TPPP Episode 53 : California Dreamin’

The Triple Po has returned! Vacation took up two weekends, which is generally when I do the magic to actually make the podcast, but much to your delight I’m sure, I am back! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about my LA vacation, including thanks to those who helped me as well as some of the stuff I saw while I was there. It was great to be able to see the sights, as well as enjoy the lack of cloying humidity!

On the palaver, I talk to Louis Mendez, who, along with his trusty Toyota truck Finn, took me to many of the places I visited while in LA. We talk about the counterprotest we attended at Laguna Beach against the America First protest, including highlights and our reflections on its efficacy and success. We also talked about issues that surrounded the event, including the role of the police and the importance of nuance when speaking on these issues. Finally, we talked about our adventures while cruising around in his trusty truck in Southern California. It was a great conversation, a great trip, and I got to make some great people. I genuinely apologize for the long absence, but I am glad to be back. I missed y’all!

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Thousands of counter-protesters oppose America First! rally in Laguna Beach

TPPP Episode 26 : A Different Kind of War

Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. This week in the pre-ramble, I talk about how Trump’s ban against Muslims entering the country was struck down by a Federal judge and upheld by an Appeals Court. I then talk about my attendance at a rally/protest at the State Capitol and what it was like, as well as the purpose of the rally itself.

For the palaver I talk to long-time friend Emily White, who was a victim of sexual assault while in the military. We talk about her harrowing personal experience; her struggles with PTSD and mental illness generally as a result; as well as the prevalence of sexual assault in the military as a whole and the lack of proper oversight and effective reporting methods, as well as attempts by Congress to reform the system and the results of those efforts. It was a difficult subject for Emily to talk about, and I greatly appreciate her coming on to talk about it, and I think she is incredibly brave for doing so. I can only hope her story will help others dealing with similar situations and the aftermath of such a brutal action.

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Appeals Court Rejects Request to Immediately Restore Travel Ban

Grassroots group protests at Tennessee State Capitol

We Are Watching Rally at the Capitol on Facebook

Sexual assault in the United States military on Wikipedia

The Invisible War on Wikipedia

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