Off The Beaten Podcast
Episode 29: Pod Birthday!

Episode 29: Pod Birthday!

September 7, 2020

Hello Friends. September 5th was the 1-year anniversary of Off The Beaten Podcast!  It's our Pod Birthday!  I'm so excited to reach this milestone, and I wanted to share my excitement with all of you. 

Accordingly, Amazon Studios reached out and asked us to partner with them on a documentary film screening on September 8, 2020 at 7pm CST.  The documentary is ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY, and based on the trailer, it's gonna be really good.  If you'd like to view this free preview of the doc, go to this link and RSVP today: 
amazonscreenings.com/ALLINOFFTHEBEATEN

So if you'd like to help us celebrate our 1-year milestone, we'd love it if you took time to rate and review the pod on your podcast listener of choice.  It only takes about 2 minutes, and it would make us feel so amazing!  We'll also share your review on the pod.  We appreciate you!  

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Episode 28 - Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Episode 28 - Let’s Talk About Mental Health

August 9, 2020

Hello Friends. We're still in the middle of a pandemic, and it appears new stressors are coming at us every day.  I personally have been struggling with my mental health, so I thought it a perfect time to talk about it, and offer some tips and resources for others who may be struggling also.  If you've been down in the doldrums, this episode is for you. 

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You can support the podcast by Buying Me a Cup of Coffee. Every dollar donated goes into helping me make the podcast better. : buymeacoffee.com/OffTheBeatenPodcast

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Episode 27 - Talking Superman w/Marq Withers

Episode 27 - Talking Superman w/Marq Withers

July 8, 2020

Hello Friends...This episode, I finally had the pleasure of talking with Marq Withers, co-host of the new podcast Nerd Cage Live. I've been trying to get my life together and talk with Marq since November. The point of getting together was to talk about Superman, and his relevance as a character in 2020, but of course, we touch on a host of other topics, including Chicago life, The DCEU, The Justice League, and of course the upcoming Zack Snyder Cut of Justice League as well. 

Before all that though, I start off with an homage to all of the amazing artists and art that I've come in contact with over the past couple weeks.  As promised, links to all included below. I also forgot to mention the artist Rahmaan Statik...my apologies, but his link is below. Add all of them...trust me!  And go see all of the amazing art downtown before it disappears. 

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NerdCage Live: Youtube 
NerdCage Live: Spotify
Nerdcage Live: Apple Podcasts
Nerdcage Live: Stitcher
Nercage Live: Twitter

Artists: 

Cover photo courtesy of Marq Withers 

Episode 26 - Let’s Talk About Juneteenth 2020

Episode 26 - Let’s Talk About Juneteenth 2020

June 20, 2020

Hello Friends...Happy belated Juneteenth!  Did you celebrate?  This week I talk about my Juneteenth, which was great, as well as some of the issues surrounding the holiday.  I start with some audio I took after an amazing rally and march organized by Activate:Chi. Enjoy!

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#BlackLivesMatter

Episode 25: In The Wake of the George Floyd Murder: Protests, Uprising and Discussions on Racism

Episode 25: In The Wake of the George Floyd Murder: Protests, Uprising and Discussions on Racism

June 5, 2020

Hello Friends...this week I talk about the aftermath of the George Floyd murder and some of my thoughts as the world continues to mourn and demand justice and equality, and an end to white supremacy. 

As promised in the episode, here is a link to resources to get you started on a road of greater knowledge, or to guide you in the many discussions going on around us right now: 
https://wordpress.com/view/backinthecityblog.wordpress.com

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#BlackLivesMatter

Episode 24 - George Floyd and Minneapolis

Episode 24 - George Floyd and Minneapolis

May 28, 2020

Recently, I shared a posting on Facebook after watching news and video of the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests in Minneapolis,  Minnesota. 

I was taken aback by how many people reached out to me and said that my words impacted them. So I thought I would expound on my thoughts for you all.  

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#BlackLivesMatter

 

Episode 23 - Commencement Speech 2020

Episode 23 - Commencement Speech 2020

May 17, 2020

No fluff this week everyone. I jump right into it with my homage to the class of 2020. As a former educator, I send all positivity and love to all you graduates!!!

Thanks to Insider.com for the great facts on 2020. 
20 facts about the class of 2020 that will blow your mind

This week's episode is sponsored by the Blk Pod Collective Podcast!

Blk Pod Collective: The Podcast aims to provide insights, resources and instruction to those within the podcast industry looking for guidance in starting, growing and sustaining their platforms.

Blk Pod Collective on Spotify | Google | Apple

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Episode 22 - Chicago Bookstores

Episode 22 - Chicago Bookstores

May 1, 2020

Hello Friends!  This episode we’re talking Chicago bookstores! Independent bookstores are my favorite type of Chicago business, and of course I’ve been concerned about their ability to do business throughout this quarantine period, so I’m talking a few of my favorite independent bookstores, and giving you info so that you can support them.  Or, if you’re not in Chicago, definitely support the independent bookstores in your neck of the woods. 

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The Food Truck Scholar Podcast: https://thefoodtruckscholar.com/

The People’s Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-peoples-podcast/id1440078623

 

Onnit 10% Discount Code: http://fbuy.me/paTo1

 

OTBP Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11296322-dion

Shiva’s Fire: Goodreads.com/ShivasFire 

 

The Book Cellar: https://www.bookcellarinc.com/

Chicago Comics: eBay store | Special orders & mail orders email: info@chicagocomics.com

57th St. Books & Seminary co-op: https://57th.semcoop.com/

Open Books: www.open-books.org/

Quimby’s Bookstore: https://www.quimbys.com/

Volumes Bookcafe: https://www.volumesbooks.com

 

Tweet Dr. Eve Ewing: twitter.com/eveewing

Bookshop: https://www.Bookshop.org

 

Book Cellar Article: Owner of Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar ‘Grateful And Humbled And Astounded’ As Customers Give Over $40,000

World Book Day site: https://www.worldbookday.com/

Apple surpasses 1 million podcasts: https://mypodcastreviews.com/apple-podcasts-surpasses-1-million-podcasts/

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Episode 21 - Women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu w/ Cris Rodriguez

Episode 21 - Women in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu w/ Cris Rodriguez

April 15, 2020

Hello Friends!  This episode is the continuation of the conversation I (@Dionsmusica) had with Cris Rodriguez (@grlnxdr2513) back in February.  Cris is a former EMT, currently working in a hospital in the Chicagoland area. Chicago has an amazingly active and vibrant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, that even includes stars at the pinnacle of the Mixed Martial Arts activity. I haven't yet had the opportunity to talk about Chicago Jiu Jitsu for any length of time with previous guests, so I was intrigued to hear about Cris' BJJ journey, as well as her perceptive on the activity and sport as a female in a male dominated culture. Cris was vibrant and forthcoming, and offered tons of insight.  Check it out!!!

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Music licensed from Purple Planet Music & Epidemic Sound

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Episode 20 - Pandemic Resources

Episode 20 - Pandemic Resources

April 2, 2020

Hello Friends!  With everything going on right now, and with our shelter in place going for at least another 30 days, I thought the best thing now was to offer you some resources and insight to help keep your mind at ease during these tough times. All resources mentioned in the episode are linked below, and if I forgot anything, please let me know and I will be sure to add it.  Keep your heads up friends...we got this!   

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Resources

  • Why you should ignore all that Coronavirus-inspired productivity pressure: Article
  • Zoom Meetings: Website
  • Netflix Party: Website
  • House Party App: Website
  • Brookfield Zoo #BringTheZooToYou Livestreams: FB Page
  • Google Arts & Culture Virtual Reality Tours: Website
  • Masterclass: Website
  • Down Dog App: Website
  • Duolingo: Website
  • The Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Streams: Website
  • TED Responds to the Pandemic: Website
  • SocialWorks for Social Distancing: Website

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