I 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.
Reed 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.
This week, Birmingham magazine Managing Editor Julia Sayers joined us on Triple Take. The magazine’s September issue, which celebrates the best of Birmingham, is on newsstands now.
Julia’s specialties are food and travel writing, and it’s easy to see how the book, film and album she picked influenced her. They are “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding” by Kristin Newman, “La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful)” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Then you should probably drop everything and, if you’re in Birmingham, Alabama, buy tickets to the Sept. 17 Arc Stories.
If you’re out of town, try the Arc Stories podcast instead. (Or drive to Birmingham. It’s a great place.)
This week, Arc Stories Director Taylor Robinson joined us on Triple Take. Taylor cofounded the Birmingham-based live storytelling event about five years ago, and in the years since it’s grown to a regularly standing-room-only crowd.
Taylor offered insight into how “Jaws,” Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” and the Bible shaped him into the storyteller he is today.
Great news, podcast fans! Triple Take is moving to a weekly schedule.
But hey, booking guests takes time (a lot of it, actually). We’ve got many exciting folks on the lineup, but this week we’ve taken another tack. Rather than interviewing someone about the book, album and film that shaped him or her, we’re looking at three pieces of art in the news.
This week’s discussion focuses on the comic-book film “Suicide Squad,” Laurence Leamer’s “The Lynching” and the lack of a new Frank Ocean album.
Is asking a musician to name a single album that shaped him akin to asking a parent to choose a favorite child?
Doesn’t matter. We did it anyway.
Secret Stages co-founder and Birmingham musician Jon Poor is the latest Triple Take guest. In advance of the sixth annual festival, which runs Friday and Saturday, we asked Poor to tell us about the book, film and album that most shape him. His answers: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Star Wars” and Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.”
Welcome to the seventh episode of Triple Take, the podcast where we discuss how favorite films, books and albums shape who we are. Today we’ve flipped the script: Soon-to-be former cohost Edward Bowser is our subject. Edward recently left AL.com for a new pursuit, and by extension, he left Triple Take.
We’re not happy about it.
But the good news is, we are happy about our new cohost, Matt Scalici. You’ll meet him on this episode, when we immediately test his mettle as he interviews Edward about “Malcolm X.” You’ll also hear how “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor and Missy Elliott’s “Supa Dupa Fly” affected our dear friend.
(OK, you’ll also hear me lament his departure. But I promise to let it go.)
Welcome to the sixth episode of Triple Take, the podcast where we discuss how favorite films, books and albums shape who we are. Today’s guest is Elizabeth Hughey, a poet and cofounder of writing center Desert Island Supply Co.
We talk to Hughey about the book “Orlando: A Biography” and gender identity; the film “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind;” and how Moby’s “Play” and Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet,” affected Hughey at transitional times in life.
Welcome to the fifth episode of Triple Take, the podcast where we discuss how favorite films, books and albums shape who we are. Today’s guest is Critter Fuqua, cofounder of Old Crow Medicine Show. The band will be in Birmingham, Alabama, June 24 for a show at Iron City. Tickets are $39.50-$45.
We talk to Critter about the book “Dune” and how fantasy relates to music; the film “Ghostbusters;” and the role Bob Dylan’s music has played in shaping Old Crow.
Welcome to the fourth episode of Triple Take, the podcast where we discuss how favorite films, books and albums shape who we are. Today’s guest is Victor Luckerson, an Alabama native and writer for TheRinger.com. Victor breaks the rules a bit in this episode (probably because he’s John’s friend and John’s a bit of a softie); rather than talking about his favorite movie, Victor and John chat about “Chappelle’s Show.” We stick to the rules for the rest of the episode, though, so you’ll hear about his favorite album, Outkast’s “ATLiens,” and book, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. Learn more about Victor at vicluckerson.com and follow him on Twitter @vluck.