Infrastructure Junkies! Exploring Eminent Domain, Right of Way, and Infrastructure Development (formerly The Pendulum Land Podcast)
Infrastructure Marvel:  The Brooklyn Bridge!

Infrastructure Marvel: The Brooklyn Bridge!

October 12, 2021

Check out the wondrous story of the greatest American infrastructure achievement of the 19th Century:  the Brooklyn Bridge.  Professor Greg Jackson of the wildly popular History That Doesn't Suck podcast joins the Infrastructure Junkies! to bring the story of our nation's greatest infrastructure marvel to life.  Listen to how the brilliant John Roebling identified the pressing need to connect Brooklyn with Manhattan in the mid 1800's and then conceived the engineering technique to accomplish this vision. A road supported by string?  Not quite, but this marvel still provides safe passage to over 100,000 people every day nearly a century and a half after completion.

Public Relations for ”Hot” Infrastructure Projects!!

Public Relations for ”Hot” Infrastructure Projects!!

September 28, 2021

Do you have a "hot" infrastructure project with heavy media scrutiny? Has the use of eminent domain become controversial...or has the landowner utilized the media or politicians to weaponize its case?  Are some impacted property owners a hotter potato than others?  Join Infrastructure Junkies' fascinating interview of PR expert Brian Daskam, who guides your hosts through the minefield of controversial projects.  And bonus!  Get Brian's hot take on 90's music and....coffee?  Oh, and a spirited round of "Cross Examination with Dave!"

Eminent Domain Makes GREAT Wine!!

Eminent Domain Makes GREAT Wine!!

September 14, 2021

Yes, you heard it right.  Almost 20 years ago, Jeff Meader suffered a very unfortunate and stressful experience involving eminent domain.  But this savvy entrepreneur took the proceeds from that painful process and turned his nightmare into a dream come true for himself and his family...and the Eminent Domaine Winery was born.  If you are interested in the human aspect of the right of way process, this episode is for you.  If you love wine or are interested in the nuances of how it is created, this episode is for you. If you just love a feel good human interest story, this episode is for you.  Join us!

 

Jeff Meader

 

Infrastructure Junkies Roundtable, Part Deux!!!

Infrastructure Junkies Roundtable, Part Deux!!!

August 31, 2021

Cyndi "Julie" Whelpley and Koby "Seth" Godwin join your hosts, Kristen "Courtney" Bennett and Dave "Chad Harwicke" Arnold for the next exciting right of way / eminent domain roundtable! (Why exactly do they all have "bar names"?)  Topics in this exciting episode include property rights on Indian reservations, the importance of title reports, muli-generational workforces and return to the office and how to find the next generation of Infrastructure Junkies. Oh, but that's not all!  Listen to everyone's most terrifying near death experiences, past regrets, the fallacy of The Notebook....and you won't believe Koby Godwin's past profession!  You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll vow to never set foot on another escalator for as long as you live. Tune in!!

Eminent Domain Appraisals:  REVENGE OF THE APPRAISERS!!!

Eminent Domain Appraisals: REVENGE OF THE APPRAISERS!!!

August 17, 2021

Is eminent domain appraisal methodology nothing more than "chicken sacrificing voodoo"?  Do appraisers really use an Ouija board to determine values in complex appraisals?  (Yes.)  And must appraisers keep their Ouija boards in their work files??? (No.) Superhero appraisers David Burgoyne, Brian O'Neill and Christina Thoreson take over the Pendulum Land Podcast to set the record straight, and Ross Greene valiantly defends his statements from a controversial prior episode. 

In this riveting episode exclusively sponsored by National Right of Way Review Appraisal, find out whether appraisers are beholden to those paying their fees, whether the various appraisal methodologies can be manipulated, and ARE THEY??  But even more importantly, since this is "REVENGE OF THE APPRAISERS", what is the best revenge movie of all time? And how did David Burgoyne and Brian O'Neill fare during "Cross Examination With Dave"? Finally, tune for David's reverse movie and music quiz for your hosts!

Podcast Movement ‘21 Intermezzo - a Check in With Your Hosts!

Podcast Movement ‘21 Intermezzo - a Check in With Your Hosts!

August 5, 2021

Hey, Infrastructure Junkies!  Dave and Kristen are attending the Podcast Movement '21 convention in Nashville, and want to introduce you to their newfound friend, Tish!  Check them out in this lighthearted intermezzo!!!

Dog Days of Summer Intermezzo: Don‘t You Forget About Me!!

Dog Days of Summer Intermezzo: Don‘t You Forget About Me!!

July 27, 2021

Your PLP hosts took some time off to rest their Simple Minds and plan the second half of Season 2! Listen in for a short update on two brand new episodes dropping in August, Infrastructure Junkies Hall of Fame inductees, and a spirited discussion about the worst songs in rock n' roll history!!

LIVE! From the 67th Annual IRWA International Conference: President Jake Farrell!

LIVE! From the 67th Annual IRWA International Conference: President Jake Farrell!

June 15, 2021

The PLP crew interviews new International Right of Way Association President Jake Farrell LIVE from the 67th Annual International Conference in San Antonio, Texas!  Check out this poignant and compelling interview with Mr. Farrell, where he discusses his path to a right of way career, his unusual journey to IRWA leadership and his planned legacy for that organization.  Along the way several surprise guests send their messages to the guest of honor, including a certain celebrity from Los Angeles!  And what hard hitting interview would be complete without "Cross Examination With Dave"??!!  (Jake promises that Nebraska is not nearly as boring as everyone thinks it is!)  Check it out!

Infrastructure Junkies Roundtable!

Infrastructure Junkies Roundtable!

June 1, 2021

Your hosts each bring a right of way topic and a pop culture obsession to this episode for some fascinating discussion!   Listen in for a soapbox speech from Dave about the "property rights" fallacy, fresh water  infrastructure insight (and our acute need for more attention to it) by Carrilin, the misleading portrayal of eminent domain on television and in movies from Ross, and hot right of way topics for future episodes with Kristen.  And along the way, you will have the pleasure of hearing Kristen pontificate about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hear about Ross's man crush on Kevin Costner, the joys of the Outlaw Country movement, and more than you would ever need to know about K-Pop.  (Whaaaaattt???)

Best of all, welcome to the Infrastructure Junkies Airwaves!  Check out personal music playlists from each of your hosts here:

Infrastructure Junkies Airwaves - Dave!

Infrastructure Junkies Airwaves - Kristen!

Infrastructure Junkies Airwaves - Carrilin!

50 First Dates with Clint Schumacher!!

50 First Dates with Clint Schumacher!!

May 18, 2021

Texas eminent domain attorney and varsity football coach (because everyone in Texas is involved in football) Clint Schumacher discusses the inspiration behind his popular Eminent Domain Podcast, the biblical history of eminent domain, emerging hot issues in the field, and his views on the application of the Uniform Relocation Act.  Finally, Clint engages your hosts in a powerful discussion about his captivating new book, Second Wind: Decisions the Resilient Make to Overcome Adversity, as well as the inspirations and lessons of his book.  Listeners will also learn the significance of the title of this episode (hint: it's a movie) and hear Clint admirably defend himself during "Cross Examination with Dave"!  Tune in!

Sleepless in Seattle? Then Consider the Value of Restrictive Covenants in Eminent Domain Cases!

Sleepless in Seattle? Then Consider the Value of Restrictive Covenants in Eminent Domain Cases!

May 4, 2021

Have you ever gotten to hear the opening statement of an eminent domain jury trial with $7 million of agency money on the line? Tune in, and you will here!  Superstar Seattle lawyers Matt Hansen and Tara O'Hanlon from the law firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn celebrate the First Annual Billy Squier birthday episode of the Pendulum Land Podcast with your hosts!  Matt and Tara explain how the valuation of restrictive covenants--and the risk of ignoring them--came into play in their recent jury trial (which was conducted via Zoom).  Tara sets the table for our audience by re-creating her opening statement and then our guests navigate the audience through the rest of the odyssey. (Spoiler alert!  The good guys won!)  Most importantly, our guests demonstrate their mastery of the classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  

PS - What's the antonym of "mastery"???

London Calling!  Meyric Lewis Discusses ”Compulsory Acquisition” and Climate Change Litigation in the U.K.!

London Calling! Meyric Lewis Discusses ”Compulsory Acquisition” and Climate Change Litigation in the U.K.!

April 20, 2021

The Pendulum Land Podcast's best barrister buddy from across the pond, Meyric Lewis, enlightens your hosts on "compulsory acquisition"--England's version of eminent domain.  Relocation benefits in Britain? Maybe not so much! And did you know that "climate change litigation" nearly halted the expansion of Heathrow Airport?  Along the way, your hosts thank our British barrister friend for various tidbits of British pop culture...while finding themselves forced to apologize for a few things as well.  Perhaps most importantly, our English friend survives "Cross Examination with Dave!" (And--spoiler alert!!-- England was indeed having an off day when "fish n' chips" was invented!!!!)  Join us!

Live from New Orleans! Planes, Trains and Automobiles: The Secret Ingredients to American Happiness!

Live from New Orleans! Planes, Trains and Automobiles: The Secret Ingredients to American Happiness!

April 6, 2021

The Pendulum Land Podcast crew ventured down to the Big Easy for its first ever live podcast recording at the 2021 Transportation Symposium and the International Right of Way Association's Region 2 and Region 6 Joint forum.  Special guests Wade Brown (American Acquisition Group) and Erin Newberry (HDR) joined the podcast as representatives of their respective regions for a trivia contest with an incredible prize on the line.   Along the way, your hosts examined the history of American interstate and railroad infrastructure, as well as some fun trivia about the airline industry.  This episode is full of interesting information about the right of way industry and features plenty of laughs along the way. And listen to audience reviews at the end of the show!

Inverse Condemnation of Oysters, Oyster Leases and Oyster Beds. Say What???

Inverse Condemnation of Oysters, Oyster Leases and Oyster Beds. Say What???

March 23, 2021

Your hosts examine the recent Virginia Supreme Court case of Johnson v. City of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District where the Court ruled on whether two Virginia agencies were responsible for condemning oysters, oyster leases and oyster beds because of pollution in local rivers.  Frequent PLP commentator Robert Thomas of the Pacific Legal Foundation weighs in on behalf of the watermen.  Ross Greene, the current Chair of Pender & Coward's  Eminent Domain / Right of Way Practice Group and editor of an eminent domain blog "Rightofway.law"  argued the case before the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of the City and offers his theories. Which way did this landmark decision go?  

Texas Power Grid Crisis! No Power for Days in Single Digit Temperatures! How Did Infrastructure Fail?

Texas Power Grid Crisis! No Power for Days in Single Digit Temperatures! How Did Infrastructure Fail?

March 9, 2021

In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri plunged temperatures in the state of Texas to historic lows for nearly a week and neither the state's infrastructure nor the power grid was prepared for this event. Texas energy litigation attorney  Chrysta Castañeda joins the podcast to explain how the Lone Star State's insistence on being on its own power grid contributed to this tragedy, the devastating effects of the storm and why it could happen again.  Citizens died, homes were destroyed, insurance losses rivaled those of Hurricane Harvey and the overall cost of this catastrophe may top $200 billion.  This may not be an eminent domain discussion, but it is certainly a right of way infrastructure issue that we will all learn from.

Special thanks to this episode's co-sponsor,  State Farm Insurance agent Bryan Rheay for making this episode possible.  Bryan serves citizens and businesses throughout the great state of Texas for all of their insurance needs and is there for his clients when they are victimized by events beyond their control....like Winter Storm Uri.

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