MikeyPod 306 | Activist Musician Kiirstin Marilyn

Kiirstin Marilyn has a new album coming out, There Are No Cats in America, and I couldn’t wait to have her back on the podcast to talk about it! She fills us in on the new album, and we got really deep into the idea that there is always something we can do as individuals to make the world a better place, even when it feels like the world is falling apart. This was a really fun interview that went some places I wasn’t expecting!

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Aseloka Smith

MikeyPod 305 | Podcaster Aseloka Smith

Aseloka Smith and I crossed paths at a virtual meeting of the NYC Podcast Meetup, where I learned about her absolutely gorgeous podcast, The Colored Girl Beautiful, a narrative podcast exploring the beautiful juxtapositions of black womanhood. I was fascinated by Aseloka’s unique narrative style, so I was really excited to discuss her process on the show. We cover everything from the very first seed of her idea, through its development in the Google Podcast Creator Program, all the way through publishing and beyond!

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Soul Eubanks

MikeyPod 304 | Creator and Animal Advocate Soul Eubanks

I knew I would relate to this week’s guest Soul Eubanks when I came across his social media accounts and invited him to be on the show. After all, he’s an artist who uses many different mediums to communicate his passion for veganism. I love the way he talks about how he creates work for the love of creating it, as that’s an an energy I would love to more fully embody with my own work. We went into the journey that led him to animal advocacy and so much more!

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Halle Morse

MikeyPod 303 | Broadway for Biden Founder Halle Morse

Among Halle Morse’s vast list of credits is her role as founder and CEO of Broadway for Biden, an inclusive community of industry professionals and theater enthusiasts united to elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. She filled me in on the great work that Broadway for Biden is accomplishing, and we chatted about the dual roles she plays in her life as business person and artist. I especially loved our discussion about how all artists have the capacity to embody both of these roles as well. You’re going to love this conversation!

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John Oberg

MikeyPod 302 | Animal Advocate and Social Media Pro John Oberg

Given the current state of the world, and social media’s role in dividing people further apart than ever, I sure welcomed this invigorating conversation with animal advocate and social media influencer John Oberg. John has advocated for animals on college campuses, with international animal protection organizations, and now he has launched his own independent, patron-funded project for animals through Patreon. We talked about the evolution of his advocacy, using social media to unite people, and how we have both been energized by our relationships with our moms.

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MikeyPod 301 | Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

When Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2016, he started researching how lifestyle change might help his condition. He discovered the work of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, among others, and was quickly convinced to begin a plant-based whole foods lifestyle. Within months, his symptoms were gone! Since then, Mr. Adams has been a staunch advocate for plant-based eating, and will soon be releasing a book on the subject, Healthy at Last.

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MikeyPod 300 | A Look Back

On the occasion of this, the 300th episode of MikeyPod, I thought I would go back to my roots of 15 years in podcasting and just turn on the mic and start talking. That’s how we did it in those days, and if you have been listening to this podcast since it started in 2005. . . you know. So, this episode is a reflection on the last 15 years of making this podcast with some visits from long time listeners and past guests I know you’ll love!

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Peter Michael Marino

MikeyPod 299 | Pandemic Pioneer Peter Michael Marino

I’ve been a big fan of Peter Michael Marino for quite a few years, but recently I’ve been especially fascinated with his seemingly instantaneous move from live to online performances when theaters closed back in March of 2020. We chatted about that transition, his momentum toward helping others with his work, and how the theater landscape might evolve as we adapt to this COVID-19 world.

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MikeyPod 298 | Composer/Performer Karl Saint Lucy

Karl Saint Lucy and I have traveled in many of the same NYC creative circles (and been friends – HELLO!) for long enough that it’s downright silly that Karl hasn’t been a guest on the podcast yet. The premiere of their brilliant song cycle, Different Stars, inspired me to correct that! We talk about the work itself, the challenges of producing a piece with multiple performers while under quarantine, and the magic that appears when you embrace those challenges.

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Known for finding and showcasing talented, yet to be discovered artists and creators, Michael Harren’s podcast, MikeyPod, takes the listener on inspiring journeys of true—and often remarkable—stories of the courage, passion, and struggles many have faced while bringing their visions to life.

In production since 2005, MikeyPod invites you to pour a warm drink, grab a notebook (in case inspiration strikes!), curl up with your favorite blanket or four- legged family member, and prepare to be moved by conversations about how artists use their creativity to quite literally change the world.

Listeners can enjoy unique episodes recorded from the road! Highlights of which include Michael’s time spent living at Koinonia Partners commune in Georgia; his artist residencies at animal sanctuaries across the United States; and documenting the fight to save the life of Frances Newton.

Michael is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer, piano teacher, and activist Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic, boldly intimate works, reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, and Dead Can Dance.