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55: Drew Hanson

What’s it like to be a local media personality? I sat down with Drew Hanson, former WNCI DJ and self-proclaimed “D-List Celebrity,” for a freewheeling conversation about his experience in Columbus media, why he decided to leave Columbus and why he ultimately came back. Shownotes: WNCI Mark Dantzer “Parents Just Don’t Understand” Bradley Cooper Power […] The post 55: Drew Hanson appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


54: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

What is the role of a conductor in helping an orchestra perform to the best of its ability? I sat down with David Danzmayr, music director of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, for an engaging conversation about his surprising journey from Austrian piano prodigy to American music director, how ProMusica impressed him with its singular focus and […] The post 54: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


53: Year in Review

What has 2017 meant for those of us living in and around 270? I sat down with Anne and Walker Evans, the owners of Columbus Underground, for our year-end roundup of the website’s top ten stories. We also covered the inside scoop on the latest developments in Central Ohio public life and culture, and some […] The post 53: Year in Review appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


52: Multivarious Games

How did Central Ohio become the gaming hub of the Midwest? I sat down with Chris Volpe, President and CEO of Multivarious Games, to talk about his journey from working in healthcare to managing a video game startup, Multivarious’ origins in the Columbus game developer community, and several exciting projects he and his team have […] The post 52: Multivarious Games appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


51: Besa

How do we make the best use of our time and resources to make the biggest impact in our neighborhoods and in our city? I sat down with Matthew Goldstein, Executive Director of Besa, to talk about helping people and businesses give back to their community, innovative, technology-driven approaches to service, the important work being […] The post 51: Besa appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


50: Choreographer Bebe Miller

How do the choices artists make in their creative process affect what we experience as an audience? I sat down with Bebe Miller, acclaimed choreographer, dancer and director of the Bebe Miller Company to talk about how she arrived at dance as an art form, her newest work In a Rhythm, the keys to appreciating […] The post 50: Choreographer Bebe Miller appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


49: Shadowbox Live

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47: Performing Arts at the Wexner Center

How do cultural art centers decide what’s worthy of presentation? I sat down with Lane Czaplinski, the Wexner Center for the Arts’ new director of performing arts to talk about his journey from literature student to arts curator, his impressions of Columbus, and some of the exciting shows coming up in the Wexner Center’s fall […] The post 47: Performing Arts at the Wexner Center appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


46: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

Next week, the capital city will be taken over by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, a free, citywide arts festival hosted by people and places with a passion for cartoon arts. On the occasion of the festival, I sat down with Columbus-based artist creator Jeff Smith to talk about the festival, his work, and why Columbus is the […] The post 46: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


45: Dine Originals Week

Dine Originals Week is fast approaching! Hear from the organization’s executive Director about the deals you can take advantage of while enjoying Columbus’s finest independent restaurants and learn about the pitfalls of public relations in Columbus. As a bonus this week, I sat down with the founders of the new restaurant Ambrose and Eve, slated […] The post 45: Dine Originals Week appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


44: Columbus City Charter

The Columbus City Charter is essentially the Columbus Constitution. It defines the structure and role of the city and its leaders. I sat down with the chairman of the most recent comprehensive Charter Review Commission, Mike Curtin, to talk about the origins of our charter, why we have the structure that we do, and his predictions on […] The post 44: Columbus City Charter appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


43: Composer Mark Lomax, II

Music is many things to many people but Mark Lomax would argue that it’s not enough. The Columbus-based composer and drummer has some ideas for how we should hear music, incorporate it in to our lives, and why artists will define the future of Columbus. Shownotes: Dr. Mark Lomax II Gene Walker Hank Marr Fort […] The post 43: Composer Mark Lomax, II appeared first on The Confluence Cast.


42: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

It’s getting hoppy in here. We talk with Chris Davison, the head brewer at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, about sour beers, the brewing process, the brewing community, what other breweries in town you should be checking out, why Columbus is a young beer scene, and why that’s a good thing. Shownotes: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Sour beer (as defined […]


41: Venture Capital

We're talking about capital in the capital city. VentureOhio helps to facilitate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our state and their annual VentureReport takes a detailed look at Ohio investment activity and the people and companies putting Ohio on the map. I sat down with VentureOhio's CEO Falon Donohue and Brad Mascho, the co-founder of local startup CrossChx to talk about the report, how venture capital works, and the opportunities available for entrepreneurs. Shownotes: VentureOhio...


40: Actors’ Theatre

All the world’s a stage... and one man in his time plays many parts. The artistic director of Actors' Theatre is no different. On the occasion of their 36th season, Phillip Hickman sat down to talk about his role at the Schiller Park institution, how they put together their season each year, and the importance of accessible art. Shownotes Actors' Theatre 2017 Season Classes Greater Columbus Arts Council Ohio Arts Council Columbus Foundation Erik Tait This Confluence Cast episode is...


39: Late Night Slice

Face it, anybody can make pizza. It takes vision to turn a slice of pizza in to a brand. I sat down with Mikey Sorboro at the Columbus Podcast Festival for a casual conversation about how to start a business, the virtues (or lack there of) of owning a foodtruck, and the importance of a branding experience. Shownotes: Mikey's Late Night Slice Oddfellows Liquor Bar Columbus Podcast Festival Cameron Mitchell Support for this episode of the Confluence Cast comes from Chepri, a full-service web...


38: Artist Stephanie Rond

The Columbus Arts Festival is quickly approaching and their Sign Your Art installation is making a comeback. I sat down with organizer and artist Stephanie Rond to talk about the project, her work and background, and the thorns that she sees in the Columbus arts community. Shownotes Stephanie Rond Columbus Arts Festival Sign Your Art Columbus Open Studio and Stage Studies and Discourse : 20 years of art work by Stephanie Rond Carnegie Gallery Women Street Artists Scott Woods Tiny Out Loud...


37: Entrepreneurship with Jay Clouse

Project manager, community builder, and writer Jay Clouse has experienced most stages of an enrepenuerial business in a short time. We sat down to talk about his experience, the similarity between comedy and entrepreneurship, and the importance of asking good questions. Shownotes Jay Clouse Create Columbus Commission StartUp Weekend CrossChx The Agile Methodology Jay's Daily email You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes WTF with Marc Maron Columbus Songwriters Association Smart Columbus The...


36: COTA’s Transit System Redesign

For the first time in their over-fourty-year history, the Central Ohio Transit Authority is changing up their routes. I spoke with representatives from COTA about how the new system was designed and what the philosophy was behind it. We also learned more about COTA as a whole, some of their new initiatives that they are rolling out, and how you can find you way with the new system Shownotes COTA's TSR Smart Columbus MORPC State of Downtown study (PDF) Support for this episode of the...


35: Festival Season 2017

With the month of May quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about summer festivals. In this week's episode, Columbus Underground co-founder and COO Anne Evans talks about what festivals are new this year, some of her favorites, and I interject my commentary on the end of Independents' Day as we know it. Shownotes Columbus Podcast Festival Robert Mason Company AmeriFlora Columbus Festivals 2017 Mrs. Turbos Cookies Circleville Pumpkin Festival Logan Washboard Festival Ohio VegFest...