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By BZ Douglas

Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent journalist based outside Cleveland, Ohio. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, journalists, authors, or persons of interest in stories he's covering.

All songs included with permission from the artists.

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76. Talking Anarchy with Video Essayist Anark

BZ ListeningFeb 02, 2022

80. Curtis Eller - Banjo Player and Songwriter
Jul 04, 202201:51:49
79. Jimmy Falun Gong - Host of the "Programmed to Chill" podcast
Apr 18, 202201:39:22
78. Talking about Walking The Wire with Philip Fairbanks

78. Talking about Walking The Wire with Philip Fairbanks

In part 2 of my interview with Philip Fairbanks we discuss Walking the Wire,  a new podcast series releasing in April that will re-examine  David Simon's groundbreaking series, "The Wire", episode by episode.  This Friday at 9pm EST Philip will be joining me for a livestream Q&A on YouTube, Facebook, or via Twitter Spaces.

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Mar 30, 202201:09:06
77. Talking with Philip Fairbanks, Author of "Pedogate Primer" (Part 1)
Mar 28, 202202:09:18
76. Talking Anarchy with Video Essayist Anark

76. Talking Anarchy with Video Essayist Anark

I recently watched the excellent video essay, "A Modern Anarchism Part 1" (, and immediately reached out to the creator, Anark, to schedule an interview. On today's episode, we dive right into discussing how we each came to adopt anarchy as our political identities, how we practice anarchy individually, and then swim around in some philosophical waters as we envision the many facets of a modern anarchism.

Anark's video is described as follows:

"This video is the first in a several part series where I am developing a modern synthesis of anarchism. It is not intended as an introduction to anarchism, but instead a broad coverage of anarchist ideas, discussing the state, Capital as Power, kyriarchy, the mega-machine, queer anarchism, Black anarchism, social ecology, decolonial ideas, and much more... Here we will lay out the anarchist mode of structural critique and apply this theory of power to a variety of hierarchical power structures."

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Feb 02, 202201:38:38
75. Year in Review with Mustache Bob, Brenton Lengel, Contraband and Conor Kelly
Jan 24, 202214:28
74. Talking with Nico Walker, Author of "Cherry"

74. Talking with Nico Walker, Author of "Cherry"

My guest today, the first of the new year, is Nico Walker, author of the novel, Cherry. The book is a fictionalized account of an unnamed character who follows a path very similar to Walker’s own life story. He joins the army at 19, serves in Iraq as a medic, spirals into heroin addiction as he deals with crippling PTSD, and finally sets off on a spree of bank robberies.

This interview actually came about because Nico reached out to me a few weeks ago following the publication of my investigation into Tony Viola’s wrongful prosecution. Walker was Viola’s cellmate a decade ago, and the two have kept in touch over the years.

On today’s show, Walker and I discuss Iraq, the spirals of addiction, the futility of the drug war, and the frustrating tragedy of Viola’s case.

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This Friday I’ll be doing a livestream year in preview and Q&A on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter Spaces. I’ll preview some of the stories I’m looking into, and share some ideas on other projects I’m hoping to produce. 

Jan 11, 202201:32:18
72. The Dan Kasaris Investigation - The story, how it started, and where it's going
Dec 07, 202101:00:34
71. The Prosecution of Tony Viola: Unreliable witnesses, suppressed evidence, and a dead whistleblower

71. The Prosecution of Tony Viola: Unreliable witnesses, suppressed evidence, and a dead whistleblower

The story of Tony Viola told in the press up until now leaves one with the impression of a devious criminal who was defrauding banks out of nearly fifty million dollars through a complicated mortgage fraud scheme with a cast of shady operators. If the news coverage was to be believed, the affable, honorable, and generous person Viola’s friends and family all knew was merely a facade hiding a duplicitous, unscrupulous, greedy monster.

Visitors of will find a much different story. It’s a scrappy but fairly polished little website managed by Viola himself, setup with the express purpose of providing journalists and lawmakers with evidence of Viola’s innocence by exposing the flagrant prosecutorial misconduct he has endured.

Several local and national journalists have quietly taken an interest in his case, but have either been intimidated by the possibility of litigation, too busy to thoroughly vet Viola’s claims, or stymied by editors and publishers.

Visit to read the full story.

Nov 24, 202101:26:51
70. Getting to know BLM Cleveland

70. Getting to know BLM Cleveland

My interview with LaTonya Goldsby and Kareem Henton, President and Vice President of Black Lives Matter Cleveland. We discuss this local organization's history, and the important work they are doing in Cleveland and the surrounding areas to help the Black community, demand for justice for victims of police violence, and push for major reforms policing in our area.

A major topic of discussion is the potential impact of the passage of Issue 24, which would establish meaningful citizen oversight of the Cleveland police through an amendment to the city charter.

** Links to follow and support BLM Cleveland **

** More about Issue 24 **

The Amendment:

Citizens for a Safer Cleveland:

Oct 25, 202101:06:24
69. The Killing of Vincent Belmonte (Video Podcast)

69. The Killing of Vincent Belmonte (Video Podcast)

I have been approved to utilize the Video Podcast feature on, so to test it out I'm posting my full report on Vincent Belmonte's killing by East Cleveland Police officer Larry McDonald. If your podcast app doesn't support video, you can watch the report on YouTube here:

On January 5th, 2021, Vincent Belmonte was killed by East Cleveland police officer Larry McDonald. McDonald was pursuing Belmonte on foot and claims that Belmonte turned, pointed his gun, and threatened to shoot McDonald.  We can only take McDonald’s word on this, because he shut off his bodycam moments before this alleged threat from Belmonte occurred.   Based on information currently available to the public, the case hinges entirely on believing McDonald and ignoring the physical evidence. Based on McDonald’s and the East Cleveland Police Department’s reputations, there is no reason to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Oct 15, 202123:38
68. Monday with Mariah: Chasing Justice in East Cleveland

68. Monday with Mariah: Chasing Justice in East Cleveland

Mariah Crenshaw of Chasing Justice, LLC has been tracking officer training closely for nearly 3 years now. Prior to that, Crenshaw assisted the Department of Justice in their administration of the federal consent decree that was imposed on the city of Cleveland.  

For the first “Monday with Mariah”, she joined me in my home to go over some details about Larry McDonald and the East Cleveland police that didn’t make it into my report. That conversation organically moves into a discussion about the investigation and legal actions Chasing Justice is engaged in regarding officer training.

Oct 11, 202101:45:04
67. Believe in Ghost!
Oct 08, 202101:22:18
66. Debunking Shontel Brown's Stump Speech with Dr Richard Montgomery

66. Debunking Shontel Brown's Stump Speech with Dr Richard Montgomery

I covered a Shontel Brown campaign event this weekend, and captured her having a "Please Clap" moment all her own.

(This audio is from the YouTube report, which provides more detail, but functions perfectly as a podcast.

Joining me is Dr. Richard Montgomery, who shares his reactions to Shontel Brown's stump speech.

Dr. Montgomery former mayoral candidate for the city of Euclid, as well as an activist who follows Cuyahoga county politics very closely.  

I was first referred to Dr. Montgomery while working on the documentary series State of Injustice, about the systemic abuses of the Euclid Police Department, and the failures of that city’s mayor and city council to hold them accountable.






"What Cuyahoga County Residents Need to Know about Shontel Brown and her Campaign for Congress" by Keith Wilson 

"Shontel Brown outraises, outspends the field in Cuyahoga Council District 9 Democratic primary" by Andrew J. Tobias, 

"Former Cuyahoa County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora Convicted of Racketeering" - 

"Marcia Fudge issued Hatch Act warning over political remarks at White House" by Sabrina Eaton, 

"Fudge reprises Friends for Fun at Frederick’s" by R. T. Andrews,

“Former deputy of Cuyahoga County auditor sentenced to prison for bribing Frank Russo and Jimmy Dimora” By James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer

“Shontel Brown must resign as Cuyahoga County Democratic Party chair” by Editorial Board, and The Plain Dealer

“Shontel Brown Approved Major Contract, Then Contractor Backed Her Campaign” by Matthew Cunningham-Cook, Sam Allard for The Intercept 

“Nina Turner Opponent Shontel Brown Is Low-Key Pleading for Super PAC Support”

by Ryan Grim, The Intercept 

Armond Budhish on Racism

Shontel Brown YouTube Channel

Secretary Marcia Fudge Visits Lock 3

Peanut Butter Jelly Time on Green Screen

Jul 29, 202158:43
65. Talking Activism and Ableism with Tim Collingwood

65. Talking Activism and Ableism with Tim Collingwood

Tim Collingwood is a local actor, playwright, stage manager, arts  advocate, and activist.  On this episode, we discuss his experiences and  perspectives in activism as a person on the autistic spectrum.

Apr 19, 202101:01:02
64. State of Injustice - A Belated Announcement!

64. State of Injustice - A Belated Announcement!

Please enjoy this unscripted, unedited, emergency episode announcing the release of my new documentary series State of Injustice!

Our Indiegogo Campaign to fund the pilot season ends on Wednesday 3/24. For the last day, I'll be co-hosting an all day stream-a-thon from BLM Cleveland. You can catch that stream via one of the links below. We're going to have some pretty incredible guests and discussion throughout the day, so please pop by and say hi! I never hear from you lovely listeners enough.

Stream-a-Thon Links

The stream will also be running concurrently on BLM Cleveland and BZ Listening pages, but I'd really rather drive up likes and subscribes on the doc's channels.

Mar 19, 202142:58
63. Talking Impeachment with John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech for People

63. Talking Impeachment with John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech for People

My guest today is John Bonifaz, the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People.  He previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and also served as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization.

John joins me to have a discussion about the hot topic of impeachment. We go through the arguments in the book Bonifaz co-wrote with Ron Fein and Ben Clements, THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS IT: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump.

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Feb 11, 202101:02:35
62. Special Report on the Cleveland Warriors Semi-Pro Football Team

62. Special Report on the Cleveland Warriors Semi-Pro Football Team

Today’s episode is taken from a video report I posted on Wednesday. It’s the story of the Cleveland Warriors, a semi-professional football team in the National Public Safety Football League, and how their management snuck Tamir Rice’s killer, Timothy Loehmann, onto the team. When black players found out and complained, they were pushed out themselves.

I am very happy to report that this morning I awoke to learn that the president and vice president of the Warriors have both resigned in the wake of this scandal.

State of Injustice
This documentary series will examine Ohio city by city, in order to expose all of the ways that the state's law enforcement departments and judicial systems are failing its citizens. The series will begin in Euclid, Ohio, with the death of Luke Stewart.

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Feb 06, 202138:09
61. Discussing the Capitol Hill Fascist Insurrection

61. Discussing the Capitol Hill Fascist Insurrection

BZ & DZ sit down with local activist Devorah Phillips to talk about the fascist riots at the Capitol on 1/6.

Jan 18, 202101:34:23
60. Talking ADHD with Dr. Joel Schwartz

60. Talking ADHD with Dr. Joel Schwartz

Watch this episode on YouTube

My guest today is Dr. Joel Schwartz, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with adults with childhood trauma, neurologically diverse children and adults, and is a strong proponent of the neurodiversity paradigm.

I share a bit about my experience living as an ADHD'r, and learn about how understanding has evolved in the 30ish year since I was diagnosed.



Jan 06, 202158:25
59. Emanuel Franklin Jr. - Father of Desmond Franklin

59. Emanuel Franklin Jr. - Father of Desmond Franklin

A few weeks ago I assisted the People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland in setting up and conducting an interview with Emanuel Franklin, father of Desmond Franklin.  

On April 9, 2020, plainclothes Cleveland Police officer Jose Garcia, badge #2168 shot and killed Desmond. Garcia drove in an unmarked car, fired five shots into Franklin's moving vehicle, killing Franklin, whose car crashed into a cemetery wall. Special prosecutor Daniel Kasaris, from Ohio Attorney's General Dave Yost's office has taken the case and is currently considering whether to present to the Grand Jury. Meanwhile, Garcia remains on paid leave.

How You Can Help

If you live in Ohio, call the Ohio Attorney General's office (1-800-282-0515), and urge them to take this case to the Grand Jury to seek indictment of Officer Garcia.

If you are a Cleveland resident, call City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (216-664-2000) and demand the firing of Jose Garcia by Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams for the murder of Desmond Franklin.

Don't stop there, demand that Calvin Williams be removed, and in 2021 vote Mayor Jackson out of office.

Dec 18, 202028:20
58. November Coverage Catchup
Nov 24, 202001:33:43
57. Cuyahoga County Ballot Panel Discussion
Oct 22, 202001:12:44
56. Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC

56. Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC

Today's episode contains bombshell revelations that have the potential to shake Ohio law enforcement to its core.

My guest is Mariah Crenshaw of Chasing Justice LLC. According to her research, a significant portion of officers in the state ("40-60%" in her opinion), are currently operating while designated as "cease function" according to Ohio Revised Code 109.803 and Ohio Administrative code 109:2-1-12

Crenshaw has widened her focus to EVERY DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE. Requesting 10s of thousands of records, cataloging, annotating, organizing, databasing, and preparing materials that could be used in lawsuits all over Ohio.

Oct 17, 202001:48:03
55. Tim Tolka - Author, Blue Mafia

55. Tim Tolka - Author, Blue Mafia

(Audio fixed, if there's an audio gap in the intro, re-download the episode)

Today my guest is Tim Tolka, author of Blue Mafia, which is best described by the closing line of the first chapter:

“This is the story of two police departments, their turbulent relationship with the local community, and how a 'crazy' lawyer risked everything to bring in a higher authority.”

Blue Mafia has many lessons for other cities in Ohio and across the nation. It is also a harrowing tale of how the gears of our legal and civic machinery can chew up activists, lawyers, and victims of police violence.


Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent movement journalist and podcast producer. All work is 100% reader/viewer supported. 




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Oct 04, 202001:38:45
54. Jadon Woodard - Musician
Aug 29, 202001:24:30
53. A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

53. A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

Today I am interviewing members of the People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. I first learned of them while covering a Black Lives Matter Cleveland "Defund the Police" protest on the fourth of July, where volunteer Emily Forsee spoke about the importance of documenting police brutality. In this episode I’ll be speaking with Emily and two of the creators of the archive Carol Steiner and Keith Wilson, to discuss some of the work they've done, why they're doing it, and how you can help.

When I interview musicians, I typically intersperse four or five songs throughout the interview. Today I'll be doing the same thing but using stories from the archive, specifically the 2015 People's Tribunal on Police Violence collection. You will hear the stories of Alicia Kirkman, Brenda Bickerstaff, Clarence Jones, and Bernadette Rolen.

Visit or @policeviolence_cle on Instagram for more info.

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Aug 13, 202001:16:04
Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

Here's a teaser of my very first guest appearance on another podcast: Stoner Morning Show.

The host, Shawn Wickens, is an old friend of mine from my improv days in NYC. Last year he mentioned on Facebook that he wanted advice on how to start a podcast, and I told him everything I learned in exchange for him being a guest on my show

I can’t thank him enough for returning the favor so that I can talk a bit about the work I’m doing now, how I came to do it, how I will be doing it, and why I think it’s important.

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Jul 07, 202010:04
52. Kareem Henton - Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cleveland
Jun 26, 202051:51
51. Devorah Phillips - Bernie Victory Captain and Delegate
Mar 04, 202001:10:46
50. Not BZ, Us!
Feb 25, 202020:06
49. Atomic Houdini - Creative Person
Feb 17, 202001:22:27
48. An Existential (State-of-the) Podcast

48. An Existential (State-of-the) Podcast

An improvised attempt to explain the present state of and future plans for the podcast. 

If I had to put it into bullet points:

Happy 2020! 

:party-hat: :mushroom-cloud: :fire: :fire:

I believe the official slogan is "Worst Year Ever"

Jan 07, 202026:49
47. Justus - Trap Soul/Rap Artist

47. Justus - Trap Soul/Rap Artist

I first saw Justus performing a couple weeks ago at the McFarland Manor November show. On today's episode, I chat with him about his creative process, how he became "big in Algeria", his terms of success, and the lessons he's learned navigating Spotify's playlist algorithm.

Justus has a new track Risky debuting today, December 11th, on Spotify. Listen thru until the end of the episode to hear it, and be sure to add it to your playlists if you dig it!

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Dec 11, 201952:21
46. Shawn Wickens - Artist / Comedian

46. Shawn Wickens - Artist / Comedian

Today I’m bringing a new thing to the show with my guest Shawn Wickens, who will forever hold the distinction of being the first comedian on the podcast. I met Shawn about twelve years ago, back when I was going through my improv comedy phase. He happened to be passing thru Cleveland a couple of weeks ago on his way to play a show in Louisville, Kentucky, and swung by the house to catch up.

We chat about the improv scene circa 2007-8, how he came to found the Bad Theater and Film festivals, and his latest endeavor co-hosting The Stoner Morning Show with fellow comic Lex Morales, which just kicked off its own podcast this week! Be sure to check out for all the 411 about this 420-themed show.

This show is ad-free, and that’s all thanks to my Patreon supporters. I recently updated some of the benefit tiers, and anyone donating $3 or more per month is supposed to get a shoutout on the show’s footnotes for that month. Since it’s Thanksgiving this week, and I’m way overdue on the shoutouts, I’d just like to take a moment to thank my first two BZ Backers: Michael Hornsby (this months winner of the swag giveaway) and Michael McFarland (a former guest and incredible musician, artist, and producer). And lastly, my boss at Blackbird Digital Pat Walsh, who kicked in $12 month to earn himself a BZ Producer credit, and includes a plug.

It’s not even hard for me to talk up Blackbird as an agency. I’ve been a web designer and developer for over twenty years, working at over a dozen international and local agencies, and Blackbird is far and away my favorite. Blackbird combines award-winning web design, acute knowledge of technology, and marketing savvy to help your organization. We specialize in developing for WordPress and HubSpot, but never shy away from working in something new if necessary. The sites we build are always set up with self service in mind, so you won’t have to come back and request help every time you want to make changes. To learn more visit, and if you sign on as a client, I'll probably be the one coding your site!

If you would like to become a supporter, just click here!

Nov 26, 201901:08:38
45. Christopher Johnston - Author/Playwright

45. Christopher Johnston - Author/Playwright

Today my guest is writer Christopher Johnston, and we’re discussing his book “Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice”.

Chris also has a new play with Playwright’s Local, Live Bodies for Sale. The show premieres tomorrow Friday November 22, and will run until December 15th. You can find more information and tickets at

Additional links:

Nov 21, 201957:55
44. Ben Paul Williams - Singer-Songwriter
Nov 19, 201901:03:05
43. Cal Folger Day - Singer-Songwriter / Composer

43. Cal Folger Day - Singer-Songwriter / Composer

Today my guest is Cal Folger Day, a singer-songwriter that’s a bit hard to pin down genre-wise, but if I had to slap a label on her, it’d probably be “Avant Folk”, similar the band Cutleri, who I had on earlier this year.

Cal is based out of Dublin, Ireland, but I met her around 2010 back when we were both living in New York City. We chat a bit about her early days in the thrall of classical music, her time in NYC, the differences between Ireland and the US, and her latest endeavor writing and performing “verbatim pop operas”, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I started doing background for this interview.

I highly recommend checking out this audio documentary by “The Lyric Feature”. It chronicles the process of creating one of these operas “The Woods and Grandma”, which is based on stories of Lady Gregory, Yeats and George Bernard Shaw as told by the Gregory granddaughters Anne and Katherine.

Just a reminder that this Wednesday November 13th is the deadline to sign up as a Patreon supporter at any level for a chance to win a signed copy of “Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse” by Brenton Lengel, my Halloween guest. This is the latest patron perk that I’m calling these “Swagstakes”, where once a month I choose a supporter at random to receive some swag from a guest.

Nov 12, 201955:56
42. Brenton Lengel - Writer - "Snow White Zombie Apocalypse"

42. Brenton Lengel - Writer - "Snow White Zombie Apocalypse"

Today my guest is playwright and author, Brenton Lengel. Brent and I go back nearly ten years, when I first met him at an open mic in New York. In this episode we spend a bit of time catching up and tracking the arc of his writing career, but the main reason I invited Brent onto the show was to talk about his new comic “Snow White Zombie Apocalypse”, published by Scout Comics.

I’m going to quote the synopsis from Scout’s website now since I never pass up an opportunity to save myself some time writing these intros:

Snow White awakens to True Love's Kiss... twenty-eight days after the zombie apocalypse! With the Seven Dwarves dead, the quintessential fairytale princess must join forces with her polyamorous Prince Charming and his tough-as-nails paramour, Rapunzel, to wage a losing battle against death itself. Bound by love and driven apart by jealousy, can this unlikely trio find a way to put aside their differences, or will they be devoured by the reanimated denizens of their once enchanted kingdom? Based on the hit play by the same name, Snow White Zombie Apocalypse is a story of deep woods and old magic mixed with a healthy dollop of blood, sex, kung fu and gender politics. Y'know, fairy tales as usual.

The comic is now available in shops all over the country, or you can order it online at

Brent was also gracious enough to sign and donate a copy that I will be giving away to one lucky Patreon supporter. If you’d like a chance to win, sign up to support the show at any level at before Thursday November 14th (two weeks from today). At that time I will print out all the supporters names, toss them into one of the many hollowed out skulls I have lying around the house, and select the winner.

Oct 31, 201947:09
41. N6664 - Doom Chip Performance Artist
Oct 29, 201901:11:40
40. Deb Zep - Singer/Songwriter/Soulmate (Wedding Anniversary Tribute)
Sep 01, 201901:00:36
The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 4-7

The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 4-7

The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans. This is the second half, Chapters 1-3 are in the previous episode. 

Robert is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Behind The Bastards”, where he profiles some of the worst people in history. The work he has done to catalog the history of White Supremacy in America provides so much essential context for our current political climate. So with his permission, I am republishing the entire book in two parts this week. You can also find the book at

Chapter 4: How to Build an Army

Louis Beam was once a normal American soldier. But in the wake of the Vietnam War, he would painstakingly craft a vicious fascist insurgency. When Beam’s ground-level activism met Pierce’s propaganda, the result was the birth of a terrorist movement that still stalks us to this day.

Chapter 5: The Hidden Civil War

Inspired by Beam and Pierce, a young man named Bob Mathews attempted to spark a Second American Civil War. Whether he succeeded or failed is still up in the air.

Chapter 6: The Perfect Soldier

In his life and death, Timothy McVeigh represented the best-case scenario for the kind of warriors Louis Beam wanted to inculcate through his “leaderless resistance” strategy. His story is a tale of triumph for American fascism.

Chapter 7: The Digital Reich

This is where we are now: an era where a distributed network of individual extremists are able to radicalize each other and inspire acts of violence worldwide. This is not the result of an unhappy accident, or an unforeseen consequence of the digital era. It’s the result of decades of careful planning.

Aug 25, 201901:42:50
The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 1-3

The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 1-3

The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans

Robert is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Behind The Bastards”, where he profiles some of the worst people in history. The work he has done to catalog the history of White Supremacy in America provides so much essential context for our current political climate. So with his permission, I am republishing the entire book in two parts this week. You can also find the book at

Chapter 1: The Eternal Fascist

There is nothing new under the sun. In this chapter, you’ll learn about “Ur-Fascism”, and how humor and irony have historically been used to enable its rise.

Chapter 2: An American Fascist Faith

The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting, the Poway Synagogue shooting, the Olympic park bombing and dozens of other terrorist attacks all have one thing in common- Christian Identity. In this chapter, we delve into a cultic belief system at the heart of American fascism.

Chapter 3: The Apostle of Fascism

William Luther Pierce is the most important Nazi you’ve never heard of, and his work has helped inspire a generation of terrorists- right up to the present day.

Aug 23, 201901:13:26
39. Save the Footlight - Laura Regan, Owner

39. Save the Footlight - Laura Regan, Owner

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 Welcome to a special episode of BZ Listening. The podcast is officially on vacation, but I wanted to help spread the word about a fundraiser for The Footlight, a venue in Ridgewood Queens that is very near and dear to my heart, as are its owner Laura Regan, and her husband Tim. The Footlight opened just as I was departing New York for Cleveland, but I got to produce the very first show that graced its stage, the finale of my variety show, The BZ Douglas Carnivale. On today’s episode, Laura and I discuss the genesis of the Footlight, how it has become an artistic incubator and a space that fosters community, and finally the financial troubles she is facing due to a landlord that is not honoring his obligations, and the systemic problems that the city has with regulating building owners. 

Beloved Ridgewood Bar and Music Venue Struggles with Landlord's Negligence
[Bushwick Daily]

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Aug 16, 201901:04:39
38. Jane Arnoff Logsdon - Stand Up to Trump CLE Organizer

38. Jane Arnoff Logsdon - Stand Up to Trump CLE Organizer

On today’s episode, at the top I announce a brief break from the show, and some state of the podcast reflections as the show nears its first anniversary. There may be a surprise episode or two, but no regularly scheduled music until September.

Today’s guest is Jane Arnoff Logsdon. I met Jane randomly last year when we were both cast in a play as part of the Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival. As castmates do, we became friends on Facebook, and before long Jane started inviting me to Stand Up to Trump CLE events, but I wasn’t able to make any of them.  

On July 12th, the family and I attended “Lights for Liberty”, which was in coordination with events across the country, organized by Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Indivisible CLE, the Immigration Working Group of Cleveland,  Action Together Lakewood Area, Women’s March Northeast Ohio, Stand Up to Trump CLE, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus and the InterReligious TaskForce on Central America. The purpose of the event was to call for an immediate end to immigrant detention and family separation and to defund ICE.

To my surprise, the MC for the event was my old castmate Jane! A few days later, I reached out to ask her to be on the show, and I am very excited to share our conversation about activism, organizing, and just how fucked we are under Trump.

Aug 09, 201901:01:57
37. Justin Curry - Violinist
Aug 05, 201901:08:56
36. Henry Black - Singer/Songwriter
Jul 29, 201946:49
35. Pat Hull - Singer/Songwriter
Jul 22, 201901:10:01
34. Zen Soundscapes at IngenuityFest

34. Zen Soundscapes at IngenuityFest

Today, my guests are Amanda Nyx, a painter, teacher, and installation artist, along with former guest of the show, musician Michael McFarland. I’m such a huge fan of the work Amanda and Michael do in the Cleveland area, especially their work on the McFarland Manor shows, so I wanted to have them on to help spread the word about their new project for Ingenuity Cleveland, entitled “Zen Soundscapes”

In our chat, we go over the purpose of Ingenuity Cleveland and how getting involved with that space took Amanda and Michael in new directions as artists. Amanda goes deep on the history and purpose of zen gardens, and Michael explains how their project will be taking the traditional zen garden and enhancing it with technology.

Most importantly, the reason I recorded and am releasing this today is to help Amanda and MIchael spread the word about their fundraiser for this project. 

All donations made before August 1st will be 100% matched by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match Fund through a partnership with a new crowdfunding platform, ioby, which worked with Michael and Amanda to secure these matching funds.

Zen Soundscapes Fundraiser on ioby

Jul 19, 201954:05
33. Killy Dwyer - Mockstar, MC, Performance Artist
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