Nightside Project

Join Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry for a younger, modern brand of talk radio. The Nightside Project covers politics and news of the day with comic flair and even a little satire.
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Jun 23, 2017

We got an email from Patrick Wiggins who operates an observatory in the desert west of Salt Lake City.  He informed us that KFC's plan to send a sandwich to space was total baloney.

We also hit a Zen Headlines courtesy of Tyler Blain.  

Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake has stepped in to help a young boy who recently survived a shooting that killed his mom and a sibling.

Myles Rackley was able to hang out with the players and they were so kind to him.  His favorite player is the keeper, Nick Rimando.  Nick gave Myles a pair of gloves that he's used in the goal.

Share a Zen Headline with us by tagging it #zenheadlines

Jun 22, 2017

Ethan Millard is joined by Lindsay Aerts who hosts a mom show on KSL News Radio.  So Ethan asked her point blank:  What's the one thing moms should know, but don't.

They also cover a great Zen Headline about a 13 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome who's community rallied to make sure he had a great birthday.

The boy's name is Tyler, and his mom Claire Newman- Minns told all about what happened when she went online with her concern for her son.  Instead of a quiet, lonely birthday, Tyler has dozens of well wishers and gifts.  It's really great.  

Thanks to Ellen Scott for writing the great article

Thanks to Unky Ben who submitted the story for our #zenheadlines

Jun 21, 2017

Lindsay Aerts is guest hosting this episode and since she's a woman, Ethan decided she should weigh in on a recent subject that was hotly debated by a group of women online.  Is it okay to cry at work?

Plus, we have a great Zen Headlines segment.

Jon Accarrino set it up for us on Twitter.

Big Star Sandwich Co is a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada.  The manager, Matt Pruim, discovered Liam Neeson was in town filming the move "Hard Powder".  Matt put out a sign that says "Liam Neeson eats here for free".

Lo and behold, Liam Neeson walks into the place and says "where's my free sandwich?"

So Zen.

Share your Zen Headlines using #zenheadlines

Jun 20, 2017

It's Brian Wilson's birthday this week and Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry are huge fans of The Beach Boys.

Ethan recommended the John Cusack film Love and Mercy but Alex was non- committal.

They also read part of a letter that was featured in the Dear Prudence column at Slate Magazine.  Mallory Ortberg was asked to weigh in about what to do about a beloved basil plant that will be apart from its owners for a week.

The Zen Headline was about a California desert tortoise named Otis.  Otis lives in Ohio with Kathie Heisinger.  He escaped the house and the whole town mounted an effort to find him.  He was eventually found, but Kathy's sister fell ill with a blood clot while she was helping.  She normally doesn't get out much and the family is convinced that had she not been with a group, the clot would have killed her at home.

Jun 20, 2017

A recent episode featured the story of a pop up restaurant staffed by waiters with dementia.  It was submitted by Jake Packer on Twitter as a #zenheadlines.  But Ethan and Alex wondered if the restaurant was at least accidentally making fun of people with dementia.

Jake sent in a great email about his experience with alzheimers and set Ethan and Alex straight on the topic.

As a complementing topic, Ethan rolled out a zen headline about a cafe in Nicaragua that is staffed entirely by deaf people.  

It's called Cafe de las Sonrisas and the owner wants to show other businesses they can have success with deaf employees and he wants to show deaf people they can have success in the work force.

Jun 20, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry chat about an amazing treasure found inside an unexpected source...

A tank collector in the United Kingdom was in for a surprise when he and his mechanic opened one of his tank's diesel fuel tanks. Inside were gold bars totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars.

The tank came into possession of Nick Mead, a tank collector and owner of Tanks Alot, a company that offers tanks and other armored vehicles for driving classes, private events, and television and film appearances. Mead found the tank, an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, on sale on eBay and traded it for an Abbot self-propelled howitzer and a British Army truck.


Jun 20, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard start off the episode innocently enough, talking about a Huffington Post article written by Rachel Selvin, who confesses to the occasional cry at work.  Ethan then divulges the time he cried in a most unexpected time at KSL Broadcast house.  Alex then starts crying just so Ethan doesn't feel so bad.  No but seriously it was an interesting dive into emotions in the work place and when and when not to cry.  

Plus, a story that ended up being less #zenheadlines than anticipated...

At one recently-opened pop-up restaurant in Japan, diners are warned that they very well might not get what they ordered — but surprisingly, it seems few patrons are complaining.

That's because waiters at the eatery, which is called 'The Restaurant of Order Mistakes', all have dementia and Alzheimer's.  The guys think this sounds a bit mean and insensitive.  

Jun 20, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry chat about the newest plan put forth by KFC...that a private high-altitude balloon company, World View Enterprises, had partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken to send one of the fast-food company’s chicken sandwiches to space — or rather, just the edge of space, as the company’s balloons don’t quite hit the 62-mile altitude that marks the border with space.

Plus, a zenheadline that involves a man finding millions of dollars worth of Iraqui Saddam Hussein Gold Bars in the tank he bought for scrap to restore and give tours in England.  

Jun 19, 2017

According to the official KFC Instagram, the fast food chain will be sending it's Zinger chicken sandwich into space, whether we like it or not. The launch will be featured on their website and is this really what we need right now?

Jun 17, 2017

Buttercup, a duck that has gone viral, was born with a deformed left foot. Today Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry share this video as their ZenHeadlines. The duck had to eventually have his foot amputated. However, that isn't stopping him. Buttercup's new owners have begun 3-D printing feet for him to use. 

Jun 16, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry discuss the Wyoming college student who told officers she was working on a term paper on kleptomania after she was allegedly caught shoplifting at Walmart with nearly $1,900 worth of merchandise.  

Plus, a #zenheadlines that is creepy and cool all at once.  Two Parisian teens were found after being lost for 2 days in the Catacombs where dogs finally found the two teens cold and desperate to get back home.  Learn a little something about the catacombs.  

Jun 16, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about Rachel Borch, of Hope Maine she was running in woods near her home June 2 when she saw the raccoon charging with its teeth bared. She says she knew the animal was going to bite her, so she held out her hands so it would bite her there.

The 21-year-old says she then noticed a puddle in a nearby swampy area. She ran over with the rabid animal still biting down on her thumb and held its head underwater until it drowned.  

Jun 15, 2017

Today Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry share their opinion on the drama that unfolded between Jerry Seinfeld and pop artist Ke$ha. The comic talked to "Extra's" AJ Calloway about his awkward exchange with the singer in which he denied her a hug. A video of the encounter made headlines and went viral earlier this week. Ethan and Alex almost go to blows on the disagreement.  

Jun 14, 2017

Adam Carson took his family on their first camping trip.  They chose Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon.

Maybe they should have gone somewhere else.  15 minutes after arrival, a tree fell and crushed their car.

Everyone is okay and they're laughing it off, but we suspect they're carefully watching all trees from now on.



Jun 14, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry fight about the fate of a remorseful 71-year-old man who robbed a Kansas City, Kan., bank last September and told police he hoped to land in prison to escape his wife . He claims heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself when he committed the crime.

Though Lawrence John Ripple pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January and could have spent up to 37 months in prison, his attorney and federal prosecutors asked a U.S. District Court judge for leniency.

And a #zenheadlines segment perfect for you bookworks out there...

A Colombian garbage collector gathered more than 20,000 discarded books and created a free library in the country’s capital over his years of collecting garbage in the city. 

Jose Alberto Gutierrez of Bogota started collecting the tossed books 20 years ago.  Leo Tolstoy’s classic, “Anna Karenina,” was the first book Gutierrez saved from destruction. 


Jun 13, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry discuss the awkward situation with Rhode Island State Representative Ramon A. Perez.  Who says he didn’t mean to print a screenshot of a Wikipedia page with open porn tabs. When he says that he didn’t realize the open porn tabs were visible when he handed out the page, we believe him. When he says that he didn’t personally take the screenshot, it’s a little harder for us to believe him.

And for #zenheadlines, an inmate-trained dog from the Utah State Prison was hired by the ATF because of his keen abilities to sniff out suspicious fires.  Oscar was trained by inmates in the State Prison, but has gone on to work for the ATF, and the Utah State Fire Marshall.  Everyone should be proud of Oscar.  

Jun 13, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry are on the case in Central Texas where Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday a woman wanted chicken nuggets given to her for free because of the delay in her order. The woman was parked in the drive-thru lane at McDonald's, refusing to budge and being confrontational with employees, as vehicles lined up behind her.  Judge Kirry levels a ruling.  

And an artistic theme to #zenheadlines today when Agnes Gund, famous art collector, had sold her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” for a whopping $150 million, placing it among the 15 highest known prices ever paid for an artwork.

Ms. Gund is confirming that sale now, revealing that she parted with the painting (for what was actually $165 million, including fees) for a specific purpose: to create a fund that supports criminal justice reform and seeks to reduce mass incarceration in the United States, called the Art for Justice Fund

Jun 13, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld gave an interview to Extra's AJ Calloway in which he explained why he wouldn't hug Kesha.

Isn't there a less rude way of doing that?

Also, in Australia, street artists memorialized the moment with a weird mural.

The Zen Headline was submitted by Ethan, and it happened in the Salt Lake Area.

Adam Carson and his family were on their very first camping trip in American Fork Canyon at Tibble Fork Reservoir.  Within 15 minutes of their arrival, a giant tree crushed their minivan.

They were totally cool about it.  Very Zen.

Share Zen Headlines with us using #zenheadlines



Jun 13, 2017

Nigel Talton ran track in high school and college and his dream is to run for Team USA.  In the meantime he works grounds crew for the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

During the games, he is Mr. Freeze.  He puts on a crazy costume and then challenges fans to a running race.  He gives a spectator a big head start and then beats them to the finish line.  It's awesome.

The Washington Post did a great profile of him.  Thanks to Heath Waddingham for pointing it out to us on Twitter.

The Zen Headline is also from Twitter.  Thanks to Jennifer Donahue for the submission.

It was first featured on The Dodo.  A duck had to have its foot amputated and so its owners 3d printed a new one.  The duck is obviously very happy.

If you see a Zen Headline share it #zenheadlines

Jun 13, 2017

Nigel Talton ran track in high school and college and his dream is to run for Team USA.  In the meantime he works grounds crew for the Atlanta Braves baseball team.

During the games, he is Mr. Freeze.  He puts on a crazy costume and then challenges fans to a running race.  He gives a spectator a big head start and then beats them to the finish line.  It's awesome.

The Washington Post did a great profile of him.  Thanks to Heath Waddingham for pointing it out to us on Twitter.

The Zen Headline is also from Twitter.  Thanks to Jennifer Donahue for the submission.

It was first featured on The Dodo.  A duck had to have its foot amputated and so its owners 3d printed a new one.  The duck is obviously very happy.

If you see a Zen Headline share it #zenheadlines

Jun 12, 2017

Ethan and Alex discuss an in-game promotion that is bringing lots of attention to the Atlanta Braves. The promotion is called "Beat the Freeze." It allows fans to race, around the Braves field, against this superhero figure. Literally, a hero, as he beats everyone single fan, even after a seven-second disadvantage. Fans are loving the competition and Mr. Freeze is causing a storm and blowing everyone away in the meantime.

Jun 11, 2017

While on the red carpet for the Night of Laughter & Song event at the Kenny Center in Washington, D.C., Jerry Seinfeld was in the middle of an interview and Kesha jumped in to try and get a hug from the legendary comedian. 

Jun 10, 2017

Following the success the company's Firework Oreos, Oreo is holding a $500,000 contest for consumers to create its next cookie flavor and we have a couple suggestions that are extremely groundbreaking if we do say so ourselves. Like Cannabis infused Oreos!

Jun 9, 2017

You may have seen the video of Kesha trying to hug Jerry Seinfeld.  Jerry claims he didn't know who she was and wouldn't let her get close to him.

To host Ethan Millard, it did seem a little rude, but Alex Kirry thought Kesha was the one being rude.

You may be familiar with Kesha, who's albums include Animal, WarriorCannibal, and Deconstructed.

Jerry Seinfeld, of course, needs no introduction.  He created and starred in the sitcom Seinfeld which of course made him into a huge deal.  These days, you can see him in Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.

The Zen Headline came to us from Heath Waddingham on Twitter.  It is about Gavel, the german shepherd puppy selected to train as a police dog in Queensland, Australia.

He is a very capable dog, but flunked out of the police academy because he is too social.  He would just try to play with the perps.

Fortunately, he started a new career working for the Governor Of Queensland, Paul de Jersey.  He is the Vice- Regal Dog.  Pretty sweet title.

If you have a Zen Headline you'd like to share, use #zenheadlines

Jun 9, 2017

Oreo is offering $500,000 to someone who can come up with the best new cookie idea.  They're just throwing it out there for anyone to try.

That was our Zen Headlines submission. Thanks to Jake Packer on Twitter for the recommendation.  

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry have their own submissions, Alex wants to see cereal themed Oreos and Ethan recommends cannabis.  Obviously neither of them will win.

Ethan and Alex also talk about Dutch artist Wouter Corduwener who met up with a fellow polyglot.  They chatted in 16 languages in a really cool Youtube video.

They spoke:

English, Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Mandarin, Thai, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Tagalog, Korean, Danish, Vietnamese, German, Albanian, Croatian, Macedonian, Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian.

If you have a Zen Headline idea, share it with us using #zenheadlines

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