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Cleveland Police Union Responds To Family Of Tamir Rice Exactly How You Expected, But Worse.


The family of Tamir Rice, the slain 12-year-old boy near the center of our national conversation about police violence, was awarded six million dollars to end a wrongful death lawsuit. Bear in mind, that settlement for what former prosecutor Timothy McGinty dismissively called a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications.” 

Rice, whom the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association reminded critics was “menacing” and “in the wrong”, was shot and killed by Cleveland police in November 2014. Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the first responders to the 911 call initially placed about a boy waving a toy, controversially failed to receive criminal charges for firing on an unarmed child. While no amount of money will ever bring Rice back to his family, union president Steve Loomis issued a statement that was at best tone deaf and at worst, a strong illustration of concern-trolling.

We can only hope the Rice family and their attorneys will use a portion of this
settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated
with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms. Something positive
must come from this tragic loss. That would be educating youth of the dangers
of possessing a real or replica firearm.

There was, as you probably guessed, no mention of using city funds to educate trained law enforcement officers on the dangers of using a real weapon against a child.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.