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The Adulting Well Podcast
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 48 with Jackson Galaxy
Popularly known as “The Cat Daddy,” Jackson Galaxy is the host and executive producer of Animal Planet's long running hit show “My Cat From Hell.” Jackson, an animal advocate and cat behavior and wellness expert, is also a two-time New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 years of experience working with cats and their guardians. He is on a mission to educate people about cats and deepen the human and cat bond, while reducing the number of animals that end up in shelters. Long before Jackson was known as “The Cat Daddy,” the working musician found he had a unique ability to connect with cats when he took a job at a local animal shelter. During the decade that followed, he worked with thousands of cats, successfully lowering the euthanasia rate at his shelter. His work at the shelter led to a private practice of working with cat guardians and cats in their homes, which helped keep cats out of the shelter in the first place, and became the premise for “My Cat From Hell.” An immediate hit, the show has been a broadcast staple for ten seasons and has become a global phenomenon, placing Jackson at the forefront of a worldwide obsession with all things feline. All along, Jackson has stayed true to his roots as a shelter worker, educator, fervent advocate and in-home cat family therapist. At the root of Jackson’s unique approach is a philosophy known as “Cat Mojo,” which teaches cat guardians the skills to help their feline friends build confidence and thrive within their environment, and to better the human/cat relationship at the same time. Jackson has extensively detailed his work and life in his growing collection of authored books. His first, “Cat Daddy,” is a memoir, telling the story of a life-changing relationship with a cat named Benny during his years as a musician, shelter worker and an addict struggling to find a path towards recovery. His subsequent books, co-written by Cat Style Expert Kate Benjamin from Hauspanther.com, “Catify to Satisfy” and “Catification,” which both landed on the New York Times Best-Sellers List, focuses on designing a home that works for both cats and humans. His latest book, “Total Cat Mojo,” is a comprehensive guide to his approach on total cat wellness and eliminating behavioral problems by understanding cats and their instinctive behavior. Jackson has always been committed to bringing better products to the market that live up to his high standards. Jackson Galaxy Solutions, the only line of flower essence remedies designed by a behavior specialist and a veterinarian, has been helping animals live happier and healthier lives since 1995. More recently, his partnership with Petmate has brought a 20-year vision to fruition, providing innovative toys and products for every stage of a cat’s life. True to his goal of helping to save all animals, Jackson started the Jackson Galaxy Project in 2015, now a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, which seeks to better the lives of at-risk animals by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them. Jackson spends much of his time these days devoted to growing the reach and impact of the life-saving JGP Programs and partnerships, including Cat Pawsitive, which focuses on giving shelters and rescue workers the tools to train cats in their care in order to help them find their mojo and get adopted, Safe Haven, which retrofits domestic violence shelters so victims can bring their pets when leaving an abusive home, and Operation Homeward Bound, which is a transport program that flies cats and dogs to shelters around the country that have more room to find them new homes. Jackson has been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with\ Steven Colbert, Adulting Well Podcast, The Tonight Show, EXTRA, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and more.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 47 with Laurie Ruettimann
Laurie began her career began in 1995 as an HR assistant for Leaf Candy Company, providing operations assistance and recruiting services for an hourly workforce in a manufacturing environment that was heavily unionized and staffed with immigrants from war-torn Bosnia. Since those glorious days, she’s worked at Monsanto, Alberto-Culver, Kemper Insurance (out of business), and Pfizer. Even as her title and compensation grew, she hated her job. She became a writer, speaker, and podcaster as a result of the heartbreak and outrage she experienced throughout her corporate career. While she loves calling out boorish behavior, she is dedicated to the revolutionary and long-overdue mission of fixing work by telling stories and teaching leaders how to create workplace cultures that support, empower, and engage workers meaningfully. Now she helps executives and HR leaders prioritize the employee experience to avoid the collateral damage of a toxic work environment. You can find her all over the internet, shaking her fist and yelling at clouds. https://laurieruettimann.com/
66 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 46 with Ferris Plock & Kelly Tunstall
Two people able to paint like one, especially for an extensive period of time is a rare thing indeed. For over a decade Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock have been presenting elaborate stories of earthly conditions through mischievous characters representative of both their individual and collective imagination. While often playful in appearance, the sprawling, interwoven tapestries provide a more surreal glance into the intersection of dreams belonging to a soundly bonded couple, both creatively and emotionally. An ever-evolving dialogue between beauties and beasts and masculine and feminine, KEFE World is a chromatically vibrant place where fantasy is reality and vice versa. Even Inanimate objects, buildings, food, and feats of other human inventions are bequeathed by their own personalities, often sharing in or driving the emotions, behavior, and energy of the subjects of each vignette. These meticulously drafted environments, both two and three dimensional, are born out of a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, ink, and gold leaf. An appreciation for traditional craft practice, textiles, and elaborate Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks is present in the stylization and framework of their imagery. At their roots, Tunstall’s airy and casual figures maintain a state of quiet confidence as if they are immune to society’s pressures and expectations and the weight they carry in the real world. It is as if these long and elegant stylized characters leaped out of a vogue existence at the beginning of their prime, preserving all of their strengths and feminine attributes with which to explore an alternate world of boundless imagination and possibilities. Somewhere along their journeys, they stepped into Plock’s semi-psychedelic cartoonish sphere occupied by living, breathing architecture and anthropomorphic creatures capable of shape-shifting seamlessly throughout their elaborate displays impish behavior. The couple’s meticulously crafted modern mythology serves as a prime example of what fantastic chemistry can do when built on the foundation of trust between two partners unencumbered by artistic fears and creative anxieties. Tunstall and Plock are veterans of multiple esteemed artist residencies, including at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Their work both individually and collectively has been exhibited in revered galleries across North America, Europe, and Asia. The duo maintains representation in San Francisco, Portland, and New York. KEFE has been commissioned for work in a bevy of private collections as well as a number of internationally recognized bars, restaurants, hotels, and other chic hospitality outposts. They have participated in a number of notable product design collaborations with Bulleit Bourbon, Uniqlo, Krooked, and Element. The duo resides and works in an occasionally foggy neighborhood in San Francisco with their two boys and two cats.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 45 with Jesse Townley
Jesse grew up in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia. Upon discovering HC punk, he fully immersed himself in the mid-/late-'80s scene. He founded Philly Zine and moved to a squat at 51st and Baltimore in West Philly. By the late '80s he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he sang for acclaimed (and often chaotic) bands such as Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. He was an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board, he's run a record label, and much, much more! Too much to cover in one episode, that's for sure!
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 44 with Amy Miller
Amy Miller was one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comics for 2018, and was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. Her Comedy Central Presents set has been viewed over 3 million times on Youtube and Facebook. She was also a featured comic on Viceland's Flophouse. On Last Comic Standing, Keenen Ivory Wayans said she had one of the “fiercest jokes he had ever heard.” Originally from the East Bay, Amy found her comedy chops in Oakland and is still a regular at the SF Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. Her material is personal, political, and 100% authentic. The Laugh Button says “She found a wildly creative way to find empowerment while simultaneously sparking laughter” and Courting Comedy says “Miller juxtaposes an unassuming demeanor with unflinching assurance.” After a move to Portland in 2012, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Pacific Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest in Helium's 2015 contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian for 2013 and 2015 in the Willamette Week. She was the first woman to win each position and the only one to win all three. Amy’s debut album Solid Gold is available on Kill Rock Stars, and was named one of the top 10 comedy albums of 2016 by the Interrobang. You may have also seen Amy on Viceland or heard her on Sirius XM, NPR, Doug Loves Movies, The Adam Carolla Show, The Bennington Show, Put Your Hands Together, All Fantasy Everything, Keith and the Girl, or her own podcast "Who's Your God?." Amy is a nationally touring festival and comedy club headliner, and she has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SxSW, the High Plains Comedy Fest, Laughing Skull, Big Sky, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Bumbershoot Festival and more.
64 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 43 with Terrie Samundra
Terrie Samundra is a Director and Screenwriter whose debut feature KAALI KHUHI, a Netflix Original, was released internationally in October 2020. Samundra's short films ICE CREAM WALLAH, KUNJO and A SHORT TALE OF XUAN, have screened in film festivals internationally garnering accolades. She is a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab alumna, a SFFILM/Kenneth Rainin Screenwriting fellow and alumna of the Sundance Women in Film Finance Lab. She has written extensively with her creative partner David Walter Lech on the screenplays KAALI KHUHI, WOMAN ON THE HILL, BETAMAX, WESTERN INTERIOR SEAWAY, and the episodic series THE BALLAD OF POOJA and THE BLOOD BELOW. She has also written a narrative adaptation of the D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus documentary, TOWN BLOODY HALL, and an adaptation of the one woman play by Actor-Creator Fawzia Mirza, entitled ME, MY MOM, & SHARMILA. Samundra has taught screenwriting at San Francisco State University, is a mentor of the Qalambaaz Screenwriters Lab, and an arts instructor at Create Now, a program for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. Terrie is a National Geographic Grant recipient, a Princess Grace Award recipient, an active member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and is represented by the Gersh Agency.
73 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 42 with Jane Kim
Jane Kim served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing a diverse district in San Francisco, including the lowest-income residents and the wealthiest zip code in the City. Further, she represented a district absorbing close to 80% of all residential and commercial development in San Francisco. She is a member and top voter getter for San Francisco Democratic Party Committee in 2016 and 2020. Her landmark initiatives include leading San Francisco to be the first city in the nation to make Community College tuition-free for all residents; the Fair Chance Act (removing unnecessary barriers to employment and stable housing for the millions of Californians who have a conviction record); passing the strongest and most progressive minimum wage law in the nation raising our minimum wage to $15/hour; securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter for aging and sick homeless residents. Kim also led the single largest investment in any US city has made towards childcare- a tax on multi-million dollar commercial real estate to raise $140M+ per year to make universal affordable childcare a reality Supervisor Kim is a fierce affordable housing advocate who has fought to increase the affordable housing requirement from 12% to 25% and has won an unprecedented 40% affordable housing requirement in two major development projects in her district. She is proud to have authored and passed the strongest and boldest tenant protection ordinance in the country stemming frivolous evictions. Jane most recently served as the National Regional and California Political Director for Bernie Sanders 2020 and is a Senior Fellow of Engagement at the Young Elected Officials Network, a program of the People for American Way. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Build Affordable Better California. Prior to being a Supervisor, Jane Kim was a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, a civil rights attorney at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. She received a dual B.A. in Political Science and Asian American studies from Stanford University and her J.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 41 with Golden Bull Owners Mark Lynn, Jason Beebout, and Bill Schneider
Owning a bar during COVID: This week we talk past and present punk with Golden Bull Owners Mark Lynn, Jason Beebout, and Bill Schneider. Mark Lynn moved to Oakland in 1994. In addition to co-owning The Golden Bull, he also co-owns Bay Functional Fitness, a health, fitness, and wellness company. Bands: Dead Sound (with Bill), Dear County, and Arrica Rose and the …’s Bill Schneider moved to The Bay Area in 1987 from Santa Monica. Bands: Sawhorse. Monsula, Pinhead Gunpowder, Uranium 9v, Influents, Dead Sound, Coverups. Music stores: Black Market, Univibe, Univibe Drums, Broken Guitars. Currently: Touring guitar tech , tour manager and owner of The Golden Bull. Jason Beebout was born 1970 in San Francisco. "My first band in 85’ was called Operation Ivy but then we changed it to Isocracy and let some other dudes have the old name. Then we started throwing trash at people at Gilman Street in 86 til our drummer quit and started greenday with some other dudes, but he quit that band too so whatever. Then I started samiam in 88’ and we’ve had at least 50 different members besides me and Sergie “the originals”. Many of them also went on to join much more popular bands, but some died or got jobs."
67 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 40 with Chuck Goshert
When Black Athletes drummer Rob Haight took him to see Black Flag at The Farm in 1984, Chuck knew he had found a home in the punk scene. In 1986 he started Poultry Magic with Benicia High pals Paul Curran, Cliff Helmholtz and Skot Pelkey, and lived the East Bay punk dream of playing Gilman for the first time in 1987. Through the 1980s and 1990s he went on to start or join a number of bands (including early Lookout band Monsula), worked security, live sound and the store at Gilman, and finally finished college after 7 years. He moved to Indiana to get a PhD in literature and philosophy, and since 2001 he's been an English professor at Utah Valley University, teaching courses in critical theory, cultural studies, US literature and LGBTQ literature and culture. His scholarly writing focuses on connecting experimental art with radical politics in Asian American and LGBTQ literature and culture, and on teaching research writing to beginning college students. He occasionally writes about punk history and culture for academic audiences, including a 2020 article about Gilman's early years, which Paul Curran called "Maybe the only academic thing about punk that I've ever been able to get on board with." Along the way he continued to play music, somehow ending up in the right places at the right times: in Indiana for the midwest emo explosion of the mid-late 90s, then in Salt Lake City for its post-hardcore breakout in the early 2000s. He started American Maw with Kevin McCracken in 2017 and they played their first shows in late 2019-early 2020, just in time for a Covid hiatus.
65 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 39 with Christian Picciolini
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and 90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Christian went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter‑extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti‑hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. Christian’s life since leaving the white‑power movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. He now leads the FREE RADICALS PROJECT, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH, and he is the featured subject in season 3 of WBEZ’s ‘Motive’ podcast. His latest book,BREAKING HATE: CONFRONTING THE NEW CULTURE OF EXTREMISM, was released in February 2020. His disengagement work is also spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series BREAKING HATE.
67 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 38 with Cheyenne Love
Cheyenne is the founder of Queer Wave Coffee. She is an industry legend who has been in the coffee industry for almost two decades.
63 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 37 with Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan is a New Mexico-born, Los Angeles-based journalist, specializing in subcultures, alternative communities, conspiracy theories, crime, belief, death, sexual violence and women’s lives. She is currently a reporter on the Features desk at VICE. She was previously a reporter at the Special Projects Desk, an investigative division within Gizmodo Media Group, a senior reporter at Jezebel, and a staff writer at the Village Voice and the Dallas Observer. Her work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, BBC Travel, Topic, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been accused of being both a lizard person and a CIA agent, but never at the same time.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 36 with Maggie Freleng
Maggie Freleng is the host and producer of “Unjust & Unsolved” a popular new podcast about wrongful convictions. Formerly a Producer-at-Large for NPR’s Latino USA, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She was an NPR Next Generation Radio fellow, mentor and 2019 Ford Foundation “50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism” fellow. Maggie was also a TV documentary host for VICE and Oxygen’s “The Disappearance of Maura Murray.”
66 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 35 with Adam Myatt
Adam Myatt a.k.a. The Cat Man of West Oakland is not your normal crazy cat lady. After taking photos of West Oakland’s feral cat population for about a year, he found a litter of kittens that would change his life… The kittens would lead him to Ann Dunn, the founder of non-profit organization Cat Town. That meeting led Adam, Ann, and everyone in the Cat Town team, to open the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center… the first cat cafe, and open colony adoption center in the USA! Cat Town has had an amazing success in it’s efforts to empty cages, lower the euthanasia rate in Oakland (42% in 2011 and 7% in 2015), and find deserving cats loving homes. Now Myatt is turning his focus back to advocating TNR in Oakland and beyond!
56 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 34 with Megan Lynn Kott
Megan has been working as a professional illustrator since 2006. In addition to creating beautiful watercolor pet portraits and traveling the craft fair circuit - Megan designs graphics, illustrations, and textiles for a variety of clients including Chronicle Books, Maximum Fun, Meowbox, and Tea Collection. When she isn't painting cats, she enjoys looking at animals in predicaments, drinking coffee, and sitting on her porch when the weather is pleasant. In addition to being an artist, she is a lifelong cat lover - her first word was "kitty." Her current work is created in Milwaukee, WI alongside her husband and 3 mischievous cats.
67 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 33 with Joseph Gervasi
Joseph A. Gervasi's youthful punk projects included The Cabbage Collective,NO LONGER A FANzine, Philly Zine, and The Orgasmic Toilet Band. Non-punk later projects include Exhumed Films (www.ExhumedFilms.com) and his business, Diabolik DVD (www.DiabolikDVD.com). Joseph co-conceived The Valerie Project with Greg Weeks. It was a live musical accompaniment to the 1970 Czech New Wave film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Live performances were held in Philadelphia, MoMA in NYC, Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and around North America. A CD/LP was released by Drag City in the US and Finders Keepers in the UK. The music and interviews with Joseph and Greg Weeks appear on the Criterion Collection release of the film. Joseph's less youthful punk project is LOUD! FAST! PHILLY!, an "aural history" of hardcore punk in Philadelphia. These interviews (along with portraits of many of the interview subjects by Karen Kirchhoff) can be found at www.LoudFastPhilly.com or wherever podcasts can be heard. More recently Joseph has been involved with the Pete Buttigieg campaign, the organization Veterans For Responsible Leadership (www.VFRL.org), and the Dr. Jill Biden For First Lady Facebook page. Joseph lives in Philadelphia.
73 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 32 with Hannah Shaw
This week we have a great conversation with Hannah Shaw. Hannah is a kitten rescuer, humane educator, and New York Times bestselling author who has dedicated her life to finding innovative ways to protect animals. Her project, Kitten Lady, strives to create global change in the way we perceive and treat the tiniest and most vulnerable felines. http://www.kittenlady.org/
73 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 31 with Blake Schwarzenbach (recast)
We're celebrating finally getting the whole Jawbreaker trio on the show by recasting our Chris and Blake episodes. Enjoy.
70 minutes | 8 months ago
REPOST: Episode 7 with Chris Bauermeister
Kevin and Joshua sit down with Chris Bauermeister (Jawbreaker) to talk about getting into punk music, toy stores, tattoos, mental health, his work at the Thurston County Food Bank, and a lot more.
71 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 30 with Adam Pfahler
This week sit down with Adam Pfahler to talk about his first bass guitar, drumming, covid, Jawbreaker, and much, much more!
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