A conversation with Casey Michel

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.

A conversation with Satin Jackets

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.

Shapiro’s League of Seven: In Search Of A New Normal

Shapiro’s League of Seven: “In Search Of A New Normal” (Episode #05)

Guests: Mick Sloniowski, Marshall Auerback and Jason Woodell
Hosted by Ari Shapiro
Recorded: April 4th, 2020 (41:45)

The League gathers a bevy of eminent members to break free from the cabin fever and swirling anxieties we’re all feeling during these surreal times. We discussed conspiracy theories, losing creature comforts, how the perfect wartime analogy doesn’t work when there’s little unity and cooperation between countries of the world, how this pandemic is exposing our supply chain weaknesses and a lack of basic political cognition and will, why Doug Ford looks like gold and Donald Trump continues to pretend it’s all about gold, how 30 million unemployed Americans will likely ensure that domestic abuse, suicide rates and general mental health challenges will likely remain our greatest existential threat. Trust me, it’s not all doom and gloom.

Theme: Peaches (The Presidents of the United States of America, 1995)

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