This is a show where two guys, Craig Scharton, former Fresno City Council member and longtime advocate for Fresno and Paul Swearengin, longtime Fresno Broadcaster and lover of Fresno, talk about the issues, possibilities and people of Fresno. How can we discuss hard issues from both sides and do so in a civil manner so we can come to reasonable conclusions together. If you are looking for angry, partisan advocacy, this is not the podcast for you. But if you want to hear what real transformational thinking in a City looks like - then don’t miss an episode.
Conscious Life Conscious Death
Paul and Craig talk about Craig's newest project: his book Conscious Life Conscious Death!
Transcript Transcribed by AI (not 100% accurate)
[00:00:00] This is the two guys talking Fresno podcast, the podcast with two guys talking about Fresno. Your hosts are Craig sharp, a lifelong Fresno who loves his community, even though it drives him bonkers and Paul gin, a transplant Freston, who's lived in Fresno for more years than he has it. And he wouldn't live anywhere else.
It's time for two guys to talk Fresno. Here's Craig and Paul on the two guys talking Fresno podcast.
Paul: Here we are long time. No, see Craig. I know,
Craig: but I'm wearing the same shirt today. One of those pictures, I only have two shirts. So I guess the odds are that I'd be wearing the same shirt
Paul: I do too. I'm wearing my Fresno Grizzlies
Like this is an old school, Fresno baseball. T-shirt from way back when, and it's perfectly comfortable. Oh, it's the perfect, [00:01:00] t-shirt perfectly
Craig: new crying. You cry when you first feel that first hole or see that the seams are starting to go.
Paul: Yeah, I've got a couple that I still have the hole in, but I'm still keeping them anyway because it just feels so nice to wear.
So, but then with two guys talking Fresno, I can act like this is theme oriented rather than comfort, so right. Have
Craig: you planned
Paul: it ahead? Yes, exactly. So we haven't done a lot of podcasts lately, but here we are back and we're going to jump back into it.
Craig: That's good. Yeah, we both needed a little break last year was, uh, not only COVID but politics and all that stuff.
And I think we were just worn out.
Paul: Yeah, I think, I think we needed that debrief time. Everybody needed that. And then it kind of ran its course. And I, I think we got through the election and that guy wasn't reelected and we all kind of yeah,
Craig: yeah. [00:02:00] Until January.
Paul: Yeah. It's not to say there wasn't craziness in the midst there, but, uh, and still is, but the good news is we're going to get back to talking a little bit more about Fresno.
We had to talk COVID we had to talk politics and now we can talk forever.
Craig: Yeah, well, we had to some of our, uh, great, uh, listeners or Watchers, you know, commenting saying more Fresno stuff, more Fresno stuff. So that was a good reminder for us. And we do listen to your comments or read your comments and, and take that to heart.
And that's what we started for. So you just brought us back to where we meant. Yeah.
Paul: And if people have ideas, post them on our Facebook page or send us an email through the website to guys fresno.com and let us know what you'd like for us to talk about, because we are getting back to being two guys talking about Fresno.
And today, Craig, I'm really excited because we're going to talk [00:03:00] to a great Fresno author. He's fairly new to the, uh, the, the title of author, but it's been coming for quite a while, but he's very well known by presidents,
Craig: right? Well, we will see you're turning the tables on me.
Paul: I wrote my book. I got to be a guest on the show and today our very, very special guest is author Craig Sharpton.
Welcome to the show, Craig.
Craig: Thanks Paul. It's a, it's an interesting process. That's for sure.
Paul: Go ahead.
Craig: Well, I always, you know, I, every time someone becomes an author, I always say there's, you know, 98% of the people are working on a book and there's a few that, that actually get it to be a product. And I always admired that people.
So, uh, but I've got to say, it's, it's a weird feeling. When you say you're one of them, you see your baby in [00:04:00] print. It's very strange. Isn't it? It
Paul: sure is. And the book is called conscious life conscious death.
Fresno’s Second Oldest Business is One of the Most Innovative
Matt Nicoletti, Business Development Director for Fresno's Penny Newman.
Transcript: Translated by Artificial Intelligence
Two Guys Regenerative Farming
Craig Scharton: [00:00:00] Matt Nicoletti is in charge of business development for penny Newman, which we established, we think is the second oldest business in Fresno. Uh, Fresno ag has you beat by two years. Pretty close
Matt Nicoletti: though. You, you,
Craig Scharton: you still
Matt Nicoletti: look pretty young.
Paul Swearengin: So how, how old, how old is his number? Is the number two oldest company in the history of France.
Matt Nicoletti: I'd have to do
Craig Scharton: subtraction, but it's 1878.
Matt Nicoletti: So let's see. So is that one 42, one? Uh, yeah, 142 years. All right. And your,
Craig Scharton: your younger brain cells worked very
Matt Nicoletti: well. Yeah. Um, well it's, uh, yeah, um, phone number. I should be tracking readily able to answer. Um, but, uh, yeah, no we're, um, penny Newman, um, uh, uh, like we said, was founded in 1878 and it was an agricultural dry goods store.
It wasn't all too different from Fresno [00:01:00] ag in that respect back in the day. Um, but evolved into a commodity trading business, marketing of grain. Um, uh, marketing of planting seed, um, and then it evolved into a feed business. As the livestock sector really exploded in California and the production of grain and feed type of ingredients really declined significantly in California.
So that industry became more heavily reliant upon industry structure, um, that was owned and operated by companies like penny Newman. That could bring in large quantities of grain and feed type of ingredients from out of state where, which are the largest production, larger production sheds of those types of agricultural goods.
It's kind of inverse of what you would think of California, because we're such a net producer, net exporter of agricultural goods. Um, but these types of commodities that make up penny Newman's core competencies were very much a net deficit state.
Craig Scharton: And yeah, he had to keep buying bigger and bigger quantities, which is kind of an unimaginable volume.
I just can't even picture it [00:02:00] when we were talking about it the other night. Um, but we are a huge producer of dairy products. And so you've got to get the grain into them. Right.
Matt Nicoletti: Indeed. Yeah. And we they've th the, the California produce stuff that the dairy sector consumes here. It's mostly byproducts almond, wholes, obviously being a really popular one.
We just harvested our largest almond crop ever, you know, 3 billion pounds, um, byproducts from the food processing. You know, we've got a lot of grapes and the great pumice from the winery sector, the, um, bakery waste, the mill feed bride products from all the flour milling that we have in the state. Those are.
Those are very much, you know, staples in the dairy ration, but the, the most th the, the most high value, um, commodities in the dairy ration are for the most part coming in from either out of state or even overseas.
Craig Scharton: Yeah. And what, and what we wanted to kind of jump to was I was really excited to hear
Matt Nicoletti: about,
Craig Scharton: uh, your, uh, interests in, [00:03:00] um, In regenerative ag.
So we kind of nerd it out about that, uh, through our mutual friend and, uh, your employee fan Telus, and I, um, Uh, had a beer in my backyard a week or two ago. And, uh, we just, we really went pretty, pretty far off the nerd cliff, uh,
Matt Nicoletti: for most people,
Longing to Belong: A Conversation About a Book and a Calling
Shawna Marie Bryant. Fresno Author.
Propositions Anyone? Can We Disagree and Still Discuss?
Paul and Craig talk with Guillermo Moreno and Stacy Williams who represent opposite sides of the political spectrum and have a reasonable, non-combative discussion about the propositions on California's ballot.
Climate Change and Christians: Science? or Heresy?
Paul and Craig talk with Former pastor Tom Cotter and current minister Tyron Carter, two Christians who are committed to fighting climate change and stewarding well the planet.
Paul and Craig Debrief about the President’s Sanity and the Danger of At Home Schooling
Listen to Paul and Craig Debrief from July 27.
I wish I could sit down with them and enter into their conversations, but I will settle for listening! Such good stuff! Keep it up guys
Fresno needs a good podcast, but not another liberal agenda with no originality. This is a lot of opinion with no real substance. I read the one guy used to be a pastor but you can’t tell at all. Was kind of hoping to hear a Christian perspective on the endless problems Fresno has.
Paul and Craig definitely have the pulse of the city. 👍🏾