Season 2.1 Episode 8: Getting the Band Back Together

Season 2.1 Getting the Band Back Together


We’re on a mission from God

So we've gotten the band back together after a three-month break.  Cody largely takes the blame for the longer than expected break. Justin and Craig are fine with that. But the point is, the band is back together - and we're on a "mission from God". Really!

Our new format will be more timely. Even ahead of time - we recorded our New Year's episode before Christmas.  Also, we're going to spend less time editing by recording in a single take.

Overwhelmed with the time planning, recording, and editing takes, we fell behind our podcasting schedule.  Our new format for publishing our podcasts will work better with our mixed-up schedules and outstandingly complicated lives.

What Didn’t Survive 2016 and What Might Return

Dead celebrities and the death of truth.  We’ve made it through a post-truth and post-Bowie world, 2016 is gone and time to get ready for 2017.  Hoping 2017 is better.  We make Super Bowl predictions during the Two Minute Warning, which goes way beyond two minutes, which as a disclaimer, Craig could not foresee the season ending injury for Derek Carr.


Interview: Pitchers and Catchers Report

Craig has a conversation with college baseball player, Tyler Winkler, pitcher at Big Bend Junior College, in Moses Lake, Washington.  While not everyone is thinking about baseball today, our interview guest, Tyler Winkler likely is. Tyler and Craig recorded this conversation in early October of 2016, in which Tyler predicted the Cubs would make to the World Series; and he was right! Tyler and Craig talk about their decade-long friendship, the challenges of being a student-athlete, and what the future looks like for Tyler and other JUCO athletes. 

Music in this Episode

Cody thought it was appropriate to go with a selection off of both Leonard Cohen's and David Bowie's last albums, respectively. Cody writes, "Weird how they both had releases for 2016, planned and everything.  And Bowie had a song called "Lazarus" on his, and Cohen had a song where he says, in Jewish, 'Here I am' and then right after that, in English, 'I'm ready, my lord.'"

Leonard Cohen, the title track from Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker, released October 21, 2016 only days before his death on November 7, 2016.  On Itunes at

Dropkick Murphys, "Blood", on 11 Stories of Pain & Glory, On Itunes at .  The Dropkick Murhpys one was really appropriate for our "getting the band back together," because the section of their new song has the lyrics: "We're coming for you/We'll kick down the door/Be careful what you ask for/Cause you may get more/Gonna keep it loud/We don't turn down/We're coming back/We're taking over this town".  That's a lot to live up to.

David Bowie, "Lazarus" from David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death on January 10, 2016. On Itunes at


Library Time:

Beginning a new feature, if we read enough books, will be our take on reading resources worth your time.  In this episode, Library Time goes to the kitchen with Willard Roth and his book, Mennonite Men Can Cook, Too: Celebrating Hospitality with 170 Delicious Recipes