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The D Brief Podcast
Detroit creatives can learn a lot from each other. The D Brief shares the stories of local artists and entertainers to educate and inspire others in the community.
Hosts Seth Resler and Becky Scarcello interview Detroit actors, authors, brewers, chefs, comedians, curators, dancers, DJs, mixologists, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, and more. See a list of our past guests.
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Guests: DaShuane Hawkins
How The Detroit Historical Society Is Documenting The Pandemic In Real Time
The COVID-19 pandemic is historic. How do we preserve stories for future historians? Rebecca Salminen Witt of the Detroit Historical Society explains.
Guests: Rebecca Salminen Witt
Organizations: The Detroit Historical Society
How a Teacher is Fostering the Next Generation of Detroit Comics
How do you train the next generation of Detroit artists? Tim Finkel teaches stand-up comedy to high school students. He shares his tips.
Guests: Tim Finkel
Organizations: Mark Ridleys Comedy Castle
How a Detroit Event Producer Survived the Pandemic
What was it like to be a Detroit event producer during the pandemic? We asked one of the best: Jon Witz, the producer of Arts, Beats & Eats.
Guests: Jon Witz
Organizations: Jonathan Witz & Associates
How a Detroit Chef is Sharing History Through Food
Ederique Goudia of Taste the Diaspora Detroit, a food event about the African Diapsora, talks about how she’s using food to share history.
Guests: Ederique Goudia
Organizations: Taste the Diaspora Detroit
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted the Detroit Food System
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Detroit’s food system, from restaurants to grocery stores. Jewell Dziendziel’s podcast explores the issue.
Guests: Jewell Dziendziel
Organizations: Vegetarian Detroit
How a Detroit Musician Crossed Into Filmmaking
As an artist, how do you make the leap from one discipline to another? Ryan Wiese shares how he switched from music to filmmaking.
Guests: Ryan Wiese
Organizations: Pack Co.
How a Detroit-Based Clothing Line is Sparking Discussions About Cultural Appropriation
Cultural appropriation is a controversial topic. Mapate Diop, who makes streetwear inspired by the African Diaspora, discusses the issue.
Guests: Mapate Diop
How A Detroiter Ditched His Day Job to Become a Singer/Songwriter Later in Life
Who hasn’t toiled away at their day job, all the while dreaming of quitting to pursue their artistic passion? Mike Ward did it. Here’s how.
Guests: Mike Ward
How a Designer Who Made Money From Events Pivoted During the Pandemic
Like many Detroiters, Melinda Anderson’s living was dependent on the live events industry. When these were canceled, she reinvented her career.
Guests: Melinda Anderson
Organizations: Studio M Detroit
What It’s Really Like To Compete on Top Chef
Kiki Louya, Detroit chef and founder of Folk, competed on season 18 of the reality TV show, Top Chef. What was it like to be during the pandemic?
Guests: Kiki Louya
How a Detroit Festival is Breaking Barriers for Women in Comedy
Kate Holmes, Producer of the Detroit Women of Comedy Festival, talks about the challenges facing women in stand-up comedy.
Guests: Kate Holmes
Organizations: Detroit Women of Comedy Festival
How A Dearborn Native Brought Gay Muslim Characters to the Screen
Dearborn writer and director Mike Mosallam had never seen his story told on film, so he decided to tell it himself in Breaking Fast.
Guests: Mike Mosallam
Organizations: Breaking Fast
How to Fail at Stand-Up Comedy
Detroit stand-up comedian Steve Sabo spent the pandemic writing a book about what not to do as a professional comedian.
Guests: Steve Sabo
How a Detroit Songwriter is Launching A Sober Artist Residency
Detroit musician Greater Alexander is using the money he’s made composing for companies like Amazon to build a residence for sober artists.
Guests: Greater Alexander
Organizations: Greater Impact House
How a Detroit Restaurant is Creating a Safe Space for Immigrants
When Mamba Hamissi and his wife fled Burundi, they had no intention of opening a restaurant. Now they’re helping immigrants start a new life.
Guests: Mamba Hamissi
Organizations: Baobab Fare
How a Singer Found Success By Coming Home to Detroit
Artists often leave Detroit for Hollywood or Nashville or New York . But singer Raye Williams found success by coming home.
Guests: Raye Williams
How a Detroit Cocktail Bar Morphed During the Pandemic
Small, upscale spaces that rely on being packed have been hit hard during the pandemic. Here’s how a Detroit cocktail bar is coping.
Guests: Kevin Peterson
Organizations: Castalia, Sfumato
How a Hamtramck Art Gallery Has Pivoted During The Pandemic
Art is something that people like to see in person before purchasing. So how has the KO Gallery in Hamtramck pivoted during the pandemic?
Guests: Nick Pizaña
Organizations: KO Gallery
How a DJ Launched a Detroit Dance Party During the Pandemic
How do you host a dance party when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced social distancing upon everyone? DJ Samy Morykwas explains.