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Honest Offense with Eric Cervone features open conversations with professionals from all walks of life: professors, activists, actors, comedians, lawyers, veterans, trainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and fighters. Honest Offense seeks truth through exploring ideas without limitation.

Honest Offense with Eric Cervone features open conversations with professionals from all walks of life: professors, activists, actors, comedians, lawyers, veterans, trainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and fighters. Honest Offense seeks truth through exploring ideas without limitation.


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Honest Offense with Eric Cervone features open conversations with professionals from all walks of life: professors, activists, actors, comedians, lawyers, veterans, trainers, entrepreneurs, authors, and fighters. Honest Offense seeks truth through exploring ideas without limitation.




96: Partying with Sam Kinison - David Plastik

David Plastik is a photographer who worked with the biggest music acts of the 80s: Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and a ton more. David also worked closely with legendary comedian Sam Kinsion during the peak of Sam’s career. David’ photograph site: https://erockphotos.photoshelter.com/gallery-list David on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davidplastik22/?hl=en Brother Sam: https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Sam-Short-Spectacular-Kinison/dp/0688126340/ Sam’s world hunger bit:...


95: Marines Suing Federal Government Over Toxic Water - Ed Bell & Brian Amburgey

Between 1953-1987, people who lived and worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated water that’s caused death, illness, and life-altering health conditions. Senior military leaders allegedly knew of the risks and concealed knowledge of the problem. A recent report found that the VA made errors on thousands of claims related to the exposure, wrongly denying veterans over $14 million in payments. Ed Bell is the founder and senior partner of Bell...


94: Hugh Hefner's Free Speech Legacy with Stuart Brotman

Stuart Brotman is a professor of Media Management and Law as well as a Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. He recently published "The First Amendment Lives On: Conversations Commemorating Hugh M. Hefner's Legacy of Enduring Free Speech and Free Press Values," which is filled with incredible discussions on the history and current state of free speech. Professor Brotman's book:...


93: The World's Greatest Free Speech Warriors with FIRE's Nico Perrino

If you've listened to this podcast at all, you know how big a fan I am of FIRE. Until recently, FIRE stood for the "Foundation for Individual Rights in Education," but as of last week, they have expanded their mission and are now the "Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression." To me, FIRE is easily the premiere defender of free speech in America today. Nico Perrino serves as the Vice President of FIRE’s Communications department. He is also the creator and host of FIRE’s So to Speak...


92: Harvard to Hollywood with Futurama Writer and Lawyer Patric Verrone

In college, Patric Verrone was an editor of the renowned Harvard Lampoon. He graduated from Boston College Law School and briefly practiced law before becoming a TV writer. Early in his career, he was a monologue writer for The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He's written for Futurama (which is coming back next year!) since its first season and has served a producer and executive producer on the show. He also served a the president of the Writers...


91: Fixing Potholes with WWE Superstar & Knox County Mayor Glenn "Kane" Jacobs

Wrestling fans know Mayor Glenn Jacobs as WWE Superstar Kane. Mayor Jacobs has been with the WWE since 1995, and since 2018 he has served as the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. He is also the author of the excellent book, "Mayor Kane: My Life in Wrestling and Politics"—likely the only book in history to have chapters detailing both Austrian economics and Japanese shoot wrestling. Mayor Kane's book: https://www.amazon.com/Mayor-Kane-Life-Wrestling-Liberty/dp/154608584X/ Mayor Kane on...


90: The History of Standup Comedy with Wayne Federman

Wayne Federman is a standup comic, actor, producer, writer, comedy historian, and USC professor. He has been in about 90% of my favorite comedies: 40-Year-Old Virgin, Step Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The League, Community, Always Sunny, Tough Crowd, 50 First Dates, Knocked Up, Crashing, Silicon Valley, Legally Blonde...among over one hundred other credits. And he is the author of the excellent book, "The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle." Wayne is also a producer on...


89: Professor Fired for Challenging COVID Policies — Michael Phillips

It's easy to defend speech you agree with. But the fight for free speech truly begin when you support someone with whom you disagree. Which makes this conversation I had with professor Michael Phillips particularly significant. Michael Phillips is a history professor at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He spoke out about the College’s response to the pandemic on his personal social media. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), "In reference to the College’s...


88: Why Offensive Comedy Matters

Standup comedy is under attack, figuratively and literally. In the past few months, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock were both physically assaulted on stage. And with increasing calls to silence offensive comics, more attacks are likely. But why should you, good citizen, care? Why should you stand up for a bunch of degenerates who just want to tell dirty jokes? It's because offensive comedy has a long history in America of shining light on issues that "good" people would rather just ignore....


87: Hacking the College-Corporate Matrix with Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is someone I first met over a decade ago, and who I’ve loved following ever since. He is an entrepreneur who has been involved in multiple start-ups, he’s run a taxpayer advocacy group, and he’s the author of numerous books. He is the founder of Praxis, Crash, and Career Hackers, and the co-founder of PartnerHacker—all focused on helping young adults find their true purpose and avoid the dull, soul-sucking treadmill of higher education and corporate America that is the...


86: The Takeover of the American Legal System - Aaron Sibarium

Aaron Sibarium is associate editor at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from Yale University, where he was the opinion editor of the Yale Daily News. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was an editor at The American Interest. Aaron has recently focused his reporting on dystopia of college campuses, including publishing a recent column for Bari Weiss' Common Sense Substack: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/the-takeover-of-americas-legal-system. In this conversation, we cover the...


85: The Life and Death of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh - Kirsten Grind

Tony Hsieh was one of the most fascinating people in an industry full of fascinating people. As the CEO of Zappos, he created a revolutionary culture that is still studied today. Outside of Zappos, Tony invested hundreds of millions of dollars into creating a unique community in Downtown Las Vegas, based on Tony's vision for world peace. Tony also had severe internal demons; despite attempts from friends like singer Jewel to help Tony, his alcohol and drug abuse fueled a years-long downward...


84: The Mind of the Censor with Robert Corn-Revere

Robert Corn-Revere is an attorney and partner in the Washington, DC office of Davis Wright Tremaine. Bob is one of the country's preeminent First Amendment lawyers, having argued on behalf of Playboy in front of the Supreme Court, defended CBS Television and Viacom in an FCC proceeding resulting from the Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," and successfully petitioned for a pardon of comedian Lenny Bruce. (If you're interested in hearing more about Bob's illustrious career, check out on...


83: Fighting for Academic Freedom in Canada — Dr. Rima Azar

Dr. Rima Azar is an Associate Professor of health psychology at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. She was suspended from her position, and banned from campus, following complains about her personal blog. She’s fought back against the suspension. Last June she spoke with Jordan Peterson on his podcast about what she was going through. In this conversation, I talk with Rima about her time growing un in Lebanon during its civil war, what happened to her at Mount Allison, why...


82: The Rule of Law is a Myth — John Hasnas

John Hasnas is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. John has written some of my favorite pieces of academic legal writing including The Myth of the Rule of Law, The Obviousness of Anarchy, and recently Ten Questions about Democracy. What makes John’s work unique is that most legal scholarship is dry, and boring—usually, it seeks promote some...


81: Dr. Michelle Drouin on the Intimacy Famine

Michelle Drouin is a professor of psychology at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has served as a forensic consultant, expert witness, and she is an internationally-recognized researcher and speaker. Dr. Drouin focuses her work on issues related to technology, relationships, couples, and sexuality. Dr. Drouin is also the author of the upcoming book Out of Touch: How to Survive an Intimacy Famine, which will be out February 1. The book is a scientific and personal look at...


80: Dorian Abbot Returns — The Latest on Academic Censorship

Dorian Abbot is an associate professor of geophysical science at the University of Chicago. Dorian first made national news when he challenged the university's diversity hiring practices. (To hear that story, check out our conversation on episode 43.) In August, Dorian published a widely discussed op-ed in Newsweek titled “The Diversity Problem on Campus,” which caused MIT to cancel a lecture he was scheduled to give at a prestigious event. Dorian's been all over the media since then to talk...


79: MMA Fighter Ryan MacDonald on Victory and Defeat

Ryan MacDonald is an MMA fighter and UFC veteran with a professional record of 11-2. He is also the owner and coach of 6910N1 MMA & Fitness in his hometown of North Platte, Nebraska. Ryan is coming off an impressive finish last week at Art of Scrap 3 against fellow UFC veteran Willie Gates. Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mainevent_mac Ryan on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/maineventssb 6910N1 MMA & Fitness: https://waysofharmony.wixsite.com/6910n1mma –––– Support the...


78: Maj Toure on Being a Solutionary

Maj Toure is an activist, entrepreneur, rapper, former political candidate—maybe future candidate—he does it all. He is the founder of Black Guns Matter and the Solutionary Lifestyle, and most importantly he’s a north Philly kid. Maj works to bring the ideas of responsible gun ownership and individual liberty to inner cities. Maj on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MAJTOURE Maj on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrmajtoure Maj on Facebook:...


77: Education Innovation with Acton Academy's Shannon Falkenstein

Shannon Falkenstein is a co-founder and Executive Director of Acton Academy in El Salvador. Acton Academy is an innovative form of education that aims to move students from receivers of knowledge to self-seekers of knowledge. Acton blends state of the art software, projects with real world application, Socratic discussions, and what they call the Hero’s Journey in a student-centered, multi-age classroom. I learned about Acton Academy after seeing that Tim Kennedy is opening his own affiliate...