Richard Helppie's Common Bridge

Richard Helppie's Common Bridge

The problems we have in the country are solvable, but not solvable the way we’re approaching them today, because of partisan politics. Richard Helppie, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist seeks to find a place in the middle where common sense discussions can bridge the current great divide.

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September 25, 2022 19 min

Rich wraps up a successful season three with an analysis of the media landscape and how The Common Bridge is playing its part in providing a fair, fiercely non-partisan platform for intelligent discussion of policy and solutions.

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The second of a two-part interview where Rich welcomes back Robert Greenfield, who again dropped into The Common Bridge Studios all the way from Perth,  Australia to trade stories and opinions on politics, policies, and news of the day.  

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Rich welcomes back Robert Greenfield, who again dropped into The Common Bridge Studios all the way from Perth,  Australia to trade stories and opinions on politics, policies, and news of the day.  This is the first of two parts.

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In this repeat episode from 2021, Rich sits down with Thomas Frank, the prophetic author of the now-classic What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal, to talk about his book, The People, No, which explores the idea that everything we think we know about populism, is wrong.

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Renowned physician, health researcher, and first to codify benefits of aerobic exercise, Dr. Kenneth Cooper visits The Common Bridge. Dr. Cooper sets out simple guidelines for improving health status and shares lessons and data from his  50-year journey on helping people stay well. 

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Tax accountants Rachel Keller and Brett Bissonnette join Rich on The Common Bridge to discuss the IRS.

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Rich welcomes Eli Zupnick of advocacy group Fix Our House for this fiercely non-partisan talk about the idea of shifting from winner-take-all elections for House of Representatives to proportional representation. Mr. Zupnick explains the concept of multi-representative districts. This episode touches on how more political parties may be the way to break the two party doom loop and other ideas to unite voters and the country. 

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In this fiercely non-partisan episode, Rich brings back energy expert Fred Gallagher, the CEO and Managing Director of Canadian Vitality Pathway to talk about Hydrogen Energy and its use to strive for zero emission.

Listen, read or view The Common Bridge at substack.com.  Add to the discussion there , and enjoy broader content. The Common Bridge also always available on your favorite podcast outlet and YouTubeTV

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On this weeks fiercely nonpartisan discussion, Rich takes down the notion that the 2024 presidential election will be a rematch of Joe Biden versus Donald Trump. January 6th prosecution decisions aren’t a factor, but pose other risks. 

Listen, read or view The Common Bridge at substack.com.  Add to the discussion there , and enjoy broader content. The Common Bridge also always available on your favorite podcast outlet and YouTubeTV


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From the vault, a topic that is not only fiercely nonpartisan, it is universally nonpartisan- the immediate threat of Fentanyl.   Rich talks with retired Drug Enforcement Administration officer, Derek Maltz about the dramatic increase in counterfeit drugs being sold on the black market that contain potentially deadly doses of fentanyl.  Maltz talks about how the Chinese underground and Mexican cartels are working in tandem to creat...

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Rich invites CEO and Managing Director of Canadian Vitality Pathway to the Common Bridge to talk about Energy, our Carbon footprint, and what we may be getting right and what are getting wrong about Energy policy in the U.S. and around the world.

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Rich invites former New York and Detroit FBI Agent in Charge, Andy Arena to talk about the current landscape of Federal and State Law.  Arena, currently the Executive Director of the Detroit Crime Commission, and Professor in Homeland Security at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, talks about how FBI investigates cases, navigates controversy and serves justice.  

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This is a much-requested replaying of Rich’s 2021 honoring of Independence Day.  He takes some time to reflect on why we still should celebrate our nation's birthday even though our history has been imperfect.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Arena was promoted to Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Arena currently teaches National Security Law II-Law of Terrorism and Intel...

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Columnist and author,  Adam Coleman joins Rich to talk about the impact of fatherless homes and its relationship to gun violence, and social upheaval in the United States.

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Rich invites Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Timo Stewart to The Common Bridge to talk about the impact of Finland and Norway possibly joining NATO.

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In response to President Joe Biden’s June 2, 2022 speech, “Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence in America.”  Rich creates a reaction video that looks for sensible gun control.


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Noted author and media figure Patricia Posner discusses language, degendered medical care, and impact on women’s progress. Provocative conversation at a time when SCOTUS nominee must feign not knowing what a woman is.”

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This is the second part of the two-part interview with Investment Strategist Beata Kirr, who joined Rich in a conversation where  they talk about the stocks, bonds, investing, and the societal drivers and are currently impacting the world of finance and personal wealth.  

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Political process blocks practical solutions to this preventable tragedy. Guest Justin Higgins says the GOP at fault.  Rich and Justin try to work out what could be done.

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Investment Strategist Beata Kirr joins Rich in the first of two episodes where they talk about the stocks, bonds, investing, and the societal drivers and are currently impacting the world of finance and personal wealth.  This is a conversation broken up into two segments, with second part posting on March 31.

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