NOTE: This show ended in 2018. episodes and this FAQ left for posterity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “feen”?
It’s street for “fiend.”
What is the music on the show?
As of May 2014, ALL the music is by host Michael W. Dean. It’s all either his old rock musical group Bomb (get it free HERE), his one-man hardcore punk rock band Right Arm of Wyoming (get it free HERE) or stuff he made specifically for the show. Some of the older episodes have music by former co-host Neema Vedadi, and some of his stuff still occasionally pops up in Freedom Feens ads. Some music by Neema Vedadi and Michael W. Dean playing together (get it free HERE) is also used in some of the ads, especially the ads for Freedom Feens-related products and services.
WHAT’S A FEEN? “Feen” is how a little kid would say “fiend”, which we think is cute. It’s also “fiend” in street speak. ”Hello freedom feens….” is the first line in one of the songs Neema and Michael wrote for the “Guns and Weed” movie. That’s where the name of the show comes from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL8xypr4UMg
WHAT’S A PODCAST? “A podcast is a series of related digital audio files that are released episodically and downloaded through web syndication. The word podcast replaced webcast in common use with the success of the iPod and its role in the rising popularity and innovation of RSS web feeds……” (from Wikipedia)
WILL YOU INTERVIEW ME, MY FRIEND, SOME GUY I LIKE, ETC? At least ten people a week write us and say “You should interview so-and-so…..” However, we don’t interview people on this show. Freedom Feens is just two really good friends, Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi, yacking. We really like our existing dynamic and so do our fans. Also, we have such a backlog of things to talk about that we’re still trying to catch up. If you think so-and-so deserves to be interviewed, you’re probably right, and you should start a podcast and interview them. Here’s technical info on how to podcast.
We do have another cast where we do interviews (they’re more like conversations actually), the Anarchy Gumbo Podcast, here.
HOW, WHEN, AND WHERE DID THE SHOW COME TO BE? Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi had so much fun making the Guns and Weed movie, they wanted to keep working together. Since they no longer both live in Wyoming (Neema moved to Washington State), they decided a podcast would be a fun, quick and easy way to do that. Podcast went live Thursday, March 31, 2011. They started doing a show on LRN streaming audio a year later. In February 2013, they went to national radio syndication.
WHAT’S THIS SHOW ABOUT? The Freedom Feens podcast is all about freedom. This is Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi’s fun ‘n’ feisty weekly chat about Constitutional, libertarian, voluntaryist, minarchist and anarchist issues, abuse of authority by police, the War on Drugs, self-defense, States’ Rights, Natural Rights, Austrian Economics, the problems of a two-party system, taxation, guns, cats, dogs, anarchy, DIY art, low-budget filmmaking, digital recording, activism, punk rock, sex, hip-hop and more. And remember, the only power they have is the power you allow them.
WHY DO YOU CENSOR OUT THE CUSSING? Because we are syndicated on radio. We cuss like sailors, but beep it out during the editing, because we don’t want anyone to be able to block our important message because of some nanny laws or rules about swearing.
WHO’S THE INCREDIBLY CUTE GIRL IN THE “FREEDOM FEEN” SHIRT AT THE TOP AND MIDDLE RIGHT OF EVERY PAGE? That’s Iva Milakovic, a fan of the cast and a friend of Michael’s. She lives in Italy.
I LOVE WHAT YOU GUYS DO. HOW CAN I HELP OUT? Well, first of all, tell two friends. (Or ten friends.) Promo info to help with that is HERE. We also could use donations of any amount. We accept donations via PayPal or credit cards (through PayPal). Make donations HERE.
HOW DO YOU RECORD SUCH A GREAT-SOUNDING PODCAST? I MEAN, SERIOUSLY, IT SOUNDS STELLAR. NO OTHER PODCASTS SOUND THIS GOOD, EVEN ONES FROM MAJOR MEDIA CORPORATIONS. HOW DO YOU DO IT? It takes a lot of talent, work and time. Info on the technical aspects of what we do is HERE.
This podcast is covered by a BipCot No-Government Media License. This allows re-use by anyone except governments.
WARNING: THIS PODCAST AND ITS CREATORS DO NOT ADVOCATE BREAKING ANY LAWS OR DOING ANYTHING DANGEROUS. THIS PODCAST AND ITS CREATORS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING ANY LISTENERS DO. YOU OWN YOU. DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST IF HEARING ABOUT FREEDOM AND LIBERTY IS NOT LEGAL FOR YOU IN YOUR COMMUNITY. AND IF SO, YOU SHOULD MOVE IMMEDIATELY TO A HIPPER COMMUNITY.
“Freedom Feens” is a common-law trademark of Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi.