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Naked skydivers. Jeopardy champions. Rodeo clowns. Suzi Quatro. Professional mascots. Competitive eaters. Astronauts. Cherry Vanilla. Renaissance fair kings. Benjamin Franklin. Olympic Curlers. Mandalorians. Gay erotica writers. Mermaids. Fruit cake tossers. Martha Wash. Dolphin Lovers. Hair collectors. Strippers. And satanists. We've talked to them all. On Why? every week we talk with another guest leading a fascinating life.
 
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Ashleigh Renard repaired her marriage by visiting swing clubs with her husband. Obviously it wasn't that simple, and Ashleigh goes into detail in her new memoir, "Swing." We talk with Asheligh about her non-traditional approach to her marriage, telling such a truthful story and answering all of our sex club questions. For more information or to sig…
 
Lizard Music was an early band for it's four members. However, in the ensuing years, they've gone off and had musical success on their own. The pandemic reunited the group, who started sending around tapes and here we have the first new Lizard Music in almost 25 years. (Mikael is a member of Wilco and Eirk is a member of Cat Power.) We talked with …
 
How do you get a NASCAR pit crew to work together as one, to have a successful pit stop lead to a successful race? We talked with Mike Metcalf and Shaun Peet, two crew coaches who have turned the lessons they learned on the track into a leadership program for businesses across the country. For more information on their DECK Leadership program, you …
 
Maybe you're stuck in traffic this Thanksgiving weekend, wishing you were on a boat. What better time to enjoy this bonus episode, our conversation with Yachtley Crew. We talked with Tommy and Baba Bouy, two of the members of this highly successful yacht-rock cover band. For more information and tour dates, check out their website or follow them on…
 
Sheri Miller is a singer/songwriter whose voice is filled with emotion and expression. We talked with Sheri about her writing and recording of new new EP, which included the collaboration with some big names... it just shows the quality of Sheri's work. For more information, you can check out her website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Inst…
 
Is there anything better than a perfectly cooked and lovingly topped potato? We don't think so. This week we talked with Tish Dahmer, the executive director of the Idaho Potato Museum; an institution dedicated to all things spud-related. Who has the world's largest potato crisp? Who can tell you the history of the potato? Where can you get potato i…
 
Blues Traveler playing the blues... It makes all the sense in the world. So why did they wait until their 14th studio album to record it? We sat down with guitarist Chan Kinchla to talk about recording their new album, touring in a Covid-world and how you needed to have hits in the 90s if you want an ego wall filled with platinum albums. Traveler's…
 
Avis Brown-Riley is a champion both on and off the golf course. Avis competed professionally on the LPGA circuit, winning dozens of titles as well as being the only African American woman to win both the Junior World Golf Championship and the San Diego Women’s City Amateur Championship. On top of that Avis has appeared on TV's Holey Moley, raised a…
 
Avi Wisnia's new album is a long time in coming and the timing is perfect. His ode to loss and sadness seems perfect for this time of year as well as something we can, unfortunately, all relate to. We talked with Avi about the new songs, his favorite fall records and what his childhood xylophone is doing on the album. For more information, you can …
 
If you life is all out of love, if you're a maneater, or even if you just like pina coladas, wait until you hear this week's guests. We talk with Baba Bouy and Tommy Bouy from Yachtley Crew, a band dedicated to making sure you are never too far from a little soft rock music. They've toured the country spreading their message and are heading out on …
 
If JD Wilkes didn't exist, you'd believe someone like William Faulkner invented him. JD has been bringing his melange of southern folk, country, rock, gospel and sea shanties to audiences around the world. On his new album, which reunites him with the Legendary Shack Shakers, (and friend Jello Biafra) Cockadoodledeux is a damn good time, which is e…
 
Samantha Cline has always loved being outdoors. So have a lot of other people. But Samantha is one of the brave few who put her skills to the test by appearing on the popular show Naked & Afraid. After taping, she returned to Virginia where by day she works rescuing wild animals and helping rehab them before returning them to the wild. For more inf…
 
Josh Freese is, hands down, a drumming great. From his work with Guns n Roses, to Nine Inch Nails, to the Offspring, to his continued work with DEVO, Josh has remained busy. And, apparently, a little downtime during the pandemic was just too much, so Josh wrote and recorded two new albums of music. And each song on these albums is only one minute l…
 
How does one get into fire eating? What about glass walking? Or burlesque? Our guest this week, Vixen DeVille has the answers because she does all three. On top of performing, Vixen also teaches others how to do these things. She is a great guide, showing how to maximize your talents in any art form and find your true voice. For more information, o…
 
You probably best know Warren Ellis from his violin playing with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, or with The Dirty 3. Well, now Warren has a great new book out about a piece of gum chewed by Nina Simone before a performance. It's the journey of this gum that is a tour through creativity, inspiration and the magic of performers and of items and how tou…
 
Pamela Aloia is an energy guide, teacher and author. We talked with her about her new book The Current is Only But a Moment, and her work as an energy guide. For more information about Pamela, or to schedule an appointment either in person or on-line, visit her website or follow her on Facebook. (And if you want to re-visit our interview with Mini …
 
It's hard to classify Marvin Brooks' music. And that's a good thing. With elements of R&B, reggae, and even high-life from Ghana, Marvin is a world musician with a fascinating view of it all. His new album, I'll Be Fine is available now from Position Music. You can follow Marvin on Twitter or Instagram. Meanwhile, someone's kids need an excuse note…
 
You probably best know Warren Ellis from his violin playing with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, or with The Dirty 3. Well, now Warren has a great new book out about a piece of gum chewed by Nina Simone before a performance. It's the journey of this gum that is a tour through creativity, inspiration and the magic of performers and of items and how tou…
 
Jay Jay French has learned a lot in his musical life. And, it turns out, the lessons are applicable in the board room as well as the stage. Twisted Business is Jay Jay's brutally honest and open guide to what he's learned in his life and how using these lessons can help anyone. Twisted Business is available wherever you get books. Check out Jay Jay…
 
Sure, it'd be great to take time every week to stretch and meditate and become all zen, but, honestly, wouldn't it be a lot more enjoyable to tell your instructor to kiss your ass while you flip them off? Lindsay Istace thought so, and that's why she created Rage Yoga, a new take on the traditional New Age music and phrases said in different langua…
 
This week, we talk with the great singer/songwriter Dar Williams. Her new album, I'll Meet You Here is available this Friday, October 1st. We had a great conversation about her work, how she got through the pandemic and her friendship with Pete Seeger. For tour information and to get a copy of her new album, check out her website.…
 
Eric Hunter is a legit LEGO master. Starting with his work for the LEGO company and creating many buildings for LEGO Lands around the world, Eric now freelances, creating LEGO sculptures and artwork for people and companies around the world. For more info and to see some of Eric's amazing work, check out his website, The Art of LeGogh.…
 
-This week is about soul, as we sit down with Neal Sugarman. You may know him as a member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. You may know him from his playing on records by Amy Winehouse. Or maybe you heard this one song he played on- "Uptown Funk?" No matter how you know him, Neal is a fascinating guy; on top of his playing, he's been spreading th…
 
Let's face it; as we come out of the quarantine, you're going to want a new and exciting sport to watch. Thank goodness Filip Eyckmans has created Bossaball. Combining soccer, volleyball, trampolining and music, it's not only fascinating to watch, it's fun too. We talked with Filip about how he created the sport and how it's taking the world by sto…
 
Guitarist Keith Howland has been playing in the legendary band Chicago for over 25 years and it's been a journey that's taken him all over the world, and allowed him to play with some great musicians every night. We talked with Keith about Chicago's new tour, which just got started, how you claim your bunk on the tour bus, and the perils of hotel f…
 
Ever watched Silence of the Lambs and thought, 'I wish I could stay at Buffalo Bill's house?' Well, it's your lucky day because now you can. This week we talked with Chris Rowan, who bought the house, restored it, and now is opening it up for guests. Eat in the dining room where Bill was confronted by Clarice. Get your tuck on in Buffalo Bill's wor…
 
Kurt Deimer is the living embodiment of the idea that you should never give up on your dreams and you are never too old to rock n roll. We talked with Kurt prior to his heading out on tour with Phil X on guitar (and opening for Geoff Tate). The tour starts tonight! For more information & tour dates check out Kurt's website.…
 
This week we're off to the Satellite of Love as we talk with Conor McGriffin (better known for his work as Tom Servo) and Emily Marsh (better known as Emily Conor on the MST3K live show... but coming to TV soon!) We learned about the hard work of watching bad movies and trying to make them enjoyable. What they brought to their characters and whethe…
 
Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt (better known as Roses & Revolutions) have been making music together for years now. On top of their own work, they're also collaborators with names you know. We talked with Alyssa and Matt from their new home recording studio in anticipation of their new EP Midnight Monsters, which is available October 1st. For more in…
 
This week, we lace up our skates and talk with Nellie Lillie from the National Roller Skating museum. We examine the history of the sport and where it is now. We also try to wrangle an invitation to skate through the museum. For more information, check out the museum's website. You can also find them on Instagram, which is one of Heidi's favorite f…
 
This week, we talked with music and film critic Lesley Chow about her new book, "You're History: The 12 Strangest Women in Music." Why don't women get the acknowledgement they deserve for their work? And why is pop music so overlooked. And, of course, we pay tribute to the great Charlie Watts. For more information on Lesley, check her out on Twitte…
 
All rise- this week we talked with actor, stunt coordinator and model Raymond Vinsik Williams. Raymond has been keeping pretty busy, pandemic been damned. He's going to be in a new project that we definitely can't talk about, but it's be exciting, if we could talk about it. For more information on Raymond, check him out on Instagram.…
 
With melodies and harmonies evoking some of the best writers in pop music, Peter Block and his band Porter Block have been telling stories about the not-so-simple aspects of life in what you might call ‘middle-aged symphonies to God.’ Porter Block’s new record, Cleaning Up the Living Room is available now. For more information, check them out on Fa…
 
For those of you who wish there were less people in the original Star Wars trilogy, Charles Ross is your guy. Charles performs a one-man show (titled 'One Man Star Wars,' to drive home the point) where he tells the entire story by himself. It's impressive. For more information on where Charles will be performing next, check out his website, or find…
 
This week, we got to talk with the great Arthur Hanlon about his new album, which is also a new special on HBO Max. Piano y Mujer is a celebration of latin music, as Arthur teams up with producer Motiff and five of the best female singers to reinterpret some classics. (We also got Arthur to play for us a little... always a nice bonus.) For more inf…
 
This week we're heading on down to the drive-in with John Brennan. John's best known for his role as the music guy on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, but he's written far more music than one show can contain. (But it's all great for your run-on-the-mill mutant.) On top of his work with Troma, John's got a solo album that just came out called…
 
For many of us, growing up in the 1980s meant a trip to EPCOT Center at Disney World. And, if you're going to EPCOT, you're going to come across the Dreamfinder and his dragon, Figment. This week, we talk with the original Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider. Ron has dedicated his life to reinventing performance, and creating something interesting as he wor…
 
Generations have fallen in love to the music of this week's guest. As one half of the popular duo Air Supply, Graham Russell has written some of the most romantic songs of all time, and brought that music to audiences around the world. Air Supply is currently on tour and selling out arenas around the world. For more information, you can check out t…
 
Generations have fallen in love to the music of this week's guest. As one half of the popular duo Air Supply, Graham Russell has written some of the most romantic songs of all time, and brought that music to audiences around the world. Air Supply is currently on tour and selling out arenas around the world. For more information, you can check out t…
 
Joshua Radin's music comes from deep inside. His songs feel secret and whispered, shared with listeners looking for a connection. Joshua's new record The Ghost and the Wall is another fascinating study, written and recorded in the time of Covid. We talked with Joshua about his writing process, his recording process and where he goes from here. For …
 
For his whole career, John Vorhaus has been helping people. From playing better poker, to writing sitcoms and now, to stand-up comedy, John is the encouraging voice by your side as you head out and try something that you've always wanted to do; but is a little scary. For more information on John, or to pick up any of his books, check out his websit…
 
Since 1994, Sweet Relief has been dedicated to helping uninsured musicians get the care they need. They've been raising money for this cause from concerts, compilation albums, merchandise sales and, of course, donations. We talked with Aric Steinberg, the Executive Vice President of Development & Artist Relations about the vital mission of the orga…
 
Last week, we were thrilled to take part in the Colonial Theater's annual Blobfest. We got to talk with a lot of the folks who helped make Blobfest the great event it is. We also got to talk with Judith Harris, whose husband Jack Harris, was the producer of The Blob and a bunch of other great films. For more information about Jack, check out The Bl…
 
Kenny Lee Lewis has followed the music his whole life and it's led him down some fascinating roads. From his time creating new parts for guitars in the 1970s, to a decades-long stint with the one and only Steve Miller Band, Kenny has been following the music. For more information, check out his website.…
 
If you want to talk about independence, you want to talk with Cherry Vanilla. So, this Fourth of July weekend, we're revisiting our conversation with Cherry. We cover all the basics- David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Roger Waters... just your run of the mill conversation with Cherry. For more information on her, check out her website. Her book, Lick Me, is…
 
If you're like us, you're spending the July 4th holiday onboard a fast cigarette boat, cruising around the marina, daring the police to catch you and yelling over a megaphone, "you'll never take me alive!" No? Just us? Anyway, here's a special episode of Why? for you to listen to while you grill weenies and/or remove a few digits with firecrackers.…
 
Don't cry for Tag Team's DC Glenn the Brain Supreme. While other musicians try their best to wrestle with their fame, Glenn is looking ahead, trying to find ways to keep rolling on and to keep being successful. Our talk is fascinating, as we learn about DC's approach to music promotion and how he's been so successful. If DC can't motivate you with …
 
What does Nick Cave eat to feel better? What about Morrissey? We talked with vegan punk rock chef Joshua Ploeg. Joshua has written a bunch of cook books and has been traveling the country sharing his vegan wares. We talked with Joshua about his travels, his books and what makes vegan cooking just so punk rock. For more information, check out Joshua…
 
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