Menard’s, a massive, billionaire family-owned home improvement chain with the most insidious jingle ever devised by Satan’s sinister chorus, is mad as heck. The company has been planning to expand to New Philadelphia, Ohio, but those plans will have to wait because, well, just read the statement for yourself, via Menard’s spokesperson Jessie O’Mara:
We are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all family businesses in the U.S.A at present and with no certainty if the next administration will be any better. We have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled.
Well, this raises more questions than it answers. While it might be easy to assume that the Menard family is holding out to make sure President Obama’s dickens scaring ways aren’t carried on by another Democratic President, Gawker uncovered an interesting wrinkle: Menard’s has a minor but longstanding feud with one Donald John Trump. It seems Menard’s was named in a $50 million arbitration lawsuit filed by none other than Melania Trump back in 2013. Our future President even came at them on his social media platform of choice.
In this assessment and this assessment alone, Trump was actually not entirely wrong. Menard’s CEO John Menard has been embroiled in a PR nightmare about his treatment of unions, which may have something to do with why he’s scared dickensless by the current administration. And it makes sense that he’d be nervous about the next one too. Who isn’t?
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.