My conversation with writer, analyst and investigative journalist Casey Michel, whose writings on global corruption, government kleptocracies, western relations and post-Soviet geopolitics have been featured on the BBC, NPR, MSNBC and countless other mainstream news sources. His editorials on nationalism, populism and extremist have also been featured on The Atlantic, The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated. We discussed: his recent article entitled "The Oathkeepers Are Today's Blackshirts" featured in The New Republic and the rise of extremism, if he feels that North Americans should be mindful of the burgeoning paramilitary forces that represent ultra-right nationalism, how he's kept track of historical firsts when it comes to the Donald Trump presidency and how badly it's undermining democracy in America, the likely scenarios that will unfold during the upcoming November election, his feelings on the shamelessness of an era no longer bound by traditional history and rife with cultural revisionism, which aspect of society should be blamed for the current state of affairs in the White House, if he's more worried about China or Russia when it comes to the future, and how he wrestles with the dystopian realities confronted on a weekly basis through a steady diet of worthwhile video games and enthusiastic bird-watching. Don't forget to follow Casey on social media (@cjcmichel) and check out all his brilliant work at caseymichel.com.
It's time for the much heralded return of Shapiro Deluxe - Fifth Movement, UFC 251 Preview (07/10/2020). Dan Shapiro and Eitan Shapiro are back to discuss the latest card featured for this epic "Fight Island" extravaganza taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. We discuss: Jorge Masvidal versus Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title and how this fight shapes the entire card. The featherweight clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway after last year's UFC 245 title change. We dive into Petr Yan taking on the legendary Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title in the league's most competitive division and what possible outcomes might exist for this stellar and unprecedented event. Be sure to follow Dan Shapiro (@dannyshap) and Eitan Shapiro (@trainerofsteel) across social media and exclusively available here at www.arishapiro.ca.
My conversation with critically acclaimed and avant-garde musician Tim Bernhardt aka Satin Jackets, whose mercurial creativity and refined European influence can be felt with every note, beat and melody featured in his ruggedly audacious compositions. As a crusader of the post-modern disco spirit which seemingly refuses to die, Tim's work has been traditionally characterized as new age house music - but really, it's house elevated to a whole new and powerful level of sumptuously gorgeous sound and dissonant beats that will leave you absolutely breathless and wanting more. We discussed: the retro aspect of his music and the origin story behind the name "Satin Jackets", the genesis of Coffee and Feels and how his commitment to exploring melodies/chords/vocals has allowed him to transcend conventional genres of the industry, why his tracks have often been described as both celebratory and lovestruck, his earliest association with disco and his impressions of how music has evolved during the pandemic, how being an independent artist relying on social media helped him connect with legions of new fans, how he feels about where music is today and the importance of being in control of the creative process, and why growing his brand slowly and steadily has given him the passion to keep coming back for more. Be sure to explore Tim's work via social media (@satinjackets), Spotify and countless other music sources.