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Gray Matters with Michael DeVine is a podcast that is dedicated to bringing people together instead of pulling us apart. We are stuck in a bad marriage with our politicians & who else but America's Counselor to guide us to where the answers are, the gray area of the in-between.. Feel like being part of the solution and bringing the country back together again? If so, grab a cold drink and join us in the gray

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Gray Matters with Michael DeVine is a podcast that is dedicated to bringing people together instead of pulling us apart. We are stuck in a bad marriage with our politicians & who else but America's Counselor to guide us to where the answers are, the gray area of the in-between.. Feel like being part of the solution and bringing the country back together again? If so, grab a cold drink and join us in the gray

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 85: Sports Psychology For The Locker Room Of America

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 85: Sports Psychology For The Locker Room Of America

    After watching the ESPN Documentary The Last Dance, I found myself amazed with how Phil Jackson was able to manage to keep all of those personalities and egos in check while simultaneously winning 6 NBA Championships. It got me thinking about how sports in general has always been a lightning rod for the civil rights movement and not the Black Lives Matter movements and somehow through all of those tense moments in our history and present...teams were able to operate at a high level and work together no matter what.

    If sports teams are able to do it why can't we find a way as a country to do the same? What is unique about sports teams and locker rooms that allow people even opposed to each other still find ways to work together? What is missing in our country that we can borrow from professional sports teams to help us do the same thing? To help us explore we invited renown sports psychologist Dr. Justin Anderson of Premier Sport Psychology onto the show. Dr Anderson has worked for years with professional and collegiate sports teams which affords him a unique perspective of the interpersonal and psychological makeup of a professional sports team.

    What do we find out from Dr Anderson? You will have to listen to find out but I can tell you that Phil Jackson and aliens might be the solution

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 55 min
    Gray Matters Radio Episode 84 (PT2): 2 Best Friends Have Their First "Real" Conversation About Race In America

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 84 (PT2): 2 Best Friends Have Their First "Real" Conversation About Race In America

    Part of getting older is being able to realize and admit that what you have been doing isn't working and being okay with not knowing how to fix it. That is the sum of how I have felt in the past few weeks watching America tear itself apart not only among party lines but alone racial and socioeconomic lines.

    I will admit that I have felt guilty recently over my view that being color-blind was the best way to deal with racial in-equality because it only has led to what we are seeing on TV and in our communities. I want to be part of the solution so for this special episode of Gray Matters, I invited a long time friend of the show and one of my best friends of over 22 years Leon Cradle into the studio to have a hard talk about race in America.

    More importantly we made sure that no question was left off the table and gave each other permission to be more blunt then we ever have before. Our hope is that by asking questions such as:
    What do white people not understand about racial inequality that they should?
    What is it that people are getting wrong about the protests?
    Explain the anger and what is behind it?
    Is looting getting in the way of the message?
    Why is there some back lash towards white people who are joining protests or advocating online?
    How do comments such as "thugs" Lowlifes" etc. have on people of color?
    What white people are afraid to ask or do?
    What can we do from here...what needs to happen right now?
    What is your opinion of leadership in the black community right now?
    Lastly, Is it detrimental to only look at these protests as being about race rather than also about economic inequality?

    Our goal is to model how black and white people can talk to each other in a different way to start some level of understanding so we can move forward and most importantly come up with real solutions that are more than just putting duct tape on the problem and actually coming up with real change. We have to because our country will tear itself apart if we don't. Our common goal should be peace, understanding, and prosperity and every action should have that in mind...instead of not trying to look weak or trying to score political points or ratings.

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 36 min
    Gray Matters Radio Episode 84 (PT1) : 2 Best Friends Have Their First "Real" Conversation About Race In America

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 84 (PT1) : 2 Best Friends Have Their First "Real" Conversation About Race In America

    Part of getting older is being able to realize and admit that what you have been doing isn't working and being okay with not knowing how to fix it. That is the sum of how I have felt in the past few weeks watching America tear itself apart not only among party lines but alone racial and socioeconomic lines.

    I will admit that I have felt guilty recently over my view that being color-blind was the best way to deal with racial in-equality because it only has led to what we are seeing on TV and in our communities. I want to be part of the solution so for this special episode of Gray Matters, I invited a long time friend of the show and one of my best friends of over 22 years Leon Cradle into the studio to have a hard talk about race in America.

    More importantly we made sure that no question was left off the table and gave each other permission to be more blunt then we ever have before. Our hope is that by asking questions such as:
    What do white people not understand about racial inequality that they should?
    What is it that people are getting wrong about the protests?
    Explain the anger and what is behind it?
    Is looting getting in the way of the message?
    Why is there some back lash towards white people who are joining protests or advocating online?
    How do comments such as "thugs" Lowlifes" etc. have on people of color?
    What white people are afraid to ask or do?
    What can we do from here...what needs to happen right now?
    What is your opinion of leadership in the black community right now?
    Lastly, Is it detrimental to only look at these protests as being about race rather than also about economic inequality?

    Our goal is to model how black and white people can talk to each other in a different way to start some level of understanding so we can move forward and most importantly come up with real solutions that are more than just putting duct tape on the problem and actually coming up with real change. We have to because our country will tear itself apart if we don't. Our common goal should be peace, understanding, and prosperity and every action should have that in mind...instead of not trying to look weak or trying to score political points or ratings.

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 32 min
    Gray Matters Radio Episode 83: Time For Politicians To Be The Parents In The Room Not The Cool Aunt & Uncles

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 83: Time For Politicians To Be The Parents In The Room Not The Cool Aunt & Uncles

    Let me see a show of hands...how many people here understand epidemiology and virology? Unless your name is Dan Evans you are not raising your hands right now because its freaking complicated. Which is why we need people we trust to give us the information we need and delivered in a way we can understand so we can make decisions that are best for us, our families, and our businesses.

    But therein lies the problem...Americans are split down largely party lines in their views of the Covid-19 shutdown and not surprisingly there is confusion over the most basic things such as should I send my child back to preschool? Should I open my business? Is it okay to visit my older parents?

    Nobody knows the right answers because Republicans can't acknowledge fault or any mistakes because Democrats will pounce on it and make Trump look bad and Democrats cannot acknowledge any positives because it will give political capital. So we have people we pay to work for us and protect us and when we need them to do their job the most they do what they always do and let political capital and votes dictate what they say and do.

    The result is a country that has no idea what is real and what isn't, no idea who to believe including our own CDC and Corona Virus Task Force, and families are confused what actions to take to keep their families safe. In a family parents make decisions that are best for their family even when it is not convenient for them because that is what you do as a parent.

    So what is America's Counselor advice? Simple...stop doing what is best for you and your party and instead be the parents in the room and tell us what we need to here instead of what you think we want to hear. Your political lives are not equal to actual American's lives!

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 31 min
    Gray Matters Radio Episode 82: Spoiler or Savior? Using Psychology To Gain Support For 3rd Party Candidates

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 82: Spoiler or Savior? Using Psychology To Gain Support For 3rd Party Candidates

    How many times have you heard people say that we need a new independent 3rd political party to run for president and to keep the Democrats and Republicans in check? How many times have we had a 3rd party candidate and they get labeled a selfish pariah that siphoned votes and handed it to the other candidate?

    Exactly...we say that we want a 3rd party candidate but each time they run not enough people support them, their message doesn't change a damn thing, and they just end up causing more trouble then good.

    So we decided to dive into this topic by inviting our good friend Dr. Eric Larson host of the new podcast The Amash Files into the studio for a joint podcast episode to discuss his good friend Justin Amash running for president on the Libertarian ticket and to discuss the psychology or mental roadblocks that get in the way of people supporting a 3rd party candidate for president.

    We also interviewed 3 listeners from both sides of the spectrum to get their insights into their support or lack of support for a 3rd part candidate and how their honest insight might provide a 3rd party candidate the psychological road map to get voters over the hump and gain their support.

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Gray Matters Radio Episode 81: Putting The Social Distancing & Liberate Movements Into Couples Counseling

    Gray Matters Radio Episode 81: Putting The Social Distancing & Liberate Movements Into Couples Counseling

    In case you didn't know it, America is pretty divided and not even a killer virus can make us get along. The latest couples spat is a brewing war between the Liberate America's Economy movement and the Social Distancing movement where apparently each side thinks the other's plans will end America as we know it. Not exactly a typical couples counseling session where parents disagree over where their kid should go to school?

    So what the hell do we do? Well for starters we need a different approach and a public debate where two people yelling at each other, not listening, and saying they are going to kill America is NOT the answer. So for this episode of Gray Matters we asked 3 simple questions to an epidemiologist, nurse, and a general contractor to not try to change their mind but to listen to them and get an understanding of what they believe about the shutdown, how they formed that opinion, and what they think about how politicized it it has become.

    Instead of being part of the problem and spreading fake news, tune in to the one place you know isn't fake....Gray Matters Radio! As always I am joined by my co-host, the Armchair QB Bill Reed to help keep me in line and firmly in the Gray. Gray Matters Radio is a proud member of the 6One4 Radio Network family of podcasts. Find this as well as all our episodes on every major podcasting platform

    • 39 min

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