The Just In News Podcast

Town Hall Duels and Aisha Fukushima on Social Justice and the Power of Music

Corey Hill joins Justin Cross to talk about the dueling Biden-Trump town halls and the nomination process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Corey also talks with social justice strategist, recording artist, and founder of Raptivism, Aisha Fukushima. They cover making music and finding connections during a pandemic, intersectionality in social justice movements, and the enduring power of Prince’s music.

“Empathy for Assholes” with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist, prominent progressive voice, and author of “Healing Politics,” joins the Just In News Podcast. Dr. El-Sayed talks about how competent leadership under Joe Biden can get coronavirus under control and save lives, the role of public health professionals like himself in messaging science in the face of lies and mistruths, the opportunity for progressives under a Biden presidency, having empathy for assholes, favorite jams from his 90s mixtape, and his 2-year-old crawling into his bed. Kristen Friis also joins Justin to give her thoughts on how Trump getting Covid may or may not impact the election.

Got Hope? Reasons for Election Optimism

Justin and Corey talk about why Democrats should be feeling some good old fashion hope and election optimism heading into October. With just under 40 days left until the election, a new conservative Supreme Court Justice most likely pick being rammed through the Senate, civil unrest across the country over racial injustice, and Trump threatening a coup, Corey calls out Trump’s stupidity, Biden’s strength in polling across the country, and other reasons why optimism should pull us through the final stretch of the most important election in our lives.

“My Girl Laura!” – Tweets From Deadbeats: The Laura Ingraham Edition

The Just In News Podcast team plays the growingly popular game, “Tweets From Deadbeats” where Kristen and Jake explore, among other terrible people, Laura Ingraham’s Twitter feed. Justin also talks about recently attending an NFL football game where he supported his Jacksonville Jaguars by wearing a shirt that read, “Jaggin Off.” Meanwhile, Jake keeps exploring his emo side by growing hair that makes him look like he’s in the band, My Chemical Romance.

“Telling Jokes During a Pandemic” with Jeff Greenspan, former Chief Creative Officer for Buzzfeed

Corey Hill talks with Jeff Greenspan, the former Chief Creative Officer for Buzzfeed. They talk about Greenspan’s work as a freelance creative director and stand-up comic, telling jokes during a pandemic, revolution, and the best locations for installing unauthorized Edward Snowden statues.

“Controlling Coronavirus” with Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about coronavirus and how we can get it under control. Spoiler alert: Don’t breathe on each other. Andy talks about how the NBA is a great model for how the rest of the country can get back to a semblance of normal quickly. He also talks how to talk with anti-maskers, what it’s like to be hosting his own podcast, “In the Bubble,” the art of interviewing, and his favorite karaoke song which he strongly urges me to play on the podcast. Don’t worry, we got it in there.

Independent Journalist Thor Benson on How to Connect with Trump Supporters and the Likelihood Trump Gets Re-elected

Just In News’ Corey Hill talks with Thor Benson, independent journalist about Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, the likelihood of Trump’s re-election, and how we can bring our racist uncles back to reality.

Organizer Sophie Ellman-Golan on Being Hopeful During a Time When We Have a Global Pandemic and a Racist President in Office

Corey Hill talks with Sophie Ellman-Golan, strategist for the Jewish left and movement organizer. Corey and Sophie discuss white supremacy, anti-semitism, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and how to stay hopeful in chaotic times.

Got Change? Activist Aric McBay on Effective Strategies for Social Justice Movements

Corey Hill talks with Aric McBay, author, farmer, and organizer about encroaching fascism, effective strategies for social justice movements, and why you should run out of smoky rooms even if the other people around you are staying calm.

Josh Burch from Neighbors United for DC Statehood on Why America’s Capital Should Be Our 51st State

Josh Burch from Neighbors United for DC Statehood talks about the why Washington D.C. should become the 51st state, the momentum of the movement, bad-faith arguments from the opposition, and historical analogues.

2020: Solomon Rajput, Congressional Candidate in Michigan’s 12th District, on Offering Up Big Solutions to Big Problems

Democrat Solomon Rajput talks with Corey Hill about his race to become the next Congressman from Michigan’s 12th District. Solomon talks to Corey about running against a Democratic political dynasty, ending police brutality, Medicare for All, and how Donald Trump is uniquely awful. Solomon talks specifically about how “radical ideas” aren’t really radical and have been the norm for decades in so many other countries, including universal healthcare in the country just up the road from him, Canada.

Game: “Tweets From Deadbeats” – Washed-Up Actor Edition

Justin is joined by Sound Engineer Mike Stocksdale and Producer Kristen Friis to play another rousing edition of “Tweets From Deadbeats.” Mike and Kristen go head-to-head while downing mixed drinks and taking educated guesses as to who are the absolute worst people in the world tweeting the absolute worst things in the world. In this edition, a certain washed-up celebrity plays a starring role and Mike explains what a Grey Russian is since that was the drink he pounded prior to even starting the podcast. Kristen also talks about her experience protesting while clarifying to a certain deadbeat that she was actually out protesting racism and not supporting Marxism.

Former White House Speechwriter David Litt on Writing President Obama’s Jokes and His New Book about Shattering Mitch McConnell’s Dreams

Justin talks with former speechwriter for President Obama, David Litt. David talks to Justin about his new book, “Democracy in One Book or Less,” and how we can repair our democracy in 6 months with some key fundamental changes to our political system. David also talks about the coolest part about working inside the White House, his favorite White House Correspondents Dinner (he was the head speechwriter for 4 of them), and the form of public speaking that scares him.

2020: U.S. Senate Candidate Merav Ben-David on Standing Against Racism, What Wyoming Democrats and Republicans Have in Common, and Howling with Her Dogs

Wyoming U.S. Senate Candidate Merav Ben-David joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about her experience as a college professor and the similarities between connecting with students in a classroom versus on the campaign trail. Merav also discusses recent events regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and participating in events in Wyoming and what she says to those who still don’t get BLM movement. Finally, Merav talks about her unique brand of outdoorsy campaign events.

2020: Delaware U.S. Senate Candidate Jess Scarane on Challenging Incumbent Democrat Chris Coons, Funding Communities Over Police, and Late 90’s Emo Music

Delaware Democrat Jess Scarane joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about challenging the Democratic establishment and incumbent Chris Coons for U.S. Senate. Jess talks about creating fundamental change when it comes to public safely and policing, how she doesn’t like being called a politician, drinking a growler of beer during her first-ever ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ experience, and her love of emo and shoegaze music.

2020: U.S. Senate Candidate Robin Kimbrough Hayes on Ending Systemic Racism, Giving People Hope, and Friending Her on Facebook

Robin Kimbrough Hayes, U.S. Senate Candidate from Tennessee, joins the Just In News Podcast. Robin talks about why Tennessee and the entire country needs a person like her in the Senate who would inspire hope, push for universal healthcare, and help put an end to systemic racism. Robin also offers to marry Justin and talks about how she personally answers questions that come through over her website chat and Facebook messages. Robin also talks about her background fighting for people of all backgrounds. Oh, and she talks about singing karaoke to Tina Turner.

2020: Mike Espy on His ‘Moneyball’ Approach to Flipping the Senate Blue in Mississippi, His Grandfather’s Legacy, and ‘Game of Thrones’

Mike Espy, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Mississippi, joined the Just In News Podcast and talked about the role data analytics is playing in his campaign to defeat Cindy Hyde-Smith. Mike also talks about the extraordinary role his grandfather played in setting an example for him as a public servant. He also talks about his passion for sports and if the football season will happen in the fall. As usual, Justin also gets some local recommendations for restaurants since he now lives in Gulfport, Mississippi and occasionally likes to go out for a nice meal when he’s not playing golf by the local sewage treatment plant. True story.

Ideology of Convenience: Florida Representative Anna Eskamani talks about the failed COVID-19 response in Florida and around the United States

Florida Representative (FL-47) Anna Eskamani joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about the lack of leadership in Florida and the United States in response to COVID-19. Representative Eskamani talks with Corey Hill about why President Donald Trump doesn’t care about public health and why local leadership must step up in order to help citizens and fill the leadership void nationally and under Ron DeSantis in Florida.

2020: South Carolina U.S. Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison on How to Beat Lindsey Graham, Toni Braxton, and Barbecue Sauce Nuance

Jaime Harrison joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate in South Carolina. Jaime talks about his incredible story of growing up poor and being raised by his grandparents, the nuances of mustard spice in barbecue sauce, and how the hell he’s going to beat Lindsey Graham. Jaime also talks about his incredible story growing up poor and being raised by his grandparents. Finally, Justin and Jaime bond over some 1990’s Toni Braxton.

2020: Iowa U.S. Senate Candidate Admiral Mike Franken on Defeating Joni Ernst and One of His Favorite Ted Kennedy Stories

Admiral Mike Franken joins the Just In News Podcast to talk about his U.S. Senate campaign in Iowa. Admiral Franken talks about why he’s the best person to defeat Joni Ernst, his favorite corporation that donates to her campaign, and what it was like to be the lonely voice in the room opposing the Iraq War. Admiral Franken also talks about how his military, science, and political experience make him an ideal candidate to serve in Congress. He also shares what his go-to karaoke song is.

Game: “Tweets From Deadbeats” – Sandal Bottle Openers and Vice Presidential Picks

The Just In News podcast team plays “Tweets from Deadbeats,” where they try to figure out which conservative GOP Senator decided to stand up for gay rights and the arts. The team also predicts who will be Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick and where coronavirus actually originated from, the sole of some Floridian’s sandal.

2020: Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidate Dennis Frank Macek on Climate Change, How He Became the “Prairie Fox,” and Beer

Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidate Dennis Frank Macek talks to Justin about his advocacy for climate change reform and why he’s run as a Republican, Independent, and now, as a Democrat. He also delves into his background as an artist and how a seeing a prairie fox at 2:30 a.m. led him into politics. Finally, Dennis gives Justin one of the best Yelp reviews he’s ever received when describing his love for the capital and college town of Lincoln.

Comedian and Former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Staffer Noel Casler on Donald Trump’s Drug Use and the Real Jared Kushner

Comedian and former Celebrity Apprentice staffer Noel Casler joins the Just In News Podcast for the second time to talk about his time working with Donald Trump. Noel talks about seeing Trump crush Adderall between scenes, his casual use of the ‘N’ word, Jared Kushner’s dark intentions, and seeing Larry Kudlow smoke crack in his SUV. Noel also gives his thoughts on whether we’ll ever see the infamous ‘The Apprentice’ tapes, how the Trump presidency will end, and how much politicians should be talking about the president’s erratic behavior.

2020: Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidates Alisha Shelton and Andy Stock Talk About Their Respective Plans to Defeat Ben Sasse

Nebraska U.S. Senate Candidates Alisha Shelton and Andy Stock talk with Justin just days before the 2020 Democratic Primary. Alisha and Andy discuss their respective agendas to replace Ben Sasse, how they’re using social media to spread their messages, and even offer up tips on where to hang out in Omaha and Lincoln.

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Talks About How Karl Rove and the DOJ Put Him in Prison for 5 Years (Part 1)

Justin Cross talks with former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. In this three part weekly series, the last Democratic Governor of Alabama joins the Just In News Podcast to discuss how the Republican establishment identified him as a rising star and a potential presidential nominee, and as a result, used the Department of Justice as a tool to put him behind bars. In the words of Siegelman in the interview and in his new book, Stealing Our Democracy: How the Political Assassination of a Governor Threatens Our Nation, his story has “more twists and turns than a John Grisham novel, except it’s real.”

The Appeal’s Jay Willis on Mass Incarceration, COVID-19 and Prisons, and yes, Peter from ‘The Bachelor’

The Appeal’s Jay Willis joins the Just In News Podcast to discuss the vulnerability of prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic, the general fucked-upness of our prison system, and how average people can do their part to fix it. Jay also dishes on Peter from ‘The Bachelor’.

Game: “Tweets from Deadbeats” – In Steak-umm We Trust

In this week’s “Tweets from Deadbeats,” Mike gets a question right, we examine the Trump family (Twitter) photo album, and Steak-umm brings everyone down to Earth. Also, Kristen recounts the madness that ensued on the University of Oregon campus the night Trump won and Justin talks about his protest march in Oakland. Mike then says to Justin, “Well, that really did something.” Finally, Snake puts himself on mute half the time because of his dog’s snoring.

“You’re only as sick as your secrets.” Author Brent Walker Talks About the Honest and Dark Stories in His Book, “The Hidden South”

Author Brent Walker joins the Just In News podcast to talk about his book, “The Hidden South.” Brent talks about how he was able to get complete strangers to open up about their traumatic past, why the Southern experience is so unique, the need for more human connections, a woman who prayed for him, and fanboying over New Orleans’ musician Big Freedia.

Game: “Tweets from Deadbeats” – High School Reunion Edition

The Just In News podcast team plays another rousing game of “Tweets from Deadbeats” where we exam the Twitter feed of Donald Trump and his fellow goons. We also talk about the demise of Justin’s TV-watching career, why everyone should attend their high school reunion, and Minna and Biscuit (Justin’s dogs) make cameo appearances. Finally, will Mike Stocksdale get off the schneid and get a question right? Listen to find out, and in the process, take your mind off life for a few minutes.

Puppets and Hope in the Time of Pandemic: Actor, Director, and Puppeteer Dan Garza on the Role Art Plays in Getting Through COVID-19

Just In News’ Corey Hill chats with Dan Garza, puppeteer from Showtime’s hit TV show, “Kidding.” Dan shares his thoughts on just how critical a talking dinosaur can be to people struggling with isolation and fear. Corey also talks with Dan about the Great Man theory of history, family members getting tired of your jokes, and the importance of keeping enough puppetry supplies on hand.

Game: “Tweets from Deadbeats” – Haters and Losers Edition

The Just In News Podcast team gets together (over the phone, of course) to play the first-ever edition of “Tweets from Deadbeats.” The JIN team brings their favorite Trump tweets including a few about “haters and losers,” and Justin quizzes them on recent tweets from Donald Trump and the terrible people around him, including Don Jr., shadow chief-of-staff Sean Hannity, ex-bow tie model Tucker Carlson, and a few other TV hacks and garbage humans. We had a lot of fun making this one and encourage you to play along at home!

Getting Written Up for Wearing More Than One Mask: An ER Nurse Talks About Preparing to Treat Patients for Coronavirus

ER Nurse Janna Yates talks about preparing to treat patients with the coronavirus. The Fairbanks, Alaska nurse talks to Justin about lack of resources, stories she’s heard from fellow nurses, how the coronavirus is highlighting glaring holes in our health system, and how she’s finding hope and optimism as she prepares to go on the frontline of a global pandemic.

2020: U.S. House Candidate Julie Oliver on Virtual Campaigning During COVID-19 and How Federal Assistance Changed Her Life

Julie Oliver, the Democratic nominee from Texas’ 25th congressional district in Austin, joins the Just In News Podcast. Julie talks about how federal assistance helped her get to where she is today, how she’s campaigning virtually during COVID-19, her love for twinkies and disdain for Tom Brady, and what a fun night out in Austin looks like for folks adults of many ages.

Get Your ‘Ridin’ with Biden’ Tramp Stamps + Capitalism Meets Coronavirus for Free Breadsticks

Justin recaps the second not-so-Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders and talks about how Democrats must be Biden-or-bust to beat Stalin’s fluffer. He also discusses capitalism and the coronavirus with Just In News Executive Producer Corey Hill. Corey talks about how the Olive Garden doesn’t give its employees paid sick leave and how free breadsticks could be the conduit to for more Americans contracting the coronavirus.

Super Tuesday Wrap-Up: Concerns about Joementum

Justin wraps up Super Tuesday by talking about Joe Biden’s big wins, concerns about Biden being the nominee and what the fuck Tulsi Gabbard is doing. Justin also talks with Just In News Executive Producer Corey Hill about Mike Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren dropping out and what their endorsements may mean for both Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Comedian Kate Willett on Being a Bernie Bro and Doing Stand-Up at a Sex Convention

Comedian Kate Willett joins the Just In News podcast to talk about her support for Bernie Sanders, why Mike Bloomberg sucks and doing comedy at a BDSM convention. Kate also talks about what democratic socialism actually means and her admiration for fellow comedian Maria Bamford.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Trish Zornio

Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, Trish Zornio. If she wins, Trish would be the first scientist and first female ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Colorado. Trish is running to unseat Republican and part-time Trump masseur, Cory Gardner. She talks about the 5-year plan that got her to this point, visiting all 64 Colorado counties twice, dealing with Republican trolls, and her love for music and Sara Bareilles.

  • 0-7 minutes: Why Trish decided to run and bring her science background to politics
  • 7-11 minutes: Trish talks about the power of special interests and why deregulation has caused so many problems
  • 11-20 minutes: Her 5-year-plan to run for U.S. Senate
  • 20-25 minutes: The hardcore trolling from the GOP
  • 25-30 minutes: The complicated Caucus/Primary process
  • 35 minutes-end: Trish sings! And talks about the value of arts education in her life, along with some of other stuff

2020: Interview with Mayor Andrew Gillum on the Democratic Primary, Registering Voters, and Advice for 1998 Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum returns to the the Just In News Podcast for the first time since his historic run for Florida governor in 2018. Mayor Gillum talks with Justin about what it will take to flip Florida blue in November and his efforts with Forward Florida Action to register and engage 1 million voters throughout the state. In a wide-ranging discussion, Mayor Gillum also talks about the unhealthiness of the campaign trail, how to get people to care about politics who never have, what advice he’d give to 1998 Andrew Gillum, his go-to karaoke song, the purpose of Black History Month, who will claim victory in the Iowa Caucus, his prediction of a possible floor fight at the Democratic convention in July, and more. Here are some of the show highlights:

  • Around 0 – 5 mins: Opening, shout-outs, shameless self-promotion
  • Around 5 – 11 mins: Mayor Gillum on Chris Cuomo’s workout routine and the unhealthiness of running for office
  • Around 11 – 24 mins: Why Republicans don’t want to get out the vote, how get people to care about politics who never have, and what Forward Florida is doing to flip Florida blue in November
  • Around 24 – 28 mins: Mayor Gillum on Black History Month. What does it mean today, and what does Mayor Gillum say to those who acknowledge our shameful history of slavery, segregation and discrimination but want to simply move on from it.
  • Around 28 -37 mins (the end): Justin’s super lazy questions he wrote in 5 minutes: What advice 2020 Andrew Gillum would give 1998 Andrew Gillum? Who will win the Super Bowl, San Francisco or Kansas City? Who will win the Iowa Caucus? How will the Democratic Primary unfold? What is Mayor Gillum’s go-to karaoke song?

2020: Interview with Former Iowa Congressional Candidate Austin Frerick on what will go down at the Iowa Caucus

Justin talks with former Iowa congressional candidate Austin Frerick. Austin gives his prediction as to what will happen at the Iowa Caucus, how the whole thing works, whether food fights happen in the gym where these events are held, and his current work as Deputy Director of the Thurmond Arnold Project at Yale University. We also discuss Austin’s love for gas station pizza and the likelihood he’ll run for office again (he should).

2020: Interview with Texas Congressional Candidates Kim Olson and Donna Imam

Justin talks with Texas congressional candidates Donna Imam and Kim Olson about their campaigns, barbecue, beer, and what it will take to turn Texas blue. In the first half of this episode, Justin talks with Donna about her background as an engineer and how that informs how she takes on issues like healthcare and gerrymandering in Texas’ 31st congressional district encompassing part of Austin and the surrounding area. In the second half, Justin talks with Kim about her background as a fighter pilot in Iraq, what it was like to film a viral commercial requiring her to walk and talk to a camera for two minutes straight, and why authenticity rules when connecting with voters. Kim also discusses the issues on the minds of voters in Texas’ 24th congressional district which encompasses the burbs of Dallas.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff

Justin talks with U.S. Senate candidate from Georgia, Jon Ossoff. Jon talks about exposing corruption as an investigative journalist, as well as what it was like to be mean-tweeted by President Trump during his run for the U.S House in 2017. Jon also discusses the issues he’s fight for in Georgia and how his potential Republican opponent is selling access, including $35,000 photo ops. Finally, Jon opens up about his hair product, his love for the 90’s TV show, “Doug”, and how he likes to belt out a certain Mariah Carey song during karaoke.

Musician Mike Stocksdale on writing political songs and his musical man crushes

Justin talks to musician Mike Stocksdale about his political side project, $idequest. Mike also talks about his upcoming show at the Troubadour in LA, his love for lowly open mics, why he doesn’t have a tattoo and who his musical man crushes are.

Musician Ben Folds on politics, his new book, and George Carlin

Justin talks with musician Ben Folds about the intersection of politics and art. Ben talks about his new podcast and interviewing presidential candidates, what it was like to write “A Dream about Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons”, and the brilliance of George Carlin.

HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein on Registering Voters in 2020 and Phish Concerts

Justin talks with HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein about the intersection of music and politics. He asks Andy what it’s like getting people to vote at concerts and festivals as opposed to Target parking lots. Andy also talks about Headcount’s efforts to get popular Republican musicians involved and what was his favorite Phish concert to document. Justin also opens the episode with 3 his major takeaways from the past two week’s of impeachment hearings (pre-Fiona Hill and David Holmes).

“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” Actress Melody Peng on 5 Buck Chuck, Nelly, and the Hotness of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Actress Melody Peng talks with Justin about her role in the Netflix show “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”. Melody discusses her transition from the corporate world to the acting world and why it’s vital to have a business plan and mindset. She also discusses her love for college football, 5 Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s and why Nelly is a musical genius.

State of the Stat: 185 Republicans Vote to Censure Congressman Adam Schiff for Doing His Job

State of the Stat Correspondent Corey Hill talks with Justin about why 185 Republicans decided to censure Democrat Adam Schiff for doing his job. Corey also talks about his recent article in The Independent where he lays out why Donald Trump could very well lose the 2020 election but refuse to step down.

2020: Interview with Congressional Candidate Donna Imam

Justin talks with congressional candidate Donna Imam from Texas’ 31st district. Donna talks to Justin about her ambitious plans to provide healthcare and education for all, how she’ll combat gun violence, the best barbecue spots in Austin, being a college DJ and her beloved Toyota Tercel. Justin also makes his case for why an impeachment investigation is necessary based solely on the most simple Google search. Finally, Minna makes a water-chugging cameo.

Musician Ben Folds on the Presidential Candidates, George Carlin, the Arts, and His New Book

Justin talks with Musician Ben Folds about his new book, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons. Ben talks about one of the most absurd jobs he had delivering wine, his love of George Carlin, why he started a podcast interviewing presidential candidates, and whether there will be a Ben Folds Five Reunion in the near future.

Comedian and Writer Brock Wilbur on Democrats Eating Each Other Alive, and His Adorable Cats

Justin talks with comedian and writer Brock Wilbur. Brock discusses which Democrats he likes most running for POTUS and the disconnect between the red states and blue states. He also talks about getting mistaken for Wilbur Ross on Twitter and how one of his cats hates him.

2020: Interview with U.S. Senate Candidate Mayor Ted Terry

Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston, Georgia talks with Justin about why he’s running for U.S. Senate. Mayor Ted discusses how he was able to defeat an incumbent 40 years older than him and pass a progressive agenda that includes decriminalizing marijuana, making election day a holiday, raising minimum wage to $15 and more … in Georgia. Most importantly, Mayor Ted also talks about his week-long experience as a guest on “Queer Eye”.

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