Celebrating one full year of Filler Words, Mike and Bev talk about what year two is going to bring with an exciting announcement: a new season of Filler Words podcasts coming later this year. They talk about what you can expect in the new season of Filler Words, the Capitals and Golden State Warriors victory parades, and why they’re passionate about this podcast.

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On this special Memorial Day Weekend episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Gold Star Wife Theresa Jones who shares the story of her late husband, LCDR Landon Jones, USN. She shares the story of learning of her husband’s death and how her friends, family, and military family helped her while she was grieving. She also talks about the amazing work of the Travis Manion Foundation. Mike and Bev then talk about the District Media Group Tip of the Week on how to be helpful to someone who is grieving.

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Mike and Bev sit down to talk with Beverly’s grandfather, Joseph Howell, who shares some of his favorite foods, presidents, and lessons from over 100 years of life. He weighs in on how Pres. Trump is doing, the latest from his golf game, and gives the winner of the KFC v. Bojangles best fried chicken debate. Stick around as Beverly offers the District Media Group Tip of the Week.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Bev and Mike and joined by David Wilezol, Chief Speechwriter at the State Department, who shares some #protips for those lucky souls who have to prepare toasts for weddings this season. They also discuss lessons from his day job as a speechwriter and the importance of reading and practicing out loud for any type of public presentation. Beverly shares the District Media Group Tip of the Week, and they offer listeners $10 off a box from www.FabFitFun.com with code FILLER.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Christina Wolfgram, (@itsthecwolf https://www.instagram.com/itsthecwolf/) star and creator of funny Internet videos, joins Mike and Bev to talk about her path from being Mike’s college friend to Instagram star with millions of video views. She talks about how she gets inside her audience’s head, why she’ll talk about mental health but not her relationships, and how to maintain some privacy while getting in front of millions of viewers online. She also talks about the time Russel Crowe shared her Les Mis parody video and other lessons for us mere mortals.

Mike and Bev also talk about Sister Jean, the star of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, ahead of the March Madness Final. And Beverly offers the District Media Group Tip of the Week.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Oliver Darcy, CNN’s Senior Media Reporter, who broke the story of sexual harassment allegations against journalist Mark Halperin. Darcy discusses the behind-the-scenes work journalists do to verify and corroborate their sources before their pieces are published, and walks us through investigating and publishing the Halperin story. He also explains why CNN isn’t fake news.

In the District Media Group Tip of the Week, Mike and Bev discuss how to be an informed consumer of news especially in today’s contentious environment in three easy steps.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev are joined by Ericka Andersen, author of the forthcoming book “Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness” (Harper Collins, June 2018). Get inspired by her journey that took her from realizing her husband’s childhood would make an inspiring book to beginning the writing process to finding a book agent and working with a publisher on the final details (4:48). This interview kicks off her media tour! Then in the District Media Group Tip of the Week, Beverly and Mike review some writing tips from the pros for aspiring authors and go over some things to keep in mind when promoting your new book.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev welcome Janie Valencia, founder of the boutique greeting card company The Card Bureau (www.thecardbureau.com) to talk about how to create a good greeting card and her path from polling and politics to starting her own company. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, she shares some of her best politics-themed Valentine cards. Mike, who’s wedding anniversary is Valentine’s Day, answers the question of whether he can get away with a single gift. And Beverly applies her media training expertise to provide some do’s and don’t’s when saying ‘I love you.”

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On this episode of Filler Words, Mike and Bev do a sports-only podcast ahead of the Big Game on Sunday, Super Bowl LII. They interview Chris Deaton (9:15), now at the Weekly Standard but formerly a sportswriter at SLAM Magazine. They close the show by listening to some Super Bowl Week media clips and offering their critiques on how the athletes did (26.47).

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In the last Filler Words of 2017, the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney joins Mike and Bev to offer advice to young writers and reporters – and explains how he balances work and family life (hint: an alarm clock is required). Then Mike and Bev talk about the best (or worst) interviews and press conferences from 2017 and finish up by talking about new years’ resolutions.

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Dan Hayes, the lead director at Freethink Media, joins Mike and Bev to talk about the incredible power of storytelling in short-form documentaries, which is what Freethink Media specializes in. Listen to learn the lessons he’s picked up while sharing some incredible stories from people around the world. Later, Mike and Bev review clips from two press conferences last week: Herm Edwards being introduced as the head coach of Arizona State University’s football team, and Senator Al Franken’s announcement on the Senate floor that he would be resigning. Stay until the end for the District Media Group Tip of the Week.

For our loyal listeners: thank you! We’re running a contest this week: leave a critique of our performance in the iTunes Podcast review section. The most creative will receive a shout-out on air next week!

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This week on Filler Words, Mike and Bev welcome on Lyndsey Fifield, host of the Ladybrains podcast and social media pro at The Heritage Foundation to talk about podcasting and the best way to use Instagram stories. Mike and Bev briefly discuss the latest firings due to sexual misconduct by Matt Lauer and others, and do some Speed Dating the News before arriving at the District Media Group Tip of the Week. Topics discussed include the Royal Wedding, LeBron James, Holiday Pajamas, and how to avoid speculation.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Beverly sits down with Kelsey Harkness, a Senior Reporter/Producer at The Daily Signal, a Fellow at Steamboat Institute, and a contributor to The Federalist. After a wide-ranging conversation, Mike and Bev bring back segments Tweet of the Week, Speed Dating the News, and the District Media Group Tip of the Week. Topics discussed include Trump’s tweets about his trip to Asia; the Roger Goodell negotiations with the NFL; Cards Against Humanity purchasing land on the US-Mexico border; Donna Brazile’s explosive new book; and should you use accents?

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Elise Crawford Gallagher, Founder and CEO of RINGLET, a full-service communications firm serving female business owners in the Washington, DC, area, joins Mike and Bev to talk about the adventure of starting a business and what she’s learned along the way.

In a bonus offering, Mike and Bev discuss their favorite halloween candy.

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On this episode of Filler Words, David Drucker of the Washington Examiner and CNN joins Mike and Bev to talk about how he started writing about politics and offers advice on what makes a good political commentator. Mike and Bev’s segments include Too Soon? Nasty Woman; Speed Dating the News; and the District Media Tip of the Week. Topics discussed include the responses to the shooting in Las Vegas; Trump feuding with the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cam Newton’s comments; Columbus Day; the DC Metro system vs. the Washington Nationals; and the DMG Tip of the Week.

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On this episode of Filler Words, Brian Doherty, a producer at Fox News, joins Mike and Beverly to talk about his path to TV production; working with Rush Limbaugh; interning with “Reading Rainbow”; advice for aspiring TV producers; and how to make sure he immediately deletes your pitch. Segments include Tweet of the Week; Hooking Up; Speed Dating the News; and the District Media Tip of the Week. The hosts discuss the NFL anthem protests and counterprotests; OkCupid’s partnership with Planned Parenthood; Steve Scalise’s emotional return to Congress; Twitter beta testing 280 characters; Anthony Weiner; and Baa Baa Land.

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This week, Beverly and Mike are joined by Ben Smith, who has never written for BuzzFeed. They discuss social media trends, what it was like to be mixed-up with BuzzFeed Ben after BuzzFeed published the dossier on Trump-Russia ties in December, and lessons learned doing social media campaigns. Segments include #SMH, Throwing Shade, Speed Dating the News, and the District Media Group Tip of the Week. Topics discussed include Dan Helmer’s viral TopGun-themed campaign ad featuring bad karaoke; President Trump’s speech at the United Nations and his “rocket man” moniker for Kim Jong Un; Clay Travis’s ‘boobs’ interview on CNN; a company that lets you print your dog’s face on your speedo; and who is donating after Hurricane Harvey. Finally, the tip of the week tackles emoji use.

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This week, Mike and Beverly are joined by R Street Institute’s Shoshana Weissmann to discuss social media fame, sloths, becoming friends with Jake Tapper, and how she ended up with Twitter handle @senatorshoshana. Segments return with Tweet of the Week; Is It Too Late To Say Sorry; Speed Dating the News; and of course the District Media Group Tip of the Week. Topics covered include Jemele Hill; Hillary Clinton’s new book tour for ‘What Happened’; the essence of La Croix; Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicaid for All’; the Equifax hack; clowns watching It; and how to apologize (listen up, husbands).

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Veronique Roman, Director of Public Affairs at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Mike and Beverly to talk about how to effectively communicate complicated messages in the media and her advice to comms professionals just starting out. Beverly and Mike debut some new segments, including Word of the Day, Off the Record? and Speed Dating the News. They finish up with the District Media Group tip of the Week.

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