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Thompson Square

By Comedian, Fun, Music, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Politics No Comments

Shawna and Keifer Thompson of country duo Thompson Square join Gary Scott Thomas this week and let me tell you. This is a juicy conversation!

In this episode:

  • Why they moved so far out of Nashville
  • Their song “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”
  • Their new song “Country in My Soul”
  • The peaks and valleys of being an artist
  • The odds of “making it”
  • Losing family & friends along their journey to the top
  • Their new team
  • Parenting in the music industry
  • Parents’ responsibilities to teach equality
  • Racism in America
  • How to judge someone
  • Defining what success looks like to them
  • Why they’ll never play 270 shows in a year again
  • The root of Country Music
  • The problem with appealing to the masses
  • The evolution of award shows
  • Why a show got canceled
  • Championing people who show value
  • Comedy and Country
  • Being divided as a country

I told you it was a juicy one! Dive in!

Quotations:

“I don’t feel famous.” ~Shawna Thompson

“We don’t feel like we exude the ‘famosity.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“You always feel like you’re clawing and scratching.” ~Keifer Thompson

“The crazy ride continues.” ~Shawna Thompson

“In the eyes of God, we’re all equal.” ~Keifer Thompson

“Anytime you force something, it’s not real.” ~Keifer Thompson

“People seem to be more open now.” ~Keifer Thompson

“There are some great artists you’re never going to hear, just because that’s the nature of the industry.” ~Keifer Thompson

“We have to continue to check ourselves and say, ‘I’m not better than anyone.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“I hate social media for all the hate it spreads.” ~Keifer Thompson

“He’ll pull a Will Smith real quick.” ~Shawna Thompson

Bio:

Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. They’ve won awards such as the Academy of Country Music Award for Duo of the Year and the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their new single is “Country in My Soul.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://thompsonsquare.com/

Marc Straus

By Author, Education, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Uncategorized No Comments

*Trigger Warning: domestic abuse*
This episode with highly accomplished oncologist Marc Straus is jam-packed with astonishing stories that take you by surprise and inspire you to stay in the fight.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being published over 100 times
  • Poetry
  • Why Americans don’t like poetry as much as other places
  • Growing up with a father who wasn’t allowed to go to school
  • What immigrant families can do to set their kids up for success
  • Going against the grain with his new book
  • Childhood abuse
  • Being a streetfighter
  • Putting a stop to the abusive cycle
  • Being able to drift out and not feel pain
  • The Fisherman & The Sea and how he could relate
  • Staying true to his childhood voice
  • The unusual fact about his art collection
  • Turning a bad situation into a way to help others
  • Being married to his childhood sweetheart
  • Being in a nearly fatal hit and run
  • Growing up Jewish in the 70s
  • Racism around the world
  • How he came up with the name of his book One-Legged Mongoose

Quotations:

“When I had an idea, I just pushed ahead and did it.” ~Marc Straus

“Poetry is a unique way to use language.” ~Marc Straus

“You can’t do the best job without being fully committed.” ~Marc Straus

“I was meant to be a cancer doctor.” ~Marc Straus

“I was in the fight.” ~Marc Straus

“A lot of who I am today is because I fell in love with books.” ~Marc Straus

“I think books in some way saved me.” ~Marc Straus

“I don’t look back. It gets in your way of moving forward.” ~Marc Straus

“You have to be decisive.” ~Marc Straus

“We have a long history of not learning from history.” ~Marc Straus

Guest’s Bio:

MARC STRAUS is a poet, writer, medical oncologist, and art collector who lives with his wife, Livia, in Chappaqua, NY. The author of numerous scientific papers and articles on contemporary art, and has published four poetry collections including Not God, staged Off-Broadway. His poems and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and many other literary journals. The Strauses founded Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, NY, and Marc runs the Marc Straus Gallery in New York City. One-Legged Mongoose is his first book of prose. For more information, please visit https://marcjstraus.com/.

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Bobby Spears, Jr.

By Author, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized One Comment

Key Takeaways From Episode:

In this dynamic episode, Bobby Spears, Jr. and Gary Scott Thomas have an open and honest conversation about race, politics, raising kids, and more.

Also in this jam-packed episode:

  • What it means to leave a legacy for his kids
  • How not being a millionaire is a good thing
  • Changing the way minorities are viewed and how they view themselves
  • The truth about minorities and poverty
  • How the media’s portrayal of minorities and poverty is perpetuating self-limiting beliefs
  • How the media could help
  • Getting pulled out of his car because of the color of his skin
  • Being “1 step away from Armageddon”
  • How words lose meaning because of hashtags
  • What Americans really have in common
  • His rule for comedians
  • Being an observer
  • His new book
  • and more!

Quotations:

“I’m trying to leave something for my children.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you give your children too much, they don’t understand the value of those things.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“There’s a value in rolling your sleeves up.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“When you don’t have a plan B, you throw everything into plan A.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“I’ve never seen a crime happen in front of me.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“People spend more time insulting and tearing down each other than having discussions.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re brittle.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

Guest’s Bio:

Bobby Spears, Jr. is a husband, father, and writer. Spears attended Howard University on an Annenberg Scholarship awarded in part to an academic paper he wrote on the importance of changing the ways minorities are viewed and view themselves in the media. After graduating in 1996 with a BA in television and film production, he chose to work in his family business, providing housing and attendant care to the mentally disabled. Over more than 20 years, the Spears family has grown their business into the largest privately-owned personal care provider in Pennsylvania. At their height, the company housed and cared for nearly five hundred disabled clients monthly.

During his career, Mr. Spears provided assistance to nearly ten thousand clients and families, worked with thousands of third-party health care providers, dealt with three state administration changes, and consulted for multiple entrepreneurs opening their own facilities. Spears never gave up his desire to impact the world through media, so at the age of forty-three, he decided to focus on writing and television, and film production. He is supported and motivated to succeed by his wife Adrienne and two children, Zakhari and Zoie.

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David Bahnsen

By Author, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized No Comments

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being bicoastal
  • What’s forcing people out of California
  • Moving Tax Day
  • The difference between wanting socialism and hating capitalism
  • Telling the whole story of the cogs of a free society
  • Crisis of responsibility
  • What he would say to Bernie Sanders
  • Decline of the relevance of college
  • His new book, There’s No Free Lunch
  • Consequences of inadequate self-responsibility

Quotations:

“I blame the voters.” @DavidBahnsen

“Human liberty creates a greater good.” @DavidBahnsen

“We get the government we deserve.” @DavidBahnsen

“If we sit around waiting for the government to shrink itself, we’re wasting our time.” @DavidBahnsen

“People don’t hate billionaires because they have too many zeroes and commas, they hate billionaires because they’re richer than they are.” @DavidBahnsen

Guest’s Bio:

As the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer,  David oversees the management of over $3.5 billion in client assets.

Prior to launching The Bahnsen Group, he spent eight years as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and six years as a Vice President at UBS. He is consistently named as one of the top financial advisors in America by Barron’s, Forbes, and the Financial Times (2016-2021).more …

He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and Fox Business, and is a regular contributor to National Review. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, Capital Record, dedicated to a defense of free enterprise and capital markets. He is a regular lecturer for the Acton Institute and the Center for Cultural Leadership and writes daily investment commentary at thedctoday.com and weekly macro commentary at dividendcafe.com.

David is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and the King’s College, both in New York City.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (2018), and The Case for Dividend Growth: Investing in a Post-Crisis World (2019). His newest book, There’s No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths, was released in November 2021.

David’s true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and Chinese food. His ultimate passions are his wife of 20+ years, Joleen, their children, Mitchell, Sadie, and Graham, and the life they’ve created together on both coasts.

Guest’s Contact Info:

  • https://twitter.com/DavidBahnsen
  • https://thebahnsengroup.com/