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Interviews with those silly beings from planet Earth about their lives and important social topics: economics, religion, sex, technology, and arts. Hosted by Simone Salis.

Interviews with those silly beings from planet Earth about their lives and important social topics: economics, religion, sex, technology, and arts. Hosted by Simone Salis.
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Interviews with those silly beings from planet Earth about their lives and important social topics: economics, religion, sex, technology, and arts. Hosted by Simone Salis.




Jake Shapiro: Inside RadioPublic's Strategy

RadioPublic's CEO and co-founder Jake Shapiro talks about RadioPublic's stragety, business model, and risks, discussing how to create a sustainable marketplace for podcast creators and listeners while contributing to the development of open standards and a decentralized ecosystem.


Ali Barthwell: Bringing Wakanda to Life

Ali Barthwell is the co-founder of WakandaCon, a celebration of afro-futurism and black culture in a society that stripped african-americans of their past. She is a writer, performer and comedian teaching her students how to use sterotypes on gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation as a tool of growth for themselves and their audiences.


Thomas Thorson: Cliff-Dwelling

Thomas Thorson is a landscape architect and urban designer interpreting the physical world to interconnect people in an urban environment. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Cliff Dwellers Club, an historic and iconic arts club in downtown Chicago. You can find more about Tom visiting https://cliff-chicago.org.


Neal Sàles-Griffin: How to Stop Complaining and Run for Mayor

Neal Sáles-Griffin is an entrapreneur, teacher, and an educational leader born and raised in the Chicago South Side, currently CEO of CodeNow, a national nonprofit teaching young people how to code in order to solve problems and become creators of their own future. Professor at Nortwhestern, University of Chicago Booth, and teacher for the Chicago Public Schools empowering high schoolers with skills from software development to business creation basics in the tech field, Mr. Sáles-Griffin...


Anne Libera: Empowering Through Comedy

Anne Libera is the creator of the first college degree in Comedy and Director of the Comedy Studies program at Columbia college Chicago, overseeing the B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performance. She has worked for over 32 years at The Second City, the legendary improv theater where Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Key and Peele, and Stephen Colbert first cut their teeth. Public speaker for Recode, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as a Director,...


Nate DuFort: Creating Yourself

Nate DuFort is a writer, producer, and director who splits his time between Detroit and Chicago. Mr. Dufort is a consultant for The Second City, having previously served as Producer, Producing Director, and Producing Artistic Director there, overseeing projects in cooperation between the iconic comedy theater and the Lyric Opera of Chicago or Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, managing the partnership at sea between Second City and Norwegian Cruise Line and taking part in the annual Gilda’s...


Danielle Feiberg: The Light of Diversity and Pixar

Danielle Feinberg is a storyteller using light as her narrative tool. With over 2 decades of experience at Pixar Animation Studios, Ms. Feinberg inspires younger generations of all genders and communities to become artists through technology. Her work can be admired in Academy Award nominated movies, like Coco and Brave.


Dave Hoover: The Human Apprenticeship

Dave Hoover is a Code crafter formally trained in psychology and family therapy, Mr. Hoover is a software developer using the Ethereum blockchain and co-author of the book "Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman". He also co-founded the dev bootcamp, to enable anyone to learn software development skills in a matter of weeks.


Adrian Danzig: The Good Clown

Artistic Director of "500 Clown"—a physical theater company that uses clown and humor to get the audience's active attention—Adrian Danzig has performed at The Goodman theater, The Steppenwolf, The Second City, Berkeley Rep, and much more. A Brooklyn native, Adrian is an actor, director, teacher and alumnus of The School of the Art Institute Chicago, and also studied clown with world-famous physical theater performers like Philippe Gaulier and Dominique Jando. Through his work, Mr. Danzig...


Lisa Wagner-Carollo: A Still Point

Lisa Wagner-Carollo is an agent of social change. Through theater, social justice, and spirituality, for almost 30 years she has been making an effort to reach marginalized communities through art. As founding director of the Still Point Theater Collective, Ms. Wagner-Carollo works with adults with developmental disabilities, currently and formerly incarcerated women, and senior citizens both on and off stage to become a catalyst of systemic change. As a performer Lisa is on stage with...


Mineko Okamura: Space Channel 5 VR Preview, from SEGA to Grounding, Inc.

Okamura-san is the CEO of Grounding, an independent video-game company based in Japan and currently developing the virtual reality sequel to one of SEGA's most successful and bizarre games ever: Space Channel 5, a visionary music game first released in the late 90s where Ulala, a space news reporter in the 25th century, saves humanity by defeating evil aliens through dance moves and singing, sometimes even helped by Michael Jackson as Space Michael. As one of the few executive women and...


Kelly Leonard: How to "Yes And" in Your Everyday Life

Currently the "Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation" at the iconic theater The Second City, Kelly Leonard is an improviser who doesn't perform on stage. He applies the constructive principles behind improvisational theater in business and everyday life. He studies ways to improve business models and culture by navigating uncertainty, with failure as the base for success. Kelly condensed his 3 decades of experience at The Second City and conjoined behavioral studies at...


Luca Badetti: Embrace Your Inabilities

Dr. Luca Badetti tries to embrace both abilities and inabilities, arguing that this is the best way to become a more complete and connected human being: by encountering disability. Professor at Loyola and DePaul University, as Director of Community Life at L'Arche holding a PhD in Disability Studies, in his TED talk Luca shares powerful stories from his live-in experience with persons with and without intellectual disabilities, inviting everyone to befriend and accept their own perceived...


Jack Vidra: Do Something That Scares You

Gourmet chef and porn star with a military background, Jack Vidra is a model working in the adult entertainment industry nominated as Best Newcomer for the 2017 Grabby Awards, celebrating the adult erotic video industry. Featured in movies from hothouse and tyrant studios, Jack has recently published an essay titled ‘Do something that scares you’, where he shares his pat h from joining the Marine Corps to becoming a chef and then an adult worker; a process that guided him to discover a...


David Dewane: A Protest Against Forgetting

David Dewane is an architect and journalist working to create a better world through design and social change serving as Community Director of Archeworks, and formerly as the editor in chief for Impact Design Hub, both dedicated to expanding the role of design in society in order to create better social environments. Mr. Dewane also founded the Mouse Book Club, a project that thanks to a successful kickstarter campaign, aims to replace a commuter's smartphone with classic novels, speeches,...


Jonathan Mayo: Cleaning Closets

Jonathan Mayo is an artist and creator behind Cleaning Closets, an oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from both sides of the closet door, both from the perspective of LGBTQ people as well as the family and friends they come out to. Mr. Mayo's goal sharing all the points of view so they can help us find common ground and make the coming out process easier for everyone involved. Through stage plays, a web series, photos, and a film documentary, Jonathan...


Charna Halpern: How to Improvise a Comedy Empire

Ms. Halpern mentored comedy legends like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, and Cecily Strong—while building a comedy empire with her iO Theater, home of 'The Harold' (the improv format she created with Del Close).


Jason Rohrer: One Hour, One Life

Using videogames as an artistic medium. Jason Rohrer is an independent game artist and creator of the videogames "One Hour One Life", "Immortality", and "Passage"—currently part of the New York MoMA permanent collection.


Cathy Pearl: Creating Computers That Talk

Cathy Pearl is one of the few experts in the rising field of designing computers with a voice, working in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades and experimenting to create a more natural, conversational way to interact with the devices that help us connect every day. Her book "Designing Voice User Interfaces", published by O'Reilly, is recognized as one of the main texts on the subject by her colleagues who design smart chatbots and general assistants used daily by millions of...