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 18: Teresa Castillo - Opera Singer

    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!

  • Episode 17: Shaun Zetlin - Personal Trainer

    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.

  • Episode 16: Grant Stoddard - Immersive Writer

    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 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!

  • Episode 15: Meg Wachter - Editor-In-Chief

    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.

  • Episode 14: Michael Kaup - Buddhist Scholar & Practitioner

    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.

  • Episode 13: Paul Gurdak - Private Pilot

    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.

  • Episode 12: TJ Elliott - Knowledge Broker

    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.

  • Episode 11: William Coupon - Portrait Photographer

    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.

  • Episode 10: Chris Molanphy - Chart Analyst / Pop Critic

    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.

  • Episode 9: Evan Jones - Software Engineer

    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.

  • Episode 8: Liz Hara - Puppet Builder / TV Writer

    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.

  • Episode 7: Kent Miller - Photographer

    August 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Fellow photographer Kent Miller stops by to talk about his love of expired film, the experience of being part of the shift to digital, and his BMX racing skills (who knew!).

  • Episode 6: Ali Mattu - Psychologist

    July 26th, 2018  |  2 hrs 17 mins

    Psychologist Dr Ali Mattu and I have a sprawling two and a half hour conversation about the origins of his Star Trek affliction, being a slacker in high school, and how the death of his brother changed his life. It's a good one, so don't miss it.

  • Episode 5: Michael Malice - Writer, Host

    July 23rd, 2018  |  1 hr 30 mins
    author, north korea, provocateur, trolling

    Author, troll, and fashion plate Michael Malice is at the dining room table for a long discussion about North Korea, why going to college for business is the only sensible choice, and how takes Congress critters down a peg on a regular basis.

  • Episode 4: Bun Cheam - Chef

    July 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 24 mins
    brooklyn, chef, new york city, restaurant

    Chef Bun Cheam has had quite the jounrey, from Cambodian refuge camps as a child to being Executive Chef at multiple New York restuarants. Join me as Bun tries to explain a French kitchen, what knives to use, and why he's a big fan of MSG on this episode of Pals with Bill Wadman

  • Episode 3: Mollie Goldstein - Film Editor

    July 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins
    editor, film, filmmaking

    Film Editor Mollie Goldstein