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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! http://bzlistening.com All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! http://bzlistening.com All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with. Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes! http://bzlistening.com All songs included with permission from the artists. Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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English

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Episodes

Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

7/7/2020
Here's a teaser of my very first guest appearance on another podcast: Stoner Morning Show. The host, Shawn Wickens, is an old friend of mine from my improv days in NYC. Last year he mentioned on Facebook that he wanted advice on how to start a podcast, and I told him everything I learned in exchange for him being a guest on my show. I can’t thank him enough for returning the favor so that I can talk a bit about the work I’m doing now, how I came to do it, how I will be doing it, and why I...

Duration:00:10:03

52. Kareem Henton - Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cleveland

6/26/2020
Kareem Henton joins me today to discuss what first roused him to activism, how BLM functions as an organization nationally and locally, and what his greatest hopes and fears are for the outcome of this national protest movement. A lot has happened since my last episode. Let’s see: Bernie dropped out, a global pandemic broke out, which caused the economy to fall off a cliff, a national uprising against the police is in full swing, and on a personal note, as of last Friday I am officially a...

Duration:00:51:51

52. Nick Clark - VT Progressive Party

3/31/2020
(Apologies for my audio quality in the interview portion, it is what it is) A lot has happened since my previous episode, so I gave myself a little bit of time to dwell on the events of the past month in the intro. My guest today is Nick Clark, Chair of National Outreach Committee for the Vermont Progressive Party. We discuss the party's history, why we believe the Democratic party is not a viable vehicle for change, and how the VPP might provide a model of success for other states. I...

Duration:01:31:25

Katie Halper’s Full Interview with Tara Reade (Repodcast)

3/28/2020
"I wanted to be a senator; I didn't want to sleep with one." Trigger warnings and content warnings abound, but I believe this interview is a must listen. As of right now, there has been a total blackout of this story from all major news outlets (NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NY Times, WaPo). It is absolutely Orwellian to me. As such, I am publishing Katie Halper's full interview with Tara Reade on my feed. Please listen to this brave woman who has come forward to talk about the sexual...

Duration:01:01:08

51. Devorah Phillips - Bernie Victory Captain and Delegate

3/4/2020
On today's episode I interview local delegate and organizer for the Bernie campaign, Devorah Phillips. We chat about what led her to becoming a Bernie Sanders supporter, our recollections of the 2016 campaign, the lessons learned and ongoing frustrations with the primary process, and what a delegate does and how to become one. Most importantly, we discuss the benefits of canvassing, not just for the candidate, but for yourself and your neighbors Go to events.berniesanders.com to join the...

Duration:01:10:45

51. Devorah Phillips - Bernie Victory Captain and Delegate

3/4/2020
On today's episode I interview local delegate and organizer for Bernie, Devorah Phillips. We chat about what led her to becoming a Bernie Sanders supporter, our recollections of the 2016 campaign, the lessons learned and ongoing frustrations with the primary process, and what a delegate does and how to become one. Most importantly, we discuss the benefits of canvassing, not just for the candidate, but for yourself and your neighbors Go to events.berniesanders.com to join the movement, take...

Duration:01:10:52

50. Not BZ, Us!

2/25/2020
Today I’m going to do something a little different, which might draw in some new listeners, but that’s not the point. The point is for the weeks remaining before the Ohio primary on March 17th, I am going to devote this podcast to advocating for Bernie Sanders. Listeners will know that I’ve taken quite a long stretch between episodes recently. A big part of the hiatus has to do with my Bernie journey, going from donor and online-only supporter to an active volunteer that makes calls,...

Duration:00:20:05

49. Atomic Houdini - Creative Person

2/17/2020
Today my guest is painter, musician, and all around creative person, Atomic Houdini. The podcast is still officially on break, but I wanted to chat with Atomic Houdini about his upcoming art show / release of his album Dandelion Fireworks. He’ll be displaying fourteen paintings based on each song from the album, the first five of which you’ll hear in this episode. That show will be going up on Saturday, February 29th at Negative Space from 4:30 to 7:30. For more info, click...

Duration:01:22:26

48. An Existential (State-of-the) Podcast

1/7/2020
An improvised attempt to explain the present state of and future plans for the podcast. If I had to put it into bullet points: Entry Point Happy 2020! :party-hat: :mushroom-cloud: :fire: :fire: I believe the official slogan is "Worst Year Ever"

Duration:00:26:48

47. Justus - Trap Soul/Rap Artist

12/11/2019
I first saw Justus performing a couple weeks ago at the McFarland Manor November show. On today's episode, I chat with him about his creative process, how he became "big in Algeria", his terms of success, and the lessons he's learned navigating Spotify's playlist algorithm. Justus has a new track Risky debuting today, December 11th, on Spotify. Listen thru until the end of the episode to hear it, and be sure to add it to your playlists if you dig it! Follow Justus...

Duration:00:52:19

46. Shawn Wickens - Artist / Comedian

11/26/2019
Today I’m bringing a new thing to the show with my guest Shawn Wickens, who will forever hold the distinction of being the first comedian on the podcast. I met Shawn about twelve years ago, back when I was going through my improv comedy phase. He happened to be passing thru Cleveland a couple of weeks ago on his way to play a show in Louisville, Kentucky, and swung by the house to catch up. We chat about the improv scene circa 2007-8, how he came to found the Bad Theater and Film festivals,...

Duration:01:08:37

45. Christopher Johnston - Author/Playwright

11/21/2019
Today my guest is writer Christopher Johnston, and we’re discussing his book “Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice”. Chris also has a new play with Playwright’s Local, Live Bodies for Sale. The show premieres tomorrow Friday November 22, and will run until December 15th. You can find more information and tickets at playwrightslocal.org. Additional links: Cleveland Rape Crisis CenterGreater Cleveland’s Coordinated...

Duration:00:57:54

44. Ben Paul Williams - Singer-Songwriter

11/19/2019
My guest today is actor and musician, Ben Paul Williams. I first met Ben about 10 years ago at a little open mic in Astoria Queens. We chat a bit about his stage career, the recent pull he’s been feeling to getting back to performing original music, and play a little catchup since the last time we spoke. So suffice to say, Ben has been one of my favorite people for quite a while. If you are in the Milwaukee area or have friends thereabouts, be sure to catch Ben at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn...

Duration:01:03:04

43. Cal Folger Day - Singer-Songwriter / Composer

11/12/2019
Today my guest is Cal Folger Day, a singer-songwriter that’s a bit hard to pin down genre-wise, but if I had to slap a label on her, it’d probably be “Avant Folk”, similar the band Cutleri, who I had on earlier this year. Cal is based out of Dublin, Ireland, but I met her around 2010 back when we were both living in New York City. We chat a bit about her early days in the thrall of classical music, her time in NYC, the differences between Ireland and the US, and her latest endeavor writing...

Duration:00:55:56

42. Brenton Lengel - Writer - "Snow White Zombie Apocalypse"

10/31/2019
Today my guest is playwright and author, Brenton Lengel. Brent and I go back nearly ten years, when I first met him at an open mic in New York. In this episode we spend a bit of time catching up and tracking the arc of his writing career, but the main reason I invited Brent onto the show was to talk about his new comic “Snow White Zombie Apocalypse”, published by Scout Comics. I’m going to quote the synopsis from Scout’s website now since I never pass up an opportunity to save myself some...

Duration:00:47:09

41. N6664 - Doom Chip Performance Artist

10/29/2019
Today’s guest is “Doom-Chip” performance artist, N6664, aka James Barney. I had heard chip-tune music before (for those who haven't, it's a style of synthesized electronic music generated using the sound boards from vintage gaming consoles), but never anything like this. It was discordant, disturbing, and disorienting. My first thought was, “This might not be a good fit for the podcast, shit, he seems like such a nice guy!” However, over the last year I’ve gotten to see James performing live...

Duration:01:11:39

40. Deb Zep - Singer/Songwriter/Soulmate (Wedding Anniversary Tribute)

9/1/2019
Hello and welcome to an especially schmultzy episode of BZ Listening. Today is my seven year wedding anniversary with my amazing wife Deb Zep. Unfortunately, she’s not here to celebrate with me because she is off on a 10 day vacation in Italy with her sister. So I am role-playing the life of a single father for the next week, but what could be a better anniversary gift for a full-time mom than time away from her kids? Well, I figure dedicating my 40th episode to her is a nice cherry on...

Duration:01:00:51

The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 4-7

8/25/2019
The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans. This is the second half, Chapters 1-3 are in the previous episode. Robert is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Behind The Bastards”, where he profiles some of the worst people in history. The work he has done to catalog the history of White Supremacy in America provides so much essential context for our current political climate. So with...

Duration:01:41:19

The War On Everyone by Robert Evans - Chapters 1-3

8/23/2019
The podcast will be returning in September, but I wanted to share the new audiobook “The War on Everyone” by former guest, journalist Robert Evans. Robert is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Behind The Bastards”, where he profiles some of the worst people in history. The work he has done to catalog the history of White Supremacy in America provides so much essential context for our current political climate. So with his permission, I am republishing the entire book in two parts...

Duration:01:12:57

39. Save the Footlight - Laura Regan, Owner

8/16/2019
Click Here to Donate! Welcome to a special episode of BZ Listening. The podcast is officially on vacation, but I wanted to help spread the word about a fundraiser for The Footlight, a venue in Ridgewood Queens that is very near and dear to my heart, as are its owner Laura Regan, and her husband Tim. The Footlight opened just as I was departing New York for Cleveland, but I got to produce the very first show that graced its stage, the finale of my variety show, The BZ Douglas Carnivale. On...

Duration:01:04:38