if we change it to the way that the Democrats want, it creates room in future budgets for $400 billion of totally unrelated, extraneous spending on other matters. Senator Toomey on Face the Nation with John Dickerson July 31, 2022 CBS News Clips 4:10 John Dickerson: 123 Republicans in the House voted for this, 34 Senate Republicans voted for it. Same bill. This week, the bill didn't change but the Republican votes did. Why? Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): Now, the Republican votes didn't change on the substance of the bill. Republicans have said we want an amendment to change a provision that has nothing to do with veterans health care. The Republicans support this. The Democrats added a provision that has nothing to do with veterans health care, and it's designed to change government accounting rules so that they can have a $400 billion spending spree. 6:25 Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA): Honest Democrats evaluating this will tell you: if my amendment passes, not a dime change in spending on veterans programs. What changes is how the government accounts for it. John Dickerson: I understand, but the accounting change, as you know, is a result — the reason they put it in that other bucket is that it doesn't subject it to the normal triage of budgeting. And the argument is that the values at stake here are more important than leaving it to the normal cut and thrust of budgeting. Jon's Response To Ted Cruz's PACT Act Excuses July 29, 2022 The Problem with Jon Stewart on Youtube Clips 00:20 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): What the dispute is about is the Democrats played a budgetary trick, which is they took $400 billion in discretionary spending and they shifted it to a mandatory one. Jon Stewart: What Ted Cruz is describing is inaccurate, not true, bulls ** t. This is no trick. Everything in the government is either mandatory or discretionary spending depending on which bucket they feel like putting it in. The whole place is basically a f * ing shell game. And he's pretending that this is some new thing that the Democrats pulled out, stuck into the bill, and snuck it past one Ted Cruz. Now I'm not a big-city Harvard educated lawyer, but I can read. It's always been mandatory spending so that the government can't just cut off their funding at any point. No trick, no gimmick, [it's] been there the whole f**king time. 1:50 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): What's the Republicans made clear is, if we leave that spending as discretionary — don't play the budgetary trick — the bill will pass with 80 or 90 votes. Jon Stewart: I don't know how many other ways to say this, but there was no budgetary trick and it was always mandatory. And when they voted in the Senate on June 16, they actually got 84 votes. And you know who voted for that? Ted f*cking Cruz and every other one of those Republicans that switched their votes. There was no reason for them to switch the votes. The bill that passed the Senate 84 to 14 on June 16 has not had one word added to it by Democrats, or spending fairies, or anybody else. It's the same f*cking bill. ‘I Call Bullshit!' Jon on the PACT Act Being Blocked in the Senate July 28, 2022 The Problem with John Stewart on YouTube Clips 3:20 Jon Stewart: June 16, they passed the PACT Act 84 to 14. You don't even see those scores in the Senate anymore. They passed it. Every one of these individuals that has been fighting for years, standing on the shoulders of Vietnam veterans who have been fighting for years, standing on the shoulders of Persian Gulf War veterans fighting for years, Desert Storm veterans, to just get the health care and benefits that they earn from their service. And I don't care if they were fighting for our freedom. I don't care if they were fighting for the flag. I don't care if they were fighting because they wanted to get out of a drug treatment center, or it was jail or the army. I don't give a shit. They lived up to their oath. And yesterday, they spit on it in abject cruelty. These people thought they could finally breathe. You think their struggles end because the PACT Act passes? All it means is they don't have to decide between their cancer drugs and their house. Their struggle continues. From the crowd: This bill does a lot more than just give us health care. Jon Stewart: It gives them health care, gives them benefits, lets them live. From the crowd: Keeps veterans from going homeless keeps veterans from become an addict, keeps veterans from committing suicide. Jon Stewart: Senator Toomey is not going to hear that because he won't sit down with this man. Because he is a fucking coward. You hear me? A coward. 5:15 Jon Stewart: Pat Toomey stood up there — Patriot Pat Toomey, excuse me, I'm sorry. I want to give him his propers, I want to make sure that I give him his propers. Patriot Pat Toomey stood on the floor and said “this is a slush fund, they're gonna use $400 billion to spend on whatever they want.” That's nonsense. I call bullshit. This isn't a slush fund. You know, what's a slush fund? The OSO, the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund. $60 billion, $70 billion every year on top of $500 billion, $600 billion, $700 billion of a defense budget. That's a slush fund, unaccountable. No guardrails? Did Pat Toomey stand up and say, this is irresponsible. The guard rails? No, not one of them. Did they vote for it year after year after year? You don't support the troops. You support the war machine. 7:10 Jon Stewart: And now they say, “Well, this will get done. Maybe after we get back from our summer recess, maybe during the lame duck…” because they're on Senate time. Do you understand? You live around here. Senate time is ridiculous. These motherfuckers live to 200 — they're tortoises. They live forever and they never lose their jobs and they never lose their benefits and they never lose all those things. Well, [sick veterans are] not on Senate time. They're on human time. Cancer time. 8:20 Jon Stewart: I honestly don't even know what to say anymore. But we need your help, because we're not leaving. These people cannot go away. I don't know if you know this, you know, obviously, I'm not a military expert. I didn't serve in the military, but from what I understand, you're not allowed to just leave your post when the mission isn't completed. Apparently you take an oath, you swear an oath, and you can't leave, that these folks can leave because they're on Senate time. Go ahead, go home, spend time with your families, because these people can't do it anymore. So they can't leave until this gets done. Senator Toomey PACT Act Amendment Floor Speech July 26, 2022 Senate Session Representative Mark Takano PACT Act Floor Speech July 13, 2022 House Session 3:38:20 **Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA): The way this country has dealt with toxic exposure has been piecemeal and inadequate. President Biden recognizes this, too. Shortly after he was sworn in, I met with the President about our shared priorities for veterans. Upon learning of my goal to pass comprehensive legislation to help toxic-exposed veterans, the President leaned over to me and talked about his son, Beau, who served near burn pits in Iraq and Kosovo. It might be hard for most Americans to imagine what a burn pit looks like because they are illegal in the United States. Picture walking next to and breathing fumes from a burning pit the size of a football field. This pit contained everything from household trash, plastics, and human waste to jet fuel and discarded equipment burning day and night. Beau Biden lived near these burn pits and breathed the fumes that emanated from them. President Biden believes that con- stant exposure to these burn pits, and the toxic fumes they emitted, led to Beau's cancer and early death. It was during that meeting when I knew I had a partner in President Biden. Atomic Homefront 2017 HBO Documentaries “This Concrete Dome Holds A Leaking Toxic Timebomb.” November 27, 2017 Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Foreign Correspondent Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

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