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EarBurner Podcast: Miguel Solis Wants to Be the Mayor of Dallas

| 23 hours ago

By now you should know the drill. We are doing a podcast with each of the nine mayoral candidates — except Eric Johnson. Today we bring you Miguel Solis. Which street in Dallas would he rename for Dirk? Is he too young to be the mayor? These and other questions are answered in this podcast. Use the player below, or subscribe via the Apple podcast app or Spotify. You’re welcome.

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EarBurner Podcast: Mike Ablon Wants to Be the Mayor of Dallas

| 2 days ago

There was a snafu with Mike Ablon. On the day of this recording, we were supposed to interview two people: Albert Black and Miguel Solis. But up shows Ablon right as we were finishing with Black. Did that stump me and Mark Goodman (Matt’s new name, which was given to him by Black)? Heck no. With about 15 seconds of prep, we dove into the interview. First question: what’s the worst thing Ablon has ever done on vacation? All that and more answered in this episode, which you can listen to with the player below or subscribe to via the Apple podcast app or Spotify.

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EarBurner Podcast: Albert Black Wants to Be the Mayor of Dallas

| 4 days ago

The Dallas mayoral election is May 4. We are interviewing the candidates to help you decide who is best qualified to have the No. 1 seat at City Council. Today we bring you Albert Black. It was quite a conversation. The highlight, for me, was hearing him explain why he is so upset with Eric Johnson (the one candidate, by the way, who has declined an invitation to join us on the podcast). Black says Johnson has started a “civil war.” Listen with the player below — the Johnson stuff begins at about 34:50 — or subscribe with the Apple podcast app or Spotify. After the jump, I’ve transcribed a bit of what Black said about Johnson.

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EarBurner Podcast: Regina Montoya Wants to Be the Mayor of Dallas

| 7 days ago

Does Regina Montoya think that her endorsement from Hillary Clinton will hurt her chances in the Republican strongholds of North Dallas and Lake Highlands? What is her greatest athletic achievement? Answers to these questions and more await your ears. Of particular interest, I believe, was Montonya’s stance on tearing down I-345. I’d say she’s the most skeptical of all the candidates we’ve interviewed. You’ll find her answer at the 21:46 mark. Use the player below or subscribe with Spotify or the Apple podcast app. Get to it:

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EarBurner Podcast: Scott Griggs Wants to Be Mayor of Dallas

| 1 week ago

We are interviewing all the serious mayoral candidates except Eric Johnson, who is apparently very busy. Today we bring you Scott Griggs. Has he ever punched someone? Is he still friends with Angela Hunt after that Methodist thing? If elected mayor, how would he deal with the busted Margaret McDermott Bridge? Listen and you shall find the answers to these questions and several others. Use the player below, or subscribe through the Apple podcast app or Spotify.

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New EarBurner Podcast: Jason Villalba Wants to Be the Mayor of Dallas

| 2 weeks ago

Between now and May 4, election day, EarBurner will produce a podcast with each of the nine mayoral candidates. For this series, which we’re calling “10 Questions for 2019,” we’ve changed our format a bit. The candidate cuts a deck of cards to determine the length of his or her opening statement — which will be immediately cut off if the candidate stammers, stutters, or says “um,” “like,” “Metroplex,” or “community.” After that statement, the candidate fields 10 questions, some silly, some serious. First up is Jason Villalba. As always, you can use your favorite podcatcher (Apple, Spotify, whatever), or you can listen with the player below. Eight stars!

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New EarBurner: Author Ron Rapoport Talks Ernie Banks, Dallas’ Forgotten Son

| 3 weeks ago

The first game of the final season in Globe Life Park didn’t go so well for your Texas Rangers. But the excitement of the season was palpable, however unlikely success is for Arlington’s finest. Opening Day coincided with a fairly grueling schedule for author Ron Rapoport, a Detroit and Chicago sportswriter who’s since decamped to Los Angeles. At least, for him, the Cubs got the win.

He was in town to promote Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, The Life of Ernie Banks. The Amazon link is right here. You probably now know that Chicago legend Ernie Banks was born in Dallas. But until last year, the city had not honored one of its most famous native sons. Now a bronze statue of Banks stands outside Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in the same area where Banks once played football.

Rapoport spent a lot of time in Dallas for his book, and the city occupies four whole chapters. “I believe you can’t understand Ernie … if you don’t understand where he came from, and much of that was in Dallas,” Rapoport told us.

Rapoport on the podcast told us a lot about Ernie Banks. But he also told us about Dallas, about how the Arts District was a stretch of shotgun homes, about how Booker T. was one of two black high schools at the time. Ernie, in fact, lived where the Wylie Theatre stands now, in a neighborhood that had no outdoor plumbing. So read this excerpt of Rapoport’s book, read about Ernie’s statue, and then listen to this podcast to learn a little bit more about your city. It’s after the jump.

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New EarBurner: Boxer Errol Spence Jr. on the Eve of His Biggest Fight

| 1 month ago

Errol Spence Jr. travels with a group of 12. Or, at least, he did on Tuesday when he showed up at the Old Monk to record the latest episode of our EarBurner podcast. At 4 p.m., he more than doubled the number of people inside.

Spence is an undefeated boxer who earned the International Boxing Federation’s welterweight title in 2017. He’s from DeSoto, which makes this weekend all the more important. He’s got his first pay-per-view fight on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, in front of more than 50,000 fans and at least a few million who will watch on TV. He’s fighting Oxnard, California’s Mikey Garcia, who is jumping a weight class to battle Spence for the title.

I wrote about what our hometown champ is facing earlier this week, which went along with a video that staff photographer Elizabeth Lavin produced. Please give it a read and a watch. And I’ll leave you now with show notes after the jump. Learn all about what his first knockout felt like, why he switched from football to boxing, and why he stayed in Dallas after he made it big. Go, Errol. Win it for Dallas. (Oh, and as always, you can subscribe to EarBurner through the Apple podcast app, Spotify, or your favorite pod catcher.)

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Lillian Salerno Has Turned Her Political Loss Into a Podcast Mission

| 2 months ago

The last time I chatted with Lillian Salerno, it was over drinks on the patio at José on Lovers Lane, back when I still had a podcast and she was still in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 32nd Congressional District. She lost to Colin Allred in the runoff, but she hasn’t spent much time licking her wounds. The former Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development under Obama is still in Dallas, now with a podcast of her own: Pod Bless Texas. I chatted with her on the phone earlier this week while she was in Washington, D.C., about her campaign regrets, her pod goals, and who’s going to play her cursing self in the new Netflix movie based on Michael Lewis’ latest book.

Lillian Salerno: I had so much fun on BraBurner. I didn’t have fun losing my election, that was not fun.

Kathy Wise: Tell me a little bit about Pod Bless Texas, your new podcast with Kendall Scudder. Who all have you had on and how’s it going?

Lillian: I’ve listened to podcasts, but I’m a woman over 50. And the demographic for podcasts, according to the podcast people, are people under 40. The millennial that I had run [for Texas Senate District 2 over GOP incumbent Bob Hall] during the same cycle, so 2018, his name is Kendall Scudder. He’s 29 years old. I had known him when I worked on Bill White’s campaign when he ran for governor in 2010. Kendall and I were together on election night and were really shocked, quite frankly, at what the turnout actually was in Texas and the Beto effect. We were like man, what can we do to keep this stuff going?

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EarBurner’s 100th Podcast: Mark Cuban at the Old Monk

| 2 months ago

Tim and Zac spent, oh, I don’t know, two days tossing around ideas about a guest for the podcast’s 100th episode. Tim fired off an email to Mark Cuban early on. They went back and forth. We thought about asking Wick on, but Pastor George Mason beat us to it. And then Mark emailed back, agreeing to sit down before the All Star break. We were hoping he’d agree to allow us to fly to Charlotte on his jet with Dirk and Luka for the All Star Game; it is 100, after all. Instead we settled on the Old Monk. Then last week, in he walked—no security, no assistants, no Dirk, just Mark Cuban in jeans and sneakers and a long-sleeved shirt. He drank club soda with lime. Tim had six beers.

I’ll spare you the traditional biographical details. You know who Mark Cuban is. He bought the Mavericks in 2000 after selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo. He’s a star on Shark Tank. (We didn’t talk about the show at all, but we have written about it.) And we thank him for sitting down with the Best Little Podcast in Dallas, which has somehow recorded 100 episodes. You can listen to them all right here. And yes, this gets settled. You’ll just have to listen.

Show notes after the jump.

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New EarBurner Podcast: Odessa Jenkins Wants You To Take Women’s Tackle Football Seriously

| 2 months ago

You may ask why it’s necessary to add a gender qualifier to tackle football. This is football, after all, same as you know it, only played by women. Pose this question to retired running back Odessa Jenkins—who for years jab-stepped, weaved, sprang, leaped, and spun until she hit the end zone—and she’ll say, no, it’s absolutely necessary. Marginalized people need qualifiers when they’re entering new territory, she says. “So we say those things until they’re not necessary.”

Jenkins is the chief operating officer of the Women’s National Football Conference and the head coach of the Texas Elite Spartans, Dallas’ team. There are 16 total teams in the league—Dallas and Houston represent Texas—and the goal is to turn it into the first-ever women’s league in which the women actually get paid. They’re selling sponsorships to brands like Adidas, a stark difference from women’s leagues in the past that required the players to fork over somewhere north of $1,000 a year just to play a season. When their season kicks off in April, they’ll play at Prestonwood Baptist.

These women are good. Jenkins especially, when she was playing. They’re not in lingerie, and they want you to take them seriously. Show notes after the jump.

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