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The Obcast Was a Good Call

I’m definitely very glad that I began the Obcast. For years I’d toyed with the idea of doing my own podcast, but I always hesitated because it felt kind of pointless, as in, “oh boy, another podcast by a nerdy atheist type.” But then I let go of being terribly concerned of where a hypothetical podcast would fit in the grander online universe of content, and instead rested upon the simple idea that it’d be a lot of fun to do.

And it has been. Don’t get me wrong, there’s real work involved, but it’s totally worth it. I get to have genuinely fascinating and enlightening conversations with really smart, creative, funny people who might not otherwise have a platform (or, for those who do have platforms, might not get to talk on subjects outside of their outlets’). And then I get to share those conversations with anyone who wants to dip in. Each episode is, I think, evergreen, and can be listened to any time, and in any order. I’m really proud of the series so far.

I haven’t highlighted the last few episodes here on the blog, so I thought I’d do that now. I just completed the Obcast’s first panel-discussion episode, a chat about Transformers: The Movie with Matt Licata and Ryan Koronowski, both previous guests, here and here. That should be posted in the next couple of days.

Last week, I talked to an old friend from my days at the Actors Studio Drama School circa 2000/2001, writer and performer Lauren Milberger. I think this one has been my wife’s favorite so far, an episode in which Lauren and I talk about the craft of acting, the power of good television writing, and what she’s learned about herself from her study of some classic comedians.

Before that, reporter from the Great White North, Peggy Revell, diagnosed the state of journalism, some of the quirks of American versus Canadian politics, and what it means to learn to tell a story.

And I’m just getting warmed up, 10 full episodes in (the first one with Matt was labeled “Episode Zero,” which I’m already regretting). In the coming weeks, I’ll have writer Emily Hauser, tech-in-education expert Kyle Calderwood, and comic actor extraordinaire Chuck Caruso. And those are just the folks I’ve confirmed.

If you’ve been listening, thank you. If you’re not listening, I’m going to keep making them anyway.

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Kenzoid’s Post-Libertarian Hangover

The latest edition of the Obcast features longtime friend-of-the-blog Ken Kennedy. Ken’s a well-rounded guy for someone from Georgia (I kid! I kid!), and in this episode, he and I discourse on politics and technology, and how those two worlds run into each other and screw each other up. Ken comes from libertarian roots, and he has some great insights as to why someone who is technically inclined might lean libertarian, but also how a little life experience can reveal how limited of a philosophy it can be.

We also talk about finding a purpose for one’s podcasting and blogging when the need for an audience is not the dominant drive, and what the hell is wrong with the sci-fi and fantasy publishing industry that they produce cover art for their books that is so freaking ridiculous.

Dig the show right here. As always, you can subscribe to the Obcast in iTunes or through this link.

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Ryan Overcomes His Fear of Podcasting

My very good friend Ryan Koronowski is my guest on the latest edition of the Obcast. Ryan is a chief-deputy-editor-blogger-muckity-muck at Climate Progress (part of Think Progress), but don’t worry, we don’t spend much time talking about how awful things are going to be. Mostly, we talk about things like the peculiarities of DC life, the insanity of working on big political campaigns, and reading lots and lots of books.

We also learn that, like my three-year-old boy, Ryan poops on the potty! It makes sense in the show

Ryan was a little spooked to do the Obcast, as he’s not used to being the subject of media interviews, but I think you’ll agree that his fears were unwarranted. 

As always, you can subscribe to the Obcast in iTunes or through this link