Whiskey and Cream: Episode 003

Whiskey & Cream for December 5th, 2020.

Host: Ari Shapiro

0:35-8:51: “Music is medicine”

Canadian music correspondent, blogger and radio host Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) is celebrated as one of the country’s best known and in-demand industry influencers. He shares his love of music in a candid way that’s brought him real peace and serenity – even if he’s not certain about what the future holds. In his world, it’s all about survival of the fittest and staying resilient at time filled with cruel, lingering memories and ruthlessly shortened attention spans.

9:05-15:44: “A system so profoundly corrupt”

Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) is a research associate and celebrated economist who writes for multiple front-line and mainstream publications across the globe – including The Nation and Counterpunch. His academic research and political opinions are as fair as they are pragmatic, which makes him a rarity in this world. And he understands better than most why Canadians should be fortunate they aren’t more like their neighbours down to the south.

16:01-23:51: “An intrepid Torontonian”

Karim Kanji (@karimkanji) is a senior digital strategist by day and one of Toronto’s most popular podcasters at night; his branded series Welcome To The Music offers him tremendous opportunity to interview actors, musicians, politicians and activists that have made him proud to call Toronto home. In doing so, he offers an organic perspective of how he’s personally endured an entirely avoidable wave of coronavirus danger in his beloved city.

“Whiskey & Cream Theme” written and performed by Chris Henderson.

Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton) – The Corey Graham Show (12-02-20)

My latest appearance (12-02-20) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with host Corey Graham (@CoreyGraham) talking Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, the fate of the SkyDome, and those fabulous but extinct Montreal Expos.

We discussed the Blue Jays off-season strategy, what will become of the taxpayer-funded SkyDome in the face of looming real estate ambitions from their ownership group, why an Expos renaissance is in the works across most of Canada, why fans should remain excited about the Maple Leafs, and how Gary Bettman and the NHL shouldn’t ruin the momentum of a pandemic-influenced season by not allowing millionaires to continue bickering with billionaires.

Be sure to check out Corey’s fine show on TSN radio (@TSN1260) and don’t forget to catch the latest episode of the Whiskey & Cream podcast at arishapiro.ca.

Whiskey and Cream Episode 002

Whiskey & Cream for November 30th, 2020.

Host: Ari Shapiro

0:35-8:31
America’s leading psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances (@AllenFrancesMD) provides an unflinchingly scathing assessment of the Donald Trump presidency and explores how the country is dealing with the mental health fallout of a sustained period of anxiety and depression. He also delineates the fundamental differences between Canada and the rest of North America when it comes to struggling with the global pandemic. Note: “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes The Age Of Trump” published in 2017 is your tome of reference and is worth a deeper dive.

8:35-13:28
Conservative MP for Dufferin-Caledon and rural internet crusader Kyle Seeback (@kyleseeback) drops by to remind us all why internet in Canada remains a travesty, and how his grass roots efforts and social media efforts have rallied the cause for rural Ontarians struggling with affordability and accessibility. This segment is sponsored by: Cloudwifi (@cloudwifiinc).

13:35-18:53
Author of the Baseball Thesaurus and 2019 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass) is in studio to talk about the pending extinction of the SkyDome and how the Blue Jays organization could approach the end of an era with reasons for optimism from the fans and hope for fellow Torontonians who cherish the memories brought forth from consecutive world championships in the 90’s.

19:01-24:47
Sportsnet journalist and site expert of Tip of The Tower, David Morassutti (@d_morassutti) joins the show to elucidate on why the Toronto Maple Leafs remain the most inspiring draw in professional sports across a city that’s three generations removed from the last time they won anything worthwhile. Some would say it’s a tragic comedy, but this segment may change your mind.

“Whiskey & Cream Theme” written and performed by Chris Henderson.

Whiskey and Cream Episode 001

Whiskey & Cream for November 26th, 2020.

Host: Ari Shapiro

0:28-5:31
Author and Montreal Expos historian Danny Gallagher (@dannogallagher7) talks about the resurgence of Montreal Expos memorabilia and what seems like a true renaissance of fan interest in the wake of his new book (Always Remember, New Revelations and Old Tales about the Montreal Expos).

6:50-8:01
Podcaster and AMI radio host Cam Jenkins (@NeutralZoneCamJ) offers his thoughts on the pandemic reality affecting disabled fans of spectator sports.

9:30-17:54
Writer and Pension Plan Puppets blogger Omar White (@TicTacTOmar) delivers an eloquent rant in his summation of the madness behind recent Toronto Maples Leafs free agent acquisitions and where this hockey team stands today.

18:42-20:23
Site expert of Editor-In-Leaf and writer James Tanner (@EditorinLeaf) chimes in with a brazen attempt to help digest the identity of this club after the surrealism of the Mike Babcock era and why he thinks fans need to have a more realistic perspective moving forward.

20:24-23:20
Texas Rangers assistant pitching analyst Richard Birfer (@richardbirfs) can’t quit baseball and believes that neither should you.

23:20-28:10
Excerpts from a recent Toronto Raptors round table with members of Shapiro’s League of Seven; lawyer and college basketball player Mick Sloniowksi (@MSloniowski), economist and writer Marshall Auerback (@mauerback) and producer and political consultant Jon Reid (@JReid416).

“Whiskey & Cream Theme” written and performed by Chris Henderson.

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.

Shapiro Deluxe – Fifth Movement (UFC 251 Preview)

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.

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 Round Table: The Glorious Game vs. The Almighty Dollar

Another edition of Shapiro’s Round Table which straddles the line between sports and politics with a side of existential musings.

I’m joined by legendary Canadian sportscaster and journalism professor Tony Ambrogio (Tony_Ambrogio), radio broadcaster at The Neutral Zone on AMI Radio and host Cam Jenkins (@NeutralZoneCamJ), and sports editor at La Portada Canada and analyst Eduardo Harari (@edharari).

We talked about: how different leagues are handling their proposed post-pandemic playoff formats, which organization has impressed the most and demonstrated the worst, is this the death knell for Major League Baseball and can they afford to lose a season at this junction in their history, why it seems insane to consider a return to normalcy at this stage from a sports perspective, and how fans should perceive ruthless monetization efforts that make little sense. In other words, plenty of baseball bashing.

Don’t forget to subscribe to arishapiro.ca. and receive all my latest literary, audio and video content. Tonight’s round table was recorded on June 2nd, 2020, and is proudly brought to you by: Cloudwifi (@cloudwifiInc) – a better kind of internet worth discovering!

Theme: Fragments/Ascension (Thievery Corporation, 2013)

Ari Shapiro on AMI Radio (05-28-20)

My latest guest appearance (05-28) on AMI Radio (@AMIaudio) with hosts Ramya Amuthan (@allramz) and Brock Richardson (@neutralzonebr) talking about the newly proposed NHL and NBA playoff formats.

We covered my thoughts on both leagues, what the future holds in store for Adam Silver and Gary Bettman respectively, why the profit-mongering nature of certain leagues may prevent them from returning anytime soon (hint: MLB), and why neutral cities may prove to be the tonic every fan needs once this pandemic is officially declared over.

Be sure to subscribe to The Neutral Zone (AMI.ca/listenlive) and enjoy their fine work as an accessible television channel offering professional reading and original content to blind and partially sighted Canadians.

Shapiro’s League of Seven: Playing The Blame Game

Shapiro’s League of Seven: “Playing The Blame Game” (Episode #06)

Guests: Jon Reid, Chris Henderson and Marshall Auerback
Hosted by Ari Shapiro
Recorded: April 17th, 2020 (33:25)

With the coronavirus now fully entrenched as a permanent part of our lives, it has become painfully obvious that the most vulnerable, downtrodden and disenfranchised members of society don’t stand a chance in the wake of our lack of empathy and foresight. The League returns after a short hiatus to feature a lively round table where we discuss the concept of attributing and perhaps navigating the reality of how and why this pandemic is proving to be so difficult to overcome.

We discussed the legitimacy of the World Health Organization (WHO) throughout this pandemic, why the old world globallist institutions and post-1948 safeguards failed the world so miserably, the fiasco that reveals how poorly we look after nursing home and special care needs patients, how Donald Trump’s insistence on re-opening the economy has put him in the crosshairs of individual states and their autonomy, and how the cultural rot of media personalities such as Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil has fractured the psyche and innate confidence of all Americans.

Theme: Into The Woods (Tycho, Weather, 2019)

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