Cool Jobs with Ethan Stern
Each week on Cool Jobs, life-enthusiast Ethan Stern interviews an interesting person with an especially interesting career and career path. Learn about life, love, passion, and how to be a more successful, happier person.
info_outline BONUS EPISODE--Philip Roth: Literary Giant 03/31/2013
BONUS EPISODE--Philip Roth: Literary Giant Today on the podcast we have legendary author and subject of the new American Masters installment, Philip Roth. Get excited, because we discuss his childhood, his politics, his love life, and how the themes of Jewish identity, male virility and dreams manifest themselves in his literature and in the late 20th century in American. WARNING: CONTENT NSFW
info_outline Episode 12 -- Elliott From: Painter Performance Artist 01/22/2013
Episode 12 -- Elliott From: Painter Performance Artist Today on the podcast we're talking with Elliott From, a painter performance artist and fouder of Art Beat Live. Listen to discover how Elliott's path lead him from a cushy job doing graphic design to creating one of the world's first Professional Wrestling Magazines (and meeting Hulk Hogan), to becoming a full-time painter only a few years ago. Elliott has performed for the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Bulls and even left his mark in Mike Ditka's house. And he does it all for charity. Plus, find out how you too can become a professional artist!
info_outline Episode 10 -- Alina Mankin: "The Mindy Project" Writer's Assistant 09/10/2012
Episode 10 -- Alina Mankin: "The Mindy Project" Writer's Assistant Today's podcast is extra jam-packed! We talk with Alina Mankin, the writer's assistant for the new Fox show, "The Mindy Project." Listen in to hear what it's like working for the incomparable and hilarious Mindy Kaling (and learn how she approaches joke writing!), check out how working for Teach for American and a special needs child obsessed with Anne Frank and vampires gave Alina the courage to pursue writing, and learn how to break into the entertainment industry if you have virtually no connections and no prior experience!
info_outline Episode 9 -- Evan Schreiber: 25 Year-Old Lead NBC News Anchor 09/03/2012
Episode 9 -- Evan Schreiber: 25 Year-Old Lead NBC News Anchor Today on the podcast we're talking with Evan Schreiber, a 25 year-old lead news anchor for an NBC News affiliate in Eureka, CA. Listen to hear what it's like to interview Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' BROTHER, brace yourself for what happens when you make a gaffe on live TV, and learn some tricks of the trade that will put you on a fast track to being the next Ron Burgandy!
info_outline Episode 8 -- David Saiger: Rabbi 08/26/2012
Episode 8 -- David Saiger: Rabbi Today on the podcast we're talking with the freshest Rabbi on the east coast, Reb David Saiger. We discuss how a priest inspired his career track, how an improv class helped him get through rabbinical school, the struggles of balancing one's ego and desires with what the world requires, monks, spiritual exemplars, and much much more!
info_outline Episode 7 -- Jonathan Schilit: Social Entrepreneur 08/20/2012
Episode 7 -- Jonathan Schilit: Social Entrepreneur Today on the podcast we're talking with social entrepreneur Jonathan Schilit, a great guy who started his career in Hollywood and is now creating an idea generating website that strives to make the world a better place. Take a listen to hear about what Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker smells like, learn about what it was like to produce an social action awards show on VH1, get a direct account of what it takes to build a sunglasses company from the ground up, and much more!
info_outline Episode 6 -- Jimmy Greenfield: Chicago Blogging Expert and Journalist 08/14/2012
Episode 6 -- Jimmy Greenfield: Chicago Blogging Expert and Journalist Today on this Chicago-themed podcast, we're talking with expert blogger, journalist and author, Jimmy Greenfield. What he officially does is run the Chicago Now blogging network, a network of several hundred blogs operated by the Chicago Tribune Media Group. Listen to how Jimmy pissed off the GM of the White Sox, find out how much Lou Malnati's pizza Kobayashi can eat in 90 seconds, learn about how the Red Eye began, how to expand your blog's readership and much much more!
info_outline Episode 5 -- Jon Adam Ross: Performing Artist 08/05/2012
Episode 5 -- Jon Adam Ross: Performing Artist Our guest today is Jon Adam Ross, a Tisch grad freelance performing artist who travels around the world performing his one-man shows and helping communities create art. He also loves Camp Ramah! Listen to how he turned his camp into a drama conservatory, how this year's Tony Award winner for best actor gave him a big break, and why it was dangerous to give a whole bunch of money to a Mississippi redneck in the early 70s.
info_outline Episode 4 -- Theodore Bressman: Screenwriter 07/30/2012
Episode 4 -- Theodore Bressman: Screenwriter Our guest today is Theodore Bressman, a screenwriter in Los Angeles who just got hired to write a movie for Ivan Reitman's (Ghostbusters, Stripes) production company. While working for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Theodore worked on 50/50, The Green Hornet, Funny People and Goon. Listen to how Theodore navigated his way through the industry working at a talent agency, being a personal assistant, and all the while spending over 7,000 hours writing movies! 5 million* screenwriters work in Los Angeles, but Theodore is actually making a living doing it!
info_outline Episode 3 -- Lindsey Arent Schank: TV News Reporter 07/23/2012
Episode 3 -- Lindsey Arent Schank: TV News Reporter Our guest today is Lindsey Arent Schank, a former news correspondent for Bloomberg News, Yahoo News and Tech TV. We'll discuss life in Medellin, Colombia in the early 90s, how to interview a CEO, which tech giant doesn't blink (hint: it's the founder of Craigslist) and much more!
info_outline Episode 2 -- Jackie Spencer: Official Beatles Tour Guide 07/15/2012
Episode 2 -- Jackie Spencer: Official Beatles Tour Guide It's Beatlemania! We're talking with Beatles tour guide, expert and superfan Jackie Spencer all about the Fab Four. We dive into their childhoods, the inspirations for their songs, what Pete Best is up to, who got Ringo high first, and much more! And we get it all first hand from a Liverpudlian so well-respected that she consulted on the Beatles LOVE show! This episode is brought to you by Johnston and Johnston's Baby Motorcycles.
info_outline Episode 1 -- Dean Evans: Professional Clown 07/08/2012
Episode 1 -- Dean Evans: Professional Clown It's the Cool Jobs debut! To kick it off we have a special hour-long interview with Dean Evans, artistic director of Chicago Physical Theater and Chi Town Clown, as well as an all around clowning virtuoso. We chronicle how Dean went from being a small town Ohio trickster to being a student of mime grandmaster Marcel Marceau and an award winning solo performing artist. We also dive into the world of professional clowning, why they wear those red noses, how Sacha Baron Cohen brought French clowning to the mainstream, what lurks behind the secret doors in Cirque De Soleil’s Montreal headquarters, and much more! This episode is brought to you by Johnston and Johnston's Baby Tanning Oil.