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Episode 38 - Doug Grean, Musician, Producer, Engineer, "Starman" Creator

Doug Grean worked with vocalist Scott Weiland (STP, Velvet Revolver) for many years, including collaborating with Scott on his second solo album "Happy in Galoshes" and several other projects. Grean also worked with artists like Velvet Revolver, STP, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, etc. He now creates the series "Starman" loosely based on his experiences with Scott and in the music industry. To learn more about Doug visit Check out Starman here:...


Episode 37 - E. Lily Yu, Writer

E. Lily Yu has crafted some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking science fiction and fantasy stories that've been published in recent years. Her work as appeared in McSweeney's, Clarkesworld, Terraform and many other publications. In 2019, her short fiction is slated to run in Asimov's, Lightspeed and elsewhere. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2012, and has been nominated for many other awards, including Hugo and Nebula awards. A resident of the greater...


Episode 36 - Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios

Ben Proudfoot, former professional magician and Halifax, Nova Scotia native, is founder and CEO of Breakwater Studios. The studio's film "Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano," which premiered on PBS SoCal, won a Los Angeles-Area Emmy Award for Best Independent Programming. Ben, 28, is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and has received five Vimeo Staff Picks awards, among other accolades. For more, visit


Episode 35 - Scott Michaels of Dearly Departed Tours and Museum

Scott Michaels is the founder of L.A.'s Dearly Departed Tours and Museum ( The tours visit Hollywood crime scenes, death locations, and other places relevant to celebrity deaths. The museum features a collection of rare celebrity death memorabilia. Scott also publishes the blog Find a Death (, which provides details and history about celebrity deaths, as well as The Death A Day Calendar app ( He’s been featured on...


Episode 34 - Cookie, Tattoo Artist at Graceland Tattoo

Cookie of Graceland Tattoo in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. has been tattooing for more than 15 years. He's inspired by rock and roll, punk, horror movies and pop culture, among other things. Cookie is also an artist, painter, and musician. He was singer/guitarist of White Knuckle Rodeo, who opened for The Damned, the New York Dolls, and other iconic bands. For more about Cookie visit the Graceland Tattoo website ( or check out his work on Instagram (cookietattoo).


Episode 33 - Craig Owens, Author, Photographer, Paranormal Investigator

Craig Owens is the author of Haunted by History: Separating the Facts and Legends of Eight Historic Hotels and Inns in Southern California. The book can be purchased on his website (you get a better deal if you order it directly from him, plus he signs it!), Amazon, and elsewhere. Craig is also a photographer, historian, paranormal investigator, and publishes the very cool website Bizarre Los Angeles: Photography and Forgotten History (


Episode 32 - Brian Merchant, Author, Editor, Journalist

Brian Merchant is author of the book "The One Device" about the iPhone. He's also a writer, editor, and producer at VICE's science and technology website Motherboard and founder/editor of VICE's speculative fiction website Terraform. His work has appeared in Wired, the Atlantic, L.A. Times, and many other publications.


Episode 31 - Physicist, Professor, Author Clifford V. Johnson

Clifford V. Johnson, Ph.D., is a theoretical physicist and professor at the University of Southern California's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Johnson is regularly featured on the History Channel series "The Universe." He also wrote and illustrated "The Dialogues: Conversations About the Nature of the Universe." The book ( is available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and other bookstores. To learn more, visit his website and


Episode 30 - Sam DeRosa, Pop Singer, Songwriter, Performer

Sam DeRosa is a Los Angeles-based pop singer, songwriter, and performer signed to Warner/Chappell Music. She helped write the smash hit "Broken" with lovelytheband, toured with Aaron Carter, and has collaborated with artists like Ben Phipps, Wingtip, and many others. Sam just released an acoustic version of her popular single "Hard to Love" and will perform at the Hotel Cafe in L.A. on Oct. 4. Click here for tickets. For more about Sam DeRosa, visit her website


Episode 29 - Clint Milby, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Publisher of

Clint Milby publishes the website, which features news and interviews about independent filmmaking. He's also a screenwriter, filmmaker, and co-host of the Burbank Screenwriters Workshop.


Episode 28 - Lily and Simon of Strange Interlude

Lily (harp) and Simon (cello) make up the Los Angeles-based chamber ensemble, Strange Interlude. You can see the duo at an upcoming performance, or book Strange Interlude for a private event. Strange Interlude will be at the Erickson Theater Off Broadway in Seattle, Wash. from Oct. 11-14. All shows start at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday, Oct. 14 performance, which is at 2 p.m. (Click here for tickets.) For more about the group, visit their websites. Simon's website can be found here; Lily's...


Episode 27 - Angelo Mosca of Dead Channels

Angelo Mosca is the vocalist/bassist of the Warwick-based band Dead Channels. The band, which has been performing around the Hudson Valley and beyond for about 10 years, incorporates elements of hardcore, metal, and punk. You can catch Dead Channels on Oct. 13, 2018 at Darkside Records in Poughkeepsie. Check them out on social media and on their Bandcamp and Spotify pages.


Episode 26 - Actor Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney's acting credits include movies like John Carpenter's "The Thing," "Summer of Sam," "Requiem for a Dream," Howard Stern's "Private Parts," "Boiler Room," and "JFK," as well as TV shows like "Gotham" and "Rescue Me." Maloney has also performed in dozens of theater productions, such as "Outside Mullingar," "Glengarry Glen Ross," and others. A resident of Cold Spring, Maloney is currently completing a memoir about his extensive acting career, which has spanned decades. Help...


Episode 25 - Beacon Mayor Randy Casale

Randy Casale is currently serving his second term as City of Beacon Mayor. Casale, a lifelong Beacon resident, discusses the city's history, recent development boom, changing cityscape, and plans for the future. Beacon was recently voted number one "Coolest Small Town in America" by Budget Travel. Help support the show by becoming a Patron:


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Episode 24 - Andrin Knight Foster of Untamed

Untamed makes creams, waxes, and balms for beards. The company's "Beardsman in Chief" Andrin Knight Foster discusses tips on growing a healthy and well-groomed beard. Visit them at #beard #fresh #dapper #Hudson Valley #podcast


Episode 23 - Author Jennifer L. Place

Jennifer L. Place is the author of "Building 51," a fictional book about a group of friends that explore the abandoned Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane. The building has a dark history of murders and suicides. It's a real place in Poughkeepsie where horrific and barbaric procedures were performed to "treat" patients with mental illnesses. The facility closed in the early 2000s, ending an 140-year run of terror, inhumane practices and... death. Find "Building 51" on Amazon, Barnes...


Episode 22: Adam Patane of Dead Radio Podcast

Adam Patane co-hosts the very funny, Poughkeepsie-based Dead Radio Podcast. Patane is also one of the brains behind the upcoming H.V. Creator Fest (May 12, 2018 at 46 Raymond Ave. in Poughkeepsie). The event, organized by Dead Radio Podcast, features creative vendors, music, food, booze, etc. H.V. Creator Fest supports Heroic Food, a local non-profit organization that helps veterans learn sustainable farming. Listen to the Dead Radio Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, and wherever...


Episode 21: Author Nora Olsen

Nora Olsen is the author of Y.A. books, such as "Frenemy of the People," "Swans and Klons," "Maxine Wore Black," and "The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World." Her books have LGBTQ protagonists and are often in the sci-fi genre. "I wanted to write fun books that anyone can enjoy, but I especially wanted LGBTQ teens to be able to see themselves in my books, and know that they can have magical powers and spaceships just like all the other kids," Olsen writes. To learn more about Nora Olsen...


Episode 20: Barry Mangione of Blue Alien Mystic

Barry Mangione is vocalist and guitarist for the alt-rock fusion band Blue Alien Mystic. He's also a UFO enthusiast and spiritual being, which plays into the band's theme. Blue Alien Mystic has a new album called "The Universe is Mental," which is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and other major streaming platforms. Blue Alien Mystic has upcoming shows throughout the Hudson Valley. To find out when the band is playing near you, visit their website at