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The Trump Paradox

The 2017 Presidential Inauguration takes place Friday. I don't think I've written a word here or on Twitter about Donald Trump since he was elected in November. Then, last week, I wrote a couple of Tweets about what I call the Trump Paradox.

When Donald Trump the reality show host writes petty Tweets and makes ludicrous statements, my instinct is to completely ignore him. After all, if 15 years of blogging has taught me anything it's that one should not feed the trolls. Ignoring is the best course of action.

When Donald Trump the President-Elect does the same, my instinct is to continue ignoring. But Trump is about to become the most powerful man on the planet, and how can you ignore statements made by someone with such a title? This is the Trump Paradox.

In essence, the man does not deserve our respect, but the office demands it. It's going to be a rough four years.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 213: Rod Smith

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 213In this 213th episode, Mike chats with TSN's Rod Smith about his years anchoring SportsDesk / SportsCentre, hosting CFL on TSN and more. This episode is exactly 1:14:33.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 212: Jesse and Gene

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 212In this 212th episode, Mike chats with Jesse Dylan and Gene Valaitis about their years on Toronto radio as Jesse and Gene, what they've been up to since and what's next for the duo. This episode is exactly 1:09:38.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 211: James Mirtle and Sean Fitz-Gerald

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 211In this 211th episode, Mike chats with James Mirtle and Sean Fitz-Gerald about their new roles at The Athletic. This episode is exactly 1:09:50.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 210: 12:36 Media Recap

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 210In this 210th episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 about the current state of the media in Canada. This episode is exactly 1:58:36.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 209: Happy Festivus

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 209In this 209th episode, Mike celebrates Festivus with Elvis and they discuss a cornucopia of fun topics. This episode is exactly 1:35:03.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 208: Denise Donlon

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 208In this 208th episode, Mike chats with Denise Donlon about her years at MuchMusic, Sony and the CBC. This episode is exactly 1:20:42.

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Most Revealing Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2016

I recently shared my favourite episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2016, but here are the episodes I deem to be the most revealing. There were stories shared in these four episodes that were completely unknown to me, and often unexpected.

Anne Mroczkowski

Anne decided she was tired of the smoke and mirrors and wanted to tell it like it was. She was incredibly candid and taught me a great deal. This was one of the most refreshing conversations I enjoyed in 2016.

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John "Spike" Gallagher

Spike has stories. Man, does he have stories. What he lacks, is a filter, and we're all the beneficiaries. He's returning when he's finished his book.

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Dave Hodge

Two words: pen flip.

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Mike Richards

Mike told me he was a good-time Charlie, and he most definitely aimed to please. I was blown away by how honest he was and what he was willing to share with Toronto Mike'd listeners. It was truly appreciated.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 207: Bob Elliott

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 207In this 207th episode, Mike chats with legendary baseball writer Bob Elliott about his years covering the Expos and Blue Jays, why he was banned from Bob McCown's Prime Time Sports, and the future of baseball in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:03:56.

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Favourite Episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2016

I haven't recorded a new episode of Toronto Mike'd in two weeks and I miss it. I'll make up for that brief pause with at least five new episodes before the end of the year, including visits by Bob Elliott, Denise Donlon, James Mirtle and Sean Fitz-Gerald.

This break has given me a chance to look back on the episodes recorded in 2016. I averaged more than one episode a week, and there were dozens of fantastic conversations, but here are my five favourite episodes of Toronto Mike'd in 2016.

Maestro Fresh-Wes

I had worked on getting Maestro to visit for years before his visit in September. I was a big fan and it was a delight having such one-on-one time with Wes. In a sense, the 200+ episodes could have been a ruse to make this 90 minutes possible.

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Ron Hawkins

Much like Maestro, I was a huge fan of Lowest of the Low. To this day, Shakespeare My Butt gets played in my house and every episode of my podcast closes with Rosy and Grey from that same album. Ron was everything I'd hoped he would be.

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Ron MacLean

Speaking of Rons who did not disappoint, Ron MacLean was incredible. He's been the face of Hockey Night in Canada for as long as I can remember and having him visit my basement to field my questions still blows my mind.

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Bob Elliott

Back when I had a commute to work, I'd listen to Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and wish the two minutes with Bob Elliott were two hours. On a cold day in December, I got what I wanted. Bob visited me and shared baseball stories for two hours and it was everything I had hoped it would be.

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Emm Gryner

This one, was personal. Emm is a tremendous musician and great conversationalist, but i needed this episode for purely selfish reasons. This one was for Mike Kic.

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