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Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent journalist based outside Cleveland, Ohio. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, journalists, authors, or persons of interest in stories he's covering. All songs included with permission from the artists. Support BZ's work on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent journalist based outside Cleveland, Ohio. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, journalists, authors, or persons of interest in stories he's covering. All songs included with permission from the artists. Support BZ's work on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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United States

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Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent journalist based outside Cleveland, Ohio. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, journalists, authors, or persons of interest in stories he's covering. All songs included with permission from the artists. Support BZ's work on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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English

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Episodes

66. Debunking Shontel Brown's Stump Speech with Dr Richard Montgomery

7/29/2021
I covered a Shontel Brown campaign event this weekend, and captured her having a "Please Clap" moment all her own. (This audio is from the YouTube report, which provides more detail, but functions perfectly as a podcast. https://bit.ly/shontel-brown) Joining me is Dr. Richard Montgomery, who shares his reactions to Shontel Brown's stump speech. Dr. Montgomery former mayoral candidate for the city of Euclid, as well as an activist who follows Cuyahoga county politics very closely. I was...

Duration:00:58:42

65. Talking Activism and Ableism with Tim Collingwood

4/19/2021
Tim Collingwood is a local actor, playwright, stage manager, arts advocate, and activist. On this episode, we discuss his experiences and perspectives in activism as a person on the autistic spectrum.

Duration:01:01:02

64. State of Injustice - A Belated Announcement!

3/19/2021
Please enjoy this unscripted, unedited, emergency episode announcing the release of my new documentary series State of Injustice! Our Indiegogo Campaign to fund the pilot season ends on Wednesday 3/24. For the last day, I'll be co-hosting an all day stream-a-thon from BLM Cleveland. You can catch that stream via one of the links below. We're going to have some pretty incredible guests and discussion throughout the day, so please pop by and say hi! I never hear from you lovely listeners...

Duration:00:42:58

63. Talking Impeachment with John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech for People

2/11/2021
My guest today is John Bonifaz, the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. He previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and also served as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization. John joins me to have a discussion about the hot topic of impeachment. We go through the arguments in the book Bonifaz co-wrote with Ron Fein and Ben Clements,...

Duration:01:02:35

62. Special Report on the Cleveland Warriors Semi-Pro Football Team

2/6/2021
Today’s episode is taken from a video report I posted on Wednesday. It’s the story of the Cleveland Warriors, a semi-professional football team in the National Public Safety Football League, and how their management snuck Tamir Rice’s killer, Timothy Loehmann, onto the team. When black players found out and complained, they were pushed out themselves. I am very happy to report that this morning I awoke to learn that the president and vice president of the Warriors have both resigned in the...

Duration:00:38:08

61. Discussing the Capitol Hill Fascist Insurrection

1/18/2021
BZ & DZ sit down with local activist Devorah Phillips to talk about the fascist riots at the Capitol on 1/6.

Duration:01:34:22

60. Talking ADHD with Dr. Joel Schwartz

1/6/2021
Watch this episode on YouTube My guest today is Dr. Joel Schwartz, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adults with childhood trauma, neurologically diverse children and adults, and is a strong proponent of the neurodiversity paradigm. I share a bit about my experience living as an ADHD'r, and learn about how understanding has evolved in the 30ish year since I was diagnosed. Articles: Ten Minutes of ADHD-ing or What a 1930s Anti-War Novel Has to do With...

Duration:00:58:24

59. Emanuel Franklin Jr. - Father of Desmond Franklin

12/18/2020
A few weeks ago I assisted the People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland in setting up and conducting an interview with Emanuel Franklin, father of Desmond Franklin. On April 9, 2020, plainclothes Cleveland Police officer Jose Garcia, badge #2168 shot and killed Desmond. Garcia drove in an unmarked car, fired five shots into Franklin's moving vehicle, killing Franklin, whose car crashed into a cemetery wall. Special prosecutor Daniel Kasaris, from Ohio Attorney's General Dave Yost's...

Duration:00:28:19

58. November Coverage Catchup

11/24/2020
Today’s guest is technically me, as I’m re-broadcasting an interview I gave with Brenton Lengel on his YouTube channel a few weeks ago about an article I published at the end of October: "Euclid officer Matthew Rhodes and officials throughout Ohio facing charges of homicide, dereliction of duty due to non-compliance with state-mandated training" Most Recent Video Report: Caught on Body Cam: East Cleveland Commander Attempts to Steal Drugs Seized as Evidence Support my work on...

Duration:01:33:42

57. Cuyahoga County Ballot Panel Discussion

10/22/2020
BZ Douglas moderates a panel discussion with local activists about who they're voting for up and down the Cuyahoga County ballot, and how they feel about their choices. Panelists: Chasing Justice, LLCBlack Lives Matter ClevelandCuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

Duration:01:12:44

56. Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC

10/17/2020
Today's episode contains bombshell revelations that have the potential to shake Ohio law enforcement to its core. My guest is Mariah Crenshaw of Chasing Justice LLC. According to her research, a significant portion of officers in the state ("40-60%" in her opinion), are currently operating while designated as "cease function" according to Ohio Revised Code 109.803 and Ohio Administrative code 109:2-1-12. Crenshaw has widened her focus to EVERY DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE. Requesting 10s of...

Duration:01:48:02

55. Tim Tolka - Author, Blue Mafia

10/4/2020
(Audio fixed, if there's an audio gap in the intro, re-download the episode) Today my guest is Tim Tolka, author of Blue Mafia, which is best described by the closing line of the first chapter: “This is the story of two police departments, their turbulent relationship with the local community, and how a 'crazy' lawyer risked everything to bring in a higher authority.” Blue Mafia has many lessons for other cities in Ohio and across the nation. It is also a harrowing tale of how the gears...

Duration:01:38:44

54. Jadon Woodard - Musician

8/29/2020
Today the show is returning to its roots, showcasing criminally overlooked grassroots artists, with one my favorite acts and friends from NYC, Jadon Woodard. We talk about his origins in music, the ups and downs, and his days free-styling on the trains of NYC alongside Charley Crockett as part of "The Train Robbers". This episode contains tracks from Jadon’s brand new album, “Late to the Party”, along with some audio from Train Robbers circa 2013. SpotifyInstagramTwitterFacebook...

Duration:01:24:29

53. A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

8/13/2020
Today I am interviewing members of the People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. I first learned of them while covering a Black Lives Matter Cleveland "Defund the Police" protest on the fourth of July, where volunteer Emily Forsee spoke about the importance of documenting police brutality. In this episode I’ll be speaking with Emily and two of the creators of the archive Carol Steiner and Keith Wilson, to discuss some of the work they've done, why they're doing it, and how you can...

Duration:01:16:03

Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

7/7/2020
Here's a teaser of my very first guest appearance on another podcast: Stoner Morning Show. The host, Shawn Wickens, is an old friend of mine from my improv days in NYC. Last year he mentioned on Facebook that he wanted advice on how to start a podcast, and I told him everything I learned in exchange for him being a guest on my show. I can’t thank him enough for returning the favor so that I can talk a bit about the work I’m doing now, how I came to do it, how I will be doing it, and why I...

Duration:00:10:03

52. Kareem Henton - Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cleveland

6/26/2020
Kareem Henton joins me today to discuss what first roused him to activism, how BLM functions as an organization nationally and locally, and what his greatest hopes and fears are for the outcome of this national protest movement. A lot has happened since my last episode. Let’s see: Bernie dropped out, a global pandemic broke out, which caused the economy to fall off a cliff, a national uprising against the police is in full swing, and on a personal note, as of last Friday I am officially a...

Duration:00:51:51

52. Nick Clark - VT Progressive Party

3/31/2020
(Apologies for my audio quality in the interview portion, it is what it is) A lot has happened since my previous episode, so I gave myself a little bit of time to dwell on the events of the past month in the intro. My guest today is Nick Clark, Chair of National Outreach Committee for the Vermont Progressive Party. We discuss the party's history, why we believe the Democratic party is not a viable vehicle for change, and how the VPP might provide a model of success for other states. I...

Duration:01:31:25

Katie Halper’s Full Interview with Tara Reade (Repodcast)

3/28/2020
"I wanted to be a senator; I didn't want to sleep with one." Trigger warnings and content warnings abound, but I believe this interview is a must listen. As of right now, there has been a total blackout of this story from all major news outlets (NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NY Times, WaPo). It is absolutely Orwellian to me. As such, I am publishing Katie Halper's full interview with Tara Reade on my feed. Please listen to this brave woman who has come forward to talk about the sexual...

Duration:01:01:08

51. Devorah Phillips - Bernie Victory Captain and Delegate

3/4/2020
On today's episode I interview local delegate and organizer for the Bernie campaign, Devorah Phillips. We chat about what led her to becoming a Bernie Sanders supporter, our recollections of the 2016 campaign, the lessons learned and ongoing frustrations with the primary process, and what a delegate does and how to become one. Most importantly, we discuss the benefits of canvassing, not just for the candidate, but for yourself and your neighbors Go to events.berniesanders.com to join the...

Duration:01:10:45

51. Devorah Phillips - Bernie Victory Captain and Delegate

3/4/2020
On today's episode I interview local delegate and organizer for Bernie, Devorah Phillips. We chat about what led her to becoming a Bernie Sanders supporter, our recollections of the 2016 campaign, the lessons learned and ongoing frustrations with the primary process, and what a delegate does and how to become one. Most importantly, we discuss the benefits of canvassing, not just for the candidate, but for yourself and your neighbors Go to events.berniesanders.com to join the movement, take...

Duration:01:10:52