Ian Chillag – Protecting Yourself

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This week we talk to Ian Chillag, creator and host of the hilarious and beautiful podcast Everything is Alive. Ian talks with us about some of the defense mechanisms we use to protect ourselves and seeing the kindness behind harsh criticism (aka the vanity of niceness). He also gives us a peek into an audio project he’s working on (a post-apocalyptic public radio pledge drive) and tells us his favorite kinds of podcasts to listen to and make. This was a fun one!

Listen and subscribe to Everything is Alive on the Radiotopia network.

You can find Ian on Instagram and Twitter @ianchillag.

Episode Guest

Ian Chillag

Ian Chillag is a writer and producer working in print, audio, video, and other media. He created the podcast Everything is Alive. His work can be found in McSweeney's Quarterly, the New York Times, NPR, A Public Space, and other places.

Geri Cole – P Is For Perfect, That’s Good Enough For Me

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Folks, we’re not going to lie to you — this week’s guest is a GET. We welcome the wonderful Geri Cole to the PoP Pod studios! Geri is a four-time Emmy award winner (!!!), podcast host, and writer on the beloved children’s series Sesame Street (um…ever heard of it??).

We talk about writing for Cookie Monster vs. writing for Big Bird, the Dos and Don’ts of collaborating with your partner (see: The Perfect Couple’s Guide), and we land on the perfect definition of perfectionism.

You can hear Geri interviewing some of your favorite writers on OnWriting: A Podcast of the Writers Guild of America, East.

Episode Guest

Geri Cole

Geri is a multiple Emmy award winner, podcast host, and writer on the beloved children's series Sesame Street.

Nick Bertozzi – Learning Assertiveness

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We’re back, and boy have we got a corker for you this week! The Perfectionists sit down with Dennis’s old mentor — New York Times bestselling cartoonist and teacher at the School of Visual Arts, Nick Bertozzi! They talk about learning to stay true to yourself as a professional artist, unlearning the habit of people pleasing, projecting your dang voice in the classroom and on the stage, and most importantly assertiveness (when do you have it, when do you not, and how can you learn it?).

Nick’s upcoming graphic novel is called BOMB! (based on a YA novel by Steve Sheinkin) and it’s about how the Soviets stole the secrets of the Manhattan Project to create their own atomic bomb. It’ll be out in Winter of 2023 from Roaring Brook Press.

Episode Guest

Nick Bertozzi

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Nick Bertozzi is a New-York Times Bestselling cartoonist who has written and drawn many graphic novels and has taught Cartooning at the School of Visual Arts since 2003.

Tim Thibodeau – Just a Kid from the 80s

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Tim Thibideau drags us back to the 80s with the podcast “Just a Kid from the 80s.” In this episode, there is a lot of pausing.

Music by Dan Reitz

Additional sfx and music from Freesound.org. Attribution to Magic Christmas by lena_orsa and Solar929 by LevelClearer

Tori Smith – You’re Gonna Be Somebody Someday

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Tori Smith serenades us with her podcast, “You’re Gonna Be Somebody Someday.” In this episode, the kids’ learn about pain.

Made Up Talk Show theme music by Dan Reitz www.danreitz.com

SFX from freesound.org

Episode Guest

Tori Smith

Tori Smith is an NYC-based game designer, writer, actor, and cosplayer. She performs at the Magnet with Musical Megawatt house team Gem and indie-team Freeze Frame and is a founding castmember of the Bad Guys & B-Sides DnD Podcast.  

Welcome to my World – Mark Canlas

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Mark Canlas takes us on a trip to the far reaches of the globe with his podcast, “Welcome to my World.” In this episode, watch out for vipers.

Episode Guest

Mark Canlas

Mark is an NYC-based software engineer and sometimes performer.

Victor Varnado – A Defiant One

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This week the Perfectionists (Ellen and Dennis) talk to stand-up comedian, filmmaker, producer, podcaster, actor, director, and New Yorker cartoonist Victor Varnado (who, he assures us, also wrote all the good parts of the bible).

Our friend Victor is not only a multitalented, cross-medium, cross-platform artist and comedian, he’s also a successful entrepreneur/businessman who empowers others to do the same. A big theme of our conversation was finding ways to work on things you’re truly passionate about and inspired by.

Victor is the host of at least two podcasts: Six Unseemly Questions and Arts Academy. His next podcast is called Wiki Listen. So after you wiki listen to this, go wiki listen to those!

The More You Poe – Katie Hartman

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Katie Hartman chills us to the bone with the podcast “The More You Poe.” In the episode she brought us, we are faced with the knowledge of dancing skellingtons.

Episode Guest

Katie Hartman

Katie Hartman is a New York-based theatre maker. She is co-artistic director of the touring theatre company, the Coldharts, and the Producer of the 2022 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Jonathan Mitchell – Talking Truth

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Strap on your headphones and get ready for this “movie for your ears”—this week we’ve got Jonathan Mitchell, creator and producer of one of our favorite podcasts, The Truth, which just celebrated its tenth year. We get into Jonathan’s history in public radio and the early days of podcasting, experimental electronic music, the process of breaking a Truth episode, and we even get into Jonathan’s new hobby: DIY stop motion animation!

Episode Guest

Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell is the producer of The Truth Podcast, an anthology fiction show that’s celebrating its tenth year. He has been an audio producer for 25 years.