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There’s a petition to get Jesse Williams fired from Grey’s Anatomy over his BET speech.


As of this writing, 7,500 people really, really mad about “reverse racism” signed a petition to get Jesse Williams fired from Grey’s Anatomy over his stirring, provocative speech given during the BET Awards. The speech, mostly praised by the people that matter, like his black audience or his boss (Grey’s showrunner Shonda Rhimes), was panned via an online petition created through It’s creator, Erin Smith, spent her weekend criticizing Williams’ racism towards whites.

Smith wrote that Williams “spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards,” referring to his criticism of the police’s capacity to handle white criminals without resorting to gun violence. Williams, who is quick to remind us that she is *not* necessarily white — gosh why would anyone think that? — claimed that she is merely concerned about “equal consequences for racist behavior.”

In a surprising turn of events, but Smith, who-again-is-not-necessarily-white-and-you-need-to-stop-making-assumptions-she-just-wants-to-make-a-difference-who’s-the-Real-Racist-now, included the hashtag #AllLivesMatter in her fight for white equality.

Not all civil rights heroes wear capes. Will Smith’s valiant crusade for justice deter the show from moving forward without Williams?

Probably not.

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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.