Our conversation with Afro-Haitian artist Corrine Jasmin traces her upbringing as one of the few girls of color in her Erie, PA neighborhood through her time here in Pittsburgh – a city she has unbridled enthusiasm for while still providing an unflinching perspective on the societal conditions and challenges that are present here for women of color. We cover labels, the cultural biases at play with the definitions of beauty, the role skin color has played in her identity, fluid sexuality and how all of this has influenced her art. She is a refreshing and vibrant voice and displays a thoughtfulness that is well beyond her 22 years. To see Corrine’s work please visit http://www.corrinejasmin.com/
We pick up part two by diving into Scott’s release of his new book, “Dirty Hippies” beginning with his unvarnished critique of how it sounds on tape to him currently (he’s not pleased) and then explore the people, places and music that were the inspirations behind the characters and the stories in the book. We finish up with why we are both drawn to history, a little dip into politics and end on some Warren Zevon thoughts.
Again, you can still catch Scott on the airwaves occasionally and to order a copy of his book, visit his page on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Hippies-Scott-Paulsen/dp/1532329695/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498053726&sr=8-1&keywords=dirty+hippies
This week’s guest on the Corps340 podcast is Scott Paulsen. Scott’s self-described job title lists him as the former dishwasher for The Waterford Inn but most people will probably remember him for his 30-plus years as a thoughtful, intelligent and entertaining radio personality with the likes of WDVE, WRKZ and ESPN1250.
In addition to the writing he did for radio, Scott has been pursuing other literary paths as well by writing a weekly newspaper column and authoring several books, most recently his new one titled “Dirty Hippies”, which is about how a disparate group of eccentric characters from a small town deal with a Woodstockian-style rock concert that descends upon their town one summer in the early 70’s and is drawn from his days growing up in Chester, WV.
We had a lot of fun talking with Scott – so much so we’ve decided to split the dialogue into two parts. Part one covers his broadcast path, the early influences and seismic industry changes that occurred over his still on-going career in the medium. Part two delves into the craft of his writing, the rhythm of writing dialogue and bringing his characters to life.
You can still catch Scott on the airwaves occasionally and to order a copy of his book, visit his page on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Hippies-Scott-Paulsen/dp/1532329695/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498053726&sr=8-1&keywords=dirty+hippies
One of the earliest employees of the innovative Pgh-based company 4Moms, Damon sits down with us to discuss the heady early days of the company he was intimately involved with for over 6 years and his decision earlier this year start down his own entrepreneurial path with the formation of Castus Consulting.
He’s been a Hampton Talbot, a Virginia Tech Hokie, a band roadie and a sound engineer – all of which prepped him to lead the expansion of the 4Moms product lines into international markets – it’s quite a journey. We also geek out a bit on golf – dissecting the country club culture as well as a shared frustration and joy with how freaking hard it is to play.
To learn more about Damon and Castus Consulting, check out http://castusglobal.com/