Category Archives: Arts & Culture Podcasts

Art & culture Interviews

Richard Humann Podcast: Neo-conceptual Artist

Richard Humann Richard Humann is a Brooklyn-based neo-conceptual artist with innumerable international gallery and museum exhibitions, including: the Kemi Art Museum, the Tampere Art Museum, the Tornio Art Museum, the San Cristóbal Art Museum, the Daelim Art Museum, Macao Art Museum, the Kaohsiung Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ssamzie Space, and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art.  Humann was born and raised in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York State. He divides his time between Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.

Hear Richard discuss…
1. Moving to Brooklyn in the mid 1980’s from upstate New York – How has the art scene changed in all those years?

2. His work is displayed now on an international stage. How did this transformation happen?

3. What direction is his art now taking especially given the changing art world due to technological advances?

4. What is the place of art in today’s society and how is he viewing his legacy?

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Alan Chapell Podcast: Lyrics of the World

Alan Chapell Alan Chapell is an attorney, singer, songwriter and bandleader. Based in NYC, Chapell tours the world. He is influenced heavily by 80s and 90s music – but his lyrics reflect the world around him.

Hear Alan talk about…
1. His career as an attorney and what drove him to become a singer, songwriter and bandleader.
2. What he learned from touring the world and how that’s shared in his music.
3. His future plans for his music and what audiences he plans to impact.
4. What are the takeaways from his journey that will inspire others, especially young people, to follow their dreams.

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Matsumoto Podcast: Japanese Americans in World War II

Constance Hayes Matsumoto and Kent Matsumoto authored “Of White Ashes” which is based on the true story of their Japanese American family during World War II. Constance is a former corporate and interior design devotee who embraced the art of creative writing. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “What’s past is prologue,” her writing is intended to influence positive change in our world. Kent, a third-generation Japanese American, was born in Virginia and spent his formative years living in Japan where he attended the American School. Together they empty-nest in Delaware and will make the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimage.
MatsumotosHear them discuss:
1. The inspiration for “Of White Ashes”.
2. Their decision to co-author “Of White Ashes”.
3. What readers can take away from “Of White Ashes”.

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Armando Camina Podcast: Hope Faith & Dreams  Foundation

Armando Armando Camina is a pioneering Radio & TV personality and  Founder of the Hope Faith & Dreams Foundation (501c3). The Foundation
believes in Critical Thinking using Arts and Education as a path to the development of success. His mentorship program’s mission is to motivate by creating fun ways to learn and to meet interesting people who can inspire the path to learning. Click to see more about the Foundation.

Hear Armando discuss his journey and the importance of Arts & Education,  mentorship and literacy.

  • His first career as a Texas Broadcaster
  • How did Hope, Faith, and Dreams Begin in 2002.
  • What is the Kaleidoscope of ARTS Mentorship Program and why is it unique and relevant?

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Dirty Dancing Composers Podcast: Creating Iconic Music

Dirty Dancing
From left to right: John DeNicola, Jennifer Grey, Don Markowitz, Patrick Swayze, Franke Previte

The Dirty Dancing movie starring Patrick Swayze came out in 1987. Its soundtrack spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart and 230 weeks in the Top 30. With an astonishing 55 million in sales worldwide, the Dirty Dancing original soundtrack is one of the greatest selling soundtracks of all time.

This podcast features the composers of the movie’s iconic songs John DeNicola, Franke Previte, and Stacy Widelitz. You will be inspired by their work and careers.

JohnJohn DeNicola  is an Academy & Golden Globe Award winning singer/songwriter co-wrote the 2 iconic songs  “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” + “Hungry Eyes”. In the last few years John has released 2 solo albums. He also discovered MAROON 5, a pop rock band whose lead vocalist is Adam Levine.

Franke is also an Academy & Golden Globe Award winning singer/songwriter who co-wrote the 2 iconic songs  “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes”. Franke also had hits with Franke & The Knockouts …and co-wrote songs with Cyndi Lauper, Fleetwood Mac & many others who are well known in the music industry.

StacyStacy Widelitz is a multi-platinum songwriter and photographer who co-wrote “She’s Like The Wind”  with his late friend Patrick Swayze, the star of Dirty Dancing.  The award-winning song has played on US radio 4 million times. Stacy has also scored features, made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and was nominated for an Emmy for ABC’s World of Discovery.

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Joseph James Podcast: Mainstream Musical Journey

Joseph JamesJoseph James is an award-winning mainstream singer-song writer/ producer from New York, and the founder of AP Music Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Joseph has performed, produced and toured with major acts all over the world. Some notable acts include Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) and Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple).

“Valentine” is Joseph’s debut single released worldwide in January, 2023, followed by 10 more powerhouse tracks on his debut album, ’55.’ With Joseph’s record label, studio and performance experience, Joseph is setting out to be the next big act in the mainstream commercial music business in 2023.

Hear Joseph talk about his experiences of working with SuperStars:

  • Fun / wild experiences of being on the road with Richie Blackmore
  • How he met Lady Gaga
  • Working with Dolly Parton
  • His decision on finally releasing his first solo album

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Jacqueline Schwab Podcast: Music and Culture

Schwab Pianist Jacqueline Schwab spins musical stories out of the myriad strands in the American quilt and with community music making at their heart. Her signature playing features in over a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including his Grammy-winning Civil War, as well as in The Irish in America and other PBS documentaries. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, on PBS with the American Pops Orchestra and in almost every state of the Union. Her latest album I Lift My Lamp—Illuminations from Immigrant America celebrates music from American immigrants. Jacqueline Schwab grew up in Pittsburgh and has since lived in Boston and on Cape Cod.

Hear Jacqueline talk about musicians who perform music from other cultures and her new album, “I Lift My Lamp.”

Learn how musicians explore with respect music of other cultures, weigh in on the diversity problems confronting the world and promote cross-cultural healing.

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Tonya Todd Podcast: Diversity in the Entertainment Industry

Tonya ToddTonya Todd is a Las Vegas author, actress, and activist. Invested in fair representation, her continued involvement in the literary, theatre, and filmmaking communities provides a platform to champion marginalized artists and contributes toward an environment that embraces a variety of voices.

Hear Tonya discuss her biracial journey and ….

  • The importance of pushing yourself to make people feel included even when it feels awkward or uncomfortable.
  • The damage caused by dismissing projects as Black or Gay or Asian as if they don’t have universal appeal.
  • Why it’s important to consume media that is centered on people whose identity is different from ours.
  • How allies can contribute to an inclusive environment and assist marginalized artists.


KALLIE MARIE Podcast: Gender in Audio/Music Production

Kallie KALLIE MARIE is a recording engineer and record producer who has worked with a variety of artists and bands. She is also an award winning composer, whose work with MPath Tracks won a Broadcast Production Music Award. She has written music for film, TV, choreographers, and has a strong interest in creating music for video games. She is also a freelance writer for Sonic Scoop, as well as a published author with Routledge Taylor Francis, and her latest title with Rowman & Littlefield.

Hear Kallie discuss:

  • How her research about women in this industry come about?
  • Who did she interview?
  • What can some one not involved in audio/music production take away from reading this book?
  • How can we keep our conversations and efforts for gender equality intersectional?

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Eileen Koteles Podcast: Teaching Through the Arts

Arts Eileen Koteles is an actor and choreographer. Raising her three sons, she realized the gift of teaching through the Arts. Now returning to the stage, Eileen performs  as Dr. Ruth, an iconic sex therapist who lost her family in the Holocaust.

Eileen finds she is still teaching through the Arts and urges us to support the arts as a platform for tolerance whether theater, writing, poetry, dance, painting, or photography.

Hear Eileen talk about:

1. How does teaching through the Arts apply to diversity and inclusion?
2. What does the one woman show about Dr. Ruth teach us?

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