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On Firefly's podcast, Firefly's financial expert Geoff Bullock tackles the financial aspect of life with some humor, fun, and special guests along the way so you can live a life that's illuminated.

March 10, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 18 - Michael Levin
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff talk with cybersecurity expert, Michael Levin. Michael talks about his background as a prosecutor before providing tips to stay safe online.
March 3, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 17 - Ben Hering
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with the Minnesota Credit Union Network's Director of Engagement, Ben Hering. Ben talks about playing trumpet in a Twin Cities band, life as a young professional and what excites him most about credit unions.
(Learn More about the Minnesota Credit Union Network at mncun.org
February 25, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 16 - DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip
In this episode Zeke and Geoff sit down with Minneapolis native DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip to talk about his meteoric rise to hip-hop stardom as a DJ. DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip talks about Vogue’s claim that he is carrying on the style legacy of Prince, and the Forbes article featuring the economics of his rise to success.
(Find DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip on Instagram @tiiiiiiiiiip or Twitter @tiiiiiiiiiip) 
February 18, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 15 - Zach from Yam Haus
In this episode Zeke and Geoff welcome Zach from Yam Haus. Zeke is a huge Yam Haus fan who has been counting down the days to this podcast. Zach talks about his journey through the music industry, his dreams of being a school counselor and how much fun Yam Haus has on the road.
(Find Zach on Instagram @yamhaus or Facebook @Yam Haus) 
February 11, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 14 - Yoom Nguyen
In this episode Zeke and Geoff talk with the very entertaining Yoom Nguyen about running the Lotus and Seven. Yoom shares funny stories about partying with Dave Chappelle when he's in town and how he got started by selling car light bulbs. Yoom is tired of people talking about leadership and entrepreneurship and he tells us all about it.
(Find Yoom on Instagram @yoomnguyen or Facebook @Lotus Restaurant) 
February 4, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 13 - Mike Herl
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff talk with Motley Crue, Judas Priest and Cheap Trick tour manager, Mike Herl, about his decades on the road with some of the biggest names in rock and roll. Mike tells incredible stories about his remarkable professional journey and even recalls a memorable conversation with our current president, Donald Trump, in the Minnesota Governor’s Mansion. 
January 28, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 12 - Orlando Bryant
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with NABA president, cyber security expert, and Firefly member, Orlando Bryant. Orlando talks about his unlikely journey from Alaska to Minneapolis and how he embodies NABA’s mission of “lifting while we climb.” 
(Find Orlando on Facebook @NABA MN Story)
January 21, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 11 - Joshua Neumann
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff talk with Kind Lips founder and successful Twin Cities entrepreneur, Joshua Neumann about his journey from realtor to lip balm brand creator. Joshua talks about the financial plan he used to get started and what inspires him. Zeke wants to know why his lip balms are so hot in Japan, Geoff asks why he speaks kind words over his lip balms and Joshua explains why he gives away 20% of his profits to prevent bullying.
(Find Joshua at www.kindlips.com or on Instagram @kindlips)
January 14, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 10 - Neil Bonneson
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff get tips on how to grow money through investing from financial advisor Neil Bonneson. Neil talks retirement planning strategies and the importance of starting early.
January 7, 2020
"MIRL" Episode 9 - David Fhima
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with award-winning Minneapolis chef David Fhima. David talks about his journey from Casablanca, Morrocco to Los Angeles, to Minneapolis and his passion for food. David talks about the most amazing cook in the universe - his mother and talks about how he's passing on his love of cooking to his son. (Find David at www.fhimasmpls.com or on Instagram @cheffhima)
December 31, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 8 - Vanessa Santana
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff invite social influencer Royalle Moore back into the studio, along with her friend, award-winning marketer and fellow social influencer, Vanessa Santana. Vanessa talks about adjusting to life in the Twin Cities, getting started as a young professional, and why she loves credit unions.
(Find Vanessa on Instagram @ness_santana or on YouTube @Out of Office)
December 17, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 7 - Royalle Moore
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with social influencer, relationship expert, world traveler and Firefly member, Royalle’ Moore. Royalle’ dishes on how she travels the world on a budget through ditching her layovers and explains how social media has changed everything. (Find Royalle on Facebook @Royalle' or on Instagram @shesroyalle)
December 10, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 6 - Kat Burton
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with former Wall Street investment banker turned executive coach and itinerate speaker, Kat Burton. Kat tells about how she learned the value of money growing up and how her motivations have changed over the years regarding money. (Find Kat at www.lacunacoaching.com)
December 3, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 5 - Samuel White
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with community leader, award-winning teacher and Firefly member Samuel White. Samuel tells his unlikely story of growing up on the streets of North Minneapolis after his mother passed away when he was just eight years old. Now a well-known community leader, mentor, and teacher, Samuel dishes on his road to success and gives advice to parents and kids everywhere.
November 26, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 4 - Tara Thatcher
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with renowned national fit body champion and Minnesotan, Tara Thatcher. Tara tells about her beginnings in a Marine Corps boot camp, competing in fit body competitions and how she uses her story to motivate others to be brave. (Find Tara on Twitter @TaraAThatcher or www.beperfectlyprepared.com).
November 19, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 3 - Shannan Paul
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with the Twin Cities' "most bookable comic," Shannan Paul. Shannan tells her story, gives advice to people who are funny during lunch and makes Zeke and Geoff laugh... a lot. Geoff asks Shannan how much money she makes as a comedian and Shannan talks about gambling her career on her ability to make people laugh. (Find Shannan on Twitter @MsShannan or www.MsShannan.com).
November 12, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 2 - Lazerbeak
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with musician, producer and CEO, Lazerbeak. Lazerbeak talks about his move through the Twin Cities music scene, and then around the world. Geoff wants to know how much money Lazerbeak makes in his many creative endeavors and Zeke wants to know how Lazerbeak got "discovered." (Find Lazerbeak on Twitter @_Lazerbeak_ or www.doomtree.net).
November 6, 2019
"MIRL" Episode 1 - Caroline Kelly
In this episode, Zeke and Geoff sit down with 19-year-old social media star and Firefly member, Caroline Kelly. Caroline talks about her strategy, her following and what tools she used to get started. Zeke is blown away by how much money Caroline is making on the social media app TikTok and Geoff gets advice on how to get his kids started on social media as over 2,000 of Caroline's followers watch via live stream (Find Caroline on TikTok: sweetcarolinekellyisdead).
July 31, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 10 - Relationships & Money
In the final episode of the season, Giselle and Geoff talk about relationships and money. Giselle starts a savings fund with a guy in debt, Geoff is proud of how goal-oriented Giselle is, and Zeke thinks Match.com is the most popular dating site in America. 
July 24, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 9 - Paying Down Debt
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff talk about ways to get out of debt. Geoff talks about the difference between a power-pay and a snowball and Giselle worries about people who are deep in debt and Geoff talks about staying out of debt through building an emergency fund.
July 17, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 8 - Retirement
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff talk retirement with investment advisor Neil Bonneson. Giselle has no desire to retire, Geoff erroneously claims that singer David Lee Roth started the Roth IRA, and Neil offers to give Geoff a dollar if Giselle gives him one first.  Neil and Geoff don’t think there’s such a thing as a dumb question, but Giselle disagrees.
July 10, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 7 - Starting Your Own Business
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff welcome business expert Carrie Frost to talk about starting a new business. Geoff talks about people making sweaters out of pet hair, Giselle thinks that’s weird and Carrie dishes on the seven steps you need to take when starting your own business.
July 3, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 6.5 - Credit Cards, Part Two
In this episode, Geoff welcomes credit card expert Courtney Banker onto the show to dig deeper into how to select the right credit card, what pitfalls to watch out for and how to read a credit card statement. Courtney tries to find a credit card connection to Amy Schumer and Geoff wonders if balance transfers are a strategy that works.
June 26, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 6 - Credit Cards
In this episode, Giselle is taken aback by Geoff’s floral shirt, but thinks it looks expensive. Giselle gets revenge on an ex through buying a sectional, Geoff thinks Millennials aren’t afraid of debt and you won’t believe what Americans blame their credit card spending on.
June 19, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 5 - Fraud Prevention
In this episode Giselle and Geoff welcome fraud prevention and risk management expert Greg Berry. Giselle dreams that she can’t get on a flight because someone stole her identity, Geoff starts to worry about his own safety after Giselle talks about the movie Now You See Me, and Greg tries to calm them both down with practical tips to protect themselves. In one of the more odd moments of the season, Giselle pressures Geoff into lying on his password clues.
June 12, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 4 - Cash Diet
In this episode, the queen of cash dieting, Giselle, and her cash diet sponsor, Geoff, talk about the power of temporary budgeting. Giselle moves to a lower floor of her apartment complex and Geoff is troubled by the idea of life without coffee or cable TV. Giselle thinks cash dieting made her a better person and it can work for you, too.

 
May 18, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 3 - Home Buying
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff talk about why Giselle recently quit house shopping, why renting can actually be underrated and why watching too much HGTV can be bad for your budget. Zeke tries to invent a new number (seventy, sixteen thousand) during our podcast game, Geoff warns against looking at houses before you get pre-approved and Giselle talks about how to select a realtor for the right reasons.
 
May 18, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 2 - Car Buying
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff discuss how car buying doesn’t have to be discouraging and stressful. Giselle shows off her ninja negotiating skills by walking away from her potential dream car three times before having her offer accepted, Geoff talks about how cool his Nissan Altima is and you won’t believe what kind of car ran for 1 million miles.
May 18, 2019
"Now What?" Episode 1 - Credit Scores
In this episode, Giselle and Geoff discuss how credit scores are important for much more than just loan rates. Giselle tries to convince Geoff that credit scoring is a lot like drinking tequila, Geoff talks about how two mathematicians from the 1970’s got rich and you won’t believe what U.S. city is the home to the nation’s best credit scores.

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