Pendulum Land Podcast
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.

Eminent Domain Jury Trials During the Pandemic. Do You Dare to Try Your Case On Zoom? Our Guests Did Just That!

Eminent Domain Jury Trials During the Pandemic. Do You Dare to Try Your Case On Zoom? Our Guests Did Just That!

February 23, 2021

Seattle superstar lawyers Matt Hansen and Tara O'Hanlon from the law firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP  have tried not one but TWO eminent domain jury trials during the COVID pandemic.  One was socially distanced in a convention center, and the other was conducted completely virtually via Zoom.  With millions of dollars of agency money on the line, these trailblazers treaded brand new ground.  How did they do it? What were the obstacles? Could there have been any benefits to them and their clients?  What was the outcome with all of that money on the line?  And how can these two be from Seattle, but know nothing about Pearl Jam?  (Your hosts were horrified!) Listen in to find out!  

 

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Sea Level Rise, Wildfires, and COVID-19–OH MY!! Brad Kuhn Examines Each!

Sea Level Rise, Wildfires, and COVID-19–OH MY!! Brad Kuhn Examines Each!

February 9, 2021

Nossaman, LLP's Brad Kuhn joins your hosts to discuss sea level rise and wildfires in the context of inverse condemnation, as well as the projected effects of COVID-19 on the real estate market and the Uniform Relocation Act.  Our SoCal attorney friend also gives his assessment of Snoop Dogg and Sublime in this coast to coast episode.  And don't miss a special announcement---the inaugural class of the Infrastructure Junkie Hall of Fame!!

This is how we do it!  Turbocharge your rise to the top of the right of way industry!

This is how we do it! Turbocharge your rise to the top of the right of way industry!

January 26, 2021

Welcome back, Infrastructure Junkies! Season 2 of the Pendulum Land Podcast kicks off with some grand ideas on how to enrich your career in the right of way industry. Tim Drennan and Amir Vafamanesh from the International Right of Way Association join your hosts with their tips and tricks.  Along the way, they discuss favorite smokers (as in The Big Green Egg, not your great aunt Helen), celebrity encounters and Kristen's prodigious vocabulary.  Don't miss this "fortuitous" episode! For more information on opportunities that  IRWA affords, visit the IRWA website.

Effective Eminent Domain Expert Witnesses

Effective Eminent Domain Expert Witnesses

December 15, 2020

If you serve (or want to serve) as an expert witness in an eminent domain case, this episode is for you! Find out the qualities of an effective expert witness, as well as the weaknesses and potential areas of exploitation. (BTW, does watching enough TV make you an expert in a field? Kristen seems to think that she has watched enough Grey's Anatomy to perform minor surgery!) What famous actors cannot act? And what was your first concert? Listen on to find out in this final episode of Season 1 of the Pendulum Land Podcast!

Andrea Carolan Returns From the Land Down Under! (Part 2 of 2)

Andrea Carolan Returns From the Land Down Under! (Part 2 of 2)

December 8, 2020

The lovely and talented Andrea Carolan returns for the second installment of her interview with the Pendulum Land Podcast. Hear more about Australian eminent domain procedures, and listen in on a spirited debate about aussie rock bands and movie stars!

Andrea Carolan Joins Us from The Land Down Under! (Part 1 of 2)

Andrea Carolan Joins Us from The Land Down Under! (Part 1 of 2)

December 1, 2020

This is the first episode of a two part series with aussie right of way expert, Andrea Carolan. Andrea educates the Pendulum Land crew on the Australian right of way industry. Learn how her country handles "Compulsory Acquisition" (eminent domain) and "Disturbance" (relocation benefits) and find out how she has miraculously managed to survive for this long in a land of so many deadly creatures. Watch out for funnel spiders and the most dangerous Australian animal of them all, the kangaroo.....?

A Thanksgiving Intermezzo for the Right of Way Industry!

A Thanksgiving Intermezzo for the Right of Way Industry!

November 24, 2020

Kristen and Dave host three special guests who preview their Thanksgiving plans and share a little eminent domain poetry along the way. Find out what Clint Schumacher can do with a blow dart and a dachshund, why Robert Thomas is so obsessed with oysters, and why Cyndi Whelpley has a "bar name". Join the "panda"-monium!!! Listen to Clint Schumacher's eminent domain podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/eminent-domain-podcast-about-condemnation-law-by-clint/id1240660689?mt=2#episodeGuid=4ce7dc91-e4d7-428f-9d99-3b91f317d165

Check out Rob Thomas' eminent domain blog at www.inversecondemnation.com .

Noah’s Arcade Presents: Eminent Domain Appraisals! Are They Live, or Are they Memorex?

Noah’s Arcade Presents: Eminent Domain Appraisals! Are They Live, or Are they Memorex?

November 17, 2020

Wayne's World invades the Pendulum Land Podcast! Your hosts discuss whether an eminent domain appraisal differs from a "regular" appraisal, they examine the three most common valuation methodologies, debate whether appraisers can really be objective, and identify a few shady appraisal tactics. Party on! Excellent!!

Jeremy Hopkins Presents the Landowners’ Perspective on Eminent Domain and the Uniform Relocation Act.

Jeremy Hopkins Presents the Landowners’ Perspective on Eminent Domain and the Uniform Relocation Act.

November 10, 2020

Landowner attorney Jeremy Hopkins brings buckets of his Kool Aid to the Pendulum Land Podcast crew. He presents the landowner's perspective on the inequities of eminent domain and the shortfalls of the Uniform Relocation Act...and manages to get Ross's dander up in the process. Listen to his explanation as to why landowners have no voice in the process, as well as why he thinks they fund the demise of their own property rights. But never fear! Your hosts find time to discuss guilty pleasures.

An Election Day Intermezzo for the Right of Way Industry!

An Election Day Intermezzo for the Right of Way Industry!

November 3, 2020

In this bonus trailer, Kristen and Dave preview future episodes, share right of way Haiku, and give more listener shout outs. Don't miss this!!

Halloween Special! Graveyard Relocations and Historic Sites Impacted by Right of Way Projects.

Halloween Special! Graveyard Relocations and Historic Sites Impacted by Right of Way Projects.

October 27, 2020

In this topical episode, your hosts examine what to do if marked or unmarked gravesites lie within the path of an infrastructure project...OR if George Washington slept beneath a cherry tree in the path. Along the way, they debate best Halloween costumes and candy, scariest movies, and worst ways to die. (Too much? I thought so.)

Crazy Right of Way Encounters!

Crazy Right of Way Encounters!

October 20, 2020

Kristen reveals her craziest encounters while clearing a right of way. Let's just say there were lots of snakes, a strip club, cat hoarders, and uhmmmm....dogs which were not house trained. At all. See who would play your hosts in a movie and weigh in on the most pressing question of all: Kid Rock or Eminem?

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