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Stories with people and of people. Interviews and discussions about what matters in life. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

Latest Episodes

My First Protest with Brandon Blake

It often feels like everything is political these days. Things that shouldn't be politically partisan issues are forced onto the Left or Right side of the aisle by many people. One issue that I don’t think should belong to a political party is the issue of racial equality. We must be careful to hear what someone is saying, while simultaneously acknowledging what they are not saying. If someone says that a person's life has value, why does that mean they automatically hate police officers or adhere to some philosophy they've never spoken about? Judgments like that show a complete lack of effort to care. It's lazy and wrong. A few weeks ago, my friend Brandon attended his first peaceful protest in Tampa. He was moved by the stories of friends and other lives he saw not receiving the same equality he lives with, so he decided to make a public statement and go to a march. In this episode we talk about what he was saying by going, what he was not saying by going, and what he'd want others to know and consider, as well. I promise you, equality is not a divisive issue if you take the time to listen to the WHY behind what you're seeing. We can disagree on the best methods to correct it, but there should be no debate that there are injustices in our own country. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

42 MIN2 d ago
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My First Protest with Brandon Blake

12. Filmmaking with Stephen Morgan

I'm always fascinated by people who tell me they want to do something, or have an idea for something, and then they actually do it. Anyone can be a cynical critic, but actually putting out creative work or building a business is costly, hard work. My friend Stephen Morgan directed, cowrote, and produced his first feature length film and you can watch it! (Links below) Not only did I want to talk to him about the filmmaking process and all the writing and behind the scenes aspects, but there was another unique angle in this interview. Stephen is a Christian who made an R rated film. As a child who grew up watching TBN nonstop, I was immersed in Christian TV and movies, and not all of them were bad. A lot of them were very good. But there does seem to be a box that Christian content creators are supposed to stay inside. But I don't think we should. Stephen and I discuss all of this and more in today's interview. Here are some links for the film: https://rookfilm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/rookflick https://www.instagram.com/rook.movie/ https://www.amazon.com/Rook-Blu-ray-Stephen-Morgan/dp/B088N615RC - Blu-ray order link --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

68 MIN1 w ago
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12. Filmmaking with Stephen Morgan

11. The One About COVID-19 with Steven Burtner

The Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS CoV-2 / DespairFest2020 is among us and seemingly not going anywhere. I, too, hoped that if we all just ignored it that it would go away. (Kinda like how a T-Rex can't see you unless you move.) Sadly, that didn't happen. It's here. But is there a chance that your friend's uncle's neighbor's meme about coronavirus they shared on Facebook is not 100% factual? Though it's unlikely that there is misinformation on the internet, I decided it was worth speaking to someone who is on the front lines fighting against this virus. Steven Burtner is a pulmonary nurse practitioner in Jacksonville COVID units and a great friend of mine. We talk about what this virus is, how it spreads, and what we as a country and society should be doing to address it moving forward. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

67 MIN2 w ago
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11. The One About COVID-19 with Steven Burtner

10. Talking Stand Up Comedy with Kyle Cromer

I've loved stand up comedy since the first time I saw Sinbad perform on TV in the 90s. It's by no means a "safe space," but it is an open forum to the one who holds the mic. Comedians wield a power like no other kind of speaker, yet it comes at great cost, because there is really no in between with stand up comedy. It's either funny or it's not. It's laughter or it's dead air. But the risk is worth the reward. I've been wanting to talk to my friend Kyle Cromer about it for a while and I'm glad we finally did. Kyle lives in the D.C. area performs (before Covid) stand up comedy in various venues. This is one of those episodes that could have gone for hours because we both enjoy the topic so much. If you've ever wondered about how stand up comedy is crafted, what comedians are thinking after a set, and what it's like to bomb on stage in front of strangers, this one is for you. You can check out Kyle's stuff on Twitter/Instagram @CromerZome and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5228818 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

60 MIN3 w ago
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10. Talking Stand Up Comedy with Kyle Cromer

9. An Uncomfortable Conversation with Carine Abraham

It is impossible to miss what is going on right now in the country. Tensions are high and there are massive amounts of misinformation and bad reporting being offered. It’s easy to form opinions based off what we read on social media or hear on cable news, but there’s no substitute for having actual conversations with people. Carine Abraham was willing to talk with me about her story and her perspective on life in America as a Black woman. She was full of grace and humor while not avoiding convicting truths we all need to consider. It’s time to get off the internet and sit down with people we trust and have uncomfortable conversations. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

59 MINJUL 6
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9. An Uncomfortable Conversation with Carine Abraham

8. The Heart of Minneapolis with Tana Welter

Tana Welter lives in Minneapolis and works as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with teens and families, focusing on trauma. Since she works with people in the community, I wanted to hear what things were like there from the inside. What are people feeling and thinking? How can things get better? We also discuss the life of a social worker and what keeps her going. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

49 MINJUN 29
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8. The Heart of Minneapolis with Tana Welter

7. The (Current) Presidency with Aaron Walsh (2/2)

The follow up to our first episode about the President.We discuss the current Presidency. Have you ever thought about what executive orders are and how they should be used?Is a President ever as awful or as great as news outlets say they are? How do we look at their power and role objectively? That's the gist of this one. Back with Aaron Walsh. Instagram: @AaronThomasWalsh --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

65 MINJUN 22
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7. The (Current) Presidency with Aaron Walsh (2/2)

6. The Presidency (History) with Aaron Walsh (Part 1/2)

The President of the United States is one of the most discussed people in the world, and has been for a really long time. With it being a Presidential election year, I wanted to find out a little more about the President's power and influence. I recruited my friend Aaron Walsh who not only knows a lot about history, but he looooves it. His wife told me she can't walk around historic cities with him because she gets a tour guide she never asked for. We decided that before we could talk about current events and where we are now, we should probably start from the beginning. So we split our discussion into two episodes. This first episode is about the inception of the President and where the country was in the late 1700s. I think you'll enjoy it. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

54 MINJUN 15
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6. The Presidency (History) with Aaron Walsh (Part 1/2)

5. The Story Behind a Story with Jonathan Balcar

Every day, social workers in our country hear some of the most heartbreaking and enraging stories from real people living really hard lives. I think most of us would say it's satisfying to watch someone who broke the law receive a proper sentence. We instinctively long for justice. Yet without denying justice, we cannot also deny one's humanity, though I believe that is easier said than done. My friend Jonathan Balcar has a heart for people who society has reached their conclusions about. He's able to see the humanity of a person who has made bad decisions, and he recogonizes that it may not be as simple as "bad people do bad things." There's a story behind the story. We discuss what this looks like and what they look like to him. I think we can all be inspired by this episode. Oh and there's a hilarious bonus Balcar story at the end that has nothing to do with the episode but it's still important. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https:...

35 MINJUN 8
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5. The Story Behind a Story with Jonathan Balcar

4. This African American Life with Tyler Ruff

Tyler is a good friend of mine from D.C. and we had a great discussion. I tried hard not to use Tyler as an object lesson and with the idea that "My black friend is gonna educate us about being black!" Regardless of race, Tyler has great advice for anyone who wants to improve their careers and their health. That said, this interview originated was because I wrote a blog after the Ahmaud Arbery murder, and he and I got talking about and how race does affect our American lives. Tyler recognizes that he is the commander of his life choices, but he also discusses the extra hurdles African Americans have to jump because of the color of their skin, and the weight that every African American carries with them no matter how successful they get. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

50 MINMAY 27
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4. This African American Life with Tyler Ruff

Latest Episodes

My First Protest with Brandon Blake

It often feels like everything is political these days. Things that shouldn't be politically partisan issues are forced onto the Left or Right side of the aisle by many people. One issue that I don’t think should belong to a political party is the issue of racial equality. We must be careful to hear what someone is saying, while simultaneously acknowledging what they are not saying. If someone says that a person's life has value, why does that mean they automatically hate police officers or adhere to some philosophy they've never spoken about? Judgments like that show a complete lack of effort to care. It's lazy and wrong. A few weeks ago, my friend Brandon attended his first peaceful protest in Tampa. He was moved by the stories of friends and other lives he saw not receiving the same equality he lives with, so he decided to make a public statement and go to a march. In this episode we talk about what he was saying by going, what he was not saying by going, and what he'd want others to know and consider, as well. I promise you, equality is not a divisive issue if you take the time to listen to the WHY behind what you're seeing. We can disagree on the best methods to correct it, but there should be no debate that there are injustices in our own country. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

42 MIN2 d ago
Comments
My First Protest with Brandon Blake

12. Filmmaking with Stephen Morgan

I'm always fascinated by people who tell me they want to do something, or have an idea for something, and then they actually do it. Anyone can be a cynical critic, but actually putting out creative work or building a business is costly, hard work. My friend Stephen Morgan directed, cowrote, and produced his first feature length film and you can watch it! (Links below) Not only did I want to talk to him about the filmmaking process and all the writing and behind the scenes aspects, but there was another unique angle in this interview. Stephen is a Christian who made an R rated film. As a child who grew up watching TBN nonstop, I was immersed in Christian TV and movies, and not all of them were bad. A lot of them were very good. But there does seem to be a box that Christian content creators are supposed to stay inside. But I don't think we should. Stephen and I discuss all of this and more in today's interview. Here are some links for the film: https://rookfilm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/rookflick https://www.instagram.com/rook.movie/ https://www.amazon.com/Rook-Blu-ray-Stephen-Morgan/dp/B088N615RC - Blu-ray order link --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

68 MIN1 w ago
Comments
12. Filmmaking with Stephen Morgan

11. The One About COVID-19 with Steven Burtner

The Coronavirus / COVID-19 / SARS CoV-2 / DespairFest2020 is among us and seemingly not going anywhere. I, too, hoped that if we all just ignored it that it would go away. (Kinda like how a T-Rex can't see you unless you move.) Sadly, that didn't happen. It's here. But is there a chance that your friend's uncle's neighbor's meme about coronavirus they shared on Facebook is not 100% factual? Though it's unlikely that there is misinformation on the internet, I decided it was worth speaking to someone who is on the front lines fighting against this virus. Steven Burtner is a pulmonary nurse practitioner in Jacksonville COVID units and a great friend of mine. We talk about what this virus is, how it spreads, and what we as a country and society should be doing to address it moving forward. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

67 MIN2 w ago
Comments
11. The One About COVID-19 with Steven Burtner

10. Talking Stand Up Comedy with Kyle Cromer

I've loved stand up comedy since the first time I saw Sinbad perform on TV in the 90s. It's by no means a "safe space," but it is an open forum to the one who holds the mic. Comedians wield a power like no other kind of speaker, yet it comes at great cost, because there is really no in between with stand up comedy. It's either funny or it's not. It's laughter or it's dead air. But the risk is worth the reward. I've been wanting to talk to my friend Kyle Cromer about it for a while and I'm glad we finally did. Kyle lives in the D.C. area performs (before Covid) stand up comedy in various venues. This is one of those episodes that could have gone for hours because we both enjoy the topic so much. If you've ever wondered about how stand up comedy is crafted, what comedians are thinking after a set, and what it's like to bomb on stage in front of strangers, this one is for you. You can check out Kyle's stuff on Twitter/Instagram @CromerZome and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5228818 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

60 MIN3 w ago
Comments
10. Talking Stand Up Comedy with Kyle Cromer

9. An Uncomfortable Conversation with Carine Abraham

It is impossible to miss what is going on right now in the country. Tensions are high and there are massive amounts of misinformation and bad reporting being offered. It’s easy to form opinions based off what we read on social media or hear on cable news, but there’s no substitute for having actual conversations with people. Carine Abraham was willing to talk with me about her story and her perspective on life in America as a Black woman. She was full of grace and humor while not avoiding convicting truths we all need to consider. It’s time to get off the internet and sit down with people we trust and have uncomfortable conversations. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

59 MINJUL 6
Comments
9. An Uncomfortable Conversation with Carine Abraham

8. The Heart of Minneapolis with Tana Welter

Tana Welter lives in Minneapolis and works as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with teens and families, focusing on trauma. Since she works with people in the community, I wanted to hear what things were like there from the inside. What are people feeling and thinking? How can things get better? We also discuss the life of a social worker and what keeps her going. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

49 MINJUN 29
Comments
8. The Heart of Minneapolis with Tana Welter

7. The (Current) Presidency with Aaron Walsh (2/2)

The follow up to our first episode about the President.We discuss the current Presidency. Have you ever thought about what executive orders are and how they should be used?Is a President ever as awful or as great as news outlets say they are? How do we look at their power and role objectively? That's the gist of this one. Back with Aaron Walsh. Instagram: @AaronThomasWalsh --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

65 MINJUN 22
Comments
7. The (Current) Presidency with Aaron Walsh (2/2)

6. The Presidency (History) with Aaron Walsh (Part 1/2)

The President of the United States is one of the most discussed people in the world, and has been for a really long time. With it being a Presidential election year, I wanted to find out a little more about the President's power and influence. I recruited my friend Aaron Walsh who not only knows a lot about history, but he looooves it. His wife told me she can't walk around historic cities with him because she gets a tour guide she never asked for. We decided that before we could talk about current events and where we are now, we should probably start from the beginning. So we split our discussion into two episodes. This first episode is about the inception of the President and where the country was in the late 1700s. I think you'll enjoy it. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

54 MINJUN 15
Comments
6. The Presidency (History) with Aaron Walsh (Part 1/2)

5. The Story Behind a Story with Jonathan Balcar

Every day, social workers in our country hear some of the most heartbreaking and enraging stories from real people living really hard lives. I think most of us would say it's satisfying to watch someone who broke the law receive a proper sentence. We instinctively long for justice. Yet without denying justice, we cannot also deny one's humanity, though I believe that is easier said than done. My friend Jonathan Balcar has a heart for people who society has reached their conclusions about. He's able to see the humanity of a person who has made bad decisions, and he recogonizes that it may not be as simple as "bad people do bad things." There's a story behind the story. We discuss what this looks like and what they look like to him. I think we can all be inspired by this episode. Oh and there's a hilarious bonus Balcar story at the end that has nothing to do with the episode but it's still important. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https:...

35 MINJUN 8
Comments
5. The Story Behind a Story with Jonathan Balcar

4. This African American Life with Tyler Ruff

Tyler is a good friend of mine from D.C. and we had a great discussion. I tried hard not to use Tyler as an object lesson and with the idea that "My black friend is gonna educate us about being black!" Regardless of race, Tyler has great advice for anyone who wants to improve their careers and their health. That said, this interview originated was because I wrote a blog after the Ahmaud Arbery murder, and he and I got talking about and how race does affect our American lives. Tyler recognizes that he is the commander of his life choices, but he also discusses the extra hurdles African Americans have to jump because of the color of their skin, and the weight that every African American carries with them no matter how successful they get. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jonathan-tony/support

50 MINMAY 27
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4. This African American Life with Tyler Ruff
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