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Ted Cruz Appoints Carly Fiorina as VP for Nomination He Almost Certainly Can’t Win


Ted Cruz continues to shoot his shot through the ever shrinking basketball-rim, appointing former GOP hopeful Carly Fiorina as his running mate for a race he almost certainly can’t win.  Should he thread the nearly impossible mathematical needle to win outright, or should the dominoes somehow fall perfectly towards a contested Republican convention in Cleveland, Fiorina would provide an interesting challenge to a likely Clinton nomination.

The odds of sending the GOP into a contested convention are slim, and growing slimmer by the day. Ted Cruz would have to win Indiana, and Kasich would have to win Oregon or New Mexico. Neither of those are impossibilities, but it would take a particularly strong showing from Kasich. As an added hurdle, Cruz would have to surge in California — a state widely expected to be favorable to Trump.

In other words, Cruz announcing a running mate is a desperate gamble, on top of his already desperate (unsuccessful) gamble of teaming up with Kasich. Will it work? Well, theoretically, it could. The trouble is, it’s hard to imagine any Trump supporters suddenly intrigued by the prospect of a Cruz/Fiorina ticket. The announcement isn’t exactly a big step into Trump’s groundswell of support, most of whom dismissed the idea of Fiorina early on when she called Trump out for his sexist comments and aren’t likely to reconsider now.

But, hey, when it’s the fourth quarter and you’re down by two, it never hurts to take a desperate half-ring shot.


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.