The Craig Silverman Show


Episode 97 - CU President Todd Saliman, Ukraine Update, and Jerry Kennedy Tribute

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Troubadour Dave Gunders - 04:10


"Safe Haven" by Dave Gunders - 13:40


CU President Todd Saliman - 17:52


Marshall Fogel in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 52:56


Greg Gold and Lt. Alex Gorgan in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 01:13:20


Brand new CU President Todd Saliman answers questions about his dream job. Find out why the CU Regents selected him unanimously. Learn Todd Saliman’s local roots, educational and public service background, and his fierce determination to make CU the best.


Arguably the best CU President ever was George Norlin, who, beginning in 1917, served two decades. That’s when President Norlin had CU’s distinctive architecture designed and installed. A century ago, Norlin resisted the Klu Klux Klan which was dominating Colorado and our politics. Saliman discusses Norlin and his legacy and the Norlin Charge delivered to CU grads.


Troubadour Dave Gunders went to CU-Boulder where he found inspiration for his song, Safe Haven. We all need refuge in people, or places, in times of turmoil. Even with all its recent problems, Boulder remains one of the best places in the world to live, and a haven.


Marshall Fogel attended CU too before becoming a Denver deputy district attorney and then counsel for the Denver police unions. Along the way, he got to know and love the DPD’s Jerry Kennedy who just passed away. Listen to beautiful tribute to Chief Kennedy by his friend and attorney.


Accomplished Colorado trial lawyer Greg Gold told us two weeks ago about his plans to help Ukraine, and now we find out the rest of the story. Listen to lawyer Lt. Alex Gorgan from the front lines of the Ukraine War in Craig's Lawyers’ Lounge. Find out how you can help fight Putin.


Kyle Clark from @9News has agreed to come on upcoming podcast & will discuss the basis for his criticisms of Dan Caplis. Dan's been invited on but thus far, has not accepted. Find out more with fascinating soundbites at end of this podcast explaining their disputes.


Episode 96 - Hollynd Hoskins, Esq. – Pickleball Attorney

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Hollynd Hoskins in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 02:49


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 01:40:14


"Your Way Too" by Dave Gunders - 01:49:53


Famous female lawyer Hollynd Hoskins enters Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge to speak about the imminent demise of Roe v. Wade and its wide-ranging legal ramifications. This outspoken accomplished athlete, pro footballer, and fierce legal advocate explains how Alito’s apparent reversal of Roe will affect poor women of color and our legal system.


Learn Hollynd‘s amazing record of success in court. She has proven herself as a public defender, a medical malpractice lawyer, and now, as the successful lawyer this week for the Mayor of Pickleball, Arslan Guney. The situation became an international incident, now resolved without any conviction or further jailing. Mayor Guney loves Hollynd. So will you.


Find out what it was like for Hollynd to grow up in an interracial family in the Park Hill part of Denver, Colorado. She is an East High Hall of Famer and does not shy away from controversies. She describes her experience as a gay married person and the daughter of a Trailblazing Denver family. Warning: You may want to play pickleball after this show.


Troubadour Dave Gunders talks about playing pickleball and the tug of war which is Roe v. Wade. His song titled Your Way Too features a trumpet and a saxophone that make this Dave Gunders' song fantastic. Listen as Dave explains his love of percussion, New Orleans and the JazzFest he just attended.


Episode 95 - Foreign Correspondents: Greg Gold from Poland; Ken Toltz from Israel

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Greg Gold in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 04:36


Ken Toltz - 01:17:09


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 02:19:44


"A Sun Still Shining" by Dave Gunders - 02:25:45


Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge went to Krakow, Poland to catch up with accomplished Colorado personal injury lawyer, Greg Gold, who has gone to Eastern Europe to battle tyranny and Putin. Speaking after touring Auschwitz, and right before he heads to Lviv, Ukraine to drop off supplies, Greg profoundly discusses eastern European history and current distressing events.


Along the way, Greg discovered Rudolf Miczka, a sharp 27-year-old proud Polish native, historian, and tour guide. We get to know Rudolf too, as the Friday sun set on Poland, Ukraine’s neighbor to the west. We puzzle out next moves and whether America is handling situation well.


Further east Friday evening was our Israeli correspondent and former Colorado Front Range politico and columnist, Ken Toltz. We remember when Ken ran against Tom Tancredo for Congress in 2000. Ken, now writing for the Jerusalem Post, has a firm grasp on politics in Colorado, America, and the Holy Land. Ken explains the view of America and Putin from Israel.


Dave Gunders also travels this week, to the foreign feeling city of New Orleans for JazzFest. Our Troubadour discusses his beautiful song named A Sun Still Shining. After a rough week of losing stocks, ongoing bombardment of Ukraine, and Norm Early departing this mortal coil, we need to see a sun is still shining.


Bonus Episode - Norm Early Remembered – The Last Interview

Rest in peace Norman Strickland Early, Jr., longtime Denver DA


Norm Early showed his personality and wisdom in Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge in a memorable lively last visit on July 18, 2020. Norm discussed his health challenges, travels, favorite sports, grandparenting, and what he anticipated for his three grandsons and their futures. Listen to Norm sing Monkey Business.


Norm was a collegiate athlete, and reflected on competitiveness, and the degree to which he factored that into hiring and promoting prosecutors.


Norm reminisces on prosecutions of Quintin Wortham, Frank Rodriguez and the United Bank Massacre (James King) case. We talk about Dale Tooley, Dick Lamm, Bill Buckley, Mike Little, Dick Kay (the furrier), Bill Ritter, Beth McCann, and the Denver DA family.


Learn about Norm’s Washington D.C. (Chocolate City) upbringing and the impact of the Brown v Board of Education ruling. Find out Norm’s reaction to the murder of George Floyd, BLM, Confederate flags, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, the modern GOP, Major Lance, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


Episode 94 - J. Kyle Bachus, Esq. – Author of UNTHINKABLE

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J. Kyle Bachus, Esq. in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 07:09


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 02:00:02


"Full Time Job" by Dave Gunders - 02:07:57


Episode 94 is dedicated to the memory of Margaret Bachus who raised three fine children including prominent Denver trial lawyer Kyle Bachus. Margaret’s son Kyle is a natural performer like his mother, who had a Fine Arts degree. In 1996, Kyle and fellow lawyer Darin Schanker opened Bachus & Schanker, LLC which has grown into one of Colorado’s best-known and largest injury law firms.


Two years ago, Kyle’s mother Margaret was tragically run over in a Florida crosswalk. In an instant, Margaret’s life was over, but her three children and pets had to move on. But how? Kyle wrote a book on the subject titled Unthinkable, Real Answers for Families Confronting Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death. Kyle’s book and this interview are invaluable resources.


Learn the J. Kyle Bachus story and find out his opinions about America’s pandemic response, the future of downtown Denver, and our Rule of Law. Consider Kyle’s optimism that Americans can and will overcome those determined to destroy democracy. Kyle is a native Floridian and shares strong thoughts about Governor DeSantis and current culture wars.


Troubadour Dave Gunders contributes his brilliant but narcissistic song, Full Time Job, in which there may be discussion of the utility of personal assistants. Discussion ensues on a variety of topics including whether some birds sing better than others, rare rainbows, and the Kent Denver alma mater of the late Secretary of State Madeline Albright.


Episode 93 - Chris Vanderveen

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Chris Vanderveen - 03:25


Michael Bailey in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 01:21:40


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 01:44:29


"Whatever the Future May Bring" by Dave Gunders - 01:55:42


Is the pandemic over? Not hardly, says 9News’ chief Covid correspondent Chris Vanderveen. But we are at a new stage and Chris explains why. Approaching his 20th anniversary at the station, this Denver native recalls his admiration for news in general and especially 9News.  Chris describes some of his colleagues, including Kyle Clark, Cheryl Preheim, and Tom Costello.


Chris has covered horrific mass shootings, excessive medical billings, and dangerous usages of police force. A Boettcher scholar out of Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, Chris demonstrates wisdom talking about modern media, threats encouraged by Tucker Carlson types, conspiracy theories, and what will happen now that 9News has been sold.


Management changes at 9News are upcoming, and this award-winning journalist makes a strong case for why Colorado’s News Leader should stick with promoting from within. You can’t get more Denver, Colorado than Chris Vanderveen, Director of Special Projects at Colorado’s most popular TV news station. Enjoy listening to this accomplished Colorado journalist.


Michael Bailey returns to Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge talking about his nice year refereeing high school basketball. Estate planning tips are provided as Michael notes more people are getting the urge for personal meetings with him. Learn about Michael’s experiences as a missionary on the Russia/Ukraine border. Find out about pet trusts and the wisdom of having a lawyer double-check your plans.


Troubadour Dave Gunders entertains with his fascinating song, Whatever the Future May Bring, which is a prayer for hope and faith. Dave discusses his recent trip with the host to Denver’s Babi Yar Park and the larger meaning of this memorial and his song given Putin’s barbarous attack on Ukraine.


Episode 92 - Good Passover! Featuring Rabbi Ray Zwerin, Private Investigator Jeff Kass, and Troubadour Dave Gunders

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Rabbi Raymond Zwerin - 03:32


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 01:16:31


"Good to Believe" by Dave Gunders - 01:25:38


Rabbi Raymond Zwerin's 85th Birthday Speech - 01:30:58


Private Investigator Jeff Kass - 02:04:40


Rabbi Raymond Zwerin remains very much alive at 85. Ordained as a Rabbi in 1964, he founded Denver’s Temple Sinai, served many decades, and helped create our Colorado Babi Yar Memorial. Past and present atrocities near Kiev against Jews and others are remembered. Rabbi Zwerin reminds us of the sad plight of Jews in the USSR during the 1960’s.


Listen to Rabbi Zwerin get rough on Russia and Putin now. Call his nuclear bluff. Understand the eternal battle for freedom which is the Exodus story from Egypt which we recount on Passover.  Rabbi Zwerin is the author of many books including “Forty Years of Wondering” chronicling his best sermons, and a novel, “Holy Fire.”


For his 85th birthday, Rabbi Zwerin gave a beautiful poignant speech explaining what he wanted to be when he grew up. It turns out he wanted to be an engineer but that’s not the correct answer. Find out the right answer and whether the Exodus story and heaven are real.


Troubadour Dave Gunders’ special Passover song, Good to Believe, fits perfectly with the theme of Rabbi Zwerin’s birthday masterpiece. A Passover competition is heating up over which Seder brisket is going to turn out tastier.


Jeff Kass is the accomplished author of Columbine – a True Crime Story. At this week of the year, we remember the massacre that rocked Colorado and our world on April 20, 1999. As a reporter working for the Rocky Mountain News and others, Kass was dispatched to the scene and stayed on the story for more than a decade.


Now also a Colorado licensed private investigator, Jeff Kass corrects many misperceptions about Columbine and calls to task the Jefferson County government for its disinformation campaign to the detriment of the victims. Understand the truth about Columbine and how it still rocks our world on Passover 2022.


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Episode 91 - Honorable Tim Tymkovich!

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Chief Judge Tim Tymkovich in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 04:22


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 01:32:48


"Tear Up Time" by Dave Gunders - 01:48:30


Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge proudly welcomes Chief Judge Tymkovich who has long presided over the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the second highest court in America. He is a Colorado native with firm native roots in Broomfield, preceded by a father and uncle at Denver’s North High, and before that, by the Judge’s grandfather, who came from Ukraine.


Learn about Chief Judge Tymkovich’s formative years at The Colorado College and CU Law before his 2003 federal appointment by President George W. Bush. We discuss just confirmed soon-to-be Justice Ketanji B. Jackson (when Breyer steps down), and legendary Justice Robert H Jackson who took a Supreme Court leave of absence to prosecute Nuremberg war criminals.


Speaking of war criminals, Putin is discussed. Judge Tymkovich is passionate about Ukraine where he’s travelled four times to Ukraine between 2007 and 2018 to aid that country’s transition to democracy and a fair justice system which was leading to Ukraine’s anticipated admission into the European Union. Many great strides were made but those have blown up.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his brave Ukrainian compatriots are hailed, while we remember the atrocities against Ukraine committed by Stalin, and now Putin. We discuss the reasons behind Ukraine once again being in the center of the storm and the best ways for citizens to react. Its not often you hear a federal judge speak so candidly.


Troubadour Dave Gunders contributes his beautiful and haunting song titled, Tear Up Time, a heart-rending ballad about people pulling up roots and moving because things have been torn apart. Ukrainian refugees need our help and understanding. Putin needs to go.


Episode 90 - Katy Winge is a Winner!

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Katy Winge - 02:58


Troubadour Dave Gunders - 35:10


"The Rebound" by Dave Gunders - 44:42


Right Wing Media Watch: Peter Boyles Remembered - 51:13


Denver Nuggets’ broadcaster Katy Winge has distinguished herself as an outstanding hoops analyst with skills she displays on Altitude Sports. Learn about the way Katy, a former D-I player at Illinois State, expertly utilizes Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. An instructor at Metro State, Katy Winge will impress you with her basketball, broadcasting, and social media acumen.


Nikola Jokic should repeat as NBA Most Valuable Player. Learn lots about the best Nugget ever and what Joker’s like behind the scenes. We also learn about Nah’Shon (BizzyBones) Hyland, outstanding Nuggets’ rookie, who barely survived a Wilmington, DE fire that took the lives of two close relatives.


What’s an analyst to say when Bones Hyland starts making long shots in clusters, triggering ear-to-ear smiles on himself, the crowd, and even opponents? Bones is fun and infectious, but Katy discusses how she avoids saying “Bones is on fire” or words to that effect. Given the circumstances, "Bones going off," or "Bones is on a roll" works better.


Our Troubadour Dave Gunders has perfect song with fire and a ton of his soul inside. The Rebound is about damaged human beings finding each other at just the right time. Nobody rebounds better that the Nuggets’ Joker and its new rookie named Bones. Chris Rock rebounding from Will Smith slap discussed.


In Right Wing Media Watch, we remember Peter Boyles. We document with sound his destructive behavior, including dishonest hostile treatment of colleagues who challenged him. Addressed is apparent racism underlying Boyles’ birther, immigration, and Colin Kaepernick stances.


Episode 89 - Judges Jackson - Strangers in a Strange Land

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Troubadour Dave Gunders - 02:58


"Stranger in a Strange Land" by Dave Gunders - 09:45


Judge Gary Jackson in Craig's Lawyers' Lounge - 15:46


Tsvi Sperber - 01:01:55


We lead off with our Troubadour Dave Gunders’ song, Strangers in a Strange Land, written several years ago for the Syrian refugee crisis, also caused by Putin.  Dave’s father Henry Gunderheimer (Episode 21) had to flee Munich in the 1930s. We pay tribute once more to Ukraine and her refugees.


Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson had several strange experiences testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We break it down in Craig’s Lawyers’ Lounge with veteran Denverite, lawyer, and judge, Gary Jackson (no relation). Denver’s Judge Jackson has achieved many firsts of his own and he will tell you what it takes to make that happen.


Listen to how judges learn to manage people and lawyers. What happens when judges become the witness?  Judge Jackson talks about soon to be Justice Jackson and the meaning of her accomplishment as first black woman on the Supreme Court.  We talk about the difficult job of sentencing defendants, and the second-guessing of Senators Cruz, Hawley and Graham.


Tsvi Sperber is an outstanding guest from Kraków Poland. Born in Britain and then making Aliyah to Israel, Tsvi Sperber now runs which explores the roots of Jewish people, largely around Poland and the Pale of Settlement. Suddenly, Sperber is on edge of a war zone and doing all he can to help with the Ukrainian refugee crisis.


Gain new perspectives on Poland’s role in WWI and WWII. Tsvi Sperber makes you understand the politics and geography of the region and the reality that Jews are scattered throughout the refugees. Putin’s motives and end games are fair game in this fascinating discussion.

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