By The Distiller
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The Distiller is a series of conversations with people from all walks of life about how we find meaningful work, and how we find meaning in the work we do. Recorded on-location, and generally with a drink in hand, The Distiller explores the work that defines our lives, and how we think about that work.
||Clean#23 – Melis Aydogan of Ruya Coffee On A First Generation View of Meaningful Work||Ruya Coffee is the realization of a lifelong dream. That’s not surprising, since Ruya means “dream” in Turkish. Melis Aydogan, the founder of Ruya Coffee, never saw herself as an entrepreneur, or a small-business person....||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 – Justin & Tasha Golden On Navigating Work Transitions as a Couple||Tasha and Justin Golden have been married a long time by any standard. Just about twenty years, in fact. And you don’t stay married that long without learning some pretty good lessons about relationships. During...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 – Humanist Chaplain Bart Campolo on the Intersection of Work and Belief||When Bart Campolo lost his faith, he didn’t lose his desire to minister. After all, the word “minister” was a verb before it became a noun. The fact that Bart no longer believed in a...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 – EcoATM Founder Mark Bowles On Entrepreneurship and the Tech Startup World||Mark Bowles Is Not Afraid to Fail, He’s Done It Many Times Before. Talk with Mark about his experience in technology startups and venture-based entrepreneurship, and you’re just as likely to hear the stories of...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 – Theatre House Owner Marty Boyer on How Values Guide Decisions||Theatre House owner Marty Boyer is a high-character individual. Marty is a unique individual in that his ego has (apparently) almost no bearing on what he does for a living. Marty is the most pragmatic...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18: Potter Christie Goodfellow and Sculptor Beth Graves on Creativity in the Gig Economy||Christie Goodfellow and Beth Graves Are Two Very Different Kinds of Sculptors. The similarities and differences between Christie and Beth’s work creates an interesting give and take between the two of them. Still, they share...||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17: Libby Hunter on Overcoming Poverty with Literacy||Libby Hunter Believes Storytelling Is the Key to Overcoming Poverty When you talk with Libby Hunter about literacy, you’d better buckle your seat belt. Libby talks quickly, and with purpose. Aside from a brief stint...||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16: Artist Mark Dejong Turns His Profession Into His Passion||It took a while for Mark Dejong to call himself an artist. Mark Dejong was born in The Netherlands, but his family moved to Cincinnati when he was a child. In his 20’s he took...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15: Homeschool Mom Liz McEwan on the Work of Family||Liz McEwan is not your typical homeschool mom. Or perhaps she is. Maybe the “typical” homeschooling parent doesn’t actually exist. Most of The Distiller‘s guests have some professional ambition or goal they’re pursuing. The majority...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14: Chef Derek Dos Anjos on the Business of Food||Chef Derek Dos Anjos’ Secret Weapon May Surprise You Ask a chef or restaurateur what skill is most important to running a restaurant, and you’re likely to get a lot of different answers. Maybe it’s...||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12: Corben Bone – Professional Soccer Player||Corben Bone’s Work Is Play On the field or off, Corben radiates energy. Watch him play in his midfield role for the F.C. Cincinnati soccer team, and you’ll see the way he sparks the team...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith – Equity, Inclusion, & Community Specialist||Meredith Shockley-Smith just took a big leap. (Updated 6/9/17 – we forgot to include the link to the podcast Brandon mentioned in the episode; it’s Shankar Vedantam’s NPR podcast “Hidden Brain.” The episode, originally aired...||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Michael Wilson – Photographer||Michael Wilson Is More Than Just A Photographer. He’s a Master. A storyteller. A record-keeper. A history maker. Michael Wilson has been making pictures* for nearly 40 years, and in that time he’s developed a...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Julius Jenkins – Dancer, Educator, Community Activist||Julius Jenkins Wants to Bring Street Culture Back to Life. You may already know of Julius Jenkins, or his work, and not even know it. You may have seen his choreography as part of the...||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Megan Trischler – Community Designer||Megan Trischler Helps Make Dreams Come True. And we’re not just talking about her current position as Program Director for People’s Liberty. Megan brings design thinking and a desire to “make the ordinary extraordinary” to...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: Tamaya Dennard – Cincinnati City Council Member||Episode 7 of The Distiller features one of the newest members of the Cincinnati City Council, Tamaya Dennard, on how growing up in poverty informs her commitment to serve those currently in need.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: Matt Hart – Punk Rock Poet||Poet Matt Hart talks with host Brandon Dawson about the value of work that makes you ask the right kinds of questions, and the similarities between drunkards, punks, and preachers. And he recites the poem that made him a poet.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Stephen JohnsonGrove – Public Policy Attorney||Stephen JohnsonGrove is a professional do-gooder, the Deputy Director for Policy at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a non-profit law and advocacy office in Cincinnati. OJPC offers pro-bono legal services to incarcerated people, along...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Matt Gunderman – Director of UC Health Air Care & Mobile Rescue||Matt Gunderman saves lives for a living. Some people do work that seems sexy. Other people make a difference in the lives of individual humans every single day. Matt Gunderman is one of the latter: an everyday superhero.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Musicians Ric Hordinski & David Wilcox at Brew House||In Ep. 3 of The Distiller we talk with musicians & creative collaborators Ric Hordinski & David Wilcox about creativity, collaboration, the "time lapse bravery" of songwriting, and what it means to bring yourself to your work, over and over again.||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: Dominic & Judi LoPresti – Spun Bicycles||In Episode 2 of The Distiller, Brandon talks with Dominic and Judi LoPresti, owners of Spun Bicycles in Cincinnati, about overcoming a troubled past, and the challenges of running a badass local business as a married couple.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Danny Korman – Small Business Owner, Outdoor Advocate||Cincinnati's Dan Korman talks about starting a small business, the decision to close his beloved "Green General Store" Park & Vine, and what's next for him as he moves Westward.||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0 – The Distiller Promo||The Distiller is a podcast about the soul of work. In this short preview clip, host Brandon Dawson talks about what you can expect from The Distiller in coming weeks. Listen in to this...||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Why do we do what we do?
Love this podcast. Fun and in depth interviews with people of wildly different backgrounds. Through the interviews involving these people and why ***they**** do what they do, makes me reflect on my own decisions.
This podcast is such a great look not only into the work people do, but why they do it and how they got there. It’s interesting, insightful and thoughtfully delivered. Brandon’s questions are always the ones I want to ask and the ones I wish I’d thought of. Always excited when a new episode drops.
Work does have meaning!
Not only does this podcast give voice to how people make meaning of work, it also gives dignity to every kind of work and every type of worker. Well done, Brandon!