"Facing Your Demons"Maria Semple, Misha Collins, Gyasi Ross, and Telekinesis
This episode was originally taped at a live show on December 9, 2016 (Seattle, WA)
Author Maria Semple gives tips for sneaking into rock bands' hotel rooms, actor Misha Collins talks about doing good through his philanthropic scavenger hunt, activist and author Gyasi Ross reports back from his time at the Standing Rock protests and demonstrates the transformational power of a long hug, and Telekinesis reminds us of all the good in the world.
Maria Semple is a modern day Renaissance woman. Her most recent novel, Today Will Be Different came out in October and is appearing on all the year-end must read lists. She’s also the author of the runaway best-seller Where'd You Go, Bernadette" and the “compassionate and wickedly funny satire," This One is Mine. Not the novel type? She’s also busted her chops as an Emmy nominated TV writer for shows such as Ellen, Mad About You and was a consulting producer on Arrested Development. She doesn’t waste her time-- she goes for the gut; source of feelings, source of belly-laughs.
Misha Collins isn’t an angel, but he plays one on TV. With a starring role on the CW’s Supernatural as the angel Castiel, you may wonder if all that goodness and divinity leave their mark on him personally-- after all, word has it that his character’s season 12 plot arc is largely focused around literally hunting down Lucifer. One response to that query is that Collins is the co-founder and board president of the “Random Acts of Kindness,” an organization “dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world.” He’s also responsible for g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s, which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen-- a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking, insane scavenger hunt hosted by Collins that tens of thousands of people compete in every year from around the world. So, the short answer is maybe. For the long answer, you’ll have to come see the show!
Author, attorney, and podcaster Gyasi Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Nation and a big up-and-coming name in the Seattle area. A guest on MSNBC, ESPN, Democracy Now, and radio shows nationwide, and a writer for the Huffington Post, Indian Country Today, Deadspin and Gawker, Ross has been making a name for himself as a thinker and commentator on issues of race, Native rights, white privilege, and social justice. Oh right, and he also raps. This fall, Ross began recording a weekly podcast-- Break Dances with Wolves: Indigenous Pirate Radio, to discuss everything on his mind-- which these days, is a lot.
Seattle indie-scribable band Telekinesis is having a moment. That’s to say, that after many moments of success and celebration with albums Telekinesis!, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, and Dormarion, the band is having a moment of change, and growth, and yeah, more success. Their fourth studio album (studio in this case meaning the self-made recording space Telekinesis’ Michael Lerner fashioned in his basement) Ad Infinitum is a dreamy new take on ‘80’s style synths and drum machines, a lushly crafted vista of sound that doesn’t resemble this decade, but doesn’t really sound like any other, either.