Shoot The Shiitake with Father Leo
By Father Leo
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Catholic priest, TV & Radio Host, Best Selling Author, Former Martial Arts Instructor, award winning Break Dancer & Choreographer, and also professional chef (who won Food Network competition, "Throw Down with Bobby Flay" Season 7 Episode 1), talks with unique and interesting guests from all walks of life - drawing out connections to help bridge social divides. You may not expect what two completely different peoplehave in common, but this show will bring people to a better understanding of how we're all connected. We may not always agree, but we still have to learn how to live with each other, and have some fun in the process, even if it's just a casual opportunity to "Shoot the Shiitake!"
||CleanImmigration & The Wall: Opinions of a priest, immigrant and cook||Fr. Leo shares his thoughts to give a helpful perspective on all the debate regarding immigration and President Trump's recent Oval Office Address. He gives his perspective as a Catholic Priest, a Political Science Student and Immigrant, and a...||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlind Faith, Literally!||This week, I interview two very special people at the Kerygma Conference in the Philippines. I was invited to be the keynote speaker in November 2018. It was honor, but even more a blessing to meet so many great people. Listen to this episode and...||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReal Life Catholic||Fr. Leo interviews TV Host, Author and Speaker Chris Stefanik about what it means to live as a "real catholic," especially in todays world!!||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh School Questions||This week I air a special program of High School students having a chance to ask me anything they want. And, I have to do my best to answer their questions. Have a listen, enjoy and let me know how I did. AND, if you have a question that you’d like...||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Star is Becoming NOT Born||What does it take to become a star, and how does a young artist make it in the Big Apple and in a city that needs a little more sleep? Listen to my special discussion with Singer, Songwriter and Producer Mark Borino. Hopefully you’ll be moved, as I...||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife Lessons from Pizza?||Learn from Mark & Jenny Bello, sharing life lessons and the Gospel of ZA - Pizza! Having taught over 50,000 students in the art of Pizza Making, they've also changed lives, just from teaching people how to make pizza.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiversity and Inclusion||This week challenged my ability to be inclusive and to respect diversity. There’s no hiding the fact that I like to see things in “black and white” and that sometimes I think that promoting diversity is more about relativism. So, I was blessed...||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpinning Yarn With Blokes||Fr. Leo interviews some Australian Dudes (aka Blokes) sharing what it's like to be a Rancher and a Cop in a city of with under 300 people in it.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutback Jewish Australian||This is a special podcast because it was one of the first recordings for this show a few years ago. I really didn’t know what I was doing, and it was a different format and idea of what the show is today. But, I liked this interview so much I had to..||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the Frack? Texas Oil & Politics||LA transplant to heartland Texas, working with controversial Oil, but pro renewable energy and free market, gun lover, independent voter, aide reader, but also rather conservative, seeking 1000 Hail Mary's for Penance, and catholic revert - but above...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatholic & Gay?||This week I share an interview with an impressive young man who considers himself Catholic and Gay - in that order. I gave him a codename “J” in order to protect his identity and his parish. This conversation is real, raw and hopefully a...||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 Kids, Ex-Cons, & Stereotypes||Fr. Leo meets recently graduated BEST Culinary Course candidates Sholanda and William, together they have 9 children, both formerly incarcerated, fighting the stereotypes, and helping to rebuild their life.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Political Peace||Fr. Leo shares returns from a retreat, politics free, but still has to find it when returning to the "real world," and therefore shares his insights guest free.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeauty Bite Sized||Top Model Contestant Leah Darrow and I team forces to provide pilgrims with an opportunity to discover beauty and truth in fashion, food and faith capitals in Italy, where we entertain pilgrims' questions and hopefully discover the answers.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlobalism and Zen||Fr. Leo interviews German, Pro-EU, but also national pride for Mardi Gras, keeping it real as a Catholic who practices Zen Buddhist meditation.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't be a Pr!*k||Chef Brandon Chrostowski gets real and preaches some serious truth to me during this week's interview. He's a celebrated chef who's doing what I want to do - help ex-convicts by harvesting the power of food to do good!||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex: How To Do It!||Fr. Leo discusses chastity with Jason Evert, author, internationally renown speaker and founder of the ChastityProject.com. This interview teaches us the reason why there's so much bad news about sex is because we haven't learned the good news about...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPriest & Death Row||Fr. Leo gives GOOD NEWS about priests who tell the truth and those who avoid clericalism. Priests that are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and confront the media. Priests who work to save lives! Inspiring story of Fr. Neill and Joe, a former Death..||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Abuse Solutions?||Fr. Leo is joined by an anonymous guest (because he works in a big DC agency) and they hash it out to try and find solutions to the clergy sex abuse crimes. It's not easy to discuss, but together they come up with some real ways to even approach the...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIrish Not-So-Catholic||Fr. Leo meets missionary Friar Fr. Joseph Mary Dean to discuss World Meeting of Families and issues about Ireland.||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Scandal & More Honesty!||Fr. Leo learns how to deal with all the horrible news about the evils of the sex abuse schedules from a priest ordained only 2 years ago! Lots to learn and lots of encouragement needed in this ongoing sex scandal tragedy a the hands of priests and...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestions from Cruise Ship||Join Fr. Leo & Gus Lloyd and 150 other pilgrims as they take questions from fellow pilgrims on a cruise ship on the Danube River! It's a different episode, but a lot of fun, and you learn a lot more from Fr. Leo - and even hear him sing a song he...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBar Tender in Budapest & True Hospitality||American Football, Bar Tender, Hungarian, Protestant and a "fan" of the Plating Grace Movement, Ben Lyons from Cleveland Ohio, by way of Budapest, Hungary joins Fr. Leo and tells him what he's learned about America, his faith, and his future!||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSex Scandal in the Church||Fr. Leo share his thoughts on the former Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse scandal. He doesn't have a guest, because some of his brother priests didn't want to get behind microphone. But, Fr. Leo isn't scared to share a perspective to help find a solution,..||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUber Driver Underdog Lover||Take a ride with Fr. Leo and guest Les, adopted foster child, compassionate aide for a group with intellectual disabilities, soccer loving, underdog supporting Englishman who preaches some awesome truths. #uber, lyft, social, underdog, orphan, foster...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeminist for Faithful Women||Fr. Leo interviews EmilyWilsonMinistries.Com to learn about women in the world, a deeper understanding of feminism, and why the church considers women as "Geniuses". #Woman, Women, Spiritual, Feminist, Feminism, Catholic, Fr. Leo, Emily Wilson...||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHungarian Monarchists: What the...||Fr. Leo meets a young conservative monarchist, who thinks that people associate Hungarians to Porn Stars. It's a show about tradition, communism, immigration and life for a normal millennial monarchist. It's a uniquely weird and even edifying...||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPot Smoking Fisher of Man||Fishing, pot smoking, dude culture helps Fr. Leo to become a better priest! #pot, weed, smoking, fishing, dudes, Fr. Leo, priest, faith, catholic, Jesus, bible, Oregon, California, Kayak fishing, hook, line, sinker, humility, awesome, wow, relaxing,...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExorcist, Demons & Deliverance Part 2||How do you protect yourself from getting possessed? Who gets possessed? How do Exorcisms work? Saints & Mary to the rescue. Superstition or supernatural realities? #Demons, exorcists, exorcism, evil, devils, angels, saints, God, Jesus, Mary,...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDemonic Possession & Exorcists Part 1||Evil is real, but there is a way to fight against. Even scientists and medical professionals are starting to understand the Catholic Church has a proven method to help someone in the case of demonic possession. Listen to what an Exorcist shares - some..||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEx-Convict Cooks with Conviction||Ex-Convict Buddhist turns chef, shares story of what he did after he left the prison, how he avoided going back, and what he does to share his experience and how he came to work with Fr. Leo as the Culinary Director for The Table Foundation. Hear how...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoes Surgery Change Transgender Identity?||Part 2 of Transgender Ashely Jane Morgan, 1 week prior to the sex reassignment surgery, asking tough questions about suicide, sexual confusion, who is to say what gender you are, what it means to be "yourself" and whether a hormone injection is the...||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransgender BEFORE the Surgery Part 1||The controversial topic of transgender is made more conversational and digestible with special guest, Ashley Jane Morgan, who agreed to an interview one week BEFORE the surgery! This is PART ONE of this two-part interview where we talk about what led...||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompetitive Vacations!||4 priests, talking like normal vacationers, on 8 hour car trip, helping listeners to save money, aggravation and their soul! Take a real vacation but learn what that should look like! Then we discuss competition, and how to deal with competition for...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProfessional Italian Escort||Listen to this interview with an Italian Escort and who teaches Fr. Leo how to be a better priest!?! Walk the streets of Italy with Fr. Leo and this professional escort and you'll see how much you can learn as you walk the talk of faith! #Italian...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Baby Alfie Evans Taught This World||Get a sample of premium and exclusive content in this show, hearing Fr. Leo's thoughts about tragic case of euthanized (or medically killed) baby in England - a case that stunned the world. Hear more specific Catholic Opinions & Teachings on Right...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJewish Comedy Writer, Now Serious Catholic!?!||This interview will hit your funny bone as well as pull on your heartstrings, learning about the serious side of comedy, how to bring JOY to a sad and sorry world, staying inspired by what matters most, and recognizing the entertaining industry isn't...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDietitians Who Don't Annoy Me!||Diets are STUPID! and Dietary experts can get on my nerves, especially with so many conflicting studies. But my guests helped me to digest what it means to be healthy - in body, mind and soul! #diet #health #lifestyle #food #moderation #sexy #vanity...||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEx-Priest: What did he do, why he did it & what does he do now?||Ex-Priest, and good friend of Fr. Leo discusses why he left. Surprising, it's not what people think - scandal, salacious stories, or sex, but perhaps more silence and for sanctimonious reasons. Challenging for sure, but helpful if we're willing to...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrison & Conviction||Ex-Con, Drunk & Drug Addict, Buddhist & now Chef "confesses" and "teaches" priest about the power of invitation, inspiration and integration.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChurch's Best Kept "Secret" Society - Secular Institutes||This "secret" community finds God in the secular world. Learn the difference between Secularism versus Secular Institutes. God is speaking to you, do you "HEAR" Him? And if not, how can you be certain you'll get to heaven? Do you know...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShoot the Shiitake with Father Leo Introduction||Shoot the WHAT with a priest?!? We're calling this outside-of-the-box show an "AUDIO CAST" - and for a very good reason! Tired of political, moral and cultural divisions? This show builds bridges, not barriers. Let's talk to people who...||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Pointless Podcast-Save time, don't subscribe!
Highly disappointed in this podcast. A follower of Fr. Leo for a long time who read his books and catches his shows when I can and even follow on social media, attended numerous events and this is not what was advertised! There is no direction to the show, no theme. A theme is described but Fr. Leo doesn't hold true to that except in very few episodes. And those episodes are questionable to to his knowledge of the Church's teachings!!! We all should be loving to one another but he cannot support some things he flat out does in his position. The rest of his shows are like listening to a conversation unaware of the inside joke? Like his interview with a Hungarian Monarchist or a Q & A on a cruise ship? What does that have to do with the description? It's not honest and raw or about building bridges. It doesn't welcome people in who are behind churches walls. There is no conversion, if there is, it sounds like Fr. Leo is converting AWAY from the Catholic faith! If anyone interviewed was away from the faith, they were of another denomination that they deeply believed in and showed more conviction in their beliefs than the priest host!
Overall based on entertainment the show is downright boring! A huge fail for Fr. Leo! A great idea when described but it's not something on can listen to for nearly an hour each week. I feel bad he hasn't seen it or no advisors or listeners are telling the truth to him on the shows content or lack there of.
And as for being a supporter, the extra content? NOTHING special! Nothing worth $10 a month for if you were lucky to give only that! The extra content is just as bad, just as boring and it is disturbing it goes against all teachings of the Catholic church that Fr. Leo used to be so great at explaining. Unsubscribing!
Father Leo is amazing!
I grew up with Father Leo when he was a young(er) priest and his Homilies still stick in my head after all these years. He connects language to the heart which lingers after Mass. I personally love his passion for food. After all, Jesus showed himself in real divine food and drink. Thank you Father Leo for all you've done and given us!
Great new podcast. Funny and very informative. Fr. Leo is a gift to us.