conversation for adults
By jimi izrael
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Culture-critic jimi izrael rediscovers America by talking to people you may or may not know. About everything. What comes up, comes out. Lots of fun. No filter.
||Explicitep38: lathan bennett pt 2 - live from the barbershop||this is part two of the conversation with lathan bennett -- this one recorded live at Professional Polish, his barbershop on Larchemere in Cleveland. We talk watches shoplife, white people and women in the black barbershop (and why they have no...||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep37: barber lathan bennett's mother was a gangster||lathan bennett is a father, veteran and barbershop co-owner -- he cut my hair from 2013 to 2016-ish. this two-parter evokes the conversation like the kind we had back in the day -- we talk about the barber hustle, the projects, divorce, racism during...||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep36: fayola shakes, rattles and rolls||fayola shakes is a writer and journalist from cleveland and i'm a big fan of her work. we talk about her Jamaican roots, writing in search of the truth, her Tinder date and handling family with mental issues. also, anthony sowell and that curious...||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep35: rhonda crowder worked for don king, lol||rhonda crowder is an author and journalist and we talk about her book, her work at Cleveland's black newspaper "The Call and Post" under its current owner, Don King and her #metoo moments there, sibling rivalries and her father's fidelity issues, why...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep34: eric brewer doesn't care what you think about his life OR his eyeliner||eric j. brewer is the former mayor or east cleveland and politically brazen black male consciousness of cleveland's inner-city who just happens to wear a dress when it suits him. we talk about Vietnam, old-school cleveland politics, cleveland's porn...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep33: mc chill pt2: beyonce's choreographer and dude, who stole my G-Ma?||In part two of this conversation, mc chill and I talk about the sound of Cleveland, Todd Samms, the Clevelander (by way of Shaker Heights) who started out dancing for Levert and ended up teaching Beyonce', Usher and Chris Brown how to dance and the...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep32: mc chill was almost Will Smith, maybe.||Kevin Heard -- aka MC Chill was Cleveland's first rapper to get a national record deal. in many ways, MC Chill was the prototype for the nice-guy, middle-american, aspirational rapper like Philadelphia's Will Smith. We talk about the real MC Chill,...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep31: scott muscatello- Trent Reznor bent his Wookie :(||scott muscatello is a clubkid-turned urban planner. we talk about cleveland club-life, his foray into the gangster life (#nobody), Dj Rob Sherwood (RIP), the death of disco and why not name your daughter "Cocaine?" also that time Nine Inch Nails'...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep30: mc squirt emcees, djs, but not that other thing||arguably, Rhonda Saxton-Sheron -- aka MC Squirt -- is cleveland's first female emcee. She was on the "OH-10," the rap compilation of released in the 80's, touring and the whole nine. she has the bonafides. we talk about her start in hip-hop, her...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep29 mekkah pt2: the creative's life, with kids||mekkah picks up where she left off talking about her creative evolution, men like me who have their "pick of the litter" (such that it is), why single black women have it so tough (t'yeah) and what they REALLY want, partner parenting, my perfect match..||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep28: mekkah pt1: rebuking your lesbian assumptions||Mekkah is one of Cleveland's best-known voices from college radio and the poetry scene of the 90s. She fell off the radar for years and then I saw her at Walmart and invited her in for a two-parter -- a first for my show. In Part One, we talk about...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep27: dr. lyz bly split my pants||Feminist thug and intellectual Dr. Lyz Bly returns and we talk about Oprah Winfrey's friend Gayle King's butt, black women's jealousy, women scoring other women's butts, her free-range chickens vs. The Cops, that time I had to euthanize one of her...||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep26: steve presser sells toys, tells funny stories.||after steve presser announced he was closing Big Fun, his store full of classic toys, video games, antiques, nerdabilia and ephemera on cleveland heights' storied Coventry Road, i brought him over to talk Cleveland Jews, collecting, his favorite toy, the Coventry Riots, meeting Muhammad Ali, that time his daughter moved a brother in and how he met his wife.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep25: sandra bishop is too many things, all good||not sure what to say about sandra -- we met when i was on my book tour and somehow have managed to stay in touch ever since. she comes over and we sing, we dance, we laugh. men, politics, sex and barbershops -- this conversation goes everywhere.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 22 rich cihlar literally fought to get his wife back.||rich is a good dude i've come to dig a lot -- he's a teacher and artist. he qualifies as a "virtual stranger" because we only know each other professionally. we talk about the cleveland art scene, bar-room brawling, getting his hot wife back and...||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep21: gina p will watch your cat because why?||gina p returns to discuss the cat-sitting hustle, defend kim kardashian and kinda give the finger to lena dunham. gina tells me about making out dressed as McDonald's "hamburglar," her choice in men and economic compatibility. she meets my cat and I...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep20 dj lady skill, the voice of cleveland radio||Lady Skill was a Dj and definitely one of the original fly girls in Cleveland's hip-hop hey-day. She came by and we talked about integrating Cleveland Heights, jumping rope, when Cleveland was an influential music city and the evolution of rap radio...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep19: michael oatman casts Biff to play MLK||michael oatman, classic guest on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect," award-winning playwright and reformed journalist, filled Langston Hughes' shoes at the world-famous Karamu Theater. unlike other guests, we've known each other a long, long, long...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep18: cody boyce talks Star Wars, beer and life in Trump Country||Cody Boyce is a super-sweet kid from Trump Country, Ohio, and also the boss of podcastmasters.net, the podcasting service I use. By "kid", I mean Cody is the same age as my oldest son. Truth to tell, he's a grown-ass man with a tiny, smokin'-hot wife,..||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 17: johnny coggins, gay play-uncle and drag show producer||johnny coggins is not blood, but he is family to me -- i can't remember a time he and his brother lebron didn't live down the street from my maternal grandmother. i didn't know johnny was gay until i bumped into him during my 4-year DJ residency at...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep16: greg murray makes happiness from dogs and peanut-butter.||Photographer Greg Murray takes dog pictures, and he's brilliant. We talk about his life as a Big Brother ion Philly, his first pet, my robot cat and how he got a whiff of my underwear. Also, a preview of his amazing book "Peanut Butter Dogs," which...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep15: deena myer mendlowitz almost killed herself||Deena Nyer Mendlowitz is a fine writer and comedian living her best life with mental illness. Deena and I talk about Jewish life, kosher foods, her improv show "Mental Illness and Friends", and her bi-sexual ex-husband and parenting partner. We talk...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep14: alex sukhoy - mother, author and friend||Alex Sukhoy of Creative Cadence and I have a great chat about the 90s, her return to Chicago, being a good parenting partner and she becomes the first guest I (unintentionally) make cry by flippantly mischaracterizing a very sacred Jewish ritual and...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep13: monique judge - her gun, her men and her poison pen.||Monique Judge -- aka The Journalista and staff writer at The Root.Com -- hails from California and is only the second non-Clevelander I've had on the podcast thus far. We talk about her sex life, her time as a side-chick and advice i should give my...||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep12: butters + charles ramsey, american hero||Chris Gresham starred alongside John Travolta's awful hairpiece in "Criminal Activities," but that's not how I know him. I met him while hanging with Charles Ramsey, American Hero, who freed Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry & Michelle Rodriguez from...||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep11: sid allen - OG hip-hop writer||Clevelander Sid Allen is writer and publisher of "It's A Rap," one of hip-hop culture's first magazines. Allen talks how rap freestyling started in Cleveland, smoking weed with Biggie, how the Midwestern work ethic killed the rap business, Cleveland...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep10: anna krogern, ex-Jehovah's Witness, makes Jesus cry||Anna Krogern is an Ex-Jehovah's Witness and complete stranger. She comes by the pad and we talk about the history of the JWs, old JW print propaganda, JW lawsuits, how she got flim-flammed into marriage by #Jesus, JWs who didn't go to college because...||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep9: kisha foster knows lesbian secrets||Kisha Foster is one of Cleveland's best-known, most well-traveled poets -- she's not a stranger, but we've never talked for so long about so much. She talks about her book, the late-night fellatio habits of lesbians and other queer theory culled from...||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep8: cocoa brown talks comedy, tragedy and Hollywood||Actor and comedian Cocoa Brown takes some time to talk about her road from tragedy to comedy. We talk about me meeting her parents and my grandmother's pitch to her boss, Tyler Perry.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep7: dr. lester spence gets #trumped on a bet||dr. lester spence is a public intellectual, author, and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence. When NPR's Michel Martin asked me to put together..||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep6: donna nowak is hypnotic, trust me||Donna Nowak is mesmerizing -- see what I did there? She is a Consulting Hypnotist, regression therapist, and ballroom dancer. We talk about her journey from corporate America into hypnosis, how she met her husband, hypnotizing racism out of people,...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep5: dr. lyz bly - feminist thug - knuckles up on misogyny.||Dr. Lyz Bly's work and study is centered on gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture in the post-World War II U.S. She's the author of a new book "Diary of a Feminist Thug." She comes to the loft to talk about feminism, her love of black men and...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep4: caroline renko, super genius||Caroline Renko is a physics and philosophy major from Zimbabwe, and she also voices the drops for #conversationforadults. Her accent is mellifluously nondescript. We know each other directly, but not well, so she is virtually a stranger. She...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep3: gina p. -- holly go-lovely, woman about town||Gina P. is everywhere there is sun in Cleveland, which is mostly at Cleveland Flea, better dinner parties, and hipster bars, as it turns out. She comes by the loft and we talk about being Italian, my robot cats, pet sitting -- hustle, scam or both? --..||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep2: dj swamp chose Beck over Eminem, no regrets.||DJ Swamp is the Marilyn Manson of turntablism and DJ culture -- and his incredible show takes him all around the world. Swamp came by the loft and talked about his years of bitter struggle, making his own big break as a (fake) hip-hop news reporter,...||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep1: marc face knows her feet better than you||marc face is the owner and operator of Everything By Face, maybe the hottest hair and nail salon in Cleveland. like me, he's been known to wear a wrap skirt in the summer. i invite him to the loft to talk about the hustle in cleveland,...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Jimi is the coolest cat 'casting!
Jimi gets it - his conversations are a great blend of energy and genuine interest in his guests. He finds traction in their journeys and it's all very instructive. Egos are checked outside his loft and honesty is what penetrates the discussions. It's extremely refreshing. I can't wait for more!
I want to hear more...
The 1st episode of "Conversation For Adults" feels like two old friends who've been meaning to catch up forever, but just never got around to it. The conversation flows, weaving back and forth between the past and present, with context for those who aren't in the know. It is intimate, raw, insightful and FUNNY listening to two grown men reminisce about the 90s, Cleveland's club scene, their hustles and past loves. Face is hesitant at first but Izrael does a good job of reeling him in, making him comfortable enough to share. This is how conversations should be between adults.
This all esisode is great and excellent all esisode.