Some of you might be wondering what happened to our podcast these last several months. There we were, chugging along, putting out an episode every week, growing our audience and generally enjoying the vastly different people we had an excuse to talk to, and then all of a sudden we went radio silent.
On Friday, April 7th, my co-host Matt felt some numbness and tingling on one side of his body and was admitted to Cedars Sinai in LA. They discovered a small bleed in the pons area of his brain. Over that weekend, his condition deteriorated and he spent the next three weeks in the ICU, spending almost the entire time on a ventilator. It was an intense, emotional time.
It was also a perfect example of why we started this podcast in the first place. The community that quickly formed in those weeks in the hospital around Matt was comprised almost entirely of millennials, and it was an incredible thing to watch. We looked out for each other, held each other up, and came out better human beings for it. Between the care and love shown by his tribe, and the determination and fight that Matt has shown throughout this saga, this has shown me beyond a shadow of a doubt that this stupid narrative about our generation needs to change.
Since the end of April, Matt has been in intensive rehab both in LA and now up in the Bay Area, and the progress he’s making is incredible. Cognitively, he’s fully there. He's still him, chatting away, sassy as ever. But his body just has to catch up to his brain a little. He's walking a lot with some help and hopefully will be walking on his own very soon. He’s one of the most resilient human beings that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
So, what now?
I’ve felt a tremendous amount of resistance in doing the podcast without Matt.
It felt weird and empty. So much of what made it enjoyable for me is getting to spend time with him, learn from him, and see how each of us brought out different things in the people we talked to. I didn’t want to do it without him.
But here we are.
As Matt is on the path to (hopefully very soon) rejoining me on this journey, I figured it's high time I get the ball rolling once more. (By the way, the first interview Matt wants to do are all of his millennial physical therapists. He’s very stoked about it. And they truly are incredible at what they do, so it’ll be great.)
It’s Saturday afternoon, and I’m sitting on the floor of my room, where Matt and I conducted the majority of our interviews, and I’m wishing he was here to talk about this insane political situation or geopolitics or some cool thing he’s doing, but he’s doing exactly what he needs to be doing right now.
He inspires me, and I know he will be back. Just not right now.
Thus, Millennials Don’t Suck shall continue.
What We Do
First off, we get to hear from Matt! So this episode gets off to an amazing start. Then I talk to Aaron Hatch (aka Fresh Big Mouf) about how he stumbled upon the wacky niche of Beat Scout videos that have opened all kinds of doors for him, and then we really get into it when we talk about his process of leaving Mormonism.
In this episode, I talked to Audrey Buchanan about her work as a creative and filmmaker who cares deeply about social justice, her time with Summit Series, where she gets inspiration, and how important home is.
This week we talked to Swing Left co-founder Joshua Krafchin about immediately taking action after watching the election results, what Swing Left hopes to achieve in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, and how personal experience gave him insight into how to overcome bullies in positions of power.
We talked to music photographer Marcello Ambriz about covering the angles no one else sees, life on the road, and working with acts like New Kids on the Block, 311, Fifth Harmony, and more.
This week we talked to Urban Golf Performance founder Mackenzie Todd about his 5-year journey from living on food stamps to leading a multi-million dollar company, how failing as a professional golfer was a blessing in disguise, and spending his teenage years at IMG Golf Academy.
We talked to the founder of loremipsum.wtf, Margot Boyer-Dry, about working on the Google Glass team, how finding great mentors has been instrumental to her success, and how the "freelance life" that so many of us Millennials lead can be exceedingly isolating.
This week we talked to NONA (aka Michael Goldman) about his new cover of Beyoncé's "Hold Up," why he decided to go solo after touring for years with bands like The Moth & the Flame and Goldroom, and what he would tell a 5 years ago version of himself. PLUS, at the end of the episode (1:12:40), you get to hear NONA's cover of "Hold Up!"
This week we had the opportunity to talk to Think Tank Gallery founder and A.R.T. Podcast host Jacob Patterson this week about building DIY art spaces, the world of sneakerheads, and how he accidentally made two videos go viral in the early days of YouTube.