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Dead Pilots Society

Ben Blacker and Andrew Reich

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In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour), and Noah Findling (The New York Times, Comedy Central).
 
The Bakari Sellers Podcast tackles the most pressing current events through conversations and interviews with high profile guests. Building upon his experience in South Carolina government and politics and his experience as a lawyer, Sellers will talk to his guests about all topics from the world of politics, including the 2020 election, the movement for racial equality in the US, and much more.
 
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So, following the 'success' and brutal honesty of last year's spousal episode we invited our respective other halves onto the podcast as we start the new year. Last year we looked at the impact of adoption on relationships and this year we're focusing on Therapy. We consider the trials and tribulations of accessing therapy, what therapy works, the …
 
Bakari Sellers welcomes author of 'An Abolitionist's Handbook' and cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors to discuss progress, or lack thereof, since the movement’s inception (6:00), the importance of 911 alternatives during mental health crisis (14:35), and actionable ways to reform the U.S. prison system (18:37). Host: Baka…
 
In this Adoption Conversation Podcast we speak to adopted adult Fiona, she shares her experience of growing up as an adopted child in the 60s and 70s. Fiona is honest in relation to the impact on her and how her life was influenced by her experience of dislocation and lack of belonging. Ultimately Fiona hit rock bottom and she shares her experience…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and boosters (:59), discuss the coronavirus’s impact on the youngest and most vulnerable of us (4:12), and to dispel some of the biggest misconceptions about the good doctor (13:03). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Dr. Anthony Fauci Producer: Donnie Beacham Execut…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by activist and founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts to discuss what led to her founding the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting gun violence (:52), taking on the NRA (5:49), and the prospect of reforming gun laws in 2022 (19:31). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Shannon Watts Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt Pr…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by artist Reggie Brown to discuss his journey from biotechnology to children’s illustration (1:38), and the method behind the art of his and Bakari’s new book, 'Who Are Your People?' (10:33). Plus, legendary activist Rev. Al Sharpton joins to discuss everything from his relationship with James Brown (22:54) to the unsung he…
 
Bakari welcomes cohost of 'Higher Learning' Van Lathan and emergency medicine physician Dr. Italo Brown to discuss the de-politicization of the virus (7:24), explain how COVID mutates and produces new variants (14:58), and break down the pros and cons of vaccine mandates (33:23). Host: Bakari Sellers Guests: Van Lathan & Dr. Italo Brown Executive P…
 
Today I talked to Annette Whipple about her book Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls (Reycraft Books, 2020) How do owls see in the dark? Can owls spin their heads all the way around? Why do owls puke? These and other questions are answered by an owl expert, along with some extra information provided by the owls themselves! Mel Rosenberg is a professor…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by student debt expert Ashley Harrington to break down the pros and cons of student loan forgiveness (6:39), and the impact it would have on the Black community (8:43). Plus, what’s the motivation of those opposed to debt cancellation (19:44)? Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Ashley Harrington Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to adoptive parent Holly, she shares her families experience of adoption and we focus on the impact on her biological child in the process. Holly was inspired to write a book to support children understanding why adopted children are unable to stay w…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by CNN correspondent Ryan Nobles to discuss the influence of longtime senator Harry Reid (2:55), plus voter anxiety during a pandemic (16:07) and the perception around the Hill on Kamala Harris’s first year as VP (23:43). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Ryan Nobles Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt Producer: Donnie Beacham Le…
 
In this lively, unexpected look at the hearts of animals—from fish to bats to humans—American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt tells an incredible story of evolution and scientific progress. We join Schutt on a tour from the origins of circulation, still evident in microorganisms today, to the tiny hardworking pumps of worms, to the …
 
In this special we do our own version of a reaction video with Al counting down the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the year. It's quite a short Podcast and we've gone for quality over quantity and would like to acknowledge everyone who has kindly given their time, energy and story this year. We know for some of our contributors the've had to put…
 
Drawing on thirty years of research, Goulson has written an accessible, fascinating, and important book that examines the evidence of an alarming drop in insect numbers around the world. "If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse," he warned in a recent interview in the New York Times--beginning with humans' food supply. The main…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to adoptive dad Dan, with his wife he adopted a child after failed infertility treatment. Dan shares their experience of approval and matching as well how he then went to build a support group for adoptive dads which now has over 50 members. You can …
 
It’s the after show for Big Wishes written by Kristen Bartlett (Head writer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)! Andrew sat down with Kristen to discuss her dead pilot, her arduous journey into comedy and her day job in standards and practices for a few major television networks. She opens up about the passing of her father, how she cultivated the m…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by actor Russell Hornsby to break down the art of channeling the energy of the Black men of his youth (4:58) and to discuss whether the thespian has a preference for the stage or the screen (8:22). Plus, Russell provides insight into his role as Charles Flenory in the hit Starz show ‘BMF' (12:48). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest…
 
As per tradition we've got Becky back for the annual xmas podcast. All the best laid plans go to pieces and we cast aside the planned chat and talk about the rise of adopted people's voices and some of the changes that we've seen this year in relation to education, or haven't seen. We draw the winner of the JKP quiz as well as point towards some fu…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by senior vice president of the United Negro College Fund Lodriguez Murray to discuss the necessity of minority scholarship programs (6:48) and break down the support for HBCUs during the Trump administration (10:09) compared to Joe Biden’s term (15:28). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Lodriguez Murray Executive Producer: Jarro…
 
Another great pilot for you this month! It’s called Big Wishes written by Kristen Bartlett (Full Frontal, SNL) Her pilot is called Big Wishes. It follows Karla, a guilty pushover, and her best friend Hyacinth, brash and full-of-life despite having Stage 3 breast cancer, as they form a Make-a-Wish Foundation for adults. Together, Karla and Hyacinth …
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by attorney and legal analyst Laura Coates to discuss the importance of reform-oriented prosecutors in the U.S. justice system (5:04) and the difference between having a seat at the table and being a decision-maker at the table. Plus, how effective has the DOJ been in the January 6 prosecutions (7:26), and what should we ma…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I speak to Maria an adult adoptee who shares her experience of adoption. Please not this is an difficult listen Maria's story is an example of illegal practice and reflects the impact it has had on her. Maria describes discovering that she was adopted illega…
 
We have a very special bonus episode for you! Andrew sat down with Ty Burrell (Modern Family) to discuss the dead pilot he produced, Yours, Mine and Paul’s written by Julia Meltzer. In their interview they discuss breaking new voices, what exactly that entails, what Ty looks for in specs from green writers, and the effort his company puts into find…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by journalist Geoff Bennett to discuss his journey in media from a one-man band to being the chief White House correspondent of 'PBS NewsHour' (1:52). Plus, Geoff breaks down which politician gives the best interview (8:52), the role misinformation plays in today’s politics (12:28), and what it was like covering the Trump a…
 
Wild Inside embarks on something we hardly ever witness – a look inside some of nature’s most wondrous animals. Its a rare chance to delve deep into some enigmatic and very different wild animals – from a reptile, to a mammal to a fish – unravelling the intricate internal complexity inside three of the most amazing animals ever to evolve. What make…
 
Bakari Sellers welcomes Mayor Frank Scott to discuss the career path that led him to hold office in Little Rock, AR (1:22), having a servant's heart in the world of politics (5:33), and governing during the pandemic (8:04). Plus, Mayor Scott discusses the effort to fight for police reform while combating an uptick in violent crime (12:29). Host: Ba…
 
In this week's podcast after a brief reflection on the Podcast Conference we look at the issue that has been dominating social media in the adoption community this week. One of Adoption UK's trustees wrote a blog that was published online, in national newspapers as well as informing a discussion on Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The issue was the issue of…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by author, activist, and Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett to discuss how he’s spending his post-NFL days studying architecture (7:12), opportunities (or the lack thereof) for Black coaches and executives in the league (10:45), and mental health in the Black community (20:51). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Michael Bennett E…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this podcast I spoke to Nicola an adoptive mam to three children. She shares he story of adopting with her husband after years of infertility. They adopted twice and then were asked to adopt through the foster to adopt model. Nicola is honest in relation to the challenge…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by Deidre DeJear, who is running to be the next governor of Iowa, to talk about the growing diversity in the state (1:00), lessons she learned after her failed run for Iowa's secretary of state (9:30), and what Democratic voters need to see to be motivated to vote in 2022 (16:34). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Deidre DeJear E…
 
Have you listened to Julia Meltzer’s pilot Yours, Mine and Paul’s yet? Throw it on while you’re whipping up your Thanksgiving meal! Then listen to Andrew's interview with Julia, one of comedy’s next great writers! Joined by her supervisor Abraham Higginbotham (Modern Family), Julia tells us about how she went from being Ty Burrell’s development ass…
 
From The Center for Humans and Nature, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations is a five-volume collection of essays, interviews, poetry, and stories of solidarity that highlight the interdependence that exists between humans and nonhuman beings. Edited by Gavin Van Horn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and John Hausdoerffer, Kinship explores humanity’s de…
 
Hello and welcome to conversations from the adoption and fostering podcast. In this episode we speak to adopter Richard who, with his partner, adopted an older child. Richard discusses how he arrived at adoption and offers some fantastic insights into the preparation and assessment of adoptive parents as well as his passion to see older children ad…
 
On Atheists and Bonobos is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and primatologist Frans de Waal, Emory University, who is renowned for his work on the behaviour and social intelligence of primates. This thought-provoking conversation examines fascinating questions such as: Are we born with an innate sense of “the good”? Do…
 
Bakari is joined by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to talk about the details of the Kyle Rittenhouse case (1:00) and what sort of verdict we should expect (10:40), and the dilemma that Democrats are facing regarding the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer (15:40). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Jeffrey Toobin Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt Produce…
 
A first-time writer hits it out of the park in this month's dead pilot! The pilot is Yours, Mine and Paul’s written by Julia Meltzer. It centers around Lauren, a woman who agrees to be a surrogate for her best friend, Paul, and his husband, Xander. There’s just one problem: Lauren and Xander hate each other. Oh, also Paul dies in the cold open. Som…
 
In this week's Wednesday Webcast we speak to social worker, adoptee and adopter Yoni Ejo and Psychologist Keeley Craw . talk about relation based play for adoptive parents and how to strengthen relationships with their children. They have a company, Adopting Diversity, and run a range of courses. On the 25th they're hosting a free webinar looking h…
 
There is something about a shapeshifter—a person who can transform into an animal—that captures our imagination; that causes us to want to howl at the moon, or flit through the night like a bat. Werewolves, vampires, demons, and other weird creatures appeal to our animal nature, our “dark side,” our desire to break free of the bonds of society and …
 
Nature wants you dead. Not just you, but your children and everyone you have ever met and everyone they have ever met; in fact, everyone. It wants you to cough and sneeze and poop yourself into an early grave. It wants your blood vessels to burst and pustules to explode all over your body. And - until recently - it was really good at doing this... …
 
Bakari is joined by Soledad O'Brien to talk about transitioning from being a reporter to owning her own production company (2:24), the issues with political media and the coverage of Kamala Harris (14:08), and what O'Brien is working on right now including her show, 'Matter of Fact,' and a documentary on Rosa Parks (21:20). Host: Bakari Sellers Gue…
 
In her new book Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene (Brandeis UP, 2021), environmental historian Nancy Langston explores three “ghost species” in the Great Lakes watershed—woodland caribou, common loons, and lake sturgeon. Ghost species are those that have not gone completely extinct, although they may be extirpated from a particu…
 
In this week's podcast we look at the issue of infertility, with infertility affecting the majority of adoptive parents pre adoption it's an issue that needs to be chatted about. So, we invited adopter Anya Sizer from the Fertility Network onto the podcast to share her experience as well as her professional knowledge on the issue and consider some …
 
From beer labels to literary classics like A River Runs Through It, trout fishing is a beloved feature of the iconography of the American West. But as Jen Brown demonstrates in Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West (U Washington Press, 2017), the popular conception of Rocky Mountain trout fishing as a quintessential…
 
Bakari Sellers is joined by Politico reporter Maya King to talk about the importance of HBCUs and the recent activism at Howard (2:23), how the politics around crime have changed in recent years (9:59), and what we can expect to happen in the 2022 midterm elections (19:15). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Maya King Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt P…
 
Birds sing to set up a territory, but the relationships between the bird, the song, the territory, and the bird’s community are highly complex and individually variable. In Living as a Bird (English translation by Helen Morrison, Polity Press, 2021), Vinciane Despret explores the concept of territory from a perspective that situates philosophical w…
 
On August 29, 2005, the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. Like many others in America and around the world, Chris McLaughlin watched the tragedy of Katrina unfold on a television screen from the comfort of her living room on Cape Cod in Mass…
 
Bakari is joined by psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Oden to talk about the impact his life experiences have had on the way he practices psychiatry (3:15), his use of alternative medicine in his work (15:24), and how COVID-19 has impacted mental health (18:37). Host: Bakari Sellers Guest: Dr. Thomas Oden Executive Producer: Jarrod Loadholt Producer: Kaya Mc…
 
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