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In the Upper Midwest, spring has sprung. These days in my neck of the woods, we haven’t been able to spend much time outside. Walking in the night air makes me think about how much I’ve changed over the last few years. Find out how in Spring Has Sprung-Midnight Walk And Talk-Political Talk Reset-Podcast 715.
Walk And Talk Rules
The rules of the walk and talk are no preparation, no plan. A throwback to the years when I would walk late at night with my grandfather.
Time For Transition
Seems like spring is a transition. A great opportunity for us to reset our body clocks, as well as our thinking.
Shutting down the news feed, taking a break from social media and turning off cable news has been a theme in my podcasts. Sometimes it seems like cascading news events are difficult to keep up with.
The More Things Change…
Moreover, as I walk through my neighborhood, I can see that despite the breathless news coverage of details that probably won’t matter in a year, not much has changed in the real world. I’ve changed, though.
Rising Above The Debate
Most noteworthy, experience and especially Yoga have helped me rise above the partisan debates. These days I can actually be more of a ‘fair judge‘ of the hypocrisy of our institutions and politics. I’ll tell you what I see from my perspective. How you react is up to you. In Spring Has Sprung-Midnight Walk And Talk-Political Talk Reset-Podcast 715.
Hurtling Down The Tracks To Somewhere
In conclusion, something I talk about in this podcast is the sense I have that we are hurtling down the tracks toward some kind of clarifying turning point. I have no idea when we’ll get there or when we’ll get there.
I have read enough history and lived long enough to know that this level of rancor and venom usually do not lead to good decisions or policy making. That suggests at some point, someone will make the kind of mistake that produces major shockwaves.
Take a break from the paid shills of the two political parties, and the endless and baseless predictions of future events by talking heads and personalities. Take a midnight walk with me and drink in a spring night.
Spring Has Sprung-Midnight Walk And Talk-Political Talk Reset-Podcast 715
Radio legend Art Bell passed away on Friday, April 13th 2018. Bell’s show, Coast To Coast, was creative and unique. Time to talk about Art’s impact on me and reminisce about radio in Remembering Art Bell-Radio Stories-Legends-Podcast 714.
All Night Wonder
Many stayed up all night to listen to the show. Who got any work done when we stood around talking about Martians, ghosts, aliens living in the hollow earth or The End Of The World?
Saving AM Radio For A Time
These days, radio has become a wasteland of partisan political operatives shouting, cajoling, attempting to persuade. Many broadcasters have given Rush Limbaugh credit for ‘saving AM Radio’, and he certainly deserves his props. On the other hand, many forget that Art Bell probably had as much to do with resurrecting the AM Band for a short time during the 1990’s. For a kid from Chicago who spent summers sitting on the front steps all night listening to the radio, that meant something.
Creating A World You Could Never Forget
Furthermore, it isn’t the political shows I will remember from the past twenty years. It’s the Art Bell shows. The guy from Area 51. Father Malachi Martin. Gary North. Ed Dames and every other crazy person on that show. You knew it was nuts to believe this stuff. But when you’re rolling through the wastelands of Wisconsin at three in the morning, struggling to pull in a thousand watt AM station out of Rice Lake, it seems real. Because Bell was so good at creating a world where anything was possible and probably true.
For radio people, the ability to create a new world, using only spoken word, is truly significant.
The Broken Down Radio Station On The Edge Of Town
Art Bell had a big impact on me because he brought me back to my roots. The radio station in a corn field. On the edge of town. A single tower blinking red in the wilderness. The possibilities endless.
When The Guy On The Radio Was Your Best Friend
So it’s time to tell some stories. A tribute of sorts from someone, like many, who never knew Art Bell. As a listener we felt we he was our best friend. A throw back to the DJ’s of the 1960’s and 1970’s on the big AM stations in the big cities. Or to struggling to pull in a radio station with a big signal in a far away city.
A Voice In The Night
Most noteworthy is the fact that the experience of listening in the night is gone. Replaced with artless and amateur You Tube Channels predictIng the end of the world.
It is good to remember the magic that Art Bell created as a guide for podcasters. I doubt seriously radio will ever be able to accommodate a talent like Bell again.
Remembering Art Bell-Radio Stories-Legends-Podcast 714
These days the so called news comes so fast and furious. Last week’s news seems like a distant memory. Even a dream. So it’s easy to miss the fact that Populism is a growing factor in US politics. Get some background in Populism In America-Heading Down A New Path-Election 2018 Coverage-Podcast 713.
Key Building Block Podcast For 2018 Coverage
I don’t like to post two political podcasts back to back. On the other hand it’s a good time for some building blocks as we begin a series of podcasts, posted from to time, for the 2018 midterm elections.
Arguments and Predicting The Future
Moreover all media seizes on the news of the day to predict the future. Especially relevant here is the tendency to advocate and take partisan positions. Sometimes this is the only way to be ‘break through’ and be heard.
To deal with this politicians have become focused on miners, teachers, workers, and ‘the middle class’. The ordinary has suddenly become the subject of extraordinary focus by politicians. Sounds like a good thing, right?
Find Your Own Facts
As a result the average person ends up having to be a detective to get any facts. Now, the experts say our politics have become ‘tribal’. Is this really the problem? Or, is the problem a particular brand of politics called Populism?
Populism Means Bad Decisions
Find out how right and left lay claim to the ‘ordinary person’. Learn how leaders can make bad decisions when this is their focus. In Populism In America-Heading Down A New Path-Election 2018 Coverage-Podcast 713.
In conclusion few analysts are talking about the influence of populist ideas being becoming the law of the land and a symbol of how the US conducts business with the rest of the world.
Populism In America-Heading Down A New Path-Election 2018 Coverage-Podcast 713
They are at it again. Pundits and talking heads are telling us who’s going to win the 2018 mid term elections. What is the truth about 2018? Find out in Truth About 2018 US Senate Predictions-Fairy Tales-Podcast 712.
Election Day Tuesday November 6th 2018
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 is a big day. Up for election is the entire US House of Representatives and one third of the US Senate. Governors and state legislators are also up for election on this day.
It Comes Down To Key Races For Republicans and Democrats
This podcast focuses on the US Senate race in 2018. Specifically on several key races that may decide the majority. This is critical for President Trump’s agenda from 2019 and his reelection effort in 2020. Learn the basic contours of these races in Truth About 2018 US Senate Predictions-Fairy Tales-Podcast 712.
The Media IS Doing It Again
Problem is the media has already decided the outcome of this election. It will be democrat wave, they say. The reason? Big national issues favor the democrats. Gun Control. The Me Too movement. Immigration. Trade Protection. Is this true?
These days it seems like when the media says something is going to go one way, it often goes another. I will not tell you what’s going to happen. The Bob Davis Podcasts isn’t in the business of predicting the future, telling people what to think or who to vote for. As in 2016, I’ll try to stick to the facts we know about these races and let you decide what to think about them.
Battleground Senate Races
This podcast focuses on US Senate races in key states considered ‘battlegrounds’. Truth is, republicans are defending fewer vulnerable seats than democratic candidates. Whether than means the GOP will hold onto their majority in the US Senate is quite another question.
All Politics Is Local – Especially Statewide Senate Races
Moreover, Senate races may be effected by national issues, but they are statewide races. Personality and local issues are major factors in such elections. I spend a little time in this podcast outlining examples of regional and geographic political differences. Check it out in Truth About 2018 US Senate Predictions-Fairy Tales-Podcast 712.
Time for Truth about 2018 US Senate Predictions in Podcast 712
In conclusion, despite what the pundits and so called experts tell you, national issues that seem to benefit republicans or democrats, don’t always benefit candidates in tight races in their home states.
Truth About 2018 US Senate Predictions-Fairy Tales-Podcast 712
A tough little kid named Sal Di Leo, taken away from his mother and sent to live in an orphanage. That’s how this story starts. Follow the turns and twists as that 6 year old becomes a man. We’ll talk to author Sal Di Leo in Growing Up In An Orphanage-Sal Di Leo-Author-Podcast 711.
Not A Crime Novel
Joliet, Illinois. Early 1960’s. When his father leaves his mother and his 11 brothers and sisters with no heat and no money, a 6 year old and his older brother cope by any means necessary. They are dirty and hungry. The only help they get is from the nuns at their school. Sounds like the beginning of a crime novel, right?
Turning A Life Around
Not so fast. Sal joins The Bob Davis Podcasts to tell a story of self discovery that leads to gratitude. It starts with the sisters at a catholic orphanage, in Joliet, Illinois. Sal’s story also includes 4 years at BoysTown and a few twists and turns in life after BoysTown. Hear the story in Growing Up In An Orphanage-Sal Di Leo-Author-Podcast 711.
Gratitude and Service
These days there’s a lot of talk about character. More than a few thick books define character and preach about how to develop the attribute. Sal has packed more about character into “Did I Ever Thank You, Sister?” than many of those best sellers because he has lived it. Check out Sal Di Leo’s story in Growing Up In An Orphanage-Sal Di Leo-Author-Podcast 711.
This is a story you don’t hear very often these days. So many documentaries and speakers are out to run down the church. Every now and then though, you find a gem. Especially relevant is the fact that the sisters at Sal’s orphanage provided a very real home and base for an angry little kid to grow into a man.
Sal is an inspirational speaker, author and businessman. (Editor’s Note: You can also book Sal for speaking at 612-382-3582)
For more about Sal’s story visit Sal Di Leo.com
Growing Up In An Orphanage-Sal Di Leo-Author-Podcast 711