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Lauren LoGiudice and her characters interview experts to figure out if it's possible to have meaningful dialogue about difficult subjects again

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Lauren LoGiudice and her characters interview experts to figure out if it's possible to have meaningful dialogue about difficult subjects again

    RTA – Christine Grimaldi (Vice, Vogue, SELF)

    RTA – Christine Grimaldi (Vice, Vogue, SELF)

    “I found there was this very rich tradition of Italian American anti-fascism, not just Italian anti-fascism, across the pond, but anti-fascism here. ” – Christine Grimaldi

    Today I interviewed Christine Grimaldi who reports on reproductive policy and politics for outlets like VICE, Vogue, SELF Magazine, GEN Magazine, among other outlets.

    In this episode we speak about how:



    * The history of Italian-American anti-fascism in the United States

    * How the Knights of Columbus is not just a hall where you had your sweet 16, but a rabidly anti-choice organization

    * How she predicted Amy Coney Barrett would be the Supreme Court Nominee



    Then Carmella comes in to talk about an update on abortion rights since we first recorded the podcast

    To catch up with our guest:

    www.christinegrimaldi.com/

    Twitter: @chgrimaldi

    – “The Paesano of Shame: Trump’s Italian American Consiglieres” by Christine Grimaldi

    – “Two friends talk about Black, White, and The Grey: On cooking and collaboration across the color line” by Christine Grimaldi

    – “Amy Coney Barrett Would Destroy Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy” by Christine Grimaldi

    FYI, the Ohio-based Abortion Knights of Columbus fundraising team is not currently active, you can donate to Ohio’s statewide abortion fund, Women Have Options.

    – “The Texas Abortion Ban Might Be the First, But It Won’t Be the Last” by Christine Grimaldi

    – Texas Abortion Funds

    – Buckle Bunnies Fund, a Texas abortion mutual aid collective

    – National Network of Abortion Funds’ state-by-state abortion fund finder

    – The New Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty

    – “Stop It With The F*****g Coat Hangers” by Andrea Grimes

    – If/When/How’s Repro Legal Helpline

    – “The rise of anti-trans “radical” feminists, explained” by Katelyn Burns

    • 1 hr 27 min
    RTA – Pleasure Syndicate – Scott Jacobson, Todd Levin, Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks, Ted Travelstead

    RTA – Pleasure Syndicate – Scott Jacobson, Todd Levin, Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks, Ted Travelstead

    “Writing with other people makes the solitary writing life a lot more fun, especially when it’s the same sensibility which is a rare thing.” – Mike Sacks

    Today I interviewed Scott Jacobson, Todd Levin, Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks & Ted Travelstead. Authors of Sex: Our Bodies Our Junk and humor articles for The New Yorker. In this episode we speak about their ongoing writing collaboration.  [EP212]

    To catch up with our guests:

    Scott Jacobson: twitter.com/straintest

    Todd Levin: twitter.com/toddlevin

    Jason Roeder: twitter.com/jasonroeder

    Mike Sacks: twitter.com/mikebsacks

    Ted Travelstead: twitter.com/trumpetcake

    • 29 min
    RTA – Mike Sacks (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Randy: A Memoir, Stinker Let’s Loose!)

    RTA – Mike Sacks (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Randy: A Memoir, Stinker Let’s Loose!)

    “It just comes down to a few things and that is: have a good attitude and get into it because you’re interested not for the money, and keep moving forward. Just keep moving and good things tend to happen. ” – Mike Sacks

    Today I interviewed Mike Sacks

    Mike Sacks works for Vanity Fair and contributes humor to The New Yorker, Time, Esquire, GQ, Believer, Vice, Salon, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

    He is the author of eight books and three audio projects.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * His decision to self publish and stick to his creative vision.

    * The precariousness of success

    * How he came up with his two books Stinker Let’s Loose! and Randy: The Full and Complete Unedited Biography and Memoir of the Amazing Life and Times of Randy S.!



    To catch up with our guest:

    www.mikesacks.com

    Twitter.com/mikebsacks

    Instagram.com/mikebsacks

    • 46 min
    RTA – Ross Buran (Gay of Thrones)

    RTA – Ross Buran (Gay of Thrones)

    Ross Buran was born in San Francisco where he was confident he was excelling at sports. Eventually, he grew to realize his own mediocrity and set out to find answers in the Arts. He attended USC’s School of Theater and is a Writer/Actor and 3x Emmy Nominated Producer (Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones). He currently lives in Los Angeles where he clings to the hope that his athletic abilities were just waiting to blossom in his 30s.

    In this episode we speak about:



    * His experience balancing being an actor and a producer

    * How to navigate money vs passion gigs

    * Indulging in our mutual theater nerdom! And his play The Paris Syndrome



    Then Estrella asked about forcing herself on a production.

    To catch up with our guest:



    * Twitter and Instagram: @themanburan



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    • 38 min
    RTA – Onir (My Brother … Nikhil, I Am, Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz)

    RTA – Onir (My Brother … Nikhil, I Am, Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz)

    “What about the artist sentiment. … Where are we? Where do we stand as a society?” – Onir

    Today I interviewed Onir.

    Onir is an Indian filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and editor. He is best known for his film My Brother…Nikhil, based on the life of Dominic D’Souza, starring Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla and Purab Kohli. It was one of the first mainstream Hindi films to deal with AIDS and same-sex relationships. He won the Indian National Film awards for Best Film (Hindi) for the anthology “I AM” in 2011. I AM is considered as one of the first and largest crowd funded and crowd sourced film through social media in India. The film dealt with single motherhood, child sexual abuse, displacement and LGBTQI rights.

    Born as Anirban Dhar in Samchi, Bhutan, Onir spent much of his childhood going

    to the cinema. Earlier, Onir studied comparative literature from Jadavpur University in 1989, he received a scholarship to study film editing at SFB/TTC in Berlin. He later returned to India and worked as an editor, scriptwriter, art director, music album producer and song/music video director.

    Together with Sanjay Suri, Onir started Anticlock Films, a production company that concentrates on promoting young directors and new ideas. His last release was “Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz” which is currently streaming on Netflix.

    Onir has received the Diversity Award from Film Victoria Australia and La Trobe University at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2019.

    In this episode we speak about how:



    * His experience as a gay filmmaker in India

    * Creating stories with heart that transcend boundaries

    * How audiences have changed and how that effects art



    Then my character Carmella talks to him about his inspiration.

    Instagram – @ianonir and @anticlock_films

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    • 46 min
    RTA – Michael Melamedoff (The Problem With Apu, Black Women OWN The Conversation)

    RTA – Michael Melamedoff (The Problem With Apu, Black Women OWN The Conversation)

    “Good producing is about finding ways to help people tell the stories in ways they didn’t know they could. Giving them the resources and the permission to make their voices heard.” – Michael Melamedoff

    Today I interviewed Michael Melamedoff from Cowboy Bear Ninja.

    Michael Melamedoff is a partner in New York based production company Cowboy Bear Ninja, where he heads up their film and television division. His work as a producer includes the Emmy winning series Black Women OWN The Conversation, Paid Off with Michael Torpey and Shade: Queens of NYC. He is also a director and producer of narrative and documentary films and television, including the critically acclaimed and culture disrupting doc The Problem with Apu starring Hari Kondabolu. Other feature documentary credits include Victori, which the Boston Globe hailed by writing: “Exploring the fine line between kitsch and genius, Melamedoff’s dead-pan doc out mocks some of the best of Christopher Guest.” Mr. Melamedoff is also the producer and co-star of Flames (Tribeca `17, Hot Docs `17), a searingly erotic meta-documentary that Film Threat called “…a brilliant time capsule of the Obama era.”

    In this episode we speak about:



    * What is feels like to win an Emmy

    * Creating in new directions in COVID

    * What to do when a project doesn’t work out

    * How to gather the right team

    * Pitching dos and don’t

    * Bringing NYC back with the arts.



    Then my character Ivanka Trump asks about the Hollywood conspiracy against her.

    To catch up with our guest:

    www.cowboybearninja.com

    www.instagram.com/cowboybearninja

    • 1 hr 2 min

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Kit Krash ,

Empathetic wit!

This is what the world needs now, and Lauren has a zany way to do it. With personalities! This is a great way to rethink the architecture of human existence. Lauren’s characters reflect with the guests like mirrors into the soul. She will sparkle you with her sense of humor and empathetic wit.

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