MikeyPod 238 | Author and Activist Ren Hurst

I have been looking forward to my stay with Ren Hurst for months, and the experience absolutely did not disappoint. Ren is a former horse trainer turned activist, author of Riding on the Power of Others, and founder of The New World Sanctuary Foundation. Our conversation came at the end of the six days I spent with her and her horses, camping out in gorgeous Northern California without electricity or plumbing. In spite of my general distaste for the outdoors, my experience was simply glorious, and I know this interview will inspire and open you, just like my time with Ren did me. Enjoy! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 237 | Direct Action Everywhere Organizer Priya Sawhney

Recorded in DxE‘s house in Berkeley, CA, here’s my interview with powerhouse activist Priya Sawhney. It was incredibly inspiring and energizing to stay in the DxE house for a few days. Lots and lots of work happening at all times, yet it was still a joyful and beautiful place. I love their message about non-violence and in approaching with love. Priya and I had a great conversation about those ideas, and she gives a solid explanation about DxE’s work with open rescue. Continue reading →

Photos by Jenni Walkowiak

MikeyPod 235 | MikeyPod Live! With Joel B. New, My Demon Sister, Anna Copa Cabanna, Anna/Kate Band, and Sharisse Francisco

Here it is!  A very special episode of MikeyPod, recorded live at the Kraine Theater for the Queerly Festival on June 26, 2017. It was tempting to edit the imperfections out of this recording, but I resisted the urge and decided to leave it as is. I hope you enjoy these “live” moments like I do! Thanks to all the artists who performed! Please check out their websites below! Continue reading →

Andy Tabar

MikeyPod 234 | Andy Tabar of Compassion Co.

This week’s guest is my pal Andy Tabar, founder of the vegan fashion brand Compassion Co. and co-host of the fantastic podcast, The Bearded Vegans. Andy and I have been internet friends for longer than I can remember, but I became especially interested in his life when I realized that he is living out of and running his business from a van! With my tour coming up, it was a perfect time to have Andy on the podcast to talk about his life on the road. Continue reading →

Eban Crawford

MikeyPod 233 | Electronic Musician Eban Crawford AKA Senator Jaiz

I met Eban Crawford back in the early EARLY days of podcasting. We’re talking, like, 2005 or so. Since then we have found so many more interests in common, producing electronic music with Ableton Live, growing beards, and veganism, among other things. I’ll be working with Eban in a few weeks at Moogfest presenting his No Permission Needed: Create workshop, so I figured it was high time to have him on the podcast. Come and see us in Durham! Continue reading →

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Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Monday(ish) Michael  presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he is creating The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will be performed at Dixon Place in NYC on October 27, 28, and 29.

In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.

Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.

Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.