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 299 | Pandemic Pioneer Peter Michael Marino

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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MikeyPod 297 | Musician and Activist Izzy Jacobus

Izzy Jacobus

Izzy Jacobus is a powerhouse activist with whom I have marched, rescued, advocated, and, most recently, collaborated on music together. He is the founder of Animals First on the Second (AFOTS), a vegan advocacy campaign that promotes the abolition of animal exploitation through fasting and an enigmatic mark on the hand. Izzy and I talk about his music, the story behind AFOTS, and his plans for the future.

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MikeyPod 296 | A Gay Man’s Guide to Life with Britt East

I have been deeply moved and shifted by Britt East‘s A Gay Man’s Guide to Life, and I am so grateful to have had the chance to chat with him here. I’m especially happy that I get to share that conversation with you. This book is the instruction manual for living life as a gay man I wish I had been handed when I was an adolescent, but I’m so glad it’s in the world now! I know you are going to love this conversation about living our lives fully, balancing awareness of privilege and adversity, coming of age in the shadow of AIDS, and so much more!

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MikeyPod 295 | Poet Donald Vincent

Mr. Hip is BACK! Donald Vincent returns to talk about his new poetry collection, Convenient Amnesia. It’s always a blast chatting with Hip, and this conversation ranks as one of our best. We discuss his work, its inspiration, and he leans a bit on his experience in emergency management to share some tips about how to navigate these times of COVID.

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MikeyPod 294 | Composer/Performer Molly Joyce

Molly Joyce

I saw Molly Joyce perform her music back in 2017 in an art gallery in the Lower East Side and I have been following her work ever since. Her choice of instrument (a toy chord organ from the 1970s) is intriguing, but that is only a part of what her work is about. Molly’s latest album, Breaking and Entering, is a highly personal album through which she explores disability as a creative source.

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MikeyPod 293 | Artist Jaklin Romine

Jaklin Romine

I met Jaklin Romine at the Booklyn AB/Z Fair where we were both showing our work. I loved the zines she was showing there, and was completely intrigued when she told me about her performance work and how she uses it to confront inaccessible art spaces in Los Angeles by documenting her body sitting outside for an entire art opening or closing. I knew she would be a perfect guest for the podcast, and was so happy to get this interview booked!

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