Alison Flowers is an award-winning investigative journalist who focuses on social justice and criminal justice. She's has written a book called Exoneree Diaries, which chronicles the stories of four exonerated individuals. We talk to her about that book, as well as the art of journalism, the difficulties of gaining the trust of her subjects, the challenges of the work and much more.
This is an interview that may surprise people close to Eric, or who've been reading the buzz around Audible's place in the audio space. You'll hear us delve into some audio nerd stuff, but this conversation is more about leadership, risk, worship, addiction and Iggy Pop. For those who don't know, Eric Nuzum is the Senior VP of Original Content Development at Audible. He's the boss man behind the new 'Channels' feature of Audible, which is sort of like a combination of HBO (highly curated programming) and Netflix's recommendation feature. They know what you like from your listening habits, makes shows around that data and humans are happy around the globe. There's art in audio, people, and we're here to tell you the who/what/where/why/how of it with our guest, rockstar executive Eric Nuzum.
This week, the guys invite Cleveland Dean & Bruno Surdo to the show to talk about "visual art," a categorization often hard to categorize. The two artists come from different backgrounds and create very different work, so we thought it would be interesting to put them in the same room for a half hour. Also, Tyler doesn't understand why busts cost $90,000, Don complains about Hamilton...again and we announce our summer tour!
Erin Kilmurray is the bad-ass director and choreographer behind Chicago's own The Fly Honey Show, produced by The Inconvenience. The show "collects a carefully curated main ensemble of dancers, musicians, actors, and performance artists and supports them in empowering their individuality through self expression." She's committed to promoting body and sex positivity through a feminine perspective. She's also committed to gathering a bunch of people around a really cool idea and making that shit happen. The guys also debrief Tyler's Beyonce concert experience and get insight from Erin on the spectacle of that show vs. what she does.
Is seeing theatre on a screen the same as going to the theatre? Most of us agree that it's not, but it's just not that simple. Tyler and Don went to see National Theatre Live's production of Hangment at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre. They also talked to Drew Blau, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Film Archive of Performance, which recently announced an exciting partnership with the Chicago Public Library where you can go watch a number of Chicago theatre productions at the library. Let's dig in deep on a very specific arty topic, shall we?!
"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on." - Henry Rollins General Admission is back with a new season! We've got so much planned for you guys so get those headphone ready, subscribe and share. For our first official episode back Don sits down with singer and storytelling powerhouse Henry Rollins and Chicago rock venue legend Joe Shanahan. Shanahan is the owner of Metro, a venue anchored within the Chicago music scene. In this episode you'll hear a discussion surrounding the relationship between bands and the venues that house them. Henry talks how his band needed venues like The Metro in order to make enough money for a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast and gas to make it to the next gig. Places like the Metro also need the bands and musicians so they can keep the lights on. It's a symbiotic relationship. This interview is part of an ongoing series of intimate conversation to be held at the Metro and sponsored by Dark Matter Coffee and Shure.
It’s all Taylor Mac this week! At any given Mac show there's singing, customs changes on stage (bare ass included), audience participation, as well as a high possibility of a make-out session. All of this is intentional-- it's smart, political, and funny. Tyler and Don talk with Mac about failure, theater in America, Drag queens in rural Tennessee, and what life's like offstage. Taylor who prefers the pronoun Judy is traveling the county work-shopping segments of A 24-hour Decade of Popular Music. The full 24-hour performance takes place this fall in New York. Mac is clear that the performance is not about pleasing the audience, but rather making them think, feel discomfort and be entertained. For Judy, it’s a good night if you’re bored one minute and moved to tears the next.
New to General Admission? Need something to get you hyped up for Season 3? Never fear – we’re revisiting some of the best of General Admission with the ARCHIVES. This mini-episode revisits Don’s conversation with poet, performer and teacher J.W. Basilo. Along with Marc Smith, he’s also one of the hosts of the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill. The two hash out what slam poetry actually is, why there’s such a huge cultural divide in Chicago slams, and why political material finds its way into the art form.
Tyler and Don have a special announcement for you. You may have also noticed that the episodes from Season 1 and Season 2 are missing from iTunes, SoundCloud and our website. The boys explain why.
New to General Admission? Need something to get you hyped up for Season 3? Never fear – we’re revisiting some of the best of General Admission with the ARCHIVES. In this peek into the archives, Tyler looks back on one of his all-time favorite interviews. It’s with Psalm One, a Chicago rap artist, educator, and poet. She talks with Tyler about how her background in chemistry influences her writing process, the line between rap and poetry, and how she believes words really can change a life. If you want more info about Psalm One, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.