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Life is full of confusing, mind-boggling things and we can’t all be experts. But we can all have opinions. Join us, Adam and Beth, in discussing life’s puzzling, hilarious and sometimes irritating topics. It’s guaranteed to get you thinking, laughing and forming an opinion. We will definitely be forming and informing you of ours.

Life is full of confusing, mind-boggling things and we can’t all be experts. But we can all have opinions. Join us, Adam and Beth, in discussing life’s puzzling, hilarious and sometimes irritating topics. It’s guaranteed to get you thinking, laughing and forming an opinion. We will definitely be forming and informing you of ours.

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Life is full of confusing, mind-boggling things and we can’t all be experts. But we can all have opinions. Join us, Adam and Beth, in discussing life’s puzzling, hilarious and sometimes irritating topics. It’s guaranteed to get you thinking, laughing and forming an opinion. We will definitely be forming and informing you of ours.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 23: Evangelicals, The Super Bowl Halftime Show, and Trump

2/10/2020
Ohhhhh Boyyyyyyy. This week, we tried to answer the question, "Why are people hypocritical? Do we see it, or are we blind it? We dive into the reaction from many Evangelical Leaders regarding last week's Super Bowl halftime show, and how those responses were viewed by those outside the evangelical community. Can someone have a moral problem with the Super Bowl halftime show (too sexual, etc.) and support Trump? If so, how is that reconciled with their faith? It was a very spirited...

Duration:00:59:38

Episode 22: 36 Questions That Lead To Love | Part 2

2/3/2020
This week, we go through the second half of the 36 Questions That Lead To Love from the New York Times. From the article: In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set...

Duration:00:49:41

Episode 21: 36 Questions That Lead To Love | Part 1

1/27/2020
This week, we go through the half of the 36 Questions That Lead To Love from the New York Times. From the article: In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be...

Duration:00:51:18

Episode 20: Fangirling

1/20/2020
This week, we sat down with Emily Buckner, a friend from high school. Emily is a self-proclaimed "Block Head"; someone who is obsessed with New Kids On The Block. In this episode, she walks us through her experience as a Fangirl, what drives her passion, and walks us through misconceptions outsiders have. This episode was really interesting, we're excited to hear your thoughts. The wine we drank this week was a Granache by the Angeleno Wine Company. This was was fruity, smooth, full of body...

Duration:01:08:31

Episode 19: The (still not passed and it's been 100 years) Equal Rights Amendment

1/13/2020
Did you know women don't have equal rights under the US Constitution? This week, Beth explains the Equal Rights Amendment, which was introduced in 1920, and still has yet to be ratified by enough states to qualify as an amendment in 2020. We talk through the main reasons people argue for the ERA to not be passed and pitch in our two cents on the matter. It's honestly mind-blowing. This week we drank Super Bloom, a Verdejo by Angeleno Wine Company in Los Angeles. Some dear friends and...

Duration:00:56:09

Episode 18: Surrogacy

1/6/2020
A friend of the pod, Aleta, suggested we discuss Surrogacy and that's what we did! Is Surrogacy ethical? Should it be legal? Does it exploit women? We did not agree on this topic and would LOVE to hear your thoughts on Surrogacy. This week we drank Pet' Mout', an incredible wine from France. Imagine a really tasty white wine and Miller Lite had a baby. That's what this wine tastes like. We Love Happily Opinionated? Share us with a friend. The best way for us to keep doing what we do is if...

Duration:00:51:38

Episode 17: An Interview with Vincent McIntosh - Part 2

12/23/2019
This week we continue to the conversation with Vincent McIntosh of Irie Kitchen and talk about owning a business as a minority / Jamaican American in West Michigan. Please note, this conversation was pretty intense and there's a deal of explicit language. The wine we drank this week was Pour Ma Guele. What a tasty wine. The average age of the vines that make this wine is 65 years! Vince said it was the best wine he's ever had, and it's easy to taste why. Love Happily Opinionated? Share us...

Duration:01:05:56

Episode 16: An Interview with Vincent McIntosh - Part 1

12/16/2019
This week we spoke with Vincent McIntosh, owner of Irie Kitchen, a Jamaican Street Food inspired restaurant in Grand Rapids. In part one of this two part series, Vince tells us about how he started Irie Kitchen, why he started it, and what drives him. The wine we drank this week was Pour Ma Guele. What a tasty wine. The average age of the vines that make this wine is 65 years! Vince said it was the best wine he's ever had, and it's easy to taste why. Love Happily Opinionated? Share us with...

Duration:00:46:00

Episode 15: Zombies: A Humanitarian Crisis

12/9/2019
Adam tells the story of Nadathe Joassaint, a Haitian woman who died, but seemingly came back to life as a Zombie. This story was derived from the article Zombie Underworld by Mischa Berlinski. The story is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and in the end we debate the validity of the story and try to answer the question, "Are Zombies Real?" The wine we drank today was Ayunta Nerello Mascalese, a 2018 Rosso. What an amazing natural wine. Made on the north side of Mt. Etna in Italy (an...

Duration:00:57:36

Episode 14: Answer Me This

12/2/2019
Back by popular demand is Answer Me This! We take turns asking each other questions and let the conversation take us from there. This week's topics: Santa Clause, Election 2020 Issues, The Death Penalty, and Bugs. The wine we drank today was The Flower and the Bee by Coto de Gomariz. It's a good wine and you can learn more about it here. Love Happily Opinionated? Share us with a friend. The best way for us to keep doing what we do is if more people can find us and we need your help. Thank...

Duration:00:42:10

Episode 13: The Duplicitous Purchase of State Supreme Court Seats

11/25/2019
Today we discuss a heartbreaking story that left a child with a lifetime of disability due to physician error. What's inconceivably worse is how his parents won a lawsuit but were unable to collect 80% of it due to a state-mandated cap. This is otherwise known as Tort Reform. We get into the question "Who is protecting these laws?" and find out that it's major corporations. News flash: Adam and Beth did not agree on the one. The wine we drank was a Val di Toro Reviresco. We met the Tuscan...

Duration:01:04:11

Episode 12: How To Get Away With Manslaughter

11/18/2019
This week we talk about the death of Harry Dunn, a 19-year-old teenager. Harry, an English citizen, was riding his motorcycle in Northhamptonshire, England when a vehicle crossed into the wrong lane, struck him and killed him. The woman who hit him was a US Citizen named Anne Sacoolas, who happened to be the wife of a CIA agent stationed in the UK. Sacoolas fled the UK and came back to the US with her husband, and is now claiming diplomatic immunity, escaping charges in the UK. We dive deep...

Duration:01:06:48

Episode 11: Hillary Scholten

11/11/2019
This week we interviewed Hillary Scholten who is eyeing to become the first Democratic Congresswoman in West Michigan's history (and first congresswoman since the mid-50s). Hillary shared many elements of her platform, but more than that, she described why she believes what she does. We also talked about the challenges she faces in this election because she's a woman and the uniqueness of a three-party race. It was a fascinating and inspiring conversation. The wine we drank today was...

Duration:00:59:59

Episode 10: Leon and Son

11/4/2019
This week we are joined by Chris and Christina Leon, the owners of a local Grand Rapids wine shop, Leon & Son, with a flagship location in Brooklyn, NY. Listen to this week's episode as we discuss natural wine, how to form your own palette, why every varietal is great in its own way and much more. If you enjoy wine, you will not want to miss this episode. The bottle that Chris and Christina provided was Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir by Trail Marker Wine Co. It was exquisite. Zesty,...

Duration:01:09:07

Episode 9: The Royal Family

10/28/2019
This week we discuss The Royal Family, specifically Meaghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Beth does a deep dive into the rules around what women can and can't do in the Royal Family, and examines if it's possible to be a feminist and a princess. Today we drank Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. It was a tasty delight and we both loved it. You can learn more about the wine here. Love Happily Opinionated? Share us with a friend. The best way for us to keep doing what we do is if more...

Duration:00:44:38

Episode 8: Answer Me This

10/22/2019
This week we introduce our Answer Me This series, where Beth and Adam bring two different topics to the podcast to hear the others' opinions. This week we discussed Income Inequality, Gun Control, Dreams, and Abortion. It was a doozy. Today we drank a 2015 Bogle Temptation. It's a dark, spicy red best drank in the dead of winter. We highly recommend. You can get it here. Here's the Gun Law Scorecard website Adam referred to. Love Happily Opinionated? Share us with a friend. The best way...

Duration:00:50:20

Episode 7: Forgiving the Murder of Botham Jean

10/14/2019
This week we discussed the tragic murder of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed in his own apartment, by a police officer who confused it for her own. We talk through the murder, the trial, Botham's brother's forgiveness, and dive deep into this notion of forgiveness specifically when it comes to forgiving crimes around racial bias and hate. The wine we drank today was a natural wine, which is becoming one of our favorite types of wine. We drank a Cuvee Terrasses by...

Duration:00:49:48

Episode 6: Educated. A memoir by Tara Westover

10/7/2019
This week we are discussing Tara Westover's book, Educated. Heads up, there are some spoilers in this episode. Some of the details of her memoir will make you boil with anger, while others will make you question your own life as a child and your parenting style (if you are one). You've got to listen to this one! Love Happily Opinionated? Subscribe/Like us on Apple Podcasts and share us with a friend. The best way for us to keep doing what we do is if more people can find us and we need your...

Duration:01:05:15

BONUS EPISODE: The Weirdest Day of Adam's Life

10/4/2019
Bonus Episode! While Adam was traveling to Memphis for work, he ended up having the weirdest day he's had in 34 years of living life. Adam tells Beth this story in all its glory and has a thought-provoking question that follows. Beth also shares the weirdest story of her life. Today, for the bonus episode, we switched it up and drank Banhez Mezcal. It's one of our favorites and if you like Mezcal, you'll love this. Love Happily Opinionated? Subscribe/Like us on Apple Podcasts and share us...

Duration:00:39:11

Exciting News!

10/2/2019
Friends, we've got some exciting news. Take a listen to hear what it is.

Duration:00:02:41