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Our goal is to help people transform state politics. We investigate why it’s so broken, imagine what we could have here in Massachusetts if we fixed it, and report on how you can get involved. If you believe in fighting for social justice, in reducing inequality, in health care for all, in affordable housing, in reforming our criminal justice system, and if you want to be part of getting these policies – and more – passed, then this is the podcast for you.
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Imagine unlocking the secrets to becoming faster, stronger, and less injury-prone. Intrigued? Well, that's exactly what The Sunday Shakeout is all about. Join me, Nicholas, in training talks and candid conversations with running elites and experts as we dive deep into training insights and personal stories. But it's not just about running; it's about unleashing your full potential in every aspect of life. Click play now and let's transform not only your performance, but your entire mindset. ...
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This week on the show is Anna Callahan! In this episode of the Sunday Shakeout, I sit down with Anna Callahan, a graduating senior from Skyline High School in Washington, and future Duke University athlete. Anna shares her journey through high school, from dealing with a hip stress fracture to her recovery process, reflecting on her time at Skyline…
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Please donate to the show! Today we will be highlighting a wonderful organization in the state that does fantastic work on the progressive scene. It is called Progressive Mass, and we will be joined by fellow podcaster Jonathan Cohn, the Policy Director. Anna Callahan interviews fellow podcaster Jonathan Cohn. This is the audio version of the Incor…
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This week on the pod is Erik SemlingIn this episode of The Sunday Shakeout, I sit down with Erik Semling, a 13-year-old phenom who holds the age-group world records in the 5K and 10K with astonishing times of 15:09 and 31:17, respectively. Not only is Erik incredibly fast, but he is also extremely eloquent and thoughful. We cover a variety of fasci…
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Please donate to the show! Today we will be talking about corporate interests, lobbyists, and how they influence housing bills, from the state level to the city level here in Medford. We focus on the case of the real estate transfer fee and repercussions that we've seen recently. Jonathan Cohn and Anna Callahan chat about Massachusetts politics. Th…
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Today on the podcast is a returner guest, Owen Powell, who is a junior at Mercer Island High School. I last talked to Owen in February but since then, he is a national champion indoors in the 800, a national record-holder in the 1K, he has also added two state titles to his collection, and is closing out his season with Brooks PR and Nike Outdoor N…
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This week on the pod is Rebecca O'Keefe of Skyline High School! Rebecca is committed to run at the University of Tennessee in the fall. In just the past few days, she completed the triple crown, winning the 800 (2:11.58), 1600 (4:45.44), and 3200 (10:18.87) at the Washington 4A State meet. Great chat with Rebecca and hearing about her story and tra…
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This week on the podcast is Will Purnell of Boston College! Will is a Seattle Prep alum and is currently in his junior year of the program, holding PRs of 4:04 for 1500, 14:17 for 5K, and 8:24 for 3K. Will and I dive dive deep into the collegiate running experience. We explore the magic of Boston University’s track, the unique challenges and reward…
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Please donate to the show! Today we discuss what's happening with the budget, how the budget process is not meeting our needs, how different it is from what we voted for it to be. And then we dig in to talk about a number of specific topics, including inflation, earmarks, taxes and more. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Cohn, and Anna Callahan chat abo…
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This week on the pod is Josh Methner of the University of Notre Dame! Josh recently won the Penn Relays Men's 10K with a time of 28:43.53. Josh Methner has garnered a series of accolades and achievements throughout his running career. Notable highlights include being named an All-American and earning All-ACC honors multiple times in cross country. …
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Please donate to the show! Today we discuss ballot initiatives, the committee in the legislature that has now "dealt" with ballot initiatives, and the wonderful way they did so with a predetermined outcome. We're also talking about the end product, and organizers and advocates who ignore the rigged nature of the votes. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan …
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This week on the pod is Henry Herb, who is a freshman for Seattle Prep. Henry is currently the 5th fastest freshman in the nation for the 3200m (9:22.19) and has ran 4:21 for 1600m this past Friday. Henry is a very humble, yet hard-working future star in the sport. Look out for this guy to dominate in the years to come! In today's episode, Henry an…
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This week on the pod is Malachi Schoenherr!Malachi has quickly established himself as being one of the top Sophomore talents in the country. Malachi recently finished 7th in the Boys Elite Mile at the Jesuit Twilight Meet (4:10.78), breaking the Sheldon High School record and besting many national-level athletes. A few weeks ago, Malachi broke the …
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Please donate to the show! Today we cover the politics of Earth Day and sustainability, some upcoming environmental lawsuits, and the role of corporations and government versus our role in preserving our planet. And no environmental discussion would be complete without coral reefs, fast fashion, American consumerism, and climate inequality. Jordan …
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This week on the pod is Will Schneider, who is a freshman for the University of Washington! Will ran for Bishop Blanchet High School. In 2022, as a junior, he clinched both the Washington 3A State track titles in the 1,600-meters (4:07.65) and the 3,200-meters (9:00.36). Additionally, he secured the 2021 Washington 3A cross country championship and…
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Please donate to the show! Today we cover a Supreme Court case about corruption, and the little decisions that lead up to people eventually making horrible corrupt decisions. We also discuss the hollowing out of the middle class and how that has affected corruption as we see it in government, and the important implications for democracy. Jordan Ber…
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This week on the pod is Zack Munson of NAU. Zack is only only a freshman, yet he just ran at the Bryan Clay Invitational with some of the biggest stars in NCAA, running 3:50 for 1500 and 13:55 for 5K. Fantastic conversation with Zack today. The dude has so many good words of wisdom that I think we can all benefit from. I hope that y'all enjoy today…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about today we talk about how the media does not expect for conservatives to govern and only puts all of that burden on the Democrats and how that affects all sorts of issues, from abortion to climate to taxation, including all sorts of state issues and local issues and national issues. Jordan Berg Powers, J…
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This week on The Sunday Shakeout is Dylan Rowell from Anacortes High School in Washington. If Anacortes it’s because it’s the same school as his senior teammate, Parker Mong, who I had on the show last week. Dylan is only a Sophomore but he just broke the Anacortes school record of 4:16 in the mile. He also ran 15:34 for 5K XC and is a huge talent …
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about today we talk about the Governor's Council -- what they do, the unofficial tenure of the people who've been on there for decades, their (lack of) diversity and how this affects the lives of people who have been incarcerated here in Massachusetts. Jean Trounstine and Harry Margolis join Jonathan Cohn an…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the three times when the state legislature broke the law instead of passing progressive policy, to make sure that they crushed progressive policy. And those times include crushing clean elections (getting money out of politics), Medicare for All (healthcare as a right for all people who live here), and…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about who the government really works for. Does our government work for you? Does our government work for vulnerable people? Does our government work for the bottom 50% of wage earners? And if not, who does it work for? We'll talk a little bit about the grand bargain, big lobbies like real estate and insuran…
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This week's guest on the show is Lisa Mitro. Lisa is a Doctor of Physical Theraphy who focuses on helping runners prevent and treat repetitive stress injuries. She has become popular on Instagram in the running community, accumulating over 156,000 followers. Her content is actionable and things you can add to your training TODAY. Lisa and I discuss…
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In this episode of The Sunday Shakeout podcast, I interview Sophia and Victoria Rodriguez, two phenoms in the high school running scene. The Rodriguez sisters share their excitement about the upcoming events, emphasizing the team aspect and the thrill of competition. They discuss their training strategies, balancing solid work with strategic planni…
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In this week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout, I share a conversation with Phil Batterson. Phil is a competitive runner, a former running coach, and founder of Critical Oxygen. Phil has a PhD in human bioenergetics and a love for the sport of running. His goal with Critical Oxygen is to teach athletes how to optimize their physiology for maximize p…
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In this week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout, I chat with Vince Recupero, a standout junior from Bishop Blanchet in Seattle and one of the nation's top high school juniors. Vince shares his journey, discussing the highs and lows of his recent indoor season, his plans for the upcoming outdoor season, and the importance of staying present in the mom…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the Department of Public Utilities decision that happened in December, where they made some decisions about the future of gas in the state of Massachusetts. We also discuss a little bit of environmental history in Massachusetts, the reality of distributed environmental justice, and how Massachusetts co…
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Today’s conversation was a blast and it gave me a perspective on the sport that was completely new to me. Nick combines his passion of design and photography with his love for trail running. In this episode, we discuss what it’s like working as a freelance photographer, how Nick is continually evolving and staying inspired, what it’s like collabora…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about Joint Rule 10 Day, which is a deadline for getting bills passed through certain hoops before they can pass through other hoops. This includes bills like the Transfer Fee, Debt Free College, Rent Control, PILOT Reform, Public Banking, Medicare for All, Prison Moratorium, Safe Communities Act, Vote 16, a…
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In this week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout, we pay tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of the late marathon sensation, Kelvin Kiptum. Embark on a journey through Kiptum's remarkable life, from his humble beginnings as a goat herder in a Kenyan village to his unprecedented success as a record-breaking marathoner in his early 20s. Explore…
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This week’s episode of The Sunday Shakeout is an exclusive interview with the remarkable Owen Powell, a rising star in high school cross country and track and field. Whether you're a fan of inspiring running journeys or eager to delve into the mindset of top-tier runners, this episode is a must-listen. Join us as we uncover Owen's transformative mo…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about cities versus the state, and how the Massachusetts state constitution prevents cities' duly-elected city councilors from passing a whole swath of policy locally that residents need. We discuss home rule, how we compare to other states, and how inefficient the state's oversight is. Jordan Berg Powers, J…
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout is a captivating conversation with my friend and seasoned marathoner, Rene! Ever wondered what it takes to conquer over 230 half-marathons? Rene shares her remarkable journey, offering insights into her mental adjustments as a master's athlete, battling injuries, and maintaining consistency. In this episod…
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Please donate to the show! Today we are talking about the governor's proposed budget. We're talking about where that money comes from, how things are getting paid for as well now. We also cover some questions, like: Can things be changed in the middle of the year like what happens next? How do we compare with other states? Phineas Baxandall from th…
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout unfolds a crucial discussion on honing the fundamentals of running and the transformative shift towards cultivating robust systems over fixating on minute, short-term goals. In the world of running, the allure of trends and purported "hacks" can be overwhelming. However, the reality is stark: there are no …
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about why so-called "state wins" are actually small potatoes. We dive into how we hear from state reps or state senators "Hey, look at these amazing things that we did," and how looking into their boasts reveals that not a lot of actual change was made compared to what else could they be doing with their tim…
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This week’s episode of The Sunday Shakeout features an interview with Notre Dame commit and runner at Seattle Prep, Jack Henzke. Jack is an extremely talented runner, having placed 3rd at NXR with an impressive time of 15:08. He also ran at NXN, despite the treacherous conditions. It was an absolute honor to have him on the podcast. In this podcast…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about public banking--what it is, why it matters, and how you might be helped by it. We discuss how it might affect communities of color, women-owned businesses, cooperatives, and small farms, as well as the political movement for and history of public banking. And then we dive into a super wonky little subj…
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This week's episode features a guide to how to survive and thrive when it gets chilly and you are among the elements in the winter. This time of year can be absolutely crucial to get an advantage for the spring track season or your spring marathon. Therefore, learning how to optimize your training during the cold (and often snowy) season, can be cr…
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Today we talk about Governor Healy's 9C budget cuts. We'll dive into how it affects our funding of programs that we need, tying it to the Fair Share amendment and tax cuts that they passed. We will be talking about how you know the downturn is affecting all of us, government programs in need of investment, and explore the state budget. This is the …
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout features a conversation with the coach of the Seattle Prep cross-country and track team, my coach, Andrew Walker. Thank you to Coach for coming on The Sunday Shakeout! In this episode, we talk about: How his training has been going recently Coach’s unique journey into the sport of running and eventually in…
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In this episode, I revisit the topic of overtraining. I cover prevention and monitoring strategies, and recovery methods for overtraining. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout! In this episode, I talk about: Importance of understanding overtraining Prevention and monitoring strategies Recovery methods Balancing training stress with …
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This week's episode features a talk where I bust 5 common running myths. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout and have a wonderful holiday! Myth 1: RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is not always the best approach for injury recovery. Myth 2: Static stretching before running is not recommended; dynamic warm-up is more effecti…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the new regulations around shelters. We go into how Covid has affected homelessness as well as legislation to make things easier for a lot of the people who are homeless today. And of course, we will be exploring some of the deeper values that we share here among the listeners of our podcast and the un…
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This week’s episode features a talk on sickness and how to make logical decisions if you become sick. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout! Thank you so much to all of my listeners for the amazing support! Contact me: ⁠⁠thesundayshakeout@gmail.com⁠⁠ Instagram: @thesundayshakeout
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk to two wonderful experts about parole and what needs to change about it. We talk about how long people can be on parole, how many people return to jail because they break some small technical aspect of parole, and what we need to do here in Massachusetts to make parole more humane and better for our society.…
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout features a talk on how to break free of training generalizations like 80/20 and how to train with intent to get the best results possible. I hope you all enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout! In this episode, I discuss: The challenges of running and a wake-up call How to avoid getting caught up in ext…
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout features an overview of my winter training to prepare for my freshman track season this spring. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout! In this episode, I discuss: Why winter training is so important for runners What winter training entails The things I will be focusing on this winter Some re…
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This week's episode of The Sunday Shakeout features a guide to strength training for injury prevention. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Sunday Shakeout! In this episode, I discuss: My training for this winter What strength training for injury prevention entails How to apply it to your own training Thank you so much to all of my listeners for t…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the results of the local elections from Nov 7. We'll go over Boston, Worcester, and Medford in some detail, as well as quick updates for Malden, Somerville, Everett, Revere, Springfield, Newton, Marlborough, & Waltham. We also talk about how the electorate for local and state elections has changed sinc…
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