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Known for finding and showcasing talented, yet to be discovered artists and creators, Michael Harren’s podcast, MikeyPod, takes the listener on inspiring journeys of true—and often remarkable—stories of the courage, passion, and struggles many have faced while bringing their visions to life.

MikeyPod Michael Harren

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Known for finding and showcasing talented, yet to be discovered artists and creators, Michael Harren’s podcast, MikeyPod, takes the listener on inspiring journeys of true—and often remarkable—stories of the courage, passion, and struggles many have faced while bringing their visions to life.

    MikeyPod 316 | Guitarist Mak Grgić

    MikeyPod 316 | Guitarist Mak Grgić

    It would be difficult to summarize the impossibly prolific world of guitarist Mak Grgić in one paragraph. He is an accomplished classical guitarist who has performed all over the globe, a builder of communities, and an entrepreneur and educator. Our conversation here was just perfect for the beginning of the year, especially this year. We discussed the intrinsic value of art, moving forward through obstacles, and, of course, his music. This is an episode not to be missed!















    As a soloist, collaborator and composer guitarist Mak Grgić has collaborated with The Assad Brothers, violinists Augustin Hadelich, Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of LA Phil, flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte, 11-time Billboard No. 1 pianist Paul Cardall and many more. As an active entrepreneur and educator, Mak is director of several organizations including EuroStrings, the European Guitar Festival Collaborative Network; the Zagreb Guitar Festival; and serves as director of the Elemental Guitar in Santa Monica, a program designed especially for young people. As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, he founded the Virtual Guitar Orchestra, gathering 500 guitarists from more than 50 countries to date. VGO is a community-oriented project, recognized by the Library of Congress for its cultural contributions. Mak is also proud to be involved with the Bosana Foundation, an organization that raises money for Bosnian youth. He regularly awards education-furthering scholarships to select students across South America.







    Music:Christmas Dreaming – Mak GrgićFantasia No. 6 (Francesco da Milano) – Mak Grgić







    Follow Mak Grgić on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more! This week’s bonus podcast will be an extended conversation with Mak!  Learn more right here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. Use the code “mikeypod” with your order for your free month!

    • 41 min
    MikeyPod 315 | Author Lotus Kay

    MikeyPod 315 | Author Lotus Kay

    Lotus Kay is a teen writer who has been published in Thrive Global,  Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, New Leaves, Light of Consciousness, and Voya: Voice of Youth Advocates.  She is a recipient of a grant from Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program for her work creating an educational campaign called Bears for Cares to educate youth about endangered species and wildlife. We talked about her work, what inspired her to start speaking up for animals, and how you are never too young (or too old) to start pursuing your creative dreams!















    I had an absolute blast talking with Lotus this week, and find myself creatively recharged and inspired! What a perfect first podcast for the new year!







    Follow Lotus Kay on Instagram and Twitter!Follow Bears for Cares on Instagram and Facebook!







    This is the last week to get your copy of my limited edition zine, Headphones! Get more information about that project here.















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more! This week’s bonus podcast will be an exclusive conversation with Lotus!  Learn more right here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. Use the code “mikeypod” with your order for your free month!

    • 24 min
    MikeyPod 314 | Writer and Actor Tom DeTrinis

    MikeyPod 314 | Writer and Actor Tom DeTrinis

    From the moment Tom DeTrinis and I began chatting on Skype, I knew this conversation was going to be a good one! Tom is a an angry actor/writer/director/producer who has been at it since 8. From TV shows like Community and 90210 to camp theater in LA and NY, he has brought his personal point of view to everything he works on. We talked about the things that mutually piss us off, but also about how Tom’s work makes an effort to heal and move forward through it all. His latest show, Making Friends, is running now online with the IAMA Theater Company, and you should go check it the moment you finish this podcast!















    Originally from Long Island, Tom DeTrinis came to Los Angeles by way of Buffalo – where he received his BFA in Music Theatre from University at Buffalo. He has been performing on the stage since he was 8 and has been involved in many productions as producer, director and actor, including Found, the Musical, Die, Mommie, Die!, The SantaLand Diaries, 30 Minute Musicals. On screen he can be seen in many titles including 90210, Community, Finding the A*****e Series (Slamdance 2019), and many more. He directed Tom Lenk in Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist (LA, NYC, San Fran, Scotland, London); Ravenswood Manor by Justin Sayre (LA), Happy Birthday Doug by Drew Droege (LA, NYC) and The Midnight Movie Collective with Justin Sayre (online). 







    Music:Every Night – Walker LukensSeat 16B – Hello Emerson







    Follow Tom DeTrinis on Twitter and Instagram







    Don’t miss Finding the A*****e, which we spoke about at the beginning of the show.















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more! This week’s bonus podcast is an exclusive conversation with Tom!  Listen here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. Use the code “mikeypod” with your order for your free month!

    • 53 min
    MikeyPod 313 | Comedian Melinda Hill

    MikeyPod 313 | Comedian Melinda Hill

    If you like comedy, therapy, and #poignancy, then you’ll love today’s conversation with award-winning comedian, actress and writer, Melinda Hill. She uses laughter as medicine in Inappropriate, her new comedy special about moving from trauma bonding to trauma mending. Melinda and I hopped right into the deep end of the pool with our conversation and covered creative process, her podcast, and the value of sharing things on stage that most people would never tell a soul.















    Melinda Hill is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. Her special and her podcast LET’S PROCESS THIS explore turning trauma into creative treasure by rewriting narratives, and the inspiring journeys of her creative guests who’ve done so. Melinda can be seen in the upcoming romantic comedy Love, Weddings and Other Disasters opposite Diane Keaton and Jeremy Irons, the Emmy and Peabody winning series Adventure Time, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite, as well as appearances on NBC, CBS, FOX, Showtime, Comedy Central’s Reno 911, Sarah Silverman Program and more.







    Music:Original Face – Bridget Barkan (Check out the video here!)







    Follow Melinda Hill on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Patreon.















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more!  Learn more right here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. Use the code “mikeypod” with your order for your free month!

    • 45 min
    MikeyPod 312 | Artist, Author, and Professor Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD

    MikeyPod 312 | Artist, Author, and Professor Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD

    Sharrell D. Luckett is an award-winning artist, author, and professor who was introduced to me by my longtime friend and frequent collaborator Adam Fitzgerald. With just a glance at her work, I knew she would be a fantastic guest for the podcast. Digging more deeply, I discovered a magnificent poet, musician, and speaker whose work explores issues of race, performance, gender, weight and self-esteem. In today’s conversation we explore her book, Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches, through her own experience as a student and educator. I feel so honored to have been able to talk with Dr. Luckett this week!















    Sharrell D. Luckett, Ph.D. is an award-winning director, celebrated author, and distinguished professor whose work introduced and defined the field of Black Acting Methods. Luckett is the author or editor/co-editor of five books that span the disciplines of theatre, black studies, performance studies, and fat studies: Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches; Young Gifted and Fat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege; African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity; Tarell Alvin McCraney: Theater, Performance, and Collaboration; and Transweight: Poems From an Undercover Fat Girl.  Luckett holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is the Director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and a professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in the departments of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the founding Executive Director of the Black Acting Methods Studio.







    Music: I Should Have Been A Mother****ing Black Mamba – Numinous (Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Composer)Don’t  – Numinous (Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Composer)







    Follow Sharrell D. Luckett on InstagramFollow Black Acting Methods on Instagram and Facebook.















    Order the Acting Theorists poster we discussed in the episode here.















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more! This week’s bonus podcast will be an exclusive conversation, (and recipes!) with Eric!  Learn more right here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you ...

    • 42 min
    MikeyPod 311 | Activist and Rescuer Jill Carnegie

    MikeyPod 311 | Activist and Rescuer Jill Carnegie

    Jill Carnegie serves as Campaign Strategist for the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, and as a participant in the group’s efforts for a number of years, I have worked closely with Jill in many different capacities. This last year was my first to focus on triage for rescued birds, which gave me a more complete picture of the tremendous amount of work that goes into this rescue year after year. Jill and I discuss the evolution of this work that brings together so many facets of New York City activists, some of our experiences, and go deep into the “why” that keeps her fighting for this cause.















    If you’d like to contribute to help the 500+ chickens who were rescued this year, you can donate to the GoFundMe, or donate to Tamerlaine Sanctuary and Preserve which took in a number of the birds who needed specialized care this year.Music:Legacy – Kiirstin MarilynEl Rocoto (Live at Tamerlaine Farm) – Lapdog







    Follow Jill Carnegie on Instagram and TwitterFollow the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.Follow United Poultry Concerns on Twitter and Facebook.















    This podcast is powered by my subscribers on Patreon who, in addition to the warm feeling they get from co-creating with me, get lots of sweet perks including bonus podcast episodes, free downloads, zines, and more! This week’s bonus podcast will be an exclusive conversation, (and recipes!) with Eric!  Learn more right here!







    If you’d like to check out my other work, order The Animal Book directly from me here and get a free download of the album!Here are some other places you can find the book.Find The Animal Album streaming and downloadable here.Here’s some more merch and music.







    Thinking of starting your own podcast? Do it! I’m a big fan of Blubrry for podcast distribution and you can get a month free by signing up for Blubrry Podcast Hosting here, or Blubrry Professional Statistics here. Use the code “mikeypod” with your order for your free month!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Megan B. S. ,

Megan B. S.

I knew immediately when I heard the intro that I would like this podcast. Michael obviously has a lot of charisma and he uses it to his advantage. His content is interesting and it feels like you're talking with a friend. Also, I really appreciate learning about new music (Shlomo Franklin may be my new favorite artist). Give it a listen, you won't be sorry.

Eric Hunley ,

Fascinating view of different artists

This is a very polished show that focuses on activist artists that many of us throughout the country aren’t exposed to.
A good episode example is an interview with the director Emmet Jack Lundberg. Emmet directs a show about Trans people that is casts real life trans performers.
They talk about a scene with Trevor going to the gynecologist and discuss the gravity of the situation. It makes me want to see the show so I can understand why normal daily things have more impact in the trans community.
They also discuss the fact that there is not a giant talent pool available of trans actors.
Mikey has a good warm approach to this interview.

Merlin692 ,

Hooked me in

What a great show! Not a vegan, however the show is well produced and very interesting. Love the chicken sanctuary 😁 The “Gateway drug”

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