112 episodes

We have become a collective of voices of lived experience, progressive ideas, creatives, artists, activism, and amplification of women, LGBTQIA+, black, brown, and everything in between.
Shining spotlights onto the issues surrounding us right here in the Midwest, but honestly they are relatable to the stories and issues everywhere in the world. We have SUCH inspiring, creative, brilliant minds within our own communities. And we are sharing them here: Sometimes snarky, sometimes dead serious, sometimes both. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midwest-misfits/support

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    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

We have become a collective of voices of lived experience, progressive ideas, creatives, artists, activism, and amplification of women, LGBTQIA+, black, brown, and everything in between.
Shining spotlights onto the issues surrounding us right here in the Midwest, but honestly they are relatable to the stories and issues everywhere in the world. We have SUCH inspiring, creative, brilliant minds within our own communities. And we are sharing them here: Sometimes snarky, sometimes dead serious, sometimes both. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midwest-misfits/support

    Roe v. Wade

    Roe v. Wade

    Today we are talking about what is on all of our minds.  The fate of abortion in the United States.  Thanks for listening!


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    • 46 min
    Kara Teri for Elkhorn School Board

    Kara Teri for Elkhorn School Board

    Hey Misfits,

    Today we have a lovely chat with Kara Teri, candidate for Elkhorn School Board. Kara is an Elkhorn High alumn she is a human resource professional with more than 15 years of experience and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management of HR. we are talking about her platform, her goals and breaking down the long list of candidates. Thanks for listening!

    Thanks for listening today and remember to fill out those ballots and get them sent in asap. The deadline is May 10th. Follow us on social at @misfitpod and please, if you are enjoying the show and want to support us, leave us a review or donate at MidwestMisfits.com



    Kara Teri on Facebook

    Vote Kara For Elkhorn




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    • 41 min
    Survivor's Rising Part Two with Candi Jones

    Survivor's Rising Part Two with Candi Jones

    Today we are back with Coaching with Candi. The beautiful, magical Candi Jones digging into Survivor's Rising: Demanding change and accountability of the systems and individuals perpetuating the unequal power that results insubordination, exploitation, oppression, and abuse. 

    It is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we are digging into sexual assault, domestic abuse, and of course there is a Content Warning for anyone that needs to protect their peace and trauma. Coaching with Candi 'Where Healing Happens' 

    Candi Jones is an experienced Transformation coach and a speaker that  heals and you just might be in your shedding season.

    You are Bent, but NEVER Broken.



    This is your SEASON to be:


    Emotionally Healthy
    Professionally Thriving
    Authentically Living

    Whatever is important to you, is important to me. Together we will develop the habits and skills to effectively deal with the challenges and emotional moments you will encounter in life and in business. 

    The Truth is Right Beneath the Surface

    In addition to 1-on-1 consultations and group sessions, I regularly host workshops and seminars for businesses that want to understand the value in developing their best talent and meeting them where they are.




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    • 30 min
    Candi Jones: Survivors Rising

    Candi Jones: Survivors Rising

    It’s Midwest Misfits back from Spring Break hiatus. This is what happens when you move a lot and have 4 kids all in different schools and different schedules. Today. Today is going to be a powerful episode with our dear friend and returning guest Candi Jones. Let me give you a little refresher on Candi. Candi was a recent recipient of the Greater Omaha Chamber Young Professionals 2020 Change Maker award. She is a vice president of HR and DEI, while also being a powerhouse life and career coach.

    My sincere hope is you can feel and sense the alchemy and power through Candi’s energy, voice, and storytelling. My life shifted by this conversation you are about to listen to. I hope yours does as well.

    We start this episode with a little banter on HR, the education system, and making space for everyone. But then we get into the meat which is Candi’s work on the Board of Survivors Rising. Candi was embarking on a personal journey of reflection, beginning to open up about the sexual trauma and rape she experienced at age 12 to heal herself and found power in helping others in their journey.

    Being trauma-informed is a buzzword, but we are going to unpack what that means and what that looks like in the real world. Why don’t people see the human trafficking going on in their own homes and communities. We spent several hours talking and have gotten it down to 2 impact episodes. One today and the second part next week. Please listen, learn something, and for damn sure call Candi for your own healing and life, career coaching.


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    • 46 min
    Douglas County Attorney Candidate Dave Pantos for Criminal Justice Reform

    Douglas County Attorney Candidate Dave Pantos for Criminal Justice Reform

    Meet Dave Pantos
    As an attorney who has worked tirelessly for a fair and equitable justice system, I have a passion for service and good government. I have had the honor to serve the Omaha community in many ways over the last two decades. Now, I want to build on the progress that so many others have made in this city and county and bring meaningful change to our system. This mission has been at the core of my career as an attorney, nonprofit leader, and advocate for people who haven’t gotten a fair shake. And it is why I am running for County Attorney in Douglas County.

    As almost everyone would agree, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” But Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous words resonate so loudly today because we still have so much work to do. As County Attorney, I will draw on the wide range of experiences that I have in both judicial and administrative courtrooms. For example, as a Legal Aid attorney, I secured key victories on behalf of people with disabilities in federal court. I later served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid program in Nebraska, and I currently teach law and policy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to the next generation of environmental science professionals. I am in court downtown every week representing tenants facing homelessness in eviction court. Every case I can get dismissed is a victory for a family that won’t end up on the streets.

    During my tenure as Legal Aid’s Executive Director, I helped to initiate the statewide health law project, the Access to Justice Centers in Omaha and Lincoln, and, in partnership with other local organizations, the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline. My nonprofit service also included a term as Executive Director of Autism Action Partnership. Under my leadership, we debuted the Partnership for Autism Career Employment. As a nonprofit leader, I was Board Chairperson of both the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and the Domestic Violence Council. Recently, I served a term as one of the two District 3 Board Members on the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. Currently, I serve on the Board of Omaha Permaculture and the Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation and also serve on the Event Committee of Kids Can Community Center.

    Of course, family is the center of my life in Omaha. I am married to the incredible Jill Pantos, who has served our country through her work in the Navy--including several years overseas--and is now a nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha. My twin sons Miles and Lyndon are first-year students at Millard North High School. We have a blended family which also includes my step-daughter Rowan and step-son Cooper.

    As County Attorney, I will focus on crime reduction strategies through three principles: justice, fairness, and transparency. It’s time for criminal justice reform in Nebraska, and it’s an outside, independent voice who can make that happen. Please vote Pantos for County Attorney in 2022!

    Justice for James Scurlock. https://saytheirnamesmemorials.com/james-scurlock


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    • 35 min
    Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek (I) for Legislature

    Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek (I) for Legislature

    Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek is a mother, small-business owner, and volunteer running as an Independent for Nebraska Legislature for District 4 in west Omaha. She has a business background in human resources, recruiting and sales, and currently works from home alongside her husband. Cindy is a strong supporter of public schools, and their children attend Millard Public Schools.

    President of Rank the Vote Nebraska, Cindy is a voting rights and civic responsibility advocate. Cindy is a co-founder of the Nebraska Legislative Study Group, on the Nonpartisan Nebraska Advisory Board, and volunteers with several community, neighborhood, and political organizations.

    As a longtime Independent, my platform focuses on serving all of my neighbors.. .people and policies vs. parties and politics!


    Growing Small Businesses
    Our Schools
    Our Property Taxes
    Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy

    Learn more about Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek at her website Cindy Maxwell-Ostdiek www.CindyForNebraska.com


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

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Local Politics Matter!

Because local politics is where an individual can exact the most change, this podcast matters. Edify yourself! Become an informed voter. Maybe run for office?

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2 Angry Cheek Clappers Talk Bolshevism

Two privileged birthing persons who could move to any other nation on earth and live out their Bolshevik fantasies choose instead stay in the U.S. and complain about the Constitution.

They could easily travel north to Canada and service Trudeau’s Canadian bacon or mosey down south to Mexico and get some Cartel lovin’. But no, they choose to stay in the U.S. and wallow in their yearning for Lenin and Mao instead of praising what Ice Cream Grandpa has accomplished in only 18 months!

If this sounds like a pleasurable listen to you, there are countless other podcasts of higher quality to listen too. I suggest starting with “Pynk Spots” and grow from there.

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Progressive Nebraskan Talk

I’ve been looking for reasonable individuals on both sides (Democrats & Republicans) to help me understand what’s going on politically at the local level. This is exactly what I needed. I was able to use this podcast as a springboard into doing more research during the 2020 elections. I was able to make informed decisions and appreciate all the work that is done to keep listeners in the know! 5 out of 5!

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