My guest this week is Sean Penalber. We had a great meandering conversation about everything! That's right. We covered it all. Sean came back to visit with me after one year. This is our second conversation, and we plan on recording them every year for as long as we're in proximity and or alive. That last part helps. Sean is a man about town, an artist who works in several mediums. He's a musician, an improve actor, a photographer of ceilings, and he's a fun guy to talk with. Please listen, share, and tell me what you think! Thanks!
Robert Dean, bad-boy of the Austin literary scene, was in Houston for a reading the other night, and he took the time to come visit with me at my studio in the Heights. We had a fun conversation about everything from looking for a literary agent to proper pizza. Robert is a novelist, a journalist, and an essayist. Thank you for listening to my show. Please tell me what you think. Thank you!
This was such a fun show. Conner Clifton and Ned Gayle are fun, funny, intelligent, quirky guys, and we had a great time talking about everything. We start out talking about FCC regulations, and quickly made it to more serious subjects like fart jokes and NASA. Please listen, and tell me what you think. Share my show with your friends, and let them know about RADAR TALK INTIMATE. Thank you!
Jonathan Fleissner came by my studio in the Heights the other day to talk about his new album that's coming out with his band Tender Gents. We play three of the tracks on the show. We also talked about his new gig at Comedy Hub Houston, his latest project. Thanks for listening, and please tell me what you think.
A couple weeks ago, I travelled to East Houston to visit with Scotty Peterson. Scotty is currently building a food truck for his up and coming BBQ business: That's It BBQ. Scotty is also a stand up comedian, and hosts several open mics around Houston. This conversation was a bit all over the place, however it was great fun. We kept getting interrupted, and somehow all the interruptions work perfectly, so I kept the show with almost no edits. As is. Please enjoy the show, tell me what you think, and share with your friends.
So excited, this is my first one-on-one show of 2019, and I got to talk with professor David R. Dow. He's an amazing guy who's been representing death row inmates in Texas for the last 25+ years. He's also written several non-fiction books, as well as his latest book: "Confessions of an Innocent Man" (Dutton April 2019), his first novel.
We had a great conversation about everything you've ever wanted to know about the death penalty but were afraid to ask.
Please listen, tell me what you think, and most importantly, buy David's book.
For our second show of 2019 at Rudyard's British Pub, I talk with four guests from Experimental Action International Performance Arts Festival, which takes place every other year. This year goes from February 21-23, and you can learn more at https://www.experimentalaction.com/.
During our conversation, we talked at one point about "Empathy and Prostitution" by Abel Azcona. You can watch a video of the performance here: https://vimeo.com/89459627
Thank you for listening, for telling me what you think, and for reaching out to me if you would like to be a guest on my show. I record a show in front of a live audience every first Thursday of the month at Rudyard's British Pub in Houston, TX. I also record more intimate one-on-one conversation from my studio or from your home.
For our first show of 2019 I had the pleasure of talking with Jeremy Barber, Marcus Pontello, and Cidette Rice who are all part of an immersive theater show called LIONSHARE, produced by Dinolion. If you're reading this and listening to my show, you get a 50% discount on tickets to the show which is playing the last two weeks of January 2019, starting on Tuesday January 22nd.
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Thanks for listening, sharing, and please tell me what you think!
For our second show recorded in front of a LIVE audience at Rudyard's British Pub, we invited three chefs to talk about their lives in and out of the kitchen. Jordan Economy, Scotty Peterson, and Jeff Kimbro, were all incredibly funny. This conversation, though rather colorful, was so much fun, that we will record another conversation with other chefs in the spring.
This is such an exciting show, because it's my first of I hope many shows recorded at Rudyard's British Pub in front of a live audience, with audience participation. Every First Thursday of the month, doors open at 7pm. My first guests for this show are actors from The Catastrophic Theater, where, among many other subjects, we talk about their new play FIRST SUBURB, by Chana Porter, directed by Kyle Sturdivant. My guests for this show are Tamarie Cooper, Kyle Sturdivant, and Jeff Miller. Please tell me what you think. Thank you!
This weekend, Mark Falkin, author of "The Late Bloomer" was in Houston. He stopped by my place to say hello and have a chat with me. This is the result. We had a fun conversation where we talked about his latest book, as well as his work as a literary agent in Austin, among many other subjects. Please listen to our conversation, share with your friends, and tell me what you think. Thank you!
On Sunday, the artist, sculptor, and welder, James Cioselk, invited me to his studio in north Houston. It's a really large space with every massive tool set you can imagine, several kilns stacked in the corner, and all kinds of metal, plastic, and other scraps of material. There's also lots of art. Lots of large beautiful sculptures made from bullet-ridden scrap metal, colorful lights, and smaller sculptures with metal frames wrapped in magically burnt plastic that can actually fit in your living room. James is an easy-going guy with a large beard who likes to laugh, have a beer, and play on his guitar. Also, he works really hard at his art. Please listen to our conversation, and tell me what you think.
A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Austin to meet up with Katja Straub, who was in town from Berlin, Germany, to shoot a short film. We met up at her producer's office, who was kind enough to let us use the space. We sat on the concrete floors, hate danishes and cinamon rolls, drank coffee, and had this really fun conversation. We talk about filmmaking of course, but also about our perception of reality. Please listen, and tell me what you think. Thank you!
Last week, I met up with Karren Lovelady of Lovelady's Pop-Up restaurant. She came over to my studio in the Heights of Houston, and we talked about all kinds of cool stuff. We had a wonderful conversation about food, poetry, performance art, and so much more. Please listen, and tell me what you think. Also, you should definitely go eat Karren's food. You can find out where she's setting up her pop-up by visiting her FB page, Lovelady's. Thank you!
Michael Zagst, novelist, screenwriters, and actor, visits with me in my Houston, Heights studio. We talk about his journey and struggles with books, movies, and his writing. We talk about the movie "Divine Access" now available on Prime, based on his screenplay, where he also plays a small but pivotal role. Fun conversation. Please listen, and tell me what you think.
James McWilliams came to visit with me at my studio in the Heights of Houston, Texas a week or so ago. This is our conversation. James is a historian, professor, and journalist. He also happens to be a friend of mine. We talked about his latest book, "Eating Promiscuously" as well as his ideas on food, food distribution, restaurants, and so much more. At the end of our talk, he tells us about his new project. Fun conversation. Please take a listen, and tell me what you think. Thank you!
In this episode, Weasel comes to visit with me at my studio in the Heights. Weasel is an author and publisher, and we talk about the joys and harships of indi and self publishing. Wonderful conversation. Please take a listen, and please go visit Weasel on his website WeaselPress.com. His new book is "We Don't Make it out Alive, Back Alley Poems"
While staying at my folks up in Liberty Hill the other week, I went to visit Jodi McCumber on her farm, Jackass Honey Farm. Wow, I didn't know anything about bee-keeping, or about honey for that matter other than I like eating it. Now, I'm ready to suit up and go to work! Jodi went from the medical profession to bee-keeping. She takes us through her journey, and explains what you should look for when you're buying honey. Wonderful conversation. Thanks for listening!
Novelist and radio host, Martha Louise Hunter invites me into her very color-coordinated home in West Austin, and talks with me about the creative life. Martha is the main host at Writing on the Air which is recorded live every Wednesday on 91.7 FM KOOP.org. We go back and forth, not being able to figure out who is interviewing whom, and we have a great time doing it. Thanks for listening!
Mark Rashap invites me into his home in East Austin, and we talk about how he became Austin's top wine educator. We have tons of fun with this conversation. Mark has traveled all around the world, in more wine regions that I can count on my fingers and toes conbined. I've known Mark for years, and it's always good to see him, and to talk with him. Good show. If you like wine, you're going to like this. Thanks for listening.
Rae Wilson invited me into her home in South Austin where we drank some pink wine, and talked about her being and becoming a winemaker. Wonderful conversation. Rae is at the forefront of the Texas wine scene, and her Dandy Rose is so good, I could drink it all summer long. Thanks for listening!
Last week, I drove to south Austin to visit with my friend the author and podcaster Andrew Hilbert. He invited me into his beautiful home, and we talked about a million things, though we did attempt to stay on subject: the act of podcasting, and all that it entails. Please listen, share with your friends, and tell me what you think.
YA Novelist Carolyn Cohagan comes to my studio in Houston to visit with me about her new novel, the second volume of the Time Zero Trilogy, Time Next. Such a good conversation. Thanks for listening!
Jordan Brady joins us to talk about his new musical projects, and shares four of his songs with us. Fun show. Take a listen!
"Blue Jay Ate Bat" episode #6, Jonathan and Francois introduce themselves and this new podcast, Radar Talk (both Intimate & Live versions of the show).
Michael Noll comes to chat with me at my Houston studio. We talk about his new book, "The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction" (A Strange Object 2018), and the act of writing fiction in general. I do a lot of name-dropping... because why not! Really fun conversation. Take a listen.
Two to three times per month, I invite one guest to come visit with me in my Houston, Texas studio apartment.
Yesterday, I invited novelist-lawyer Christopher Brown to visit with me. We talk about his first novel, Tropic of Kansas (Harper 2017) as well as his upcoming books, among other things.
It was a great visit, hope you enjoy!
Two to three times per month, I invite one guest to visit with me in my Houston, Texas studio apartment without an audience for a 20-45 minute long conversation.
For our first ever Radar Talk Intimate, musician Marc Dulang visits with me, and shares several of his tunes with all of us.
In this first episode ever of Radar Talk, we are LIVE at Under the Radar Brewery talking with Bizarro, Horror, and Dark Comedy writers: Lucas Mangum, Robert Dean, John Wayne Communale, Kelby Losack, and Andrew Hilbert.
Every third Thursday of the month, we go LIVE at Under the Radar Brewery for a 1 hour podcast of author readings, short interviews, and an audience-invited-to-participate panel discussion.