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 down Fascination Street as I get to know Dakin Campbell. After a fun stint working at The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Dakin decided to become a journalist. More specifically a FINANCE journalist. He reported for Bloomberg News for a decade before being poached to become the Chief Finance Correspondent at Business Insider. In his career he has been a beat reporter assigned to a number of companies including Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs. He is also the author of the new book Going Public: How Silicon Valley Rebels Loosened Wall Street’s Grip On The IPO And Sparked A Revolution.
In this episode, we chat about his time at the Baseball HoF, and his years of wanderlust before settling on a career in journalism. We discuss some of his more enduring and fascinating stories, like Goldman Sachs, WeWork, and Wells Fargo. Finally, we get into his book. He tells us why he wrote it, who he wrote it for, and what he hopes the reader gains from it. If I had to guess, I would say that this is hands down THE MOST FUN Dakin has ever had being interviewed. We had a ball, and I think you will to.
Don’t wait, go get his book wherever you get fine books and audiobooks.
Dr Drew Returns! – Physician / Addiction Medicine Specialist (Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test)
Dr. Drew Returns!
Take a walk with me as I get to know even more about Dr. Drew Pinksy. Drew is a board certified physician and addiction medicine specialist who co-hosted the syndicated radio advice show Loveline for 32 years; as well as the MTV version and several other television programs. You know him. You love him. And he is back on the podcast to talk about his newest television show on Fox called Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test. In this episode we chat a little about some of his books, and what he has been up to since the last time he was on. Then we discuss as much about the new TV show as possible without giving any spoilers!
***2 HOUR SERIES PREMIER TONIGHT ON FOX 7 CST/ 8 PST***
This competition show puts 16 celebrities in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan for a 10 day special forces training like you have never seen. The cast: Beverly Mitchell, Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenya Moore, Mel B, Gus Kenworthy, Hannah Brown, Kate Gosselin, Nastia Liukin, Mike Piazza, Montell Jordan, Anthony Scaramucci, Dwight Howard, Carli Lloyd, Danny Amendola, Tyler Florence, and Dr. Drew much.
Take a walk down Fascination Street as I get to know actor & comedian Richard Chassler.
In this episode, we chat about how & why Rich got into comedy, and which 1980’s sit-com actor got him started. Rich shares stories about working with Stella Adler, and the impact she had on his life. We also discuss his love of The Grateful Dead and how many concerts he has been to, why he has such love for grilled cheese sandwiches, and wine, wine, wine! OF COURSE we talk about his recent engagement to previous guest of the show Sarah J. Halstead, and why they kept their romance a secret for so long. Lastly, we talk about his new AND FIRST stand-up special called Boy Outta New York, which will be available on VOD and his website either NOW or soon.
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Bullet to the Heart
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Draven and Brian from Bullet to the Heart; a hard rock / metal band out of the Chicago area. Draven and Brian sat down with me a little while back to talk about how they got into music, what drew them to hard rock specifically, and how the band met. Along the way, we discuss why music classes in in school are so important, why I never learned how to play the guitar, and the kind of impact a grandparent can have on the direction of a child. Draven and Brian were a blast! They also let me play one of their newest singles Black Widow. Be sure to check out their own branded coffee and hot sauces as well!.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Ming Chen. In this episode, we find out what Ming wanted to be when he grew up (hint, it didn’t exist). Ming tells us how he discovered the internet and website building, and how he came to be an owner of two very cool businesses! Finally, Ming tells us how Star Wars, the newly created internet, and a $28k movie altered the course of his life forever. How he met director Kevin Smith, and the seeds of their 28+ year relationship. If you are ever at a convention for nerd stuff; Ming is most likely there as well, so drop by and tell him you heard him on Fascination Street Podcast.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Andy Harris.
Andy is a writer & producer in Los Angelas, and fellow podcaster. He has had a several different podcasts; with his most recent one being This American Laugh, a parody of the popular This American Laugh. In this episode, we chat about his career in radio, sports venues, as well as what got him into podcasting. We talk about improv, and he shares some great improv stories, including one about performing with the legendary Robin Williams! We talk about how and why he started podcasting, and what inspired This American Laugh. Then I turn the conversation on its head and make everybody feel uncomfortable when I talk about famous people getting into the podcasting game. Sorry Andy! Go check out This American Laugh and Andy Harris, Everybody. Plus, keep your eyes and ears peeled for his upcoming projects!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know comedian Liz Miele. In this episode we chat about being born in Columbus, Ohio and never visiting as an adult, how ancestry sites like 23 & Me is affecting our supposed heritages, and why she was drawn to comedy. Next, she shares some heartwarming stories about how legendary comic God George Carlin helped mentor her in her early years, and the story behind her feminist sexual position viral video. We discuss the limitless comedic well that is her mother being a competitive power lifter, what she really thinks about the institution of marriage, and the difference between a good audience and a bad one. Finally, we talk about her new book: Why Cats Are Assholes, and her tech startup Lizrdmail.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Martin Harris. In this episode, we chat about how Martin went from being in punk bands in Poland, to being a best-selling sport author in Europe, to becoming a successful working actor in Hollywood. Along the way we discuss some great advice he was given by the late Kobe Bryant, who is our favorite James Bond, and what it is like to work with Robert DeNiro on the film Amsterdam, Colin Firth on HBO’s The Staircase, plus how he manifested his roles on Better Call Saul, Stranger Things, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Also, the Call of Duty character he voices (Krueger) is a worldwide fan favorite! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for his numerous upcoming projects!
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Rachel Brandsness and Tyler Warren from the rock band Flarelight. In this episode we chat about how they got into music, some of their separate musical career highlights including opening for bands like Evanescence, Neon Trees, and Halestorm, being selected to be the in the band Queen + Adam Lambert and playing The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Then we talk about how they met, and why they formed Flarelight. We have a lot of fun along the way discussing each of our first big concerts, and how they shaped us, we shine a light on mutual friend Angela Lese, plus they graciously let me play a single off of their new album The Light We Make, which came out earlier this month.
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Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know singer-songwriter Jay Brown.
In this episode we chat about how growing up in Pittsburgh made him move to warmer areas as an adult, and how working in asbestos made him strive even harder to follow his dreams of being a songwriter. Jay shares how a car accident helped direct his income in a different direction and gave him the opportunity to give songwriting in Nashville a shot. Finally, Jay discusses the songwriting process and lets me play his newest co-written song Road Scholar.
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