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The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it.
Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. No matter what or who we are recording we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.
The Grit City Podcast was launched during the summer of 2014 and had over 120 episodes between 2014 and 2017. The founders and original hosts are technology workers who met on the job and bonded over a common interest in the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a short hiatus at the end of 2017, The Grit City Podcast rebooted in 2018 with more friends and family involved. GCP's goal is to become the "Must Listen To" podcast around the Pacific Northwest, with a fan base of people around the world. People who identify with "Grit" and understand that The Reputation is Real.
We would love to hear how you found us. Get in touch here (/contact/) or: info@gritcitypodcast.com
Looking for a way to support the show?
Stop by the Store (/store) and pick up some Merch or Check out our Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/GritCityPodcast): https://www.patreon.com/GritCityPodcast

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The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it.
Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. No matter what or who we are recording we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.
The Grit City Podcast was launched during the summer of 2014 and had over 120 episodes between 2014 and 2017. The founders and original hosts are technology workers who met on the job and bonded over a common interest in the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a short hiatus at the end of 2017, The Grit City Podcast rebooted in 2018 with more friends and family involved. GCP's goal is to become the "Must Listen To" podcast around the Pacific Northwest, with a fan base of people around the world. People who identify with "Grit" and understand that The Reputation is Real.
We would love to hear how you found us. Get in touch here (/contact/) or: info@gritcitypodcast.com
Looking for a way to support the show?
Stop by the Store (/store) and pick up some Merch or Check out our Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/GritCityPodcast): https://www.patreon.com/GritCityPodcast

    GCP: The Call We Carry - Tacoma Fire Department

    GCP: The Call We Carry - Tacoma Fire Department

    Cody Shea and Vern Porter from the Tacoma Fire Department sit down with the GCP crew to talk about their remarkable documentary, The Call We Carry. Based out of Tacoma, the documentary highlights the crisis that is brewing amongst today's first responders. In a culture where showing vulnerability means showing weakness, this ground-breaking documentary attempts to break down these barriers and smash the stigma of mental health in the fire service. Follow the journeys of 4 Tacoma Firefighters as they share their stories of pain, sacrifice, and resiliency in the midst of an unprecedented call volume increase. The film provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who put it all on the line every day, in an effort to prove, once and for all, that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE…


    00:10 – They kick off the episode talking about ghost hauntings, Justin welcomes Cody and Vern, and Vern shares when he was last at the Union Club. They talk about how The Union Club has evolved over the years, Cody talks about the station he's been at and how long he's been there. He talks about the area he covers, the levels of care in the field, and Vern explains why firefighters go to every call. He talks about how long he's been a firefighter, how he ended up as a Tacoma firefighter, and Cody talks about feeling the pulse of the city living downtown. He explains how the app Pulse Point has changed their job, the competitive nature of firefighting, and what brought him into this line of work.


    19:57 – Cody talks about what got him started with doing social media for the Tacoma Fire Department, what led him to make the documentary, and Justin talks about the power behind Vern's story. Vern discusses what it feels like since the making of the video, the struggles he's faced since the documentary's release, and how firefighters are counselors for people in the community. Justin speaks on how the movie highlights the emergency call volume increase over the years, Scotts talks about the importance for other firefighters across the country to watch the video, and Jeff shares his appreciation for the cinematography within the movie.


    38:25 – Vern speaks to how the job takes a particular type of people to do it, the various adrenalin things they do for extra hobbies, and Cody talks about the amazing honesty behind Vern's story. Justin talks about getting in on the last showing of the documentary, Cody shares that he didn't know the film was going to go the way it has, and Vern talks about the impact PTSD has on their significant others and children in their lives. Justin jumps into coaster questions, Vern shares his love of the show Tacoma FD, and Cody talks about his respect for the show.


    58:40 – Vern talks about the funding restraints in Tacoma, Cody talks about the population increase in the community, and Vern shares how many new stations Tacoma has put in in the past 20 years. He talks about the stress on the crews, the mandatory overtime involved, and the city's workforce limitations. Vern explains how Seattle has done a better job at expanding its fire departments than Tacoma, the city council's shortcomings, and how they have a backup from other areas to cover for them if they don't have the manpower available when calls come in.


    Thank you, Cody and Vern, for sharing your story and the amazing work you do for our community!!
    Special Guest: The Call We Carry.
    Sponsored By:
    The Union Club: The Union Club is a coworking space contributing to Tacoma's growing artistic and entrepreneurial communities. It combines a maker studio, event hall, and office coworking space, in a 15,000 square foot historic building in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
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    The Call We Carry: Confronting PTSD In The Fire Service | Tacoma Fire Documentary Film - YouTube — The Call We Carry: Confronting PTSD In The Fire Service | Tacoma Fire Documentary FilmThe Call We Carry: Confronting PTSD In The Fire Service -

    • 1 hr 19 min
    GCP: Pint & Pie Public House

    GCP: Pint & Pie Public House

    Jeff, Justin, and Scott get a chance to sit down with Yolanda, Alec, and Greg at Pint & Pie in Tacoma on this episode. Pint and Pie is a Pacific Northwest born Northwest Brewing Company. The spot is an English pub inspired tap room, serving winning beers and savory pies. They use the finest ingredients from right in their backyard and work hard to support Northwest products & producers all the way down to their tap handles from Portland, Oregon.


    01:05 – Jeff reveals the safe word of the day, Justin talks about where they are recording, and the importance of never swiping right on Jeff's cell phone. Justin shares the location of Pint and Pie, Greg shares the company's history, and getting the second taproom in Tacoma started. He talks about partnering with the person that makes their pies, Justin talks about his excitement over the savory pies they have, and Alec talks about how he got started working with Greg. Greg shares his appreciation for having Alec on the team, Justin reflects on his gratitude for the process behind brewing, and Scott talks about his love of interviewing breweries.


    15:24 – Justin talks about the history around the Old City Hall area in Tacoma, Greg talks about the history behind the building they are in, and Justin expresses his love for the Union Club where they record. Greg talks about what the building was before they moved in, how the pies are made, and Yolanda talks about the weird ghost activity that has gone on at the bar. Justin talks about past Scott and Brogans ghost-hunting adventures, and Jeff expresses the importance of local businesses letting people in for ghost-hunting tours.


    30:37 – Justin talks about the city's hopes to renovate Old City Hall, Greg talks about their holiday plans, and Justin shares their recent decision to put up their Christmas Tree. Greg calls himself out around decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving is over, Yolanda talks about the events they have at the bar, including hosting a wedding, and Greg talks about how easy it is to book something there. Jeff talks about where he and his wife had their marriage ceremony at in Tacoma, Scott talks about the area still recovering from Covid, and Geg talks about the different dynamics between running a bar in Tacoma and other areas.


    43:32 – Greg explains how many beers they typically have on tap, Alec talks about finding new ideas for beers, and how long he's been in the area. He speaks on the difference between the PNW and where he's from in Michigan, how Tacoma has grown on him, and Greg talks about the whole brewing industry is in flux right now. Alec shares his beer preference, Yolanda describes how they sell flights, and Greg talks about them going through a company name change. He talks about what caused them to make the change, being a hockey fan, and his excitement for the Kraken.
    Special Guest: PintNPie.
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    Every day: 11am - 10pm

    27116 167th Place SE
    Suite 108
    Covington, WA 98042Support The Grit City Podcast
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    Pint & Pie - Tacoma — Northwest Brewing Company was born in the Pacific Northwest. We use the finest ingredients from right in our backyard. Pint & Pie Public House on FacebookProfessional cornhole rocked by 'BagGate' cheating scandal — Professional cornhole has been rocked by controversy after the top-ranked team was accused of using illegal bean bags at the 2022 American Cornhole League World Championships in August.PINT & PIE on YelpPint & Pie Public House (@pint_n_pie) • Instagram — Your neighborhood gathering spot specializing in cr

    • 1 hr 2 min
    GCP: Saturday Night Grit - Grit City Book Club

    GCP: Saturday Night Grit - Grit City Book Club

    Jeff, Justin, and Scott talk about their local library and this week’s news on Twitter and Bitcoin.


    02:10 – Justin gives the down and dirty of a blue checkmark back in the day, Jeff reveals the word of the day, and Justin talks about the present he received from the green Santa Claus. He gives a shout-out to Erik, Justin talks about his recent visit to the library, and the type of books he’s been reading lately. They discuss plans to make a Grit City Book Club and past books they’ve enjoyed.


    13:20 – Scott suggests they have another animal podcast episode, Justin shares the idea for them to have podcasting classes at the library, and Scott talks about the cool things that come with having a library card. Justin discusses Elon Musk’s potential plan for Twitter, how the prior verification on Twitter works, and what happened after Elon started allowing anyone to verify through Twitter for a small fee.


    26:52 – Scott talks about the considerable impact Twitter comments can have on businesses, Justin reflects on being a scourge on message boards back in the day, and Jeff poses a question on what people may think of him when they pass him in the street. They each share if they’ve been previously confused as a homeless person, Justin talks about his new job, and the benefits of working from home.


    39:18 – They talk about the recent FTX news, Binance backing out of the deal to buy FTX, and the US Department of Justice and the FCC investigating the company. Justin talks about the remaining events that happened later in the week post-investigation, what got him into watching Game of Thrones, and Scott talks about buying Bitcoin back in the day.
    Support The Grit City Podcast
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    Kanopy - Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Top Documentaries — Stream thousands of films for free, thanks to the generous support of your public library or university.Fake news tweets take off as Twitter blue checks go up for sale — People started spreading fake news on Twitter the instant they could buy a blue checkThe Fall of FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Puts Crypto Industry on Edge - The New York Times — The rapid collapse of FTX, built by the billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, suggests that no company in the freewheeling, loosely regulated crypto industry is safe.Kraken CEO Discusses Impact of FTX Failure — Says Damage to Crypto Industry Is Huge, Will Take Years to Undo – Featured Bitcoin News — The CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has outlined the impact of FTX’s failure on the crypto industry. After listing multiple red flags, the executive stressed: “The damage here is huge … We’re going to be working to undo this for years.”FTX collapse: Everything to know - Protocol — Following in the footsteps of Voyager and Three Arrows Capital, FTX is the latest example of crypto’s volatilityDisgusting moment 5ft alligator is pulled out of 18ft Burmese python's STOMACH in Florida | Daily Mail Online

    • 53 min
    GCP: Hangover Sunday - Brogan's Birthday!

    GCP: Hangover Sunday - Brogan's Birthday!

    Happy Happy Birthday to Brogan!!! This episode covers Brogans birthday party, falling back, Grit City Grub, and the haps around Tacoma!


    00:00 – This episode kicks off with a Happy Birthday song for Brogan, they make plans to get back into VR, and Jeff reveals the word of the day. They talk about time falling back, reflect on their visit at Grit City Comic Show, and Justin gives props to those that came out and bought t-shirts. He kicks off Grit City Grub, his love of the Cuban sandwich at The Chruch Cantina, and Scott and Jeff talk about their breakfast at The Valley before the con.


    18:57 – Justin talks about GCP's plans to eat at Camp Bar after the con, what happened instead that led him to have to go to the ER that night, and they talk about going to Brogan's 42nd birthday party at Cosmic Bottles. They talk about the people they got to catch up with at the party, the great food they enjoyed, and hanging with superfan Erik.


    37:00 – They look through pictures they took at the party, Justin talks about what he would do if he won the lottery, and Scott talks about going to The Beacon Cinema for a Birthday Party. Justin talks about Brian Bosworth's football history, what ended his career, and Brian becoming a movie star. He talks about the making of the movie Roar, the happenings over the 11 years of the making, and plans for a GCP movie night.


    55:54 – They make plans for Patrons to join them at a movie screening, other guests they'd love to invite to the event, and they type of movies they'd like to see. Justin talks about the recent Werewolf movies he's watched, Jeff gives his review of Werewolf by Night, and Justin shares where it fell in his Werewolf ratings. He recommends the guys watch WolfCop, they jump into Scott Topics on the Army ranger that led a terrifying bank robbery in 2006, and Justin talks about plans for a sports review from listener Erik.
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    CRAFT BEER FOR YOU!

    Tired of the same old grocery store beer selection? Looking for a beer selection that caters to your taste?
    At Cosmic Bottles the choice is always yours.

    Every day: 11am - 10pm

    27116 167th Place SE
    Suite 108
    Covington, WA 98042Support The Grit City Podcast
    Links:
    A new movie theater in Columbia City | The BeaconRoar (film) - Wikipedia — Roar is a 1981 American adventure comedy filmRiki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) ORIGINAL TRAILERWerewolf by Night (TV Movie 2022) - IMDbWolfcop (2014) - IMDbFormer Army Ranger bank robber re-sentenced to 31 years | Tacoma News Tribune — A former U.S. Army Ranger who led a 2006 military-style robbery of a Tacoma bank and tried to hire someone to kill a federal prosecutor had his sentence reduced Wednesday by 12 years in U.S. District Court in Seattle.U.S. Army Rangers from Fort Lewis rob the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma on August 7, 2006. - HistoryLink.org — U.S. Army Rangers from Fort Lewis rob the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma on August 7, 2006VENUS (@venusontheflipside) • Instagram photos and videos

    • 1 hr 14 min
    GCP: Grit City Comic Show 2022

    GCP: Grit City Comic Show 2022

    The time has arrived, and on this episode, the team is live at the Grit City Comic Show!! They shared a table with friend of the podcast Ken and had a chance to check in with other artists and vendors at the show.


    00:10 – Justin kicks off the episode sharing his excitement for the characters at the event, Jeff reveals the days safe word, and Justin talks about the merch they have there for sale. He talks about seeing a kid dressed in a Freddy Krueger costume, they share their memories of the movie, and Justin talks about his favorite TV movie edits. He talks to Justin Hunt, the artist shares what got him into making comic art, and other events he does in the PNW.


    15:23 – Jeff shares a weird gift he got as a kid, Justin shares the most peculiar gift he’s ever received, and Ken talks about his. Justin talks with Bruce Smith, creator of the game Halloween Town, his favorite part of the game, and Bruce explains the rules and objectives of it. He discusses the different teams he’s made, how he goes about putting the miniatures together, and the fabulous turnout they’ve had at the show.


    30:01 - David talks about being the chief librarian for the non-profit Alexandria RPG Library, how much the library has grown since it opened in 2017, and being sponsored by Renegade Game Studios to attend GinCon. He talks about the podcast they run, the importance of having a business manager, and reflects on when he and Justin hung out at the same store playing Magic back in the 90s.


    45:51 – RJ from SEALUG talks about there being no limit for building things with LEGOS, gives his thoughts on the LEGO Masters TV show, and discusses the recent PNW LEGO convention. He shares how it is an adult club, the other events they attend, and other opportunities for community engagement. Justin talks with author Carrie Avery Moriarty, Carrie shares one of her son’s favorite strange food combinations, and what it’s been like for her to attend conventions like the comic show.
    Sponsored By:
    Die Cut Stickers: Use the code GRITCITY15 at checkout and get 15% off your entire order!
    · Insanely custom stickers crafted to survive the PNW and beyond! Promo Code: GRITCITY15Cosmic Bottles: Tap into the universe of craft beer!
    CRAFT BEER FOR YOU!

    Tired of the same old grocery store beer selection? Looking for a beer selection that caters to your taste?
    At Cosmic Bottles the choice is always yours.

    Every day: 11am - 10pm

    27116 167th Place SE
    Suite 108
    Covington, WA 98042Support The Grit City Podcast
    Links:
    Art of Justin Hunt (@artofjustinhunt) • Instagram — Comic book cover artist (Coffin Comics, Codex Entertainment, Big Dog Ink, Marvel, Sourcepoint Comics, Mountaineer West, Counterpoint Comics, and more)Awesome Fans of Justin Hunt Art | Facebook — A place where we can celebrate the wonderful and versatile art of Justin Hunt.AlexandriaRPG.com — We are a nonprofit charity based in Washington State.  We travel with a lending library to events to share role-playing games with others.  Renegade Games StudiosSeattle Area LEGO Users Group — The Seattle Area LEGO® Users Group (SEALUG) is an association bringing together Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOLs) within a supportive community committed to creativity and cooperation. Welcome to PSLTC.org — We are an invitation-only association of adult Lego fans who exhibit our unique train-themed Lego layouts in the Greater Seattle / Puget Sound area, mostly at traditional model railroad shows.Citron European Bistro | Tacoma WA | FacebookCarrie Avery Moriarty — Carrie Avery Moriarty was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she still lives with the love of her life. She raised two wonderful, if not slightly warped, children who both live close to home. When she’s not yelling at her hometown sports team on the television, she’s cheering them on from the stands. She loves nature and spending time enjoying it with her family. And you don’t want to attempt to beat he

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Billy from Mary Mart and The Gathering of The Juggalos

    Billy from Mary Mart and The Gathering of The Juggalos

    Friend of the podcast Billy sits down with the guys for another great conversation on the haps in the cannabis industry. Billy also represents the local cannabis store, Mary Mart. Mary Mart prides itself in being well-versed in their craft and love offering their expertise and insight regarding marijuana and its many applications. He's also joined the guys for 13 other episodes; find more information on those episodes at: https://www.gritcitypodcast.com/guests/billy


    01:21 – Jeff reveals the special word of the day, they talk about how long marijuana has been legal in Washington, and the changes they’ve seen over the years. Justin talks about his love of Mary Mart, how welcome they are to all types of customers, and Justin talks about the various products he loves that are on the market. Billy talks about having Certified Medical Marijuana Consutents. He talks about the new wave of research CBN and CBG.


    19:37 – Billy talks about the new items he brought for them to try, the price points of the items, and the specials they have going on. He explains their points program, Justin talks about his love of getting the discount notifications, and Billy shares his appreciation for the Exotic Genetics company. They talk about their favorite fake flavors, Justin brings up the concern for people giving out marijuana for Halloween candy, and Billy talks about the effects of CBD.


    40:46 – Billy talks about being a barefoot golfer, Justin explains what a Juggalo is, and Billy talks about his Juggalo pilgrimage. Justin talks about his country road trips, Billy shares the south route he took to the Juggalo event, and the route he took to the event. Justin talks about the cheapest gas he’s ever paid, Scott explains Little America, and Billy talks about being trolled at the event. He shares how the event was the farthest east he’s ever been and finally having the courage to dive into the event.


    61:50 – Billy compares the difference between the ICP concert and Juggalo events, the kids and pets at the event, and the spinning of the wheel. He talks about the lightening and rain during the show, people getting locked out, and the show shutting down. He shares the discussion of leaving the event due to situation there, what caused them to take the leap to leave, and the other people at the event that made the decision to leave as well.
    Special Guest: Billy.
    Sponsored By:
    Die Cut Stickers: Use the code GRITCITY15 at checkout and get 15% off your entire order!
    · Insanely custom stickers crafted to survive the PNW and beyond! Promo Code: GRITCITY15Cosmic Bottles: Tap into the universe of craft beer!
    CRAFT BEER FOR YOU!

    Tired of the same old grocery store beer selection? Looking for a beer selection that caters to your taste?
    At Cosmic Bottles the choice is always yours.

    Every day: 11am - 10pm

    27116 167th Place SE
    Suite 108
    Covington, WA 98042Support The Grit City Podcast
    Links:
    Why Is There a Sriracha Shortage? Everything You Need to Know - CNET — The scarcity of Sriracha sauce was caused by a chili pepper shortage that has lasted for nearly two years now. CBD vs CBN: What’s the Difference? — Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are two of the more than 100 types of natural chemical components called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.Exotics Genetics Mary Mart

    • 1 hr 22 min

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Hilarious!

If you want to laugh while you learn about this area, this is the podcast for you.

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Gritty in the best way

A former porn star turned psychic, steampunk bartender, small business tycoon, and an internet conspiracy theorist come together to interview people in and around Tacoma who make it what it is.

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