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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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​This episode is brought to you by
Monarca Language Services
http://www.monarcalanguageservices.com ​

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

​Graphic Design & Original Artwork
Alex Collier

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.

*Support the Podcast at
http://www.authenticaudiopodcast.com/support-the-podcast

​This episode is brought to you by
Monarca Language Services
http://www.monarcalanguageservices.com ​

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

​Graphic Design & Original Artwork
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?

Support Authentic Audio:
www.authenticaudiopodcast.com/sponsor-an-episode

This episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

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

​Graphic Design & Original Artwork
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?

Support Authentic Audio:
www.authenticaudiopodcast.com/sponsor-an-episode

This episode is brought to you by
​The City Club of Cleveland

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 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 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 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.