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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 30: Answer Me This (minimal Coronavirus content!)

3/18/2020
This week, we did our best to avoid Coronavirus content and did another rousing rendition of Answer Me This, where we ask each other interesting questions and talk about various topics. We talked about our (and everyone's) current situation (aka isolation) a bit, but jumped into different topics quickly and had a good time. This week we drank Commuter Cuvee, a Pinot Noir from Oregon that may be one of our favorites. Zesty, light, bouncy, and fruit-forward are all words we've used (as well...

Duration:00:57:20

Episode 29: Ethics and The Coronavirus

3/14/2020
We're launching this episode a few days early as we've started the isolation process and wanted to get this out. This week, we discussed the current thing everybody in the world is thinking and talking about: Covid19. We've made a decision to isolate for the good of our community and talk through what that looks like for us. In addition, we discuss how some people are taking this pandemic lightly, and why we think that's a bad idea. We make the argument that it's the ethical thing to do to...

Duration:01:18:09

Episode 28: Adoption Isn't Pretty

3/9/2020
Adoption Isn’t Pretty This week on the podcast we had guest, Melanie Chung Sherman, on to help us navigate the misunderstood and many times unidentified negative effects of adoption. It was fascinating and at the end of an hour, we were left wanting more information. It wasn’t an easy topic because many of us don’t realize the total devastation that happens in many adoptee's lives due to varying circumstances in the way we communicate what it means to be adopted. It’s a community of people...

Duration:01:08:10

Episode 27: Socialism and The Fake Divide | Part 2

3/3/2020
In part two of our conversation with Jason Thompson. We talk about things from Insurance to Loving Others to God. You'll love how this podcast ends! In the podcast, we referenced a Facebook Post by Jason that sparked this conversation. You can find that 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 you, friends. Follow Us and React: Instagram Twitter Facebook What's your...

Duration:00:38:30

Episode 26: Socialism and The Fake Divide | Part 1

3/2/2020
This week, we're joined by Jason Thompson who walks us through misconceptions around Socialism (what it actually is) and gives examples around socialistic programs we currently use every day (like public schools). More than socialism, Jason makes an argument for "The Fake Divide" as he calls it, this idea that Conservatives and Progressives have more in common than they think. It was a compelling conversation. In the podcast, we referenced a Facebook Post by Jason that sparked this...

Duration:01:14:12

Episode 25: Systemic Slavery

2/24/2020
This week, we talked through the long-lasting effects of Slavery in American society. Beth tells a number of heartwrenching stories about African Americans being persecuted from the Slave Era to Today. At the end of the podcast, we discuss ideal next steps as to how to rectify this awful situation, and the topic of reparations comes up. Spoiler: We did not agree on that. 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...

Duration:01:17:12

BONUS: And That's The Tea (With Special Guest David Podhaskie)

2/21/2020
We're baaaaaaaccccckkkkk with a BONUS EPISODE! After recording Episode 24, some new information came to light and our friend David Podhaskie wanted to jump back on the pod to discuss. Please listen to Episode 24: Whistleblowers! prior to listening to this episode so it makes more sense! David referenced a Washington Post article about children in school mimicking Trump's bullying in this episode, and you can find it here. Special thanks to David for joining us again. Please check out his...

Duration:00:54:18

Episode 24: Whistleblowers! (With Special Guest David Podhaskie)

2/17/2020
This week, we chatted with David Podhaskie, Sr. Editor for the New York Law Review about Whistleblowers. We talked about the Whistleblower in the recent Ukraine Scandal, why the law was designed to protect whistleblowers, and what happens when that law breaks down. We sincerely appreciate David's time and expertise. To read more from David, visit his Medium: https://medium.com/@davidpodhaskie. What are your thoughts on Whistleblowers, and specifically, the story we told today? React at our...

Duration:01:08:08

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