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Episode 46 - A Conversation About Charter Schools

5/31/2017
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On today's show, I am joined by a special guest, Ms. Danita Jones, founding principal of Capital Prep Harlem in Harlem, New York, for an important, unique conversation about charter schools. Mrs. Jones is a lifelong educator and principal of the newly-inaugurated Capital Prep Harlem, founded by fellow educator and charter school founder and advocate, Dr. Steve Perry, along with entertainment mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs. In the wake of the Kentucky legislature enacting a bill to allow charter...

Duration: 01:02:52


J's Lunch Counter - Ep. 44 - The Big Baller Brand Show

5/24/2017
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J's Lunch Counter Episode 44 takes a look at the most interesting sports stories in the news. I am joined by Renaldo and Dakarai Dorsett of 10th Year Seniors, to discuss the wrestling persona of Lavar Ball and the Big Baller Brand and how Lavar's antics will impact his son, and whether Lavar is taking a worthy gamble on the success of his sons. We also explore a the layoffs at ESPN and whether the network's liberal politics have impacted its success. Finally, we take a quick look at the...

Duration: 01:16:41


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 43 - Trump Fires FBI Director...And Pays Dearly

5/17/2017
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J's Lunch Counter Episode 43 covers the latest in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the subsequent fallout. I am joined by my good friend and political scientist Meredith Scalos, and together we explore the impact of President Trump's recent behavior in firing the FBI Director after months of attempting to influence Comey to end the investigation between the Trump campaign and Russia. We look at the relationship between President Trump and his FBI Director and the information...

Duration: 01:22:50


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 42 - Trump's Civil War

5/3/2017
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J's Lunch Counter Episode 42 is available for download! Today I'm going solo, and there are a few news items I needed to discuss. First, I explore and examine the criticism leveled against President Barack Obama for accepting $400,000 speaking fees from Wall Street, and why it's wrong to hold our public officials (and all of our public servants) to an unfair, unrealistic standard. I also discuss Trump's waffling with North Korea, and how his words and actions breed terror instead of...

Duration: 00:44:39


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 41 - Trump's First 100 Days

4/26/2017
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Episode 41 is live and available for download! Today on the show, my guests Cara Stewart, Charles Badger, Christian Motley and I cover President Trump's first 100 days in office. From the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to the failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Trump administration has struggled to demonstrate any measurable success thus far. We take a look at the healthcare fight, the Trump-Russia investigation, the Muslim Ban and more of the policy...

Duration: 01:27:41


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 40 (April 19, 2017)

4/19/2017
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Episode 40 is live and available for download! Today on the show, we're FINALLY reviewing the biggest movie of the year - GET OUT! I know…I know….its been weeks since this movie was released, but before the fervor completely dies down….we want to bring you our commentary on this complex, entertaining film. This show is filled with spoilers - so if you are one of the few who still hasn't seen the film - go check it out first! I am joined by my lovely wife Chioma, and together we breakdown...

Duration: 00:38:43


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 39 Happy Hour (March 31, 2017)

3/31/2017
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Episode 39 is a jam-packed 2.5 hour HAPPY HOUR show, covering one of my favorite pastimes - Pro Wrestling, WWE, and WRESTLEMANIA! It's WrestleMania Week and we are getting ready for the biggest show of the year - WrestleMania 33! I invited my cousins, Griffin and Matt Brixey, to join me on this very special Happy Hour show to talk about our love of pro wrestling, and to break down this past year in WWE, and to make our predictions for WrestleMania 33. Tune in to hear how I discovered...

Duration: 02:47:57


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 38 (March 29, 2017)

3/29/2017
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On Episode 38, I am joined by Junis Baldon to take a look at the Trump administration thus far, and the one word that may best describe the Trump administration's first 60+ days - FAILURE. What has happened to all the winning that we were promised? After a few months, Trump has seen failure after failure, shrouded in scandal and controversy and distraction. From the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare to the failure of both attempts to ban Muslims from entering the country, this...

Duration: 02:02:58


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 37 (March 14, 2017)

3/14/2017
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We're back! For Episode 37, I am joined by two health care experts to discuss the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Cara Stewart, a Health Law Fellow at the Kentucky Equal Justice Center and Dustin Pugel, a Research and Policy Associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy join me on the show to breakdown the successes and failures of Obamacare, areas where the ACA could be improved, as well as the overall impact of this bill on the country. We then explore the details...

Duration: 01:20:49


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 36 (February, 14, 2017)

2/14/2017
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Today on the show, Albert and I are breaking down the 2017 Grammy's. Known for its high-profile performances and noteworthy celebrity appearances, the Grammy's is one of our favorite awards shows, and a great way to take a break from the madness of the Trump administration. We take a look at the highlights and lowlights from the performers, from Adele to Beyonce, Bruno and A Tribe Called Quest, John Legend and more. We talk about the imagery of a Beyonce performance and we discuss the...

Duration: 01:11:44


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 35 (Feb. 7, 2017)

2/7/2017
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Episode 35 is available for download. Today I am joined by my good friend and show regular Junis Baldon to discuss and analyze President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. We discuss his background, his jurisprudence, and how he can potentially change the makeup of the Court. We also discuss the Democrat's strategy to oppose his nomination and whether they are better served by a targeted resistance as opposed to blanket obstruction of the entire Trump administration. We...

Duration: 02:04:09


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 34 (January 31, 2017)

1/31/2017
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pisode 34 won't be forgotten anytime soon! I am finally joined on the show by beautiful wife Chioma and her sister Diana, because today we are talking about one Hollywood's fastest rising starts, Issa Rae and the new HBO hit show, Insecure. Join us as we go back to the origin story of the Mis-adventures of an Awkward Black Girl to being one of the hottest writers/actresses today. We'll go into detail about "Insecure", from the writing and acting, to the music and fashion, and of course,...

Duration: 01:42:29


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 33 (January 26, 2017)

1/26/2017
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Episode 33 is all about the Women's March that took place last Saturday, during Inauguration weekend. I am joined by Katie Kerns, who traveled to DC and participatd in the March this weekend. Listen to Katie's story about why she felt compelled to join this march, what the atmosphere was like, which speakers resonated with the crowd, and what calls to action they were left with. Katie and I also discuss the broader impact of the Trump presidency and how the mere thought of Donald Trump has...

Duration: 00:59:49


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 32 (January 10, 2017)

1/10/2017
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Episode 32 started as a discussion about shooting of the Charleston nine and the trial and coverage of Dylan Roof, but quickly evolved into a broader, important discussion about the aggression of white supremacy in America, the increase in violent hate crimes, and the relation between these crimes and the rhetoric of President-elect Trump. I am joined by Junis Baldon and Jared Williams to discuss the violence that America saw in 2016 and whether we can expect the atmosphere to improve in...

Duration: 02:03:03


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 31 (January 4th, 2017)

1/4/2017
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Episode 31 is the finale of our special two-part show bringing 2016 to a close. I am joined by my close friends Junis Baldon, Albert Shumake aka DJ Always, and introducing to the show, Jared "J Dub" Williams. On Part Two, we begin with the amazing year in black television with the rise of Donald Glover's Atlanta, Issa Rae's Insecure, and why Marvel's Luke Cage was one of the best shows of the year. We also discuss the controversy surrounding Birth of A Nation and how it led to the film...

Duration: 01:22:28


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 30 (Part ONE) - January 2, 2017

1/2/2017
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Episode 30 is the show that brings 2016 to a close. In this special two-part show, I am joined by my close friends Junis Baldon, Albert Shumake aka DJ Always, and introducing to the show, Jared "J Dub" Williams. On Part One, we take a look at some of the best, worst, and most memorable moments of 2016 beginning with what felt like an unprecedented amount of celebrity deaths, some of which will carry lasting implications. We look at the vacuum created by the death of Ali, and how 2016 saw a...

Duration: 01:03:19


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 29 (December 13, 2016)

12/13/2016
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Episode 29 is available for download. On today's show, Junis and I discuss the impact of the Russian hacking story, and the magnitude of the CIA report that foreign government not only interfered in our election, but with a desired outcome in mind. We discuss the Washington Post story that broke this past weekend, and the implications of Mitch McConnell's refusal to support efforts to release this information prior to the election. Junis and I try and figure out if there are any lines that...

Duration: 02:38:02


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 28 (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016
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J's Lunch Counter makes its triumphant return! Well, triumphant is a poor choice of words. More like its sluggish, shameful return after weeks of wound-licking following the Presidential Election. It's been a long time coming, and as much as Jonah didn't want to record this show, this was a very necessary show - finally recapping the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election, and of course, the new President-elect Donald Trump. There's really no way to describe this except that this is a...

Duration: 00:37:33


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 26 (November 7, 2016)

11/7/2016
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It's Election Eve so we had to bring you a special edition of J's Lunch Counter Happy Hour. On Episode 26, Junis Baldon and I are making our final predictions for the election. We are taking a hard look at all of the toss-up and battleground states, looking at recent trends, the latest polling data, and reports of early voting, to make our final calls for each state, and for the winner of the presidency. Can Hillary hold on to her blue state firewall in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin,...

Duration: 01:18:16


J's Lunch Counter - Episode 25 (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016)

11/1/2016
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We're only one week away from a historic presidential election that is guaranteed to have a long-lasting impact on our country. In many ways, regardless of the outcome next Tuesday, it already has! Today on J's Lunch Counter - Episode 25, we explore this impact in detail. For the first half of the show, I am joined by Republican strategist Charles Badger, to discuss the damaging impact of our partisanship on our politics and government progress, looking at where Republicans and Democrats...

Duration: 01:43:52

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