John Riley Project

John Riley Project

Care about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Like exploring big ideas? John Riley interviews politicians, community leaders, athletes, coaches, authors and influencers covering a wide range of topics including free market economics, entrepreneurism, politics, leadership, current events, sports, history and philosophy. We discuss living your life on your own terms, having the political freedom to make your own choices, and a variety of topics that give life meaning and joy. We broadcast from Poway CA in the San Diego metropolitan area.

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May 12, 2021 102 min
Inflation is skyrocketing in housing, gasoline, food, and labor.  I break down the reasons why, but the common theme is that government is restricting supply while fueling demand.  We also go deep on gas taxes, housing costs and the Leaving California phenomenon.  I kick off the podcast discussing dealing with change during a corporate merger.  #inflation #housingcrisis #gasshortage2021 Referenced Links: Consumer prices leap 4....
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Pete Neild joined me to discuss his (our) adventure in Pahrump NV at the Spring Mountain Raceway May 1-2, 2021.  Pete raced his Corvette Calypso on the track as part of his own birthday present.  Pete shares his experience on the raceway, mastering the Bus Stop Turn, his learnings on the course, and how he handled some unexpected challenges.  We also talk about local news in our hometown of Poway. #SpringMountain #Pahrump #Corve...
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Human traffickers transporting illegal immigrants crash off of San Diego’s Point Loma coastline leaving 3 dead and dozens hospitalized.  We discuss how our immigration policy incentivizes this type of risky behavior.  Plus, we explore Florida Governor Ron DeSantis demanding that social media companies not deplatform politicians.  Also, we get into the terms ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ as trigger words that often are celebrated by those...
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April 29, 2021 152 min
Mike Ryan joined us to discuss the potential of a fully automated Amazon Fresh coming to our hometown of Poway.  Mike shared many stories about the work he does helping customers and focusing on quality products as a professional in the grocery business.  We also talked about the development along Poway Rd, including some of Mike’s concerns about congestion, crime and impact on our quaint “City in the Country”. #Groceries #Alber...
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We discuss the massive changes planned in San Diego's economy and housing market including news on Apple's expansion adding 5000 new jobs, the expansion of office space in Downtown San Diego, more dense community hub housing along El Cajon Blvd, and further comments on the housing construction in Poway. We also discuss adapting to change while seeking opportunities to proper both financially and spiritually.  Plus we commen...
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April 23, 2021 98 min
Could they be building a mysterious, fully automated Amazon supermarket here in Poway?  We discuss the benefits of this new technology for both shoppers and grocers.  Then we discuss life lessons from last night’s Padres-Dodgers game.  Finally, we discuss the benefits of Earth Day and environmentalism even for hard core, right wing conservatives. #Amazon #AutomationForGood #EarthDay2021 Relevant Links: Mysterious New Groce...
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April 22, 2021 118 min
We kick off the podcast talking about the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.  Then we get into a wide range of suggestions for police reform and criminal justice reform that would not result in the terrible outcomes that killed George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Eric Garner.  Then we take a look at San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s proposed budget and priorities for the City of San Diego.  Finally, we discuss the situation unfol...
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April 16, 2021 34 min
Father Joe Carroll joined us to discuss his new book “Father Joe: Life Stories of a Hustler Priest” authored by Kathryn Cloward.  Father Joe is an icon in San Diego history rising from a parish priest to the leading community activist to fight the homelessness crisis.  Starting out with a thrift store and an empty parking lot, he transformed an ordinary St. Vincent de Paul’s in San Diego’s East Village into a Father Joe’s Village t...
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Joe Biden is pulling American troops out of Afghanistan. We discuss strategies on overcoming adversity, how and when to change strategy, and when to call it a day.  We also examine Bernie Madoff, the pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, fighting Poway City Hall, and a tough game for the San Diego Padres. #Biden #Afghanistan #Adversity JRP0224 John Riley Project Info: Bookings? Inquiries? Contact me at https://johnr...
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April 12, 2021 82 min
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has come out in favor of a tax hike on corporations and in support of President Biden’s infrastructure bill.  We discuss the recent Amazon union vote, minimum wage, corporate taxes and paying your fair share all within the context of justice. #Amazon #fairshare #Bezos #justice JRP0223 John Riley Project Info: Bookings? Inquiries? Contact me at https://johnrileyproject.com/ Donations: https:/...
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April 10, 2021 114 min
MLB moved the All Star Game out of Atlanta in a protest to the new voting laws in Georgia.  We discuss cases of corporate integrity when businesses stand up for their values and principles.  We also discuss personal integrity, my love of the MLB All Star game and a range of tangents from our livestream viewers about Poway, China and immigration. #MLBAllStarGame #Georgia #Poway JRP0222 John Riley Project Info: Bookings? ...
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Charles Barkley said what many of us think, but rarely hear in the mainstream media.  The politicians are dividing us and getting us fighting amongst ourselves so they can stay in power.  We break down Barkley’s video clip from the NCAA Final Four and then go through a list of examples how these two political parties are playing a game on the people.  Plus, I share my vaccination story. #CharlesBarkley #vaccine #JohnsonandJohnso...
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We break down John Oliver’s recent HBO video dismissing the importance of the National Debt.  We discuss good debt vs bad debt, the morality of government debt, and the responsibility vs. irresponsibility of both personal and government debt.  We also get into the book The Richest Man in Babylon and a number of good personal finance lessons.  Finally, we discuss government debt in our local Poway Unified School District. #Nation...
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Dr. Leana Wen says on CNN that govt should withhold our liberties until you get a vaccine.  What happened to our inalienable rights?  We spend a great deal of time discussing housing on Poway Rd. within the context of property rights.  Plus we enjoy some tangents on Social Security and earthquakes.  Then we talk about Padres opening day and good vibes. #VaccinePassport #Padres #Poway JRP0219 Referenced Links: Dr. Le...
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March 31, 2021 72 min
Imagine having to show proof of a COVID vaccine in order to do everyday activities like shopping and dining.  We discuss the idea of a Vaccine Passport and how that aligns with our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Is this just a safe way to open the economy?  Or is this a dystopian sci-fi movie come to life?  Plus, we the Padres 2021 season and hope of breaking the #SanDiegoSportsCurse. #Vaccin...
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March 29, 2021 61 min
David Leland joined me to discuss the Padres 2021 season.  We break down the opening day roster and surmise the likely choices for the starting rotation and bullpen.  We also talk about expectations and the impact of COVID on home attendance.  Plus, we talk a bit about San Diego State Aztecs basketball and David’s new YouTube channel San Diego Sports Insight. #Padres #SanDiegoSportsInsight #DavidLeland JRP0217 David Leland...
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March 26, 2021 92 min
Did someone cancel Southern Hospitality?  We break down the changes in voting laws in Georgia and discuss voting rights, #StoptheSteal and living your life so voting almost doesn’t matter.  Then we discuss Amit Asaravala’s guest column on encouraging more biking in Poway.  We cover many transportation topics including bike lanes, school busing, and self-driving electric vehicles.  Plus, I share stories of BMX racing in my youth and...
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I just got back from a road trip and I am refreshed and energized.  I share some of my stories about my week-long sabbatical through the isolated places of Nevada in my electric vehicle.  Plus, we discuss Equal Pay for Equal Work and then do a deep dive on solving gun violence in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Boulder CO and Atlanta GA. #EqualPayDay #GunControl #EurekaNV Relevant Articles: What the Data Says about ...
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March 17, 2021 59 min
Children are being detained at the border.  What is Joe Biden to do?  We discuss the current crisis at the US Mexico border, and we get into a broader discussion on immigration including US immigration history and potential solutions.  Plus, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we discuss Irish Ancestry and I tell you about my current road trip in the desert. #BidenBorderCrisis #ImmigrationReform #BorderCrisis Relevant Articles: Col...
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March 15, 2021 61 min
So much money has been spent on the COVID recovery under both Trump and Biden.  Plus, there is a $2-$4T infrastructure bill in the works.  Now they are talking about tax increases to partly pay for it, but the math still doesn’t add up.  We also discuss Volkswagen’s big push into electric cars.  Finally, we touch on Little Italy, the San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team, Drew Brees, EV road trips, a 6-story hotel in Poway a...
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