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Portland, OR

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The People On Paper Podcast is a collection of stories told by those who have lived them – A resource for writers who want to create honest, accurate, and believable characters. On the People on Paper podcast I interview real people, in depth, about one focused part of their life: Profession, Lifestyle, Culture, Mental Health, Physical Difference, Age, Family, and Experience. Through listening to people tell their own stories, in their own voice, this podcast will give writers and others the chance to understand the nuanced reality of other people’s lives. The interviews are set up to be honest, informative, and interesting. They will help writers create better characters. And they will help all people understand the human experience a little better. People on paper- real life, real stories, real people.

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English


Episodes

Episode 14: Interview with a Woman about her two opposite birth experiences

7/28/2015
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In this episode I interview Victoria about her two birth experiences. Her first was a planned home birth, unmedicated, of a single daughter. Her second was a planned c-section of twins. She talks about the difference in pregnancy, birth, and after birth of these two extremes of birth in today's society. Did you like this interview but want to know more about this amazing mother? She has a blog! And she's told me she would be happy to talk with listeners and answer more questions -...

Duration: 01:15:36


Episode 13: Interview With a Woman Who Escaped an Abusive Relationship

7/21/2015
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In this episode I interview Natalie, a woman who escaped controlling and abusive relationship. In her early twenties, soon after moving to the United States she met and married a man. She speaks very candidly about his jealousy, how he isolated her and made her question herself, and how - with the help of a battered women's shelter - she finally got away from him. Check out the quotes below for a deeper look into this interview. You can listen on on iTunes and all other major podcast...

Duration: 01:00:14


Episode 12: Interview With a Woman Who Moved From An All White, Tiny Town in Idaho to Baltimore

7/14/2015
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In this episode I interview Kari, a woman who moved from the tiny, all white town of 300 to 400 people where she had lived her whole life to Baltimore. She speaks candidly about her personal experience integrating into a racially diverse city, her fears, how her understanding of white privilege grew, her reaction and the reaction of the city and media to the death of Freddie Gray, and how much she loves Baltimore and the people who live there. You can listen on on iTunes and all other major...

Duration: 01:16:09


Episode 11: Interview with the Founder of Nomadic Press

7/7/2015
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In this episode I interview J.K. Fowler, the founder of Nomadic Press with locations in Oakland, CA and Brooklyn, NY. A look inside a small literary press. Are you curious about how one goes from the idea of creating a small press to actually operating one? Where does the idea come from? How did it progress into what it is today? J.K. Fowler talks about the process from the beginning of a thought that emerged while sitting in the Dubai airport, through the difficult first years, to the...

Duration: 00:53:34


Episode 10.5 : Interview with a Woman Diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder – PART 2

7/1/2015
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This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. Here is a link to Part One if you missed it. In this episode I interview Erin, a woman who was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder 20 years ago after 5 years of cycling manic and depressive episodes. I split this episode into two parts because her story was so interesting and full of information that it ran almost two hours. The first half focuses mainly on Mania and the second half, which is posted here, focuses mainly on depression, diagnosis, and living...

Duration: 00:54:48


Episode 10: Interview With A Woman Diagnosed With Bipolar 1 Disorder – Part 1

6/30/2015
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This is part 1 of a 2-part episode. In this episode I interview Erin, a woman who was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder 20 years ago after 5 years of cycling manic and depressive episodes. I split this episode into two parts because her story was so interesting and full of information that it ran almost two hours. The first half, which I've posted today, focuses mainly on Mania and the second half, which I will post tomorrow, focuses mainly on depression, diagnosis, and living with bipolar...

Duration: 01:15:00


Episode 9: Interview with a New Dad of an Adopted Son – Happy Father’s Day!

6/24/2015
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In this episode I interview Sam, a gay father of a newly adopted son. They just signed the paperwork this last week after almost a year of fostering their almost three-year-old son. Sam is a very fun, happy new father who was willing to share all the emotional ups and downs of his and his partner's process of finding and adopting their son through the foster adopt program in California. You can listen on on itunes Or click on the play button at the top of this post. And don’t forget to leave...

Duration: 01:12:00


Episode 8: Interview With a Set Dresser/Production Assistant

6/16/2015
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In this episode I interview Spencer, a set dresser and former production assistant about what it's like being on the crew for various television shows and commercials. How does one get a job behind the scenes in hollywood? What makes a good day and a bad day on set? What are the day to day tasks of a set dresser and production assistant? Get a glimpse at just how much goes into each and every episode, commercial, trailer that we watch every day. If you are writing a character with access to...

Duration: 00:52:34


Episode 7: Interview With a 13 Year Old Young Man

6/9/2015
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In this episode I interview Keegan, a 13 (almost 14) year old young man about what it is like being a teenager. What do teenagers think about? What kinds of relationships are kids his age having and what do they consist of? What is the most important thing in the world to him? What kinds of books does he like and why? We talk about school, pot, "girlfriends", adults, adventure, family, technology, dreams, and being true to yourself. This was a really fun interview and a very real and honest...

Duration: 01:22:00


Episode 6: Interview With a WOC PhD Candidate in Molecular Biology

6/2/2015
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In this interview I talk to Laila, a woman of color who is getting her PhD in molecular biology at a large prestigious university. There is a lot of stuff going on in this interview, it is very hard to categorize: Science! (she does an amazing job describing her experiments/daily life as a PhD candidate) Education! (she was not encouraged towards science early on but ran into some amazing mentors later in life) Sexism (Successful women are rare in her field) Racism (Mistaken for the janitor...

Duration: 00:50:12


Episode 5: Interview With a Strict Vegan

5/26/2015
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In this interview I talk to a woman named Natalie who lives a strict vegan lifestyle. How does someone decide to become vegan? What is involved in a vegan lifestyle as opposed to a vegan diet? How did Natalie's meat eating family react? What have been the social implications? What does it feel like to watch people consume animal products? What is her favorite vegan meal? Natalie sent me an email after our interview in which she told me that "there are many animal welfare organizations out...

Duration: 00:59:20


Episode 4 – Interview With a Repo-Woman

5/19/2015
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In this interview I talk to a repossession agent named Lisa. If you have ever wondered what it feels like to jump in someone else's car and drive away, or have someone come at you with a machete this is the episode for you. Lisa tells us about the first time she repossessed a car (it was hilarious), her craziest repossession, and what she has learned as a repo-woman. She also goes over all the office work involved in the repossession industry, the camera car system (they take millions of...

Duration: 01:04:09


Episode 3 – Interview With A Mortician

5/13/2015
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In this interview I talk to a Mortician named Lance. Listen to learn: How someone decides to become a mortician (he has wanted to be one since he was 12) How they use wax to give open casket funerals to those whose bodies have been severely damaged What happens when you donate all your long bones What makes a mortician emotional How a mortician sees people and the human body differently You can have a funeral anywhere - and it can be a celebration What are you paying for when you go into a...

Duration: 01:09:27


Episode 2 – Interview With a Labor And Delivery Nurse

5/8/2015
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Hello and welcome to episode number 2 of the People On Paper Podcast! In this interview I talk to Samantha, a Labor and Delivery Nurse Do you have something to add? Tell me about it in the comments section. Listen and subscribe on iTunes or Click below to listen or open in a new window (so that you don’t accidentally close your browser and shut off the show!) And feel free to share this podcast on your blog – but please let people know where to find more, link them back to my site or iTunes!

Duration: 01:32:48


Episode 1 – Interview With a Mennonite Pastor

5/6/2015
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Hello and welcome to episode number 1 of the People On Paper Podcast! In this interview I talk to Jeremy Yoder, a pastor in the Mennonite Church. In this episode Jeremy talks about The Mennonite and Amish mindset What it is like to be a pastor Family of a Pastor Congregation dynamics The problem of Amish Romance Novels (yes- they are a thing!) His best and worst memories of his time as a pastor Much, Much, More And guess what - there is another way to learn more - Jeremy has a podcast! -...

Duration: 01:06:08