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Neal Taflinger and Ryan J. Downey are two grown up hardcore punks and longtime journalists born and bred in Indianapolis, Indiana, reuniting to talk about who they were, who they are, and where they're going. Listen in as they navigate the landscape of their mental health, rugged terrain littered with pop culture and the odd reference to Johnny Ringo, James Dean, Axl Rose, and other (in)famous Hoosiers. A PopCurse podcast.

Talk to us at hoosierillusion@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hoosier-illusion/support

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Neal Taflinger and Ryan J. Downey are two grown up hardcore punks and longtime journalists born and bred in Indianapolis, Indiana, reuniting to talk about who they were, who they are, and where they're going. Listen in as they navigate the landscape of their mental health, rugged terrain littered with pop culture and the odd reference to Johnny Ringo, James Dean, Axl Rose, and other (in)famous Hoosiers. A PopCurse podcast.

Talk to us at hoosierillusion@gmail.com Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/hoosier-illusion/support

    Kill Their Idols of the White Messiah

    Kill Their Idols of the White Messiah

    Neal and Ryan talk about their respective journeys as Indiana youngsters learning about racial justice, white supremacy, and activism, through hip-hop, hardcore / punk, skinhead culture, and lots o' book-learnin'. They discuss the idea that "treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity," as espoused by the late author and historian Noel Ignatiev, who passed away earlier this month, and the band named after his ideas, Racetraitor. 

    The Atlantic reported on the Circle City's history with school desegregation, explaining that "a decision more than four decades old continues to haunt Indianapolis's education system while almost everything else in the government is unified" in Racial Bias and the Crumbling of a City.

    Read about Leonard Peltier HERE. 

    Read about Mumia Abu-Jamal HERE. 

    Hoosier Illusion is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    Neal Taflinger is on Twitter and Facebook.

    Ryan J. Downey is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    Hoosier Illusion is part of the PopCurse podcast network.




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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Make Them Talk

    Make Them Talk

    Talk therapy and antidepressants have worked wonders for our two hosts, who between them boast a bunch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, codependency, depression, and general anxiety. Listen in as Neal and Downey retrace their respective journeys into talk therapy as adults. 

    Hoosier Illusion is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    Neal Taflinger is on Twitter and Facebook.

    Ryan J. Downey is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    Hoosier Illusion is part of the PopCurse podcast network. 

    Music in this episode: OUTSPOKEN "Daydream" (1992).


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    • 46 min
    Turns Out They Were Having Band Practice Without Us

    Turns Out They Were Having Band Practice Without Us

    Neal was in a band. No, not that band. The band before that one. Listen in as Neal tells a relatable tale of his first foray into band practices, songwriting, and playing hardcore shows, with an unflinching look at the small victories and bigger humiliations that were part of the ride.

    Follow Hoosier Illusion on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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    Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

    Check out other PopCurse network podcasts: PopCurse, No Prize From God, and Speak N' Destroy.




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    • 37 min
    Reader Meet Author

    Reader Meet Author

    Losing touch in adulthood; vulnerability and vocation; social media; male fragility; Bagel Boss guy vs. Bed Intruder guy; Good Charlotte guy vs. Headbangers Ball guy; the Dukes of Hazzard; and the surprising feedback we've gotten about Hoosier Illusion's first half dozen episodes. 

    Follow Hoosier Illusion on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    Follow Neal Taflinger on Twitter, Facebook, and Medium.

    Follow Ryan J. Downey on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    Check out other PopCurse network podcasts: PopCurse, No Prize From God, and Speak N' Destroy.


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

LisaMcLewis ,

Therapy

Your therapists both sound amazing! How about doing a session on podcast??

GayBoy94612 ,

Let’s fight

Look forward to this podcast every week. Good discussions about trying to be a decent human in a world that really really doesn’t want us to, with a perspective I can personally connect to as we’re products of the same 90s hardcore scene (for better or worse). Keep up the good work, and I’m down to fight, but only if we use Rocky Ripple Canal Rat Rules

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