This podcast celebrates the brilliant, quirky, and fascinating individuals of Philadelphia. We grab beers with our guests at the local establishments of their choice to dig into their backgrounds, find out what makes them tick, get them to share a few of their secrets, and give them the Philly Blunt—a rapid-fire round of questioning. Hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze, Johnny Goodtimes, and Violations Greg. Hear Philadelphians as you've never heard them before.
Mega Ran – Nerdcore Rapper, Writer, Teacher, Hero
He’s written over 130 songs about the video game Mega Man, which earned him a Guinness World Record, rapped a Comic-Con, taught middle-school kids, and recently wrote a memoir. He is Mega Ran and he’s our guest on this episode of The Philly Blunt.Mega Ran grew up in West Oak Lane and graduated from Martin Luther King High School. As a kid, he was into video games as well as music. He decided to combine his two loves and started making songs about his favorite video game, Mega Man. Soon after, he became powerful force in the world of Nerdcore Hip-Hop playing conventions around the world.We talk about how Mega Ran got started, what it’s like playing to a Comic-Con, and growing up in West Oak Lane. Mega Ran thinks that 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are the worst kids to teach. We ask him to expound about that. He also thinks nerds today have it much easier than being a nerd when he was growing up.Mega Ran recently wrote a memoir about his life, the struggles of being a young Black kid with nerdy interests, and his successes. We spend some time talking about the new book, Dream Master, and then hit him with The Blunt Round.LINKS:Mega Ran: www/FB/Instagram/Twitter/Twitch/Book
WALLIS – The 15-year-old behind the Viral Holiday Song Lonely Christmas
WALLIS, A 15-year-old from the Philly suburbs has released the perfect 2020 Christmas song called, Lonely Christmas. The song has gone viral with over 600K views in less than two weeks and on has garnered mentions on The Today Show’s website Ellen DeGeneres on social media and massive sharing. WALLIS joins us with her father on this episode of The Philly Blunt to discuss the song, the video, and handling her new found fame.
Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D. – The Squidmobile, Cephalopods, and Science
Sarah McAnulty, Ph.D. is squid crazy, owns the Squidmobile, determined to bridge the gap between scientists and the general public through Skype-A-Scientist, and a resident of Fishtown. She’s also our guest on this episode of The Philly Blunt.
McAnulty wasn’t your normal kid. She found joy in digging in the backyard and observing nature and animals. A National Geographic children’s video, which she rented from the library, featuring the color-changing cephalopod known as a cuttlefish changed her life. From that point on, she decided to study cuttlefish and cephalopods. After graduating high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Boston University. Now, she’s got a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology and she drives the Squidmobile. She once took the Squidmobile on a cross-country Squids Across America Tour.
The Squidmobile is her Toyota Rav4. It is covered in squid drawings, facts, and a number you can text for squid facts. Yes, Sarah personally answers every text.
Sarah is founder of the non-profit Skype-A-Scientist, which seeks to make science more accessible to children and people of color. When school is in session, Skype-A-Scientist pairs scientists from underrepresented groups (women and people of color) with classrooms of a similar background.
Sarah exudes passion and excitement for science and squids throughout this enjoyable interview. It’s fun and informative. You might even think twice before ordering that next order of calamari…nah, probably not.
Sarah McAnulty: Twitter/Instagram
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Jeffrey McNeill – Merging the Worlds of Hip-Hop and Classical Music
Jeffrey McNeill, or as he’s better known Thee Phantom, is a Philly native who is the leader of the Illharmonic Orchestra, where he combines the world of hip-hop and classical music.McNeill started on his journey at the age of eight when he mashed up the Beastie Boys with Beethoven. McNeill has traveled the world introducing hip-hop fans to classical music and vice versa.He played with a 50 person orchestra in Seattle. He sold out the Kimmel Center and played Carnegie Hall.McNeill joins the Blunt for this episode to talk out his early experimental days, how people in the classical world weren’t always receptive to playing hip-hop, his business acumen, and his plans for the Illharmonic Orchestra.LINKSThee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra: Facebook, www
Queer Eye’s Tyreek Wanamaker Talks Show and Life
Season 5 Episode 4 of Queer Eye in Philadelphia featured Tyreek Wanamaker from Philadelphia. Queer Eye is a fun, inspiring show and the episode with Tyreek may be the most inspirational. Tyreek is our guest on this episode.Tyreek overcame a variety of obstacles in his life including having a brother doing life in prison and being homeless much of his high school years. These days, Tyreek is active in his community. He is co-founder of the non-profit organization The Block Gives Back, which aims to “promote community involvement and engagement throughout Philadelphia by targeting issues within the community and devising a plan to recruit local volunteers, businesses, organizations and community leaders to help us in working toward a solution.” They do a weekly event called Feed the Block which creates food for those in need.He also works at The Mighty Writers were he helps kids master the art of communicating effectively through the written word.We caught up with Tyreek about his experiences on Queer Eye, how is life has changed since the show, the community work that he’s currently involved with, and his future plans, which may include running for a local office.Tyreek on Instagram
Alex Tewfik – Inside Philly’s Food & Drink Scene
Alex Tewfik is a restaurant veteran, who loves both restaurants and writing. He currently covers the Philly restaurant and drink scene for Philly Mag. He joins us to talk about his perspective and experiences in an industry that’s struggling to survive.Ambience was always a major factor into the success of most restaurants. We discuss how restaurants are adapting now that most ambience consists of outdoor seating on a picnic table. Convenience and quality takeout has almost surpassed ambience. Alex touches on his fears that only restaurants with deep pockets will survive the pandemic. In a worst case scenario, only chains would survive.Alex talked about his lessening expectations when he goes out for food. He is actively conscious that people are risking their lives to serve food. Expecting service at the levels before the pandemic just seems unreasonable.What changes does Alex think remain in Philadelphia? Will streeteries continue? Does the PLCB allow to-go cocktails to continue? Will the restaurant model remain a tip-based industry for servers? Is Alex dining indoors these days?In a hysterical Blunt Round, Alex details an injury suffered while performing a drunk dance move.LINK:Alex Tewfik: Instagram/Philly MagD
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Great interviews to really get to know those in Philly that are making the city great. If you're from the city, previously from the city or have no interest in the city, they interview people that are doing things that are empowering, enriching and inspiring.
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