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Paper Tigers In The Golden Cage

April 17th, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

And another Sunday is spent at the firehouse, and with it, the promise of less radio chatter, fewer demands, and more time for the mind to roam across our own plains. Even our usual clientele seems less inclined to dial 911 on this day; it's as though they are intuitively gearing up [...]

Ghosts & Chaos

March 28th, 2016|Categories: Siren Songs|

THE rain falling outside the station office windows was a perfect background soundtrack to the task at hand on an Easter morning: editing employee evaluations over a pot of coffee. It's Sunday, so the rest of the crew is enjoying the holiday in the various corners of our cavernous firehouse, [...]

Soul Plane

March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks"           -W. Churchill "I wouldn't say we were elite, no; when I look at things, though, I guess you could say I've had a pretty charmed life." The old [...]

The Navigator

January 22nd, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

*insert witty, heartfelt statement about life being a journey, not a destination* "For all of your suffering No one gives a good goddamn It's all about the money, son We doubt you understand"  R. Bingham A friend, a good and dear friend, came home the other day to be told [...]

Shelf Life

January 2nd, 2016|Categories: New & Unimproved|

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." A. Einstein The first essay in this new year should be a song of unending optimism, right? In [...]


October 21st, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs|

"There’s a man who walks beside me/ He is who I used to be/ And I wonder if she sees him/ And confuses him with me” -Jason Isbell, “Live Oak"   "I'm so sorry...." my voice never murmurs the words, but I'm sure she saw it in my eyes. I just [...]

Till The Magnolias Bloom

September 13th, 2015|Categories: Tales of Misery|

"I have a Goodwill gift for you."  A casual sentence that sends my heart into atrial fibrillation. She's thought of me. She pulled the trigger on a dime-store gift, which is, in and of itself, significant. There's history there. Flea market, Goodwill, thrift store scores are greater than retail-bought; because [...]

It Just Happened Today, Again

September 11th, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs, Tales of Misery|

Every year on this day, we are reminded of that most dark chapter of the fire service, and our nation; I've written more than a few essays on a fireman's point of view on 9/11. When it happened I was a 26 year old side pocket, ladder-truck fireman, who's only [...]

The View From Up Here

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Siren Songs|

Imagine if you will, you're now a lieutenant. Scratch that. You're a LIEUTENANT on the CITY OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI FIRE DEPARTMENT, and that is an alleged "Big Deal" to the Administration of aforementioned department and now you have responsibilities. Real responsibilities with real consequences. One of those responsibilities, among the [...]

  • A What's Next Kinda Guy....Grant Wistrom on the 5yr. Anniversary
    by Uli Gulje on April 20, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    WELCOME TO #200 AND THE 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! What better way to celebrate 5years of The Uli Who Podcast and show #200 than to bring back my first guest Grant Wistrom! As an owner of Revival 98, a cannabis dispensary here in Springfield, he helped to kick off my retirement by enjoying some jazz cabbage and meandering conversations. I really appreciate his friendship, those of our listeners, our sponsors, musical guests and the like! Big thanks to Brandon Moore for being down with the music since Day 1! Also, enjoy some Uncle Tupelo on the mid-show break. I don't own the rights to that song.  If you want to financially support the show, you can do so HERE

  • Part 2...Documenting The Documentarians w/ Jeff & Eli
    by Uli Gulje on March 3, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Here we go with part 2 of Eli & Jeff's epic trip to Ukraine to document humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country! Today we learn about KFC's in Ukraine, the score to the movie and terrible realities of life in a war zone. It's a long episode, but I was spellbound the entire time! Here is a link to the trailer: https://youtu.be/awB-dTkbpNA You can support their efforts on their gofundme link here: https://gofund.me/f3241b29 Thank you!

  • Documenting the Documentarians (Part 1)....an interview with Jeff & Eli
    by Uli Gulje on March 2, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    In this rare and incredible telling of a tale Jeff Weeks and Eli Davidson, two coworkers sit down in the studio to talk about their efforts to document humanitarian efforts in war-torn Ukraine. It's an incredible story, and this is only Part 1: how they got there. Please consider supporting these guys as the move forward to bring this story to life.....you can do so HERE.  Thank you and enjoy part one.....and here's the sizzle! https://youtu.be/awB-dTkbpNA

  • Sweet, Salty & Single....A Valentine's Day Convo With Clouse
    by Uli Gulje on February 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    It's the VALENTINE'S DAY episode with the one and only 6' Katie The Shady Lady! Get ready for a round of VomCom as we tackle everything from Beef Wellington to deal breakers in dating. It's a fun hour with a musical interlude by Charlie Crockett (I do NOT own the rights to this song, but DID purchase it!). Enjoy, with my compliments.  *If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE! Thank you so much!

  • What's Your Algorithm? A Conversation With Brittney Lumos
    by Uli Gulje on February 10, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    My good friend Brittney Lumos dropped by the studio while in town and we decided to jump down the mental health rabbit hole and covered approximately 1598 subjects over an hour and a half. From conspiracies to the lame setup of a sitcom model to how we treated people during COVID vs. now, there were few stones unturned. Please enjoy this time with my good friend Britt! Find the "Bitchin' With Brittney" podcast HERE! If you'd like to support the show FINANCIALLY, you can do so HERE! 

  • "Handy As A Stomach Pump": A Conversation With Chad Sullivan
    by Uli Gulje on January 27, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    This show's a long time coming; many of my coworkers never could imagine Chad "I'm The Entire Package" Sullivan and I getting together for a podcast. But that's the thing, right? We can be polar opposites and still find friendship and common ground. He arrived to the house with a dead raccoon in the back of his truck and more stories than you could possibly imagine. Please enjoy some Inside Baseball with one of my favorite coworkers.  Musical Interlude: The Domino Kings "The Only Thing She Left" If you'd like to support the show FINANCIALLY, you can do so HERE. Thank you!

  • The World Is His Playground: A Conversation With Jefe Martinson
    by Uli Gulje on January 20, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    From Massachusetts to Louisiana to Georgia, California, Missouri and Mississippi, there aren't too many corners Jefe Martinson hasn't explored or lived. He's a playground equipment designer, homebrewer and owner of the best moustache in the 417. But chiefly, Jefe is one of the kindest most thoughtful souls I've ever met, and I think you should hear his story. Enjoy.....I sure did! Cheers! *if you'd like to FINANCIALLY support this show you can do it HERE. Thank you!

  • Mr. Howell, I Presume? A Conversation With David
    by Uli Gulje on January 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    He's been a German translator, a magician, a brewer and done stand up comedy; he's also a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor. Meet my friend David Howell. In this long form interview, we get to peek behind the curtain and learn about this resilient, charming and unabashedly vulnerable person who has a perspective much deeper than belies his 32 years. We enjoy a conversation over some Narrow Gauge Brewing beers and a lot of off-the-rails sidebars. Please enjoy! *If you're interested in supporting the show financially, you can do so HERE. Thank you so much!

  • Hoping To Have Hope Again; A Monologue
    by Uli Gulje on December 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    2022 is finally about done, and it happen soon enough for me. It's been a struggle this year in many, many ways for many OF us and I thought I should give you a glimpse as to why the podcast has slowed down a bit. It's a monologue, it's a ramble, but it feels good to get off my chest. Thank you for listening.

  • "How I Became TikTok (In)famous": A Conversation With Mike Underlin
    by Uli Gulje on December 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    He's got more layers than a complex onion, a creative juggernaut and one helluva good guy: meet Mike Underlin. He's been making viral videos from way back in the early YouTube days, and has most recently uploaded a video to TikTok that has more than 3 million views and was featured on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. From being compared to dressing like Jeffrey Dahmer to a weird love of Four Loko, Mike is one of a kind and today with Dane as a co-host, he reveals his origin story. Enjoy! If you'd like to FINANCIALLY support the show, you can do so HERE. Thanks!  

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