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027: Mara Kubrin: How a Speech Language Pathologist Helps Children Communicate and Elderly Heal

This week I talk to Mara Kubrin, a Speech Language Pathologist based in San Francisco. She is currently working at a rehabilitation center with elderly people, helping them recover speech and language skills as well as teaching them how to swallow. Mara has done so much work with people and knows a ton about different types of therapy including ABA therapy for kids with autism who she worked with before she went to school for her masters in speech language pathology. We also take a moment to discuss Mara’s concerns with repealing the Affordable Care Act. Finally we’ll talk about an app that Mara worked on with Smile Train, to help children around the world born with cleft palates learn to speak properly.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with educator, Elizia Artis

This episode, I talk with Elizia Artis about what it means to build a community around education. She works in Flint, Michigan for the Crim Fitness Foundation and works with the school and communities there to solve problems effecting the students and parents. Elizia was an AmeriCorps volunteer and now manages other AmeriCorps volunteers in Flint so she’ll give some information about civil service and what some of those responsibilities look like. Lastly, Elizia explores some of her thoughts about issues effecting people of color and the Black Lives Matter movement

 

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You may also like my interview with former Peace Corps volunteer, Karen Chiang.

I talk to Karen Chiang, a former Peace Corps volunteer who was stationed for over two years in a small town in Senegal. Karen was a economics and international business major at UCLA and used her skills to help the community implement a business model that made their plastic waste into something profitable and sustainable. She talks about the culture, the people, and her overall experience as a Peace Corps volunteer

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026: Marica Petrey: How a Director Engages a Unique Team of Artists to Create Experimental Theater

This week I talk to Marica Petrey who is a writer, actor, and director as well as Founder and one of the Artistic Directors of Radix Troupe which is an experimental theater troupe based out of Berkeley, California. She is a freelance journalist and videographer with California Magazine. She is cellist and member of Mad Noise, a bluesy funk, soul, punk band that has traveled to Africa through the State Department’s American Music Abroad Program. She is a dancer and a singer and just recently started another band called Girl Swallows Nightingale. We first talk about Zoey and the Wind-Up Boy and how Radix Troupe creates projects together. Then we talk about the sound and art direction of Zoey and the Wind Up Boy. Finally we’ll talk about how Marica got into performing arts and an opportunity she recently had to shadow acclaimed director, Amma Asante.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with musician, sound designer, and photographer, Mogli Maureal.

Mogli Maureal a musician, sound designer, and photographer, talks about his band, Mad Noise. He talks about their roots as street performers, their musical style, and their recent trip to West Africa with the US Department of State Program called American Music Abroad. We’ll also talk about his work with Radix, an experimental theater troupe. He does all of their music and sound design for their innovative theater and live performance works. Finally, we talk about his photography and his aspirations.

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You may also like my interview with musician and record label founder, Eliza Lutz.

I talk to Eliza Lutz who recently started her own record label in Santa Fe, New Mexico called Matron Records. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player who has been preforming and touring since high school. Her business savvy and finance prowess have allowed her to be a mentor to many bands. She’s incredibly passionate about helping bands understand money so that they can fund their art. 

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025: Maximilian Uriarte: How the Creator of Terminal Lance Brings the Marine Experience to Life

This week I talk to Maximilian Uriarte, Veteran Marine and Creator of the widely popular webcomic, Terminal Lance. He did two tours of duty in Iraq and during his second tour took on the role of Marine Corps Artist and Photographer, giving him the opportunity to fly all over and document the Marine Experience in Iraq. Last year he released his first graphic novel, the White Donkey which was on the New York Times Bestseller list and received rave reviews for its honest depiction of the life and struggles of a Veteran Marine.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with illustrator, Lily Williams.

I talk to Lily Williams about her short film FINconceivable, an award winning informational short about the importance of sharks to our ecosystem. We talk about her upcoming illustrated children’s book called If Sharks Disappear which will be published next year through Roaring Brook Press. Finally, we discuss her newly released web comic that she co-created with Karen Schneemann, called The Mean Magenta. The Mean Magenta seeks to destigmatize periods by providing entertaining comics as well as health resources.

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You may also like my interview with violinist, Gabi Holzworth.

I talk to Gabi Holzwarth, referred to by many as the Violin Girl of Silicon Valley. She is a talented violinist with perfect pitch and has performed at many events around the Bay Area and the world. She quit her job in sales and started playing the violin in the street full time. It was there that many tech executives discovered her and she began playing at private parties and events. Gabi also discusses her ongoing struggle with eating disorders and has some advice for people entering into recovery.

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024: Albrey Brown: How a Bay Area Developer Fights for Minority Representation & Diversity in Tech

This week I talk to Albrey Brown, who is a programmer and community leader here in the Bay Area. He is currently working as an Enrollment and Diversity specialist at Hack Reactor which is a coding bootcamp based out of San Francisco. Albrey was a student at Hack Reactor and was brought on to the team after he graduated. After noticing the lack of diversity in the Hack Reactor family, he pitched an idea to the founders and founded his own branch of the school called Telegraph Academy that focuses on finding students from underreprestend minorities. Albrey was also recently invited to speak at the White House at the first ever Demo Day about his experience and his belief that industries, especially tech, need to be more diverse. We’ll also touch on his newest project, Progressive Patriotism.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with educator, Elizia Artis

This episode, I talk with Elizia Artis about what it means to build a community around education. She works in Flint, Michigan for the Crim Fitness Foundation and works with the school and communities there to solve problems effecting the students and parents. Elizia was an AmeriCorps volunteer and now manages other AmeriCorps volunteers in Flint so she’ll give some information about civil service and what some of those responsibilities look like. Lastly, Elizia explores some of her thoughts about issues effecting people of color and the Black Lives Matter movement

You may also like my interview with activist, Charlie Furman.

I talk to Charlie Furman, an Activist and Digital Organizer who creates campaigns focused on creative internet organizing to spread movements quickly and meaningfully over many channels. Charlie was a campaign manager for Fight for the Future and faught hard for Net Neutrality and against the Trans Pacific Partnership and was also a digital organizer for 350.org, People’s Climate movement, and Demand Progress. 

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023: Blimes Brixton: How A Rapper Is Taking Control of Her Music and Breaking Down Stereotypes

This week, I talk with Blimes Brixton, rapper, singer, and songwriter born and raised in San Francisco and currently living in Los Angeles. Blimes took her career in a new direction this year, changing her name to Blimes Brixton and is bringing the world new rad music. She also Started a new label called Peach House Records which is home to works from Gavlyn, Olivia Braga, and Lou Koo. The label is a collaborative project for female artists and they’ve been steadily releasing singles this last year. We talk about Blimes new direction and her experience running her label thus far. We also get into her music videos and creative process. Finally, we discuss Blimes Brixton’s image and how she’s fighting to break the stereotypes.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with violinist, Gabi Holzworth.

I talk to Gabi Holzwarth, referred to by many as the Violin Girl of Silicon Valley. She is a talented violinist with perfect pitch and has performed at many events around the Bay Area and the world. She quit her job in sales and started playing the violin in the street full time. It was there that many tech executives discovered her and she began playing at private parties and events. Gabi also discusses her ongoing struggle with eating disorders and has some advice for people entering into recovery.

You may also like my interview with musician and record label founder, Eliza Lutz.

I talk to Eliza Lutz who recently started her own record label in Santa Fe, New Mexico called Matron Records. She is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player who has been preforming and touring since high school. Her business savvy and finance prowess have allowed her to be a mentor to many bands. She’s incredibly passionate about helping bands understand money so that they can fund their art. 

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022: Karen Chiang: A Peace Corps Volunteer Experience & A Business Model that Transformed a Village

This week I talk to Karen Chiang, a former Peace Corps volunteer who was stationed for over two years in a small town in Senegal. Karen was a economics and international business major at UCLA and used her skills to help the community implement a business model that made their plastic waste into something profitable and sustainable. She talks about the culture, the people, and her overall experience as a Peace Corps volunteer.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with director, dancer, and founder of TurfInc, Johnny5.

I talk to Johnny5, the founder and director of TURFInc, a company in Oakland that teaches kids turfing. Turfing is a style of street dance that came out of hyphy in the 90s. TURFInc gives them opportunities to make money and helps them stay off the street by learning marketable skills. Johnny5 has worked with tons of big name artists, he’s been featured and finds talent for Yak Films, the premiere dance film company in the world.

You may also like my interview with illustrator, Lily Williams.

I talk to Lily Williams about her short film FINconceivable, an award winning informational short about the importance of sharks to our ecosystem. We talk about her upcoming illustrated children’s book called If Sharks Disappear which will be published next year through Roaring Brook Press. Finally, we discuss her newly released web comic that she co-created with Karen Schneemann, called The Mean Magenta. The Mean Magenta seeks to destigmatize periods by providing entertaining comics as well as health resources.

 

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021: Meredith Rawls:An Astronomer Takes Us to the Universe w/ Groundbreaking Telescopes & Starquakes

This week I talk to astronomer, Meredith Rawls about her work with a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile set to be finished in 2020 and while take the highest resolution video of the sky so far over the course of a decade. Meredith’s team is working on software to process in real time the many terabytes of data being collected a day as well as scan for things of interest in the sky. We’ll also talk about her work with red giants and how she uses starquakes to understand the mass and make-up of a star. Finally, we get into teaching and diversity in astronomy and Meredith will tell us if she thinks there’s aliens!

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with with PhD student and ant researcher, Ida Naughton.

I talk to Ida Naughton, a PhD student at UC, San Diego who is studying the diverse ant populations on the Channel Islands. Ida is stationed on the Santa Cruz Island and is staying on the land owned by the Nature Conservancy. Listen to the episode to learn about the amazing colony structures, wacky behaviors, and the overall complexity of one the world’s most industrious creatures.

You may also like my interview with speech language pathologist, Mara Kubrin.

I talk to Mara Kubrin, a Speech Language Pathologist based in San Francisco. She is currently working at a rehabilitation center with elderly people, helping them recover speech and language skills as well as teaching them how to swallow. 

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020: Ellen Huffman: Swing Dancing, Lindy Hop, & the Someday Sweethearts

This week I talk to Ellen Huffman, a Lindy Hop dancer based in San Francisco. Every year she organizes a Lindy Hop and Jazz Workshop called Fog City Stomp where she invited experts, live bands, and DJs to come teach, perform, and judge competitions. She’s danced for many troupes and currently runs the Someday Sweethearts. We’ll get into the history of swing, some influential members of the community, and fashion!

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with rapper, Blimes Brixton.

This week, I talk with Blimes Brixton, rapper, singer, and songwriter born and raised in San Francisco and currently living in Los Angeles. Blimes took her career in a new direction this year, changing her name to Blimes Brixton and is bringing the world new rad music. She also Started a new label called Peach House Records which is home to works from Gavlyn, Olivia Braga, and Lou Koo. We also discuss Blimes Brixton’s image and how she’s fighting to break the stereotypes

You may also like my interview with performer, choreographer, and art director, Eric Garcia.

This episode, Eric Garcia talks about his drag performances and keeping a gritty low budget drag show in a changing San Francisco. We discuss his performance company, Detour Dance and their evolving mission and maturing body of work. We also talk about his work for Sean Dorsey, an acclaimed dancer and head of Fresh Meat Productions, a company devoted to transgender and queer arts. Finally, we get into identity and how Eric is using dance to explore himself as a person of color and as a gay man.

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019: Chad Leto: Cinematography from Film to San Francisco MiniSeries to Star Wars Parodies

This week I talk to my friend Chad Leto, He’s a cinematographer working for G-Ram films and has worked on documentaries, music videos, and commercials. He’s also been the cinematographer with so many projects including an award winning feature film called Parallax. Chad also filmed a hilarious and totally wacky web series called “Don’t call it Frisco” about a Boston transplant who moves to San Francisco and has to adjust to the liberal and totally crazy culture of the city. Chad will also tell the crazy disastrous story of his trip to Burning Man this year.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with writer, actor, and director, Marica Petry.

I talk to Marica Petrey who is a writer, actor, and director as well as Founder and one of the Artistic Directors of Radix Troupe which is an experimental theater troupe based out of Berkeley, California. She is also a freelance journalist and videographer with California Magazine. She is cellist and member of Mad Noise, a bluesy funk, soul, punk band that has traveled to Africa through the State Department’s American Music Abroad Program. 

You may also like my interview with actor and director, Alex Vlahov.

Alex Vlahov talks about his work with the New York Neo-futurists and their collection of 30 plays performed in an hour called Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. We also talk about experimental theater in general and some of the plays that Alex has written and directed that have interesting approaches to topics that cover a range of social issues and humanity’s dilemmas. Finally, we discuss Alex’s latest play which is still untitled. The play is about Father Eric, a priest from our high school who was murdered in 2013.

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018: Charlie Furman: Organizing and Activism in the Digital Age

This week I talk to Charlie Furman, an Activist and Digital Organizer who creates campaigns focused on creative internet organizing to spread movements quickly and meaningfully over many channels. Charlie was a campaign manager for Fight for the Future and faught hard for Net Neutrality and against the Trans Pacific Partnership and was also a digital organizer for 350.org, People’s Climate movement, and Demand Progress. He’s so active and has so many insights into how we take issues we feel strongly about and turn our thoughts into actions. Finally we talk about his latest project GOPcausedTrump.org, a timeline of how we ended up with Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Candidate.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with activist, Tia Lebherz

Tia Lebherz talks in depth about saving water and other threats to our environment. First, we talk about her work at WaterNow Alliance and how WaterNow is bringing together people to find innovative ways to save water on the West Coast. Then we’ll talk about her work for Food and Water Watch as the California organizer and the importance of banning fracking, specifically in California. 

You may also like my interview with former Peace Corps volunteer, Karen Chiang.

I talk to Karen Chiang, a former Peace Corps volunteer who was stationed for over two years in a small town in Senegal. Karen was a economics and international business major at UCLA and used her skills to help the community implement a business model that made their plastic waste into something profitable and sustainable. She talks about the culture, the people, and her overall experience as a Peace Corps volunteer

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