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2343 No BS Interviews

Simone Salis • 2343.org

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2343 No BS Interviews

2343 No BS Interviews

Simone Salis • 2343.org

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An ads-free podcast to take a break from stressing news and the noise of social media. Dive into extraordinary life stories and honest, intimate conversations about what makes us human. Listen to independent creators and guests from Google, Pixar, SNL, and more. Hosted by Simone Salis.

Latest Episodes

Creating a Universe of Art, Games, and Toys: Ninjatown & Shawnimals — Shawn Smith

EShawn co-founded a unique character design studio, Shawnimals—created with his wife over 10 years ago. Hundreds of characters inhabit those worlds and live through toys, murals, and videogames. The ninjas from Ninjatown transformed from handmade plush toys to vinyl creations, posters, stickers, calendars, keychains, and mobile apps. He grew up admiring Japanese and American pop-culture, with a passion that morphed from early doodles to characters like the Wee Ninja from Ninjatown, Moustachios, Pocket Pork Dumplings, and many, many more. His designer toys have seen success with Kidrobot and Rotofugi, apparel with Mimoco, David and Goliath, and Smash Transit. Shwan created original art for companies like MailChimp, Basecamp, LiveNation, Twisted Hyppo, Dark Matter Coffee, Cards Against Humanity, Revolution Brewing, and others—not to mention comics, and video games for Nintendo, iOS, and Android.

61 MINMAY 1
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Creating a Universe of Art, Games, and Toys: Ninjatown & Shawnimals — Shawn Smith

Don't Worry About Being Funny & Stumbling Into Brilliance — Rachael Mason

ERachael began her career in improvisation at Skidmore College, home of the National College Comedy Festival, with the Ad-Liberal Artists. After graduating with a degree in English Literature (concentrating on Shakespearean Studies) she moved to Chicago to study improv comedy with Del Close. Currently the head of Advanced Improvisation at The Second City, she created the Dramatic Improv programs as well as The History of Satire Series for The Second City Training Center. Rachael has performed musical improv with Baby Wants Candy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed and performed at The Annoyance Theater, and she was Training Center Director at iO Theater for 8 years. She is part of the cast of The Second City Improv All-Stars and performs in The Boys, with Susan Messing.

50 MINAPR 16
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Don't Worry About Being Funny & Stumbling Into Brilliance — Rachael Mason

Becoming A Puzzle Maker & Founding The Mystery League — Sandor Weisz

Sandor Weisz is the founder of The Mystery League, a company of creative puzzlemakers who stage live games. He developed large scale puzzles and games at locations like the Chicago Art Institute, the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Harold Washington Library. A Northwestern University graduate, Sandor transitioned to working full time on the Mystery League from a career as a software and web developer. He currently focuses on creating tabletop puzzle games and shares a new puzzle every day on Twitter via his account @pzlr.

35 MINAPR 2
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Becoming A Puzzle Maker & Founding The Mystery League — Sandor Weisz

Free Expression Through Art & Radical Self-Learning — Lanny Fox

Lanny Fox (Pam Who?!) is a brilliant writer, actor, comedian, and drag performer exploring through comedy and satire controversial social themes. He has written and performed with The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, and The iO Comedy Network in Chicago. He is also a student of The New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

34 MINJAN 23
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Free Expression Through Art & Radical Self-Learning — Lanny Fox

Our Relationship with Technology & What Social Media Metrics Do to Us — Ben Grosser

Ben is an artist focused on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. What do computers mean for human creativity? How does software design affect our behavior and ideas of friendship and relationship? Faculty member at the University of Illinois, his artworks have been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, The Atlantic, and more. Ben's projects include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Demetricator. Would not seeing likes and retweets make a difference in your online experience? His latest work is Order of Magnitude, a supercut that examines what Mark Zuckerberg focuses on by extracting a few words he says regularly.

70 MINJAN 9
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Our Relationship with Technology & What Social Media Metrics Do to Us — Ben Grosser

Following the Unknown & Navigating New Realities — Susan Messing

The improviser from The Second City, the iO, and The Annoyance on how to navigate the unknown and your reality, moment by moment.

63 MIN2019 JUN 6
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Following the Unknown & Navigating New Realities — Susan Messing

Telling the Story of Chicago Theater & Improv — Mark Larson

Mark Larson is a writer, interviewer, educator, and curator of many oral history projects like American Stories Continuum and Ensemble, Chicago collecting and sharing conversations about contemporary life in the United States. Professor at National-Louis University, Mark also published two books: 'Making Conversations' and 'Situations' (co-authored with Betty Jane Wagner). Inspired by Studs Terkel's work, Mr. Larson's interviews are intimate portraits of subjective experiences in our communities, shining a light (one voice at a time) on our shared social experience as human beings.

51 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Telling the Story of Chicago Theater & Improv — Mark Larson

Merging Unlikely Passions and Careers Through Exploration — Melissa McEwen

Melissa McEwen is a tech consultant and writer merging two passions and careers, publishing articles for Quartz, Submain, on Medium and more. You can check out her website and social media profiles by visiting melissamcewen.com.

50 MIN2018 NOV 30
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Merging Unlikely Passions and Careers Through Exploration — Melissa McEwen

SNL, Police Academy, & What Truly Matters in Life — Tim Kazurinsky

Tim Kazurinsky is an actor, screenwriter, Saturday Night Live alumnus, and performer from the Police Academy series as Officer Sweetchuck. In the early 80s, Mr. Kazurinsky played iconic characters on SNL, like Jack Badofsky on Weekend Update, Mr Landlord, Gandhi, Hitler, and even a chimp's husband in "I Married a Monkey". As a two times Jefferson Awards nominee, Tim's experience on live stages started with the Second City in Chicago and goes on to these days as the Wizard of Oz in Wicked's itinerating company, and with the Broadway play An Act of God. He is the screenwriter of the movie About Last Night, and shared screen and stage with John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, and more.

52 MIN2018 NOV 15
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SNL, Police Academy, & What Truly Matters in Life — Tim Kazurinsky

Boosting Creativity Through Restraints — Scott Robbin

Scott Robbin, web developer and co-creator with Naz Hamid of Vapid, an intentionally simple content management system to create websites. Starting in the late 90s, Mr. Robbin founded different companies like Halobrite and Songza, and also worked as lead developer and director for Cards Agains Humanity, Blackbox, and more. You can check out his projects on srobbin.com and learn more about Vapid, his latest creation, on vapid.com.

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
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Boosting Creativity Through Restraints — Scott Robbin

Latest Episodes

Creating a Universe of Art, Games, and Toys: Ninjatown & Shawnimals — Shawn Smith

EShawn co-founded a unique character design studio, Shawnimals—created with his wife over 10 years ago. Hundreds of characters inhabit those worlds and live through toys, murals, and videogames. The ninjas from Ninjatown transformed from handmade plush toys to vinyl creations, posters, stickers, calendars, keychains, and mobile apps. He grew up admiring Japanese and American pop-culture, with a passion that morphed from early doodles to characters like the Wee Ninja from Ninjatown, Moustachios, Pocket Pork Dumplings, and many, many more. His designer toys have seen success with Kidrobot and Rotofugi, apparel with Mimoco, David and Goliath, and Smash Transit. Shwan created original art for companies like MailChimp, Basecamp, LiveNation, Twisted Hyppo, Dark Matter Coffee, Cards Against Humanity, Revolution Brewing, and others—not to mention comics, and video games for Nintendo, iOS, and Android.

61 MINMAY 1
Comments
Creating a Universe of Art, Games, and Toys: Ninjatown & Shawnimals — Shawn Smith

Don't Worry About Being Funny & Stumbling Into Brilliance — Rachael Mason

ERachael began her career in improvisation at Skidmore College, home of the National College Comedy Festival, with the Ad-Liberal Artists. After graduating with a degree in English Literature (concentrating on Shakespearean Studies) she moved to Chicago to study improv comedy with Del Close. Currently the head of Advanced Improvisation at The Second City, she created the Dramatic Improv programs as well as The History of Satire Series for The Second City Training Center. Rachael has performed musical improv with Baby Wants Candy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed and performed at The Annoyance Theater, and she was Training Center Director at iO Theater for 8 years. She is part of the cast of The Second City Improv All-Stars and performs in The Boys, with Susan Messing.

50 MINAPR 16
Comments
Don't Worry About Being Funny & Stumbling Into Brilliance — Rachael Mason

Becoming A Puzzle Maker & Founding The Mystery League — Sandor Weisz

Sandor Weisz is the founder of The Mystery League, a company of creative puzzlemakers who stage live games. He developed large scale puzzles and games at locations like the Chicago Art Institute, the Lincoln Park Zoo or the Harold Washington Library. A Northwestern University graduate, Sandor transitioned to working full time on the Mystery League from a career as a software and web developer. He currently focuses on creating tabletop puzzle games and shares a new puzzle every day on Twitter via his account @pzlr.

35 MINAPR 2
Comments
Becoming A Puzzle Maker & Founding The Mystery League — Sandor Weisz

Free Expression Through Art & Radical Self-Learning — Lanny Fox

Lanny Fox (Pam Who?!) is a brilliant writer, actor, comedian, and drag performer exploring through comedy and satire controversial social themes. He has written and performed with The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, and The iO Comedy Network in Chicago. He is also a student of The New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

34 MINJAN 23
Comments
Free Expression Through Art & Radical Self-Learning — Lanny Fox

Our Relationship with Technology & What Social Media Metrics Do to Us — Ben Grosser

Ben is an artist focused on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. What do computers mean for human creativity? How does software design affect our behavior and ideas of friendship and relationship? Faculty member at the University of Illinois, his artworks have been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, The Atlantic, and more. Ben's projects include Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Demetricator. Would not seeing likes and retweets make a difference in your online experience? His latest work is Order of Magnitude, a supercut that examines what Mark Zuckerberg focuses on by extracting a few words he says regularly.

70 MINJAN 9
Comments
Our Relationship with Technology & What Social Media Metrics Do to Us — Ben Grosser

Following the Unknown & Navigating New Realities — Susan Messing

The improviser from The Second City, the iO, and The Annoyance on how to navigate the unknown and your reality, moment by moment.

63 MIN2019 JUN 6
Comments
Following the Unknown & Navigating New Realities — Susan Messing

Telling the Story of Chicago Theater & Improv — Mark Larson

Mark Larson is a writer, interviewer, educator, and curator of many oral history projects like American Stories Continuum and Ensemble, Chicago collecting and sharing conversations about contemporary life in the United States. Professor at National-Louis University, Mark also published two books: 'Making Conversations' and 'Situations' (co-authored with Betty Jane Wagner). Inspired by Studs Terkel's work, Mr. Larson's interviews are intimate portraits of subjective experiences in our communities, shining a light (one voice at a time) on our shared social experience as human beings.

51 MIN2018 DEC 13
Comments
Telling the Story of Chicago Theater & Improv — Mark Larson

Merging Unlikely Passions and Careers Through Exploration — Melissa McEwen

Melissa McEwen is a tech consultant and writer merging two passions and careers, publishing articles for Quartz, Submain, on Medium and more. You can check out her website and social media profiles by visiting melissamcewen.com.

50 MIN2018 NOV 30
Comments
Merging Unlikely Passions and Careers Through Exploration — Melissa McEwen

SNL, Police Academy, & What Truly Matters in Life — Tim Kazurinsky

Tim Kazurinsky is an actor, screenwriter, Saturday Night Live alumnus, and performer from the Police Academy series as Officer Sweetchuck. In the early 80s, Mr. Kazurinsky played iconic characters on SNL, like Jack Badofsky on Weekend Update, Mr Landlord, Gandhi, Hitler, and even a chimp's husband in "I Married a Monkey". As a two times Jefferson Awards nominee, Tim's experience on live stages started with the Second City in Chicago and goes on to these days as the Wizard of Oz in Wicked's itinerating company, and with the Broadway play An Act of God. He is the screenwriter of the movie About Last Night, and shared screen and stage with John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, and more.

52 MIN2018 NOV 15
Comments
SNL, Police Academy, & What Truly Matters in Life — Tim Kazurinsky

Boosting Creativity Through Restraints — Scott Robbin

Scott Robbin, web developer and co-creator with Naz Hamid of Vapid, an intentionally simple content management system to create websites. Starting in the late 90s, Mr. Robbin founded different companies like Halobrite and Songza, and also worked as lead developer and director for Cards Agains Humanity, Blackbox, and more. You can check out his projects on srobbin.com and learn more about Vapid, his latest creation, on vapid.com.

52 MIN2018 NOV 1
Comments
Boosting Creativity Through Restraints — Scott Robbin
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