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Idiotville

The Idiotville Crew is Brent N Liberty, Jake News, Steve Castle, Dill Spears (and very occasionally Ted Brogan & Mrs Spears) Welcome to Idiotville - Erie, PA,s Liberal Conscience IDIOTVILLE: ERIE, PA’S FAVORITE PODCAST·FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 We want you to be better, Erie. But you just keep screwing it up. Every time someone opens their mouth with a good idea, someone has to have a reason why not. That reason usually isn’t very well thought out, it usually involves thinly (or not so thinly) veiled racism. This town can move forward, but until we confront the demons that lurk here, we aren’t going anywhere. If you don’t like what we’ve got to say, come at us with a good take. Think it all the way out. Our podcast is here to take political discourse in this city in a completely different direction.... Show More

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Wash Your Hands! The whole crew, sans Ted Brogan, get together, and we have a long discussion about our collective mental health and how we're all getting through this. Please take care of your mental health. It's as important to you as anything else! After that, we talk about what we're drinking. We wrap the show with a really, really long segment about both our best and worst sports memories. WASH YOUR HANDS! ...
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(Sorry for the long delay on this one, folks, there's just so many hours that Dill can sit in the studio/home office before he loses his mind, so this is almost terminally late!) We're (still) nowhere near the CAM studio for this one, playing it safe and doing the whole thing remotely. Dill, Marty, Steve and Brent talk COVID-19 and how they handled the first week of social distancing. There's some Facebook Trolling W...
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We're nowhere near the CAM studio for this one, as we're playing it safe and doing the whole thing remotely. Marty, Dill, Brent, Steve, Occasionally Jake, and Dill's brother Rob Banks talk a little Coronavirus, and shoot the bull about some other topics. We make an Idiotville Guarantee: this will be the only podcast that mentions the movie Police Academy that you listen to this week, or this episode is free! Rob shar...
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March 15, 2020 62 min
Jake News, Marty Balawkay, Steve Castle (via phone) We have in-studio guest Jonathan Burdick, from Erie Reader and the excellent local history blog, Rust & Dirt (@RustDirt) COVID-19 Chatter (This was recorded before the president declared a state of emergency, so the tone is probably a bit lighter than we would like, apologies.) Marty discusses his recent hospitalization and how he's doing. We have a brief talk ab...
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Brent N Liberty, Marty Balawkay, Ted Brogan We have in-studio guest Patrick Fisher, Executive Director, Erie Arts and Culture A discussion about the purchase of the former downtown hotel at 18th and state progresses into a larger talk about the development of downtown Erie as a whole, including where we've come from and where we're going with it. (Sorry for the jarring transition to the beer segment, there was a bit of a ...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, Jake News, and Steve Castle We have in-studio guest Nick Warren, Managing Editor of the Erie Reader (You'll find your favorite Idiots on the cover of the latest issue!) We posit our ideas on who (or what) may have started the fire at the Erie Zoo tunnel (think the movie "Madagascar") We talk crime and punishment for juvenile offenders, as Nick and Dill discuss an event tha...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, and Jake News We have in-studio guest Ted Hallowell, from "No Hugging, No Learning" and Star 104, and we talk a little about local radio and our local favorites. Our favorite local wannabe political influencer gets himself into a legal pickle, and Jake takes him apart on social media! Mike Kelly gets a hot tip that his spine might be at McDowell High School The Beer Segment: ...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, and Jake News (This episode should serve as an object lesson as to why you shouldn't drink powerful IPAs before you podcast.) We talk quite a bit about why people don't want sand at Presque Isle. We aren't joking. The reasons are varied, and insane. We also get into concerts at the Erie Insurance Arena and our intense investigation reveals that Marty and Jake have vastly ...
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February 9, 2020 45 min
Idiotville 89: The Que Abides Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, and Jake News We're joined in the studio by the owner/operator of the Que Abides Food Truck, Tim Grow! We go in-depth with Tim on a variety of subjects: - How'd he get started? - Why did he get the ball rolling on starting Gears and Grub, and why didn't he participate with Roar on the Shore? On that subject, why was Gears and Grub moved away...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay and Troy Township! Brent and Dill have a discussion about traffic, then a truncated talk about raising minimum wage With Troy in the studio, we get in to Project: Whiteout and what it's meant to him and his family The big story: How Erie rallied around the benefit for the widow of Alex Cavanah, murdered Wendy's shift manager. This segues into the question of "Does social ...
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January 26, 2020 65 min
Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, Jake News, Ted Brogan Special studio guest John Burdick from Rust and Dirt Ted Brogan's Lament The Ice Storm John tells us about how he got started, then things go off the rails technically. Don't worry, he will be back! The Beer Segment: Black Mask (??/5) This one is kind of all over the place due to technical issues, but Dill spent some time hammering it, kicking and scr...
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January 19, 2020 50 min
Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, Jake News (Special studio guest, Brent's cousin Prima) We discuss multiple layoffs of on-air talent in local radio The Director of the Erie Art Museum is forced to step down, mostly due to him being horrible McDowell's swimming coach really needs to decide which direction he wants to go with his career Also in local sports, several programs are on PIAA Probation for undisclos...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, Jake News, and Steve Castle EDDC tries to buy everything: People don’t understand satire in social media and are legit mad that there’s a curling sheet at 4th and State. Also, someone posted on a parody site that the EDDC is buying Presque Isle, people BELIEVED IT. Brent and Ted go to the 50th Anniversary of NYL Mike Kelly’s latest foolishness. This could be a recurring segment. ...
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Idiotville 84: Urban Piracy Deep Dive 2 Hosts: Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay We ring in 2020 with the return of The Urban Piracy Deep Dive! We're joined by Bill Guilotti and Doung from Florida to discuss more hijinx from our time flying the Jolly Roger! The Beer Segment: Rocket Republic Brewing Company Mach-1 IPA (??/5? Find out inside!) Our new theme song is composed and performed by Warehouse 11: Guitars by ...
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Dill Spears, Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, and Ted Brogan Saint Gertrude? Erie's Bishop starts the process for Dr. Gertrude Barber to potentially become a saint! Prep moves up a class! The AAAA Juggernaut will be forced to move up a class in football in 2020. Marty waxes poetic about Joe Burrow and the effect that he's had on their mutual hometown. Ted's Fast Food Adventure or This is why the 12th and Sass McDona...
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Brent N Liberty, Marty Balakay, and Jake News It's a casserole of nonsense this week! Little bit of talk about a wide ranging variety of topics, including local pot, a poorly researched political commercial, and why little things make us angry The Beer Segment: Thin Man Brewing Trial By Wombat IPA ??/5 (Listen and find out!) Football talk rounds out the show! www.idiotvillepodcast.com www.facebook.com/idiotvillepodcast in...
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December 8, 2019 64 min
With Dill and Steve out of town, Brent tries to be ringmaster for our circus of Ted, Jake, and Marty as we talk all things Lavery Brewing! Owner Jason Lavery and Brewmaster Logan Hartpence from Lavery Brewing are in studio this week! The true story of the demise of Blue Canoe and Lavery Brewing opening on the same site and what had to happen to make that happen. A bit of Lavery history and how the brewing process works, as well ...
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December 1, 2019 75 min
It's our Special Tape-Delayed Thanksgiving Episode! We'd like to thank Uppy from Uppy and the 'Stache for joining us this week in the studio and giving us his $.02. Check out their show at https://soundcloud.com/user-604589247 We talk sports, politics, crazy family members, and all sorts of Thanksgiving topics, among other things. Basically everything you shouldn't talk about around the Thanksgiving table! No be...
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It's Dill, Brent, Marty, Jake, and a departing Steve Castle We discuss the potential loss of the Seawolves, the mayor backing off on his tax increase and what he might be up to, as well as other potential revenue streams for the city. Steve Castle is departing to Louisville, KY, so we'd like to take a moment to thank him for everything that he's done to make Idiotville what it is! It won't be the same without you...
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November 17, 2019 57 min
Idiotville 78: A Handful of Freshness An overstuffed episode as it's Dill, Steve, Brent, Ted, Jake, and Marty! Bad service at the Fox and Hound? I don't believe you! Mike Kelly - Still living in his own reality, which leads to our talk about impeachment and if we think it will have any effect in Erie. Another shooting in Erie, and we talk about why the Castle Doctrine doesn't apply here. The School Board backs dow...
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