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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.
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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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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”:
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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.
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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”.
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.
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When Anson sat down to interview June Jones for episode 5 “Love Is the Difference”, he began by asking the iconic football coach about his brush with death and how his sense of competition fueled his recovery. We hope you enjoy.
To find out more about June’s ongoing charitable work in Samoa, visit The June Jones Foundation.
Extra music this week is provided by Komiku via a CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain Dedication) license. The track “Stop Talking and Moving” can be found here.
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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.
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He’s a fantastic actor and we all know this. But did you know that Iwan Rheon is also an incredibly gifted song writer? Join us as we delve into three songs that represent three very different moments of his life’s journey.
If you’d like to find out more about Iwan and his music, you can visit: http://iwanrheon.com
And his album “Dinard” is available on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/iwan-rheon/id375734057
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Every now and then we’ll have a piece of tape that–while it didn’t fit in to our episode–is still something that we think you should hear. So we’ll be releasing these bonus episodes intermittently. And we’d love to know what you think, so let us know on out forums page.
During our most recent episode, when Branan was interviewing Shearwater‘s Jonathan Meiburg, they found themselves diving into the subject of a strange biological phenomenon known as “genetic memory”. Enjoy!
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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 https://thewellpod.com/shownotes/