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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.
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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/
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Earlier this year Anson got to fulfill a lifelong fantasy when he portrayed a Marvel Comics superhero. While shooting, he kept a handheld recorder with him and asked his cast mates a very simple question: “Who’s your superhero?” The results were not only interesting, but deeply touching. This episode is dedicated to those special people in our lives who inspire us to continue being creative in the pursuit of our dreams.
Special thanks to Marvel Entertainment and to the cast of “The Inhumans”.
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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 Hour, Keeping the Faith, X-men: The Last Stand, Vanilla Sky and the TV shows Lost and The Inhumans.)
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You can find our more information about them at: http://jelsonic.com/royalty-free/