Best Pistell podcasts we could find (Updated February 2019)
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Literary Disco
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Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com
 
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Table to Stage
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Conversations with creators across all disciplines - theater, music, art, gaming, education, and many more. Focused mainly on Connecticut and the surrounding area, Table to Stage offers interesting and inspiring conversations that explore the role of creativity in all areas of life.
 
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Ben Orlando has spent the last few years entertaining audiences in may different spaces, and as many different characters. But he's probably best known as Summer Orlando, "Connecticut's premier theatre Drag Queen!" There's some pretty heavy stuff covered in this conversation, but there's also lots of joy. Visit summerorlandoproductions.com for ...…
 
On this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss what each of them are reading to Literary Disco’s second generation, from Frog and Toad to The Rainbow Goblins and Barnyard Dance! Also, the three discuss whether Winnie-the-Pooh is actually any good, how animals are essential to the reading experience, and why narrative is still important i ...…
 
Leonardo "LAGONZA" Gonzalez has a knack for drawing, and his skill can be seen at leonardoillustration.com. He's the artist behind "Theatrics", a UK-published graphic novel that has gotten some pretty incredible reviews (specifically for the artwork), among many other projects. Check his stuff out, and follow @leonardogonzalezart on Instagram f ...…
 
No better way to start the new month than with some of Literary Disco’s classic book games. First, Rider presents “Judge a Book By Its Cover,” where he reads the first lines of a book and Julia and Tod must guess what the book is with no other context. Then, Tod presents a new game, Rock Paper Scissors, where Rider and Julia must decide what is ...…
 
Khamani Harrison identified a vacuum and decided to fill it. And that is the creative spirit that I hope we can all celebrate! The Key Bookstore (keybookstore.com) is Khamani's vision for bringing books - and the hope and knowledge they contain - into what she see's as the underserved black communities of Connecticut and beyond.The Key function ...…
 
"Desultory: haphazard or random. Club: a group of people organized for a common purpose." Or so claims the website for the Desultory Theatre Club (desultorytheatreclub.com). Keith Paul began Desultory nearly a decade ago in order to bring creative artists into the area and to explore the use of interesting spaces in theatrical arts. And he talk ...…
 
Jim Williams joined me in the first ever T2S remote recording! The quality isn't great, but it's a fun conversation. Lots of great theater opportunities coming through Connecticut this year, so there's something for everyone! #musical #preview2019 #couchgrouches #connecticuttheater
 
The debut novel from Tommy Orange has been on almost every Best Of 2018 list, but does the Literary Disco trio agree? In this week's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the complex and multifaceted approach to identity—and how Orange avoids the usual MFA clichés—as “There, There” follows a collection of Native American characters in the buil ...…
 
Welcome to a new year, with your favorite literary podcast. We start 2019 with the classic tale of Tarzan. We all know the story: after the death of his parents a boy is raised by apes, and encounters humans again years later when an expedition enters the jungle. How has this story aged over time? Will Tarzan be Rider's next project? Join Julia ...…
 
Theresa Govert was among a record number of women running for office in 2018, and the first time candidate took a lot away from the campaign. Even though she lost the race for Connecticut's 34th District, she represents a new generation of political leaders in the state and throughout the country. She was willing to speak with me just a couple ...…
 
Jon Bristol and Mike Finland of Elmwood Productions let me into the secret world of the Elmwood workshop to talk puppets, film making, and campsite murders. The fun kind - nothing untoward. We talk about everything from the craft of building a puppet to the challenges of filming and performing with puppets. If you're an Amazon Prime member and ...…
 
Nick Drnaso's Sabrina is the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize. It's also a beautiful and heartbreaking rendering of the current American psyche and a pointed commentary on how media has allowed conspiracy and paranoia to run absolutely rampant in the absence of answers. Join Julia, Rider, and Tod as they discuss this ...…
 
Happy holidays to everyone! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Tuesday, if that's all you're celebrating today! Get ready to fill your earholes with some beautiful a cappella Christmas music from the CT Yuletide Carolers (ctyuletide.com). Lori and Mike Cartwright started the group about 13 years ago, and they're a busy bunch ...…
 
The last book club you’ll ever need. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the best books they read in 2018, including Tara Westover’s Educated, Arthur Krystal’s This Thing We Call Literature, and Jonathan Weisman’s (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
World traveler and Fulbright Scholar Jacquelyn Gleisner talks about painting, patterns, the infinite, and Botswana. She works in large formats, and her time spent traveling in Italy, Finland, and elsewhere has shaped her work and her life. Visit jaquelyngleisner.com to see her work, and follow her on Instagram. Do it. #painting #scroll #artinem ...…
 
Zufar Bikbov came to the U.S. from Russia at the end of 2003, with a medical background and a paintbrush. He's currently embracing his passion for oils on convas, and particularly Plein Air - outdoor - painting. You can view his work and instructional videos at zufar.com and confidentartist.com. We recorded at Arts Escape in Southbury, where yo ...…
 
Jeff Dooley has been the radio play-by-play voice of the Hartford Yard Goats more than 20 years, going back to their days as the New Britain Rock Cats. If you’ve never thought of sports broadcasting as a creative effort, I’d argue that you should reconsider, and Jeff talks about how he uses language to create images in listeners’ minds. Even if ...…
 
It’s the holidays! A time to deck the halls, grab some eggnog, and curl up with the SCARIEST book you can find… That’s right. Christmas horror. It’s a real thing. And Blumhouse and editor Christopher Golden have put together a collection of short fiction just in time to fill you with holiday fear. Join us as Tod, Rider, and Julia have fun with ...…
 
Hey! Want to hear from an author on a subject that makes me super uncomfortable? Becky Cummings' new book, "The Magic of Me: A Kids' Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness", hits that nail right on the head. Becky is an experienced educator, and has lots to pass along to her readers. But, as she explains, her thoughts aren't going to appeal to ...…
 
Sea Tea Improv Comedy Theater (seateaimprov.com) has established itself quite solidly during its time in Hartford, providing improv and stand-up comedy to some of the area's top performers. Julia Pistell is currently the managing director, and one of the group's performers, of Sea Tea, and spoke to me about her path to improv and how the princi ...…
 
Author Elsa Kurt (elsakurt.com) and her alter ego, Melanie Cherniack, write for very different audiences. Melanie focuses on children's literature, while Elsa steams up the windows with contemporary women's fiction. Her newest (at the time of this recording), Mae's Cafe, is set in the fictional town of Chance, Connecticut, and can be found on A ...…
 
A couple months ago, Vulture published this crazy, crazy list. It’s an admittedly premature attempt to create a literary canon for the last 18 years. In this episode of Literary Disco, we discuss the titles we were surprised by, the ones we were disappointed didn’t make it, and — mostly — how few of these books we’ve actually read. Get ready to ...…
 
The Norwalk Gamer Symphony Orchestra (norwalkgso.org) is a collection of musicians and gamers gathering to play some of the most iconic pieces of video game music ever composed. And if you think video game music is just a bunch of beeps and whistles, well, it's evolved over the years. And it's fascinating. #ngso #gamer #music #vgm #videogamemusic…
 
Michele Sansone is a costume designer, draper, and all-around theater creator. She is the creator and vision behind Sansone Designs Studio (www.sansone.carbonmade.com) and has been involved with bringing her own, or her director's, vision to the stage and the screen. #costumedesign #design #theater #art…
 
It’s getting cooler, the leaves are changing, time to curl up with a good book. It’s our Bookshelf Revisit for Fall 2018, an eclectic conversation that covers: Wild children and cults. WWII and China. Robertson Davies. It makes no sense, except that it’s Literary Disco! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Marina Diaz works in large formats, on unique surfaces, and with nuns. You'll just have to listen to figure it out. Also, visit http://rawartists.org/twistedrootsart or @_twistedrottsart_ on Instagram. Some images are NSFW ... so just make sure your boss isn't looking over your shoulder. Unless your boss is cool. Then go ahead. No lame bosses, ...…
 
Michael R. McGuire (don't forget the "R") is a novelist and playright, with several plays and a series of novels about Illuminati mysteries. We spoke about his influences, process, and the different satisfaction he feels from his various projects. Check out his work on Lulu.com or Amazon at https://amzn.to/2xYCGdQ. #michaelrmcguire #writing #no ...…
 
Sometimes creativity isn't about the product or the process, it's about lifestyle. Charles and Jennifer Maring made the decision to live a life of creativity together and have spent the past 25 years doing exactly that. Together in Style is the umbrella under which most of their projects fall, including Maring Visuals and Charlee Fine Art Fashi ...…
 
Do yourself a solid and visit www.davidleemoneypenny.com now. You're gonna want a visual reference for some of the work discussed in this episode. David Lee Moneypenny (he claims this is his real name ... I'm skeptical) is an artist, and his work is unique - beautiful, to be sure. His skill as a woodworker and vision as an artist are apparent, ...…
 
Hunter S. Thompson became a legend the moment he published this novel of a drug-fueled trip into the desert. Packed with mind-altering chemicals, extreme paranoia, and claiming to be a scathing journey to “the heart of the American Dream,” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas established Thompson’s particular style, and purported to give voice to the ...…
 
Terrible intro aside, you'll enjoy this episode. Sorry, I am. Kato McNickle has been diving head first into creative projects for many years, and that includes as a playright. She's worked for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and her projects are numerous, including the overnight writing she did just hours after our conversation. You can foll ...…
 
Alin Tomorogo was born in Romania and migrated to the United States as a teenager. He has since opened his own tattoo shop in Manchester, CT. Alin runs Propaganda Tattoo (www.tattoopropaganda.com) and creates stunning original artwork. Check it out! #tattoopropaganda #alintomorogo #tattoo
 
It's been a few years now, but this isn't a news podcast. Penny Putnam and Shauna Holiman, two artists with different backgrounds, collaborated on an ambitious project turning discarded pianos into gallery-quality art pieces. You can see the project at www.pianoasart.com, and see their individual portfolios at www.pennyputnam.com and www.shauna ...…
 
In 2009, Yasmina Reza's dark comedy, "God of Carnage", received the Tony Award for Best Play. That's kind of a big deal. Now, Dionysus Theater Company of Vernon, Connecticut, will be tackling Carnage in their unique black box theater space at the Vernon Arts Center. Show dates are September 7-9 and 14-16. Visit artscentereast.org for tickets, a ...…
 
Sarah May is an art teacher and creator of Block 21 Prints, where she takes her original designs and creates block printed clothing and accessories. Block printing is the process of carving a reverse image in linoleum for transfer to another surface. You can see Sarah's designs on her Etsy store or at www.block21prints.com. #art #block21 #block ...…
 
You have 10 minutes to get your story told, you have the writer, the director and the actors for a short period of time. GO! Orange Players October production of Acting Up! An Evening of One Acts is part challenge, part entertainment, all creative. Auditions will be held September 4 & 5, with performances October 19 & 20, all at the High Plains ...…
 
You read it in high school.You remember the conch, Piggy, and a boar head on a stick…But do you remember the Beast? That a child disappears the first day on the island? How about the fact that this novel is set during an atomic war?And did you know this book was written in direct response to a 19th Century children’s book that had the same char ...…
 
This is a - hopefully - corrected upload of the Mo Green episode. The first upload was an audio nightmare. Sorry about that. Mo is a Hartford area comic, and describes himself as "controversial" so be prepared for some of that. I learned some things about myself, in terms of conversation and interviewing, but enjoyed speaking with him. Send tho ...…
 
Rich Arsenault is a jack-of-all-trades type creator. He works in lighting and sound design, portraiture photography, and recently began working with vintage arcade consoles. We got together to talk about his ongoing photograhy project, "Windows to the Past", which is part history lesson, part photography, and part photoshop magic trick. Make su ...…
 
Previous guests of the show Matt Daigle (ConnectiCon) and Jason Miceli (CT Festival of Indie Games) talked up their events, and I just had to see them for myself. My first Con did not disappoint. Lots of great cosplay, vendors, and panels - a definite recommendation if you are into this type of entertainment. I was only able to be there for a f ...…
 
Today we dive deep into a single poetry collection: Digest, by Gregory Pardlo.Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer, and with good reason. This is one of the most universally loved books we’ve had on the show. It’s incredibly personal, and yet it has enough intertextuality and historical references to keep you re-reading for days.Between bouts of effusi ...…
 
Professor, Doctor, expert on creativity, whatever you call him, James C. Kaufman, Ph.D., knows the subject of creativity about as well as anyone. As a psychologist, Dr. Kaufman has been studying and writing about creativity for many years, and is currently a professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut. His bibliography ...…
 
Johnathon Henninger is a photographer, photojournalist, and all-around camera-savvy fella. He spoke with me about his photography, the dangers of bias in photojournalism, and the challenges of function and practicality when constructing ... interesting ... things. You really should check out his work at www.johnathonhenninger.com or follow him ...…
 
After spending some years in New York City performing stand-up comedy, Rob Santos returned to Connecticut to be a part of the emerging scene in his home state. He spoke with me about his successes, frustrations, and some very serious topics - including racism and mental illness. Rob's approach to creativity is worth hearing about, and his philo ...…
 
In the 1920s, a disproportionate amount of people within the Osage nation were dying.The US government had forcibly relocated the Osage to a section of Oklahoma with some of the largest deposits of oil in North America. This quickly made the Osage the wealthiest people, per capita, in the world.And now they were being murdered. Corrupt local “l ...…
 
When Ryan P. Cyr saw Disney's High School Musical, he knew he had to learn to dance. Now, ten years later, he just finished an international tour with West Side Story and moved onto an Albany, N.Y. production of Damn Yankees. He invited me to sit with him at Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield to discuss his rapid achievement, his plans, and o ...…
 
Chris and Diane Ozmun are putting their creative efforts into new flavors and a unique barbeque experience with Oz'N Bones Barbeque. What began as a small catering outfit in 2017 is ramping up into a full size food truck where they will bring their custom take on Kansas City barbeque flavors out on the road. Chris and Diane invited me into thei ...…
 
The Connecticut Festival of Indie Games started a few years and has grown rapidly. Jason Miceli is the force behind the CTFIG, and we spoke about the origins of the festival, his personal experiences with gaming, and the creative processes involved in building a new game experience for players. The resurgence of table top gaming was evident dur ...…
 
Tricia D'Onofrio has been performing stand-up comedy since late 2017, and is already involved in her own production company with plans for the future. We discussed how she got started, where she plans to go, and what her influences have been, among other things. You can follow her on Instagram @keylimepie4 and @taskychickscomedy to keep up on f ...…
 
(Are we time traveling? Yes, a technical glitch set this episode back a few months…)Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” appeared in December 2017 issue of The New Yorker, and promptly became an internet sensation.Some critics pounced, some critics praised, some men were offended, some women were offended that men were offended…and on a ...…
 
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