What We Do
Ben Brown reached out to me over a year ago after hearing about the podcast and noticing the chance for collaboration. We chatted, and our shared vision for a future where young people had more of a role in policymaking was inspiring.
This is a little bit of a different episode.
Ben Lee interviewed me for his podcast, Rootstrap Radio, and I had so much fun with it that we decided to run it on the MDS feed as well. We dug down deep into the world of podcasting, our crazy political landscape, and life as a 20-something Angeleno. Check out his podcast and give it a subscribe if you enjoy.
As I discuss further on the pod, my family home burned down last week. So, I apologize for the lack of posting/communicating from our various channels the past 10 days or so. These are trying times, but we are thankful for the chance to rebuild and move forward.
I interviewed Max Carver a few weeks ago and had my first ever technical difficulty. The interview got erased, and I called him apologetically asking for more of his time. So you’re hearing round two, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
We talk politics, sobriety, how social media is slowly killing our society, and how acting has become just one tool in his arsenal of expression. We take a lot of twists and turns in this one. Enjoy.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Radha Agrawal last year over the interwebs about the incredible community she's built with Daybreaker. Fast forward to now, she's now written Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life, and is on a book tour and happened to be in Los Angeles.
I had her over for an afternoon on the couch, and we talked about the loneliness epidemic that is infecting everything from politics to romance. She made me cry multiple times, because it hit me like a ton of bricks just how lonely so many of us are.
I spoke to Britt Basel about her work helping sustain and preserve indigenous communities around the world, the work she's done in Mexico bringing clean water to remote communities, and the time she's spent with National Geographic leading photography expeditions.
I visited the Koio Collective founders Chris and Johannes at their new Abbot Kinney store and learned about how why they started a shoe company and what's made it successful.
This week I spoke to Taylor Sharp, who directed an amazing new documentary called Hoops Africa, a collection of stories celebrating the growth of basketball on the African continent. We talked about our shared love of the continent, how he came to be a filmmaker (hint, not planned), and I enviously nerded out about all the NBA greats he got to meet while shooting this film.
Leah V. is a plus-size hijabi model, body-positive activist, and freelance writer. While attending her master’s program, she started to blog because she had gone through several eating disorders and was tired of sucking her stomach in while in public. She began being more candid about her struggles as a fat, Black Muslim growing up in Detroit and has been featured in HuffPost, Elle Magazine, and Buzzfeed. Just to name a few.
In light of another crazy week in Trump’s America, and today’s news that Paul Manafort is cooperating with Special Counsel Mueller’s probe, I had to get my buddy Ahmed Baba from Rantt back on the pod to help unpack these developments and put them in context for us.