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Off The Beaten Podcast is an intimate exploration of Chicago and its people. We will explore the varied lives of this amazing city.

Off The Beaten Podcast is an intimate exploration of Chicago and its people. We will explore the varied lives of this amazing city.
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United States

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Off The Beaten Podcast is an intimate exploration of Chicago and its people. We will explore the varied lives of this amazing city.

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@Dionsmusica

Language:

English

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Episodes

Episode 13 - Basking In The Heartland w/ Heather Calvert

12/11/2019
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This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks with Off The Beaten Podcast Graphic Artist Heather Calvert (@HCAL23). Dion and Heather got together recently for the 1st Annual OTBP Podcast Retreat, in the fun and fabulous Quad Cities. When Dion needed a logo for his soon to be released podcast, and was stressing over the price for a good logo, Heather offered to create it for free. Since then, she has supplied all graphic design needs for OTBP, and has asked for nothing in return. After 4 days of...

Duration:00:55:37

Episode 12 - I'm Still Alive!

12/4/2019
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This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks about a plethora of revelations and thoughts he had while laid up over the weekend with a horrible bout of food poisoning! It was really bad! Dion discusses not only being sick and his subsequent recovery, but also dating and cuffing season. He also shouts out podcasts that he's been listening to over the past two weeks, and a few other topics to boot! Be sure to subscribe. We'd also love it if you took a minute to rate and review on your podcast...

Duration:00:54:31

Episode 11 - Throwing Shade w/ Sarah Chung: Paralympian Judoka

11/20/2019
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This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Sarah Chung (@jdognasian). Sarah is a Paralympian Judoka, having competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, as well as a musician, and recent Adler University graduate. Sarah and Dion met this summer while both marching in the Lakeside Pride Marching Band. Dion said the minute he learned that Sarah was a Paralympian, a fact which she was reticent to divulge, we had to have her on the show. The conversation covers everything from Sarah's...

Duration:02:51:39

Episode 10 - Bonus: Reflections on Veterans Day w/ Dion

11/11/2019
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This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) spends some time reflecting on his thoughts on Veteran's Day, and takes some time to recount his time in the Illinois Army National Guard and his 2008 deployment to Afghanistan. If you are a veteran, or have veterans in your life, this is one not to be missed. Also, though he had trouble remembering the name while recording, the base that Dion refers to in Afghanistan was PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) Sharana. Be sure to subscribe, rate and...

Duration:00:52:24

Episode 9 - Reppin What You Love with Francis Almeda

11/6/2019
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This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Francis Almeda (@almedagrill), founder of Reppin Pins. Reppin makes pins that represent what you love, and does it in amazingly stylish fashion! After a few weeks of back and forth emails, we were able to finally pin Francis down (get it?) and talk all things pins. We've been a fan of Reppin for a few years now, so we were super excited to talk about the business, how it started, and what the future may hold for the Chicago based company. Francis...

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 8 - Public Service Announcement

10/23/2019
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This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) offers up an important public service announcement. But first, he quickly talks about the ongoing Chicago Teachers Strike, and some frustrations he's faced dealing with criticisms of Chicago and CPS. Be sure to check it all out! Follow OTBP on IG: instagram.com/offthebeatenpodcast Follow OTBP on Facebook:Facebook.com/OffTheBeatenPodcast Visit the OTBP website: dionmcgill.podbean.com Send Dion A Tweet: twitter.com/Dionsmusica Follow Dion on IG:...

Duration:00:36:20

Episode 7 - Let's Talk About The Chicago Teachers Strike!

10/17/2019
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This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks about the upcoming Chicago Teachers Strike. Dion is a former educator, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, and a former Chicago Teachers Union member, having taught 4 years in a public school setting, 2 of those in Chicago. We didn't think it was fair to ask a teacher or a parent to put themselves in a compromising position, so Dion felt comfortable talking the strike, interspersing his own personal knowledge, being a part of the 2012 Chicago Public...

Duration:01:44:06

Episode 6 - Mad Unicorns Are Damn Tasty w/ Sara Towle

10/9/2019
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This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) chats with Sarah Towle, (@Unicornsarat) owner of the local jam company Mad Unicorn Eats! Dion met Sara in the concession line at Riot Fest. They hit it off immediately, bonded over a burning need for food, and when he learned she was a new entrepreneur running a jam company, it was only a matter of time before we had her as a guest. Dion and Sara talk jam, music, and Chicago. Also, following the outro, check out a sneak clip that was taken while Dion was...

Duration:02:18:10

Episode 5 - Started From The Bottom, Now We're...Where?

10/2/2019
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This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with classical vocalist, born and bred Chicagoan and all around ray of Sunshine Beena David (@BeenaBeenaBeena). Beena stopped by and we talked about a range of topics, from being a classical singer, to the keys to a healthy and happy marriage. Beena was very open and transparent, and offered tons of great insight into a plethora of topics. Also, here is a video of Beena singing the national anthem for a Chicago Bulls game. Enjoy! Be sure to RATE...

Duration:03:18:20

Episode 4 - Becoming A Rockstar w/ Lance Ayers

9/26/2019
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This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist Lance Ayers to talk growing up Chicago, as well as the evolution of his music career. Lance is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the Chicago Band The Circle View (@thecircleview). The Circle View is a captivating band charting new territory in the modern rock genre. The quartet hails from Chicago and hypnotizes fans with their amazing ability to combine melodic, eye-popping hooks, with a...

Duration:02:48:03

Episode 3 - Riot Fest 2019 Recap From Both Sides Of The Bar

9/18/2019
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Hello friends! Riot Fest is an annual 3-day music festival based in Chicago, Illinois at Douglas Park. Riot Fest specializes in rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop. The festival is known for booking reunions, guest performances, and full album performances. First started as a multi-venue festival in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has since become an outdoor festival starting in 2012, later expanding to Denver and Toronto. This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with musician and...

Duration:01:30:03

Episode 2 - All Politics, All Day with Sam Adeleke

9/11/2019
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Hello friends! This week DION (@Dionsmusica) chats with Obama Foundation Civic Leadership Corps fellow, activist, and entrepreneur OLUWASEYI SAM ADELEKE (@prgrssn). The conversation covered so many bases, including: Puerto Rico, immigration, the current American political culture and systems, racism, black culture, the Obama Foundation Civic Leadership Corps, how America stacks up compared to other countries, "Real" Chicago, Toxic Masculinity, Sam's apparel business Progression with the...

Duration:03:10:34

Episode 1 - The World Naked Bike Ride & Polyamory

9/5/2019
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Episode Notes Hello friends! Welcome to the first Episode of Off The Beaten Podcast! This week DION (@Dionsmusica) chats with admin assistant and college friend SARAH DIPRIMO (@iowatater), who was visiting the glorious city of Chicago to see New Kids on the Block. The pair intended to talk about the World Naked Bike Ride Chicago edition, and the conversation proceeded on to NKOTB, sexuality, sex, relationships, and ultimately polyamory. Shout outs to SECONDHAND CURVES (@secondhandcurv1)...

Duration:02:31:32

Introduction!

9/2/2019
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Episode Notes Hello friends! Welcome to Off The Beaten Podcast! I'm your host DION (@Dionsmusica) I'm super excited to be embarking on this journey with you. Allow me to thank everyone who has supported me up till now, including the incomparable SEAN CANNELL (@seancannell), whom encouraged me to finally make this goal a reality. In this short intro, I give you a little bit of the lowdown on me, and on what you're going to hear from future episodes of OTBP! Give it a listen! First and...

Duration:00:07:50