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We all have stories to tell. The A.R.C.Light Podcast shines a light on the stories of students, staff and the community of John Hersey High School.

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We all have stories to tell. The A.R.C.Light Podcast shines a light on the stories of students, staff and the community of John Hersey High School.

    Push Puppets, Adventures of the Musical Union and Elvis Costello’s Pizza: A Conversation with Erich Specht

    Push Puppets, Adventures of the Musical Union and Elvis Costello’s Pizza: A Conversation with Erich Specht

    On this episode, we sit down with Erich Specht of the band, Push Puppets. A 1986 graduate of Hersey High School, Erich plays a couple of songs and talks about his band’s new album, Allegory Grey. In addition, he tells some stories of band life on the road, plus a great story from River Trails Junior High, and his admiration for former Hersey teacher, Lyon Trainer. Oh, and did we mention Elvis Costello’s pizza?

    More information about Erich and Push Puppets, visit https://www.pushpuppets.net

    Visit https://www.herseyarc.org for a detailed description of this episode, plus pictures from our recording and a list of musical acts mentioned in the episode.

    Oh, and check out the picture of Elvis Costello's pizza. 

    • 37 min
    S02E02: Can I Have Your Autograph?

    S02E02: Can I Have Your Autograph?

    On this episode we dive into the world of autograph collecting with JHHS Freshman Matthew Grajkowski. He has been collecting autographs for a few years and has amassed quite an assortment. He discusses how he got into the hobby and the patience needed to be a successful autograph collector.

    To view Matthew's collection, visit his Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/matthewg.royalspoliticians/

    More information about the ARCLight Podcast can be found at HerseyARC.org

    • 13 min
    S02E01 - The Cost of Saving a Life: A Conversation with Kati Standefer

    S02E01 - The Cost of Saving a Life: A Conversation with Kati Standefer

    Kati Standefer graduated from Hersey High School in 2003. When she was 24, she went into cardiac arrest and ended up getting a cardiac defibrillator wired into her chest. That device, though, malfunctioned several years later, sending three shocks to her heart. The device was supposed to save her life, yet there she was writhing on the ground in pain. That incident prompted a global journey of inquiry. She wanted to know what the cost was to create that device, not just on her, but on people who mined the minerals and on the environment. This led her across the United States, and to Madagascar and Rwanda. The result was a moving memoir entitled Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life. On this episode of the ARCLight Podcast, Kati discusses that journey, the writing of the book and how Lightning Flowers was her "attempt to figure out how to keep being a living person."

    • 36 min
    S01E6 - Weasels, Blackouts and an Angel named Clarence: A Conversation with Hersey Grad John Jughead

    S01E6 - Weasels, Blackouts and an Angel named Clarence: A Conversation with Hersey Grad John Jughead

    John Jughead Pierson graduated from Hersey in 1985. Since then, he formed the influential punk band Screeching Weasel, plus Even in Blackouts and The Mitochondriacs. He is a podcaster, actor and author. On this episode, we focus on his 2011 novel, The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody. This novel reimagines the movie It's a Wonderful Life. What if Clarence had not saved George Bailey? This jam-packed episode touches on a little of everything: music, writing and creativity.

    • 31 min
    S01E05 - Native Impressions, a Conversation with Joe Podlasek

    S01E05 - Native Impressions, a Conversation with Joe Podlasek

    Joe Podlasek is the CEO of Trickster Cultural Center in Schaumburg. He joins us to discuss Native history and the impact that Native people made on the land and region that makes up Hersey High School and District 214. 

    The Trickster Cultural Center is the only Native owned and operated cultural arts institution in the state of Illinois. For more information, visit the Trickster Cultural Center at: https://www.tricksterculturalcenter.org/

    • 20 min
    S01E04 - Godzilla, nothing but Godzilla

    S01E04 - Godzilla, nothing but Godzilla

    On the last episode of the ARCLight Podcast, we sat down with filmmaker and Hersey grad, Jordan Graves. Much of our conversation centered around his career as a filmmaker, but we also talked about his favorite film franchise: Godzilla. Jordan is a Godzilla-Super Fan. On this special episode, Jordan talks about the history of Godzilla, why he likes the giant monster so much -- and gives us his top 5 films. 

    More information about Jordan can be found on his website, https://www.jordanmgraves.com

    Check out our blog to see the trailers for every film Jordan discusses in this episode.  https://www.herseyarc.org

    • 18 min

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