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Apr 16, 2015

Josh Wise and Dogecar are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted. We discuss Josh Wise’s career in racing; Dogecoin; how Denis Pavel came up with the idea of Dogecoin sponsoring Josh Wise; how Dogecoin crowdfunded the sponsorship; how Josh Wise won the fan vote for the All Star race with the help of redditors; and the NASCAR community’s reaction.

 

This episode features Josh Wise (/u/dogedriver); Denis Pavel (/u/unicorn_butt_sex); Kyle Sheldon from NASCAR, Lewis Franck; Daryl Wright; Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse) and NASCAR fans from the Fontana Speedway.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting.

 

Relevant Links:

 

Josh Wise IAMA

Ting’s Subreddit

Denis’ Rally Post to the Dogecoin Subreddit

Alexis Ohanian with Josh Wise at Talladega

Vote for Josh Wise in the All Star Race

Lewis Franck’s Twitter

Daryl Wright’s Twitter

Josh Wise Voting Reminder Google Chrome Extension

Limited Edition Josh Wise Dogecar Shirt

Apr 9, 2015

Craig Watts and Leah Garces are the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss how Craig got into farming; farmers’ relationships with poultry companies; the conditions of chickens in factory farms; how Leah met Craig; Compassion in World Farming; their viral video; false labeling in the meat industry; animal welfare; their reddit AMA; and their new petition.

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible and MeUndies.

 

Relevant Links:

Craig & Leah’s Petitions

Craig & Leah’s Viral Video

Craig & Leah’s AMA

Davis Big & Tall

Apr 2, 2015

Jack (/u/touchmyfuckingcoffee) is the focus of this episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss his upbringing; the loss of his father; meeting his wife; his battle with drug addiction; his spectacular firing; discovering reddit; how he got started repairing vacuums; his AMA; and a surprise revelation.

 

 

This episode features Jack (/u/touchmyfuckingcoffee), Joy Petty (CMO at Riccar), and Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse & Content Coordinator at Ting).

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and MeUndies.

 

 

Relevant Links:

 

Don’t Touch My Coffee Website

Riccar Website

Jack’s First AMA

Don’t Touch My Coffee Youtube Channel

Don’t Touch My Coffee Patreon Page

Ting’s Subreddit

Mar 26, 2015

Huck (/u/huckstah) is the focus if this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Huck’s upbringing; his impetus for hitting the road; hitchhiking on his first trip to San Francisco; finding work; Hobo Whiskey; how his friends were murdered in Hawaii; the /r/Vagabond Subreddit; meeting Tanner Masseth (/u/other_tanner); creating their documentary, ‘Transients’; and how Rin (/u/rinrose16) used /r/Vagabond to transition to a lifestyle on the road.

 

This episode features Huck (/u/huckstah), Rin (/u/rinrose16), and Tanner Masseth (/u/other_tanner).

 

This episode is sponsored by Casperand MeUndies.

 

Relevant Links:

/r/Vagabond Subreddit

Huck’s post on r/pics with all of his gear

Huck’s AMA from last year

Preview of Huck and Tanner’s documentary, ‘Transients’

Transient’s Facebook Page

Mar 19, 2015

Michael (/u/tgtly) is the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Michael’s upbringing; her battle with depression; her relationship with Francesca (/u/Franjane); their fateful psychedelic mushroom trip; Michael coming out as transgender; her post to the Swole Acceptance subreddit; what it’s like transition; and what lies ahead.

 

This episode features Michael (/u/tgtly); Francesca (/u/franjane); Monica Prata; u/lightbulbprotein; and Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse & Content Coordinator at Ting).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and Squarespace.

 

Relevant Links:

Michael’s post on Swole Acceptance

Monica Prata’s Website

The Ask Transgener Subreddit

Ting’s Subreddit

The original website built for $10,000 by /u/lightbulbprotein’s company

The Squarespace website /u/lightbulbprotein sold to his boss for over $2,000 with no coding experience

Mar 12, 2015

Tuesday and Billy Cain (/u/billyjoecain) are the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss the history of Texas’ SB5, Senator Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster, Tuesday’s controversial sign, the social media backlash, and how the Cains stood up for their beliefs in the face of death threats.

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible.

 

Relevant Links:

Original Post on r/TwoXChromosomes

redditors on Wendy Davis’ 13 hour fillibuster

Wendi Davis News Montage

Leticia Van de Putte Statement

r/audiobook subreddit

Mar 5, 2015

James Harrison and Zachary Meyer (/u/bobandgeorge) are both the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss the history of rhesus disease; James’ surgery at the age of 14 in which he needed a major blood transfusion; his involvement with the Anti D program; the need for blood donations; /u/ironyx’s original call to help find a bone marrow donor for his nephew; how Zach signed up to be a bone marrow donor as a result of a post by Erik Martin, and Alexis documents his trip to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital to donate blood.

 

This episode features James Harrison, Xaoming Gibb (RH Program Director at the Red Cross), Tim Wong (Australian Red Cross), Simon McMillan, April McMillan, Zachary Meyer, and Jesse Sims (Content Coordinator at Ting).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and Squarespace.



Relevant Links:

 

The TIL Post on James Harrison

 

/u/ironyx’s post about seeking help for his nephew’s bone marrow transplant

 

Erik Martin’s blog post urging redditors to sign up to become bone marrow donors

 

Zachary Meyer’s AMA

 

Ting’s Subreddit


Alexis’ recent trip to the LA Children’s Hospital to donate blood

Feb 26, 2015

Double Dick Dude (/u/DoubleDickDude) is the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss how he decided to come out to the internet; his infamous AMA; his struggles in high school; coping with internet fame; lessons he learned from his parents; being ridiculed in high school; Superman; and his new book,’Double Header: My Life with Two Penises’.

 

This episode is sponsored by Naturebox, Casper, and Harry’s.

 

Relevant Links:

The Upvoted by reddit Subreddit

Conan O’Brien on Double Dick Dude

Double Dick Dude AMA

Double Header: My Life with Two Dicks

Double Dick Dude’s Tumblr

Double Dick Dude Twitter

Feb 19, 2015

Val Kiossovski and Gino Jevđević (/u/ginoyevdjevich) from Kultur Shock are the focus of this week's Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Gino’s rise to pop stardom in Yugoslavia as Gino Banana; the Bosnian War; Gino’s production of the musical ‘Hair’ during the war; how Joan Baez helped Gino emigrate to the United States; Val’s upbringing in communist Bulgaria; how a song Val wrote granted him status as a political dissident; the inception of Kultur Shock in Seattle; working with Billy Gould from Faith No More; overcoming prejudice in the music industry; finding success in Europe, returning to the Balkans, their new record IX, and Gino’s most recent AMA.

 

This episode features Billy Gould from Faith No More.

 

This episode also features God is Busy by Kultur Shock, Amerika by Gino Banana, and Home by Kultur Shock.



This episode is sponsored by Freshbooks and Naturebox.



Relevant Links:

Kultur Shock Official Website

Gino’s reddit AMA

Kultur Shock’s IX is currently available for free download

Kultur Shock’s European Tour Dates

God is Busy by Kultur Shock

Amerika by Gino Banana (Official Music Video)

Ne’am Nervi by Milena Slavova

Home by Kultur Shock (Official Music Video)

Kool Arrow Records

Faith No More Official Website

Feb 18, 2015

Elana Glassman, Jean Yang, and Neha Narula from MIT join Upvoted for a roundtable discussion on women in STEM. We discuss their upbringings, the public vs private sector, challenges women are currently facing in the field, misconceptions on programming, their recent AMA, and the future of CSE.



This episode is sponsored by Naturebox and Squarespace.

Feb 5, 2015

Jordan Axani (/u/jaxani) is the focus of this week's Upvoted by reddit. We talk to Jordan about his experiences growing up in Canada; his love of travel; buying tickets around the world on glitch trip for himself and his girlfriend (Elizabeth Gallagher); their breakup; how he used reddit to find another travel partner named Elizabeth Gallagher; his experience going viral, and using what he learned to launch the non-profit, A Ticket Forward.


This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Freshbooks.

Jan 29, 2015

DeStorm Power is the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We talk to DeStorm about his experiences growing up in the projects; his first encounters with art; moving to New York City to follow his dreams, his period of homelessness; breaking into the music industry, and becoming one of the biggest social media stars of all time.

 

This episode features Sarah Penna of Big Frame.

 

This episode also features the songs My Life is Like a Movie and King Kong by DeStorm.


This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Freshbooks.

Jan 22, 2015

Max Gleason aka Smooth McGroove (/u/SmoothMcGroove) is the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We talk to Max about growing up in Oklahoma; falling in love with videogames; developing as a musician; teaching drums, delving into video game acapella music; and creating a unique career for himself with the support of his fans.


This episode features Smooth’s renditions of Dire Dire Docks, Ocarina of Time, and Guile’s Theme.

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Igloo.

Jan 15, 2015

The story of Rome, Sweet Rome and James Erwin (/u/prufrock451) are the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We talk to James about growing up in Iowa; winning Jeopardy twice; writing Rome, Sweet Rome; meeting his manager, Adam Kolbrenner; selling his script to Warner Brothers; and Acadia.

 

Check out the pre-order of James’ new book, Acadia.

 

This episode features Vanished from the Rome, Sweet Rome Soundtrack by /u/theht.

 

This episode also features audio from the Rome, Sweet Rome trailer by /u/mojomann128.

 

This episode also features artwork from /u/stabyourface.

 

Check out days 1-7 from Rome, Sweet Rome and the subreddit, r/romesweetrome.


This episode is sponsored by Igloo and Freshbooks.

Jan 8, 2015

Dante Orpilla (/u/youngluck) is the focus of the debut episode of Upvoted by reddit. We talk to Dante about the Bottom Dwellerz; losing custody of his son; his drug addiction, his trial; discovering reddit; having Kleinbl00 from the R/favors subreddit help him write a speech for the judge; Blackmarketarts; getting involved with redditgifts; and eventually getting his dream job at reddit.

 

Check out Dante's app 'Dials'.

 

This episode features Old New Orleans by the Bottom Dwellerz.

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Tech Hungry.

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