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Good People, Cool Things
36 minutes | 3 days ago
This Was Always About Basketball with Craig Leener
Craig Leener is the author of three books, This Was Never About Basketball, All Roads Lead to Lawrence, and This Was Always About Basketball. We go all the way back to his first book, so we’ve got plenty in store for the trilogy. We’re chatting hoops, of course, but we’re also getting into Craig’s writing process and his inspiration for his series. We talk about a few quarantine hobbies and share our favorite beers. No matter your taste, there’s plenty to enjoy. And yes, Craig is still an 87% free throw shooter, though that stat is 100% unverifiable.
40 minutes | 10 days ago
Flash Fiction Writing and Jazz Lounge Metal with Nancy Stohlman
Welcome to quarantine hobby life, y’all. We’re all trying to learn some new things as we continue to practice social distancing in our homes. But even with some extra time at home, we don’t always want to actually spend a lot of hours investing in something that may just turn out to be a passing fancy. Luckily, writer, teacher, and performer Nancy Stohlman is here to help — in the briefest way possible. Nancy is the author of Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction, an inspiration to flash fiction, showing that less is more to lovers of the craft and a valuable asset to those teaching it. This book is super helpful and is also presented in flash fiction format. It shows veteran and newbie writers alike how to create, sculpt, revise, and collect stories, and is both delightful and super helpful. And guess what — you don’t need to know the first thing about flash fiction, or even be a flash fiction writer, to get a lot out of Going Short. Nancy also teaches workshops and hosts retreats and knows her stuff, so if you’d like to become a better writer (as we all should aspire to be), then you’ll definitely want to listen to this conversation.
33 minutes | 17 days ago
Exploring New York City and Classic Photography with Ray Simone
Ray Simone is a photographer and lifelong New Yorker, and he learned pretty early on the power of being curious and exploring your surroundings. In the 1970s and 80s, Ray often found himself at flea markets, garage sales, street fairs, and more all across New York City, buying all the negatives he could find. Now, he's painstakingly digitizing these photos, retouching them pixel by pixel. The end result is a modern look at some classic images from the past 100 years (and sometimes even further back!). You can also support the show by checking out the new Good People, Cool Things merch store. All February long, everything is 20 percent off (discount applied at checkout). Go get you something cool, and thanks for listening!
28 minutes | 24 days ago
From the Vault: Cartooning and Brand Building with Dave MacDonald
Dave MacDonald from Crafted1K joins the podcast to talk all things cartooning. He shares how he developed a love of comics and doodling at a young age, how accidentally stumbling into a sales career led to his current business, and why every brand should tap into the "humor effect."
32 minutes | a month ago
Running a Business and Finding Your Inner Warrior with Natlyn Jones
Natlyn Jones is just an all-around rock star. She started getting into boxing from her husband, boxer Roy Jones Jr., and quickly realized the many benefits boxing can bring to people. She channeled that focus into SheWarrior, a brand creating sustainable activewear for the fighter in all of us. In this episode, we’re chatting all about running a business, from getting started to social media to Natlyn’s worst moment as a business owner, and how she bounced back from it. We also wrap things up with a list of home workouts and songs to keep you motivated, so you can, like I always say, GET AFTER IT today. To celebrate 50 episodes and one year of Good People, Cool Things, I’m doing a MASSIVE discount on everything in the store. All month long, all items are 20% off, so get you some goodies.
48 minutes | a month ago
Online Entrepreneurship and Digital Nomads with Omar Mo
Omar Mo is the founder of Nomadables and the host of The Nomadic Executive podcast. He helps online entrepreneurs that want to escape the daily grind of a 9 to 5 job and live a life of freedom and purpose. Centered around health, wealth, and wisdom, Omar uses life lessons he’s learned from his own experience and other experts across the world to empower people to live their best lives. Now it's your turn! Help support Good People, Cool Things by visiting the GPCT shop and pick yourself up a hoodie, shirt, mug, or hat. (https://goodpeoplecoolthings.com/shop)
43 minutes | a month ago
Passport to the Hood and NBA Talk with Chrissy and Anthony Kent, SociaLaughs
You can grab a copy of any of the games — including some sweet combo packs — on the SociaLaughs website or through Amazon. Learn more about each game below. Passport to the Hood This game includes 3 volumes – and highlights hilarious moments of urban culture, says everything that you hear behind closed doors and reflects the things we experienced growing up. You are ready to play this game if you know: 1) What to do when you see people run 2) A New Yorker’s favorite word 3) What snitches get 4) What the PJ’s mean 4) What not to do at a cookout. The objective of the game is to not lose points by predicting what answers the opposing teams will select. CelebSaid The game that revives your favorite quotes, catchphrases and lines from some of our most beloved Black celebs. You are ready to play this game if you know these quotes...He shot me in my pinky toe. If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit. King Kong ain't got sh*t on me. You ain't got to lie, Craig. 86 Quote cards, 4 Go cards and 16 Decision cards. Story of My Life Designed specifically for women, Story of My Life is fun-filled journey highlighting the social, personal and cultural experiences that cultivate the life stories of women. Play this game and find out what stories you have in common with your girlfriends. If you’re a fan of Good People, Cool Things, I would love your support. Feel free to subscribe on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and leave a rating or review on Apple Podcasts. That helps even more people discover these wonderful guests. You can also support the show by checking out the new Good People, Cool Things merch store. Thanks for listening!
47 minutes | 2 months ago
On the Right Path and The Best NBA Dunks with Brett Gunning, Stacy Padula, and Maddy Moore
Author Stacy Padula teamed up with NBA Coach Brett Gunning on a children’s book series based on the principles of his nonprofit, On the Right Path. And because every kids’ book needs some great illustrations, they called in Maddy Moore to sink a few clutch shots with her designs. We’re chatting about the book writing process, the best quarantines, and some of Brett’s most memorable NBA moments, including a delightful story about Kevin McHale.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Working in TV, Writing Plays, and Hollywood Inside Stories with Billy Van Zandt
Billy Van Zandt has been writing plays, TV shows, and films for nearly half a century. So, naturally, he’s got a few stories to tell about Hollywood. Luckily, he was taking notes along the way and has put his finest moments into his new book. GET IN THE CAR, JANE! Adventures in the TV Wasteland is a behind the scenes memoir of Emmy-nominated writer/producer Billy Van Zandt and his years making America’s favorite (and not so favorite) sitcoms.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Grow Your Business with Zack Hurley, Indie Source
No matter where you’re at on your entrepreneurial journey, you’re likely thinking about business growth. Zack Hurley, founder of apparel manufacturing company Indie Source, knows all about that — he grew his company from $788,000 to $2.3 million in just two years, and is on track to reach $5 million this year — all while maintaining a bootstrapped approach. Indie Source has tackled the outdated apparel industry and turned it on its head by offering entrepreneurs a way to get access to the insiders. Zack, along with co-founder Jesse Dombrowiak, started the firm to help designers get access to apparel supply chains, which is a HUGELY monolithic industry. Zack and Indie Source have worked with tons of celebrities, from Khloe Kardashian to NBA player Kareem Rush. He’s appeared on an episode of The Real Housewives of OC and was even asked to have his own reality show. Indie Source made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2018 and is still kicking butt today. Indie Source has worked with more than 500 entrepreneurs and brands to make apparel dreams come true.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Spreading Holiday Cheer and Writing Books with Caroline Henrich
Author Caroline Henrich talks about her book A Very Lappy Christmas, the impact of helping others, and gives us a peek inside her very full household.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
Real Feels, 90s One-Hit Wonders, and Bad Acting Gigs with Brad Gage
As an actor, host, emcee, and podcaster, Brad Gage has met a ton of interesting people — and he’s certainly one himself. He’s appeared in movies and TV shows like Timeless and Jane the Virgin and has hosted content for Hulu, Mercedes-Benz, American’s Funniest Home Videos, and more. Throughout it all, he's found a passion for having in-depth conversations and getting to know people. That’s what Brad’s podcast Real Feels is all about. He asks guests to be vulnerable about masculinity and gender issues as they dive into who they are now and where they're hoping to go. Other highlights include a terrible acting gig Brad once had, the power of restorative justice, and some of the best 90s one-hit wonders.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Exploring Austin and Rewatching Old TV Shows with ATXFoodChronicles
Vanessa and Natasha of ATXFoodChronicles talk about their blogging career, revisit delightful old TV shows, and offer their favorite Austin spots to check out.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Digital Marketing, Flutes, and Disney World Adventures with Nicole Riccardo
Nicole Riccardo may barely be five feet tall, but she sure has some mighty superpowers. She serves musicians and creative entrepreneurs who are ready to market themselves effectively and increase their impact + income. Bottom line, she can help you make some moolah to do what you love. How? Through a combination of branding, SEO, marketing strategy, the Instagram algorithm, and a whole lot more. We’re covering a bunch of it in our discussion, plus even more important topics, like playing the flute vs. the piccolo or the best rides at Disney World.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Almond Yogurt and Family Business with Matt Billings
Matt Billings is the fourth generation of his family farm, which first started more than 100 years ago. And now, he's the founder of Ayo Yogurt, a vegan, dairy-free almond yogurt.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
A Spooktacular Episode! Musicians Share Their Worst and Craziest Shows
In honor of Halloween, we're having a spooktacular episode filled with scary stories! Hear from musicians as they reminisce on their worst and most outrageous gigs.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
The Worst Gig and Using Music for Good with Suzi Ragsdale
Musician Suzi Ragsdale talks about her new album Ghost Town, what it's like to record music during COVID, and why it's important to use music to lift people up.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Improving Physical Therapy and Athlete Training with Excy Founder Michele Mehl
Excy founder Michele Mehl talks about the inspiration behind her product, how it's helped people recover during physical therapy, and shows off her gold medal.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Picture Perfect with Sew Stratton
Erin is the face (and lens) behind Sew Stratton, an Austin-based photographer, fashion lover, volunteer, and occasional influencer — even though she's not fond of that term. She joins the podcast to chat about photography, how she started making jewelry, and her new mentorship program.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Growing a Fanbase and Becoming the King of Drip with CEO Chino Marley
Atlanta-based rapper CEO Chino Marley is on a constant grind, working on his craft and growing his fanbase. We're talking about his newest music videos "High" and "Active" — two songs with distinctly different vibes and feels. But through it all, Chino stays true to himself and his ability to tell stories. We also chat his new album, the power of the Internet in promoting music, and some upcoming technology he's excited about.
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