Butch Roy ReRelease from June 12, 2012 | The Pratfalls podcast

Butch Roy

This episode was originally released on the Pratfalls of Parenting podcast on June 19, 2016.

Huge theater’s Butch Roy talks improv tech artistry, why he loves to mop his theater, and how he’s made juggling boring for his sons. How did a punk-rock high school misfit become a father at 16 and end up running his own theater? Find out in this episode of Pratfalls of Parenting.

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Cards Against Harassment | The Pratfalls podcast

Cards Against Harassment“Trolls will eat as much food as you give them.”

Lindsey is a trial attorney who brings trained advocacy to the courtroom and wider activism throughout her community. Her personal advocacy against institutional sexism and rape culture first reached a broader audience following a viral Craigslist Missed Connection written to a catcaller in September 2013. In June of 2014, I began filming street harassment in the Twin Cities and launched Cards Against Harassment, which was picked up by buzzfeed and led to me making appearances on Good Morning America, WPR, and other national and international media outlets. Lindsey enjoys speaking and leading workshops on campus violence, rape culture, street harassment, and gender bias.

In this episode of the podcast, Lindsay talks about how growing up with a father who was a Sheriff and mother who was a school teacher impacted her sense of justice. Her parents called her Sergeant Lindsey because she had a vocal objection to anything she viewed as not just. Lindsey also reveals that real life trial attorney work is less hot people hooking up than depicted on television. And she talks about some of the gender issues in legal work.

Lindsey also talks about how learning how to argue well in relationships is critical to survival. Lindsey talks about her work as an online activist and how avoiding personal attacks or harsh language in her activism helps keep the focus on the issue and not let her get minimized. She also talks about getting online threats that make clear and specific references to her real life.

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Maria Bartholdi | The Pratfalls podcast


“Growing up my heroes were Gonzo and Pippi Longstocking.”

Maria Bartholdi is a multimedia producer with a reputation for wearing many hats. From videography and editing to field production and writing her work always has a strong storytelling sense with an emphasis on crafting emotional, unique, and visually stunning pieces. She has won multiple Emmy awards for her work in television production. Maria is also regularly found performing improv comedy live onstage and she hosts the wildly successful weekly podcast about Magic: The Gathering. Plus, she speaks Welsh and can do a perfect impression of R2D2 screaming.

On this episode of the show, Maria recites a poem from memory that she wrote in 3rd grade. She talks about why the thought of being normal always terrified her. Maria also talks about dealing with anxiety, why she’c comfortable being in control and deciding in early adulthood to have a stable income and reliable job while still pursuing her weird interests.

Plus, Maria shares her game of trying to think of the oddest thing you could say to a stranger that would make them have to leave the room.



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Ali Elabaddy | The Pratfalls podcast

ali elabaddy“They thought I wanted to become a lawyer because of my obsession with Law & Order.”

Ali Elabbady is a writer, a producer, a DJ, Greenroom magazine marketing man, a hip-hop head and a supporter of all things creative large and small. He works with Public Functionary art gallery, started the Background Noise Crew, writes for Reviler, and can be seen throwing his hands up at shows all around the Twin Cities.

On this episode of the podcast, Ali talks about starting out as a dj wanting to learn trick dj moves. He talks about getting into radio broadcasting and the pressure Muslim families put on children to become doctors, lawyers or engineers. He talks about his work with Greenroom magazine and why writing about and hgighlighting musicians and artists brings him so much happiness. He also shares his love for De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising along side The Simpsons Sing the Blues. Plus, Ali talks about building genuine relationships and why he doesn’t need to be in the spotlight.

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Erik Westra | The Pratfalls podcast

erik westra“I like to say I’m pleasantly OCD.”

Erik Westra creates events that are meaningful, memorable, and seamless for attendees, speakers, and sponsors. Westra was the director of media and events at Brain Traffic, where he produced Confab Events. He’s the cofounder of Contents, and from 2000 to 2007 Westra was the head of promotion and publicity at two legendary concert venues: The Empty Bottle and First Avenue.  Erik has worked with Maximum Fun, Zeus Jones, the Walker Art Center, the MIT Media Lab and many other notable organizations.

On this episode of the podcast, Erik talks about how he went from booking bands at clubs to producing events. He talks about knowing how to bring the right people into a project, his desire and need to always have some projects that feel creatively fulfilling, and the often missed practicalities of planning an event or conference.

Erik also talks about why he loves helping others and how he tries to keep family time protected from work. 


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Nausheena Hussain | The Pratfalls podcast

Nausheena 3“I always feel that cousins are your first best friends.”

Nausheena Hussain is immersed in civic life, serving on boards, her local charter commission and as an election judge. She founded Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE), a leadership development nonprofit, to elevate Muslim women. Nausheena continues to examine why there are so few Muslim women in positions of power and wants to understand what could potentially be holding them back.

On this episode of the podcast, Nausheena talks about starting RISE  in order to transform the way Muslim women engage and interact with their communities. She talks about not wanting to wear the label of “leader” and about the true collaboration it takes to be a working mother and wife. Nausheena also talks about unexpectedly coming into community building work, her time working in the health care industry and the corporate world and why she always wants to learn new things.

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Guante aka Kyle Tran Myhre | The Pratfalls podcast

Guante Bookstore 1 credit“If I had to choose one thing that’s my job or that pays my bills that’s being a poet.”

Kyle Tran Myhre aka Guante is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer. He and/or his work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Welcome to Night Vale, Racialicious, Feministing, MPR, Everyday Feminism, the Progressive, City Pages’ “Artists of the Year” list and URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list, and he has performed everywhere from the United Nations to the Soundset hip hop festival to hundreds of colleges, clubs, and theaters across the country.

In this episode of the podcast, Kyle talks about having a High School nickname become his public face. He also talks about using different names in different contexts and the strengths and weaknesses of being known by different names. Kyle talks about making the bulk of his living traveling to colleges and high schools to work as a poet and teaching artist and how he can leverage being brought in as a poet and then create space for dialogue on the content of his work.

Kyle talks opens about race, gender, identity, positionality, power and activism and the role all of these things play in his work. He also talks about completing graduate school and being a thoughtful media activist.

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Jared Sherlock | The Pratfalls podcast

MnjspeSp“Alright, magic boy, we’ll give you a chance for a few more minutes.”

Jared Sherlock started practicing magic when he was 8. As an award-winning entrepreneur and a classically trained illusionist, Jared performs for theaters, corporate events and fundraisers nationwide. He’s also toured internationally in Shanghai, China and Hong Kong.

In this episode, Jared talks about how he used magic as a vehicle for entertainment and human connection. He talks about his use of improvisation in the writing process, about collaboration with other writers and performers and about his early days with the society of young magicians.

Jared also talks about the challenges of maintaining a magic practice as a touring performer and how a magician’s set is like a musicians set list. He also speaks about the artistry of magic

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Andrea Swensson | The Pratfalls podcast


Andrea Swensson“I’m really interested in knowing the stuff you can’t find online.”

Andrea Swensson is a music reporter at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current. She hosts The Local Show Sundays from 6 to 8 pm and hosts The O.K. Show podcast. Prior to her work at The Current, Andrea spent many years at the music editor of City Pages, where she founded the award-winning Gimme Noise music blog.

On this episode, Andrea talks about her upcoming new book about the Minneapolis sound “Got To Be Something Here.” She talks about pursing a career as a professional pianist into college and how she lost confidence in playing. Andrea also talks about the writers who inspired her to tell the stories of music and musicians and about her return to playing piano after a decade away.

We also nerd out a bit about Ani DiFranco.


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Lynn O’Brien | The Pratfalls podcast

Lynn O'brien“It felt like I was building myself.”

Lynn O’Brien is a musician, a board certified musical therapist and someone dedicated to being a positive force in the world. She uses multiple instruments and looping devices to create written and improvised songs for audiences large and small. And she writes custom songs for weddings and other private events.

In this conversation, Lynn talks about her comfort with communicating through music. She talks about growing up in a family that volunteered in hospice and that was full of music. Lynn also talks about her journey to becoming a board certified music therapist, the work of balancing a career as a therapist and as a musician and the experience of moving her focus to putting all of her creative energy into making music.

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