Pals with Bill Wadman

Infrequent Interviews With People I Know

About the show

I'm Bill Wadman, a commercial portrait photographer in New York City with a lot of amazing and accomplished friends. Occasionally I'll record an hour long interview with one of them about what they do, how they got here, and why it's important to them

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  • Episode 40: Chris Molanphy Returns - Chart Analyst / Pop Critic

    November 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 25 mins
    billboard, chart, critic, molanphy, rock, slate

    Back for his second episode. Slate magazine's resident rock critic & chart analyst Chris Molanphy chats with me about the definition of a "Smash", why the demographics of the artists on the charts have changed over time, and how much he hates most Diane Warren penned songs. Always great to talk to Chris.

  • Episode 39: Sandi Robertson - Art Teacher

    November 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    art teacher, color printing, darkroom, photography, scotish accent

    The rare Skype episode of Pals with art teacher Sandi Robertson from the UK. We discuss Sandi's deep love of the color darkroom, her early beginnings as a young artist in Scotland, and her belief that a student's understanding of photography is as vital as maths and sciences.

  • Episode 38: Eran Bugge - Home Sewing Enthusiast

    August 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    My good friend Eran isn't just one of the best modern dancers working today, she's also an accomplished home sewer. That's right, she's makes most of her own clothes and some for other people too. I just had to know how she got into the hobby!

  • Episode 37: Keri Thibodeau - Theatrical Lighting Designer

    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.

  • Episode 36: Molly Magerman - Footwear Designer

    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.

  • Episode 35: Brad Rego - Filmmaker

    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.

  • Episode 34: Matt Fisher - BBQ Pitmaster

    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.

  • Episode 33: Paul Smith - Constitutional Law Attorney

    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.

  • Episode 32: Mark Hamilton - Radio DJ

    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.

  • Episode 31: Dave Keener - Songwriter

    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.

  • Episode 30: Abdulgader Naseer - Architect

    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.

  • Episode 29: Eric Gaskins - Fashion Designer

    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.

  • Episode 28: Jason Odell Williams & Charlotte Cohn, Playwright & Producer/Director

    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.

  • Episode 27: Bianca Brady - Lunatic Whisperer

    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.

  • Episode 26: Alex MacDonald - Tap Dancer

    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.

  • Episode 25: Andrea Bartz - Thriller Author

    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...