Ward Fleming – “Preparing the Field” – TWP012

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Artist and inventor Ward Fleming invented one of the most famous and lucrative toys of the last fifty years.  But it was only one step in a personal research project that has spanned the majority of Ward’s life, with implications that extend deep into molecular activity and even deep into the heart of Jupiter.  Enjoy!

Extra music for this episode was provided by Podington Bear under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.


“Creative Stupidity” – TWP011

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We normally bring you stories of creative inspiration, but this week we have two stories of creative stupidity, courtesy of our own Branan Edgens. Co-host Anson Mount asks Branan to expound upon how his pursuits of genius rarely mix well with electricity. And then… THE SQUIRREL STORY!!!

Additional music for this episode was provided by Jason Shaw under a Creative Commons Attribution license.  The track “Rocky Top” can be found here.


Roel Reiné – “Titian Red” – TWP010

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Roel’s Album MONOTONIC DIVERSITY is available HERE.

Roel Reiné is an accomplished action director.  But when he isn’t swinging lenses around flying fists and crashing cars, he is composing deeply meditative music through the manipulation of a raw electronic signal.  EDM (electronic dance music) is as close a genre title as Roel can muster, but it cannot possibly describe what it is he does.

Join Anson as he sits down to listen to some of Roel’s music and ask the director about his journey from Holland to Hollywood.

Additional music for this episode was provided by Steve Combs under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


BONUS EPISODE – Eva Longoria – “Marriage… Sweet, Sweet Marriage”

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Eva and Anson discuss the joys of finding your person and becoming boringly domestic.  And Branan coaches Anson on being a mindful spouse.  Enjoy!

Bonus music for this episode of The Well was provided by Kevin MacLeod under a Creative Commons Attribution License.  His rendition of Mozart’s “Divertimento” can be found here.  And his rendition of Leo Delibes’  “Divertissment” (from the ballet “Sylvia”) can be found here.


Eva Longoria – “No Sabían Que Eramos Semillas” – TWP009

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To see Eva’s documentary “The Harvest” click HERE.

To see Eva’s documentary “The Harvest” click HERE.

Most people realize that Eva Longoria is both a tremendously talented actress.  Fewer realize that she is also savvy, having parlayed her comedic skills into a career directing and producing a variety of projects, in addition to launching her own product line.  Fewer still are aware of Eva’s drive to better understand the collective challenges we face as a species, and how she uses her creative skills to share those discoveries.

Join Anson as he sits down with Eva to discuss her ongoing work, including the expansion of opportunities afforded Latina youth, and bettering the lives of mentally challenged adults living in Texas.  Oh… and he also has the audacity to ask her about that little known credit at the bottom of her IMDB page.

To learn more about Eva’s ongoing philanthropic work, you can visit the Eva Longoria Foundation by clicking here.  And the 2016 article “The Political Passion of Eva Longoria” by David Rennie can be found here.

Additional music for this episode of The Well was provided by Podington Bear under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial license.  The tracks “Gizmo” and “Violet” can be found here.  Additional music was also provided by Tapes and Tubes under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution license.  The track “Solo Guitar Two” can be found here.


BONUS EPISODE – Leon Ingulsrud – “A Herd of Antelope”

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Sometimes we have really great tape that didn’t quite make it into the primary episode, but that deserves to be shared with our listeners nonetheless.  This time we have tape that deserves to be shared with no one, hidden deep in a dusty archive, only to be unleashed several centuries in the future for the sole purpose of embarrassing our forebears.  But what the heck.  We’re releasing it now.

Please join us as we share one or five martinis with actor/director/producer Leon Ingulsrud who regales us with some of his greatest stories, including how his now wife Akiko duped him into meeting her father when he had already told her not to bring Leon home “in case the neighbors see him”.  And right on cue, Anson’s fiancé Darah makes a short appearance.  Enjoy.


Leon Ingulsrud – “The Martini Samurai” – TWP008

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We decided to do something fun for our holiday episode.  So we invited “Hell on Wheels” actor Leon Ingulsrud over to my place to share with us his love of martinis, their history, and how this gin-based, cultural touchstone has given him insight into what it means to be an American.  The result, however, was what you might expect.  Enjoy, and please remember to drink responsibly this holiday season, always have a designated driver, and DO NOT try this at home.  Happy holidays.

We mentioned that our friend and collaborator Jonathan Meiburg (who composed our theme music) has a new album coming out.  You can find information about the album “Loma” here.

Additional music for this episode of The Well features the track “The Alcoholic Blues” by Vernon Dalhart.  Additional music provided by Dee Range and Rick Cormier with their “I’m Prone to Gin, Naturally” via a Creative Commons Attribution License.

 


BONUS EPISODE – Reggie Watts – “What We Focus On”

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Anson’s interview with Reggie took place on August 12th, 2017.  Earlier that day, in Charlottesville, a white supremacist drove his car headlong into a crowd of protesters killing one and injuring many others.  The entire event cast a shadow of that day, and many to come.  So Anson asked Reggie his thoughts.  Here’s what happened.

 

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Reggie Watts – “The Dampfnudel Zone” – TWP007

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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.

We highly recommend Reggie’s album “Why Shit So Crazy”:

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.


BONUS EPISODE – Dr. David Haskell – “Open and Closed”

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While conducting a rather mind-blowing interview with Dr. David Haskell, we became just as interested in the creative process that led a biologist to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Not only does David believe that writing is applicable to his theory that life is a system networks, but that communication, whether in language or in art, is one of the very networks that comprise the human experience.

If you have not yet listened to Episode 6 “Life Is Connection”, make sure you do so before listening to this fantastic piece of tape.  Thanks and enjoy.

Additional music for this episode is provided by John Watts under a Creative Commons International (CC BY 4.0) license.  The track “A Night in the Woods” can be found here.