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A podcast about creative people and their lives. Each week our host Craig Parkinson sits down for a chat with an actor, musician, artist, writer, chef, DJ or other creative soul to discuss what makes them tick. Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, always insightful. New episodes every Thursday morning.Support this podcast at patreon.com/twoshotpod
 
Join two Antipodean imports as they get up close and personal with their favourite books through a committed practice, all in the name of developing a closer understanding of a text, themselves, and each other. This is about the magic of storytelling, the power of always being open to learning, and the joy of honouring friendship despite distance, pandemics, and other pesky obstacles.
 
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The Halfstep Pod

Grant Fisher & Connor Lane

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The Halfstep Pod is a weekly conversation between Bowerman TC runner, Grant Fisher, and collegiate runner, Connor Lane. The two ex-teammates will discuss Grant's racing, training, and life as an elite athlete as he builds for the Olympic Trials. They will also talk about other current topics in the running world. Episodes will also consist of reading Grant's insta DM's, discussing historical races they've watched, and answering listener questions. halfsteppod@gmail.com instagram: @halfstep_pod
 
Dungeon N00bz is a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) podcast of a group of friends playing 4th edition DnD. We have no idea what we are doing, but we are learning as we go. Please come an listen and feel free to give tips and pointers because, well, WE NEED THEM! Current Cast: The Crappy DM - Jeff Stewart Thargar the Orc - Ashley Stewart Gobber the Goblin - Bradley Cooper Duraka the Dragonborn - Joe Two Chains the Barbarian - Jon Allyann the Elf - Brooksany
 
A Dope Talk is an exclusive interview-esq conversation with some of the dopest artists in LGBT Hip-Hop. Our goal is to introduce and connect LGBT creators, primarily STUDS/Doms/Aggressives of color, to build outside social media. This season Khaosdarapper and Jazi-Mo focus on the artistry and the why's behind their passions through creative conversation and random dope shit. While music is our forte, the focus here is on LGBT Hip-Hop culture, so we extend the welcome to anyone who's dope and ...
 
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What's happening you lot? Hope you're good. It's a quick listener Q&A this week with Craig and Producer Griff. Thanks everyone who sent in a question. We got through as many as we could. Hope this fills the TSP-shaped hole in your week. xx If you've enjoyed listening to this episode then please click through to patreon.com/twoshotpod to make a dona…
 
Our theme for chapters 40-44 of The Raven Boys is sanctuary, and you know what, it's super fitting cause everyone could really do with a safe place right now! In this section, Neeve has kidnapped Whelk, but not well enough. Adam seeks out Blue for comfort but decides to make a third path, as Persephone suggested, and disappears. While Maura is tell…
 
Richard is the greatest and best friend, cohost, and editor a podcast could hope for. Melanie and Cory? Their love is like a beacon and their creativity shines with equal brightness? And Nate? Nate's okay. Thanks for joining us for the conclusion of our Kids on Bikes episode! All considering, I think it came out great and I can't wait for y'all to …
 
Hesitation is often framed as a bad thing, but sometimes taking a moment to hesitate can actually be a good thing! We unpack all of that as we read chapters 35-39 of The Raven Boys this week. This is a pretty intense section! Gansey is determined to prevent Cabeswater falling to Whelk. Adam’s life reaches a tipping point, partly thanks to Ronan. Ad…
 
Hello you sweet and wonderful listeners! Cory, Melanie, Richard, and Nate got together via Al Gore's internet to play Jonathan Gilmour & Doug Levandowski's Kids on Bikes. If you're a fan of 80s popular media and yearn for a simpler, more monster-y time, I can't recommend Kinds on Bikes enough. The system is simple and narrative-focused but unlike m…
 
Sometimes just showing up for someone, and being there, is the most important thing you can do. We look at what it means to be present as we read chapters 30-34 this week. In this section, Blue grieves Noah. Neeve is creepy. Gansey pulls some strings to fix things for Ronan, who finally offers Blue an olive branch. Whelk waylays Gansey in a low mom…
 
Hello, teslapunk fans! What's teslapunk, you ask? I also had no idea until I asked today's guest, the incredible indie author Connor Heighton (@cjheighton)! Connor (aka CJ) is a delightfully creative author who is using his game, Osmond Ward (@OsmondTTRPG) to spread the love to small designers throughout the hobby. If you're interested in learning …
 
We all have moments of uncertainty, and times when our convinction is tested. How do you bounce back from that? That’s what we’re unpacking this week as we read chapters 25-29. And it’s a big week! The Gangsey go back to the woods—Cabeswater. The trees speak Latin! Blue and Gansey search for the ley line and find a body instead. Back at Monmouth, G…
 
We can't get enough of Eric and Matt and so we lured them back on the show for a chat about super heroes, art vs artist, and...human centipedes... Yeah. Anyway, it was fantastic meeting up with these guys at PAX East this weekend and we can't wait to continue our Masks adventure! If you like our hijinks and would like to show Eric and Matt some lov…
 
In the fifth episode of our Take a Shot series, Kiara is joined by Farrah to celebrate the life, spirit, and music of the late Taylor Hawkins. As longtime Foo Fighters fans we express our grief over this tragic loss to the world of music and our thoughts on the future of the band, but also take time to share the joy that Taylor brought into so many…
 
What is Gansey's search for Glendower if not a quest? It's the perfect theme for exploring these characters' motivations, and how their individual quests form part of the bigger picture, as we read chapters 20-24 this week. In this section, Adam invites Blue on an adventure. This involves a helicopter (piloted by Gansey’s older sister, Helen). Rona…
 
And now for the exciting conclusion to our Masks AP! Sliiight spoilers but we're all very keen on continuing this adventure so stay tuned for more Juvenile Justice episodes in the upcoming months! Also, next week's episode will be an Inn Between of Nate, Rich, Matt, and Eric talking about the adventure we just had and our histories with super hero …
 
The end is nigh!!! Sorry. Bit dramatic that. The end of series 9, we mean. And we’re going out with a bang. It’s a brilliant chat with the actor Gemma Whelan!! You’ll know Gemma from tons of ace stuff: Game Of Thrones, Gentleman Jack, The End of the F***ing World, and Killing Eve amongst many, many others. Gemma and Craig sat down over Zoom and had…
 
We’re all guilty of being a little judgy sometimes…. but when is that useful? Is it ever? We unpack judgement this week as read chapters 15-19. Our group officially meet as The Raven Boys come for a reading; things immediately get weird. Back at Monmouth, Ronan confronts Gansey about the argument with Adam. Meanwhile, Barrington Whelk is hot on Gan…
 
Boy Vengeance! Vapor! Seb! A Chrystler Pacifica! An abandoned Spencer's Gifts! A dead swanman! This episode has it all! Join Nate, Rich, and returning guest Eric Crumrine (@ECrumrine) for the first episode of their two-part actual play of Masks: A New Generation! Oh, and coming along for the ride is brand new extra special guest Matt (@TheFinalCoun…
 
Hiyer. We’re back with something a little bit different here. It’s a little bonus episode. Craig was on twitter the other day and saw that ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) was very suddenly closing its doors throwing the future of its students and staff into uncertainty. Craig did a bit of digging and had a bit of a chat with 4 students…
 
Hello Two Shot Podcast listeners. It’s Two Shot Podcast time. We’ve got a really special one for you this week. Our guest is the fantastic actor Amber Anderson. You’ll know Amber from the final series of Peaky Blinders where she brilliantly plays the fascist Lady Diana Mitford. You may also have seen her in White Lie, Strike, Mr. Burberry or Autumn…
 
What’s life without a little mystery? It certainly keeps things interesting in Henrietta! This week, in chapters 10-14, we learn that Whelk was once a young man of means who was also searching for ley lines. Blue overhears some curious conversations at home. At Aglionby, Gansey and Ronan cover for Adam’s unexplained absence. Back at 300 Fox Way, a …
 
On Episode 7 of Season 2 of the Halfstep Pod, Connor sits down with Sean McGorty for a comprehensive interview about his last year of pro running. This includes the crazy moment his shoe fell of at the Olympic Trials, post-Trials achilles surgery for Haglund's Deformity, his comeback from this most recent procedure and his successes in hitting the …
 
You guys. It's Jessica Marcrum (@Miss_Jess03). Jessica has worked on many fantastic projects and I cannot overstate my excitement that she agreed to spend some time with us. My only regret with this interview is not asking her about more of her incredible games! I mean, how dare I interview her and not even mention Oops All Draculas? We'll just hav…
 
In Episode 6 of Season 2 of The Halfstep Pod, Grant and Connor start with a brief recap of Grant’s week of training in Portland, then start a deep dive on the 2018 NCAA XC Championship in Madison. This was the first in a series of battles between Grant and Morgan McDonald during Grant’s senior year of college. Grant provides unique commentary and a…
 
Now then. Hope you’re all doing well. Sorry we left you episodeless last week. Craig had the flipping pandemic. Anyway, we’re back with a belter of an ep this week. It’s television legend Les Dennis. You’ll know him from his iconic work on Family Fortunes and the Russ Abbott show. You may have seen him in Chicago or Me and My Girl in the West End. …
 
In the fourth episode of our Take a Shot series, Kiara is joined by Natalie to discuss the cultural phenomenon that is “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s Encanto; touching on what we think makes the tune such an ear-worm, why we gravitate towards the film and its characters, and the importance of changing up the subject matter and themes of …
 
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” Abraham Lincoln said that, apparently. It's a good jumping off point for this week's episode as we explore the vices at play in Hernietta and what it can teach us about our own lives. Fair to say, it’s a lot to work through! We're reading chapters 5-9 this week, and it'…
 
Nate stepped aside this episode to let a true master of the craft show off his skills. $2 Creature Feature's (@2DollarCreature) own Keeper of Mysteries, Mr. Ray (@Mr_Ray_rpg), treated our cast to a tale of horror, adventure, and corn soup. You can grab copies of this adventure and many more amazing creations on Mr. Ray's itch.io page - https://mr-r…
 
Ep 5 of Season 2 of The Halfstep Pod is a wide-ranging discussion that covers Grant's thought's about Elise Cranny's mindset she shared on last week's podcast, Marc Scott's first global medal, the shifting mentality of the members of BTC with an eye towards global medals, and -- with an eye towards an under the radar World Indoor Champs this past w…
 
New season baby! We are very excited to get stuck into The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, the first book in The Raven Cycle. Our overarching theme is connection and we’ll carry this through for the whole series – and yes, we will eventually read all of them. This week, we introduce the text through the theme of destiny as we read the prologue to …
 
I made a game! This game! Listen to us play my game! I think this episode captured the ridiculousness of Lucha Libram! perfectly well and I hope it is as fun listening to it as it was recording it. If you want to snag a copy of this game for yourself, you can do so by heading to our itch.io page here: https://podofblunders.itch.io/ or becoming a Pa…
 
In the third episode of our Take a Shot series, Kiara discusses the ever-evolving intersection of music and mental health, touching on how music can positively impact one’s overall wellbeing, artists who have normalized and promoted mental health conversations, and shares some of the records that help her get through those really tough days.Fan of …
 
This episode is sponsored by Riverside. Check out Riverside by using the link in the description box or go to bit.ly/twoshotpodcast (all lower case) and enjoy 60 minutes free recording. Hi. How are ya? It's Two Shot Podcast time. This week's guest is the broadcaster and presenter (amongst other things) Rick Edwards. You might know Rick as one of th…
 
On Episode 4 of Season 2 of The Halfstep Pod, the podcast welcomes Elise Cranny, recent winner of The Ten presented by Sound Running (Running a 10k in just a second off the American Record in 30:14) and American Record Setter in the Indoor 5000 run at Boston a month ago (14:33). Connor and Elise talk about her massive last couple of performances, h…
 
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene… That’s right, we're watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet through the themes of folly and passion. This film is a frenetic intertextual dream with a banger soundtrack and we hope you enjoy revisiting it as much as we do! You can find the show notes on the website. This …
 
That's right! It's an interview with beloved* award winning** podcast host and game designer Nate Magnuski! Can you believe it!? What an absolutely huge get for our humble podcast. You can find Nate's amazing games on https://podofblunders.itch.io/ or, if you're feeling benevolent, by becoming a Patron on www.patreon.com/podofblunders. *His kids lo…
 
Yo yo yo what's good TSP mates!? Happy Friday (yes we missed Thursday again didn't we) but we're here with our sixteenth episode of our ninth series. It's a lovely chat with a young actor by the name of Sam Creasey. Craig saw Sam playing the lead in the stage version of Philip Pullman's Book of Dust and was blown away by his performance. He asked h…
 
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