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Together we blend conversation and interviews with today’s most inspirational pro skateboarders, pro filmers, entrepreneurs and freelancers. It features stories from skateboarders such as Anthony Shetler and Manny Santiago, Brandon Westgate, Cody McEntire; Cinematographers including Chris Ray, Adrian Hodge, Ricki Bedenbaugh, Kyle Camarillo, Chase Gabor, Chris Thiessen. Business owners and fellow pod caster's such as Chris Cerrone and Brett Bumeter. Social Media expert Andrew Mucci, Skatepark ...
 
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Season 3 of The Skatepark Podcast is upon us! Join Alec Beck and Trevor Staples as they discuss the details of the latest skatepark project grant funding opportunity through The Skatepark Project. Hear the common questions and misconceptions about grant funding to better prepare your next application. To learn more about this grant opportunity head…
 
Between a declaration from the governor and an extension of street closures, downtown Ann Arbor is expected to remain busy despite the continuing pandemic. WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with the executive director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority , Susan Pollay, about the latest efforts to keep the downtown area safely active during our cu…
 
As the oldest professor at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Nelson Amos says it was the current pandemic that finally convinced him it was time to retire. When he leaves his job teaching guitar and music history at EMU next May, he will be 82 years old. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the music professor, who is also an artist and owns a storefront in…
 
People with cystic fibrosis ( CF ) are all too familiar with washing their hands, avoiding germs, and socially distancing. That is what they must do to stay healthy even when we're not in a pandemic. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the creator and executive director of The Bonnell Foundation-Living With Cystic Fibrosis , Laura Bonnell, about her two d…
 
The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks our streetscapes can be much more fun and have asked artists to help us reimagine our downtown spaces. Deb and David talk with Natsume Ono, a member of the Studio Kaleidoscape team, who recently pained a streetscape at South State Street and North University as part of the ReVIVE All Zones project…
 
This past year has brought so much change to our community, from fighting the COVID-19 crisis to combatting racism and police brutality. The United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) is working to creating equity in access to opportunity and quality of life by the year 2030. UWWC campaign chair Brandon Tucker joined WEMU's David Fair on "Washtenaw Unit…
 
The start of Eastern Michigan University's fall semester has been most unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, most classes were conducted online, but, starting today, additional courses will be done in person. EMU President Dr. James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss education at EMU during a pandemic.…
 
Scott Ian is the brainchild behind the thrash metal band Anthrax and a snowboarder who was there in the early days and wants to get back. On the podcast we talk about growing up a little Jewish kid in Queens, what comes with that, guitar, Anthrax, Metallica, lead singer syndrome, a little snowboarding and a lot of metal. It’s an entertaining hour w…
 
Even though the Michigan Attorney General ruled a Washtenaw County Sheriff deputy should not face charges after striking an Ypsilanti woman resisting arrest last May, the legal battle over the matter is far from over. WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Ann Arbor attorney William Amadeo , who represents Sha'Teina and Daniel Grady El to get their reaction …
 
The pandemic isn't slowing down and is expected to get worse in the fall and winter. That increases need on a variety of fronts, but there is no sign a divided Congress will pass a relief and stimulus package anytime soon. 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is keeping the faith that a deal will get done. She joined WEMU's David Fai…
 
Steve Nilsen, better known as Stix to everyone but his family, is a legend in the world of cans. While his career started with Airwalk in the days when it competed with Nike and Reebok, Steve then went on to have incredible jobs at Red Bull and PBR. Now, he’s now championing Liquid Death and on the podcast we talk the rad road he traveled to get hi…
 
Marty Carrigan is a name you may not know but he’s a guy who has so much history in the ski and snowboard world. While he’s a sales rep extraordinaire these days, he cut his teeth with some of the most important brands in snow. He started in the 80’s with Hart Skis when they were running the freestyle scene and then moved on to snowboarding and wor…
 
Greg Nelson has done everything you can do in the world of wakeboarding. He was an early pro who started the first rider owned company, he’s worked retail, and nowadays he calls the shots over at Hyperlite. Greg is a legendary dude in the world of wake and his life and times are full writing the history of the sport. Another must listen episode….. …
 
Daron Rahlves is the greatest American Downhiller of all time. He’s an Olympian that owns X-Games gold and is the only the second American to ever win the most important race in the world, the Hahnenkamm Downhill at Kitzbühel. Daron has done so much in his life and in part 2 of Daron’s podcast we talk about Bode Miller, the Olympics, X-Games and mo…
 
Daron Rahlves is the greatest American Downhiller of all time. He’s an Olympian that owns X-Games gold and is the only American to ever win the most important race in the world, the Hahnenkamm Downhill at Kitzbühel. Daron has done so much in his life and in part 1 of Daron’s podcast we talk about growing up with opportunity, how his dad was hard on…
 
Tyler McCaul is the classic story of little brother chasing big brother (Cam) and eventually breaking out of his shadow and creating a life of his own, without comparison to his bro. On the podcast we talk about turning his home pool into a water ramp, racing downhill, Chili’s, Rampage, Cam and a whole lot more. It’s Tyler’s first podcast and an en…
 
Bob Soven has been in the wakeboarding game since the sport was invented pretty much. His older brother Phil, aka Froggy, was one of the most dominant riders of the time and Bob, who was known as Robert or Tadpole, was the little brother that didn’t want to be anything like his older brother. Bob was always the more likable Soven and over his caree…
 
Lance Hakker is a self-described “darkman” which makes him the perfect guest for a business episode. Lance makes things happen behind the scenes in the world of boardsports and you know what he has done, but you never hear his name. His resume speaks for itself though…from K2 to founding Ashbury and Videograss and then on to The Berrics and now Ele…
 
Paul Basagoitia’s life has been a rollercoaster of insanity. He powered through a dysfunctional childhood by racing his bike. When his race career came to an abrupt halt do to lack of support at home, his bike became an escape. Then he met Cam Zink, eventually got on a mountain bike, had overnight success, became a pro, and had a life altering inju…
 
Austen Sweetin is one of the best snowboarders to come out of the Northwest in a long time. He’s one of those guys that has a ton of energy and is always doing something rad with talented people. What he doesn’t do is too many interviews or podcasts, actually, this is his first. We dive deep into his life and times and his kindhearted, humble perso…
 
Dana Dane is legendary storytelling rapper from Brooklyn who helped influence me in my formative years. A chance zoom call with Dane connected us and once that happened, I made it my goal to get him on the podcast. In the month leading up to recording, so much was happening with race in this country and the podcast talks about Dana’s life and times…
 
Kathryn Smith is the Global Brand Director at Skullcandy. Her resume is one that most people would be jealous of, but like everyone with a great title, a lot of hard work was put in to get Kathryn to her position today. On the podcast we talk about growing up in North Carolina, ski bumming, getting gigs, losing them, and a whole lot more. It’s the …
 
Brad Holmes is one of the last great personalities in the sport of skiing. Attitude, ego, style sense of humor—These are some of the things that made Brad stand out. But his real talent was skiing and on the podcast we talk about “Daddy Rad” and his unique childhood, dominating the world of moguls, becoming the youngest person ever to make the US S…
 
Chris Grenier is part of a legendary East Coast snowboard crew that includes Scott Stevens, Austen Granger and Chris Beresford. He pretty much raised himself at Mt Snow Academy, where he met the crew as a young stoner who had a unique style. Fast forward 20 years and he’s been a pro snowboarder that’s ended video parts, had signature models and X G…
 
This week I chat with Brian Park form Pinkbike. Pinkbike sets the benchmark for what action sports websites should be. They are a hub that creates amazing content and serves as a sounding board for mountain biking. On the podcast we talk about the site, the numbers, Brian’s life and times and a look at the Grim Donut. It’s a different type of episo…
 
James Woods is an X Games gold medalist that hails from England. Let that sit in for a second. Growing up in Sheffield, , Woodsy, as he’s known, learned how to shred on carpets that resembled tooth brushes more than they did snow…That never slowed him down as he’s proved himself on every level of the sport and has had an impressive career. This is …
 
I have not had too many guests on the show as laid back and chill as Dave Bachinsky...Which is crazy as Dave is known for doing some insane things skateboard-wise but the rest of his life is all about creating and giving back. But it was not always that way. On the podcast we talk about his career, inspiration, his side hustle, and a whole lot more…
 
Marcus Caston’s ski career started in the race world. His goal was the Olympics but he didn’t get close. When he didn't make the college team, he was over it... But skiing is all he knows. He got back into it through photography, which he parlayed into his first Warren Miller trip and his career takes off. Now, he’s on the other side of the lens an…
 
On this episode we talk with Aaron Flansburg and Michael Dahl from Palouse WA. They spearheaded AND built the Palouse Skatepark and Tony Kettel Skate Garden with an interesting new model. Tune in to learn about how they accomplished their goal. To learn more about the Palouse Skatepark and Tony Kettel Skate Garden in Washington head to https://www.…
 
On this episode we talk with Aaron Flansburg and Michael Dahl from Palouse WA. They spearheaded AND built the Palouse Skatepark and Tony Kettel Skate Garden with an interesting new model. Tune in to learn about how they accomplished their goal. To learn more about the Palouse Skatepark and Tony Kettel Skate Garden in Washington head to https://www.…
 
Dan Egan is a legendary skier who doesn’t get the credit or press he deserves. Dan filmed countless movies with his brother as part of the “Egan Brothers” who stole the show at Warren Miller Moves of the late 80s and early 90’s. Before other “film” skiers were getting paid, Dan acted as athlete, agent and distributor, cashing in on all ends and rea…
 
Josh Dirksen has arguably the best turn in snowboarding and while that turn will define his legacy, he’s done so much more in the sport. Josh doesn’t do that many interviews and has never done a podcast before, until now. On the show, we talk about having 3 passports, coming up in Oregon, the Morrow glory days, Salomon, the Dirksen Derby, and more.…
 
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