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LLV Presents: Bread and Circuses
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Grand Premiere of BREAD and CIRCUSES! Today's episode is with the great Michael O'Hogan, who breaks down the parallels to the start of the Roman Empire with where we are as a United States today. I learn so much from Mike and this was a very fun talk! We cover everything - history of Rome, history of US, history of the military, Woke Universities...and Mike gives quite a hint about inflation that you will not want to miss! This will be a somewhat regular podcast where I will talk with individuals about fun distractions and bickering in the media and show where actual societal problems exist. This podcast will continue to be long-form and have episodes like Bread and Circuses, whereas I will do shorter solo and audio only episodes on the Callin app. I hope you enjoy! Disclaimer: this podcast is not endorsed not the official or unofficial opinion of the Department of Defense, US Army, or any of Eric or Mike's employers, employees, or anyone who knows us. It is two dudes talking about interesting, fun stuff!
01:46:30
October 27, 2021
Ruth Ann Dailey - Red, White, and Patriotic
Ruth Ann Dailey is a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and is also known for her crossword acumen. She is a fantastic human being and writer! Please check out all things Ruth. The below are links to her latest writing and her Americana crosswords. They are so patriotic I may try them myself! Thank you for listening! Article: Ruth Ann Dailey: What’s in a pronoun? | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Crosswords: The Americana Crossword – Free weekly Americana-themed crossword puzzles from Pittsburgh Post Gazette Puzzler Ruth Dailey Disclaimer: Podcast not supported, endorsed, or the official or unofficial position of the DoD, US Army, or any employer of mine. All views are those of myself or my guest. #podcast #USA #freedomofspeech #trans #transrights #military #usmilitary #freedom #1stAmendment #FirstAmendment
01:05:57
September 7, 2021
Good Morning Afghanistan! Meditations on my lifetime war
Today US troops leave Afghanistan, ending a war that started my freshman year of high school.  How did we get here and what can we do to re-think western society?    I believe we need to have more soul, flow, and love back into society. We became a beacon of hope for the rest of the world by being aggressive and having rhythm, soul and flow as a nation. We need to get that back.   Thanks for listening, please subscribe and check out the other content! More great guests and rants to come.  Disclaimer: this video is not the official or unofficial policy or view point of the US Army, DoD, or any employer of mine. It is not sponsored nor endorsed by the US Army, DoD, or any employer of mine. My viewpoints only!
15:52
August 31, 2021
Good Morning, Afghanistan! What the media is not telling you, supporting families first
Today's podcast includes: - How tough being sleep deprived really is - Needing to focus on families - Be leery of the media all agreeing on anything - Bring back singing in Church! Note: this podcast is not endorsed nor the official or unofficial position of the DoD, US Army, or any employer of mine. This is me and me only.  Thank you for listening! Please continue to subscribe for more fun and interesting content. Namaste!
23:19
August 24, 2021
Good Morning, Afghanistan! Episode Two
I am sleep deprived and no longer have any sense of time, so it is morning for me. On today's episode: - My urgent advice for aspiring or current politicians -Parental leave platform update -What is vetting? -Stock up, stock down! Hit the subscribe button for daily updates as I descend into madness/cover the developing situation in Afghanistan! Note: same disclaimer as yesterday. This is not the official or unofficial policy words or anything related to the DoD or US Army. It is only the speaker's viewpoint and is 100% completely unrelated to the DoD and US Army, as well as really anyone or anything else on planet Earth.
13:36
August 19, 2021
Good Morning, Afghanistan! Introduction and Episode One
On September 11, 2001, the TVs turned on in my high school cafeteria. I spent study hall watching the events unfold. On August 15, 2021, the twitter notifications blew up as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. This time, I did not notice right away as I was on paternity leave with my seven week old son. Join me over the next twelve mornings for my twelve part mini-series: Good Morning, Afghanistan! I will cover international updates on the evolving #Afghanistan situation, as well as what it is like to change, feed, burp, walk around, soothe, put to sleep...and then repeat all over again for sixteen straight days while my beautiful girlfriend and mother of our son, Mirjana, gets some much needed R&R. First episode is up! I rant a little bit. Being sleep deprived for the last five days has already started to mess with me. I have no idea what time it is and words are now hard. Topics covered include the upcoming comedy/hopefully not tragedy of the women's rights movement vs. a 6th Century terrorist ideology, Uncle Pro Ject Pat comes to town, and why America needs to get it together. DISCLAIMER: this podcast is not endorsed and does not represent the US Army, the DoD, or any current or former employers of the host. The view expressed are not the unofficial or official positions of the US Army or DoD. All views shared or those of the host or guest only! Also I occasionally swear  #Afghanistan #afghanistanwar #afghanistannews #comedy #publicspeaking #woke #UN
23:54
August 18, 2021
William E. "Bill" Kieffer, the Military Career Transition Specialist
William E. "Bill" Kieffer is  U.S. Army veteran who specializes in helping other veterans make a successful transition from soldier to civilian career life. He has a book coming out on July 9th, titled, "Military Career Transition, Insights from the Employer Side of the Desk." I found our talk very interesting, and you'll see me take notes from Bill throughout! Please enjoy the conversation, and check out Bill's book starting July 9th!   For all things Bill Kieffer, please see his website: https://www.kieffer-associates.com/  Please note: this podcast is not endorsed and does not represent the U.S. Army, the department of defense, or any current or former employers of the guest or host. All views shared are those of the guest and the host only.
58:33
July 1, 2021
The Most Interesting Engineer in the World - Gianluca Mantovano
Luca and I went to middle school AND high school together! He is truly the world's most interesting engineer and has stories for days! Luca is known for his charm and legendary work ethic, and it comes through during his stories. We cover his passion for engineering, fun stories around building race cars, all things AH-NOLD (if you know, you know), and especially his time at Ford and how he was able to help during the pandemic. He also co-owns an escape room, because of course he does! This was a fantastic guest and fantastic time, I hope you enjoy! #engineering #entrepreneurship #motivation #bigdays #arnold #covid19  Disclaimer: this episode is not sponsored by any employer of mine, including: the U.S. Army, Illinois Army National Guard, or Department of Defense. Opinions my own.
01:08:13
June 24, 2021
246 Fun Facts for the Army's 246th Birthday
Today is the U.S. Army's 246th birthday! To celebrate, I put together 246 of my favorite facts and observations, as I am a 1LT in the Illinois Army National Guard. The longer I am in, the more I appreciate soldiers and their significant others. After enjoying, please subscribe for more fun and interesting content.   Note: this episode is not sponsored by the U.S. Army, Illinois Army National Guard, or Department of Defense. Opinions are of my own.
09:27
June 14, 2021
Shenitha Burton, CEO of S.H.E. Publishing LLC - From writing to media mogul
Today's episode is with the incredible Shenitha Burton, CEO of SHE Publishing, LLC! When the pandemic started, Shenitha decided to write a book. A book became a publishing company with multiple authors! Shenitha and I are fellow Toastmasters, so pardon the mid-podcast infomercial. There is no reason to delay your book or project. Get some inspiration here!
57:17
June 9, 2021
Dr. Joshua Gans on the Economics of COVID-19
Dr. Joshua Gans is one of the world's experts on economics and COVID-19. He has a newsletter, Plugging the Gap, where he discusses all things COVID-19 and economics, and has written two books on the pandemic DURING the pandemic. We had a wonderful chat, covering the following topics:  -Messaging fails and successes by experts -COVID as a pandemic vs. end-demic  -Lessons learned (or NOT learned) from the Spanish Flu -Making predictions with little to no facts -Can economics help you parent?  We covered a lifetime of pertinent, interesting information in less than thirty minutes! Please subscribe and let me know what you thought in the comments. Also, I am now accepting tips on my Anchor page. If you enjoyed the content and want continued fantastic guests, tech upgrades, etc, please feel free to contribute.  Dr. Joshua Gans can be found at www.joshuagans.com. I highly recommend his newsletter, Plugging the Gap. #COVID19 #COVIDEconomics #Pandemic #PandemicSuccess #SpanishFlu #Economics #Economics101 #VaccineTalk #HungerGames #Podcast #ATG #AgainstTheGrain #VernGoesAgainstTheGrain  Disclaimer: This podcast is not sponsored or endorsed by any of my employers, including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.
31:32
May 17, 2021
When to say What the EFF
In honor of Da Bears saying what the eff and trading up to draft Justin Fields, here are three stories of when I have said what the eff.  All three led to fantastic results and illustrate:   1. You know less than you think  2. It is ok to live life on the edge  3. Go with your gut! Do some baseline thinking, but go with your gut  Too many people, ESPECIALLY NOW, are living life too close to the vest. Makes moves!   I wrote about this topic, and you can find that here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sometimes-ya-gotta-say-what-eric-vernsten/?published=t   If you enjoy this episode, you may enjoy my other podcast content found below, as well as my book - 10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs Went Against The Grain, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!   Podcast: https://anchor.fm/verngoesatg   Book: https://www.amazon.com/Scientifically-Proven-Steve-Against-Grain-ebook/dp/B08X41J4WN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1NDY5JNR0L9U2&dchild=1&keywords=10+scientifically+proven+ways+steve+jobs+went+against+the+grain&qid=1620203704&sprefix=10+scien%2Caps%2C620&sr=8-1   Thank you for listening! Please subscribe for more fun, informative content! Namaste :) #lifestrategy #lifeskills #lifelonglearning #takeachance #goAgainstTheGrain #JustinFields #Bears #ChicagoBears #AgainstTheGrain #RiskyBusiness #TomCruise #education #comedy #comedypodcast  Disclaimer: this podcast is not sponsored by any of my employers, including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.
11:27
May 5, 2021
Three ways Coinbase went Against The Grain
Here are three key takeaways from the founding of Coinbase and how their ideas go Against The Grain. I throw in a few stories from my crypto journey as well. Anyone wanting to thrive over the next ten to twenty years needs a baseline understanding of the space. Learn the fundamentals, start buying using a coinbase, and you'll be ready! If you enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe! More excellent content is coming your way. You also may enjoy my book, 10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs went Against The Grain, available now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. DISCLAIMER: The podcast and post are not endorsed by any of my employers, including the Department of Defense.
10:31
April 16, 2021
Why a Swill of Coffee a day keeps the bankruptcy fairy away
Learn how three years straight of sipping coffee with Scott Adams has dramatically improved my life and can for yours too! Link to the article is below. (26) Why A swill of coffee a day keeps the bankruptcy fairy away | LinkedIn Disclaimer: This podcast is not sponsored by any of my employers, including the Department of Defense and the Army. We are trying to have fun here, folks. Life is short, then you did. Let's not take this too seriously. 
15:05
April 5, 2021
I wrote a fiction novel and so can you! - Joshua M. Turk
In 2019 Joshua M. Turk wrote a wonderful fiction novel, Another Outlaw in the West. Josh and I are friends, and I wanted to pick his brain about the writing and publishing process. We have known each other from high school, and the conversation was a blast. He remembered events that made us both laugh.  If you ever wanted to write a book, this is the podcast for you! A link to Josh's book, as well as mine, is below. Most importantly - YOU CAN WRITE THAT BOOK TOO! A world of opportunity awaits once you realize the power is in your hands. If you write a book, I'll have you on the podcast. There you go!  Josh's book: Another Outlaw in the West: Turk, Joshua M.: 9786977373897: Amazon.com: Books Vern's book: 10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs Went Against The Grain: A Comedy Book: Vernsten, Eric: 9798712399116: Amazon.com: Books Disclaimer: This podcast is not endorsed or sponsored by any of my employers, including the DoD. Thanks!
01:03:13
March 29, 2021
Of Hot Dogs and Men - Vern Goes Against The Grain Makes its Debut
Hello all, This podcast is from an article I posted to LinkedIn. Bigger picture, the podcast is undergoing some re-branding. I LOVE laughing and learning, but I think that can be done under the umbrella of Against The Grain. My life can be described as a series of decisions going Against conventional wisdom, with varied outcomes.  One has to be authentic with themselves, and this is who I am - I eat lettuce awkwardly in a living room and then discuss it five years later.  If you enjoy, PLEASE subscribe, leave five star reviews, etc. The content will continue to come and only get better with time. Disclaimer: this podcast is not endorsed or sponsored by any of my employers, including the Department of Defense. 
09:23
March 15, 2021
Chapter Two - Steve Jobs was known for his bizarre diet and eating habits
This is the SECOND preview of my upcoming book, 10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs went Against the Grain: A Comedy Book.    Release date of 2.24.21 (my birthday and Jobs' bday, literally a coincidence). The full audiobook will be available on my podcast, Laugh & Learn with Vern.   This is a comedy book, and is meant to be read with the footnotes - Let me be your funny tour guide as you learn how all the crazy stuff Jobs did...was actually not crazy, and is backed by science. Prepare to have your mind blown, one hilarious story and joke at a time.
12:38
February 23, 2021
10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs went Against The Grain - Chapter One: Jobs had the worst bachelor party in modern history
This is a preview of my upcoming book, 10 Scientifically Proven Ways Steve Jobs went Against the Grain: A Comedy Book.   Release date of 2.24.21 (my birthday and Jobs' bday, literally a coincidence). The full audiobook will be available on my podcast, Laugh & Learn with Vern.   This is a comedy book, and is meant to be read with the footnotes - Let me be your funny tour guide as you learn how all the crazy stuff Jobs did...was actually not crazy, and is backed by science. Prepare to have your mind blown, one hilarious story and joke at a time. #Jobs, #SteveJobs, #Apple, #Pixar, #JoeRogan, #NikkiGlaser, #AllenCarr, #TimFerriss, #SelfHelp, #SelfReflection, #Sobriety, #Strength, #Comedy, #Standupcomedy, #improv, #Improvcomedy #podcasting, #Podcast, #audiobook, #ebook
13:18
February 15, 2021
Super Bowl LV Prop Bets and Gambling Extraordinaire with Mr. Prop Lock and Drop it - Jordan Ballard
Jordan and Vern take a deep dive through their favorite prop bets for the Super Bowl. What are some of the best values for Super Bowl MVP? How do they see the game going? And what was their respective best past Super Bowl bets? If you are interested in seeing the Super Bowl through a different lens, this is for you. What are your favorite Super Bowl bets or past wins?  For all things gambling, follow Jordan on Instagram at @_jballar   Please subscribe for all things Laughing and Learning :)   Note: Do not gamble if under 18 of if illegal in your jurisdiction. PointsBet does not sponsor this podcast. This podcast is also not sponsored by any of Vern's employers or the DoD. #SuperBowl, #SuperBowlLV, #Brady , #Mahomes, #TompaBay, #Gronk, #GronkSpike, #Gambling, #Betting, #bestbets, #Propbets
01:05:37
February 4, 2021
Why Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Gamestop traders are here to stay
If you believe in Bob Lazar or are anti-hedge fund, this podcast episode is for you... Topics covered: - MTG and conspiracy theories -Her resemblance to another newer politician... -Gamestop and the bi-partisan Populism resurgence - AOC and Donald Trump Jr. on the same page?!? Thank you for watching and listening! If you enjoy, please subscribe for informative, interesting content. Disclaimer: I condemn all violence and hate from anyone, and this video is not endorsed by any of my employers.
09:10
February 1, 2021
Oumuamua was extraterrestrial technology, groupthink, and meeting Stephen Hawking - Dr. Avi Loeb
Dr. Avi Loeb is a world renown Harvard Astrophysicist. He believes we were visited by Extraterrestrial technology in the form of Oumuamua in 2017. We discuss why he thinks this, the implications, and so much more (how he met Stephen Hawking, for instance). Avi's book, Extraterrestrial, is out today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am sure you will too!  If you are interested in whether aliens exist (they do or did) or enjoy this episode, please subscribe for more interesting, fun content and guests! The below is a larger summary of Dr. Loeb's work via Wikipedia, hopefully it is correct! Abraham "Avi" Loeb (Hebrew: אברהם (אבי) לייב‎; born February 26, 1962) is an Israeli-American theoretical physicist who works on astrophysics and cosmology. Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He had been the longest serving Chair of Harvard's Department of Astronomy (2011-2020), Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative (since 2016) and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (since 2007) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
37:30
January 27, 2021
Championship Weekend Prop bet preview with Mr. Prop Lock & Drop It Jordan Ballard
Jordan and Vern break down both weekend NFL Games from an individual prop level, with Jordan providing his best bets! Note that neither of our employers sponsors this podcast, and please only gamble if you are of age and it is legal in your jurisdiction. Jordan crushed it last weekend, enjoy his fun and informative takes! For more fun, please subscribe and download! 2,300 and counting, this thing is just getting started!
54:08
January 22, 2021
NFL Playoff Preview, Best bets and Props Bet with Jordan Ballard
Friend/friend of the podcast Jordan Ballard came by to talk all things NFL Playoff Preview, his fantasy football podcast with @shootyourshot sports, as well as a discussion of at what point in Sunday's game will Cam Jordan strip sack Trubisky. I said when the Bears are up 10-6 and we have a glimmer of hope... I suggest ALL of you start or join a podcast, it is a great time and builds communication skills like crazy. Jordan is a balla and I highly suggest you listen if you like making money. Jordan crushed his prop bets this year and has one in particular that hit 7 times, at one point hitting at over +1000.... This was a fun sports/fantasy/gambling podcast and I hope you enjoy! Thanks again to Jordan for coming on. Please subscribe and leave five star reviews for more fun, entertaining content!
01:19:45
January 8, 2021
New Year, New You - Try Improv Comedy in 2021 with Ross Taylor!
Ross Taylor is an actor, writer, and hilarious comedian! He has learned and now teaches improv classes as The Magnet Theatre in New York, as well as The Second City theatre in Chicago. Ross also teaches drop in classes on his own at RossTaylorTeaching.com. This was a hilarious interview. My audio goes out and comes back for about a 20 minute stretch - Ross is so funny, you will not even notice. I highly recommend listening to the whole episode, but Ross's best stories start around the 15, 16 minute mark. I almost peed my pants during the taping and while listening to it afterwards. Please enjoy and give improv a chance in 2021! It changed my life and Ross's for the better. Ross was probably always hilarious, but 10+ years of improv probably helps. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and leave five star reviews! You can also find the video on YouTube at the Laugh & Learn with Vern page. Thank you for stopping by :)
01:09:56
January 3, 2021
Economics 509 - Distorted markets, Student loan debacle, and economic solutions with Michael O'Hogan
Mike is the smartest Engineer I know. Entrepreneur by day, thinker by night, Mike has advised numerous Illinois politicians on economics and free trade. Mike and I take deep dives into such topics as: how China distorts markets, giving children better educational paths, and why AOC is right...sort of. I learn from Mike every time we talk. You can find Mike on twitter at @michaelOHogan1. PS the picture is Tom Fitton, someone Mike and I both like. I admire the fact he always gets his guns out in every picture.
01:31:12
December 13, 2020
How to Mourn during a Pandemic - Jennifer J. Fondrevay
Jennifer is a best selling author and speaker. She lost her mother in March 2020 and made a wonderful video celebrating her life and helping all of us learn to mourn during a pandemic.  I lost my Aunt Lynn a couple weeks ago and Jennifer's tips have helped me. Please enjoy this wonderful interview with a wonderful person. If you enjoy it oh so much, feel free to subscribe! More fire content on its way!
01:26:22
December 2, 2020
Election 2020 Special - Sriraam the Wise, The Elaine Show, and Dan Kallio!
First Hour - Sriraam gives Americans his take on the election from Mumbai Next 45 Minutes - Elaine Vario gives us the Brooklyn Perspective Last 45 Minutes - Dan Kallio explains the Chicago and Midwest vibe Thank you to all listeners and guests! Subscribe for more fun and informative content!
02:26:14
November 2, 2020
Esther Joy King - Entrepreneur, Soldier, Republican for Congress
Esther Joy King is running for #Congress for the 17th district of #Illinois. She has a unique skill set from her days of public speaking as a missionary, being an #Army Lawyer, as well as an #entrepreneur. She also has a fantastic sense of humor, and do not DARE steal her billion dollar idea. Esther can be found on all social media platforms (Esther4Congress), and her website: https://www.estherforcongress.com/ Thank you for stopping by! If you enjoy this content, please subscribe and enjoy older episodes as well. 
43:35
October 20, 2020
Jesus E. Solorio, Jr. - The Common Sense Congressman
Jesus E. Solorio, Jr. is running for Congress in the 4th district in Illinois.  Jesus a proud son of Mexican Immigrants and a native of Chicago's Southside.  We covered a variety of topics that Jesus had interesting and detailed opinions about, such as:  - Removing "cheat street" to create better economic opportunity - The irony of Democrats decrying institutional racism when they run the institutions -  Did Jesus almost create the iPhone before Steve Jobs?  Whether it was immigration, the economy, or reforming how lobbying works, Jesus had excellent opinions backed by fact.  I HIGHLY recommend you check out Jesus's twitter feed (@jesussoloriojr) and his website (solorioforcongress.com) for his platform and how his ideas can help his district as well as yours! #politics, #congress, #Illinoispolitics, #IL04, #SolorioForCongress, #Immigration, #economics, #economicpolicy, #GreenNewDeal, #GreenNuclearDeal
45:41
October 12, 2020
Mr. Salt on his brim - Ken Allison: military man, entrepreneur, trust & transparency to politics
Ken Allison is running for Illinois State Representative for the 88th district! Ken is running as a Libertarian candidate and is starting a movement based on trust and transparency.  Ken is a military man, having served THREE terms in AFGHANISTAN! He then went on to start and run four businesses. Ken is a true patriot, and opened up about many topics during this conversation, such as: - The first thing he would say to Mike Madigan -Why JB Pritzker has no skin in the game -Solving the human trafficking epidemic -How he was almost abducted as a child, overcoming abuse and poverty -His 100 business mutual fund -The heroes he served with -How not returning a phone call became a movement Ken and I also did some improv comedy and he was fantastic! This was the most vulnerable a guest has ever been on the podcast. I highly recommend this episode if you love the military, politics, or just some great story telling. Please subscribe and leave five star reviews if you enjoy content like this interview with Ken Allison. You can learn more about Ken on his website: https://kenallison.org/
01:41:23
September 20, 2020
NFL Picks Week Two with Bill - Philip Rivers's non-NFL career, most TNF game ever, Never go back to your high school
Week Two #NFL with my buddy Bill! We covered our week one picks, as well as looked at week two. We also went riffed on what other careers Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers could have, Bill's Chris Berman impression, and what a focused #TomBrady can do for you. Subscribe for more fun, informative content and leave five star reviews for the fun! #NFL2020 #NFLWEEKTWO #PhilRivers #Bears #Packers #Lions #Vikings #Saints #Falcons #Bucs #Panthers #49ers #Seahawks #Rams #Cards #Cowboys #NYGiants #Eagles #WashingtonFootballTeam #Patriots #Dolphins #Jets #Bills #BillsMafia #Chargers #Chiefs #Mahomes #LVRaiders #Raiders #Broncos #Steelers #Ravens #Lamar #TB12 #Browns #OBJ #Bengals #Titans #Colts #Jags #Texans #Watson #nflfootball #fantasyfootball #homedepot
52:05
September 18, 2020
NFL Football is Back! Predictions with my friend Bill
#NFL football is back and my friend Bill came by for season long and week one gambling picks. First 5 minutes are #fantasy #football talk, followed by 20-25 of season long team predictions including a hot Tom Brady Take, then the last thirty minutes are week one picks. Subscribe for more fun, informative content and leave five star reviews for the fun! #NFL2020 #NFLWEEKONE #TomBrady #Bears #Packers #Lions #Vikings #Saints #Falcons #Bucs #Panthers #49ers #Seahawks #Rams #Cards #Cowboys #NYGiants #Eagles #WashingtonFootballTeam #Patriots #Dolphins #Jets #Bills #BillsMafia #Chargers #Chiefs #Mahomes #LVRaiders #Raiders #Broncos #Steelers #Ravens #Lamar #TB12 #Browns #OBJ #Bengals #Titans #Colts #Jags #Texans #Watson #nflfootball #fantasyfootball
59:24
September 11, 2020
Mark Schneider - How nuclear energy can stop climate change
Mark E. Schneider is a former nuclear submarine operator who says we can solve climate change and power the world through clean nuclear energy. Mark can be found on LinkedIn at Mark E. Schneider where he publishes daily, as well as @subschneider on twitter. This episode is broken down into different segments. First twenty minutes: Renewables vs. Fossils, how to twitter battle, why to know one subject cold; 20-35 - using persuasion for reciprocity featuring a Scott Adams plug, how to publish every day with six kids; 35-50 - Navy vs. Army talk, where the proof system was created, nuclear submarine life, education vs. experience; 50 - 1:05 - Why college is a scam; helicopter talk; how to go to college under $300; 1:05-1:20 - environmentalists vs. nuclear, keep it simple stupid, getting a leadership coin; 1::20-1:30 - regulations holding the US back, how to become a Dilbert comic; 1:30 - close - Mark learns improv comedy. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #climatechange #climate #nuclear #nuclearenergy #greennewdeal #greennucleardeal #dilbert #navy #military #linkedin
01:50:14
August 25, 2020
Taylor Ann Stafford - Sex, Taboo, Fighting Sex Trafficking, BLM, Epstein, Sugar Daddies and more!
Taylor Ann Stafford is the founder of Women Against Taboo and the Host of the Talk Taboo Podcast. A warning - this is a podcast with explicit language and content! Taylor does not hold back as we discuss the following (by minutes) First five - introduction; 5-20 (Sugar daddies, preventing child sex abuse, uncomfortable fathers); 20-35 (Fraternity guys and candy canes, sex advice for men); 35-50 (Seattle CHAZ/CHOP, BLM, Tear Gas); 50-1:05 (Unlimited International Travel, Did Epstein kill himself?, What people put up their...); 1:05-Close (Avoiding Sexless marriages, our therapy hell and heaven). Thanks again to Taylor for coming on. Her Instagram is @iamtaylorstafford, her charity’s insta is @women.against.taboo, and her podcast is called Talk Taboo. Thank you for listening, and if you enjoyed please leave five star reviews and subscribe for more excellent content on the way! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #sugardaddy #sugardaddies #sex #sexeducation #blm #sexpositive #epstein
01:21:32
August 13, 2020
Five Minute Friday - the Debut of the Rant of the Week
This week’s podcast features a recap of the best way to turn failure into success, a preview of next week’s episode, and the debut of my newest segment, Rant of the Week. This week’s topic: #Illinois’s lack of effort in trying to get #Elon or #Rogan to move to Illinois. Please subscribe for more excellent content like this and leave five star reviews for good #karma. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #elonmusk #joerogan #illinois #illinoisexodus
10:30
August 7, 2020
Ending America’s bloat - Danny Malouf, Libertarian and Patriot
Danny Malouf is running for US Senate as a Libertarian candidate in Illinois. We have known each other for over twenty years. Danny is a competitor, patriot, and free thinker. He’s also pretty funny, as witnessed by his improv skills! After enjoying the show, find Danny on Facebook at Danny Malouf for US Senate, and on Instagram and Twitter at @DannyMalouf2020. Please subscribe and leave five star reviews of the podcast for more wonderful shows like this! #Namaste #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #politics #libertarian #libertarianparty #politics2020 #election2020 #illinois #senate #illinoispolitics
01:26:52
August 4, 2020
Overcoming embarrassment, becoming a World Champion, improving with Groot - Aaron W. Beverly
Aaron W. Beverly is the reigning #Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking! From his “I need help” moment to standing alone at the top, Aaron has stories and tips for anyone interested in becoming a better speaker or better human being. This was an incredible conversation with an incredible human being. Aaron can be found on instagram at @aaron_w_beverly for all your #speaking questions and beyond! If you enjoy today’s episode, please leave five star reviews and subscribe, because why not? Search Laugh and Learn with Vern on all major #podcast platforms! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
01:26:33
July 28, 2020
Five Minute Friday: Lessons from a Navy Veteran, Happy Birthday Leroy, Aaron Beverly preview
Today’s episode is dedicated to my good friend, Leroy Stanford. Today would have been his 33rd birthday, so happy birthday Leo-Naise! We discuss an important life lesson from #Navy Veteran Devin G. Jones, preview next week’s episode with the 2019 World Champion of Public Speaking, Aaron Beverly, and I tell a hilarious story about Leroy’s 15th birthday. If you enjoy today’s episode, please subscribe and leave five star reviews! If you have comments or feedback, please let me know. I’m all about that #improvement life. Enjoy your weekend! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
16:17
July 24, 2020
Devin G. Jones - Entrepreneur, Veteran, Free thinker
Devin G. Jones is a lifelong Entrepreneur, Navy Veteran, and now politician. Listen to us discuss #Army vs. #Navy, the failings of the IL #Republican Party, reparations, and much more! You can find Devin on twitter @Devio and @18thwardgop. Please leave a five star review if you enjoyed the podcast, as well as subscribe for more excellent content! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #politics #politics2020 #illinoispolitics #church #preacher #seminary #military
02:56:38
July 22, 2020
Can one man change a state? Five Minute Friday meets Devin G. Jones - July 17, 2020
Today’s five minute Friday has the most important life lesson you’ll learn this week from the world’s leading fantasy football expert, my joke of the week, and a preview of next week’s podcast. Can one man on the Southside of #Chicago change Illinois politics forever? Tune in on Tuesday to find out. If you enjoy the show and want more, please leave five star ratings and subscribe. The show is available on all major podcast formats. Have a wonderful weekend! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #politics #politics2020 #election #election2020 #illinois #illinoispolitics
07:51
July 17, 2020
Fantasy Football, Risk Taking, and Bears Twitter - Evan Silva
This episode is for all of you fantasy football and Bears fans out there! Evan Silva is the premier name in Fantasy. He is formerly the lead writer of Rotoworld.com, now the co-founder of Establishtherun.com. This episode takes deep dives into Evan’s thinking going into the season, from Saquan vs. Zeke to his deep Tight End sleepers. We also discuss how Evan became so good on podcasts (he crushes this one), taking risks, and the joys of being a girl Dad. Evan was a fantastic guest, and I cannot thank him enough for his time and insight! If you want to learn more from experts in all domains, please check out prior episodes! If you are enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave five star reviews. Thank you and have a wonderful day! PS - the picture is of Charles Tillman, AKA Peanut Tillman, giving me the Peanut Punch at a Protein Bar. It’s football related enough for this episode! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #fantasyfootball #football #nfl #nfl2020 #fantasyfootball2020 #fantasy #ETR
57:53
July 14, 2020
Be the change you want to see - July 3, 2020
This episode covers the wild past week of my life where I became a Judge Advocate, left my current job and accepted another, the skills and lessons I think we need to share with others, as well as what I need to work on myself. I love you all and I love this country. If you want to feel inspired going into the holiday weekend, this episode is for you! #USA! #USA! #USA! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #America
18:28
July 3, 2020
Five Minute Friday with Fantasy Football Expert Evan Silva - June 26, 2020
This week’s Five Minute Friday includes a life skill from my improv friends, my attempt at double entendre humor, and a preview of next week’s podcast with the one and only Fantasy Guru, Evan Silva! If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and leave five star reviews. More excellent content on the way. Please note that all opinions are of my own as well as that of any guest and are not endorses by the U.S. DOD or the U.S. Military. Stay safe, and I will see you on Tuesday. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #fantasyfootball #fantasy2020 #fantasyfootball2020
08:08
June 26, 2020
Amber, Brett, and Paul - Building life skills, what improv taught us, and Salt Lake City Architects
This was a very fun podcast featuring three of my friends that I made during improv - Amber Klosterman, Paul Micheli, and Brett Charles Taylor! We broke the episode into three main parts: First 30 minutes - life advice and what we learned from improv; 30-50 minute mark is blind line; 50 minute to hour thirty mark is life lessons and story time, including the improv game ‘sex with me’ (don’t worry, we kept it PG). All show notes can be found on the Facebook page, just search Laugh and Learn with Vern! Thank you to my guests, and thank you for listening! Please subscribe and leave five star reviews, because why would you not? #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
01:43:54
June 23, 2020
Five Minute Friday - 6/19/2020
Today’s Five Minute Friday has a recap of my wonderful interview with my friend Vanessa, aka @VintageVSpot on Instagram, I do some throwback jokes from the 2020 #NFL Draft, and we preview next week’s podcast with my friend Amber, Paul, and Brett (aka BCT). Please subscribe and leave five star reviews, because you definitely enjoyed it so why not? Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you Tuesday :) #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
09:32
June 19, 2020
Happiness, Joy, and Vintage Everything - Vanessa, aka VintageVSpot
This episode is with my friend, Vanessa! She is also known around the world as her instagram handle, @vintagevspot! Vanessa has turned a hobby and passion into a community, with over 15,000 followers who share her love of vintage everything! We cover a variety of topics, from how she got started, keeping a community engaged, and share many laughs along the way. If you enjoy this episode, feel free to subscribe and leave five star reviews, because why not? Enjoy the show, check out Vanessa’s instagram, and have a wonderful day! #vintage #vintageshopping #vintageclothing #thrift #thrifting #Thriftshopping #throwbackthursday #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
01:03:26
June 16, 2020
Five Minute Friday with Indian Comedian Sriraam Padmanabhan
Today’s Five Minute Friday is with my friend, Shiraam Padmanabhan! We met during an online standup workshop and have gotten along great ever since! We talk for a bit, then Sriraam gets into his tight five! Shiraam can be found on instagram (@sriraamp) as well as YouTube, where his top video has over 1 million views! If you enjoy this podcast, please subscribe and leave five star reviews. The podcast is on all major platforms, just search for Laugh and Learn with Vern! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #india #indiancomedy
19:24
June 12, 2020
Sheryl Blustein Jendrycki - Kooky the Clown
My friend Sheryl has been an entertainer for more than forty years! She has performed on many stages all around the state of Illinois, spending many decades creating laughter as Kooky the Clown! Sheryl and I had a blast going through her journey and the fun lessons learned! Most of the interview is stories; the last third is us attempting improv. Come for the life lessons, stay for the laughs! Thank you to Sheryl for being so open and fun. If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and leave five star reviews for more fun! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #clowns #clown #clownhumor
01:41:17
June 9, 2020
Five Minute Friday - June 5, 2020
Today’s episode talks about a lesson learned from my networking podcast this past Tuesday, a joke of the week, and a preview of next week’s podcast with Kooky the Clown, aka my friend Sheryl! She is hilarious and the conversation was full of powerful lessons learned and hilarious stories! If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe and leave reviews! Podcast is available on Apple Podcast, Anchor, Spotify and more! Thank you for listening and if you have any advice, let me know! Always looking to improve. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #clown #clowns
05:44
June 5, 2020
The Networking Episode
This episode discusses the three keys of networking through three stories of my life that got me where I am today! Networking can be easy and fun, which is what will be discussed today. If you have questions or want to know more, please reach out. Photo is with my friend Danny, who play a prominent role in my story. If you enjoy the lessons you heard on today’s episode, please subscribe and leave a wonderful review, because why not? The podcast is on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Anchor and more! Search Laugh & Learn with Vern. Thank you for listening and for your support, and be safe out there. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice #networking #networkingadvice #connect
28:45
June 2, 2020
Five Minute Friday - May 29, 2020
Today’s episode is a recap of this past Tuesday’s wonderful Laughing and Learning with my friend Brett. I make a slight twist during my joke of the week, you’ll have to listen to hear it! Finally, I preview next week’s wonderful episode with my friend Vanessa, who is building a wonderful vintage community in Chicago and around the world! She can be found on instagram @vintagevspot! Have a wonderful and safe weekend. If you are enjoying these podcasts, feel free to subscribe on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and more! Five star reviews are fun too :) #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #leadership #leadershipadvice
07:33
May 29, 2020
The military improv comedy architect renaissance man - Brett Charles Taylor
Brett Charles Taylor, AKA BCT, is a friend of mine from Second City Improv and has wonderful life lessons to share, from his time as a Marine, putting out literal and figurative fires while working at a movie theatre, and our two connections to alleged murderers. Brett is fantastic! More notes on Brett and lessons learned are on the Facebook page - search for Laugh and Learn with Vern! Thank you for listening, and if you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a five star rating. Please note as a disclaimer that this podcast, especially this episode, is not endorsed by the U.S. Government or any branch of the U.S. military. All opinions shared are that of the host or guest alone. #military #militarytraining #leaderseatlast #leadership #leadershipadvice #military #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy
01:54:19
May 26, 2020
#FiveMinuteFriday - May 22nd, 2020
This week’s episode featured a lesson from George Koll, a recent joke I wrote, as well as a preview of next week’s guest, the hilarious Brett Charles Taylor! Brett is a military veteran as well as an architect. We met at Second City Improv in 2019 and he is a hoot! Please subscribe to listen to that episode and many others! If you enjoy the show, please leave a review, preferably five stars! Thank you again to all the listeners out there, and especially to all those current and former military personnel, their families, and to all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We would not be here without you! Thank you for continuing to serve and protect this country. Have a safe, fun, and reflective Memorial Day weekend! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy
06:42
May 22, 2020
Barbershop Bliss - George Koll
George is my #barber and has been a barber for over forty years! This was a treat, and we covered George’s whole life, from the lessons he learned doing various jobs as a teenager to following his bliss as an adult. The first hour is George discussing the lessons he learned before becoming a full time barber, figuring out what he wanted and did not want in a career, and the last hour is some improv comedy games, George talking about his current life as a entrepreneurial barber, as well as more comedy. If you enjoy today’s podcast, please subscribe and leave five star reviews, because what else would you leave? As a disclaimer, the views of the guests are their own and not shared by the U.S. government or any branch of the U.S. Military. Thank you for listening, and I hope you also find your bliss :) #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #barbershop #barbershophumor #barbershoptalk
02:00:01
May 19, 2020
Five Minute Friday - 5/15/2020
Today’s episode is a Five Minute Friday - I will run these every Friday. They will be a recap of that week’s guest(s), a stand-up joke or two I am working on, as well as a preview of the upcoming week’s guest. Next week is none other than my Barber, George Koll! George can be found on instagram at Kollgeorge, and if you google George’s Haircutting for Men he comes right up. George’s episode will be on next Tuesday! Please subscribe to listen to George as well as many others! Five star ratings are cool too! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy
12:09
May 15, 2020
Cooking with Chef Darren Underway and Dustin Beelow - The Stay-Put Cookbook
Darren and Dustin faced adversity and came out of it with their wonderful creation - The Stay-Put Cookbook! They combine their talents and skills to come up with a project they were passionate about and could help others. This interview touches on a variety of subjects, from the skills they learned early on to Darren’s hot take on turkey. We covered the book, how it was created, and why. Both Darren and Dustin truly care about people, and it comes through in the pages. The Stay-Put Cookbook can be found online (google it), on Facebook, as well as on Instagram @stayputcookbook. After enjoying this podcast, please leave a review and please subscribe! The jokes will get better as the subscriptions increase, I promise! Thank you for listening! More show notes and can be found over at the Laugh and Learn Facebook page, and we can also be found on Instagram @laughandlearnwithvern #LLVPOD. Please note that this podcast and its guests, as well as their views, are not endorsed or supported by the U.S Government, the U.S. military, or the Illinois Army National Guard. #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy #cooking #recipes #cookingathome #cookingonabudget #budget
01:18:46
May 12, 2020
Talia Miele - Invisible Illness Warrior
Talia Miele is the Invisible Illness Warrior! Talia is a friend of mine who has battled and thrived while living with #fibromyalgia for over twenty years. Her story is educational as well as inspirational! Talia can be found on all the social media (facebook, instagram, medium) and is there for all to listen and support! The first hour is about her story and the skills she has learned throughout her life. At the end, we do some improv comedy which she crushed. Thank you for listening and supporting Talia and others on National #Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (May 12th) #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy
01:20:43
May 12, 2020
Laugh and Learn with Vern Podcast #LLVPOD
Welcome to the Laugh and Learn with Vern Podcast! This is an introduction to the show. I believe everyone is funny and anyone can learn new skills to have a fulfilling career, hobby, and life. Please subscribe and leave, ideally, five star reviews! This podcast will be coming out every Tuesday and Friday, and will be available on all major distribution channels (Apple, Spotify, Google). Links to the podcast will be coming soon! #careeradvice #careerguidance #entrepreneurship #skillstacking #publicspeaking #standupcomedy #improvcomedy #comedy
13:59
May 12, 2020