Nightside Project

End your commute happy with Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry from The Nightside Project. The Nightside Project covers politics and news of the day with comic flair and even a little satire. Plus each episode ends with a feel-good #ZenHeadlines story submitted by the audience.
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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

Jun 9, 2017

Polygots, Wouter Corduwener and Zoran Radiceski, recently ran into each other while traveling and began to have a conversation that would eventually span 21 different languages. 

Jun 8, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard chat about this case in Idaho that is driving them bonkers and Judge Alex is going to make his ruling on the following.  

A Twin Falls woman and her husband are suing the Minidoka County Joint School District after she tripped over a speed bump in the parking lot at Minico High School.

Jan Duff and her husband, Curtis Duff, filed the civil lawsuit after she tripped over a speed bump in a parking area on Sept. 25, 2015.  

Plus, a #Zenheadlines,

A very small B.C. animal shelter is getting a very big financial boost thanks to the generosity of a teacher with no connection whatsoever to the facility.

Vancouverite Daryl Mutz passed away just over three years ago. In his will, the 83-year-old said he would like $275,000 of his estate donated to the New Westminster Animal Shelter.

Although the facility does have funding from the municipality, it is constrained by a small budget, and a "no kill" mandate that means animals in their care will not be euthanized even if they require extensive medical care.



Jun 8, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard talk about Alex's most recent trip through the airport, where he has been fondled by TSA the last two times through the security screening.  Could a Jack in The Box Burger Bomb be the next way for ISIS to get us?   The TSA Turns Harassing Travelers Into a Fine—and Pointless—Art

Plus, a #zenheadlines story that is for the investor and animal lover out there... 

A Chicago man who bought $1,000 in Walgreens stock over 70 years ago grew the money into millions, and has now donated to create a wildlife sanctuary.

Russ Gremel, 98, has no wife or children and he has lived in the same house for 95 years, so he donated it to the Illinois Audubon Society, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The society used the money to establish a nearly 400-acre wildlife sanctuary.

Jun 6, 2017

Ethan Millard and visiting co- host Taylor Powers talk about what happened in Augusta, Maine.

First, you should know that Ethan misidentified it as Augusta, Georgia.  It was, in fact, Maine.

A man was upset with the service he was getting from the city so he dumped a cup full of bed bugs onto the counter.  The bedbugs scattered everywhere.

The city closed the office for the day to fumigate.

The Zen Headline was a real classic.  Published at Huffington Post by Brittany Wong, it's the story of 17 year old Stephen Virgil who invited his grandmother to prom.  She was diagnosed with a terminal illness and never did go to her own high school prom.

Stafford High School in Falmouth, Virginia, helped him make the nigh special by giving her a tiara to wear.  The DJ played her favorite song, "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley.

If you have a Zen Headline, share it with us on social media using #zenheadlines

Jun 6, 2017

Breon Hollings of Jacksonville, Florida was on Facebook Live boasting about the money he was making selling drugs.

Then the police burst in and arrested him.  Live.  Hilarious.

Ethan Millard and visiting co host Taylor Powers also talk about a hockey playoff miracle.

Amy Santora of Pittsburgh got a text message from an unknown number about hockey playoff tickets.

The Nashville Predators are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup.

Amy let the guy know he had the wrong number, and a short time later she heard from him again.  His original ticket deal had fallen through and he offered her two tickets for free.  They were worth over $300 each.

The Zen Headline is out of Spokane, Washington.  It was originally reported by KHQ, Q6, NBC.  Dane Anderson and his friends are ready to hang out for Father's Day but none of them are near their fathers.  They put out a Craigslist ad looking for a temporary dad to hang out and grill with them.  Pretty cool.

If you have a Zen Headline to share, use #zenheadlines on social media and we'll give you credit!

Jun 6, 2017

The latest Nightside Project Zen Headline really fits the hero theme. Heath Waddingham (@heathwadds on Twitter) passed along a video for us to showcase. We don't know a lot about the video but it shows a man partially demolishing his house to rescue a kitten that had become stuck in a pipe.

Share a Zen Headline using #zenheadlines and we'll give you credit for it!

Jun 5, 2017

VIDEO: Nightside Project Host Ethan Millard is joined by visiting co-host Taylor Powers to chat about heroism in the news. First up, a video making the rounds after the London Bridge terrorist attack. One man is spotted running with a mostly-full pint of beer in hand, never spilling a drop. Some say he's the embodiment of everything we love about the British. Second, we go to Canada and the strange tale of Theunis Wessels, who was photographed mowing his lawn in the shadow of a huge tornado bearing down on Alberta. His wife asked him to mow the grass, so he was "keeping an eye" on the storm. The rest of you deadbeats have no excuse! 

Jun 5, 2017

Our Zen Headline came from Merrijane Rice on Twitter.

Melissa Smith was at a gas station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when someone tried to steal her car.  She jumped up onto the hood and wouldn't let go.  Eventually the carjacker gave up and took off.  Melissa was safe.

Milwaukee car thieves are lazy.

If you have a great Zen Headline to share with us, use #zenheadlines and we'll give you credit in the show.

Jun 5, 2017

Today's Zen Headline came to us via email from Kurt Twining.

Lonnie Johnson invented the Super Soaker which has sold $1b.  He is formerly a NASA scientist and he also invented the Nerf gun.

Now he's turned his attention to sponsoring robotics teams at schools.  One team he has sponsored is staffed entirely with refugee students.

Very cool.

If you have a Zen Headline to share, use #zenheadlines and we'll use it and give you credit.


Jun 5, 2017

This is an episode about everyday unsung heroes.

Ethan Millard is joined by visiting co host Taylor Powers and they discusses some uncommon heroism in the news.

First, a video is making the rounds showing a crowd of people fleeing the London Bridge terrorist attack.  One man is making the trick carefully, without spilling a drop of his beer.  Some say he represents the weird pragmatism we respect in the British.

The next hero hails from Canada. Theunis Wessels mowed his lawn in the shadow of a huge tornado in Alberta.  His wife shot a photo of him mowing.  He insists he was "keeping an eye on it".

The Zen Headline really fit the hero theme.  Heath Waddingham (@heathwadds on Twitter) passed along a video for us to showcase.  We don't know a lot about the video but it shows a man partially demolishing his house to rescue a kitten that had become stuck in a pipe.

Share a Zen Headline with use using #zenheadlines and we'll give you credit for it!

Jun 5, 2017

In a truly inspirational video, we feature an elderly woman who isn't letting the small things get in her way of going on an adventure on today's 'Zen Headline'. With just a little special effects and a green screen, this lady is able to travel wherever she wants, whether that be flying through the mountains with a wingsuit or swimming with the fish below the ocean's surface.

Jun 4, 2017

Today we try to answer the age-old question, T-Rexes or chickens? With the help of YouTube user Lazy Game Reviews he shows us the exact moment of this momentous encounter with the help of Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, a Steam game currently under development.

If chickens and dinosaurs aren't really your thing, don't worry, we also highlight thousands of Santas and furniture going head-to-head, Lord of the Rings style.

Jun 3, 2017

Alex Kirry brought one of the most gratifying 'Zen Headlines' we've seen yet. A duo of pranksters decided they were going to go through the McDonald's drive-thru and try and scare the unsuspecting worker. Unfortunately for them, the prank backfires and we're so happy about it.

Jun 2, 2017

Today is National Doughnut Day and to celebrate the holiday, we invited Ethan's dad, Dennis Millard, to tell us what it was like growing up in a doughnut shop and we break down our favorites. Let us know what your favorite doughnut and doughnut shop is on twitter!

Jun 2, 2017

Utah locals Cees and Madison are adventurers who are attempting to travel to all 59 National Parks in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service and they have one of the greatest travel companions we've seen. On their journey they brought along Vladimir Kitten, who is their leash-trained cat who is exploring the country right alongside the couple and we're so jealous.


Jun 1, 2017

Carolina Williams of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood Tennessee was accepted to Yale University partly on the strength of her short essay.  She was assigned to write about something she loved to do.  She wrote about ordering pizza from Papa Johns.

Yale loved it, totally accepted her application, but she turned them down.  She's going to Auburn University instead.  

Carolina is the first in her family to attend University.

We also dip in to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to hear how well the children can spell "covfefe".

Our Zen Headlines segment this episode is courtesy of Jake Packer who submitted a great headline on Twitter using #zenheadlines.

A Christian church in Mosul, Iraq, was destroyed by ISIS.  Now in a show of solidarity, the local Muslim community has taken up the task of rebuilding the church and consoling the local Christian community. 


Jun 1, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry start off with a Judge Alex Kirry moment when a Pennsylvania man repeatedly called 911 while intoxicated because he was seeking conversation.

Pennsylvania State Police say 51-year-old Larry Keiser first called around 10:30 p.m. because he wanted to speak with a police officer or someone else, just to chat.

Keiser called five more times, leading police to show up at his home in North Whitehall Township after midnight to arrest him.  

You can now buy bagels with a Caffeine kick.  

Einstein Bros Bagel chain just launched the world's first caffeinated bagel this month, a monstrosity they are calling the "Espresso Buzz Bagel."
Jun 1, 2017

A snake was seen on the roadside in Texas and provided quite the sight for a man and his wife. After being spotted, the large snake immediately began to regurgitate it's latest meal, another snake. Oddly enough, both snakes slithered away on today's 'Animal Kingdom'. We also touch on the newest Oreo trend, Firework Oreos!

May 31, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about something fishy going on in the NHL...

A Nashville Predators fan who threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is facing criminal charges, the Pittsburgh Police Department has said.  

Jacob Waddell, 36, from Nolensville, Tennessee, has been charged via summons with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings and processions.  PETA is now in on the punishment hoping the man gets all the charges pressed they can get.  

and a #zenheadline that is a bit surprising as the Utah State Prison inmates have now made more than 150 Crocheted blankets for Utah Veterans at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. Very Cool.  

May 31, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss a roadside sighting of a snake in Texas that yielded a jaw-dropping surprise for Christopher Reynolds and his wife. Nestled under some leaves, the sizeable snake seemed to have something poking out of its mouth.

Indeed, not long after Reynolds turned on his camera to capture the scene, the snake regurgitated another snake of comparable size. Even more shocking, the eaten snake emerged alive.  

And a #zenheadlines that is both amazing and fun. Cees and Madison Cornelius made a promise come true when in 2016, they decided to set out to visit all 59 National Parks in ‘one massive loop’, in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service.  But they are secondary to the fame of their park-going cat, Vladimir Kitten.  Who has also made this trip with them.   

The pair spent 10 months travelling to all of the parks they could physically drive to in their beloved RV.


May 31, 2017

Today's 'Zen Headline' is the heartwarming story of 8-year-old Mikayla Raji, who was dining with her mother Mimi Jiminez-Raji at a pizza parlor when Patrolman Joseph Quinn walked in. Mikayla then proceeded to ask her mother if they could grab Quinn's check. Keep the headlines coming and we'll use them for the show!

May 31, 2017

Nightside Project co- host Alex Kirry coaches little league and his kids have a real chance of going to the league finals.  The problem is he's booked a family vacation over the top of the big game!  Should he secretly hope they lose early in the tournament?

Cambridge University has been looking for a PhD student to do chocolate research.

Our Zen Headlines was submitted by Burgon on Twitter.

In Cuba, a baseball league for the blind is taking off in Cuba.  They use beeping bases and balls so that players will be able to field and run the bases.  It helps them improve their sense of orientation by sound.

If you have a Zen Headline suggestion, use #zenheadlines and we'll use it in the show!

May 30, 2017

Brian Correiar was on a kayak in Monterey Bay, California when a great white shark knocked him off his 14 foot kayak.  Witnesses said the shark was at least as long as his boat.

He was out at the end of San Carlos beach near the Monterey Bay Inn and, luckily for Brian, the shark used the kayak as a chew toy but not him!  And the whole thing was caught on video!

He posted his story to and that and the video have attracted a lot of attention.  Of course, for Nightside Project host Alex Kirry, it was just another opportunity to complain about how much we're afraid of shark attacks when it's really hippos that kill people.

Our Zen Headline for this episode was selected by Aubrey Lunt on Twitter.  She used #zenheadlines to bring it to our attention.  The story was published on

A young girl named Mikayla Raji was with her mom at the Villa Borghese II restaurant in Helmetta New Jersey where the 8 year old girl met a police officer there on his dinner break.  Mikayla insisted they buy the officer's dinner which they did secretly.  

The officer Joseph Quinn later learned that the girl's own father was a police officer killed in the line of duty shortly before she was born.  In honor of the father she never met, she watches out for the police officers in her community.

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

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