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The Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill. He pled guilty for beating up his pregnant girlfriend.

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Tyreek Hill, one of the newest members of the Kansas City Chiefs, had a monster junior year. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry, had almost 1000 return yards, and also, he beat up his pregnant girlfriend. Monster year!

Hill, dismissed from Oklahoma State University’s program after pleading guilty to one felony count of domestic violence by strangulation, was the 165th pick of the NFL Draft. He projects as a potential force on special teams, and his girlfriend is recovering nicely.

General Manager John Dorsey defended the pick, telling fans troubled by the prospect of rooting for a player accused of slamming a woman’s head into the wall and choking her to, you know, trust him on this one.

“I know that I would never put this community in any type of situation where it would not be good and we’ve done that. I would like to ask for you guys to just have a little bit of trust in us in this thing.”

Domestic violence arrest rates are extraordinarily high in the NFL, estimated by FiveThirtyEight to be 55% higher than the national average for men aged 25-29. High profile incidents like Ray Rice and Greg Hardy’s abuse, both accompanied with visual evidence of the women they assaulted, have forced the league to address domestic violence in its ranks, stiffening penalties for offenders.
Still, as the Hill selection demonstrates, despite the protests of Chiefs brass, talent and the hope of a forgetful press tends to trump long-term character formation.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”

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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”

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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

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United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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