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Unusual Minds

By Unusual Minds
A podcast where I interview creative people from different mediums, artists, musicians, comedians, actors, writers, photographers, academics, and other performers. Talks about the inspiring, the interesting and always the unusual.
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Unusual Minds ep 9 Dr. Barbara Risman / Sociologist

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Unusual Minds ep 9 Dr. Barbara Risman / Sociologist

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Unusual Minds ep 40 Joe O' Connell
This episode I talk with documentary film maker Joe O'Connell. 
October 31, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 39 Dr. Steve Metz
Dr. Steven Metz is Professor of National Security and Strategy in the Department of National Security and Strategy and Senior Research Professor, Geostrategic Affairs. From 1993 to 2020, Dr. Metz was in the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute serving as Director of Research; Henry L. Stimson Professor of Military Studies; Chairman of the Regional Strategy Department; Research Director for the Joint Strategic Landpower Task Force; Director of the Future of American Strategy Project; Project Director for the Army Iraq Stabilization Strategic Assessment; Director of the Strategic Studies Institute and Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Future Landpower Environment Project; and Co-Organizer (along with former Deputy Secretary of Defense John White and former Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch) of the Harvard-U.S. Army War College Symposia on Security Transformation. Dr. Metz has also been on the faculty of the Air War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and several universities. He has been an advisor to political campaigns; testified in both houses of Congress; and spoken on military and security issues around the world. He served on the blue ribbon advisory panel for the Secretary of Defense Strategic Portfolio Review for Close Combat Capabilities; the RAND Insurgency Board; the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Army history of Operation Iraqi Freedom; the Senior Advisory Panel on Special Forces—Conventional Forces Interdependence; the Atlantic Council’s Defense Austerity Task Force; the Central Intelligence Agency’s External Advisory Panel for the Iraq Working Group; the Board of Advisers for the American Enterprise Institute’s Defense Review; the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Defense Reform For a New Era Task Force; and the Lexington Institute’s Grading Government Performance on Homeland Security Task Force. He has also been an Adjunct Scholar at the U.S. Military Academy’s Modern War Institute. Dr. Metz is the author of Iraq and the Evolution of American Strategy (2008) and several hundred articles, essays, monographs, reports, and book chapters. His research has taken him to 32 countries, including Iraq immediately after the collapse of the Hussein regime He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MA and BA from the University of South Carolina.
September 01, 2021
Unusual Minds Ep 38 Taylor Morden
On this episode of the show we have Taylor Morden, documentary filmmaker and producer. he has directed a wide range of short films as well as the documentaries , Pick It Up! - Ska in the 90s, Here's to Life: The Story of The Refreshments Project 88, back to the future part too and his recent the Netflix release The Last Blockbuster, now on netflix. 
July 20, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 37 Robert Bruce /Pop Culturalist
Robert Bruce is a pop culturalist and producer of the Kevin Smith's Comicbook Men on AMC.  
June 22, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 36 Bob Mcleod/ Marvel Artist
On this episode I talk to legendary comic artist Bob Mcleod. 
May 25, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 35 Paul Hirsch/ Film Editor
Today on the show I am honored to have Paul Hirsch, academy award winning editor that has edited over 40 films, including "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back";  Ferris Buller’s Day off, Mission Impossible and Ray. He has worked with titans of the industry including George Lucas, Brian De Palma, Herbert Ross, John Hughes, and for Joel Schumacher. He is also the author of a memoir titled "A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away." Paul thank you so much for coming on the show.
May 25, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 34 Steven Myers/ Author
On this episode of the show we have Steven Myers author and documentary film maker researching the how the Great Pyramid was assembled using water locks and barges as well as how the Great Pyramid operated as an efficient water pumping system. Steven Myers has been a guest interviewed in over 130 radio talk shows and is the founder of The Pharaoh’s Pump Foundation is an Oregon based, 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of decentralized, energy efficient, non-polluting energy technologies. You can read more about his research at
May 25, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 33 Robert Johnson/ Freemason & Author
This week on the show we have eminent freemason and author Robert Johnson. Host of Whence came you masonic podcast Rj has a new book out The Master’s Word. We talk the philosophy, and esoterica of freemasonry.
May 25, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 32 Dj Sep
DJ Sep is one of the longest running djs of the bay area. She is the founder, promoter, and main resident at Dub Mission, one of the longest-running reggae parties in the world (1996-2018). It was Voted Bay Area's Best Reggae Club five times in six years, and Dub Mission has featured international artists from across the dub spectrum. For 22 years, Sep was also on Bay Area radio: first on KXSF, Berkeley’s public radio station, and KPFA. Sep has awarded a Bay Guardian Goldie Award and been nominated for Best DJ by San Francisco Weekly Music Awards. She has spun in London, Vancouver, Tijuana, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles and has opened for and shared the bill with Sly & Robbie, Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Culture, Akae Beka, Big Youth, Quantic, Les Nubians, Rachid Taha, Kinky, and many others.
March 15, 2021
Unusual Minds ep 31 Gary Kent Stunt Man/Actor
Gary Kent is an film director, actor, and most notable a stunt man for his appearances in various independent, grindhouse and exploitation films. Over a 40-year period he has worked with such greats as Jack Nicholson, James Caan, Bruce Willis and Garry Marshall. He has directed action and supplied special effects for directors Brian De Palma, Richard Rush and Monte Hellman and has appeared in other low-budget films in the 1960s, including The Black Klansman (1966) and the biker film The Savage Seven (1968). Kent and his experiences as a stuntman served as inspiration for Cliff Booth, the character portrayed by Brad Pitt in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). His experiences have been recorded down in his 2009 memoir Shadows & Light: Journeys With Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood  as well as being the focus on the documentary, Danger God and Love and other Stunts.
November 09, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 30 Santee from the Arizona Ghostriders
This week I sit down with actor, re-enactor, history buff and all around old west nerd. Thats right I am talking to Santee from the Arizona Ghostrides.
October 28, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 29 The Mummy and the Monkey / Horror Hosts
This week I sit down with the Cleveland Horror hosts with the most The Mummy and the Monkey! We talk the history of horror hosts, our favorite horror movies, nerd culture and the celebration of their 100th episode!
October 13, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 28 Dr. Rich Perez/ Cyber Security Expert/ Comic Book Writer
Dr. Rich Perez received his doctorate in cyber security from Colorado tech and works as a security consultant for many fortune 500 companies, he is also the founder, editor and writer for Tango Comics. 
October 01, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 27 How to be Happy w/Chuck Dunning /Counselor
Chuck Dunning is an advocate, facilitator, trainer, and consultant in contemplative practice, with more than 30 years in the professional fields of higher education and mental health. Chuck’s consistent commitment is to the actual practice of contemplative disciplines to facilitate and enhance experiences of personal growth, social wellbeing, and spiritual transformation.
September 23, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 26 Sam Stransky / Visual Artist
Today on the show we have Sam Stransky an abstract visual artist who’s use of color tries to subvert the senses. She always paints to music and Such as sees specific colors when different musical notes are heard. Because of this she has found her flow as a live painter at a wide variety of shows and festivals across the united states and mexico including Breakaway Music Festival, Wonderbus festival, Deja Voom, BassCenter 11 and 12 thanks for coming on the show.
September 01, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 25 Dr. Alan Schwartz / Psychologist
Dr. Alan Schwartz is a professor of the department of medical education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He was Berkeley’s first cognitive science major where he focused on cognitive linguistics. He continued at Berkeley for graduate school, in the PhD program in cognitive psychology and, in the later years of that program, in the concurrent Master’s Degree in organizational behavior and industrial relations at the Haas School of Business. He was the editor and chief of the journal medical decision making and has authored the books making medical decisions a physicians guide and the book we are discussing today Listening for what matters avoiding contextual errors.
August 25, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 24 Jimmy Mac/ Rebel Force Radio
Today on the show we have Jimmy “Mac” is an award-winning Chicago area radio professional and freelance audio producer. Throughout his radio career, Jimmy worked on or contributed to other shows like the syndicated Howard Stern Show on WLUP he produced shows at the LOOP with celebrity hosts, like Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Siskel & Ebert and many others. Jimmy is the winner of two Chicagoland A.I.R.Awards – 1997: Best On Air Audience Promotion (as voice talent) & 2001: Best Midday Show on a Talk Station (as producer). Jimmy is also a lifelong Star Wars enthusiast and creator of the award-winning podcast Rebel Force Radio (RFR) with co-host Jason Swank.
August 04, 2020
Unusual Minds Ep 23 Nick Gibbons from Adult Swim/ Comedian
Nick Gibbons is a improve comedian, writer, director, and editor for Adult Swim and he regularly serves as Host, Director and Writer of "As Seen on Adult Swim." At Adult Swim, Nick is leaned on heavily for his comedic eye on shows like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" as a producer & writer, "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell"  as a writer  and a creative consultant on the viral juggernaut "Too Many Cooks".
July 22, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 22 42nd St. Pete
Today on the show we have 42nd street Pete author of numerous books specalizing in the era of Grindhouse cinema. His most notable works include A Whole Bag of Crazy: Sordid Tales of Hookers, Weed, and Grindhouse Movies, Gunfighters of the Drunken Master, 42nd St. Pete's BIG BOOK of GRINDHOUSE TRIVIA, as well as the magazine series Grindhouse Purgatory. He is also an advocate for the restoration and preservation of rare and underground 8mm films with After Hours Cinema which finds these rare and forgotten films and transfers them to the dvd format. He also have a youtube channel where he discusses the history and experiences of the grindhouse and exploitation film subculture.
July 15, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 21 Tad Stones Creator of Darkwing Duck
Tad Stones is an American animator, screenwriter, producer and director, best known for his work for The Walt Disney Company, creating, writing and producing the animated series Darkwing Duck and producing Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Aladdin and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. He also worked with cartoon network adapting Hell Boy to animation. His latest project is as a storyboard artist on the animated series Bob's Burgers.
July 09, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 20 Dave Burlingame / Musician
On this episode I talk to Dave Burlingame banjo player from Cornmeal and bass player from Terrapin Flyer and 40,000 Headmen and Railheart.
July 06, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 19 Russ Adams / Special Effect Artist
On this episode I talk to Russ Adams special effects make up artist who has worked on indie films and major block busters such as Pirates of the Caribbean. He was also featured on the hit show Jim Henson's Creature Challenge and he chronicled his experiences from the show into his new book This is Not That Show.
June 25, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 18 Inside the Chaz: Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
This week on the show we take a look at whats really going on at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ. Is it really an armed insurrection of archo-communists, or is it just a bunch of artists hanging out? Find out with our man on the ground Che as he shared first hand experiences and interviews inside the CHAZ!
June 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 17 Joseph Alfe, Constitutional Law Scholar. J.D./LL.M
Joseph C. Alfe graduated from Northwood University, Midland MI with a B.A. in business management, and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL with a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws. He does not currently practice law, and is pursuing a second master of laws in dispute resolution from Pepperdine Law. He has several publications or forthcoming publications in several legal journals on the topic of constitutional law, including papers on the extraterritoriality of the 4th Amendment, Violent video game restrictions and the 1st Amendment, takings, and municipal tort liability.
June 10, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 16 Tom Cook/ animator
Today on the show I have a treat for all of you we have Tom Cook one of the animators that made by childhood he has an extensive career working on a wide variety of animated shows in the 80s show including, Heathcliff, Scobby Doo, and Scrappy Doo, Super Friends, Thundarr the Barbarian, He-Man and the Masters of the universe, and She-Ra Princess of Power. He also transitioned into animating movies such as Jetsons, the movie, Rover Dangerfeild, and We’re Back a Dinosuar Story. He then returned to TV working as a director on King of the Hill, Duckman, the extreme ghost busters, and Godzilla the series. 
June 04, 2020
Unusual Mind ep 15 M. Curtis Mccoy / Motivational Speaker
Today on the show we have M. Curtis Mccoy. A business man having operated various industries including medical, fashion, manufacturing, distribution, and pharmaceuticals. But after being diagnosed with brain cancer he began reaching out to other business leaders he admired to ask the question How to be successful. His personal journey and philosophies are captured in his book HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL: Think Like A Leader. He also writes for the Success, Motivation & Inspiration blog to motivate and inspire others to achieve more in their lives as well.
May 27, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 14 Master Daniel Pesina / Martial Artist
Master Daniel Pesina is a gold medal winner in international as well as USA sanctioned martial arts tournaments. He but gained notoriety for his contribution to the Mortal Kombat franchise. He was the co-creator and motion capture actor who portrayed characters such as Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot. Master Pesina gave physical form to creative concepts and designed the characters' signature moves Master Pesina has also done stunt work for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, played a hitman in the film Book of Swords, appeared in the videogame-based comedy film entitled Press Start and returned for a short film Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning where he played Shang Tsung. Daniel is a teacher at the Chicago Wushuguan School.
May 19, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 13 Iowa Rockwell/ Hip Hop Artist
Today on the show we have Chicago hip-hop artist and rapper Iowa Rockwell. As a founding member of innovative Chicago based hip-hop group the 3rd Eyelanders, after the group released 2 albums, he began work on his solo career. His first official release, “The Wonder Years Mixtape” was released in June of 2009. That same year culminated in the release of his first studio album, “Changing of the Guards”. Over the next decade Iowa Rockwell would release multiple projects with a wide range of themes and sincerity. After a 6 yr hiatus without an official release, he dropped the album “81” in 2017 which was an extremely personal look at life through his own lens. Iowa Rockwell has joined forces with collaborator Topher Grey on the Stupid Box Podcast, a weekly show that deals with the minds of common society. In January of 2020 he released the B-Sides album with produced Smoke Bonito and his most recent release of an instrumental album called the quatentape as well as being featured on the album stay safe with  netherfrends an album inspired by the social isolation and finding inspiration in an environment of fear.
May 14, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 12 Craig Williams /Esotericist
Today on the show we have Craig Williams a yogi with over 15 years of academic and Gurukula training in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Vedanta and Tantra. Awarded the prestigious titles of Veda Kovid and Yogacharya by the American Institute of Vedic Studies. He has a Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine and is a certified nutritionist and acupuncturist. Not only is he an adept at Hinduism but has studies various forms of Gnosticism, voudon, and other western esoteric traditions.
May 07, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 11 Lon Strickler /Cryptozoologist
On this episode we have Lon Strickler is a paranormal researcher, author and publisher of the syndicated 'Phantoms and Monsters' blog. Several of these published reports have been presented on various television segments, including The History Channel's 'Ancient Aliens,' Syfy's 'Paranormal Witness', 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,' and Destination America's 'Monsters and Mysteries in America.' Today we are talking about his book Mothman Dystany: Chicago’s Winged Humanoids.
April 28, 2020
Unusual Mind ep 10 Greg Kaminsky the Occult of Personality
Greg Kaminsky received his Masters in Medieval studies from a Harvard affiliate, and has spent decades as a practitioner and scholar of various esoteric and spiritual traditions.  He is also an avid student of Vajrayana Buddhism. Greg is also the creator, producer, and co-host of a long-running podcast (Occult of Personality) that explores esoteric topics with authors and experts in the field. Find out more at
April 16, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 9 Dr. Barbara Risman / Sociologist
On this episode we have Dr. Barbara J. Risman  Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Barbara J. Risman is the author of Families As They Really Are, Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition and over two dozen journal articles in venues including American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She has been editor of the journal Contemporary Sociology. She has been Co-Chair and Executive Officer of The Council on Contemporary Families, Past President (2015-2016) of the Southern Sociological Society and has previously served as the Vice-President of the American Sociological Association. Barbara Risman has blogged for Huffington Post and wrote op-eds on and the Chicago Tribune. Risman has a regular column on titled “Gender Matters". In 2005, Dr. Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. She was also named as the 2003 Feminist Lecturer by the Sociologists for Women in Society. In 2011, Dr. Risman was honored with the American Sociological Association’s Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology. Most recently, she was awarded the "100 Women that Mattered" at North Carolina State University. Her new Book entitled “Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure” Risman analyzes life history interviews with Chicagoland Millennials. With a sample both gender diverse, and majority minority, this book provides a unique insight into today’s young adults. Follow her work at
April 06, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 8 William Tokarsky Actor/ Too Many Cooks
On this episode we have William Tokarsky an actor that has appeared in bit parts in a bunch of films including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle, and tv shows just as Walking Dead, Lodge 49, Doom Patrol and the Watchmen. But he is most notable for his work as a regular on Adult Swim where he has appeared on multiple times on Your Pretty Face is going to hell and in the infamous Short film Too Many Cooks where he played the killer.
March 31, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 7 Rowby Goren / Emmy Award Winning Writer
Today on the show we have Rowby Goren, a emmy award winning tv comedy writer who’s career spans decades. If you were a kid in the 90s then chances are good you have seen Rowby’s work, as he has worked on the Fat albert and the cosby kids.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tiny Toon adventures, He-Man and the Masters of the universe, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Original Ghost Busters, the Bernstein bears, the Super Mario Brothers, Adventures of sonic the hedgehog, and Beast Wars. You can find his musings at Outside of writing he has found success in the business of e commerce, as well as advocate for CBD oils and at his website you can stay upto speed on industry information for the marijuana industry. 
March 19, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 6 Carey Means voice of Frylock Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Today on the show we have voice actor Carey Means, most notable for being the voice of Frylock on the Adult Swim TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. His most recent series was the cartoon Welcome to Wayne on nickelodeon. But he is so much more than a voice actor Carey has been in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Opera Chorus. He has also performed on stage at the Georgia Renaissance festival as Sir Richard Do Good. Carey is also a classically trained Shakespearean actor who hails originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He has performed with Theatre of the Stars in such productions as South Pacific and with Actors Express in It's a Wonderful Town. The Burns Agency Online also lists his special skills including both hand modeling and Fencing.
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 5 Joe Boyer from Strange Tales Weekly / Conspiracy Theorist
On the show this week we have Joe Boyer conspiracy theorist and writer for Adventures Unlimited Press we will talk Jeffrey Epstein, Satanic cults, near death experiences, and the afterlife. Check out his work at
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 4 Ross Taylor from Soap/ musician
This week on the show we have Ross Taylor from the funk jam Band SOAP, a staple in the thriving Twin Cities music scene. Soap has become a favorite on the festival circuit, performing at Summer Camp Music Festival, 10,000 Lakes Festival , Wakarusa Music Festival, Big Wu Family Reunion, Bella Music Festivals, Prairie Grass Music Festival, Shoe Fest, Wookiefoot’s Project Earth and Shangri-La Festival, as well as sharing the stage with notable acts and performers, such as Tea Leaf Green, Zach Deputy, Bernie Worrell from the Talking Heads, The Motet, Rebirth Brass Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Wookiefoot, Kinetix, Jon Wayne & The Pain, Heatbox, Steve Molitz and more.
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 3 Cory Turek/ Visual Artist
On this episode of the program we have Cory Turek a visual psychedelic artist with a focus on expressive linework, colors and symmetry. He also operates a multi-media marketing company beyond exclusive where he has put together posters, album art, logos, and music videos. Graduating from Columbia college in Chicago in graphic design Cory is a jack of all trades with a wide ranging talent base across multiple mediums.
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 2 Illuminertia / Musician
This week on the show we have Eric Mantras mastermind from the musical project Illuminertia which incorporates elements of global grooves, break beat, tribal house, hip-hop, trap, dubstep, glitch & EDM. His songs have made to the top of the bill board charts in two catagories and he has performed on and engineered tracks with many world class musicians including Bubba Jones, bassist of grammy award winning Digable Planets, the vocalist Fior Bassnectar and Earth Amplified, Evan Fraser from Dirtwire and Beats Antique. Illuminertia won the Relix Magazine jamoff in 2010, he has been featured in two issues of Under the Radar Magazine including the Best of the Decade issue.
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 1 Patt Knerr/Visual Artist
Today on the show we have Patt Knerr a Chicago visionary artist with splashes of neo-expressionism, who’s work includes double imagery narratives. Patt has been a traveling artist living painting to Shpongle (Simon Posford), and at various other festivals and events.
February 10, 2020