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Episode 20 | Black Ops Accounting Part III
We tear the curtains to the floor and walk away

Ep020 – Black Ops Accounting Part III

Markos and Adam wrap their discussion on the hidden ways money is used by big government and private industry to potentially nefarious means, ie, Black Ops Accounting.

Episode 19 | Black Ops Accounting Part II
The curtain comes back farther

Ep019 – Black Ops Accounting Part II

The Pentagon failed it’s audit, but so do most federal and private companies. Join Markos and Adam as we delve deeper into Black Ops Accounting.    —-    We reference this book: THE CIA’S BLACK OPS John Jacob Nutter.

Episode 18 | Black Ops Accounting Part I
Pulling back the curtain to find corruption at the levers

Ep018 – Black Ops Accounting Part I

From exploding cigars to financial statements, Markos and Adam explore money in terms of black and or covert operations.     —   – Accounting for Secrets Mark Harrison The Journal of Economic History Vol. 73, No. 4 (DECEMBER 2013), pp.

Episode 17 | Personal Motivation Part II
The Continuation of our discussion on Self-Help and Self-Discipline

Ep017 – Personal Motivation Part II

In-house motivational guide Blake Haywood joins us again on The First Next Step to wrap up our discussion on personal motivation.   —-   …

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From the world to your ears!

Episode 16 | Personal Motivation Part I
Blake returns as a guest cohost to talk Self-Help and Self-Discipline

Ep016 – Personal Motivation Part I

Guest co-host Blake Haywood returns, joining Adam and Markos for this episode on motivation and the self-help industry. Personal experiences elucidate this discussion of self-motivation, personal growth and the multi-billion dollar self-help industry.

Episode 15 | The Afghanistan Papers
Pulling back the curtain on the mess in the Graveyard of Empires

Ep015 – The Afghanistan Papers

The understanding we have on the war in the middle east may not be as strong as we think. Adam and Markos explore the tenuous nature of the political scenario in Afghanistan and the US involvement …

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News you can use!

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What do voter suppression laws, mechanical hands, and disposable coffee cup initiatives have in common? Nothing really, but come listen to Markos and Adam pontificate minus the religion. – Voter Suppression in the current political climate.

Episode 14 | Conspiracy Unconfirmed
The stuff your crazy uncle talks about at every family gathering…

Ep014 – Conspiracy Unconfirmed

Conspiracy or conspiracy theory? Lets traverse the fine line between reality and dangerous thinking. Do not hold us accountable for anything you may hear tonight.   –   DID WE LAND ON THE MOON https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/21jul_llr https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-41399164 https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/25/us/b-o-b-flat-earth-gofundme-trnd/index.html BARRON TRUMP IS A TIME TRAVELER https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Trump_novels https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/baron-trumps-marvelous-underground-journey/ -These novels are the result of an American Author named Ingersol Lockwood.

Episode 13 |Universal Basic Income
Good idea or a bad idea? The First Next Step Weighs in

Ep013 – Universal Basic Income

How much money would make you happy? Maybe your son is the next Einstein. Or maybe you just want to be satisfied. Find out on the thirteenth episode of The First Next Step.


Episode 12 | Qi Theory and Falun Dafa
A meditation on Eastern Philosophy

Ep012 – Qi Theory and Falun Dafa

There is a vital energy hidden within everyone and everything, which, when unlocked, can bring about magical outcomes. Or maybe not. Adam and Markos discuss Qi Theory. – WHAT IS CHI?

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Current Events made fun!

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On this episode of TFNTake Markos and Adam guide us through some current events.

Episode 11 | Black Wall Street
Successful Black Communities and our first guest Co host!

Ep011 – Black Wall Street

TFNS welcomes Blake Haywood as our first guest co-host to discuss Black Wall Street. This important but often forgotten episode in history is as tragic as it is inspiring. Come with us as we investigate Greenwood, Oklahoma and the 1921 Race Riot.

Episode 10 | Super Weapons
Because Infantry is so last season

Ep 010 – Super Weapons

On our tenth episode Adam and Markos explore the wild and incredulous side of the military industrial complex. From tiny critters to comically huge ordinances, humans have, since antiquity …

Episode 9 | Conspiracy Confirmed
Exploring the few times your crazy uncle was right. Tinfoil Hat Free!

Ep009 – Conspiracy Confirmed

Conspiracy theories are one thing, but conspiracies, when proven, are a whole new level of mind-blowing. On episode nine, Adam And Markos cover some of the true government conspiracies from history

Episode 8 | Pinkerton and Sons
You may sleep but they sure don’t

Ep008 – Pinkerton and Sons

The secrets of private mercenary companies have riddled our past and present with violence beyond the scope of the free market. Listen to Markos’ bullet points while Adam waxes philosophic about the privatization of war on episode eight of The First Next Step. ———————————————————————- https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/3108 https://www.govexec.com/defense/2006/08/gao-security-contracts-dont-violate-ban-on-quasi-military-forces/22539/ https://www.gao.gov/assets/180/171215.pdf https://www.jstor.org/stable/41222609?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbXY1LXYNog https://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message3493627/pg1?c1=1&c2=1&disclaimer=Continue https://www.britannica.com/topic/Molly-Maguires https://www.nytimes.com/1970/10/01/archives/truck-blows-up-driver-killed-3-accused-of-murder.html https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Coca-Cola-Accused-of-Funding-Terrorist-Paramilitaries-20160901-0005.html  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinaltrainal_v._Coca-Cola_Co.

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Current events to keep you informed, or at least, entertained

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Adam and Markos switch gears to talk about current events. China, soybeans and aliens all make an appearance in a short form episode we’re calling The First Next Take.   – – IT STARTED WITH A TWEET   https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/09/business/nba-china-hong-kong-explainer/index.html   https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/lakers/2019/10/14/lebron-james-addresses-daryl-morey-china-tweet-clarifies-remark/3982048002/   BK AND SOYBEANS   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/01/burger-king-animal-feed-sourced-from-deforested-lands-in-brazil-and-bolivia   BK has been sourcing feed from soybean farms which have deforested almost 2 million acres of rainforest.

Episode 7 | Astronaut Anomalies
The Truth just might be out there

Ep007 – Astronaut Anomalies

Is it aliens? Probably not, but it’s still crazy. Join Adam and Markos on episode seven as we cover some of the unbelievable and implausible phenomenom astronauts have reported seeing over the years. And we promise, no probing jokes! – https://www.syti.net/UFOSightings.html https://archive.ronrecord.com/astronauts/lovell-borman.html http://www.nbcnews.com/id/48790315/ns/technology_and_science-space/t/debunking-myths-about-neil-armstrong/#.U1g5Y_ldW2M https://twitter.com/UFO_Sightings_X/status/1025648689807683584 https://youtu.be/4EOWqB_xVWA https://www.gaia.com/article/what-did-nasa-really-discover-on-the-moon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r2Yb0x9oyI https://www.facebook.com/alienufosighting/videos/617943238671331 https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/comets/oumuamua/in-depth/

Episode 6 | The Economy of Trash
The Trash isn’t always dirtier than the money

Ep006 – Economy of Trash

We live in a world where trash is magically swept away by early morning trucks and economic indicators, as most Westerners are at the same time geographically removed from the immediate esoteric challenges that the trash problem purveys. Maybe if we trash the economic system behind waste and recycling, we can figure out why the current hegemony is not working. Let’s talk about it in the sixth episode, as Adam and Markos talk trash, and why we don’t recycle jokes.

Episode 5 | The Fight for Fifteen
Why a $15/Hr Minimum Wage? The First Next Step weighs in.

Ep005 – The Fight For Fifteen

Markos and Adam explore the adverse affects of wage stagnation juxtaposed against inflation, and accidentally cover Trickle Down Economics. Listening to this episode will be way easier than finding an affordable apartment on minimum wage. – –   https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/113th-congress-2013-2014/reports/44995-MinimumWage.pdf – https://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/regional-economist/july-2016/which-persists-more-from-generation-to-generation-income-or-wealth

Episode 4 | Mars or Bust
Explore Mars from the Comfort of this Podcast

Ep004 – Mars Or Bust

In the fourth episode Adam and Markos go far out and explore our knowledge of, and potential future of The Red Planet. Join us as we learn, laugh, and attempt to prove each other wrong at every opportunity. 

Episode 3 | The Law of Unintended Consequences
Why things Just go Wrong, Sometimes

Ep003 – The Law of Unintended Consequences

In this episode Adam and Markos examine The Law of Unintended Consequences, a universal, elusive, and ethereal idea which we all adhere to knowingly or not. From swarms of tailless rats in Hanoi, to a passenger ship sunk by its own lifeboats, to increasing carbon footprints with forced reusables, come join us as we see what happens when Murphy and his in-laws show up uninvited.

Episode 2 | Laughter In Depth
Amusing Military History Blunders

Ep002 – Laughter in Depth

In the second episode Markos and Adam explode an array of funny military blunders you’ve probably never heard of. From accidental incendiaries, to the shores of Spain, to more accidental incendiaries, and even to potatoes posing as incendiaries, these stories provide levity to the dark side of war.

Episode 1 | Tesla And You
Illuminating the Darkness Surrounding Tesla’s Legacy

Ep001 – Tesla and You

Markos and Adam illuminate the world of Nikola Tesla in this first episode. The effects left upon the world by Tesla were immense and will be forever remembered. The mystery surrounding his legacy and potential governmental foul play, as well as some more light hearted events will also be discussed through education and comedy.