Jason Baldwin of the infamous West Memphis Three was only 16 when he was wrongfully charged with three counts of capital murder. He joins “Conversations With Matt Dwyer” to discuss life after prison, his work in reforming life sentences for juvenile offenders and how his tragic situations have had positive effects on the world.
Jason Baldwin is truly an inspiring positive force and I am honored to have been able to talk with him. He currently is raising money on kickstarter so he can spend some time writing his memoirs. Please donate to that and help him achieve his goal HERE
You can listen to the episode free on Itunes or at Feral Audio HERE
This is why Conversations with Matt Dwyer is my favorite show. I listen to a lot of comedy, a lot of news and chat shows but Matt is doing such a great job getting interesting and important people on the mic.
Who else is talking to a high profile, wrongfully convicted man about his time behind bars and life on the outside like West Memphis 3er Jason Baldwin, and helping him promote his kickstarter for his memoir? This is a Barbara Walters caliber guest on a free podcast with a, (IMO) more relatable host.
“I’ve said this for a long time, I think when a band changes musical direction you have to change the name. Weezer should not be called Weezer anymore. They should be called like The Shitty Music That Used to Be Weezer, or something like that. You know what I mean? Like Radiohead, I love you, but at ‘Kid A’ you’re not Radiohead anymore. Call yourself Thom Yorke and the Wacky Bing Bongs or something.”—Scott Aukerman Comedy Bang Bang 258: Yoke Jams Earwolf
“I knew when I was very small, like 7 or 8. I remember very distinctly one lent…I would give up bananas every year, and then I (realized): oh this is wrong, no wonder I like bananas.”—Scott Thompson on when he knew he was gay. The Mental Illness Happy Hour 142 Live from Toronto
We’re winding down to the end of the year. I made a quick list of my favorite podcasts of as of the end of 2012 for this blog last year. This year I’m going to try to pick some specific episodes for that list. But I also want your input.
Are there any specific episodes from any show that stand out in your memory?
Any new shows that came out this year that are especially entertaining or are doing exciting things with the podcast medium?
What ‘casts are hiding out there on some Joe Schmoes’ blog that everyone should be listening to?
“The light comes through you; it gets scattered unintentionally by who you are. Your job is to share that map of the cosmos with everyone around you.”—Dan Harmon Harmontown episode #58, “I’m Like Very Science” (via havingchanged)
“Jocks have always been, ‘Well I’m strong and I’m big so I can say whatever the fuck I want.’ The internet has just empowered sexist nerds to have their time in the spotlight to be assholes”—Erin Gibson Quit It: Law and Ordering with Erin Gibson Amateur Scientist
“Gelson’s, the brightest super market in the Southland.
Gelson’s, if you wan’t a $32 fruit salad and your cornea singed, head on down to Gelson’s.”—Howard Kremer pitching his copy for a Gelson’s Super Market ad Two Charted 91 Earwolf
“You know what I want to be a new thing, more than anything? You know how every time a politician cheats on his wife, he has to sadly truck her out and give a press conference while he’s holding hands? How about every time a politician says something racist he has to truck out his black friend and hold his hand while he’s giving the press conference?”—Jamie Kilstein Citizen Radio 869: Slut-shaming ruins Halloween, Suzanne Somers, vegan kids
“Alt music these days, to me, sounds like a parody of alt music. I’m sure you could probably say the same thing about rap, but this alt stuff has sounded very much the same for 10 to 15 years now.”—Howard Kremer Who Charted 151: Redeemed or Unredeemed, Hashtag! with Paul F. Tompkins Earwolf
“Ultimately, most things that are offensive are also lazy and unoriginal; because you can’t reach that point of view by looking at the world honestly…You reach that point of view by taking short cuts and by just sort of repeating what someone else told you.”—Joseph Fink Writer from Welcome To Night Vale discussing writing on Citizen Radio 865
“When I do my humorist show for a live audience, and I start to talk about wood working, the audience always applauds. And I say, ‘Thank you for applauding the fact that I make a table, but I want to tell you something: find the people in your community that aren’t on a TV show, that just make stuff. Go to their shop and applaud for them and buy their knit caps and tables and all the things they’re making — and the blacksmith and the glassblower or the chef or the musician. All the people that are using their creativity solely to make a meager living.’”—Nick Offerman Bullseye 10/15/13 Maximum Fun
“I feel that ‘Becomes a lumberjack’ should replace ‘Jumps the shark’”—
Chris Gore spoiling the finale of Dexter before spoiling the finale of Breaking Bad Pop My Culture 128 Nerdist
Maybe we can keep “Jumps the shark” for shows that have lived passed their use by date, and implement “Becomes a lumberjack” for shows that end in an unsatisfying/nonsensical way (Formerly a “Patrick Duffy in the Shower”)
“I’m glad that I favored narcotics. I mean, I was an alcoholic too. I drank with the best of them, but alcohol was something that I could give up in lieu of the drugs I really wanted. As far as being an alcoholic goes, once you go into treatment then you have to walk around in our community, in our world — You know, there’s no billboards that say ‘Heroin Light’ everywhere you go.”—Danny Bland Conversations With Matt Dwyer 70 Feral Audio
“It’s so cool though to go into, like, a public bathroom and see your name like on a toilet paper dispenser. It makes you feel so important, honestly.”—Kimberly Clark Jordan, Jesse, Go! 294: Toast Head Maximum Fun
“The weird thing about going to one of these award shows … is there’s such a powerful feeling of unreality. It’s not like you think like, ‘Oh, I’ve made it. I’m at the Emmys.’ You start thinking that ‘Oh, the Emmys must not be a real thing because I’m here.’”—Dan McCoy Jordan, Jesse, Go! 292: Deez Nuts Maximum Fun
“Is that what it says in the legislation? Corporations are people…Asterisk…Terrible, terrible people…that you would not like to know because they will fuck you up and they will get away with that shit. - Supreme Court Justice.”—Wil Anderson FOFOP 59: World’s Worst Game Show with ”Guest Charlie Number One” Dave Anthony All Things Comedy