I first saw Todd Glass when I was working as the Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh Improv. He was on the video that preceded each show telling people proper etiquette while enjoying the comedy. I saw that video hundreds of times, and always laughed when he would instruct people to, “Laugh, shut up. Laugh, shut up.” Ever since, I have been a huge fan of his comedy, and was so impressed when he came out of the closet on the Marc Maron show two years ago. He now has a book called the Todd Glass Situation, which you can and should buy here. It is poignant and funny and is a great read for anyone who loves comedy or reading or living. Today I ask Todd about his coming out, his life in comedy, and what’s next for him. Follow him on Twitter: @toddglass and visit his website for tour dates and more info.
Dr. Oliver Bateman–Legal Historian at University of Texas at Arlington–lends his expertise by discussing the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Please excuse my clear exasperation and disdain for the decision. Click the video below to watch.
Recently I was a guest on Jim Krenn’s No Restrictions Podcast. We talked about Monica Lewinsky, the man with the world’s largest penis, and hard-hitting topics. Click on the title below to listen. Enjoy!
I filmed this last year, but just stumbled across it again (accidentally, on purpose). We talk all things Pittsburgh. It has almost as many views as that drunk guy who did a face plant at the Luke Bryan concert, so I’m pretty proud of that. Enjoy! Susie Meister with YaJagoff
Billy Hallowell and I don’t always agree on politics and religion, but we’re proof that you can disagree and still be thick as thieves. Billy is the Religion and Culture Editor for The Blaze, which is an independent news network founded by famed conservative, Glenn Beck. Today I talk to Billy about current events including Hillary Clinton’s recent interview, a Planned Parenthood expose, and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation about the news through a religious lens. Follow Billy on Twitter: @billyhallowell and check out his work at theblaze.com
Many moons ago (1998, to be exact), I was a wide-eyed 18-year-old traveling with my friends in Australia (with a small army of television production people in tow). Here is a clip from what became known as my “downward spiral,” which really just involved silliness. These were tamer days of reality television when saying one “f-word” and getting a tattoo were acts of rebellion. Sigh. I’m getting old. Susie Road Rules Australia Downward Spiral
Below is the TEDx Talk that I presented this April. The theme was Dare to Create, so I shared a bit about how I decided to start my podcast. My talk focuses on the ways we can use the things and talents we already have to create something new. In my case, I used a basic audio recorder, a phone, and the internet to start my podcast. Even if no one ever listened it was what I needed to spark creativity and lift my spirits in the midst of new motherhood.
I hope you’ll watch the video and share with anyone who might be stuck in their circumstances.
Dan Arel is a writer, journalist, speaker, and secular advocate who writes on humanist values such as secular parenting, church and state separation, and secularism in public policy. He has contributed pieces to the Huffington Post, Alternet, and is a Special Correspondent to American Atheists. Additionally, he is an editor and writer for the Richard Dawkins Foundation. In our interview we talked about the 9/11 memorial, the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye Debate, and how Dan went from being a religious believer to a non-believer. Visit his website here and follow him on Twitter @danarel.
Rex Huppke is a humble guy, but I like to think of him as a national treasure. His writing manages to make important subjects palatable to wide audiences, and also somehow makes serious topics funny. His articles are smart, clever, and witty. His satirical obituary for facts was named one of Time Magazine’s Top Ten Opinion Pieces of 2012, and became a viral hit. My interview explores how he handles feedback from readers, how he went from engineer to writer, and what it was like to be in the room when the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was executed. Follow him on Twitter @RexHuppke and visit The Chicago Tribune to read his work.
My guest today was recently honored as a living legend by the Human Symphony Foundation, and she truly deserves the title. Jane Elliott is an internationally known educator who was made famous by her Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise. After the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. she wanted to introduce her Iowa grade school students to the horrors of racism in a way they could understand. She assigned her students inferiority/superiority based solely on eye color. Her exercise has since been duplicated around the world. She still tours the global educating people on racism and fighting for equal rights for all. It was an absolute honor to speak to her. Below is a video of her conducting the exercise with her class. Listen to my podcast below the video. Visit janeelliott.com for more on her amazing life.