Off The Beaten Podcast
Throwing Shade w/ Sarah Chung: Paralympian Judoka

Throwing Shade w/ Sarah Chung: Paralympian Judoka

November 20, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Sarah Chung (@jdognasian).  Sarah is a Paralympian Judoka, having competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, as well as a musician, and recent Adler University graduate. 

Sarah and Dion met this summer while both marching in the Lakeside Pride Marching Band.  Dion said the minute he learned that Sarah was a Paralympian, a fact which she was reticent to divulge, we had to have her on the show.  The conversation covers everything from Sarah's self-proclaimed embarrassing moment with Barack Obama, to the faux pas' that people make in every day life when interacting with the visually impaired. Sarah was extremely open, and the conversation was surprisingly candid and intimate.  Not to be missed. 

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Bonus: Reflections on Veterans Day w/ Dion

Bonus: Reflections on Veterans Day w/ Dion

November 11, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) spends some time reflecting on his thoughts on Veteran's Day, and takes some time to recount his time in the Illinois Army National Guard and his 2008 deployment to Afghanistan. If you are a veteran, or have veterans in your life, this is one not to be missed.  

Also, though he had trouble remembering the name while recording, the base that Dion refers to in Afghanistan was PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) Sharana

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Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)

 

Reppin What You Love with Francis Almeda

Reppin What You Love with Francis Almeda

November 6, 2019

This episode Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks to Francis Almeda (@almedagrill), founder of Reppin Pins. Reppin makes pins that represent what you love, and does it in amazingly stylish fashion! 

After a few weeks of back and forth emails, we were able to finally pin Francis down (get it?) and talk all things pins.  We've been a fan of Reppin for a few years now, so we were super excited to talk about the business, how it started, and what the future may hold for the Chicago based company. Francis and Dion also talk Jiu Jitsu, which is how they met, and additionally, as per usual, Dion digs in for tips on successful relationships from Francis, who is a married man.  Knowledge is Power! 

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Public Service Announcement

Public Service Announcement

October 23, 2019

This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) offers up an important public service announcement.  But first, he quickly talks about the ongoing Chicago Teachers Strike, and some frustrations he's faced dealing with criticisms of Chicago and CPS.  Be sure to check it all out! 

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Let’s Talk About The Chicago Teachers Strike!

Let’s Talk About The Chicago Teachers Strike!

October 17, 2019

This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) talks about the upcoming Chicago Teachers Strike.  Dion is a former educator, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, and a former Chicago Teachers Union member, having taught 4 years in a public school setting, 2 of those in Chicago. 

We didn't think it was fair to ask a teacher or a parent to put themselves in a compromising position, so Dion felt comfortable talking the strike, interspersing his own personal knowledge, being a part of the 2012 Chicago Public Schools strike.  

In his own special way, Dion weaves his way through a variety of stories about his education experience, as well as talking about the importance of the sticking points of the CTU demands list.  Definitely check out this unique perspective on Chicago schools and education. 

They come up in the conversation, so be sure to check out The Civic Lab

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Also, big shout out to Jessica Lipon, from our Riot Fest episode, who reached out to let us know she went and ordered some Mad Unicorn Eats.  You should do the same. Go order some Mad Unicorn Eats, and let them know OTBP sent you! 

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23).

Mad Unicorns Are Damn Tasty w/ Sara Towle

Mad Unicorns Are Damn Tasty w/ Sara Towle

October 9, 2019

This week Dion (@Dionsmusica) chats with Sarah Towle,  (IG:@Unicornsarat) owner of the local jam company Mad Unicorn Eats! Dion met Sara in the concession line at Riot Fest. They hit it off immediately, bonded over a burning need for food, and when he learned she was a new entrepreneur running a jam company, it was only a matter of time before we had her as a guest.

Dion and Sara talk jam, music, and Chicago. Also, following the outro, check out a sneak clip that was taken while Dion was testing out the microphone and audio levels.

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23).

Started From The Bottom, Now We’re…Where?

Started From The Bottom, Now We’re…Where?

October 2, 2019

This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with classical vocalist, born and bred Chicagoan and all around ray of Sunshine Beena David (@BeenaBeenaBeena).  Beena stopped by and we talked about a range of topics, from being a classical singer, to the keys to a healthy and happy marriage.  Beena was very open and transparent, and offered tons of great insight into a plethora of topics. 

Also, here is a video of Beena singing the national anthem for a Chicago Bulls game. Enjoy! 

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23).

Becoming A Rockstar w/ Lance Ayers

Becoming A Rockstar w/ Lance Ayers

September 26, 2019

This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and vocalist Lance Ayers to talk growing up Chicago, as well as the evolution of his music career. Lance is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the Chicago Band The Circle View (@thecircleview). 

The Circle View is a captivating band charting new territory in the modern rock genre. The quartet hails from Chicago and hypnotizes fans with their amazing ability to combine melodic, eye-popping hooks, with a straight-ahead rock vibe. This combination allows the band to cast a wide net, capturing the imagination of fans and competitors alike.

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Check out The Circle View on Spotify: TCV Spotify
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Here is an interview with Lance on Let’Soul: TCV on Let’Soul

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23). 

Riot Fest 2019 Recap From Both Sides Of The Bar

Riot Fest 2019 Recap From Both Sides Of The Bar

September 18, 2019

Hello friends!

Riot Fest is an annual 3-day music festival based in Chicago, Illinois at Douglas Park.  Riot Fest specializes in rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop. The festival is known for booking reunions, guest performances, and full album performances. First started as a multi-venue festival in Chicago in 2005, Riot Fest has since become an outdoor festival starting in 2012, later expanding to Denver and Toronto. 

This week Dion McGill (@Dionsmusica) chats with musician and summertime bartender Jessica Lipon (@jessicalipon) to recap Riot Fest 2019.  Jessica was behind the bar as a bartender at the festival, and Dion was out and about in the crowd, so they compare experiences and chop it up about bands and the overall Riot Fest experience. Feel free to chip in on social media bout your social media experience using the hashtag #OTBP. 

 

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Check out Chicago Festival Management Group: https://chicagofestivalmanagement.com/

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.

Podcast Artwork courtesy of Heather Calvert (@HCAL23). 

All Politics, All Day with Sam Adeleke

All Politics, All Day with Sam Adeleke

September 11, 2019

Hello friends!

This week DION MCGILL (@Dionsmusica) chats with Obama Foundation Civic Leadership Corps fellow, activist, and entrepreneur OLUWASEYI SAM ADELEKE (@prgrssn). 

The conversation covered so many bases, including: Puerto Rico, immigration, the current American political culture and systems, racism, black culture, the Obama Foundation Civic Leadership Corps, how America stacks up compared to other countries, "Real" Chicago, Toxic Masculinity, Sam's apparel business Progression with the Krown, the current environmental crisis, reparations, and Michelle Obama. We are talking some serious conversation here, with lots of laughs! 

Also, apologies for the bumping noises.  I wasn't able to monitor the audio while recording, and our bumping on the table was traveling to the microphone.  Apologies. I will be cognizant of that in the future! 

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Check out the Obama Foundation Civic Leadership Corps: obama.org/community-leadership/

 

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We shout out several podcasts during the episode, so check them out: Jemele Hill is Unbothered, The Big One, and Dr. Death.

 

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Acknowledgements:

This show was recorded on a Blue Yeti microphone. 

Intro music courtesy of: https://www.purple-planet.com. The place for royalty free music.  

Podcast Artwork courtesy of HEATHER CALVERT (@HCAL23)