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Author: Sam Dingman

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What compels the creative mind? Join host Sam Dingman (Family Ghosts, The Rumor) for weekly conversations with fellow seekers of the sacred - aka artists in pursuit of that golden turn of phrase, line of dialogue, chord progression, joke, brushstroke, lyric, or rhyme. We trust the muse will turn up eventually. But until she arrives, how will we spend our time?

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An exciting and bittersweet explanation for the extended fallowness of the feed. Thank you, as always, for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Midnight Meditation

A Midnight Meditation

2023-12-2206:23

A note of thanks for a great 2023, and a request for your thoughts on how to make the show even better in 2024. Drop me a line at midnight@walt.fm - and thank you, as always, for listening. Happy holidays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Graphic novelist, podcaster, and illustrator Nicole J. Georges on the fearless frankness of the 'zine era, treating your family as subjects of investigation, and truth-telling as an act of survival. Find Nicole's books and learn more about her work at her website. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thanks for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, and teacher Allison Miller on writing rivers, playing jazz you can dance to, and the value of being tossed into the deep end. Find Allison's music and live tour dates at her website, and be sure to check out the newest record, "Rivers In Our Veins," one of NPR's top albums of 2023. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thanks for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Novelist Patricia Park (Re Jane, Impostor Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim) on writing the real Queens, wondering what her characters would think about while they're waiting for the bus, and sharing her realities with her fictions. Learn more about Patricia's work at her website. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chris Smither has been writing, performing, and touring his music for over sixty years. From the blues clubs of New Orleans to the 1960's folk revolution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to touring around the world with the likes of B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt, Chris has seen it all (and written songs about most of it). I caught up with him before a recent gig at The Turning Point in New York to find out what he's learned from six decades of reinventing himself. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review in whatever app you use to listen, and drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. Thanks for tuning in - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cristen Conger has been podcasting since 2009, when she co-created "Stuff Mom Never Told You" while working as a staff writer at How Stuff Works. These days, she hosts the Webby-winning podcast Unladylike, where she examines thorny cultural dilemmas through a deft mix of storytelling, investigative reporting, and interviews. It's an audio haven of empathy and curiosity. On today's show, Cristen tells the story of how her upbringing in a strict religious environment - where curiosity wasn't always welcome - created the foundation for her spirit of exploration. If you have thoughts about anything you hear on this episode, drop me a line at: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jordan Morris (Bubble; Jordan, Jesse, Go!) talks about sneaking yourself into stories, letting things be fun, and loving what you satirize. Pre-order Jordan's new graphic novel "Youth Group" here. Find me on Substack here, and if you have thoughts on anything you hear on the show, don't hesitate to drop me a line: midnight@walt.fm. Thank you for listening, it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Theater artist, novelist, and multiple creative identity-haver Kirya Traber on radical self expression, writing her way out of solitude, and why it's strange to be called "regal." Get free tickets to Kirya's latest theater piece, "Beyond Punishment: Stories of Justice and Healing," and listen to Spotlight in Purple, her narrative podcast chronicling the creation of a new dance theater piece at Lincoln Center. Find me on Substack, and drop me a line anytime at midnight@walt.fm. Thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale, Within the Wires) on late night drives, the early days of audio fiction, and, of course, ABBA. Listen to the new season (hell, listen to all the seasons) of "Within the Wires" here. If you have thoughts about anything you've heard on "The Midnight Disease," drop me a line: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comedian Becky Granger has a joke that completely re-mapped Sam's self-perception. Today, she sits down for a very personal and frank conversation about how she found her way to that joke, and where it fits into her broader comedic quest. Find Becky's comedy on Instagram and TikTok, and learn more about her at her website. If you have thoughts about anything you hear on the show, drop us a line: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sam tells the true story of telling a true story no one believed, and Adrien stops by the studio to talk about her new podcast, "A Race Around the World." I always welcome your thoughts on the show at midnight@walt.fm, and thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Storyteller and theater artist David Lawson on balancing style with substance, sincerity with comedy, and the scourge of filler words. Check out David's new solo show, "Horror Helps," on October 19th at Cre8ive NYC - get $10 tickets by emailing david@dtlawson.com. Find more of David's work at his website. To learn more about my harrowing brush with Jon Stewart, join me on Substack. And if you have thoughts on anything you hear on the show, drop me a line: midnight@walt.fm. Thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Writer, comedian, and actor Sara Benincasa on self-fluency, finding a beginner's mind, and resisting the urge to steal from film sets. Read Sara's essays on her Substack, and buy her books: Agorafabulous and Real Artists Have Day Jobs. Find Sam's Substack here, and don't hesitate to send an email if anything in this episode spiked your mind: midnight@walt.fm. Thanks for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Writer and comedian Sara Benincasa reads her essay, "Brian Cox Books a Bikini Wax." Consider it a portrait of an artist in the throes of the Midnight Disease - about which Sara will tell us much more in her full-length interview this Friday. You can read the original essay here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Writer and podcaster Paul Bae on becoming a human archive, life lessons from Eddie Brill, and celebrating every dinner. Listen to Paul's podcasts: The Black Tapes and The Big Loop, and read his memoir: You Suck, Sir. Drop me a line at midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Grace Helbig: The Persona

Grace Helbig: The Persona

2023-09-1401:28:46

YouTuber, author, and comedian Grace Helbig on performing the self, not letting 8-year-olds drive, and finding uncomfortable stillness. Watch Grace on YouTube here, and listen to her podcast "This Might Get Weird." Drop me a line at midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alex Goldman (Reply All) talks about changing everything at the last minute, why podcasting is radio, and the physical and emotional danger of great storytelling. Check out Alex's writing by stepping into The Cool Dude Zone, hear him on the Western Kabuki podcast, and bathe your brain in the expansive sounds of Slow Fawns. You can listen to "Heyoon" here. Drop me a line anytime: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Writer, filmmaker, and podcaster Gabe Dunn on getting real, cultivating a steel stomach, and Cold Stone Creamery. Check out Gabe's podcasts: Just Between Us, Bad With Money, and The Knew Guys, and follow them on Instagram. Check out my episode of Sports Explains the World here. Drop me a line: midnight@walt.fm, and thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ronald Young Jr (creator and host of "Weight For It") talks body shame, betrayal, and belief. Listen to "Weight for It" and "Time Will Spent," and follow Ronald on Instagram. And while you're checking out new shows, please listen to Sam's new podcast, "Sports Explains the World." If you have thoughts about anything you've heard on this show, drop me a line: midnight@walt.fm. And thank you for listening - it means a lot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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