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Giving a voice to outsiders, radicals and agitators from the Bronx and beyond! Support me on Patreon, please and thank you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fringe-voices/support

Fringe Voices James Oehler

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Giving a voice to outsiders, radicals and agitators from the Bronx and beyond! Support me on Patreon, please and thank you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fringe-voices/support

    Rachel Balkovec - First Female Hitting Coach in MLB

    Rachel Balkovec - First Female Hitting Coach in MLB

    Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe and support through Patreon if you enjoy this show!

    Today, I spoke with Rachel Balkovec, she is the first female full time hitting coach in MLB. Rachel is extremely hard working, she has 2 Master's degrees in Human Movement Science and has played multiple sports herself. She is an amazing person and she shares her challenges to becoming the first female hitting coach in the MLB with the New York Yankees. Her stint in the Latin American league and learning Spanish to prepare for this experience. This was a long, winding journey for Rachel and it wasn't easy and there was a lot of grit, resilience and perseverance on her part. She spoke about being a waitress, working at a retail store and having an unpaid internship before being hired by the Yankees.

    We also talk about the possibility of the first female baseball player, her favorite podcasts and books and her additional work helping females in their own careers through her Virtual Handshake Academy. 



    Links to visit


    Rachel's personal  website and Virtual Handshake Academy website that helps other females in their careers.
    Rachel's Twitter
    Rachel's podcast The Theta Wave Podcast
    Rachel's favorite podcasts: MindStrong Project, Finding Mastery, Laughter Permitted and The Gabby Reece Show


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    • 48 min
    Pandemics and Coronavirus Part 2 with Vinay Gupta

    Pandemics and Coronavirus Part 2 with Vinay Gupta

    Today, we welcome back Vinay Gupta. Vinay, who is based in London, is the CEO and cofounder of Mattereum. Vinay is also a renaissance man and futurist interested in the technological transformation of society and commerce, Vinay has a strong track record of thought leadership in environmental and infrastructure risk, failing states, energy policy (with five years at the Rocky Mountain Institute) and disaster management.” He was also responsible for launching the cryptocurrency Ethereum.

    Please check out Vinay on Twitter and at his website. Also please check out his colleague, Lucas Gonzalez on Twitter.

    Today we spoke about what exactly a pandemic is, what SCIM is, the politics of this issue, importance of people on the frontlines of this crisis, societal challenges with intergenerational families responding to the coronavirus and some different scenarios of what may happen. Thanks again for listening and if you wish to support the show, rate and review it, subscribe and also consider going to my Patreon page.


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    The Bernie Sanders campaign, FDR and Thomas Paine with Professor Harvey Kaye

    The Bernie Sanders campaign, FDR and Thomas Paine with Professor Harvey Kaye

    Fringe Voices is show that interviews interesting people with interesting ideas. If you like the podcast and would like to support it, I have started a Patreon account. Thanks in advance for your support! 

    Today, we welcome Professor Harvey Kaye. Professor Kaye is a professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and author of several books, more recently Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, The Fight for the Four Freedoms, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America. Professor Kaye also has an upcoming book, that is available for pre-order, entitled: FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He also can be found on Twitter @HarveyJKaye. 

    We discussed Professor Kayes early life and inspiration along with his early introduction to Thomas Paine that has stuck with him ever since. Professor Kaye explained the importance of Thomas Paine to us, as American citizens, and why we should care about Thomas Paine. We then take a deep dive into the importance of FDR during his time and what we should take away from his Presidency for today. How Bernie's policies align with FDR and what we can learn from the FDR presidency. Professor Kaye also has some helpful suggestions for the Bernie Sanders camp on how he can realign his message with FDR. Towards the end we discussed some other radical figures in US history that are of importance as well.

    I hope you learn something that you can use in your own life. Thanks for listening!








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    • 36 min
    Coronavirus and Pandemics with Vinay Gupta

    Coronavirus and Pandemics with Vinay Gupta

    This is a bonus episode for the increasing worries about Coronavirus. I interviewed Vinay Gupta, who is based in London, and along with being the CEO and cofounder of Mattereum is also a renaissance man and futurist interested in the technological transformation of society and commerce, Vinay has a strong track record of thought leadership in environmental and infrastructure risk, failing states, energy policy (with five years at the Rocky Mountain Institute) and disaster management.” He was also responsible for launching the cryptocurrency Ethereum.

    It was an honor to speak with Vinay and his balanced, pragmatic and thoughtful approach to this pandemic. There are some real nuggets of wisdom throughout but especially towards the end of our conversation. 

    Please check out Vinay on Twitter and at his website. Also please check out his colleague, Lucas Gonzalez on Twitter. 

    Again, if you like this episode please rate and review on whichever platform you are listening on. Thanks!


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    No God Nor Country with the rapper Sole

    No God Nor Country with the rapper Sole

    In this episode I spoke with Sole an awesome rapper about his music, the state of the music industry, politics and the coronavirus. Check out his  Twitter and webpage. Also check out his podcast The Solecast.


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    • 53 min
    How to fix public education with US Congress political candidate Jamaal Bowman

    How to fix public education with US Congress political candidate Jamaal Bowman

    On today's show I had a great conversation with Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal and former teacher running as a Democrat for US Congress in NY-16. We talk about meditation instead of detention, treating students like humans instead of cogs in a machine and community schooling, among other things. Please consider supporting Jamaal's run for US Congress by visiting his website, Twitter and Facebook pages.


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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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Fran321123 ,

Great podcast!

This podcast is a terrific, insightful interview, which includes a historical perspective of Gun Hill. Not only did I learn about the brewery, but a history lesson was added to my knowledge of the area, which, in truth, I always took for granted & never really thought about.
Thanks, James Oehler & kudos for such a thought provoking interview. My plans are to visit Gun Hill Brewery this weekend! I am learning that the Bronx has so much to offer. I always made a joke about the American humorist poet, Ogden Nash, whose long ago 1931 couplet (The Bronx? No Thonx!) stereotyped the Bronx & offended many. Well, even though Nash was contritely apologetic, 33 years after the fact, he was obviously wrong to so blatantly characterize the Bronx. Years later, satirical novelist Tom Wolfe took the stereotypes further in his novel, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES. The days of the Bronx burning are over and the area is flourishing. Am waiting to hear more from resident transplant, James Oehler to show us that....Sometimes, it takes an outsider to step things up a bit.

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