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Brian Talks To Humans!
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 17: Daniel of DSA
I'm back after a semi-intentional mini-hiatus. For the rest of this season, some of my focus is going to be introducing you to real life socialists, as we are often caricatured and misunderstood. But I will talk to these comrades about more than just their political journeys. In this episode, Daniel and I discuss music, books, and yes, some socialism. I hope you enjoy our conversation. Thanks for listening. outro music: AC/DC - Bad Boy Boogie
3 minutes | 3 months ago
I apologize for the long gap between episodes.
101 minutes | 6 months ago
Season 3 Kickoff: Episode 16 - Fantasy Football With Pat
Welcome to Season 3 of "Brian Talks To Humans!" - In this episode I talk to my friend and coworker Pat. Pat and I share a passion for fantasy football, and it's fantasy football season, so I decided he'd be a good person for the Season 3 kickoff. We get to know Pat in the usual interview format before we have a conversation about fantasy football - why we play it and what do we think about players this season. Hopefully you don't pass over this episode and get a look into a world you don't know much about. If you're a hardcore player, you might enjoy our casual conversation about a shared interest. If you're new to the world of fantasy football and are curious to learn more, take a look at these: https://www.4for4.com/fantasy-football-glossary-terms https://www.espn.com/fantasy/football/story/_/id/19541777/glossary-how-play https://www.espn.com/fantasy/football/story/_/id/19522393/fantasy-football-how-play-fantasy-football-espn-fantasy-football-101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pm2pkxbYYU https://www.nfl.com/news/how-to-play-fantasy-football-a-beginner-s-guide-0ap3000000692955
2 minutes | 8 months ago
Summer Hiatus 2020
I'll be going on another summer hiatus this year. I may pop in with some bonus content, but otherwise I'll see you in the fall. Stay human.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 12: Kristoffer - Finding Our Similarities
In this coronacast, I talk to Kristoffer, a podcaster I met in a Facebook podcasting group. He lives in Brooklyn. We discussed the current crisis, his podcast, and the future. His podcast and social media can be found at: https://linktr.ee/fwispc. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
29 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 11: James - A Better World, One Dice Roll at a Time
I'm back after a short break. I've been busy with some very fulfilling endeavors, and finding the time to record and edit was difficult. But I'm glad I found the time to produce this episode. In this coronacast, I chat with James, with whom I connected via a podcasters Facebook group. We discuss how he is adjusting to life during the COVID crisis, his podcast, and wha the hopes the future will look like. I enjoyed the chat and learned some things. James' podcast is called Dice Drop: Evolution (https://www.dicedropblog.com/). You'll hear him and his friends play through a tabletop RPG set in a futuristic world beset with injustices their characters fight against. I'm glad we had a chance to talk, and I hope you enjoy this episode. Please subscribe, rate, and review.
28 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 10: Hunter - Walmart Work and the Benefits of Life Slowing Down
This coronacast episode features Hunter, a podcaster I met in a Facebook podcasting group. It's a new experience for me in that this is the first interview I did with someone I had not met yet. Hunter works at Wal-Mart and he describes what it's like there in the COVID era. We then touch on his own COVID scare and discuss the benefits of life slowing down. His podcast, Song Appeal, is about why we like the music we like. I enjoyed "meeting" Hunter and I hope you do, too. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
64 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 9: Katie - Mental Health, Critical Posthumanism, and Choosing Life
This coronacast features my friend Katie, a doctoral faculty member in the Bay Area and one of the reasons I'm a PhD student now. We discuss her mental health journey and her new skills for living with anxiety, and how those skills serve her during this pandemic crisis. We then turn to how her academic theoretical orientation can help us shape the world after the crisis is over. I think it's an engaging listen and I hope you do, too. We end with the now standard One Gotta Go game. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, and review. Photo: "Guadeloupe Canyon-Anxiety-Running Assemblage" (Strom, 2020, composite photo)
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 8: "Beatrice" - Exposing a NJ Mental Health Facility's COVID Failures
This coronacast features Beatrice (pseudonym), a mental health worker, discussing her New Jersey facility's failures amid the COVID-19 crisis, and what those failures say about our society's approach to health care. Because Beatrice is putting herself at risk by coming forward, I disguised her voice. I think our conversation is troubling and illuminating, but we also manage to touch on ways our society can improve. You can listen on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, and review.
38 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 7: Lauren - Supporting Mental Health Now and Later
Today's coronacast features my friend Lauren. We met through someone I was dating back when I was 18. We've stayed in touch through social media, but we haven't spoken in over 15 years. We spoke about her role as a parent and as a mental health worker. Her work is even more vital these days. We cover adjustments in both roles, some of her frustrations, and some changes we need to make to support better mental health in our society. (Lauren mentions EMDR therapy in this episode. See the website for more info.) I found our discussion interesting, and I hope you do, too. Listen on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
47 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 6: Jason - Another World Is Possible
In today's coronacast, I speak with my friend Jason, a college professor. Jason is from my hometown and has been a frequent companion at concerts and music festivals. Our conversation is a bit more philosophical than past coronacasts, as we discuss the shifts necessary to bring about a better world after this crisis is over. I found the discussion engaging and generative. I hope you enjoy it, too, Listen, enjoy, subscribe, rate, and review.
51 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 5: Kathleen - Finding Joy and Self-Care Amid the Crisis
Today's coronacast is with Kathleen, a former colleague from years back. We've kept in touch through social media, but this is out first conversation in over ten years. We discuss her coronavirus test and the ways she's practicing self-care during these strange times. We end with the now standard One Gotta Go. It was a pleasure to speak with Kathleen and I hope you enjoy our conversation. Listen on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Please subscribe, rate, and review.
46 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 4: Irfan - Homebound in Bed-Stuy
Today's coronacast is with my friend Irfan. We hadn't spoken in over ten years until the night before we recorded. In this episode we discuss life in the NYC global hotspot, some music he's been getting into, and a little politics. We end with the now standard One Gotta Go. The outro music is "Dat Dere," a song Irfan refers to in our conversation. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
40 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode - Coronacast 3: Paul - The World Needs Heroes, and He's Got 'Em
In this coronacast, I speak with Paul, a former student and now friend. We discuss how his life is going during the pandemic (including caring for elders), and his superhero RPG venture, Union City Heroes. Paul is a great guy, really genuine and bright. I hope you enjoy this coronacast.
38 minutes | a year ago
Bonus Episode! Coronacast #2: Erik - Father, Son, Teacher
In this episode I speak with Erik, a fellow teacher in NJ. We discuss his roles as father, son, and teacher in this crisis and take a few digs at Trump. We end with a round fo One Gotta Go. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
55 minutes | a year ago
BONUS EPISODE: Communist Coronacast
The pandemic that will give birth to 1000 podcasts brings you a bonus episode of mine through Social(ist) Distancing! (tm)... Komrade Karl (from Episode 2) and I use Zoom to discuss life during the pandemic and possible political opportunities the crisis presents. And we play a couple games to boot. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
65 minutes | a year ago
Episode 15: Rory - Marx, Nietzsche, Bill Wilson, and Tupac
I'm back! Sorry it's been so long. In this episode, I talk with Rory, whom I've been meaning to get on the show for a long time. We cover a lot of territory discussing his political evolution and his experiences in recovery. We finish by discussing why Tupac is "the alpha and omega" of hip-hop. Listen on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. Enjoy, subscribe, rate, review.
71 minutes | a year ago
Episode 14: Sofia Blaze - Cyber Slut Extraordinaire
Well, humans, here is the special episode I was talking about. Sofia is a social media-based premium model, and I am a customer of hers. Sofia took time out of her busy schedule to talk about the positive aspects of sex work and the struggles related to it, as well as the role mental health plays in her life and work. I think this episode can be illuminating for the open-minded, and I hope it helps de-stigmatize and normalize sex work a bit more for listeners. I'll be trying to feature other similar sex workers moving forward, while still interviewing "civilians." Listen, enjoy, subscribe, rate, review. For Sofia's links and more info, go to www.briantalkstohumans.net. Stay human...
6 minutes | a year ago
Solo Quickie 7: DifFiCulTiEs
I swear I had an episode ready but we hit some bumps in the road. I'm sorry. Full episode coming ASAP.
11 minutes | a year ago
Solo Quickie 6: Hi. Sorry. Stuff. Plans.
Just me and you for this one. It's been six weeks since my previous episode (sorry), and I wanted to update you on life stuff and a new direction for the podcast. Go to www.briantalkstohumans.net for more info.
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