I'm a standup and storyteller in NYC - I interview someone who's had to rebuild their life whether or not they wanted to in the first place. In Season 2, I've interviewed Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead, Nigerian-American comic Nonye Brown-West about why it's damaging to say "we're not taking straight white guys anymore," and the Buddhist chaplain who performed last rites over the mass graves on Hart Island for NYC's unknown COVID victims. [more inside]
I'm a standup and storyteller in NYC - you may have heard my stuff on The Moth or This American Life. I've started a podcast called The Reluctant Phoenix where I interview people who've restarted their entire lives, whether or not they really felt like it. You can hear a trailer here. [more inside]
Coming soon! My second collaboration with photographer Ralf Mitsch. The first one was called Why I Love Tattoos. This one is Why I Love Sex. It features more than 50 personal stories about embracing eroticism and sexuality in life and work, including a few famous ones like Xaviera Hollander and Kaat Bollen. I translated the interviews into English. Contains lots of pictures of naked people, and some really interesting stories. [more inside]
MeFi's beloved Gregnog was kind enough to be the first guest for my new podcast. The whole pretense is this: I've spent 20 years in public radio, listening to people being interviewed only because they had a new book or movie or TV show coming out that week. I love Terry Gross, but her bosses would never schedule a butcher or a puppeteer or a single mom, unless there was some financial reason to do so. So that's the point of this podcast - I am going to interview "ordinary" people, to underscore the fact that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. (Here is the full manifesto behind it.) Thanks to gregnog for being a great first guest. I have six more in the can, and I have solved the audio issues that plague this first one.
Beyond the Stacks is an interview podcast in which librarians, archivists, and information science professionals talk about the coolest experiences of their careers, and how they got there. [more inside]
I recently interviewed Shih Ming-teh (施明德), who was once jailed in Taiwan for a total of 25 years for his views on the island's political independence and fighting for the end of martial law. He is currently on a long shot bid for the island's president as an independent candidate on a leftist platform.
Website and podcast where the hosts confess their ignorance in a range of topics and ask intelligent people to explain things to them. [more inside]
We have a great interview with science fiction author Ted Chiang up at The Margins, the magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Vandana Singh talks to him about the scientific basis of his work, artificial intelligence and race. Please check it out!
My interviewing website, called Conversus, is a place where people can tell any story they want. My experience interviewing includes as a radio, television, print reporter and as well as a freelance videographer and writer, and through my work as a public affairs officer. Because I have talked to hundreds of people during my career (maybe thousands), I have a good sense for what motivates people to share, namely asking a simple question and then, listening. I have had many five minute conversations with strangers who's stories could've been made into indie film sagas, only to have them disappear never to be seen again. I think these interactions are the stuff that fuel us and give us empathy for each other. [more inside]
Bunny and Coco podcast from an enormous bed in downtown Hollywood, California, telling weird and wild stories from the most famous neighborhood in the world. Episode four includes an interview with Julia Marchese, who started the petition to save 45mm film, and who discusses the unique pleasures of the revival house cinema. Theme song by MeFi's own frenetic, AKA Brad Sucks: It's this incredible song. [more inside]
Last month, I finished designing a new website for an art gallery and radio station in NYC: Art International Radio (formerly known as WPS1). We've got and oodles oodles of rare and interesting content, interviews, music shows, recordings, performances. Listen to an interview about Fururist noise music boxes called the Intonarumori, or an interview with Jim Jarmusch, Gregg Araki, or Michel Gondry. Listen to Genesis P-Orridge ruminate on life and art, or tune into the latest interviews from the Brooklyn Rail. We've acquired some historic audio tapes, and am digitizing them in the process, so that you can listen to Allen Ginsberg (and his father!) talk together. There's music, too: Listen to a curated show on Minimalist music, a recording of a chiptunes/NES-driven performance, some really great disco/house mixes, a curated selection of contemporary Brazilian music (expect bossa nova!), or a wonderfully John Peel-inspired indie rock show. If you want something more experimental, then you can listen to a series of short radio micro-compositions, cassette-tape-generated noise, industrial percussion music performances. --- And if you're overwhelmed, check out the AIR stream, and just sit back and listen... [more inside]
Science Fiction author Peter Watts has been mentioned on metafilter previously. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to interview him and now, in the lead-up to him hopefully winning his first Hugo this weekend, that interview is available online (permalink).
A public radio program and podcast dedicated to in-depth conversation with thinkers and creators. It emphasizes equally the ideas and the people behind them, and those people have included 43Folders founder Merlin Mann, "mumblecore" director Andrew Bujalski, New Yorker fiction critic James Wood, Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. I've aired over 100 interviews so far, most about an hour long, and I show no signs of stopping.
A new, short-form interview blog. Our first conversations are with Chandler Burr, the perfume reviewer from the New York Times, and Gerald Lange, a well-known and very talented typographer, printer and educator; upcoming interviews will include authors, scientists, politicians, and all sorts of interesting non-famous people too. Got suggestions for interviewees and/or questions? I'm listening!