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The Jerry Springer Podcast is a weekly show covering a wide range of topics including current events, politics, folk music, and whatever is on Jerry and his co-hosts' minds that week. Featuring lifelong friend Jene Galvin and radio colleague Megan Hils, the show is recorded weekly at the Folk School Coffee House in Ludlow, KY and posted on

The Jerry Springer Podcast is a weekly show covering a wide range of topics including current events, politics, folk music, and whatever is on Jerry and his co-hosts' minds that week. Featuring lifelong friend Jene Galvin and radio colleague Megan Hils, the show is recorded weekly at the Folk School Coffee House in Ludlow, KY and posted on
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The Jerry Springer Podcast is a weekly show covering a wide range of topics including current events, politics, folk music, and whatever is on Jerry and his co-hosts' minds that week. Featuring lifelong friend Jene Galvin and radio colleague Megan Hils, the show is recorded weekly at the Folk School Coffee House in Ludlow, KY and posted on




Happy Birthday, Jerry! Ep. 149

We celebrate Jerry's birthday! Then, we update our Cincinnati Activists Musician Search. We have great applicants! Plus, we talk about our future podcast with Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, & Mary. The podcast is partnering with Music2Life - check them out here. Then, Jerry reflects on Rob Porter's dismissal and the chaos inside the White House. Trump is calling for due process, but he certainly wasn't doing that when he was chanting "lock her up," or being accused of...


Chief Wahoo Is No More: Ep. 148

Jene asks Jerry to tell how the rich and famous celebrate the Super Bowl. Did his team win this year? Jene comments on the Cleveland Indians’ decision to change their logo away from the cartoonish “Chief Wahoo” and its implications for sports mascots used in many schools around the region and country. Jene asks Jerry if he’ll go the Final Four with him in San Antonio if Xavier is one of the four teams this year. Then Jerry checks in on the state of our democracy. How will we withstand the...


Cincy Activist Musician Talent Search + Jerry's Youth: Ep. 147

We talk about the Cincinnati Activist Musician Talent Search - the deadline is February 11. If you're a folk musician looking to make change with your music, apply here: Before he was an international celebrity, what was Jerry Springer like as a youth? Was he the star quarterback at Forest Hills High School? Was he the third member of Simon and Garfunkel? (No, he spent his leisure time in his lonely room recording on a reel-to-reel tape machine the play-by-play...


On Government Shutdowns: Ep. 146

Jene and Megan ask Jerry what he draws the line at when it comes to doing things for money. It's been a while, but we get a call from The Lifeguard asking if any of us would like to join him in attending an annual event he looks forward to each year. Jene says he got an anonymous call from someone saying they saw Jerry going into a new fitness gym. Is he on his own trying to get in shape for the Bear Grylls show. Then Jerry goes in depth on why the government shutdown happened and what...


On The Topic of "Shithole Countries": Ep. 145

We recently got another voicemail from Melania Trump - but this one is very different from the other one's we've gotten. Some outdoor outfitters come on the show to get Jerry ready for Bear Grylls. We guess this is really happening... Jene and Megan chide Jerry for nearly wrecking our Facebook Live operation. Changes have now been made. We’ll explain. Then, Jerry goes in depth on the ramifications on the President of the United States referring to other countries as "Shithole...


Is It Healthy For Celebrities To Become Politicians? EP. 144

First up is a new Late Night Phone Message from Melania. Our own Ask the Life Guard contacted us with his New Year’s request. Jerry discusses his exercise routine. Still no response from the TV show Running Wild With Bear Grylls about Jerry being a celebrity guest. Jerry’s Take: With Oprah's speech last week has come talk of her running for president. Is it healthy for celebrities to become politicians? Musical Guest: Ray Vietti


Should Democrats Be So Sure They'll Take Back Congress in '18? Ep. 143

Jene updates us on his call with Running Wild With Bear Grylls, a reality show in the wilderness that, for some reason, Jene thinks Jerry should attempt. Then, Jerry tells a story about how he actually once worked for Donald Trump, hosting the Miss Universe pageant and embarrassing himself on television. Then, Jerry worries about how the Democrats are projecting much confidence about the 2018 elections. Democrats are optimistic they could take back both the House and the Senate. But are...


How Did Trump Do In Year One? Ep. 142

Jene asks Jerry and Megan if either of them currently serves in government - because Jene has an update on his end. Jerry talks about his typical fans. People who say hi to Jerry and ask for selfies always say "I don't watch your show." Except college kids who say they love it - and it crushes in waiting rooms at hospitals (and prisons). Then Jerry examines Trump's first year in office - how did he do as president and did he hold up to his promises? Musical guest: Warrick and...


Bootsy Collins Joins The Show! Ep. 141

We're joined on this episode by legendary funk musician Bootsy Collins and his wife Patty, who is the head of the Bootsy Collins Foundation. Jerry, the panel and Bootsy discuss shared history and Bootys's album "World Wide Funk." Later in the episode, we hear original music from Bootsy and Patty's son Quiwey’s group FunkSquad. For more on Bootsy: But before that, Megan and Jene beg Jerry to run for governor of...


Can We Legally Get Rid Of Trump? Ep. 140

Jene says he got an email from Ask The Lifeguard and reads it. Jene pleads with Jerry to allow him to contact the NBC TV show "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" to pitch Jerry as a contestant. Jerry isn't keen on appearing. Then Jerry wonders: Can we legally get rid of Trump? What are the possible outcomes? Musical guest: The Carriers


When Every Week Is Trump's Worst Week Ever: Ep. 139

Jene and Megan ask Jerry, since he announced he is not running for Ohio governor last week, to consider a run for Kentucky Governor. No, then maybe as Kentucky senator? OK, is there a glimmer of hope that you could set up residence in Folk School’s basement and run for Ludlow city council? Jene tells how he saw Mick Cronin Div. I coach for the University of Cincinnati call out for a fight on Xavier's J.P. Macura, an opposing player at the end of a college basketball game. Jerry’s rant:...


Sylvia Tyson Interview: Ep. 138

On today's show, we have a live phone interview with Sylvia Tyson, of the iconic 60s folk duo Ian and Sylvia. Then, Jerry dives in on the Republican tax bill and how screws the middle class. The middle class pays more in taxes and loses services they need. The white middle class in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio - who sent Trump to the White House - get killed by this. The Republicans are rewriting the tax code to appeal to one small group: wealthy Republican donors.


Did Jerry Springer Marry You? Plus Jerry's Take on Roy Moore: Ep. 136

Jene asks listeners to contact us if Jerry married you when he was mayor of Cincinnati, since we want to make a special section of our website showing your pictures. And we want to know if you are still married. If you were married by Jerry send us a message on Facebook. Or send Jene an email at Jene continues his search for Linda Pfaffman, who sang with Jerry in a folk group in the 60s. Next week, we’re going to have Sylvia Tyson on the phone - she of Ian and...


"John Kasich Should Run For President": Ep 135

Jene urges listeners to regularly go to our website and click on the music play (here) where you can hear all of the songs that have been played on our show over the last several years. You can listen 24/ 7 - unless we're recording a live show! Jene asks Jerry to tell how he learned to play the guitar. Then he recaps a trip to a jazz club in Cincinnati and how roots and jazz have similar backgrounds. Jerry then dives in on an interesting topic - why he wants John Kasich to run for...


Why Are Americans Still With Trump? Ep. 134

First, Jerry has a gripe with his barber, cutting his hair shorter than it's been since he was in the military. Also, have you checked out Jerry Springer Radio? It's a mix of all the artists who have appeared on the show. Check it out here: Then, Jerry asks - how is it possible that some Americans are still with Donald Trump? What will it take for him to lose his hardcore supporters? Music from James Weston, who is back from a summer trip performing in England.


Even Republicans Are Trashing Trump: Ep. 133

Jene starts by reading an email from a listener. We ask Megan what her weekend camping trip was like in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Did she wear heels and a business suit? Then, we recap: Rex Tillerson called Trump a moron and Bob Corker compared the White House to an adult day care. Are they joking or is there a serious side to this? Jerry points out: No one seemed to dispute Trump being a moron, only whether Secretary of State Tillerson actually said it. Our musical guest is Blake...


Why Is Trump Fighting With Republicans? Ep. 132

First, we congratulate Jerry for doing his part in sharing the American culture with Cuba by inviting our former Havana tour guide, Jesus, to his television show yesterday. How did it go? When you were a kid, is it true you were walked from the school gym by administration for your behavior? Then Jerryh wonders: Why is Pres. Trump fighting with Republicans? Who gains out of all this? Musical guest: Blake Berglund


How Can We Stop Mass Shootings: Ep. 131

Some fun off the top: With the passing of Hugh Hefner, was Jerry ever a guest at the Playboy Mansion? Speaking of playboys, is it true that Jene once asked Joan Baez out? Also, Megan sent out a mandate to all podcast employees to submit to a drug test. How did that go over with her co-hosts? Jerry’s Rant: After the Las Vegas mass shooting, Jerry talks about the need for legislation against assault weapons and how the NRA wages political battles against their opponents. How many more...


Trump Instigating Culture Wars: Ep. 130

Jene announces that corporate is requiring the hosts to begin weekly sessions with a staff psychologist. They felt there is an unfair amount of bullying and teasing toward Jene that needs to be addressed. We talk on mic with Jesus Noguera, our friend and tour guide from Havana, Cuba. (To listen to a recap of our trip to Cuba, click here.) We talk about our trip there a year or so ago, his view of the United States, and the American lack of response to the effects of Hurricane Irma in...


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