Is Our (Political) Climate Changing?

Is the climate changing? Well, here’s the bigger question: Is our political climate changing? It is. And it’s changing for the worse. In other words, the dialogue over political matters is so polarized and toxic that it’s starting to get hard to breathe. And it’s getting hard to hear anything that’s being said by people on the other side of the aisle.

Join us as we have a conversation with experts with differing opinions on climate change. And they’ve all agreed to have peaceful conversation that’s aimed toward productive dialogue. It’s a model that we all can implement as we try to have conversations about tough topics like climate change.

The conclusion: It’s undeniable. The political environment is warming. It’s not at a natural rate. And it is, in fact, a result of our own neglect.

Listen to this week’s podcast to learn a little bit about climate change and how to actually reverse the effects of political climate change.

Lobbying for Cancer Awareness

Ways to make your voice heard: trolling Facebook, complaining about politics to coworkers or…Lobbying to Your Local Legislators.

Have you ever lobbied before? You should. Because if Sean Sevy can do it, anyone can do it. Join him as he walks through the entire process of actually meeting face to face with his local Senator and Representative. He’s with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) where they lobby for issues friendly to those effected by cancer. Do the legislators buy it? No, not on every issue. But that’s what a representative democracy is all about, right?

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Impersonating Trump: If That’s Even Possible

We’re reading Donald Trump’s Tweets, and we’ve got the President on the show to read them. Well, at least we have his voice here. Sean Sevy interviews President Trump (Sean Sevy) on the issues making Trump’s Twitter account–and America–an interesting place be right now.

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An Interview with a Refugee

 

Isaac Hamid is from Sudan, which is one of the 7 countries barred from the US as part of the recent immigration ban. Just days before the ban, he became a US citizen. So he’s good to go, right? Nope.  Because many of his siblings are still in refugee camps in Africa.  And his plans for helping them come over to the US have come to an abrupt halt.

This week we join Isaac and five of his fellow Sudanese immigrants as we try to see life through the eyes of a refugee. A lot of people are eager to help the refugee population in the US. One of these is Jackie Skinner, who gives us some practical advice on how to get involved. Yes, we can write our local senator or take part in a protest, but she’s taken a different approach. Jackie coaches a soccer team which is entirely composed of refugees.

So if you like sports (and you’re not so much into politics) and you want to become involved, you’re in business.

Travel Hacking: How to Fly to New Zealand for 200 bucks

Tippe Morlan traveled to 22 countries and 17 states in 2015, all for the same price as a weekend road trip. Among her most recent travel hacking successes are round trip flights to: U.S. Virgin Islands for $149, Abu Dhabi for $177, and New Zealand for $221. Actually, the New Zealand trip ended up being free. Her plane had some maintenance  issues which resulted in the airline paying $300 to each passenger. OK, most travelers can’t expect to get a free trip to New Zealand, but anyone can get super cheap flights. And Tippe knows all the secrets.

In  this episode, Tippe Morlan gives Sean Sevy a walk-through of all her travel hacking silver bullets. While Sean was really proud that he went to India last summer for only $1200, Tippe one-upped him with her identical flight that same summer for a meager $289. During the interview they put Tippe’s secrets to work as they go online and find round trip tickets to Peru for $449 and Sweden for $453.

To stay in the loop on Tippe’s ridiculously cheap way to travel and to see what flights are cheap right now, follow her Facebook page called Just One More Trip.

Donald Trump: the name of a new species of moth…and the new Pres.

Neopalpi donaldtrumpi is the actual name of a new species of moth. This is for the history books. Oh yeah, and so is the inauguration of Donald Trump. And the Women’s March on Washington.

We talk to Susi Lafaele who, although she isn’t a die-hard Trump supporter, was fascinated to be part of this historic event. She also gives us a perspective of what it was like to actually be in the crowd at the inauguration. Mixed into the typical applause were shouts of protest, boos, and even a few Amens.

Then we get an inside look into some participants in the Women’s March on Washington. Meredith Duncan and Sarah Muffly were marching to let their voices be heard as a result of feeling their voices were diminished from a Trump presidency. The march was a success. The big take away: Women get things done.

Another big moment happens in this episode: Sean admits that he may have gotten a little teary-eyed during the inauguration ceremony. Just a little.

Barack Obama’s (Political) Funeral

We’re hosting Obama’s political funeral and the pallbearers consists of poets from a poetry society called C3PO. The transition from Obama to Trump evokes emotions of happiness, sadness, and especially anger. So it only makes sense that we use poetry to convey this transition.
Here’s an excerpt from Hannah Watts’ poem reflecting on being a Coloradan who was too young to vote for Obama, but still wanting to make her voice heard:

I knocked doors for this President.
This out of nowhere Chicago resident.
Tall, dark, and handsome peddling Change.
I knocked doors for a President.
I argued with complacent independent misfits
Over their fraying doormats with doobies in hand.
I sojourned and coaxed
Mother, Father
Father, Woman, Man.
Hope. Vote. Change.
Change because there had been so many white guys
Dropping Bombs without thinking.
Not over injustice, but petroleum
Over machines drinking oil from the Earth
And offshore inking.
And when he moved into the White House, I loved his garden and his wife.
And I’ll tell you up front the improvements to my life
I have healthcare—nothing’s perfect—we’re still fighting
But the fight has changed.
Okay thank you, President
From this Colorado resident.

The First Baby Weighing Under a Pound to Live: Still Fighting

As an infant, Kim Boykin made headlines as she was the first baby to weigh less than pound and live. Now, decades later, she’s writing a book about how her life began as a tiny baby struggling for air. And that struggle for air has since been a theme for her life. The book is called A Black Mother’s Cry. Her book illustrates what it is like to be a mother. It’s not a flowery novel about the ideal mother. It’s not a self-help book full of solutions. Rather, it is an unfiltered look into the darkest moments in a mother’s life.

In our interview with Kim Boykin, we talk about how–like the so-called “chain of poverty”–there is also a “chain of bad parenting” which is difficult to break. For those who have been raised in less-than-ideal family situations, Kim Boykin offers a voice of resilience and persistence.

Fact: Albinos are Hunted in Africa

Hundreds of albinos have been killed in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade. Why? Because there’s a sizable bounty on their body parts. According to widespread belief, albinos possess magical powers that could make one rich or successful. As a result, people with albinism in these regions live in constant fear of being attacked.

In our interview with her, Sarah Hall brings to light these sad realities. But as part of the force to combat these problems, she’s launched campaigns in Tanzania to alleviate the stigma against albinos. But as we take a deeper look at these prejudices, we see that this issue is much closer to home than Sub-Saharan Africa. As it turns out, widespread misinformation is not unique to albinism, but is at the heart of issues like racism and homophobia.

Post-Christmas Giving: If You’re Out of Money, Give Time

Christmas is over, but opportunities to give are not. Here are 3 things you can do to not be a Scrooge/Grinch coming into the new year.

  1. Archer Wagstaff is a 4-year-old battling cancer for the second time in his young life. In order to help his family pay the medical bills for weekly chemotherapy treatments, Sean Sevy’s family has already raised over $600. But 600 bucks only puts a small dent in his family’s medical bills. That’s why we’re inviting listeners to contribute to this cause. If you’d like to donate or learn more about this fundraiser, click here.
  2. If you’re not in a position to donate money (and Christmas expenses will do that to you) then donate your time. There’s plenty of opportunities in your community, and if you live in the US, you’ll likely find them on an app called JustServe. Check out the website and download the app at JustServe.org.
  3. A lot of companies give employees opportunities to serve as part of the company’s mission. This is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). But we talk about the good and bad ways of going about CSR as we interview Melissa Sevy on this podcast episode. Some companies focus heavily on philanthropy even though such endeavors don’t really benefit the company. On the contrary, other companies successfully get employees involved in service opportunities even when the actual projects have little to no actual impact. These are the extremes, but Melissa offers several ways companies can effectively benefit their employees and the world around them. If you’re in a position of influencing the Corporate Social Responsibility of your company, give this a listen. If you’re not in that position, give this a listen. There are some important principles here, namely: what types of service projects actually work.

 

 

Is Trump: Han Solo or the Emperor?

While liberals would say Trump is the Emperor, everyone can agree that–like Han Solo–Trump is self-centered, he doesn’t take crap, and he’s definitely an outsider. And if Trump is Solo, then VP-elect Mike Pence is (you guessed it) Chewbacca: the honorable sidekick who we mostly see as endearing, but when needed, he can rip arms off (you’d agree if you saw him tear apart Hillary at the VP debates).

In this episode, we talk about two trending things in the news: the new Star Wars movie and Trump’s newly-appointed cabinet. We become acquainted with these soon-to-be leaders of America while learning what their associated Star Wars character may or may not tell us about them. And this intense Star Wars discussion could not be possible without our guest Star Wars guru Jaron Janson.

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Throw it Away OR Thrift Store? Most Throw it Away

85% of the clothing, shoes, etc. of middle class America ends up in the trash. Even people with intentions of taking it all to the thrift store still end up chucking it. MacKay Crookston saw this problem. So he created an app, called Giveit, where people can get rid of their junk in minutes. It’s simple: you take a picture of your junk, leave it in a bag on your doorstep, and somebody comes by to pick it up. On this week’s show, we not only interview MacKay Crookston, but we actually downloaded the Giveit app and tried it out. And it works! In just a few hours someone’s going to pick up some old shoes and clothes that have been sitting around in Sean’s house. You can download the app here.

But how does MacKay plan on making money with this business? In asking this question we learn something unexpected: thrift stores (like Good Will and the DI) don’t donate clothes to developing countries. They sell it to them. And donating clothing to a third world country is actually a bad idea. Why? Well, listen to the podcast to find out.

The Solution to Homelessness

The number of homeless people in the US is actually increasing as affordable housing is harder to come by. So what’s being done? For answers, we turn to someone who has been working on this problem for nearly 20 years. Celeste Eggert is the Director of Development for a Utah-based organization called The Road Home. Her organization, in collaboration with several other Utah organizations, has helped put Utah on the map as a role model for considerably reducing chronic homelessness. She explains what it takes to actually get people out of the streets and back into the community. She also addresses an age old question: Is it bad to give money to panhandlers?

Thousands of Kids Won’t Have Christmas, Unless…

Last year, Coins for Kids provided Christmas to thousands of kids who would otherwise go without presents. Sean Sevy, who was a former Santa for the organization, interviews radio host Carl Lamar, one of the organization’s pioneers. They talk about how a small idea at Carl’s radio station in 1990 is now a huge success for the close-knit Southern Utah community. While some kids simply want toys, Coins for Kids has provided for kids who lacked basic necessities: a pillow, warm clothes, and even a hearing aid. For more information on this organization, visit coinsforkids.net

 

 

The Urinal Splash-Back Problem: Solved

When men use urinals, pee splashes everywhere. Dr. Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd are engineers who have solved this problem with urinal inserts also known as “urine black holes.” We talk with these fluid dynamics experts on what got them talking about the splash-back problem and how they solved it. Finally, we have a solution to a problem that has been around as long as men wearing khakis have used urinals.

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