Well, after a bit of a hiatus, George and Mark are back! On this episode, we discuss the state of affairs we find ourselves in these days, how we got to our current level of national discourse, and more. In the episode, we reference two articles: The Man Who Broke Politics (The Atlantic) and The Rise of False Equivalence (The Intercept). Thanks for listening. We're proud to be part of the Pride48 network of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly podcasts.
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Mark and George take some time to talk about traditions and strange celebrations from around the globe to ring in the new year. (January 11, 2017). Note: Mark and George took a hiatus from the show for almost two years. The show returns December 2018 with Episode 34. Stay tuned.
Both George and Mark turn 50 in the next 12 months: Mark turns 50 on December 27, 2016 and George turns 50 in November 2017! On this episode we talk about our approaches to turning 50. Fear and loathing? Or courage and positivity? You'll have to listen to find out! Happy Birthday to Mark! #Pride48 #P48 (December 23, 2016)
It's time for a Really Old-Ass Review (ROAR) - Mama Mia style. Yep, on this episode Mark and George dig in the video vaults and pull out a musical that is loved by some, reviled by others. Oh, and Mark makes a stunning admission that will have you clutching your pearls! #P48 #Pride48 (September 12, 2016)
Mark has partnered with a friend on a shared community agricultural program. With his fee, he gets a bag of garden goods every week. Hear how Mark deals with quantity - and the challenges of the occasional odd produce items! #Pride48 #P48 (July 11, 2016)
This is a special week for the podcast as we celebrate our one year anniversary. It was during the Pride48 live event this time last year that Mark and I launched the North & South of Things. It is also a pretty somber week giving the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando where 49 members of our LGBT family were killed and more than 50 were injured by gunfire. With this in mind, Mark and I decided to discuss gun ownership and gun control during this special Pride48 live event. This show is proud to be a part of the Pride48 community! Learn more at Pride48.com. (June 19, 2016)
On this episode, Mark and George abandon their "single-topic approach to the show. Instead, they rely on an app to dictate the topics we discuss. The app proves to be pretty handy, but you'll have to listen to get the name of the app. #Pride48 #P48 (May 22, 2016)
On this episode, Mark and George spend some time sharing feedback received and give thanks to listeners! Afterward, there's some discussion on current topics of religious liberty, politics and general nuttiness of today in America. #Pride48 #P48 (May 8, 2016)
Turn about is fair play. Mark gets his revenge on George, with 20 questions of his own. Like the last episode, Mark starts out with the Pivot Questionnaire. Enjoy this episode as we get to know George a bit more. #P48 #Pride48 (April 17, 2016)
It's all about Mark! Mark is on the hot seat as he answers 20 probing questions from George. The first ten questions are from are the popular Pivot Questionnaire, popularized in the States by The Actor's Studio. And then we go deeper with questions like "If you had the power to change one event in history, what would it be?" Enjoy this episode as we get to know more about Mark through his answers. #P48 #Pride48 (April 3, 2016)
On this episode, Mark schools George on suds. It's all about ales, hops, barley, craft breweries and more. Mark, quite the connoisseur of craft beer, makes a compelling argument for buying local when it comes to beer. We run a bit long on this episode, blame it on the beer! #Pride48, #P48 (March 20, 2016)
Why do we watch what we watch? Is it the writing? The acting? The genre? Mark and George talk about the attraction of some series. What do the experts say draw us to serial crime dramas or reality tv? (March 6, 2016)
What are the pros and cons of cutting the cord? How do you stay connected to your favorite shows in a cable-free environment? Are Netflix and Hulu the future networks of choice? Mark and George talk about these questions on this episode. (February 21, 2016)
On this episode, George and Mark take a fascinating look at the real story behind the movie "Kill the Messenger." San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb uncovers another CIA plot to create funds for the Nicaragua Contras. The scheme involves the illegal transportation of massive quantities cocaine across the U.S. border with the support of CIA operatives. The cocaine ultimately led to the 'crack' epidemic in South Central Los Angeles in the 80's. We also talk about the shameful way major newspapers engaged in a smear campaign and ultimately disgrace Webb. (February 7, 2016)
It's a new year and the season for renewed pledges of personal improvement - including finances. Mark & George talk about financial challenges they have experienced and strategies they've employed to move forward. And George talks about some financial backsliding that needs correcting. (January 22, 2016)
Twenty states have some form of a 'religious freedom' law. The SCOTUS decision on marriage equality have many more states considering similar legislation. In this episode we discuss the intent of the legislation, faux religious persecution and a surprising corporate response in Atlanta. (January 11, 2016)
Many in LGBT communities took their first brave steps "out" in queer spaces like bookstores, coffee houses, bars and dance clubs. But are these treasured spaces disappearing? Mark and George share how their favorite queer spaces shaped their early gay-days. We also talk about the incredibly shrinking queer space. While empirical data seems hard to find on the topic, our own observations show fewer and fewer places are available - especially in smaller cities. Does increasing, broad support for LGBT communities result in decreasing numbers of these establishments? Does access to the internet and dating apps further diminish the need for queer spaces? And what does fewer gay spaces mean for an aging gayby-boomers? #Pride48 (December 27, 2015)
We're a bit over the 30 minute limit, but the topic deserves it - whistleblowers. We talk briefly about whistleblowers in film - but mostly about modern day whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden. We share three documentaries on the topic - Citizenfour, Terminal F, and United States of Secrets. Enjoy. #Pride48 (December 14, 2015)
It's our second episode on cooking. Hear how George made a Thanksgiving dinner in 25 minutes and an unusual pie from Mark. And Mark has tips on gravy and over easy eggs as we share some of our Thanksgiving traditions and menu items. Gobble, gobble. #Pride48 @Pride48 (December 1, 2015)
Apologies for the timing/delay snafu. We'll make it up to ya! How about two episodes on the same day? On Episode 11 we talk about one of our favorite BBC shows of late - Vicious. Yeah, the writing could be better and any queen worth her bead-reading weight could see these jokes a mile away, but... we still like it. #Pride48 @Pride48 (December 1, 2015)
On today's episode, Mark and George talk about a topic not often discussed in the gay community - open relationships. Having just fought a battle for marriage equality, are we duty-bound to conform to hetero normative relationships? Can these relationships be successful? If so, what are the keys to ensuring success? Join us for a nonjudgemental conversation on open relationships. (November 1, 2015)
On this episode, George and Mark talk about the gay high-holy Sunday tradition of.... brunch. And yes, we are painfully aware that the last episode was about body image - don't judge us! lol Growing men need their vegetables... and protein... and perhaps a mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Apologies to all for the differing volume levels in the last episode. We promise to do better. #ThanksLevelator
On this episode Mark and George talk about body image - our experiences/issues with body image and how that intersect the gay community. And we have a voicemail message from fellow podcaster Fey Driver of the Pink Wheelnuts Podcast. Thanks for listening. (October 4, 2015)
On today's episode, we're cooking with gas! Mark and George discuss our home cooking activities. From simple to complex dishes, come listen as we discuss cooking that nourishes the body and soul. (September 20, 2015)
Vacation season is quickly vanishing. On this episode, Mark & George talk about gay trippin' - past, present and future! We explore international and cross country destinations, as well as one-tank, back yard excursions. (August 31, 2015)
On this episode, we talk about the T in the LGBT. The transgender community is having a very interesting couple of years. Despite increased awareness and conversation, there continues to be a lack of understanding about basic terms and definitions. We delve into Kaitlyn Jenner's ESPY award and George learns more about the basic Trans definitions. (August 16, 2015)
On this episode, Mark and George talk about their cities' respective NFL stadiums currently under development. Atlanta and Minnesota are both using public financing for the development of these professional sports teams. Is this fair? Does the community benefit from these facilities? Or does this amount to corporate welfare for very wealthy team owners?
On this episode of the North & South of Things podcast, Mark and George discuss the great and growing divide in dialogue and civility in America. What role does social media play in dividing us? (July 19, 2015)
On the second episode of the North & South of Things podcast, Mark and George discuss aging LGBT issues. We talk about aging issues in the gay community as presented in the Netflix series "Grace & Frankie" (2015) as well as two documentary films - "Before you know it" (2013) and "Out Late" (2008).
It's appropriate that our first episode of North & South of Things takes place in Pride month and on a live LGBT streaming event with www.Pride48.com. In this episode we talk about Pride events, a bit about our experiences with these events, and a special interview with Buck Cooke, Executive Director of Atlanta Pride. #AtlantaPride #Pride #LGBT @georgeinatlanta @laffingbuddha