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Ex5 Podcast Episode 10: Non-profit Organizations

Ex5 Podcast Episode 10: Non-profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations exist to advance a variety of different missions and causes, but what makes them different from their for-profit counterparts?  Marilyn Alstrom, former Executive Director of 20/20 Leadership, discusses the inner workings of non-profits including how they are formed, how they raise money, what they do with their money and what it’s like to work for one. Where to listen: Contact the guest: Website:  https://2020leadership.org/ Facebook:  @2020Leadership Instagram:  @2020leadership Twitter:  @2020leadership Email:  [email protected]
Ex5 Podcast Episode 8: Coffee

Ex5 Podcast Episode 8: Coffee

For many of us, coffee has become a staple of our daily routine. One that can easily be taken for granted. Bo Nelson, owner of Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, pours over the world of coffee from its fabled origins to the process that gets it from farm to cup. Whether you’re curious about what makes espresso unique, what caffeine really is or if the coffee at McDonalds is safe for consumption, Bo helps us become...
How Important Is Sneaker Care?

How Important Is Sneaker Care?

Sneaker care is extremely important.  While it always feels like the shoe salesman is trying to up-sell us with some type of protecting spray, there’s actually real value to buying these products and properly applying them.  You don’t have to buy the cheapest shoes for your eight year-old because you know he’ll destroy them, and you don’t have to constantly replace shoes because they become dirty and yellowed if you take some simply proactive steps....
Ex5 Podcast Episode 7: Guns

Ex5 Podcast Episode 7: Guns

Regardless of your opinion on guns, there’s no debate that they exist in the world today and are protected in the United States by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Gun experts Brent Keltner and Greg Langner give us a primer on the different types of firearms, how they work, how they are used, safety rules, and what some of the buzz words we hear in the media actually mean. Where to listen: Contact the...
What Is An IRS Phishing Scam?

What Is An IRS Phishing Scam?

Criminals who use personal information to steal your identity, open credit cards in your name or access your bank accounts have discovered that they can get you to willingly provide them with everything they need.  All it takes is a little acting.  That tactic is called phishing and is typically carried out by email, phone, text or other digital means.  In many cases it’s obvious that the person isn’t who they claim to be because...
Are Yeezys Actually Good Shoes?

Are Yeezys Actually Good Shoes?

Putting aside the celebrity hype around shoes developed or designed in conjunction with a big name like Kanye West, are they actually worth the cost?  In the case of the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350, sneaker-head Todd Hitchcock says that yes, there’s actually more to these shoes than the connection to West.  From a comfort and fit standpoint, the shoe is well designed.  It limits foot fatigue and is incredibly wearable; worth the price even without...
What Is Premium Coffee?

What Is Premium Coffee?

You may have heard the term “premium coffee” used in advertising campaigns for some major restaurant chains.  What you might not know is that premium is actually a grade of coffee, and unlike premium gasoline, premium coffee is not the highest grade.  A commonly used system of classifying coffee beans was developed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in order to help buyers and sellers understand the quality of the coffee being exchanged. ...
What’s The Best Perk Of Being A Mascot?

What’s The Best Perk Of Being A Mascot?

Even with access to all-star athletes, celebrities and the glamour of professional sports, the best perk of being a mascot is something beyond anything money can buy.  The game is over.  The event is wrapped-up.  They may have a 5 hour drive ahead of them.  They may be completely exhausted.  The only thing that really matters is that they made someone’s day better and brighter.  The best perk is the personal fulfillment that comes as...
Is Espresso Coffee?

Is Espresso Coffee?

Yes, espresso is coffee.  It’s made from the same “beans” which are really the pits or seeds of cherries that develop on shrub-like coffea plants.  Because of the environmental conditions necessary for the coffea plant to grow, the majority of all coffee beans come from land near the equator bounded on the north by the Tropic of Cancer and the south by the Tropic of Capricorn.  This area has been referred to as the Coffee...
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