The Grit City Podcast

The Premier Pacific Northwest Community, Entertainment, and Nightlife Podcast. Casual talk and events hosted from Tacoma, Washington!

About the show

The Grit City Podcast is a weekly podcast, hosted from Tacoma, WA. - Affectionately called "Grit City" by people who know and love it.

Every Monday we release an episode highlighting business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people that we feel personify the blue collar, hard work ethic people associate with “Grit”. Sometimes it's a drug-fueled weirdo that we just met, drunk at a comedy club the night before. No matter what or who we are recording we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.

The Grit City Podcast was launched during the summer of 2014 and had over 120 episodes between 2014 and 2017. The founders and original hosts are technology workers who met on the job and bonded over a common interest in the Seattle/Tacoma area. After a short hiatus at the end of 2017, The Grit City Podcast rebooted in 2018 with more friends and family involved. GCP's goal is to become the "Must Listen To" podcast around the Pacific Northwest, with a fan base of people around the world. People who identify with "Grit" and understand that The Reputation is Real.

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  • Allison Needles from the Tacoma News Tribune

    February 24th, 2020  |  49 mins 57 secs
    allison needles, education, politics, tacoma news tribune, tnt

    Allison Needles is a reporter covering education and politics with the Tacoma News Tribune.

  • Talking Pizza with Tai from The Pizza Bro's Podcast

    February 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 18 mins
    devil's reef, french toast pizza, pizza, pizza bros podcast, psp, tipsy tomato, wicked pie

    Tai from The Pizza Bros Podcast comes on and talks all the pizza things.
    Tai has been podcasting in the PNW for the past 12 years, including Pizza Bro’s. The Pizza Bros Podcast has been going for over 3 years and has put out 167 episodes so far. His brother co-hosts Pizza Bro’s where they talk about pizza, candy, and traveling with occasional guests that join in the conversation. Listeners can find them on their favorite podcast streaming service and can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Writing Research with Joseph Malik

    February 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    author, dragon's trail, fantasy, fiction, international bestseller, joseph malik, oxblood books, research, swords, the new magic, writing

    Joseph Malik is the author of two books, Dragon’s Trail and New Magic and is currently working on the final installment of the Outworlders series. His first book, Dragon's Trail, was released in September of 2016, and is a #1 international bestseller. The second installment in the Outworlders series, New Magic, was released in September of 2018. He also has a blog where he shares his adventures in writing, research, and attending various conventions.

  • Scott & Justin's Excellent Tacoma Adventure!

    February 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    Billy joins the guys to talk about what's going on at Mary Mart and the haps around Tacoma.

  • Talking Tacoma with Timothy Marlowe and Andy Varga

    January 27th, 2020  |  51 mins 27 secs
    andy vargo, bd local, be the better, comedian, media company, podcast, the awkward career, timothy marlowe

    Andy Vargo and Timothy Marlowe join the GCP team to talk about BD Local. Andy Vargo is a coach, comedian and creator of the podcast The Awkward Career. Timothy Marlowe is the founder and owner of BD Local and the podcast Be The Better. BD Local is a production media company that offers users podcasts and much more through the app.

  • The Peace Bus

    January 20th, 2020  |  46 mins 27 secs
    giving, humanitarian aid, kevin wilford, kwabi amoah-forson, lia lee, peace bus, peace movement, the peace bus tv show

    This time the GCP team is joined by Kwabi Amoah-Forson, and his friends Lia Lee, and Kevin Wilford. Kwabi is the creator of The Peace Bus. They are currently working on The Peace bus TV show for kids that helps to promote their mission to ignite solidarity throughout communities, spawning a campaign for peace both nationally and internationally. One of the essential pillars of the Peace Bus is delivering humanitarian aid to communities in need. They are committed to the act of giving as a fundamental part of the Peace movement and are committed to empowering communities by uplifting others.

  • Four Rounds with Jose Cervantes - Battle at the Boat 125

    January 13th, 2020  |  50 mins 15 secs
    battle at the boat, boxing, jose cervantes, sports

    The GCP team sits down with boxer Jose Cervantes (1-0), before his upcoming bout at Battle at the Boat 125. Happening Friday, January 17th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Battle at the Boat is organized by Brian Halquist Productions, the Northwest premiere fight promotion company that has been promoting fights and concerts for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest.

  • GCP: Ringing in 2020. Recapping 2019.

    January 6th, 2020  |  58 mins 39 secs
    2019, 2020, bfro, boot 2 boot, drunk replay, flat earth, new year, nye, streetball supe

    This time, the group gets together and says goodbye to 2019 and welcomes the New Year. They lookback at exciting moments of 2019 and share what is coming up in 2020. Happy 2020 to GCP’s past guests and listeners! We’re looking forward to another great year of podcasting!!

  • One-On-One with Author David James Roberts - The Paper Man

    December 30th, 2019  |  58 mins 11 secs
    author, david james roberts, matthias sindelar, national novel writing month, soccer, sports, the paper man

    On this episode David James Roberts, local Tacoma author, sits down for an exclusive GCP one-on-one conversation with Justin. David’s first book, "The Paper Man” is a fictional story based around the real life soccer player, Matthias Sindelar.

  • Hypnosis and Float Tanks with Deane and Jessie

    December 23rd, 2019  |  53 mins 48 secs
    deane benninghoven, floating, isolation tanks, jessie puryear, summit hypnosis northwest, urban float

    Deane Benninghoven from Summit Hypnosis NW and Jessie Puryear from Urban Float join GCP to talk about their recent hypnotherapy experience with two floaters that received hypnosis therapy while in the tank. Deane is a certified hypnotist and artist located in Tacoma. He uses hypnotherapy to help adults and children overcome limiting and negative behaviors and chronic pain. Jessie Puryear is the owner of the Urban Float Tacoma franchise. His location has six rooms featuring the DreamPod Max Float Pod.

  • What's Going On at Old City Hall with Guion Rosenzweig

    December 16th, 2019  |  38 mins 22 secs
    community, coworking, guion rosenzweig, old city hall, surge, surge tacoma, union club

    Guion Rosenzweig sits down with the guys for an update on what SURGE Tacoma is doing and what is happening with Old City Hall. SURGE Coworking “helps individuals and small businesses to reach their full potential by providing office space and an inspiring community of like-minded business people.” Old City Hall is planned to open in 2021

  • Gremlins with Rusty, Ken Carlson, and Joseph Malik

    December 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    author, church cantina, comedian, comedy, dead drift, director, gremlins, joseph malik, ken carlson, movies, penny palabras, roscoe the junkyard cat, rusty, whiskey

    Joe Malik, Ken Carlson and Rusty return to give their review on the movie Gremlins. Joe Malik is a science-fiction author who recently joined the guys on episode 96 and has also joined for previous episodes 2 and 38. Ken Carlson is a PNW artist, director, and producer that likes “telling stories and hopes to one day create some that won’t bore you to death”. He has written and directed Dead Drift, Penny Palabras, Roscoe the Junkyard Cat, and is always working on new projects. He has also joined the guys on episodes 8 and 87. Rusty is a PNW comedian, co – owner of Church Cantina, and longtime friend of the Grit City Podcast.