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Never forced. Never coerced.
Open discussions about the things in life that matter to you most.
Questions or comments? Please feel free to email them to voluntaryinput@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at anchor.fm/voluntary-input/message
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Be sure to catch Voluntary Input LIVE every Tuesday at 9:00PM EDT with Leo Allen (@LeoJAllenJr) and Adam Parshall (@adamparshall)

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Special Guest - Cetvies
We are joined by blogger, MA graduate in social sciences and political sciences  (human rights single honor specialty) Cetvies who speaks to us about issues such as human trafficking, veganism, and child marriage. *PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOME INFORMATION PROVIDED MAY BE DISTURBING* Become a patron! - Support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/voluntaryinput?fan_landing=true Be sure to visit our Merch Store - https://merch.streamelements.com/voluntaryinputpodcast
01:43:34
April 1, 2021
No Bridge Too Far
This week we talk about clever crypto miners, how Google AND Apple make a killing while app devs don't, Jade Raymond's big splash at Sony, and how you can own the Brooklyn Bridge!   Become a patron! -  Support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/voluntaryinpu...   Be sure to visit our Merch Store - https://merch.streamelements.com/volu... Visit https://linktr.ee/VoluntaryInput to learn more
01:36:04
March 24, 2021
I Want My NFT
This week we catch up on a few things like - Apple killing the Homepod. The underwhelming demand for the iPhone 12 Mini. What in the world is Atari thinking? GameStop (again...). Cloud gaming. And what the heck are NFTs?  Become a patron! - Support the show on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/voluntaryinput?fan_landing=true Be sure to visit our Merch Store - https://merch.streamelements.com/voluntaryinputpodcast
01:22:08
March 17, 2021
Special Guest - Michaela S. Cox
Michaela S. Cox joins us to talk about overcoming adversity in her life to go on to become a published author, and being an inspiration to others, all while juggling the challenges of being a single mom. Become a patron! - Support the show on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
35:30
March 10, 2021
Special Guest - Bob DePasquale
Cancer survivor Bob DePasquale (https://bobdepasquale.com) joins us to talk about living a life of fulfillment, encouraging others, and fostering our own creativity! Become a patron! - Support the show on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
58:42
March 3, 2021
Into The Clouds
Microsoft teases a first look of xCloud for the web, who's sending Elon Musk binary messages, and is Facebook secretly building a smartwatch? Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
49:51
February 17, 2021
The Fallout
Casualties of last week's meme stock surge, the Stadia community suffers another loss, and is Apple making a folding phone? Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:22:43
February 11, 2021
Did That Just Happen?
Did a bunch of kids really take down a Hedge Fund? Did Google kill Stadia? Did Elon Musk's luck run out? We discuss all this and more this week on Voluntary Input! Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:06:27
February 3, 2021
Buy, Sell, Trade! (And Don't Forget To Game)
In this episode, Leo and Adam discuss everything from investing in the stock market to gaming on Google Stadia! Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:11:27
January 27, 2021
Special Guest Taylor Turntime
Growing up in foster care, living in poverty, Taylor knew life had something more to offer. She joins us to talk about how she has grown to live a life of inspiration and personal growth. Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
27:55
January 20, 2021
Special Guest Angel Jimenez
Young author Angel Jimenez joins us to speak about overcoming challenges he faced early in life to go on to publish a book nominated for a Reader's Choice Award and more! Be sure to check out his website Age of the Kings and pick up a copy of his book on Amazon, Nook, and Walmart! Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
18:23
January 13, 2021
2021 Kick Off
The new year is finally here! Tonight we talk about some of the highlights that actually came out of 2020, as well as what we look forward to in 2021. Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:17:12
January 6, 2021
UX and Customer Service Technology with Filippo Lovatti
Filippo Lovotti, head of UX in the Customer Service Tech team at Zappos, joins us to talk about what exactly is UX, how technology should be used to help people, as well as some delicious Italian food! Learn more about Filippo on his website which can be found here. And be sure to check out his podcast "The Industry of UX" Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
55:05
December 16, 2020
Special Guest Brenden Kumarasamy
Brenden Kumarasamy, founder of Master Talk, joins us with important info to help us navigate how to present effectively online and share free resources with folks during this difficult time. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel! - Mastek Talk Videos Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
26:08
December 5, 2020
Censorship
William Stodden returns to help clear the air about what The U.S. Constitution actually says about censorship, and whether or not social media platforms are actually engaged in it. We also talk about the responsibilities these platforms have, if any, concerning free speech, as well as some of the behaviors seen by certain high profile individuals on these platforms. Be sure to check out William's new podcast Supernova Earth, and grab a copy of his book The Practical Effects of Time Travel: A Memoir The Congressional wealth graph mentioned in this episode can be found here. Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:24:42
December 3, 2020
The Real Story Of Thanksgiving
Although 2020 may be a little different, there will still be food, family, and football. But how did it all begin? Javi Benz from @JavzWorld joins us to talk turkey! (and history!) For more information, as well as the complete timeline discussed in this episode, visit javzworld.com Be sure to visit VoluntaryInput.com for show times, past and present podcast episodes, and info on how you can support the show. Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:03:51
November 18, 2020
Choppin' It Up with Samurye
This week we talk with Samurye about those scary DMCA warnings some streamers have received, the ill-fated idea that streamers should pay game developers, and an "interesting" trend being seen in a lot of mobile games. Catch Samurye streaming on Twitch at twitch.tv/samurye Be sure to tune in live every Tuesday at 9:00PM Eastern. Visit https://voluntaryinput.com/ for more details. Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
34:32
November 11, 2020
You Mad Bro?
This week @LeoJAllenJr and @adamparshall get a few things off their chest! Recorded live, Tuesday October 28th 2020. For more details, please be sure to visit https://voluntaryinput.com/ Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
01:35:34
October 28, 2020
The Death Wobble
This week, Leo and Adam talk about Oculus Quest 2 users getting permabanned, the new iPhone (and whether or not Leo is "aging out" of tech), Sweden's ban on Hauwei, and Adam takes playing XBox on his iPhone for a test drive. And more! Be sure to visit the new Voluntary Input website for more! Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
58:07
October 22, 2020
Talking Horror With Rachel Riley
Special guest Rachel Riley joins us to talk about acting, her upcoming directorial debut "The Neighbor", and things that go bump in the night! Recorded live, Tuesday October 13th, 2020 Become a patron of the show! - Support us on Patreon Be sure to visit our Merch Store
41:43
October 14, 2020
We're Just Gamers with Samurye
Special guest Samurye joins us to talk about the current climate for females in the streaming community, and tells us the one thing we all need to stop saying Be sure to catch Samurye on Twitch at twitch.tv/samurye Music by Harmologik Get your hands on some Voluntary Input merch! Check this out to find out how!
42:17
September 30, 2020
The Convenience Factor
This week we talk about Apple's pseudo embrace of XCloud and Stadia, the Apple device launch, Tik Tok (again) and more! Music by Harmologik Get your hands on some Voluntary Input merch! Check this out to find out how!
01:02:22
September 16, 2020
He's Back!
Adam returns and we talk the Fortnite / Apple / Google battle, what it costs to have a foldable phone (and whether or not we think it's worth it, a little Tik Tok, and so much more! Recorded live, Tuesday September 8th 2020.
01:00:28
September 10, 2020
Maybe You're A Socialist
William Stodden joins us to talk about politics, capitalism, and to hopefully help clear the air about socialism. Be sure to check out William's new book, "The Practical Effects Of Time Travel: A Memoir" available now on Amazon And read his musings on Medium at The New Haberdasher
01:46:02
September 2, 2020
What's On?
2020 has been a year of so many challenges - one of the biggest being locked inside due to Covid-19! Although we have countless entertainment options, sometimes we find ourselves at the point of asking, "What's on?" Thankfully, our special guest Lola Lola Lariscy is here to the rescue to give us some great suggestions and ideas! Be sure to check out this talented author and overall entertainment lover at https://lariscy.libsyn.com/ for some great conversations and interviews!
01:08:38
August 26, 2020
Tik Tok To The Hip Hop
Recorded live Tuesday August 11th, 2020 This week, Leo and Adam talk about what may be the final nail in the Tik Tok coffin, some Raspberry Pie sweetness, a delicious Beer Of The Week and more!  Be sure to tune in live every Tuesday at 9:00PM eastern on Twitch, dlive, Facebook and Twitter! Questions, or comments? Please email us at voluntaryinput@gmail.com
01:11:44
August 13, 2020
Format: VI
Welcome to the all-new Voluntary Input simulcast! This week, new co-host Adam Parshall joins, and we talk about the congressional "Big Tech" anti-trust hearing, the president's case for wanting to ban Tik Tok, and some gaming goodies! Recorded live, Tuesday  August 4th 2020. Be sure to catch Voluntary Input LIVE every Tuesday at 9:00PM EDT! Subscribe on YouTube , Twitch , Twitter, dlive , and follow on Facbook to be sure to catch live airings and to view past episodes!
58:55
August 7, 2020
Defund Or Abolish?
What does "defund police" really mean, and does it make sense to do so? Further, would it make sense to completely abolish police and the prison system? In this episode, I talk about what I have learned about these things and whether or not I believe either could help. Recorded via live broadcast on 7/24/2020.
26:17
July 26, 2020
Entrepreneur Spotlight - Yesss Gurl!!! with Latasha Barber
Latasha Barber is featured in this special episode, highlighting her very own entrepreneur endeavor Yesss Gurl!!! Online Beauty Supplies. She tells about her hard work, her successes, and offers some advice to anyone pursuing their own dreams. Be sure to follow Yess Gurl!!! on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yesssgurl  and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yesss_gurl_hair_supplies/ And don't forget to place your orders at https://www.yesssgurlonlinehairandbeautysupplies.com As well as https://yesssgurlonlinehairbeautysupplies.com
06:33
November 4, 2019
September 2019 Recap
My takes on some of the most interesting tech stories of 2019, as well as this week's Retro Game pick! Important told mentioned in this episode - Last Pass: https://www.lastpass.com and Privacy: https://privacy.com/
30:06
September 30, 2019
Intro To Retro Gaming
Love Retro Gaming? Were you around when classics like Pong, Breakout, and Galaxian were new? Or are you among the ever growing community of players world wide who simply appreciate and enjoy playing these classics? In this episode, I talk about the game that started it all for me! Retro Gaming will be an on-going segment with each episode from here on out. Please feel free to email your favorite Retro Game classics to voluntaryinput@gmail.com, or leave a voice message if listening via Anchor.
09:03
September 21, 2019
Entrepreneur Spotlight - #HappyAF with Aaron Allen
Day to day it seems we are bombarded with negativity. From mass shootings, political bickering, social media bullying and natural disasters - it often seems like happiness is nowhere to be found in today's world. Fortunately, there are people like my nephew Aaron Allen who remind us that happiness often isn't that hard to find! It can literally start as simply as deciding to change one's state of mind, as well as wearing one of his cool new #HappyAF T-shirts! Be sure to reach out to Aaron on Facebook to order your T-Shirt today!!
12:32
September 2, 2019
Understanding Data and Privacy with Bill Kilgallon
  It seems like on an almost daily basis, we hear talk about data and privacy. Stolen data, privacy breaches, data mining….the list goes on! But what does it all mean? Are the likes of Facebook, Google, and Amazon really stealing our data? And is Apple the only good egg among them all? How can we protect our data if we don’t understand what’s really going on? I reached out to a good friend who just so happens to be an expert in the field, Bill Kilgallon. We try to shed some light on the truth about what data actually is, how companies actually use it (the good and the bad), and hopefully clear up some of the fear and confusion that's often caused by stories repeated in the media. Recorded live, August 10th, 2019 Questions or comments about this or any other episode? Please be sure to leave a message at https://anchor.fm/voluntary-input/message ! Or email them directly to voluntaryinput@gmail.com
54:13
August 14, 2019
4th Of July Re-Cap
Hope you've been enjoying a happy 4th of July weekend! Thanks for listening! This week, just wanted to touch base on a few headlines that I found interesting that you may have missed, as well as review an affordable smart watch alternative. Also, please by sure to check out the YouTube webcast here - https://youtu.be/6E_3RGc7Ahk And don't forget to like and subscribe to the channel!
25:59
July 26, 2019
New This Week - Week of June 10th, 2019
From E3 2019, to Sony's massive PlayStation outage and a few notable things in between. Thank you for listening, and please be sure to subscribe to the Voluntary Input YouTube channel -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHyw2CdcfKc  Please feel free to reach out at voluntaryinput@gmail.com or visit  https://leojallenjr.com/  and select "Contact Me" to stay in touch!
24:20
July 26, 2019
Welcome Back!
 It's been a month since the last episode because there have been a lot of exciting changes being made!  If you haven't already, please subscribe to the Voluntary Input YouTube Channel to catch simulcast episodes -  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzbq1S1On_vq3pEgMRMmLA  Thank you for listening to the series "For The Least", and please rest assured that the series isn't over yet. There are more episodes to come! This week I briefly cover some of the biggest news in tech - from Trump's war on telecom, to Google's entry into the gaming sector. To view the simulcast episode of this podcast, please visit https://youtu.be/7tWDiDZtrmQ and be sure to subscribe to watch future live simulcasts.
22:36
July 26, 2019
Episode 5 - "The End Of The World, Made By Google"
This week's shutdown of Google Plus has many long-time Google faithful declaring this as the final nail in the coffin! Although Google has a track record of shuttering services that many come to love, which has now lead to a climate of distrust, I believe there's something far more important at play here.
21:59
July 26, 2019
Episode 4 - "The Wrap Up"
A quick wrap up of some tech news events of interest that occurred during the month of March. 
30:50
July 26, 2019
Episode 3 - "Consider A Chromebook"
Although Spring Break is just around the corner, you are someone you know may need to look into getting a new laptop - either for school or work. Consider a Chromebook!
20:08
July 26, 2019
Episode 2 - "Cord Cutting Revisited"
 The Cord Cutting Revolution continues! In this episode, I will tackle some of the common questions I receive by those who are still on the cable / satellite fence that are still hesitant to jump! I'll also provide some technical insight about setting it all up for optimal experience.
39:11
July 26, 2019
Pilot - Owning Your Online Self
Thank you for tuning in! For this pilot episode, I'll be talking about my decision to focus on "Owning My Online Self", and why you may want to consider doing so as well. Remember, you can always find me at https://leojallenjr.com and select "Contact" to reach out to me!
29:18
July 25, 2019
Welcome To Voluntary Input
Never forced. Never coerced. Open discussions about the things in life that matter to you most. Questions or comments? Please feel free to email them to voluntaryinput@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at anchor.fm/voluntary-input/message Your comments may be used on a future episode! Be sure to subscribe to the Voluntary Input YouTube channel to catch all simulcasts - www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzbq1S1On_vq3pEgMRMmLA
00:33
July 24, 2019