MikeyPod 310 | Author and Publisher Eric Obenauf

Eric Obenauf

Like many of us, Eric Obenauf found himself weighing his options after the 2016 election here in the United States. Was it time to leave the country, or was it more important to stay and create the type of community he believed in? He and his wife Eliza settled on the latter and the result was Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus, OH, an indie bookstore and vegan cafe that serves as the perfect extension of Two Dollar Radio, their acclaimed family-run book publisher.

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MikeyPod 309 | Theater, Film, and TV Producer Marie Cisco

Marie Cisco

I had such a great time chatting with theater, film, and television producer Marie Cisco on this week’s podcast. In addition to her incredible creative output, Marie is the originator of a public Google document entitled “Theaters Not Speaking Out,” a remarkably thorough list of theaters who did not speak out against injustices toward black people after the murder of George Floyd. We talked a great deal about the importance of this document, her forthcoming Black Joy Project, the evolution of creativity during COVID-19, and even chat a bit about Goddess Kali.

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MikeyPod 308 | Podcaster and Video Producer Maneetpaul Singh

Maneetpaul SIngh

In what might be the most unique path toward inviting a guest to be on the podcast, I first ran across Maneetpaul Singh‘s tech YouTube channel while I was researching a new office chair at the beginning of the pandemic. His review convinced me of my new chair (Autonomous Ergo Chair 2, if you’re curious) and to subscribe to his channel. When I heard about his new podcast, The Sikh Influence, and its mission to highlight Sikhs from around the world who are doing what they love, I knew he’d be a perfect guest for the show!

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MikeyPod 307 | Musician Sabrina Chap

Sabrina Chap

Sabrina Chap‘s brilliant new album,  Postcards from the Rearview Mirror, is a coming-of-age radio musical. Weaving prophetic monologues, theatrical soundscapes, and 10 songs, it tells the story of two queer teens who escape the violence of their homes for the bright lights of Hollywood. I sat down with Sabrina to talk about her process, her passion, and how she used an unfamiliar instrument to access a different songwriting style. I had an absolute blast with this conversation!

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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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MikeyPod 305 | Podcaster Aseloka Smith

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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MikeyPod 304 | Creator and Animal Advocate Soul Eubanks

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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MikeyPod 303 | Broadway for Biden Founder Halle Morse

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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