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Meet My Good Friend

This is a podcast where I interview random people that I meet to prove that everyone has a story to tell. It's StoryCorps + Humans of New York, I guess. So far I've met an IT guy, a jewelery merchandiser, a crazy conspiracy theorist, a hippie chick, a hairdresser, an astronomer, a stand-up comedian, and a traveling insurance adjuster. Who will I meet next?
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May 27, 2015

I met my good friend Ziad at the swanky rooftop bar above The 9 in downtown Cleveland. He is visiting from New York where he is a manager of guest relations at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.

We talk about what it’s like growing up in Brooklyn with immigrant parents, fun shows he gets to see at The Garden/Radio City, commuting by subway, and a little bit about the Knicks and Rangers. Also learn about how Ziad’s father was kicked out of Palestine as a youth, but now owns a house there. We discuss relations between Israel and Palestine without trying to get overly political.

Major shoutout to Ziad’s family member (sister or niece?) who was celebrating a birthday at Azure Sun Lounge. She let me take Ziad away from the party (in a roped-off VIP section) to be interviewed, and I am super grateful for that. Happy birthday!

May 20, 2015

Katie (KTCV) is a bartender at a “geek bar” that caters to nerdy beer lovers. Side Quest offers fun theme nights such as Mario Mondays (where the entire bar is converted into an arcade) and Beginners D&D sessions. We find out how much Katie knows about Settlers of Catan/Dominion/Agricola (not much) and what she knows about Mallrats/Tank Girl/Empire Records (LOTS).
Katie explains how she self-diagnosed a broken foot after falling down the stairs (sober?) and how she earned a $98 tip from a patron. We discuss her band Lady Face that is sadly breaking up and we play a few rounds of Trivial Pursuit Baby Boomers Edition. I can’t wait for you to meet my good friend KTCV!

May 12, 2015

I met my good friend Lisa on Free Comic Book Day at the local comic book store. She was cosplaying Agent Carter from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Agent Carter TV series. We talk comic book and cosplay culture even though I have no idea what I’m talking about. Learn about Lisa’s five different Princess Leia costumes and the time she was complimented by Carrie Fisher.

Other nerdy and geeky stuff we talk about:
•The 501st Star Wars bad guy costuming group
•The Green Lantern comics are the best, but the movie was the worst
•Collecting She-Ra action figures “on the card”
•Wizard Con, Steel City Con, and Motor City Con
•Free Comic Book Day
•World War Z
•My Little Pony
•The Ghostbusters reboot

Also you will find out that Lisa drives around town in a Scion xB that has been modified to look like the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters! You can see pics of the Ecto xB, Lisa as Agent Carter, and Lisa’s husband as The Winter Soldier on Instagram or Facebook

Let’s get to it! Meet my good friend Lisa!

May 6, 2015

Jenna is the producer of Dan Savage’s Hump! dirty film festival.

Hump! is billed as “The Pacific Northwest’s biggest and best amateur-produced porn festival,”  but Hump! also travels the country with a collection of 18 of the best films from the past 10 years of Hump!

The fact that the name of the festival ends in an exclamation point is making this description difficult for me to write and I think I’ll be blocked from iTunes if I list the names of the films shown at the festival, so just listen in already.

Jenna and I talk about who makes porn to be shown on the big screen, and who watches it. We discuss the rules that the audience must obey and the limited instances of indecent exposure (from the audience. There's LOTS of it on screen). To find out where and when you can see Hump!, visit humptour.com

My good friend Jenna is here to teach you all about Hump!

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