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Art and creativity build identity, self-esteem, purpose, connection and impact. They are an essential tool for improved well-being, mental-health and social change. Through inspiring conversations with artists, scientists and experts, Agathe Westad investigates How and Why art can change our lives. Get moved, inspired and energized. Get ready to look at art, and yourself, differently.
 
The NY Hip Hop Report with Manny Faces is a weekly video vodcast/podcast which brings the latest in New York-area hip-hop music and culture. From event reviews and previews, to new music releases to cultural commentary, NY hip hop expert Manny Faces delivers a wide array of interesting, newsworthy and provocative topics of interest to those immersed in hip hop culture, as well as those on the outside, looking in.
 
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Our newest Main Pod Girl is the Juno Award-winning MySpace icon Lights! AJ is joined by guest host Rie to talk with Lights about animals with feminine energy, being freed from religion, and the balance of fun and dread! Stick around to the end to hear our Top 5 Songs from her new album PEP! You can follow Lights at @lights, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, …
 
Sola and AJ are joined by radio legend Zach Sang! He’s the go-to guy for any major artist in a promo cycle, conducting wildly popular interviews with hundreds of artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, BTS, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, BLACKPINK, Shawn Mendes, and the list goes on! From his start on GOOM Radio to the Zach Sang Show (now airi…
 
Lead singer from the great indie band Ellery, Tasha Golden, is also a scientific researcher at John Hopkins' International Art+ Mind Lab on the subject of Art's impact on Health. Touring the world's stages Tasha encountered many people who'd come to her after shows to share with her previously untold stories of pain and trauma. It stuck with her. W…
 
Art and creativity are not what one usually thinks of as core needs in a technology business or larger corporate environments. Well, think again. In a post-pandemic world where employees are less connected and engaged, where competition is fierce, creativity might just become the key differentiator in workplace culture, wellness but also in innovat…
 
Queer cult icon Betty Who joins us on Main Pod Girl to announce her new album Big, gush about Doja Cat, and bring some Leonardo in Titanic energy. We also play a round of Call DM Block, talk about what we miss from Y2K, and make a whole playlist! Stick around to the end to hear our Top 5 songs from the 80s. You can follow Betty at @bettywho, AJ at …
 
Mila, what's good? Pop culture YouTuber and video essayist Mila Tequila joins us for a very long and comprehensive episode about the MTV Video Music Awards! Listen to us discuss the greatest VMA moments of Britney, Beyoncé, Madonna, Michael, Miley, Gaga, Kanye, Taylor... and Austin Mahone? Stick around to the end to hear our Top 5 VMA Performances!…
 
What do the FBI, NYPD, Department of Homeland Security, many US Hospitals, Johnson & Johnson, Planned Parenthood, and a group of nuns have in common? Amy Herman. Amy is a lawyer and art historian turned expert on seeing. For 14 years, she has been providing art-based leadership training to top officers in the United States military, law enforcement…
 
"It's not obvious how or why art meets a need. We don't eat it, we don't have sex with it. Yet we are drawn to it and we've been making art since the begining of civilization" Today's guest is Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, Neurology professor at the University of Pennlysvania. He is a prominent neurologist, former Chief of Neurology at the Pennsylvania Hos…
 
Our newest Main Pod Girl is none other than British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran's protégé, and TikTok viral sensation, Maisie Peters! On this episode, AJ has his solo debut sans Sola but is joined once again by Popheads mods Tom & Kina! Tune in to hear Maisie play a game of Song Superlatives, talk her near collab with Niall Horan, the gang go ove…
 
✨This is about the healing and humanizing powers of classical music. I spoke with Dustin Seo, a classically trained cellist and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a Los Angeles based non-profit that brings classical music to homeless communities to build connection and human dignity. ❤️‍ Street Symphony was founded in 2011 by Vijay Gupta, A high…
 
When you see amazing street art, how do you feel? what do you think? what difference does it make to you? I spoke with acclaimed street artist Jason Naylor in his Studio. His works are all over New York City walls, and far beyond: colorful and uplifting designs with a touch of punk. Jason's distinctive touch is an explicit intent to spread messages…
 
The surprisingly not British popstar Amber Mark joins AJ and Sola to announce the deluxe of her debut album Three Dimensions Deep and chat about the intersection of black holes and the afterlife! On this episode, we play a superhero round of Call DM Block, rep our love for Craig David, and talk about the songs that need to be sampled! You can follo…
 
What is taste and why does it matter? 👩Columbia Business School professor and former LVMH Chairman Pauline Brown talks to me about the need and value of cultivating "aesthetic intelligence" aka Taste in business and beyond. 💄🟧 This is a small departure for a pure "art form" topic but I thought that the subejct of taste and how it's built, what appe…
 
☝️This episode is for anyone who ever found themselves in a museum thinking “I don’t get this, this has nothing to do with me” . 🟧 I spoke to the amazing Sam Ramos, from the Art Institute of Chicago, who is well known for his unique emotion-driven approach to talking about art. � Sam’s job is Director of Innovation and Creativity. His goal is to th…
 
Soul-stirring story alert! 😮 Shakespeare Behind Bars turns high-security prison inmates into Shakespearian actors. Curt L. Tofteland, program founder, tells the story of the power of language and acting to bring out humanity, compassion and redemption. Shakespeare Behind Bars was the subject of a documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival…
 
Sola and AJ are joined by Denmark's highest charting music artist and pop music queen, MØ! Tune in to hear us talk her 3rd album Motordrome, break down some Danish sayings, simp for SZA, and play a round of Song Superlatives. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Songs With Names In Their Title, in honor of MØ’s song "Brad Pit…
 
In wartime, what good is art? In the midst of the brutal Russian invasion destroying Ukraine, Ukrainian Illustrator Anna Sarvira talks about the role of art as a weapon for release, education and resistance. This is a special episode. Like most people I’ve been feeling sad, scared, and angry about the war in Ukraine and the unnecessary loss, destru…
 
❓Can art help bridge culture, race and social gaps? 💯 🔊Sheri Parks talks about the pervasiveness and power of "everyday art" specifically in poorer African-Amercian communities, its function as tool for emotional survival, cultural empathy and social change. 👩🏾‍🎓📃 Sheri Parks is a noted public intellectual and academic currently at the Maryland Ins…
 
You thought amazing contemporary art belonged to galleries and penthouses? Think again. Tim A Shaw, the founder of UK based charity Hospital Rooms challenges the idea of what and who art is for. Hospital Room commission world-class artists to make extraordinary artworks for mental health units. They turn drab and depressing places into beautiful en…
 
AJ and Sola are rejoined by music YouTuber Mic The Snare to tackle the extent of Ariana Grande's career and discography as we go album by album. Justice for Greedy!! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Ariana albums! You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, Nick at @micthesnare, and popheads at r/pophead…
 
I wanted to talk about dance in a way anyone can relate to. Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as a dancer, in some way you probably are. Who's never moved to the sound of music? Kate Wallich, founder of Dance Church, is a dancer, a choreographer and director and a business woman who’s turned a Sunday dance class into a VC-backed, multi-milli…
 
Happy new year, y'all! Sola and AJ kick 2022 off with GRAMMY-winning artist, producer, songwriter, and founding member of Vampire Weekend, Rostam! On this episode, we talk Rostam's Changephobia Remixes, get the tea about some of his upcoming collaborations, and explore some moments in pop music history we can't believe actually happened. Stick arou…
 
Dorian Electra joins AJ and Sola to celebrate the deluxe edition of My Agenda! On this episode, we play a surprising round of Call DM Block, learn about furries, and explore some of the predecessors of hyperpop! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Songs of 2021! You can follow Dorian at @dorianelectra, Sola at @iamsolamusic,…
 
Pop-punk artist Maggie Lindemann joins Sola and AJ to dish on her new EP Paranoia, while out on tour supporting Madison Beer. Maggie also endures a tough round of Call DM Block, picks her Song Superlatives, and talks about her close encounter with Jesse McCartney! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Songs Featuring Travis Ba…
 
Hit songwriter Amy Allen joins AJ and Sola to celebrate the release of her new EP, AWW! We also dive into the songs she's written for other artists, including "Adore You" by Harry Styles, "Without Me" by Halsey, and "Back to You" by Selena Gomez! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear the best advice she's recieved as a songwriter and th…
 
AJ and Sola invite music YouTuber Mic The Snare and Popheads moderator Sadie to discuss the music trends of the 2000s and play Popheads Gone Viral: 2000s Edition. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 albums from the decade! You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, Nick at @micthesnare, and popheads at r/p…
 
Sola and AJ are once again joined by Platinum-selling R&B artist and songwriter JoJo, LIVE for an Ask Me Anything! Tune into this taping of our Reddit Talk where we asked JoJo your burning questions, dive deep into her time on The Masked Singer, and get a mini concert. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear JoJo choose her own Top 5 favo…
 
Sola and AJ are joined by Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson to discuss writing the music and lyrics for Broadway’s next hit show The Notebook: The Musical, why she was trending on Twitter because of Zayn Malik, and some things that make her cry. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Musical Theater Songs! You …
 
Sola and AJ are joined by Popheads mods Carlie and Tom to discuss Glee's lasting impact on music, television, fandom, and representation in media. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Glee covers! You can follow Sola at @iamsolamusic, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter, or…
 
Switched On Pop hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding join AJ and Sola on Main Pod Girl to break down the genre-neutral music of Rina Sawayama, BTS, Justin Timberlake and Lil Nas X. We also discuss Olivia Rodrigo's crediting of Taylor Swift and Paramore in her music, what songwriting trends are coming into the charts, and our Top 5 songs written by …
 
Billboard Senior Editor Nolan Feeney is our newest Main Pod Girl! We discuss the careers of Lizzo, Cardi B and Billie Eilish, introduce two new segments, and go through our Top 5 Charts Hits of 2021! You can follow Nolan at @nolanfeeney, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter …
 
British artist, DJ, and producer SG Lewis joins Sola and AJ to discuss his debut album times, 2000s nostalgia, and his upcoming introspective second album. Hear us talk about our cupid-like connection, what trends we want a renaissance for, and our Top 5 Songs Produced by Pharrell! You can follow Sam at @sglewis, Sola at @iamsolamusic, AJ Marks at …
 
Grammy Award-winning R&B artist and certified masshole JoJo drops by to announce her new EP Trying Not to Think About It and takes us through each of her different eras. Hear us discuss how JoJo was almost Hannah Montana, what we think will be the signature songs of today's popstars, and our Top 5 Vocal Powerhouses! You can follow JoJo at @iamjojo,…
 
Pop and R&B star Tinashe joins Sola and AJ to dish all about her brand new album 333, what features she initially had in mind for her song "X", which talk show host she would block, and her thoughts on aliens. Hear our favorite and least favorite album titles, and stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Concerts! You can follow …
 
AJ and Sola are joined by Popheads user Kait to discuss the five "waves" of Disney Channel stars and how Disney created a culture of media and a monopoly on the music tastes of multiple generations. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 songs from Olivia Rodrigo's debut album, Sour! You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola …
 
Mandy and Will of MisterWives are here to discuss their new album Superbloom, their favorite controversial music videos, and how they first got signed! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Fueled By Ramen acts. You can follow MisterWives at @misterwives, Mandy at @mandyleed, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic…
 
Swedish superstar Zara Larsson drops by to talk about her latest album, Poster Girl, and its new Summer Edition! We also chat about what songs best reflect our lives currently, and how Beyoncé's and Rihanna's careers would be different if their latest album was their first. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Swedish acts. Y…
 
On this episode, we discuss the upcoming album by AJ Mitchell, with AJ himself! We also discuss what albums from our childhoods shaped our music taste. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Bruno Mars songs. You can follow AJ Mitchell at @ajmitchell, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/pophea…
 
WHATS GOOD INTERNET this month's guest is the delightful and charming Raquel Namuche who I met because she yelled at me on the street and we've been friends ever since. We talked about her childhood in Lima and Queens, getting into punk at ABC No Rio, finding other immigrant punk kids in the Migra Punk scene, becoming involved with activism as a te…
 
In this episode, we learn all about our guest, rising British popstar Griff! We also discuss what the careers of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay and Taylor Swift would be without their most essential albums. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Lorde songs. You can follow Griff @wiffygriffy, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola …
 
Heavy hitter alert. This month I talked to artist, activist, scholar, illustrious zine maker, and my very old friend Mimi Thi Nguyen about coming to the US as a refugee as a child; getting into punk through Maximum Rocknroll; falling out of love with punk because of a bunch of shitty men involved with MRR; falling back in love with punk through Evo…
 
In this episode, we talk all about our One Direction journeys with r/popheads users Roxie and Molly. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 One Direction solo debuts. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as a…
 
In this episode, we talk all about our One Direction journeys with r/popheads users Roxie and Molly. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 boybands. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter, or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as always, episodic …
 
Erin Yanke fuckin rules. I asked her on the show to talk about her incredible podcast, It Did Happen Here, but we also touched on her band Noxeema, the film she worked on, Arresting Power, growing up in Humbolt and the Bay, interning at NPR, and I somehow forgot to ask about the fucking DEAD MOON BOOK!!! This is why you gotta keep your notes in fro…
 
AJ and Sola sit down with Luna Shadows and r/popheads mod Edrick to discuss Luna's debut album, Digital Pacific. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Paramore songs. You can follow Luna Shadows at @lunaxshadows, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @pophe…
 
AJ and Sola invite main pod girl XYLØ to discuss popheads' discussion questions and to chat about our Top 5 Lana Del Rey songs. You can follow XYLØ at @xylo, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as always, episodic artwork by @crxpeek.…
 
This month I talked to Elizabeth Whitney, my dear friend in New York who is an empowerment, sex, and wellness coach and the only person I've ever seen wear a Supreme fanny pack on her waist. Imagine the freedom! We talked about being born into a Christian cult, the Footloose soundtrack, her seemingly innate interest in fashion, getting into cigaret…
 
Talked on the phone with my cool friend Marissa Chavez from Austin, TX, about her wild childhood, her outlaw family, dropping out of high school to sell weed, oogling around the American West trying to find the best heroin, getting sober, staying connected to the streets through photography , her handmade t-shirt label Official Bootleg, and so much…
 
AJ and Sola sift through the biggest snubs and surprises from this year's Grammy nominations with r/popheads users Akane and Yetti. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 female rappers. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on…
 
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