In 2012, Mike got his first taste of podcasting when he became the producer and editor of Sunflower Brew, hosted by Zach Luea.
Sunflower Brew was about politics and beer – specifically Kansas politics and drinking exclusively craft beers.
The podcast itself lasted about a year, but opened the door to the podcasting world for our intrepid host.
Today is a retrospective of our intrepid podcast. You’ll hear excerpts from select episodes:
Sunflower Brew episodes included (in order of appearance):
Jonathan Ta-Pryor and Shawn Gelushia
Jeremy Schliesman and Charlie Vincent (Parts 2 [ribs] and 4 [brisket])
If you are interested in any episode of Sunflower Brew, you may be able to download them directly from the Sunflower Brew Blogspot. If you’re having problems with doing so, please contact Mike and he’ll get you taken care of.
This Thoughts episode was recorded at a time when Mike was experiencing very expensive car troubles (for which he is still paying, and your purchase of gear from our CafePress shop will go a long way to helping out).
In addition to very costly repairs, Mike wonders how life particularly in the Kansas City metro area would be better off if public transit was vastly improved. Granted, the buses are now free, as is the streetcar, but these services are extremely limited (think rush hour and no weekends).
We imagine that public transit situations are similar in the vast majority of major US cities, but as we have previously mentioned in the case of our hometown, it’s so spread out that public transit improvements make too much sense to not implement.
Reference is made to Jay Foreman’s Tube Station Song (which needs updating with the recent addition of 2 new Tube stations):
Today’s guest is Jeffrey Johnson. Mike first met Jeffrey in 2016. Jeffrey was active duty Army stationed at Fort Leavenworth, and was interested in rap music and making music videos (which is where Mike comes in). One such project was referenced by Rick Daniels.
In today’s episode, we catch up with Jeffrey, who is now out of the Army and living in Alabama.
George joined us this recording from Lawrence, Kansas.
We talk about how George was one of the early victims of COVID (and fortunately survived); life in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and pop open Mike’s freshman year high school yearbook, which features a now very famous West Viking.
This time, he’s advocating for the Kansas City area to… become its own state!
That’s right. In a time where we should be adding both DC and Puerto Rico as our 51st and 52nd states (and hopefully by the time this episode publishes, they will already be states. If not, GET YOUR ASSES IN GEAR, CONGRESS!!), why stop there? In many ways, the 5-to-7 county Kansas City metro area really should be separate from Kansas and Missouri, and allowed to become its own state.