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Harriet Tubman Is the New Face of Your $20 [Update: Guest Starring Andrew Jackson]


Earlier this week, word got out that Hamilton-heads had preserved the legacy of their favorite President/Broadway superstar, and the U.S. Treasury was forced to choose another white President to scrub from U.S. currency. On Wednesday, they made the call and, as widely expected, Andrew Jackson is losing his spot on the $20, largely owing to the fact that Andrew Jackson was not a good dude.

But that’s not the real news. The real news is that he’ll be replaced by one of the great badasses of American History: Harriet Tubman. Tubman was a five-foot-tall humanitarian, abolitionist, Union spy and—yes—the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War, a feat which freed over 700 slaves. She devoted her life to raids along the Underground Railroad, freeing hundreds of slaves and nimbly dodging the clutches of dozens of furious slave owners. Andrew Jackson was not fit to clean her boots.

The design of the new $20 is expected to land around 2020, in time for the centennial of the women’s suffrage movement. The bill itself probably won’t actually make it into circulation until the following decade, so don’t get too excited. Maybe a decade and some change will give the country time to make sure black women get a little more of that money they’ll now be represented on, seeing as, if Harriet Tubman was alive today, she would statistically make about 64 percent of the money with her face on it that a white man makes.

[Update: So it seems like Harriet Tubman won’t be replacing Andrew Jackson so much as demoting him to the back of the bill, and this is an actual announcement from the U.S. Treasury and not an Onion article.

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 MPJmusic.com.

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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.