“That got me into the whole ancient aliens, I’ve been a fan of the near past and also the ancient past.” Thus spake Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, student of ancient civilizations and, according to him, witness to an alien spacecraft back in 2005. He told the fairly bonkers story this week on Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird podcast, and rarely has a podcast’s name been more accurate. Is it a very close encounter? Yes. Does Aaron Rodgers reference Independence Day to help you get a sense of what he was seeing? Yes. Honestly, it’s best to just hear the whole story from Rodgers’ mouth, so we’ll get out of your hair. Suffice to say, Rodgers had spent the evening eating (and presumably, it must be noted, drinking) with some friends out in New Jersey, when a “weird siren” made them run outside. Our story begins there (editor’s notes throughout in bold):
“…so we go outside. It was a snowy night, it was in February. And we went outside and it was one of those bright nights and it’s overcast but there’s enough light from the moon reflecting off the clouds I’m guessing where you can see things. The next thing you know, we saw something in the sky …The only way to make it so people can get a visual of it, is it looked like is if you see the movie Independence Day which is a great movie (The Gradient staff is violently divided on this point) …I saw a fiery cloud, I guess, coming through the sky. It was like that in the sense that it was a large, orange, left to right moving object. Because of the overcast nature of the night, you couldn’t make it out, but it was definitely large, moving from left to right, at 12:30 at night here. It was me, Steve and his brother who saw it. We look at each other and we go ‘What in the fuck was that?’ It went out of sight, and you could hear it moving. When it’d been out of sight for a good thirty seconds, we were kind of in shock, that anybody who’s been to a flyover or an airshow or just seen Top Gun (Now that’s a great movie) you know the sound that a fighter jet makes it flies by. And there were about four of those. Now if you know anything about UFO sightings, you know that a lot of times, two things are connected to UFO sightings. (Of course, yes.) One is the sign of fighter jets, because they’re sent out to look at them or chase them down. Two is the sightings around nuclear power plants. And to tie it all off, the alarm we heard was from about thirty miles out, there was a nuclear power plant that had an alarm that went off. The alarm went off an hour later, and we were still all in shock and we ran downstairs and ran outside saying ‘Is something else coming?’ But in typical fashion, there was no mention of it the next day.” (Typical media. Real eyes realize real lies.)
Rodgers goes on to detail his interest in ancient culture, how Egyptian hieroglyphs reference extraterrestrial technology, and even manages a dig at Fox News. As with most of Pete Holmes’ podcasts, it is worth a listen in its entirety.
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.