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The Distiller

51 EpisodesProduced by Brandon DawsonWebsite

A Podcast About the Soul of Work

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#51 – Drs. Eleanor Glass & Amy Mechley On The Value Of Direct Primary Care

April 2nd, 2020

What is Direct Primary Care?

Doctors Amy Mechley and Eleanor Glass are the owners of Integrative Family Care, a “Direct Primary Care” family clinic in Cincinnati. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Direct …

#50 – Communications Pro Lauren Worley On The Power of Relentless Optimism

February 27th, 2020

Lauren Worley is “all-in” on everything she does.

Lauren Worley has perhaps the most immediately impressive resume of anyone we’ve had on the show so far. Press Secretary for NASA. Global Talent Lead for Bono’s ONE …

#49 – Industrial Designer Colin Nourie On Staying Close To The Details

February 13th, 2020

Colin Nourie designs environments that make work happen.

Colin designs systems furniture – furniture for large offices and industrial …

#48 – Food & Dining Writer Polly Campbell On The Meaning In A Good Meal

January 30th, 2020

Polly Campbell is more than just a restaurant critic.

As the food & dining writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Polly Campbell covers anything …

#47 – VA Psychologist Brandon Irvin On Seeing The Humanity Behind Illness

January 10th, 2020

Brandon Irvin meets mental illness with compassion every day.

In order to understand the work Brandon Irvin does, it’s important to first …

#46 – Happen Inc. Founder Tommy Rueff Brings Families Together Through Creativity

December 19th, 2019

Tommy Rueff didn’t set out to run a community non-profit.

Four years after Tommy Rueff to Cincinnati from Chicago to start an advertising agency, a chance event changed his life and pointed him in the direction of …

#45 – Tony Moore & Lew Weeks On The Flavor Science Behind The Food You Eat

November 14th, 2019

Lew Weeks and Tony Moore have great taste.

Okay, pardon the pun, but it’s true. First, they know flavor in a way that is an entire vocabulary. …

#44 – Designer Jason Snell’s Long View Of The Creative Life

November 1st, 2019

Jason Snell Wants You To Feel It.

Bob Dylan once sang “The country I come from, is called the Midwest.” For a creative professional, sometimes working in the Midwest really does feel like another country. Finding a …

#43 – Comedian Luna Malbroux On Fostering Diversity Through Humor

September 12th, 2019

Luna Malbroux is America.

In fact, that’s even the URL of her website, And she should know, because she’s seen a lot of it. …

#42 – STE(A)M Educator Allison Lester On Creating Space for Learning

August 29th, 2019

Allison Lester believes in the power of technology to educate.

After all, she’s seen it work. As a career STEM/STEAM educator, Allison believes …

#41 – Paperless Post’s Carrie Farler On Getting The Job You Want

August 8th, 2019


Carrie Farler Sees A Lot Of Resumes As the “Head of People” for Paperless Post, Carrie Farler oversees all aspects of recruiting, hiring, compensation planning, and a lot of things people in the HR industry...

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#40 – Author Dani McClain On The Politics of Black Motherhood

July 26th, 2019


Dani McClain believes motherhood is inherently political for black women. As a journalist and author Dani McClain writes and reports on race and …

#39 – John Faherty On The Library As Cultural Guardian

July 11th, 2019


John Faherty knows he has the perfect job. After previous careers in television and print journalism, four years ago John Faherty took a bit of a left turn. Today he is the Executive Director of...

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#38 – Cole Imperi On The Value Of Death To A Full Life

June 20th, 2019


Cole Imperi wants to talk about death. Perhaps more importantly, she wants you to talk about death. As a thanatologist Cole Imperi studies, teaches, …

#37 – Myra Ballentine Fights Discrimination with Virtual Reality

May 31st, 2019


Myra Ballentine is familiar with discrimination. VECTRE Co-Founder Myra Ballentine Born and raised in Pakistan, Myra Ballentine knows first-hand the …

#36 – Mandy Nagel On Creating “I Thought Of You”

May 9th, 2019


Mandy Nagel has done a lot of things. And maybe that’s why we love her at The Distiller, because she’s got the only resume that rivals ours for sheer meandering goodness. She worked at Apple...

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#35 – ShakeIt! Records’ Darren Blase On Music, Technology, and Heritage

April 18th, 2019


Darren Blase didn’t set out to be a music historian. But that’s essentially what he’s become. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who knows more about Cincinnati’s musical history than Darren and his brother...

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#34 – Bar Owner Julia Petiprin On Making Space for Community

April 5th, 2019


Julia Petiprin’s ready for the next adventure. When she moved to Cincinnati in 2014 to open the iconic bar Sundry & Vice, she thought she’d be …

#33 – Meteorologist Allison Rogers Makes Weather Personal

March 21st, 2019


Allison Rogers knew she wanted to be a meteorologist when she was twelve years old. When Hurricane Katrina blew through her hometown, Allison relied …

#32 – Tattoo Artist Jeremiah Griswold on Creativity that Changes Lives

February 28th, 2019


Jeremiah Griswold wears his art on his sleeve. Spend any amount of time with tattoo artist Jeremiah Griswold, and two things become immediately …

#31 – Design Impact’s Ramsey Ford & Kate Hanisian On Truly Meaningful Work

February 7th, 2019


Design Impact Was Built To Make A Difference It sounds simple when you hear it, but the idea of involving those most affected by social problems in …

#30 – Filmmaker Yemi Oyediran On Work That Builds Community

January 24th, 2019


Yemi Oyediran is full of surprises. We might have expected Yemi Oyediran to immediately jump into promoting his new film, “Queen City Kings,” about …

#29 – Songwriter Kim Taylor On Sustaining a Life of Creativity

January 10th, 2019


Kim Taylor knows how to be vulnerable. After all, as a songwriter with five full length albums and two EPs under her belt, she’s practiced and …

#28 – The Distiller Podcast 2018 Year In Review

December 24th, 2018


The Distiller Podcast is one year old. Our first episode aired on December 16, 2017, and featured Danny Korman of green general store Park & …

#27 – Kelly Dolan of Ingage Partners On the Impact of B-Corp Businesses

December 6th, 2018


Kelly Dolan knows business can do good and make a profit at the same time. Kelly, along with her business partner Michael Kroeger, are the …

#26 – FireLab Creators Anne-Marie & Luis on Immigration, Work, and Hope

November 22nd, 2018


There’s a lot of talk about immigration right now. In fact it’s become one of the central hot-button issues in our political discourse. But studies …

#25 – Tree House Builder Django Kroner On A Life In The Trees

November 8th, 2018


Django Kroner lives in the trees. Working as an arborist and tree house builder with his company, The Canopy Crew, everything Django does …

#24 – Piano Technician Nevin Essex On Craftsmanship and Mastery

October 25th, 2018


Nevin Essex doesn’t play the piano. At least he wouldn’t call himself a pianist. But he’s directly responsible for thousands of pianos, and tens of …

#23 – Melis Aydogan of Ruya Coffee On A First Generation View of Meaningful Work

October 11th, 2018


Ruya Coffee is the realization of a lifelong dream. That’s not surprising, since Ruya means “dream” in Turkish. Melis Aydogan, the founder of Ruya Coffee, never saw herself as an entrepreneur, or a small-business …

#22 – Justin & Tasha Golden On Navigating Work Transitions as a Couple

September 27th, 2018


Tasha and Justin Golden have been married a long time by any standard. Just about twenty years, in fact. And you don’t stay married that long without …

#21 – Humanist Chaplain Bart Campolo on the Intersection of Work and Belief

September 13th, 2018


When Bart Campolo lost his faith, he didn’t lose his desire to minister. After all, the word “minister” was a verb before it became a noun. The fact …

#20 – EcoATM Founder Mark Bowles On Entrepreneurship and the Tech Startup World

August 30th, 2018


Mark Bowles Is Not Afraid to Fail, He’s Done It Many Times Before. Talk with Mark about his experience in technology startups and venture-based …

#19 – Theatre House Owner Marty Boyer on How Values Guide Decisions

August 16th, 2018


Theatre House owner Marty Boyer is a high-character individual. Marty is a unique individual in that his ego has (apparently) almost no bearing on what he does for a living. Marty is the most pragmatic...

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#18: Potter Christie Goodfellow and Sculptor Beth Graves on Creativity in the Gig Economy

August 2nd, 2018


Christie Goodfellow and Beth Graves Are Two Very Different Kinds of Sculptors. The similarities and differences between Christie and Beth’s work …

#17: Libby Hunter on Overcoming Poverty with Literacy

July 19th, 2018


Libby Hunter Believes Storytelling Is the Key to Overcoming Poverty When you talk with Libby Hunter about literacy, you’d better buckle your seat belt. Libby talks quickly, and with purpose. Aside from a brief stint...

#16: Artist Mark Dejong Turns His Profession Into His Passion

July 5th, 2018


It took a while for Mark Dejong to call himself an artist. Mark Dejong was born in The Netherlands, but his family moved to Cincinnati when he was a child. In his 20’s he took...

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#15: Homeschool Mom Liz McEwan on the Work of Family

June 21st, 2018


Liz McEwan is not your typical homeschool mom. Or perhaps she is. Maybe the “typical” homeschooling parent doesn’t actually exist. Most of The …

#14: Chef Derek Dos Anjos on the Business of Food

May 31st, 2018


Chef Derek Dos Anjos’ Secret Weapon May Surprise You Ask a chef or restaurateur what skill is most important to running a restaurant, and you’re likely to get a lot of different answers. Maybe it’s...

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#12: Corben Bone – Professional Soccer Player

May 17th, 2018


Corben Bone’s Work Is Play On the field or off, Corben radiates energy. Watch him play in his midfield role for the F.C. Cincinnati soccer team, and …

#11: Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith – Equity, Inclusion, & Community Specialist

May 3rd, 2018


Meredith Shockley-Smith just took a big leap. (Updated 6/9/17 – we forgot to include the link to the podcast Brandon mentioned in the episode; it’s Shankar Vedantam’s NPR podcast “Hidden Brain.”  The episode, originally …

#10: Michael Wilson – Photographer

April 19th, 2018


Michael Wilson Is More Than Just A Photographer. He’s a Master. A storyteller. A record-keeper. A history maker. Michael Wilson has been making pictures* for nearly 40 years, and in that time he’s developed a...

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#9: Julius Jenkins – Dancer, Educator, Community Activist

April 5th, 2018


Julius Jenkins Wants to Bring Street Culture Back to Life. You may already know of Julius Jenkins, or his work, and not even know it. You may have …

#8: Megan Trischler – Community Designer

March 22nd, 2018


Megan Trischler Helps Make Dreams Come True. And we’re not just talking about her current position as Program Director for People’s Liberty. Megan brings design thinking and a desire to “make the ordinary extraordinary” …

#7: Tamaya Dennard – Cincinnati City Council Member

March 8th, 2018


Tamaya Dennard is the future of local politics. As one of the newest members of the Cincinnati City Council, Tamaya Dennard represents everything …

#6: Matt Hart – Punk Rock Poet

February 22nd, 2018


Matt Hart Is Not Afraid to Go Deep. When discussing motivation, or empathy, or the pure punk rock power of a kick-ass poem, Matt is not afraid to get …

#5: Stephen JohnsonGrove – Public Policy Attorney

February 7th, 2018


Stephen JohnsonGrove is a professional do-gooder, the Deputy Director for Policy at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, a non-profit law and advocacy …

#4: Matt Gunderman – Director of UC Health Air Care & Mobile Rescue

January 25th, 2018


Matt Gunderman saves lives for a living. Some people do work that seems sexy…exciting…but when you dig a little it’s just another job. Other people make a difference in the lives of individual humans every...

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#3: Musicians Ric Hordinski & David Wilcox at Brew House

January 11th, 2018


Ric Hordinski and David Wilcox have known each other for over 20 years. They’re craftsmen in the truest sense, and two guys who bring a great deal of intention to everything they do. David is...

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#2: Dominic & Judi LoPresti – Spun Bicycles

December 28th, 2017


People talk a lot about “work-life balance” these days. But what if your work is your life, and vice-versa? What if your work life is also your marriage? And what if the combination of the...

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#1: Danny Korman – Small Business Owner, Outdoor Advocate

December 16th, 2017


Danny Korman has been a fixture in Cincinnati for the past decade, but things change. In the inaugural episode of The Distiller, Danny talks about moving from Chicago back home to start his “green general...

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Episode 0 – The Distiller Promo

December 8th, 2017


  The Distiller is a podcast about the soul of work. In this short preview clip, host Brandon Dawson talks about what you can expect from The …

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