Unusual Minds

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 14 Master Daniel Pesina
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.
1:37:06
May 19, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 13 Iowa Rockwell
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.
1:28:26
May 14, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 12 Craig Williams
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.
1:32:26
May 7, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 11 Lon Strickler
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. www.phantomsandmonsters.com
1:46:37
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 www.occultofpersonality.com
2:10:53
April 16, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 9 Dr. Barbara Risman
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 cnn.com and the Chicago Tribune. Risman has a regular column on PsychologyToday.com 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 http://www.barbararisman.com
1:28:20
April 6, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 8 William Tokarsky 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.
1:30:55
March 31, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 7 Rowby Goren
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 rowbyville.com. Outside of writing he has found success in the business of e commerce, as well as advocate for CBD oils and at his website www.yourcbddaddy.com you can stay upto speed on industry information for the marijuana industry. 
1:41:00
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.
1:32:55
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 5 Joe Boyer from Strange Tales Weekly
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 www.strangetalesweekly.com
1:53:54
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 4 Ross Taylor from Soap
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.
1:32:10
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 3 Cory Turek
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.
1:21:04
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 2 Illuminertia
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.
1:22:46
March 18, 2020
Unusual Minds ep 1 Patt Knerr
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.
1:35:51
February 10, 2020