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The Shangri La' Wiffleball Podcast is a weekly show dedicated to the news and other happenings around SLW. Created in 2007 by Jeff Cain (original host), it has evolved into a staple of the SLW community. The show now features long-time wiffler Geoff Hixson along with Commissioner Jaime Hixson who are joined by different guests each week. Regular guests include Jeff Cain, Matt Endsley, Jason Morgan and James Morton. Other SLW members are asked to participate throughout the course of the year. ...
 
On The Follow-Up Question, a former journalist explores how to find common ground through the power of asking more questions. Host Michael Ashford sets out to interview people from all different backgrounds and perspectives with incredible stories to tell, with the hope that you become a more thoughtful and informed person as you listen, and that you take time to pause, reflect, and ask questions more often.
 
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Most of us can agree that finding common ground is a good thing, but we desperately struggle to put it into action. My guest this week is Bruce Bond, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Common Ground Committee, one of many organizations working to provide the "spark of inspiration" needed to help us come together in more meaningful ways. Bruce says that …
 
Take a moment and sincerely try to articulate a view that is opposite of your own. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s really, really hard to not let your biases and assumptions about “the other side” cloud your ability to articulate their views. Because chances are, your view of “the other side” is far more extreme than what is actually true, and this is…
 
His new audio book - An Inside Job (https://tinyurl.com/vbes6cet) chronicles his life from an idyllic childhood in Harbor City, CA to a single regrettable decision that would ultimately result in an arrest on drug charges and a twenty year prison sentence. After doing whatever he needed to to survive in jail and managing his misgivings with booze a…
 
It's not in our nature to listen first. So much attention is paid to speaking that we often forget that for it to be effective, someone else has to be listening. Here in the United States, we take public speaking classes in school and speech is a protected right under the Constitutional, but no such attention is paid to listening. My guest this wee…
 
For 25 years, Jeff Schoep led the largest neo-Nazi organization in the United States — the National Socialist Movement. For more than two decades, Jeff spread propaganda, hatred, and fear, and his extremist views caused pain, anguish, and suffering for many. But just a few years ago, Jeff left that world behind. But what’s more, Jeff didn't just le…
 
What happens when an ultimatum doesn’t work, and instead of bringing people into alignment with your cause, it pushes them into the very thing you’re trying to prevent or discourage? In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, President George W. Bush famously stated “Either you are with us, or you are with the t…
 
Philly Mike is an actor and writer and stand up comedian who grew up in a pretty rough section of Philadelphia where just not getting your ass kicked every day was a constant struggle. He found booze and comedy early on as effective means of escape and eventually found himself with a pretty successful stand up career. It seems his recovery was prec…
 
This week, I'm going solo to dive a bit deeper into a topic we care about A LOT — our opinions. I make the case for why you don’t have to have an opinion about everything, and in fact, you probably shouldn’t. In our rush to be right — or, at least, appear to be right — we create snap judgments without first giving ourselves the space for critical t…
 
If you believe the 24-hour news cycle or the pundits pontificating on social media, we are as polarized politically as we can possibly be and every issue leads to gridlock. My guest this week, Layla Zaidane, believes differently, and she has good reason to. In her role as the President and CEO of the non-profit Millennial Action Project, Layla is a…
 
Jeff Palm is a software engineer who crashed out of multiple high profile jobs as he was seeking some kind of oblivion - a state that was anything but the here and now. Until he eventually managed to find a sense of self-worth and self-forgiveness that has enabled him to stay sober.By Nick Morton is a screenwriter and producer living in Los Angeles
 
These days, we exist in a state of constant stimulation. More than ever, we need moments that center our attention on the experience at hand, and our thoughts, and our emotions. That's the view of my guest this week, author Rebecca Pacheco. In her new book, Still Life: The Myths and Magic of Mindful Living, Rebecca writes, “Our attention is not inf…
 
In this episode we speak with Will Barton's childhood friend, E Sosa about Will's upcoming free agency as he turns down his player option. Sosa gives fans a behind the scenes look at Will Barton's time in Denver. We discuss Will's free agency options and speaks to the most important priorities for Will moving forward. Not only does E Sosa work clos…
 
Matthew Barzun is the former U.S ambassador to Sweden and the United Kingdom, and in his new book, The Power of Giving Away Power, Matthew lays out a shift in how to think about power and leadership. In so many areas of our lives, power is seen as a pyramid, where the people at the top make the decisions, create the ideas, and determine the course …
 
On a hike in Joshua Tree National Forest in 2018, Claire Nelson mistakenly veered far from the trail and fell 25 feet after an unfortunate misstep — a fall that shattered her pelvis and left her immobile. For four days, Claire lay alone in the sweltering heat of the California desert, reflecting on her life, her fears, and the things she had held m…
 
This week I welcome Heino Falcke, an award-winning astrophysicist who helped lead the team of astronomers that captured the first-ever image of a black hole. His new book, Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe, and Us, is a fascinating recount of how people from all over the world came together to peer into the depths of space in a way t…
 
My guest this week is hip hop artist and poet Jason "Propaganda" Petty. He’s got a new book out called, Terraform: Building a Better World. And after reading it and digging more into Prop’s work, I haven’t been able to look at my morning cup of coffee the same. This conversation with Prop went to some deep places. He’s an intensely observational ma…
 
From a young age, Rasheed Ogunlaru was concerned about matters of the heart — about showing up in all situations as he truly was and not just who he felt he needed to be. Now, as a speaker, coach, author, and singer-songwriter, Rasheed has dedicated his life to helping others navigate the tug between accepting their true selves and managing persona…
 
My guest this week, Dr. Peter Coleman, is a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, where among other things, he directs the Difficult Conversations Lab. He’s written several books on the topic of conflict, and his latest work is the focus of our conversation this week here on the show. Peter’s new book is called The Way Out, …
 
On the Nuggets season wrap of the Mortcast, Gordon Gross from Denver Stiffs joins Jeff to talk about what went wrong for the Nuggets against the Suns. What went right for the team this year and what to expect in the offseason. Also the boys cover some crazy goings on in Dallas and the NBA rules.By Mile High Sports
 
In the final episode of the 2021 post-season, Jena and Reilly reminisce on the Suns series, the season as a whole and the ups and downs of the last year. After a tough loss that led to a second round season sweep, it was a sad start to the week for Denver sports fans but, in the words of Michael Malone, “We are not going to let this series define t…
 
This week, I welcome Nisha Anand to the show. I first came to know about Nisha when I found her Ted Talk titled, The Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground. Sounds right up my alley, doesn’t it? A long-time activist and the CEO of a non-profit called The Dream Corps, Nisha has been involved in such work as helping garner bipartisan support for crimi…
 
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