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conversations with creative minds.






Episode 10: Podcast Reflections

Jackson and Trina hang out and discuss how the podcast has been going thus far and plans for future episodes. They also engage in general banter.


Episode 9: Russian American

Marina Tolotchko holds an MA in International Relations from SF State. She graduated in the Spring semester of 2017. As a Russian and American citizen, Marina takes us on a deep dive into Russia’s history of civilization, political systems, and ideology. She also illustrates how this translates to today’s Russian perspective and why international relations and sociological theories are crucial to understanding Russia’s ideology and values compared to that of the of the West.


The Horror Enthusiast Podcast

Episode 1: Ethan And Clay Go To Summer Camp Join Ethan and Clay as they revisit two cult horror films from the Summer Camp Slasher genre, ‘The Burning’ (1981) and ‘Sleepaway Camp’ (1983), with a look back at the era outside of Crystal Lake. This will be a separate podcast from alien idea. Check back here for more info later!


Episode 8: Unqualified Advice

Cynthia Miranda graduated from SF State in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Education: Equity and Social Justice. For the last three years, she has been working for the Judicial Council of California in San Francisco. Cynthia talks about how this job relates to her degree, how she found this employment, and what she does as a Public Affairs Analyst. In addition, Cynthia discusses her favorite podcasts, why she doesn’t like horror movies, where she grew up, and a few other things. For...


Episode 7: After Death

Cameron Vale is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the State of Indiana. He works for Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service in Anderson, IN. He has been a licensed funeral director for 6 years, but has been involved with funeral services at Rozelle-Johnson for 11 years. Cameron discusses how he became interested in funeral services as a career and is open about being an atheist in his professional and personal life, and how he is a minority as a non-believer in his profession. Jackson...


Episode 6: Horses and Rock Music

Matthew Troy is a professional thoroughbred horse owner and trainer. His horses are raced at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, CA. Before this career, he played rock music professionally for 20 years. He was a singer, songwriter, and guitar player in the band Track Star. He also founded the band Calling All Monsters. Matthew discusses the business and politics of training horses, as well as his daily routine. In addition, he shares some experiences about being in a touring rock band. Jackson...


Episode 5: CEDAW

Sejla Avdic is an SF State graduate from the Master’s program in International Relations. She is currently active with the United Nations Midpeninsula Chapter (Palo Alto) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Sejla discusses how she became involved with this movement, what CEDAW represents as a global convention, and why it is important on a local level. On April 2nd, 2018 at 6pm (PDT) there is a tentative date set for the Palo Alto...


Episode 4: Preserving Humanity

Brenda Mejia is an SF State student pursuing an MA in Museum Studies. Brenda discusses how this discipline became important to her personally and culturally, as well as her interest in Aztec, pre-Columbian, and modern Latino art. She is an intern for the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and also worked with the outreach coordinator at the de Young for the Teotihuacan exhibit. In addition she explains the importance of museums and the role they play in telling cultural stories to provide...


Episode 3: International Relations

Maham Khan is an undergraduate student in the International Relations program at SF State and will be earning her Bachelor's degree at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. She will be pursuing her Master’s degree in this field in the Fall of this year. Maham is currently an intern at the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) and in 2015 interned at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. Jackson and Maham discuss her experiences in her internships, the Muslim faith,...


Episode 2: Video Games

Ethan Solak discusses his career in and shares stories from the video gaming industry, reflecting on over 5 years at Visceral Games leading up through its closure, as well as current work at Outpost Games. He began doing Quality Assurance on Dead Space 3, and has since worked as Camera Designer and Senior Video Editor. Check out Outpost Games at:


Episode 1: D.U.M.B. Goals

Eric Fethe is an SF State student pursuing an MA in Psychology (Industrial/Organizational). Jackson and Eric talk about I/O Psychology (what is it?), pursuing a graduate degree, goals after a degree, finding creativity, data visualization, and S.M.A.R.T. Goals vs D.U.M.B Goals.


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