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An Army of Normal Folks

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Our country’s problems will never be solved by a bunch of fancy people in nice suits talking big words on CNN and Fox, but by An Army of Normal Folks just deciding “hey, I can help.” Hosted by Coach Bill Courtney from the Oscar-winning Undefeated, this podcast is building the Army and celebrating its extraordinary members. New episodes are released every Tuesday.

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Our country’s problems will never be solved by a bunch of fancy people in nice suits talking big words on CNN and Fox, but by An Army of Normal Folks just deciding “hey, I can help.” Hosted by Coach Bill Courtney from the Oscar-winning Undefeated, this podcast is building the Army and celebrating its extraordinary members. New episodes are released every Tuesday.

Language:

English


Episodes
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It All Starts With Education

7/19/2024
67% of America's students aren't reading at grade level. What is An Army of Normal Folks going to do about it? Coach Bill's latest Shop Talk. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:14:35

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Daron Babcock: The Urban Farm That’s Cultivating People (Pt 1)

7/16/2024
After the loss of his wife, Daron spiraled out of control and into brawls & cocaine. He found redemption in rehab and eventually dedicated his life to helping others write their redemption stories. Today, Bonton Farms is one of the largest urban farms in the country, but produce is far from its most important fruit. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:38

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Daron Babcock: The Urban Farm That’s Cultivating People (Pt 2)

7/16/2024
After the loss of his wife, Daron spiraled out of control and into brawls & cocaine. He found redemption in rehab and eventually dedicated his life to helping others write their redemption stories. Today, Bonton Farms is one of the largest urban farms in the country, but produce is far from its most important fruit. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:12:05

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Everyone Needs a Yardman

7/12/2024
Like normal people. So said Coach Bill's daughter... and just wait until you hear his response on the latest Shop Talk. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:10:03

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Susan Ramirez: Foster Families Need Angels Too (Pt 1)

7/9/2024
Susan knew almost nothing about foster care. And when the blinders came off at 27 years old, her whole life completely changed. She started what is now National Angels, whose 19 chapters have volunteers doing life with 3,000 kids experiencing foster care and their foster parents! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:34

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Susan Ramirez: Foster Families Need Angels Too (Pt 2)

7/9/2024
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Duration:00:41:54

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What Are We Going To Do With These Kids?

7/5/2024
For our latest Shop Talk, Coach Bill shares a fascinating perspective about these "ragged kids" coming up. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:26

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Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson: Teaching 100,000 Kids Chess (Pt 1)

7/2/2024
And his goal is 1 million kids. But none of this would’ve happened if a high school teacher didn’t make the effort to teach Orrin chess and show him a better path than his gang life. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:45:23

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Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson: Teaching 100,000 Kids Chess (Pt 2)

7/2/2024
And his goal is 1 million kids. But none of this would’ve happened if a high school teacher didn’t make the effort to teach Orrin chess and show him a better path than his gang life. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:22

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Mike Rowe: Something To Stand For

6/28/2024
At a time when only 38% of Americans are extremely proud of being American, Mike Rowe tells us about the patriotic tour de force that is his new film "Something To Stand For", which is in theaters everywhere. Coach Bill also surprises Mike with the impact that he's had on one of our Army members. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:55

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Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth: When Dropping Off Christmas Presents Felt Yucky (Pt 1)

6/25/2024
When Jim and Melinda brought presents to a low-income family, they felt off and weird that the relationship would stop there. So they kept coming back to their largely immigrant mobile home park and families asked them to help their kids with homework. Today, their accidental nonprofit Path United operates community centers in 7 mobile home parks and serves 600 kids every week! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:17

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Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth: When Dropping Off Christmas Presents Felt Yucky (Pt 2)

6/25/2024
When Jim and Melinda brought presents to a low-income family, they felt off and weird that the relationship would stop there. So they kept coming back to their largely immigrant mobile home park and families asked them to help their kids with homework. Today, their accidental nonprofit Path United operates community centers in 7 mobile home parks and serves 600 kids every week! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:11:28

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Being Governed By Your Inferiors

6/21/2024
For our latest “Shop Talk”, Coach Bill responds to a listener who is interested in working in government and disheartened by our tagline that our country's problems won't be solved by fancy people in DC. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:13:22

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Dr. Rhonda Smith: I Use Your Podcast in My Classes! (Pt 1)

6/18/2024
Professor Rhonda has assigned listening to and reflecting on our podcast to over 400 of her college students. And just wait until you hear her story that led to an extraordinary life of purpose. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:20

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Dr. Rhonda Smith: I Use Your Podcast in My Classes! (Pt 2)

6/18/2024
Professor Rhonda has assigned listening to and reflecting on our podcast to over 400 of her college students. And just wait until you hear her story that led to an extraordinary life of purpose. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:03:07

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Coach Bill Courtney: “I Was Miserable On Father’s Day, Until…”

6/16/2024
Our host brings us a special short episode on his difficult and yet redemptive experience with Father’s Day. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:07:01

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Sparky Reardon: The Model of Servant Leadership

6/14/2024
For our latest “Shop Talk”, Coach Bill pays tribute to Ole Miss’ former Dean of Students who changed his life and countless others. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:57

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Don Wettrick: 21st Century Learning (Pt 1)

6/11/2024
Don is on the frontlines of challenging our broken 20th century education system with 21st century innovations. As a teacher, he brought unheard of things like “Genius Time” and “open-source learning” to his classroom. And his latest innovation is the StartedUp Foundation, which has helped Indiana teachers engage over 6,000 students with the most elite entrepreneurship pitch competition! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:03

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Don Wettrick: 21st Century Learning (Pt 2)

6/11/2024
Don is on the frontlines of challenging our broken 20th century education system with 21st century innovations. As a teacher, he brought unheard of things like “Genius Time” and “open-source learning” to his classroom. And his latest innovation is the StartedUp Foundation, which has helped Indiana teachers engage over 6,000 students with the most elite entrepreneurship pitch competition! Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:03:47

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As My Grandma Was Dying

6/7/2024
She taught me a whole lot about grace. For our latest “Shop Talk”, Coach Bill pays tribute to his Gram. Support the show: https://www.normalfolks.us/premium See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:11:00