VYPE Houston’s Matt Malatesta; Houston chef Jonny Rhodes; Kevin Kiley on Kathryn Smith; a UVA student held hostage in North Korea; NBA All-Star reserve picks

Matt Malatesta, Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of VYPE Magazine, calls in ahead of National Signing Day (February 3) to talk about the fertile recruiting bed that is Houston, sharing some of his insights into covering high school sports and recruiting, and illuminating some of the most exciting athletes he’s seen and covered, both this season and in years past (and you better believe Matt brings up podcast-favorite, Kentucky commit and Cy Lakes senior De’Aaron Fox).

Austin, Jeremy and Kevin are intrigued by the story of UVA student Otto Warmbier, currently detained in North Korea for a “hostile act” against the state with the goal of “bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity,” (whatever that means) and get into the advisability of traveling in a country with what can be fairly called a problematic attitude towards foreigners.

The guys also explore the regrettable, misogynistic ranting from Cleveland-area radio host Kevin Kiley, who blasted Rex Ryan and the Bills on his show this week in response to their hiring of Kathryn Smith as special teams quality-control coach, the first woman with a full-time NFL coaching position. Kiley manages to make Don Draper look like Eleanor Roosevelt with his ugly outburst, and the feminist watchdogs at The Weekly Brew are all over it.

Houston-area chef — and ex-marine — Jonny Rhodes calls in to promote his new Jensen Chronicles pop-up series of events, in which he takes over a restaurant, providing a menu (and dishes) that are entirely locally sourced, drawing on his experience in Afghanistan and the middle east to put together a delectable menu that Houstonians are sure to enjoy.

Finally, Kevin attempts to break down the latest NBA news, including analyzing the All-Star starters and giving his reserve picks, but is forced to do so entirely alone, a scary and uncomfortable experience for him, though he soldiers on through it commendably.

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The General, John McClain talks NFL and Baylor; The guys break down the Big 12 title game possibilities and Longhorn Network debacle; special guest Chris Griesemer (our voice-over guy) joins to talk voice acting

The General, John McClain, joins The Weekly Brew to talk NFL playoffs, breaking down the crazy finish to the Green Bay/ Arizona divisional-round game, the St. Louis move to Los Angeles and further possibilities for NFL expansion. McClain also expounds on the privilege of having a vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and takes the opportunity to promote seven-time Pro-Bowl Oilers linebacker Robert “Dr. Doom” Brazile’s candidacy. McClain discusses whether the Texans will try to package Jadeveon Clowney in a deal to move up in the draft for a quarterback, and finishes with an amusing tale of how he first met Texas football legend Dave Campbell. For Baylor fans, he also devotes a few minutes to marveling at how far the football program has come.

Next, Austin, Jeremy and Kevin get into the Big 12 title game talk, delving into University of Oklahoma president David Boren’s contentious comments about the “psychologically disadvantaged” nature of the conference with the Longhorn Network blocking any movement towards a Big 12 network.

Finally, very talented and funny voice-actor Chris Griesemer, of Voice for Any Choice (whom you may recognize as the guy who does OUR voice-over work), calls the show to share his perspective on the career of voice-acting, and revisits some of his more memorable roles (you’ll likely recognize him from Family Guy or the Outback Steakhouse commercials). Chris finishes with an impressive string of off-the-cuff impressions and accents that brings down the house.

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Ep. 25: Texans autopsy with Houston sports writer Josh Koch; James Hoelscher of Race to the Moon talks music; the guys break down El Chapo and Making a Murderer

Houston sports writer Josh Koch calls in to eulogize the Texans after an ugly 30-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium Saturday, breaking down the quarterback situation and the injury to superstar defensive end J.J. Watt. Koch also grades out Bill O’Brien’s performance in the loss and looks forward to next season.

Austin, Jeremy, Zack and Kevin discuss Sean Penn’s bizarre – and border illiterate – piece for Rolling Stone, interviewing infamous Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, which ultimately led to Guzman’s re-arrest by Mexican authorities. They then break down the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

Finally, James Hoelscher – lead singer of Houston indie band Race to the Moon – joins the #podcast to discuss his band’s new album, What a Time To Be Alive, and talk about the Houston music scene, including promoting two upcoming shows, Jan 13 at Satellite Bar and Jan 30 at Notsuoh.

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Ep. 24: SI’s Lindsay Schnell joins the podcast to discuss OU’s Joe Mixon, sports and violence against women and being a woman in the sports media.

Lindsay Schnell, staff writer for Sports Illustrated and Campus Rush and the host of SI’s College Football podcast, joins us on The Weekly Brew in what was originally meant to be a segment. However, she proved to be one of the most engaging, interesting guests we’ve had to date, and her insights into covering college football made for a great auxiliary podcast.

So, with limited ado, Austin and Kevin jump right into the Schnell interview, and she shares her thoughts regarding Joe Mixon and the fallout from the article she wrote for Campus Rush after the OU running back faced the media for the first time, following an incident in which he assaulted a female OU student, breaking four bones in her face. Schnell also shares her thoughts on the SI College Football podcast and podcasting in general, and delves into the human-interest angles she mines in her Walk-On Project stories, which feature the most fascinating and impactful stories of walk-on student-athletes in FBS football programs.

Easily one of the best interviews yet on The Weekly Brew, Lindsay’s commentary and insight warranted this very special ‘bonus’ episode (I mean, really, they’re all bonus episodes, since they’re free, innit?), and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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Ep. 23: Elliot Coffey, former all-Big 12 and NFL linebacker, joins us to talk CFP, Baylor, UH, TCU & Texans; The guys recap 2015 and discuss the Rockets situation.

In the first podcast of 2016, Austin, Jeremy and Kevin welcome former Baylor, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans linebacker Elliot Coffey to the show. Coffey and the guys break down some of the highlights of the college football bowl season, including big wins for the Baylor Bears and the Houston Cougars in the Russell Athletic Bowl and Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, respectively.

Coffey shares his thoughts on Tom Herman and Art Briles, and commends them for the jobs they’re doing at the two universities. He then shares some thoughts about the nature of pro football, delving into the Houston Texans turnaround this season, and what it means to lose offensive tackle Duane Brown, and what a troubling history of concussions means for starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.

The guys then break down the year that was 2015, before Kevin lapses into conniptions about the pitiful state of the Rockets. The guys wish everyone a Happy New Year and Kevin gives a pass on the lack of new iTunes reviews, given the holidays and such.

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