MikeyPod 190 | The Real Vegan Housewife: Robin Fetter

Robin and her remarkably wholesome family.
Robin and her remarkably wholesome family.

Robin Fetter is a fantastic vegan blogger, hilarious backchannel Facebook communicator and now she’s entering the realm of vlogging and already kicking some serious ass. She and I have been internet friends for 6 some odd years so it was a real treat to chat with her here. Thanks for checking it out, and be sure to check out her website and YouTube channel as soon as you are done!

Music:
Slingshot Grin – Sweet Billy Pilgrim
See – Tycho

p.s. I spoke a bunch about drip.com at the end of the podcast. Check it out here.

 

 

MikeyPod 189 | Director Adam Fitzgerald

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I saw Ken Urban‘s latest play Sense of an Ending and really wanted to spread the word here on the ol’ podcast so here you go: a conversation with director Adam Fitzgerald. He directed the show (and mine, I’m proud to say) and he is a great friend. Listen and then go get your tickets to the show!

Music:
Hægt, Kemur Ljósið – Ólafur Arnalds
Water From The Same Source – Rachel’s

MikeyPod 188 | Blogging Hiker Ann Karp

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I’m so excited to welcome back my friend and former neighbor, Ann Karp. We were commune-mates at Koinonia Partners when I lived out there in Georgia. She is a painter, hiker, writer and all around awesome person who will be hiking the John Muir Trail and blogging (when she has internet access) about it on her blog, Sideways Gaze. I really love her writing so I was eager to remind you about her work. Enjoy!

Music:
Long Days – Sentator Jaiz
3rds,4ths and 5ths – Allison Cameron / Contact

I discovered that last track via the I Care If You Listen Summer 2015 mixtape, which you should definitely know about.  Be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss next week’s conversation with Robin Fetter, The Real Vegan Housewife.

 

 

 

MikeyPod 187 | Distance Runner Scott Spitz

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Photo by Robert Scheer

Competitive distance runner Scott Spitz joins me on the podcast this week to give me the scoop on his upcoming fundraiser in which he will run the entire length of Indiana. He will be running approximately 50 miles a day for one week and is aiming to raise $50,000 for Family Reach, a non-profit that financially assists cancer patients and their families during treatment.

So happy to share this conversation with you guys. Enjoy!

Links:
Contribute to Family Reach
Scott’s Blog
Scott on Instagram
Scott on Facebook
Strong Hearts Vegan Power

Music:
Over – Gus Gus
Chasing Horses – Sweet Billy Pilgrim

MikeyPod 186 | Singer Derek Nicoletto

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Longtime listeners will remember Derek Nicoletto from his earlier appearance back in 2012 – an interview that remains among my favorites. I was really excited to talk to Derek again, this time about his new band Foam Ropes, which puts his solid songwriting in a fresh new framework.  Derek has a real gift for writing evocative lyrics and melodies. When coupled with his unique ability to communicate his artistic process, we have a really great interview that I’m so happy to share this with you guys! Enjoy!

Songs:
Truth In Fables
Birches
Telescope

All selections from Foam Rope’s self-titled debut album which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all fine digital shops.

Here’s my appearance on Big Fat Vegan Radio that I mentioned in the show. It’s the most detailed discussion of my new collaboration with Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary. More to come!

 

 

MikeyPod 185 | Musician Craig Wilkins

Photo by Jason Smith
Photo by Jason Smith

Craig Wilkins plays guitar and synth for Houston’s The Wheel Workers, and runs Vegan Houston. We’ve been  Facebook friends and vegan brothers for a while now and I love the latest album from the Wheel Workers so I figured it was time to bring him on the ol’ podcast. We had a great chat and it was nice to be reminded what a great arts town Houston is. Enjoy!

Music:
Burglar – The Wheel Workers
Covet Lounge – A Sundae Drive
Citizen Incorporated – The Wheel Workers

Steve Cutts

Check out Space City Rock for more photos from Jason Smith and Houston music news.

 

MikeyPod 184 | Singer Marcus Goldhaber

Photo credit: Eric Van den Brulle
Photo credit: Eric Van den Brulle

I’m so excited about today’s guest, Marcus Goldhaber, who has just come across my radar recently. I caught his show last Sunday  at Bar Thalia and was blown away by his talent and charming stage presence.  We talk about his approach to singing and songwriting and have a great chat about the evolution of the music industry and how we see ourselves within it. Of course, I included a few selections from his fantastic album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.

Check it out and please comment, subscribe and share the show far and wide. Thank you for listening and if you’re on NYC, be sure to check out Marcus at 54 Below on July 25th!

Music:
Somebody In Love
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
She Knows
(All selections from Marcus Goldhaber’s latest album, A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.)

Links:
Marcus Goldhaber
Marcus on Twitter and Instagram
Tickets for Marcus’ July 25th show at 54 Below
Melissa Stylianou
John Hart
Aloe Blacc
#standwithsongwriters

MikeyPod 183 | Actor Kevin R. Free

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Writer, performer and director Kevin R. Free joins me this week to talk about his hilariously intriguing new web series, Gemma and The Bear.  Kevin stays busy with all his various projects, so I was really happy we was able to take a moment to chat. This is a super special episode: I started this podcast right at 10 years ago. Woah.

Links:
Kevin’s Tumblr
Kevin’s Twitter
Fresh Fruit Festival
The Fire This Time Festival
Covenant House Sleep Out

Music:
7th Floor – Yoko Ono
You Can Not Kill David Arquette – The Black Math Experiment

Thanks for hanging around and listening for all of this time. Doing this podcast has taught me so much and has truly given me the momentum to do so many fantastic things that are just a natural part of my life. Here’s to another ten years!

 

MikeyPod 182 | Author Kristin Lajeunesse

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Photo: Phillips Payson

In the fall of 2011, Kristin Lajeunesse left her job and cozy apartment to pursue her dream of traveling around the country to dine at every vegan restaurant in the US.  The trip took her two years during which she visited 547 restaurants, and now she’s published her lovely memoir of the trip, Will Travel For Vegan Food.

Kristin’s journey is a real inspiration to me, so I am thrilled to have her as my guest today. Let me know how you like the show and tell a friend!

Please subscribe in iTunes and check out michaelharren.com if you’d like to know more about my work. Next week will be a special ten year anniversary episode. Don’t miss it!

Music:
Jump Through Fire – Twintapes
Troth – Thomas Feiner

Twintapes’ new album drops on July 10th. Come to their album release party at Rockwood Music Hall that night at 10:00. Get your tickets here. See you there!

MikeyPod 181 | Chanteuse Raquel Cion

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Photo of Raquel Cion by Carrie Jordan

Performer Raquel Cion is my guest today on the podcast. Hailed by the New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer,” Raquel is performing her latest work, Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship With David Bowie at the Treehouse Theater in NYC this Monday June 29.  As of this writing, the show is SOLD OUT!

Music:
If You’re Waiting For That Kiss (You’ll Be Waiting For The Rest Of Your Life) – Microfilm
T
he Opposite of Love – Corey Dargel

Be sure to check out my friend Adam’s site, Ability Shirts.  Buy a bunch of stuff and spread the word! “Like” the Facebook page too!

Ability Shirts is a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with “unique abilities.” Adam Farris, Director of Ability Shirts, prefers to use the term to categorize those who are considered to have disabilities.

Ability Shirts sells awareness products—some of which are handmade or made by individuals with unique abilities. 

Adam’s unique abilities give him the perspective to lead a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who share them. Adam hopes to have a retail storefront in the future to sell more awareness products, and to hire other talented young men and women with unique abilities.

 

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