2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

2 Dope Boys & a Podcast

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2 Dope Boys & A Podcast is twice weekly trends and cultural insight podcast that examines what's happening and why in the worlds of culture, business, technology, fashion and sports. Hosted by Michael Brooks and Phil McKenzie.


On Point - 42 - Nightlife Legend Steve Lewis on the Evolution of the Club  

New York nightclub legend Steve Lewis joins us in studio this week for an insider's perspective on the history of New York nightlife. Topics include: Using Humphrey Bogart’s Casa Blanca character as a behavior model while surveying the early club scene. The early pre-corporate danger of clubs when they were owned by wise guys. The evolution of the nightlife industry through the 80s and 90s. “Now People Go To School For This Shit.” The origin of our conception of “bottle service” and the ying and yang of it’s influence on club atmosphere. How 9/11, cell phones, and the flight of Yuppies to Brooklyn has changed the internal geography of the club. Pushing the envelope, risk-taking, and his 10 months in prison. Read Steve’s column, “Good Night, Mr Lewis” on BlackBook. http://bbook.com/nightlife/the-101-greatest-clubs-of-all-time-goodnight-mr-lewis/

48 - Racial Indulgences For Guilty White People, French Workers Win Victory Over Email, and the Internet Eats Telcos  

Brand Eff Up: “Guilty White Liberals Are Purchasing Racial Indulgences,” NY Mag (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/guilty-white-liberals-are-purchasing-racial-indulgences.html) What’s Up? “French workers win legal right to avoid checking work email out-of-hours,” Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/dec/31/french-workers-win-legal-right-to-avoid-checking-work-email-out-of-hours) What’s Next? “How Amazon, Google, and Facebook Will Bring Down Telcos,” WIRED (https://www.wired.com/2016/12/the-end-of-telcos/) Diggin’ in the Crates: Phil: “The Power Broker,” by Robert Caro Michael: Bojack Horseman on Netflix Matt: “The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America,” by Ethan Michaeli

47 - 2017 Predictions  

Special episode this week featuring predictions for 2017 by the crew including Rob Fields, Hyun Kim, Biz Ghormley, Georgette Pierre, Grant McCracken, Tia Kansara, Dowshan Humzah, Mark Boles, Lee-Sean Huang, Lina Srivastava, and Rodrigo Reis. Back as usual on Tuesday.

46 - “Five Percenter Obama” and How Michael Met Wos  

Today, an unaired conversation in which Wos describes why he originally reached out the Michael after hearing one of Michael’s ultra-niche impressions. Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

45 - 2 Dope Boys Debate: Jay-Z vs. Nas  

At long last, Michael and Phil take their longstanding debate on mic Who's better, Jay-Z or Nas? In Jay's corner is Phil, for Nas: Michael. Topics include lyrics, albums, diss tracks, club suitability and cultural impact. Follow us on twitter: Follow us on twitter: @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

44 - NY Times’ Hardly-Diverse Newsroom, Dropbox's Hardly-Diverse Diversity Photo, and Free Cash in Finland  

Brand Eff Up? “Dropbox panned for 'diversity' tweet depicting mostly white people,” SF Gate (http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Dropbox-panned-for-diversity-tweet-depicting-10796804.php) What’s Up? “Preaching the Gospel of Diversity, but Not Following It,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/public-editor/new-york-times-diversity-liz-spayd-public-editor.html?_r=0) What’s Next? “Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/business/economy/universal-basic-income-finland.html?_r=0) Diggin’ in the Crates M: “How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul,” The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/how-democrats-killed-their-populist-soul/504710/) P: “Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1,” by George Michael R: “Uproot,” book by Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture)

On Point - 41 - Carmen Bryant: On the Frontlines of Online Hiring  

Joining us in studio this week is Carmen Bryant, Director, Employer Insights Americas at Indeed.com. Using data and research for storytelling. Indeed.com’s mission of finding people employment, and how current economic unease effects that mission. How the labor market effects the approach of a company like Indeed.com. Clashing with companies who have overly-specific “cultural” requirements. How data can inform on qualitative matters. The rise in “work from home” and nontraditional work arrangements. How the Gig Economy doesn’t work without social benefits.

43 - Google Invades Cuba, Amazon's Jobless Grocery Stores, and Wonder Woman Out at UN  

Brand Eff Up: “WONDER WOMAN DROPPED AS UN AMBASSADOR FOLLOWING PROTESTS,” Fuse.tv (http://www.fuse.tv/2016/12/wonder-woman-dropped-un-ambassador-protest-petition) What’s Up? “Google Signs Deal With Cuba for Faster Data Access,” Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/associated-press/google-signs-deal-cuban-government-faster-data.html) What’s Next? “Amazon’s new grocery store highlights a huge hole in Donald Trump’s promise on jobs” Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-go-manufacturing-cashier-labor-market-employment-trump-2016-12) Diggin in the Crates: P: “The Power Elite,” by C. Wright Mills G: “I Lie Awake Every Night” by James Vincent McMorrow M: “Small is Beautiful,” by EF Schumacher @Georgette @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 40 - Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones: Good is the New Cool  

Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones joined us in studio this week to talk about their book "Good is the New Cool," on how it's no longer enough for brands to appeal to millenials as "cool," and that "good" is the newvirtue. The media savviness of millennials as an obstacle to traditional brand appeals. On this finding your purpose. The idea of different purposes for different seasons of life. goodisthenewcool.org @afdhelaziz @mrbobbyjones

42 - The Oakland Warehouse Fire Tragedy, Priced-Out Culture, and Resist the Turn Against Multiculturalism  

Brand Eff Up “A Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink,” Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/28/a-japanese-theme-park-thought-it-was-a-good-idea-to-freeze-5000-dead-fish-in-a-skating-rink/?utm_term=.b2d491e7bcd0) What's Up? “Oakland Warehouse Fire: Death Toll Up to 36, Officials 'Absolutely Believe' Number Will Climb,” NBC News http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oakland-warehouse-fire-victims-families-face-agonizing-wait-n691911 What’s Next? Michael and Phil take issues with anti-identity politics arguments like this one by Jonathan Haidt “Why social media is terrible for multiethnic democracies,” Vox Diggin’ in the Crates: Phil: SHO Michael: Adam Curtis, “Oh Dearism” Matt: Chasing Shadows by Ken Hughes (2014) https://soundcloud.com/matt-lech-1/lbj-nixon-chasing-shadows

On Point - 39 - Tia Kansara - “We Are Nature": Cities, Urban Planning,  and Sustainability  

City sustainability evangelist & entrepreneur Tia Kansara joins us this week to talk about cities, climate change, sustainability, and her Replenish project. The importance of lifestyle and wellbeing in city living. The break between cities and rural areas. The gap between lived experiences and urban/building designers caused by lack of feedback from people using the spaces. The designed city vs. the unplanned city. Tia’s visits to Aleppo in Syria. The importance of building collaborative and communal lifestyles. Tia’s “Replenish” program as a counter to “success” being defined without respect to harmony with nature. @2050City @ThousandNetwork tiakansara.com

41 - Snapchat Spectacles’ Successful Rollout, Delta Bans Boisterous Trump Supporter, and Barcelona’s Struggle for the Commons  

Brand Eff Up Delta Slaps Lifetime Ban on Passenger After Pro-Trump Rant,” Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-28/delta-slaps-lifetime-ban-on-passenger-after-pro-trump-outburst What’s Up? “The marketing genius behind Snap’s new Spectacles,” Recode (http://www.recode.net/2016/11/20/13688096/snap-snapchat-spectacles-marketing-success) What’s Next? “Barcelona’s Brave Struggle to Advance the Commons,” P2P Foundation https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/barcelonas-brave-struggle-to-advance-the-commons/2016/11/29?utm_source=feedburner Diggin’ in the Crates M: “Captain Fantastic” (2016), and “The Four Futures” by Peter Frase (2016) B: “The Wretched of the Earth,” by Frantz Fanon (1961) P: Barricade board game (“Malefiz” in German)

On Point - 38 - Oliver Kremer: Dos Toros, Bull in the Burrito Market  

Where Dos Toros saw an opening to challenge Chipotle in the burrito market. The regionality of Mexican food and the burrito specifically. Risk-tolerance in entrepreneurship. How values-led companies can run into obstacles as scale increases. The perils and advantages of growing. “Meet Dos Toros, the NYC-Based Burrito Chain That's Not Afraid of Your Chipotle Comparisons,” Entrepreneur (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243791) “Dos Toros Is Bullish on Expansion,” Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/articles/dos-toros-is-bullish-on-expansion-1474588182)

40 - Cities vs. Trump, Restaurant Accidentally Hosts Neo-Nazi Meeting, and Reebok Wants the Anti-Trump New Balance Shopper  

Brand Eff Up “D.C. restaurant apologizes after hosting alt-right dinner with ‘Sieg Heil salute,’” Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/11/21/d-c-restaurant-apologizes-after-hosting-alt-right-dinner-with-sieg-heil-salute/ What’s Up? ““Cities will be a powerful antidote to Donald Trump”: Social scientist Benjamin Barber on the emergence of a new urban radicalism,” QZ http://qz.com/837383/cities-will-be-a-powerful-antidote-to-donald-trump-social-scientist-benjamin-barber-on-the-emergence-of-a-new-urban-radicalism/ What’s Next? “Reebok Wants to Replace Those New Balances You Destroyed,” Esquire http://www.esquire.com/style/news/a50877/reebok-replace-new-balance-trump-comments/ Diggin’ in the Crates P: “9 Ways To Protect America In The Age of Trump” by Crew Member Rob Fields http://robfields.com/2016/11/21/9-ways-to-protect-america-in-the-age-of-trump/ W: “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA” 2007 book by Tim Weiner and “The Obama Doctrine,” in The Atlantic M: “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” By Steve Coll Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

On Point - 37 - Dave Gray: Liminal Thinking and Changing the Way You Think  

Dave Gray, author of “Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think” on the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What does “liminal” meaning. Clashes of beliefs and clashes of values. How stories drives beliefs and how to bridge the political and cultural divides in America. Xplaner.com @DaveGray @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

39 - Facebook’s Bullshit News Problem, New Balance Apologizes for Trump Support, and GrubHub Condemns Trump's Behavior  

Brand Eff Up: “New Balance's Support for Donald Trump and Lack of Sympathy Will Cost It Dearly,” Complex (http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2016/11/new-balance-trump) “New Balance distances itself from white supremacist site after Trump statements,” CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-balance-distances-itself-from-white-supremacist-site-after-donald-trump-statements/) “Did designer Tommy Hilfiger state that blacks and Asians shouldn't wear his clothes?” Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/hilfiger.asp) What’s Up? “Facebook employees reportedly forming secret ‘task force’ to address fake news,” The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/14/13630720/facebook-employees-secretly-organizing-against-fake-news) What’s Next? “CEOs take heed of Grubhub's Trump hubbub,” Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-grubhub-trump-robert-reed-1115-biz-20161114-column.html) “Why GrubHub CEO Is Still in Deep You Know What,” Fox Business (http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/11/14/why-grubhub-ceo-is-still-in-deep-know-what.html) Diggin’ in the Crates P: James Corden clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J94uO-urSTg) M: Century of the Self by Adam Curtis (2002 Documentary) Matt: It Follows (Horror, 2015) Shawn: “A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service,” by A Tribe Called Quest (2016)

On Point - 36 - Sarah Hartley: Imagination and Risk in Creativity  

Sarah Hartley, Creative Director, Art Director and Team Builder at NBCUniversal, Content Innovation Agency joins us in studio this week. How is “creativity” defined? How about vision? Hiring the person instead of hiring the role. Risk as part of the creative process, and how to be empowered enough to take risk. Defending the best of creative risk to clients. The importance of “spreading the wealth” as a creative director. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @storygirlsarah

38 - Lil Wayne Apologizes For #BlackLivesMatter Comments, Hip-Hop's Punk Moment?, and Using VR For Meaningful Experiences  

Brand Eff Up? “Lil Wayne is not here for Black Lives Matter,” CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/02/entertainment/lil-wayne-black-lives-matter/) What’s Up? “Hip-Hop Is Having Its Punk Moment, and It’s a Quiet Revolution,” GQ (http://www.gq.com/story/hip-hop-is-having-its-punk-moment-and-its-a-quiet-revolution) What’s Next? Lina talks to us about virtual, augmented and “mixed” realities and the possible impact of using VR to tell stories for issues of human rights and social justice. DitC: P: “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony,” by Nelson A Denis M: The History of Rome Podcast L: “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” by Heather Ann Thompson Black Mirror (BBC TV Series) Jane the Virgin (CW TV Series) Linasrivastava.com travelingwhileblack.org @lksriv @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech


SLL’s experience being a first generation African-American and traveling back-and-forth. Trying to capture the fusion/symmetry in across different heritages. SIIMBA’s experience with lions. Hip-hop’s lack of well-rounded live shows. Cocaine Bimbie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDVihQyv-MI) W.I.A. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN36HaYaZdc) @SIIMBALIIVES @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

37 - R.I.P. Vine, Facebook Allows Racial Exclusion in Ads, and the UN Offers Women a Mascot Instead of Leadership  

“10 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (If You Aren't Already)

” Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/michael-schein/10-business-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-if-you-arent-already.html) Brand Eff Up? “At 75, Wonder Woman was just named an honorary U.N. ambassador. But not everyone is happy about that,” LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-wonder-woman-75th-anniversary-20161024-snap-story.html) What’s Up? “Vine Is Closing Down, and the Internet Can’t Stand It,” NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/technology/vine-is-closing-down-and-the-internet-cant-stand-it.html?_r=1) What’s Next? “Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race,” ProPublica (https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-lets-advertisers-exclude-users-by-race) Diggin’ in the Crates Phil: “Undercover Brother” (2002), “Robotech” (Anime) on Netflix Wos: “Last Taboo: Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality,” NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/30/magazine/black-male-sexuality-last-taboo.html Michael: “Pumping Iron” on Netflix (1977) Matt: Adam Curtis, “HyperNormalisation” (2016) Shawn: Sweatshop Boys, Cashmere (2016) Follow us on twitter: @BigWos @2DopeBoysPod @_MichaelBrooks @FarFlungPhil @mattlech

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