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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...

Duration: 01:08:02

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...

Duration: 00:25:26

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...

Duration: 00:38:52

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...

Duration: 00:39:41

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...

Duration: 00:37:06