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92 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
130 – Thomas Fox – Creative Mornings
We had the chance to sit down with Thomas Fox, area coordinator and leader of Creative Mornings. We learned quite a bit about a pretty fascinating series of events. Turns out, one of our recent guests, Jill Vedda, Dan met through a Creative Mornings’ talk. Take a listen then get out there for a meeting.
113 minutes | Aug 20, 2018
129 – Sam Allard – Scene Magazine
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with two distinct guests this week. First up is Dwayne Duke promoting his Midwest Queer Comedy Festival in Columbus. It’s this weekend, August 22 to 26, all over our state’s capital. Check it out! Then we sit down with journalist Sam Allard. Sam works for Scene Magazine. If you’ve picked up a copy or two of the weekly magazine, you’ve probably read some of his investigative stories. Sam covers all things Cleveland and Cuyahoga politics. We talk about his history, what he covers, and what he sees as the way forward for Cleveland. We love Scene Magazine, since they are a distribution channel of ours! Want to hear more about them? Listen to our interview with Scene’s Publisher, Andrew Zelman!
103 minutes | Aug 17, 2018
128 – Jill Vedaa – Salt+
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with the chef, co-owner, and co-founder of Salt+, Jill Vedaa. We talked with Jill about her journey from Bay Village High School, through a series of kitchens, to the opening and success of Salt+. Jill has worked in some of the best and most famous kitchens in Cleveland. She talks about how each of these experiences, from flipping burgers at a bar to working at Lola, have influenced her cooking and her as a person. It’s a great discussion that we think you’ll love.
72 minutes | Jul 16, 2018
127 – Live with Lauren Kotmel
Brian & Alex ventured over to the wonderful Terrestrial Brewing Company and sat down with Lauren Kotmel, the Cleveland community manager for Yelp! Lauren’s role with Yelp is to help build community between users and businesses. We talk about how Yelp helps local businesses, what it does to support them, its user base, its super-user base, and some programs they run. We also discussed common concerns about the platform. You may love, you may loathe it, but Yelp is here to stay. Lauren is doing some super good things to make Cleveland gooder.
75 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
126 – Common Ground – Stephanie Hicks Thompson and Noelle Celeste
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with Stephanie Hicks Thompson of the Cleveland Foundation and Noelle Celeste of The City Club of Cleveland and Edible Cleveland to talk about Common Ground. Common Ground is a day-long community-wide conversation that encourages civil discourse and community building. This year in nearly 100 events on Sunday, June 24, people will be talking about why place matters. We talk about the history of Common Ground, a bit about the Cleveland Foundation and their history, the event itself, and how it impacts the community at-large. Stephanie and Noelle also are subjected to a quiz about places. Join Brian and special guest host Alex Budin at our next live show: Live with Lauren Kotmel, Yelp Community Manager at Terrestrial Brewing.
88 minutes | Jun 19, 2018
125 – Cassandra Fear – Fear’s Confections
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with the amazing and wonderful Cassandra Fear of Fear’s Confections. Cassandra’s shop, located on Madison in Lakewood, specializes in nerd-based chocolate. Not that her chocolate has nerds in it, whether human or candy form, but that it’s targeted toward nerd-oriented persons. Whether you’re into Star Wars, gaming, Star Trek (the better Star based thing), Dr. Who, superheroes, D&D, or anything else dorky, nerdy, or geeky… Fear’s has a chocolate for you. We chat about Cassandra’s past, her founding of the business, the growth from home kitchen to storefront, and some national notoriety she earned. We also test Cassandra’s taste in chocolate, listen for the results. Remember, we have a live show coming up on June 26 at Terrestrial Brewing Company with Yelp! Community Manager Lauren Kotmel. See you there!
106 minutes | Jun 11, 2018
124 – Madeline Finn – The Whiskey Hollow
Dan and Brian sat down with the amazingly talented Madeline Finn. Madie is a guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of the band The Whiskey Hollow. We talked about her journey through music, from a student in Streetsboro to a Hollywood Week finalist on American Idol and on to her path today. Madie shares how her personal experiences and struggles with eating disorders inform her music and lyrics. We also come up with a new band name. Listen for the debut of Win The Girl from The Whiskey Hollow’s upcoming album. See you all at our next live show with Yelp! at Terrestrial Brewing!
88 minutes | Jun 4, 2018
Episode 123 – Live at Il Rione Pizza!
Dan & Brian sat down with Brian Holleran and wrangled in a standing Brian Moss, on occasion. We had sat down with the duo of pizza-mongering Brians in October 2016. Since then, they have opened their restaurant, Il Rione Pizza in Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood’s West Side Little Italy. In a podcast first, we have a surprise guest host play a game of Which Brian is more likely to… We also ran into a few past guests, too! Thanks to everyone for coming out! We’ll see you at the next one!
99 minutes | May 20, 2018
Episode 122 – Jeremy Umansky – Larder Delicatessen
Dan and Brian sat down with the co-founder and co-owner of Larder Delicatessen, Jeremy Umansky. Larder is a unique concept here in Cleveland. They start everything from scratch and source their food locally. They make a gefiltefish from lake fish, not ocean fish. Most of their foods are fermented, in-house. So what are they? A really high-quality delicatessen. Try a sandwich, grab a side of one of their fabulous salads, and enjoy their patio seating on West 29th street. The conversation covers some really interesting topics, like foraging for wild food, what it means to be truly local and the decisions that it forces, and the difference between pastrami and corned beef. We also chatted about a bread they have called chocolate bobka. If you’ve never had it, go buy it; your life will be changed… forever. Seriously. Okay, we’ve got a live show coming up this week, as well. We’re sitting down with the two Brians from Il Rione at Il Rione! Want to find out more about them before the show? Listen to our first interview with them!
66 minutes | May 12, 2018
Episode 121 – Neighborfulish
Dan & Brian got all the equipment set up only to discover that they hadn’t booked a guest for the show! We decided to chew the fat and talk about things going on around Cleveland. Our buddy Tim showed up about 10 minutes into recording and he promptly joined the conversation as our ad hoc guest. Thanks, Tim! Don’t worry, we actually have a guest lined up next week, promise!
91 minutes | May 3, 2018
Episode 120 – Grant Goodrich – OH-16 Congressional Candidate
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with Grant Goodrich who is running for the Congressional seat in Ohio’s 16th District. Grant currently serves as the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute. We talk about his journey from Revere High School outside of Akron to the Naval Academy, Marine Corps, Columbia University, and, finally, back here to Cleveland. Grant shares with us his motivation for running, his aspirations if elected, and what it means to be a participative citizen in a democratic republic, like ours.
65 minutes | Apr 29, 2018
Episode 119 – Open Streets Cleveland – Rachel and Emma
Dan and Brian had the chance to sit down with Rachel Sommer and Emma Maloney of Open Streets Cleveland, formerly known as Ciclevia. Open Streets Cleveland turns streets upside down by closing 1-3 miles of road to cars and opening them up for day-long festivities and community building. You can walk, roll, pedal, shuffle or pogo your way all over the street, you just can’t drive during an Open Streets Cleveland event. Their mission is to encourage active living and sustainable transportation. This year’s first festival is on Detroit Ave between West 65th and West 25th on Sunday, May 6. Hope to see you there!
80 minutes | Apr 23, 2018
Episode 118 – Rep. Nickie Antonio – Live at Gypsy Beans!
Dan and Brian hauled their gear up to their first ever coffee shop live show at Gypsy Beans and Baking Company. We had the chance to interview State Representative Nickie Antonio, who is currently running for State Senate in Senate District 23. We talked about how state government affects everyday life, how minority parties shape policy even when far outnumbered, and what it’s like to be a legislator. We covered a range of issues, including gerrymandering, abortion, and taxes. Our audience asked some amazing questions, which made us look a lot better. A special thanks to Nicole Parke from Nickie Antonio’s campaign and the staff of Gypsy Beans for making this possible!
91 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Episode 117 – Carol Heiss Jenkins & Hayes Jenkins
Carol in 1960. Dan & Brian had an amazing chat with Carol Heiss Jenkins and Hayes Jenkins. Carol and Hayes have what many would call a unique story. Carol and Hayes both have Olympic gold medals, in the same sport, figure skating, from different Olympics. Hayes took gold in 1956 and Carol in 1960. Since then, they’ve gone on to lead amazing, impactful lives, both locally and internationally. We talk about their journies to the Olympics, what it took to win, how that changed their lives, and what they’ve done since. Not to step on the lead, but Carol continues to be active in figure staking as a world-renowned coach. She works at Winterhurst in Lakewood. They share some solid advice from life lessons they’ve learned along the way. We also talk about three guys who do slapstick. We always ask this in the show, but we figured we should put it in writing. Give us a review on iTunes, the Podcasts App, Google Play, TuneIn, or Stitcher. Five stars is always great. Can’t give us five stars? No worries, let us know! Call us at 216.438.1253 and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hayes (left) with brother David in 1956 This episode is going live on April 16. That’s the same night as our live show with Representative Nickie Antonio, candidate for Ohio Senate, at Gypsy Beans. See you there at 6PM!
86 minutes | Apr 9, 2018
Episode 116 – Melinda Jackson – International Youth Leadership Foundation
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with Melinda Jackson, founder and Executive Director of the International Youth Leadership Foundation (IYLF). IYLF helps students understand their place in the world, in a global sense, through education, exposure, and service learning. We chat with Melinda about how this helps build culturally competent and socially aware leaders. Melinda shares her journey from Brush High School in South Euclid through college, an expatriate life, to where she is now. It’s a great discussion with a super great person, some might even say a gooder person. Special thanks to past guest Adam Dunn of Cleveland CoLabs for making this possible. If you’ve got some time, take a listen to our interview with Adam about social entrepreneurship and coworking.
104 minutes | Apr 1, 2018
Episode 115 – Live with CIFF at Great Lakes Brewing Company
Dan & Brian schlepped the studio over to Market Avenue in the historic Market District of Ohio City. In the basement of the Great Lakes Brewing Company‘s Brewpub we had the chance to sit down with Patrick Shepherd, Debbie Samples, and Bill Guentzler of the Cleveland International Film Festival. We had the chance to ask all about the festival, what’s new this year, what’s stayed from last year, some of the films they’ll be showing, and a whole bunch more. Want to save $2 on your CIFF42 tickets? Use or mention coupon code CLECAST at checkout or the box office.
50 minutes | Mar 30, 2018
Episode 114 – Neighborful!
Dan & Brian had a chance to chew the fat, shoot the shit, stand around the water cooler, and just bullshit in general with our good friend and neighbor, Tim. We thought we’d talk about the Oscars. That kinda happened, maybe. It’s a fun conversation, mostly about nothing important. More to come soon, but we’ll be having another live show! April 16 at Gypsy Beans & Baking Company in Gordon Square. We’ll be interviewing State Representative Nicki Antonio. Come out, grab a coffee and ask her your own question!
81 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
Episode 113 – Dana Norris – Story Club Cleveland
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with Dana Norris, the founder of Story Club. Story Club is a multi-city storytelling program that invites the public to share stories around a theme. Dana got her start in Chicago then moved to a real city, Cleveland. From here she’s grown Story Club into a small empire. Take a listen to learn what happens at Story Club, why we shouldn’t be talking about Story Club, and how you can participate.
86 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
Episode 112 – Molly & Pat Murray – Wake Robin Foods
Dan & Brian had the chance to sit down with father-daughter duo Molly & Pat Murray. Molly & Pat are the founders and owners of Wake Robin Fermented Foods. Wake Robin produces organic, locally sourced fermented food products like kimchi, pickles, and kraut. We talk about their journey from their previous careers, Pat used to be Physician and Molly worked on a farm, to opening a new business, getting things up and running, and then transitioning to a growing, sustainable enterprise. You can find Wake Robin Fermented Products at many locations around Cleveland including Ohio City Provisions and The Tremont General Store. This episode is going up on Monday, March 19, the night of our Live Show with Cleveland International Film Festival at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.
98 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
Episode 111 – Ed Gorski – Olmsted Falls City Councilman
Dan & Brain sit down with Olmsted Falls Ward I Councilman Ed Gorski. Ed is the youngest and only openly gay member of Olmsted Falls City Council. We talk about what it’s like to be young and in government, learning the political ropes, and his journey to get there. Ed was appointed following the resignation of then-Council President Jay Linn. Turns out Ed is also a big 80’s music buff. We find out just how much he knows. Come see us at our Live Show with the Cleveland International Film Festival at Great Lakes Brewing Company on March 19!
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