Episode 17: The Disgracing of Gary Webb

NorthSouthOn this episode, George and Mark take a fascinating look at the real story behind the movie “Kill the Messenger.” San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb uncovers another CIA plot to create funds for the Nicaragua Contras. The scheme involves the illegal transportation of massive quantities cocaine across the U.S. border with the support of CIA operatives. The cocaine ultimately led to the ‘crack’ epidemic in South Central Los Angeles in the 80’s. We also talk about the shameful way major newspapers engaged in a smear campaign and ultimately disgrace Webb.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
The original “Dark Alliance” series
Kill the Messenger movie
LA Times reporter apologizes
New York Times (sort of) apologizes
Washington Post Jeff Leen, still shamefully smearing Webb
Appropriate response to WaPo’s Jeff Leen

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Episode 16: Single, Gay & One Income

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It’s a new year and the season for renewed pledges of personal improvement – including finances. Mark & George talk about financial challenges they have experienced and strategies they’ve employed to move forward. And George talks about some financial backsliding that needs correcting.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
Find a certified financial counselor by your zip code
Start a federally backed retirement account with no fees!

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George – @georgeinatlanta

Episode 15: Religious Liberty

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Twenty states have some form of a ‘religious freedom’ law. The SCOTUS decision on marriage equality have many more states considering similar legislation. In this episode we discuss the intent of the legislation, faux religious persecution and a surprising corporate response in Atlanta.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
Time: This Map Shows Every State With Religious-Freedom Laws

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Episode 14: The Incredible Shrinking Queer Space

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Many in LGBT communities took their first brave steps “out” in queer spaces like bookstores, coffee houses, bars and dance clubs. But are these treasured spaces disappearing? Mark and George share how their favorite queer spaces shaped their early gay-days. We also talk about the incredibly shrinking queer space. While empirical data seems hard to find on the topic, our own observations show fewer and fewer places are available – especially in smaller cities. Does increasing, broad support for LGBT communities result in decreasing numbers of these establishments? Does access to the internet and dating apps further diminish the need for queer spaces? And what does fewer gay spaces mean for an aging gayby-boomers?  #Pride48

Links from the show:
The Gay Bar: Can it Survive – Slate
Op-ed: The Slow Death of Gay Gathering Places May Be Aiding HIV – Advocate

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Episode 12: Talking Turkey

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It’s our second episode on cooking. Hear how George made a Thanksgiving dinner in 25 minutes and an unusual pie from Mark. And Mark has tips on gravy and over easy eggs as we share some of our Thanksgiving traditions and menu items. Gobble, gobble.

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Episode 11: Shows We Love – Vicious

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Apologies for the timing/delay snafu. We’ll make it up to ya! How about two episodes on the same day? On Episode 11 we talk about one of our favorite BBC shows of late – Vicious. Yeah, the writing could be better and any queen worth her bead-reading weight could see these jokes a mile away, but… we still like it.

Links from the show:
Movie Plug: “Big Stone Gap
Vicious on PBS
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George – @georgeinatlanta

Episode 10: Open Relationships

NorthSouthOn today’s episode, Mark and George talk about a topic not often discussed in the gay community – open relationships. Having just fought a battle for marriage equality, are we duty-bound to conform to hetero normative relationships? Can these relationships be successful? If so, what are the keys to ensuring success? Join us for a nonjudgemental conversation on open relationships.

Links from the show:
24 Questions About Gay Polyamorous Relationships You Wanted to Ask But Were Too Polite To
A Gay Male Couple’s Guide to Non-monogamy
The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
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