Welcome to Get After It PDX, a down-to-earth podcast featuring honest conversations with inspiring people in the creative hotbed of Portland, Oregon. Recorded live and on location at the Hoxton in downtown PDX.
Powered by @wyeastwolfpack Executive Producer: David Vialli Host/Producer/Research: Willie McBride Engineer: Travis Liles Assistant Producer/Photographer: Sam Masters Intro & Outro/Sound Consultant: Greg Pressler Extra Special Thanks: Yassine Diboun & Sarah Foote
Mountain traveler and content producer Alexandra Lev talks about her childhood spending her summers with her hardcore climber father in the Tetons and the rest of the year with her hardcore skier mother in Salt Lake City, Utah, how she slowly came to rebel against the outdoor recreation lifestyle during her teenage years as the desire to fit in and be "normal" grew stronger, her experience with depression and anxiety--made worse by a number of accidents and injuries over the years--and how she manages them, her relationship to risk and what eventually brought her back, full circle to mountain sports again, why she feels it's important to share those experiences with others, what brought her to Portland, why she and her husband bought a house and decided to stay, and much more.
Brought to you by StretchLab, a hands-on, assisted stretching studio with 3 new locations around PDX: in the Pearl, South Waterfront, and Lake Oswego.
Beer aficionado and Operations Manager of Modern Times Beer in Portland, Oregon, Michael Christy talks about his childhood relocation to Southern California from Cincinnati, Ohio and art-focused high school where he developed an early love of film, his move back to San Diego for a job as a Naval Contractor (while beginning to experiment with home brewing beer) after college at UC Santa Cruz, how he came to the realization that we wanted to follow his passion for beer and community and turned down a major job opportunity in the process, his first beer-related job at Pizza Port and later his transition from working at long time craft giant Stone Brewing to take a chance on a small upstart named Modern Times, his move north from San Diego as that job developed and Modern Times grew and why it was so easy to fall in love with Portland, the beer scene here and the importance collaboration, and much more.
Renowned outdoor recreation industry DEI activist (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) and our first Get After It PDX and beyond guest (!), Teresa Baker talks about growing up in the Bay Area and her early connection to the outdoors, the differences between NorCal and SoCal (and why she's a NorCal person through and through), how an early trip to Yosemite National Park made her further fall in love with outdoor spaces and our country's National Parks but also, later, identify a serious lack of diversity in the visitor base there, what prompted her to take action to try to address that imbalance and led to the passion project that became the African American Nature & Parks Experience, how her commitment to DEI work (on top of her 9-5 job in real estate!) later caused her to develop the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge and all that has transpired since its creation, and much more!
Follow her and her work:
African American Nature & Parks Experience
Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge
Fitness/wellness figure and co-founder and owner of the hugely successful Barre3, Sadie Lincoln talks about being raised off-the-grid by her mother and her mom's free-spirited friends (along side her numerous siblings), how that life taught her lessons and set examples that still guide her today, their journey to Oregon (and later PDX!), how her desire to get to know her biological father and subsequent move to Los Angeles led to her lowest, loneliest days and how those tough times, in turn, started her down the path of group fitness and figuring out what people are really searching for, what she sees as being wrong with the current state of the fitness industry, and much more.
Follow her and Barre3:
Shark Tank alum and Alaska born creator of the popular and growing Portland smoothie and bowl shop Moberi, Ryan Carpenter talks about what it was like being raised in AK, how he developed a thirst for travel and made his way to the lower 48, how a series of odd jobs and a tendency toward untraditional career paths—being a Lego competition hypeman included—developed a wide array of skills he uses today, his long-time turtle friend Mo, what the Shark Tank experience was like, and much more.
Two-time James Beard Award winning Chef Gabriel Rucker talks about his childhood in Napa, how his father's struggles with addiction and path to being clean/sober set the example for Gabriel to do so years later, what got him into cooking and the opportunities that led him to Portland and being at the helm of 3 of city's top restaurants: Le Pigeon, Little Bird, and Canard, his own journey to sobriety and fitness/wellness (and trail running!) and how he wants to be an example for others make transformations of their own, what he considers his most important job of all, and much more.
NYC filmmaker/producer/writer turned PDX-based outdoor badass (plus those other things still too of course!) Faith Briggs talks about growing up on the east coast and her early exposure to nature and outdoors, her parents influence and the intersection of arts, athletics, and religion/spirituality they provided at home, what it meant to her to be a track runner then and a trail runner now, her move West for the Columbia Sportswear Director of Toughness position and why she stayed, what it's like to be a person of color in a not-so-diverse place like Portland, the work she's most proud of, and much more.
Her website and other projects:
Brotherhood of Skiing Film
Multi-talented architect/designer Allison Bryan talks about how running helped keep her on track at an early age, her long-time dream of moving to Oregon from the Midwest and running free through the misty, green hills like Prefontaine, what led to the design of her Forest Park Art Print and how that project helped launch Open Studio Collective, how leading (and caring about) employees is similar to parenting, and much more.
Her business and other projects:
Open Studio Collective
Forest Park Art Print
Wildwood Art Print
Beloved Portland Chef Gregory Gourdet talks about growing up in NYC and how got turned on to nature and the outdoors, what led him from a dishwashing job in Missoula, MT during college to second place on Top Chef and a oft-recognized food celebrity (even in the bottom of the Grand Canyon!), the current landscape of culinary culture in the age of the Me Too Movement, as well as what tips he would give people trying to reach big life goals and more.
His restaurant and groups he works with:
Our first ever guest Theresa Silveyra talks about how she got to Portland, her work as a music teacher, why she still lives here despite going to the mountains every chance she gets, her experience as a female and person of color in the outdoor rec world, and much more.
The piano piece Theresa plays that follows the interview is:
Étude pour les cinq doigts d'après Monsieur Czerny by Debussy
Groups she works with:
Pacific Northwest Outdoor Women
January 14, 2019
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