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Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA’s Liberal Conscience: We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. Think it all the way out. Our podcast is here to take political discourse in this city in a completely different direction.The Idiotville Crew is Brent N Liberty, Jake News, Dill Spears, Marty Balawkay and very occasionally, Ted Brogan & Mrs Spears.

Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA’s Liberal Conscience: We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. Think it all the way out. Our podcast is here to take political discourse in this city in a completely different direction.The Idiotville Crew is Brent N Liberty, Jake News, Dill Spears, Marty Balawkay and very occasionally, Ted Brogan & Mrs Spears.

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Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA’s Liberal Conscience: We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. Think it all the way out. Our podcast is here to take political discourse in this city in a completely different direction.The Idiotville Crew is Brent N Liberty, Jake News, Dill Spears, Marty Balawkay and very occasionally, Ted Brogan & Mrs Spears.

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English


Episodes

Idiotville #141: Erie's Conquistador (of Tacos) Rides Again!

2/28/2021
Dill, Brent, Marty, Jake, and Erie’s Conquistador of Tacos, Chris Kaye! ***Atacolypse Food Truck's 2021 Grand Opening will be March 6 at Erie Ale Works!*** Jay Barker has assumed a new identity: Florida Man! Brent got oranges! The Conquistador brought us some of his new guac! We got to be fortunate enough to try it before anyone else! Jake tells us of an interesting use for avocado. We don’t recommend it. Chris talks about the Erie food truck scene and what’s...

Duration:01:06:37

Idiotville #140: Trans Atlantic Man Makes His Return!

2/21/2021
Dill, Brent, Marty, Jake, and Ryan Seabreast! We settle on a gimmick last name for Ryan (see above)! The continuing controversy of the Brent Liberty twitter handle and how #freeBritney figures in. Snow and ice paralyzed Texas and most of the South – and how it affected us here locally – so we get perspective from some of our Texan friends. An Erie cop got arrested for biting his wife’s face and she made an abused spouse defense of him. Don’t miss the return of Transatlantic...

Duration:00:56:50

Idiotville #139: Special Interview with Jeff McCullor from Erie Ale Works

2/14/2021
Dill, Brent, Marty, Jake, and special studio guest Jeff McCullor! Jeff is the one of the co-owners and operators of Erie Ale Works on West 12th Street in Erie! He tells us his story, how he came to be here in Erie and open an incredible brewery. He tells us about his hair care secrets and Brent, Marty, and Dill all stare on with jealous eyes. He elaborates on how his business has grown since 2014. We go into candidates for Erie County Executive, and our door is open for any of the...

Duration:01:07:38

Idiotville #138: This poor dude had to live with Brent

2/7/2021
Dill, Brent, Marty, Jake and special studio guest Ryan Dawley! We’re joined by Brent’s former roommate and world traveling musician, Ryan Dawley, who regales us with his tales of traveling the world and performing. We also get into how he wound up back in Erie and what it was like to live with Brent back in the day. Apparently audition rooms are highly competitive, pretentious, and obnoxious. Ryan is our first guest ever with his own IMDB page! Check him out! Our one big PA story: Snow...

Duration:00:53:45

Idiotville #137: These are NOT stock tips!

2/1/2021
Its Dill Spears and Marty Balawkay! We do some local crime spots, then Marty tells us all about r/wallstreetbets and how it happened. We talk a little video gaming and various consoles and the potential to move to the new generation consoles. There’s a little back and forth about some updates to our television viewing. After the break, Marty and Dill talk quite a bit about their mental health, and again how important it is for everyone to make sure they talk to _someone_ about it if they...

Duration:00:57:26

Idiotville #135 & #136 Supercast!

1/24/2021
It’s the Idiotville Superpodcast Double Shot! We combined #135 and #136! #135 is Dill, Brent, Marty and Ted debating the divisional playoffs and a tribute to “Your Team Sucks” by hating on each remaining playoff team in that round. This is the audio from our Facebook Live Stream on Tuesday 1/12/21! The beer segment: Dortmunder Gold Lager from Great Lakes Brewing (xx/5) This is a very crushable lager and a bit of a change from our IPA heavy lineup! #126 is Dill, Marty, Brent, and Jake...

Duration:02:04:00

Idiotville #134: Words Have Consequences, Mr. President.

1/9/2021
Dill, Brent, Jake, and Marty are all together in the studio! This is the audio version of our Facebook Live broadcast of the events of January 6. We have very strong opinions about the flagrant stupidity of the President and his supporters. The beer segment: We change it up with a Stout! It’s Troegs Independent Brewing (Hershey PA) JavaHead Stout. This is a good one! 7.5% ABV 60 IBU – listen in and find out what we gave it! We wrap up the show with our picks for the NFL’s first ever SUPER...

Duration:00:55:22

Idiotville #133: We discuss the Federalist Society and Nationalist and Religious feedback loops that gaslight most labor

1/4/2021
Dill, Brent, Jake, and Marty are all together again this week! What did we get for Christmas? Dill got an air fryer and can’t shut up about how much he loves making chicken wings in it! Duluth Trading Buck Naked Underwear is the way to go! Jake avoids this topic by going through the Taco Bell drive through and buying them out! Jake laments the portion of his upbringing that prevented him from wearing light up shoes, as it would have blown Rob’s cover. We talk stimulus checks and how...

Duration:01:04:04

Idiotville Presents: SPORTSBALL!

1/2/2021
This is an Idiotville Special! Dill and Marty have an in-depth discussion about the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year (non-Quarterback), and NFL MVP, as well as a dive into week 17 NFL Playoff Scenarios! This is a good one for football fans to dive into before the last week of the 2020 NFL Season! Support the show (http://Patreon.com/idiotvillepodcast)

Duration:00:37:20

Idiotville #132: The Least Christmasy Christmas Episode!

12/27/2020
Dill, Marty, Jake, and Ted talk Christmas Shopping, getting gifts from grandparents, beard grooming & how masks are detrimental to good bearding. We get hip deep into the college football playoffs: Should we have more teams? Should there be dynamic number of teams in the playoff? Where should Coastal Carolina fall? Dill has a plan! We do a deep, deep, DEEP dive on the college bowl season because good lord there’s nothing going on this week. After that, we fill time by guessing the lines...

Duration:00:52:47

Idiotville #131: Santa's Little Helper and the Politics of "No"

12/20/2020
Dill, Brent, Jake, and Marty are all together again this week! We discuss Kathy Dahlkemper’s decision not to run for re-election for County Executive, and what this means for Erie’s Working Man. Does he actually have a plan beyond saying “no”? If so, we haven’t heard it. His demo is people who are stupid. He definitely caters to that group. We talk about the Goddess of Ham. If you don’t know, you don’t want to. How to circumvent ignition interlocks for fun and profit! We move to a...

Duration:00:42:56

Idiotville #130: Our Opinion of Mike Kelly Has Not Improved

12/7/2020
Dill Spears makes his return to Idiotville, joined by the Usual Suspects: Brent Liberty, Jake News, and Marty Balawkay We talk about our Thanksgivings and all the drama that entailed! Idiot of the Year Mike Kelly tries to subvert democracy! We know he’s posturing for a 2022 Senate run! (You should join PA-16 Against Mike Kelly on Facebook!) What could have made Liz Allen’s fellow City Council member calling her a broad worse? We decide on a Trans-Atlantic accent. Marty also lets us know...

Duration:00:50:19

Idiotville #129: A lot of people got sent here.

12/6/2020
Marty, Brent, and Jake recorded this remotely on 11/18/2020 due to the recent Covid-19 spike in the Erie area... Our special guest this week: Owner/Operator of Lake Erie Woodworks, Armando Reyes! Armando talks about his Chicago beer hookup, then tells us his story about how he wound up here in Erie and why he decided to come back and raise his family here. He gets into how he created his custom furniture business and we talk brand building – how did he move from being an auto mechanic to...

Duration:01:05:48

Idiotville #128: Jake's Zombie Dreams!

11/16/2020
Marty, Brent, and Jake are in studio this week, but we think we're going to move to remote recording due to the recent Covid-19 spike in the Erie area... If you were promised a shirt, they'll be in the mail as of 11/17/2020! Loads of talk about Fantasy Football! The Polar Vortex! It hasn't happened yet, but it's a comin'! More election fallout (but not a lot) The local Covid spike, are restrictions coming? - As we said above, we're moving to remote recording ASAP! The Beer Segment:...

Duration:00:57:05

Idiotville #127: Election Post-Mortem

11/9/2020
Marty, Brent, and Jake are in studio this week, with some post-election wrap-up (this was recorded BEFORE a winner was projected in the Presidential race) This is our big 2020 Election Wrap-Up Episode, so expect a ton of talk about that, including their experiences with Kristy Gnibus' results party and how the evening went there. The Beer Segment: Killapilz from Voodoo Brewery, an imperial lager with a 7.5% abv and 85 ibu, the guys gave this one 3.75/5, making it a good, solid pilsner, but...

Duration:01:06:35

Idiotville #126: Interview with Kristy Gnibus - Candidate for PA-16th Congressional District

10/30/2020
Marty, Brent, and Ted Brogan are joined in-studio by candidate for the PA-16th Congressional District, Kristy Gnibus Kristy talks about her life, including her diagnosis of cancer at the age of 20, and how that affected her at that age and how things changed for her, and how her insurance has changed through the years. This has driven her to run for office and she explains how! She also explores the ins and outs of campaigning in a COVID world, and how she made the pivot from an old-school...

Duration:01:01:32

Idiotville #125: Erie County Democratic Party Chair Jim Wertz Makes his return!

10/26/2020
Marty, Brent, Ted, and Jake are joined in-studio by the chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, and one of our favorite guests, Jim Wertz! This discussion talks broadly about the upcoming election, with an obvious focus on our local races, including some talk about Ryan Bizzarro, Kristy Gnibus, and Julie Slomski. Some topics include: Presque Isle, Public Transportation, Invisible Walls, how vulnerable is Mike Kelly? It’s all about turning out the vote in Lawrence County and points...

Duration:00:56:43

Idiotville #124: Special Interview with Ryan Bizzarro

10/19/2020
It's a full house: Dill, Brent, Jake, Marty, and Ted Brogan are joined in-studio by PA State Representative Ryan Bizzarro for a wide-ranging conversation about his career and what he hopes to accomplish in a fifth term representing the PA 3rd. After a brief bio, we shower Representative Bizzarro with praise for his various awards, which segues into a discussion about how the 2020 campaign has been the most difficult political campaign of his career. We talk about voting, either by mail-in...

Duration:01:01:17

Idiotville #123: Our Longest Running Story Sputters to a Close - Arrington Pleads Guilty

10/11/2020
Dill returns with Brent, Jake, and Marty! Do you feel like you aren't getting enough Idiotville? Check out our Patreon for BONUS CONTENT at Patreon.com/idiotvillepodcast We talk a bit about the PA-16 debate - limited thoughts here. Sonya Arrington's long saga has come to an end, and we're closing the book on the longest tracked Idiotville story, as we started tracking it waaaay back in episode 2. We talk a little bit about Erie Facebook (and HOO BOY DO WE HAVE SOME STUFF ON THAT COMING...

Duration:00:46:53

Episode #122: The Best Way to Buy Low is to Steal - with Sean Fedorko

10/4/2020
#BLM It's Marty, Jake, and Brent, joined in studio by Sean Federko, the head of Erie's Co-Working Space, Radius. He tells the story of how he came back to Erie after working elsewhere, realized Erie was missing a co-working space, and after a false start at another endeavor, he started up Radius. Jake and Sean nerd out about Tesla (not the car) Sean talks of the struggles of trying to recruit potential members to Radius, and how they are looking for passionate creators, and not just...

Duration:01:11:19