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Feeling politically disconnected? Do you look at the major political parties & think "there has to be something better!" Do stances on certain political issues have you at odds with the party with which you identify? You're not alone. Josh Gillespie, host of The Political Nomad has felt the same way. He's been a "lifer" in politics and government. He's seen each political party run to the extreme instead of having calm and rational discussions about issues of the day. That's what this podcast is about.

The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Josh Gillespie

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Feeling politically disconnected? Do you look at the major political parties & think "there has to be something better!" Do stances on certain political issues have you at odds with the party with which you identify? You're not alone. Josh Gillespie, host of The Political Nomad has felt the same way. He's been a "lifer" in politics and government. He's seen each political party run to the extreme instead of having calm and rational discussions about issues of the day. That's what this podcast is about.

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 12 feat. Jacob Perry – Part 2

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 12 feat. Jacob Perry – Part 2

    I hope you enjoyed part one of my conversation with Jacob Perry as much as I did. It really has been a joy to talk with him. Though I've known him for over 16 years I continued to learn something new about Jacob during this conversation.

    This week we wrap things up, but still get into the real meat and potatoes of our conversation. We talk about his political journey post 2004, the Tea Party, campaign life and strategy, Donald Trump and his current passions and projects..

    Last week, Jacob provided us a with some great artists for a high quality playlist. This week week's features podcasts that he highly recommends spanning baseball, comedy and politics.


    Serial
    Off Air with Joe and Orel
    The Bill Simmons Podcast
    The Moment with Brian Koppleman
    You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
    The Moth
    In the Dark
    Come to Papa
    Undisclosed

    The Political Nomad is on all of the major podcasting platforms and the links are in the right hand sidebar. Please feel free to listen there and give this episode 5 stars and leave some reviews.

    In the meantime, feel free to leave me comment on Facebook, on Twitter, or contact me here right on my site.

    Finally, you’ll want to sign up for the Nomad News, the official newsletter of The Political Nomad! I have really loved making these playlists. They're based off of the recommendations of my guests and the conversations we've had and are some of the most diverse playlists I've ever made. They really show off just how unique all of my guests are and how. entertaining these podcasts have been.

    • 51 min
    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 11 feat. Jacob Perry – Part 1

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 11 feat. Jacob Perry – Part 1

    I’m very excited about this week's conversation. That’s because it’s with someone I’ve known most of my adult life. I first met Jacob Perry in April of 2004 at a Starbucks in Barnes and Noble. I had been invited by a congressional candidate to a call out of sorts. It wasn’t all that organized but there a met a giant of a man. Jacob was striking. He would ALWAYS easily stand out in a crowd. Obviously, he made an immediate impression.

    Fast forward over the last 16 years and Jacob and I have formed a pretty close bond. In fact, he’s one of my closest friends. He’s one of the few friends who I’ve wanted to work with, but never have despite our best efforts over the years. We’ve been on the opposite sides of congressional primaries, spared a bit during local “blogging wars”, but we’ve always remained friends. In the best of times and in the worst of times. And. we’ve each felt the resounding sting of what it’s like to be political castoffs.

    Jacob is a veteran campaigner. He started off as a Democrat, he’s run Libertarian campaigns, Republican campaigns and written for countless candidates and clients. He knows winning and losing. He knows politics. And whether he’s been right (which with a lifetime of experience he usually is) or wrong, Jacob has had an informed opinion to share with you. I think of the Frank Sinatra song “My Way” when I think of how Jacob has gone about his career. His political journey really is like no other person’s story that I've had on this podcast.

    The Political Nomad is on all of the major podcasting platforms and the links are in the right hand sidebar. Please feel free to listen there and give this episode 5 stars and leave some reviews.

    In the meantime, feel free to leave me comment on Facebook, on Twitter, or contact me here right on my site.

    Finally, you’ll want to sign up for the Nomad News, the official newsletter of The Political Nomad! This week’s Newsletter exclusive Road Trip Playlist is uniquely Jacob. This week's list is sporting the likes of Steely Dan, Toto, George Benson, Boz Skaggs, Yes, Bruce Hornsby and more.

    • 58 min
    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 10 feat. Jayvie Arellano – Part 2

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 10 feat. Jayvie Arellano – Part 2

    I hope you enjoyed part one of my conversation with Jayvie Arellano. I really enjoyed talking with Jayvie. Even though this is the first time we really engaged in a thoughtful and thorough conversation throughout this conversation I felt as if we had been friends for ages. This week, we dig deeper into background, his early political development and identity and this. year's election in the age of Trump and COVID-19.

    Last week Jayvie provided for a great and one of the post musically diverse Road Trip Playlists yet! This week will feature podcasts that he recommended.


    Jocko Podcast
    Andy Frisella
    Michael Knowles
    Andrew Clavan
    Bill Whittle
    Jordan Peterson

    As a quick reminder, The Political Nomad is on all of the major podcasting platforms and the links are in the right hand sidebar. Please feel free to listen there and give this episode 5 stars and leave some reviews.

    In the meantime, feel free to leave me comment on Facebook, on Twitter, or contact me here right on my site.

    Finally, you’ll want to sign up for the Nomad News, the official newsletter of The Political Nomad! I have really loved making these playlists. They're based off of the recommendations of my guests and the conversations we've had and are some of the most diverse playlists I've ever made. They really show off just how unique all of my guests are and how. entertaining these podcasts have been.

    • 58 min
    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 9 feat. Jayvie Arellano - Part 1

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 9 feat. Jayvie Arellano - Part 1

    Before I launched my first show, I was talking with a number of people who I wanted to have on the show as  well as getting their suggestions for potential guests. Out of those conversations came one of my previous guests, Corey Hall. One of the others was Jayvie Arellano. He was a big time suggestion.

    Now, I’m friends with Jayvie on Facebook and we used to hang around many of the same political convention and online social circles, but this episode was the first time that I got a chance to sit down and really talk with him and get to know him.

    Jayvie is originally from the Philippines and moved to the United States when he was 21. His early political leanings were shaped by the likes of The National Review, Rush Limbaugh and the Heritage Foundation. However, more recently, he’s taken a more pragmatic approach to politics after seeing the GOP squander its chances to achieve political success when they’ve controlled all or most branches of government. That doesn’t mean he’s switched parties or even left the GOP. There is so much more to Jayvie and this week he shares his story and so much more in part 1 of our conversation.

    As a quick reminder, The Political Nomad is on all of the major podcasting platforms.

    In the meantime, feel free to leave me comment on Facebook, on Twitter, or contact me directly on my site.

    Finally, you’ll want to sign up for the Nomad News, the official newsletter of The Political Nomad! This week’s Newsletter exclusive Road Trip Spotify playlist is probably the most diverse playlist I've put together yet. It fits really well with Jayvie's personality and features the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Great Northern, Alanis Morissette and cuts from musical scores like Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, Star Trek: Picard and The Sims 4! It’s a great playlist.

    • 57 min
    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 8 feat. Chris Spangle - Part 2

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 8 feat. Chris Spangle - Part 2

    I hope you enjoyed part one of my conversation with Chris Spangle last week. This week, we continue our conversation by talking about what role should politics play in our lives in the era of COVID-19, how the pandemic will play out in this year's election cycle and how one becomes a "meme-god". If you don't follow Chris Spangle or We Are Libertarians on the different social outlets you really should...if only for the memes alone.

    As Chris didn't have the typical "Road Trip Playlist" I'm passing along podcasts, comedians, and audio books that he mentioned that are good listens to round out one's views. I shared the initial list last week, so here is round two.


    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast
    The Reason Roundtable podcast
    No Agenda podcast podcast
    Mike Duncan's Fall of Rome podcast
    Mike O'Meara Show podcast
    Ben Shapiro podcast
    Glenn Beck
    Rush Limbaugh
    Andy Kaufman Youtube playlist

    Here's the article, referenced during the recording of this two part podcast regarding a recent poll, that shows most Hoosiers supporting Governor Eric Holcomb's efforts handling of COVID-19 in Indiana from Abdul Hakim-Shabazz and Indy Politics.

    In case you missed it, here is last week's list:


    Disturber of the Peace - The Life of H.L. Mencken by William Manchester
    American Dream - George Carlin (Not safe for work and it's a youtube clip)
    Dan Snow's History Hit podcast
    The Daily by the New York Times podcast
    The Joe Rogan Experience podcast

    As a quick reminder, The Political Nomad is on all of the major podcasting platforms.

    • 58 min
    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 7 feat. Chris Spangle - Part 1

    The Political Nomad with Josh Gillespie Episode 7 feat. Chris Spangle - Part 1

    I first met Chris Spangle as a young and excitable volunteer on a congressional campaign back in 2004. Chris was the President of the IUPUI College Republicans and someone who was able to round up some good volunteers for the Andy Horning for Congress campaign. To say that campaign was a little unconventional is being generous. We lost, but it was a lot closer than people expected.

    Fast forward a few years and Chris has had a rollercoaster career on the professional side as well as in politics. He has been radio show producer, an executive director for the Libertarian Party in Indiana and now, he runs the successful We Are Libertarians podcast with his own We Are Libertarians podcast network. He also produces other podcasts, such as The Pat Down with Comedian Ms. Pat - which he also co-hosts - and is the Digital Director for the nationally syndicated morning radio show, the Bob and Tom Show.

    Now, don't make the mistake of writing off this show. Chris isn't the stereotypical Libertarian. He refers to himself as a compassionate Libertarian. I've known Chris for a long time and all of this comes out in this week's episode.

    I'm taking a different approach to the playlist this week. I usually reserve these as newsletter exclusives. This week's playlist takes a bit of a turn however. It's not a typical one. Since this show happens to be a two-part episode I passing along some links to podcasts, comedic bits and audio books that he has recommended that provide, in his assessment, a well rounded, if not funny at times, view of the news and of the world:


    Disturber of the Peace - The Life of H.L. Mencken by William Manchester
    American Dream - George Carlin (Not safe for work and it's a youtube clip)
    Dan Snow's History Hit podcast
    The Daily by the New York Times podcast
    The Joe Rogan Experience podcast

    There will be more of Chris's suggestions in next week's newsletter. Trust me, what you see above is just the start.

    In the meantime, feel free to leave me comment on Facebook, on Twitter, or contact me on my site.

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