The boys are back in town with another episode of Big Facts — this time focused on all things holiday traditions. Is eggnog good? Is it better to give or receive? Should you ever wear anything besides sweatpants at a get together? BIG FACTS. Then, they chat about the 2017 songs they think they'll remember in 2027. Hint: there's no Ed Sheeran.
The Chalkboard sits down with Billy Brimblecom Jr., Executive Director of the Steps of Faith Foundation. They talk about the nonprofit (which helps amputees get the prosthetics they need) and its upcoming event Thundergong, which features Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Krizz Kaliko, and others. Lastly, they chat all things yacht rock and Billy's role as captain in the Kansas City-based band Summer Breeze.
Are the Winter Olympics better than the Summer Olympics? Do laugh tracks ruin TV sitcoms? Are cold days better than hot days? The boys dig into some of Matthew Yglesias's Twitter "unpopular opinions" and share a few of their own. The Chalkboard Picks of the Week are The Social Club KC and Netflix's "Mindhunter."
The boys talk about Tom Petty's death, his impact on their lives and the legacy he'll leave on music. Then, Kathryn Golden, founder and organizer of PorchFestKC, joins The Chalkboard Podcast to talk about the origins of the festival and what makes PorchfestKC a unique concert experience in Kansas City.
The boys sat down with Marco Pavé, a musician and social activist from Memphis, Tennessee. They talked about the Graceland protest, arts entrepreneurship, the city of Memphis, decriminalizing cannabis, and more. Marco is currently on the UP$ Tour with 2030 and recently dropped his debut album, Welcome to Grc Lnd.
AKA TheNoiseFMbree. Eric sits down with Alex and Austin Ward of The Noise FM and Garrett Childers and Isaac Flynn of Hembree. They talk about first cars, their respective Bill Murray tales, favorite guilty pleasure songs, conspiracy theories regarding the death of Lou Pearlman, and both bands' performances at the Sofar Sounds "Give a Home" show for Amnesty International and the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City.
Hank Wiedel found out about Sofar Sounds while playing a concern in an old Anheuser-Busch firehouse in St. Louis. Now he's the director of the Kansas City chapter of the movement that's trying to change the way people experience music. We talk about Eric's recent engagement, the guys' mutual crush on Tom Petty, and how Sofar Sounds is helping curate dope concert experiences in Kansas City.
The boys recap their Felt Board series interviewing local pastors. Then, in a nod to The O.C., they reveal their version of The Seth Cohen Starter Pack with their separate Chalkboard Podcast Starter Packs. Finally (look what you made us do!) they fight about Taylor Swift.
The Chalkboard sits down with Jessi Marcus, a pastor at Jacob's Well in Kansas City. They talk about the unique ways Jacob's Well carves out spaces for community (5:00), growing up in rural Missouri on an exotic animal farm (9:55), falling into a role in ministry (18:20), the challenge of finding civil dialogue and common spaces in today's world (25:30), and the importance of "table fellowship" (30:30).
The boys start off by talking about the tragedy in Charlottesville. Then, they take a sabbatical (get it, because we've been interviewing pastors?) from The Felt Board and dive into apps and apps. It's everything from Venmo to sliders to Overcast to beer pretzels. They also try to answer an eternal question: are wings an app or an entree? Their picks of the week are the new record "The Underside of Power" by Algiers and USA's new show "The Sinner."