Bridget Phetasy admires grit and authenticity. On Walk-Ins Welcome, she talks about the beautiful failures and frightening successes of her own life and the lives of her guests. She doesn’t conduct interviews—she has conversations. Conversations with real people about the real struggle and will remind you that we can laugh in pain and cry in joy but there’s no greater mistake than hiding from it all. By embracing it all, and celebrating it with the stories she’ll bring listeners, she believes that our lowest moments can be the building blocks for our eventual fulfillment.
E139. Jordan Harbinger Shares The Thing That Sets Truly Successful People Apart
Jordan Harbinger, host of The Jordan Harbinger Show podcast, talks about being one of the first people in the podcasting space way back in 2006. He shares how he went from a law firm intern, to a networking coach/body language expert, to a dating guru, which led to accidentally starting a company. He and Bridget discuss the art of interviewing, their relationship with their listeners, the desire to build something big and impact people, where he turns when he's struggling, the good and bad of working for yourself, and why you should always keep moving forward and maintain your momentum no matter what kind of drama people try to pull you into. They also cover faith & spirituality, why you should always work with people whose strenghts complement your weaknesses, the importance of long form podcasts for getting to the truth beneath the sound bites, and why podcasts will save the world.
E138. Antonio García Martínez Thinks We Should All Just Express Fewer Opinions
Antonio García Martínez, author of Chaos Monkeys, stops in to talk about the ever-evolving role of social media and technology in our lives. He and Bridget discuss how everyone in media is basically a lunatic, the dangers of kids knowing tech better than their parents, the days when the internet wasn't an all-consuming thing, the effect Sex/Life has had on marriages, tech billionaires and San Francisco school board recalls, the art of sitting down and reading a book, what TikTok is doing to kids, oral culture vs visual culture, and why Bridget hated Clubhouse. They also cover being addicted to fear, your brain on tribalism, the real life impact that Twitter has on the culture, Bridget's latest moment of shame, and they nerd out together over their love of the book Mediated. Keep up with Antonio on his substack.
E137. The "La Ropa" Creators Know More Than You Think They Do
Jimbo Williams and Aristotle Sanchez are the founders and creators of La Ropa, one of the most popular streetwear brands in the US. They sit down with Bridget to tell their story, from an art collective in Toronto, to couch surfing in New York, to the Great American Road Trip that brought them to LA. They describe operating a business while they were homeless, their lack of a Plan B, their endless ambition, and the their vision for the future of the company. They cover what older people get wrong about their generation, their desire to stay independent, how they learned to prioritize, the art of the hustle, Ralph Lauren, American stereotypes, the value of taking martial arts as children, breaking the 4th wall of fashion, and why La Ropa is always going to be an illustration of their lives.
E136. John McWhorter Wants Us To Get Brave
John McWhorter, author of Nine Nasty Words: English In The Gutter - Then, Now and Forever , sits down for a fascinating and fun conversation with Bridget. They discuss the appeal of swear words, the evolution of language, the rise of "like" and "literally," the arc of curse words from blasphemy, to the body, to slurs, and evaluate Critical Race Theory from both sides of the argument. They examine the difference between teaching people to think and telling them what to think, how the term "racist" is now being used as a bludgeon to enforce a kind of ideological lockstep, why the victimization mindset has become so popular, share their stories of their first curse words, and discuss why you can't get what you want by calling people white supremacists on Twitter. Check out John's writing at johnmcwhorter.substack.com.
E135. Carol Roth Explains The Historic Consolidation of Wealth and Power During Covid
Carol Roth is a leading business advisor, 'recovering' investment banker, and author of bestselling book The Entrepreneur Equation. She stops by to discuss her latest book, The War on Small Business: How the Government Used the Pandemic to Crush the Backbone of America . She and Bridget cover the effect of the pandemic on small businesses and what that means for our economy, what happens when you have such a consolidation of power, the nationalization of school debt, our economic relationship with China, inequality by government mandate, how the regulation on businesses is killing savers and retirees, when people are punished for being poor, and why the only people who have ever gotten rich off the government dole are politicians. Carol explains why good intentions don't always lead to good outcomes, why the legal system might be our saving grace, the interconnectedness within our systems, and that if you want to continue enjoying your freedoms, then it's your responsibility to protect them.
E134. Justin Amash Says There Are Basically 3 People Running Our Federal Government
Former US Congressman, Justin Amash, gives us an inside look on the inner workings of Congress and the fact that people in Washington aren't actively trying to harm people, it's just that they mostly don't care. He and Bridget discuss the difficulty of having a free society when everyone's angry and hostile with each other, why the use of the word "defend" is problematic, the importance of focusing on process in government, why fixing the process is only going to happen from external pressure because all internal attempts to effect change have failed or fallen apart, why most politicians have no interest in upending the system so they just follow the leader, and why the Speaker of the House basically operates like a dictator. They cover term limits, decentralization, Libertarianism, how each side of the aisle has used their power in a dictatorial fashion, how media outlets continue to fail us, the credibility crisis in America, the insanity of spending bill votes, why government functionality depends on independent media, and why Washington is basically Hollywood for ugly people.
A boomer who enjoys your podcast…
This podcast is well done, great guests, nice teasing out and perspectives on current issues.
With that said, I’m asking all my favorite podcasters to please remind their guests that talking a million miles per hour is not enjoyable for listening, or perhaps suggest that all rapid fire speaking guests look into employment as auctioneers.
We love you on Rogan and Walk ins welcome
is a breath of fresh air. I’m a Minnesotan who’s
been to Felio’s and has partied on Lake
Minnetonka. Minnesota misses you and
LA don’t deserve you. Come back !!
The Leader of the Center
Bridgett is truly the leader of the politically homeless, and she’s killing it!