The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 808 with Michael A. Wood, Jr.

Episode Number: 808
Episode Guest: Michael A. Wood, Jr.
Original Airdate: June 13, 2016
Episode Sponsors: Onnit, MVMT Watches, Squarespace, Stamps.com, Caveman Coffee

Guest Bio: Michael A. Wood, Jr. is a retired Baltimore police officer and veteran of the USMC. He previously made the news for publicly speaking out against police brutality and has become a proponent of a new era of policing. A young man who met Michael as a child, when Michael was a cop volunteering at a recreation center, found Michael to talk about how much the experience affected him as well. He’s now trying to continue his growth, please help him here.

Topics Discussed: What can be done to stop mass shootings; there are mass shootings (more than three dead people) each day in America; Chicago’s new police leader; New York’s police slowdown; the police creates tension; the police protects and serves the rich; universal basic income; Baltimore housing segregation; disconnected youths need goals to achieve and to see examples of success; institutionalized racism; black people get harsher prison sentences than white people for the same crimes; how should criminals be punished; how to prevent crime; problems with Baltimore; prison guard unions; prison and police unions are fighting to keep marijuana illegal; using education to fight the drug war; there are relatively few mass shootings compared to how many guns there are in America; how does society benefit from having guns; people rarely defend themselves with their guns; Joe and Michael debate gun control; North Hollywood shootout; more gun control debate; guns are made for killing but knives, cars, etc. have other purposes; talk about gun control around the world and how other countries have little-to-no gun violence; NRA talk; it’s more dangerous to engage in a shooting scenario when you have a gun; running is your best bet for safety; people want to think they can be heroes; more talk about hero scenarios; debate about the Second Amendment and what it really means; debate about how gun deaths are actually calculated; Michael thinks Ted Nugent is crazy; the more educated people are, the fewer kids they have; Michael tells a story about working as a police officer in Baltimore; more gun control debate; drug war talk; Massachusetts isn’t locking up heroin users; Mathieu Kassovitz approached Michael about doing a movie after his last appearance on Joe’s podcast; Michael talks about getting involved in the Baltimore community; cops don’t realize the repercussions of their actions; talk about a former drug dealer in Baltimore who is teaching kids photography; Michael tried to be chief of police in Chicago; kids today are more ambitious and achieving more than their parents did; we live in the safest era in human history; criminals are better and more ambitious than ever; what would Michael have done in Chicago if he was the chief of police; drug addiction is a public health issue; Michael thinks doctors should sell drugs to eliminate the black market; the cannabis model in Colorado should be applied to other drugs; talk about death from alcohol; ibogaine; Joe talks about the benefits of marijuana; feeling vulnerable is good; Joe talks about reward systems again; people need to find a passion that excites them; people view drugs as an escape rather than an enhancement for life; masculinity and people who view intelligence as weakness; Michael is starting a small podcast studio and network; it’s important for young people to believe they can be successful; Joe talks about how he’s inspired people; life is a constant journey; expose yourself to interesting people; Joe talks about how the podcast has benefited him; Michael talks about getting arrested; Michael talks again about his upcoming podcast.

My Thoughts: Lots of gun control debate. Michael is pro gun control and Joe is sooooo very against it. Talk about drugs and people growing up in poor neighborhoods.

Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #808 available for streaming via YouTube.

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The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 670 with Michael A. Wood, Jr.

Episode Number: 670
Episode Guest: Michael A. Wood, Jr.
Original Airdate: July 8, 2015
Episode Sponsors: ZipRecruiter, Ting, Onnit

Guest Bio: Michael A. Wood, Jr. is a retired Baltimore police officer and veteran of the USMC. He recently made the news for publicly speaking out against police brutality and has become a proponent of a new era of policing.

Topics Discussed: How he approached the job; treating everyone equally; stop and frisk; why he quit the police; why he went public; attention on him; how he became a public figure; what Baltimore is like; deeds where black people can’t live in white neighborhoods; fixing racism; imitating our environment; money and politicians; the effect of video evidence on crime; cops and PTSD; stress; Freddie Gray; switchblades; fun of being an officer; military vets should be cops; shootings from fear; prohibition compared to drug war; working the street; his first arrest; inbreeding; meeting quotas; no traffic cops in Baltimore; arresting people multiple times; system creates criminals; working in plain clothes; being intimidating; us vs. them mentality; black officers being racist towards blacks; realizing what the problem is; living away from where he works; prison industrial complex; Anthony Batts fired; what would happen if drugs were decriminalized; Obama to release drug offenders; Eric Garner; power and corruption; cop killed Walter Scott then dropped taser by his body; things are changing; people being over sensitive; society becoming more aware; conservatives; the internet is helping; make less losers; nothing has changed with police; what police should do; indictments; fear reactions; was Ferguson justified; Tamir Rice; Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are the same; Confederate flag; Daisy Dukes; the General Lee; southern pride; changing the Confederate flag; California drought; earthquakes; Boston; Chicago; weather; east coast heat; car chase stories; Frank Sinatra’s size; car chases and standards for driving; shooting in knee and shooting standards; self-defense training; Steven Seagal Russian demonstration video; martial arts for self defense; striking for officers; judo; wrestling; jiu-jitsu; physical standards for officers; difficulty for women cops; gay cops; fanny packs; black lives matter; media coverage; gun control.

My Thoughts: Worth listening to if you’re interested in the topic of police brutality. Pretty much sticks to that topic the entire time.

Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #670 available for streaming via YouTube.

Podcast Audio: Audio for this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher, or you can download the MP3 directly to add it to the audio player of your choice.