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The Spare Minute, Ep. 27

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On today’s show, Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake joins host Matthew DeMello to talk about why President Obama should release any currently classified information on Vladimir Putin’s financial assets in the West that the U.S. has in retaliation for Russian interference in the 2016 elections. And later, SpareMin’s Alicia Camden shares a candid conversation on comedy and compartmentalization with Mary Houlihan, the star of the new Comedy Channel Snapchat series ‘Learn to Paint with Mary Houlihan’.

 

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 26

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On today’s show, Huffington Post Foreign Affairs Reporter Akbar Sahid Ahmed helps us pull apart President Obama’s order for an investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 presidential elections. Plus, Abi Wurdeman chats with surf guitarist and former FBI agent Susan Surftone for our ongoing #OnFeminism conversation series.

 

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 25

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On today’s show, Huffington Post’s Jessica Schulberg talks about the unanimous Senate vote to continue Iranian sanctions until 2026. Plus, Abi Wurdeman talks to Michelle McKinnon of the $mart Women podcast in on our ongoing #OnFeminism conversation series.

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EP09: It’s My Pleasure (w/Mike Blejer)

This week calls include: Micah Sherman  and Daniel Kurland. 1b154c84-dde3-47f1-9c2a-f87e6b91eb4b

Micah & I talk Improv as a goal in and of itself vs. as a means to an end, and I wax philosophic on Improv & Kant for no obvious reason (but several non-obvious ones).

Daniel Kurland and I talk Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2, and start talking Mockingbird, twitter Trolls and who owns art (or content) in the age of interconnectivity.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 24

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On today’s show, Usman W. Chohan of UNSW Australia discusses the potential impact that the Trump administration could have on the Federal Reserve and international centralized banking itself. Plus, Abi Wurdeman talks about education and “secret teaching” with playwright and advocate Abi Basch.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 23

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On today’s show, NYU professor and author of the Polarizing Political Economy blog for the World Policy Institute Jim Nolt helps us examine the first days of Donald Trump’s tenure as President-elect. Plus, Lizzie Miller gets to know Austin, Texas alt-country quartet Big State.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 22

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On today’s show, we’re taking in different perspectives on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections with World Policy fellow Jonathan Cristol along with Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi. Plus, Abi Wurdeman discusses trans representation in media with Michaela Mendelsohn.

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Amanda Kerri Offers Laughs and Hope

The delightful Amanda Kerri, comedian and writer for the Advocate, has a long, deep and funny conversation with Abi Wurdeman. Amanda dishes on her SNL upbringing, the pressure of trans women to look a certain way, how allies shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes occasionally, and finally, some beautiful words of advice for trans youth, on the aftermath of this election.The delightful Amanda Kerri, comedian and writer for the Advocate, has a long, deep and funny conversation with Abi Wurdeman. Amanda dishes on her SNL upbringing, the pressure of trans women to look a certain way, how allies shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes occasionally, and finally, some beautiful words of advice for trans youth, on the aftermath of this election.

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In conversation with D’Lo

Get to know D’Lo, the multi-hyphenated talent – performer, writer, comedian, activist. You may know him from his touring shows, or his guest roles on Transparent, Looking and Sense8. D’Lo dives deep in this conversation, as he discusses the unique position of being a trans person of color, in a culture where the dominant LGBT narrative has been mostly written from white, cisgender perspective. D’Lo and Sheetal talk labels, performing on college campuses, what they’re binge-watching, and what to do with Caitlin Jenner.

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Misty K. Snow,First Trans Candidate for U.S. Senate

With Misty, it’s all about the work; making history is incidental. Misty K. Snow is a trailblazer who ran for the U.S. Senate from the state of Utah in the 2016 election, becoming the first openly trans candidate to do so. During her hectic time on the campaign trail, Misty took a few minutes to talk to us about religion, LGBT rights, climate change, and the surprising liberal sides to Utah.

Oliver WellingtonMisty K. Snow,First Trans Candidate for U.S. Senate
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EP08: It’s My Pleasure (w/Mike Blejer)

BlejerCoverThis week’s Calls feature Matt Marr, Daniel Kurland, and Micah Sherman, enjoy!

In our first episode, Matt and I discussed who he is, LGBT leadership camp, what it’s like to be a gay kid from Oklahoma, and empathy hardons. Follow him here!: https://twitter.com/themattmarr

Daniel Kurland and I talk horror, tropes and tones, and it’s slow creep to take over your laptop.

Micah and I talk about the difference between improv theory and applied improv in things like filmmaking, business, and police interactions. Oh my!

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 21

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On today’s show, current host of the Person Place Thing podcast and former Ethicist for the New York Times Magazine Randy Cohen talks about the moral choice of tomorrow’s presidential election. And later, Abi Wurdeman speaks with Misty K. Snow, the first openly trans candidate endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate.

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EP07: It’s My Pleasure (w/Mike Blejer)

BlejerCoverThis week features Micah Sherman, Mistress Iris, and Daniel Kurland!

First: Micah and I talk Yes and, idea generation vs editing and why the moon is both underwater and maybe flying into the sun.

Second: Mistress Iris and I talk domming tips, how to stay sexy while you get & maintain consent, and how to distinguish between your partner’s physical vs psychological discomfort. Http://Dominatrixiris.com

Third: Daniel Kurland and I talk Adult Swim and their new model for trying out shows.

 

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 20

Spare MinuteOn today’s podcast, Joe Milord of Elite Daily deciphers fact from fiction when it comes to the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti scandals. Plus, author and activist Feminista Jones explains the complex relationships between race, gender, and poverty. And later, John Murray of the SNL After Party podcast tells the story of his start in the business.

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EP06 – It’s My Pleasure (with Mike Blejer)

BlejerCoverThis week’s episode features three calls!

“Miry and I talk kids, Syrian refugees, the shocking ease of helping & Miry calls out the PODS moving company. Miry’s List: https://www.facebook.com/miryslist/ 3 days: https://imgur.com/gallery/wEZNI”

“Improvisation, scripted and unscripted shows, comedy, drama, and surprise..”

“Karen & I discuss the intersection of gender & comedy, hostile working environments, teaching new comedians, & dirtiness. https://twitter.com/karenbergreen https://m.facebook.com/FollowingPolly/”

If you want to talk with Mike, hit him up on the SpareMin app, he is @Mike. Remember, Sex, Feminism, Comedy, Politics, and Sex.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 19

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On today’s podcast, Brett Edkins of Forbes reviews Chris Wallace’s performance as moderator during the final presidential debate. And later, Claudia Adick, producer of the Every 28 Hours Play Festival, talks about the national theater movement that was inspired by Black Lives Matter.

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EP05 – It’s My Pleasure (with Mike Belejer)

BlejerCoverLadies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Blejerdome. You may have noticed a break from these episodes and there is only one person to blame: Oliver at SpareMin. He screwed up, and he is sorry. Anyways…

On this week’s episode we hear from Mistress Iris about her time at Burning Man, and then we take it home with back to back serving of Myq Kaplan, yummy! Hope you enjoy this week’s episode. If you want to chat with Mike about anything related to sexuality, gender, politics, or even good old fashioned comedy, get in touch via the SpareMin app.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 18

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On today’s podcast, T. Lawrence Hall of The People’s Critic blog talks about the political and racial themes of the new Netflix show Luke Cage. And later, Marina Koren of The Atlantic discusses President Obama’s legacy on space exploration.

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 17

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On today’s show, Palestinian-American actress Maysoon Zayid talks about her record-setting Ted Talk and her work promoting disabled representation in Hollywood. Plus, a look into what sets the Trump Foundation apart from most charitable organizations with LSU’s Phil Hackney. 

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The Spare Minute, Ep. 16

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On today’s show, we showcase conversations from #BannedBooksWeek with Claire Fallon of The Huffington Post and writer Mike Dougherty. Plus, check out a chat with Jenna Voss of We Stories from back in August. Her organization was featured at the White House’s ‘South By South Lawn‘ festival last week. 

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The SpareMinute Ep 15 – Interviews from LA Podfest

Spare MinuteLast weekend we had a great time at the LA Podfest conducting 34 two minute interviews using the SpareMin app. Check below to see all the great people we met, including podcasters, industry insiders, and fans.  Each interview is time stamped below in case you want to skip ahead to a particular one.

 

 

 

00:45 – Marc Hershon of the SuccotashShow makes a case for changing \podcast\” to \”soundcast\”…and more!”

02:43 – Abi and Jay Larson on rolling with it at #lapodfest

04:42 – Alice Rebekah Frasier of the \Tea with Alice\” podcast”

06:38 – Talking with Film Nerd Neil Weakly about Comedy Film Nerds and his first encounter with Chris Mancini

08:34 – Cheryl Jones, host of \The Movies Made Me\” podcast”

10:30 – Talking with a podfest volunteer who wished to remain anonymous, then told us her name (Hint: it’s Heidi Paquette-Falk)

12:23 – Live from the LA Podfest with Destin Gerek of \The Evolved Masculine\

14:25 – Talking with Yo It’s Marco from \The Jig is Up\ podcast

16:18 – Espree of #WeAreLATech on the panel she was about to moderate here at #lapodfest

18:18 – Talking with podcaster Joe Quint about his podcast “Choose Your Own Religion”

20:09 – Talking with Wayne Federman!

20:58 – Ceci and Hollie of the Real Podcast \OC Mom Tribe\

22:50 – Kyle Jensen and Abi talk about #lapodfest and new genres for podcast storytelling

24:50 – Aric Amendolea – Voice Over Artist

26:41 – Olivia, #lapodfest volunteer, on what she is excited to see here at the festival. Also her handle is awesome: gingersnapped!

28:35 – Talking with the LA Podfest Director, Tabitha!

30:31 – Talking with Harry of \Podcast Junkies\ about hist podcast about podcasters

32:27 – Chatting with writer Bruce Braunstein about Philip K. Dick

34:56 – Talking with Merril Barr of the \Artist Alley\ podcast

36:54 – Dan Finkle of the upcoming \Dino Dimension\ podcast

38:34 – Talking with Emmy recognized reality TV Producer @AaronBrodkin

40:38 – Talking with Jessica about LApodfest, she is a huge podcast fan, and also a fan of the Anaheim Ducks. QuackQuack!

42:25 – Shawn of Sideshow Network at #lapodfest with advice for fledgling podcasters

44:23 – Darcy of LA podfest talks with Mike about the podcast festival and her sweet Betty bangs

46:18 – Abby Smith, huge Harry Potter Nerd, talks about her favorite podcasts

48:10 – Talking with Joe Berman of www.podtopod.com, a podcasting industry newsletter and website.

49:46 – Beau York, founder of @SatchelPlayer talks local podcast discovery at #lapodfest

51:42 – Talking with Wendy, a podcast fan from Santa Barbara, on her third trip to the LAPodfest

53:36 – Tricia Carr host of Charmed Radio Podcast

55:32 – Jeanie Brandes, host of \The Jeanie Brandes Show\

57:27 – Short interview with James host of “Talks from the Table” a podcast about massage therapy

59:23 – Corey Frey talks about his upcoming podcast, about people who work backstage in theater

101:14 – Gary Rolin hosts a podcast about \Superman’s other pals\

103:14 – Talking with Breezy Svacina, a podcast fan from San Diego

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