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Content Warning: This episode contains discussion that some survivors may find triggering. It also contains spoilers regarding the content of the book. On this episode we have Deborah Fezelle, who is the author of, “What’s Past is Prologue.” Deborah is a frequent guest of the podcast and a familiar author to many readers. She has an incredible resu…
 
This episode has an interesting mix of topics. Kristy Mickelsen is an author who has been researching a character for her new book, and this character happens to work in the professional wrestling industry. Axel Savage is a professional wrestler who agreed to take part in Kristy’s research. Kristy is a kidney cancer and lupus advocate. Axel is an a…
 
In an unprecedented leak of Supreme Court confidentiality, Politico has obtained what it calls a draft of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would strike down Roe v. Wade. The reaction in the public and on social media has been, predictably, enormous. On this episode Billy Dees and Jack Casey discuss and speculate about various…
 
It appears the deal for Elon Musk to purchase Twitter will go through. This has sparked many conversations online and off about billionaires, social media, and free speech. On this episode we explore various aspects of these topics and what some of the changes coming to Twitter may be in the near future.…
 
In this episode we follow up to some of the responses we had to last week’s episode about Ukraine and some of the commentary coming from several far-right commentators.We also cover Elon Musk and his attempted purchase of Twitter. Elon tweeted a poll to his followers and other Twitter users in March that asked whether people believed Twitter was pr…
 
The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a surprise visit to Ukraine's capital and met President Volodymyr Zelensky. They were photographed together as they walked through Kyiv's streets sending a powerful and symbolic message to the western world. This meeting happened in the wake of continuing reports of atrocities committed again…
 
It was the slap heard around the world, quite literally. At the Oscar Ceremonies 2022, actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, starring in a movie called “G.I. Jane II,” a reference to Pinkett’s baldness. The showbiz shenanigans of this matter have been well covered in traditional an…
 
A former nurse, RaDonda Vaught, was convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide on March 25, 2022 after a three-day trial in Nashville, Tennessee. Vaught faced these charges in connection with the killing of Charlene Murphey, who died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in late December 2017 after being administered t…
 
The big news in sports this past week was that Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texan’s was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for various top draft picks. This deal was also big news in the media and social media due to allegations of sexual misconduct by the player.For Deshaun Watson, the deal is worth a whopping $230 million. Criminal cha…
 
On this episode we have Sarah Dawn, who is an advocate for keloid scarring awareness. Sarah is very active on TikTok and believes her world doesn’t evolve around her scars but rather her scars revolve around her world. Sarah is an advocate for fighting the stigma around having scars, and furthermore believes that scars should be part of an overall …
 
Our guest on this episode of the Billy Dees Podcast is Emme Fox. She pronounces her name, “M” and is an advocate of love, sexuality, and intimacy. During this interview we cover such subjects as body and sexual awareness, the molds and constructs that society often places on us, and why some people choose to send unsolicited and explicit pictures o…
 
This episode is an interview with Kat Satava by Billy Dees and co-host Kristy Mickelsen.Kat Satava is an author focusing on the genres of epic fantasy and supernatural fiction. Kat’s first book (in her Witch War Series), "Nightmares & Stars" debuted during December 2021. Kat is currently working on the second book, a five-episode supernatural serie…
 
Classified as a Comedy/Disaster, I presume they mean a combined comedy and disaster movie not a comical disaster, “Don’t Look Up” is a satirical story about two astronomers who go on a media tour to warn the world of an Extinction Level Event in the form of a giant comet speeding toward Earth. Can us earthlings put down our phones long enough to li…
 
This episode is an interview with Kristy Mickelsen, a 43-year-old wife and mother, whose passions include her two autistic children, reading and writing. Kristy is the author of the book, “A Christmas to Remember.”Kristy wrote this book based on the real emotions her mother faced when her father passed away from Stage Four Renal Cell Carcinoma. Kri…
 
This episode is the first time we tried to use Twitter Spaces as a forum to record a full episode of our podcast. Twitter Spaces is an audio medium allowing for a configuration of hosts, speakers, and listeners. The Space was hosted Thursday January 6, 2022, at 2:00pm EST. Currently, the only way to take part in a Twitter Space is via the Twitter s…
 
Is an era of statesmen/women as politicians ending in America? That topic is discussed on this episode’s commentary. Do voters have the patience to sort through nuanced issues? By contrast, have elections become high-stakes contests? Also, on this episode is a follow up to the podcast from October 24, 2021 titled “Commentary: Tragedy on a Movie Set…
 
Social audio is gaining more and more traction as a communication medium. Apps such as Clubhouse exploded in the wake of the pandemic lockdowns. More platforms are now adopting their own versions of this concept and expanding upon it. Twitter Spaces is now becoming a “go to” option for many creators. How does audio only content differ from other me…
 
What happens when you get two accomplished humor writers together to talk about their methods? The result is a lively and informative discussion about the art of humor writing.Lee Gaitan and Dave Jaffe are together sharing some of their writing strategies and trade secrets. Does all humor come from pain? How do you select topics? How do you create …
 
This commentary episode discusses the tragedy on the set of the movie “Rust” involving actor, Alec Baldwin, in which one person was killed and another person was injured. The analysis centers on the speculative and in some cases mean-spirited reaction that occurred on digital and social media. The commentary goes on to examine how these forums have…
 
On this podcast episode, we are talking to Deborah Fezelle who released her fourth installment of the Nick McDeare suspense book series, “Discretion.” The previous installments have been, “Full Circle,” “The Evil That Men Do” and “A Walking Shadow.” During the interview, Deborah Fezelle talks about her early days, her love of the theater, and how b…
 
On this podcast episode we are talking with Rachel Pfennig Hales about her first full length publication “Tour Book,” which came out just this past April.The book talks about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite concert tours. Every trick, costume or scene change, and the sound and lighting; require the preparation and skill of a dedicat…
 
We are talking today with Gigi Langer, PhD who is the author of the book, "50 Ways to Worry Less Now" which presents practical spiritual, cognitive, and energy strategies; to gain peace, clarity, and wisdom, no matter what is going on in our lives.The best way to get the paperback is at GigiLanger.com/buy as it's only $8.95 for a personalized signe…
 
“My Pineapples Went to HoustonFinding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes,Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry”(Second Edition with New Material Added)Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always…
 
Our guest on this episode of the podcast is Dave Jaffe. During this interview Dave talks about his style of humor, his love of dogs, and offers up some writing tips for aspiring writers.Dave Jaffe is a writer, columnist, former Chicago reporter, and humorist who has written for online media, print, television, and radio. Dave’s work has appeared in…
 
Our guest on the podcast is CurvyReaper from TikTok. Curvy is an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and during this interview she talks about some of the misconceptions some people have about getting trapped in the cycle of domestic abuse. She also fights the stigma about men who may find themselves in an abusive or manipulative relationsh…
 
This episode contains material that may be triggering for survivors.On May 9, 2021 a 13 year old girl was horrifically stabbed to death. After her body was discovered and a suspect was apprehended, what followed on social media was a sad commentary about our times. Related Links:https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/29/us/florida-teen-stabbing-first-degree-m…
 
This episode is a commentary about the notion that some people may be born evil from the start. What is your opinion? This topic always makes for an interesting conversation. One of the key elements in breaking down this subject is the debate between nature versus nurture. Elements of science, philosophy, and religion are often thrown into the mix …
 
This episode is a commentary about the low ratings of this year’s Academy Award Show which mirrors a trend for nearly all award shows during the past several years. Many critics have pointed their finger at politics rearing its head at these shows as to blame. This may very well be a part of the problem. However, other changes in the media landscap…
 
This episode may contain triggers for survivors.Smitha Gunturi is a women’s advocate who helps others get through the adverse effects of their lives. Being a single mom working in IT and the corporate world for the last 18 years, she hopes to provide insight and bring new light to conversations around other's journeys with lessons she's learned. Th…
 
This episode is a discussion with Gillian who lives in Canada, has Guillain Barre Syndrome, and is the proud mama of two Greyhound dogs. She also is active on TikTok and tries to spread positivity as well as awareness about her recovery. Gillian's screen name on TikTok is @gee__gilly.Kirjoittanut Billy Dees
 
How Addicted to Our Phones Are We? This episode discusses some of the positive and negative facets of social media, and the state of always being connected on our phones. The guest cohost is Julie Anderson. The episode was recorded live April 12, 2021. You can find Julie on TikTok at julieanderson426.…
 
Our guest on this episode is award-winning horror writer, Ken Stark. According to Ken’s Twitter bio he is a questionable painter, unapologetic nerd, and committed beer enthusiast. Ken Stark’s books are available on Amazon and include the titles, “Arcadia Falls,” the “Stage 3” series, and “Jitters.”During this episode Ken shares many of his insights…
 
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