Today's guest is Melissa. She goes by her first name only because she is an activist and Bernie Sanders delegate in California. She was at the infamous Sacramento Democratic Convention where nurses advocating for single-payer healthcare were told to "shut the f**k up or get out." She actually was among the people filming said incident.
She introduced a resolution to remove money from politics, and got quite a response. We discuss her journey.
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin delivers a Monkey Minute.
Minda Wilson is recognized as one of the nation's thought leaders on the topic of the Affordable Care Act and healthcare in America. She is the voice of, and an advocate for, the general American citizen, and in her new book "Urgent Care" she spells out 10 cures for America's ailing healthcare system in detail.
Ron Placone and Minda discuss the failing healthcare industry in the United States and potential solutions.
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute
Felicia Michaels is an American stand-up comedian. She was nominated twice for Funniest Female Comic by the American Comedy Awards; in 1999 she won the award. She has released one album, Lewd Awakenings, on the What Are Records label. She has appeared on such networks as Showtime, MTV, VH1, NBC, as well as appearing twice on ABC's Full House. She was also a Grand Champion on Star Search, where she made her national debut. You can also hear Michaels' comedy on XM Satellite Radio and Last.fm.
As an army brat, Felicia lived in various parts of the world including a long stint in Germany, her early childhood memories were stories of the Holocaust and field trips to the Berlin Wall. Ron Placone and Felicia discuss her journey from childhood, to stripping, to comedy, to television and the road.
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin delivers a Monkey Minute, Ron gives another Whole 30 update. He's almost made it.
Brett Detar is a musician and film composer. He was the front man for the pop/emo/rock outfit The Juliana Theory, whose success catapulted him into a world of touring and recording shortly after high school graduation. 10 years later the band broke up, but they'll be touring again to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the band's origin.
Being from western-PA, Ron was amidst their early following and attended many TJT shows. Ron and Brett discuss overcoming chapters closing in life, the band's break up, his work post-Juliana Theory and what to expect at the upcoming reunion shows.
Jim Vallely has been a television writer since the 1980s. His story begins with a potentially-life-as-he-knew-it-ending drug charge, making his way to New York City, living in a creative commune with Larry David, finding success as a comedian and auditioning with Jim Carrey and Richard Pryor, to writing for Golden Girls, Arrested Development and more! Don't ya wanna know how it all unfolded?
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute and Ron rants about Game of Thrones and the Supreme Court. In his mind, he connects the two.
Maggie Rowe got bit by the extreme Christianity bug as a child and it implanted paranoia and fear. By 19, she was terrified of eternal damnation and checked herself into a Biblical-based psychiatric ward. Her book, Sin Bravely, chronicles her experiences in the ward. We walk through her story from childhood to entrance into the ward, and how she was able to overcome the dogma and evolve faith's role in her life.
Also, Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.
Ron gives a summary of a Japandroids concert, a religious experience as far as he's concerned.
In honor of 2 new affiliates on the dial Ron revisits one of his favorite moments from the vault, the Billy Bragg interview. Ron and Billy discussed what socialism means in context in different countries, Americana, compassion and more!
Also in this episode, Ron talks about an upcoming music show, pushback from the Billy Bragg interview when it initially aired.
Joe Sib runs a record label, does stand-up comedy, plays music, raises children and in his spare time breathes. He's the co-founder of Side One Dummy Records and via the skate parks in California discovered a world of music, creation and scene cultivation. Ron and Joe talk about skateboarding, meeting Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins, the early days of Epitaph and Side One Dummy, Bad Religion, and then move on to the present: Joe's comedy career and fatherhood. Dudes geeking out about music, what what!
Also in this episode: Angie Dorin rocks Monkey Minute and Ron riffs on Slayer posting a Trump photo.
Svetlanas are an Italian punk band that tours the world relentlessly. Their front-woman, Olga, was banned from Russia. We talk about why (hint: it has something to do with that whole no free speech thing a la Pussy Riot). This interview was conducted in downtown Los Angeles after their show outside of the venue. At one point it is broken up by a police officer. Hear Ron negotiate with law enforcement!
More about the band:
The most dangerous band in the world.
I swear to God their approach to music is still gross and strong like a Vodka shot
Also in this episode, Ron Placone talks about the experience of seeing the band and Angie Dorin rocks a Monkey Minute.