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Say What Needs Saying Origins

By Zachary Sluzala & Brandon Garrison
At its inception, Say What Needs Saying encouraged open, free, and civil discussion about sensitive subjects. Hear the episodes that started it all, where Zack Sluzala and co-host Brandon Garrison tackle touchy topics such as politics, religion, money, and culture, and bring listeners on live for civil conversations. If you enjoy this series, check out newer Say What Needs Saying content at linktr.ee/saywhatneedssaying.
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Biden's Door to Door Vaccines and Facebook Extremism
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the Biden administration's proposal to go door to door and encourage unvaccinated individuals to get the vaccine, as well as Facebook labeling groups and individuals as extremists. This will be the last episode we do before taking a brief break, so if you enjoy it, be sure to leave us a review and follow us on social media so that you know when we come roaring back!
52:16
July 16, 2021
See Saw of Spirituality: Discussing Mindfulness with a Listener
In this episode, Zack and Brandon bring on our listener Himanish to discuss spirituality, mindfulness, balance in one's life, and more. If you enjoy this episode and have something that you want to say,  let us know. If there is an important topic that you feel is not discussed enough, or that you don't feel comfortable discussing  elsewhere, come Say What Needs Saying with us (anonymously if need be).
50:19
July 08, 2021
2A Talks: Discussing the Second Amendment with a Listener
In this episode, Zack and Brandon bring on Dan, a listener that had previously come on to speak about mask mandates, to talk about the second amendment, gun rights, Biden's recent comments on F-15s and nuclear weapons, potential gun reform measures, and more!
01:17:07
July 06, 2021
Embracing Duality: Wa$hington - Imposter
In this episode, Brandon sits down with an up-and-coming artist, Skylar Hoffman. Skylar is releasing a new album on July 2, 2021 called “Imposter”. On it, he dives into who he is, who he wants to be, and being an “imposter”.
25:26
June 30, 2021
Money Media and Culture
Brandon continues his financial series. Zack and Brandon sit down to discuss Bitcoin, other markets like real estate and stocks, wealth and income inequality, even Kanye West.
32:06
June 25, 2021
Self Reflection
Zack and Brandon sit down to reflect on the progression of the podcast and all the positives that it has brought. They mention benefits such as increased confidence, conversational flow, and the ability to see how thoughts in your head sound when you say them out loud.
11:02
June 16, 2021
Living Through the Labels
Brandon and Zack discuss labeling people or oneself as a conservative, liberal, progressive, libertarian, republican, democrat and more. We touch on what it means to be some of these things, and how the labels can be both helpful and damaging. We touch on Rachel Dolezal identifying as black, the Black Lives Matter organization, and changes in party views over time.  If you like this episode, check out https://saywhatneedssaying.com/ to read the episode show notes and hear our other conversations! SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/SWNSubscribe LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SayWhatNeedsSaying/
52:16
June 09, 2021
Experiences From Within the Capitol: Sherman Tylawsky Says What Needs Saying
In this episode Zack and Brandon sit down with Sherman Tylawsky, the host of the Friends and Fellow Citizens Podcast, to discuss his experiences in the Capitol complex on January 6th and the events of that day, division in the country, and more!  If you like what you hear from Sherman, check out more of his stuff here: www.shermantylawsky.com
01:15:05
June 02, 2021
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: SWNS Live
In this episode, Zack and guest co-host MrMan discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict live with our listeners. They start with some historical context, and then open the floor for all to discuss and share their views on the issues. 
01:25:38
May 27, 2021
Virtuous Cults and Political Polarization: Eric Fretz Says What Needs Saying
In this episode, Zack interviews Dr. Eric Fretz to discuss virtuous cults/tribes, increasing political polarization, countering cancel culture with civil conversation, "liberal indoctrination" in academia, and more!
01:27:16
May 19, 2021
Police, Prison, and Critical Race Theory with the Views From The Arch Podcast
Zack and Brandon sit down with Delvon from the “It’s Views From The Arch” podcast to discuss policing, the prison system, critical race theory, and more. They touch on humanizing police and criminals, and Delvon leaves listeners with a closing message to listen to each other when having a conversation.
48:21
May 12, 2021
Laws vs The Land: Which Laws Should Exist? Which Shouldn't?
In this live discussion, Zack and Brandon discuss different laws with listeners, and which should be gotten rid of. They touch on local vs national law, constitutionality, and even systemic racism. Check it out!
01:01:29
May 07, 2021
Discussing the Good and Bad of Islam: David and Mohammad of the Ask an Iranian Podcast
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with David and Mohammad from the “Ask an Iranian” Podcast to discuss the good and bad/controversial elements of Islam. David and Mohammad kick it off with what Islam means to them and other positive elements. They then discuss "radical Islamic terrorism" and women's rights/feminism, as well as how Western culture is at times at odds with Islamic teachings.
01:16:59
May 06, 2021
Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered Interviews Say What Needs Saying
Check out this episode of the Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered, where they interview Zack and Brandon!  If you enjoy this episode, check out more of them on their website: https://threadspodcast.com/ or on their link tree link: https://linktr.ee/threadspodcastlifeunfiltered
01:23:24
May 03, 2021
SWNS Live: Ma'Khia Bryant, Police Brutality and Finding Solutions
Zack and Brandon chat live with listeners about the Ma'Khia Bryant  shooting, as well as about police brutality more broadly. The  conversation ends on a positive note, discussing potential solutions for  issues within policing and communities.
01:00:28
April 30, 2021
Money Talks: What is Cryptocurrency?
In this episode, Brandon continues his finance series and breaks down the basics of cryptocurrency. Why is crypto gaining popularity? What makes it special? Should you invest? Listen to find out!
14:30
April 29, 2021
SWNS Spotlight: Talking about Ma'Khia Bryant with a Columbus Police Officer
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with a police office from the Columbus, OH police department to discuss the shooting of Ma'Khia Bryant. They also touch on Derek Chauvin and other recent issues.
51:41
April 28, 2021
SWNS Live: Police Brutality, Daunte Wright, and Dogecoin
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the recent shooting of Daunte Wright, police brutality broadly, and the recent rise in Dogecoin prices. One listener joins the conversation, with others commenting live.
01:01:17
April 23, 2021
SWNS LIVE: Anti-Asian Violence, Causes and Solutions
In this live episode, Zack and Brandon talk with listeners and discuss the recent spate of anti-Asian hate and violence. They talk about the shooting in Atlanta, and the shooter's motive. They also discuss gun rights and restrictions. Brandon and a couple Asian listeners share their experiences with animosity between the black and Asian communities, and they discuss that in the context of the recent uptick in violence.
55:00
March 27, 2021
SWNS Spotlight: MrMan Discusses Wokeness, Equity and Cancel Culture in Academia
Zack and Brandon bring on a longtime (anonymous) listener of the podcast to discuss something that means a lot to them. They cover lots of topics pertaining to academia, including safe spaces and trigger warnings, and how these got adopted on college campuses. MrMan describes cancel culture and the "mob mentality" associated with it. Zack, Brandon and MrMan discuss instances of discrimination (such as healthcare provided to black women), and how systemic racism is often the only "acceptable" reasoning behind these instances.
01:08:36
March 26, 2021
Discussing the Good and Bad of Christianity: Dillon Bruce of the Bible Conversations Podcast
In this episode, Dillon Bruce of the Bible Conversations Podcast joins Say What Needs Saying to discuss Christianity. We begin by talking about the "good" of Christianity. Dillon shares how Christianity provides meaning to life, and what he believes are the best aspects of his faith.  We then move on to discussing the more controversial or "bad" aspects of Christianity. Brandon asks about the associated with the KKK and racism, and why a black individual should join Christianity with that sort of history. Dillon compares extremist groups to a black eye: a small portion of the whole, but glaringly obvious. Zack asks about Catholic priests and molestation accusations, and what the response should be by the church. Positions of power more broadly are discussed, and how these behaviors happen outside of the church as well.  We cover much more, and end on another good note, with Dillon sharing more positive elements of his faith. SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC73tZwWASIBbHEQ8ALkhzJA/
47:59
March 25, 2021
Money Talks - Roth and Traditional IRAs
In this episode, Brandon continues his money series, and he and Zack discuss IRAs, and why you should absolutely start one if you don't have one already.
14:43
March 24, 2021
SWNS Live: Cancel Culture, Censorship and Investing
Zack and Brandon invite their listeners on to further discuss the topics covered in this week's episodes. They dive further into cancel culture, Gina Carano, and censorship in general, as well as talk stocks more, with Brandon and Zack talking about some different investments they're potentially looking at (even though none of it is financial advice!).
48:46
March 20, 2021
SWNS Spotlight: Crane's Critter Care
Jenn from Crane's Critter Care steps into the SWNS Spotlight along with Ursula the chinchilla, to discuss her business. Jenn discusses how Crane's Critter Care operates, but also issues such as people buying pets they can no longer take care of after lockdown ends, negative vs positive reinforcement, and more!
26:24
March 19, 2021
Perceptions of Americans: Red's Ramblings Discusses Negative Stereotypes He's Encountered
Zack and Brandon bring on Red from the "Red's Ramblings" podcast to discuss international sentiments towards Americans, and different reactions he's gotten when seeking out people of different cultures to interview. They touch on the Philippines, Trump, cancel culture, and much more.
48:40
March 18, 2021
Money Talks: Stocks - The Basics
Brandon covers the basics of what a stock is and Zack and Brandon both discuss a bit about their personal investments. While Zack and Brandon aren't experts, they hope to normalize the conversations around money since they're so important.
16:09
March 18, 2021
CANCEL CULTURE & CENSORSHIP: "Ask an Iranian" Discusses with Say What Needs Saying
The "Ask an Iranian" podcast stops by to discuss self-censorship, Iranian sentiments about Trump, cancel culture broadly, and much more with Zack and Brandon.
33:22
March 18, 2021
Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered Says What Needs Saying - Can Men Express Emotion?
In this episode Brandon and Zack sit down with Jason and Ben from the Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered to discuss whether men can express emotion, society's views on men being emotional, going to therapy, anti-depressants, and so much more. Definitely check it out, and if you enjoy their perspectives, check them out too! 
01:05:32
March 01, 2021
Mary Damer & Dave Ziffer Say What Needs Saying: Education Reform
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with two former educators, Mary Damer and Dave Ziffer, to discuss the education system and reform. They discuss things such as the importance of phonics, common core, math education, privatization of education or charter schools, and so much more.
59:59
February 27, 2021
Derick Van Ness Says What Needs Saying: Wealth, Finances, and Investing
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with Derick Van Ness, a Wealth Strategist with Big Life Financial, and discuss financial freedom, wealth and money management, investing (and what to do even if you still have student debt or other barriers), and more. Money is one of the most important aspects of life, but yet we never talk about it. Help us change that and Say What Needs Saying about money.
01:03:24
February 22, 2021
Discussing Black History Month on The Ear Hustling Podcast!
Zack and Brandon appeared on The Ear Hustling Podcast with James & Eric to discuss Black History Month as part of a panel of other podcasters. We talked about whether Black History Month should be continued, how black Americans prefer to be referred to, what black history means and how it should be discussed year-long and more. If you enjoy this, be sure to check their podcast out as well! 
52:39
February 15, 2021
Discussing the Capitol Hill Riots on the Soulless Society Podcast!
On January 6th, 2021, Zack and Brandon appeared on the Soulless Society Podcast to discuss the Capitol Hill riots that had happened earlier that day. Enjoy this throwback to this monumental and horrible event, and hear Zack and Brandon offer their perspective on another podcast! If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out the Soulless Society Podcast for more like it.
01:03:27
February 13, 2021
Unity, Gamestonks and More!
In this episode Zack and Brandon talked about "unity", Wall Street Bets and Gamestock, cryptocurrency, presidential pardons and so much more.
57:51
February 10, 2021
Parker's Pouring Politics Says What Needs Saying: Conversations From the Neighborhood
In this episode, Nate from "Parker's Pouring Politics" joins Zack and Brandon to Say What Needs Saying about voting, politics, and the black community in Chicago. They touch on education reform, voting Democrat vs voting Republican, and much more.
46:48
February 08, 2021
Reds Ramblings Says What Needs Saying: From Fatherless to Father
Zack and Brandon sit down with Red from the “Reds Ramblings” podcast to discuss his experiences growing up without a father, being a dad himself, and what it means to be a man, a father, and strong.
54:58
February 01, 2021
THE END OF THE BEGINNING: Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - SUPERCUT
A montage of Brandon and Zack's takes on several topics covered within the first season!
01:03:31
January 25, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Podsgiving!
We chat about the first ever Podsgiving episode! To hear all the crazy conversation that wound up happening, listen HERE
03:39
January 20, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Cultural Misunderstandings
In this episode we talk about our discussion with Preity Upala, Ask an Iranian, Reds Ramblings, and our listeners about various cultural misunderstandings. Check out the whole conversation HERE and HERE
03:60
January 19, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Interviewing Param Srikantia
In this episode we discuss our interview with Param Srikantia. Check out the full episode here.
02:52
January 18, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Interviewing Two Black Police Officers
In this snippet, Brandon and Zack look back on what it was like interviewing two black police officers and discussing issues such as defund the police, BLM, blue lives matter, the thin blue line and more, with them. To listen to the whole interview, find it here!
05:28
January 15, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - The 2020 Debates
In this clip, Zack and Brandon discuss their thoughts on the 2020 presidential and vice presidential debates. We wound up having a great discussion with listeners about the first debate. To hear that whole conversation, listen here!
04:48
January 14, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Breonna Taylor
In this short snippet, Zack and Brandon look back on the shooting of Breonna Taylor, and give their thoughts. We think back to the discussion we had about this incident, and how it was great to be able to generate constructive conversation around it. Listen to that episode here!
04:03
January 13, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Skepticism, Openness and Bias
In this clip, Brandon and Zack discuss the interview with Tom Kuntzleman and gave our thoughts on why these things are so important in conversation. Listen to the original interview here!
04:57
January 12, 2021
Discussing the Events at the US Capitol with Our Listeners
Recorded on 1/7/21, Zack and Brandon sit down with Say What Needs Saying listeners to discuss their thoughts on the protests and riots at Capitol Hill. They have numerous perspectives join the conversation, and touch on things such as: whether Trump is responsible, the perceived double standard between BLM riots and these riots, Capitol police and security, and much more.
01:25:59
January 11, 2021
Say What Needs Saying Season 1 Finale and 2020 Wrap Up - Freedom of Speech
In this clip, Zack and Brandon discuss freedom of speech, and how Say What Needs Saying MUST do another episode on it. If you want to hear our first live conversation with listeners about hate speech and free speech, check it out here. 
03:37
January 11, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Drug Use
In this snippet, Zack and Brandon look back on discussing the pandemic within the pandemic, drug use and abuse. To hear the entire conversation with Kent Berridge, Scott Silverman, and Bryce Morrison, listen here!
03:35
January 10, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - 9/11
In this episode Zack and Brandon look back on our discussion about 9/11 and the commercialization of it. To hear the full conversation, check it out here!
02:59
January 09, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Self Love
In this episode, Brandon gives his take on self love, and we look back on our collaboration with the LoveLockdown podcast. To hear the whole episode, listen here!
03:38
January 08, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Kyle Rittenhouse
In this episode, we look back on our discussion about the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the case of Kyle Rittenhouse. We generated some great live conversation with our listeners about this topic. Listen to the whole episode here!
03:16
January 07, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - The #SaveTheChildren Movement
In this snippet, Brandon and Zack talk about the #SaveTheChildren movement, conspiracy theories, and more. Hear listeners of ours Say What Need Saying on this topic and more here!
03:34
January 06, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Masks!
In this snippet, Zack and Brandon look back on everything masks. Mask use, mask mandates, pro-mask, anti-mask, everything. If you want to hear our panel on mask mandates, where we discussed with several international and American perspectives, listen to it here!
03:53
January 05, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - George Floyd
In this snippet, Zack and Brandon look back on discussing George Floyd. Hear what our listeners and us had to say about it here!
04:06
January 04, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Freedom of Religion
In this snippet, Brandon and Zack look back on our conversation about freedom of religion. There's lots more to talk about on this topic, but in the meantime, listen to the whole episode where we talked about it here!
02:60
January 03, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Black Lives Matter
In this snippet, Brandon and Zack look back on Black Lives Matter. Check out the full episodes during which we discussed BLM here, and here!
02:47
January 02, 2021
Say What Needs Saying 2020 Wrap Up - Discussing Discussion
In this series of snippets, Brandon and Zack look back on 2020. We go back through and discuss various topics that we covered throughout the year. In this first installment, we discuss the premise of the show and our first ever episode. Check out the full first episode here!
02:53
January 01, 2021
Does Freedom of Speech Include Hate Speech?
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss whether “hate speech” is included under free speech, and if it is legally protected. They discuss the ramifications of limiting free speech, including in these instances, the limitations that do exist pertaining to speech, and more.
01:33:50
December 23, 2020
The COVID-19 Vaccine: Will You Get It?
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the COVID-19 vaccine live with listeners. They talk about whether they should be mandated, whether people feel comfortable getting the vaccine, and they dispel some common misconceptions and concerns about the vaccine, such as the idea that Bill Gates is chipping everyone with RFID trackers through the vaccine.
01:28:08
December 17, 2020
Share Your Faith - Christianity and Buddhism
Listeners join Zack and Brandon to share their faith, religion, and beliefs with us. We're joined by the Christian podcast "Bible Conversations" as well as a Buddhist Dharma teacher and Buddhist graduate student. They discuss their beliefs, Zack and Brandon answer listener questions, and they discuss interesting concepts such as whether Jesus was a Buddha.
01:07:21
December 08, 2020
Podsgiving!
Zack and Brandon talked with listeners live about all things Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for in 2020? How was your Thanksgiving? They discussed Covid-19 restrictions put in place for Thanksgiving and whether it's right for the government to set these sort of restrictions during a pandemic. The conversation shifted a bit, with Jack O'Halloran explaining his views on Covid vaccines, socialism, and more. Later they talk about whether Thanksgiving is still celebrated the same, or whether it should be, as well as what everyone thinks about national holidays in general. There was lots of disagreement and lots of constructive discussion, with tons of open-minded listeners.
01:41:16
December 01, 2020
Two Peas on a Pod Interview Say What Needs Saying!
Zack and Brandon sit down with the "Two Peas on a Pod" Podcast to talk about "Say What Needs Saying" and what the podcast is all about!
49:17
November 24, 2020
The Trump Accountability Project and Cancel Culture
In this episode, Brandon and Zack discuss the Trump Accountability Project, a since-shut down organization that sought to blacklist and track those who worked for the Trump administration. They hear from live listeners and chat about cancel culture in general, and how the beginnings of it in academia have since morphed into a much larger and more untenable beast.
34:45
November 18, 2020
Cultural Misunderstandings Part 2: Preity Upala, "Ask An Iranian", and Live Listeners Discuss Culture!
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with Red from “Reds Ramblings” to discuss the conversations he's had with people around the world. They talk about how people often misunderstand elements of other people's cultures, whether that be the language they speak, their country of origin, their music or food, and all kinds of other things. They discuss the origins of the "Southern accent", black peoples' hair, Islam, and so much more. In part two, they are joined by Preity Upala, former Miss India, Dharma ambassador, and actress, as well as the hosts of the "Ask An Iranian" podcast. They chat about misconceptions and misunderstandings about India and Hinduism, Iran, and the United States from international perspectives.
44:52
November 12, 2020
Dan Duggan Says What Needs Saying: Business During the COVID Pandemic, Characteristics of a Successful Person, Politics in Sports and More
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with Dan Duggan to discuss business practices and adaptations during the COVID pandemic, what makes a worker or business owner successful, and more. Dan is the chairman and CEO of Health-Mor, a company that produces products including the FilterQueen Indoor Air Quality System, which makes them well-equipped for success during an international pandemic driven by respiratory disease. Dan is also the chairman and CEO of the Flint City Bucks soccer team, and so they discuss the crossovers between sports and business, and also get his take on the increasing intertwining of sports and politics.
48:09
November 02, 2020
Cultural Misunderstandings Part 1: A Discussion with Reds Ramblings about Language, Identity, Religion and More
In this episode, Zack and Brandon sit down with Red from “Reds Ramblings” to discuss the conversations he's had with people around the world. They talk about how people often misunderstand elements of other people's cultures, whether that be the language they speak, their country of origin, their music or food, and all kinds of other things. They discuss the origins of the "Southern accent", black peoples' hair, Islam, and so much more. In part two, they are joined by Preity Upala, former Miss India, Dharma ambassador, and actress, as well as the hosts of the "Ask An Iranian" podcast. They chat about misconceptions and misunderstandings about India and Hinduism, Iran, and the United States from international perspectives.
46:23
November 01, 2020
Param Srikantia Says What Needs Saying: Confirmation Bias, Education, Spiritualism and More
In this episode, Zack and Brandon interview Dr. Param Srikantia and discuss several of the concepts he had raised in his talk "Why Life Sucks", such as the chattering monkey, Osho's teachings, and more. They also discuss the education system, how one can attempt to lessen confirmation bias, and how important it is to value people as humans, and not just because of their beliefs. If you enjoy Param's insight, he encourages listeners email him at psrikant@bw.edu with questions.
01:09:33
October 27, 2020
Blue on Black: An Interview With Two Black Police Officers
In this episode, Zack and Brandon interview two black police officers. They discuss a number of important issues that are incredibly pertinent today, including Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, the thin blue line, defunding/abolishing police, black police officers and chiefs resigning, police brutality (including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake), systemic racism, the black community and policing, and much more.
01:08:41
October 19, 2020
Discussing Education, Trump, and More on "TheRabbitHole" Podcast
In this episode, Zack is a guest on TheRabbitHole, where he discusses why he's leaning slightly towards Trump in the 2020 election, the education system, healthcare, the 2 party system, and more.
01:06:13
October 16, 2020
The 2020 Presidential Debate - Trump vs. Biden: And the Winner is....Not America (Part Two)
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the first presidential debate of 2020 with our listeners. They touch on several topics covered in the debate, including the Trump and Biden Records, the Supreme Court, Race and Violence in our Cities, and the Integrity of the Election. They address Trump's comments on right-wing extremists, Biden's comments on court packing, mail-in voting, and so much more. Be sure to listen to both part one and part two to hear the whole discussion!
49:21
October 11, 2020
The 2020 Presidential Debate - Trump vs. Biden: And the Winner is....Not America (Part One)
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the first presidential debate of 2020 with our listeners. They touch on several topics covered in the debate, including the Trump and Biden Records, the Supreme Court, Race and Violence in our Cities, and the Integrity of the Election. They address Trump's comments on right-wing extremists, Biden's comments on court packing, mail-in voting, and so much more. Be sure to listen to both part one and part two to hear the whole discussion!
45:03
October 11, 2020
Discussing Breonna Taylor: Legality, Morality, and Everything in Between
*Disclaimer: This episode was recorded before the grand jury's recordings were released. Be sure to listen to those for further updates as well* In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the case of Breonna Taylor, and the charges brought up against the officers involved. We touch on several aspects of the case, including the legality of the shooting, various elements pointing to mishandling and evidencing flaws in the protocols and processes, and much more.
01:11:53
October 06, 2020
Tom Kuntzleman Says What Needs Saying: The Importance of Openness and Skepticism in Discussion
In this episode, Zack interviews Tom Kuntzleman, professor of chemistry and Dean of Natural Sciences at Spring Arbor University. They discuss the importance of simultaneously being open and skeptical when having conversations, how best to manage biases, and approach discussion thoughtfully and respectfully, and the increasing divide in our country. They touch specifically on scientific discussion and how scientists should approach discussing with non-scientists, as well as how to apply these concepts to conversations revolving around religion, values, beliefs, and more. Tom brings a fantastic perspective to the show, and delivers a take-home message that really resonates with the core mission of this podcast.
53:19
September 30, 2020
Discussing Freedom of Speech and the Impact Social Media has on the Spread of Information on the "Reds Ramblings" Podcast
Reds Ramblings invites the hosts of Say What Needs Saying to come and talk about social media and its impact on how freely information is spread whether true or not. We discuss how certain laws protect them whether for good or bad and what we as a society can do to combat the spread of false information.
01:12:34
September 23, 2020
Drug Use and Abuse - The Pandemic Within the Pandemic: Part 2
In this episode of 'Say What Needs Saying', our guests continue the conversation, with some focus on the question of whether or not addiction is a disease. More importantly, the emphasis is placed on taking necessary steps to reduce the stigma and smoothen the process of finding help for people who need it. 
44:11
September 19, 2020
Drug Use and Abuse - The Pandemic Within the Pandemic: Part 1
In this episode, Zack and Brandon are joined by recovery crisis coach and CNN Hero Award recipient Scott H Silverman, former substance abuse counselor Bryce Morrison, renowned addiction researcher and psychologist Kent Berridge, and an anonymous listener who has suffered with alcoholism in the past. Together, the panel discusses the increases in drug use and abuse that are being seen during the lockdowns put in place during the Coronavirus pandemic. They touch on several important aspects and topics, including whether addiction is a disease, how use and abuse may not translate to addiction, resources for those struggling, and so much more.
50:49
September 19, 2020
9/11 - Moving Forward: Sidebar
In this sidebar discussion, Brandon and Zack discuss 9/11. It is the 19th anniversary of that tragic day, and like every year before it, social media and the airwaves are cluttered with "never forget" and "always remember" images. These are more than likely rooted in good intentions, but have we as a society gone too far? Has the event been commercialized, or is it being used to milk patriotism out of people? Brandon brings a unique New York perspective to the table, and they discuss everything from "All Buildings Matter" to Auschwitz.
45:20
September 12, 2020
Discussion about Self-Love on the "LoveLockdown" Podcast
In this episode, Zack appears for a guest interview on the "LoveLockdown" Podcast, hosted by Tierra Anthony. Tierra asks Zack whether he practices self-love, and whether it's important. If you like this episode, be sure to check out Tierra's podcast for more similar content! If you'd like to hear more from Zack on "Say What Needs Saying", be sure to follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/saywhatneedssaying, Twitter at twitter.com/saywhatneeds, and Facebook at facebook.com/saywhatneedssaying. Thanks for listening!
09:32
September 12, 2020
Discussion about Black Lives Matter on the "In Search of Life" Podcast: Part 2
In this episode, Brandon and Zack guest star on the "In Search of Life" podcast to discuss Black Lives Matter with Evert, the host. They touch on several aspects of BLM that they did not discuss in the earlier sidebar conversation. They discuss the Marxist elements of the organization, slavery, the media in America, Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and so much more. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to show Evert's podcast some love and give it a listen as well.
45:06
September 07, 2020
Discussion about Black Lives Matter on the "In Search of Life" Podcast: Part 1
In this episode, Brandon and I guest star on the "In Search of Life" podcast to discuss Black Lives Matter with Evert, the host. We touch on several aspects of BLM that we did not discuss in our sidebar conversation. We discuss the Marxist elements of the organization, slavery, the media in America, Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and so much more. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to show Evert's podcast some love and give it a listen as well.
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September 07, 2020
Say What Needs Saying: Trailer
If you're tired of the ever-growing divide in society today and the complete inability to have a civil and open conversation, tune in to Say What Needs Saying. We discuss heated and touchy topics like politics, religion, money, culture and more. The art of true conversation and discussion is seemingly lost in a wash of fear and timidness. This is why we're here. Real, live discussion. All anonymous for those who really want to just Say What Needs Saying. We host live conversations with listeners and bring different viewpoints together to broaden perspectives and rekindle free thought and discussion. Listen to us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Join us, Zack and Brandon, and always Say What Needs Saying! Follow us on social media at instagram.com/saywhatneedssaying, twitter.com/saywhatneeds, facebook.com/saywhatneedssaying, and tumblr.com/blog/saywhatneedssaying, and be sure to leave us a 5 star review if you enjoy the show! Thanks for listening.
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September 05, 2020
Violence in Kenosha - The Case of Kyle Rittenhouse: Part 2
In this continuation from last time, we discuss the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and specifically, Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year old who wound up shooting 3 individuals. We discuss several related topics, such as Jacob Blake, policing in general, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and no-knock warrants, the media, and so much more. This was our largest live audience yet, and we had a great discussion. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to follow for more! And follow us on social media as well for updates and to join the live discussions.
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September 01, 2020
Violence in Kenosha - The Case of Kyle Rittenhouse: Part 1
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year old who wound up shooting 3 individuals in Kenosha, Wisconsin. They discuss whether the shootings were self defense, the perceived hypocrisy of the Kenosha police, the riots and protests going on, Jacob Blake, and so much more. Zack and Brandon continue this conversation in Part 2, and touch on other important and related subjects such as Breonna Taylor, the increasing divide in our country, Trayvon Martin, and more.
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September 01, 2020
The #SaveTheChildren Movement, Pedophilia and Sex Trafficking
In this episode, Zack and Brandon discuss the #SaveTheChildren / #SaveOurChildren movement that has been spreading like wildfire on social media, the recent attention put on pedophilia and sex trafficking in our society, and more. They touch on topics such as "Cuties" on Netflix (which has led to the #CancelNetflix trend) and the Sundance awards, Epstein's island (and his friendships with Trump and Bill Clinton), QAnon and how they are hijacking the anti-sex trafficking movement, child pageants, WAP, and others. Numerous people tune in and contribute to and guide the discussion, and unique insights are brought to the table.
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August 25, 2020
Mask Use and Mandates in the Coronavirus Pandemic - American and International Perspectives
In this episode, we discuss mask use and mandates with several individuals who can offer very different perspectives on the issues. One individual is from the UK, one is from Nepal, and two are from the United States - one being pro-mask mandate, and one being anti-mask mandate. We touch on several important topics of discussion, including American attitudes, trusting medical and scientific experts, hydroxychloroquine, different approaches to the pandemic including Sweden's strategy, Trump's response to the pandemic, and so much more. These different perspectives all come together in this episode and bring something different to the discussion. COVID-19 seems to have isolated us all, but join us for this conversation that brings people from all over the world closer together.
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August 18, 2020
George Floyd Body Cam Footage: Part 2
In this continuation from last time, we discuss the George Floyd body cam footage, policing in general, defunding police, qualified immunity, and even Seinfeld comes up! Listen to part 1 if you haven't yet for more!
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August 15, 2020
George Floyd Body Cam Footage: Part 1
In this episode, we discuss the newly released body cam footage in the George Floyd case. We talk about that, policing in general, defunding police, and even Seinfeld comes up!
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August 11, 2020
Freedom of Religion and the Courts: Part 2
In this continuation of episode 1, we discuss another SCOTUS decision that relates to religion, as well as numerous other topics led by listener comments.
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August 01, 2020
Freedom of Religion and the Courts: Part 1
In this episode we discuss recent SCOTUS decisions and how they impact the freedom of religion and/or free practice of religion. We talk about employment laws, anti-discrimination laws, and more. The conversation shifts following listener feedback, and we discuss things like gun rights, fascism/authoritarianism, and even the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
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July 28, 2020
Black Lives Matter: Sidebar
In this sidebar conversation, Brandon and Zack discuss Black Lives Matter. They talk about the movement, the phrase, the organization, and more. This conversation serves as a template for how to have a conversation about a heated topic that you disagree on, and illustrates how talking about these topics can lead to broadening of perspectives. No matter what your stance on these sidebar topics, you're guaranteed to learn something!
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July 24, 2020
Discussing Discussion
In this introductory episode, we discuss why politics, religion, and money are such taboo topics of discussion. We talk about why it's so important to have these conversations, and later open the floor for discussion with listeners. We have some great conversation about these three topics, and listeners bring valuable input to the table.
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July 20, 2020