Sam Choo | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 133

Sam Choo“One informed guest or one informed caller can just but us on a different rail.”

Producer and broadcast director for MPR News Sam Choo talks about working with on air personalities Kerri Miller and Tom Weber on weekday talk and call-in shows. Sam shares what it’s like to work in the high intensity space of a newsroom and how reporting on the weather often results in his being on-call. Sam also talks about how he got into radio, his relationship to digital media, and how being a dad to young girls makes him think about his work and the world.

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Rob McGinley Myers | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 132

TRxiDp5g“My blog distracted me so much from getting my novel out, that I didn’t actually get my novel published.”

Producer of the Anxious Machine podcast Rob McGinley Myers talks about discovering an early interest in writing and ultimately going to graduate school for fiction. Rob talks about what it was like to work for Garrison Keillor for five years at the Writer’s Almanac. He also tells the story of quitting his job to write a novel. Plus, Rob talks about interviewing his daughter about her sex ed class.

“What I wanted to do was to talk to everybody, people from all walks of life, about how technology effects their life.”

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Dave Olson | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 131

wFH-0008“I don’t think any of us thought we were going to do kids music. It was one of those rare opportunities.”

Dave Olson talks about writing and producing a rap song to help a young girl with autism and how that led spending a year in Madison writing a rap record for kids. He shares the story of how making a kid’s album led to his music act, Figureheads, becoming a touring kid’s touring entertainment group and ultimately became a non-profit organization focused on inclusion and literacy. Dave also talks about following his musical ambitions from Minneapolis to Madison to Milwaukee.

“How little can I work so I can work on music.”

Dave talks about transitioning to being a writer, producer, and performing of kid’s music to building a career as a commercial audio engineer and composer. He talks about making music for television and radio as well as working with clients like the San Antonio Spurs, the Milwaukee Brewers, and ESPN.

IMG_9155“I think maybe when you get into your 40s you shouldn’t be a kids hip-hop act.”

Dave also talks about changing the focus of his work, in part, to help normalize his schedule so that he can be more consistently available at home. He talks about shared parenting duties and about wanting to teach his kids how to make music and make things in general.

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Trent Gilliss | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 130

trent gilliss“I didn’t want to have children. I fought like hell against it.”

Trent Gilliss, Chief Content Officer and Executive Editor of On Being, talks about transitioning the show from an American Public Media produced radio program to an independent radio show, podcast, and Webby Award-winning website. Trent also shares stories of times his scientist wife has worked with him on projects and trying to find ways to put a little less time into work so that he could be a more present father.

“My children have been a portal into seeing the best parts of myself.”

Trent talks openly about not wanting to become a parent and shares the story of how an On Being guest shifted his perspective on parenthood and how he viewed himself. He talks about the ways fatherhood has changed over the past several decades and about how Torah scholar Avivah Zornberg has impacted how he views relationships and people.

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Stacia Rice | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 129

10710975_10152878041879066_1426073372902741602_n“I feel cracked open and vulnerable in a way that I’m not comfortable with and did not know actually existed.”

Guthrie actor and Torch Theater Artistic Director Stacia Rice shares stories of growing up the youngest of 7 kids. Stacia talks about aspiring to be the kind of mother to her kids that he mother was to her. And she talks about how her love of remounting shows and revisiting material translates to building upon the ways she was parented. Stacia also shares how doing her first professional show at the age of 12 at the Children’s Theatre Company effected her future career.

“I dread the time when I miss something at school because I have a show.”

Stacia talks about missing family weddings and how she tries to keep those feelings of guilt out of mind. She also talks about how having 50 percent shared custody of her children can make it easier to be present and focused on them when they’re together. Stacia talks about the stress gauntlet that is trying to make friendships with other parents. Stacia talks about being someone who loves food and how she told herself she would somehow avoid having picky children.

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Courtney Gerber | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 128

courtney gerber“Whoever is dealing with stress, that has to be their stress. You can’t take it with you.”

Courtney Gerber is a museum professional, doula, and human connection maker. In this episode, Courtney talks about working with organizations to develop ideas and connect with people to help make them stronger. She talks about her nearly 13 years of working in museums like the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Plus, Courtney shares how her being an only child informs how she parents her 3 year old and about why made her want to become a doula.

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Camille Scheel | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 127

Camille Scheel“You wouldn’t have a plumber come to your house and tell them you only want to pay them half.”

Camille Scheel talks about coming home as a young person to discover her mother had purchased a Harp and how that led to a college Harp scholarship. She talks about selling ads for commercial and non-profit radio and how she viewed that work as a sort of storytelling. She also talks about how she’s comfortable with the commodification of art and creativity and how that impacts the ways she talks to her son and daughter about the things they like to do and the future they may have. Camille also shares openly the process of living with Cancer and writing a book about her experiences as a woman and mother with Cancer.

 

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Dawn Mikkelson | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 126

10897943_10153578496109045_5355157625803074019_n“I have wanted to be a parent since I knew that was a thing you could be.”

Dawn Mikkelson is an independent filmmaker, a television producer, an educator, and a mother to two young girls. In this episode of the podcast, Dawn talks about the art of interviewing people for both clients and for her own projects. She also talks about making decisions based on time and money rather than passion. Plus, she talks about wanting to be a role model for her girls.

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Brian Kiley | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 125

33a6c78d4d5683688ddfa3e1d5994944_400x400“It is nice to write a story and actually write something that’s more than seven words.”

Novelist, comic, and head monologue writer for the late night show Conan, Brian Kiley tells us how a joke writer ended up writing a novel. Brian talks about his path from writing jokes as a teenager to becoming a working standup comic to getting a job writing for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Brian talks about being a dad to a college student and a high school student. Plus, Brian talks about largely working clean as a comic but not always knowing if he has a choice.

“My jokes have kind of morphed from ‘my wife doesn’t want to have sex with me’ to ‘my wife is trying to murder me.”

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Hannah Lynch | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 124

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“I’m not very commercially motivated.”

Photographer, musician and all around creative person Hannah Lynch chats with Levi about where she first developed her interest in taking photos. Hannah also talks about songwriting and her love of performing music but also very physical stage fright. Hannah talks abouut her struggles with addiction and how that informs her decisions as a parent. Hannah also talks about struggling to make any of her art marketable. Plus, she talks openly about the difficulties of figuring out what’s the right thing to do for her son.

“When I was little, I would say I wanted to be an artist and I got really good feedback from my dad.”

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