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.
January 28th, 2019 | 59 mins 37 secs
acting, actor, character, movies, sag, tv
You've seen today's guest Simon Feil on "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "Orange Is The New Black", "The Deuce", as well has a ton of the kind of procedural dramas my wife and I watch constantly.
January 24th, 2019 | 46 mins 3 secs
Commercial Director and Stuffmaker Mac Premo is in the hot seat. This is a person who makes video the way he animates and builds the way he draws. Come listen to us discuss his love of objects, baseball, and why he is going to die with a long todo list.
January 22nd, 2019 | 56 mins 31 secs
We're turning the tables today. Friend of the show and Episode 2 guest Mollie Goldstein is interviewing Bill Wadman himself on why he shoots portraits, how he deals with his subjects and their foibles while also juggling his own, and why he has the need to do these daily projects.
November 30th, 2018 | 42 mins 57 secs
Here's an impromptu episode with opera singer Teresa Castillo. We talk about how she got into opera in the first place, the way things work in her industry, and how we get more kids to go to the opera without expecting a phantom. Enjoy!
November 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
gym, interview, personal, personal trainer, push-up, workout
Shaun Zetlin is a personal trainer and author of the book "Push-Up Progression". Not only is he knowledgable and in crazy good shape, he's also one of the sweetest people I know.
October 15th, 2018 | 2 hrs 9 mins
Grant has had many adventures in almost 20 years of getting his hands dirty and writing about it for New York Magazine, Men's Health, Playboy, The New York Times, and Nerve.com. Come along for the ride as a disarming, young-at-heart adventurer with a British accent tells us where he's been and how he got there. WARNING: This episode gets a little racy at times so it's NSFW and not for the kiddies among you. Enjoy!
September 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
Magazine Editor-in-Chief Meg Wachter was a photographer and a retoucher long before she started Got A Girl Crush, a "magazine about women, by women, for everyone", back in 2009.
September 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 23 mins
They say to never discuss politics or religion, unless you've got Buddhist scholar and practitioner Michael Kaup in the chair to have a lively but intellegent discussion about the line between philosophy and religion, differing definitions of enlightenment, and how all people are at times the same and very different.
September 18th, 2018 | 47 mins 52 secs
Paul Gurdak, the only man I would go up in a small plane with is my guest today. He's a single-engine private pilot, a world-class mechanic, and a great storyteller. We had 45 minutes before I had to head to the airport last week so we sat down, setup the mics and had an impromptu podcast session. Enjoy.
August 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 9 mins
education, ets, interview, learning
The most well-read person I know and until recently the Chief Learning Officer of ETS (Educational Testing Service). TJ has had quite the journey from the Bronx to Princeton. Come along for the ride while he recounts the opportunities and lessons he's learned along the way.
August 27th, 2018 | 49 mins 56 secs
interview, new york, photographer, portrait, studio 54
Legendary portrait photographer William Coupon sits down to discuss his upcoming book, what it was like to start his career in New York in the late 70's, and regale us with stories about his forty plus years in the business.
August 19th, 2018 | 1 hr 41 mins
billboard, charts, number one, slate
I'm very pleased to have the host of Slate's Hit Parade podcast, Chris Molanphy in the chair today. Chart analyst and pop critic, Chris sees connections and parallels along the history of popular music that would make a mere mortal music fan say 'Uncle!', and that's why we love him. Buckle up for a 100 minute trip up and down the Hot 100.
August 10th, 2018 | 2 hrs 4 mins
computer science, database, mit, start-up, venture capital
Here's a nerdy one for all you computer geeks out there. My buddy Evan Jones sat in the chair across from me to discuss his education in his native Canada, doing his PhD at MIT, working at Google, starting three companies, taking venture capital, and lastly explaining what a pivot table is. Lots of use of the terms 'abstracted' and 'C++'. In the process I got answers to questions I've been saving up for years. Hope you do too.
August 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 8 mins
My old friend Liz Hara is at the kitchen table at the end of a short trip from LA where she writes for the CBS show "Life In Pieces". A job Liz got after years as a puppet builder and writer at the perenial favorite "Sesame Street". She knows Big Bird for real.