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017: Nick Parker and Bubbles: Deep in the After Hours of San Francisco

Bonus Episode! I talk with Nick Parker and Bubbles, a Bay Area celebrity, about the party scene in San Francisco. Nick talks about how to get into after hour parties and Bubbles takes us through San Francisco nightlife from the 90s to now. Also, listen for Nick and Bubbles track from their new band, The Sensible Whats!

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 festival community leader and creative director at Fest300, Eamon Armstrong.

I talk to Eamon Armstrong, Creative Director at Fest300. Fest300 is an online festival resource that brings together festival communities all over the world. Eamon is a master of building community through social media and travels all around the world meeting people at these diverse festivals, building the global festival community. We talk about so many fun things including the nature of a festival, psychedelic first-aid, and personal growth. Photo by Colin Shoff McDonald.

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016: Jada & Sawyer: How Two Students Are Exploring Art & Activism in High School

This week I talk to Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell about life at their unique public charter high school. They are both passionate about art and activism and are involved in many programs in their community. Sawyer is a theater major and self-taught cosmetologist who loves making people feel beautiful in their own skin. Jada loves drawing and photography and enjoys capturing the beauty in things that other may have forgotten. Both are also working on documentaries which will be out soon!

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 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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015: Eliza Lutz: Matron Records: How a Musician is Cultivating the DIY Scene in New Mexico

This week 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 and she’s incredibly passionate about helping bands understand money so that that can fund their art. We talk about her two bands, Future Scars and GRYGRDNS and discuss how GRYGRDNS has changed her idea of what it means to be feminine in the music industry.

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.

You may also like my interview with artists and high school students, Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell.

 I talk to Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell about life at their unique public charter high school. They are both passionate about art and activism and are involved in many programs in their community. Sawyer is a theater major and self-taught cosmetologist who loves making people feel beautiful in their own skin. Jada loves drawing and photography and enjoys capturing the beauty in things that other may have forgotten. 

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014: Kelsey Atherton: Demystifying Drones, the Morality of Automation, and the Future of Warfare

This week I talk to Kelsey Atherton a staff writer at Popular Science Magazine. He primarily covers unmanned vehicles and defense technology. First we look at drones and different development projects being worked on as well as current and potential legislation surrounding drones. Then we move into automated technology and discuss moral dilemmas that come with programming machines to think for themselves using an example by MIT called the Moral Machine. Finally, we get into defense technology and some old weapons that are relevant today as well as future technologies. Kelsey also weighs in on some ethical questions of warfare.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with astronomer, Meredith Rawls.

 Meredith Rawls talks about her work with a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile set to be finished in 2020 that will take the highest resolution video of the sky so far over the course of a decade. MeredithWe’ll also talk about her work with red giants and how she uses starquakes to understand the mass and make-up of a star. 

You may also like 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.

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013: Eamon Armstrong: Building Communities with Fest300, Psychelic First-Aid, & Personal Growth

This week I talk to Eamon Armstrong, Creative Director at Fest300. Fest300 is an online festival resource that brings together festival communities all over the world. Eamon is a master of building community through social media and travels all around the world meeting people at these diverse festivals, building the global festival community. We talk about so many fun things including the nature of a festival, psychedelic first-aid, and personal growth. Photo by Colin Shoff McDonald

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 with Marine Veteran and creator of the comic Terminal Lance, Maximilian Uriarte.

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. 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.

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012: Gabi Holzwarth: The Violin Girl of Silicon Valley Talks Perfect Pitch and Recovery

This week I talk to Gabi Holzwarth, referred to by many as the Violin Girl of Silicon Valley. She is a very talented violinist, she has 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. Finally, Gabi discusses her ongoing struggle with eating disorders and has some advice for people entering into recovery.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with festival community leader and creative director at Fest300, Eamon Armstrong.

I talk to Eamon Armstrong, Creative Director at Fest300. Fest300 is an online festival resource that brings together festival communities all over the world. Eamon is a master of building community through social media and travels all around the world meeting people at these diverse festivals, building the global festival community. We talk about so many fun things including the nature of a festival, psychedelic first-aid, and personal growth. Photo by Colin Shoff McDonald.

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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011: Ida Naughton: Discovering the Channel Islands through the Fascinating World of Ants

This week 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.

Part 2: This week 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 questions she’s asking while doing field research, the process of grant writing, and lots more ant facts mixed in between.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with astronomer, Meredith Rawls.

Meredith Rawls talks about her work with a Large Synoptic Survey Telescope being built in Chile set to be finished in 2020 that will take the highest resolution video of the sky so far over the course of a decade. MeredithWe’ll also talk about her work with red giants and how she uses starquakes to understand the mass and make-up of a star. 

You may also like my interview with former Pop Sci writer, Kelsey Atherton.

Kelsey Atherton covers unmanned vehicles and defense technology. First we look at drones and different development projects being worked on as well as current and potential legislation surrounding drones. Then we move into automated technology and discuss moral dilemmas that come with programming machines to think for themselves using an example by MIT called the Moral Machine. 

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009: Johnny5: How TURFInc Heals Trauma and Teaches Marketable Skills in Oakland

This week 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 and he’s an all around awesome guy with lots of stories about Oakland.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with the Oakland community organization, Hip Hop 4 Change.

I talk to Khafre and JP of Hip Hop For Change. Khafre is the founder and executive director and JP is the events coordinator. We discuss the inherent problems of corporate media promoting a singular narrative of hip hop and the reason why diversifying hip hop is important for kids in inner city communities.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with the Lindy Hop dancer, Ellen Huffman.

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 invites 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!

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008: Lily Williams: Informing through Illustration, from Sharks to Women’s Health

This week 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.

If you liked this interview, I think you'll enjoy my interview with Marine Veteran and creator of the comic Terminal Lance, Maximilian Uriarte.

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. 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.

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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  • Lily talking about interning at Sony and how she just asked to come back and they agreed. [00:02:19]
  • Lily gets to work with her career bucket list director, Lauren Faust, of My Little Pony. [00:03:34]
  • It’s exciting to see women in male dominated fields. It’s all about representation. [00:05:35]
  • Recording of Lily’s film Finconceivable starting with my narration [00:06:05]
  • How Lily came up with Finconceivable. [00:06:50]
  • How Lily met David Maguire, head of Shark Stewards and asked to make shark art for him. [00:07:20]
  • One fourth of sharks are endangered and Lily wanted to find an engaging, not gory way to talk about it. [00:08:50]
  • Lily’s work set a wave in motion of regular people thinking about sharks differently and getting more excited about conservation. [00:10:51]
  • Who is behind the adorable voice of Finconceiveable?[00:11:36]
  • When was the moment Finconceivable was viral? [00:12:51]
  • More about the success Finconceivable has had. [00:14:21]
  • Lily’s volunteer work with Shark Stewards. [00:16:51]
  • A review of Finconceivable from John McKasker. [00:17:36]
  • Another recording of Finconceivable. [00:18:36]
  • Lily gives some background to her book, If Sharks Disappeared, released in June 2017. [00:19:21]
  • When was Lily contacted to do a children’s book? Hint. Junior year of college. [00:20:51]
  • Has your editor been a mentor to you? Other mentors? [00:22:51]
  • How Lily is in a transition period but she knows she wants to tell educational stories. She clearly has the ability so she needs to do it! [00:23:51]
  • What is Lily’s method? Ask everybody so many questions! Spends her time asking people for their time. [00:25:06]
  • Final recording of Finconceivable. [00:26:51]
  • Lily talks about the Mean Magenta, her latest web comic about menstrual health. [00:27:51]
  • Who are the characters? [00:29:21]
  • Taboo of talking about periods. [00:30:06]
  • Marissa (me) tells a period horror story. Features white shorts and black roof sludge. [00:31:00]
  • How Lily came up with the characters. [00:32:51]
  • The characters are based off of different aspects of Lily and Karen’s personalities. [00:33:36]
  • We talk about the Chinese Olympic athlete who said she was on her period on international television. [00:36:51]

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“One fourth of sharks are endangered and it’s not something we talk about. We talk about shark attacks and we talk about Shark Week and we talk about, like and I mean people think sharks are like sexy, they’re like cool, they’re trendy. But like no one talks about how we are just like murdering the hell out of them.” [00:08:50]

“I think it took most of the time I spent writing it. Cuz I wanted everything to be factually correct and entertaining. which is like a very hard combination to hit.” [00:09:51]

“Because a lot of like, people really tried, when I was looking online even to put information out there about it, it’s like there is so much information that is just like gore filled images and like, that’s not, like, that’s a way to get people angry, but it’s not a way to get people to learn.” [00:10:54]

“That’s what I wanted. I just wanted kids to see it and become as passionate about it as I am. and get involved. Because when kids get involved you can’t help but be involved. You can’t help but be involved because they are passionate and excited about things so that was my goal.” [00:15:51]

“I’m so passionate about telling educational stories and I think that needs to be told and I realize, clearly I have the ability to do it an way that a lot of people don’t have the desire to um or the time or the passion for it. It’s like, it’s all there so I need to do it. like, I’ve got this ability so I’ve got to do it.” [00:23:54]

“I have this practice where I try to contact people as much as possible so I email people, I call people, I am very consistent with asking people for things and I think that you don’t get anything in life if you don’t. Unless you ask for it. You’re not going to get a raise unless you ask for it. You’re not going to get a job unless you ask for it, you just have to ask people for things. So I spend a lot of my time asking people for their time.” [00:25:06]

“People who do menstruate and we know how to talk about it and we’ve all talked about it with each other but it’s so taboo to bring up to you boss or to bring up to anyone really when it’s such a big part of people’s lives.” [00:30:06]

“I mean like what 50% of the population has it and yet we completely don’t talk about it.” [00:30:51]

“Like I even remember like 4 years ago I just remember if someone would post something about their periods I would be like oh my god, I cannot believe they like posted that on the internet. Like woh. And now I’m like totally that person because I feel like liberated about it. But it’s like we shouldn’t be so ashamed about what our body is doing because our body is meant to be doing that thing. I mean granted some of us have bodies that might not be doing something quite right but like still our bodies are doing this incredible thing, getting us ready for like, this incredible thing later in life you know? Like everything has it’s purpose and it’s like so, I mean, I sound like such a hippie right now, but menstruation is so cool! Like, it’s not something to be ashamed of and yet we’re all still, I mean I’m still ashamed of it, we’re all still coming to terms with it because we’ve told to be ashamed about it.” [00:35:36]

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007: Sylvee Esquivel: Hella Vegan Eats: From Tamal Stand to Brick and Mortar

This episode, Sylvee Esquivel talks about her journey from Tamal stand to food truck to her brick and mortar restaurant called Hella Vegan Eats in Downtown Oakland. She discusses the exciting food they have on their menu and the her love of intense flavors. We talk about how her business has evolved, how Hella Vegan eats helped her transition, and finally, her music. Photo By An Hoang

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 artists and high school students, Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell.

I talk to Jada Baca and Sawyer Sverre-Harrell about life at their unique public charter high school. They are both passionate about art and activism and are involved in many programs in their community. Sawyer is a theater major and self-taught cosmetologist who loves making people feel beautiful in their own skin. Jada loves drawing and photography and enjoys capturing the beauty in things that other may have forgotten. 

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