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Author: Dan Krikorian

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Dan Krikorian hosts award winning authors, musicians, athletes, coaches, artists, business owners, education professionals, and more as they dive into the ins and outs of what it takes to pursue making a life in their chosen field.
45 Episodes
Dan sits down with Paralympic Athlete and World Record Holder, Lex Gillette. They discuss Lex's journey as a blind athlete, breaking the world record in the long jump, facing fear, building resilience, the power of music and sports, and much more. 
Alive in Costa Mesa

Alive in Costa Mesa


A special behind the scenes narrative of the history of the Dan Krikorian Band, the newest album, and thoughts on live music.
Acclaimed California Bay-Area songwriter, Megan Slankard, joins the BWP. In this deep-dive conversation Dan and Megan discuss the mysterious songwriting process, listening to your inner "hum, the role of the artist during trying times, building your own success, and much much more. 
Acclaimed Author and Brown University Professor, David Skarbek joins the BWP to discuss his latest work, The Puzzle of Prison Order. 
Dan sits down with a California basketball coaching legend, Irvine Valley College's, Jerry Hernandez. In this wide-ranging conversation the two discuss the beginnings of Jerry's career in coaching, the importance of family, the commonality of great teams and players, and much more. A special conversation with one of the game's finest coaches. 
The BWP hosts the acclaimed Nashville-based songwriter, Aaron English. Dan and Aaron dive into some really fun topics including: 1) The role of an artist during the pandemic... 2) Aaron's experiences in India and Africa... 3) The craft of songwriting... 4) Bard College... 5) An examination of some of Aaron's best lyrics... And much much more...
Dan and NY Times journalist, John Branch, discuss all things writing, creating, and telling the untold stories from the far reaches of society. John won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his work, Snowfall.
A terrific conversation with the Director of Photography for Grey's Anatomy, Alicia Robbins. Dan and Alicia discuss her first job in the industry, following passions, being a professional, working on Grey's, and much more.
Dan has a fascinating conversation with best selling author, Dr. Benjamin Hardy, about the complexities of personality. The two discuss the issue with current personality tests like the Meyer's Briggs, how goal setting helps shape our personality, and how he became the #1 writer on 
Dan hosts renown improvisation teacher and writer, Theresa Dudeck.  In this wide ranging interview the two discuss the power of improvisation and what it teaches us, how taking chances can lead to breakthroughs, and...for a little fun... Theresa puts Dan through a live impro exercise!
Dr. Oliver Eslinger, Head Basketball Coach at Caltech, sits down with Dan for a wide-ranging conversation. They discuss building Caltech into a winning program after decades of losing, why creativity is important as a leader, and Doc's winding path to becoming the head coach at Caltech. 
Dan is joined by highly successful Bay Area concert promoter and talent-buyer, KC Turner. The two discuss the importance of building community, adapting in the middle of a pandemic, the future of live concerts, and KC's beloved Vespa. 
Dan is joined by one of the world's leading economists, MIT Professor, and best-selling author, Daron Acemoglu.  Dan and Daron discuss his newest book, The Narrow Corridor, as well as Artificial Intelligence, what jobs might look like in the future, and much more. 
Dan joins critically acclaimed songwriter, Bobbo Byrnes, in his home studio.  The two discuss a life in making music, the grit it takes to play a demanding schedule, and the art of storytelling. 
Dan sits down with former NBA and current LMU head basketball coach, Mike Dunlap. In this wide-ranging conversation, Mike discusses his love of coaching, what he's learned from over four decades in the career, and his passion for poetry. 
Dan Krikorian hosts an insightful and wide-ranging discussion with Chapman University President Emeritus, Dr. Jim Doti. Dan and Dr. Doti discuss the people who shaped him as a person and leader, his most difficult moments as President of Chapman University, and how he maintained balance and energy throughout his storied career. 
Dan wraps up Whiskey Week with a thought-provoking interview with Woodford Reserve Master Distiller, Chris Morris. Chris is one of the whiskey industry's most revered members and discusses his view on the current industry, how he knows when a barrel has reached maturity, and how he continues to grow and learn about bourbon after so many years in the business. 
Dan hosts the creator of the popular bourbon website,, Blake Riber. Dan and Blake dive into how Blake built into a must-visit website for all things bourbon, Blake's new business venture in the spirits industry, and play the entertaining game of "Overrated or Underrated."
Dan hosts the acclaimed bourbon author and Executive Editor of Bourbon+ magazine, Carla Carlton. In this wide-ranging conversation Dan and Carla discuss her beginnings in the bourbon industry, what went into writing her book on bourbon, and where she sees the industry going in the years ahead. Renowned bourbon historian, Susan Reigler, also joins the podcast to discuss the reasons behind bourbons explosive growth the past decade. 
Dan hosts a lively conversation all things bourbon with Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil, the hosts and creators of the #1 Bourbon podcast, Bourbon Pursuit. The guys retrace their steps of building their successful podcast, give their views on the current whiskey industry, and play a fun game of "Overrated or Underrated."
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