Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Episode 10: Tye Steinbach



Tye Steinbach is co-owner with his wife Joan Steinbach of Thinker Toys in Multnomah Village.  In 1994 Tye Steinback left his career as an science educator in middle school high school to strike out with his wife to go in to business on their own.

www.ThinkerToysOregon.com

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Episode 9: Sketch Comedy Podcast Show



Stuart and Alisha met about a year ago. It didn’t take long for them to realize they were not only funny individually, but REALLY funny together. So Stu said “Hey. We should put our funny together and make a podcast!”. To which Alisha replied “Huh?”. As they say, the rest is history.

Visit the Sketch Comedy Podcast Show: www.ComedyPodcast.net

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Episode 8: Mark Dodich



Before Mark moved to Oregon in 1991, he lived in SE Florida, Houston, Seattle, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Anchorage, Washington DC, New Jersey, and Santa Fe. Some of these moves were career oriented during his life as an industrial salesperson in industries such as aluminum, mini-blind manufacturing, and industrial supplies. Other moves were for the sake of adventure. 

Marks website:
www.AstroMark.us

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http://www.48days.com/category/48-days-podcast/

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Episode 7: Timothy Herman



Timothy Herman is a friend of mine from when I worked at the community access station in Tualatin Valley.  While he was hosting his show on the cable access station, he always had such passion for what he was discussing, I knew there must be a story behind that passion.  Timothy shares his experience in the Navy, working with his father, and moving to the northwest.

I apologize for linking to the wrong file before.  I have corrected the link and now this is the correct file.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Episode 6: Kaliko Yokoyama



Kaliko Yokoyama grew up in Hawaii where he went to school and learned many skills including surfing and bone carving that he uses in his life today.  Now Kaliko lives in Oregon and teaches bone carving to youth through programs like Journeys in Creativity at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Episode 5: Brad Fortier



Brad Fortier is co-founder of Happy Improv Fun Time and HIFT Consulting with Phil Incorvia, and he has a masters degree in the interdisciplinary study of the anthropology of improvised theater (a unique M.A. he earned at Portland State University).  Brad’s talents as a facilitator, presenter, and instructor have kept him busy doing his favorite activity – having fun with and making an impact on groups of people through interactive play. Brad got his start as a member of Portland’s Brody Theater from 1996 to 2012. He was the education director for the Brody from 2004-2011 and is still very busy developing curriculum and giving workshops around Portland, Oregon and the globe through Happy Improv Fun Time/HIFT Consulting.

Books by Brad Fortier:
Long-Form Improvisation: Collaboration, Comedy and Communion
A Culture Of Play

Find more information here:
www.BradFortier.com

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Episode 4: Washboard Willy



 Larry Hiskett a former landscape architect with a deep passion for music and rhythm turns his dream into a reality.  During a fateful trip to Japan Larry discovered that entertaining children with his unique interactive performance style just might be his calling.  Now he is traveling from state to state as Washboard Willy performing at fairs and other events.

www.WashboardWilly.com
facebook.com/washboardwillyfan

Recommended Podcast
The Historian's Movie Review
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Episode 3: Wayne Beckwith


Wayne Beckwith is a retired educator with a passion for restoring and demonstrating technology from the past.  He is the wagon master of the Washington County Oregon 4H wagon train leading adults and children alike on adventures in reenacting history.  Wayne drives a team of mules regularly taking part in plow matches around the state of Oregon.

4H Wagon Train: extension.oregonstate.edu/metro4h/wagontrain 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cafe Clips



I have heard from several listeners that the hour long podcast format is too long for some of you  To answer this call I have created a series on YouTube called Cafe Clips, made up of short clips from the interviews. The week leading up to the release of the full podcast I will be posting a new Cafe Clip every Wednesday and Friday from the up coming episode.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Episode 2: Rita Sandler


Rita Sandler, has been offering her intuitive gifts of empathy to family and friends from early childhood. In her early 40’s she began a personal journey of self-actualization and engaged in a conscious relationship with her Higher Self. Since 1994 she has hosted and produced "The Wise Woman Way" a weekly spiritual exercise show, featuring affirmations and visualizations. She shares the experience of owning her personal wellness and communicating with nature. Her intention is to open the conversation up to, how are we utilizing the law of attraction, to create peace on the planet by allowing and embracing personal happiness.

www.WiseWomanWay.tv
Twitter.com/Rita_Sandler
Facebook.com/WiseRita

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Episode 1: Rob Lewis


As I mentioned in the previous post the whole idea for the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast came from my father Rob Lewis, and the idea to make the Curmudgeon Cafe a Podcast came to me while I was recording my father telling stories about his child hood and early adult life.  The first episode of the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast is that recording of my father.

Rob Lewis was born in Oregon in 1959 and has live most of his life there.  He also served in the army during the cold war in Germany and has become a talented wheelwright and educator. His passion for woodworking and history has taken him on a lot of adventures throughout his life.  This interview only covers Robs time as a child and young adult and doesn't include much of his stories from later on.  I will sit down and conduct the rest of the interview with Rob Lewis for a later episode.  I hop you enjoy this interview with Rob Lewis.


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Preserving History One Person At A Time

The Curmudgeon Cafe is the idea of my father Rob Lewis. Rob's idea was to create an environment for the younger generation to learn from the older generation and present their knowledge through new media like YouTube and podcasting. I started working with my father on the concept for the Curmudgeon Cafe almost a year ago, using my grandfathers as guinea pigs I created several short videos for YouTube and this concept for the Curmudgeon Cafe fell by the wayside. You can find these preliminary videos on the Curmudgeon Cafe YouTube.

After spending time working on other projects for a while I decided to sit down with my dad and ask him to just tell me about his life. That is what we did, we sat down in the middle of a Shari's Diner and we recorded. I had no idea what I was going to use the audio for but to keep it for posterity. In the middle of that recording it struck me that this is what the Curmudgeon Cafe is an audio podcast of people telling their stories.

The Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast is about preserving history on a personal level.  Preserving the stories, oral traditions and anecdotes of a single person in each episode. I have always loved listening to people tell stories about their life, childhood, education, military service, careers, and hobbies.  That is what I want to capture and preserve with the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast. The feeling of meeting someone for the first time and listening to them tell their story.

Season One

For the first season of the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast each episode will be the life story of a single individual told in their own voice.  I've conducted several interviews already, but I'm still looking for people with interesting life stories to interview.  If you or someone you know has an an interesting live story please contact me at Benjamin@CurmudgeonCafe.net with some information about yourself or the person you are suggesting for an interview.  

The first episode of season one will be released February, 16th 2015.  After that the plan is to release one new episode every Monday for 12 weeks.