What's the 'Freefall'?

freefallThroughout my 15 years in media, I've been passionate about a variety of issues. Among them: faith and culture. Unfortunately, there aren't enough TV shows, radio programs and podcasts tackling complex issues for 20 and 30-somethings in fun, innovative and creative ways.

I'm looking to change that.

Let's face it: We need better content that entertains, inspires and addresses the real issues today's young adults face.

That's why TheBlaze TV's Raj Nair and I launched "Freefall," a weekly audio series/podcast that offers interviews with fascinating and intriguing individuals. It's fun, simple and provides a lens into the lives and worldviews of celebrities and faith leaders alike.

Since I haven't really addressed the show yet in detail, I wanted to pen a brief blog post here to let you all know why we're doing it (you've likely seen me tweeting and Facebooking about it and some of you have voiced your curiosity).

Each episode is between 10 and 20 minutes. And so far, we've tackled some fascinating subjects: pornography, rap, negative influences in media -- and plenty more.

Below, I've embedded the first three episodes for you to check out. I will continue to post them as we go:


Our Interview With Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child


Our Chat With Former Miss America Kirsten Haglund


Rapper KB Talks About Christianity and the Music Industry

Stunning Time-Lapse Video of the New World Trade Center Structure

Have I mentioned that I absolutely love time-lapse videos? There's just something unbelievably cool -- even moving -- about seeing something evolve, within minutes, from inception to completion. We shared this video on The Blaze on Thursday, but I wanted to post it here as well. After all, the long-awaited One World Trade Center building is nearing its completion. Here's what I reported about its development earlier this week:

More than a decade after the two main towers of the World Trade Center complex were destroyed as the result of a horrific terror attack, the main replacement structure is finally nearing completion. One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower) will be ready for visitors and businesses, alike, in 2013.

Over the past six years, day-by-day, video footage has captured the entire process of building the tower.

Watch the super-cool footage which shows the so-called Freedom Tower from its start through August 26:

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I Have Officially Joined The Blaze...

It's been a little while since I last posted here. That said, I want to share some exciting news (for those of you who don't yet know). In May, I officially joined The Blaze editorial staff full-time. What is The Blaze, you ask? It's an excellent, daily news outlet. Below, watch an excellent video that explains who we are, what we do and what you can expect from our reporting. For my recent articles, click here. Stay tuned for more here on BillyHallowell.com as well. But, alas, here is The Blaze:



Blessid Union of Souls' New Hit

This week, Blessid Union of Souls released the video for their new soon-to-be hit, "The Only Song." I've been a fan of the band since I can remember and I'm blessed to know lead singer Eliot Sloan well. If you purchase one album this year, make sure it's this one. Below, watch Blessid's new video!

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Don't Mess With My Bacon!

While I love serious social and political debate, I'm all about funny videos (and I'll frequently share them with you).  In all seriousness, I cannot stop watching this video from an episode of "Wife Swap."  My favorite part is, "She acts like she's the Queen and we're the sorry people." This kid is hilarious beyond words. And, not for anything, but he's pretty bright (and overtly outraged over his bacon being taken).  Watch now: