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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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 37 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 332 | Musician Christian Douglas

    MikeyPod 332 | Musician Christian Douglas

    I had a blast chatting with musician Christian Douglas on the podcast this week. His debut album, Inside Voice, was written and recorded under quarantine, and as you might expect is largely inspired by the events of the last 18 months. Beyond that, though, we talked creativity, self-doubt, ritual, and so many of these juicy topics so many of us contend with. I know this podcast will leave you as recharged and invigorated as I was after my conversation with Christian.















    Christian Douglas is a multifaceted singer, songwriter and theater performer. Like flipping a switch he can go from performing “Nessun Dorma” for the President of Italy at the White House to appearing as Jack Kelly in Newsies, to belting “Uptown Funk” with a wedding band and singing his soulful original music. Christian’s diverse vocal skills have made him a sought-after performer in the D.C. area, appearing in musicals and cabarets at Arena Stage and Signature Theatre, as well as in nationally-televised concerts with the American Pops Orchestra.







    Christian recently released his first full-length album, Inside Voice, which features a melting pot of styles, genres and sounds to reflect how far our hearts and minds can travel when our physical bodies are stuck inside. The recording was created during the COVID-19 pandemic. 







    Music:Stay Inside – Christian DouglasLove Thy Neighbor – Christian DouglasThrough the Screen – Christian Douglas







    Follow Christian Douglas on Instagram, and Facebook, and YouTube.Find Christian’s music on his website, Spotify, Apple Music, or your favorite streaming platform.







    Photo by Chris Mueller Photography.















    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 Christian Douglas!  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 331 | Author Gabrielle Alexa Noel

    MikeyPod 331 | Author Gabrielle Alexa Noel

    Joining me on the podcast (in a conversation I really needed) is author, essayist, and sex-positive content creator Gabrielle Alexa Noel. We chat about her book, How to Live With the Internet and Not Let It Run Your Life and so many nuggets to help out those of us who try to use the Internet to create positive change. I’ve been in a place of thinking more carefully about how I want to show up on social media, and this conversation with Gabrielle was just the thing to get my head around some of this stuff. I know you’ll love it too!















    Gabrielle Alexa Noel is an author, essayist, and sex-positive content creator. She has bylines everywhere including Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post, Elle, Bitch, and Playboy. Her first book – “How To Live With The Internet and Not Let It Run Your Life” – was just released in March of 2021.







    You may have seen her on the MTV reality show ‘Singled Out’ (Quibi), the PBS show ‘#MeToo: Now What?’, and the queer comedy series ‘These Thems’. She was also featured in Bustle’s ’16 LGBTQ Activists, Artists, & Storytellers Bustle Readers Love Following’ list and was a part of Go Magazine’s ‘100 Women We Love Class of 2019. You can check out all her creative projects here. Otherwise, she’s a marketing professional and software developer living in NYC. Check out her Github to view her software development projects.







    Follow Gabrielle Alexa Noel on Twitter, Instagram, and GitHub.















    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!

    • 26 min
    MikeyPod 330 | Author Nevo Zisin

    MikeyPod 330 | Author Nevo Zisin

    This week I welcome author Nevo Zisin to chat about their book The Pronoun Lowdown: Demystifying and celebrating gender diversity. This conversation was a absolute delight, and we went deep into the book itself, reflected on the work of our queer ancestors, and discussed playing the long game as activists. So many laughs and insight to be had on this episode as well as some great new music from The Wheel Workers and Tranna Wintour. Listen up!















    Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo (2017), a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown (2021) a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns.







    Nevo is one of Australia’s only transgender marriage celebrants and is very passionate about creating transcendent celebrations. They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 for 2019, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.







    Music:The Binary Code – The Wheel WorkersDid You Want This – Tranna Wintour







    Follow Nevo Zisin on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram















    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 Nevo Zisin!  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!

    • 47 min
    MikeyPod 329 | Edward Button and The King’s Singers

    MikeyPod 329 | Edward Button and The King’s Singers

    This week I welcome Edward Button to the podcast to talk about his work with the renowned British a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers. Eddie and I talk about the history of the group, The King’s Singers Global Foundation New Music Prize, and the many other ways the group strives to champion music as a way to find musical and social harmony in the world. I can’t wait for you to hear this conversation!















    For over half a century, The King’s Singers have been entertaining audiences all over the world with their virtuosity and trademark British flair. The group was officially born on May 1st 1968, when six recent choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge, gave their first professional concert in London. Today, The King’s Singers are consistently welcomed on the world’s great stages. Alongside two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, The King’s Singers were delighted to be one of WQXR’s 20 for 20 artists this year.







    The King’s Singers Global Foundation seeks to champion music as a way to find musical and social harmony in the world.  Whether it’s audience members who come together from different walks of life united by a love of music, or choirs who create something more beautiful than the sum of their parts, music has a powerful effect on individuals, communities and the wider world, no matter people’s age, gender, race or circumstance.  







    At the beginning of this episode I talk a bit about working with a mentor (hi, Ian!) from Soundfly, you can check them out here.







    Follow The King’s Singers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Listen to their music on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you stream music!







    Photo of Edward Button by Rebecca Reid.















    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 Edward Button!  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!...

    • 25 min
    MikeyPod 328 | Musician Michael Zapruder

    MikeyPod 328 | Musician Michael Zapruder

    Considering how much I love Michael Zapruder‘s music, I probably should not have been so surprised by how much we vibed together in this week’s episode of the podcast. His latest album, Latecomers, is rhythmically vibrant, melodically adventurous, and lyrically poetic yet conversational. Many of these qualities found their way into our conversation here, too, as we talked about the album, it’s journey, and Zapruder’s own journey as an artist. It’s a real privilege to talk to an artist like Michael, and I can’t wait for you to check it out!















    As a performing and recording songwriter, Michael Zapruder has made more than a dozen albums, including five solo albums and 52 Songs, a 1999 project in which he wrote, recorded and posted online one song each week for a year. He has performed across the United States as well as in Canada and Europe, and has been invited to perform at South by Southwest and Pop Montreal festivals. Zapruder’s records have been acclaimed by critics, with Pitchfork, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Tiny Mixtapes, and many others lauding Zapruder’s ambition, uniqueness and songcraft. His 2012 project Pink Thunder, for which he made twenty-two songs from poems by living American poets, was hailed by the Huffington Post as “a work of extraordinary merit and historical significance,” and was selected as the Boston Globe’s 2012 Best Poetry Project of 2012. His 2008 record Dragon Chinese Cocktail Horoscope won an Independent Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Album and its song Second Sunday in Ordinary Time was nominated for Best Folk Song.







    Music:Latecomers – Michael ZapruderNew Quarantine – Michael ZapruderBoth tracks are from Michael’s latest album, Latecomers. Find it on Bandcamp and all the streaming and purchasing places.







    Follow Michael Zapruder on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.















    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 Michael Zapruder!  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!

    • 38 min
    MikeyPod 327 | Writer and Performer Julie Piñero

    MikeyPod 327 | Writer and Performer Julie Piñero

    Like her latest solo theater piece Delejos (from afar), my conversation this week with Julie Piñero explores themes of grief, distance, Latinx identity, virtual reality, and music in a strikingly intimate way. Our conversation here dives deep into the loss that ultimately gave birth to this, her first solo show, but also into the seemingly disparate emotions of grief and gratitude that share space in her psyche as of late. I’m excited to get this episode to your ears, and can’t wait for you to hear!















    Jule Piñero is a performer and multimedia producer known best for producing podcasts like Common’s “Mind Power Mixtape” at Audible, documentary series “Crash the Party” at HuffPost and for performing standup and live music around Brooklyn. She was an on-camera correspondent for HuffPost, interviewing newsmakers like Lorena Bobbitt and Ilana Glazer. She was nominated for two Webby awards for producing the food travel series “Food/Groups” with James Beard Award winning host Dave Infante and “Really, Dough?!” with Lucali chef Marc Iocono, now streaming on Amazon Prime. She produced memoir-style podcasts for comedians Kate Willett (“Dirtbag Anthropology”) and Mo Welch (“Come Out, Come Out”): a project spotlighted at the iHeartRadio Awards. She’s a co-host of Stoked Comedy (with Kelly Bachman, Amber Rollo and Davidson Boswell) in Brooklyn and performed sketch comedy with Sofa Kingdom. 







    Get tickets for Delejos (from afar) here. This Thursday April 22 is the last performance! I’ll be there… will you?







    Follow Julie Piñero on Twitter, and Instagram.Photo of Julie Piñero by Damon Scheleur.















    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 Julie Piñero!  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!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

blackoutpete ,

Utterly Engaging

Michael Harren not only knows how to talk, but how to listen. He has the most diverse, fascinating, well-versed, unique guests from musicians to activists and everything in between. Extremely well produced and always a joy to listen to.

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.

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