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Episode 103: “We Would Have Preferred Phish, Not Actual Fish” And Other Roadblocks While Fighting The Drug War

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In this Episode: 

Derek Rosenfeld and Tommy McDonald from The Drug Policy Alliance join The Bartender to talk about various obstacles they’ve experienced working to end the war on drugs. Derek recounts one bizarre tactic to deter a peaceful protest that involved dead fish, (not to be confused with his favorite band Phish), and Tommy recalls celebrating one of the proudest accomplishment of his career during one of the worst nights of his life.

PLUS Katharine shares audio of a beautiful speech her sister gave while accepting an award on behalf of her law firm’s pro-bono work for helping abused women and children! UNFORTUNATELY the audio also caught a sexist remark from a nearby attendant/colleague about her sister’s personal appearance as she took the stage to share an emotional story about their abusive father. So Katharine ends the episode with her feelings about that.

About The Guests:

Tommy McDonald is director of multimedia at the Drug Policy Alliance, co-host of their popular podcast Drugs and Stuff, and has the voice of an angel caressing a sea of velvet and molasses. After earning his B.A. at Tennessee State University, McDonald began his career as a sports writer for The Nashville Banner in 1991. He was a community news reporter at The Sacramento Bee and a local sports editor for ANG Newspapers, which owns The Oakland Tribune. McDonald also worked as a freelance writer and consultant for several years.

Derek Rosenfeld is Drug Policy Alliance‘s manager of social media and media relations, based in New York, and the co-host of the podcast Drugs and Stuff. Even under the most trying circumstances, he always manages to stay classy. Derek strives to promote harm reduction strategies for dealing with drug use, enjoys staying current on drug policy reform issues, and makes every effort to share current events with as many people as possible. Check out his articles about Kellyanne Conway’s recent tone deaf statements about drugs and ice cream, and how, because of the drug war, there is an deadly uptick of fentanyl in heroin.

Here are Tommy (l) and Derek (r) looking fly af:

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Drug Policy Alliance Media:

Website: http://www.drugpolicy.org
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Podcast Twitter: @drugsnstuffDPA 
Subscribe to the Podcast: Podcast Drugs and Stuff: A Podcast about Drugs, Harm Reduction, Mass Incarceration, The Drug War and other Stuff, from the Drug Policy Alliance

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The Bartender’s In A Book!

Check out the book Katharine is in, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life by Dr. Brian Goldman, out this week.

AWESOME HEADPHONES ALERT!

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Want 15% off these rad headphones? Go to the Sudio Sweden store and use the promo code: BARTENDER at checkout.

Katharine is pretty jazzed about the Vasa BLÅ – Rose Gold White ones (on the left), and not just because they have a ring above the “A”. But maybe a little bit. But they’re also pretty great.

 

 

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Freedom of ’76” by Ween

“Joy” by Phish

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

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Episode 102: Rob, and the Concept of Star Stature

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In this Episode: 

Ever wonder what it’s like to understudy multiple roles in a national tour of a Tony award winning Broadway show? Performer Rob Neill joins The Bartender to talk about his touring adventures with Peter and the Starcatcher, why art is more than just a career, what Tom Hanks is like in the event of an emergency, and then accidentally reveals that he babysat for someone very special (to Katharine).

About The Guest:

Rob Neill is a writer, performer, and founding ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists. His plays have appeared at P.S. 122, HERE Arts Center, the Ontological, BB Kings, The Battle Ranch, NYU Skirball Center, Cherry Lane & The Kraine, as well as in Chicago, Edinburgh, and Los Angeles.

nynf WUV (1)As a performance artist, he has worked with the Ontological Incubator, Vampire Cowboys, The Brick, Living Theater, Bowery Poetry, Partial Comfort, Ars Nova, 24-hour Plays, NACL, and The Orchard Project.

See his latest masterpiece, Wind-Up Variations, immediately.

Here he is looking like a boss with some pretty awesome ladies:

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The Bartender’s In A Book!

Check out the book Katharine is in, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life by Dr. Brian Goldman, out this week.

AWESOME HEADPHONES ALERT!

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Want 15% off these rad headphones? Go to the Sudio Sweden store and use the promo code: BARTENDER at checkout.

Katharine is pretty jazzed about the Vasa BLÅ – Rose Gold White ones (on the left), and not just because they have a ring above the “A”. But maybe a little bit. But they’re also pretty great.

 

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Love Can Destroy Everything” by The Raveonettes

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

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In this Episode: 

Nessa Norich, awesome person and fellow New York Neo-Futurist, joins The Bartender to talk about ancestral trauma, how to move forward when there’s a familial elephant in the room, and smashing the f@#k out of patriarchy. Then she sings a beautiful song she wrote.

About The Guests:

Nessa Norich is a Brooklyn-based event producer and theater artist devoted to the creation of innovative and challenging new forms of theater.

Her work spans styles and mediums, including non-fiction, classical adaptations, political satire, documentary theater and immersive live events –including the international sober morning rave sensation, Morning Gloryville NYC.

Here is Nessa looking amazing af:

 

Check out Nessa and Katharine in Smash The Patriarchy this weekend with the New York Neo-FuturistsTix here.

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AWESOME HEADPHONES ALERT!

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Want 15% off these rad headphones? Go to the Sudio Sweden store and use the promo code: THEBARTENDER at checkout.

Katharine is pretty jazzed about the Vasa BLÅ – Rose Gold White ones (on the left), and not just because they have a ring above the “A”. But maybe a little bit. But they’re also pretty great.

 

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Deceptacon” by Le Tigre

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

 

Episode 96: You’re Beautiful

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In this Episode: 

When Lynne went out on an audition for print work, she didn’t expect the callback to happen so soon, except it was possibly neither an audition nor a callback. Then Betsy shares her experience working with an actor who did more than cross a few lines (and dance classes).

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About the Guests:

Lynne Marie Rosenberg is an actor and writer living in Brooklyn, NY; she is best known for her work as “Dinah” on HBO’s High Maintenance. Lynne has written for Howlround, Backstage and The Huffington Post, is the curator of the popular tumblr, CastAndLoose.tumblr.com, and the creator, producer and host of CastAndLoose Live!, returning home to Joe’s Pub July 17th, 2017www.LynneMarieRosenberg.com

Here she is looking fresh out of f%*ks:

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And here is the video of Katharine and Lynne doing improv a million years ago:

Betsy Helmuth is a designer and owner of Affordable Interior Design, a NYC based design firm. She is also the host of the incredible podcast, Big Design, Small Budget. You can hear an episode with her AND Anna here! Here she is looking like a boss:

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Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Galvanize” by The Chemical Brothers

“You’re Beautiful” (cover) by The Fabsisters

“Farrar, Strauss & Giroux” by Destroyer

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Episode 92: Two and a Half Old Bitches

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In this Episode:

The Bartender sits down with Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler, the creators and co-hosts of the hit podcast, Two Old Bitches. The two talk about the evolution of their bitchery, the liberation that comes with running out of f$%ks, and how they accidentally became models for pee proof underwear.

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About the Guests:

Idelisse Malavé has been nurturing her inner bitch for 40 years and is now letting loose. She led social, racial and economic justice organizations – as Vice President of the Ms. Foundation for Women and as President of the Tides Foundation. She’s author of books and articles, including, most recently Latino Stats (New Press), which she wrote with her daughter Esti Giordani. At 69 years old, liberated from full-time leadership jobs (although, yes, she still does consulting to support her profound shopping habit), Idelisse is now free to exercise her greatest asset: asking the provocative questions that lead you to thoughts and ideas you didn’t even know you had.

Joanne Sandler is particularly bitchy when people offer her seats on the subway. After 30 years as a women’s rights advocate working with feminist organizations around the world – most recently as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, now UN Women – the last thing she wants is to sit down and shut up! At 65 years old, Joanne still travels, consults, writes (her most recent book, Gender at Work, was published by Routledge in 2016) and has breakfast at Starbucks every morning. Accompanied, nearly always, by a huge iced tea, Joanne loves to probe, to stir the pot and to find the stories that you’ve been dying to tell.

Here are pics from recent photo shoot for this article, with The Bartender, and as models for Icon pee proof underwear:

 

Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Everyday is Like Sunday” by Morrissey

“Laid” by James

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Episode 91: The Future of Regular Degular Comedy

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In this Episode:

The Bartender shares some of her thoughts post election. Then, comedian Jes Tom talks about finding humor in times of despair, the best way to handle misgendering someone, and the time their grandmother got revenge against a school bully at the tender age of 8 after getting out of a Japanese internment camp.

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About the Guest:

Jes Tom (they/them) is a weird queer stand up comic with but one goal: To hurt the feelings of The Oppressor. Born & raised in San Francisco and now established in New York, Jes Tom is a fresh voice in stand up comedy, gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted.

Jes has performed in all five boroughs of New York City, as well as at colleges and conferences spanning the frigid American northeast. Jes tells jokes in venues of all sorts, from hipster bar basements to historic performance spaces such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Town Hall, and The Friar’s Club. Jes’ first 30 minute comedy special, Cold Brew, was recorded live in August 2016 at Astoria’s QED: A Place to Show and Tell.

Twitter: @jestom
IG: @jesthekid

Here is Jes looking awesome AF:

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Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Your Best American Girl” by Mitski

“Come Back From San Francisco” by The Magnetic Fields

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Episode 90: Second (or Third, Fourth, Fifth) Chances

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In this Episode:

Melani, a single mother at age 41, found love in a hopeless place (an airport hotel in Pittsburgh). After 5 wonderful years with this man, she talks about moving forward after he passed away. Then we hear from Will whose father abandoned his family on Christmas Day when he was 16. He’s trying to repair the relationship, and writing a show about it in the process. It involves a nuclear power plant and Brazil, not necessarily in that order.

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About the Guests:

Melani Robinson is a writer, mother, and phenomenal interviewer whose podcast “Single Because” was just released to rave reviews! Here she is looking rightfully confident AF:

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Will Carey is a stand up comic originally from Southern Maryland.  He’s performed stand up on 3 continents, and co-starred in the short film Hushed which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His one-man show, “Laughing Through The Sad” will premiere on December 9th! Get your tickets here. Here he is looking awesome:

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Music Credits:

“Setting Sun” by Chris Powers

“Smoke” by Crash Vegas

“Head Full of Whispers” by Electric Turn to Me

“Bottled in Cork” by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists