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HumorOutcasts Interview with Jim Saunders Author of “Animal Dances”

This podcast is an interview with Jim Saunders who is the author of, "Animal Dances." It was produced in conjunction with HumorOutcasts.com.

“Animal Dances” is a World War I historical fiction novel which combines extensive research of WWI along with eyewitness accounts documented in letters to form a backdrop for the fictionalized story of, “Harry.” The story follows Harry as he is caught up in the events of conflict while he longs for his former more carefree time back at home dancing to the ragtime beat of the Animal Dances. His journey through his wartime involvement will present a set of experiences that will impact him for a lifetime.

The story of the writing of this book is an interesting one by itself. While settling the estate of his Aunt Emily, Jim stumbled across a series of letters that documented several years of correspondence between Emily and her brother who was a soldier fighting abroad during WWI. Jim’s initial idea was to take the events described in the letters and to somehow synchronize them into the historical events of WWI.

However, finding an interesting angle to this process proved itself to be cumbersome. After having a lunch conversation with a friend, Jim began to develop the concept of a novel by adding a fictionalized story.

Author Jim SaundersJim has a plethora of experience and training in various fields of science including that of a researcher. He also has a great appreciation for history and the human experience. This combination alone makes him the perfect author for this type of story. However, Jim had such a dedication to the project that he felt he needed to further develop his storytelling skills in addition to his already well-practiced scientific writing. As a result, Jim enrolled himself into fiction writing classes, workshops, and other various courses.

The product of Jim’s 8 years’ worth of hard work and dedication is an excellent and well-reviewed book. I would certainly hope that you will accept our invitation to listen to our podcast to hear more about this fantastic and creative journey from Jim himself. For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and on your favorite Alexa device under the “Billy Dees Podcast." 

 

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Respect the Microphone!

Nick from "The St Paul Filmcast" Podcast and "The Green Way" Comic Book - Interview with Billy Dees

This episode is an interview with Nick Palodichuk from the St Paul Filmcast Podcast and the author of a new comic book titled, "The Green Way."

Nick PalodichukNick is very enthusiastic about creative endeavors and projects whether they be films, comic books or podcasts. You can find the St. Paul Filmcast on Twitter at @STPaulFilmcast and is generally available on most podcasting platforms.

This interview is available on the Billy Dees Podcast and is very much entertaining and informative. We certainly hope that you enjoy it. For your convenience the podcast is available for playback below and is listed on all of the Billy Dees Podcast networks as:

Nick from The St Paul Filmcast and The Green Way Interview with Billy Dees

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview – Lee Gaitan Author of “Lite Whines and Laughter”

This podcast interview is with Lee Gaitan, the author of, Lite Whines and Laughter Mild Rants and Musings on the Mundane.”

Lee Gaitan is an award-winning author of two books including the Amazon number one bestseller,“My Pineapples Went to Houston–Finding Humor in my Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry.” 

Lee is a mother, teacher, writer and speaker, but above all, she is passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles. She has risen from rock-bottom moments or, as she refers to 2002, the “year of shock and awfulness.” That year her father died, her mother was in the hospital semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost all of their money before running off to Arizona with his girlfriend who just happened to be a former stripper.

She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career. Lee has bounced back and it was well worth her effort. Happily re-married she now lives with her husband and dog in suburban Atlanta.

While preparing for and when interviewing Lee I was reminded of the late Robin Williams who would often dart from topic to topic while being interviewed. Every syllable was a que for a joke or the set up for a future punchline.

As we discuss during the podcast, sometimes the best comedic moments are brought forth by tragedy or just plain old hard times. In my opinion Lee is a classic study of someone who on the surface believes that laughter is the best medicine but the subtext of her work is the result of many bumps and bruises that have come her way. This gives her humor a genuineness that readers should relate to and connect with very easily.

You can follow Lee Gaitan on Twitter @LGPineapple and her website is LeeGaitan.com.

Special thanks to HumorOutcasts.com.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple PodcastsiHeartRadioSpotify and on your favorite Alexa device under the “Billy Dees Podcast.”

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Interview with Lee Gaitan of “Lite Whines and Laughter”

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Agile Audio Dashboards – Want Voice With That

This podcast is an interview with Jeff “Ski” Kinsey (@Consultski on Twitter) from Agile Audio Dashboards. This episode hit the airwaves as well on News-Talk 1480 WHBC located in Canton, Ohio during September 2018.

Jeff, along with his partner Tom Montelione, produce custom Alexa Skills. This podcast talks not only about Alexa but in addition the importance of “voice” regarding the future of online marketing and our interaction with technology.

We also cover aspects of podcasting including its integration with Alexa devices and the role of audio in general as it is related to digital marketing.

If you enjoy technology it’s all the better but this is an interesting program across the board for anyone who may be interested in what the future may be for how we interact with the internet.

Ask your Alexa device: “Alexa, enable Audio Dash Updates” to hear more from “SKI”

This is an audio snippet of the podcast:

For your convenience the full audio interview is available in this post below. It is also available on most of the popular podcasting platforms including iHeartRadio.

Also below is a video snippet of a separate live WHBC broadcast hosted by Pam Cook about Agile Audio Dashboards. In it both of us talk a little bit about voice and each of our individual backgrounds.

“Want Voice With That” by Agile Audio Dashboards (Pilot Episode)

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interviews with Michael B. Solomon and Kay Raga from NAMI

Our podcast this time around deals heavily with the subject of mental illness and fighting stigma. We have two interviews on tap for you in this episode. First, we talk with Michael B. Solomon who is the subject and one of the authors of “It Comes from Within: Living with Bipolar Illness.” The book was co-written with Gloria Hochman. Second, we talk with Kay Raga representing the NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) organization.

The process of reading Michael’s book and reviewing material with Kay about the NAMI group was a very rewarding and educational experience for me. I would certainly expect the same experience for other readers and listeners of our podcast as well.

Michael B. SolomonI interviewed Mike over the phone and he not only talked about the book but gave us much insight into his evolving experience with bipolar illness through the years. It is a personal journey of trials and tribulations to be sure but also one of triumph and perseverance. His gentle personality comes forth very much in this interview and lends the podcast a heartwarming tone and a message of much hope.

I talked with Kay with a mobile recording set up on location at the NAMI office in Canton, Ohio. Kay not only has a wealth of knowledge and experience in regard to the services of the NAMI organization but also has a great audio voice that lends itself to the stylings of NPR. Her cadence and sense of purpose will draw you into the subject matter.

Billy Dees with Kay Raga from NAMII would strongly encourage everyone to give this podcast episode a listen. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work on this project. My very special thanks to Michael B. Solomon, Kay Raga and Donna Cavanagh of HumorOutcasts.com.

For more information about the National Alliance on Mental Illness please go to NAMI.org.

For your convenience the podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. The interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iHeartRadio under “Billy Dees.” (Available on Alexa devices as well.)

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Radio – Michael B Solomon and Kay Raga from NAMI

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HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

HumorOutcasts Press (Publisher)This podcast is an interview with Dorothy Rosby. Dorothy is the author of I Used to Think I Was Not that Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better,” who refers to the book as the book for people who read self-improvement books and never get any better. She also is the author of I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch, Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest.” 

Dorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across eleven states. Her column has been recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. She was a finalist in the 2015 Robert Benchley Annual Award for Humor Writing and was the 2015 first-place winner in the Humor Column category of the National Federation of Press Women contest.

During this interview with Dorothy we cover a gamut of topics including her method of topic selection, the discipline of writing, and interestingly how she feels humor can be a method of persuasion.

Dorothy RosbyYou can follow Dorothy along with her amusing witticisms on Twitter at @DorothyRosby.

The podcast interview is available below at the bottom of this post. For your convenience the interview is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including iTunes Apple Podcasts and Stitcher under “Billy Dees.” It can also be accessed on TuneIn and iHeartRadiothrough your Amazon Alexa streaming device. (Produced for HumorOutcasts.com.) 

The episode is titled on these services as:

HumorOutcasts Radio Interview with Dorothy Rosby

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Why I Like Podcasting! (Video)