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Episode 32 – Christopher Johnston

This episode features a conversation with writer Christopher Johnston. Chris is a dynamic writer and journalist from the Cleveland area whose work is wide ranging. From writing about and covering human trafficking, medical miracles and serial killers, Chris has some incredible insight you’ll want to hear.

You’ll also want to hear us talk about his upcoming book which is so very timely in the light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The book titled Shattering Silences: New Approaches to Healing Survivors of Rape and Bringing Their Assailants to Justice (Skyhorse Publishing), is the first book to cover new innovative approaches and partnerships that treat sexual assault victims and shows how the people and organizations implementing these new approaches are having far-reaching impacts on helping victims heal and making it more likely that predators will be arrested and sentenced.

Also, for the purposes of this episode and since it’s produced in Cleveland, We wanted to provide the website for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (below). To learn more about the important work they are doing and if you live in Northeast Ohio and have been victimized by sexual violence please consider contacting them.

Their 24/7 support hotline is (216) 619-6192.

Pre-Order Shattering Silences:
http://skyhorsepublishing.com/titles/12906-9781510727571-shattering-silences

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center:

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All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Outreach & Coordination
Cori Birce

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Episode 31 – Joey Sprinkles

This is an episode for musicians, music lovers & music nerds.

Joe Boyer aka Joey Sprinkles is a dynamic musician, songwriter and experimental punk-pop artist. Several months ago we sat down, drank some coffee and had a conversation about his love of music, his passion for punk rock and his deeper mission with music and as he tours the country as a solo-artist.

Joe, who has played in local bands based in Cleveland for over a decade, was most notably the former guitarist for the Cloud Nothings. Now, as Joey Sprinkles, he’s in the midst of a new tour and will be releasing a new album called 7” on September 29th.

This album is filled with soulful punk-pop gems and you’ll actually get a chance to listen to a couple of songs from the album during the duration of this podcast. The end of podcast features one of my favorite Joey Sprinkle’s songs: “If Only Once” in its entirety.

Connect with Joey Sprinkles and his music at

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This episode is brought to you by:
Cleveland Scene Magazine
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The City Club of Cleveland

All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Outreach & Coordination
Cori Birce

Episode 30 – The Danger of Storytelling

In this story episode I implicate myself in a moment of questionable judgment.

This past month in America we’ve been immersed with the talk and violent actions of Nazis, white supremacists and race-baiters during protests in Charlottesville, VA.

In response to this, I recorded a monologue that examines a moment in my life where I encountered a bit of hypocrisy of my own.

In my life I’ve always striven to be a progressive, open and loving person to all people but in the situation that this story examines, did I subconsciously create a dangerous and racially charged story about a black man I’ve never met? What happens at the end of the story may surprise you.

I think it is vulnerable moments like the one in this story and the thoughts that occur within the walls of our own minds that require the most transparency and examination if we are to move forward as a nation.

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All original music & audio production
Ken Wendt D.M.A

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Alex Collier

Episode 29 – The Legend of Peter Jennings

This episode features a story about a summer spent at my grandmother’s home in rural Ohio. The afternoons were mainly spent in a cottage watching soap operas and the nightly news. It was the first time in my life that I watched the nightly news with the great Peter Jennings on a regular basis. It was also the time I started to think about the eventual transformation of the news into pure entertainment.

What are we to do in this brave new world?

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This episode is brought to you by
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All original music & audio production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

​Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Episode 28 – Tony Madalone

This episode features a conversation with Tony Madalone. While Tony may be best known as the innovative owner of Fresh Brewed Tees, our conversation focused more on his recent announcement and official candidacy for Mayor of the city of Cleveland. The conversation, recorded at the historic City Club of Cleveland, provides an authentic and unscripted opportunity to get know the ideas, vision and man behind the campaign.

To learn more about Tony’s Mayoral campaign visit: https://tonymadalone.com

Episode 27 – Dani Pajak

I got a chance to stop by the amazing Disowned Customs shop a few months ago and record a conversation with its founder and owner Dani Pajak. If you haven’t heard about Dani, his shop, his television show on the Esquire Network (Wrench Against the Machine), or his incredible story, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued after hearing our conversation.

Dani is an entrepreneur, professional builder and television personality. He’s the owner of Disowned Customs on Cleveland’s west side. There, he and his team bring old and “unfixable” motorcycles back to life. While his profile in front and behind the camera is growing both locally and nationally, it is Dani’s personal story of overcoming struggles with alcohol, embracing fatherhood and inspiring other people that compelled me to sit down and record this intimate conversation.

This episode starts with a story about my lack of mechanical knowledge and skill when it comes to “fixing things”, and ironically, how this specific conversation inspired me to work on that facet of my life. After the short story we transition into an authentic conversation with Dani Pajak.

Enjoy!

Episode 26 – George Brant

The playwright George Brant and I recorded a conversation a few months ago at the The City Club of Cleveland. George has written many plays including “Grounded”. “Grounded” received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Production for its production at the Public Theatre and has featured amazing performances from actresses around the country including Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway. The play is also being developed into a feature film starring Hathaway.

The episode starts with a story about connecting my visceral fear of elevators to a deep respect of chaos and fragility that I think humanity sometimes ignores. Then, George and I have great talk about the writing process, his dynamic career, our love of baseball, and (of course) our individual fears of staircases and elevators.

​George Brant’s plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, Marie and Rosetta, Into the Breeches!, Grizzly Mama, Good on Paper, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other Name, Defiant, Dark Room, Miracle: A Tragedy, Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome Hoboes, All Talk, One Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime.

Brant’s work has been produced internationally by such companies as the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, The Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, The Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, City Theatre, Gate Theatre of London, Page 73, Studio Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Borderlands Theater, SF Playhouse, American Blues Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Red Stitch, Theatre 4, Premiere Stages, Trustus Theatre, Elemental Theatre Collective, Balagan Theatre, the Drama League, the Disney Channel, Factory Theatre, StreetSigns Theatre Company, and zeppo theater company, among others.

Episode 25 – Derf Backderf

This past Fall 2016 I recorded a conversation with John Backderf. Derf aka Derf Backderf is an artist, writer, cartoonist and graphic novelist. Episode 25 starts with a story/confessional about why I was nervous to interview Derf to begin with and then leads into our conversation (which starts at 11:45). Among many other topics our talk explores his career, ideas about art and creativity, the Rustbelt, the bizarre political climate of Fall 2016 and his international bestselling graphic novel “MY FRIEND DAHMER”. That graphic novel recently inspired a new feature film (MY FRIEND DAHMER) which is set to appear at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
Derf Backderf works out of an unheated, attic studio in his Cleveland home, grew up in a rural, small town in Ohio, an experience that was the inspiration for his graphic novels TRASHED, PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS and the international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.

His work has been displayed in museums and galleries worldwide. He has been nominated for two Eisner Awards (the Oscars of comix), as well as Harvey, Ignatz and Rueben Awards. He was the recipient of a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartoons in 2006 and an Angoulême Prize for My Friend Dahmer in 2014. The Derf Collection, comprised of three decades of original art and papers, is part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at Ohio State University.

All original Audio and music production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Episode 25 is made possible by the
The City Club of Cleveland

Episode 24 – Kasumi

This is Kasumi. She is uncanny. She is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim fellowship. She’s a force in the experimental film and art world. Her latest film Shockwaves will jar your senses awake!

Kasumi is an artist who works in a broad range of media: directing and producing short and feature length experimental films, performing live shows and VJ, creating looping electronic sculptures, designing motion graphics and animated gifs, producing immersive 360 virtual reality pieces and making fine art prints through glitch and data moshing.

Her work explores memory and our collective consciousness.

I sat down with Kasumi at her Cleveland home several months ago on a snowy afternoon. We enjoyed some fabulous lemon water and recorded an almost meditative conversation. We talked about topics ranging from Donald Trump, to her artistic process, how we interpret consciousness and the deeper connections between our art and our personal lives. This episode starts off with a story about an experience I recently had attending a funeral of a colleague. It got me thinking: What makes a person? Is it their mind, spirit, thoughts or physical gestures? Is it a combination of all of these things? Is all the life, awareness and matter around us just a never ending loop of destruction and rebirth? These questions then tie into a really valuable conversation with the Artist known as Kasumi.

All original Audio and music production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

Episode 24 is made possible by the
​The City Club of Cleveland

Episode 23 – Eric Coble

It was great privilege to record a conversation with a gentleman, distinguished artist and award winning playwright Eric Coble. Eric’s plays have been staged in Cleveland, throughout the Midwest, on Broadway and across the entire country. His wide ranging writing style has earned him respect in the American Theatre. His 2014 play “Velocity of Autumn” made a long journey to Broadway. Veteran actor Estelle Parson’s performance in the play was nominated for a Tony Award that year.

​This episode begins with a story about the concept of safety, security, geography and how those facets of my life have been at odds with each other as far as I can remember. Then, Eric and I dive into a conversation about his work, life growing up in the remote New Mexican desert and the personal & creative decisions he’s made on his journey as a playwright.

Episode 23 is made possible by the The City Club of Cleveland

All original Audio and music production by
Ken Wendt D.M.A

Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier