JSC Radio Ep. 63: Birds of a Feather


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — And I thought last week’s show was tough…

So, for the sake of clarification: This show was recorded on Wednesday night. It was a few hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced,  about 36 hours after Joel Ferguson’s horrendous interview on WVFN in Lansing, and it was recorded as Lou Anna Simon resigned as MSU’s President.

It was recorded before this thing went straight up nuclear the last 18 hours with the “retirement” of Athletic Director Mark Hollis and before the release of this monstrous piece from ESPN’s venerable Outside The Lines on how MSU’s lax response to sexual violence spans decades and stretches into the basketball and football programs, including details that show that both of MSU’s legendary coaches — Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio — allowed this crap to happen knowingly on their watch. In no uncertain terms, this is a f–king disaster on all levels. An unmitigated debacle. As recently as this morning, you had a high profile donor saying on record that if people are wary about sending their kids to MSU that they can “go to another school” because there are “kids on a waiting list” dying to get in. Oy.

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Joel Ferguson. The face of the MSU response to Larry Nassar. That’s not a good thing.

For so many years, I have seen people at other schools such as Penn State, Baylor, Ohio State, and others say asinine to downright offensive things in the midst of a scandal, but rarely have I see a more idiotic and tone deaf collective response to a major crisis than what I have seen at Michigan State the last two weeks. They couldn’t have handled this any worse than they have if they tried. It makes it all the more astonishing since MSU has one of the premier Public Relations programs in the country and has top notch PR firms associated with them.

So keep that in mind as you listen to this show because so much has gone down in just 24 hours that it makes your head spin. I attempted to lighten the mood and talk about the Super Bowl too. So, there’s that.

MattieLarsonStatementMuch like last week, this show will be graphic. There will be strong language and it features the victim statement from Mattie Larson, the former US Olympian who was assaulted multiple times by Nassar. She was giving this statement as Ferguson was making a fool of himself on the radio. 

Here’s Episode 63.

 

JSC Radio Ep. 63 Blog BannerComing up on Episode No. 63 of JSC Radio:

  • Larry Nassar gets sent to Hell
  • The response by MSU to this travesty has been nothing short of a disaster.
  • You hear the real time reaction to the resignation of Lou Anna Simon.
  • Mattie Larson’s gut-wrenching victim statement sent shockwaves through us all.
  • Joel Ferguson’s horrendously offensive interview may have been the “inadvertent” tipping point in all of this.
  • Where does Michigan State University go from here?
  • Plus: A breakdown of the NFC & AFC Title games, the greatness of Merrill Reese, and how it feels to finally have a Super Bowl team in my literal backyard.

iLLingsworthShouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Also, wanna shout out theavatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500 homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, January 26, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

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JSC Radio Ep. 62: This Ain’t Sparta


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — This was one of the toughest shows I’ve done.

As anyone who even halfway knows me understands, there aren’t too many things I love more than Michigan State University. I have done a multitude of shows and segments on my Alma Mater, including Episode 40 last spring (where I first talked about Nassar), and moving into Episode 55 this past Fall. I have zero qualms about taking the school to task just like have no issue taking a sledgehammer to the City of Detroit — you want the best for those you love and have no problem getting on their ass to make them get that point. But this Larry Nassar situation is an entirely different animal.

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MSU President Lou Anna Simon needs to resign since the Board of Trustees is too clueless to fire her

Regardless of what the MSU Board of Trustees or a few moronic so-called Spartans will tell you, this is every bit the disgusting scandal that was Jerry Sandusky at Penn State or the institutional failure that was Baylor University covering up and enabling years of physical and sexual violence against women by members of the Football program. In many ways, it’s worse because Michigan State University saw the shit storms that engulfed Waco and State College, but they seem intent on simply beating their heads against the same damn wall even as Larry Nassar plead guilty. 

The basis for most of this week’s show is this stellar piece by Kim Kozlowski in last Thursday’s Detroit News where it outlined how more than a dozen people — 14 to be exact — were told of Nassar’s deviant behavior and how the reactions ranged from repeatedly dismissing it as “medial treatment” to total ignorance by police and the administration to intimidation by gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.

This was emotional for me because I listened to the countless victim statements that graphically lay out what Nassar did, how he managed to manipulate parents and coaches and doctors into believing what he was doing was “medical treatment” and how he got assists due the aforementioned negligence of MSU and the enabling by coaches like Klages that let him prey on these girls for nearly 25 years. Michigan State University needs to own this travesty.

This show will be graphic. There will be strong language. I will be angry. And if you have a problem with me coming after a University that I still financially support as a 15-year Alumnus…you can sit and spin. 

Here’s Episode 62. It dropped on Friday. I finally have the words today.

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Coming up on Episode No. 62 of JSC Radio:

  • Lou Anna Simon must pay the price for this happening on her watch.
  • How was Nassar able to get so many people to go along with his deviant behavior
  • Why this is no different — in fact, possibly worse — than Penn State and Baylor.
  • Kathie Klages is as much of a scourge as Nassar.
  • The MSU Board of Trustees also get the buckle for their continued support of Simon.
  • How could 14 people (at least) not do something
  • Where does Michigan State University go from here?

 

iLLingsworthShouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Also, wanna shout out theavatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500 homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Monday, January 22, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

JSC Words of Wisdom #13: Hope is NOT a Strategy…


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — Good Friday morning, Everyone! It’s been a while… a long while…since I brought you the JSC Words of Wisdom, a.k.a. #JSCWOW. Too damn long in fact. So I’m back at it with my first one of the new year and it’s time I hit y’all with a new mantra you can take into 2018 and beyond.

It’s about a thing called Hope. It’s a great thing to have. It’s a nice thing to do. But it cannot be the only card you have in your hand. Go figure that this phrase was inspired by, of all things: The Detroit Lions!

We are back so going forward, this will drop (just about) every Friday morning. Feel free to share this on your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag — #JSCWOW.
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JSC Radio Ep. 61.5: I’m Black & I Have A Dad


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Happening People! The Cause Speeds on Its Way and it’s been a minute since I’ve dropped a “.5” on you, but this was too good to get crammed into one show.

Initially, I had planned on this being the bulk of Ep. 61, but, because of #Lions, there was no way that I could give this interview its proper justice by having it tied to Jim Caldwell. Ep. 61.5 needed to stand on its own.

This week, we welcome JSC Contributor Jazmine Duke back to the show. She made a very notable appearance on the show a year ago and this time she’s back with her father, Aaron, with whom she co-wrote a book called I’m Black and I Have A Dad. She has also previously written on this site on Father’s Day last year, telling a story about how her dad legit saved her life

Aaron Duke, is more than Jazmine’s dad. He’s a retired U.S. Marine, a self-made man, and after listening to this show, you will see where Jaz gets it from in terms of their raw and outspoken nature. The interview is nearly an hour long and if you’re one of those people who pucker up at the talk of racism and sexism…then you need to grow up and put on your big boy pants because it’s gonna get woke in here.

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Coming up on Episode No. 61.5 of JSC Radio:

  • Jazmine and her Dad recount life in Minnesota including chopping wood and laying sheet rock.
  • How did an old school Black Marine raise a Feminist?
  • How the fight for gender equality and racial equality go hand in hand.
  • On the advice he gave Jazmine as a young girl.
  • Despite their really tight bond, they don’t agree on everything.
  • What it was like being the product of an interracial relationship.
  • How did they manage to bridge the generational gap?

iLLingsworthShouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Also, wanna shout out theavatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500 homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and (especially today) G.O.M.A.B. Σ

JSC Radio Ep. 61: Check The Report


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  HAPPY NEW YEAR, HUMANOIDS!

What’s good y’all. It’s officially the new year and for first show of 2018, The People’s Podcast bids farewell to Jim Caldwell, the worst “best coach” in NFL History.

Those of you who have followed this show from the outset know that a large amount of my disdain for this team — the love-hate relationship I have with the Detroit Lions that I’ve referenced a few times — is centered in three places: the Ford Family’s notoriously lazy ownership, the undying blind love of Matthew Stafford, and the arrogant incompetence of Caldwell. The first two are unfortunately not going anywhere, but the third was the wildcard.

Well, this past Monday, Lions did something un-Lionsy in actually getting rid of him despite his having the “best” record of any head coach since the Merger, including coming off a season where the Lions — barely — finished with a winning record (but no playoff appearance). He’s gone, and maybe the Lions finally have gotten the memo that just “having a winning record” and “not being Cleveland” is not good enough!

2017-06-18 13.11.06This week, the show is broken into two parts because this thing needed to stand on its own. Part 2 of the show — what will be Episode 61.5! — will welcome JSC Contributor Jazmine Duke back to the show. She made a very notable appearance on the show a year ago and this time she’s back with her father, Aaron, with whom she co-wrote a book called I’m Black and I Have A Dad. She has also previously written on this site last summer, telling a story about how her dad legit saved her life. A separate post is coming fully dedicated to this interview. 

But for now, the Lions are going to get these hands!

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