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Modern Romantic

77 EpisodesProduced by Modern RomanticWebsite

An arts podcast inspiring romanticism in today's world by connecting with artisans, storytellers, musicians, naturalists, creators, and passionate people doing remarkable things. We feature guests in a laid-back setting with a live show on most Mondays, and the occasional Sunday. Check our social me… read more

77 Episodes | 2022 - 2023

Bella Kotak - Fine Art Photographer

November 29th, 2023


Bella Kotak is an award-winning fine art, fashion, and portrait photographer who's capturing hearts on both sides of the Atlantic.Bella's photography isn't just an art form; it's a magical journey into fairytales and …

Leah Houghtaling - Woodworker

November 22nd, 2023


Leah Houghtaling isn't just a wonderful human who makes inspiring and humorous videos. Her artistry celebrates the beauty of wood's flaws, turning …

David Schumacher - Composer, Musician, Educator

November 16th, 2023


In this touching episode, David Schumacher shows us how music reaches people in incomparable ways. A prominent composer, jazz bandleader, and …

Lisa Elias - Blacksmith Artist

November 9th, 2023


Lisa Elias is a master blacksmith and artist based in Minneapolis. With over 25 years of experience, Lisa has crafted everything from stunning gates …

Video Version: Spooky Stories with Laura Packer

November 4th, 2023


Get ready for spine-tingling tales! Join us as we welcome back to the podcast Laura Packer, a renowned national storyteller, for some spooky stories just in time for the season. Be prepared for goosebumps and wonder!

Spooky Stories with Laura Packer

October 28th, 2023


Get ready for spine-tingling tales! Join us as we welcome back to the podcast Laura Packer, a renowned national storyteller, for some spooky stories just in time for the season. Be prepared for goosebumps and wonder!

Midsummer Night's Dream - Script Reading

October 26th, 2023


Special Episode: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream like you've never heard before: live, unrehearsed, and with an ensemble cast playing …

Paola Delage - Painter

October 20th, 2023


Get ready to dive into painting with Paola Delage!Paola's art is like a burst of emotion and color on canvas, and guess what? She also is a painting …

Trey Pittman - Singer, Actor, Podcaster

October 11th, 2023


Meet Trey, our podcast's vocal virtuoso and the wizard behind the microphone! By day, he's a training content designer, but by night, he's the host of The Modern Romantic Podcast. Armed with a Master's Degree in vocal …

Bob Mayer and Jenny Crusie - Authors

October 6th, 2023


In this live stream, we unraveled the secrets of Bob Mayer and Jenny Crusie's craft, discussed how they work together and gained insights into their latest book. Plus, we got to witness Bob sharing some very exciting …

Nick Busch - Miniaturist and Photographer

September 29th, 2023


Nick Busch is a master of the miniature, creating incredibly detailed and immersive small-scale worlds. Each of his creations is a work of art in itself, a testament to his precision and imagination. Nick also …

Lori Ristinen - Scrimshander

September 20th, 2023


Lori Ristinen is a highly skilled scrimshander, a term reserved for the talented individuals who practice the intricate art of Scrimshaw, transforming ivory, bone, or other materials into exquisite works of art. …

D. Riley Nicholson - Composer, Musician

September 14th, 2023


D. Riley Nicholson is a composer and pianist. Known for their enchanting compositions that effortlessly blend classical and contemporary elements, D. …

Dixie Dixon - Photographer and Director

September 6th, 2023


Dixie Dixon is a trailblazing fashion photographer renowned for her distinctive ability to capture timeless elegance and modern vibrancy in every frame. With an eye for intricate details and a flair for storytelling, …

Alex Osborn - Artist, Photographer, Designer

August 31st, 2023


In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the rich tapestry of Native American artistry and creativity through an insightful interview with …

Jude Deveraux - Author

August 25th, 2023


Meet the enchanting mind behind some of the most captivating love stories of our time, Jude Deveraux. With a literary career spanning decades, …

Doug Talbott - Adventure Photographer

August 19th, 2023


Doug Talbott is an adventure photographer that is particularly passionate about photographing wildlife. He has also been a Nikon photographer for 56 …

Chef Ming Tsai

August 8th, 2023


Ming Tsai is an American chef, restaurateur, and television personality. Tsai's restaurants have focused on east–west fusion cuisine. You might know Chef Tsai from the show Iron Chef, his PBS show Simply Ming, and his …

The Jim Irsay Collection with Larry Hall

August 4th, 2023


Larry Hall is the fun and charismatic chairman of The Jim Irsay Collection, which features museum-quality artifacts and rare memorabilia from …

Nicola Brown - Ecoprinter & Educator

July 24th, 2023


Nicola Brown is a delightful eco-printer and educator from Ireland. Her remarkable work combines art and mindfulness for our planet. She has some …

Zachary James - Singer, Actor, Grammy Winner

July 18th, 2023


Zachary James is a Grammy award-winning singer, actor, recording artist, and great human! In this fun episode, we talk about Zach's journey, imposter syndrome, the future of opera, and the significance of peas. For more …

Jenn Beaupre - Rozette - Singer, Songwriter, Voice Coach

July 13th, 2023


Singer, songwriter, and vocal coach Jenn Beaupre (Rozette Music) is known for many musical achievements: appearing on Canadian Idol and Stampede City …

J.V. Hilliard - Author, Magazine Publisher

July 6th, 2023


J.V. Hilliard is an epic fantasy writer, author of the Warminster series, and the publisher of the magazine Altered Reality. He's also an avid D&D player, and has a fascinating story of his journey! Find out more …

Carolyn Palmer - Bronze Sculptor

June 27th, 2023


Carolyn Palmer is a world renown bronze sculptor known for her works of Lucielle Ball, Four Popes for St. Patrick's Cathedral, Frank Sinatra, Eleanor …

Gwen Kranz - 510 Art Lab

June 15th, 2023


Gwen Kranz is from a really incredible place she created called the 510 Art Lab. In this episode we chat about the importance and impact of art in the community, doing your own art, getting started in your own …

Dr. Craig R. Smith - Author, Presidential Speechwriter, Professor

June 7th, 2023


Dr. Craig R. Smith is the author of the book "Romanticism, Rhetoric, and the Search for the Sublime" and many other titles. He is also a sought-after former presidential speechwriter, professor, and news commentator. …

Julisa and Eric Wright - Storyboard Delights (Chocolatier and Bookstore)

May 23rd, 2023


Julisa and Eric are such a creative duo. These two literary and confectionary superheroes have founded Storyboard Delights, a bookstore and chocolate …

Zan Campbell - Fell and Fair

May 16th, 2023


Zan is the founder and creator of Fell and Fair, which is one of the coolest on and offline communities, a multimedia company, and an …

Diana Michelle and Paul Summerlin - Documentary Filmmakers

May 10th, 2023


Diana Michelle and Paul Summerlin are award-winning documentary filmmakers. Diana has a history in photography, having taught photography at the OLLI …

Kurt R. Ward - Author, Poet, Musician

May 3rd, 2023


Kurt R. Ward is a true romantic! He is also a poet, musician, and the author of Endymion or The State of Entropy. In this episode, we discuss romanticism, literature, the process of writing, and the resurgence of …

Tom Blomquist - Producer, Director, Writer, and Author

April 25th, 2023


Tom Blomquist is someone who has probably been in your life in the form of television. In addition to his career as a novelist and textbook author, Tom Blomquist is an award-winning filmmaker, director, producer, and …

Sean Fitzgibbon - Visual Storyteller, Artist

April 19th, 2023


Sean Fitzgibbon explores unusual, real places and events through his work. Sean has been teaching college art for almost 20 years, has an MFA in art …

Griffon Ramsey - Sculptor, Chainsaw Artist, Indy Filmmaker

April 6th, 2023


Griffon Ramsey is a master at keeping things wild! She is a sculptor, chainsaw artist, independent filmmaker, art director, homesteader, and vlogger …

Leon Johnson - Photographer & Educator

April 3rd, 2023


Leon Johnson is a fine art photographer and educator. In this episode, we discuss romanticism, Leon's journey, and how classic art and his cultural …

Kim Guarnaccia - FaireFinder & Mystorical Founder

March 29th, 2023


Kim Guarnaccia is the founder and mastermind behind and She also is the creator of Renaissance Magazine (now out of publication). With an excellent knowledge of history and renaissance …

Julie Montagu - Viscountess Hinchingbrooke

March 23rd, 2023


Julie is an American who married into the British aristocracy. Previously, she grew up in Sugar Grove, IL, and we discuss a fascinating revelation …

Tom Paradise - Geomorphologist, Gemologist, PBS Nova Petra: The Lost City

March 15th, 2023


Tom Paradise is an American geomorphologist and professor of geosciences at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences of the University …

David Zapatka - TV Cameraman, Photographer, Author

March 3rd, 2023


David Zapatka is a seven-time Emmy winning cameraman for news and sports on both the local and national levels. He's also a lifelong still photographer and lighthouse preservationist. His widely known nighttime …

Jennifer Gershon - Photographer

February 28th, 2023


Jennifer Gershon is a Fine Art and Portrait Photographer who has an amazing talent for making incredible sets happen in small spaces. Follow Jennifer …

Jason Allen King - Comedian, Actor, Writer & Filmmaker

February 21st, 2023


Jason Allen King is a multi-talented comedian, actor, writer and award-winning filmmaker. You may know him from his hilarious Dry Bar Comedy special, …

Leah & Daniel Jordan from Pearl's Books

February 10th, 2023


Leah and Daniel Jordan are independent bookstore owners in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their store, Pearl's Books, is not just a retail store though, it's a pillar of their community, where locals and visitors get to …

Lisa Di Vita - Actress, Singer, Sportscaster, Dancer, & Historical Author

February 8th, 2023


Lisa Di Vita is a multi-passionate performer, author, and genuinely a delightful human being. Join us for this episode of stage and screen stories, …

Brian & Lindsey Cowen - Branding & Photography Experts

January 15th, 2023


Brian and Lindsey Cowen are branding experts and photographers who are changing lives. In this episode, they share their incredible journey and how …

Scott Mitchell - Artist & Author

January 12th, 2023


Scott Mitchell is an incredible artist, a tattoo shop owner/artist, and a children's book author from Scotland. He wrote the popular and relatable …

Heather Cook - Mindset Coach

January 5th, 2023


Heather Cook is a top real estate agent and professional mindset coach that lives with her husband Brad and 27,000+ dogs and her cat named David in …

Brooke Shaden - Fine Art Photographer & Writer

December 29th, 2022


Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer and writer among many other artistic and charitable things. She wields imagination like a fierce weapon, creating inspiring and compelling art with few, if any, limitations. In …

Christen Horne and Jacob Wise - Authors

December 15th, 2022


Christen Horne and Jacob Wise are the authors of the book The Bell and the Bow. In this fun episode, they discuss world and character building for books, storytelling, D&D, and the benefits and challenges of writing …

Lisa Stock - Filmmaker

December 7th, 2022


Lisa Stock is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her films have been featured in festivals and screenings around the world. Her work combines the spontaneity of myth and magic with stark reality to paint …

John Burrows - Burrows Forge

December 2nd, 2022


John is a guy of many talents. He is a blacksmith, falconer, beekeeper, and brewer. He's also an avid Twitch streamer, with a lot of wisdom to share on doing amazing things when you think you can't. For more on John, …

Amy Guilbeau - Henderson's Hearth

November 27th, 2022


Amy Guilbeau is the owner and humble brilliance behind Henderson's Hearth. Her Celtic recipe baking and soup mixes, fruit preserves, and gift items …

Jason Hansen - Riot for Romance

November 20th, 2022


Jason Hansen is the lead singer of the band Riot for Romance. We had a really fun chat with him about music, his journey, experiences, and some really great advice. For more info on Riot for Romance, please visit …

Amberle Linnea - Cosplay Queen

November 11th, 2022


Amberle Linnea is an award-winning master of Cosplay and design. Her looks have spanned from Harley Quinn to Medusa and back again. She is also a …

Laura Packer Returns - Storyteller

October 25th, 2022


Of course we had to bring back the delightful Laura Packer! In this episode we talk food, beverages, more food, folklore food, and we get really …

The Joe Capone Memorial Live Stream

October 23rd, 2022


Note: Not one of our typical podcast episodes

Joe Capone (aka Caponus, Cap) was our great friend. He was also our show's Twitch moderator, producer, and mentor. He's part of the reason we started the show - because he …

Amy Danielson - Bold Oracle Studios

October 1st, 2022


Amy is an artist who designs and creates jewelry and headpieces, and she is the creator of the Living Myth Legend Fest in Wisconsin. In this episode we discuss how she landed on this journey, how it's going, and how to …

Stephanie Claussen - Harpist

August 11th, 2022


Stephanie Claussen is an accomplished harpist with a love for classic, Celtic, and traditional music. She is a performer, teacher and arranger. She also loves (and played for us!) the soundtrack from Lord of the Rings. …

Suzanne Stafford and the Faery Court Masquerade Ball

August 3rd, 2022


Suzanne Stafford is the creator of the annual Faery Court Masquerade Ball. For more information please visit

Percie Thompson - Percie Has a Pen

August 3rd, 2022


Percie "Percival" Thompson from @percival.has.a.pen on Tiktok and Instagram is a maker and creator of cottagecore and fantasy DIY tutorials. She is also a crazy smart thinker, and a plant mom!

Percie's tiktok is: …

Joy Marshall - Photographer

August 3rd, 2022


Joy Marshall is a storyteller and published photographer from Massachusetts. Her unique photo sessions and approach create storybook and fairytale experiences and fantastic imagery. Joy has also been recognized for her …

Lindsay Stewart - Actor, Singer, Performer, and Cosplayer

August 3rd, 2022


Lindsey Stewart is a performer extraordinaire! She sings, acts, makes her own costumes, and touches the lives of those around her in amazing and magical ways. One of our most loved episodes of all time. 

Rachel Ann Harding - Storyteller

June 4th, 2022


Rachel Ann Harding is a storyteller who is passionate about telling the most beautiful folk, myth, and traditional tales. She also sings and plays …

James Navey Returns

May 18th, 2022


James Navey is a thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail. He told us some of his humorous, heartwarming, and wild adventures on the trail, things he …

Jasmine LaFleur & Carlos A. Williams Jr. - Black Fae Day

May 13th, 2022


Jasmine and Carlos are the creators of Black Fae Day which is the second Saturday in May each year. They also have created and host the Fairytale Gala, on May 15th. Black Fae Day’s mission is to provide products, …

Lisa Ann Goldsmith and Owen Thompson (The Bardcast)

May 4th, 2022


With prolific careers & resumes on and off the stage, these two have stormed their fair share of castles. Lisa is a prominent dialect coach, …

Anthony D. Brice - Author, Empowerment Coach

April 10th, 2022


Anthony Brice is a best-selling author, empowerment coach, poet, and one of today's leading personal and professional development trainers.
We discuss Anthony's journey, and the power of saying "you can."

Danielle M. Orsino - Author

April 5th, 2022


Danielle is the author of the Birth of the Fae book series. She also is an accomplished martial artist, and cosplayer. Her website:

Tatiana Pimentel from Creatures Who Craft

April 1st, 2022


Tatiana "Tee" Pimentel is a creator of fairy wings, a published model, and the owner of Creatures Who Craft.

Follow Tatiana on her Instagram …

James Navey - Appalachian Trail Hiker

March 30th, 2022


James Navey is a thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail. He told us some of his humorous, heartwarming, and wild adventures on the trail, things he …

Brenna Shaffner - Everybody Loves a Murder

March 23rd, 2022


Brenna Shaffner is a writer, model, illustrator, and the art director of Modern Romantic Magazine. We discuss Brenna's article in Volume 5 of the …

Lindsey Marth from Pincushion Masquerade

February 24th, 2022


Lindsey is a Maker, Historical Costumer, Embroiderer, and SEWciopath. She designs and creates period garments and accessories from the Renaissance, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, plus Steampunk and more. She also …

Laura Packer - Storyteller

February 16th, 2022


Laura Packer has been performing, coaching, writing, consulting, giving keynotes, and leading the storytelling field for almost 30 years. Helping …

Mark and Elva of Rinus Leatherworks

February 8th, 2022


Mark and Elva Rinus are a married couple that run Rinus Leatherworks. They are geeks and we love them for it! Their goal is to create heirloom quality leather items that are unique. From leather armor to geek inspired …

Gillian Albinski & Douglas Young

February 6th, 2022


Hollywood Prop masters Gillian Albinski and Douglas Young are a married couple who have worked together and separately on recognizable film, …

Michael Stewart - Performer

January 26th, 2022


Michael Stewart is an actor, performer, history buff, and trivia master. His stories and roles as Lord Mayor Bullfrog at the Carolina Renaissance …

Romeo and Juliet Part 2 (Script Reading)

January 25th, 2022


The conclusion of the silly, unrehearsed, unprepared script reading of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Josh Maiolo - Chef

January 16th, 2022


Chef Josh Maiolo, the Modern Romantic Magazine in-house chef, is accomplished and constantly absorbing and learning. He answered our questions, and …

Romeo and Juliet Part 1 (Script Reading)

January 16th, 2022


A silly, unrehearsed, unprepared script reading of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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