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Active Listeners Podcast

Active Listeners Podcast

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A podcast where hosts Mike and Shane discuss their lives, goals, and expectations as artists. Each week they engage with guests about the artist lifestyle.
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Episode 20: "Sh!t Post Until Someone Notices You"
In the finale of their first full season, Mike and Shane reflect on their first 20 episodes. They catch up with by Catiosaurus of TikTok and discuss her podcast "Catie and Erik's Infinite Quest: An ADHD Adventure." Then, they are joined by Carly the Blonde from the true-crime podcast, "Straight Up Evil," to discuss one of their segments "Straight Up Missing" sharing the details of missing persons, generally, from the New York State. Friend of the show April Armstrong shares a reading and the guys reflect on a few of their favorite segments from Season 1 featuring Ragliacci Rags, Pat Jerret,  Aubrey Whitlock, and Issac of Color My Flaws. Stay tuned, Season 2 comin' at ya May 3rd, 2021! SHOW NOTES Catie and Erik's Infinite Playlist - Straight Up Evil - Ragliacci Rags - April Armstrong - Hurly Burly Shakespeare Show - Pat Jerret - Color My Flaws -
April 12, 2021
Episode 19: "[duhb-uhl-yoo key pee]"
This week Mike and Shane talk about gettin' busy... with the preparations for the Will Kempe's Players' summer touring season. They chat about sociocracy, being in a theater co-operative, and how to get involved and stay informed about Troy, NY's resident Shakespeare company.  Show Notes  Will Kempe's Players Website - Will Kempe's Players Sociocracy Study - WKP Facebook -
April 7, 2021
Episode 18: "Dope Ass Black Women"
Mike and Shane have a chat with Alana Patrick, cohost of the podcast Are We There Yet? Alana discusses her show, the merits of public grieving, and how sharing your grief can help others to heal.  Show Notes Alana Patrick Are We There Yet? - Untamed Natural Blog - Support the Show Our Patreon - Merch -
March 30, 2021
Episode 17: "Externo"
In this episode, Mike and Shane talk to Leandro Taub, co-director, creator, and leading actor in the award-winning international film Externo. "A revolutionary businessman tries to conquer the world with $2,000... There is a forest. There is a building. There is a bed. There is a phone and there is Joseph..." Our hosts discuss the theme and tone of the film, as well as the hurdles the Taub brothers overcame to realize the film's completion. SHOW NOTES Trailer: IMDB: Website: Social Media Instagram @externomovie Facebook Twitter @externofilm Pinterest @externomovie YouTube @externofilm Tumblr @externo
March 22, 2021
Episode 16: "Alien Tentacles to Hot Pokers"
This week Shane and Mike are joined by props artisan and extraordinaire, Chris Moneymaker. Lover of theater, builder, and acquirer of things, Chris talks about his work backstage in stage properties and he really wants you to support your local theaters. He's a great guy, so give him a listen and then make him happy by finding a theater to throw some support behind. Show Notes: Atlanta Opera:
March 15, 2021
Episode 15: "Here to Normalize, Not Generalize"
This week's episode is all about gender. Specifically, trans/non-binary inclusion, in and outside of the performing arts. Mike and Shane play second fiddle to two amazing people, and their guest hosts Jesi Dunnivan and Erin Ouellette. They share their insights and anecdotes on trans and non-binary inclusion. It's a long one, but all the more informing. Show Notes: Jesi Dunnivan's Instagram: Captainhammer22 TwoPenny Nerdlesque Instagram: TwoPenny Nerdlesque
March 8, 2021
Episode 14: "Blame it on the Dice"
Mike and Shane get a little nerdier this week and they have a chat about one of their favorite things outside of art and performance; Dungeons & Dragons! The guest this week is writer, teacher, and Dungeon Master extraordinaire Nick Walge, who unveils the hidden mysteries behind compiling a fun but challenging campaign, assembling the perfect adventure party, and whether or not you should be able to pick-pocket your friends. 
March 1, 2021
Episode 13: "Decades of Marginalia"
This week, Mike and Shane discuss Theater of the Oppressed with scholar, actor, and teacher, Aubrey Whitlock. Theater for change, where the spectators are the performers and play an active role in arming themselves with the tools needed to dismantle their oppression.  Show Notes: Hurley Burley Shakespeare Show: Aubrey Whitlock's Twitter: @AubsWhitlock 
February 23, 2021
Episode 12: "She Is Not Short"
Hosts Mike and Shane talk about how sometimes you need a total and complete change in vocation. That is something this week's guest, author Shannon Perrine, knows all too well. Listen as Shannon shares with you their journey from homemaker to romance and horror novelist.  *CONTENT ADVISORY* Today's artist spotlight contains some adult themes and sexual content. Show Notes Shannon's Website: Shannon's Twitch:
February 15, 2021
Episode 12: "Straight Up Takeover"
*CONTENT ADVISORY* This week Active Listeners Podcast welcomes two-thirds of the Straight Up Evil podcast hosts, Carly "The Blonde,"  and Jocelynn "The Brunette" in our very first Podcast crossover! We talk true crime and Carly leads us down the rabbit hole that is the unsolved case of the "Black Dahlia." This week's episode is a little dark, so if you listen with the kiddos, maybe they should skip this one. Show Notes:  Straight Up Evil website: Straight Up Evil Twitter: @Straight_Up_Pod
February 8, 2021
Epidsode 11: "Good Things Happened in 2020?"
The guys are back! Mike and Shane return this week with a short list of things that happened in 2020 that didn't suck! We know, we know, weird. They discuss promising progress and hopeful signs of what's to come, and as always, they invite you to join in the conversation. Become a Patron! Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Facebook:
February 1, 2021
Episode : "Where We Is..."
In the last episode before the mid season break, Shane and Mike recap where the first half of season one has taken them and give some teases about what's to come. Thanks for helping the show reach over 300 listens!  Show Notes:  Visit our Patreon:
December 28, 2020
Episode 9: "What Happens to You When We Die?"
In our ninth episode, Mike and Shane talk about the legacy of artists, posthumously. They are joined by Dr. Paul Menzer, professor of Shakespeare and Perfomance, director of the Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Program, and the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Mary Baldwin University. Professor Menzer talks about the legacy of Shakespeare as well as the key to immortality as an artist. Active Listeners Podcast has a merch store! Check out our merch partner site Show Notes: The FIrst Folio (online edition): Dr. Paul Menzer's Twitter:
December 21, 2020
Episode 8: "More of It and Less of you"
This episode Mike and Shane get mystic and talk with 2020 Top 50 recording artist and "Creation Creator," Jason Taylor. We have a lengthy discussion about the metaphysical, how it inspires his work, the greater vision of self actualization and mindfulness, and even a little bit of a debate surrounding the known and the unknown.  **This episode features discussion on COVID 19. Please refer to guidelines set forth by the CDC** Show Notes: Jason Taylor's website: Jason Taylor's YouTube Channel: Jason's Instagram: CDC Guidelines on COVID 19:
December 14, 2020
Episode 7: "Hellacious Noise"
This week Mike and Shane discuss civil discourse with their guest, photo-journalist, musician, and Interim Director of the Virginia Folklife Program Pat Jarrett. It's important to know how to talk to people when capturing the still frames of their lives, and Pat also shares his insights and experiences in his work in covering white supremacy. Also, Pat shares a look into his musical pandemic passion project, heavy metal band "Heemeyer."  Check our our Social media pages for photos and the link to his fun portion submission. Show Links: YouTube channel: Instagram: Virginia Folklife Program:
December 7, 2020
Episode 6: "Unsolicited Snap-Cat"
This week Mike and Shane share an obscure Tenacious D reference, bad puns, and discuss the art of storytelling with guest artist April Armstrong. There is also some cat talk, which is fantastic because the internet loves cats. As always visit our Patreon for bonus content and to support the show! Show Links: Information on our guest visit 
November 30, 2020
Episode 5: "Every Body"
CONTENT ADVISORY: This week's episode contains adult themes and language. Body positivity takes center stage in this weeks episode, and Mike and Shane talk with body positivity artist Isaac (Color My Flaws, Fat Friends With Benefits) about the importance of the representation of all bodies in art.  You can follow Isaac on his Instagram page @colormyflaws, at, and you can purchase his body positivity adult coloring book on Amazon. Support Isaac's work at Become an Active Listeners Podcast patron at
November 23, 2020
Episode 4: "A Sensitive Topic"
This week Mike and Shane discuss their personal views on religion and they welcome their guest, actress and Master of Scripture and Discipleship, Abby Van Gerpen (Unpregnant, HBO Max). You can join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. 
November 16, 2020
Episode 3: "I'm Not, Not Proud of This"
This week Mike and Shane sit down with lifetime theater maker, educator, and occasional ass kicker Sandra Boynton to discuss ageism in society and in the theater community. Strap yourselves in and get ready to absorb all the wisdom, and as always, check out @ActListPod on Twitter or to join in on the conversation.
November 9, 2020
Episode 2: "You Gotta Show Up."
In this week's episode Mike and Shane discuss art activism with guest Kristoph DiMaria, the performing artist also known as the Pochinko clown "Ragliacci Rags." Listen as they discuss the nexus of art and politics and whether or not all art is a form of activism, and as always, check out @ActListPod on Twitter or to join in on the conversation. Guest Socials  Instagram: @ragliacci Facebook: Website:
November 2, 2020
Episode 1: "...and The Family That We're... Blessed... With"
Mike and Shane talk about the role family plays in supporting and inspiring their art. Multi-talented performer Catie Osborne shares her perspective on family, her crazy experiences as a (modest) TikTok sensation, Catieosaurus, and gifts the guys with a very special endorsement as the first guest on Active Listeners Podcast. Don't forget to join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter! (This episode of Active Listeners Podcast includes some mature language and themes)
October 26, 2020
Session 0: "This is Us"
Mike and Shane greet their audience with a little background and a hint of what to expect from Active Listeners Podcast.
October 19, 2020
Active Listeners Trailer
Stay tuned for our introductory Session 0: "This is Us" coming 10/20/2020!
October 18, 2020