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Filler Words Podcast

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Filler Words by Beverly Hallberg, Michael Pratt
Celebrating one full year of Filler Words, Mike and Bev talk about what year two is going to bring with an exciting announcement: a new season of Filler Words podcasts coming later this year. They talk about what you can expect in the new seaso
On this special Memorial Day Weekend episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Gold Star Wife Theresa Jones who shares the story of her late husband, LCDR Landon Jones, USN. She shares the story of learning of her husband’s death and
Mike and Bev sit down to talk with Beverly's grandfather, Joseph Howell, who shares some of his favorite foods, presidents, and lessons from over 100 years of life. He weighs in on how Pres. Trump is doing, the latest from his golf game, and gi
On this episode of Filler Words, Bev and Mike and joined by David Wilezol, Chief Speechwriter at the State Department, who shares some #protips for those lucky souls who have to prepare toasts for weddings this season. They also discuss lessons
On this episode of Filler Words, Christina Wolfgram, ( https://www.instagram.com/itsthecwolf/ ) star and creator of funny Internet videos, joins Mike and Bev to talk about her path from being Mike's college friend to Instagram star with million
On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Oliver Darcy, CNN's Senior Media Reporter, who broke the story of sexual harassment allegations against journalist Mark Halperin. Darcy discusses the behind-the-scenes work journalists
On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Ericka Andersen, author of the forthcoming book "Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness" (Harper Collins, June 2018
On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev welcome Janie Valencia, founder of the boutique greeting card company The Card Bureau (www.thecardbureau.com) to talk about how to create a good greeting card and her path from polling and politics
On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev do a sports-only podcast ahead of the Big Game on Sunday, Super Bowl LII. They interview Chris Deaton (9:15), now at the Weekly Standard but formerly a sportswriter at SLAM Magazine. They close the
In the last Filler Words of 2017, the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney joins Mike and Bev to offer advice to young writers and reporters - and explains how he balances work and family life (hint: an alarm clock is required). Then Mike and Bev t
Dan Hayes, the lead director at Freethink Media, joins Mike and Bev to talk about the incredible power of storytelling in short-form documentaries, which is what Freethink Media specializes in. Listen to learn the lessons he's picked up while s
This week on Filler Words, Mike and Bev welcome on Lyndsey Fifield, host of the Ladybrains podcast and social media pro at The Heritage Foundation to talk about podcasting and the best way to use Instagram stories. Mike and Bev briefly discuss
In this special Thanksgiving week edition of Filler Words, Mike and Bev discuss which Thanksgiving foods are over-hyped. Happy Thanksgiving!
On this episode of Filler Words, Beverly sits down with Kelsey Harkness, a Senior Reporter/Producer at The Daily Signal, a Fellow at Steamboat Institute, and a contributor to The Federalist. After a wide-ranging conversation, Mike and Bev bring
Elise Crawford Gallagher, Founder and CEO of RINGLET, a full-service communications firm serving female business owners in the Washington, DC, area, joins Mike and Bev to talk about the adventure of starting a business and what she's learned al
On this episode of Filler Words, David Drucker of the Washington Examiner and CNN joins Mike and Bev to talk about how he started writing about politics and offers advice on what makes a good political commentator. Mike and Bev's segments inclu
On this episode of Filler Words, Brian Doherty, a producer at Fox News, joins Mike and Beverly to talk about his path to TV production; working with Rush Limbaugh; interning with "Reading Rainbow"; advice for aspiring TV producers; and how to m
This week, Beverly and Mike are joined by Ben Smith, who has never written for BuzzFeed. They discuss social media trends, what it was like to be mixed-up with BuzzFeed Ben after BuzzFeed published the dossier on Trump-Russia ties in December,
This week, Mike and Beverly are joined by R Street Institute's Shoshana Weissmann to discuss social media fame, sloths, becoming friends with Jake Tapper, and how she ended up with Twitter handle @senatorshoshana. Segments return with Tweet of
Veronique Roman, Director of Public Affairs at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike and Beverly to talk about how to effectively communicate complicated messages in the media and her advice to comms professionals just starting out. Bev
Today's episode is all about the importance of authenticity in communications. Beverly and Michael discuss Uber and tipping; what makes a good White House press secretary; and the election results from GA-06 where Karen Handel won the special e
In Episode 3, Beverly and Mike celebrate the Warrior's NBA Championship, discuss Dennis Rodman traveling to North Korea and whether he'd beat Kim Jong-Un in a basketball game, wonder whether Barron Trump was trolling his Dad with the now sold-o
In Episode 2, Beverly and Michael break down LeBron James post-game interview footage to find out whether you can ever ask a question back to a reporter. Then they discuss lessons learned from Sen. Ben Sasse and Bill Maher, and what to take fro
Beverly and Michael introduce the Filler Words Podcast, and then discuss the rhetoric around the Paris Agreement; examine the ups and downs of communication from the Trump White House; and explore Hillary Clinton's comments about why she lost t
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