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By Jason Valade
Old friends interviewing interesting people! Join us for the ride! Find us on Twitter @40ishPodcast
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Demian Ross ~ Digital Nomad and his Road to 1000
We were honored to have Demian Ross @demianross on and things got real. He shared the twists and turns his life has taken, how he had used adversity to drive him towards his goals, and a true insight into the world of a digital nomad. 
May 12, 2019
Content Creation with Kevin Nether - The Tech Ninja!
Kevin Nether (@techninjaspeaks) joins the crew and helps give some insight to the world of content creation, balancing different priorities, and how all that glorious tech influences his life.  And, as a fellow Michigander, it was confirmed that he is a solid guy!
May 07, 2019
Get Planting with Matt Freeman
Matt Freeman has been a sales rep 21 years for Ball Seed Company of W Chicago, which is a 110 yr old family business, 3rd generation and the largest distributor of annuals/ perennials / other greenhouse needs to commercial greenhouses. Previously worked in Chicago in commercial landscape.
May 01, 2019
Roast Master Seth Chapman of Water Street Coffee - Part I
This is a good one! Seth Chapman is the Roast Master for Water Street Coffee in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Seth is responsible for sourcing and roasting coffee for Water Street, as well as quality control, roast profile development, and many other coffee and tea-driven projects. He is a certified Q Grader, and has just returned form an origin trip to Costa Rica earlier this month. 
April 24, 2019
Fighting Through with Deputy Sheriff / MMA Beast John Darling
John Darling ( hops in the podcast to chat about the challenges facing officers in our modern world, the training and fighting involved in MMA and a story or two about past guest Rich Austin @riaustin27
April 19, 2019
Digital Marketing 'n stuff with Jeff Julian
Jeff Julian (@jjulian @Entmktr) CEO with Squared Digital helps the guys to discover how marketing, advertising, and PR are the same but different.... but the same... sort of. He shares insights on how to reach specific customers and for the love of everything, do NOT drink kombucha.... (the joke that will not die). 
April 05, 2019
Kalamazoo legend Judy Sarkozy of Sarkozy Bakery
Jason and Jon had the pleasure (absolute pleasure) of speaking with Kalamazoo legend Judy Sarkozy of Sarkozy Bakery. The conversation ranged from her beginnings. her heartfelt connection to Kalamazoo, the early connection to Bell's Beer and how Jason wouldn't stop asking about Italian bread. A truly fun episode!
March 21, 2019
Dennis Mollan of Pro Tone Pedals
Welp......Dennis Mollan of Pro Tone Pedals swears a lot,  chats up branding and more.  And honestly... it is all about knobs.
March 08, 2019
Ride the Wave with Keith Stixx of Tsunami Cables
Keith joins the crew to chat about his company's origins, his thoughts on the music industry and personal/professional branding. Oh, and Moody likes his pink wankers.
February 27, 2019
Brewing Greatness with OneWell's Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill, the owner of OneWell Brewing, joined the crew to chat up craft beer, drinking local, growing into a Kalamazoo institution (my words) and Effing Pumpkin Ale... Seriously, if you like beer, fun times and killer food, consider a visit to
February 21, 2019
Brick by Brick with Lego Education Master Trainer Kelly Reddin
Kelly Reddin, Master Trainer with Lego Education, stops by the podcast to chat about the power of play, STEM learning and the creativity of thinking outside the box. Oh, and bricks..... we talk about bricks.
February 13, 2019
Being (sort of) Bi-coastal with Paul Hegedus
Paul Hegedus (longtime friend, investment dude and Wing Tsun Kung Fu instructor) join the guys for some insight into living in Boston and San Fransisco.
February 07, 2019
Grab Bag VII
The description is NOT descriptive. 4 guys + 4 secret questions = well..... this episode. Welcome in Jason, Jon, Lance, and Andy!
January 22, 2019
For Voice Over go with JO: Josiah Bildner
Voice Over artist Josiah Bildner joins the crew ( ) and hilarity ensues. We discuss how one gets started in voice-over, the roots of his acting, and stuff coming at you SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
January 16, 2019
“Keep on truckin'" with OTR truck driver Kari Bulkley
40ish welcomes Kari Bulkley, a former tech company employee who followed his lifelong dream to become a trucker. Kari shares the process one takes to become a driver, some interesting things he has learned and how to safely navigate the road as a pesky '4-wheeler".
January 09, 2019
2018 Our Podcast Year in Review
Wow...what a year! 2018 saw 40ish grow from a few listeners a week to averaging over 100 per episode and growing! In fact, we just surpassed 5000 downloads! Jason, Jon, and Lance look back on the year that was in our podcasting journey. What have we learned, what can we do to improve and what is next!
January 04, 2019
Access to Justice with Elizabeth Dick - The Oklahoma Internet Lawyer
Longtime friend and lawyer (and math teacher... and former cellist) Elizabeth Dick of joins us to talk about family law, the evolution of being called to do good in the world and why her O I L logo works!
December 18, 2018
Rise: Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes ... with Kevin Harvey
We welcome in Kevin Harvey (the brains behind to talk about women's wrestling (and all it entails), how partnerships work and mini trip down memory lane to Kalamazoo, MI
December 10, 2018
Over My Head with Jessie O'Donnell (Working Title: Rochambeau)
The crew is privileged to welcome in Jessie O'Donnell for some frank talk about height challenges, her upcoming blog project and why DnD is still relevant...
December 05, 2018
Tool Time with Habitat for Humanity's Tom Tishler
Talk about alliteration in the title! Tom joins the guys and gives us some amazing insight into Habitat and how they serve our community and others. He also guides us through some basic homeowner style tools and repairs.
November 28, 2018
Getting hungry with Jersey Giant's Ken Slocum
We welcome in Ken Slocum of Jersey Giant Subs and he shares the history of his family's business, how he gives back to his community and reveals that Towne Club still exists...
November 21, 2018
The Guys Catch Up
Jason, Jon, & Lance take a break from the norm and just chat with each other about stuff. Like the half marathon that Lance is embarking on OR Jon informing us both what makes a good parent and seeing GWAR live and Jason recalls some of his favorite guests of the past year and shares how you could be involved! @jay2thavee @monjoody @a_bear920
November 17, 2018
Math, Math, Poutine, Marshmallow Guns and Math with Hedge
Shauna Hedgepeth, colloquially known as Hedge (@approx_normal on Twitter) joins the podcast to chat about math, midlife crisis, basic skills everyone needs to know.... and why she cannot say poutine...
November 07, 2018
40th Episode Spectacular!!! with special guest Mrs. Hebert!
Nearly the ENTIRE IBC Posse stops by for this special episode with our #1 fan (and keeper of the basement) Mrs. Hebert! Join Jason, Moody, Lance, Tucker, Burow, and Conrad for this whimsical look back at that haven of fun (Lance's Basement) and basically... well... its an hour long laugh track!
October 31, 2018
Buy or Sell Your Nest with the Best - Patrick Bird of Berkshire Hathaway
Realtor Patrick Bird ( ) joins the guys to talk about all that Kalamazoo has to offer in terms of buying or selling your house, what you should focus on when looking to sell, and whether or not Jason was a good teacher in his district while Patrick was his Superintendent. Spoiler: He was. Take THAT Moody!
October 17, 2018
The Psychology of Business with Rich Austin
The guys welcome in Rich Austin ( of Sandler Training to talk about having tough business conversations, the how and why to have honest conversations, and the realization that there is an amazing Chicago pizza joint that the crew hasn't been to!
October 09, 2018
Bonus Episode! Grab Bag VI (or 6 for those not in 5th grade)
The team hosts a Grab Bag episode and topics are vast. Jason, Lance, Jon and Andy pose a few questions to each other and we discuss a few topics including, altruism, problems, hobbies and more. Unsurprisingly, Jon says a few inappropriate things, which causes Jason to cower.
October 04, 2018
Being Social with Ryan Pena!
The crew welcomes Ryan Pena (@iRyanPena) of @BeTheMatch to chat about the highs/lows of being social. We chat about his experiences, lemons, and how human social media can be.
September 28, 2018
Talking Educational Tech and stuff with Andy Losik
The guys welcome in STEM teacher extraordinaire Andy Losik ( @mrlosik ) to talk tech, the lack of children's creativity and alternative skill sets. Testing out a new recording is the sound quality?
September 26, 2018
BBQ Galore with John Mahlstedt of Johnny Barbecue
The guys welcome in John Mahlstedt (@jdmahlstedt) teacher extraordinaire and proprietor of Johnny Barbecue (@johnny_barbecue) in NoCal. They discuss....well.... barbecue...... and other things.... but barbecue seemed to be a theme...
September 12, 2018
Beer, Photos and The Promise with special guest Fritz Klug!
The guys are joined by a special guest, Fritz Klug, who shared beer knowledge, his experience with the Kalamazoo Promise and his new photography project
September 05, 2018
Vidiyah Gamez with Jen Tonon
Jason, Jon and Lance welcome in Jen Tonon (gamer/musician/badass) to chat about gaming (both classic and current) and where she sees the state of gaming today.... or something like that. Hilarity ensued all the way to the very end. SPOILER: Stay until the end.
August 29, 2018
The Evolution of Friendship
We get deep.... and laugh.... and Jason gets a little too much airtime..... but since he is typing this, he will let that slide. Jason is joined by Jon, Lance and Andy... but plenty of people get the nod.
August 24, 2018
Are we tech savvy?
Jason, Jon and Lance chat about tech... lots and lots of tech.... and donuts....and beer..... and lederhosen... we were all over the board.
August 15, 2018
Grab Bag.... we think #5
Jason, Lance and Jon pose a few questions to each other and we discuss a few topics including, music, office decor and impactful moments. And Jon says a few inapproiate things, per the usual.
July 31, 2018
Tips and Tricks for Travelers (and some stories too)
Jason is joined by Jon and Lance to chat up flying, cruises, must-have travel items and where they would like to find themselves if given the chance at their dream destination.
July 27, 2018
When I grow up....
Jason is joined by Jon, Lance, Andy, and Conrad to discuss how they got to their current job, the twists and turns that resulted in their chosen path.... and whether or not it was their actual chosen path..... and Andy and Jason crack up in the middle.... uncontrollably... Our thanks to Jon Moody ( for the badass new theme music!
July 18, 2018
Jason, Jon and Lance make the bed, clean the bathroom, mow the lawn and dive deep into responsibilities, habit vs. muscle memory and riducle Jason for not earning an allowance......
July 11, 2018
What have the guys been up to and a little 4th of July
Jason, Lance, and Jon talk about where they have been this past week (Lance consuming craft beer in North Carolina and Jon gigging with and how they had spent and may spend their upcoming 4th of July holiday.
July 03, 2018
What does it mean to go out and play?
The crew (which can be found at talks about playing, the importance of creativity, your neighborhood and why boredom is needed.
June 27, 2018
Road Trips (with a Special Guest)
Wow... lots o' folks in this one.... Jason, Lance, Josh, Andy, Andrew, and Matt chat about road trips as kids, road trips in the adult world, and a little trip in 1997 to Wittenberg U.
June 20, 2018
Odyssey of the Mind (with Special Guests)
Jason, Lance, Andy and Josh welcome in fellow Waverly Class of 1994 alums Marcus LaPratt and Kevin Pease for a whirlwind conversation about this wonderful creativty inducing activity that helped shape much of our adult lives. Got an idea for a topic? Ready for some upcoming episodes about the comparissons between our lives as kids and our lives as parents? Reach out to us on Twitter!
June 13, 2018
Remember when...?
Jason, Jon and Andy dig deep in the memory banks and recall several funny, and disturbingly specific, stories about each other. Many, MANY laughs were had by all! THink you have a topic for an upcoming episode? Share it with us by calling into our show on Anchor OR hit us up on Twitter
June 06, 2018
Freshman Year (with Special Guest!)
Jason and Lance hold down the fort and welcome in the one, the only Eric "Flea" Falker to the podcast. The magical years of 1990-1991 are chatted about with memories ranging from sports to classes... to a going away party as Eric left us after one year. Join the conversation on Twitter at
May 30, 2018
Comics - Part II (The Dailies)
Today the crew (with a newly minted Twitter handle - chat about newspapers and the colorful magic within. Well, sort of.... they chat more about comics, characters and what they would do if given control. Some language is saucy... you have been warned!
May 25, 2018
Comics! Part 1 - Marvel - SPOILERS!!!
SPOILERS!! Today Josh, Andy, Jon, and Lance educate Jason on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.... and they quickly realize he is going to be a below average student. SPOILERS SPOILERS regarding Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 we will be discussing the comics of the daily newspaper variety... stay tuned!
May 16, 2018
Grab Bag IV - with Special Guest
On our fourth edition of 'Grab Bag' Jason, Jon, Lance, and Andy welcome in fellow WHS alum (1995) Toni Chamness-Jobe from just south of Lance in South Carolina. Movie characters, cars, adulting (hard) and realizations are shared in this awesome episode! Got an idea for a podcast topic? HIt Jason up on Facebook or Twitter @jaythavee
May 08, 2018
Teachers of Waverly High School (1991-1995)
Jason, Moody (Jon), Lance, and Burow (Andrew to the rest of you) chat abolut their fondest teacher memories. Who influenced us, who was the most memorable.... and who... well.... you will just have to liosten!
May 02, 2018
The IBC Posse Origin Story...with ANOTHER Special Guest!
Jason, Andy, Lance, and Jon welcome in a true OG Andrew Burow to share how the posse came to be, why it exists, and what makes it still important to us to this day!
April 27, 2018
Marching Band... with Special Guest!
Jason, Jon and Lance welcome in Josh Holmberg (Waverly High School 1994) to chat up all things... well, most things, marching band. The challenegs, the lessons, the ear canal toothpaste (it was a thing, just listen).
April 16, 2018
Extra-curricular Activities
The guys have a deeper conversation about what they define as extra-curricular activities, both from the youth and with the current lives. We unearth several previously unknown facts about some and solidify our understanding of the activities of others. PROGRAMMING NOTE: There will be a 1-week hiatus as the crew takes some time. We will be back and better than ever after the break. Have an idea for a show topic? Share it with us! Tweet at @jay2thavee or respond to this post.
March 28, 2018
Music - Part Duex
The guys continue the conversation around 90's music and dive semi-deep into alternative music. What defines it? Favortie Bands? Did Lance actually listen to anything?
March 21, 2018
Music...lots & lots of early 90's music
Jason and the guys talk about music...... as the title suggests. We play a little game trying to jog our memories of the top charts from 1990-1995, concerts we wanted to attend, albums that might have defined us, and discovered that we have only cracked the surface of what we could (and will) talk more about in upcoming episodes. Got a topic idea? Tweet those ideas to Jason @Jay2thaVee or post them on Facebook.
March 15, 2018
Lunchtime Shenanigans
The Fearsome Foursome (man that does NOT sound right) chat about various lunch antics durig their time in high school and then branch off in other topics related to our school expereicnes. Jon, Lance, Andy and Jason are always looking for new topic ideas! Have one? Care to share?
March 01, 2018
Jason and the guys have a great conversation about their first cars and stories around them. And in a technical glitch, which is just Jason being an idiot, we realize that the first half-hour is missing because he failed to hit record. But man that second half is pure recording gold.
February 21, 2018
Jobby Jobs
The guys chat about jobs they've had throughout their entire lives. Everything from the forgettable high school roles to various interactions they've had with other jobs throughout their careers. This is truly where we learned things have changed and that Andy is a destructive force with former jobs......
February 14, 2018
Grab Bag Part Duex
Jason, Andy, and Jon all come back from their travels and discuss topics from our second grab bag episode. Maybe you'll hear about cereal. Maybe you'll hear about music. Maybe you have a suggestion for the next episode topic?
February 08, 2018
Grab Bag
While Jon is away Jason and Andy explore the podcast known as the grab bag. Each person in the podcast brings a topic to discuss and doesn't share it prior to airing. That means all of our answers feelings and reactions are true and immediate as we have had zero time to think on them. This one's a little deeper than normal not as much hilarity.
January 24, 2018
Food, Fun, & Roads
Jason, Andy, and Jon explore their memory banks and find different places they grab grub in the past or hung out as buddies with their whole crew. Hillarity ensues.
January 18, 2018
Toys Part 2
Re-uploaded with new intro and outro music.
January 16, 2018
Toys then and now
Jason Jon and Andy discuss toys from their youth and compare them to toys that their kids got over the holidays. There's even some embarrassing singing.
January 04, 2018
The balance between being a responsible parent and still holding on to your adult interests
December 31, 2017
A holiday view
Jason and Andy talk about how the holidays changed from being children and having no cares in the world to being responsible adults with families that come first.
December 25, 2017