Doug and Alek are joined by Malachi “A+scribe” Carter(The Unapologetics Podcast) who shares his thoughts on Lady Gaga’s Hunger Games-esque Inauguration outfit, President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party’s lengthy track record of exploiting Black people for political gain, and why Hamilton is problematic. The trio also gush over the powerful performance and presence of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, and share the biggest holes in their respective cinematic repertoires.

Doug and Alek are joined by I Can Marvel All Day co-host & Watershed Voice’s self-appointed director of marketing Michael “Hogey” Hogoboom. The trio talks about the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, Green Day’s 2020 album that Hogey calls “American Idiot Part 2” but “too spicy for radio,” as well as how they plan to observe MLK Day. (Recorded on Saturday, January 16)

WARNING: This episode contains strong language, and what some may consider emotionally difficult material.

In Episode 8 of Keep Your Voice Down, Doug and Alek are joined by fellow Watershed Voice Podcaster Michael “Hogey” Hogoboom to discuss last week’s primary election results, what November’s ballot will look like, and of course, Taylor Swift’s new album, which Hogey has plenty of opinions about. The trio also discusses the NBA and NHL bubbles, the Three Rivers DDA, Three Rivers Community Schools’ Board of Education and Charles Thomas’ latest piece on what he misses most about Three Rivers.

In Episode 8 of Keep Your Voice Down, Doug and Alek interview Larry Walton, a Republican candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives and the 59th District. Walton is one of five candidates vying for the seat in the Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4, while Democratic candidate Amy East is running unopposed.

Doug and Alek return from an extended hiatus (they couldn’t record last Tuesday because BREAKING NEWS) to discuss the top stories from around St. Joseph County, as well as Nic Cage’s latest role and the ever-growing presence of murder hornets (they’re real and they’re coming, probably). The duo also takes time to praise essential workers and discuss what they’ve learned about themselves in quarantine.

“Doctors and nurses are dying at an alarming rate. They have a choice, naturally, to either resign their posts or show up and fight, but the nature of the business makes it abundantly clear most will choose to fight. Choose to die. Choose to sacrifice their hopes and dreams and hobbies, their retirements and vacations and their children’s affection for the public good. It’d be great to believe this is all overblown, but we know better.”

In episode three of Keep Your Voice Down, Watershed Voice Executive Editor Alek Haak-Frost and co-host Doug Sears, Jr. discuss COVID-19 protests, the details of a three-step plan unveiled by Michigan House Republicans this week to “get Michiganders back to work,” top stories from St. Joseph County and the handshake’s possible fall from grace in a post COVID-19 world.

But the question lingers. Is the Corona Champion legitimate? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning still be a Stanley Cup Champion if they hoist the Cup in a 5,000-seat college arena, skating past empty seats while the Red Hot Chili Peppers are played extra loud to drown out the crickets? Would Kevin Garnett’s legendary declaration of “Anything is possible!” rung out to the heavens the same way without a cheering crowd behind him? If Bill Russell was at home for his own safety instead of standing in the confetti shower with Garnett?

Maybe not. But the soul of the game is the playing of the game.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, originally issued March 24, 2020, was extended until April 30. The order was originally intended to expire April 13.

Violators are subject to fines up to $1,000, increased from the original maximum of $500 and jail sentences up to 90 days via a misdemeanor charge. Businesses that defy the order will be subject to penalties determined by their licensing agencies.