WELCOME TO THE SHOW
My name is Steve Owens and I meet a lot of people; sometime in my travels, sometimes in my own home town. Several times (quite by accident), I have stumbled into what I consider to be fascinating stories. So after way too many got away, I decided to start recording them. Some of these conversations will be fascinating ONLY to me. Some will be fascinating to you too. In the end, I guess this podcast is just an excuse for me to get to travel, meet, and talk to more people. So if you are so inclined…
Walk with me, down Fascination Street!
Take a walk with me as I get to know David Mauro. David Mauro is only the 65th American in recorded history to have stood atop the highest peak on each of the seven continents! In this episode, we chat about why in the hell someone would do one, let alone all seven. We talk about David’s book; which is compiled from the journals he kept during each of these insane adventures. David also shares a few stories from some of these climbs. As a side note; David is VERY funny, and I recommend you check out his blog which is findable from his website DavidJMauro.com
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Grinder: FIND IT YOURSELF YOU WEIRDO!
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Chris Smith. Chris is a veteran of not one, but TWO different branches of the US Military. (I didnt even know you could do that!) He is also a songwriter and a GREAT musician. In this episode we chat about his decision to join the military and what led him to jump from one branch to the other. We also talk about why he decided to become a songwriter and later a performer. Of course we discuss his new project FITUMI, and he graciously lets me play TWO of his new songs.
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Check out Chris’s website: FitumiMusic.com
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know THE REAL Rachel Dolezal. In this episode we chat about where she grew up and what it was like to grow up feeling like she did not belong. We also talk a lot about race and it’s place in society; as well as some of the differences in which different people are treated. Of course we talk about the events that catapulted her name into the public eye, the family events that instigated that entire mess; and what she is doing now.
I know a lot of folks have a preconceived idea about this young lady; but my hope is that you will listen to this woman’s story with an open mind. Maybe, just maybe, by the end of this episode; you will have attained a touch more compassion and understanding about what she went (and is still going) through. This was a very big honor for me and my sincerest wish is that all of you enjoy it as well.
Follow Rachel on social medis:
FB: @Rachel Dolezal
Check out her website: RachelDolezal.com
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know James Moses Black. James is an actor who you may know from such shows as: Entourage, Criminal MInds, Dexter, Sons Of Anarchy, and Theis Is Us. In this episode we chat about where James grew up and the path that led him to acting, and some of the things he is currently writing. He also tells some stories about working with some pretty big names; and we do cover a couple of the biggest assholes he has ever worked with! Finally, we chat about his new film Black And Blue; which is a gritty cop thriller in the spirit of Training Day.
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FB: James Moses Black
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know television writer & producer Ken Kabatoff. Ken was a writer on the Showcase / Netflix science fiction series Travelers. Ken also worked on Falling Skies, Stargate Universe, and Emily Owens M.D.
In this episode we chat about the quaint Norman Rockwell-esque Canadian town he grew up in and what led him to writing for television & film. We also chat about some of the projects he has worked on, the day he almost quit writing, and what it is like to write a movie in between writing seasons of television. We also talk about how I came to be aware of Ken, and his impact on some of the Travelers fans.
Special shout out and Thanks to Jennifer Ellis for getting me way too excited about this wonderful show.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Mitchell Levy. Mitchell is a Global Credibility Expert & Thought Leader, book publisher, and TED talker. In this episode we chat about his TED talk, his company that “pushes the easy button” to get your book published, and what exactly a ‘Global Credibility Expert’ is. We also chat about why he is known as ‘The AHA Guy’, and he gives a few tips on how to grow your social media presence while only spending 5 minutes per day.
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Twit: @HappyAbout / @ThinkAha
FB: Mitchell Levy / AHAThat
Mitchell’s website: MitchellLevy.com & MitchellLevy360.com
Take a walk with me as we get to know Lanie H. from the True Crime Fan Club podcast.
In this episode, we chat about where Lanie grew up and what got her into podcasting. We also talk about her THREE current podcasts:
True Crime Fan Club
Crimes Of Passion
It’s Haunted… What Now?
We also talk about the reasons that she created The Texas Podcast Union (and what exactly that is). Finally; we discuss her burgeoning voice over career!
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Twit: @TCFCPod @Lanie_VO
FB: True Crime Fan Club Podcast
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Sandahl Taylor.
Sandahl is 2018 Mrs. Pennsylvania and 2020 Mrs. Germany World.
In this episode we chat about why she started competing in pageants, and why she advocates for so many causes and charities. We also talk a little about her time being homeless, as well as her experience as a domestic abuse survivor, and where she found the courage to leave that situation.
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FB: Sandahl Taylor
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as we get to know EVEN MORE about Director Paul Feig. In this episode; Paul RETURNS to chat about his latest film LAST CHRISTMAS (in theaters now). We talk about getting the movie made, how the casting process was, and what it was like to get permission from the George Michael Estate to include some of his songs in the film. We do briefly touch on Paul’s previous movie A SIMPLE FAVOR and how Aviation Gin came to be the drink of choice for the characters. Paul shares a heart warming story about the great Timothy Omundson; and finally, Paul hints about his next film!
Go See Last Christmas (In theaters now)
Watch A Simple Favor (Free for Amazon Prime members now)
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FB: Paul Feig
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Micah Brown.
Micah is a documentary film director for several films; including the most recent ESPN 30 For 30 documentary: Chuck & Tito.
In this episode we chat about why he chose University of Kansas from all of the schools that recruited him, and why he chose a film career. We also talk about his being mentored by a great film maker. Of course we touch on some of his previous work including a film called Prison Fighters; which highlights the Thailand prison system that allows inmates to literally fight for their freedom. And finally, we talk about the making of Chuck & Tito and what that experience was like.
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