Arts & Culture Podcasts

A podcast for Clevelanders, about Clevelanders, by Clevelanders.

A podcast for Clevelanders, about Clevelanders, by Clevelanders.


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A podcast for Clevelanders, about Clevelanders, by Clevelanders.




24: Episode 24 - Sage Lewis

Sage Lewis is an activist and philanthropist who does some really amazing work for the homeless community. He tells us about his grassroots activism and makes a few scathing indictment on the more heartless aspects of our society. Sage leaves few preconceived notions unchallenged in this episode, so don't miss it! The Houseless Movement on Facebook: "Inside Akron's Tent City" Documentary Web Series:


23: Episode 23 - Bill Ciprian

Happy quarantine! Billy Ciprian is currently one half of the rock duo Skitter and lead singer of the Vacancies. Both bands are on Blackheart Records, which is Joan Jett’s record label. His story is quite a rollercoaster! Check out Skitter here: Check out the Vacancies here: Sponsored by Golden Ox Studio Closing music: "Save Yourself" by The Vacancies


22: Episode 22 - Fern Enley

Today we have been graced by the lovely and talented Fern Enley, one of the busiest artists in Cleveland. Both of her two bands, Mopi Dykk and FREAKwents, performed at this year’s Ingenuity Fest, she headlined Lottery League with Is This Art?, and she’s in high demand for recording sessions and photo shoots all over the city.


21: Episode 21 - Jesse Sloan of 'Curtail'

Jesse Sloan is the frontman of Curtail, a fantastic Akron-based indie-rock outfit. We talk about their album "All Your Luck" and what we think the differences are between playing in a rock band as a depressed 20 year old versus playing in a rock band as a depressed 30 year old. Check out Curtail here: Sponsored by Jakprints Closing music: "Different States" by The Outside Voices...


20: Episode 20 - Cam Campana

Cam Campana was the roommate of the boyfriend of Casey Anthony when the disappearance of her daughter Caylee took place, and he was subsequently sucked into the media frenzy surrounding what Time magazine called "the social media trial of the century." Don't miss this episode. Sponsored by Jakprints Closing music: "708 Sutton Place" by Fawx (


19: Episode 19 - John Skrtic

John Skrtic is the Director of Public Services at the Cleveland Public Library and a sort of digital curator of Cleveland photographic history on social media. We talked about the figurative ghosts of Cleveland’s past, present, and future, which was a real treat for a history nerd like me - and it will be for you too if you’re a fan of Cleveland history! Sponsored by Jakprints Closing music: 'Come Around' by Curtail (


18: Episode 18 - "Andy"

This literal banger of an episode is hosted by Jason Dunlap, who talks with "Andy" (he asked us to withhold his name). "Andy" was an award-winning gay porn star in the 90s, and he was kind enough to share some of his favorite stories from the world of gay porn. Then he and Jason role-play an improvised sex scene. Don't miss it. Sponsored by Jakprints Closing music: 'Screen Test (Happy Robo)' by Factual Brains (


17: Episode 17 - Cait Hogan

On todays show, guest-host India Pierre-Ingram explores the fine lines of comedy with comedian and humor-theorist Cait Hogan. Luckily, we were able to get some time with her before she jetted off on a 16 day trip around Europe for shows, lectures at the University of Kent, and to be apart of the Alternative Comedy Now Festival and Conference. We dig into her life as a working comedian and how open mics can be a safe space for a comedian to the explore their craft. Closing music: "Worth" by...


16: Episode 16 - The Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick - Halloween Special!

For this special Halloween edition of the podcast, I visited the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick and spoke with Steve Intermill and Jillian Slane, the dynamic husband and wife duo who started the museum about a year and half ago. We’re getting into the holiday spirit with this interview and talking about the history of witchcraft in America; and the fascinating story of how a rare collection of supernatural paraphernalia that once belonged to the first American practitioner of Wicca...


15: Episode 15 - Dan DeRoos

For today’s episode we went to see the man who brings you the news, Dan DeRoos. In case you aren’t familiar, Dan is a reporter for Cleveland 19, and he was kind enough to invite me downtown into the Channel 19 news studios and chat with me about the ins and outs of the astonishingly fast-paced world of TV news. Closing Music: 'Boozled' by Time Cat Sponsored by Jakprints


14: Episode 14 - Amanda King

Amanda’s photography focuses on giving a much needed voice to the black community in Cleveland, and her work is turning a lot of heads. She’s a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. award, she was invited to sit on the Cleveland Community Police Commission, and somewhere along the line she found time to earn degrees in both law and art history. And she’s not even 30 yet. Yeah, 'Wow' is the proper response. More about Amanda King: Tickets...


13: Episode 13 - Deena Mendlowitz

Deena is a Second City alumni who runs a live comedy show called ‘Mental Illness and Friends’. Her show is unique in that its focus is on addressing the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding mental health through comedy. Deena’s incredibly funny, and at the same time she has a ton of challenging insights into how we view and treat mental illness in our society. Mass Hysteria: Funnel Cakes Not Included: Mental Illness and Friends:...


12: Episode 12 - Fred Bidwell

For today’s show we sit down with Fred Bidwell, the founder of Transformer Station, a contemporary art gallery in Hingetown, and a current member of the board for the Cleveland Museum of Art. He is also the executive director of FRONT International, a triennial exhibition of international artists that has been going on across the city all summer long. Despite being comprised of works by artists from around the world, the focus of the exhibition is decidedly on Cleveland, its history, and the...


11: Episode 11 - Clem Kunkle

Clem Kunkle is the proprietor of Cleveland Curiosities, a brand new oddities shop that specializes in exotic taxidermies, medical rarities, and just plain weird shit you won’t see anywhere else in the city. In this episode, we discuss the strange, the bizarre, and even the mundane aspects of the oddities business. Cleveland Curiosities Facebook Page:...


10: Episode 10 - Katrice Monee

Local renaissance woman Katrice Monee is a visual artist, actor, and singer. When Katrice was a growing up, her dream was to live in a loft in a big city and make a living off of her artwork. Today, she lives in a loft in a big city and makes a living off of her artwork. In this episode, she tells us all about the difficult journey she took to get there. Link to Katrice's website: Link to Katrice's facebook page: Episode...


9: Episode 9 - Zach Germaniuk

Zach Germaniuk is a fiercely anti-authoritarian punk rocker by night and a property rights lawyer by day. In this interview he tells us all about he navigates the paradoxes and challenges of existing in both the rigid, rules-oriented world of legal defense and the chaotic life of a touring rock musician. We also got kinda drunk before we recorded this. Sorry. Sort of. One minor correction at the end of the show: Pillärs is playing July 8th and Rubber Mate is July 13th, both at Now That's...


8: Episode 8 - Loren Naji

Loren Naji is a visual artist whose sculpture work has been displayed in museums and galleries around the country, including our own Cleveland Museum of Art. Even better, he’s also been known to live inside of his art. Literally. Don't miss this interview that goes to the other side of the planet and back. PS- Loren is referring to 'Tinea Versicolor' about mid show when he can't remember the name of the condition.


7: Episode 7 - Litho Freeman

Litho Freeman is a local artist and filmmaker with quite an inspiring story. Several years ago, he was homeless and ready to give up on life. Today, he's an established filmmaker who has worked with big names like the Grateful Dead and pro wrestling legend Kurt Angle. Don't miss this one!


6: Episode 6 - Ivy Simpkin

Ivy Simpkin is a local bar owner with quite an unusual past. In this episode she tells us all about her favorite life experiences, which include tales of California biker gangs, Alaskan fish mongers, and busking in Germany, to name just a few. Find out why this globetrotting barkeep says 'all roads lead to Cleveland' in this wonderfully fun interview. Closing Music: 'Nohio' by Fawx


5: Episode 5 - Robert Banks - Part 2

Robert Banks is a world-renowned experimental filmmaker, and is one of the last in the world (let alone Cleveland) who works exclusively with analog film. We close out the interview with Robert's thoughts on art and filmmaking in general, and we even go him to say something nice about Cleveland! Closing Music: 'Knife Wounds' by Slugfest