Attending Elmhurst College was one of the truly great experiences of my lifetime. I became instantly enraptured with psychology and philosophy thanks to some truly inspirational figures, some of which I know I will be interviewing in the future. The first of those inspirational figures is Dr. Katrina Sifferd, who holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London, King’s College. After finishing her PhD, Katrina held a post-doctoral position as Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. Before becoming a philosopher, Katrina earned a Juris Doctorate and worked as a senior research analyst on criminal justice projects for the U.S. National Institute of Justice. Katrina is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on responsibility, criminal law, reductionism, neuroethics and more.Read More
I first discovered Sam's talent as a filmmaker since he is responsible for one of my favorite music documentaries, I AM TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART, which chronicles a difficult but rewarding series of events from one of my favorite bands, Wilco. He went on to create his own television broadcast/video podcast by the name of OFF CAMERA, which is an interview show not unlike Inside the Actor's Studio or WTF except it is one-on-one, in B&W, and divested of all props and distractions. Plus it is documented in both audio and video form! It happens to be one of my favorite shows and a huge inspiration for this podcast.Read More
Jess Hicks is becoming one of my favorite writers about genre films, with a plethora of great essays and reviews out there. She has a piece published in a book entitled Trash Cinema about the film ILSA SHE WOLF OF THE SS, writes for a number outlets such as Blumhouse.com and is simply just one of the more passionate enthusiasts for films that I've had the pleasure of speaking with on this show so far. We talk about being a horror fan from a very young age, how niche message boards helped to shape her writing, self-awareness in modern horror, television anthology shows, as well as the power of the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.Read More
Among many of my passions is one I haven't explored as much, and that is the art of photography. Here is an unconventional episode due to being a bit busier than usual, but some great new episodes are on the horizon. Israeli-American Elinor Carucci is one of my favorite photographers. She uses her art to stay connected to her family, herself, and anyone that crosses her path. She's lived quite a life and though our conversation is short & sweet, her insights into the creative arts world must be heard and embraced. You'll be just as charmed by her life story as I was! Later on, I review DUNKIRK, and play some excerpts from other podcast interviews that I can't recommend highly enough!
Another wonderful guest that I am blessed to call a co-worker. Fellow educator Erisa Apantaku has lead quite a life, having lived and traveled overseas, competitively swam in high school, and more recently, has become a radio broadcast journalist with a lot of success over at WHPK. Erisa writes fiction short stories and film scripts, produces a podcast in which she interviews people about their identities, and writes little songs with her guitar. She loves collaborating with people on almost anything that involves “making art.” Needless to say, we get along swimmingly and this conversation brings a lot to the table that previous guests haven't before!Read More