By Ben Grynol
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True stories about the lives of everyday people.
||Explicit#31 - Six Years of Pokemon||When you dedicate one quarter of your life to anything, it’s a big commitment. When you dedicate that time to Pokemon, you’re more than an expert; you’re a master. At least that’s the case for Travis Wheeler, a passionate podcaster who grew up i||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 - Gimme Shelter||Growing up in East St. Louis, Mike had two choices - accept the adversity he faced, or remove himself from it and try to make it on his own. Mike chose the latter, and it didn't come easy. Mike was calculated in the decisions he made and conscious of th||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 - Twenty-Three F's||In the last few weeks of high-school, Mike didn't know what he was going to do after graduation. With little time left to apply, he submitted an application to a college in Arkansas. And, thanks to the support of a few mentors, he got a full academic sc||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#28 - What's Love Got To Do With It||Mike doesn’t remember too much about his childhood growing up in California. Or at least he doesn’t remember much before his accident. It wasn’t until Mike moved back to his hometown of East St. Louis that he really became imprinted by the socio-e||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#27 - I Saw The Sign||Rex Barrett always pictured himself growing up in a big city. And, he did - until his teenage years. However, an unexpected change in his dad's career path led him from the 90's grunge scene in Seattle, to the pig showing circuit in Sulphur, Oklahoma -||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 - Sewing The Safety Net||Dave Wheeler was on his way to 'making it' in hockey before his career ended prematurely, due to an accidental eye injury. However, his new path in life led him to the world of audio, where he quickly became recognized for his talents in radio. Follow||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#25 - Making It On YouTube||In one respect, it's never been so difficult to make it in the music industry. There is no clear path to success. In another respect, there has been no better time to swing the bat. Living in the digital renaissance, Steve Onotera, better known as Samur||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#24 - The Pinball Wizard||For Tim Cox, moving to Brooklyn proved to be a big departure from the isolated equestrian community in Florida that he grew up in. Despite facing some hardships throughout his life, Tim's faith never deviated. And, to this day, it remains a very impor||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 - The Maven of Manhattan||It's easy to forget why we do the things we do. It's even easier to fall into a rut, personally, creatively, and professionally when we don't feel that we're doing what we should be doing. For Jonesy - an actor & comedian - it meant doing things that h||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 - Landing Somewhere Else||One of the biggest things Jason Gonzales took away from the Navy was mindset. He learned to appreciate things that seemed foreign to him, and respect the people around him - despite their differences. In the end, teamwork was a big part of the Navy, a||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 - Black Sheep in Navy Clothes||When Jason Gonzales decided to join the Navy, he had his mind made up. His brother had painted a picture of Boot Camp, and Jason thought he knew what to expect; a loss of autonomy, driven by power-hungry authoritarians. But, he soon realized that a c||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 - The Path to Somewhere||Growing up in Bakersfield, California, Jason Gonzales didn't really know where his path would eventually take him. When he graduated highschool, he decided to join the Navy - only to find out that it's much harder to get out, than it is to get in. Fo||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 - Two Different Worlds||When a peacock gets loose in a quaint town - where the population hasn't changed much since the 1930's - there's really only one option. Send the authorities. Follow the story on Instagram! @characterpodcast Theme music by Samurai Guitarist C||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #18 - The Puke Shoe||After a 3 month hiatus from recording, Chris sheds some light on the things that happened in his life which prevented him from sharing the final chapter in his story. He reflects on everything that has happened with the podcast to date, and how he feels||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #17 - The Delinquent Days||Chris reflects on his time at Toys 'R Us, where he did things the way he wanted to do them. No matter how hard he tried to get fired, he couldn't. Somehow, his delinquent behaviour ended up getting him promoted. Follow the story on Instagram! @chara||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #16 - Close to Home (Minisode)||After taking a couple of weeks off of recording, Chris fills in listeners with some news about things happening in his life in real time. In the game of life, you never know what your next hand will be.||6/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #15 - Accidents Happen||For a period of time, Chris had a few different jobs in Winnipeg. Each of these jobs had a few ups and downs, but eventually Chris decided to go back to school. He was pretty sure of the direction that he was headed in University; however, the ca||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #14 - Grabbing Pennies||After spending a few years in Gimli, living an autonomous life and going on tour continuously with his band, Chris decided to move back to Winnipeg. When he finally made his way back to Winnipeg, it wasn't by choice. Chris refers to this period as ro||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #13 - The Dropkick||During the time that Chris was playing with his first band, Cities I've Never Seen, he and his bandmates spent quite a bit of time touring across Canada. After going on tour 12 separate times, and living in the close quarters of their unreliable van,||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #12 - From the Outside In||After Chris decided to stay in Gimli, he found himself bouncing around between friends' houses, and never really found a stable place to live. Eventually, he met a group of people that welcomed him into their home with open arms. However, despite the wa||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #11 - The Crack House||When Chris moved to Gimli, it became an escape from his reality. He left behind his life in Winnipeg for a fresh start. However, on multiple occasions, Chris almost picked up and left the small town that he was finding comfort in. Although Chris had be||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #10 - The Phone Tap (Bonus Episode)||Prior to Episode 7, Ben chatted with with Owen - Chris's brother, and Miki - Chris's childhood best friend. Each conversation paints a picture, first-hand, for some of the characters that we've heard about from Chris. As well, we learn that most people||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #9 - Dirty Ice Cream||In past episodes, Chris referred to his time in Gimli as a "fresh start". And, for some people, starting over isn't necessarily a bad thing. For Chris, however, moving to Gimli became another eye opening experience into the way in which he had naivel||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #8 - Your Turn To Ask||After revealing some heavy news in Episode 7, we take a step back to reflect on some of the things we've learned about Chris's story so far. Episode 8 is a question and answer format, co-hosted by Steve Onotera (Samurai Guitarist) and Declan McGarry (Me||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #7 - Lifting The Rug||There are many missing puzzle pieces to the life of Chris Friesen. He often feels like details about his past have been "swept under the rug" by various family members - it's the Mennonite way. After digging deeper into Chris's past, more details a||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #6 - Brass Knuckles||After spending some time with a group of neighbourhood “hooligans,” Chris realized that a life of drugs and misdemeanours was not for him. Around high school, Chris started to clean up his act. It wasn’t long after this period that Chris and his||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #5 - Jesus Land||After trying to connect with people from Chris's past, a few leads come up short. However, Chris recalls a story about his grandmother and mother trying to "help" his brother, Owen, when he was a young child. The deeper we go into exploring many of Ch||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #4 - The Sandlot||There is lots we don't know about Chris's story. And there is lots he doesn't know either. Trying to find out detailed information proves to be hard when he turns to his own family members to help him put together the missing puzzle pieces about his pa||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #3 - Final Fantasy||Chris begins to recall more memories about his past. Although unsure about the exact location of the place he lived in with his Grandmother for a period of time, Chris starts to remember details about the residence, which could provide some new directio||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #2 - Life's A Hardflip||The story of Chris Friesen continues, as we learn more about his troubled relationship with his mom, siblings, and family. Chris knows some of his family members well, or so he thinks. And others - he doesn't know at all.||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSE01: #1 - Speedballs||An epic tale and true story about the life of Chris Friesen. Although Chris is recounting and telling his life story in real-time to the host, Ben Grynol, neither Chris, Ben, nor the listeners know where his story will end up. Each week, new details un||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This is fascinating ... if you get 5 minutes into this, you won't be able to stop listening!
I was looking for a new podcast and this is it! Fascinating story that keeps getting bigger each episode. Can't wait for the next one!
I honestly could not stop listening to this story! Ben and Chris leave their audience wanting more!