Heidi Harris Show Podcast #206: Former POW’s Alcorn and Long on their captivity

In honor of Memorial Day and the amazing people who gave so much for our freedom, here’s an interview I did with a couple of men who’d been captured and held in Hanoi for 5 and 7 years, respectively. Major Steven Long, USAF, and Captain Ray Alcorn, USN, were kind enough to sit with me and discuss their captivity, and what they think of the anti-war movement and politicians who interfere with military objectives.

They’ve both passed on in recent years, but they both represented the very BEST of what America has to offer.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #205: Classic interviews – “Goodfellas” mobster Henry Hill

I’ve done many interesting interviews over the years, and one that was particularly memorable was my chat with Henry Hill, the man whose life story is the basis for the movie “Goodfellas”. Henry has passed away since, but this was a fun chat. Before you listen to this interview, I suggest you re-watch Goodfellas, to refresh your memory. We discussed what was accurate in the movie, versus what was embellished for Hollywood. Enjoy!

(I think I had too much caffeine that day…wow, am I talking fast!)

Heidi Harris show Podcast #204: Classic interviews – Legendary Jazz singer, pianist Joe Darro

Joe Darro is a Vegas legend, playing piano and singing here since the 1950’s. At 85, he still sings and plays like a man half his age, and has played for everyone who’s anyone (even me). I swear, the man knows every song in any key. He also played with my dad (a trumpet player) back in the heyday of Vegas. He’s got great stories about the greats, and knows Vegas musical history, because he helped MAKE it.

Joe has great stories about Jack Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joe Williams, Sammy Davis Jr. and a very drunk Judy Garland! He even turned down $10,000 from the National Enquirer to sneak a camera into of Wayne Newton’s wedding that he was playing.

He and I sat down right after a gig he was playing, coincidentally, the weekend before Vegas was shut down. Guys like Joe Darro made Vegas what it was, musically. Enjoy!

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #203: What’s happening with unemployment in Nevada?

In fairness to the state of Nevada, this amount of unemployment is unprecedented, but I know people who haven’t gotten a DIME in over 8 weeks, and that doesn’t include the independent contractors. Subrina Hudson, Business Reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal, joined me to discuss. She recently spoke with the head of DETR (unemployment) in Nevada, and has some insight on what’s happening, (or not happening).

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #202: Rachel Gilson, “Born (again) this way”

I came across a very important book by a woman who has been involved with women in her younger years, became a Christian, and eventually married a man. The book is called “Born (again) This Way”, by Rachel Gilson.

Her story is not quite as neat as that description sounds. Same sex attraction is treated by some churches as the worst possible sin. Is it? What about gossip? Most churches ignore that one, and frankly gossip destroys more relationships than anything else I have seen. The concepts Rachel talks about in her book go far beyond gay or straight. We are all MORE than our temptations, sexual or otherwise, or at least we should be…

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #201: Dr. Dale Carrison on Covid-19 and opening Nevada

Dr. Dale Carrison was my guest for this podcast. He was the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UMC, Nevada’s busiest hospital, for decades. Now he’s still giving back, semi-retired but still on the front lines and training paramedics in Northern Nevada. He joined me for a chat about the Coronavirus, Covid-19, latest findings, effect on Nevada’s economy, and Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s comments about opening up Nevada.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #200: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on the #VegasShutdown

Mayor Carolyn Goodman is being trashed in the press for an interview she did with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who in my opinion was condescending, to say the least. He’s just another guy who’s not missing a check, while telling us to stay home.

The Mayor has been a fierce defender of Vegas and free enterprise, while the “pearl clutchers” tell us to stay home, go broke, and “be patient”. She joined me moments after her CNN interview.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #199: Dr. Meg Meeker, Raising Strong Daughters in a Toxic Culture

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Meg Meeker for over 20 years, since I read her book “Epidemic: How Teen Sex is Killing our Kids”. She’s a pediatrician, a wife and mother, a speaker, and author of many fantastic books, the latest being “Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture”. She is on the front lines of the culture war daily. She joined me for my podcast.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #198: The great Vegas “reset”

In light of the #VegasShutdown that has so many people feeling like prisoners in their own homes, we are in need of a reset. We need to rethink everything; how we do business, what (should) matter to us, and WHO (should) matter to us. I think we can do it.

Heidi Harris Show Podcast #197: What happens when NV PERS retirement system loses money during #VegasShutdown

Along with everyone else who’s losing money in this #VegaShutdown, PERS, the Public Employees’ Retirement System will also lose money. Will they ask for tax increases to make up the deficit? And if so, will people who AREN’T government employees revolt? Victor Joecks, whose columns for the Las Vegas Review Journal often focus on Nevada fiscal policy and education, joined me to discuss.