Why The Hell Am I Here?
By Richland Source
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Have you ever asked yourself this question? Have you ever thought about why you are where you are in life, or what your purpose is? These questions and more are answered in this interview-style podcast with host Brittany Schock as she and a myriad of unique guests explore life's big and small questions with honesty, humor, and hope for the future. Special thanks to Mansfield artist Orie Rush for our logo design, and Mansfield musician Nicholas DeWalt for our theme music. Follow us on Twitter at @WhyTheHellPod
||CleanEpisode 34: A conversation on female leadership||The topic of today's episode comes hot off the heels of CityLab Detroit, where our host Brittany Schock attended a conference session called "Are Female Leaders Different? Perspectives on Female Leadership." Feeling inspired, she brought the...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness||Thomas Palmer has quite the range of hobbies, talents and vocations. For example, right now he serves as the law director for the city of Galion, the owner/publisher of a local media conglomerate, and a church organist. That’s not even counting the...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: All our dreams from rust to gold||Councilman Don Bryant went from briefly living in his car in college, to interning with Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington, D.C. to serving as a principal at his alma mater Mansfield Senior High School, to now serving as a city councilman for his...||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31: A naked magician bares all||There may be some listeners out there who are disappointed that this is a podcast and not a video interview, because today's episode is with Mike Tyler, one half of the act "The Naked Magicians." The Australian native and his co-magician Christopher...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: The ball goes up, the ball comes down||Before starting his career in real estate, Jerry Holden had quite the successful baseball career. In fact, he was on his way to playing in the major leagues before an unfortunate injury sidelined him for good. Now, not only does he get to relive the...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: You've got me feeling emotions||If you don't feel the need to go see the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra's next concert, then this podcast will have failed you. Music director and conductor Octavio Más-Arocas takes us through a musical journey today of how he found his calling as a...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: The dog days are over||Big changes are happening at DRM Productions Inc. in Mansfield, Ohio, and who better to talk about it than the two men at the center of it all? Jon Pierce is set to take over as president of DRM, filling Dave Damron's shoes when he retires at the end...||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Looks like a girl, but she's a flame||One day not too far from now, I'm going to be proud to say that taekwondo Olympian Natalie Hershberger was once on the WTHAIH podcast. Natalie and her father Chris are the first father-daughter duo we've had on the podcast, and we talk about how...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: You say goodbye, and I say hello||By his own admission, Bill Freytag's career has not been a straight line. He started out in computer technology, took a quick side step to own my favorite bar in Shelby for a while, and then dove into politics with absolutely no political experience,...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: What do you say to taking chances?||Jessica Gribben has done some pretty awesome things right here in her hometown, from being an instrumental part of starting Richland Young Professionals to becoming a branch manager at Richland Bank to sitting on the board of the Richland Area Chamber..||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: The answer is blowin' in the wind||Many people reach a point in their lives when they have an intense desire to leave a place - whether it be a hometown, a place they moved for a job, or a place that just gets old for them. Jodie Perry has definitely experienced this sensation,...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: The best things in life are free||Today we get to see a different side of Richland Bank's president Chris Hiner - rock enthusiast, former football champ and fan of local music (just don't call him Big Papa). We also take a bit of a dive into the life of a banker, and how it's a lot...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Don't talk politics and don't throw stones||The past few years have brought about some big changes for Tony Vero - a new baby girl, and a new job as a Richland County Commissioner. As a textbook extrovert, Tony always knew he wanted to be in public service someday. However, he didn't expect to...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: You may say I'm a dreamer||Mark Sebastian Jordan is sure that the universe has a plan for him, and definitely sure that the plan involves some type of creativity. Being a creative soul himself, it's difficult to not be involved in some kind of reading, writing, theatre or music..||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: It's gonna be a bright, sunshiny day||Continuing our trend of chatting with new reporters at our sister publications, this week we talk with Courtney McNaull of Ashland Source about settling into Ashland reporting and how journalism wasn't her first career pick out of high school. We also..||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: With a grain of salt||Journalists are supposed to be skeptical about everything, but I have no doubt that adding Grant Pepper to the Richland Source team was absolutely the right move. Grant is the new reporter for Knox Pages, and a fellow Dayton native like myself. In...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Finding your voice||It's always fascinating to me to think about where you started along your journey of life, where you thought you were going to end up, and where you actually are today. Ten years ago, Colleen Cook never would've predicted she would end up in...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: You are my home||What the world needs now is love sweet love, so what better way to kick off season 2 of #WTHAIH with a love story? Two of my very good friends, Cody Albert and Felicia Kreinbrink, of Shelby, Ohio are getting married in May 2019. In this episode, we...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Laughter is the best medicine||I honestly don't think I have laughed harder during a podcast interview than I have with Michael Thomas. It's amazing we actually got through this interview. But peppered among funny stories about farting on stage and being friends with Tina Fey,...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: The kids are alright||In the 80s and 90s, Kathy Goodwin was keeping the company of music stars and moving to brand-new states completely on a whim. Now as a mother of two in Mansfield, she is a fierce advocate for the future of her hometown - and she believes it lies in...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: The sweetest lemonade||At age 17, Traci Willis lost her brother to a heroin overdose - a tragedy that perhaps informed her future as an advocate for addicts and their families, though certainly didn't define it. But she's taken life's lemons and used them to become a light...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Surviving "A Murder in Mansfield"||When he was 11 years old, Collier Landry's father murdered his mother. When he was 12 years old, Collier testified in court, helping to convict and sentence his father to 20-years-to-life for the crime. Now almost three decades later, Collier...||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Unpacking #SXSW419||On March 8, Mansfield sent 15 people of all backgrounds to South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that takes place in Austin, Texas. Their goal was to absorb as much...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Tales from turning pages||Llalan Fowler, commonly known as "the bookstore lady," has a life that revolves around storytelling. She curates stories for a living, she's actively trying to change the story of her hometown, and she's learning every day from the story of her life...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Waarom in vredesnaam ben ik hier?||This episode title pays homage to the Netherlands - the homeland of Edward Akinyemi - by asking "Why the hell am I here?" in Dutch. Yes, there are obvious differences between living and traveling across Europe versus a Midwestern town, as Edward is...||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: All the world's a stage||This special episode of WTHAIH is due to the limited schedule of Bradley Cronenwett, who is only in Mansfield for a short period of time in-between touring with productions of Cirque du Soleil. These days he's traveling the world as the assistant head..||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: A little lionheart, a lot of serenity||Nicholas Copley is all about holistic health - bringing together a well-nourished body with an emotionally intelligent mind. As the self-described "Leslie Knope of Mansfield," he hopes to bring his homegrown methods to his hometown. Click here...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Falling in love with a familiar place||First, she fell in love with a man. Then, she fell in love with the town. Now, Jessica Hiser is teaching others to love the place she calls home. Click here to learn more about Spherion.||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Imprisoned by choices, freed by destiny||Damien Beauford knows the meaning of hard time - both inside and outside of prison. But driven by a personal prophecy and the love of his family, he's striving to tell his story as a way to serve others...and to create his own happy ending. ...||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Drawing on life experiences, literally||Local artist Orie Rush connects the dots on his journey from Mansfield to Chicago and back to Mansfield, and not taking anything for granted.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Finding purpose and God in the Himalayas||In this episode we bid a bittersweet farewell to Jasmine Evans, formerly of Richland Source, as she heads on a missions trip to the Himalayas - something she's felt called to do for quite some time. Click here to follow along with Jasmine's journey on..||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: An Ohio transplant plants roots||From Arizona to California to Ohio, Nikki Lewis discusses the twists and turns life takes to bring you where you are today. Click here for more information about Nikki's job at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Life and death in Shelby, Ohio||An interview with a funeral director||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: What the hell am I doing?||An introduction||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A fascinating listen...
Brittany Schock is doing a great job drawing stories out of her subjects.
A great podcast on the rise!
I saw the link for your podcast on Facebook. Being from Mansfield myself I immediately dove in and can't get enough of it. It literally hits close to home and I'm definitely looking forward to future content. Keep up the amazing work!