Reggie Watts – “The Dampfnudel Zone” – TWP007

Before Reggie Watts even takes the stage, he has already broken most of the accepted tropes in contemporary comedy, as well as in contemporary music.  Some think this is simply because he refuses to see a difference between the two.  But even crazier is that Reggie does not write jokes… and he does not write songs.  He simply walks into a space and then… something happens. Please join us as we delve into one of the most interesting entertainment minds working today.

 

Media for this episode was provided by TED Talks via a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives (International 4.0) license.

Media was also provided by PopTech via a Creative Commons (3.0) license.


Dr. David Haskell – “Life Is Connection” – TWP006

Pulitzer Prize nominated author and biologist Dr. David Haskell is an observer of life, and life, according to him, is inextricable from the networks that exist both within it and around the living object.  Join us as we travel with David to two extremes: an old-growth forest in the mountains of Tennessee, and the streets of New York City.  In both places we visit a singular hub which most of us take for granted on a daily basis: a tree.  One “dead” and the other is “alive”.  But in both places, you will see, as we did, that both trees are robust with such a dizzying array of networks that it leads us down a path of reconsidering the very idea of life itself… including our own.

We highly recommend both of David’s books “The Songs of Trees” and “The Forest Unseen”. To find out more, you can visit his website here or purchase via amazon here.

Additional music this week was provided by Lee Rosevere under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license.  Individual tracks can be found here and here.

Further Additional music was provided by Laura Sheeran under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license.  The track “Lupine Rot” can be found here.


June Jones – “Love is the Difference” – TWP005

In 1998, the University of Hawaii was ranked 112th out of 112 teams in the NCAA.  Having lost for 18 straight games, they were at a bottom and had little hope for a turnaround.  So they turned to an adopted son: NFL coach June Jones.  Taking a huge career risk, June accepted the challenge and stepped in to make some changes.  But those changes had less to do with building a new field tactic than it did with building a new kind of community.

We proudly present to you the story of the single greatest turnaround in college football history: the 1999 Hawaii Warriors.  Mahalo.

Additional music for this episode was provided by Monplaisir under a CC0 1.0 Universal license (public domain dedication).  Their track is titled “Red Hair, Blue Sky”.

Also featured were Johnny Nobles Hawaiians and The Hawaiian Trio.


Jonathan Meiburg – “Restless and Relaxed” – TWP003

Jonathan Meiburg is a bonafide rock star.  But for the past twenty years, when he isn’t touring or cutting a new album, Jonathan has been routinely drawn to the Falkland Islands and the striated caracara, a rare falcon whose brain has been found to be strangely human.  He’s also one of the most creatively generous people we know.  Which is why we asked him to be the composer for The Well.  We hope you enjoy this in-house interview as much as we enjoyed making it.

To see the clip of Jonathan and Anson in a scene from “Time Indefinite” go to http://thewellpod.com/shownotes/


Ken Leung – “Don’t Mess With Rocky” – TWP002

Actor Ken Leung woke up one morning to a phone call.  It was his father telling him that he had to fly to Thailand to bring back the body of his brother Kevin who had suddenly drowned while on vacation.  Ken explains a mystery surrounding the circumstances; and goes on to tell us how the experience of handling his brothers affairs changed his outlook on both his life and his craft.

(Ken’s credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Vanilla Sky, Rush HourKeeping the Faith, X-men: The Last Stand, Vanilla Sky and the TV shows Lost and The Inhumans.)

Additional music this week provided by Jelsonic under a creative commons 4.0 attribution license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

You can find our more information about them at: http://jelsonic.com/royalty-free/


Kelly Gleason Keogh – “The Two Brothers” – TWP001

In 1820, the whaleship Essex was attacked by a sperm whale and sank.  A handful of men survived through shear force of will and their story became the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that wasn’t the end of the story.  Dr. Kelly Gleason Keogh tells us how Captain George Pollard went on to helm another fateful ship… and how she uncovered its watery remains.

Additional music for this episode was provided by Jason Shaw under a creative commons 3.0 attribution license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/

“Sailor’s Lament” performed by Jason Shaw: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/Audionautix_Acoustic/SAILORS_LAMENT____________3-08