RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard

RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard first show of 2021!

January 08, 2021 Billy Gerard, Host Season 2 Episode 2
RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard
RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard first show of 2021!
Chapters
10:16
OG Jersey Girl Marie Rufflol
14:01
Sim Shain
28:14
Grant Smith
43:51
Scarlett Dunn
RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard
RockStar Radio with Billy Gerard first show of 2021!
Jan 08, 2021 Season 2 Episode 2
Billy Gerard, Host

Join Billy Gerard we talk to the OG Jersey Girl, Marie Ruffolo about fruit cakes, cakes, the Cake Boss and more.  Sim Shain CEO for ParaFlight EMS joins to talk about organ donation and transport, the changes and challenges.  Grant Smith from the Drug Policy Alliance stops in to talk about changes policy to help those caught in drugs get out and on a positive road for life.  And Scarlett Dunn comes by with a new cookbook you just have to see!  All this and so much more!  Never miss a minute!

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Join Billy Gerard we talk to the OG Jersey Girl, Marie Ruffolo about fruit cakes, cakes, the Cake Boss and more.  Sim Shain CEO for ParaFlight EMS joins to talk about organ donation and transport, the changes and challenges.  Grant Smith from the Drug Policy Alliance stops in to talk about changes policy to help those caught in drugs get out and on a positive road for life.  And Scarlett Dunn comes by with a new cookbook you just have to see!  All this and so much more!  Never miss a minute!

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Billy Gerard:

Yes, I know you do rock star radio with Billy Gerard right here on the USA Radio Network law program dedicated to truth, justice and non proliferation of love really, really bad jokes. What a fabulous show we have in store for you. Holy cow, buckle your seatbelt, fasten your chin strap, Gird your loins, tie your shoes, pull them up tight. You are going to love all of this. Author Scarlett dunja joins us author Scarlet on joining us with a new cookbook. You can't wait for this cookbook and some of the recipes in there. You just have to make them where do we where do we get to the lasagna? You're gonna love it. We have to go. The Deputy Director of the Office of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance joins us grant Smith is in the house. Wow, is this good news? Holy Well, listen, I know you're thinking drug policy. How can that possibly be good news? Wait till you hear what we talked with grant about it really amazingly good news. Long, long overdue. Holy cow. You're going to love it. And we sim Shane is along with us. Another one that's like you never thought you think about this. But sim is working real hard to be sure that when Oregon's need to go donated organs, right? So someone's someone is has passed unfortunately and now their organs need to go to someone who really needs them. Sim is working to deliver them faster, and it's cleaner tighter. We're waiting to hear what Jim and his team have to talk about. And of course, we will be joined by the Oh gee jersey girl herself. Holy cow. Who's bowling bowling. Don't ask about bowling. Don't Don't do that. All right, you are there to do a radio network Rockstar radio with Billy Gerard. Hold tight. Great radio straight ahead.

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Billy Gerard:

welcome welcome on Rockstar Radio Billy Gerard USA radio networks. What do you knew all that because you have tuned in to the most exciting, the coolest, the most fun, and the heck it is. 2021 we couldn't be happier about that. Holy schmoly Marie the Oh gee. refloat jersey girl on with us now. Hello, Maria. Happy New Year. How are you?

Marie Ruffolo:

Hello, Billy. I am Well, how about yourself? I

Billy Gerard:

you know I'm battling, battling, battling through battling through Holy schmoly. What code? It has been Ellison. I learned a lot in the news lately in IC. You know, that's the time of year for tuxedos. And Funny enough, I see it well. Back in the day when we used to dress up in something other than than play pants anyway, for tuxedos, and I do see that there are there is some penguin news.

Marie Ruffolo:

Yeah, yes. Every boy who doesn't love a little thing, when and by the way, a lot of us are suffering through the cold and northeast and across other parts of the country. So yeah, that's quite appropriate. Well, I you know, this is from on National Geographic, and they're great. But yes, they're not paying me. Just like them, period. But anyway, they have some fascinating stuff. And one of them is on the things I didn't even know about carnivores. And they live between 15 and 20 years old. So my cat

Billy Gerard:

I, you know, I didn't know I didn't know that penguins were carnivores. And I didn't know that you absolutely hunt for mostly small fish. Like I want to say sardines, small, you know, small fish. Absolutely.

Marie Ruffolo:

Yeah, they eat krill, grilled squid and crab which actually I had for New Year's and Christmas tree

Billy Gerard:

krill squid or crab or maybe all.

Marie Ruffolo:

Squid and fake crab. I can't afford real. But I put her over linguini It was great. And but the the couple comes to shore and she lays the eggs. And I think most people realize that both take turns keeping them warm and feeding and protecting the chicks. And I think we all kind of know that they do mate for life, which is really great. You know, I think humans do take take a little bit of a cue from that. Hey, I have an idea. What about penguin marriage counseling? Oh yeah. We talk about endangered species and they are as well because of their habitats change so researchers are tagging them to help find better place new habitats. Let's put it that way.

Billy Gerard:

For habitat when the ice is all gone, I mean, I you know me I am not a black black ops helicopter kind of, you know, secret guy but but You know, there's no doubt the ice is melting. I mean, when I tell you the ice is melting, I mean global warming, I'm not sure, sure. But the ice is melting. I mean, that's right.

Marie Ruffolo:

Yes. And that I think the argument comes from what is causing it with humans or is it cyclical? You know, it's a

Billy Gerard:

whole nother can't can't can Oh, I can't words, is it? You know what else happens this time? You know, we got actually this year. Some friends gave us an hour's actually came in a can have you ever gotten a can? Oh, fruitcake.

Marie Ruffolo:

That's funny. A bunch of us were talking about wedding. You know? Everybody talks about that we don't have like I always say every week, we don't have water coolers. We go on Facebook or whatever. And it got me to thinking about that can Oh,

Billy Gerard:

wrapped in cellophane, that cellophane might have been on there since 43. You know, but you know what I'm saying?

Marie Ruffolo:

And I want to ask you, did you ever get one and to do it? Did you ever eat it? Or did you reject it?

Billy Gerard:

Sure. I have actually had so you were listening to rock star radio with Billy Gerard. We are on with the Oh gee jersey girl herself. Marie refloat. And this as you very well knows the USA radio network. Um, you know what I have gotten? We're talking about fruitcakes, by the way is exciting to hear for the first time, it'd be first weekend of the new year, Happy New Year to you. And here's your fruitcake. The truth of the matter is yes, I've actually gotten a couple of different kinds of fruit cake. There are these like sort of inexpensive ones that are dried and they're meant to be eaten, like with coffee or something. And I've gotten those and those were not necessarily my favorite. And I've also had others that were that were baked fresh, that had that sort of candied fruit in it. And that was actually I was stunned how good it was like wow, no wonder people like this is awesome.

Marie Ruffolo:

There are some gourmet ones out there that you can order online. But you know, I started to curious like where did where did it come from? You know, and actually is traced back to ancient Egypt that was down there wasn't the version we have now is different, you know, saying but and they would place it near the tomb of the departed. That's probably how they

Billy Gerard:

listen you listen to me you're about to go off into the never Neverland and here's what you're gonna need. You need some fruitcake that'll last just as long as the fruit

Marie Ruffolo:

comes modified

Billy Gerard:

you know it is pre qualified. Absolutely. I you know what a good fruit cake. A good fruit cake. And that's a different thing than the than the expensive ones can be can be quite the treat speaking of cakes, holy cow. What happened to the Cake Boss? What did this guy do this this buddy, buddy, you know, you know, actually his main Baker you should know a rockstar listeners should know his main bakery is not but a few miles from the Rockstar studio here in the New York Metro. He's in Hoboken, which is where the original Carlo's Bakery was founded. Now, of course, Carlos got a dozen bakeries, you know, all over the area. But the original Carlos and buddy the cake boss was there in Hoboken and that's where they sort of, you know, brought to the Food Network Thank you, you know, lit up this idea that they make these crazy cakes, but buddy there got a little nuts and and almost lost his hand or whap.

Marie Ruffolo:

Yes, yeah, buddy, the last stroke. And he also has a restaurant I didn't even know that. He really had a horrific accident in September. He was working on like the mechanics, I guess the the parts that move on, he has a home bowling alley, God bless them entails is several times ecognition in his son's yard, screaming and came to his rescue. And I thought to myself, whatever happened. And so then I saw a little something on the internet the other day that I have to find out what happened. It turns out, thankfully, he went in the city in New York, for at the hospital for special surgery and they actually were able to save everything and do all kinds of surgeries because that was the hand I mean, his career, you know, I mean,

Billy Gerard:

well, he's actually baking. I know it's got people for that.

Marie Ruffolo:

of the hospital. Buddy. He put a hands on it with a thumbs up on the top. I

Billy Gerard:

wish I could Oh, bollywood. Well, we wish him well. Happy New Year report that came out. Never any fun to get your digits caught me and the aparat if you're listening to Rockstar radio with Billy Gerard, we have the O g jersey girl here in the front. first weekend of 2021 We are so glad Marie Thank you for everything always terrific and a ton of fun more great radio street Ed. Rocks, Callie all by coaling all podcast. Did you know More than 90% of all podcasts have fewer than 1000 downloads. In fact, most have fewer than 100 It seems like a lot of work for very, very precious few listeners but radio, this very radio that you're listening to right now, which is 94% of Americans Wow. Radio works. It really does. If you're serious about podcast, you're serious about broadcasting. Let me Billy Gerard and my team at Rockstar radio show you how radio can get your podcast Up, up up maybe even into the top 10% That's right radio can launch your podcast into the stratosphere. Our team of experts will show you every step of the way. building your network partnerships, social media and so much there are millions millions to be made in podcasting get your share, email me today bill at Rockstar dot today that's a bill at Rockstar dot today Don't let your podcast be one of the 200 million that almost no one hears hear that that is the sound no that is the sound of the record that is the sound of a tow truck that is the sound of your car stuck in the snow and the tow truck is on the tow truck is coming for the tow truck coming for your wallet that's what it's coming for. I know that's what it's coming. Listen this Billy Gerard here Rockstar ready I have I have the solution. It is called track grab or tr AC gra BB or go there track grabber.com winter's coming Do not let this AC gra BB er go there get these they're inexpensive they will save you a fortune in the long run and they will save you from getting stuck on track graeber.com log on Get yourself a pair get a pair for the family are easy to install and they will get you out of the mud the snow the sand they will save you from the record bills oh my goodness they will pay for themselves the first time you use the truck driver calm promo code Rockstar saves 25% that's truck driver.com promo code Rockstar

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Billy Gerard:

yes yes that's Rockstar radio with Billy Gerard and you holy cow I'm so glad you are here because you know what this program is not the same unless you are with the rock star Radio Billy Gerard the USA Radio Network guiding us through this great nation. And we are we are fortunate you know we try very hard here at rock star there's a team there's an army of people here every day they scour the globe looking for what is new what is fresh. What is interesting and what is actually relevant. And in We have with us on on the air a flight paramedic sim Shane is with it. Oh say hello Sim.

Unknown:

Hey though, guys.

Billy Gerard:

Oh my gosh, so glad to have you. In we found sim I want to share with you. Firstly, that if you are a rock star listeners know that this program originates here in the New York metropolitan area. And in the New York metropolitan area, if you get a driver's license, it's almost required that you become an organ donor. And the and as such I am and have been for a very, very long time and I prayed I don't have to donate any organs soon. But at the time, come. I'm happy to be of service in that way. The sad truth though in the world of organ donation is many organs. Don't all gays get to the place that they need to go. And some you have you are right in the middle of this organ donation, organ transplant, organ transportation. And you've actually made some changes or have some ideas and have some techniques about some changes. And I think you're really on a great road. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Firstly, in what you're what you're doing. I'm excited to hear.

Sim Shain:

Hey, first of all, so thank you so much. I'm so excited to be here. I'm been in the medical space for just about 27 almost 28 years right now. I'm a flight paramedic. As you mentioned before I fly a tremendous amount of charity flies, we fly with young children, adults with disabilities all over the country and all over the world where they would have a challenge normally getting somewhere we step up to the plate, I go we send our crews and we go help them out. I started the air ambulance space just in the beginning of like around 2000 and I started volunteering actually 2008 but I had a very close friend of mine named Steve Zach, who had his own private jet that he used to use for his own business but he outfitted it actually with a stretcher and with oxygen and he would send me and others all over the country and all over the world with people. And unfortunately he passed away secondary to a cancer diagnosis that he got from his exposure at 911 at Ground Zero where he was for about 30 days trying to help and find survive. There. And before he passed away, he actually called me into his room and Sloan Kettering. And he said, Why don't you take my jet he said, you love you love doing this, right? You love what you do. And we all know that if you love you know, love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. And I really feel that way. Because I really feel like I never work. You know, my family was always asked me when I go on with one, I'm going to go on vacation. So I'm always on vacation, right? Because I'm always getting onto a plane. But he passed away, he told me to take his jet and open up a business. And I we didn't know taking his jet. It just didn't make sense at that point. But just about a year later, we opened up the company, we started with air ambulance, we went into medical escort, because we're trying to figure out how we can save how we can save people money. So if people don't need an actual air ambulance flattening go on a commercial flight, which a nurse, a paramedic or office or a doctor and they can save a lot of money, we would do that for them. And then unfortunately, as I mentioned, Steve passed away, he actually didn't pass away from the cancer itself, he passed away from the damage to his lungs, from the chemotherapy that he had. And I decided to make it my mission to get into Oregon flights. And while we do corporate flights as well, organ pipe has become our mission. And it's become our niche. And that's a market that we really know very, very well. I've gotten myself to procurement just to see what we can do to try to save time. And then there was a young young man that passed away just about two years ago that I was very involved in, I flew all over the country with him to try to get him into a transplant program. He passed away. The day before his 25th birthday, it was very sad, but I made it my mission to see what I can do to really help people. And there are a tremendous amount of challenges when it comes to you know, most of the organizations that take place usually take place overnight. Because they want to make sure that there's an or that's available for them to use. It takes takes place on you know Christmas and Thanksgiving and new year's Super Bowl Weekend, a Masters weekend most inopportune times. But we have tried to figure out a way that we can make it just a little easier. And we actually built an app, literally for the Oregon slices, the Oregon flight app that's geared towards transplant centers and towards you know, operators where we could communicate with them in real time, we wouldn't have to waste time picking up phone. So the organ transplant centers can literally put in their information on their iPhone or their Android send it up to us, we get it into our dispatch center, we send it out immediately. So instead of picking up a phone to call, you know, 50 operators around the country, we can literally send it out in seconds and it gets out to everybody. And if there's an aircraft floating around, we can get up, we can activate that aircraft immediately. And we can really save lives because that's really what it's all about. It's all about trying to make a difference and it's all about trying to save lives.

Billy Gerard:

You are listening to sim Shane air paramedic in on a mission for two on a mission to help with the transport of organs, from their donors to those who are in need. You are listening. This is Billy Gerard Rockstar, radio, USA radio networks we are talking about, you know organ donor Listen, I get an organ donation, I'm not sure. This is not a topic we talk about every day. But Heaven knows, if you come to the place where you know someone who has needed an organ getting one there quickly. It is really what this is all about. I am to understand that, you know, a kidney is needs to be moved in 24, maybe not as long as 36 hours, livers have have made half or less that time, maybe as long as 1212 to 15 hours. And if you needed a heart of a heart needs to be moved. It's only a couple of four to six hours between the time that we need to get that from the donor and to its to its recipient. So I love assemblies, the app helped me understand how this process works. We don't we have an Oregon, it's it's here in New York, and there's someone in Atlanta, well, how does this work?

Sim Shain:

That's actually perfect because Atlanta would fall right into that category. So generally, the, the transports that we do are generally in you know, under three to three and a half hours. Our typical flight is probably an hour, hour and a half or two hours. Because you as you mentioned just now there's only a very, very short window to get the heart or the lungs back to that recipient. So let's assume that it was you know, 12 o'clock in the afternoon, okay, and we got a phone call that there's a four o'clock, or that's going to take place in New York. And isn't it there's a group from Atlanta that means to come in. So we have to make arrangements for ground transport, the pickup procurement team is actually a surgeon. And if it's for a lung, they'll sometimes send a pulmonologist along because they want to make sure that that lungs or that heart that's going into that recipient is perfect for them, right because they're very, very sick, right? But if we take a heart that's not our lung, or kidney or liver, the living is not perfect for them. We're really almost defeating the purpose, right? So go to the United network of Oregon sharing. It's a federal database that everything goes through the many different factors. I've put in Their blood types and how sick they are, and so on and so forth. And now they figure out there's a match. But keep in mind that that we everything has to be coordinated, because for one donor, there could be six or even more recipients, right? Because there's a recipient who's going to get to the heart stick and sometimes actually split the lung. So two people cannot possibly get the lung, they can sometimes even split that liver. And then you have the kidneys, that could be split as well, right. So this could be going on in many different places. So you might have a recipient Hospital in New York, you might have one in Pennsylvania, you might have one in Florida, and you might have one, you know, going down far Southwest Texas. So everything has to be coordinated. Now, it's not always our teams that are coming in on all those flights. But everything has to be coordinated, ground transport has to be coordinated, food for the doctors have to be coordinated. airports have to be coordinated, we actually find the closest airport to that Transplant Center. You see, most people are used to those big commercial airports, we actually find a little small airport, right. And sometimes we have to make sure that we keep that we keep them open, actually in the middle of the night because it could be a three o'clock in the morning and some of those small airports close. So we'll make sure to have somebody standing by to keep that open. There's so many different factors that go in to make that happen. You know, that's what we step up to the plate. We take care of all the little, we make sure we dot our i's and cross our T's and we get that tripped up.

Billy Gerard:

I you know what is? Absolutely I think you're doing God's work a little bit about your company. how can listeners find out more about what you do? How do they engage? How to listeners learn to get a little more than we can give them in the handful of minutes we have here on Rockstar?

Sim Shain:

Okay, excellent. So that parent company is actually called power flag or power flight, that arrow that's terrified that aaro we have our Oregon flights calm is our Oregon flight division. We have our app on Oregon flights as well. We're all over social media, we're on Facebook or LinkedIn, we're on Twitter, anywhere you look for us, I think you'll be able to find that so we'd love to communicate with people we love to help people anytime you need help with anything whether it's medical, corporate, Oregon flights, whatever you need. We're there for you guys. 24 seven

Billy Gerard:

ship thank you for joining us on Rockstar with Billy Gerard in the USA radio network. We will of course link this on all of the the podcast the website all of the usual places Rockstar today you'll find all of this detail will be there soon god bless you bless your all the work that you you and your team members do and your associates. Do I really do think you are in fact doing God's work?

Sim Shain:

Thank you, sir. really a pleasure.

Billy Gerard:

Great ready to go anywhere? Happy New Year. All odd guests. Did you know More than 90% of all podcasts have fewer than 1000 downloads. In fact, most of fewer than 100 seems like a lot of work for very, very precious few listeners but radio this very radio that you're listening to right now, which is 94% of Americans Wow. Radio works. It really does. If you're serious about podcast, you're serious about broadcasting. Let me Billy Gerard and my team at Rockstar radio show you how radio can get your podcast Up, up up maybe even into the top 10% That's right radio can launch your podcast into the stratosphere. Our team of experts will show you every step of the way. building your network partnerships social media and so much there are millions millions to be made in podcasting. Get your share, email me today bill at Rockstar dot today that's a bill at Rockstar dot today Don't let your podcast be one of the 200 million that almost no one who's male rockstars are radio with Billy Gerard in the USA radio network. Tight your local news and so much more snacks.

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rock star star radio with your host yours truly the very the one the only Billy Gerard at the helm USA radio networks navigating the course in the best part of the show. You know that of course is you and this the best half hour on radio anywhere anytime. Hang tight because you know we have Joining us now is going is Drug Policy Alliance spokesperson it wait you hear Greg Smith is on he's on with us. Just in a All the way through he was going to say is really, really good news. If you're a believer in the America that I'm a believer in, yeah, I can't wait to hear what God has to say next and and stay to the very end because we have to talk to Scarlet done. You just have to it's too good for words. Hold tight, great radio straight ahead. Billy Gerard for Dr. Susan Lindner and keeping life real calm. Dr. Susan Linder. She is a clinical psychologist, a mental health coach and a wellness advocate Not to mention a great friend of right here of Rockstar and this program, Dr. Susan Linder, you'll find her at keeping life real.com keeping life real Doc, listen, we look the holidays, the New Year is coming for many is a tough, tough time. It's a tough time of year. It's a tough time. Oh my god, particularly this year with COVID and all that has occurred. Dr. Susan Linder has real solutions. She has real mechanisms to help you come to the next place. Keeping life real.com Dr. Susan Linder you'll find her online keeping life real calm. You'll tell her that Billy Gerard sent you over Dr. Susan Linder keeping life real.com clinical psychologist mental health coach and a wellness advocate. And look, I want you to have a great 2021 Come on. Come on. Dude. Come on. Now's your time. Gonna go right now. Keeping life real calm. Susan Linder Tila Billy Gerard shout

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Billy Gerard:

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Grant Smith:

Thank you, Bill. It's great to be on

Billy Gerard:

the show. It's so if you're if listeners if you have not put a kid through school, you may not be aware of what a Pell Grant is. In maybe grant what we should do is start with what a Pell we're talking about what a Pell Grant is for someone who's looking for higher education.

Unknown:

Absolutely. So a Pell Grant is essentially an award that's granted to students who are in need of assistance to attend college. And this is a program that was initiated several decades ago by a senator by the same day, Mr. Pell. And these are awards that are their need based and that provide essential assistance to individuals who want to further their education through college or university. They're really a foundational tool to ensure that students can access higher education, especially in these you know, these times in this economy when it's becoming increasingly important that people an individual have higher education or have a college degree in order to find meaningful employment and realize prosperity.

Billy Gerard:

So let me just recap that a miniature Pell Grant is a grant you can apply for so it's money that will be given to you from from a fund somewhere that you've applied for because you've made the case that said Listen, my my education costs a little more than I can afford. And a Pell Grant might help make that accessible to you. Right That's the whole idea.

Grant Smith:

It's a federal it's a federal award,

Billy Gerard:

a federal grant that would come to you to make higher education. But there is a particular class of student to whom this has been taken away from so on, almost anyone can apply for this, except for one particular class of trade up until very recently. So this was part of the war on drugs back in the 90s. Right, this, this the opportunity if you were convicted of a drug offense, your opportunity to apply for a Pell Grant was removed? Is this EMI? Is this true? am I writing all of this?

Grant Smith:

Well, it apply to people with drug conviction as well as an individual with any conviction who was incarcerated. And so in 1994, President Elect Biden actually was one of the authors of a massive piece of legislation in Congress known as known as the 1994 crime bill. And this legislation took away the ability for people who are incarcerated, to access Pell Grants and to further their education while they're incarcerated. And this is a big deal, because you know, prior to this passage is legislation I for everyone, regardless of where they, you know, where they were in society had access to Pell Grants, but including incarcerated people and incarcerated people prior to the passage of the next night for crime bill, we're actively accessing education, and it was furthering the rehabilitation prior to the release, you know, roughly 95% of people who are incarcerated are released. And so, you know, prison, originally was intended to be about rehabilitation. And unfortunately, you know, over the over, you know, decades, it's become less about rehabilitation and more about punishment. And the passage of the knife knife, foreign crime bill took away the ability for people incarcerated to access Pell Grants, it denied that eligibility to those individuals, and it made it and which reflected more, you know, reflected prison be more about punishment than about rehabilitation. Unfortunately, that means that when individuals are released, they are not as equipped to reenter successfully, they're not as equipped to find employment, to get back on their feet. And for those people are serving longer prison sentences, that means their quality of life has diminished and not accessing higher education while they're incarcerated. It means that the overall environment inside facilities is not not as not as safe is not as it's not as positive. You know, think about, you know, for those of us who, you know, have been able to go to college and be able to attend any, any school, you know, all the benefits that come with that. Apply, also the people who are incarcerated. And so, you know, this was a very detrimental policy that was in place starting in 1984. And, as you mentioned, believing this was, this was a policy that Congress reevaluated late this year, and decided that it was time to repeal this ban.

Billy Gerard:

You are listening, by the way the rock star radio with Billy Gerard on the USA radio network, we have grant Smith on us on with us, and we're talking about a change of wildly long overdue change, making funds available to a to, to some folks that are incarcerated. To access higher education, let's face it, Grant, if you the number, the number one way to change your life, well, that might be you know, some might argue God, okay, maybe, but really, education, education is right inside of your control. And if you've taken away a method you want, you want every possible avenue to access that education.

Grant Smith:

That's right. Absolutely. I mean, just like I said, if you think about like, all the benefits that come from higher education, the opportunity to sort of really, to really think deeply about about, you know, not only academic subjects, but also about your own sort of place in society, and sort of what your future will be and what your goals will be for your life. You know, so the intellectual and, you know, also the spiritual, I mean, all the different sort of dimensions that come with higher education, connecting with other people, learning from other people, all of that is so essential, I think, to to everyone, and that's why it's so valued in our society. And it's why it makes it's made no sense to denied us the people who are incarcerated, to deny that opportunity to better than to better themselves, to improve their quality of life as well as to prepare many of the most people who are incarcerated for life on the outside. And so this has been this has been a tremendous, a tremendous, you know, victory for people who, who need education who rely on Pell Grants and other forms of federal aid. To access higher education, and it's also worth noting that, you know, as President like Biden, who helped pass this crime bill back in 1984, who during on the campaign trail actually pledged to reverse this. And so, you know, recognize that this was wrong. And, and, and needed to, and we needed to reverse this policy. So this is, this is one of many collateral consequences there on the books, there are over 1000 federal collateral consequences like this other conviction that were imposed back in the 1990s, during the tough on crime error, during escalations of the war on drugs. And so this is one of many that they have been addressed. And there are many more to take care of Next, you know,

Billy Gerard:

I'm a tough on, I'm a tough on crime. Individual. But, you know, as drug policy goes, I'm not sure, incarceration for drugs is, is really the talking to a guy who has sat on the board of ymcas. And have missions mission, you know, like inner city missions, where they help those that are that are most directly impacted by drugs and alcohol. And I can tell you of the of the hundreds of folks that I've met through my life and through my service work in those areas. I never met anyone who said, Yeah, I want it to be hooked on on smack. Yeah, I really, I was looking forward to it. And that's why I don't 100% what the answer is, but I do know, education definitely, definitely is an answer to getting getting those that are caught in the trap of drugs out of it.

Grant Smith:

out of it. That's right. Yeah, absolutely. That's right. And, you know, in addition to the lifting of the Pell Grant ban, this at the end of this, in recent days, we also saw a lift of another very harmful policy that was targeted towards people with a drug conviction. This was a policy known as a elimination tality. It wasn't imposed back in 1998. So during this roughly the same timeframe as the Pell Grant ban, and it was, the idea then was, you know, we're gonna punish people in every possible way, if they commit a drug offense, we're going to, we're going to take away their education, just as we were talking about before, but in this case, it was targeted towards people with a drug conviction. And so what this policy did is it basically denied student aid of any form, federal student aid to an individual who is convicted, convicted, committed to drug offense in the past, while convicted convicted a committed drug offense while they're receiving student aid in the past, from the federal government. And so, how the federal government enforced this policy was they include a question on the financial aid form that students fill out to apply for federal aid, that ask if they ever had a drug conviction while they're receiving student past? And if a student asked answered Yes, or if they deny it to the question they were likely to, they would likely be denied student aid. And what this, the impact of this, of course, was multifold. First of all, we know that a lot of students who encountered this question on the federal student aid form, just were confused by it, and many were deterred from even applying in the first place. Even if they were eligible, yes. Determined? That's right. It's a determine, right, because a lot of students, they may have been eligible, but they thought they were ineligible, because they may have may have had a run on with the law or may have, you know, been arrested, but not

Billy Gerard:

a standard of entry. entry.

Grant Smith:

Right, exactly right. It was just it was just, it was just an unnecessary barrier. That confused and the turret a lot of students who were otherwise eligible, then of course, there were a lot of students who are not eligible because of this drug conviction. ban. And, and a lot of those, a lot of students disproportionately were black and brown students, people of color. Because, you know, statistically, we know that black and brown people are more likely to be arrested and convicted, even though black and brown people are not any more likely statistically to use drugs. And so, you know, the the war on drugs has been disproportionately a war on on black and brown communities. And this is borne out and and the impact of that has worn out and policies like this, where you have more people of color denied access to student aid, and other types of other types of assistance, like Pell Grants. And so, you know, this is a policy that was the Congress looked at again, and decided it's time for this to go as well. So we've so you know, at the end of the day, we've had, you know, two policies that denied access to federal student aid. that's essential for many students to access higher education that have been removed by Congress.

Billy Gerard:

Great work. Great. You are listening to Rockstar radio with Billy Gerard on the USA radio network. We are on with grant Smith. He is the director, Deputy Director of the Office of national affairs. The Drug Policy Alliance, Grant, we are out of time, I want you to know, I just just so that we're clear on the rock star radio position, the rock star radio stand on all of this, we want every opportunity made available to every American. That's what we want every opportunity made available to every American. And if you've made a mistake in the past, we want you to have an opportunity to have that mistake, be forgiven and look past and have access to that opportunity. That is the American way.

Grant Smith:

Yeah, that sounds that sounds right to me, right. I mean, it doesn't make sense to continue to punish people over and over again, for something a mistake they've made in the past, right. It doesn't do any good to anyone to the to the individual, to their families, to their children to society, we need to be looking at ways to provide more opportunities to people, not less and so now these types of these types of reforms we've been discussing had been will be really helpful will be really critical really in terms of providing additional opportunities to people who who are who have had entered the criminal legal system and now you know, are looking to to get back on their feet. Great. And

Billy Gerard:

before I let you go, how do listeners find out more about the about the Drug Policy Alliance?

Grant Smith:

Oh, they can go to www dot drug policy.org. That's our that's our primary website.

Billy Gerard:

Austan, terrific to have you Happy New Year. I could pray your continued good work into 2021 as you work hard to make opportunity available for all Happy New Year and Best to you and yours. here that that is the sound know that it is the sound of the record that is the son of a tow truck that is the sound of your car stuck in the snow and the tow truck is on a tow truck is coming for the tow truck coming for your wallet that's what it's coming for. I know that's what it's coming to listen this is Billy Gerard here Rockstar ready I have I have the solution. It is called track grab or tr AC G or a BB or go there track grabber.com winter's coming Do not let a CD or a BB er go there get these they're inexpensive they will save you a fortune in the long run and they will save you from getting stuck on a track graeber.com log on Get yourself up or get a pair for the family are easy to install and they will get you out of the mud the snow the sand they will save you from the record bills oh my goodness they will pay for themselves the first time you use the truck grabber.com promo code Rockstar saves 25% that's truck grabber.com promo code Rockstar you yes Rockstar Radio Billy Gerard USA radio networks Holy schmoly nah but you know what the very best part of this program and you know listen you hear me sad all the time. But I want you to know the best part is program is us so glad you have taken a moment to spend some time with us. You know rock star face fans all over the country know that we are entering what what Billy Gerard calls the first of the two a novel season so this is a jam FEHB is when we sort of it's wintertime curl up with a good book and then of course there's always the summertime you know beach novels june july sort of thing in with that we are we're constantly on the hunt for great reading material the team here at Rockstar radio is looking looking looking reading oh my goodness it's voracious around here to find great material to bring you in we came across this and oh my goodness we could not get author Scarlet done on here fast enough. Scarlet Say hello to the Rock Star Nation.

Scarlett Dunn:

Hey, you Rock Star Nation.

Billy Gerard:

We're so good after your your book. You're so fit. This is a little different than we normally do. But you are gonna love this I promise. The title of of Scarlett's new book is called cookbook for deplorables. Now just because because I could not resist. Before we got on the air I went and I had to do it. So I thought I had to go and do the almost unthinkable which was lookup deplorables in the dictionary and it says this deserving of censure or contempt. So I have a cookbook deserving of censure or contempt so you know you have to open this you have to open this in the one of the one the first recipe that caught my eye, as all of this is on page 16 and it is fake news, cheesy fries. And if that doesn't give you a clue, what's this cookbook is about fun. Let me let me read you a couple more of these and we're going to talk to Scarlet about where these ideas came from. We have the the quid pro q we have the faster court fizzle those and obviously the cocktail kale menus is Some of these are these are too good. I can't they can't get up. They can't come up. We have a locker up lasagna. Well, that's a must as we have. It's free fried chicken. Holy cow. Scott, where did you come up with? And by the way, you know, Rockstar fans, we have actually made a couple of these. The recipes are real and the titles are hilarious. Thank you for joining us. Carla, where did you come up with this idea?

Scarlett Dunn:

Well, I'm not known for my humorous books. I'm known as a historical novelist. And I was writing a Christmas novel. And I was having with everything that was going on the COVID all the serious news and every time you turn on television to take a break, you hear politics and people calling people names, and I'm a person that loves to laugh a lot. And I thought, I've got to do something to bring some laughter back into my life and I was cooking more like most Americans are right now as we're shuttered in. And I love to cook so I'm making dinner one night and I'm thinking you know, I'm going to start calling this recipe. I was making a locker up lasagna. So that's just it just in my mind, I thought I'm gonna take a break from my more serious novels and do something on the lighter side that can bring some laughter to some people because if I needed it, I knew other people need it.

Billy Gerard:

We have just just a feature a few more of these you you have to crying Chuck cornbread that is on page 70 you'll you'll find that only got corrupt congressional chili you may not know cook chili is a huge hit around the Capitol, but can corrupt congressional oh my goodness, that has to be the best or not. Maybe pack the court pot pie if that's not if you have to try some of these. Oh my goodness. term limit fried green tomato.

Scarlett Dunn:

Did you like Trump's Superman spaghetti with extra balls?

Billy Gerard:

To later but yes, yes. I love freedom French onion soup. Fake or did fake news. Cheesy price. A chumps cherry. chumps cherry cheese, Danish. Oh, my goodness. A start a coup cabbage soup. You. Yo,

Scarlett Dunn:

yo, you really can make these.

Billy Gerard:

I really can't. And I and I flipped through a few of them. In we actually we have a chef that's an occasional guest here. So I asked chef Ronnie to look at these. He's like, these are great. And the names are even funnier. Or even funnier. It's all too good. Now you are actually Scarlet. You are our real deal. Author here you have written. It looks to me like at least a dozen books. And you've got another one coming out here a masquerade and murder at the bourbon bowl. And that's coming up this year.

Scarlett Dunn:

Yeah, yes. This year. Yeah. In a couple of

Billy Gerard:

what is that about?

Scarlett Dunn:

Well, actually, it's a follow up to my novel. had to think about the name of my novel

Billy Gerard:

bluegrass murder on the trail.

Scarlett Dunn:

Right It's the follow up book to that is based in Kentucky and it's just like a cute little murder mystery what they call Cozy Mystery today where average people just find dead bodies all over the place and then they try to solve the murders. So I live in Kentucky and I'm sure

Billy Gerard:

you're not from New York back that part

Scarlett Dunn:

I got that was obvious.

Billy Gerard:

That came right through you.

Scarlett Dunn:

So I wanted to set have a setting in Kentucky which normally my books are set out west and I did a little mystery and then it was so successful I'm doing the follow up to that.

Billy Gerard:

Are you a bourbon person?

Scarlett Dunn:

Actually I live in bourbon country I make bourbon balls but I'm not a

Billy Gerard:

you're not you're not you're not a bourbon person. It's got a weak head not love this book more his listeners you Rock Star Nation you need to go find this. It's Scarlet done is her name we will of course link this at rock star dot today it'll be with the podcast and everywhere else it is cookbook cookbook for deplorables make the kitchen great again. Oh my goodness is too good score and look at in look at some of her other novels. My guess is they're every bit as creative and as entertaining. Scrolling What else? Can you tell us? What else can you tell us? about this? Yeah. Well, what was your favorite?

Scarlett Dunn:

What's your favorite? My favorite? My favorite one and what I've known for it everybody always wants me to make it as the locker up lasagna. I mean lasagna maker

Billy Gerard:

on a locker lasagna, it'll be well. You're listening to rock, rock star radio with Billy Gerard in the USA radio network. We have author Scarlet done on with her cookbook, cookbooks for deplorables. Oh, my goodness, and some of our other books and a new one coming out very soon. Scarlett, thank you so much for taking some time to talk with us here at Rockstar. This is Keep up the good work. And whenever you have anything that you want to talk about, make sure you let us know.

Scarlett Dunn:

I sure well, thanks for having me so much.

Billy Gerard:

Everybody hang tight, great radio straight ahead out on bail rocks.

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