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Episode: #34
Date Recorded: Thursday June 30, 2016
Title: One Step Above Labrador
Running Time: 63 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Clay, Jeffrey & Isaac
Guest Contributor: Ryan The Non Pedestrian

It’s after midnight and it’s retail week at Starr Fireworks in Fargo. John, Ron and some guests a/k/a the “Diaper Dandies” have some fun talking about fireworks. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
~ John’s long road trip to Cabo
~ Firework scofflaw phone app
~ Pyro purge and the healing power of Jesse
~ Walmart fireworks incident
~ Canister shells versus double break
~ Johnny’s rating system
~ Ryan’s “Non-Pedestrian Movie Review”
~ The Real “Match” Game

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Episode: # 33
Date Recorded: Monday June 27, 2016
Title: Poke the Bear
Running Time: 53 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Dino

It’s about midnight and it’s the first day of retail week in Fargo. If you have noticed anything in the previous 32 episodes it’s that John likes to give Dino a hard time. Ron has prepared a montage of some of John’s best Dino “digs”. Some other topics covered in this episode include:
~ Minot fireworks show financing
~ Choteau City Montana City Council
~ Dubai students study firework safety
~ Poke the bear
~ Ways to beat a DUI

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Date Recorded: Friday May 6, 2016
Title: If People Didn’t Lie
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Special Guests: Charlie Harper, Steve, Devyn, Dean, Stoli a/k/a The Pyro Players

Running Time: 85 minutes
On the eve of Starr Fireworks annual dealer show, Ron travels to North Dakota to meet up with John. In what has become somewhat of an annual occurrence, he brings with him a script from a beloved 1960’s television show and the Pyro Players attempt to get through the script without too many flubs or edits. It might not be Shakespeare, but the Players version of the classic Twilight Zone script “To Serve Man” dares to consider what would happen if aliens offered pyro utopia to mankind. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ College visit recap
~ What’s a “Hammock Club” and where do I join?
~ Going to college is a lot like being on a cruise ship with homework
~ Queue the coed
~ Saturday morning cartoons
~ Prince
~ Pyro Purge
~ China Trip
~ There’s nothing better than discount pie
~ The Pyro Players present “Too Serve Man”

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Episode: # 31
Date Recorded: Monday April 4, 2016
Title: I Know Girls and You Think Like One
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Running Time: 89 minutes
The Starr Fireworks Dealer Show is a month away and the selling season is right behind. Things are getting interesting; the orders are coming in and John’s ready to embark on trips to Cabo San Lucas Mexico and China. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ Johnny attends Don Rickle’s 90th Birthday Party hosted by Regis
~ Johnny’s Make – A – Wish moment
~ Mexican and Poland fireworks factories explosions
~ APA Safety report… fireworks are less dangerous than baseball
~ Keegan’s going to dental school and now Starr Firework’s can finally have a dental plan
~ Ron’s and Pauline’s “Couples” personal training sessions are sick?
~ John explains “Tomb Sweeping Day”
~ Possible fireworks restrictions in England
~ Texas Independence Day fireworks
~ Brackets recap
~ Creative ways to disburse your remains / I wanna look like Seabiscuit when I die
~ Jim Nantz’s burnt toast
~ Batman v Superman recap

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Episode: #30
Date Recorded: Saturday March 12, 2016
Title: Rock Chalk Madness
Running Time: 114 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Things heat up after a show or two with not much to talk about in the world of pyro. John and Ron re-focus their efforts and take a comprehensive look at recent pyro events. John talks about what to expect for the upcoming 2016 selling season. Some topics covered in this episode include:
~ The Apple falls far from the tree
~ March Madness Pyro Style
~ Year of the Monkey
~ Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor Fireworks
~ NDSU Bison win again
~ Blowfish Baseball
~ Do fireworks really effect egg production?
~ Pioneer Day
~ 3 Tunisian Camel Jockeys and 1 Tasmanian Firework Holiday
~ Under no circumstances do you ever shoot a rocket through your ex girlfriends bedroom!
~ Who wants to take a Pyro Cruise?

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Episode #29
Date Recorded: Saturday January 9, 2016
Title: The Non Pedestrian Non Pyro Pyropodcast
Running Time: 68 minutes
Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker
Exclusive Guest: Ryan a/k/a “Ryan the Non Pedestrian”
Other Guests: Liz, Sharon, Chris a/k/a “The Casual Film Fan”

As most everyone knows, the fireworks business is quite seasonal. After some increased activity around New Year’s Eve, things tend to slow down. January through March can definitely be classified as the “dog days” of the fireworks industry. John and Ron took a break from their typical show and had some fun with a group of longtime friends. The guys will be back with their usual pyro and fireworks discussions next time.
Liz and Sharon have been friends of the guys for over 30 years. Sharon’s son is Ryan; he really loves movies so the guys asked him to give his review of Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful 8”. This is really two podcasts in one. The first half can be affectionately titled, “Gluten Free Toast Sounds Romantic” and includes a discussion about the evil that is gluten. The second half includes Ryan’s Non Pedestrian Review and can be titled “Ryan the Non Pedestrian’s Movie Review.”
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Episode: # 28

Date Recorded:  Tuesday January 5, 2016

Title: You Can’t Get Shaved Ice at Camp David?

Running Time: 70 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest: Nick Como, Salt Lake City, Utah – ‎Senior Director of Communication & Marketing at The Downtown Alliance – DOWNTOWNSLC.ORG

 

Johnny has returned from selling fireworks in Hawaii and he’s no longer “salty”. The guys recap fireworks traditions in Hawaii and around the globe. In a call back to prior episodes, they discuss the giant disco ball and Nick Como, ‎Senior Director of Communication & Marketing at The Downtown Alliance of Salt Lake joins the discussion. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ Hawaii Recap

~ What’s Wrong in Hawaii?

~ How Well Does John Know Hawaiian Words?

~ Increased Fireworks Related Police Complaints in Hawaii

~ The Chinese tradition of Red Packets

~ Firecracker Tradition & The Chinese Legend of Nian

~ NYE Fireworks From Around the Globe

~ Sydney

~ London

~ Dubai

~ Rio

~ Hong Kong

~ New York

~ Salt Lake City

 

~ Nick Como Interview

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Episode: # 27

Date Recorded:  Thursday December 10, 2015

Title: You Can’t Fit a Bomb in a Ham Sandwich

Running Time: 89 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

 

John is about to leave for Hawaii and wants to get his pyro purge before he leaves. John’s a little “salty” as he prepares to leave, but the guys still manage to revisit the giant disco ball in Salt Lake City and provide their own rendition of the “12 Days of Christmas (pyro style). Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ My Blue Heaven

~ Has Uncle Al Fresco ever eaten Sweet Potato Parmesan on Thanksgiving?

~ Episode 27 of a well traveled podcast

~ Johnny’s “salty” demeanor before he leaves for Hawaii

~ New perks for airline travelers

~ Hawaii fireworks forecast

~  NYE plans Fargo style

~ Santa Maria California and their pyro issues

~ Why can’t I bring a peach from Georgia to Florida?

~ Heroin, cocaine, stun gun, fireworks (two out of three aint bad)

~ Bottle Rockets

~ Salt Lake City’s disco ball

~ Internet search by state

~ The 12 Days of Christmas (pyro style)

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Episode: # 26

Date Recorded:  Saturday November 14, 2015

Title: Touch My Pork

Running Time:  103 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guest: Raymond Greenwood a/k/a “Mr. Fireworks” & “The King of Bling”

 

Ron and John are back in Chicago. John has just returned from his annual China purchasing trip and has lots to talk about. The guys dust off their copies of “2112”, pop open some Molson and talk Canadian pyro with “Mr. Fireworks” from Vancouver British Columbia. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ When did you realize you were old?

~ What should I do if an erection lasts for more than 4 hours?

~ “Wild Things” & movies about “Things”

~ NFA competition recap

~ China trip recap

~ Dino’s playoff beard

~ 2016 pyro predictions

~ Professional sports pyro mishaps

~ Raymond Greenwood interview

~ The nice and polite people of Fargo

~ Halloween Whopper

~ Playboy’s new image

You can learn more about NFA at: www.nationalfireworks.org

You can find Raymond Greenwood at www.mrfireworks.ca

3219 W. 2nd Avenue, Vancouver BC V6K 1K9, Canada

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Episode: # 25

Date Recorded:  Friday September 11, 2015

Title: It’s How They “Cull the Herd”

Running Time:  59 minutes

Hosts: Johnny Starr with Ron the Banker

Special Guests: Dino and Steve

The guys remain in Kingsport Tennessee for one more day. The annual NFA Expo is winding down and during the initial portion of this episode, Ron talks with Dino and Steve from the exposition floor. Johnny Starr is noticeably absent as he networks with all of his Chinese suppliers. The second portion of this episode takes place back at the hotel where John and Ron wrap up the expo and talk about things to come. Some other topics covered in this episode include:

~ Passfire movie review

~ The quality of Mexican fireworks

~ Famous people born in Tennessee

~ Real Men of Genius

~ The Final Countdown

~ How the Greeks cull the herd

~ Silver Anniversary

~ Hanging up with Johnny Starr is NOT an option

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