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March 01, 2019
Birthdays, Bad Lieutenants and Blackface
Birdsong shares some news that the African American community may not of heard about, including the white lady in Houston who verbally assaulted a mixed race couple having photos taken of their one year-old-child's birthday in a public park, black Oscar winners; the bad lieutenant from Maryland who wants to kill prominent Democrats, and the apology for black face police officers in Louisiana. Plus, authorBill Francavilla warns you about some home repair scams you may encounter after a brutal winter.
 
February 22, 2019
Kap and Cos
The drama between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL could finallyu be at an end, while Bill Cosby finally speaks out from prison. Plus, more examples of white women acting badly, and Dr. Marlena Uhrik will explain how to stage your home to get the maximum sale value.
 
February 08, 2019
God and The President
In God and President Trump plus the Rest of Us, Bridsong's guest Patric Rutherford argues that embracing the word of God can help our wounded nation heal. Ours is a God of love. He cares not for filibusters or political points; rather, he wants all his children to live peaceful, productive lives.
 
February 01, 2019
Where to Find a Job in 2019
Birdsong passes along some information on the best places in America to find a job in the upcoming year. He will also talk about the end to the government shut down, the SAG awards and the violent attack on actor Jussie Smollett.
 
January 25, 2019
Finding Laughter
Birdsong discusses the birthday of Eric Holder; the death of Carol Channing, the death of the first African American woman to own an advertising agency, and what ever happened to the singer Chrisette Michele.

Then, Jane Jenkins Herlong tells us why we need to find the humor in life to truly live.
 
January 18, 2019
Happy Birthday MLK
Birdsong pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on the 15th of the month. He will also pay homage to George Foreman whose birthday was also this week on the same day. Then, he will provide some information concerning Home Owners Associations that he received from AARP. Basically homeowners may lose their homes if they have outstanding unpaid monthly fees.
 
January 11, 2019
Violence in the Medical Profession
Birdsong speaks with Sharon Bahrych , who has 30 years experience as a physician's assistant. She has some shocking stories about physical violence in the medical industry. And it's much more common than you may think. Plus, Birdsong's commentary on the government shutdown, a man who was arrested for making a call while black, and birthday recognition for Frederick D. Gregory and Grace Bumbry.
 
December 28, 2018
Godspeed to the Tuskegee Airman
Birdsong gives a final salute to a former Tuskegee Airman who just passed away at 100 years old, and gives his thoughts on the bipartisan criminal justice bill signed last week by the President. And, what's up with the black men who who voted for the Republican in the Georgia governors race.
Gillian Padgett will talk about healing our national trauma after all the recent incidents of violence.
 
December 21, 2018
Another Layer of Russian Interference
Birdsong reacts to the Senate report that just came out that reveals that the Russians strongly tried to dampen African American political engagement in the 2016 President election and targeted them more than others. Then, financial coach Lorri Allison Craig says get ready- we are rapidly heading towards a world where women will be running the show.
 
December 14, 2018
The Need for Better Judges
Birdsong gives his thoughts on the conviction of Neo-Nazi James Field in Virginia, the indictment of St. Louis police for beating mistakenly beating an undercover police officer, and Senator Tim Scott's effort to induce the Senate to to do better on judicial nominees. Plus, dumb criminal stories and Howard S. Dvorkin, one of the most successful individual debt management and credit counseling advisors in the country talks about credit cards and how to dig your way out of credit card debt.
 
December 07, 2018
Civil Liberties in the Sessions Era
Birdsong discuss and opine on how the former Attorney General Jeff Sessions undermined civil liberties and civil rights during his tenure in office. Then, Dr. Ira Williams discusses how to make the death penalty more humane. Plus, our weekly batch of Dumb Criminal Law stories.
 
November 30, 2018
The Dark History of Lynching
Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith joked about attending a lynching during her campaign, and still managed to win her seat. Birdsong recounts the history of lynching in the United States and why its is something that should never be joked about. Then, Spiritual/Personal Growth Author Joffre McClung talks about about common sense ways to tame incivility in our society. Plus, news tidbits you may have missed.
 
November 21, 2018
Echoes of Jim Crow
The President has a contentious relationship with the press and with the Democratic party, and rarely has a kind word to say about either. However, when it comes to people of color in the press or the opposition party, the President seems to get a bit nastier with his verbiage, and Birdsong believes it is a perfect example of "Jim Crow" etiquitte. He will explain what that is, and give brief history of Jim Crow. Plus, Lisa Dinhofer discusses bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace.
 
November 15, 2018
The Barbecue Becky Phenomenon
Call it the "Barbecue Becky" phenomenon- black people just trying to lead their lives, doing day-to-day things, and white people calling the police on them for it. Birdsong will discuss some of the more prominent examples- and there are many- and what it says about our society.

Then, a chat with Penelope Tzourgros , author of Your Home Sweet Home: How to Decide Whether You Should Stay or Move in Retirement.
 
November 09, 2018
After the Election
Birdsong looks back at the good, bad and ugly news of the week, including accusations of voter fraud in Georgia, President Trump and the emoluments clause, the dismissal of the Attorney General, and the Democratic party taking back the House. Plus, dumb criminal stories, and a Paul Harvey Story
 
November 02, 2018
True Stories You May Have Missed
Instead of the weekly batch of dumb criminal stories, Birdsong spotlights some news tidbits you may have missed, including the shifting opinion of legal marijuana, a young hero who stopped a thief, and a service station that had an issue with people putting bodily fluids in the microwave. Plus, the good, bad and ugly of this week's news and a World Series curse that took decades to lift.
 
October 26, 2018
Birdsong and what's happening in the World This Week
In this week's edition of the Good, Bad and Ugly News- the mail bomber gets caught, Meghan Kelly gets cut, and the caravan from Central America keeps rolling towards the US southern border. Plus, an-all new batch of dumb criminal stories, because they just keep coming!
 
October 19, 2018
Births, Deaths and the News of the Week
The Royal Family will soon have another member, another state does away with the death penalty, a MAGA hat makes a famous rapper feel like he can fly, and yet another instance of a white person calling the police on a black man for just living his life. Plus- is Trump following the same path that got Woodrow Wilson clobbered?
 
October 12, 2018
The Court is Back to Nine
Birdsong shares his views on the seating of Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court,this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, and the verdict in the Laquan McDonald trial. Plus, the Ivy League connection to the Supreme Court, a batch of all new Dumb Criminal Stories, and the true story of a redcoat taunt that America made their own.
 
October 05, 2018
The Kavanaugh Conundrum
This week's good, bad and ugly news all surrounds one topic- The testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Birdsong will tell you what fell under each category. He's also got some interesting news tidbits you may have missed, but will certainly be entertained by.
 
September 28, 2018
What's Good, Bad and Ugly this Week
Birdsong's weekly look at the good, bad and ugly in the news includes Bill Cosby being sentenced, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, the fallout of the Botham Jean shooting, and a woman who wasn't afraid to fight back in the New York Subway when she was groped.

Plus, a chat with author Nancy Quatrano, and a quiz about the U.S. Constitution
 
September 21, 2018
Supreme Disorder in The Court
The Supreme Court confirmation hearings took an ugly turn this week, with some shocking allegations from his past. The President got ugly on Twitter when discussing Puerto Rico, and ugly could also be used to describe the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Birdsong will discuss all that and more in this look back at the week that was.
 
September 14, 2018
Why a Good Marriage Doesn't Take Work
Birdsong comments on the news of the week, including the US Open controversy with Serena Willams, Bob Woodward's book on the Trump administration and a Dallas police officer who shot a man in his own apartment, because she thought it was hers. Then, author Jeanne Sanner talks about why a good marriage doesn't take work. Plus, every President has had their share of scandals, including George Washington!
 
September 07, 2018
Birdsong and the Week that Was
It's not often that funerals are considered good news, but Birdsong thinks the tributes to Aretha Franklin and John McCain featured some very special and poignant moments. Birdsong also comments on the other important issues of the week, including Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump administration, the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the new Nike Campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, and a troubling an very racist robocall concerning the Florida gubernatorial election.
 
August 31, 2018
Forgotten Father
Birdsong welcomes Gary Roen, author of Forgotten Father. This book explores the feeings of a father who lived through the tragedy and tells the story of the impact it has on him.

We'll also get Birdsong's take on the Good, Bad and Ugly news of the week, including a historic win in Florida for Andrew Gillum in the race for Governor, the passing of Senator John McCain and the deadly shooting at a video game tournament.
 
August 24, 2018
Goodbye to the Queen
Birdsong bids a fond farewell to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin who passed away this week. He will look back on her career and social activism. Plus, a guilty verdict for Paul Manafort, and a guilty plea for Michael Cohen. What does this mean for the President?
 
August 17, 2018
White Power Washout
Birdsong discusses the good, bad and ugly news of the week that you need to know about, including the failure of white supremacists to unite the white right, the hypocritical way Melania Trumpís family became citizens, and Omarosa, who was a nightmare on the Apprentice, is now a nightmare for Trump. Plus, the pros and cons of the public DNA testing trend.
 
August 10, 2018
Basketballs and Borders
The Pope weighed in on the Death Penalty, Ivanka shared her opinion in on the immigration policy, and the First Lady shared her thoughts on the battle of words between the President and LeBron James.... Now it's Birdsong's turn! We'll talk about all of that and more in this week's edition of the Good, Bad and Ugly News!
 
August 03, 2018
News Tidbits
Birdsong skips the dumb criminals this week to bring you a bunch of short news tidbits that you may have missed. Plus, the good, bad and ugly news of the week!
 
July 27, 2018
Spies, Ducks and Tips
Birdsong comments on the good, the bad and ugly of the week with his sidekick EJ. This week's topics includeanother Russian spy indictment, the duck boat tragedy in Missouri, and a diner being banned for calling his server a terrorist.
 
July 19, 2018
NATO, Great Britain, and the Trump/Putin Summit
Birdsong analyses the President's visit to NATO and Great Britain, along with his much-criticized summit with Russian President Putin.
 
July 13, 2018
Caves and Lions
Birdsong recaps the good, bad and ugly of the week, including the daring rescue of the soccer team from a cave in Thailand and poachers receiving instant karma from a pack of lions.
 
July 06, 2018
The Week that Was
BIRDSONG gives his comments on the top stories of the week, shares some dumb criminal law stories, and reads a classic "rest of the story."
 
June 29, 2018
Golden Openings
Birdsong chats with Kimberly Baeth, President of Golden Openings a marketing company that created the giant scissors for business openings. He'll also break down the good, bad and ugly of the week, including the children at the border, Melania's jacket and Koko the gorilla.
 
June 22, 2018
The Rise in Suicide Rates
Birdsong welcomes Jeanne Sanner back to the program for a frank discussion on suicide. They will discuss the possible reasons for increases in suicide in the U.S. Birdsong will also examine the Good, Bad and Ugly news of the week, including the ongoing crisis at the border.
 
June 15, 2018
Getting Your Book Published
If you've ever thought about writing a book, or have one written that you would like to have published, but just don't know where to get started, you are going to want to hear this show! Our guest is Book Coach Rik Feeney. His one and only goal is to help you get successfully published by the method that works best for you be it traditional, print-on-demand, independent publishing, or as an e-book / Kindle publisher.
 
June 08, 2018
The NOKO Summit is On
It looks like the summit between the US and North Korea is back on, thanks to a big envelope from Kim Jong Un hand-delivered to the President. But Birdsong has some issues with the person that delivered it. We'll hear about that and more in this week's edition of the Good, Bad and Ugly news.
 
June 01, 2018
Tim Hague and Perseverance
After starting a family and flourishing in his career, our guest Tim Hague was struck by misfortune. The irritating tremor in his foot turned out to be early onset Parkinson's disease. He was only 46 years old. But what seemed to be an end became a new beginning. Just three years later, Hague won the inaugural The Amazing Race Canada (with his son, Tim Jr., as his teammate). His remarkable life story shows that perseverance is not just a matter of willpower: it is a skill that can be learned and honed.
 
May 25, 2018
Discussing The Good the Bad and The Ugly
Birdsong comments on the good of the week (The Royal Wedding) the Bad, (the situation in Hawaii) and the Ugly (A lawyer's racist tirade caught on video). Plus more of the popular dumb criminal stories.
 
May 18, 2018
How to Face Your Fears
What is fear and how is it holding us back? We welcome author Jeanne Sanner back to the program to hopefully answer that question. Plus, Birdsong's take on the stories of the week.
 
May 11, 2018
Rudy, Iran and Korea
Birdsong takes a look back at the week that was in the White House, including the flubs by the newest member of Trump's legal team, the scrapping of the Iran deal, and North Korea agreeing to come to the bargaining table.
 
May 04, 2018
Falling Stars
Birdsong shares his observations and opinions on Bill Cosby's entertainment career and discuss his fall from grace with last week's convictions on 3 counts of sexual assault. He will opine on his possible sentence. Then, the courts decide DACA can stay, and the rise and rapid collapse of the Alt-Right.
 
April 27, 2018
The Global Gal
Brenda McGuire has traveled to 80 different countries, and lived on four different continents. She is known as the Global Gal, and she is Inspiring people to live, work and travel the world! Plus, Birdsongís commentary and opinions on the news of the week, including VA nominee Ronny Jackson running into problems, Mike Pompeoís hearings to be Secretary of State, and Rudy Guiliani joining Donald Trumpís legal team.
 
April 20, 2018
Family Role Reversal and The New Times
Would you interrupt your career to care for a grandchild? Thatís what Dr. Oliver Akamnonu and his wife did for their daughter, who was finishing medical school. He talks about the experience, which he also shared in his book Little Baby Lydia: Grandpa, Grandma, and Student Mom, Family Role Reversal and The New Times.

Birdsong will also give legal commentary and opinions on news of the past week concerning the Cohen FBI seized materials and the court hearing; the revelation that Sean Hannity is one of Cohen's legal clients; and shares his thoughts on Comey's book and Trump's tweets about the book.
 
April 13, 2018
Finding Unconditional Love
Birdsong welcomes Dr. Jeanne Sanner , author of Finding Unconditional Love a Little "Peace" at a Time. She discusses her attempted suicide, what led to that point, and talks about the steps you must take to find everlasting peace and joy.

Plus, Birdsong discusses the President sending 4K National Guardsmen to our border with Mexico, and the surprising search warrants served onon Michael Cohen, the President's personal lawyer, and what that means for attorney client privilege.
 
August 10, 2017
Understanding The Grand Jury
Rober Muller opened a Grand Jury in Washington DC to investigate Russian Collusion. Republicans are upset, particularly because it is in Washington DC. Find out why, along with what makes a Grand Jury different than a trial jury. We'll also hear our weekly batch of dumb criminal stories. Leonard shares some more words of wisdom from a friend, and has the weekly news tidbits. Plus, James Comey has gone from the FBI, straight to a huge pay day.
 
August 03, 2017
What's Happening at the White House
To say it was a busy week at the White House would be an understatement. Leonard recaps a wild week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He'll also share some strong words about Trump from a respected conservative. Plus, our popular dumb criminal stories, and some news of the booze- A Gallup poll reveals the drinking habits of Americans. Twitter is feeling a lot less social with two million less users. Where did they go and what does this mean for the future of the social media giant? Also, some news tidbits and fun riddles.
 
July 27, 2017
The Presidential Pardon
With all the talk of collusion and some whispers of impeachment in Washington DC, it is possible that the President could be facing some huge legal hurdles in the future. We all know the President has the power to pardon, but how far does that power go? Does he have the power to pardon family members, or even himself? Professor Birdsong explores the possibilities, as he explains the Presidential pardon in great detail.
 
July 20, 2017
About Intellectual Property
Leonard offers his analysis of Caitlyn Jenner's plan to run for a U.S. Senate seat in California, plus a conversation on the basics of intellectual property, with Professor Glen-Peter Ahlers, a Barry Law professor and an expert on patents, trademarks and more!
 
July 13, 2017
The Case Agains Donald Trump Jr.
Professor Birdsong examines the legal ramifications of Donald Trump Jr's interactions with the Russians during his father's campaign. No partisanship here, just legal analysis. Plus, the White House is proposing that Homeland Security should take over the visa program. Is that a good idea? And can they even do that?
 
July 06, 2017
What You Don't Know About Our National Anthem
In tribute to the Fourth of July and America's Independence, Professor Birdsong will share some facts about Francis Scott Key, and the writing of our National Anthem. Plus, an interesting look at what celebrities, and some average joes are making in annual salary.
 
June 29, 2017
Trump and the Travel Ban
The Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a lift this week, when they agreed to hear arguments on his travel ban. Professor Birdsong will explain the ruling in laymen's terms so you can better understand what happened, and what it's impact will be moving forward.
 
June 22, 2017
Jeffrey Seward and the Special Assistance Network
Our special guest on this episode is Jeffrey Seward, Esq.. Jeffrey is a lawyer who has created a non profit organization called the Special Assistance Network. The goal of the organization is to connect the community of special needs people and families, and those with physical and neurological development challenges, with resources to assist them and their families to improve their quality of life and connect them with others who care and wan to help.

Professor Birdsong will also share some more of his popular dumb criminal stories, and share the origins of Perry Mason.
 
June 15, 2017
Obstructing Justice
America could be on the verge of a Constitutional Crisis. President Trump is allegedly being investigated for obstruction of justice in the Russia hacking probe. Professor Birdsong explains what that means, and also compares and contrasts with Presidential misdeeds of the past.
 
April 20, 2017
The Basics of Bankruptcy
This week's guest is Professor Linda Coco, a bankruptcy expert, and we will talk about some bankruptcy basics, how it works, who should use it and does it really give you a clean slate?
 
April 13, 2017
Canterbury Tales Inspires Common Law
Our guest this week is Professor Fred Jonassen of Barry University. Professor Jonassen has a law degree and a Ph. D. in in the literature of Middle Ages. We will talk about the Canterbury Tales Ė A book written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century. This was a busy period for formation of the Common Law much of which has been used by our modern day American law.
 
April 06, 2017
What is Immunity
The word immunity has been in the news as of late, thanks to Donald Trump and Michael Flynn. But do you know what the law of immunity from prosecution actually is? Professor Birdsong is here to explain!
 
March 30, 2017
Secrets of Identity Theft
Our guest Dale Penn is an author, professional speaker, insurance broker, and privacy management adviser. After encountering, enduring and resolving his own identity theft nightmare, he decided to compile, organize and share the ideas, strategies, tips, and resources that he discovered along the way. The result was his book Identity Theft Secrets. As a former professional magician who knows something about the psychology of misdirection, it frustrated him to no end that a clever thief could essentially beat him at his own game. His personal identity theft ordeal opened the door to the devious world of the modern identity thieves.

Identity Theft Secrets! is a collection of anecdotes, tools and insights that are designed to educate, equip and empower readers to protect themselves, their loved-ones and their businesses from the growing world-wide threat of identity theft.
 
March 23, 2017
Dig Your Way out of Credit Card Debit
Do you have a love/hate relationship with your credit cards? As in, you love to use them but hate it when you get that monthly bill? Leonard's guest is Howard S. Dvorkin, one of the most successful individual debt management and credit counseling advisors in the country. He will talk about credit cards and how to dig your way out of credit card debt.
 
March 16, 2017
Speak- Donít Freak
When you have to speak, do you freak? Our guest Priscilla Richardson, MA, JD, has written a book that can help you communicat more successfully. It's called Speak, Don't Freak. With this book, it only takes few minutes to master some tricks so you can put freak behind you, and get the confidence to speak to any audience, any time.
 
March 09, 2017
The History of Immigration
Aside from our popular Dumb Criminal News, today Leonard will be talking about Ellis Island from a historical perspective on immigration. Then in the second half hour, Leonard will tell the listeners all about gaining asylum in the U.S.
 
March 03, 2017
Discussing the Death Penalty
Leonard welcomes retired Judge O.H. Eaton to discuss the death penalty and its place in our legal system. Judge Eaton teaches judges around the country about managing death penalty trials.
 
February 23, 2017
What You Should Know About Being Arrested
If you were to get arrested, do you know what to do? What you should say? How you should act? It's a scary thing to think about, but its something you should be prepared for just in case. Leonard welcomes Retired Law School Professor Robert Whorf, who is an expert in Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure & Trial Advocacy. They will discuss what it means to be arrested and what are one's constitutional rights.

Then, for a lighter look at the law, we welcome Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits and Archives for the Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum in Orlando, Florida. For over 38 years he has traveled the world collecting unusual stories and unbelievable artifacts for the museum. He and Leonard will chat about some of the stranger legal matters he has come across in his work for the museum.
 
February 16, 2017
The Secrets to Success
This week's guest is Steve Klein, and the topics are motivation and leadership. Why are people like Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, and Michael Bloomberg so successful while other people who are just as smart, aren't? What do they possess that others don't? We'll see if we can find the answer!
 
February 09, 2017
Opinions on the Death Penalty
On this week's episode, Professor Birdsong shares his views on the death penalty in the United States: is it still necessary and under which circumstances? We'll share some facts and figures you may not have known about execution. Plus- fact checking the President could be a full time job.
 
February 02, 2017
Catana Tully: Split the Root
Leonard welcomes author Catana Tully. In her dramatic and beautifully written memoir Split at the Root, she explores questions of race, adoption and identity, not as the professor of cultural studies that she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala.
 
January 26, 2017
How to Start a Franchise
If you've ever considered opening a franchise, you won't want to miss this episode. Leonard welcomes Attorney Marvin Rooks, who has had an extensive practice advising franchise clients and preparing legal documentation necessary to implement state and national franchise programs.

Then, the NRA is attempting to push Congress to make gun silencers easier to acquire by the public. Leonard explains why that is a bad idea.