I believe conversations aren't about facts and answers, they're about trying on ideas and wrestling with complex, elusive, ridiculous & difficult questions to see what's possible. I want to understand who people are, how they think, & how they can expand my perspective. Most of my guests are people in creative fields, some aren't, but all of them are fascinating to me. These are civil discussions where I'm willing to be wrong, I'm willing to disagree, I'm willing to cultivate crushes, and I'm willing to fall in love with human beings.
Creative Minds for me is all about casual conversations that aren't rushed or forced; conversations that find their depth naturally. I used to love running across old episodes of Dick Cavett and Charlie Rose and wonder why they were so damn short; what they would be like without commercial breaks, and "we're out of time." To me, Creative Minds is a late night radio talk show: just two people talking low, getting lost in the dark, and digging up bones like no one is listening.
I sit down with San Jose Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development, Kim Walesh to chat about balancing the needs of all segments of a community, the bane of email, the importance of personal rituals, the joy of playing music, flow state, meditation, community meetings, authentic leadership, the perception of professional women, confidence, diversity, wandering, writing, and more.
Creative Minds presents: the Random Badassery X-mas Bonus. A little something extra for you in your stocking from my other podcast: Lam and I having another wandering conversation, trying to understand fragments of life like x-mas movies, concussive brain injuries, blogging, synchronicity, and the observing self.
I sit down with artist, musician Ben Henderson (Brother Grand, Good Hustle, Delta Activity) to chat about Van Halen, web-cams, beginners mindset, and the beautiful, yet horrendous mutation found at the intersection of art and social media.
I chat with my good friend & guitarist Ryan Hernandez (Strata, Balancing the Lion, Powerman 5000) about working musicians, coping with anxiety, band break ups and re-unions, the importance of friendship, and lots of guitarzzzzzz.
I sit down with podcaster, zine creator, and Computer History Museum curator Chris Garcia to chat about the Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper, Unsolved Mysteries, the future of streaming, Tim Cook, the pulse model of innovation and much more.
I sit down with artist Devonne Amos to talk art, the importance of fundamentals, being the only child of a single mother, why Harrison Ford is like Santa Claus, how his grandmother bewildered the KKK, Saved By the Bell, and much more.
I sit down with radio personality Megan Holiday (KROQ, Alt105) to talk podcasting, her struggles with addiction, sobriety, recovery, giving back, community, the importance of a positive mindset, much more.
I sit down with Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Mighty Mike McGee to discuss poetry, comedy, the evolution of what's socially acceptable, and idea of horrible people making good art (Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, etc.)
I chat with photographer & YouTuber Vinny Le Pés. A talk that starts out about notebooks and journaling leads us into the longer conversation of digital vs analog, input overload, intention, film photography, over-organizing, social media and more.
Our Season 1 finale! Closing out Season 1 seems like the perfect time to talk about the importance of taking breaks. Some of my favorites guest from this season come back to tell us their thoughts on resting the brain and sharpening the saw.
I sit down with my good friend producer/artist Giovanni Giusti (CRUELS, The Limousines) and we talk creativity, channeling grief, arguing with strangers online, cultivating ignorance for mental health, dangerous plants, AI, automation, analog synths and making music.
In the episode, I chat with two very busy & extraordinary women: actress, podcaster Alyshia Ochse & activist, business owner Celeste Walker. We talk about time but oh, so much more. I really love this episode!
We often make foolish assumptions and with time they become rules that we live by, but when examined they may, in fact, be things that are holding us back and keeping us from our purpose. I'm going to share with you some of mine and how I'm working past them.
The number one reason I hear why people aren't creating more is TIME. So I'm dedicating two episode to TIME. In part 1 I talk to an old friend, and we hear from YA author Debby Dodds and painter Roxanne Blackwood.
In honor of the February Monthly Creative Challenge prompt of Memories, I delve into a personal memory and explore the power that nostalgia, silence, and memory hold. This episode also reminds us of the transformative power wielded in a child's mind.
While exploring the process of bringing ideas to life; giving flesh to the imaginary, I talk to entrepreneur & owner of Limón Salon Carlos Letelier. He also talks to Blizzard Entertainment 3D Texture Artist Ian Ameling. Extra special thanks to David Rust for his message.
So, what exactly is a Hacker Dojo? Hacker Dojo is a Silicon Valley secret and it was kind of the perfect place for us to begin expanding the ways that we understand what creativity is and how it works. Find out what artists and technologists have in common and what they can learn from each other.
A look back on the original format of the show and all the lessons learned (featuring Lam Nguyen.) As this podcast moves forward with a new format it's important to remember the past and to learn from it. This features sound from our original podcast.