38 episodes

What compels the creative mind? Join host Sam Dingman (Family Ghosts, The Rumor) for weekly conversations with fellow seekers of the sacred - aka artists in pursuit of that golden turn of phrase, line of dialogue, chord progression, joke, brushstroke, lyric, or rhyme. We trust the muse will turn up eventually. But until she arrives, how will we spend our time?

The Midnight Disease Sam Dingman

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 187 Ratings

What compels the creative mind? Join host Sam Dingman (Family Ghosts, The Rumor) for weekly conversations with fellow seekers of the sacred - aka artists in pursuit of that golden turn of phrase, line of dialogue, chord progression, joke, brushstroke, lyric, or rhyme. We trust the muse will turn up eventually. But until she arrives, how will we spend our time?

    A Midnight Meditation

    A Midnight Meditation

    A note of thanks for a great 2023, and a request for your thoughts on how to make the show even better in 2024. Drop me a line at midnight@walt.fm - and thank you, as always, for listening. Happy holidays!
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    • 6 min
    Nicole J. Georges: The Hardware Store

    Nicole J. Georges: The Hardware Store

    Graphic novelist, podcaster, and illustrator Nicole J. Georges on the fearless frankness of the 'zine era, treating your family as subjects of investigation, and truth-telling as an act of survival. Find Nicole's books and learn more about her work at her website. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thanks for listening - it means a lot.
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    • 52 min
    Allison Miller: This Music Is About Motion

    Allison Miller: This Music Is About Motion

    Jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, and teacher Allison Miller on writing rivers, playing jazz you can dance to, and the value of being tossed into the deep end. Find Allison's music and live tour dates at her website, and be sure to check out the newest record, "Rivers In Our Veins," one of NPR's top albums of 2023. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thanks for listening - it means a lot.
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    • 45 min
    Patricia Park: Method Writing

    Patricia Park: Method Writing

    Novelist Patricia Park (Re Jane, Impostor Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim) on writing the real Queens, wondering what her characters would think about while they're waiting for the bus, and sharing her realities with her fictions. Learn more about Patricia's work at her website. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot.
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    • 55 min
    Chris Smither: The Flat Beach

    Chris Smither: The Flat Beach

    Chris Smither has been writing, performing, and touring his music for over sixty years. From the blues clubs of New Orleans to the 1960's folk revolution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to touring around the world with the likes of B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt, Chris has seen it all (and written songs about most of it). I caught up with him before a recent gig at The Turning Point in New York to find out what he's learned from six decades of reinventing himself. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review in whatever app you use to listen, and drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. Thanks for tuning in - it means a lot.
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    • 53 min
    Cristen Conger: Elephant Ears

    Cristen Conger: Elephant Ears

    Cristen Conger has been podcasting since 2009, when she co-created "Stuff Mom Never Told You" while working as a staff writer at How Stuff Works. These days, she hosts the Webby-winning podcast Unladylike, where she examines thorny cultural dilemmas through a deft mix of storytelling, investigative reporting, and interviews. It's an audio haven of empathy and curiosity. On today's show, Cristen tells the story of how her upbringing in a strict religious environment - where curiosity wasn't always welcome - created the foundation for her spirit of exploration. If you have thoughts about anything you hear on this episode, drop me a line at: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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187 Ratings

187 Ratings

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Peaceful, Funny, a Delight

I came to the midnight disease from family ghosts and continue to be delighted by the way Sam tells stories. I listen on my way home from work on the bus or when I’m cooking dinner/puttering about the house and it feels like catching up with an old friend. Sam, you’re doing a good job and I appreciate how much care you take with all aspects of this work.

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Every episode ❤️

Been following this ever since it launched - look forward to great talks every week. Thank you Sam!

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So great to hear a long form interview with Jordan Morris - one of my favorite podcasters and I never get to hear him this way

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