Joe Pollock from Catawba College in North Carolina

Joe Pollock from Catawba College in North Carolina

Hey, That’s Joe Pollock!

Joe Pollock was my student during the summer of 1996 at Columbia College Chicago, and he was the first student I selected to be my teaching assistant.

Joe has taught K-12 Art, and is now teaching film and graphic design at the college level in North Carolina. Joe was a student of Peter’s in 1996, and later his teaching assistant. They talk about Joe’s journey from Chicago to L.A. to Wisconsin public school teacher, and now Teaching in the Arts in North Carolina.

We also get to the bottom of the Jerry Lewis shoot we talked about in episode two. It was great catching up and talking with him.

Listen here:

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Brad Gyori, Senior Lecturer, Digital Story Telling from Bournemouth University

Brad Gyori, Senior Lecturer, Digital Story Telling from Bournemouth University

All the way from Bournemouth University in England Brad Gyori joins me to talk about his journey from being the head writer of Talk Soup to getting his PhD from ASU, to teaching in Chicago and now Bournemouth. We also work in a little Mary Shelley.

I hired Brad at Tribeca Flashpoint College back in 2011.  I was impressed by his professional career in Hollywood, his PhD, and his fearless attitude towards experimenting in the classroom.

He is also a pretty good time at the bowling alley- but that’s another story for another time.

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Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City

Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City

Another double header day!  This time two folks from the (relatively) new Harold Ramis Film School in Chicago.  First up, Program Director Jack Newell.  Jack tells us all about the school, and their focus on comedy films.  Then Dania Kahn, a graduate of the first HRFS class.  A great conversation and I learned a lot.

Plus, I answer listener email.  Today’s question was how do you teach in the You Tube era when there are so many resources available to students.

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Free Spirit Media’s Jeff McCarter plus FSM Teachers Brandon Johnson and Shé Rogers

Free Spirit Media’s Jeff McCarter plus FSM Teachers Brandon Johnson and Shé Rogers

This week I talk with folks from Free Spirit Media.  First up is Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit’s Founder and Executive Director.  Jeff shares FSM’s beginnings from Hoops High, to where they are today.  Jeff is followed up by two Free Spirit Media teachers, Brandon Johnson and Shé Rogers.  Shé is also a graduate of FSM.  They talk about the joys, and struggles of teaching to urban youth.

FREE SPIRIT MEDIA provides teens and young adults in communities of color on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and hands-on media production experience. Free Spirit Media runs IN-SCHOOL arts education, AFTER SCHOOL and summer digital media programs, and advanced CREATIVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT programs.

Find them here.https://freespiritmedia.org

Listen to the podcast here.

Michael Sharp aka Rex Parker!

Michael Sharp aka Rex Parker!

OK, I get a little fan boyish on this one.  I have been a New York Times Crossword puzzle fan for more than 30 years.  A few years ago, I was frustrated by a Sunday puzzle and I googled to see if anyone else was bothered by it.  I landed on Rex Parker does the NY Times Crossword Puzzle.  http://rexwordpuzzle.blogspot.com It is a well written, funny, insightful look at the NYT puzzle.  Michael writes this every day (night)!  It’s there when you get up in the morning.

Michael’s day job is teaching at Binghamton University.  We talk about the puzzle, the blog, close reading, teaching how to write, and Michael’s expereince (positive!) teaching inmates in a maximum security prison.

Listen here.

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Northwestern University Students Erica Bank and Sid Gupta

Northwestern University Students Erica Bank and Sid Gupta

I had a great talk with two current NU students about life as a college art student today, and more importantly, The Niteskool Project.  I was part of the group of student who started Niteskool in 1984.  Erica and Sid have taken it in directions we could not have imagined.

See their first production here:

And listen to the podcast here:

More during the week.

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Old Town School of Folk Music’s Jacob Sweet!

Old Town School of Folk Music’s Jacob Sweet!

Oh man was this fun!

I met Jacob for the first time when he walked into Soundmaker Post, where I record Teaching in the Arts, and we hit it off immediately.  We talk about playing a gig in a chicken coop in Bermuda, drummer Kenny Aronoff, and the difference between conservatory music schools- Jacob went to DePaul University- and the Old Town School.

We really get into it about teaching styles, influences, and the “magic” of taking a class of beginning adult guitar players, and 80 minutes later having them play a song.

Listen here, or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

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Teaching in the Arts Episode 104 with Julie Hill

Teaching in the Arts Episode 104 with Julie Hill

 

Julie Hill joins me as they talk about her career as a journalist in print, radio, and TV.  Julie has taught at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, the University of Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint College, and currently at Loyola University in Chicago.  We talk about the importance of internships- Julie lived both Rome and New York City on her internships- letter writing, Women in Media in the #MeToo moment, and the performative aspects of teaching.

The Amazing Killian Heilsberg on Teaching in the Arts!

The Amazing Killian Heilsberg on Teaching in the Arts!

Killian Heilsberg joins me to talk about her journey from a Kentucky childhood to appearing in more than 160 theater productions.  Highlights include her story about teaching on 9-11, women in media, and finally vodka!

Killian and I have taught many classes together, and she is just about the best teacher in the arts I have ever seen in action.