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Cleveland's best sports talk and entertainment you'll find on the dial. Hosted by Mike James, The Defend Cleveland Show has proudly filled the airwaves of northeast Ohio on 91.1-FM WRUW every Monday morning for 8 years and counting, and now it's finally available as a podcast!

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Cleveland's best sports talk and entertainment you'll find on the dial. Hosted by Mike James, The Defend Cleveland Show has proudly filled the airwaves of northeast Ohio on 91.1-FM WRUW every Monday morning for 8 years and counting, and now it's finally available as a podcast!

    Episode 168 - It's Too Easy To See How Dangerously Awful Ohio Is, And It Definitely Won't Be An Easy Fix

    Episode 168 - It's Too Easy To See How Dangerously Awful Ohio Is, And It Definitely Won't Be An Easy Fix

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on February 21st (Day 52 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on February 23rd (Day 54 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – A failed experiment leads to a brighter and better Defend Cleveland future... And fighting through insecurities to be more present in the moment. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:22:00) The Cleveland Baseball Team reports for Spring Training and we find out Tito has a concrete toe and Mollie claims she is the one who nursed Bieber back to health after he recently contracted Covid-19. The Athletic's Cleveland Baseball Team's new name game where fans get to vote on which new moniker they like the most. The Boat that saved one of the slowest week's in sports of the year. Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Round 2 of The Athletic's CBT new name game, and then there were 8 names left! (begins around 1:19:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “The Hernia” (begins around 1:33:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:37:00) .Rush Limbaugh is dead but his hate, racism, misogyny, homophobia, lies, white nationalism and fear mongering will sadly live on. Ohio's got real issues and there's really only one way to fix it, if it can even be saved at all. Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Mollie’s Weekly Reports... Well, sort of. (begins around 2:33:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 2:58)  Trevor Bauer is already acting the fool again on social media, because of course he is. Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the new album by Django Django "Glowing In The Dark"
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 3 hrs 54 min
    Episode 167 - Don't Worry We're Not (Ever) Changing The Name Of The Show

    Episode 167 - Don't Worry We're Not (Ever) Changing The Name Of The Show

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on February 12th (Day 43 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on February 16th (Day 47 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – The Cavs woes, the Andre Drummond situation, and why Dramond Green really has a good point. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:21:00) The buffets are back open and Guy Fieri's FlavorTown is comin' to town... Just the probability of J.J. Watt becoming a Brown, either way, stokes Browns Fever even more. The 2021 Rock Hall Nominations make many things clear about the Rock Hall, beginning with the fact that this year's class ALL deserve to be inducted (and will all eventually get in). Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Shoveling too much snow and trying to grow plants indoors  (begins around 1:18:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “Snow Balls” (begins around 1:30:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:40:00) The Atlanta Baseball Team seems to be taking its cues directly from the GOP with its latest gaslighting effort, meanwhile the Cleveland Baseball Team sent out a questionnaire from the promotions department disguised as a survey about their name change. Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Mollie’s Weekly Reports: (begins around 2:37:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 2:53)  Larry Nance Jr and all the local businesses he's supported so far this season, even while recently injured. Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the debit album from Black Country, New Road "For the first time"
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 3 hrs 49 min
    Episode 166 - The True (Cool) Clevelander Test, And Getting By With The Great American Stop&Swap

    Episode 166 - The True (Cool) Clevelander Test, And Getting By With The Great American Stop&Swap

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on February 5th (Day 36 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on February 9th (Day 40 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Explaining why Tom Brady is still not the G.O.A.T. you matter what you might think and what you were told, and the NFL is almost as good as Trumpsters and the Republican Party at gaslighting people. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:25:00) Rest In Peace Les Levine, your humor, knowledge and kindness will forever be remembered. Those facing the most serious charges for the insurrection at Capitol Hill are disproportionately former and current military, which directly points to a very serious problem within our military and its culture. (Again) Explaining white entitlement and systemic racism facing black QBs in the league by taking a taking a look at recent comments from the completely hypocritical Brett Farve. Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Getting the internet setup in 2021 really shouldn't be this difficult.  (begins around 1:25:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “The Super Donut” (begins around 1:36:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:43:00) What does the NBA know about Neo-Expressionism? More than you ever would have guessed, apparently. Taking the True (Cool) Clevelander test. Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Michael isn't the only one having difficulty with internet service, and learning the hard way over what you can and can't do on the internet is still a really big problem for most.   Mollie’s Weekly Reports: (begins around 2:38:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 3:00:00)  The only thing we ever want to see from Trevor Bauer has nothing to do with watching him pitch in MLB. Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the newest album from Shame 'Drunk Tank Pink'
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 3 hrs 57 min
    Episode 165 - Race Baiting Football Fans Is (Still) Way Too Easy, And We Really Need To Reschedule The 2021 NFL Draft

    Episode 165 - Race Baiting Football Fans Is (Still) Way Too Easy, And We Really Need To Reschedule The 2021 NFL Draft

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on January 30th (Day 30 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on February 1st (Day 32 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – The 2021 NFL Draft is in Cleveland and it's somehow, someway still happening... Which totally blows for Cleveland. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:21:00) Noticing how different headlines and news stories are now that we don't have a giant piss baby president fueling his ego by dominating all media attention, 24-7. Who you would rather have as the Browns QB, Baker Mayfield or Deshaun Watson, might say a lot about you depending on your answer. Now that the Cleveland Baseball Team is no longer a contender they finally go out and improve their outfield, i.e., too little, too late. Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content – The Oscar's are nothing more than a money grab masquerading as a shameless awards show, and 2021's version is certain to make these facts abundantly clear(er).   (begins around 1:18:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “Collinwood Famous” (begins around 1:37:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:51:00) Rethinking the merits of retiring Tristan Thompson's jersey. The Top 10 best artists who should perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show who haven't headlined before. Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Sweden's quite interesting film festival, and anyone willing to eat tuna salad at a Subway really shouldn't be asking what's in it. - Mollie’s Weekly Reports: (begins around 2:48:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 3:12:00)  Choosing a diet and exercise routine should be something that works best for you, and just makes sense in general. Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the new album from Elori Saxl 'The Blue Of Distance'
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 4 hrs 9 min
    Episode 164 - Tom Brady Is Not The Greatest (He's The Luckiest!), And Young Mollie Riding A Tractor

    Episode 164 - Tom Brady Is Not The Greatest (He's The Luckiest!), And Young Mollie Riding A Tractor

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on January 22nd (Day 22 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on January 26th (Day 26 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – The next two weeks of Tom Brady slurping is going to be unbearable, meanwhile, LeBron James is still the G.O.A.T. and don't ever forget it. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:25:00) Being thankful for having a smart, well spoken coach in Kevin Stefanski, especially after listening to the loud mouth buffoon the Lions just hired. The Cavs are must see TV and Colin Sexton is leading the show. Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content –  The Patriot Party has a history that predates Trump, and definitely doesn't align with Trumpers. (begins around 1:19:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “The Speech Impediment” (begins around 1:35:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:42:00) Covid-19 is real, and anyone can catch it. What testing and dealing with a positive can be like. What we now know, and what we still don't know. Ted Cruz does not know what the Paris Agreement is, and is an idiot who should be kicked out of office along with anyone still supporting Trump's insane fraudulent election claims. What will Trump supporters do if they can't listen to Garth Brooks anymore? Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Explaining the Mollie on a tractor, Cleveland based Jeopardy! questions are only difficult if you're not from Cleveland, and rich a******s moving from the city to the country are still a******s no matter where they live - Mollie’s Weekly Reports: (begins around 2:37:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 3:08:00)  Conor McGregor is despicable and most people tune in to his fights only with hopes of seeing him get knocked out, but he isn't anywhere near as despicable and loathsome as Dana White is. Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the new album from Here Lies Man 'Ritual Divination'
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 4 hrs 3 min
    Episode 163 - "The Scramble", And The Biggest Concern In Having A Real Bad Case Of Browns Fever

    Episode 163 - "The Scramble", And The Biggest Concern In Having A Real Bad Case Of Browns Fever

    DC’s Mike James and Mollie Ames discuss:
    All terrestrial segments were recorded live on January 17th (Day 17 of 2021), and all podcast segments were recorded live on January 19th (Day 19 of 2021)
    Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Asking why Kyrie is always painting on the edges of both extremes, and why it is his most positive press always seem to come around right after he's just received a bunch of bad press for being a selfish knucklehead. Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:21:00) "The Scramble Game", another ignominious one-line defeat for the Browns, but it's certainly not the only reason fans have to be upset about with the heartbreaking Divisional round to Kansas City. The biggest fear of catching a severe case of "Browns Fever" we had never considered before.  The Harden trade to the Nets and how it is somehow the Cavs ended up winning the deal. Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content –  The vaccine rollout situation in Ohio, and of course some of the right wing extremists recently arrested for their part in the insurrection at Capitol Hill were from Ohio. (begins around 1:18:00)  Lachlan MacKinnon’s ‘Best of Edition’ Let Me Tell You A Story: “The Three Hard No's” (begins around 1:36:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:41:00) Najee Harris is a trip. What it would cost to eliminate tuition at all state college and universities, and how just using the money Division 1 sports generates would pay for 25% of it (and where you can easily get the rest of the money). The word "foment" has sure been used a lot lately and though it's pretty easy to know what the word means given its context, there's another archaic definition for it that means something entirely different. Ariel Pink is just another over-privileged and entitled white dude who has sucked and been a despicable human being for a long time, and now the universe is finally correcting for it. Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Human Composting and the San Francisco Museum of Art almost did the unthinkable - Mollie’s Weekly Reports: (begins around 2:39:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 2:59:00)  Just when Kyrie Irving was again causing issues for his team to a tune of almost $1mill in fines, he also officially became the "third wheel" in Brooklyn... Yeah, that's going to go over real well.  Mollie’s Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition!  All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~
    To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.
    Check out Lachlan MacKinnon’s best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family’!
    Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.
    Your recommended listening this week is the new album from Uno Lady 'Grounded'
    The intro and outro to Lachlan’s segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it’s used with permission.

    • 3 hrs 56 min

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