Authentic Audio Podcast
Episode 30 - The Danger of Storytelling
In this story episode I implicate myself in a moment of questionable judgment. This past month in America we’ve been immersed with the talk and violent actions of Nazis, white supremacists and race-baiters during protests in Charlottesville, VA. In response to this, I recorded a monologue that examines a moment in my life where I encountered a bit of hypocrisy of my own. In my life I've always strived to be a progressive, open and loving person to all people but in the situation that this...
Episode 29 - The Legend of Peter Jennings
This episode features a story about a summer spent at my grandmother's home in rural Ohio. The afternoons were mainly spent in a cottage watching soap operas and the nightly news. It was the first time in my life that I watched the nightly news with the great Peter Jennings on a regular basis. It was also the time I started to think about the transformation of the news into pure entertainment. What are we to do in this brave new world? Support Authentic Audio:...
Episode 28 - Tony Madalone
This episode features a conversation with Tony Madalone. While Tony may be best known as the innovative owner of Fresh Brewed Tees, our conversation focused more on his recent announcement and official candidacy for Mayor of the city of Cleveland. The conversation, recorded at the historic City Club of Cleveland, provides an authentic and unscripted opportunity to get know the ideas, vision and man behind the campaign. To learn more about Tony's Mayoral campaign visit:...
Episode 27 - Dani Pajak
I got a chance to stop by the amazing Disowned Customs shop a few months ago and record a conversation with its founder and owner Dani Pajak. If you haven't heard about Dani, his shop, his television show on the Esquire Network (Wrench Against the Machine), or his incredible story, I'm sure you'll be intrigued after hearing our conversation. Dani is an entrepreneur, professional builder and television personality. He's the owner of Disowned Customs on Cleveland’s west side. There, he and...
Episode 25 - Derf Backderf
This past Fall 2016 I recorded a conversation with John Backderf. Derf aka Derf Backderf is an artist, writer, cartoonist and graphic novelist. Episode 25 starts with a story/confessional about why I was nervous to interview Derf to begin with and then leads into our conversation (which starts at 11:45). Among many other topics our talk explores his career, ideas about art and creativity, the Rustbelt, the bizarre political climate of Fall 2016 and his international bestselling graphic...
Episode 24 - Kasumi
This is Kasumi. She is uncanny. She is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim fellowship. She's a force in the experimental film and art world. Her latest film Shockwaves will jar your senses awake! Kasumi is an artist who works in a broad range of media: directing and producing short and feature length experimental films, performing live shows and VJ, creating looping electronic sculptures, designing motion graphics and animated gifs, producing immersive 360 virtual reality pieces and making...
Episode 23 - Eric Coble
It was great privilege to record a conversation with a gentleman, distinguished artist and award winning playwright Eric Coble. Eric's plays have been staged in Cleveland, throughout the Midwest, on Broadway and across the entire country. His wide ranging writing style has earned him respect in the American Theatre. His 2014 play "Velocity of Autumn" made a long journey to Broadway. Veteran actor Estelle Parson's performance in the play was nominated for a Tony Award that year. This...
Episode 22 - Scott Plate
The first #authenticaudio episode of 2017 (Episode 22) features a wonderful conversation with Scott Plate. Scott is the Associate Professor of Music Theatre and Area Coordinator for the Music Theatre Program at Baldwin Wallace University. He’s also an award winning actor, director, writer and one of the most gentle and warm personalities I've ever come across. Scott and I talk about his fascinating personal and artistic journey that ranges from New York City, Cincinnati, Montreal,...
Episode 18 - Laura Wimbels
I recorded an intriguing conversation with Laura Wimbels . Laura is the photographer behind the amazing images of her latest book of photos entitled Faces of CLE. Faces of CLE seeks to capture "the familiar faces within the spaces of our city". The episode starts with a story about how "faces" give us an inside look at our universal human experience. Then, Laura and I have a conversation that dives into her past, her journey that led to the creation of "Faces", and the impact that her...
Episode 16 - "Honestly, Most Bios Lie"
This episode of Authentic Audio is a stand alone story. I do this every couple of months to mix it up. In this story entitled "Honestly, My Bio is a Lie" I talk about layers of truth and lies that we create to conform to society and I reveal the real reason why I started doing this podcast. That truth is found somewhere between a broken marriage, following my dreams and being a father. Is it possible to have it all? Or at least a little part of everything that leads to an authentic and...
Episode 3 - Raymond Bobgan
Raymond Bobgan is the Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theatre. Raymond and the crew at CPT are at the forefront of theatrical innovation in Cleveland. I sat down with him at CPT in the heart of the Gordon Arts District and had a really insightful and intimate conversation about connecting with audiences, being an artist in Cleveland, and the deeper reasons for why he devises theater. I also found myself thanking Raymond for something that I never would have imagined. This...
Episode 1 - Bill Squire
This is the first episode of The Authentic Audio Podcast with Aaron Calafato! Bill Squire is one of the top comedians in Cleveland and is recognized around the country. Bill's journey took him from Medina Ohio, to the Philippines on a mission for the Mormon church, to having a nervous breakdown and finding his true calling as a stand-up comedian. Bill's story is an amazing journey of hard-work , perseverance and finding ones creative voice in the industrial Midwest. This episode is...