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  • Guns Across the Border

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    // Mike Detty, a one-time POLICE contributor, talks about "Guns Across the Border," a first-hand account of his involvement in an ATF "gun walking" operation that preceded Fast & Furious. As a firearms dealer, Detty sold guns to Mexican cartel operatives at the direction of ATF special agents in Arizona. Detty says he was motivated by patriotic duty, and betrayed by the agency he worked for. Show the Guns Across the Border Podcast Transcription: Paul: Hello, this is Paul Clinton with POLICE Magazine. This is themonthly author's podcast with books by and for cops. We have a veryinteresting book this month to discuss. It's called "Guns Across theBorder: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico: TheInside Story". It was written by Mike Detty. In the book, Mike chronicleshis experience as a federally licensed firearms dealer in the Tucson areaand his role in these gun-walking sting operations and the flooding of gunsto Mexico. Mike has been a contributor to POLICE Magazine. He's written some great firearm reviews over the years. His business is essentially selling rifles and other guns at gun shows in Arizona. Mike, we're really pleased to have you on, and thanks for joining us to talk about the book. Mike: Thanks, Paul. It's a pleasure to join you, and thank you for having me on. Paul: Talk about this book and how it came about. You found yourself in the cross-hairs, so to speak, of a very ill-fated, eventually, federal gun operation. Talk a little bit about how you got involved in this from the beginning and how this got started. Mike: Sure. Historically, it is significant in that Operation Wide Receiver, which was the case that I brought ATF into in 2006, eventually morphed into Operation Fast and Furious, about two and a half years later. The way it started was, as you mentioned, I did gun shows for a living. I am an FFL holder, a Federal Firearms Licensee. I sell AR-15s at Arizona gun shows. I was approached by an individual who wanted to buy six AR-15 Lowers from me. The next day, he came back and he asked if I would have more sometime later in the month. I told him I had another 20 on order that I expected the next week. His answer to me was, "I'll take them all." The sheer number that he wanted, and the fact that he was paying cash, and the fact that he was a young Hispanic kid, made me suspicious right off the bat. That happened on a Sunday. Monday morning, I contacted my local ATF contact. He had me fax in the paperwork, and the he called me back later in the day and asked me if I could come down the following day and spend some time talking with him. That was really how Operation Wide Receiver began. There was a group of young men in the Phoenix area that was buying AR-15 Lowers. They were sending them to somebody in San Diego who was purchasing the top ends of the rifles, 10 inch, which of course, anything under 16 inch barrel length is illegal, but it didn't matter to them, because they were pretty mixed up in doing illegal stuff anyway. Anyhow, they would complete these firearms by pinning on a short top end, and then taking them across the border into Tijuana for the Felix Arellano Cartel. That was how Operation Wide Receiver started. It kind of went through some twists and turns, but by the time were finished a year and a half had gone by. I think we'd sold weapons to five different cartels. Paul: Before we get into the details of this, talk a little bit about where federal law enforcement was coming from and their goals in your mind, or what they said to you about these operations. They've been termed "gun-walking operations" and I guess these operations would fall under this Project Gunrunner. What was the original goal of this operation, as far as you understood? Mike: Project Gunrunner was a project to stem the flow of illegal guns into Mexico. It involved saturating the border states with more ATF agents and more funding to prevent that from happening. Operation Wide Receiver, when I first got involved and they first started looking at these characters I was selling to, and by the way, after that initial purchase, I didn't sell anything to these people without prior knowledge of ATF and without them specifically asking them to do this at their behest, to further the investigation. I just want to make that clear. It wasn't as if I did something, and then, "Oh, I'd better let them know," just so I don't get in trouble. Paul: I guess the idea is that, this has always been the case, that the drugs come from Mexico and the guns and the ammunition go to Mexico. So the ATF and the federal government was becoming more and more concerned about guns that cartel operators were purchasing here in the border states and taking to Mexico to use in this violent cartel drug war, right? Mike: That's correct. That was correct. The first meeting that I had with these ATF people here in Tucson, I was told that I would have a chance to help them take out a powerful drug cartel. I'm smart enough to know the implications of that. Paul: Yeah. That sounds good, actually. It sounds like a noble goal. Mike: Being a patriot, I was eager to help them. It just didn't turn out the way it was outlined to me. What happened to be the goal, we never came close to achieving that goal. If you read the book, I think there was something far more insidious going on than trying to take out a drug cartel. Paul: Part of, I think, at least what we've heard said publicly from the ATF, and obviously this was a huge scandal that resulted in congressional hearings, and of course the deaths of two federal agents, speaking of course of border patrol agent Brian Terry, and also ICE special agent Jamie Zapata. Guns that apparently were sold through these sting operations were found at both of those crime scenes. Mike: Correct. Paul: Right. Mike: All three of those guns were from Fast and Furious, although there is nothing that would prove any of the guns from Wide Receiver showing up at future crime scenes. We know that they've shown up at crime scenes in Mexico. Fortunately, nothing has been found here in the United States. Paul: The critique of the ATF through all this has been, why didn't you track the guns? Was there some goal early on to either attach some type a micro-tracker or microchip to the gun? Was there any effort early on by them to track these guns? Mike: No. I do mention in the book, it's been reported in mainstream press that under President Bush things were done more responsibly. They tracked the guns they were working with Mexican officials. That's hogwash. None of that's true. There was one attempt to put a tracking device in a rifle during operation receiver, and it failed miserably. It was never fielded, it was never talked about again. The other thing, what I was told from the start, was that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities and that if they didn't interdict the guns that at some point in time, they knew where the guns were at, they were going to round them all up, or most of them. I mean, nothing is 100%. It was conveyed to me that the operation I was working was multinational, meaning that the Mexican authorities were on board with it, and that this was how they were going to take out this cartel. That just proved to never be true. The Inspector General's report that was issued last fall, it cites I think three different phone conversations during the three years I was involved with Operation Wide Receiver where they had contacted Mexican authorities, but there was never any ongoing coordination. There was no commitment by Mexican authorities to follow these guns anywhere into Mexico. In fact, none of them were ever tracked. Paul: Wow. You mentioned that there were a couple of very interesting anecdotes in the book of failed attempts by these agents to follow and/or arrest these straw purchases and the buyers who came to you to purchase these guns. Mike: Sure. In fact, there was one event, I believe it was 50 .38 Super Pistols that one of these guys bought one night. It was ATF's intention to have an air surveillance to follow these guns to the load house, sit on the load house until they were loaded up in the load truck, and then follow them to Mexico so that from the time those guns left my house, it really never left their visual surveillance until they crossed the border. That was very important to help them prove their case. In the book, I relay how this turned into a three-day surveillance. They sat outside a house for quite a while and were concerned that they actually might have missed somebody going out the back door with the guns, because the original intent was for those guns to go very quickly, and it never happened. They did stay on the house. Once they got into a car, they were able to follow them. They went down close to the border, and then on the Indian reservation, they drove in circles for three or four hours. When I asked one of the agents why somebody would do that he said, "These are experienced drug smugglers. They know what type of aircraft we use for air surveillances." In their case, they were fortunate. They had a helicopter to back up while the DTS plane went and got refueled and then came back. They were never able to do much with that information. They know the guns crossed the border, but once they crossed the border, they didn't have any idea what happened to them. Paul: Wow. Let's talk about your role in this, because it really is fascinating. Your book, I have to give you credit here, I mean, you've really written a detailed book, and you've included a lot of great details about how these went down. Talk a little bit about how some of these transactions would work. You have a business and you are able to sell firearms out of your home. Talk a little bit about how this would work, how the cartel members would purchase the guns. You would kind of set a little showroom in your living room, right? Mike: Right, yeah. Being a divorced guy, I had a living room that didn't have a stick of furniture in it, so I used that space. I had guns set up. AR-15s and semi-auto AK-47s and 30 types of pistols, and I would set them up. I wanted these guys to perceive that I had plenty of inventory, so I didn't just put one out of each one. I would put stacks and stacks of guns, and then I'd leave one out of the box for them to look at and figure out what they wanted to buy. They would usually come late at night. When they were going to do a purchase, usually they would have a plastic grocery bag full of cash. A lot of times, they didn't know how much money was in that back, because somebody at the stash house would hand them a bag and say, "Here, go buy as many guns as you can for this money." A large portion of every evening was spent just counting that cash. In fact, it was after one event where one of these people tried to burn me for $5,000, I actually went out and bought a bank- quality money-counter. The first thing we would do when they got there was, we would count the money, and then they'd know how much money they had. Paul: I love that detail in the book. A lot of these guys would just give you stacks of 5 and 10 dollar bills, and you would have to spend 45 minutes to an hour counting small bills. Right? Mike: Yeah. That was typical. There was one group out of Phoenix whose ringleader was dyslexic, I think. He would always hand me his money and have me count it. At first I thought it might be a test to see if I was being honest with him, because once I got to the certain dollar amount, I would hand him back the rest of the money. It did in fact turn out to be, either he couldn't count, or was just so severely dyslexic, he couldn't count the money himself. Paul: Talk about some of the characters. One of them I think came in wearing pink ostrich boots. Talk a little bit about who these guys were. Mike: It was kind of a happenstance. In other words, we fell into a hornet's nest while we were just looking for a honeybee. There was one particular gentleman I was doing business with. He had a cousin, a very distant cousin, in town. Her husband was in federal penitentiary for dealing dope. She would host these barbecues that she would invite other people in this trade to these barbecues. It didn't matter what cartel or what familia they were from. They were welcome guests there, but during the course of the barbecue she would tell them, "Hey, if your guys need guns, I've got a hookup for you. Here's the deal. You just pay me a commission on every gun you buy, and that'll keep me happy and I'll keep you hooked up with this guy with the guns." These people from those barbecues would accompany the original buyer. It just got crazy because there were so many people that wanted to come and buy guns. Paul: I'm sorry, so this is really your classic straw purchase, right? Mike: Yep. Paul: So they would fill out the paperwork for people who would be denied on a background check, right? Mike: Right. These were all people that legally couldn't buy because they weren't citizens. The one guy that could, he ended up doing a lot of the paperwork himself. He was actually connected with a cartel in Caborca that had been raised here in the United States and was a US citizen. He was doing a lot of the purchasing. Some of the other groups, they would bring people they knew that had clean records that would do the purchasing for them. That's where all the charges, unfortunately, I mean, it's a relatively minor charge, for Operator Wide Receiver was for straw purchasing. In other words, when they filled out the background check, they checked the box saying, "This firearm is for personal use. I'm buying this gun for myself." That turned out not to be true, and we know that because they took them across the border and sold them down there. Paul: Yeah. What types of guns did they buy? We've heard that they like these AK-47 or AK variants that had wire stocks. What kind of stuff did they buy? Mike: Those were probably the bulk of what they really wanted was the cheaper AKs. At the time, I was buying the Romanian imports. WASR was the model name. Some of them had underfolding stocks or side folding stocks or fixed stocks. At the time I want to say, I was selling them retail for under $400. That was the bulk of what they bought. Then there were some other groups that wanted to have AR-15s and they wanted to have the good quality, the best quality I could find, but that wasn't the bulk. The majority of the stuff was AK-47 rifles and pistols. Paul: Those were available fairly cheap for them, right? Like you said, you could get one for $400 or so? Mike: I was retailing them for $400, which meant that I probably made maybe $100 on that transaction. Paul: Okay. And I guess they liked these Colt .38 Supers as well? Mike: The Colt .38 Supers weren't gun for fighting. They were guns that somebody would wear to kind of show almost their rank. There was one guy that as buying these for a cartel in I think it was Magdalena. The head guy would hand them out as presentation pieces. In other words, you've done something really valuable for me, or you've taken a great risk for me, and I'm going to rewards you with this status symbol. Paul: Okay. Mike: That's how those were used, but like I said, they bought those in quantity with one guy buying 50 when he'd need from me. Paul: Yeah. You worked, really, as you describe in the book, as an undercover operative with the ATF, kind of almost dictating every step of the way, right? Mike: Yeah. Like I said before, there was nothing that I did on my own. There were very few, rare instances where somebody called me on the phone and I'd have to make a quick decision. Trying to think of what ATF would want me to do. Usually I would beg off and say, "Listen, I can't do this afternoon because I have a doctor's appointment," or something else. Everything that I did was under their direction. Paul: You tell kind of a good little anecdote here. They had you wearing a transmitter, and it sounded like the ATF Tucson office only had one transmitter, and it was kind of cutting out at times? Mike: Yeah. Its age was uncertain, its quality was not good, and it appeared to be the only one they had, because in three years of working with them, it was the same transmitter that I used night after night. Paul: Yeah. Mike: There were instances, and some of your veteran cops and shooters that are listening to this will understand. I'm in my early 50s, right, and after a lifetime of shooting, I don't hear so good. I'm one of those people that has the volume all the way up on my cellphone so that I can hear conversations clearly. Well, imagine yourself being in a room of cartel associates and having an agent call and say, "Hey, Mike, your wire's down. Turn it off and then back on again real quick." Then you look around the room to see if any of these other people in the room have heard what you just heard through your phone. I was very fortunate in that regard. Stupid things like that, looking back, were just crazy. The risk that I took and some of the risks that I was exposed to through no fault of my own. Paul: And I guess eventually they placed some cameras in your house, and they put one in a clock radio, and I guess one in a Kleenex box, right? Mike: Yeah. The clock radio is kind of a neat thing, because it would not only record, but it would transpond, I don't know if that's the right term. There was somebody sitting in a truck outside that could see it real time, but that was just one instance, and I guess that equipment was too expensive for each office to have, especially the smaller Tucson office. In other instances, they had what was called a "Hawk," which was a video and audio recorder that they could hide in a box of Kleenex. Usually, that would sit on my wet bar, where it could watch the entire living room that I was using as showroom. In addition to that, I would have a digital recorder in one of my pockets. The reason they had me do that was because the quality was so much better than what they could record with the transmitter. It was just dual redundancy, so they'd have backup to backup. Paul: Yeah. And I guess, as you mentioned, you were involved in this for three years. It sounded like when it first started it was initially only supposed to be a very short operation that you were going to be involved with. Talk a little bit about the length of time, I mean, did you become frustrated at times with this? Mike: Not really. I mean, while it was going on, it seemed to keep me really interested, and I seemed motivated my knowing that I may be part of something historical. As it turns out, it ended up I was part of something infamous rather than historical. Paul: Good word for it, yeah. Mike: I didn't have a crystal ball at that time, but I really did. I was motivated by a patriotic sense of duty, and I really had this feeling of fate and that God put me in this place in this position right now to help. I wouldn't have felt right just telling these guys I couldn't help them. Of course, from years I've written for POLICE Magazine, I'm a pro-law enforcement guy, and I never would suspect that these guys all seem like great guys, and I didn't see ever having a problem for being on the wrong end of their hire, which I eventually did end up. Paul: Yeah. Mike: It was an interesting three years, and like I said, I didn't mind doing the work for them, and I didn't mind at the time taking risk, because I thought that whatever was going to be gained from this would be so valuable to the United States and to the detriment of the various cartels that were pursuing. Paul: We'll get into the end result of this in a minute, but one thing I found very interesting was that you were very meticulous through this investigation about the notes that you took and the records, and you kept pretty good records about conversations and things you were doing and saying. Mike: Right. I kept my notes daily. I always tried to make time to write down the events of the evening along with conversation as quickly as possible after they happened, so that it would be fresh in my mind. Originally, I started doing this for two reasons. One, I always thought I might write a book, because it was kind of an extraordinary circumstance that just an ordinary guy like me got involved in. The other reason was, we were doing so many of these buys that I was afraid if I ever had to testify, I have to be certain if this event happened on this night during this buy, and so forth, so I could keep one buy separate from all the others that happened. That was my intent originally. Because I had gone and I bought my own digital recorder, every time a burned a CD of an evening's buy with the bad guys, or several phone conversations I had with the bad guys, to burn that to a CD, I had to download it to the hard-drive on my computer. When things started not looking right to me, I started recording conversations with the special agents and phone calls with the special agents. That was all on the hard-drive of my computer, along with my notes. Paul: Yeah. Mike: At one point in time, when they brought in a special prosecutor from Washington D.C. to prosecute Wide Receiver, she asked me if I'd kept any notes or a journal or anything. I said, "Yeah, I have a journal. I don't want to give it you, because there's a lot personal information in there." It was an actual journal, it wasn't just transcribes of bad guy buys. She demanded it. It was the old thing, "You know, look, we can do it the hard way or we can do it the easy way. I'll make life miserable if I don't get it," so I did give it to her. She never expected to see what was in there. It was either her or one of the special agents in Tucson sent that up to Special Agent in Charge, which was Bill Newell, in the Phoenix office. He or she ordered immediately to ATF Office in Tucson, "Don't take anymore cases from this guy. Don't talk to him, don't acknowledge him in any way." Basically, I was shut out. He knew long before me that my notes contained information that eventually was going to be very embarrassing to him. At one point in time, my computer was hacked. All the audio files that there were nights and nights and nights of purchases at my house, phone calls, and so forth, those were all corrupted. I kept them all in one folder. Every one of those files was bad. Before I got too paranoid, I went and checked some of the shorter phone conversations that I had with these bad guys. To the special agent in charge of this case, I would attach it to his Yahoo! account, because DOJ and ATF email accounts have filters on them that limit the file size, so I would have to use his personal Yahoo! account. I went back and said, maybe I can get back some of these conversations by checking those emails. Surprisingly enough, every email I had ever sent him, or every email he'd ever sent me, had been wiped clean from my computer. Paul: Wow. Mike: Now I'm in a position. I'd contacted somebody that's a very good friend who's one of our most elite military intelligence assets and told him what was going on and gave him information about my computer and my wireless system and so forth. He called me back a couple hours later and he said, "Look, Mike, you're welcome to fly out here. My guys think if they look at your box, they can figure out who got into it. But here's the rub. Let's say we find out exactly who did this to you, who do we take that to? Because I think you're going to take it to the same people who did it to you." Paul: Oh boy. Mike: "What good's it going to do to you." The fortunate thing about this, and the reason that I haven't been put in a very difficult spot was because I have an external hard-drive as a professional writer. Every few days I back up my computer. I was able to restore all those files, but whoever got into my computer and corrupted those files, they knew that this could put them in very bad light. Paul: Yeah. And during the story, you talk about, you would have conversations with these cartel operators and you'd burn a CD and just take it over and drop that over to the ATF office in Tucson, right? Mike: Right. Paul: So you were sharing some of this material with them during the course of this investigation as well, right? Mike: That was the sole purpose of recording this stuff. Paul: Yeah. Mike: By happenstance, I mean, it just happened to all be on the hard- drive on my computer. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I think that certainly kept me out of a very sticky spot with our federal government. Paul: Yeah. It's a very enlightening book. Talk a little bit about, I guess you were audited at one point by the ATF, right? Mike: Yeah. Surprisingly, not too long after the last case I brought them had come to an end, I had two ATF investigators. They're not actual agents, but they're more on the regulatory side of the things. They showed up at my door one day and they said, "We're here to conduct an audit." I knew what they were going to find. In my books, for instance, if there's 75 AK-47s that are logged out to one particular person, they're going to have some questions, so I asked them, I said, "First of all, do you know who I am and do you know what I've done for your office?" Meaning the Tucson ATF office. The young lady replied, "Yes, we do, and I want you to know that Bill Newell is the one that ordered this audit." Bill Newell was the special agent in charge of the Phoenix office. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: So I didn't think too much about it. Paul: Yeah. It came from the top. Mike: It came from the top, and this was after they had already gotten my notes, and apparently knew that every conversation I had was on the hard-drive of my computer. Over the course of a couple weeks, they came to me and they said, "You know, we have 80 serial numbers here we can't find." The guy said to me, "You're not going to be able to keep your license. Most likely, you're going to be criminally prosecuted. You can't lose 80 serial numbers, not these type of guns, Mr. Detty, and keep your license and not get prosecuted." Oh my God! Paul: Wow. Mike: I can't believe this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: What am I going to do? I'm just getting ready to go to the hospital to have an ankle replaced, and I thought, well, I'd better do whatever I can. So I did my own audit, and I actually did a physical inventory of every gun that I had. The lower receiver of an AR-15, because it has a serial number on it, they call it a complete gun. I had boxes and boxes of just stripped low receivers. In other words, they didn't have any triggers or hammers or magazine releases installed, and just the bare basic component, because some people like to buy them that way and then build a gun from parts. I had over 400 of these in boxes out in the garage. There were 24 to a box. It was I think in July when these people conducted the audit, so I went and sit in my living room in the air- conditioning while I put these boxes on hand trucks and brought them out of the garage and through the front door and put them in front of them. Each box contained 24 each. All they had to do was pull the receiver out of the box, count the serial number. Somehow, during the course of three days of doing this, they lost 80 serial numbers. Every one of those missing serial numbers was receivers that were in those boxes. My question is, how can somebody who's been hired by the federal government get a box of 24 receivers placed in front of them, open the box, count 3, close the box, open the next box, count 8 out of 24, close the box. Every one of those 80 serial numbers were in those cases of stripped lower receivers. [call dropped off 32:44] Paul: Just go ahead and pick up where you left off. Mike: I'm not sure where we cut off, but getting back to these boxes of stripped lower receivers, I had 24 in each box, and these agents, or investigators, as they call them, I think, they were counting them. There were some of the boxes of 24 each, they opened and counted 3. There was another box of 24 they opened and counted 8 of those. There's another box they opened and counted 12 of the 24. At the same time, you're telling me that there's a possibility that I'm going to lose my license and maybe be charged criminally for losing these serial numbers. Looking back, is it just that these people were so inept, that these federal employees couldn't count? Are they that badly screwed up? Or is it a case that somebody came out here and gave them orders and specifically told them to lose some serial numbers so that I could be discredited? So if something happened further down the road, they'd say, "Look, this guy's records were so screwed up, we had to take his license from him." Paul: A reasonable person might come to that very same conclusion. Mike: Yeah. If you read my book, and I'm sure you did, I tried to lay it all out there, let the reader decide for himself. Is it biased? Of course it's biased, because I wrote it. If one of these ATF agents here in Tucson had written a book, it'd look very different. But there's nothing in that book that's not the truth. There's nothing in that book that I haven't already documented. There's nothing in that book that's not a recording of some type that I can't prove. Paul: Yeah. Mike: That's why ATF's been so quiet about this. What can they say? They have no comeback. Even the Inspector General report that came out last fall, there were periods of time directors for ATF didn't cover. In the Inspector General's report it says, during these missing periods, we've used a confidential informant's personal journal to fill in those spots. You have to look at it two different ways. Are these people so inept that they weren't keeping their own sets of records, or is there something more insidious going on, that they actually went back and destroyed records? Either way, it doesn't look good for them, but hey, here's my journal. Show me what you've got. They're not willing to do that, because it's not going to come out well for them. Paul: Certainly, that was reflected in the response from Eric Holder and others to these Congressional inquiries and to Rep Darrell Issa and his continual requests for information. President Obama invoked the Executive Privilege on this not to talk. Mike: Exactly. Paul: That speaks for itself, I think. Mike: Just to be clear, these two different operations, Operation Wide Receiver did occur under President Bush, and Fast and Furious, of course, was under the Obama Administration. Paul: Yeah. Mike: However, and I point this out in my book, both those operations shared the same Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, and people often ask me this, "Who do you think that approved this gun-walking operation?" I tell them. I said, "Look. This was initiated at the field level. Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, he didn't look up any further in his chain of command to ask for approval. He wasn't going to supervisors saying, "Hey, this is what I want to do. Can I do it?" No, he's saying, "This is what I'm doing." Even though there are e-mails back and forth between people in the Department of Justice that are just aghast at the number of guns that are crossing the border, now I'm speaking about Operation Wide Receiver, nobody took the next step and admonished Bill Newell. Nobody took the next step and said, "Are you an idiot? You can't do this. Stop doing this." No, they, would sit and wring their hands between themselves, but they didn't do a thing about it. Paul: Yeah. Ultimately, it cost the ATF. The head of the agency resigned over this pretty much. Anyway, interestingly enough, you have two folks listed on the back jacket of the book. One, Sharyl Attkisson, who's a Washington D.C. investigative reporter who was one of the people who broke this story, actually, and you have David Codrea who's a gun writer and a speaker and a pretty intelligent guy. Did you work with those folks with the book? It seemed like you had some pretty good resources there, at least, to tap into. Mike: Two different things. David Codrea writes for, which is people who are concerned about our right and seeing our rights being diminished, and is very vocal about it. Sharyl Attkisson with CBS News. Our introduction was via e-mail. She had kind of been surfing Before we went on air, we spoke briefly about Jay Dobyns and his book "No Angel." He was an undercover ATF Tucson agent who was actually the first federal agent to get patched in as a member of the Hell's Angels biker group. Paul: Mm-hmm. Mike: Can you hold on? I'm sorry, Paul. Just one second. Paul: Yeah, no problem. Mike: Jay and some other agents, who had felt like they had not been dealt fairly with by ATF and were sick of the management and mismanagement at all levels of administration with ATF, have a website called Sharyl had posted something on one of their forums about, "Hey, if you know anything about Fast and Furious, I'd appreciate your information." Actually had her personal e-mail address. I sent her an e-mail. I said, "I don't know anything about that specific case, but I'd be happy to talk to you about Wide Receiver." This all happened probably February, following the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Paul: That's when this story really, really heated up. Mike: Yeah. There wasn't a story until that happened. Nobody knew about this. Paul: Yeah. Mike: I was still kind of sitting around, waiting to see if they were ever going to do anything with Wide Receiver, because at that point, that hadn't been prosecuted yet. When the highest officials at DOJ and ATF came out and said, "Listen, we never allowed guns to cross the border for part of any investigation. Never happened, didn't happen, it's not going to happen. Forget about it." I knew already there was a cover-up in progress, because I'd been part of one that was allowing that to happen. Paul: Wow. Mike: I wasn't sure who to go to. I wasn't sure who to talk to, because my big fear was that somebody would come down on me for obstructing justice or something. I was just really afraid to talk. In the months to follow, I had sent Sharyl bits and pieces of information, and finally, I think it was the following September, I actually did an on-air interview with her. A very skilled lady, very competent. Her integrity is without any flexibility. I can't say enough nice things about her. She is what all journalists should be. She spent a great deal of time vetting me out and looking at the information that I had before we even talked about doing an interview, because the last thing she wanted to do was put somebody on camera that's going to make her look bad somewhere down the road. Paul: Yeah. Mike: David Codrea, very much the same thing. I started feeding him bits of information. He did his own job of vetting me too, and for quite a while named me as an unnamed source in his articles. After he discovered, yeah, what this guy is saying is true, it checks out with other people I know that have worked out of that office, and so forth. Both of these people have known me for a couple of years know. They've known me to be a person that's told the truth from the very beginning to the very end. Unfortunately, that hasn't been true for ATF and DOJ. Paul: Let's get into that briefly. First of all, why do you think they weren't able to really pursue more serious charges against these purchasers considering all the detailed evidence that you provided them? Mike: The first Assistant U.S. Attorney on my case, I met him actually a couple of years after Operation Wide Receiver concluded. Actually, him and his son bought a gun from me at a gun show, and he was looking at my business card and he's like, "Gosh, your name sounds familiar. Why do I know that name?" Of course, I knew his name right away, because I'd seen it on reports and so forth. I said, "You might know that from Operation Wide Receiver." He's like, "Oh, geez, yeah! Yeah. All the reports that I read, finally to meet you here in person and put a face with that name." We chatted for quite a while. I asked him, "Tell me why you never prosecuted Wide Receiver? Because the ATF agents had told me that he was in the process of promoting himself for U.S. Magistrate, and that was the reason he'd never actually taken this case to court." He said, "Well, it's nothing like that. I'm not going to take a case to court where I have to lie. I'm not going to have my professional credibility and integrity questioned because the ATF screwed up so badly." He went on to tell me, "When I got involved with this case, I was lead to believe that there was ongoing cooperation with the Mexican authorities. That's the only reason that I signed off to allow these guns to continue to go across the border. Once I found out that wasn't the case, I wasn't going to devote another heartbeat to developing this case to take it to trial." He declined prosecution on this case, even though he was involved from the outset. Paul: It was just going to fall apart on him. Mike: Right. He eventually did get his U.S. Magistrate appointment. The next young lady, Assistant U.S. Attorney, to look at the case, she declined for the same reason. She's like, "Do you realize what a black eye this is going to give us if we take this to court and acknowledge how many guns we let go across the border without there being Mexican involvement? Not to mention the lying on the part of ATF." So she declined it. Paul: Yeah. Mike: A year and a half later, they send out a prosecutor named [Lauren Wind] and she was with the Gang Task Force Unit in Washington, D.C., specialized in doing MS13 cases. She decided to take on this case. If you read the Inspector General's report about Fast and Furious, probably the first 70 or so pages is about Wide Receiver to kind of set up a history of what's going on here and why that was important to subsequent Fast and Furious. There's quite a bit of e-mail back and forth with her and people in Washington about, there were significant numbers of guns let go, there was no Mexican authority involvement. What are we going to do? This was happening about that time everything with Brian Terry's death was coming out in news, around March and April, subsequent to his passing. They wanted to keep that whole topic of gun-walking out of court. They didn't want to have another black eye. The other thing was, they didn't want any of these cases to go to trial. They said, "Look here's what we're going to do. We're going to narrow the scope, and we're going to charge you with lying on your background check, three years maximum." Nine out of the ten players involved in Wide Receiver took that deal. The one guy that pushed for his own trial had all charges dismissed, I think at 10 a.m. when the trial was supposed to start at 11 a.m. Paul: We ran out of time with Mike, but we just want to thank him for joining us, and we want to encourage our listeners to check out his book, "Guns Across the Border." Thanks again for listening to another episode of the POLICE Magazine author's podcast featuring books by and for cops. We encourage you, again to e- mail us with your feedback at Otherwise, we'll see you next month for another edition of the POLICE author's podcast.

  • 01:32:39



    THE BOUNCE MIX Official PODCASTHosted by DJ SEROM HS07 SPECIAL SEAN PAUL 1. SEAN PAUL Interview recorded live before his concert in Lille (France) - Saturday 14th April 20122. SEAN PAUL - Deport them3. SEAN PAUL - Infiltrate4. SEAN PAUL - No bligh5. SEAN PAUL / KEYSHIA COLE - Give it up to me (Rmx)6. SEAN PAUL / DEBBIE NOVA - International affair7. BLU CANTRELL / SEAN PAUL - Breathe (Rmx)8. DE LA SOUL / SEAN PAUL - Shoomp9. THE CLIPSE / SEAN PAUL - Grindin' (Rmx)10. FABOLOUS / SEAN PAUL - It's alright11. SEAN PAUL - Get busy12. SHAGGY / SEAN PAUL - Hey sexy lady13. LEFTSIDE / SEAN PAUL - Back it up14. SEAN PAUL - Gimme the light15. SEAN PAUL - Ever blazin'16. KARDINAL OFFISHAL / AKON / SEAN PAUL - Dangerous (Rmx)17. SEAN PAUL - She doesn't mind18. SEAN PAUL - Hold on19. SEAN PAUL - Won't stop (Turn me on)20. SEAN PAUL - Straight up21. SEAN PAUL - Break out22. SEAN PAUL - Bounce it right here23. SEAN PAUL - We be burnin'24. SEAN PAUL - Feel alright25. SEAN PAUL - Temperature26. DJ FELLI FELL / FLO-RIDA / T-PAIN / SEAN PAUL - Can you feel it27. CLINTON SPARKS / DJ CLASS / RICKY BLAZE / SEAN PAUL - Favorite DJ (Rmx)28. SEAN PAUL / DJ AMRO - Touch the sky29. PITBULL / T-PAIN / SEAN PAUL - Shake Senora30. BOB SINCLAR / SEAN PAUL - Tik tok31. SEAN PAUL / RIHANNA - Break it up32. SEAN PAUL - Press it up33. SEAN PAUL - So fine34. SEAN PAUL - She wanna be down35. SEAN PAUL - Wine it36. SEAN PAUL - Like glue (DJ SEROM Blend)37. DMX / MR VEGAS / SEAN PAUL - Here comes the boom (Top Shotta)38. SEAN PAUL / TONY TOUCH - Ay ay ay39. SEAN PAUL / RAHZEL (THE ROOTS) - Number one40. BUSTA RHYMES / SPLIFFSTAR / SEAN PAUL - Make it clap (Rmx)41. SEAN PAUL - Ignite it42. SEAN PAUL / CE'CILE - Can you do the work43. SEAN PAUL - My name44. SEAN PAUL - Jukin' punny45. SEAN PAUL - Concrete46. SEAN PAUL - Strategy47. SEAN PAUL - Trespass48. SEAN PAUL / KELLY ROWLAND - How deep is your love49. SEAN PAUL / KERI HILSON - Hold my hand50. SEAN PAUL - Never be the same51. SEAN PAUL - Punkie52. ESTELLE / SEAN PAUL - Come over (Rmx)53. SEAN PAUL / SASHA - I'm still in love BONUS 54. SEAN PAUL / MR VEGAS - Hot gal today SHOUT OUT TO MY BOY MAGUED from CONTACT !!! FOLLOW HIM @MaguedContact !!!

  • #25 'Paul F. Tompkins, The Mayor of Podcastland'

    · Sampler

    Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins joins Brittany to discuss his prolific podcasting career. Also, Paul explains why he loves playing characters and hates "lazy comedy."**Warning, this episode contains adult language**Episode #25 features clips from the following episodes (please go to our website for links to all episodes):Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 303: Puttering Around"Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 31: Happy Black Friday"Ice-T: Final Level, "Episode 2: Coco's Butt, the Secret to Success & Advice for Bieber"Comedy Bang Bang, "Episode 91: Garry Marshall Presents"Spontaneanation, "Episode 0: Paul F. Tompkins Presents Spontaneanation"Spontaneanation, "Episode 68: Paris with Nathan Lee Graham"Mental Illness Happy Hour, "Episode 34: Paul F. Tompkins"The Facts:This episode was produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Sarah Abdurrahman, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse.It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney.Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips.Additional music in the show was by TakStar.The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Bobby Lord.Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media.Our Sponsors:Audible - Go to for a free 30-day trial and a free audiobook.Backblaze - Go to to sign up for a two week free trial.

  • 00:13:15

    Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith - Talking Design 2012 - Ep15

    · Talking Design

    Sir PAUL SMITHPaul Smith’s introduction into fashion was completely accidental.  At the age of 16, with no career plans or qualifications, Paul Smith was propelled by his father into a menial job at the local clothing warehouse in his native Nottingham.  However his real passion was sport and his ambition was to become a professional racing cyclist, until aged 17 years when cycling-mad Paul was in a terrible accident.  Six months in hospital followed and during this time Paul made some new friends.   After leaving hospital he arranged to meet them again and by chance the meeting place was a local pub that was popular with the students from the local art college.   They talked of Mondrian, Warhol, Kokoshka, David Bailey and listened to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis and much more. It was then Paul knew he wanted to be a part of this colourful world of ideas and excitement.   Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer (now wife) and a small amount of savings, opened a tiny shop in 1970.  Paul started to take evening classes for tailoring and with the help of Pauline (an RCA fashion graduate), Paul was able to create what he wanted. By 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label.In business for over 40 years Paul Smith had established himself as the pre-eminent British designer. Paul Smith has an ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classicsToday there are 14 different collections; Paul Smith for men and women, PS by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Jeans, Paul Smith London, R.Newbold (Japan only), Paul Smith Black, Paul by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Accessories, Paul Smith Shoe. Paul Smith rugs, china, spectacles and fragrance are made under license.  Designed in Nottingham and London, the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin.  The Paul Smith shops reflect the character of Paul and his designs, an unmistakable Englishness augmented by the unexpected. Each and every Paul Smith shop is totally different, from a shocking pink building with movie set styling on Melrose Avenue, LA, to a Japanese garden at the heart of the Jingumae store in Tokyo.  Each shop is a showcase for diverse and eccentric objects complementing the clothing collections with an extensive selection of jewellery, books, art and antiques.  Paul explains his eclectic aesthetic: “We’re a leading and uniquely British brand. We mix up one-off antiques with high quality tailoring: the chair you sit on when you buy a suit is for sale and we can wrap the suit and have the chair waiting for you when you get home.”Paul Smith is global - the collection is wholesaled to 66 countries and has 17 shops in England. Paul Smith shops are found in London, Paris, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, and U.A.E. – and over 200 throughout Japan.  Paul remains fully involved in the Japanese business; designing the clothes, choosing the fabrics, approving the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company.  Paul Smith also has impressive and diverse showrooms in London, Paris, Milan, New York, and Tokyo.Paul Smith continues to be an integral part of the company; he is both designer and chairman. Paul Smith is continually involved in every aspect of the business and as a result, Paul Smith Limited retains a personal touch often lost in companies of a similar size.

  • Arthur 010

    · Arthur

    It's sherry time! In this episode of Arthur - the big 10! - it's back to the Skype machine for a nice conversation with funnyman Paul F. Tompkins. We talk about his new standup special Laboring Under Delusions, what it's like being a guest on lots and lots of podcasts, the difference between standup and sketch, working on Mr. Show, how social media is really cool!, and other stuff. Paul is one of the funniest guys around, and if you're not familiar with his work, what is wrong with you and frankly how have you found this podcast without knowing about it. Small audio disclaimer: I have a new mic and a new mixer board, and I don't really know how to use them yet, so my audio sounds slightly off. Also, Skype decided to mess with the quality of Paul's voice towards the end of our conversation. I don't know why. But it's not that bad, honestly. Thanks for listening! Become a fan of Arthur on Facebook! Subscribe to Arthur in iTunes! Plugs Paul's new comedy special, Laboring Under Delusions, is available on DVD and on iTunes. If you have Comedy Central you can also watch it there. Buy Paul's albums Impersonal and Freak Wharf from AST Records. Listen to Paul's podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast. Follow Paul on twitter and tumblr.  Follow Martin on twitter. If you know Swedish (or even if you don't!), visit Martin's blog and Weird Science.

  • 00:19:45

    165, Paul Polak | Be Curious, Leap In and Learn

    · Social Entrepreneur: Conscious Companies | Benefit Corporations | Impact Investing

    Paul Polak is the founder of iDE. At the age of 80, he has launched three new social enterprises. Paul was born in Czechoslovakia near Germany. His father watched as refugees began to pour across the border. Paul says, “The conventional wisdom in 1938 was that Hitler was a joke and all this stuff would blow over. If you accepted that conventional wisdom, you’re no longer around to talk about it.” One key to Paul’s success is, he is willing to leap into areas where he is ignorant. But, he emphasizes that forward motion is not enough. “Jumping in assumes an active curiosity and learning.” Paul first job after graduating from psychiatry residency was Director of Research at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. At the time, Fort Logan treated half of the people in Colorado who were hospitalized for serious mental illness. One of the first things that Paul did was to ask about the treatment goals of the patients. He quickly discovered that the staff was unaware of or disagreed with the treatment goals of the patients. By following his curiosity, Paul learned that two-thirds of the causes of hospitalization were social crises in the home. Paul changed the practice for emergency admittance to the hospital. When a new patient arrived, they would take the patient back home to where the mental health crisis occurred. Paul said, “We started learning about the space and the people that were involved in the request for admission.” Paul even spent time with a homeless man in his home under a loading dock. What he learned from these visits led to an innovative approach to treatment called social systems intervention. Through this system, they created alternatives to hospitals. “When someone needed a brief separation, we admitted them to a healthy home instead of to a hospital.” Through this work, Paul saw how poverty contributed to mental illness and social disturbance. In an innovative move, Paul worked with the Mental Health Authority of Colorado to have them established as a public housing authority. This move allowed them to distribute 400 housing units. As a result, people who were living in slums or were homeless could move into an apartment, reducing both physical and mental illness. Paul told me, “Developing practical ways to address poverty is probably the most important basic science for health that you can think of.”   Around 1981, Paul’s interest in the impact of poverty took a turn. His wife introduced him to the work of the Mennonite Central Committee, a relief organization. Paul accompanied them on a trip to Bangladesh to focus on basic human needs. Though he had met many relatively poor people in Colorado, in Bangladesh he met people who were living on less than one dollar per day. Again, Paul let his curiosity guide him as he learned about their lives. As Paul asked questions about why they were living in such poverty, the people patiently explained that they were smallholder farmer. They depended on the rain to water their crops. With a little research, Paul found out about the treadle pump, which had just recently been invented by Gunnar Barnes. The treadle pump is a human-powered pump that allows farmers to extract ground water. Once back in Denver, Paul founded iDE (International Development Enterprises), a nonprofit social enterprise. iDE improved the design of the treadle pump and began selling them. For a purchase price of around $25, a poor farmer could install a treadle pump. The profit from the extra crops netted the farmers around $100 per year. Some innovative farmers began growing off-season vegetables and increased their annual profit to $500 from their $25 investment. iDE has sold more than 3 million treadle pumps across the world. Through their work, iDE has helped more than 20 million people double their income. After more than 30 years of running iDE, Paul thought about the impact that his company had been able to have. Though he is quite pleased to have impacted more than 20 million people, he knew that there were more than 2.6 billion people living in poverty. He wanted to do more. So, at the age of 80, Paul launched three new companies, each designed to impact more than 100 million poor people. Paul has written two books describing his approach. In 2008, he published, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail. And in 2013, he coauthored The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers with Mal Warwick. Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Paul Polak “We started doing poverty strategy as part of mental health interventions.” “One of the basic tenants of a successful business is to know your customer.” “Too often we think of the extremely poor people of the world as unfortunates.” “To me, being an entrepreneur was natural.” “The refugees were entrepreneurs.” “Forward motion is useless unless you’re learning.” “Be curious and learn all you can about the market you’re serving.” “If you haven’t talked to at least 100 customers before you start, don’t bother.” “If you can’t sell at least a million, don’t bother.” “Go and do something.” “The first step is to talk to the people who are experiencing the problem you’re interested in.” Social Entrepreneurship Resources: Book: Out of Poverty: Book: The Business Solution to Poverty: Paul Polak: Paul Polak on Facebook: Paul Polak on Twitter: Affordable Village Solar: Transform Energy International: Spring Health: Mennonite Central Committee:

  • 01:58:41

    Autour de Paul Simon (1/2)

    · Easy tempo

    durée : 01:58:41 - Easy tempo - par : Laurent Valero, Thierry Jousse - ## Programmation musicale**♫ Paul Simon** _« I am a rock » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album The Paul Simon Songbook (1965) CBS 88691912922JK1**♫ Paul Simon** _« April come she will » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album The Paul Simon Songbook (1965) CBS 88691912922JK1{% image f859a3ff-7ec6-46e9-8d0d-b9ddc04b2538 %}**♫ Davy Graham et Holly Gwinn\-Graham** _« Flowers nerver bend with the rainfall »_ Extrait de l’album The holly kaleidoscope (1970) LES COUSINS 0006{% image 11c5415f-d67e-49ad-aebb-f2046cc866e3 %}**♫ Simon and Garfunkel** _“The times they are a changin’” (Bob Dylan)_ Extrait de l’album Wensday morning 3 am (1964) CBS 63370{% image 8fe54298-a798-4e06-9d63-eaae0a80ad64 %}**♫ Bob Dylan** _“The boxer” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Self Portrait (1970) COLUMBIA 4670772{% image b6a92a3e-6349-4e50-a541-64ef3bd8589e %}**♫ Emmylou Harris** _“The boxer” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Roses in the snow (1980) RINHOCEROS 8122\-78140\-2{% image 84c33986-0e82-4f43-b864-ea95e6c61911 %}**♫ Pat Metheny 42 string guitare** _« The sound of silence » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album What’s it all about (2011) NONESUCH 7559\-79647\-0{% image f4b1938a-c1d3-4ffa-b2f1-fd9dfea1f9a5 %}**♫ Antoine Bareil et Christian violons avec Valérie Milot harpe, Marjolaine Goulet cor et Dominique Girard contrebasse** _« Scarborough fair » (Trad)_ Extrait de l’album Hommage à Paul Simon et Art Garfunkel (2011) ANALEKTA 2 9883{% image 1e09f68d-8e88-4ae0-91e9-51060f7fcfcd %}**♫ Paul Desmond saxophone alto avec un orchestre arrangé et dirigé par Don Sebesky** _« Old Friends » et « Cecilia » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Bridge over troubled water (1970) VERVE 3032{% image 6582e011-1d88-436b-a124-59002eb27b60 %}**♫ Joe Dassin** _« Cecilia » (Pierre Delanoë / Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’intégrale Joe Dassin SONY 520522\-2/2{% image 3140cc40-33cb-47c9-8bb1-534a5614685a %}**♫ Marie Laforêt** _« La voix du silence » (Pierre Saka / Paul Simon)_ Extrait de la compilation La Voix du silence DISQUES AZ 107672{% image 28f53707-4b50-4219-b0b8-288a7f2e25fb %}**♫ Laurent Voulzy en duo avec Alain Souchon** _« The 59th street bridge song (Feelin’ groovy)_ Extrait de l’album La septième vague (2006) ARIOLA 82876862512{% image 487ec5f3-90ce-4721-bc13-61a858afb0f3 %}**♫ Harpers bizarre** _« The 59th street bridge song” (Feelin’ groovy)_ Extrait de l’anthologie The complete singles collection (1965/70) NOW SOUNDS 55{% image 0f62620b-9fbd-4cac-bab6-72d0460cafe0 %}**♫ Roberta Flack** _“Bridge over troubled water” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Quiet fire (1971) ATLANTIC 1594\-2{% image adfde46f-135c-4d81-b238-14b3184b35da %}**♫ Booker T and the MG’s** _“Mrs Robinson” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album The Booker T set (1972) STAX 248531\-2{% image 8f7fa288-e28a-4479-8df7-0be9fda617e9 %}**♫ Billy Paul** _« Mrs Robinson » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Ebony woman ASSORTED MUSIC{% image 35eefdce-6993-4493-bad8-d7d7a6a56268 %}**♫ Bill Evans piano avec Toot Thielemans harmonica, Marc Johnson contrebasse et Elliot Zygmunt batterie** _« I do it for your love » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album “Affinity” (1979) WARNER BROS 927387\-2{% image 20677183-6f89-4bcc-8f0f-98e10716579f %}**♫ Roland Brival chant avec Rémy Dercormeille piano, Manu Marchès contrebasse et Julien Charlet batterie** _« I do it for your love » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Circonstances aggravantes (2014) SUCH PRODUCTION 008{% image a5ecdf3a-063d-41d4-aaa1-5e80749c0e11 %}**♫ Le Bang Bang Stefanie Bolz chant et Sven Faller contrebasse** _“Fifty ways to leave your lover” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Bang Bang GLM MUSIC 545\-2{% image 9318d10a-d59d-42c3-bc3c-51ff28efb88d %}**♫ Swingle Singers** _“Fifty ways to leave your lover” (Paul Simon)_ Arrgts Ward Swingle (1976) SONY MUSIC 0886975524624{% image 5e86a60f-fbc9-478c-96b7-8b4dedc0b2fc %}**♫ New York Voices** _« Still Crazy after all these years » (Paul Simon)_ Arrgts Gil Goldstein Extrait de l’album New\-York voices sings the song of Paul Simon (1998) RCA / VICTOR 09026 68872 2{% image 30d848a4-b62e-4376-b827-32db7747833b %}**♫ Paul Simon** _« Tenderness » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album There goes rhymin Simon (1973) Arrgts Allen Toussaint WARNER BROS 925589{% image 4c06e915-ce02-4b10-9773-5ef4c01d47b7 %}**♫ Allen Toussaint** _« American tune » (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album American tunes (2016) NONESUCH 075597946677{% image 27b72f25-4fe6-4ff9-981a-d787b50b4231 %}**♫ Merry Clayton** _“Bridge over troubled water” (Paul Simon)_ Extrait de l’album Gimme Shelter (1970) REPERTOIRE 5176{% image d700f42d-062c-4e3a-b18f-2ef926d16e86 %} - réalisé par : Bruno Riou-Maillard

  • 00:44:21

    S3E9: Paul Kortman - ‘Why You Should Never Trust Google Maps’

    · Travel Stories Podcast

    Many people share the same dream - the yearning to sell everything you own, buy an RV, and just drive. Just live, just be, and enjoy the freedom that comes with that nomadic lifestyle. Hayden lived that way as a child, and Paul Kortman lives that way now. He and his family of six live in an RV, traveling around America and Mexico, making Paul a veritable fountain of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to RV-ing. Paul visits Hayden to discuss his digital nomad lifestyle, how he decided not to settle and why he thinks nobody else should have to, and what the benefits of his nomadic lifestyle are. Paul also talks about how important it is to find a balance with those you travel with, and answers a few crucial questions one might have if they were thinking about becoming location independent. Paul also shares his story, titled “Why You Should Never Trust Google Maps,” which takes place in Mexico in his RV and features a 57-foot-long rig, a steep slope that might be a bit more than Paul and his RV can chew, and a Google Map that has no concept of just how impossible it will be for this rig to follow its directions. Becoming location independent is not an easy task, but Paul offers some helpful advice and ways of tackling the difficulties of his life. Though it was a long road to get to where he is now, Paul knows that making the decision not to settle was the best decision he and his family ever could have made.   0:43 - Hayden discusses the motor home he and his family traveled in when he was young, and how that led to a dream many people have had - where you can sell everything you own, buy an RV, and just driving, living, being, and the freedom that comes with it. 2:46 - Hayden introduces Paul Kortman, an avid RV-er who travels around America and Mexico with his family of six in an RV. Paul discusses maintaining positivity in your travels. 6:02 - Paul and Hayden talk about Paul’s digital nomad lifestyle and how he manages this with his family of six. Paul discusses how he makes hard decisions in this life and how he gets the word out that nobody has to compromise or settle in their lives. He decided not to settle, and it was the best decision he and his wife ever made. 16:02 - Paul mentions the benefits of his nomadic lifestyle, and how the travel bug is in his family’s blood. He also talks about starting a home base in the next couple of years, that he would then travel from, combining the best of both worlds and doing what they most want to do. 20:32 - Paul starts telling his Mexican RV story, titled “Why You Should Never Trust Google Maps.” Once Paul and his family got their RV, they decided to travel for their first camping trip. They spent six months driving their RV, which was so large that they could barely fit in highway lanes, with their minivan and trailer pulling behind them. They traveled for six months this way, eventually ending up in Mexico, through the use of Google Maps. Paul and his family encountered a steep slope that he attempted to drive up, but failed; he listened to the instructions of Google Maps, but even Google could not begin to accommodate for the size of his 57-foot rig. Eight guys, and Paul, tried to unhook his rig and get his RV out of this situation, but they still failed, and tore up the road in the process. Eventually, they had to problem-solve without brute force. 31:17 - Hayden and Paul break down Paul’s story, discussing how to find a balance and cover weaknesses with those you travel with. They talk about how important it is to have people in your life to work through your ideas with, and it is especially important when you travel. 36:59 - Paul talks about his book, “Family Freedom,” which he says is not a story about his family, nor is it a fictional story; it is, he says, a guidebook of the steps one needs to take, the things one needs to consider, and the questions one needs answered, if they are looking to be a location independent family. 39:30 - Paul and Hayden discuss Paul’s podcast, Nomad Together, which features tips on what to do and how to live when you are location independent, a lifestyle that answers a lot of questions that crop up in that way of life. Paul also mentions his website, Home Along the Way, his blog that follows his family’s life as they travel and inspires those reading his posts.   Check out our website at: Travel Stories Podcast Online Email Hayden (he’ll answer everything) at: Follow Hayden on Twitter and send him a Tweet (he’ll really answer everything) at: @travelstoriesuk on Twitter All musical composition and arrangement for story scores by Cody Crabb, who can be found at his website: All show notes and writing for episodes by Nicole Mello, who can be found at her website: Works By N.L. Mello Add Hayden on Snapchat to follow his journey through Brazil at: travelstoriesuk Check us out on Facebook at: Travel Stories Podcast Find Paul’s book, Family Freedom: A Guide to Becoming a Location Independent Family, on his website: NomadTogether Check out Paul’s podcast on iTunes at: The Nomad Together Podcast | Location Independent Families & Digital Nomad Families Visit Paul’s blog that follows his family’s life as they travel at: Home Along The Way Paul and his wife started a Facebook group to answer your questions at: Location Independent Families Facebook

  • 00:52:49

    #160 Tompkins Square Park

    · The Bowery Boys: New York City History

    Central Park has frequently been called 'the people's park," but we think Tompkins Square Park may have a better claim to that title.  From its inception, this East Village recreational spot -- named for Vice President Daniel D Tompkins -- has catered to those who might not have felt welcome in other New York parks.Carved from the marshy area of Peter Stuyvesant's old farm, Tompkins Square immediately reflected the personality of German immigrants who moved here, calling it Der Weisse Garten.  With large immgratns groups came rallies and demands for improved working conditions, leading to more than a number of altercations with the police in the 19th century.Progressives introduced playgrounds here, and Robert Moses changed the very shape of Tompkins Square.  But the most radical transformation here took place starting in the late 1950s, with the introduction of 'hippie' culture and infusion of youth and music. By the 1980s, the park became known not only for embodying the spirit of the East Village through punk music and drag shows, but also as a haven for the homeless.  Clashes with police echoed the altercation that happened here one century before.  The park still maintains a curfew left over from the strife of the late 1980s.FEATURING:  Lillian Wald, the Grateful Dead, Charlie Parker, Lady Bunny ... and Chevy Chase? 

  • 01:06:27

    Episode 93 - Rock for a Cause with Mitch Lafon

    · Decibel Geek Podcast

    A new KISS tribute album is coming out in August. Many KISS fans will let out a collective yawn when they hear this news. But, this time it's different; for many reasons. Good friend of the Decibel Geek Podcast and a podcast personality in his own right (Dropping the Needle and Three Sidesof the Coin), Mitch Lafon joins us to discuss project he's put together that is nearing completion that helps celebrate 40 years of the Hottest Band in the Land. The kicker? It's all done for a good cause; and the KISS Army has supported it in droves.  A World With Heroes features professionally recorded performances from many artists that warm the hearts of Decibel Geek listeners everywhere. The artists involve donated their time and efforts for free and all of the proceeds go towards helping The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care, a cancer care hospice that took care of Mitch's father-in-law in his final days.The project has been funded through Pledge Music We hear the whole story of how this project was launched, its personal meaning to Mitch, and why KISS fans truly have the biggest hearts of any rock fans with how they've embraced this project and helped it come to fruition. Also in this long-form discussion are takes on specific tracks on the album and personal stories from Mitch about how this project served as an open door for many musicians to meet one another and, in one case, actually form a band that plans to play live.  Mitch Lafon can be found on his own podcasts at the following links: Three Sides of the Coin (KISS-themed podcast) Dropping the Needle (All music discussion) Both are fantastic shows. Mitch's co-host on both shows is former KISS webmaster Michael Brandvold and Three sides of the Coin features Tommy Sommers as well. All KISS fans would be well-advised to check out both podcasts as they offer a great discussion-based show that can be very thought provoking. A World With Heroes Track List   DISC 1 – Track Listing   1) PSYCHO CIRCUS (Paul Stanley/Curt Cuomo)Performed by: DDrive (Phil Naro, Don Mancuso, Dave Sessions, JT Taylor & Bobby Bond) 2) SPIT (Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley/Van Zen)Performed by: Ken Dubman, Jimmy Callahan, Scott Metaxas, and Mark Tornillo 3) DEUCE (Gene Simmons)Performed by: Bill Leverty, Kevin Valentine, John Regan, & Russ Dwarf 4) SURE KNOW SOMETHING (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)Performed by: Chris Buck & ANTHONY CARDENAS MONTANA 5) DETROIT ROCK CITY (Paul Stanley/Bob Ezrin)Performed by: Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Rex Brown & Brian Tichy 6) EYES OF LOVE (Eric Carr/Bruce Kulick/Adam Mitchell) Performed by: Eric Carr, Benny Doro & John Humphrey 7) SHOUT MERCY (Paul Stanley/Tommy Thayer)Performed by: Jeff Paris, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham & Jeff LaBar 8) CREATURES OF THE NIGHT (Paul Stanley/Adam Mitchell)Performed by: Brighton Rock (Gerald McGhee, Greg Fraser, Stevie Skreebs, Johnny Rogers & Mark Cavarzan) 9) LARGER THAN LIFE (Gene Simmons)Performed by: Rex Brown, Brian Tichy & Mark Zavon 10) COLD GIN (Ace Frehley)Performed by: DON DOKKEN & TOMMY DENANDER 11) LOVE GUN (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Tony Harnell, Mark Kendall, Scott Snyder, Sean Michael Clegg, Kevin Valentine & Tommy Denander 12) LITTLE CAESAR (Eric Carr/Gene Simmons/Adam MitchelPerformed by: Ron Young, John Regan & Tommy Denander 13) HARD LUCK WOMAN (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Chris VanDahl, Stacey Blades & Adam Hamilton 14) OUTERSPACE (David Askew/Jesus Mendez Jr.)Original demo later covered by Ace Frehley on his Anomaly albumPerformed by: Shredmill (David Askew, Jesus Mendez Jr, Jaime Moreno) 15) GOODBYE (Paul Stanley)Performed by: IMPERA & Bob Kulick (J.K.Impera, Matti Alfonzetti, Tommy Denander & Mats Vassfjord)Additional guitars by Lars Chriss 16) SEE YOU TONIGHT (Gene Simmons)Performed by: Todd Farhood and Mystery (Todd Farhood, Michel St-Pere, Sylvain Moineau, Jean-Sébastien Goyette, Francois Fournier & Benoit Dupuis) 17) BETH – The Grand Piano version (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)Performed by: MICHAEL LARDIE 18) TOMORROW (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)Performed by: Dressed To Chill (Matt Bradshaw, Rav Thomas & Rhys Lett) 19) ANYTHING FOR MY BABY (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Slaves On Dope (Kevin Jardine, Jason Rockman, Seb Ducap & Peter Tzaferis) 20) UNHOLY (Gene Simmons/Vinnie Vincent)Performed by: Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Mark Slaughter (Guitar Solo), Rob Zakojc & Russ Dwarf   DISC 2 TRACK LISTING 1) BREAKOUT (Ace Frehley/Eric Carr/Richie Scarlett)Performed by: Tod Howarth, John Regan & Kevin Valentine 2) ROCK N ROLL HELL (Gene Simmons/Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance)Performed by: Ron Keel, Troy Lucketta, Eric Brittingham & Jeff LaBar 3) NOWHERE TO RUN (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Druckfarben (Phil Naro, Ed Bernard, William Hare, Troy Feener & Peter Murray) 4) THE OATH (Paul Stanley/Bob Ezrin/Tony Powers)Performed by: Rick Hughes, Chris Buck & Bob Richards 5) MASTER & SLAVE (Paul Stanley/Bruce Kulick/Curt Cuomo)Performed by: Adam Hamilton, Scott Griffin, Stacey Blades & Phil Lewis 6) CALLING DR.LOVE (Gene Simmons)Performed by: Burning Rain (Keith St John, Doug Aldrich, Sean Mcnabb & Matt Starr) 7) I STOLE YOUR LOVE (Paul Stanley)Performed by: S.U.N. (Brian Thomas Tichy, Sass Jordan & Tommy Stewart) with Derek Sharp (of The Guess Who) 8) REASON TO LIVE (Paul Stanley/Desmond Child)Performed by: Johnnie Dee & Derry Grehan of Honeymoon Suite with Michael Foster & Bill Leverty of Firehouse 9) HARD LUCK WOMAN – Canadian mix (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Fred Duvall, Glenn Belcher, Rob Zakojc & Russ Dwarf 10) FOREVER (Paul Stanley/Michael Bolton)Performed by: Terry Ilous, Sean Kelly with Jeff Paris. 11) SWORD AND STONE – Live In Wacken (Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Desmond Child) – Taken from Bonfire Live in WackenPerformed by: BONFIRE (Claus Lessmann, Hans Ziller, Chris Limburg, Uwe Köhler, Harry Reischmann) 12) GOD OF THUNDER (Paul Stanley)Performed by: American Dog (Michael Hannon, Steve Theado & Keith Pickens) 13) SHE (Gene Simmons/Steve Coronel)Performed by: RAZER (Chris Powers, Chris Catero, Jordan Ziff, Paul Sullivan, Eric Bongiorno & Chuck Alkazian) 14) NEW YORK GROOVE (Russ Ballard)Performed by: Slaves on Dope (Kevin Jardine, Jason Rockman, , Elizabeth Lopez & Peter Tzaferis with Marty O’Brien of Methods Of Mayhem, Kelly Clarkson, Lita Ford) 15) MAGIC TOUCH (Paul Stanley)Performed by: Jim Crean, Phil Naro, Vinny Appice, Steve Major & Stan Miczek 16) TEARS ARE FALLING (Paul Stanley)Performed by: WILLIE BASSE, Bruce Bouillet, Scott Warren & Mike Hansen. 17) ROCK N ROLL ALL NITE (Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley)Performed by: Harley Fine, John Regan & Atom Fellows 18) SHANDI (Paul Stanley/Vincent Poncia)Performed by: Dani Luv, Scott Griffin & Matt Starr 19) BETH – BONUS TRACK (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)Performed by: Chris VanDahl & Scott Griffin. 20) BETH – BONUS TRACK (Peter Criss/Bob Ezrin/Stan Pendridge)Performed by: Phil Naro, William Hare & Ed Bernard Buy Music!   Make a pledge HERE and get your copy before they're gone! 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  • 01:04:34

    TDF Ep 5 - Paul F. Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins

    · The Dork Forest

    Paul F. Tompkins is a great stand up comic and actor and OBVIOUS accessory dork. As long as I've known him, he has always been a snappy dresser. I thought his wife was a "magic dork" but we will find out - because, Paul's wife, an actress and lovely human being herself, Janie Haddad (Tompkins for family purposes) has a love of the unknown perk. A perk you didn't know was there... hence her love of LA's Magic Castle and other restaurants and bars and venues that are little known gems out in the world. We talk of these things... and fashion. It's a good one - enjoy.Credits:Mike Ruekberg  did the intro and outro music (that Mexican Hat Dance just makes me happy to listen to, so I'm closing the show with it for now).Patrick Brady, friend of comedy and TDF knows how to use audio software and fixed the audio. I'm hoping to learn how to do it myself, but he said he LIKES doing it. So thank you and FUN!

  • 00:31:24

    [Our Universe] A Tribute to William Tompkins, an American Hero, Dead at Age 94

    · Believe

    In this clip from our show ‘Believe’, we discuss “Our Universe”. “A Tribute to William Tompkins, an American Hero, Dead at Age 94” • William Tompkins deserves a tribute. He was a military insider with the courage to discuss so much about space, a possible secret space program, and so much else • Some of the key topics Tompkins covered during his life.  • Why this is important to you and to the future of the world. Hosted by: Nicholas Upchurch Our website:  

  • 00:44:53

    What Are The True Origins of Modern Yoga? [Part II] - Conversation with Christopher Tompkins [Episode 57]

    · Sivana Podcast: Eastern Spirituality, Yoga Philosophy, and Conscious Living

    In Part II of our conversation with yogi and sanskrit scholar, Christopher Tompkins, he expands on his amazing findings that include an important missing link between the modern popular postures and ancient tantric traditions! Were early yogi masters who brought yoga to the west teaching everything they knew or was something intentionally left out? Where does this leave the modern practice, so popular today? Where do we go next? Join us for the conclusion of our conversation about the true origins of modern yoga. -- The true origins of the modern practice of Hatha Yoga, practiced by so many in the world today, is hotly disputed by many scholars. Some people believe most of the postures practiced today were invented by a great yogi and sage, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, in the early 20th century. Others say the postures are much older,  but how much older? If the postures did exist hundreds or thousands of years ago, were they practiced the same way? Are we missing anything in our modern practice? We explore these and other questions in this two part series (Episode 56 and Episode 57). Christopher P. Tompkins, MTS, MA is a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. He has three degrees in Religion and Sanskrit, including Masters Degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the ritualized practices of Hatha Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving Tantras. He founded the Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project, which seeks to preserve and share the literal legacy of Kashmir Shaivism. To date, he's acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts spanning the vast range of Philosophy, Ritual and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition, most of which have never been seen in the West. Christopher lectures around the world in universities and Yoga centers on the history, philosophy and practices of Indian Yoga.  Special Guest: Christopher Tompkins Host: Ashton Szabo Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper Producer: Benn Mendelson

  • 00:41:05

    What Are The True Origins of Modern Yoga? [Part I] - Conversation with Christopher Tompkins [Episode 56]

    · Sivana Podcast: Eastern Spirituality, Yoga Philosophy, and Conscious Living

    The true origins of the modern practice of Hatha Yoga, practiced by so many in the world today, is hotly disputed by many scholars. Some people believe most of the postures practiced today were invented by a great yogi and sage, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, in the early 20th century. Others say the postures are much older,  but how much older? If the postures did exist hundreds or thousands of years ago, were they practiced the same way? Are we missing anything in our modern practice?  In Part I of our conversation with yogi and sanskrit scholar, Christopher Tompkins, he tells us the story of how he came into yoga and what him led him to these mysterious ancient sanskrit texts.  He goes on to explain the discoveries he has made and speaks of the true origins of modern postural yoga. Has he found a missing key to unlock the postures so commonly practiced in the world today? Join us in this exciting conversation about the roots and origins of modern yoga! Christopher P. Tompkins, MTS, MA is a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. He has three degrees in Religion and Sanskrit, including Masters Degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the ritualized practices of Hatha Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving Tantras. He founded the Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project, which seeks to preserve and share the literal legacy of Kashmir Shaivism. To date, he's acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts spanning the vast range of Philosophy, Ritual and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition, most of which have never been seen in the West. Christopher lectures around the world in universities and Yoga centers on the history, philosophy and practices of Indian Yoga.  Special Guest: Christopher Tompkins Host: Ashton Szabo Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper Producer: Benn Mendelson  

  • IWTT Classic: There Will Be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins

    · I Was There Too

    Matt Gourley digs back into the classic I Was There Too vault to bring out the very first episode with the King of Podcasting Paul F. Tompkins. Paul F. Tompkins joins Matt to discuss his role as Mr. Prescott in the film There Will Be Blood. Paul tells us how he got to know Paul Thomas Anderson through the Largo comedy scene and about the strange noises Daniel Day-Lewis makes in between takes. Plus, Matt talks about the people who were originally cast in There Will Be Blood in a segment called I Wasn’t There Too.

  • IWTT Classic: There Will Be Blood with Paul F. Tompkins

    · I Was There Too

    Matt Gourley digs back into the classic I Was There Too vault to bring out the very first episode with the King of Podcasting Paul F. Tompkins. Paul F. Tompkins joins Matt to discuss his role as Mr. Prescott in the film There Will Be Blood. Paul tells us how he got to know Paul Thomas Anderson through the Largo comedy scene and about the strange noises Daniel Day-Lewis makes in between takes. Plus, Matt talks about the people who were originally cast in There Will Be Blood in a segment called I Wasn’t There Too.

  • 01:27:21

    Paul F. Tompkins

    · Baby Geniuses

    Hello babies! This week we are beyond thrilled to be joined by comedian, actor and all around hero Paul F. Tompkins! Paul joins us to discuss anger issues, men's fashion and the inevitability of death! Not to mention Dancing Mania and Paul's dislike of idiots in the past! Then, we're joined by photography expert Pamela Mills! Join us, won't you? Emily Heller Lisa Hanawalt Paul F. Tompkins

  • 01:21:20

    Heavy Rock Lifting, Building Your Own "Water Charging" Station, Biomechanical Fixes, Plant Medicine Journeys & More With Paul Chek.

    · Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance When I was a fledgling fitness professional, one of the first books I ever read was "How To Eat, Move & Be Healthy", by Paul Chek. So it was a bit of a surreal experience to get to knock on Paul's front door a few weeks ago and join he and his family for an epic weekend of conversation, workouts, nature immersion, Paul's crazy daily habits (which you'll discover in this podcast episode). Who is Paul Chek, and I why would I travel all the way to the hilly backcountry of San Diego, California to interview him? Paul is an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology. For over twenty-five years, his unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide – many of his clients, his students and their clients. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Program. He is a sought-after presenter and has consulted for organizations such as the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, New Zealand’s Auckland Blues, the US Air Force Academy and other elite organizations. He has produced over 60 DVDs and 17 advanced-level home study courses designed for the fitness and clinical professional. He is a strong believer in the essential role provided by practical training and has developed four Advanced Level Training programs to provide hands-on instruction for the exercise and health industries. Paul's CHEK Exercise Coach program introduces fitness and exercise professionals to an integrated approach to conditioning; the C.H.E.K Practitioner Program is a two to four year advanced level program teaching corrective exercise and high-performance conditioning; the Golf Performance Series focuses on functional conditioning for golfers; the Optimal Health and Fitness Through Practical Nutrition and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching Program contains three levels and shows how to reach optimal health from the inside out. Thousands of people worldwide have been trained in one or more of these challenging and elite level certification programs. Paul has also accrued three US patents for posture calibrating, hydrotherapy and equipment inventions, and has also designed several pieces of functional exercise equipment. During our discussion, you'll discover: -How Paul uses rocks and a stone circle for his morning workouts and meditations...[6:30] -Paul's water charging tower and exactly how he built it so that the water is charges from the rocks...[11:40 & 14:50] -The intriguing reason why you need to buy a lunar calendar...[22:30] -Why Paul found the 82nd Airborne Division to be easy...[26:40] -How you can use a smokeless vaporizer to vaporize mixes of teas, tobaccos and essential oils...[32:40] -Paul's morning meditation routine...[40:50] -The three extremely unique exercise patents that Paul holds...[46:45] -What Paul calls "the King of all stabilization exercises", and where you can find it...[62:40] -How Paul was the first person to begin the now popular practice of putting butter into coffee...[66:45] -Paul's unique combination of art therapy and plant based medicine...[72:45] -And much more! Resources from this episode: -All of Paul Chek's books -Chek Institute -Victor Schauberger -Lunar Calendar poster -A Cool, New Way To Scan, Interpret & Fix The Human Body’s Electrical Field. -Volcano Vaporizer -Robert Peng's Qi Gong teachings on Amazon [envira-gallery id="36649"] Show Sponsors:  -Kimera Koffee - Go to and use code 'BEN' to get 10% off! -Organifi - Go to Discount code BEN for 20% off your order! -Antrantil - For all of your  Bloating, SIBO, IBS, Leaky Gut issues, go to Use code "BEN" at the checkout to get 15% off your order.   Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Paul or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!

  • 00:24:25

    047: Encore Careers in Sustainability and Energy—Transferring Knowledge, Experience, and Wisdom

    · Infinite Earth Radio – weekly conversations with leaders building smarter, more sustainable, and equitable communities

    In This Episode: 02:09 Paul Johnson is introduced. 02:46 Paul tells about his journey and how he personally became involved in the CivicSpark Encore program. 04:47 Paul gives details about the Encore program. 06:52 Paul shares how an Encore fellow is funded and who supports the program. 07:40 Paul describes what makes a good candidate for the program. 08:44 Paul answers the question of what a nonprofit needs so that it would make sense to get an Encore fellow. 18:58 Paul tells where nonprofits or late-career professionals can go to learn more about the Encore program. 11:31 Paul explains how the encore program overlaps with the CivicSpark program. 12:47 Paul talks about the work that he’s done as a fellow working with agencies or organizations. 15:16 Paul comments on the chance to interact with and mentor CivicSpark fellows. 16:54 Paul conveys the lessons that he’s learned while doing this work. 17:57 Does Paul see himself continuing this work? 18:46 Paul provides one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities. 19:34 Paul states the action that listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future. 21:21 Paul discusses what the Encore program looks like 15 or 20 years from now. Guest: Paul Johnson is the President of Paul Everett Johnson and Associates (PEJ), a small business that provides consulting services to develop successful self-sustaining clean energy programs. Paul has over 40 years experience developing and managing clean energy programs and policies in the public, private, and nonprofit sector. During this period, he had 30 years of increased management experience at the US Department of Energy, capped by two years as the Acting Deputy Director of the Seattle Regional Office of DOE. Since 2005, he has served as President of PEJ and conducted a wide variety of consulting projects around the country. From 2007 until 2011, Paul served as the Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, a non-profit organization focused on increasing the level of clean energy activity in the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley. For the past few years Paul has worked to develop an Encore Climate Fellows program within the Encore program in several locations in the West to help communities be more resilient to deal with climate change. Organization: Encore Fellowships are designed to deliver a new source of talent to organizations solving critical social problems. These paid, time-limited fellowships match skilled, experienced professionals with social-purpose organizations in high-impact assignments. During the fellowship period (typically six to 12 months, half- to full-time), Fellows take on roles that bring significant, sustained impact to their host organizations. While they are working, Fellows earn a stipend, learn about social-purpose work and develop a new network of contacts and resources for the future. Take Away Quotes: “The Encore program is dedicated to leveraging human capital of very seasoned, adult experience to adult professionals to improve communities in this country and around the world…A program like this—strengthening nonprofits right on the front lines of dealing with environmental and climate challenges—it just seemed like a great opportunity, and I jumped into the program and have been working in the program in a number of capacities for about four and a half years.” “The key component of the program that I work on is the Encore Fellowship Network, which refer to themselves as the proof point for the Encore concept. And the Encore Fellowship Network has been around since 2009, and they currently work with partner organizations in 13 different locations around the U.S. and Canada and match seasoned business leaders into fellowships with nonprofits.” “The Encore program is partnered with the CivicSpark program. CivicSpark has a team approach that works primarily with AmeriCorps folks that delivers a broad array of efficiency, clean-energy services, climate services to jurisdiction partners in California. Encore provides senior-level, seasoned expertise of people who have had full careers to provide mentoring and support services, leadership, to these AmeriCorps interns. So it provides a complementary piece to CivicSpark, and it provides a really neat example of a multi-generational approach where you have people at the beginning of a clean-energy career, working with people at or near the end of their career to tackle climate and environmental needs of communities.” Resources: Encore Fellowships Encore Fellowship Network  Learn More about Encore Climate Fellows Strategic Energy Innovations CivicSpark Local Government Commission (LGC)

  • 00:32:29

    159-The Mozart of Mathematics

    · Futility Closet

    Mathematician Paul Erdős had no home, no job, and no hobbies. Instead, for 60 years he wandered the world, staying with each of hundreds of collaborators just long enough to finish a project, and then moving on. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll meet the "magician of Budapest," whose restless brilliance made him the most prolific mathematician of the 20th century. We'll also ponder Japanese cannibalism in World War II and puzzle over a senseless stabbing. Intro: Elbert Hubbard published 12 blank pages in 1905. A duck spent 18 months in the U.S. 2nd Marine Division in 1943. Sources for our feature on Paul Erdős: Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers, 1999. The magisterial biography of Erdős. The first chapter is here. Bruce Schechter, My Brain Is Open, 2000. Béla Bollobás, "Paul Erdős (1913-96)," Nature, 383:6601 (Oct. 17, 1996), 584. Melvin Henriksen, "Reminiscences of Paul Erdős," Mathematical Association of America (accessed June 10, 2017). László Babai, Carl Pomerance, and Péter Vértesi, "The Mathematics of Paul Erdős," Notices of the AMS 45:1 (January 1998). László Babai and Joel Spencer, "Paul Erdős (1913–1996)," Notices of the AMS 45:1 (January 1998). Ronald L. Graham, Jaroslav Nesetril, Steve Butler, eds., The Mathematics of Paul Erdős, 2013. Rodrigo De Castro and Jerrold W. Grossman, "Famous Trails to Paul Erdős," Mathematical Intelligencer 21:3 (January 1999), 51–53. Bruce Torrence and Ron Graham, "The 100th Birthday of Paul Erdős/Remembering Erdős," Math Horizons 20:4 (April 2013), 10-12. Krishnaswami Alladi et al., "Reflections on Paul Erdős on His Birth Centenary," Parts I and II, Notices of the American Mathematical Society 62:2 and 62:3 (February and March 2015). Béla Bollobás, "To Prove and Conjecture: Paul Erdős and His Mathematics," American Mathematical Monthly 105:3 (March 1998), 209-237. "Information About Paul Erdős (1913-1996)," Oakland University (accessed June 13, 2017). Calla Cofield, "An Arbitrary Number of Years Since Mathematician Paul Erdős's Birth," Scientific American, March 26, 2013. Béla Bollobás, "Obituary: Paul Erdős," Independent, Oct. 2, 1996. N Is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős, Kanopy Streaming, 2014. "Paul Erdős," MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive (accessed June 10, 2017). Above: Erdős teaching 10-year-old Terence Tao in 1985. Tao is now recognized as one of the world's finest mathematicians; he received the Fields Medal in 2006. Listener mail: Wikipedia, "Chichijima Incident" (accessed June 23, 2017). Charles Laurence, "George HW Bush Narrowly Escaped Comrades' Fate of Being Killed and Eaten by Japanese Captors," Telegraph, Feb. 6, 2017. James Bradley, Flyboys, 2003. This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Waldo van der Waal, who sent this corroborating link (warning -- this spoils the puzzle). You can listen using the player above, download this episode directly, or subscribe on iTunes or Google Play Music or via the RSS feed at Please consider becoming a patron of Futility Closet -- on our Patreon page you can pledge any amount per episode, and we've set up some rewards to help thank you for your support. You can also make a one-time donation on the Support Us page of the Futility Closet website or buy merchandise in our store. Many thanks to Doug Ross for the music in this episode. If you have any questions or comments you can reach us at Thanks for listening!