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New EarBurner: Cora Jakes Coleman Is a Ferocious Warrior

| 3 months ago

Cora Jakes Coleman’s time with us at the Old Monk was her fifth interview of the day. You wouldn’t have guessed it. She was far more animated than anyone else in the bar, gleefully sharing stories of growing up in the Potter’s House, the megachurch run by her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes. She also spoke of car crashes, infertility, adoption, gladiator flicks, and how no family is safe from the stressors and challenges of the world—not even her own. There is a lot stuffed into half an hour.

Jakes Coleman has just published her second book, Ferocious Warrior: Dismantle Your Enemy and Rise. (Spoiler: the sword on the cover is not real.) It goes into far more detail about the above than the podcast, but this will give you an idea of her voice. You won’t soon forget it. Show notes after the jump.

 

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New EarBurner: Bobby Abtahi Quits the Park Board, Talks About It

| 3 months ago

Last week, Bobby Abtahi walked into Mayor Eric Johnson’s office a little after 4 p.m. and tendered his resignation as the president of the Park and Recreation Board. It was something of a surprise; Abtahi was one of many public officials who backed Johnson against former Councilman Scott Griggs in the mayor’s race.

He said it was the right time to exit the stage, especially after seeing his friend Mike Rawlings relax after eight years as mayor. And so after two and a half years heading the Park Board—and $262 million in public funding for new parks, upgraded recreation centers, programming to keep kids off the streets, a privatization deal for Fair park, and a parkland dedication fund—the 37-year-old decided he wanted to spend more time with his family and in his day job as an attorney.

Robert Wilonsky broke that news in The Dallas Morning News last week. We invited Abtahi to come on the podcast and reflect on his tenure (and, yes, embarrass himself guessing quotes from Parks and Rec characters). Programming note: There are show notes after the jump, but I’ve also transcribed the interview and pulled out some interesting portions. Let me know what you think of that.

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New EarBurner: Eric Celeste Tells You Who Will Be the Next Mayor of Dallas

| 4 months ago

There is a runoff election on Saturday.

We’ve written plenty on this in the last few months, and with Election Day now, oh, 40something hours away, it’s time to dive into some highly scientific predictions. To do so, we wrangled our own local political Nostradamus, Eric Celeste (our former city columnist), to the Old Monk to share how he pretty much nailed the general election, when nine candidates were in the running for mayor.

We talk about David Blewett’s challenge to Philip Kingston and whether the former’s impressive general election results (47 percent! So close!) will stick. Will Tiffinni Young return to the horseshoe to represent Fair Park and South Dallas? How will the race between Erin Moore and Paula Blackmon shake out over in District 9, which is down a council member after Mark Clayton decided not to have another go? Will Carolyn King Arnold continue her reign over District 4, a seat she won after it was vacated by the felon Dwaine Caraway? We talk about early voting turnout a bit, which you can read about in more detail right here. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the return of Zac Crain, who found a microphone in his hand for the first time in three months. He brought his son to bear witness. It was fun to be in that spot while it lasted, even if we were never able to get state representative and mayoral hopeful Eric Johnson across from us. At least Mayor Mike Rawlings showed up.

Please go vote. The city’s future depends on you. You don’t want to let your city down, do you?

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EarBurner Podcast: Mayor Mike Rawlings Fields the Hardest Questions of His Life

| 5 months ago

Yesterday the mayor joined us at the Old Monk for a wide-ranging discussion that included but was not limited to the following topics: which Dallas journalist has been the easiest on him, why he thinks Philip Kingston is in a runoff, how Trinity Forest Golf Club helps southern Dallas, and why the slogan for Willie’s Grill and Icehouse is so boring. Oh, also, we talked about this image that his son, Gunnar, put on Instagram. Get over to Spotify or the Apple podcast app if you want to subscribe and never miss an episode of EarBurner. Or just be lazy and use the player below.

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

| 6 months 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

| 6 months 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

| 6 months 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

| 6 months 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

| 6 months 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

| 6 months 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

| 7 months 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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