Month: April 2020

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!

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