The Great Reset
Episode 66:  With Michael Rayburn - Founder of Rayburn Farms

Episode 66: With Michael Rayburn - Founder of Rayburn Farms

October 16, 2020

We speak with Michael Rayburn - founder of Rayburn Farms.  He and his wife Lauren started the farm in 2014 with a desire to explore their love of agriculture and experimentation. Rayburn Farms is known as the “farm to the brewers” of Asheville’s rapidly growing craft beer scene, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “Plow to Pint.” Each year, the Rayburns continue to hone their skills of growing the best tasting botanicals to inspire the creation of new and innovative recipes for beers, doughnuts, teas, and ice cream.

We speak about how COVID-19 has changed the farming industry and the changes he has had to make along the way.  We discuss his unique approach to farming and the specific plants and botanicals he has chosen.  But as we often do, we shift to the philosophical and Michael brings a unique perspective to the weaknesses in our systems and how the pandemic has highlighted these weaknesses and what he believes will propel us in a better way forward.  A large change he has seen is the shifting of people's temperament from complacent to activism. We can all benefit from less complacency - especially in these turbulent times. A great conversation with a very thoughtful and contemplative person.

***CORRECTION:  Michael mentions working on a farm that was owned by Warren Buffet during the interview -but he was mistaken and he is actually referring to a farm owned by Les Wexner - the Owner of  Bath and Body Works, Victoria's Secret and Pink Retail Stores. Michael wanted to be sure that we corrected that.

The Great Reset Live 10-03-20 A Bizarre Week

The Great Reset Live 10-03-20 A Bizarre Week

October 4, 2020

We reflect on a bizarre week in politics and the world in this live recording from the treehouse.

 

A new side-show that we perform live. We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 65: With Ezra Levin, Co-Founder of Indivisible

Episode 65: With Ezra Levin, Co-Founder of Indivisible

October 1, 2020

We have the unique opportunity to speak with Ezra Levin the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Indivisible. Along with his co-founder and spouse Leah Greenberg, Ezra has been featured as one of TIME 100’s Most Influential People of 2019, included on GQ’s 50 Most Powerful People in Trump’s Washington, and ranked #2 on the Politico 50 list of top thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. He has appeared as a commentator on and/or been interviewed by MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Pod Save America, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, TIME Magazine, the New Yorker, the Nation, Slate, and Rolling Stone, among others. He is the co-author of We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump.

Indivisible is a grassroots movement of thousands of local Indivisible groups with a mission to elect progressive leaders, rebuild our democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda.

We dig deep on the SCOTUS nomination after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what we can do to prevent this forced nomination right before an election. We discuss the hopeless feeling of not being able to do anything for political change given the current political climate and Ezra highlights concrete actions we can take and how Indivisible is mobilizing nationwide. We discuss the inaction of the Democratic Party and how the changes in the current Democratic party must move more progressive. We discuss some of the archaic notions of our democracy and how there needs to be a shift in the concept of the Electoral College, uneven Senate Representation and the possibility of term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court.  We also talk about third and fourth party inclusion and how that can help to break the gridlock without being given only two choices. We discuss how the opposite of a Mitch McConnell power grab is not a Democrat power grab - but that process should be democracy. Ezra reminds all of us that simply winning an election is not the end of the work we all must do.  January 22nd we all have to be active to hold our leaders accountable and move them toward policies that affect real change.

Inspiring words from an inspiring organization.    

Episode 64: With Richard and Olivia Wainwright

Episode 64: With Richard and Olivia Wainwright

September 28, 2020

We speak with Richard Wainwright - a lifelong environmental activist who works with fern.org, an NGO dedicated to protecting forests and those who depend on them.  He is joined by his daughter Olivia Wainwright, a fifteen year old environmental activist who works with a fabulous organization called Women Deliver.  We are struck how the climate crisis has become a back burner issue due to the pandemic that has consumed the news cycle.  We wanted to get back to the most important issue affecting human beings, something we cannot forget amidst all of this.  Richard's experience during the pandemic and how it has affected his work speaks volumes - yet he is also aware of the impact of less plane travel and how speaking from our homes and moving about less has been positive environmentally if not in direct policy.  Olivia speaks for her generation and how her entire life has been tempered by climate crisis and how that uncertainty for her future fuels the way she looks at the world.  We cover the influence of politicians who don't represent the diversity of their country nor the diversity of the world continue to lead us in direction that benefits them and their ilk and leaves the rest of us behind.  A fabulous discussion with the old guard of environmental activism and the youth movement and energy that must save themselves and this planet amidst mistakes of the past.

Episode 63: RIP RBG

Episode 63: RIP RBG

September 23, 2020

We react to the death of a champion American, an amazing woman, an amazing human being.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg - we salute you. You will be missed. We also consider the political implications and how we travel forward with impending Supreme Court nominations and the political maelstrom to come.

'Someday, there’ll be great people, great elected representatives who will say, “Enough of this nonsense. Let’s be the kind of legislature the United States should have.” I hope that day will come while I’m still alive.' - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A new full-length show that we perform live. We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 62:  With Musician, Singer and Recording Artist -  Carol Rifkin

Episode 62: With Musician, Singer and Recording Artist - Carol Rifkin

September 19, 2020

We speak with Carol Rifkin - an award winning musician, singer, recording artist and veteran of many bands.  She is also a co-founder of the LEAF festival and served as assistant director for 10 years.  She is also the co-host of the "This Old Porch" radio show on WNCW 88.7 FM.  She has a wonderful organization called FBVMA a non profit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of mountain music in The French Broad River Valley.  We speak of playing music with other people during Covid-19 - how the internet has changed how we communicate via music and we hit on what kind of musical changes may come from the Covid 'Lock-Down" era. Carol has much to say about what we have in front of us as we move forward and eventually past the pandemic.  A great conversation with a Western North Carolina cultural stalwart. 

Episode 61: The Future of Politics, How the DNC has let us down, 44% of Americans don’t vote and more

Episode 61: The Future of Politics, How the DNC has let us down, 44% of Americans don’t vote and more

September 12, 2020

We discuss the future of politics Post Covid and Post November 2020.  We highlight what the DNC has done wrong and how it could improve.  We give more consideration to third, fourth and fifth parties may be possible and how to make them sustainable and nationally competitive.  How do we motivate the 44% of registered voters who don't vote to get involved.  Is more parties the way to make that happen or at least to shrink that percentage? We discuss the Democratic National Convention in 1944 that changed the world irrevocably as we remember the legacy of former Vice President, Henry Wallace. Andrew Yang, The People's Party, The Unity party and more all make an appearance on this episode LIVE from the Treehouse where this podcast began.

 

A new full-length show that we perform live. We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.   

Episode 60: With Political Activist Sheila Johanson LIVE!

Episode 60: With Political Activist Sheila Johanson LIVE!

August 28, 2020

We discuss the RNC, Jacob Blake, Systemic Racism, political tribalism and so much more with political activist Sheila Johanson.

 

A new full-length show that we perform live. We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 59: With Tracy Brisson Owner of Savannah Custom Weddings and Elopements

Episode 59: With Tracy Brisson Owner of Savannah Custom Weddings and Elopements

August 28, 2020

We speak with Tracy Bisson - Owner and Lead Officiant for Savannah Custom Weddings and Elopements.  The wedding industry has certainly been effected by the pandemic and with so many weddings and events being postponed and rescheduled - what does the industry look like now?  Tracy has had to rethink her business and plan for the future while dealing with all of the cancelations and rescheduling from Spring weddings and as we are entering prime Fall wedding season how that looks decidedly different.  She discusses how the differing guidelines from state local and federal governments make it difficult to know how to do ceremonies and events and how the differing feelings of specific venues, staff and each couple make it difficult to have a standard way to perform weddings.  Tracy had to close her Wedding chapel this Spring and we talk about how the larger wedding companies are now doing more small weddings which is her specialty. We also speak about how the city of Savannah has been handling the Covid-19 mandates, the disagreements with Governor Kemp and the mishandling of many of the necessary steps by local leaders.  Tracy enjoys data mining and has found the most accurate Covid-19 data from MIT.  She has also examined the public records of those who received SBA and PPP loans and she has surprising information she found about who got the money first is eye opening.  A great conversation about the state of the Wedding Industry and the state of the world.

BONUS EPISODE: WNC Podcasters

BONUS EPISODE: WNC Podcasters

August 27, 2020

This is an episode we recorded in July as an accompaniment to the article on WNC Podcasters that Shawndra wrote for the August edition of Capital at Play magazine.

We speak with Anne Fitten Glenn a writer who has written two excellent books on the local beer industry.  One called Western North Carolina Beer and one called Asheville Beer.  She is also the host of the radio show and podcast Imbibe Asheville, which we also had the opportunity to be on.  

We also speak with Jeff Altman who is the host of the No B.S. Job Search Advice Podcast.  Jeff has been podcasting for many years and has an avid listenership.  Jeff Altman has helped companies hire talent and people find work. He has more than 40 years of recruiting experience assisting individuals improve their careers via his work as a career coach and executive search professional.

Lastly, we speak with Laura Webb and Faith Doyle who are the hosts of the Her Two Cents podcast which has these experienced “money mavens” offering a multigenerational perspective on all  things financial.  Laura Webb is the President and founder of an Asheville, NC wealth management and investment consulting practice that has been providing support to successful individuals, particularly women, in Western North Carolina since 1995.  Faith Doyle is a Financial Advisor at an Asheville, NC wealth management and investment  consulting practice that has been serving Western North Carolina since 1995.

Fun conversations with other podcasters from here in WNC.

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