The Makeshift

Artists. Poets. Musicians. Storytellers. We seek out writers of all kinds to share some insight about their personal creative methods and the art that they create.

43 At The Adult Table (w/ Karen Schubert & Angie DeNicholas)

March 12th, 2017

The arts are a reflection of the communal voice they arise from, but art alone does not build community. It takes artists who do more than just create for themselves, it takes artists willing to reach out and draw the community inwards, together, to see the voices start to shape into something meaningful and long term. Karen Schubert is the director of Lit Youngstown (no, not "that" kind of Lit), a non-profit that hosts monthly poetry readings, featured artists and community functions that are geared to uplifting the unheard voices. Karen, a published poet herself, shares two of her poems with us: "Closing The Bar" and "Kissing The Whisk".

Check out Lit Youngstown: www.lityoungstown.org & https://www.facebook.com/Lit-Youngstown-512526365552415/

and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @LitYoungstown

For more information, more episodes and to find the books written by The Makeshift Poets, please visit our website www.TheMakeshift.net

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42 The Lime Tree (w/ Kristin McLennan & Travis Taylor)

March 5th, 2017

The more that I talk to people who own and run their own businesses, the more I realize that it is one of the most difficult things to do. Some people work, but then others turn their life long passions into the way they will make a living. On this weeks episode, Brandon talks to Kristin and Travis who co-own, manage, operate, create menus for and just about everything else in between for their restuarant The Lime Tree. They discuss growing up in the Trumbull county area, their decision to buy a business here in Warren and what their dreams look like in the future. 

Check out their menu: www.limetreesandwich.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LimeTreeWarren/

For more info about our guest and our projects, including our books for sale: www.themakeshift.net

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41 Just Finish Something (w/ Rob Joki)

February 26th, 2017

If you've spent anytime in your life in a theater program, either as a child, in high school, a local theater program or beyond, you know some of the quirks that community has that make it what it is. For the rest of us, Rob Joki comes on the show this week to share his story from a shy kid sitting in the back of the classroom to going to college for theater. For Rob, the pleasure isn't so much in the performance side of things, although he does, he finds his calling in the writing and directing roles for The Rust Belt Theater Company, of which, he is the founder. He, also, defends his decision to stay local, and to work mostly with original scripts and musicals, over doing licensed work from Broadway, giving voice to people on his stage that may have never had one otherwise.

Follow The Rust Belt Theater Company: https://www.facebook.com/rustbelttheater/  & @RustBeltTheater

You can find all this info, links to our books to buy, contact the show, suggest guests for the show, submit your own poetry or art and more at www.TheMakeshift.net

 

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40.5 Mini-Episode // Homeless Giggles

February 22nd, 2017

Shane McGee joins the show for the first time ever with Sam and Brandon to talk about life, sobriety and reads some of his Hiakus! 

We also read some listener submitted poetry from Amber Dawn Pullin (http://goldmourn.livejournal.com / http://amberdawnpullin.com) and Jasmine Templet (thegirlwritesthings.tumblr.com/ / http://rimbawd.livejournal.com/ / http://yachiru.livejournal.com/tag/poetry)

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40 Producer Consciousness (w/ Homer Warren)

February 19th, 2017

After spending 35 years as a professor of economics and marketing at Youngstown State University, Homer Warren had seen the effects that marketing research and the study of human motivation had wrought on the society around him. Recently retired, he decided to write a book called "Producer Consciousness" (along with his co-writer Linette Stratford) to address the systemic issues that arrise out of a "consumer conscience" culture. In a world that we asses and evaluate everything as something we may consume, he has put forth a different idea: That we are not consumers at all, but, rather, beings of production. 

You can buy Homer Warren's book here: www.producerconsciousness.com

You can contact the show, learn more about us, find our books, send us your poems for our bi-monthly mini-episodes all here: www.TheMakeshift.net

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39 Burn The Portfolio (w/ James Shuttic)

February 12th, 2017

Sometimes you just have to rebel. For today's guest, James Shuttic, the impulse to do so was, at times, the instinct that drove a lot of his early decisions in life. From day one, he was an artist, drawing and painting, to the point of even doing so with crayons and markers on his walls as a kid. His parents encouraged his passions and talents even then. Somewhere in the middle, however, life detoured into places that eventually left James feeling out of control. How he made his way back to what mattered most, including his craft and his family, is a powerful and emotional story. 

Follow James art and events page here: https://www.facebook.com/shutticarts/ and on Istagram @ShutticArts

Contact the show, join the community, buy our books and more: www.TheMakeshift.net

Email: TheMakeshiftPoets@gmail.com

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Twitter: @The_Mongrel & @MakeshiftPoets

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38.5 Mini-Episode // Talking For Animals

February 8th, 2017

Sam, Brandon and Alexa all return for another shit show of a mini-episode, where things start off pretty intense. Right off the bat, they discuss whether or not people masturbating is the same as sucking their own dicks or licking their own tits. These are important questions! But eventually, we get to our true first listener email and the fantastic poems of Tom Bracinni! Check it out! You will be entertained.

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38 Modified Reality (w/ Tim Phares & Ryan Baker)

February 5th, 2017

You will hear a lot of people talk about their ambitions, their dreams and what they want to do with their lives. What is less common are the people who take the steps to achieving these goals, and not just talking about it. Tim and Ryan have been misfit friends for almost their entire lives, but over the last year they've been pouring themselves into an animation project "Wood Patrol" (as well as their production company called "Modified Reality"). Today on the show, Brandon talks about their history together, as well as, where the roots of their aspirations stemmed from. 

You can get updates and follow their progress here: https://www.facebook.com/modifiedrealityproductions/ and their Instagram @woodpatrol

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37 I Learned Wrong (w/ Lee Boyle)

January 29th, 2017

Brandon and returning guest Lee Boyle (from the band Third Class and Bullskit Productions and host of the Nursery Podcast) discuss what the artist has been up to since they talked last year. Specifically, the release of Third Class's new album on January 1, 2017 "Virginia's Playlist", a beautiful and rich tapestry of music that explores memory like looking through an old family photo album. Lee plays for us his song "Crying In The Dark" (33:42), and the two talk about the quietly sad story behind the ballad. 

You can follow Lee, Third Class and all his projects here: www.ThirdClass.net

Buy Virginia's Playlist: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/virginias-playlist/id1185129551

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36.5 Mini-Episode // Smash & Cast

January 26th, 2017

Same, Alexa and Brandon have a fair amount to drink, and they bullshit about the new year, the new president and eventually get around to reading some bomb-ass poetry. You'll enjoy it. Or maybe you wont. We do this for fun.

 

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36 Language Barrier (w/ Chris Molina)

January 22nd, 2017

The Syrian refugee crisis has become a major politcal talking point over the last year in the United States, but what if you lived in an area where it wasn't just a news discussion, but a very real and present factor in your community. What would you do? What would that be like? Today's guest, Chris Molina, is a Puerto Rican American who lives in Dresden, Germany and works a job teaching music where there are United Nations' refugee camps set up for those fleeing areas of war and conflict. Along with discussing Chris's musical history and how he came to be in Germany in the first place, Brandon and Chris talk about what it is like work and teach with people who must overcome the barriers of both language and culture to make something good. Chris then hares a song with us "Live Like You Always Wanted" (01:15:41). Perhaps, as you listen, it will inspire you to do something positive in the world with your gifts, and see the world differently.

Follow Chris's Music Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisMolinamusic/

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35 Random Name Generator (w/ Courtney Waskin)

January 15th, 2017

Do you feel like the Christmas season came and went by just a little too fast? Well, if you do, let's jump backwards in time a little bit and revisit the magic and beauty of the season (without all the commercialism) as Brandon sits down to talk to the singer and musician Courtney Waskin. Courtney has spent most of the last decade as a singer in a multitude of bands and projects, but decided for her first solo project, under her own name "Ms. Waskin and The Radio", she would produce a jazz collection of her favorite Christmas songs called "All Is Bright". The two discuss her reasons for spending her energies on covering music, and not her own work, as well as the personal journey that led her to that ultimate decision. Throughout the interview, pieces of her album are interspersed. 

Buy her Album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-is-bright/id1178852703

Find her group here:https://www.facebook.com/mswaskin/

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Today's Music Brought To You By "Ms. Wasking And The Radio: All Is Bright"

 

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34.5 Mini-Episode // F U 2016

December 28th, 2016

Sam and Brandon bid farewell to the awfulness that has been this year. However, they don't spend the whole hour just bitching about it, they also tell some funny family stories about their Christmas's, and eventually get around to reading some new poetry. Get at it. 

 

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34 A Lot Of Busking (w/ John King)

December 18th, 2016

Continuing from last week's trip to Canton, Ohio and the Realgrey Record Studios, Brandon intervies one of the lead engineers: John King. John talks about his early love for creating music, his time working with a sucessful and tight-knit band called A Minor Bird, and eventually traversing a crisis of faith and life in his late 20s that changed everything for him creatively. John plays his song, despite having a pretty serious cold on the day, called "Phono Mind" (53:55) and then they discuss how it is likely a reflection of the journey he's still on. The name of this episode comes from a self-made tour that John went on across the country in search of something and perhaps moreso, himself.

You can find all of John's music on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-warmer-winds/id721722151

Bandcamp: https://www.johnking.bandcamp.com or wherever else you stream your music.

John works as an engineer for Ron Flack and Realgrey Records which you can find infor about at www.realgrey.com

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33.5 Mini-Episode // Risk Versus Reward

December 14th, 2016

Sam and Brandon get together to talk about their Thanksgiving experiences, drink some beer, uncover a human trafficking scam and then eventually get around to reading some poetry! All your favorite things.

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33 The Path Chooses You (w/ Ron Flack)

December 11th, 2016

Brandon makes the trip to Canton, Ohio to meet with one of the men who inspired the creation of the The Makeshift poetry nights to discuss the differences between passive and active influence when you're fostering a community of creatives, the path that we both took getting here and what is in store for the future of his record label (Realgrey Records) and the continually growing group of songwriters that attend his monthly meetings called "Bring Your Song". You can check out his label here: www.realgrey.com If you're interested in some of the live recordings that he does for the Bring Your Song meetings, you can check here: https://soundcloud.com/realgrey or www.bringyoursong.com 

You can also follow ron on Instagram or Twitter: @Realgrey

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32 No More Love Poems (w/ Ron Book)

December 4th, 2016

After making several attempts, Brandon sits down with local Warren, Ohio poet Ron Book. They talk about his early years growing up in this rust belt city that inevitably led him to leaving. He spent years traveling the world, experiencing all that he could manage to soak up, and then found returning to his roots later in life, raising a child of his own. He went on a few years ago to form the "Rust Belt Poets" (http://tinyurl.com/znfmtwsa source of inspiration to a community that has been transformed by time and economic shifts. Near the end, Ron shares some of his "imagistic" poetry, and talks about the power of saying less.

 

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31 The Show Goes On (w/ Swift PMD Productions)

November 20th, 2016

Local filmmakers have returned to their roots here in Northeast Ohio, to work on a movie they call "Swift Kill", which is being shot on location in the city of Warren and cast with many local actors and artists. Brandon interviews the three producers behind the project: Matt Metzler, Patty Anne Corson and Dave Durch. All are from this area and have known it well there whole lives. In the interview, they each share some of their passion for filmmaking and acting, as well as their personal stories of what eventually led them down this career path, only to turn their endeavors back into their home town. 

Matt Metzler is also apart of BigBoss Productions. 

You can follow their work and eventually see the finished "Swift Kill" film by following facebook.com/SwiftKillMovie

 

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30 A Kind Of War (w/ Cody J Martin)

November 6th, 2016

Brandon interviews the extremely talented singer/songwriter Cody J. Martin, they discuss his roots in all different kinds of musical backgrounds, from metal to blues to folk. The inspiration behind his first album, Somewhere You'd Rather Be, the early and intense loves of emerging adulthood, are a common ground for many people, and channeling it into his art has opened many doors in the Northeastern region of Ohio. The first song Cody shares on the show is "All Roads Lead To War" (47:55) and the second is "Without You Now" (01:04:16).

You can follow and find Cody J. Martin on his website: www.codyjmartinmusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CodyJMartin 
Twiter & Instagram: @CodyJMartin


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29.5 Mini-Episode // Halloween Traditions

November 2nd, 2016

Sam and Brandon and, returning guest, Alexa Brown, live gloriously on some Walgreens purchased wine and snacks, while trying to discuss their childhood memories of Halloween. Yes, this will have aired two days after the holiday, but who cares? Also, our hosts ponder which black bird is bigger: Crows or Ravens? These and even deeper questions await you, listener, on this weeks mini-episode.

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29 Limitation Scale (w/ Nathanael Welch)

October 30th, 2016

Growing up with a brother who has a number of severe disabilities, Nathan saw a world that didn't do much to bring such individuals into the community as full participants, and, in some ways, sought to make them downright invisible. Nathanael works, lives and is studying in California, while spending a large amount of his time with projects called "ArtWalk". In these, members of the handicapped community are given cameras to go and create art of their own, through their eyes. Then pop-up art galleries give them and the community they live in, space to come together, see and interact with each other in new ways. Brandon and Nathan discuss his personal investment in this and also his passion for seeing communities of faith embrace similar expressions within their structures. 


Follow Nathanael: @NathanLovesTree on Twitter/IG
Read his blog: www.NathanaelWelch.com


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28 Trauma Therapy (w/ Tiffany Kostan)

October 23rd, 2016

Our very first returning guest interview with the lovely Tiffany Kostan. One week before her wedding she returns to Ohio from her current home in Indiana to discuss the changes in life that have been rapidly occurring since she moved away, and some of the methods of positive coping that she has discovered for herself (including poetry, of course) that let her continue to be who she is, while plumbing the depths for new boundaries to explore. 

Follow Tiffany on Twitter: @papuszachey


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27.5 Mini-Episode // Deep Stretching

October 19th, 2016

Clint Elston (returning from Ep.4) joins Sam and Brandon for a most random mini-episode, where they discuss Tiffany's wedding, thieving raccoons, seasonal smoothies and then finally get around to each of them reading a poem. DISCLAIMER: This was the first completely dry podcast where no alcohol was consumed. 


Check Out Clint's Store: www.BeautifulWhirld.com


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27 It’s Fine (w/ Alexa Brown & Sam Dunlap)

October 16th, 2016

When people go to get their hair cut, styled or colored, is the person taking care of them at the salon an artist? They go to school, they learn and share techniques, have to wield a grasp of the different mediums at their disposal to create specific looks for their clients. At its most basic, it isn't that different from a patron who commissions a painting or a song. To discuss these ideas and get an inside perspective, Sam and Brandon interview a Hair Color Specialist named Alexa Brown, and, along the way, get some hilarious stories about working in a salon. 

Follow Alexa on Instagram: @a_b_color


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26 Played For Laughs (w/ Kyle Cromer)

October 9th, 2016

DISCLAIMER: The audio quality of this interview was a little touch-and-go, because we had to do it over Google Hangouts, and it uses some weird muting techniques that made the conversation difficult to capture. 

Kyle Cromer is a grant writer by day, but a stand-up comedian by night, living in the D.C. area, trying to make a name for himself, while providing a release valve from the white collar office work he spends the week in. We discuss his upbringing in New Jersey, as well as what it is like to be the new kid in south Florida, when he moved there - and what you learn about comedy and yourself when you are given the chance to reinvent yourself in a new place. We touch on some of the current racial tensions in the country, as well, but mostly Brandon and Kyle talk about the things they love: Basketball, comics and sci-fi films! 


Follow Kyle: @CromerZome and @XYCromerZome and find him on Facebook


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25.5 Mini-Episode // Guilty Pleasures

October 5th, 2016

Sam and Brandon discuss the nature of random clown attacks, what constitutes a "fetish" and eventually delve into the depths of their iTunes libraries to find songs that they are mildly ashamed of, but also secretly love to much to get rid of. 

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25 Dancing For Disney (w/ Makayla Robinson & Emelia Sherin

October 2nd, 2016

Performing live on stage is demanding enough, as it is, but imagine living everyday on a cruise ship, confined to it's narrow spaces, but also afforded its specific luxuries, while having to perform day-in and day-out for ever new groups of expectant customers. NOW, imagine that you're doing all this work for one of the most well known brands and recognizable companies in the entire world: Disney. Our two guests today, Makayla and Emelia, have spent nearly the last year doing all this and more. They discuss their creative journeys through the world of theater and the performing arts that eventually led them both, two best friends, working for The House Of Mouse, sailing around the world, being locked up in "poop jail" and having to deal with possibly some of the most demanding customers ever. 

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24 There’s Always More Questions (w/ Anya Rose Antonavich)

September 25th, 2016

Brandon interviews the hugely talented Anya Rose Antonavich about her deep personal journey coping with the loss of her father, years ago. The unique journey that Anya has taken into the world of writing music, the struggle she's had within her own creative processes and the ever increasing and complex questions she has about the nature of life and death - what it's like to lose someone - where do they go - will we actually see them again. This is the struggle at the center of her work, and she shares two phenomenal songs: "The Nature Of Goodbye" (43:44) and "Thistles On Pavement (01:02:33).

Anya doesn't have any music online for you to purchase just yet, but you can find her on Instagram @__Anyarose__


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23.5 Mini-Episode // Old Books & Poems

September 21st, 2016

Sam and Brandon catch up on life and poetry with their first mini-episode in the NEW MAKESHIFT STUDIO!!! Of course, nothing goes as planned, technical difficulties ensue, but something worth listening to arrives by the end....we hope! 

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23 Forward Design (w/ Dominic Perrone)

September 18th, 2016

If you've wondered who created the logo for the show, or designed the cover of our awesome book "The Makeshift: Volume 1", that would be today's guest Dominic Perrone. A local graphic designer who does freelance, as well as, work for the website Rageon.com. He comes to the show not only to discuss his process of working with businesses and other creatives, in an effort to give their visions shape, but also a piece of his own poetry, which we discuss, in depth. 

You can find more examples of his work, as well as contact him about graphic design needs at his website: http://www.domaperrone.com


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22 Unique Disorders (w/ Josh Compton)

September 11th, 2016

The reason we love artists, is because they seem to create a vision of the world, all from within themselves. While talking to Josh Compton, a.k.a. Brother Joshua, down in Dover, Ohio, the two discuss the possibility that the artist's work is a form of trying to bring order to the world that they see as disordered in a very specific way. The world has a flaw in it, a crack, that only they can see, and writing, painting or making music becomes the chosen method for restructuring it. Either way it is an interesting discussion! Josh also shares two of his songs, "Awake, Oh, Sleeper" (44:19) and "Just Like That" (01:04:53), which are beautiful and folky.

Find Josh's work: https://harpfamilyrecordings.bandcamp.com
Josh's Amazing Blog: https://letusmakearecord.com
"Awake, Awake" on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/awake-awake/id496353476
Brother Joshua on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brother-joshua/id1054534776
Instagram: @ashipatsea



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21 The Artist And The Absurd (w/ Michael Morlock)

September 4th, 2016

Brandon interviews Massachusetts poet Michael Morlock, and they discuss the "artist's dilemma", whether or not poetry should have a point and how fatherhood changes the entire landscape of one's creative mindset. 

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20 The Local Sound (w/ Good Luck Elouise)

August 27th, 2016

The folk duo from Canton, Ohio (Good Luck Elouise) is made up of banjo player/vocalist/songwriter Lindsey Mallard and guitarist/vocalist Brent Miller. The pair of artist talk about their music, their recent collaborations and what it's like to work and live on a farm while trying to further a music career. They share the songs "Forgive Me" (47:35) and "Blood Moon Banjo" (01:04:06), revealing some of the personal stories and loss that became the foundations for some of their best pieces. If you love folk music, their music is an absolute must-listen.

Follow the band: https://www.facebook.com/goodluckelouise


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19.5 Mini-Episode // Listener Poems 1

August 24th, 2016

Sam and Brandon finally receive some listener submitted poems...sort of! But before they can dive into them, they spend an inordinate amount of time talking about other random shit, like, cloacas. 

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19 Unbalanced (w/ Jonathan Tony)

August 21st, 2016

Writing a book that features a lot of your own history and personal stories, is always a big risk, especially when they are told in a non-fiction style, where you're opened up to people making judgments about you and your way of thinking. My oldest friend in the world, Jonathan Tony, decided to do just that, and share a revealing look into himself and his views concerning culture, politics, religion and, also, really really good Mexican cuisine. On this week's show, he talks about his inspiration and his hopes behind writing and publishing his book "Unbalanced", as we delve into some of the oldest and most embarrassing stories of when we were kids.

Follow Jonathan at his website www.JonthanTony.com or on Twitter & Instagram @Jonathantony
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18 Rust Belt Revelry (w/ Paper Street Music Company)

August 14th, 2016

The folk-rock band Paper Street Music Company (John Gerner, Tim Koly & David Schaefer) stops into the Makeshift Studio, on their tour, to talk about their development from a local Northeastern Ohio group of musicians, pursuing their dream, moving to Nashville, Tenn. and developing a sound that reflects their close friendship as well as their social and political ideals. They share the song "Rust Belt Lines" (43:18) and we discuss the effects of economic downturn in areas where manufacturing is and or was prominent, and how art can be a voice for the change, even when change hasn't come yet.

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PaperStreetMusicCo@gmail.com & @paperst_musicco


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17 The Craft Brings Us Together (w/ Tony Bellatto)

August 7th, 2016

Tony Bellatto has the cigar industry in his blood. In this interview he talks about how his grandfather started the first of what are now three retail stores that specialize in boutique cigars, cult wines and craft beers. On top of being a small business owner, Tony has launched himself into the creation side as well. He has his own line of cigars under the brand name "La Barba" and just this year launched a rose' cava, sparkling wine called "Viva La Vida". The episode was recorded on location at his store in Niles, Ohio, and by the end, things certainly got a little sloppy. But it was a lot of fun.

Check out Tony's videos: Youtube.com/HavanaHouseOH
and TheHavanaHouse.com


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16 West Coast Hope (w/ Chris Wise)

July 31st, 2016

Chris Wise is the lead singer/songwriter of the band Primer Grey, but his day job is as a High School English teacher at Lake High School in Uniontown, Ohio. In this week's interview, we explore the creative legacy of youth, and how as we carry on into our adulthood, raising children and having a career, the call of those earnest years can reemerge in fresh and exciting ways. Chris shares his song "Escape Plan" (36:16) off of his band's EP: Tonko Tonko. We spend some time wondering who the song is really about, and whether they ever found their "escape".

Find Primer Grey's EP here: https://primergrey1.bandcamp.com


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15.5 Mini-Episode // Everything You Want

July 28th, 2016

Sam and Brandon choose one poem from each other's library of work and read it, and then talk about why that poem is one that they are drawn to so much, and maybe why we think it represents us so well.

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15 The Edge of Dark Places (w/ Alex Infante)

July 24th, 2016

Art is therapy for the artist as much as it is purely expression. When you see a piece, you are looking into the artist's past, their pain and the way they see the world. Alex Infante is an industrial artist, who take found objects that have been discarded by the rust belt, post industrial area of Warren, Ohio, and turns them into functional pieces of furniture, wall hangings and other types of installations. In a way, he gives them a new life and a new purpose, pulling them back from the edge of dark places, back from oblivion.

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14 Wish I Could Tell You (w/ Spencer Martin)

July 17th, 2016

If bringing other people's artistic vision to life was your day-job, would you have any creative energy left for yourself afterwards? Speaking with professional sound engineer and producer Spencer Martin, we explore this exact issue, as well as stories about some of his experiences with bands and artists in the studio. He shares his own song "Wildfires" (49:54) and another song called "The Hill" (1:08:17) and Spencer does his best to stump Brandon and his probing questions about the meaning and nature of these pieces. 

Find Spencer and his work here: https://spencermartin.bandcamp.com


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13.5 Mini-Episode // Random Bits & Poetry

July 13th, 2016

Sam and Brandon get back into some more poetry, but more importantly, they talk about the random things that happen to women at gas stations... like getting hit on at 6 in the morning.

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13 Medium And Message (w/ Aaron Chine)

July 10th, 2016

Over the last several decades there are some forms of art that have transitioned out from being "less reputable" and are now garnering respect in the general social consciousness. Tattoos are one of these. Aaron Chine is the owner of the Chine Box Ink in downtown Warren, Ohio, and he is also an amazing painter. Brandon sits down right in Aaron's shop and they discuss the path from artist to business owner, how the two can become messy and what influences led to not only this career path, but the ideals he basis his whole life upon.

find Aaron Store: http://www.chineboxink.com


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12 Over Exposure (w/ Sarah Bokone)

July 3rd, 2016

Photography is an art form that has become so ubiquitous in our daily lives that it can seem like its hard to know what makes art at all. Sarah talks to this issue as well as going in depth about her journey as a professional photographer, a business owner and how her experiences as woman shaped her creative perspective. Brandon digs deep into the art exhibit she put on called "Men", which took a vulnerable look at the male form, and the emotional results it brought about. 

You can follow Sarah's work at these links, and find her portraits from the "Men" series.
BOKO PHOTO (tumblr)
www.BokoPhoto.com (business)
http://irrelevanttoyoubut.blogspot.com (personal blog)


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11.5 Mini-Episode // New Poems

June 29th, 2016

Co-hosts Brandon and Sam sit down and discuss two new poems that they've written, breaking down what works about them and what they mean to them personally. Featuring "Stuart" by Samantha Dunlap and "Hindsight (The Artifice Is Apparent)" by Brandon Noel.

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11 End Of Adolescence (w/ Lee Boyle)

June 26th, 2016

Many people say that you're only as old as you feel, that your age is a state of mind and not a measure of the years of your life. That may be true, but Brandon and musician/fellow podcaster Lee Boyle discuss what formative moments in childhood signified the end of the adolescent experience. For both of them it was different, or, perhaps, hasn't happened yet at all. Lee reads a poem written for his late father called "Our Dads Are Magic" (55:52) and shares a song from his band Third Class called "Hey There, Lullaby" (1:04:04).

Find all of Lee Boyle's work here www.ThirdClass.net


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10 What Is Sacred? (w/ Rev. Mikel Lagaras)

June 19th, 2016

What makes a work of art sacred? An answer is hard to come by, because for centuries it has always been much easier for people to point to works of art/poetry/music/literature and call them offensive or obscene or sacrilegious, and the answers as to what makes something sacred seem a lot fuzzier. Perhaps, that which is offensive to our status quo, is sacred? On this episode, Brandon interviews a Christian music artist, Mikel Lagaras, who is also a pastor of a local church. Through examining their own personal history, and also some Mikel's music, they try and grapple with some of these questions.

Find the work of today's guest at www.MikelLagaras.com & www.VCCWarren.com


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9 When You’ve Lived The Dream (w/ Nick Huffman)

June 12th, 2016

So many people start bands, write music and play their instruments with the hopes of making it big. What does that really look like, though? What does it look like to live the dream of so many people? Nick Huffman was the drummer from a band here in Ohio who did just that. The band From A Second Story Window started here in Warren, Ohio, toured on their own dime, produced their own music, until they finally were discovered by a label and got to do some things that many fantasize about but few ever realize. It's a marathon of a conversation, but fascinating if you've ever wondered what that experience was like. 

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8.5 Mini-Episode // Other People’s Poems

June 9th, 2016

Though it gets off to a really rocky start, the intrepid poets, Brandon Noel, Samantha Dunlap & Kirsten Rody, eventually settle in and read three poems that they love, but didn't write, and share briefly about why those poems are meaningful to them. Brandon reads "Finding My Brother" by Major Ragain (6:36), Kirsten reads "Advice To Those Like Me, With Hearts Like Kindling" by Clementine Von Radics and Sam reads " Therenity In 3 Courses" by Sonya Vatomsky (23:35).

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8 The Escape Is In Creating (w/ Richard Spitalsky)

June 5th, 2016

Lead singer/songwriter for the band Extra Medium Pony, Richard Spitalsky comes on the show to discuss his journey to writing music that he could enjoy performing but also find meaningful. He plays two songs: “I Tried” (59:30) and “Not Enough” (1:22:31) followed by he and Brandon unintentionally stumbling down the rabbit whole of existential crisis. It get’s bleak, but eventually they make it out! 

All of Richard’s work with Extra Medium Pony is available on Bandcamp at https://extramediumponyforsure.bandcamp.com and can also be found on iTunes.

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