Dan is the “adult face” of DragonCon. Dan and Matt cover a variety of topics including 8 Tracks, favorite sitcoms, Matthew Perry, concerts, Cold War movies, and of course lots about DragonCon. DragonCon takes place every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta bringing in some 400 guests and 80,000 attendees.

In addition, Nikki makes her 3rd appearance on the show.

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5 Things To Know About This Year’s DragonCon

Official Website

Cold War Movies

Dan Carroll Dragon Con

 

Tim Mack is a modern day renaissance dude. So yeah, not just a fancy mustache. Listen in as we learn how he got involved with the circus, what had him found his own circus, how he manages wacky/talented people, his very unique take on life and much more. There are also a few BeltLine guests, which are becoming a theme on this show, including Nikki making her second appearance. Nikki also provided us with the first ever The Atlanta Podcast bonus material, so check the video below.

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The Imperial Opa Circus

I walked by Amanda at the Terminus Festival back in June and said “I know you”. Turns out I had seen her with someone who works at Alkaloid, the wonderful co-working space that I work from. We had a brief chat about her most recent short film project and that led me to ask for this interview.

Amanda is a woman of many talents. Her past and present occupations include real estate agent, filmmaker, stripper, actor, and yoga instructor.

In a conversation that began shortly before we hit record, the subject of 12 step programs came up, so we continued right on into the podcast interview. We also discuss gender issues, racial tension in Atlanta, and much more.

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Terminus Conference

Amanda’s Website

Women In Film and Television

 

Jason is the Chief Content Officer at HowStuffWorks.

HowStuffWorks is home to a veritable fuckton of content (articles, videos, podcasts) about how stuff actually works. I read an article where I learned Jason and the HowStuffWorks offices are located here in Atlanta and jumped at the chance to speak with him.

Bonus for me, he invited me to sit down and chat in the StuffYouShouldKnow podcast studio where Chuck and Josh typically record. (I sat in the Chuck chair).

Tune in as we talk about:

  • Space stuff.
  • Internet/Tech stuff.
  • HowStuffWorks stuff.
  • Wrestling stuff.
  • Podcast stuff.
  • Atlanta stuff.

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HowStuffWorks website.

StuffYouShouldKnow podcast.

Jason on LinkedIn.

Write us, er me at mattbdavis at icloud.com

 

In a stormy sea of vacation selfies, overshared memes, and baby sex announcements on my Facebook feed, Chris Ledford is a beacon of light.

He’s original, irreverent, and funny. Reading his FB posts, and later his blogs have made me legit laugh out loud, which is why I am invited him to be on the show.

Tune in to hear us discuss:

  • Fake nerds.
  • The emotional labor of stand up comedy.
  • How the internet ruins high school urban legends.
  • SteamPunks.
  • Why the burlesque scene has the strongest union in show business.

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The blog that started it all

Contact the show and let us know if you liked a guest, hated a guest, or have a guest to recommend.

You can find Matt on most platforms @MattBDavis. Also, email at mattbdavis at icloud dot com.

While compiling “dream lists” of who I wanted to interview for this show, Ryan was always the top of the list. I am very thankful he made time for me.

Tune in to this lively chat about:

  • The origins of The BeltLine.
  • Massive city growth.
  • OTP v ITP (although those initials are never uttered).
  • MARTA.
  • Will Atlanta ever have a decent downtown?
  • The new stadium(s).
  • Cultural displacement.
  • Why he left the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

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Where We Want To Live – Ryan’s book

Ted Talk about The BeltLine

Ryan’s website and blog

Today’s episode is a conversation with Jami Becker from the recent Terminus Conference in Atlanta.

Jami’s bio on her company’s website reads “Jami’s DNA bleeds visionary thinker, architect and maker. Her strategic design process seeks the subtle balance between imagination and the earth-tethered, using evolving technical tools as implements to express ideas and facilitate more efficient processes.”

I don’t know what that means either, so let’s dive into several topics including

  • How she was part of creating the original world of the SIMS game.
  • Various startups she’s created over the years.
  • Finding out how technology and business can improve (or destroy) our world.
  • Dispelling VR myths.
  • Gardening.
  • Running.
  • The utility/futility of business cards.

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Jami’s current gig – Nektr.io

Jami on LinkedIn

Terminus Conference and Festival

On the first episode of The Atlanta Podcast, we talk to Chef Kevin Gillespie. Of course we discuss his current Atlanta restaurants and his time on Top Chef, but we also get into:

  • Pit moshing at the Neutron Bomb.
  • Moving away from Atlanta to appreciate home.
  • The changing face of the Atlanta food scene.
  • Why he is ok with the limited life of a restaurant.
  • What it means to really be diverse in hiring.
  • Managing all of his additional projects.
  • and much more.

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Gunshow website.

Revival Decatur.

Kevin’s website, including links to his social media.

Matt’s Instagram account.