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Welcome to January 18th, 2022 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate silly old bears and ZIP codes that float. 
Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey loving bear, Winnie the Pooh to life in his 1926 book series. The stories were inspired by a black bear named Winnie who lived at the London Zoo. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her. That’s right, the original Winnie was a female. These tender stories featured friendship and characters that resonated with folks all over the world. And because they were written in the time between two world wars, their innocence became a prized touchstone. Today the books have been translated into more than 50 languages! On National Winnie the Pooh Day we celebrate Milne’s birthday and his classic legacy of gentle adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods.
There are 41,692 ZIP Codes in the United States. But 48222 is one-of-a-kind. This is the only floating ZIP Code. It belongs to the J.W. Westcott II, a mail ship based out of Detroit. Founded in 1874 by John Ward Westcott, this company delivers mail to ships as they pass Detroit. The crews of freighters radio the Westcott Company, which then checks for mail and then sails out to deliver the mail. Westcott operates 24/7, 365 except when the Great Lakes freeze over. On National Michigan Day, we celebrate the Great Lake State. And if you don’t like it, talk to the hand.
I’m Anna Devere and I’m John McClain. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! 
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A White guy, a Black guy, and a Brown guy walk in to do a podcast…(insert punchline here). The Outcast Podcast,

On todays episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas we have an in depth and dirty conversation from the king of dirt Mike Rowe! Mike speaks upon his new hit Christmas song’Santa’s Got a Dirty Job’  which is currently topping the charts and what’s even better about the song is that all the money made from the tune is being donated to charity. 

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Mike describes how he began his music career as young man with a stutter and how he moved on from singing to use his vocal talents to narrate nature documentaries. Mr. Rowe also talks about the upcoming final season of ‘Dirty Jobs’  and what originally inspired the show and how tough it has been physically on him through the years. He also illustrates the dirtiest jobs out there and how they’ve been etched in his mind for the rest of time. 

Mike who’s an advocate for trade schools gives his take on the importance of the youth weighing out the worth of going to a trade school versus a traditional college. Additionally, he gives us insider tips on how to deal with the political extremists in our families on todays episode of Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas click play and listen to it all.  

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Former star of M.A.S.H. and now podcaster Alan Alda stars in todays episode of Backstage with Gentry Thomas. Alan talks about his new podcast Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda and his recent guest who’s an actor and an author Max Brooks. Alan and Gentry also talk about how todays warfare is fought over cyberspace and how much has changed since the former Golden Globe winners days at M.A.S.H. 

The six time Emmy Award winner talks about going to college in the Bronx at Fordham University and how he had his own radio show and describes how his time in radio prepared him for starting his own podcast. He also debunks and confirms several of the rumors following him through his career on todays episode, press play and find the answers.

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Nowadays you can find former Head Coach Bill Snyder trying to keep up with his ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The legendary college football Hall of Famer joined Gentry to discuss his new book called My Football Life and The Rest of The Story. When Coach Snyder took over at Kansas State, not one of the kids on the team had ever won a college football game. What makes this story so special is the perseverance of the team along with Snyder’s dedication to the program taking a team with no hope and no wins to just one win in his first season. Which in everyone’s mind was a huge victory. After that season the Wildcats went on to win 4 games, then the following year it was 5, then 7, then 9, then 10, Wow! Then 11. Coach stated “this was the basis of our program, it wasn’t about anything other than us becoming a little bit better every single day.” The life lesson’s of persistence and patience is something that he talks about in his new book.

At 82 years young Coach Snyder reflects about his upbringing and credits his single mother for setting the standard for his life. In his new book he talks about his family and the one thing that really still bothers him which was the 1998 Big 12 Championship Game in which his Wildcats lost a triple overtime thriller on a last second play losing to Texas A&M.  

Coach Snyder commented on the departure of Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to LSU before the Irish play in the Fiesta Bowl this year vs Oklahoma State. During his coaching career Coach Bill Snyder always stayed true to his morals, that if a team wanted to talk about hiring him for a coaching position they would have to wait until the end of the season. “Leaving my team before a bowl game is not something I would entertain.” coach told us. He really tells a fascinating story in his new book and on the podcast Backstage Stage with Gentry Thomas. Listen to the entire interview and subscribe to our podcasts. 

 

 

 

     

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Actor and four-time NAACP winner Wesley Snipes has been making a bit of a comeback as of recent. The star appears in the new Netflix limited series True Story where he plays the role of Carlton, the burdensome and seemingly jealous older brother to the show’s lead character, the Kid, played by Kevin Hart. Snipes brings the same level of intensity and awe aspiring energy to the TV screen as he’s done in several timeless films including his seminal role in the Blade trilogy, New Jack City (1991), and Demolition Man (1993), but it felt as though Snipes had disappeared over the last decade. 

Well, he did disappear. Snipes spent 28-months locked away in a federal prison facility in northern Pennsylvania after being convicted of tax evasion. The star was intertwined in a lengthy legal battle over unpaid taxes for years following the court’s decision to fine him up to $5 million for the outstanding fees.

True Story Netflix Series 

Now the 59 year-old actor is back with a 7 part series on Netflix Now Streaming. On this episode of The Backstage Pass, Snipes talks about his famous role as Sidney Deane in the (1992) classic White Men Can’t Jump and tells Gentry what is was like working with guys like Sly Stallone, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy. 

Snipes has been quoted as saying that “Hollywood is still run by white people for white people. I don’t expect a white guy to go out and write the experience of a black guy growing up in the Bronx the way I grew up. How is he going to know that?” And that’s why he says black artists should follow the example of film-makers in, for example, South Korea or Nigeria. “The South Koreans are not sitting there complaining about not being included in Hollywood. They went and built their own.” He did tell us that we have come along way since he first got to Hollywood in the late 80s. Listen to this and previous episodes of The Backstage Pass on The Podcast Playground. 

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His Mother called him Douglas, the hip-hop world calls him “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” most know him as Doug E Fresh. The Human Beatbox joins Gentry Thomas on this episode of The Backstage Pass to talk about his new album and wanting to spread good vibes and energy. Fresh grew up in Harlem, N.Y. and says the best thing he did was get the permission to use the Inspector Gadget theme for his hit song The Show with Slick Rick. On the podcast he tells us how he got connected with Prince through Sinbad and what made the The Artist so special. He also gives us a preview of his new album This One’s for Chuck Brown paying homage to The Godfather of Go-Go music. The 55-year old told us that he was introduced to Go-Go music in DC. Listen to this episode and all the episodes of The Backstage Pass now available wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Dennis Quaid joined us on the Backstage Pass with Gentry Thomas to talk about his up coming music tour this Fall. Everyone has at least seen one of Dennis’ movies right? Breaking Away (1979), The Right Stuff (1983),  The Big Easy (1986), Innerspace (1987), Great Balls of Fire! (1989), Dragonheart (1996), The Parent Trap (1998), Frequency (2000), Traffic (2000), The Rookie (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Vantage Point (2008), Footloose (2011), Soul Surfer (2011). 

These days the 67 year old Quaid just wants to play his music and share his story with people. He told us on the podcast that he and his new wife Laura Savoie just recently moved to Nashville to be in Music City, so that he can be even closer to the action of song making. For a full list of tour dates and to buy tickets click this link https://www.dennisquaidishere.com/ . Dennis will make stops in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. 

In this interview Dennis talks about his relationship with Meg Ryan and opens up about how he still feels about her 20 years after their divorce. On February 14, 1991, Quaid married actress Meg Ryan. Quaid and Ryan met during the shooting of their second film together, D.O.A