Writer, book lover, educator, performer, and creative renaissance man Michael Leali joins Josh to discuss The Moment He Knew he would be a writer and what it feels like to have his life reflected on the page in his first book THE CIVIL WAR OF AMOS ABERNATHY (HarperCollins 2022). With a Masters in Fine Arts focused exclusively on writing for young readers, Michael teaches English I, ACT/SAT Prep, and Creative Writing at his alma mater Oswego High School (Illinois), and gives our listeners a lesson in life, love, and the importance of being seen. Class is in session.
Kelly Lowman joins Josh in the studio to discuss The Moment She Knew she would take control over her weight and the issues that surrounded it. In a deeply inspiring and revealing conversation, Kelly shares how the path leading to bariatric surgery was paved in difficulty, and that it was the right decision for her; forever changing her life and the lives of those around her.
18-year-old Hannah Alcaro joins Josh on Episode 24 for a funny, heartwarming, and insightful conversation about The Moment She Knew she wanted to become a teacher. Hannah is the first guest to ask to be on TMYK, and Josh is glad she did. Get ready to smile and laugh a lot. Years from now, some lucky elementary students will be doing the same.
Under a new single-host format, Josh welcomes in a blast from the past in the form of Chris Gutierrez as he discusses his days on the road with Arma Angelus, a Chicago-based hardcore punk band. Seemingly never at a loss for words, Chris brings you into his world of scraping by, playing his heart out and discovering his starting point for bigger things ahead.
The end of a rough week finds Stapes in the studio with Josh chatting about family visits, daughters and their birthdays, and getting Mom high. Grab a glass of coffee and enjoy this brief episode whose length felt right for The Moment. After all, there's a lot to be said for brevity.
In Episode #21, Jon and Josh talk with Joe Bryant, founder, and owner of the groundbreaking fantasy football information website, Footballguys.com, co-founder of Bryant Boats, and founder and owner of Black Eyed Joe's BBQ. Joe discusses the formation and continued transformation of Footballguys.com, a site with over 500,000 subscribers. He also leans in about Texas and Tennessee barbeque and how he and a vast group of selfless volunteers help those in need at Knoxville's Lost Sheep Ministry, meeting people at their humanity while embodying the power and grace of giving back. Oh, and they sneak in a bit about The Avett Brothers for good measure. Enjoy!
Episode 20 of The Moment You Knew is a fascinating look into the life and teachings of singer/songwriter/guitarist, award-winning author, music coach, and founder of GBA Records, Phil Circle. Phil shares his deeply insightful stories of gratitude, his unique way of communicating through music, and his ongoing efforts to making the world a better place. A big thank you to TMYK subscriber Dan Kirsten for introducing us to Phil, his vocal teacher. We’re so grateful you sent Phil our way. With that, TMKY is happy to award Dan 1 million internet points for making a momentous connection. Congratulations, Dan!
Sometimes, you just need a break. Josh and Jon welcome in Jennifer Reinecke to The Moment You knew to talk about the time in her life where she needed to “pause to live” as she embarked on a solo journey across Europe to recharge her mind and spirit. We likely all want to do something like this, so enjoy hearing from someone who actually did.
Pop a wheelie or pop a cold one; either way, ride along with Josh and Jon as they welcome Robb Zbierski in to talk about The Moment He Knew he would start his amazing side hustle, Beers For Gears. Beers For Gears is a home-based bicycle repair shop where you can make part of your payment to the master bike tech with your favorite adult beverage. Climb aboard, clip in and gear up for an intoxicating episode of The Moment You Knew.