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Welcome to More In Common Podcast With Rodney Campbell and Keith Richardson. This podcast is our social experiment to examine our belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us. With each new guests we have open, honest, and insightful conversation about the things that matter to them.

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Welcome to More In Common Podcast With Rodney Campbell and Keith Richardson. This podcast is our social experiment to examine our belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us. With each new guests we have open, honest, and insightful conversation about the things that matter to them.

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Keith has been a friend for many years, it's amazing to see what sort of man he has become and the company (Rodney) he keeps. Rodney hits with such great questions really gets you thinking and keep this going! We need these conversations!

Thoughtful and inspiring

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The conversations on this podcast are thoughtful AND though provoking.

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33 Ratings
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By dmygan83 - Apr 09 2020
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Keith has been a friend for many years, it's amazing to see what sort of man he has become and the company (Rodney) he keeps. Rodney hits with such great questions really gets you thinking and keep this going! We need these conversations!

Thoughtful and inspiring

By kim0628 - Dec 24 2018
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The conversations on this podcast are thoughtful AND though provoking.
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More In Common Podcast

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Welcome to More In Common Podcast With Rodney Campbell and Keith Richardson. This podcast is our social experiment to examine our belief that we all have more in common than that which divides us. With each new guests we have open, honest, and insightful conversation about the things that matter to them.

Rank #1: Keith Ferguson Jr. /// Ball Was Life /// Season2:E078

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Keith Ferguson is an associate in the Financial Services Litigation group. He focuses his practice on representing financial institutions and mortgage servicers in real property actions.

Prior to joining Eckert Seamans, Keith was an associate at a private firm with a focus on the mortgage banking industry in the mid-Atlantic region. He was the supervising attorney of the firm’s mediation practice and led a department of legal professionals responsible for the firm’s active residential foreclosure cases in the settlement and status conference stage.

Keith previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Wanda Keyes Heard in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and as a law clerk for the United States Agency for International Development in the Employee and Labor Relations Division in Washington, D.C. 

"The sun is coming up tomorrow.  Get after it." - Keith Ferguson Jr

Topics we discuss:

  • Perspective on Children's potential
    • Understanding your strengths
  • Being a black attorney from poverty
    • Transition from sports
    • Gong to Cornell
  • Having strong examples in his life
    • His Dad primarily raising him
    • His Grandma being his mother figure
  • Growing up without Mom
  • The impact of Premarital Counseling
    • Openness to counseling in general
  • The future of his family
  • Taking a pause in Conversation
    • Managing Hard Conversations
    • Managing lines of relationship
  • Getting into Cornell's Football Hall of Fame

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

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Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Theme On" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

May 21 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: George Dover /// Unconditional Acceptance /// E053

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Today we are with George Dover.  George comes to us as he is the father of one of our early guests, Brescia Dover.  If you remember Brescia, she was our first conversation about Mental Health/Illness and George has a significant role in Brescia's journey.

He grew up Mormon, but has left the church and now claims himself as an Atheist.  All of this is relevant to the conversation. 

He is a skeptic at heart with a very open mind.  He values family above all else and has incredible perspectives on what it means to have unconditional acceptance. 

‘‘If you don't really believe the person is sick then it is really difficult to act appropriately” George Dover (about mental illness)

Topics we cover///

  • Being a dad of a daughter managing through mental health issues
    • What the evolution of her Anorexia looked like from his perspective.
    • Managing the relationship with Brescia's siblings
    • How they managed it without having exposure to it
    • What it was like when she ate for the first time
  • The use of the word Crazy
  • Growing up in the Mormon church and ultimately leaving the church
    • How it was with his family when he left the church
  • Being Skeptical but being open to listen which he uses to encourage conversation
  • His acceptance of others beliefs even though he wholeheartedly disagrees with them
    • Specifically how he accepts his Son's choice to go into the church
  • Unconditional Acceptance and how ultimate truths impact the ability to have unconditionality

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

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Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: "One Day Prior"  DJ Rufbeats

Sep 26 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #3: Felecia Killings /// We Find Ourselves With More In Common Than Different /// E011

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Well, here is the first guest episode of 2018!  Additionally, this is our first conversation under the new name, MORE IN COMMON! We are excited to bring this discussion to you.  In this episode, we have Felecia Killings.  Felecia is a devoted mother, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of FKMinistries, which seeks to help people walk in their calling. She is the Executive Director of LiyahAmore Publishing, which helps Christian Authors build their writing ministries. And she is committed to helping people discover that we have more in common with each, in spite of our political differences.  Today, we find ourselves with more in common than different. She can be found on her website at www.feleciakillings.com. We learn about her experiences helping drive change in her public system and have a great discussion about our differing views on politics and the nature of today's media as it influences the political narrative. This is a wonderful conversation that truly demonstrates the nature of civility and getting to know one another even if we come from opposite viewpoints on any topic.  We really have a lot in common with Felecia even though we disagree with a lot of things. The discussion was a lot of fun and was wonderful to have!  Enjoy listening as much as we did recording. Music (remix) credits: I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/56346 Ft: Jlang, 4nsic, grapes Reverie (small theme) by _ghost (c) copyright 2010 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/_ghost/25389 Ft: Pitx

Feb 01 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #4: Brescia Dover /// The Stigma Around Mental Illness /// E019

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The stigma of mental illness is a real thing. Many struggles with admitting, accepting, or even talking about the challenges they face with mental illness because of this stigma. There are a lot of amazing organizations and individuals trying to change this culture. Giving people a safe place to open up about their experience. Today, we are graced with Brescia Dover who is one of these AMAZING individuals. Brescia has experienced more in the first quarter of her life than most. Join us in learning about her journey through anorexia and today managing Bi-Polar disorder. Brescia also produces her own videos to tell her story: End the Stigma: Mental Illness Awareness Film. In this episode we traverse: The stigma of mental illness Anorexia Bi-Polar Disorder Animal Therapy Grittiness It's not about food, it's about control Shirts!! We're selling "Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters" t-shirts. if you want one check out the apparel shop on our site. Expose.Evaluate.Evolve  Music Credits: * Main Theme: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusque * Guest Theme: The Long Goodbye by John Pazdan (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/flatwound/14476

Jun 07 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #5: Alanna Airitam /// There Is Fear Or There Is Love /// E025

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There is fear or there is love...a poignant thought left with us when we met Alanna Airitam.  Alanna is a fine art portrait photographer best known for The Golden Age, a series of portraits shot with classic Rembrandt style lighting.

Aug 16 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #6: Brittany H. /// Anxiety Will Not Kill You /// E035

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 Brittany is a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Teacher.  She has managed through PTSD and Depression as she now tries to raise awareness to Mental Health and promote the impact of health and fitness on mental healing.

 Join us in this episode as Brittany does an amazing job sharing her story.  Her trauma comes from a hard story to hear and I'm sure harder to tell.  She has managed through with such determination it is inspiring.  How she has come through is a great example of our resilience as people.  We can all learn a lot form Brittany.

Jan 17 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Ken Long /// It’s Fun To Be Nice and Face Blindness /// E015

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Prosopagnosia or face blindness: the inability to recognize faces. Face blindness is thought to be the result of abnormalities, damage, or impairment in the right fusiform gyrus, a fold in the brain that appears to coordinate the neural systems that control facial perception and memory. Remember kids, It's fun to be nice Today's conversation is with Ken, a Technical Sales Engineer, a good dude with a lot of interesting thoughts that will force you to think. He's got a charmingly sharp wit that will keep you on your toes. The challenge is to stay engaged past the initial thought. If you do, it's rewarding, we promise. The topics we cover: * some profanity * Prosopagnosia or face blindness * Team in Training * Evil * Nazis * TEDTalk of a reformed neo-nazi * Quotables from Ken: * "It is lazy to hate a group" * "A Year of bad blind dates" * "I'm going to figure out why I'm not popular" Remember: It's fun to be nice for no other reason than to just be nice. In other news, we're selling awesome t-shirts.  Fantastic tri-blend t-shirts. They're comfy, soft, and come with a message. They read:  "Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters" If you want one check out the apparel shop on our site. Music Credits: Main Theme: I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusque Paint the Sky by Hans Atom (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/hansatom/50718 Ft: Miss Judged

Apr 07 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Rachel Gorham /// Always Persevere and Follow your Dreams /// E041

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Rachel Gorham is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 6 years of clinical experience. She is double board certified and holds national certifications as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and in Advanced Genetics Nursing. Her specialty is in women’s health, gynecological oncology, cancer risk assessment, hereditary cancer syndromes, cancer genetics, managing and developing high-risk breast centers, and cancer prevention.

 She has provided her expertise on two national position statements for NPWH which include Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment and Males with Breast Conditions: The Role of WHNPs Specializing in Breast Care. She recently contributed to Women’s Health in Primary Care: An Integrated Approach 1e, “Breast Health” chapter. Rachel is a National Key Note Speaker for Merck and Myriad Genetics.

Apr 11 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: 2019 Recap and 2020 Preview /// E059

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2019 was an amazing year for More In Common.  We released 24 episodes talking about many things such as Mental Health, Politics, Religion, and more.  We heard some amazing stories and got to know amazing people.

So, in this episode we keep it simple, having a lot of fun and closing up the year.  Our editor and producer, Ruf, joins us today to ask us questions. 

Learn more about our process, our behind the scenes thoughts, and what's to come in 2020!

What we talk about:

  • 2019 Review
  • Our process
  • The evolution of MIC
  • 2020 Preview

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Dec 19 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Sophie Beren /// Just Say hello /// E033

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Sophie Beren is the Founder and Executive Director of TableTalk Global. TableTalk Global envisions a world in which college and high school students and community members alike can naturally create an inclusive, vibrant campus community, through increased connection and conversation, outside of the classroom. Sophie believes that the TableTalk curriculum can transform the education space by increasing face-to-face conversations and leadership opportunities that allow every student to feel valued, heard, and understood.

In this conversation we explore Sophie's background as a Jewish student in a predominately Christian community and how that developed her framework of connecting with others.  She gives some amazing conversation tips and insights into how electronic communication is breaking down our abilities to connect with each other.

“Practice what we want the world to look like”

Sophie Beren

Topics we cover:

  • Growing up an Outsider

  • Conversation Tips

  • Ice Breakers

  • Using "I" Statements

Dec 20 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: Name Change + Guns Follow Up /// E010

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Name Change & Guns Follow Up Happy New Year and welcome back to More In Common.  That's right, the  name change is official.  In this episode we talk about the change and what it means to us. We also include our "What'd we learn" segment regarding our last conversation about guns.  We talk about what we've been chewing on since that conversation and how (or if) we've evolved. Join us in this, our first episode of 2018, a short and easy way to start the year off.   Music (remix) credits: I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/56346 Ft: Jlang, 4nsic, grapes

Jan 21 2018

16mins

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Rank #12: Ethan Sandler /// What is Ambition and Success? /// S1:E061

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Today we are with Ethan Sandler.  Ethan is an Actor, Producer, and writer in Hollywood.  He has co-produced and written episodes of popular T.V. shows such as Man with a Plan and New Girl and has acted in, most notably, the TV series Crossing Jordan, The Princes Diaries and The Bourne Identity.  He is currently focused on his work researching monsters for his own idea and helping consult on Disney +'s new Monster's Inc. TV Series.

But, more importantly, he is a husband of 17 years and father of two.  We are excited to have him today!

"I'm unfortunately a little wobbly on what exactly my definition of success is.  I don't think I'm, honestly, pursuing success."  - Ethan Sandler

What we talk about:

  • Definition of Success
  • Pursuit of Success
  • Ambition
  • Growing up in Seattle
  • Importance of Family and having support for wife's ambitions
  • Having a Victim Complex
  • The things we remember that affect us
  • His current focus and work
  • Words we use
  • Being a Dad
    • Masculinity

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Decade Pop" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jan 16 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: Lloyd Wilkey /// Oh, So I’m Black Now? I Wasn’t Black During The War /// E006

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Oh, So I'm Black Now? I Wasn't Black During The War Today we learn about Lloyd.  Lloyd is gracious to share his story that led him to today where he lives in Los Angeles and is an Activist, a Human Relations Trainer doing work with Law Enforcement, businesses, non-profits, and educators.  He is a Mediator, Youth worker, boxing/self-defense coach, and singer. After living his developmental years in Boston during the Civil Rights movement of the 60s and surviving some intense trauma during those years, Lloyd has dedicated his life to improving the communities around him. It certainly hasn't always been easy, but he perseveres in his efforts to make the world he lives in a better place.  Lloyd's story is certainly interesting and his perspective is rooted in experiences many of us don't have. This episode doesn't have choice language but some of the subject matter is heavy.  Just know before listening depending who you listen with. Notes: * Claudette Colvin, the first "Rosa Parks" * Part 2 with Lloyd * Part 3 with Lloyd Music Credits: * eighteen pieces (soda) by Soda (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/soda/16738 * I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/56346 Ft:Jlang , 4nsic, grapes  

Oct 14 2017

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Rank #14: Jamil Smith /// Listen To Your Own Breath /// E034

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Jamil Smith is a visionary by birth. By training, he is an acupuncturist, herbalist, photographer, writer and entrepreneur.  His life’s work is dedicated to creating viable solutions to social, political and economic challenges facing our societies today.  His path in life has led him from the conference tables of Wall Street through the veins of New York City and beyond.  He has chosen to search for meaning within every experience and show the world its own reflection.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Jamil learned early on to embrace the lessons found in solitude.  He learned that before he could understand his surroundings, he first needed to find his own identity.  During his adolescent years, he found comfort in solitude. The loss of life and friendships opened the doors to universal companionship, allowing him to truly capture the moments spent with family, friends and strangers, alike.

When words could not capture the meaning of the moment, it has been his distinct awareness that has enabled him to speak loudly with his expressions of art. As a photographer of 10 years, he brings his burgeoning style and form to lifestyle, documentary, photojournalism and fashion projects.

In 2015, he began his journey towards deeper inner cultivation enrolling in New York’s premier Asian Medical Master’s program. Since attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, he has deepened his self-awareness as well as his knowledge of acupuncture, herbal medicine and eastern and western medicine. His work has evolved to preserve traditional healing wisdom across cultures while inspiring new ways of reminding people of our true magic within. Collectively, he seeks to build a foundation necessary for a renewed, sustainable world of true equity among all of its inhabitants.

Jan 04 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #15: Phil Terrill /// I can still be great /// E052

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Today we are with Phil Terrill.  Phil grew up in the city of Minneapolis, MN.  His upbringing was all about the pursuit of academic or athletic excellence.

While he hit some of those targets, his life took a different direction after college at Tuskegee, starting in Corporate America, Entrepreneurship, and on a journey to discover himself. Along the way, he did not realize that God had a very unique plan for his existence that would truly begin at an unexpected time after a life altering decision.

He wrote a book, Collision Course, about this unexpected turn as he drives full speed into the journey of how he turned his life's most challenging time into a massive, powerful breakthrough.

"Stay L.I.T. (Living In Triumph) and pour into your purpose"  Phil Terrill

Topics we cover///

  • The importance of God and Prayer in his life and how his dad was part of the Nation of Islam and his mom wasn't as religious but his grandparents were Baptist. 
    • Sister converted to Islam in College
  • His relationship with his dad and how his dad is the ultimate community man and that influence on him growing up and today
  • His pull between being a corporate employee and desire to be an entrepreneur
  • The impact of divorce on him and how it really impacted his relationship with his Sister
    • How this all led him to consider suicide in 9th grade and how his sister saved him
  • The accident that is the cornerstone to his book, collision Course, and how he blamed a lot of people early in recovery
    • How the family dynamic was drastically affected by his choice to drive
  • What it was like for him in the holding cell and the impact some conversations had on him

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "I dunno" by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626 Ft: J Lang, Morusqu

Guest theme: "High Life"-  DJ Rufbeats

Sep 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: Nick Jones Jr. /// The Marines to Hollywood /// E046

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Nick is a multi-hyphenated African-American military veteran. He writes both dramatic character-driven sci-fi/action and is also a fantastic comedy writer who staffed on the final season of Hulu’s CASUAL. Nick was accepted into the highly esteemed Sundance Episodic Lab for his pilot, JONESIN. Nick wrote and directed the award winning short film, COLD CHOICES, starring Neil Brown Jr. After which he was the military advisor for Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman in the psychological thriller, MAN DOWN. Nick recently signed a feature deal with Paramount. He was later served as showrunner for the upcoming Japanese-anime Netflix series, YASUKE, based on the first black samurai, starring Lakeith Stanfield. Nick moved to Los Angeles after his final tour in the Marine Corps, during which he served our country for over a decade with honors.  

‘‘I never expected to be here. I always knew this journey was improbable. I’ve never been on a journey that wasn’t.” Barack Obama

Topics we cover///

  • As a black Marine, we discuss his opinion on Colin Kaepernick and what it means to fight for freedom
  • His family history in the military and what drew him to the Marines
    • Some of his experience in the marines and how he approached it
  • Growing up in Alabama
  • When you know it's profiling even if it disguised as otherwise
  • Transitioning from the active duty to a career and how supportive people were
    • How he stayed plugged in.
  • The personal impact Obama had on him and the couple weeks he spent with him
  • His experience as a writer in Hollywood and his process to write stories
  • His project for Netflix, Yasuke

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  • Nick Jones Jr.
  • Bill Duke
  • Museum in Montgomery and lynching exhibit
  • Definition of Swole
  • Obama's Show on Netflix
  • YASUKE
  • Flying Lotus
  • 3 Below
  • Phil Hay Episode

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Guest theme: Mauerspechte (the light) ditto ditto by ASHWAN (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/ashwan/48192

Jun 20 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: Michael Carrillo /// Listen to your Fellow Man /// E030

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This episode is heavy and contains graphic descriptions of abuses against Children.  Our guest, Mike Carrillo, is an attorney who tries civil cases against institutions that have allowed sexual abuses against Children. 

Nov 01 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #18: What’d We Learn /// We Find Ourselves With More In Common /// E012

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Evolve In today's episode we take a moment to talk about what we learned from our conversation with Felicia.  What's been on our mind and what about the conversation has spurred growth and evolution for each of us. Expose.Evaluate.Evolve.

Feb 17 2018

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Rank #19: Jantzen C-S /// Prosperity is For Everybody /// E037

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This week get to share a conversation with our guy Jantzen, here’s a bit about him - in his own words:

 I was born born and "half-raised" in Montreal, later moving to the Toronto suburbs as a young teenager.  Was fortunate to have lived in two of the most diverse cities in Canada and in North America having learned from a lot of other cultures.

 My open mindedness and dynamic perspective in life stems from my own anecdotes and also vicariously through the lives of others from around the world. I found myself "tight-rope-walking" the line separating the sides that would have landed me in jail or worse, and the side of prosperity which I continue to live and develop today.

 It's through all of my experiences up until this point that have made me realize many things.  One of which is that the messages which we as a Black community/people have been washing our minds with have a false origin which is  perpetuated through various systemic mediums to keep us boxed in, unaware and blind.  It's by only knowing and loving oneself, as well as our true history, can we work towards a better future for our people and the broader society in which we live as a whole.  (this statement can be applied to anyone in this matter.)

 I've also realized that as loving oneself and having self-pride is important, particularly in the context of race, it's not everything, as there is way more to gain with the love of all people, in the broader scheme that is more important for humanity as a whole.

 It's with all this, a small glimpse of my perspective, that I've founded the WiseMen Collective, to be a person of action, to bring positivity, awareness, education, support and love to our Black people, to have my brothers, sisters and other future members be a part of this journey with me, while making a positive impact within the communities we serve.  

 My aim is for us to have control of our own narrative as a people, through displays of actions that will motivate people to do the same.  

 As we grow, our outreach we will continue to impact the marginalized members of our society including the youth, people with disabilities, the impoverished and others where we can make a difference, through our various  outreach programs.

Feb 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #20: Hey Friend, Let’s Talk About Guns /// E009

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Let's Talk About Guns Welcome back as we took a small respite to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our families and to build out a release docket for the next 6 months that we should all enjoy! Today, join us as we explore the topic of gun ownership, rights and use.  This is actually a topic we have never discussed before and given the nature of sensitivity we wanted to see where the conversation went. This is a great foray into how we have discussions were we sincerely reach a point of disagreement through the dialogue.  The goal of what we aim to demonstrate through all our episodes.  While we don't come from extreme differences we demonstrate the nuanced complexities of this discussion. Enjoy and at the end, take note of the call to action. Notes: Want to learn about HRV?  Good place to start (no we're not sponsored or affilaited in any way.  I just use their app): https://elitehrv.com/ Music (remix) credits: I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/56346 Ft: Jlang, 4nsic, grapes Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment ) by J.Lang (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/djlang59/37792 Ft: Airtone

Dec 29 2017

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CJ Johnson /// Another Motion /// Season5:E0103

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CJ Johnson is an acclaimed Speaker and Digital Marketing Consultant, servicing Fortune 50 clients worldwide and a prominent digital influencer with hundreds of thousands of online supporters. CJ is best known for creating successful influencer marketing campaigns as both an influencer and a consultant, helping content creators and companies maximize their ROI. As a successful influencer, CJ uses his voice for creative storytelling to provide inspiration, branding tips, and work/life balance advice in our modern era. As a consultant, CJ specializes in digital brand strategy, creative campaigns, influencer marketing, future of work, diversity & inclusion, and trend forecasting. His work specializes in the technology, fashion, lifestyle, political, travel, and entertainment industries.

CJ first found success as an award-winning creative director, producer, and writer, working on countless music videos, commercials, film, and television projects. Since then he successfully co-founded one of the Top 50 Digital Agencies in Los Angeles, became the “on-demand branding guru” of Silicon Beach, revolutionizing growth-hacking, content creation, and influencer marketing, scaling marketing teams, and ambassador programs for on-demand apps. After finding much success, CJ evolved with the changing times showcasing his skills as a futurist and strategist, now serving as a GQ Insider, Google Next Gen Policy Leader, and a Branding Consultant to innovative companies.

Currently, CJ Johnson is based in Los Angeles, California with his daughter, Fiona where they enjoy the ocean and father/daughter jam sessions.

"Every moment is yours for the taking…" - CJ Johnson 

Topics we discuss:

  • The mental exhaustion of the black cultural moment
    • Impact of COVID-19
    • Emotional Impact of it all
    • Being Checked In on
    • Being the only black person
  • The Ego
    • Impact of Social Media
    • Privilege
    • Identity
    • The challenge of Contradictions on Ego
    • Self-Awareness
  • Accepting Success and the Journey
    • Growing up in the military
    • Moving to L.A.
    • Relationship with Father
    • Defining success 
  • Social media
    • Balancing image and reality
  • Living a life of passion and joy
    • Managing Mental health 
    • Processing success

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Keys in Hand" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Nov 19 2020

1hr 14mins

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Brad Lambert /// Peer to Peer /// Season4:E0102

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Brad Lambert was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA so there's no surprise why he got into the Sports Industry after graduating from North Carolina State University. Brad followed his passion for the Steelers and all things Pittsburgh and worked in that industry for almost 10 years. After working with his favorite athletes (Hines Ward, Lynn Swann, Willie Parker), top sports franchises (Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets) and global brands (Lagardère Unlimited, Hachette Filipacchi Media, Hershey, Barnes & Noble), he decided to follow his other passion, Film & Entertainment. 

He moved to Los Angeles and hit the ground running with Robert Downey Jr. After about a year with the biggest name in Hollywood, he went to Warner Bros. and managed their Digital Marketing campaigns for 2 years, winning 3 CLIO Awards during his tenure (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The LEGO Batman Movie, KONG: SKULL ISLAND). For the last 3 years he has been an Independent Producer, Talent Manager and INTL. Speaker, working with the top Brands, Studios, Celebrities, Artists and Professionals in the Industry – Prominent collaboration partners include: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Gary Vaynerchuk, Chris Hemsworth, The Russo Bros., The Pittsburgh Steelers and more. 

In 2019 he worked on the Marketing Campaigns for 2 of the biggest movies of all-time, collaborating with Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios on their release of "Avengers: Endgame" and Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios for their release of "Spider-Man: Far From Home". ​

He is currently producing multiple film and TV projects, managing talent and speaking all over the world. 

"Lead with kindness…do what you can for other people because a little bit of happiness goes a long way." - Brad Lambert 

Topics we discuss:

  • Where we were on 9/11 (Recorded on the 19th anniversary) 
  • Accountability and how it was instilled in him
  • Racial Inequality
    • Privilege
  • Servicing of others as a mentality
    • Empathy
  • Taking Risks and living his life
    • Following Passions
    • Being an Influencer vs. being a person of influence
    • Living a life of service
    • The Follower mentality
    • Chadwick Bosman and the impact he had
    • Providing value and being valuable
  • Managing Depression
  • Focusing on Relationships
  • The trap of making money

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "All Right Now" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Oct 29 2020

1hr 21mins

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Pearce Godwin /// Calm Tides /// Season4:E101

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Pearce Godwin is described as the national voice for bridging divides—is Founder & CEO of Listen First Project, Executive Director of National Conversation Project, and leader of the #ListenFirst Coalition of 300 partner organizations. He catalyzes the #ListenFirst movement to mend the frayed social fabric of America by building relationships and bridging divides. His passion is combating the universally felt crisis of distance, division, and dehumanization across differences with conversations that prioritize understanding.

Pearce graduated from Duke University and received an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent five years working in Washington, DC—in the U.S. Senate and as a national political consultant for presidential and statewide campaigns. Before moving home to North Carolina in 2013, Pearce spent six months in Uganda, Africa where he wrote It’s Time to Listen. That message—printed in dozens of papers across the United States—launched Listen First Project and led thousands to sign the Listen First Pledge—“I will listen first to understand.” 

In 2018, Pearce helped create the first National Week of Conversation and hosted the kickoff event, Listen First in Charlottesville. Pearce then launched the overarching, collaborative movement platform National Conversation Project, which scales the #ListenFirst movement by promoting annual National Weeks of Conversation, #ListenFirst Fridays, Rapid Response & Featured Conversations on Major Issues, Locally-Focused #ListenFirst Movements, and any conversation creating social connection.

The #ListenFirst movement has been recognized by journalists at CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, and The New York Times as Pearce has spoken about the mission on national television and to live audiences around the world.

"I don't think any of us, ultimately, want to live in a society that is defined by how we're different as opposed to common hopes and dreams.  Common values around freedom, equality and opportunity." - Pearce Godwin

Topics we discuss:

  • His Optimistic outlook on the future
    • The nuance of this optimism
    • Breaking the divisions in our country and what that looks like
  • Perspective on how we started sliding into advent disagreement
    • Politicians
    • Internet & Social Media
    • News Media
    • Human nature
    • Social Echo Chambers
  • Common threats as a unifier
  • How he got to this place after years in politics
    • The choice to go to Uganda
    • That trip's impact on his journey
  • Political Affiliation
    • The danger of our identities being tied to the tribe we identify with.
  • Listen First Project and Weaving Community
  • Listen First Project and Weaving Community

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Lady in Bronze " by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Oct 22 2020

53mins

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Jason Sywak /// Cerebral Statesmanship /// Season4:E100

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Jason currently manages communications for a nonprofit in the entertainment industry but before that he was in DC, in the belly of the beast, handling communications and marketing for political organizations - a time he often looks back on simultaneously with discomfort and gratitude. 

These days, outside of the office, Jason uses his communications background to assist community based organizations and activist groups with outreach and messaging as a way to stay involved in local issues and support progressive causes in his own community. 

Jason is from Philadelphia, PA, home of the 1985 M.O.V.E. bombing where the Mayor of the city ordered a bomb dropped on a city block to evacuate a group of Black Liberation activists - an event that had a lasting impact on his world views and helped shape his political journey. 

"You as an individual can make a difference.  You won't make THE difference…but you can be a ripple in a series of ripples." - Jason Sywak 

Topics we discuss:

  • How his Ideals have stayed the same but the way he thinks about them have changed.
    • His prior political perspective
    • Working with organizations he regrets
    • Switch in political parties
  • The registration system to support candidates
  • Systems that don't allow for Meritocracy
  • Growing up in public housing with Mom and then middle class with his dad
  • Understanding that what can happen to them CAN happen to you
  • Bootstrap Argument and depths to its fallacy
    • How his perspective was shaped based on the dichotomy of his youth
    • Being a high school drop out
    • School system inequalities
  • The nuance of Capitalism
    • Crony Capitalism
  • Influence of his grandparents escaping concentration camps
  • The role that Government should play
    • Servants vs. Rulers
  • Campaign Finance and the alternatives to private donation.

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Chipotle Spread" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Oct 15 2020

1hr 7mins

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Oleg Brodsky /// Eastern Dreams /// Season4:E099

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Oleg is a Principle Scientist with a focus on Cancer research at a large pharmaceutical company. 

He was born in Maldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania.  At 12 his parent brought him to the States where he was raised in Los Angeles.

Given the spirit of this Season "shared American ideals" and all that is going on, and will be going one, with COVID-19, we just had to have him on to discuss so many things.

"Before I speak I try to think and recognize that people may have a different opinion, belief" - Oleg Brodsky 

Topics we discuss:

  • His native country, Maldova
    • His family's migration to the states
    • Being an immigrant in the states
    • Family history of persecution
  • History of Jewish persecution in Russia
  • Asia and the breadth of its reach
  • What American ideals mean to him as generation 0
    • The American Dream
  • Racial tension with Immigrants
  • Talking COVID-19 to those who don't believe as a scientist
  • General Infectious disease discussion
    • Context on testing
    • Education on virus mutation
    • Simplified example of why masks are important
  • Facts (as this season has gone)

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Frozen Pears" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Oct 08 2020

1hr 12mins

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Compassionate America /// Easy Hands /// Season4:E098

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Today we are with Dr. June Klees.  Dr. June is a Community college humanities & social-behavioral sciences instructor.  While she focuses on history, she has taught in the areas of cultural diversity, education, geography and the first-year experience. 

Dr. June has also helped establish the Compassionate America Message.  What Compassionate America stands for is nothing less than what Compassionate Americans from all walks of life have done in their daily lives throughout our history.  It isn’t unique to America, but it acknowledges that the “Spirit of 1776” called for the fundamental rights and freedoms of humanity to be recognized, honored, and respected under the rule of law.  This value system has woven itself into the fabric of America in different ways and ONLY has ever been maintained from generation-to-generation by Compassionate Americans who love their country…

The rest of this pledge can be found at compassionateamerica.org…it will be in the show notes.  In the spirit of our Season 4, 'Shared American Ideals', we just had to have June on and are excited to have you hear today.

"It isn't about getting stuck in the past it is about seeing the past as a vast laboratory and seeing what works and doesn't work in human behavior." - June 

Topics we discuss:

  • What Liberty and Justice for all means to her
    • The American Enlightenment
  • The movement towards the ideals
    • Reconciling the truth of the past to move toward the vision of the past
    • Impact of this conversation on Rodney
  • Historical truths vs. how we feel about those truths. 
  • Hindsight's role in the evaluation of history
    • The false narrative of perfectionism
  • The role of privilege in her life and the realization of that truth.
    • The responsibility of knowing it
  • The impact of childhood trauma on her life
  • Generational influence on her journey and current place in life.
    • The duty of her generation to pay it forward
  • Compassionate America Mission
  • The Grand Gesture

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Nation Step" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Oct 01 2020

1hr 7mins

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Social Nuisance /// Synonyms adjacent /// Season4:E097

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Today we are with Imagine and Motion from the Social Nuisance Podcast.  We were on their show back in December 2019 and we are excited to have them with us today.

They met in 2011 at a community college and quickly hit it off as like-minded passionate artists and intellectuals. Motion was a dedicated Poet and Imagine, a Rapper. Both are inspired by the world around them and look to contribute their perspectives to any and every conversation. Dialog and Discussion are at the root of any development, evolution, and progressive movement. Imagine and Motion created the podcast in hopes of providing a sensible, humorous, and in your face conversation on the things that matter in the world, people and the social environments we find ourselves in. The world changes by way of Nuisances, willing to take that first step in rocking the boat, stirring the pot, and ruffling some feathers. 

"Pretend we all agree.  We're all going to have a different perspective and motivation on what we're going to do with those facts anyways.  So I'm kinda all about just hearing it all out." - Motion

"Personal motto KMF, keep moving forward, all day, everyday." - Imagine

Topics we discuss:

  • What are and what do we strive for regarding Shared American Ideals
  • The idea of breaking a binary political system
  • What voting local is all about and why it is important
  • Gaining perspective from other's regardless of their thoughts and ideas
    • How this will break division
    • Even when hate is involved
  • Relationship between citizen's and police
    • The Bad apple argument
    • Ideas for improving policing relationships with citizens
  • Them growing up and what lead them to each other.
    • Understanding their identities
    • Be accepted and alienated
    • Accepting themselves and personal identities
  • Facts, what they are and the difference with truth

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "quick note" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Sep 24 2020

1hr 11mins

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Joanna Schwartz /// Rustic Scales /// Season4:E096

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Joanna Schwartz is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. She teaches Civil Procedure and a variety of courses on police accountability and public interest lawyering. She received UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, and served as Vice Dean for Faculty Development from 2017-2019.

Professor Schwartz is one of the country's leading experts on police misconduct litigation. Professor Schwartz additionally studies the dynamics of modern civil litigation. She is co-author, with Stephen Yeazell, of a leading casebook, Civil Procedure (10th Edition), and her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal, among others.

Professor Schwartz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Schwartz clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York and Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was then associated with Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, in New York City, where she specialized in police misconduct, prisoners' rights, and First Amendment litigation.

"The basic facts of any given case aren't in dispute, it's whether you see those facts as wrong doing or not" - Joanna Schwartz

Topics we discuss:

  • How we have lost our perspective of Shared Ideals
    • Perspective drives how we see the facts
    • How this applies to the law
  • Criminal standards of Police Prosecution
  • How do we reduce incidence of police force
  • The ethics of deadly force
  • What is Justice and what is Social Justice
  • How she got where she is. 
    • The journey being a bit backwards
    • What keeps her going
    • What recharges her
  • Her Mindset and managing life to get everything that needs to be done
  • Current research on assumptions used by Supreme Court in making judgements
  • Social Media and the First Amendment

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Binding Signatures" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Sep 17 2020

1hr 14mins

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Nav The Poet /// Lyrical Stability /// Season4:E095

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Today we talk to Nav the Poet.  Nav the Poet is a spoken word artist who has been writing and performing since 2011. What initially began as an outlet for personal struggles has turned into a profession, where he travels the country and shares his stories, experiences, and art with his audiences to spread his message: break barriers, build bridges, and encourage a deeper understanding of one another so that we may work together to create a better world.   

"…I don't over value what I say, I just believe it for myself, and if other people vide with it, other people enjoy it, then awesome, I also don't expect people to automatically agree with it…" -

Nav the Poet

Topics we discuss:

  • His poetry tying to Shared American Ideals
    • Living up to them
    • What it looks like to criticize America
  • How he took the leap to pursue poetry
  • What it's like to have to assimilate
    • In broader culture
    • And within Sikh culture
    • While maintaining individualism
  • Finding his individuality and being himself
    • Connecting to his faith
    • Becoming a poet
    • Aligning to what he is meant to do
  • Experiencing God and that influence over him.
  • What success and accomplishment look like
    • The struggle to not let follows and likes drive our behavior
    • Staying true to his creative voice
  • What it means to conform
  • Male superiority and gender dynamics

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Vebiage Veggies" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Sep 10 2020

1hr 6mins

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Project Divided /// Conquered Allotment /// Season4:E094

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Today we are with Casey Moore and Marley Duchovnay who created the amazing organization, Project Divided.  Casey is from Delaware and Marley from Pennsylvania. Both grew up exposed to politics and each developed a passion for getting involved and doing something about the division our binary political system creates.  Thus, after graduating from the University of Delaware, they decided to take part in the action to begin building bridges across the political divide.  Hence the start of Project Divided.

They drove from the north east to begin their journey in the small town of Smithville, TX.  Project Divided is an initiative working to understand political division and facilitate conversations between problem solvers in our communities. Project Divided is all about understanding how we can work together to problem solve from the local level up. They believe the best way to start this is to bring lots of different perspectives and backgrounds together to first start the conversation and foster communication and understanding.

This is our season of "American Shared Ideals" and we couldn't be more excited to have this conversation with Marley and Casey.  What they built is exactly what we hope to represent with this season of conversations. 

"What most Americans what are things that aren't too crazy." - Marley Duchovnay

"how do you balance having a conversation in order to understand that space versus having a conversation because you're an activist that wants to advocate for a specific issue?" Casey Moore

Topics we discuss:

  • The observation of American shared values
    • Understanding their values first
    • Forming of morals and values
    • The local levels unite, the national level divides
  • What they observed in building Project Divided
    • Productive conversations through agreement and disagreement
  • What is a fact?
    • How they manage this in the web series
    • How we perceive truth
    • Mixing them feelings
  • Conversation vs. Debate and why have conversation
    • How to disagree
  • The friendship origin story and what led them to create Project Divided
    • Marley's Grandmother was a holocaust survivor and the impact on Marley
  • What it means to hold space for other people
  • Personal Identity and what it means to them
    • Politically
    • Individually
    • Compromising identity

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Doozie Groove" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Sep 03 2020

1hr 5mins

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Noelle Silver /// Artificial Bias /// Season4:E093

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Noelle Silver is the founder of the AI Leadership Institute and Women in AI. She is the Head of Instruction for Data Science, Analytics and Full Stack development at HackerU, building education programs for universities. She is an ambassador for the responsible and ethical use of AI and she is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony and empowering people achieve their potential through technology. She specializes in helping technical leaders successfully navigate cloud transformation and develop an AI and Voice Strategy by delivering keynotes, sessions and hackathons worldwide. She has spent decades as a trainer, architect, and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, Amazon and Microsoft. She has been listed as the"#1 Speaker to Have at Your AI Event by ReadWrite.com  and a “Top Influencer in Voice” By Voicebot.ai as well as received an award from VentureBeat for her work mentoring women in the field of AI and Emerging Technology.  

"The best revenge is success." - Noelle Silver 

Topics we discuss:

  • Managing ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  • What is Artificial Intelligence and how easy it is for ethics to be violated
    • Company responsibility
    • Checks and Accountability
    • Solutions that could work
    • Malevolent AI
  • How AI is dependent on people and the makeup of those people
    • Different types of AI
  • Ethics of Facial Recognition technology
  • Noelle's origin story with AI
    • The stories we are told
    • Working harder as a minority
    • Impact of lacking representation
  • Impact of Race in corporate space

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Keep Your Hands" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Aug 27 2020

1hr 12mins

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Oge Egbuonu /// Unyielding Anecdotes /// Season4:E092

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A special episode release!

Oge Egbuonu (E-boo-noh) is a filmmaker focused on disruptive inspirational storytelling. By creating compelling content that entertains, educates, and inspires, she aims to support the healing of the individual and the collective. Prior to becoming an independent filmmaker, Oge worked at the independent production company Raindog Films, where she produced films like LOVING and EYE IN THE SKY. Oge sat on the board of the Diversity Committee for the BRIT Awards, where she collaborated to revamp the voting academy, and tackling diversity within the music and film industries.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Houston.

Aa of Juneteenth, June 19, 2020, after nearly three years in the making, her directorial debut, (IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS came to life.  The documentary is a powerful celebration of Black women featuring interviews from scholars and authors sharing their stories of struggle, celebration, heartache and more. It shatters the too-often invisible otherizing of Black women in America and illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality, celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women, and ignites hope for the next generation.

Oge spent eight months doing intensive research, and two months conducting these compelling interviews.

"We continue to heal our heart and souls every day in every way." - Oge Egbuonu 

Topics we discuss:

  • The Film (In)Visible Portraits
    • The reaction she has received
    • How she is in this moment with it
  • The emotional Impact of directing this film
    • Going back to Therapy
    • How the stories keep her going
    • Managing the emotional impact
    • What healing looks like for her
    • Finding her Therapist
  • Generational Trauma on culture
  • Sitting with Shame
    • Not knowing about the history
    • Processing it to move forward
  • Michael Myer Approaching her
    • Understanding his Why for this film
  • Aunt Jamima's Name change
  • How her childhood lead to personal belief
    • The journey to figuring out who she is
  • Social Constructs
    • Reimagining what's possible
    • Individual power to make change
  • Queer Theory
    • Unveiling herself
  • Watching police brutality videos
    • The impact of the social virality
    • Giving permission
    • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Grass Grains" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Aug 25 2020

1hr 12mins

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Now Hear Me Out /// Invisible Fences /// Season4:E091

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Today we are with the Father/Daughter duo, Harriet and Randy Berholtz of the "Now Hear Me Out" Podcast.  A podcast where they come together to have political and social conversations representing two sides of the argument.  Harriet graduated from the University of San Diego, is a sing/song writer, and has started and sold 2 different e-commerce stores that surpassed 7 figures in sales in under 18 Months.  Oh, and she is a registered Democrat.

Randy is a Graduate of Yale Law, an Oxford Rhodes Scholar, a former Adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, for acting general counsel at Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  Among many things, he is also the Secretary of the California Republican Party. 

Together they aim to demonstrate the possibility of having very differing viewpoints still coming together with love and understanding in an effort to spur change and action.

"Without love and respect in the communication you aren't really communicating" - Randy Berholtz

Topics we discuss:

  • What is the role of government?
    • Federal and local distinction
    • The American Ideal
    • Leadership of the country
    • How do we pay for it?
  • Current state of government relations.
  • Difference in Democrat and Republican ideas.
    • Talking party allegiance
    • The breakdown of party principles
  • Difference between Conservative and Liberal
  • The dynamics of their relationship and how they put love and respect above their disagreements
    • Agreeing to disagree
  • Facts and Truth  vs. Experience and Beliefs
  • Impact of the rapid growth in technology and population

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Unfair Fruit" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Aug 20 2020

1hr 44mins

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Dr. Curtis Takada Rooks /// Common Reflection /// Season4:E090

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Today we are with Dr. Curtis Takada Rooks. Born in Japan but grew up in many places spending his early childhood in Kansas, N.C. and Texas.  Then moving and spending his formative years in Okinawa before returning to Manhattan, Kansas where he graduated high school.  After attending college in N.H., as an adult he has lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Alaska and settled down in California.

He is a husband of 21 years and has an amazing daughter who is studying at Yale.

Dr. Rooks earned his B.A. in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies (honors) from Dartmouth College. He received his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine.

Prior to his appointment at Loyola Marymount Univ., Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University and he previously served as Associate of Students and Dean of Residential Life at Pomona College.

His research interests follow two overlapping trajectories.  The first employs engaged community-based research focusing on the intersections of culture and community health and wellness.. The second focuses on mixed-race and transnational identity.  These are reflected in two current projects one which examines civic engagement in Asian American communities and the second explores notions of transnational identity of people of Japanese ancestry worldwide – Global Nikkei Identity, along with continuing work with multiracial identity, particularly on the experiences of “double minority”.

"When you truly engage that makes someone else matter.  It's a transformative act." - Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks

Topics we discuss:

  • What it means to:
    • be Of mixed Race
    • be Alive
    • Be oneself
  • Navigating your multiple "identities"
  • The importance of Engagement
  • Growing up in Okinawa
    • Military family during Vietnam
    • Racism
  • How Race matters
  • The nature of Zero-Sum mentality
    • Single Payer Healthcare
    • Union Negotiation
  • Social Capitalism
    • Healthcare as a public good
    • Social Distribution
  • What he means by "Being a 'Lefty'"

References:

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Gold Cracks" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Aug 13 2020

1hr 5mins

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Season 3 Finale /// Season3:E088

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Rodney and Keith wrap season 3 with a conversation on how they are holding up 136 days into lock down.  At least the start of California lock down.  Talking about how things were for them at the beginning and how it has evolved. 

And, of course they get into the politics of it a bit.

They end the episode talking about what is to come with Season 4.  We are all excited about Season 4, so be sure to listen through the end!

Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Aug 06 2020

33mins

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Season 3 Concludes /// Rapid Fire /// Season3:E087

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What was your favorite listen from Season 3, "Process"?  What stood out most from that episode?

This season we had another amazing lineup with amazing people.  Today, we wrap Season 3, which was all about the Process.  We are in 2020, a Decade Possible, and are so glad you were able to join us to hear the stories of the amazing guest this season.

We are taking a page out of season 1 and 2 by stringing together some highlights from each guest and some new content sprinkled in. 

This year has been amazing and looks to keep going with an outstanding lineup for Season 4 where we will discuss Shared American Ideals!!

"Trust is built with consistency." - Lincoln Chaffee

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

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Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jul 30 2020

16mins

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Dr. Deena Brown /// Proving Words /// Season3:E087

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Dr. Brown's superpower helps #entrepreneurs, #start-ups, mid-large cap enterprises implement effective strategies that cover business process improvements, strategy and innovation insights, performance solutions for teams, and culture change interventions.

Dr. Brown is an internationally best-selling author and keynote speaker who has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox as a highly sought business and leadership growth expert.

As an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, she is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Her sweet spot is helping Corporate Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners Lead with Confidence, Communicate with Influence, Connect with Authenticity, and Collaborate Strategically. Her mission is to Inspire Entrepreneurs, C-Level Executives, and Organizational Leaders to seek significance versus simple success.

Her passion is to Empower leaders to lead with intentionality and integrity.

In 2017, Dr. Brown founded The Leadhershift Movement™ providing a safe-space for professional women to get clear about their Why, confident about the What, and consistent about the How.

"It's not what people call you, it's what you answer to. And no one, NO ONE, can define you but you" - Deena Brown

Topics we discuss:

  • Being a Mom to a young black man
    • Her Son being privileged but still black
    • The fear and how she chooses focus
    • What's different about George Floyd's murder
  • Starting her day with Gratitude
    • Using Gratitude to manage through the negative
  • The three Ps (P3)
    • Positivity
      • Through praise and gratitudfe
    • Pro and prebiotics
    • Productivity
      • Just Move
  • What it is to speak up as a Black Woman
    • Risking something to speak out
  • What it looks like going forward
    • Generational Change
    • 3 Cs - Clarity, Confidence and consistency
    • The long game
    • One Mindset at a time
  • History of Slavery in America
  • Her background and her journey
    • Being a product of bussing

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Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Hands to Touch" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jul 23 2020

1hr 12mins

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Teddy Shapiro /// Organized Sounds /// Season3:E086

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Theodore Shapiro was born Washington, DC and is a composer who has delivered memorable music for some of the funniest movies of the past 10 years from the upbeat, jazzy sounds of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA to the jungle-adventure send-up of TROPIC THUNDER and the sentiment of last MARLEY & ME.

He has scored a long list of amazing movies covering the spectrum from his work on the 2003 hit Old School, to the 2019 motion picture 'Bombshell'.  He has created the music for other amazing films such as 'Destroyer' directed by our past guest Karyn Kusama, 'Last Christmas', and 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

And we can't skip mentioning his amazing work on the HBO T.V. show "Game Change" for which he was nominated for an Emmy!  

His careful touch has made him a sought-after collaborator for some of Hollywood’s leading directors.

Shapiro is a classically trained composer with a bachelor’s degree from Brown and master’s from Juilliard who, despite commissions for classical works, decided he’d rather be working in film. “

"Ask yourself the question, are you being kind to yourself, and take up that struggle to do it as much as you can." - Teddy Shapiro

Topics we discuss:

  • Asking young people "what are they listening to"
  • Taking the leap to Movies
    • Difficulty of making the decision
    • Turning down a huge Opera opportunity
  • Being better
    • His view that his work isn't good enough
    • Using the next project to get better
  • Being a composer for Comedy Films
    • His aspirations
  • What Creation is to him
    • His process
  • The instillation of confidence and belief
    • His dad
    • The people he collaborates with
  • Early childhood musical influence
    • What support looked like for him
  • Managing Family with Success
    • Impact of having Children

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Light Keys" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jul 16 2020

1hr 8mins

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Pen Clique /// Metaphor Galore /// Season3:E085

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Today we are with the hosts of the Pen Clique Podcast, Daniel Hees and Kuya [ˈko͞oyə] David Lazaro.  Pen Clique is the laboratory where poetry and pixels combine to produce lively podcasts, stunning visuals, hype fashion, and crackin live events. They're exploring the digital frontier to help carve the best paths for online poets to get seen, heard, and supported.

David is a Dream chaser. Food taster. Tech major. Rhyme slayer. Graphic tailor. Picture taker. Magic maker.  He is Executive Creative Director of Pen Clique, a senior art director in the entertainment advertising industry, and a spoken word head of 10+ years. His goal is to use his professional skill set to make online-poetry engaging, fun & accessible for the modern audience.

Daniel is A spoken word artist and producer working throughout LA’s poetry scene and Internationally via Radio, TV, and Internet. He hopes to expose new audiences to the power of poetry and art.

"You gotta find out what it aint before you find out what it is." - David Lazaro

Topics we discuss:

  • Threads and Lines
    • Discussing Daniel's Poem about Weight
    • Danie's battle with weight
      • The Accident that led to it
  • The battle with Weight in society
  • The PenClique Origin story
    • Battle Rap and Poetry Slam
    • Wanting to influence the Poetry Game
    • The Vision and mission
  • Spirituality and Religion
    • Searching for personal alignment
    • Daniel falling away from Christianity
    • What is God
    • Perceiving God
    • Roots of all our perspectives
  • Visual Poetry
    • Accessibility of Poetry

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Jux Juice" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jul 09 2020

1hr 8mins

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Theresa G /// Reading Green Leaves /// Season3:E084

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Today we are with Theresa Gabrielle of from The Good with Theresa G podcast. 

Theresa is a mother, wife, activist, entrepreneur and lover of nature.  Her deepest love affair has always been with nature. She enjoys traveling and immersing herself in different cultures, and people.  She loves learning from other people. 

As she says, Everyone on this planet is so unique but similar. 

Theresa is an entrepreneur.  She has created and owned a few successful businesses (some not so successful too).  Her background is in Social Services, Environmental Education, and Design. She has spent the last ten years with a focus on designing spaces that support the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. 

In 2017 she woke up and decided she needed to start a Podcast bringing all her passion for connection together into a platform with the goal of focusing on the good in the world.  The podcast inspires, rewires and educates. Exploring the opportunities that current global, societal, economic, planetary and health challenges have created.

"If you have a dream, dream it every day…" - Theresa G

Topics we discuss:

  • How we all connected
  • Making the jump to Entrepreneurship
    • How she did it.
    • What the process was for her
  • Standing up for herself
    • In Corporate world
    • Being harassed
    • Learning how to
    • Processing
  • Coming up in a Low Income family
    • Being the minority
    • Trying to Fit in
    • Feeling like an outsider
    • Her Mother's Influence
  • Being Anorexic
    • What led to it
    • Getting help
    • Working through it
  • Being Mixed
    • Her experience in White groups
    • Her experience in black groups
  • Talking White/Black
  • Nature's impact on her life
  • Her Podcast and what led her to start

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Credits:

Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes

Music:

Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Guest theme:  "Water to Fire" by DJ Rufbeats created as a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.

Jul 02 2020

1hr 3mins

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Thank you

By dmygan83 - Apr 09 2020
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Keith has been a friend for many years, it's amazing to see what sort of man he has become and the company (Rodney) he keeps. Rodney hits with such great questions really gets you thinking and keep this going! We need these conversations!

Thoughtful and inspiring

By kim0628 - Dec 24 2018
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The conversations on this podcast are thoughtful AND though provoking.