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The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it. Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. N ...
 
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This time Cody and Michaela from DC253 sit down to give an update since Cody was last on! DC253 is Tacoma's area DEF CON Group. DC253 is a gathering point for folks interested in the alternate applications of modern technology, referred to properly as hacking. They meet the last Friday of the month at Devils Reef. Cody is also involved with the Tac…
 
Last night (Gulf Time), as Auckland City and Egypt’s Al Ahly were kicking off in Morocco, we jumped on with Dave Clark, founder and writer at Sounder at Heart. Dave knows more about football in the Arab world and Sounders youth development than any writer covering the team, so he was the ideal guest for the conversation. We talked about the Sounder…
 
Friend of the podcast and local comedian Amani Taylor catches up with the guys! Amani hosts weekly comedy shows at The Local 907 and Trencher's. He has also joined the podcast four other times, links to his previous visits are below! 00:16 – They kick off this episode discovering that they’re all masters of improv Justin talks about the last time t…
 
Brogan and Derek sit in on this week's podcast. They talk Monkeyshines, Cosmic Bottles kitchen enhancements, dessert soups, White Lotus, Is It Tacoma, and 2023 Crypticon. 01:31 – Justin introduces special guest host Derek, Derek reflects on the first time he visited the podcast, and Justin gives a shout-out to Cosmic Bottles. Brogan jumps into the …
 
This week we are joined by the founder and proprietor of Move to Tacoma, Marguerite Martin, to talk about what’s happening in the housing market in Pierce County. This conversation is a continuation of the discussion we had with NY based real estate consultant, Nicole Beauchamp, in December. Marguerite, as ever, was fascinating and insightful and t…
 
Frank Porcelli from Visualize Tattoo sits down with the GCP crew on this episode. Visualize Tattoo is located in Tacoma, and its artists, including Frank, are dedicated to respecting tattoo tradition and strive to create tattoo art that stands the test of time. Frank’s foundation is traditional tattooing, although he is well-versed in many styles a…
 
On this episode, the guys talk about their New Years' Eve Party, Polar Plunge, movies and shows they're enjoying, gaming, and Wheel of Fortune. 01:26 – Jeff gives the podcast word of the day, Robo Brogan visits the podcast, and Justin welcomes Jeff and Scott to the New Year. He chats about their New Years' Eve casserole party, the shots they shared…
 
On this special episode, Justin first converses with Cheryl Rux, local artist and art coordinator from the Tacoma Light Trail. The Tacoma Light Trail is a free walkable/driveable trail of light art in downtown Tacoma. Their mission is to use light art to bring light to dark times, to lift up diverse voices and bring the community together through t…
 
On December 22, Channel 253 hosted the first Adult Civics Happy Hour since the start of the pando. This is the second of two panels from that evening. Cast of Characters Rep Elect Sharlett Mena – 29th LD – Twitter Rep Jessica Bateman – 22nd LD – Twitter Sen Yasimn Trudeau – 27th LD – Twitter Subscribe to my newsletter, Takes & Typos! The Nerd Farme…
 
Friend of the podcast Brandon from Tacompton Files joins the conversation on this episode. They talk about the crazy weather, New Year’s plans, firewood, ninjas, Coaster Questions, and gingerbread houses. 00:23 – Justin reflects on Brogan bricking his machine from torrent downloads in the early 2000s, Brandon from Tacompton files joins the conversa…
 
On December 22, Channel 253 hosted the first Adult Civics Happy Hour since the start of the pando. This is the first of two panels from that evening. Cast of Characters Kari Plog – KNKX FM Jared Brown – TNT Going Further Prior podcast coverage of the Troyer case: here, here, and here. Subscribe to my newsletter, Takes & Typos! The Nerd Farmer Podca…
 
On this episode, Jeff, Justin and Scott discuss New Years and other holiday plans, their recent gaming get-together, bringing back Is It Tacoma, and the Citizen App. 01:24 – Robo Brogan helps kick off the podcast, Justin shares the new Listen Live option for listeners on Discord, and discuss if they're going to plunge on New Year's Day. Justin talk…
 
As we did when then Mayor Strickland left her position, this week’s episode is an Exit Interview with Pierce County Council Chair, Derek Young. Young’s career in public service began in 1997, when he was elected to the Gig Harbor City Council, he will leave elected office in January for a gig TBD. We spoke about the unfortunate Troyer verdict, the …
 
Renate Rain, the founder of Puget Sound Plungers, sits down with the guys to discuss creating the group Puget Sound Plungers and her local business. She found cold exposure in September of 2021 and was immediately hooked. Since then, the Puget Sound Plungers group has expanded to around 1,800 members and continues to grow. She also owns the local b…
 
This time, the guys celebrate episode 253, giving thanks to Patrons, listeners, and guests that helped make it happen!!!! 01:43 – Jeff reveals the word of the day, Justin gives props to the supporters that have listened to every episode, and throws a shout-out to the Patrons. Scott talks about the hidden benefits of having Patreon support and Jeff …
 
Housing is a topic we return to with regularity. This is largely thanks to its roots and association with the Pod Auntie’s Move to Tacoma Podcast. With rising interest rates (and inflation) shrinking folks’ buying power, I thought it was time for another check-in on the housing and real estate markets. This episode has a national focus, with the in…
 
Cody Shea and Vern Porter from the Tacoma Fire Department sit down with the GCP crew to talk about their remarkable documentary, The Call We Carry. Based out of Tacoma, the documentary highlights the crisis that is brewing amongst today's first responders. In a culture where showing vulnerability means showing weakness, this ground-breaking documen…
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott get a chance to sit down with Yolanda, Alec, and Greg at Pint & Pie in Tacoma on this episode. Pint and Pie is a Pacific Northwest born Northwest Brewing Company. The spot is an English pub inspired tap room, serving winning beers and savory pies. They use the finest ingredients from right in their backyard and work hard to …
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott talk about their local library and this week’s news on Twitter and Bitcoin. 02:10 – Justin gives the down and dirty of a blue checkmark back in the day, Jeff reveals the word of the day, and Justin talks about the present he received from the green Santa Claus. He gives a shout-out to Erik, Justin talks about his recent visi…
 
The midterm election results are still being tabulated. The widely predicted Red Wave did not materialize nationally, as the Democrats retained possession of the US Senate while losing a handful of seats in the House. As of this writing, control of the House is undecided, but it’s likely the GOP will emerge with a fragile, narrow majority. We reach…
 
Happy Happy Birthday to Brogan!!! This episode covers Brogans birthday party, falling back, Grit City Grub, and the haps around Tacoma! 00:00 – This episode kicks off with a Happy Birthday song for Brogan, they make plans to get back into VR, and Jeff reveals the word of the day. They talk about time falling back, reflect on their visit at Grit Cit…
 
Cameron Harwick is a professor of economics and SUNY Brockport. I stumbled across a video that he made explaining the causes of the current period of inflation as a result of monetary policy. Much of what he said jived with what he have heard prior on the show from Bill Dickens. But there was some daylight between the two economists. So we invited …
 
The time has arrived, and on this episode, the team is live at the Grit City Comic Show!! They shared a table with friend of the podcast Ken and had a chance to check in with other artists and vendors at the show. 00:10 – Justin kicks off the episode sharing his excitement for the characters at the event, Jeff reveals the days safe word, and Justin…
 
Friend of the podcast Billy sits down with the guys for another great conversation on the haps in the cannabis industry. Billy also represents the local cannabis store, Mary Mart. Mary Mart prides itself in being well-versed in their craft and love offering their expertise and insight regarding marijuana and its many applications. He's also joined …
 
Friend of the podcast, Ken Carlson, joins the show to discuss the upcoming Grit City Comic Show and much more! Ken is a PNW writer, director, and producer. His latest work is on his comic book series Hellbound Slant 6; he’s currently working on #4 in the series. Fans can find information on his Kickstarter in the links below. You can see the GCP cr…
 
This week’s episode is our audio bookclub conversation about Michael Lewis’ The Premonition. The book is about the state-level & federal bureaucrats who foresaw the pandemic, as early as the George W. Bush administration. It lays out the pandemic response plans they built, how they were passed on to the Obama administration, and eventually discarde…
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott hangout together in The Studio and get nostalgic about the year 2001, talk about the evolution of technology, Scott's trip to Nevada, a little weed talk, hockey, upcoming events, Real Art, and much more! 01:36 – Jeff announces this episode's word of the day, Justin shares love for Fire Chicken giving GCP shout-outs during th…
 
This time Jeff, Justin, and Scott sit down with Mandy Bear and Steve “Firechicken” from Streetbeefs Scrapyard. Streetbeefs Scrapyard is the Pacific Northwest backyard fight organization located in Gig Harbor. It’s a branch of the largest backyard fight group in the USA, Streetbeefs, created in 2008. Steve brought Streetbeefs concept “Guns Down, Glo…
 
In September, teachers in Seattle Schools went on a five-day strike. While the usual suspects in conservative media collectively pulled a hamstring faking umbrage, the community was widely supportive of the strike. Yet many people were caught off-guard by it and its seemingly rapid resolution. We reached out to Dahlia Bazzaz and Monica Velez from t…
 
This time the GCP guys were at the latest Streetbeefs Scrapyard event. Streetbeefs Scrapyard is the Pacific Northwest backyard fight organization located in Gig Harbor. It’s a branch of the largest backyard fight group in the USA, Streetbeefs, created in 2008. Steve brought Streetbeefs concept “Guns Down, Gloves up!” to the PNW in 2020. 00:16 – Jus…
 
After a series of episodes about mass incarceration and duplicitous, corrupt sheriffs, today’s episode is something different. We talked about Running with the Devil: the Wild World of John McAffee, a new Netflix documentary film and Untold: the Girlfriend that Didn’t Exist, a series about the catfishing of Manti Te’o, then linebacker at Notre Dame…
 
On this episode, the guys talk about hanging out at the fair and meeting with Chad from Wolverine West Fireworks (thanks, Cnote!!) while there. They also discuss Werewolf movies, plans for the fall, and The Grit City Comic Show 01:17 – Jeff kicks off the podcast with the safe word of the day, Justin welcomes Tacompton Files back on Facebook, and hi…
 
On this Saturday Night Grit, Jeff, Justin, and Scott talk about the upcoming Grit City Comic Show, Justin’s continuing werewolf movie project, upcoming guests, area restaurants with new owners, fair food, and more! 00:15 – The show kicks off with Scott talking about Nate Diaz fighting the night of the recording, Jeff reveals the code word of the da…
 
In this episode, the second of a two-part series, we continue exploring the controversial term of Pierce County Sheriff, Ed Troyer. In this episode, we look and the public record including two official investigations into Troyer’s misconduct, first as the department’s Public Information Officer and eventually as Sheriff. Our guest today is Justin C…
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott chat about Jaws, werewolf movies, bbqing, Washington State Fair, Grit City Comic Show, and much more! 00:00 – They kick off the podcast talking about the Washington State Fair, Jeff shares the word of the day, and they dive into cute animal talk. Scott talks about watching Jaws the original in 3D, Jeff talks about Jaws being…
 
00:00 – Scott kicks off this Saturday Night Grit discussing his recent obsessions, Jeff presents the crew with the word of the day, and Robo Brogan makes an appearance. Justin gives a shout-out to GCP’s friend Rusty, talks about Rusty’s upcoming event, and reflects on their first episodes. He talks about his recent camping trip, the hiking he did w…
 
In this episode, the first of a two-part series, we dig into the turbulent term of the elected Pierce County Sheriff, Ed Troyer. In this episode, we look at Troyer’s influence on the investigation into the killing of Manuel Ellis and his stalking & harassing of Black newspaper delivery driver Sedrick Altheimer, which we covered in 2021. This conver…
 
GCP friend Joseph Malik returns to discuss rum, guns, and what he's been up to post-retirement. Joe is a bestselling fantasy author, adventurer, swordsman, and veteran with multiple tours in the U.S. Special Operations Command. He has also worked as a stuntman, a high-rise window cleaner, and a touring rock musician. You can also listen to him with…
 
The United States imprisons twice as many people per capita as Vladimir Putin’s Russia and four times the number of communist China. The Prison Within is a documentary about mass incarceration and the harm it does to the incarcerated and all of us. Our guest this week is Katherin Hervey. She is the writer and director of the film. We talked about h…
 
Byron from Byron Pullen Real Estate joins the podcast for this episode. Real estate has always been a passion for Byron, and he works to provide top-notch service no matter what stage of life or home buying/selling process his customers are in. Outside of real estate, he loves traveling, cooking with his wife, and playing Frisbee with their dog Jov…
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott get together and chat about Traegers, the ban of The Handwich, speed limits dropping in Tacoma, VR, and the Unleashed stadium run. 00:11 – Scott and Justin discuss getting sick when playing VR, Justin talks about the Disneys sandwich of the future, and looking into a waffle cone maker. They talk about what fillings they woul…
 
Brogan, Jeff, Justin, and Scott chat about the heated PNW, Rustin Way Drama, VR, and virtual brands. 01:17 – Jeff kicks off the episode with his safe word, discusses strange con bathroom experiences, and Scott proposes a new con idea. They talk about the heat in the PNW, the flooding around the country, and Brogan talks about recently catching Covi…
 
Danny Caine is the co-owner and proprietor of the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas. He is also the author of How to Resist Amazon and Why a zine/audiobook about the business practices of Amazon and how they harm society. We discussed his book and the monopolistic, predatory market behavior that Amazon engages in: data mining, exploiting marketpl…
 
On July 13, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a year over year price rise of 9.1%. Driven by rising food and energy costs, the United States is experiencing the worst inflationary period since 1980. We wanted to get to the bottom of the causes of this inflationary cycle (nope, it’s not stimulus checks), how people can protect themselves from …
 
Brogan, Jeff, Justin, and Scott get together and chat about old GCP episodes, the happs in the community, VR, OPPs, pinball, and the upcoming Grit City Comic Show. 01:27 – Jeff kicks off the podcast sharing the safe word of the day, Justin gives props to no pants Saturday, and they make plans for a shared GCP tattoo. Justin reflects on the RC that …
 
This week, we are discussing police unions and how they protect bad actors. But it is also a conversation about the elected officials who don’t hold law enforcement accountable. This conversation is in part a response to the decision by the Pierce County Prosecutor to not charge Officer Phan for his vehicle attack in January 2021. It is also partly…
 
Jeff, Justin, and Scott chat about their recent visit to Art on the Ave and the fantastic things they found there. 00:06 – Justin kicks off the podcast with a GCP check-in at The Redd Dog, the new things happening on Discord, and Jeff talks about a friend’s classroom at a local elementary on the east side catching fire. He talks about the amazing w…
 
This time, Scott, Justin, and Jeff talk to writer and podcast creator Jonny Eberle. He is the president of Obscure Studios, a small, independent production studio making original films and podcasts on a tiny budget and big dreams since 2004. His most recent podcast is The Adventures of Captain Radio, is available wherever you listen to podcasts. 00…
 
01:19 – Jeff shares the safe word of the day, Justin gives a shout-out to Eric, and talks about their plans to be at the Grit City Comic Show this fall. Jeff talks about the Blunt The River event in Yakima, Scott talks about how long it’s been since he floated, and Justin talks about his past yearly floating. Scott reflects on past float events in …
 
Over the month of June, the US Supreme Court released a series of rulings that upended established precedent (accepted legal patterns) in American society. They weakened the first amendment’s establishment clause, the fifth amendment’s Miranda protections, the ability of states to regulate gun ownership, the EPA’s ability to issue regulations regar…
 
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