The Great Reset
Episode 56:  With Mike Rangel - President of Asheville Pizza and Brewing

Episode 56: With Mike Rangel - President of Asheville Pizza and Brewing

August 5, 2020

We speak with Mike Rangel from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company.  Mike has been a stalwart member of the Asheville community for decades and has a great perspective on navigating this pandemic as a restaurant and brewery owner.  AVL Pizza and Brewing did not open up immediately during Phase 2 - instead opting for a more careful, safe and measured approach to how they reopened.  The company has taken all of the precautions and very seriously during this entire situation and has taken extra measures to protect their employees and their clientele.  Mike tells us about the folks he has encountered recently who refuse to wear masks and who are openly aggressive about that.  He speaks of the political and safety stances he and his company are making and how that has become much more important given the focus of Covid-19 and the current political climate.  He believes that we should all be standing right now.  Standing firm in our values and standing firm in our beliefs.  It's a great example we can all take on in our own lives.

 

The Great Reset LIVE 8-4-20

The Great Reset LIVE 8-4-20

August 4, 2020

August is here. The extra unemployment benefits have ended. Rent and mortgage forgiveness is expiring. The Congress is dragging their feet and packing the relief bill with pork and unnecessary spending instead of focusing on the needs of the American people.

 

A new mini show that Shawndra and I perform live.  This will be bonus material to our regular interview episodes.  We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 55: With Jillian Summers and Jeff Catanese - Theatre Professionals

Episode 55: With Jillian Summers and Jeff Catanese - Theatre Professionals

August 3, 2020

We speak with Jillian Summers and Jeff Catanese.  Jill is the Technical Director and Scenic Designer at Asheville Community Theatre.  Jeff is an actor, director, Artistic Director at Attic Salt Theatre Company and an all around theatre raconteur.  We talk about the cultural loss we are experiencing as all of theaters have shut down.  We discuss how what exists now - live Zoom performances, Facebook Live, etc are fine - but they are not theater.  Theater is a rare art form that relies heavily on the interaction of performer and audience.  It is impossible to recreate that in the Covid era.  We look to theater getting back to its roots and being more interactive with the audience and less presentational.  Jill brings up the systemic racism associated with the institution of theater - and how this shut down is an opportunity to examine that as well as many other things that could change theater for the better.  We also discuss education and the looming return to school - and how that is being approached and handled.  An interesting, telling and often hilarious conversation.    

Episode 54:  With Brian Jones - Eyewitness to the Portland Protests

Episode 54: With Brian Jones - Eyewitness to the Portland Protests

July 30, 2020

We speak with Brian Jones, a security contractor from Florida.  Brian was recently in Portland, Oregon to document and experience the protests.  We spend a lot of time discussing this and hearing Brian's perspective.  Brian is also a Covid-19 survivor who has lingering symptoms and complications that still persist.  He describes his experience and how he remains hopeful.  Brian is a witty, interesting guy who describes himself as an agent provocateur. Centrist or Political Anomaly. Troller of both sides of the fence.  His Facebook feed is often hilarious and provocative - and the comment sections are something to behold - especially since Brian has friends from every part of the political spectrum.  As I describe him - he likes to poke the fire - whatever color that fire may be.  Great perspective on Portland and on Covid-19.  A fun conversation.

Episode 53:  With Katie Button - Executive Chef at Cúrate

Episode 53: With Katie Button - Executive Chef at Cúrate

July 27, 2020

We speak with Katie Button - CEO and Executive Chef at Cúrate Restaurant and Button & Co. Bagels.  Katie is a James Beard award winning chef and has been a fierce advocate for independent restaurants during the hardships of the pandemic.  She speaks of the challenges of reopening and of the path forward.  She highlights the restaurant relief bill working its way through congress and how that is so important to keep our favorite restaurants open and existing - even Post Covid.  She brings a lot of philosophical and cultural views to the conversation and reminds us of the important interconnected nature of restaurants to farmers, distributers, butchers and more.  We also hit on the issues of reopening and the customers who don't enjoy adhering to the new rules.  We so enjoyed speaking with Katie.      

Episode 52:  With Adam and Marisol Colette - Hosts of The Reading Aloud Podcast

Episode 52: With Adam and Marisol Colette - Hosts of The Reading Aloud Podcast

July 26, 2020

We speak with Marisol and Adam Colette - fellow podcasters and thinkers who have a podcast called Reading Aloud.  Reading Aloud is an insightful and fun podcast where a couple of creatives engage each-other in a variety of topics through quirky and intuitive conversation. Providing insight into how they communicate, navigate and thrive through married life.  They also began a spinoff series that they performed live called Love in the Time of Corona - a podcast centered on relationships during quarantine.  A great conversation about relationships amongst your significant other and with your community.  Lots of interesting topics and even we felt like we were being interviewed at some points. 

The Great Reset LIVE!  7-24-20

The Great Reset LIVE! 7-24-20

July 24, 2020

Education and returning to schools. There are no easy choices.  We discuss the options presented to us and what we are considering

 

A new mini show that Shawndra and I perform live.  This will be bonus material to our regular interview episodes.  We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 51:  With Joe Kendrick - Director of Programming and Operations at WNCW

Episode 51: With Joe Kendrick - Director of Programming and Operations at WNCW

July 20, 2020

We speak with Joe Kendrick - Director of Programming and Operations at 88.7 WNCW radio station.  Joe speaks about the different outreach they have done at the radio station trying to help artists through these trying times.  We speak about all of the venues that they have so heavily supported over the years and the impact on them is heavy felt as well as the impact on our own lives through the loss of live music.    We speak of what sort of renaissance of music may happen due to the amount of time at home artists are having right now and how that might bring a whole wave of creativity.  We consider a future through all of this and how we must value artists and the art they create so that they can not only survive the Covid-19 era, but also when we are able to gather together again.

 

Joe also hosts a monthly podcast called Southern Songs and Stories that features interviews and live recordings of many wonderful artists from around the south.  We highly reccomend that you give it a listen.

The Great Reset LIVE!  7-20-20

The Great Reset LIVE! 7-20-20

July 20, 2020

Federal officers illegally detain peaceful protestors in Portland, Oregon and why we should all be paying attention.

 

A new mini show that Shawndra and I perform live.  This will be bonus material to our regular interview episodes.  We will focus on current headlines and topics and other items we don't get to discuss on the other episodes.

Episode 50:  With Russell Keith - Owner of The Grey Eagle Music Hall

Episode 50: With Russell Keith - Owner of The Grey Eagle Music Hall

July 15, 2020

EPISODE 50!!!!

We speak with Russell Keith - owner of The Grey Eagle Music Hall and The Grey Eagle Taqueria.  We talk about the plight of independent music venues and how they have to wait right now, deal with lost revenue that won't be recouped for some time and try to find creative ways to keep income coming in.  We speak about the importance of music venues and everyone involved in them and how that loss to our cultural lexicon is being felt.  We establish the cost associated with owning a venue and all of the people who are affected by this long term closure.  Russ describes what they are doing to be safe and how, even amidst uncertainty, they are planning to have shows at smaller capacities once they are able to do so.   He discusses the streaming of shows he has been doing and how , while not economically viable for the venue or the artists, did create more opportunities as to how to deliver music to more people. Russ is hopeful and he reminds all of us that we have to band together to save independent music venues and the artists who work there and all of the employees who make those shows happen.  Find out more about the National Independent Venue Association and what you can do to help here:  NIVA Go buy a taco and some merch from the Grey Eagle and let's make sure that they are still around for all of us!