Comic Book Creator (with Napoleon Doom)

Comic books have seen quite a change in perception in the past decade.  Hollywood, and then everyone, took notice.  Blockbuster films were made.  Award winning shows were made.  Comic cons got more and more popular.  Cosplay became a word in the common vernacular, and suddenly, comics weren’t just for nerds anymore.  Still, everything seems to center around the big names, the Platinum Hits.  As you would imagine, like music, movies and other art forms, this is only a piece of the pie.  Hardcore comic book fans get into the underground stuff.  The independent and self produced stuff.  Today, independent comic book creator Napoleon Doom comes on the show to tell us about the world of independent comics and the creative process.

Satirical Internet Personality (with Andrew Briedis)

The internet is a pretty crazy place.  You can buy anything from shamwow towels to assault weapons, watch anything from adorable cat videos to genre defying porn (these account for 97% of the internet’s overall use), and have video conversations with people across the globe.  One of the less touted feats of the internet is that it allows us to be anyone we want to be.  Today’s guest was one of the first people to really tap into this concept and use it on social media.  Andrew created a parody twitter account called Annoying Actor Friend that assumed the role of, well, your annoying actor friend.  It completely stuck a nerve with the Broadway community and suddenly Andrew became the Bruce Wayne to his Twitter account’s Batman.

Standardized Patient (with Errol McLendon)

Most things in life we don’t want standardized.  Skin color, personal opinions, sexual preferences, our landscape and geography, variety is the spice of life.  There are a few things though that definitely need to be standardized, and probably not many higher up on the list than what a physician is going to do when they give you a prostate exam or how they are going to act if you suddenly pass out while in the room with them.  Physicians, like professional sports referees, are a great group of people to have standardized.  We definitely don’t want one doctor seeing a foul, and another doctor saying to play on.  It could quite literally be a matter of life and death.  Today’s guest is a standardized patient.  Standardized patients act out various scenarios with physicians and nurses in medical school to make sure they get it right when they’re out in the real world.

Clothing Brand Owner (with Jim Snediker)

Clothes, can’t live without em’.  They keep us warm, hide our bodies from the unsuspecting public, and make our pets look really ridiculous.  Since we all need to wear them, that means that lots of people need to make them too.  What kind of an undertaking is that though?  If you want to start a jewelry company you can buy some jewels and stick em’ in some precious metals, next step profit.  If you want to start a clothing company you buy some cotton and…then…next step profit?  Luckily we have Jim Snediker, Co-owner of Stock Manufacturing Co., to explain all them steps of starting a clothing company to us.

NASA Engineer (with Mike Cooney)

What did you want to be when you were a kid?  I would be willing to stake my life on the fact that at least 90% of kids at some point in their childhood would all say the same thing, and it’s not Fire Truck Driver.  I am of course referring to being an astronaut.  Is there anything more great than space?  Anything more captivating and awe inspiring?  Today’s guest himself is an aspiring astronaut, but for now he has to settle with just being a particle physics trained electrical engineer with a PhD working on some of the most complex problems that mankind ever has at Langley Research Center for NASA.  If Astronauts are going to get to space andsurvive there, they have to rely on a lot of smart people like Michael.  Time to learn about the people that have helped inspired the imaginations of every child ever.

Assistive Technology Consultant (with Brian Friedlander)

Not everyone is created the same, and that is a great thing.  We live in a world with boundless diversity that is truly beautiful.  However, with some diversity there comes challenges.  Those with special needs and disabilities can have a tough road in life as society often doesn’t cater to their needs.  Luckily we have wonderful people, like today’s guest, that dedicate their lives to helping those who are created differently, but are absolutely equal to the rest of us.

Internet / Cable Technician (with Frank Bartlett)

There are some technologies that are indispensible once discovered.  Like a combination of a weed and a redwood, these technologies grow their roots so fast and so deep, that in just a short time removing them would undo the entire foundation of civilization.  For me the big three would be farming, electricity, and the Internet.  One allowed civilizations to exist, one allowed them to thrive, and the last allowed the whole world to connect into one big civilization…and perhaps more importantly it allowed you to read this sentence and listen to this podcast.  Time to figure out what allows us to have the internet and enjoy life as we know it today.

Book Editor (with Wendy McClure)

Most of us like to think that we’re pretty self sufficient, but the reality is that we need a lot of help from people around us to enable our success.  Support roles are invaluable at keeping the world spinning round and keeping quality products at our fingertips.  Perhaps no one knows this more than a book editor.  For one, they help writers sound good.  They make sure there is balance and consistency throughout a novel, and give it an overall sense of polish it would not otherwise have.  The more unknown side of book editing though is to read through countless potential books and decide which are going to make the cut, which are worth our time and money.  Today’s guest tells us all about the rewards, challenges and pressures of deciding what we get to read, and how we get to read it.


Half Hour Intern (with Blake Fletcher)

Well, here we are.  100 episodes in.  I debated for a long time on what topic to tackle for the 100th episode.  Then I remembered, the most common question I get is why/how I started the show.  So here it is.  An interview with me as the subject, questions written in by listeners, hosted by my lovely wife, Asta.  Thank you all for your support.  It means everything to me.

Art Gallery Owner (with Ann Hazels)

Art is everywhere, and according to most definitions, can be pretty much anything.  Yet somehow when art is put indoors, into a formal setting, it somehow can become pretty intimidating.  Like somehow just putting it in a frame and on a wall makes us second guess if we really ‘get’ it, or if we’re even capable of getting it. Our overly self conscious hang-ups aside, today’s guest argues that we can all appreciate art.  Ann Hazel’s is a wonderful, down to earth gallery owner that just wants you to have a great experience with art.

Pet Detective (with Sarah Sypniewski)

For many of us, our animals are like our children.  We dote on them, share pictures with anyone willing to look, and tell stories about how great they are.  Thinking about my life without my dog is…unthinkable.  Yet if our animals manage to run away from home, or get lost, whom are we supposed to call?  Today’s guest, that’s who!  Sarah is a lost pet specialist/pet detective, and when animals in Los Angeles lose their way Sarah knows all the tricks to help track them down.

Grief Counselor (with Pascale Vermont)

Most of us live in a world where we, above all other things, value happiness.  Some people, like Buddhists, live in a world of non-attachment to good or bad.  Today’s guest, Pascale Vermont, has devoted her life to the opposite of all of this, getting up close and personal with the whole range of human emotions that fuel grief.  Sadness, anger, guilt, and anxiety are just some of the things that are a part of her daily life.  She’ll tell us why grief doesn’t have to have be something we avoid, and how we can navigate its treacherous waters.

Children's Author (with Sarah Lynn Scheerger)

Fictional storytelling is such a gift. It allows our minds to run wild and transports us away to another world where absolutely anything could be possible.  It also helps us digest complex topics in a more palatable and easy to comprehend way.  Perhaps for this reason, while the number of adults that reads falls, the number of adults reading to their children, and children reading in general, holds steady.  While we may feel too busy to read, we know how valuable it is for a small child to have a fun conduit to learn, grow, and explore.  Today’s guest is mother, and a writer of children’s books and teen fiction.  We’ll discuss why writing a children’s book isn’t as easy as it looks, and what writing with a teen voice is like.

Experiential Psychologist (with Michelle Wang)

I don’t know about you, but I sure am good at over-thinking things.  I think it’s a trait that humans developed when we realized we were capable of abstract thought.  We just started abstract thinking the hell out of everything!  Then, as part of a solution to our over thinking and various other struggles, we came up with psychotherapy.  Using the mind to help heal the mind, what a natural fit.  Today’s guest is a psychotherapist, but believes in stepping outside of the usual psychology role, and incorporating your body and other experiences into the therapeutic sphere.   I say anything that gets me thinking a bit less sounds good to me.

Metalworker (with Andrew Crawford)

The world of art is about as deep as any there is. There are so many different mediums, so many different styles, and so many different makers and admirers that an endless number of creations can be made.  Today’s guest thought he wanted to go one direction in the world of art, but was then introduced to metal.  This introduction completely shaped the rest of his life, and the way he thought about art.  He still uses metal to make traditional fine art, but he’ll also make you a fence for your back yard.  Who’s to say what can and can’t be art anyways? 

Wine Maker (with Sterling Kragten)

Any fan of Half Hour Intern knows we love our adult drinks around here.  Social lubricating, tension easing, great tasting drinks; what’s not to love?  I’m typically a beer and wine man myself, and as such I’ve already done a couple of interviews with people that get to drink wine for a living (I still can’t believe jobs like that exist!), but today we finally speak to one of the wonderful people behind the juice.  Get ready for a lesson in the delicate balance of art and chemistry.

Prosthetist (with Kevin Carroll)

There are very few things that can happen to you that will forever change your life; very few events that change the way that you think about and interact with the world.  I think that it’s safe to say that losing a limb would fall into this category.  Up until modern times losing a limb would’ve very likely also meant death.  Thanks to people like today’s amazing guest, losing a limb is no longer a death sentence, and they are working hard to make it less and less of a life changing event.  Whether you are veteran that lost a leg, a dolphin that lost it’s tail, or a turtle that lost a fin, today’s guest is here to help.

Influencer Marketing (with Kristy Sammis)

We humans are a fickle breed.  There’s part of us that loves to be told what to do, what to wear, and what to spend our money on.  Yet there seems to be an even bigger part of us that hates all of those things.  I think a big part of it is that while we’re being told what to do, we don’t want it to seem like we’re being told what to do.  What a predicament we’ve put the world of marketing in.  Tell us what we should like, but don’t tell us directly lest we feel like we’re being given some corporate line.  Enter the world of influencer marketing.  No more direct company messaging, no more fickle consumers. 

Street Artist (with Cameron Moberg)

Forms of art can be like fuel for the soul.  Music, paining, sculpture, photography, and countless other art forms have a way of cutting to our core.  Forget your prefrontal cortex, that music is gonna get that toe tappin and that painting is gonna head straight for your pleasure center.  As a city dweller, one of my favorite forms of art is kick as street art.  Big, bold, bright murals that enhance an otherwise bland, and sometimes even run down, building.  Not only is it great in sheer aesthetics, but the way you happen upon it is just the best.  No tickets to a museum.  No art gallery needed.  No planning at all.  You’re just walking down the street and BAM, awesome thing in your face!  It’d be like going for a walk and all of the sudden this amazing band was just playing on the street corner.  The combination of beauty and surprise is one that I have absolutely no problem with.  Today’s guest is one of the best at making these awesome surprises a reality as he takes the otherwise mundane and turns it into art.

Middle School Music Teacher (with Tim Cassell)

Music is the freakin’ best.  They say that you can’t stay upset or depressed if you put a smile on your face.  I say you can’t stay upset or depressed if you just put on some music.  Music is like a shot of pure serotonin that bypasses your brain and hits your right in the soul.  In order to have this wonderful drug we have to have people that make music, and in order to have that we need to have those that teach and inspire.  Today’s guest is a Jr. High school band director that inspires kids to connect with music and create it for themselves.