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Stephen Jay

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Stephen Jay Schwartz - Episode 01

The Salt Lake Dirt Podcast

"Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, Troy, The Perfect Storm) where he worked to develop screenplays for production. His two novels, Boulevard and Beat,  follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass. Stephen  was a judge for the 2012 Edgar and ITW Awards. His work was included in  the short story collection The Los Angeles Fiction Anthology alongside T.C. Boyle, published by Red Hen Press, as well as the short story collection Jewish Noir, published by PM Press.Stephen is a regular moderator at the Los Angeles Times Festival of  Books and judged the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the  mystery/thriller category in 2015 and 2016. His film work has been  exhibited in the A.F.I. Los Angeles International Film Festival and the  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. He is currently editing a compilation  of short, non-fiction stories called Hollywood versus the Author for Rare Bird Books as well as writing his third novel, a standalone  mystery/thriller. Stephen received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC  Riverside and is currently on faculty at Emerson College Los Angeles." (http://www.stephenjayschwartz.com/)SLDirt Podcast Credits:  Host: Kyler BinghamMusic: Open Licensed Music Podcast - Ralph Wacksworth; Free Salt Lake by Politically Erect.Intro/Outro Spoken Word: Paul "Mousie" Garner

1hr 16mins

1 Sep 2020

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Stephen Jay Gould: This View of Life

What It Takes

He knew from the age of five that he was going to become a paleontologist, but he also became one of the most important evolutionary theorists since Darwin. As a Harvard professor, he inspired generations of students. And as a writer, he made science understandable and exciting to the general public. Stephen Jay Gould died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 60, but during his lifetime, The Library of Congress designated him a "living legend."  In this interview, he explains his most famous contributions to evolutionary theory, he talks about how his high school choral director taught him the importance of excellence, and he makes the case against global warming, as only a paleontologist might.

46mins

1 Jun 2020

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#101 Stephen Jay, Bassist Composer

Planetary Gig Talk

Stephen Jay is a fabulous musician, composer, and really smart and spiritual guy! He has played based in Weird Al Yankovic’s band for decades, but also has amazing insights and stories, such as music in Africa during his younger years. He also is working on new discoveries about rhythm and pitch, as he explains in this podcast. We recorded this under the Pavilion one afternoon at Wooten Woods during Spirit of Music Camp. Stephen’s mother was a beautiful pianist and his father played several instruments. So, seeing his mother in such joy while playing, Stephen knew when he was only about 5 years old that he wanted to be a musician. Music was simply paramount around the house when he was young, he says. He started piano first, then guitar when he was about 10, and bass when he joined a band at 13. His high school group Covington Tower was good enough to get a record deal! He majored in music and composition in college, and was fortunate to hang around with some real luminaries on the cutting edge of music, including John Cage! Nonetheless, he’d always been inspired by African drumming, so he and his wife Barbara left for West Africa in 1971. It was quite a trip to get there, which he describes in the podcast, but central to the experience was that the Africans he met in the villages were really still of the hunter/gatherer culture and they had a really special relationship with music. Musical instruments were seen as living beings, and “music nourished every phase of life; … music was everywhere, and it was alive and beautiful.” Everyone did music, and musicians were not in some rarefied atmosphere as today in modern areas. Stephen says, they had no written religion, other than “a sanctity and respect for all things, including inanimate things.” He says quantum physics has shown this to be correct. There was also no money or ownership out in the wild; everyone shared everything. He says Africans felt “music was a life form, not an art form. Gigantic, spanning the entire universe, and all know time, that lives, and needs musicians to help it live, at least in the audio realm.” He is currently exploring pitch and rhythm and you will have to listen to understand it. Essentially, he says, harmonic intervals each have their own signature rhythms. You can check out www.stephenjay.com for an article on this topic, among others. Stephen says that we have tapped into music to make a better world; look at how much peace, fellowship, and brotherly love music has brought to us. He says music has an inescapable beauty. When you witness something so beautiful and so much larger than yourself, it diminishes ego, and with that you worry less of things that are to come, have less fear of the unknown, and so we can get to more love and peace. “Music is sacred; it’s not a commodity.” He also says, “Music can help us distrust our fears.” “Music, and art, is our savior,” says Stephen Jay.

1hr 23mins

16 Oct 2019

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Public Health with Stephen Jay

Who Gets What?

The enduring topic of vaccinations is covered in this conversation, and a new program is presented. The new program is an effort by The State of Indiana to provide counseling to pregnant women.  This program is proven to have reduced infant mortality.   (And Indiana is 7th among the states in infant mortality.)

28mins

3 Jul 2019

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Doug Cooper in conversation with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Rare Bird Radio

Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novels 'Outside In' and 'The Investment Club'. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty-five countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. Originally from Port Clinton, Ohio, he has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, Las Vegas, and Oslo, Norway home. 'Focus Lost' is his third novel.Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, Troy, The Perfect Storm) where he worked to develop screenplays for production. He also worked as a freelance screenwriter before writing his two novels, Boulevard and Beat, which follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass. The Hayden Glass series was optioned by producer Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty, The Office, The Tudors) for development as a TV series. Stephen’s short fiction was most recently included in the collection The Los Angeles Fiction Anthology alongside T.C. Boyle, published by Red Hen Press, as well as the short story collection Jewish Noir, published by PM Press. He recently edited a collection called “Hollywood Versus the Author,” published by Rare Bird Books in 2018, featuring essays from Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, Lawrence Block, T. Jefferson Parker, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Goldberg and more. He is a regular moderator at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and has judged and been the panel chair for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category since 2015. His film work has been exhibited in the A.F.I. Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Stephen received his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and is currently on faculty at Emerson College Los Angeles. You can learn more about him at his website, www.stephenjayschwartz.com.

42mins

26 Apr 2019

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Erik Tarloff in conversation with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Rare Bird Radio

Erik Tarloff has written for the stage, the screen (both large and small), and publications like Slate, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Prospect, Vogue, and many others. He contributed to speeches by Bill Clinton and Al Gore. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, economist Laura Tyson. This is his fourth novel.Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young. Stephen's own film work has exhibited at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. He also worked as a screenwriter and freelance "script doctor," developing concepts, treatments and feature films for independent film producers. His writing credits include Inside the Space Station, narrated by Liam Neeson and produced as a "Watch with the World" special for The Discovery Channel.

31mins

5 Mar 2019

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Stephen Jay Schwartz In Conversation With Rex Weiner

Rare Bird Radio

Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young. Stephen's own film work has exhibited at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Directors Guild of America, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. He also worked as a screenwriter and freelance "script doctor," developing concepts, treatments and feature films for independent film producers. His writing credits include Inside the Space Station, narrated by Liam Neeson and produced as a "Watch with the World" special for The Discovery Channel.Rex Weiner’s screenwriting credits include The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, based on his original stories, directed by Renny Harlin and starring Andrew Dice Clay for 20th Century Fox. As one of the first writers brought on board to launch the TV series Miami Vice, Weiner wrote the now classic 9th episode, “Glades.” As a journalist, Weiner’s articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, LA Weekly, L’Officiel Hommes, and Rolling Stone Italia. “Lost & Found,” his column about Hollywood entertainment history, appeared weekly in Variety where was a staff reporter. He is one of the founding editors of High Times Magazine and former editor of Swank (“The Magazine For Men”). He is also the co-author of The Woodstock Census (Viking), one of the key texts analyzing the impact of the Sixties Generation on American society. A native New Yorker, Mr. Weiner lives in Los Angeles and in Baja California Sur, Mexico, where he is co-owner of Casa Dracula, a 160-year old hacienda in the historic pueblo magico of Todos Santos.

31mins

4 Jan 2019

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Peter Leonard In Conversation With Stephen Jay Schwartz

Rare Bird Radio

Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young. Peter Leonard, the son of legendary crime novelist, Elmore Leonard, continues the life of his fathers character Raylan Givens in 'Raylan Goes to Detroit'. Peter is also a national bestselling author of seven thrillers, including 'Quiver', 'Trust Me', 'All He Saw was the Girl', 'Voices of the Dead', 'Back from the Dead', 'Eyes Closed Tight', and 'Unknown Remains'.

42mins

20 Dec 2018

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Martin Jay Weiss In Conversation With Stephen Jay Schwartz

Rare Bird Radio

Martin Jay Weiss is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced a vast anthology of commercials, films, and television projects. He has a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an MFA in Film from New York University. Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in California with his wife and two children. His first novel 'The Second Son' was released in August 2018. His next novel 'Flamingo Coast' will be release in January 2019.Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young.

46mins

13 Dec 2018

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Episode 105--Stephen Jay Schwartz.

The Funky Writer

Discussion with Los Angeles Times best-selling author, Stephen Jay Schwartz.

34mins

18 Jun 2011

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