About

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be an artist.

Something surprising about you that most people don’t know?

Because I was adopted when I was little I thought I was an alien. I thought I came from outer space.

Favorite toy growing up:

I had a science kit, I thought that was really cool. Toy guns, and definitely matchbox cars.

What analogue piece of equipment should be brought back?

All the things that I think should be brought back already are like a turntable or handheld early edition Atari games.

What you love about Minnesota and in particular Minneapolis:

1 - The quality of life.

2 - The maneuverability around the city and surrounding suburbs.

3 - The changing of the seasons.

4 - Minneapolis really is a great place to live. There’s so much art, so much theater and so much music along with a thriving diverse culture. I absolutely love living in Minneapolis.

Favorite Dive Bar:

The 331.

A song from your childhood that brings back fond memories:

Prince, Controversy.

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The best thing about recording a podcast:

Recording a podcast is effortless. I am exactly who I am. Some of the best parts for me are remembering things that if I weren’t engaged in the conversation, I may not remember?

Like having rocks under my bed to weigh me down so I don’t get lost in a dream. That’s a memory I just recalled in a recent podcast.

Favorite podcast:

S-Town and Serial.

Where is your happy place?

I normally would answer this question with remembering laying on a beach in Maui or meditating and going back in time walking around my childhood lake cabin or childhood house. But more recently, I find a happy place in VR, specifically Google earth. Being able to fly around the world is amazing.

What do you give a damn about?

That’s a good question and I just recently had a conversation about what do I care about as an artist and what do I give a damn about. I give a damn about not being complacent.

I give a damn about not being comfortable in other words. I try to challenge myself and right when I feel a bit uncomfortable is when I know I’m where I should be.

I give a damn about humanity.

- JIM


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What did you want to be when you grew up?

An historian.

Something surprising about you that most people don’t know?

Beneath this seemingly sweet exterior lies a dark side… I am always interested in learning about things not of this world or what we perceive as reality.

Favorite toy growing up:

Lincoln Logs.

What analogue piece of equipment should be brought back?

Old time cash registers and the old manual credit card readers.

What you love about Minnesota and in particular Minneapolis:

The people - after living on the East Coast for over 17 years, it’s been refreshing to find a community of creatives who collectively help one another to succeed. Authenticity is second-nature.

Favorite Dive Bar:

Mickey’s Tavern in Madison WI or the 331 in NE Minneapolis.

A song from your childhood that brings back fond memories:

Anything Crosby Stills & Nash.

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The best thing about recording a podcast:

Discovering the best of humanity. And, creating a community of like-minded people in the Twin Cities.

Favorite podcast:

Knifepoint Horror by Soren Narnia - he is a storytelling master.

Where is your happy place?

Listening to good music and surrounded by my favorite people. A well-stocked jukebox always helps…

Conversely, any art museum. I love the stillness and solitude.

What do you give a damn about?

Teaching the next generation that hardwork, empathy and intellectual curiosity are to be valued. There is too much superficiality in the world today and I fear younger generations are trying to emulate personalities of zero substance. You will never find happiness or fulfillment down a path of selfishness and materialism. I want to help others discover a life full of curiosity, spirituality, and a connectedness to the universe as a whole.

- SARAH


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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I don't remember having a specific desire to be any certain thing. I think that's why I am pretty good at many things but master of none. My interests have always led me to knew things.

Something surprising about you that most people don’t know?

Jeesh, tough one. I'm an open book and I talk a lot so if you know me, you've probably heard everything! 

Maybe that I secretly feel like I can heal my body and predict the future...even though I also know that isn't exactly true.

Favorite toy growing up:

I remember really loving wheels. My first big wheel made me feel free. After that bicycles expanded that freedom. And cars, I've only owned a handful of them because I become quite attached to them.

What analogue piece of equipment should be brought back?

I really love old sewing machines, except that I struggle to keep the tension at the correct level. The new ones are way too fancy. Same with stereos. Heavy buttons and big dials are awesome. Oh, and crank car windows. It wasn't hard and they never broke. Oh, and for real, manual transmissions.

What you love about Minnesota and in particular Minneapolis:

I love our seasons and the diverse natural beauty of this state. The twin cities have no end of things to explore. I love the people here.

Favorite Dive Bar:

Oh goodness, so many. I'm a huge sucker for any old small town bar or bar that feels that way in the city. One of my favorites is the Pike Hole in Pennington, MN. In the cities I definitely feel at home in the Frenchman's in Richfield or Town Hall Lanes near Nokomis.

A song from your childhood that brings back fond memories:

Donuts make my brown eyes blue. (I swear that’s what Crystal Gayle says!)

Dolly, Tammy and Loretta were definitely favorites when I was very young. All the usual early MTV stuff gets me pretty nostalgic as well.

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The best thing about recording a podcast:

An hour or more seems to fly by as we crash through superficiality and march into the possibility of real connection. I feel like every guest holds the promise of potentially becoming someone I know forever.

Favorite podcast:

Swindled, How I Built This, S-Town (wow), Serial and basically anything NPR.

Where is your happy place?

Our little piece of land in Pennington and the '73 Dodge TravelCraft Motorhome waiting there for me. I'm also quite fond of very remote wilderness locations accessed only by canoe.

What do you give a damn about?

A future we can survive. A planet we appreciate. Equitable humanitarianism. 

- SAM