Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old Texas resident, was identified by the police as the sniper that shot 11 people, killing five officers on Thursday night. According to Dallas police chief David Brown, Johnson operated independently and expressed anger at various parties, including both white police and Black Lives Matter. His bullets targeted officers stationed at an anti-police brutality demonstration that, like most black-led public protests about police violence, were remarkably peaceful.
Johnson was an Army vet that served tours in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. And despite early suspicion that BLM was involved with the shooting (leading to the interrogation of Mark Hughes, an innocent protester falsely tied to the murders), Johnson has no known ties to BLM. In fact, his Facebook profile reveals that his perverse activism appeared to be, at the least, informed by a separate black militant group. Additionally, contrary to early reports of additional shooters, Brown confirmed that Johnson was the sole gunman.
Based on what we now know about this developing story, many of the assumptions regarding the attacks were blatantly wrong. Despite the refrain that civilians “wait for the facts to come out” before expressing grief or concern about police violence, plenty are quick to draw conclusions when the victims are cops.
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.
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.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
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 MPJmusic.com.
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.
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.
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.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
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.