FREE FRIDAY EPISODE- JOHN BERRY

December 14, 2018

For the past 25 years, John Berry has become one of the most powerful and enduring voices in country music. A Grammy award winner, John has placed 20 singles on the county charts, 6 of which went Top 5, with Your Love Amazes Me, scoring a #1 on the Billboard and Radio & Records Country Chart as well as Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine earning the #1 slot in Radio & Records . He has earned multiple Gold and Platinum records over the years. 

His annual Christmas Songs & Stories Tour is in its 22nd year, and is sold out before it even starts, thousands of fans waiting to hear him hit the high notes on O Holy Night which is a sure standing ovation every performance.

He's also overcome obstacles that would have kept most from reaching the pinnacle of the music industry, including brain and vocal cord surgery. His faith propels him forward come what may, and this impromptu, unplugged conversation with JB reveals the man and his music as a voice for the human family.

You can get his new CD "Thomas Road" at www.johnberry.com 

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TBT- DARIUS RUCKER

December 6, 2018

We roll back the years to 2009 and subscribers of the Life 2.0 podcast are listening to my #TBT conversation with Darius Rucker, lead singer of "Hootie & the Blowfish" since 1986 and a formidable solo artist as well. We cover a lot of ground from his musical influences (Sinatra) to his big break (discovered singing in the shower) to how fortunate he feels to be living "the dream." To subscribe, simply click the "Subscribe to Premium Content" button and follow the prompts. $20 a month, $5 a week, .66 cents a day. Cheaper than a root canal, about the same price as a large pizza but the taste of inspiration lasts a helluva lot longer.

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SUBSCRIBER SATURDAY- JEAN CHATZKY

December 1, 2018

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky on iTunes. Jean is also a best-selling author. Her newest book, AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, which she wrote with Dr. Michael Roizen, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. But that's just all the high end stuff. When Oprah Radio launched in 2006 on SiriusXM Radio, I was the Senior Producer and official side-kick for "The Jean Chatzky Show" to millions of loyal listeners and there isn't anyone I respect more in the media when it comes to "Making Money Make Sense" than Jean. This is a retro conversation from 2016 on everything from student loans to credit cards, to health insurance (along with a free download of her eBook Operation Money for those in the military and veterans) to grilled shrimp. Subscriber Saturday Exclusive.

THE WEDNESDAY RANT-SCHITT CREEK

November 28, 2018

While hard numbers are difficult to obtain, one study asserts that some 41 % of Americans believe that dinosaurs and humans roamed the Earth at the same time during some period in history. According to multiple studies conducted by a range of establishments, it’s been suggested that upwards of 12 million Americans (about 4% of the population) believe that interstellar lizard-men secretly run the world. While 50% of Americans believe Global Warming is real and caused by humans (President Trump however believes it was created by the Chinese) the same people think that somehow they are exempt from the effects of climate change. Another canoe trip up Schitt Creek.

BREAKING HATE- CHRISTIAN PICCIOLINI

November 23, 2018

This might just be the most important and powerful Life 2.0 episode you will listen to. In a time when hate crimes are grabbing the headlines, we are often left with no way to make sense of the senseless. That's where Christian Picciolini comes in. At age 14 in 1987, Picciolini was recruited to join the Chicago Area Skinheads (CASH.) Two years later, he became the group's leader at age 16. After years of furthering the neo-Nazi agenda, Christian renounced his ties to any and all white supremacist organizations in 1996 at the age of 22. He has spent the last two decades repairing the pain he inflicted on himself and others, along with being an advocate for other extremists to leave their lives of hatred and find better lives. Christian is the author of "White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement-and How I Got Out"

Photo Credit Britton Picciolini

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THE WEDNESDAY RANT- VETERAN’S DAY EDITION

November 14, 2018

The bottom line is that Veteran's Day is every single day. Sometimes lost in all the mattress sales, tire sales and free chicken dinners, are the stories of those who served. My cousin Rich "The Sarge" Hoffman has been a great influence in my life, I have clear memories of tracking his movements on a map of Vietnam in my bedroom as a kid, when he put in two tours as a young Marine back in 'Nam. In all the years I've known him, we have never talked about his experiences there, and so when I reached out and asked if he would be part of this episode of Life 2.0- and he said "YES" I knew his would be a powerful perspective on a very difficult time for him personally and for our country. Thank you for your service Sarge.

THE TEACHINGS OF TRUMP

November 3, 2018

There is an old adage that states "That which hurts, instructs." Since Donald Trump became the 45th POTUS, there are a lot of people in pain, as their belief systems get put in a bench vise and squeezed as never before. There are other people who think DJT is a Superman of sorts, battling on their behalf for truth, justice and the American way. For me, the former (and current) reality star is a teacher, someone who embodies much of what has been hidden from view, but is now on full display. The lessons aren't fun, but they are more like a refresher course than new material. Class is in session for subscribers of the Life 2.0 Podcast. 

REMEMBERING WALTER PAYTON

November 1, 2018

I have a boatload of memories from the time I spent working with Walter Payton back in the early 1990's. A few of those moments I shared in "Chicken Soup for The Golfer's Soul" and in my first book "Living An Uncommon Life." 

Just yesterday, I caught sight of an organ donor license plate that honors "Sweetness," whose struggle with rare liver cancer increased public attention on organ donation, even though a transplant couldn't save his life. Since he passed away on November 1st 1999, thousands of people have become organ donors because of him.
 
While I am sad that he is gone, I am so very glad he was here.
 
TBT Life 2.0 and my conversation with Connie Payton from 2016.
 
"Tomorrow is promised to no one."

HALLOWEEN MEMORIES

October 31, 2018

When October 31st rolls around each year I think of two guys. First, my dad who for twenty years turned the basement in our big old Victorian house into a haunted castle, then transformed himself from a banker into "The Count." Secondly, I think of my longtime friend, the late, great original "ghost-hunter" Richard Crowe. RC originated the concept of "ghost tours" back in the early 1970's and was a fixture in the media when it came to all things supernatural and unexplained. I'm remembering both of these guys in this special "Halloween" edition of the Life 2.0 podcast, including the very first interview I had with Richard 20 years ago, on this day in 1998.

That pic of Dracula is Poppa John, and when he passed in 2004 we buried him with his cape, just like Bela Lugosi

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TBT-CHARLES OSGOOD

October 25, 2018

I've done "The Monday Memo" and "The Wednesday Rant" and of course "Freebie Friday"- but this is the first "Throwback Thursday" edition of The Life 2.0 Podcast. In this inaugural episode, we roll back eighteen years to 2000, (after surviving the end of the world with the Y2K scare of 1999,) and a rousing conversation with the one and only Charles Osgood, a living legend of broadcasting who hosted "CBS Sunday Morning" a role he held for over 22 years from April 10, 1994, until September 25, 2016. Charlie also hosted The Osgood File, a series of daily radio commentaries, from 1971 until December 29, 2017. Once again the audio vault has opened, giving us a perspective of the past that can help us endure the future. Click the "Subscribe to Premium Content."