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The Duckpin Podcast

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Veteran podcaster and writer Brian Griffiths talks about things that matter in your life: news, politics, sports, culture. We’ll be looking at those things from a state, local, and national perspective, and we’ll be talking to the people who are making those things happen.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from everybody here at The Duckpin!
00:58
November 25, 2020
Episode #11: Andrew Langer
This week we talk with WBAL Radio’s Andrew Langer about….Thanksgiving music and food! The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; Why there are only a limited number of popular songs about Thanksgiving; Best practices and methods for cooking your Turkey; Tips on how to make your stuffing and how to make the perfect gravy; Techniques on how to make a casserole without the ubiquitous cream of mushroom soup; Why ever kitchen should have duck fat readily available, and so much more! About the Guest: Andrew Langer is the host of The Andrew Langer Show on WBAL Radio in Baltimore. He is also the President of the Institute for Liberty, a professor at the College of William & Mary, and a long-time activist for free markets. In his spare time, he an avid cook and is a member of a competition barbecue team with his brothers. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @Andrew_Langer, on Facebook, on his radio show Facebook page.
39:53
November 18, 2020
Episode #10: Jim Fossel
This week we talk with Jim Fossel, longtime political activist and columnist, about the re-election of U.S. Senator Susan Collins. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; How Senator Susan Collins easily defeated Democrat Sara Gideon; Why elite Washington Democrats can’t understand Maine; How ranked-choice voting impacts campaign strategy; Maine’s longtime independent political streak; The potential comeback of former Governor Paul LePage. About the Guest: Jim Fossel is a longtime political activist and columnist. He is a former Chairman of the Maine Young Republicans, a former staffer for U.S. Senator Susan Collins, and political activists. He is a columnist for the Portland Press Herald as well as here at The Duckpin. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @jimfossel and on Facebook.
30:30
November 11, 2020
Episode #9: Post-Election America
We live in an America that is suffering from problems of our own doing. The Duckpin's publisher Brian Griffiths explores how we got here and how we can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
19:10
November 4, 2020
No Show This Week
No show this week with the upcoming election; stay tuned for a special episode next week.
00:48
October 28, 2020
Episode #8: Christina Goodlander
This week we talk with Christina Goodlander from 21 Votes about elections around the world, U.S. foreign policy, and predictions for how the U.S. election will play out. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; What the mission of 21 Votes is; Experiences in observing elections in other countries; How Brexit will impact U.S. foreign policy; The impact of Shinzo Abe’s retirement as Japanese Prime Minister on U.S. relations; Why Scotland may vote to support leaving the United Kingdom; Future conflict with China; President Trump’s longterm impact on the future of NATO; What will Election Day look like this year in the U.S. About the Guest: Christina Goodlander is the Founder and Editor of 21 Votes. She has extensive experience in international affairs and election observation. You can follow Christina on Twitter at @cmgoodlander and 21 Votes @21Votes.
28:55
October 21, 2020
Episode #7: Rob Cornelius
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Rob Cornelius, color commentator for Ohio University Athletics. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; How Cornelius became a color commentator in two sports. including his unusual entry into the field; The surreal experience of being on the court the moment the Mid-American Conference tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Game preparation, routine, and travel; Ohio’s trips to the NCAA Tournaments and bowl games, including stories about The Bahamas Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the NCAA Tournament, and more. The best advice for individuals wanting to get involved with calling sports. About the Guest: Rob Cornelius is the color commentator for Ohio Bobcats football and men’s basketball. He is an Ohio grad and has been calling sports for over twenty years. Rob lives in Parkersburg, WV where he is also Chairman of the Wood County Republican Party. You can follow Rob on Twitter at @robcwv.
43:48
October 14, 2020
Episode #6: Tim Cooke
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Tim Cooke, Director of Mid Atlantic Wiffleball and organizer of the 2020 United Wiffleball National Championship presented by T-Mobile in York, PA. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; The origins and history of competitive fast-pitch wiffleball; How the National Championship tournament is structured; Organizing a tournament Why York will host as the home for the first tournament and how pro baseball’s York Revolution became involved; The future of wiffleball and the tournament. About the Guest:  Tim Cooke is Director of Mid Atlantic Wiffleball and organizer of the 2020 National Championship. He has been a competitive wiffleball player for many years. He works in communications and media and lives in York, PA. You can follow Tim on Twitter at @timcooke82, or United Wiffleball on Twitter at @unitedwiffs or on Facebook.
30:57
October 7, 2020
Episode #5: Coach Dustin Mills
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Coach Dustin Mills, head football coach at J.M Benett High School in Salisbury, MD and founder of Anchor Down Leadership. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; How to develop leaders; What the differences there are between developing leadership in high school athletes and adults; The “5 Anchors of Leadership”; Why leadership is important in society; Good examples of leadership in history and in today’s world. About the Guest: Coach Dustin Mills is a social studies teacher and the first-year Head Football Coach at J.M Bennett High School. He has adapted his leadership philosophy from the football field into a leadership program called  Anchor Down Leadership, a company that will train, educate, and develop your leaders to help build and establish a winning culture, full of dynamic and self-sustaining members. Furthermore, we are focused on developing "value-based" leaders to help grow and strengthen organizations. Dustin also hosts the Anchor Down Leadership podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts. You can follow Dustin on Twitter at @dustinwmills, or Anchor Down Leadership on Twitter at @ad_leadership or on Facebook.
33:43
September 30, 2020
Episode #4: Rory McShane
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Rory McShane, political consultant and principal of McShane LLC. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; How political consulting works; How clients pick a consulting firm and vice-versa; How a firm works with a political client; What 2020 specific changes are taking place in the consulting industry; What the future of political campaigning and consulting looks like. About the Guest: Rory McShane is a political and media consultant originally from Maryland. Rory has managed or advised political campaigns, corporations, initiatives in twenty-seven states and has lived in six. Rory’s political clientele has included members of Congress, statewide Constitutional Officers, state legislators, county and municipal officials, political action committees, and multiple successful ballot initiatives.  In 2016, Rory was part of a successful effort to change the state constitutions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to provide more rights to victims of violent crimes.  In 2018, Rory’s firm McShane LLC brought home 22 victories, with political clients in 10 states. His political success has led Rory to teach classes on political campaigning in Canada and all across the United States. Rory has been on the record with dozens of media outlets across the country, and is a regular analyst for Fox News, the LA Times, New York Post, Politico and more.  Rory is also a leading contributor to Campaigns and Elections magazine. Never shying away from controversy for his clients, Breitbart News said one of McShane’s campaigns, “went full troll and stunned Virginia politics.” McShane was recognized as a 2020 Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections and as “40 Under 40” by the American Association of Political Consultants. McShane LLC has won a number of awards in 2020, including four Reed Awards and three Pollie Awards. You can learn more about Rory at @rkmcshane, and more about McShane LLC at McShaneLLC.com. The Duckpin can be found at TheDuckpin.com. We're also @TheDuckpin on Twitter, Facebook,Instagram, and YouTube.
1:05:33
September 23, 2020
Episode #3: Brian Carroll
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Brian Carroll, the American Solidarity Party Candidate for President. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; Why Carroll decided to run for President. What the American Solidarity Party believes in. Why both Republicans and Democrats should consider voting for Carroll’s candidacy. The challenges of running for President as a minor party candidate in 2020. About the Guest: Brian Carroll is the American Solidarity Party Candidate for President He and his and Vicki Carroll have been married for 46 years and have lived primarily in Visalia, California, since 1977. They have 5 children and 14 grandchildren. Brian spent 44 years of his life as an educator, mostly teaching history to 7th and 8th graders. He spent nine years abroad in Colombia, teaching children of missionaries. He is an Evangelical Christian and passionately supports whole life politics, which respects the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. Brian ran for Congress against Devin Nunes in the 2018 California primary. You can learn more about Brian and his candidacy at BrianCarroll.life or on Facebook or Twitter. The Duckpin can be found at TheDuckpin.com. We're also @TheDuckpin on Twitter, Facebook,Instagram, and YouTube.
26:40
September 16, 2020
Episode #2: Brandon Thurston
In this week’s episode of The Duckpin Podcast we speak to Brandon Thurston on the business of Professional Wrestling. The show is also available on Apple Podcast, Stitcher,  Anchor, Google Podcast, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast, Radio Public, Breaker, and wherever else you get your podcasts. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; The current state of wrestling’s economy; How fan-free shows affect the WWE and All Elite Wrestling; How the WWE Thunderdome is a reaction to fan-free shows and ratings decline; The way forward for other companies, such as the NWA and Ring of Honor; Predictions about the next five years of the wrestling business. About the Guest: Brandon Thurston is the world’s leading expert on the business of professional wrestling. A pro wrestler and trainer himself, Thurston manages the Wrestlenomics website and hosts the Wrestlenomics Radio podcast. Wrestlenomics has been referenced by a number of major media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Wrap, New York Daily News, Vice, The Ringer, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Bleacher Report, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. You can follow Brandon on Twitter @BrandonThurston and Wrestlenomics @wrestlenomics. The Duckpin can be found at TheDuckpin.com. We're also @TheDuckpin on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
40:37
September 9, 2020
Episode #1: Andy Smarick
In this inaugural episode of The Duckpin Podcast, we speak to education expert Andy Smarick about public schools in the time of the Coronavirus. About the Episode: In this episode we discuss; The impact of the coronavirus on public schools. How the pandemic will affect the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing schools. How public school systems may adjust their thinking. The debate around the creation of learning pods. How will the pandemic impact the policy debate surrounding charter schools and school vouchers? What will public education look like in the post-pandemic environment? What will the impact of the pandemic be on the Kirwan Commission recommendations and funding? About the Guest: Andy Smarick is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work focuses on education, civil society, and the principles of American conservatism. He was confirmed by the Maryland State Senate in March 2020 for a term on the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He has also served as an aide in the White House Domestic Policy Council of President George W. Bush, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, a deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, the New Jersey deputy commissioner of education, and a legislative assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives. Smarick's work has appeared in leading news outlets like the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and he also writes for City Journal, The Bulwark, and The Dispatch. You can follow him on Twitter @smarick. The Duckpin can be found at TheDuckpin.com. We're also @TheDuckpin on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
51:22
September 2, 2020
Coming Soon: The Duckpin Podcast
Brian Griffiths has been podcasting for almost ten years, and he’ll be making his return to podcasting this September with The Duckpin Podcast! We’ll be talking about the things that matter in your life: news, politics, sports, culture. We’ll be looking at those things from a state, local, and national level and we’ll be talking to the people who are making those things happen. Subscribe now by visiting anchor.fm/theduckpin or search for The Duckpin in your favorite podcast app or on YouTube. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @TheDuckpin. Subscribe today so you don’t miss a single episode of The Duckpin Podcast, coming this September. To learn more about The Duckpin visit theduckpin.com.
00:59
July 17, 2020