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The Optimistic Curmudgeon

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The Optimistic Curmudgeon is an interview podcast where Josh Herring interviews expert guests whose credentials and experience help listeners understand truth in a confusing world. We discuss issues under seven areas: economics, politics, education, philosophy, business, virtue, and leadership! May the best ideas win.
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The Salty Curmudgeons

The Salty Curmudgeons

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Not afraid to speak their minds, the Salty Curmudgeons share their wisdom & thoughts on culture, lifestyle, current events, and sports. Sometimes controversial and always entertaining, our conversations are geared to make you laugh, think, and sometimes feel a little salty!
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Curious Curmudgeons

Barnabas Piper & Adam Read

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If you love to explore ideas and consider life deeply . . . but you also can’t hold your tongue or help rolling your eyes at some of life’s crazy, then this podcast is for you. Join Barnabas Piper & Adam Read in their exploration of (and occasional grumpiness at) big issues in life as Christians.
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You've liked him on Facebook, you follow him on Twitter. Now hear him live on KLRNRadio.com. Conservatives envy him and Liberals hate him. He hits every issue hard and with facts and if you aren't careful he can and will live rent free in your head! No holds barred and no punches pulled if you are on the wrong side of an issue he will call you out regardless of party affiliation. He is Grouchy Aka The Conservative Curmudgeon
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The MMA Curmudgeons

Jonathan Snowden and Ryan Loco

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Bleacher Report Senior writer Jonathan Snowden and photographer Ryan Loco have been around the fight game just long enough to be a bit sick of it all. Want ambivalence, ennui and unexplained anger? You've come to the right place!
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In which the Curmudgeons continue their romp through rock's second golden age by revisiting perhaps the age's most underrated year. There were a ton of great albums released in 1970, as we discuss at least half-a-ton of those albums during this episode. It was a year when the rock 'n' roll generation started to mature and grow more varied in its ta…
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John Wilsey discusses the nature of religious conservatism, its place in the American tradition, and why conservatives are the best disposed group in America today to defend everyone's religious liberty. He explains the nature of patriotism, defending the idea of being American, and roots his arguments in Burkean conservatism. With callbacks to epi…
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In this episode of the Curious Curmudgeon Podcast, Barnabas Piper and co-curmudgeon, Adam Read, take a stroll through their church histories, examining the fabric of their faith from childhood to the present. They reflect on their formative years in the pews, the nuances of congregational life across different geographies, and the profound impact o…
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You don't have to be old to appreciate the challenges of getting older and the impact on people trying to stay fit. Join our Curmudgeons as they provide a hilarious take on the things aging athletes have to do to stay in the game! The Salty CurmudgeonsThe Salty Curmudgeons による
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is back. Well, at least for most of the show. He is tired and his internet dies. So he and Sam have only one main topic. That is of course Donald's legal saga. Stormy and Cohen. Timelines and strategy. The gag order and other trials. Everything you expect. But first both cohosts have had recent "small world" e…
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Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane, exploring the evolution of friendship through the various stages of life. We start with childhood, reminiscing about the constant companionship of siblings and the golden days of high school with its bands and mild mischief. As we move through the timeline, we laugh over the social minefield of middle s…
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Joe Rigney discusses his new book, Leadership and Emotional Sabotage: Resisting the Anxiety That Will Wreck Your Family, Destroy Your Church, and Ruin the World, and the need for men in particular to rediscover their authority. Rigney argues that rightly used authority is a blessing to those under it and in the absence of that authority chaos reign…
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Loyal cohost Ivan is sick. So Sam got a substitute again. Long time listener Matt joins Curmudgeon's Corner for the first time to talk about the Tik Tok ban, the Gaza protests, rescheduling marijuana, and MTG’s motion to vacate. Plus movies. A bunch of movies. And a few other random things. Yay!Show Details:Recorded 2024-05-11Length this week 2:12:…
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Join us on the Curious Curmudgeon podcast as we unpack the various suitcases that come with moving through different stages of life. We share our own nomadic journeys, spanning countless states and homes, and reflect on how these transitions have reshaped our lives. From the thrill of adventure when flying solo to the intricate dance of relocating …
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In which The Curmudgeons straight cold rock a party and revisit hip-hop's greatest, most electrifying, most unendingly thrilling period, which stretched from 1986 to 1991. We tear through 12 brilliant albums and dozens of awesome singles that taught all the MCs and producers that followed how it should it be done--and how it would be done from here…
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Andrew Zwerneman discusses the nature of history, how it should be taught, and its role in a classical education. History is a primary method of shaping the moral imagination, and Zwerneman describes the pivotal role of the classical educator in forming students to cultivate historical consciousness. Find all of Andrew resources and more at Cana Ac…
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about YouTube TV, Gremlins 2, Humane AI, Rabbit R1, and of course all the latest Trump stuff. So just about what you would expect on a week like this. So yeah. That's that. Please clap.Show Details:Recorded 2024-05-04Length this week 2:00:12 (0:00:00-0:01:52) Cold Open (0:02:12-0:33:42) But First…
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Ever wondered how a job can be more than just a paycheck, or pondered the spiritual significance behind the daily grind? Join Barnabas Piper and co-curmudgeon, Adam Read, as they unravel the tapestry of career paths, job satisfaction, and the deeper meaning of work. This inaugural flight begins with brooms in hand as church custodians, a humble sta…
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Rob Thornett, a classical educator with Great Hearts Academies, explains how classical methods and approaches help students discover the good that education can give them. Rob is a global traveler, and has taught in various international settings. This conversational episode is based on Rob’s article in Quillette: https://quillette.com/2024/02/09/t…
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan and Sam cover the Gaza protests at US Universities, and of course all the latest Trump related drama. But first, the benefits of being a regular customer at certain establishments, tales of old fashioned business liquid lunches, and a cornucopia of movie and TV reviews. A very over stuffed over full show. Burp…
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A suburban Nashville pastor and a rural Virginia technology director coming together to stir up a heartwarming concoction of wisdom and wit. That's what you're in for as Barnabas Piper and Adam Read swing open the doors to their lives, revealing the quirks of pastoral duties and digital dilemmas, all while herding chickens and wrangling kids. Amids…
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Scott Yenor describes more than 20 woke pieces of legislation passed in California in recent years and the terrible effects they have on California education. Dr. Yenor explains what’s really going in some key educational buzzwords: culturally responsive teaching, social emotional learning, action civics, critical social justice, and restorative ju…
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In which The Curmudgeons marvel at the trainwreck that the career of a pretty fabulous rock 'n' roll singer became. Rod Stewart's gravelly, soulful voice was the engine for a series of great ramped-up yet mostly acoustic albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, all of which cemented a solid legacy for the singer. And then Stewart became beholden t…
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, the big topics for Sam and Ivan are Trump stuff and Congress stuff. You probably could have guessed that. What else would it be? But they also talk couches and charging tables. And this week's movie is the 1995 version of Escape to Witch Mountain. Enjoy!Show Details:Recorded 2024-04-19Length this week 2:02:03 (0:…
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan has travel issues, so Sam is joined by occasional guest cohost Ed. They cover the Iran/Israel developments as the big actual news story of the week, but they also talk taxes, and climate change, tech advancements, and ebooks. And this week's movie is Divergent from 2014. So that's that.Show Details:Recorded 20…
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Paul Krause, editor in chief of Voegelin View, joins Josh for this season's Great Books discussion on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Krause situates Swift in his moment in time, and explains the depths of satirical insight Swift applies to questions of human nature. What do the Houyhnhnm, Yahoos, Brobdingnagians, Lilliputians, Laputans, and c…
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In which The Curmudgeons meditate on one of rock's most important years. The music of 1969 was as inspiring as the times it was released were tumultuous. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who all released celebrated masterworks. Southern rock was born, and the newfangled form of funk continued to evolve. And two gigantic festivals hit the Uni…
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Ferenc Horcher discusses the life, scholarship, and humanity of Sir Roger Scruton. Author of Art and Politics in Roger Scruton’s Conservative Philosophy, Horcher explains the connections between Scruton's life and the development of his philosophy. Along the way, Horcher explains Scruton's aesthetic, conservatism, and cultivation of the finer thing…
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan and Sam do the routine discussion of Trump's current legal and financial woes. The other major newsy topic for the first time in a long time is the situation in Gaza. But before these things, a discussion of unexpected AI generated nudity, the phenomenon of cultural flattening between generations, and a look…
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan talk about Trump's money and legal woes as well as more general discussion of Election 2024. But also shorter hits on DeSantis vs Disney, NBC vs McDaniel, dealing with holidays that aren't work holidays, V for Vendetta, and more!Show Details:Recorded 2024-03-29Length this week 1:58:32 (0:01:17-0:24:01) …
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The Curmudgeons share their pet peeves including those who use the speaker phone in public places, waiting at the doctor office, and the inefficiency of having to drive to multiple stores when shopping. Prepare to get annoyed!! The Salty CurmudgeonsThe Salty Curmudgeons による
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In which The Curmudgeons make the case for what we think is one of the most underrated bands of all time: The Doors. Wait. The Doors?! Yup. Once revered and now reviled, The Doors, we believe, are viewed by younger generations as a Baby Boomer fossil that is as pretentious as it is insufferable. But that misses the mark badly. Listen as we discuss …
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan talk Trump and Congress. Because of course they do. But also travel complaints and a movie review. Cause of course they do that too. Pretty much the normal routine for this show. But it is what all of you like, right? Show Details:Recorded 2024-03-23Length this week 1:40:35 (0:00:54-0:28:50) But Firs…
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Between Elon Musk's Neuralink, Amazon's Upload, and the promises of both AI programs like Chat GPT and Google Gemini and investments into virtual reality (Meta), the potential for exchanging the material world for some other kind of existence has never been more clear. But can an alternate reality lead to happiness? Dr. Peter Forrest, Dean of Human…
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss lots of obsolete technology, Boeing's real issues, some more Boeing issues that aren't really Boeing's fault, Trump's many many legal issues, and the merits of the 1980 movie Raging Bull. So that's that. Show Details: Recorded 2024-03-16 Length this week 1:59:34 (0:00:01-0:04:31) Cold Open (0:0…
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On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam is traveling for a memorial service for his step-grandfather, so Ivan makes an appearance only as a recorded ghost. Because we couldn’t miss one of his rants. Otherwise, the main topics are the State of the Union speech and the fact that the Biden vs Trump rematch is almost official. Finally, some bits from t…
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The Curmudgeons stroll down memory lane of a time when using typewriters, rotary phones, and 8-track players were the norm. Enjoy this nostalgic trip reminding you of a childhood free from the technology of today! The Salty CurmudgeonsThe Salty Curmudgeons による
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In which The Curmudgeons introduce you--again--to your new favorite band. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club spliced the neo-psychedelic swagger of bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre with the rawkin' menace of the Stone Roses, Oasis and other British bands to offer a maximal yet poignant vision of what rock 'n' roll should be. Their five-album output…
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Katy Faust and Stacy Manning discuss the realities of raising conservative kids in a woke city. They offer realistic advice and solid analysis with a gentleness of spirit that will resonate with all parents. The book is Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City - get your copy today!OptimisticCurmudgeon2021 による
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner Ivan talks AirPods, migrants, and Mitch McConnell while Sam continues to catch up on movies, and of course goes over all the Trump legal cases. Between them, they fill up an exciting and eventful show, that surely you don't want to miss. Hit play now! Before it is too late! Show Details: Recorded 2024-03-01 Length t…
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner, Sam and Ivan hit Russian Intelligence Operations, along with Republicans, both unhinged and indebted. Those are the more newsy bits. But they also cover computer issues, travel, movies, and having young coworkers. All the usual tropes. Enjoy! Show Details: Recorded 2024-02-23 Length this week 1:54:30 (0:00:39-0:3…
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In which The Curmudgeons explore the dichotomous year that followed 1967's Summer of Love trippiness. The previous year's highs represent a peak creative burst. Well, where to go next? That's where the era's most storied artists diverged. On the one hand, you had bands that went bigger and bolder--The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead fal…
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This week on Curmudgeon's Corner, Ivan is AWOL again, so Sam is joined by his wife Brandy for the first part of the show. She's a state rep, so after some movie talk, for once the show dives into state politics rather than the national picture and we get a glimpse of the legislative process. Then after she leaves, the usual Trump and election conte…
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On this week's Curmudgeon's Corner Sam and Ivan do a bit more non-politics than has been the norm basically, with some Apple Vision Pro talk, plus stories of stupid payments, dumb interfaces, and a movie review. After that you do have Trump news, and Congressional Republicans failing, and the Hur Report. Oh, and some Elon and economy stuff too. Sho…
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