Triple Take episode 14: Morgan Smith

morgan-smithYou might recognize Morgan Smith as the smiling redhead from Wendy’s commercials. That is, after all, how many American households welcomed her into their lives. She’s now in a recurring role on HBO’s “Veep,” performing alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale. But before Hollywood and New York City called, Smith lit up the stage at Birmingham’s Red Mountain Theatre Company.

The Cullman-raised actress returns to the Alabama spotlight this weekend for RMTC’s Broadway Night at the Cabaret. The show features Smith, who has also appeared on “Boardwalk Empire” and off Broadway, DeMarius Copes (national tour of “Newsies”) and Caitlin Kinnunen (Broadway’s “Bridges of Madison County,” “Spring Awakening”) performing Broadway tunes alongside the RMTC conservatory. The show is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at RMTC’s cabaret theater. Tickets start at $20 and are available at redmountaintheatre.org.

Smith is this week’s guest on Triple Take, the podcast where we talk to interesting people about the book, album and film that shaped them.

Morgan’s album: “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac

“Women posses a power that–just sorry and no offense–it’s just not there with dudes. The sisterhood that women have and the ability, the expansiveness that’s within women, how deeply they can feel and the empathy and compassion that’s within women. That’s why I love ‘Gold Dust Woman’ so much. It’s talking about the power we have within.”

Morgan’s film: “Waiting for Guffman”

“Oh crap, this industry isn’t as glamorous as we all want to believe that it is.”

Morgan’s book: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling

“That’s the amazing thing about feminism, too. There’s not one right way to be a feminist. You can be any kind of woman you want to be. It’s just believing you’re equally as powerful, equally as matched.”

Like what you hear? Open iTunes or the podcast app on your iPhone and search Triple Take to subscribe, or do the same in the podcast subscription service of your choice. We’ll release new episodes twice a month. We also love suggestions for future guests, which you can make in the comments below.

Like what you hear? Open iTunes or the podcast app on your iPhone and search Triple Take to subscribe, or do the same in the podcast subscription service of your choice. We’ll release new episodes twice a month. We also love suggestions for future guests, which you can make in the comments below.

Triple Take episode 13: To Write Love on Her Arms Founder Jamie Tworkowski

jamie-tworkowskiI became a passionate advocate for mental healthcare in 2011, after I was finally diagnosed with depression. (I had self identified as depressed since age 14.) I’m comfortable sharing my experience, and I hope it’ll encourage others to seek the help they need.

It’s unsurprising, then, that I’m a fan of To Write Love on Her Arms. The decade-old nonprofit works to provide hope for people who face depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

Founder Jamie Tworkowski is the subject of this week’s Triple Take. He spoke to us about Switchfoot’s “The Beautiful Letdown,” “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller and “Almost Famous.

Follow To Write Love on Her Arms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow our hosts on social media: Carla Jean Whitley on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram; John Hammontree on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and Matt Scalici on Twitter.

Triple Take episode 12: The Lochamy Brothers

lochamy-brothersReed and Will Lochamy must be on a mission to dominate Birmingham media. Or maybe they really, really like to work a lot.

Whatever the case, the brothers show up all over the place: Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. on Birmingham Mountain Radio; the SEC Network; monthly “Right You Are!” events at the BJCC … and who knows what’s next. (Just this morning, Will became a permanent fixture on BMR’s morning show, The Morning Blend with Reg and Will.)

Their in-the-know nature made them perfect subjects for Triple Take. We recorded the episode live on their Oh Brother Radio show Thursday night, and I’ve edited it for the podcast form.

Follow the Lochamy Brothers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow our hosts on social media: Carla Jean Whitley on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram; John Hammontree on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and Matt Scalici on Twitter.