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News. Pop Culture. Politics. Weird stories. EVERYTHING that happened during the last week. Comedian Ben Gleib catches you up on it all, while making fun of basically everything. Some people tell him this podcast is the way they prefer to get the news. He thinks these people are geniuses. Sometimes he's joined by celebrity guests like comedians, actors, politicians, Four-Star Generals, and his parents. But mostly he talks to himself. If you've been in a coma for the last 7 days, this podcast ...
 
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What do city budgets, wise infrastructure investments and mom and pop shops have to do with a livable city? Turns out, quite a lot. If our cities and our towns can’t make wise and measured investments in the right things, then it’s going to struggle to be a place that people can thrive in. How about progressive change, what does that have to do wit…
 
Part II of the conversation with Larry Beasley and Jonathan Barnett. Why do we even live in cities? There's been a lot of criticism about them during the pandemic which makes this the perfect time to reflect on this very question. Larry and Jonathan discuss this and much more in this second half of the conversation, the first half from two weeks ag…
 
In our 76th podcast we interview Amazon Game Studios Animator, Victor Chavez. Victor has been a professional animator in games since 2011 and has worked on such titles as Halo 4, Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. He is currently working at Amazon Game Studios in Orange County on the new IP - New World.It was grea…
 
If you were in a position to lead a plan to make your city more livable, how would you do it, what would you do? How would you go about instilling your vision for greater livability but in close collaboration with your fellow city residents, how would you do that? My two guests today for part one of a two part series did not have the luxury of doin…
 
As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. And when something in your neighborhood or your city has been a certain way for decades or even hundreds of years, it’s easy to forget that a physical place or the places where neighbors come together to know one another can, in fact, change for the better. But this is exactly the power of reimagining wha…
 
In our 75th podcast we interview Blizzard Entertianment Lead Animator, Michael Cuevas. Michael has spent 25 years in video game development. He has been specializing in character and creature animation; and has six years of animation instruction experience. Before working at Blizzard Entertainment, Michael's previous companies included Sony Santa M…
 
In our 74th podcast we interview long time Pixar animator/ Andrew Gordon. After 21 years at Pixar and having worked on such beloved films as Monsters Inc., Incredibles 1 & 2, and Ratatouille, Andrew left Pixar to explore new options. It didn't take too long before he found himself at DNEG in London, taking on the role of Head of Feature Animation i…
 
How do we know if our cities are livable? There are many cities that you’ve visited that have felt much more or much less livable to you compared to the one you call home. And this is no different than how livable other peoples’ homes feel to you compared to your own home. But the difference with cities is that thousands or millions of people call …
 
What’s the role of transportation in the livability foundation of a city? Even more specifically, what’s the role of public transit in making a city more livable? In places where transit has long been neglected, many might even think that public transit might diminish the livability of a place because it becomes correlated with increases in local c…
 
In the midst of the unpredictability that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic, at least one thing has become quite true: many of the world’s cities desperately need more space. What kind of space are we talking about? Not necessarily private space, like a backyard, but a repurposing of existing public space away from only movement through a place a…
 
In our 73rd podcast we interview iAnimate creature instructor and animation supervisor at Cinesite VFX in Montreal, Scott Holmes. As a kid, Scott fell in love with creature animation when he stumbled upon Jason and the Argonauts on TV one Saturday morning. Scott’s professional feature film credits include “Monster House,” “Narnia: The Lion, The Wit…
 
In our 72nd podcast we interviewed Ricky Wood who is currently a Principal Animator at the newly formed, People Can Fly NY. Ricky has been animating games since 2003 and has helped ship 5 action packed titles - Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey To The West, DmC: Devil May Cry, Just Cause 3 and Just Cause 4.He got his start in games at Ninja Theory,…
 
In our 71th podcast we interviewed Pixar animator and iAnimate alumni, Andrew Atteberry. Before joining Pixar Animation Studios Andrew got his start at Magnetic Dreams, a small studio in Tennessee where he learned many portions of the pipeline. Wanting to grow in his animation skills he joined iAnimate. After graduating iAnimate he went on to Walt …
 
In our 70th podcast we interviewed Pixar animator and iAnimate feature animation instructor, Tal Shwarzman. Before joining Pixar Animation Studios Tal spent over seven years at DreamWorks Animation were he animated on such films as Kung Fu Panda, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rise of the Guardians, and How to Train Your…
 
In our 69th podcast we interviewed industry veteran and iAnimate feature animation instructor, Jim van der Keyl. Jim has been in the animation industry since 1989, getting his start as an inbetweener on the Little Mermaid at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He later worked at Warner Brothers where he was nominated for an 'Annie Award' as best animato…
 
One of the most powerful and unpredicted outcomes so far from the Coronavirus pandemic has been the immediate change in how the world’s city streets are used. Pre-pandemic, many cities’ streets were mostly dedicated to moving motor vehicles back and forth in a monotonous rhythm of the daily commute. No longer the case, streets lay mostly empty from…
 
Do you need to become an urban planning professional in order to make more livable cities? Do you need to study civil engineering in order to help design safer neighborhood streets? The answer is, yes sometimes, but not always. The story behind today’s guest, Austin Gibble, will help give you a good example of being both a professional and non-prof…
 
The debate is not a new one and yet it feels like the world wonders for the first time, do dense cities inherently make us more prone to becoming infected with something like a Coronavirus? It turns out, the answer isn’t as simple as it might at first seem to be. I debate this with special guest Yonah Freemark. But the conversation still focuses al…
 
Comedians Steve Hofstetter & Chris Bowers join Gleib to discuss the insane list of things Bowers doesn't like, and some very unpopular opinions. They cover what we all miss from normal life, hilarious reasons people are calling 911, the return of Jussie Smollett, a tiger with Coronavirus, Trump demanding appreciation from givernors and bragging abo…
 
Part II of my conversation with Doug Gordon, host of The War on Cars podcast and local better streets advocate in Brooklyn, NY. In this part we get even deeper on the way cars have impacted our cities and Doug has some very good advice on how you can begin to push back on cars where you live. You can find Part I before this episode released on Marc…
 
Comedian Aida Rodriguez joins Gleib to discuss why she shares her personal life and takes on social issues from the stage, why she started standup when she was homeless, why Cenk Uygur lost badly in his Congressional race, why she supports Bernie over Biden, and if strippers should be allowed to deliver food during the pandemic. Plus Gleib covers t…
 
Are we talking about a literal war on cars here...not quite. Cars do have their legitimate place in our cities. But in many cities they’ve become the only real and viable way of getting around for millions of people and that comes with many, many problems unleashed on society at large. So where do cars belong in our cities then? My guest today is p…
 
Comedian Maz Jobrani joins Gleib during the global quarantine to discuss finding your voice, the infallibility of Trump, identity comedy, how he got to the next level in his career, and the risk of going political. Plus Gleib covers Jared Leto’s obliviousness, Vanessa Hudgens indifference to death, horrible airplane snack boxes, a weed shop sued by…
 
Dr. Larry Burchett joins Gleib to discuss what the real situation with the Coronavirus is, how much we should really panic & how best to protect ourselves. Plus, a new planet that rains metal. Trump declares national emergency. Everything closes from the NBA to Broadway to Tom Hanks. Lizzo helps guide us through. The Bachelor Peter is a mess. A stu…
 
How does transit affect the livability of a place? Turns out, quite a bit. My guest today, Jeff Wood of the Talking Headways podcast, talks about how important it is to be able to experience your city through as many different transportation options as possible. A commonly held belief, particularly in North America, is that cars bring true personal…
 
Comedian & Actor Tone Bell joins Gleib to discuss their shirtless Mexico moped gang & if they'd rather their daughter be a stripper or go on The Bachelor. Plus everyone dropped out of the presidential race. The biggest explosion in history. (Not Biden’s campaign resurgence, but in outer space.) Gleib announces who he endorses now that Warren is out…
 
Gleib summarizes the last week and is joined by LA City Council candidate Aura Vasquez to answer the 30 trillion dollar question: Is Bernie electable? Plus Kanye did a bad thing leaving an elevator. A unique way to make alcohol. Pentagon pledges to not use AI for evil. Bees turn on the Police. Two Presidential Debates in one week as Bernie becomes …
 
How calm and enjoyable is your neighborhood, your town, your city? I’m not talking about a sleepy place where very little is going on, but a vibrant place that is still, even while bustling, calm and enjoyable for the vast majority of people who live there or move through it. If not your town or city, then have you visited one where you really noti…
 
Comedians Brad Williams & Chris Porter join Gleib for some 1942 Tequila while discussing sex tapes, nip slips, Brad's new baby, Chris' extreme love for farm animals, if the bass is a necessary instrument, the new mile high jet pack, the return of Rick Moranis, Hookers for Jesus, Trump pardoning Blogojevich and Michael Milken, Attorneys resigning ov…
 
Podcast rockstar Alison Rosen joins Gleib to discuss pet peeves, plus...If celebs should be allowed to have babies.Biden calling a voter a "lying dog-faced pony soldier".Taryn Manning being weird with Britney Spears.Televangelists selling fake Coronavirus cures.Comparing "OK Boomer" to the N word.John Kelly saying Vindman was right to report Trump'…
 
Comedian & Showrunner of the "Below Deck" TV shows Nadine Rajabi joins Gleib to discuss if reality TV is real, what life is like in Iran, the highest she's ever been & how she went from standup to big time TV producer. Gleib shares his Chappelle story. Plus Kobe's passing, Ari Shaffir's comments, the rigged Grammys and Astros cheating scandal, Impe…
 
Bike lanes are sometimes controversial in communities because they’re seen as something encroaching on the space, efficiency and our limited time in getting somewhere by car. Love cars or hate them, for many places in the world they’re the primary and many times only current way of getting somewhere. And we’re not here to solve this debate once and…
 
Gleib covers Warren and Sanders calling each other liars, Pete Davidson's dating life, Trump lying about imminent embassy attacks, backlash to Oscar nomination backlash, Kelly Clarkson's sex life, a deaf man suing Pornhub, Cardboard Olympian beds, NY Times' weird double endorsement, square tipped knives, thugs stalking Ambassador Yovanovitch, Trump…
 
Gentrification, cultural shifts, crime, unsafe streets, poverty and disconnection. They all sound pretty bleak especially when considered together. But my guest, Joanna Taft, has been experimenting along with her neighbors in the Herron Morton neighborhood in Indianapolis and have found some remarkably sensitive and effective ways to begin to rever…
 
Gleib challenges guest Tomi Lahren on many of the issues facing us. Climate, Immigration, Trump's lies & more. He calls her out on talking trash about him on a recent podcast & reveals the real reason he stormed off FOX News. Plus, of course the weeks news: Meghan and Harry no longer Royal, US kills Suleimani, Gweneth Paltrow vagina scented candles…
 
A tough but real pair of questions: do you know anyone, are you good friends with anyone within a short walk of your home? And how much of your life can you live everyday without needed to leave it to buy something? In this episode, I interview Jacob Moses where he talks about these kinds of things for the neighborhood that he lives in Denton, Texa…
 
In our 68th podcast we interviewed industry veteran, and newest iAnimate Game instructor, Keith Lango. Keith is an award winning animator & animation director with over 20 years of experience. He's worked on AAA titles such as HALO, Portal, Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2, and Counterstrike, in addition to various commercials, interactive, and VR projects.…
 
In our 67th podcast we interviewed iAnimate Feature animation alumni and DreamWorks Animation Supervising Animator, Ravi Kamble Govind. Ravi was one of our first students to attend iAnimate and one of our first graduating classes. It has been remarkable to follow his growth and success since graduating. Since graduating, Ravi has worked on many fea…
 
In our 66th podcast we interviewed iAnimate game instructor and Senior Animator at Blizzard, Casey McDermott. Casey has animated professionally since 2008 for film, commercials, music videos, R&D, pre-viz, cinematics, and most recently, in games. Since working at Blizzard from 2012 he has been an animator for incubation teams, World of Warcraft, a …
 
In our 65th podcast we interviewed industry veteran and our Pre-Viz instructor, Conan Low. Conan is a 20 year veteran of the film entertainment industry and has worked on a wide range of projects from groundbreaking television, beginning with the pioneering computer generated animated series Reboot to box office movie hits like Madagascar 3 and Rog…
 
That's right, trains are greater than cars if you care about livable places. There, I said it - now for some background... Have you ever experienced something so transformational that it caused you to make a major shift in how you do something? My guest for this episode, Mike Christensen, had a large shift that completely changed the direction of h…
 
How do we make change of such massively complex ways of doing things for our cities and towns? My guest today has many thoughts about this and much practical advice to share. In this sixth episode, I interview Michael Schneider where we talk about the gridlocked streets of Los Angeles and how he started the non-profit and coalition to change this, …
 
What happens when you start using your bike to get to places? Turns out, a lot of unexpected things. In this fifth episode, I interview Lauren Crabtree where we talk about her “gateway drug,” the humble bicycle and how that got her to noticing how neighborhoods, towns and cities are built for or against people. Lauren is fascinating to talk to sinc…
 
How do you begin to get involved where you live? Our guest today, Dawn Olsen, just can't keep quiet about the details of where she lives. She just can't help but notice many things that could be better about her neighborhood in Indy and that has meant she has become a trusted voice as the neighborhood president. Dawn will inspire you with practical…
 
Gleib brings us an all-star panel from the Hollywood Improv for another "We the People" with Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's Helen Hong, famed Time Magazine columnist Joel Stein, Reagan Award winner Kassy Dillon, and KFI host Bryan Suits, discussing the Impeachment Inquiry, if Biden can get woke, or should he step down, and the debacle of Trump abandonin…
 
Laura Giffel, licensed clinical therapist, Bates Hendricks neighborhood president and advocate, and candidate for Indianapolis city council seat of the 16th district. Laura shares with us about her advocacy work in her neighborhood and will inspire you with practical advice on how to do the same where you live. Find Laura on Twitter @giffel4council…
 
In this first full length episode of Livable City, my friend and first guest Allan LeSage interviews me, Jim Hodapp. In this episode you'll hear from Allan on his views for what makes Chicago livable to him and what he feels is pretty special about this city. Then you'll hear some of the highlights of my story, how I got to caring about cities and …
 
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