July 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 34 mins
I've been trying to get lighting designer Keri Thibodeau in front of my microphone for a couple of years now, but working at The Metropolitan Opera means that she doesn't have any free time. What she does have is a great story and a whole lot of fun nerdy insider information about the process of modern stage lighting.
July 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
designer, footwear, interview, shoes
Our young friend and footwear designer Molly Magerman is heading back to the west coast, so took the opportunity to talk to her about outsoles, lasts, and manufacturing shoes in China. It's fascinating stuff.
June 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 55 mins
Filmmaker Brad Rego was ramping up to shoot his next horror film "Cryptid" in April just as the Coronavirus shut down the world. In this episode we'll talk about independent film production and how unknowns and additional time have effected his process.
March 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
Come on in and listen to my pal Matt Fisher tell me his story of BBQ. Just be warned that your stomach is going to be full and you may need to wash your jacket to get the smoke out afterward. Yum.
January 16th, 2020 | 35 mins 21 secs
In a very special episode of Pals I get to spend a half hour talking to one of the leading constitutional law attorneys in practice today. He's argued in front of The Supreme Court over twenty times for gay rights, against gerrymandering, in favor of the first amendment and more. Talking to him is like a primary source masterclass.
November 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
Mark Hamilton has been a disc jockey on the radio for decades and has an unnervingly encyclopedic knowledge for music. You may have heard him on WBCN in Boston and K-Rock in LA. He also claims to not have a radio voice, but I leave that to you to decide.
October 31st, 2019 | 1 hr 51 mins
folk, interview, music, songwriter, tunes
One of my earliest NYC friends, songwriter Dave Keener and I take a walk down the road of his musical life and we get to hear Dave play a few of his amazing songs along the way.
September 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 38 mins
Architect AK Naseer is my kind of person. Knowledgeable and a little obsessive just like me. He talks about coming to the US from his home in Saudi Arabia in the 11th grade, his almost complete collection of visits to major Louis Kahn buildings, and nearly convinces me that the Roman orders are something I need to understand. It was a good time.
July 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 32 mins
couture, designer, eric gaskins, fashion, givenchy, prêt-à-porter
In this episode, I get schooled by fashion designer Eric Gaskins who spend 35 years in the industry.
April 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 25 mins
A special roundtable episode this time around with playwright Jason Odell Williams and producer/director Charlotte Cohn. We sat down at their literal kitchen round table to discuss creating theater, working with actors, deciding who to trust with creative feedback, and the place of the stage in modern American society. It's a good lively conversation you won't want to miss.
March 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 20 mins
depression, drinking, frienamies, meds, podcasting, ssri
One of my best friends Bianca Brady is on the show to talk about her new podcast "Whitey Puzzelman's Crossword Hour". On the way we discuss depression, growing up being the person at the party who doesn't drink, getting hit by a car in a crosswalk, and oh ya, Bianca's apt building going up in flames. Come along on the journey.
March 7th, 2019 | 1 hr 40 mins
dance, dancer, history, interview, jazz, tap, tap dancing
Take a trip through the history of tap dancing with my friend and dancer Alex MacDonald. Learn about its origins in the post-slavery 19th century, the trials that early African American dancers went through to perform, and how the art form is changing in the present with a bunch of amazing new performers. Plus at the end of the show, Alex puts on his shoes and give us a short demonstration of a lot of what we discussed. It's a do-not-miss episode.
February 28th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
author, book, interview, writer
Andrea Bartz's first novel "The Lost Night" was released this week at a bookstore near you. Come along as we discuss the whole process from her first pages back in 2014, to finding an agent, pitching publishers, all the way through the editing process and more! And don't worry, since it's a mystery we stay largely spoiler free...
February 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 45 mins
death, death-positive, dying, funeral, hong kong, interview
Come tour the 20 places writer Louise Hung has lived, drop into the political reality of Hong Kong, find out what it's like to live in Japan, and discuss whether the LA theater scene exists as a feeder for Hollywood. And all of this before we get to where we really start in on a deep dive about the death positve movement. Perhaps not for the faint of heart, but I found the conversation fascinating and hope you will too.
February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 34 mins
artist, conversation, illustrator, interview, painter, talking
Painter Gigi Chen didn't start out as an animator like most of her bios say. She started out as a kid with a set of colored pencils deep in the borough of Queens. We discuss her obsession with bowerbirds, how a 'No' response doesn't mean anything, and what it was like for her to switch from oils to acrylic paints. Come along for the ride.
February 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 43 mins
citytech, creators, cuny, illustrator, interview, life story, retoucher, retouching
Eli has been a lifelong illustrator who is now a happily tenured professor at CUNY's City Tech here in Brooklyn.