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A little audio rowboat where Grant Burkhardt talks to creative people about their lives and other interesting and sometimes significant things.

A little audio rowboat where Grant Burkhardt talks to creative people about their lives and other interesting and sometimes significant things.
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A little audio rowboat where Grant Burkhardt talks to creative people about their lives and other interesting and sometimes significant things.




Finale - Pressing 'Go'

We're arrived at the end of The Middle. This is the eleventh episode, and it is the finale. It's longer than normal, and vulgar language is used (in mostly fun taste!), and I really hope you like it. It's called "Pressing 'Go'." I don't think I can adequately explain how much this show, and your listenership, has meant to me in the last seven months. I didn't expect to have an audience for an amateur, drifting podcast, but - surprise! - you listened. I am so grateful. Thank you. I hope you...


10 - Anne Li Is Back In Washington

Anne Li is a talented, budding journalist and a great friend. I've seen her earn opportunities because of her work, including a wonderful internship this fall with NPR in Washington D.C and I'm very proud to know her. I've visited her at Northwestern University in Evanston, where she's a senior and is a part of the Knight Lab. We've talked a lot about journalism and its place in the world, but in this episode, we chat about her, a history nerd, going back to D.C., how finding purpose is...


9 - Robbii Guliano Is Constantly In Motion

This is one episode I've wanted to produce since I started the show six months ago. Robbii Guliano and I are travel partners and wildly great friends, driving and flying around the country at a moment's notice, sleeping on couches. The picture above is from our annual trip to the Ashland, Ohio, July 4 wiffleball tournament, in which we've only ever won one game. In this episode, he picks the music and we - from the roof of his downtown Cleveland apartment - talk about his trek through law...


8 - Mike Bonner Skips The Small Talk

Mike Bonner covers Mississippi State University sports for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Starkville, Mississippi, which is far from Boston, Massachusetts, his hometown. He and I haven't seen each other in more than two years since we worked together for a few months in Iowa, but we talk constantly because this is 2015 and managing that is increasingly easy. But when we were both somehow invited to the same wedding, we wasted no time catching up. In this episode, one of my absolute favorites...


7 - Matt Barnes Is Cruising

That's Matt Barnes, next to cult hero sports guy Gus Johnson. Matt is the focus of this episode of The Middle. He and I met in 2009 when he so courteously complimented my two-minute segment on live TV. It was my first time on live television, and I was nervous, so when he went out of his way to write me a message, it amplified my adrenaline and meant a lot. He was a big deal to a lot of us Ohio University graduates and certainly still is. Matt works as a TV sports reporter in Columbus,...


6 - Drinks

This is something different. A few notes: There are some curse words in this episode. Enjoy them. Or don't. Your call. Also, you might want to plug in some headphones for the best listening experience. Thanks to Matt Barnes, Ryan Hohman, and the vulgar, hilarious Maria Maggio for lending their voices to the show this time. The most recent episode of The Middle is with terrific, fun guy Matt Archibald. All the episodes are available here on the show page, on iTunes, and on, like, every...


5 - Matt Archibald Is A Fun Guy

That picture above is of my friend Arch (Matt Archibald) at the Arch in St. Louis. As you can probably tell, he's great. The pun wasn't lost on him that day. He and I are part of a group that shares common characteristics. Those traits - we're always laughing, little things don't bother us, etc. - are what make us friends. No one embodies the "Fun Guy Spirit" more than Arch. He works as a video producer (while wearing many other hats) for the University of Oklahoma's athletic department,...


4 - Annelyse Giovannitti Loves Her Kids

We all know people who just get us. No matter what's going on, you understand what's going on in the other person's brain, and what that person is feeling, and how they really are. For me, Annelyse Giovannitti is one of those people. We've been friends since seventh grade, and little has stood in our way since. In the third full episode of the show, Annelyse gets me a little wine-tipsy, talks about a few years teaching at a primarily black school in Jacksonville, and then her and I swap...


3 - Lindsay Ratowsky Is A Creative, Coffee-Drinking Conversationalist

I've already mentioned her a few times, so it's about time I talked to Lindsay Ratowsky. The Californian turned New Yorker is the creator of Fifty Coffees, the site that sparked the idea for this podcast. Her site - where she interviews the creatives in her life and blogs about who they are and what she learns from them - was named one of the best 35 personal portfolios on the web. Aside from her site, Lindsay and I talked about her amateur photography, about having intimate conversations...


2 - Tanner Smith Looks For Home

Subscribe to the email newsletter! Behind the lens of that camera, Tanner Smith is an original. He's caring, interesting, quirky, weird, intelligent, and he's my best friend. In this episode, he and I talk about the concept of home, and comfort, and contentedness, and how our priorities have changed since we lived together for three years in college. I also talked briefly to Lindsay Ratowski, the creator of the Fifty Coffees site that inspired me to start this show. The full interview with...


Pilot - John Wernecke Makes A Move

In the pilot episode of The Middle, I explain the idea for the show and avoid being hit by that big fern branch. Then, my first guest is John Wernecke. He and I talk about his recent, big decision, and about comedy, ambition, and being two white guys. Sign up for the email newsletter, which means you'll get an email when I publish new episodes. The show is available on iTunes (!!), and will be on Stitcher and Overcast soon.