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141: Words in the Woods

Fri, 25 Jun 2021

In the season finale of the Bainbridge Pod Accomplice, we’ll hear from Sara Brickman, Artist in Residence at The Bloedel Reserve, in conversation with Holly Hughes. They’ll perform a reading of poems from their manuscript Little Houdini, and share poems from Field Guide – a series of poems that look at the body as a landscape, and discuss Sara’s relationship with The Bloedel Reserve.

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Sara Brickman is a writer, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the 2015 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a five-time member of Seattle slam teams, Sara has received grants and scholarships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and more. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and a Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, Sara’s poems and prose appear in Narrative, Adriot, BOAAT, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where she teaches writing to youth and adults, and parents a cat named Latke.

“My first collection, Little Houdini, catalogs my own experiences of abuse to turn a lens on gendered violence and the lasting impacts of trauma. These poems use the archetype of escape artists to challenge the victim narrative I was expected to claim as a survivor of sexual violence, and explore escape and the body: whether that be a rebellion against binary gender or the numbness and self-distancing that PTSD forges. We often speak of nature as a form of escape: we talk of “unplugging,” “leaving the world behind” or conversely, of the natural world being the “real” world. But who and what gets to be “real,” and who is able to escape to another world, has deep political implications for those already othered by society. Even access to the outdoors is a fraught question if you do not fall cleanly on one side of the gender-binary: for us, entering nature carries as many fears for our own safety as life in the city. The plants and animals may be the only ones who do not question our validity as ourselves, yet even alone with them, we carry that weight.

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Holly J. Hughes is the author of Hold Fast, Sailing by Ravens, coauthor of The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, and editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease. Her fine art chapbook Passings received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2017. She’s a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program, where she served on the staff for 13 years, in addition to teaching writing at community colleges for several decades. She currently leads writing and mindfulness workshops in Alaska and the northwest and consults as a writing coach. 

140: Spotlight on Dinah Manoff

Sat, 19 Jun 2021

Tony Award winning actress Dinah Manoff reunites with author and playwright Warren Read to discuss her debut novel, The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold. Jackie's journey is a coming of age in Hollywood, both treacherous and hilarious. A story of secrets revealed and relationships shattered and mended. Manoff and Read previously collaborated on two of Read’s short plays, which were both directed and produced by Manoff. Listen here to Dinah and Warren’s April chat about Warren’s new book, One Simple Thing.

Jackie Gold is a tabloid cover girl with a walk-in closet full of secrets and a pack of bloodthirsty paparazzi snapping at her high-heels. From the hospital bed where she lies fighting for her life, Jackie narrates in flashbacks, while press and public speculate on everything from whether "Jackie's Jump!" was a suicide attempt, to whether or not her breasts are real. The novel switches back and forth from the life-or-death drama unfolding in the hospital and Jackie's reflections on her improbable show business upbringing and the events that led her to this moment in time.

When we meet Jackie she is at the peak of her career. She's been offered the role of a lifetime and her equally famous boyfriend is People's Sexiest Man of the Year. But her life takes an unexpected and terrible turn when the paparazzi storm her hotel room...

“...And not until my robe billows up over my head like a broken parachute do I realize I have missed the mark. I wish I could tell you that my life then went before me in slow motion, or that I thought of Brett, or my family, or even about how Nicole had betrayed me, but my last thought before striking the rocks was, Thank God I’m wearing nice underwear.”

139: The Catch Phrases with Peter Mehlman

Fri, 11 Jun 2021

Peter Mehlman went from writing sports to writing Seinfeld and gave us characters and catchphrases we’ll never forget. In this episode, comedian Dan Rosenberg interviews Peter about his journey from playing basketball in college to writing some of the funniest moments on one of the funniest shows ever written. After years on staff writing for Seinfeld in New York, he went moved to sunnier skies and palm trees, writing for another hit show, “It’s Like, You Know," and has even written a few books in recent years.

Catch up with Dan & Peter and have a few laughs along the way in today’s episode: “The Catch Phrases”

Born in Queens, New York. Attended the University of Maryland. Interned, then worked at The Washington Post. Wrote & produced the TV series “SportsBeat” with the great Howard Cosell. Freelance magazine writer in New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1989, bumped into his friend Larry David. Showed him a humor piece he wrote for the New York Times. Jerry Seinfeld liked it too and yada yada yada, he gets on the show. 

Peter wrote and produced Seinfeld for six year. He’s best known for his classic Seinfeld-isms: “Spongeworthy,” “shrinkage,” and “double-dipping.” He joined DreamWorks in 1997 and created the TV show “It’s Like, You Know…,” a scathing look at life in Los Angeles. He punched up the animated kid flick Madagascar and gets a hypochondriacal giraffe named after him.

He’s still writing. Screenplays, novels, op-eds, lists. He dabbles in stand-up and doodles subconsciously. He shoots hoops and lives in LA with his dog Ike.

Dan Rosenberg was born in a tiny suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania called Beaver Falls (more like a suburb of that suburb called Chippewa Township) and lived in the third unit of a duplex.

His father was a self employed auto parts peddler that loved baseball and apple pie with cheese on it. He would often work late in his parts store trying to invent things that already existed, like the telephone or thumb tacks. His mother was a florist, an artist and a part time immigration attorney focusing on citizens of Armenia and West Virginia.

He graduated in the upper 10% of the lower third of his high school class and was an active member of the "Tall Guy's That Can't Play Hoops" club as well as the Jazz Band, where he was fourteenth chair tenor tuba.

Several years ago, he walked into a comedy club and his life was forever changed. “The club was also a cult and they ‘recruited’ me to serve as their light bulb changer.”

He’s done stand-up comedy and writing ever since. he’s written several spec scripts, like, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Office," and a killer "Too Close for Comfort." ("Monroe Gets a Job")

He’s also written for several radio shows as well as two books. The first "The Book on Hosting: How Not to Suck as an Emcee" and "The Book on Vacuums: The Joke Sometimes Writes Itself.”

Check out Dan’s comedy special on Amazon Prime.

138: Dancers, GO!

Fri, 04 Jun 2021

High school seniors Max VanNocken-Whitmer and Sarah Balding can always count on dance to let them express themselves, even as a global pandemic prevents them from performing for an audience.

Listen to our latest episode as Max & Sarah talk about their passion for dance and their love of Bainbridge Dance Center’s role in their lives. They’ll talk about their past experiences and future dreams, including the upcoming BDC virtual production of Paquita, which tells the story of a young girl who is unaware that she is really of noble birth and was abducted when she was an infant after the assassination of her parents. She wins the love of the young French officer, Lucien d’Hervilly, when she saves his life.

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Sarah Balding is a 17-year-old high school senior who's been dancing for 13 years and plans to continue dance in college. She has studied a variety of dance styles in her life, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and more. She has been dancing with Bainbridge Dance Center for two years and says it is, by far, one of her best dance experiences. She feels she has grown so much as a dancer through BDC and all of the teachers are amazing. She plans on going to Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania this fall.



Max VanNocken-Witmer is currently a senior at Bainbridge High School. In the fall, he plans to attend The University of Utah to study Modern Dance and Environmental Science. Max started dancing in his parents' bedroom to old CD's and was then enrolled in dance classes at Bainbridge Dance Center. Max has always had a strong passion for all forms of dance and wants to continue exploring new styles and sharing his passion with everyone willing to listen (or watch).




Founded in 1981, Bainbridge Dance Center is dedicated to providing high-quality dance education focused on cultivating curiosity, generosity, and professionalism. We provide students with a high level of professional technical training as well as the development of a healthy sense of self-esteem, a joy for learning, a respect for others, and a broad basis for a lifetime of art appreciation and participation.



137: Rock from the Rock

Fri, 28 May 2021

In this episode, local musicians Korum Bischoff of the Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey and Leah Julius of Thunderpussy catch up on old times and new. These longtime friends deep dive into their personal histories. From Korum getting his first music gig playing the drum roll for BPA's groundbreaking event in 1992, to the moment they met when Leah began taking drum lessons from Korum at age 10, they'll cover how their lives (and the music that fills them) have progressed over the years. With the COVID-19 pandemic giving them both plenty of time to reflect on their relationships with music, they'll discuss how it's just as easy to lose touch with your creative outlet as it is to find a new one when the world turns upside down. Between Korum's new love for recording music at home and Leah's desire to go back to school to get a degree in public policy, both know they have a voice and are not afraid to use it.



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Music has always been an important part of Korum's life. Some of his earliest memories were of hanging out in the studio, bashing on his dad’s drums and piano. He attended Edmonds Community College and became the drummer for their internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble Soundsation. After a life-changing sailing adventure with his family, he returned to the Pacific Northwest and studied music at the UW and started teaching drums privately.

After a break from gigging to raise two kids, he re-entered the music scene in a genre that worked perfectly for a parent of two small boys—as a drummer in the family music genre, first with The Johnny Bregar Band and then since 2012 with Recess Monkey.



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Over more than a decade of writing, recording, and performing music, Seattle based musician, Leah Julius, has become a mainstay of the Pacific Northwest music community. She is a founding member and drummer of the band Sundries and bass player for the Seattle rock band, Thunderpussy. In addition to the achievements of her respective bands, Leah is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy and has shared the stage and collaborated in the recording studio with some of the most accomplished musicians in the world including Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, KT Tunstall, and Brandi Carlile.

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