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[EXPLICIT] The Post-Punk Algonquin Round Table: Peace, Plants & PMA

By July 14, 2014January 31st, 202412 Comments

Oh snap — s*$%t is about to get real!

Back by popular demand, I am overjoyed to bring together two of my most popular repeat guests on the RRP — John Joseph and Mishka Shubaly— for an epic threesome.

Call it my Post-Punk Algonquin Round Table: uncensored ruminations NYC style on sobriety, writing books, eating plants, running ridiculously long distances, expanding consciousness, walking a spiritual path and PMA — John’s personal mantra for positive mental attitude.

I cannot overstate how much I love these guys. And on the mic they never disappoint.

As you might suspect, the Cro-Mags’ frontman aka Bloodclot returns to do what he does best — incite, provoke, educate and entertain. Straight talk directly from the streets of the Lower East Side with one singular, driving purpose: getting people to “wake the f&*k up”, expand consciousness and take control of our lives.

Not to be outdone, Mishka fills the co-host role today and holds his own with JJ (not easy), rounding out the conversation with his always humorous, astute observations on the creative, athletic, sober life.

But the predominant subject of today’s show revolves around the release of John’s new book — a completely updated and rewritten version of his previously self-published cult hit: Meat Is For Pussies: A How To Guide For Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass and Take Names*

If you’re a long-time listener to the show, my boys need no introduction. If you’re new and unfamiliar with these phenomenons, I urge you to check out my earlier introductory posts and tune into their multiple previous appearances (hyperlinks to previous shows in the below Notes).

As for JJ, suffice it to say the guy is a true American original.  Lower East Side thief, abuse survivor, drug dealer & brawling gutter rat reborn as spiritual warrior. CBGB Street Poet. Punk-ass Robin Hood. Plantpowered Ironman. Spiritual evangelist.

A life story so astounding, I can only describe it like this:

“Take a little Charles Bukowski, add some Hugh Selby, Jr., throw in a little Jerry Stahl and finish it off with a light dusting of Paramahansa Yogananda. Then toss them all in a Martin Scorcese movie, douse the whole thing in kerosene and light it on fire. That is John Joseph.”

But John is also one of the most spiritual, giving cats I have ever met. The guy who will always engage a stranger on the street; and literally move mountains to help a less fortunate soul in need — and never ask for anything in return.

A the end of the day, all you really need to know about John is condensed into this little gem that recently appeared on— the most entertaining “how to make a green smoothie” video of all time:

Meditation; service; sobriety; GMO’s; the “V” word; the nutritional plight of the everyman; balancing life as both an athlete and creative person; and what it means to truly be a man — these are the topics of the day.  

And yes, we address head-on the heated controversy swirling around the title of John’s new book. My opinion? This is a great book. It’s not written for the converted. It’s written for the guy who wouldn’t pick up VegNews Magazine if it was the only thing left on the entire planet to read. This book will not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s a book I have no doubt will transform the lives of countless thousands. Because Meat Is For Pussies connects the dots for even the most hardened meat eating, carnivorous BBQ-loving dude imaginable.

It was my honor to write the foreword to this work. It was my honor to introduce John at his book release party in Brooklyn this week. And it is my honor to have Mishka and John join me today to discuss and celebrate his awesome achievement.

I’m proud to call these guys my friends and am always thrilled to bring their unique, compelling voices to you.

FINAL NOTE: This episode is EXPLICIT for profane language. John cannot and will not be edited or muzzled — nor would you want him to be. He drops the f-bomb about a thousand times during the interview so if you are easily offended, I’m warning you now.  Let’s just say it’s NSFW — so if the kiddies are around or you’re at work, I might suggest popping the earbuds in.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the show.

Peace, Plants and — in the words of John Joseph — PMA!




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  • Revi Adams says:

    John Joseph may want to watch Louis C.K.’s “Poker/Divorce” episode. The comic Rick Crom, who happens to be gay, describes the origin of the word faggot. It may not be historically accurate, but it is insightful nonetheless. John Joseph’s dismissal of women’s concerns regarding the use of the word “pussy” is problematic in this podcast, as well as Rich and Mishka not pushing back one bit. The male group dynamics in that room during that discussion made me cringe. I know that John went with that title to reach certain men who would otherwise want nothing to do with what I am certain is his positive message, but don’t alienate 50% of the population in the process of selling it. At least show some compassion and intelligence about the concerns being expressed – and a wink and a nod would go a long way. A bunch of crows? Come on.

  • marc says:

    I am very impressed that John Joseph “literally moves mountains”. That guy is strong!

  • Mark Rycroft says:

    Another great podcast, thanks Rich. I just ordered his book as well.

  • Dean K says:

    Hey Rich, found your podcast about a month ago, and loved it. I’ve listen to a bunch of them now and have loved them too. Your relaxed non-preachy style, plus the fact that you are an ultra athlete badass is very cool. You’re physical achievements – along with that of the athletes you interview – helps dispel the myth that all veggies/vegans are skinny, weak, boring, weirdo hippies.

    After listening to this episode, I’ve just ordered JJs book – the first ‘vegan’ book I’ve ever bought – and I can’t wait to read it and start moving more towards being plant powered.

    Keep up the awesome work dude. You are helping to change the world.

  • Monique says:

    One of my favourite episodes! You three amigos have such a great dynamic together. Loved every minute.

  • brooklynatic says:

    loved this episode. makes me want to move back to new york. you guys kept on mentioning a JJ’s reading list. where can we find it? thanks! love the podcasts!

  • Michelle Vela says:

    JOHN JOSEPH RAWKS MY WORLD! THANK YOUR MR. Rich Sir! Oh and I loves me some Mr. Mishka too!

  • Trish Ward says:

    Loving it!! To have both JJ and Mishka as well has been a real treat. My ears could only take a little at a time but worth every minute!! The info was worth it all. No labels fore me- I’m just making small changes daily but I’m not getting g the results I’m looking for so I think I’m ready for a bigger step in my revolution as a whole healthy person over 50! If anyone has some pointers I would be most grateful. Thanks for all you do Rich and Julie, JJ, and Mishka- keep the torches lite

  • Jennifer says:

    I bought the “controversial” book for my husband because I think he could benefit from a plant based die and does not like the vegan community. But I am having trouble giving it to him because I can’t stop reading it! As a woman I am not offended by the title. People use language in many ways and majority America uses the phrase pussy for a wimp or sensitive person. I am called a pussy all the time. But I love the way JJ turns it around and makes being plant based strong, ethical and on a higher vibration. It makes me proud . People that already know this can just read another book. As a social worker and advocate of the poor and disenfranchised I applaud the work JJ is doing and respect his point of view. Rich thank you for having him back!

  • Jory says:

    Hey Trish! I thought the episode was great too! I have been plant-based for 2 years have had a great experience so far. I watched Forks Over Knives and it changed the way I thought about food. I started my plant-based journey by doing the Engine 2 Diet 28 Day Challenge. I thought it made it easy. If you like Engine 2 Diet on Facebook as well as Happy Herbivore you might find tips and inspiration to move to a more healthy diet! Good luck Trish! =)

  • Jory says:

    I have listened to every single podcast that Rich has posted! I love it. I always feel inspired and this episode is another great addition to the collection! I think John is great! I don’t mind his language and though I don’t love the ‘p’ word, it does not offend me. Sometimes I feel like language can be a hindrance to sharing a message. It is unfortunate that some people are so polarized by certain words and are they miss the meaning of the greater message. We can only control ourselves, the messages we put out there and the interpretation of messages that come our way. I guess I just don’t get what there is to be so upset about. I don’t feel threatened, alienated, or anything like that. John has a great message!

  • Arline says:

    Anyone catch the name of the “follow the money” documentary JJ mentioned?

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