TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Talking about the friendship and faith life of Chris Farley with Father Matt Foley (yes, THAT Matt Foley)

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Growing up in the 90s there was no bigger show for me than Saturday Night Live, and no bigger cast member than Chris Farley. When I was a student at Marquette University, I used to imagine fellow alum, Farley, running late for class through the academic yard … as seen in the movie Tommy Boy. Anytime I share my story of touring and living in a van for two years it is almost guaranteed someone wittingly responds, “Was it down by a river?” – a quote from Chris Farley’s iconic motivational speaker character, Matt Foley. I have always felt a strong connection to Chris especially after I heard that he was a practicing Catholic, like myself. I have always related to the very honest and human sweet/troubled reality that Chris lived. Not for any glorified reasons but rather for its honest, hopeful and redemptive qualities. Chris was not perfect and neither am I. I have always felt like I could relate to him, though never knowing him, somewhat on that level. So when I found out that his SNL character Matt Foley was named after his college rugby buddy-turned Catholic priest, Army chaplain and Afghanistan veteran, Father Matt Foley – and Fr. Matt lived an hour and a half away from me – I thought, I absolutely have to meet this man and talk about who he is, his friend Chris, their relationship, and their faith. Enjoy Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Father Matt Foley.

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TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Music, TV Shows and Car Rides with Actor Sam Witwer

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Before landing the role of Aidan Waite on the show Being HumanDoomsday on Smallville or the countless voice acting roles for the Star Wars franchise, Sam Witwer was a role-playing, sci-fi loving, bass-slapping, trenchcoat-wearing punk from the northern suburbs of Chicago… known to his peers as Stew. How do we know this? Because Mike Mangione and Stew were neighbors. Join them as they discuss the bands, shows, car rides, influences and drama they have shared together as well their current work and the purpose behind it in this episode of Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Sam Witwer

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TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Olympic medal-winning distance runner Leo Manzano

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

The amount of talent, work and grit required to qualify for the Olympics has always fascinated Mike Mangione. Despite lacking all three qualities, Mike has always attributed his lack of Olympic success on his being vertically limited. Well … that excuse was destroyed when Mike met professional runner, two-time Olympian, 1,500-meter silver medalist and fellow human of 5’5″ stature, Leo Manzano. Leo’s story is nothing short of inspirational. With mounds of raw talent and determination, Leo went from starting his running career in hiking boots and jeans to wearing his own brand of shoe, gracing the side of a Coke can and taking silver at the 2012 Games in London. On a warm December afternoon in Texas, Leo took time from training to sit with Mike and dive into the Time & Mystery of his remarkable career and life. Join us at the table for this two-part saga … Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Leo Manzano.

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TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Miles Nielsen: Songwriter & Rocker Supreme

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Most assume the musician touring lifestyle is a dream … even glamorous at times. What people often don’t realize is the tremendous amount of sacrifice it requires, and even more so if the artist has a family. Miles Nielsen knows this sacrifice all too well both as a father and as the son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Join Mike and Miles as they discuss this lifestyle, why they do it and how to make the most of it in this episode of Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Miles Nielsen.

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TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Through Mike’s work with theologian/author (and T&M episode 5 guest) Christopher West, he has gotten to know many religious public figures. One whose path continues to cross with Mike’s is Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City. One fall day, while touring through Kansas, Mike sat with the archbishop to learn more about who he is and how he came to be through tragedy, his community and a strong faith. Come, join the table in this episode of Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Archbishop Joseph F Naumann.

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