A Chatter Of Fact (entertainment)
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What's China like? What does a 14 and 1/2 hour flight do to your body and mind? You'll enjoy this hilarious and informative tale of Robby's trip to Shanghai and it's surrounding villages. The episode features everyone's favorite sounding board, Paul Celestin. (How To TED Talk EP 31). You'll feel like you were there! Sort of.

Direct download: EP_40_Whats_China_Like.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:14am CDT
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Have you ever heard someone groggily converse before the coffee kicks in? That's how it starts before the one second break in which Zara and Robby return fully caffeinated. It's time to dive into the second part of Zara Zaharieva's fascinating story. In Part 2 we find out how to deal with a language barrier, how to find work in the music in world and how to maintain a positive attitude. Along the way laughs and other insights are joyously brought to life. Enjoy!

Direct download: EP_39_Strings_of_Life_Pt._2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:17am CDT
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Strap your ears in and hang on! This hilarious, thought provoking and sexy roller coaster of a chat features violinist Zara Zaharieva. She came to Chicago barely speaking English armed with $200 in her pocket, passion in her heart and world wide talent. Enjoy!

Direct download: EP38_Strings_fo_Life_PT_1.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:42am CDT
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Robby had to perform onstage hours after his mother passed away. This was recorded on his phone days later. -How do you get on stage after tragic news? How do you deal? (Excuse the sound quality as this was not the podcast's typical studio recording.)

Direct download: A_Chatter_Of_Fact_-_Podcast_2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:55am CDT
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Do it all. Be it all. And do it well. From looping, writing and singing to voice over work to acting on television, this is the life journey and story of Taylor Mallory. Listen in and be inspired. This episode will remind everyone how to stay on track and keep moving.

 

Direct download: EP_36_Taylor_Mallory.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:01am CDT
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Social media strategies. Also- Do you rant? Do you promote? If so, where and when? Master of fashion and social media Sararose is back with a twisty turny tale as well as tips and info for building your brand on social media. Your ears will give this a "Like".

Direct download: EP_35_Surviving_Social_Media_.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:05am CDT
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Listen to a brave and talented comedian talk about life and work in the midst of her battle with cancer. R.I.P. Miss Nikki.

Direct download: EP_34_Living_with_Death.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:32am CDT
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Working hard, being fearless and using what you got can yield amazing results. Molly Callinan does this and more. Whether she's traveling the world with Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band, bouncing around the US in theater productions or singing in the popular Chicago based band Catfight, this girl succeeds! Robby and Molly swap hilarious stories and thoughtful insights. The chat is rounded out by an interesting unravelling of why performers may find themselves depressed during down time. From performing for the troops overseas to taking it all off for a stage play - this episode covers (and uncovers) it all!

Direct download: EP_32_Molly_Callinan.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:42am CDT
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How do you keep your heart in the job? What's it like to perform for troops on a USO tour?  As you learn these things, prepare to be charmed. 83 year old vocalist Billy Shelton is a walking piece of music history. As a member of the Spaniels (Goodnight Sweetheart) and the Soul Stirrers (The only gospel group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Billy brings a wealth of knowledge and wonderfully diverse stories.  His rich history and experiences are highlighted by his incredibly kindhearted disposition and loving ideals. From dealing with racism in the 60's to performing for current day USO shows, this man has done it all. You'll also learn how Billy was a driving force behind Robby's success as a singer.  Laugh and smile as we take a stroll through the wonderful world of Billy Shelton.   

Direct download: 29__-_Billy.m4a
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:54am CDT
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EXTRA! EXTRA! Get your chat right here!
Let's talk about the art of real journalism and all that it entails! Chicago Tribune writer Shannon Ryan unpacks the journalistic world and shares her unique journey and insights.
*How do you find the angles of a story when you're covering the same sport again and again?

*What's it like working in the ever changing and uncertain world of newspaper journalism?

*What's it REALLY like reporting in a locker room?

**How in the world do we identify real or fake news?

These questions and more are covered in this fun and enlightening chat delivered right to your ears like the morning paper.

Direct download: 28_-_Real_News.m4a
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:00am CDT
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