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Brand New Ways

Brand New Ways is a podcast for instigators and rebel hearts seeking creative perspectives on life and how we live it, brought to you by writer & designer Jen Leonard. Each week, tune in as she gets curious with movers and shakers across art, design, science, politics, business and beyond.

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23: Designer, Illustrator & Art Director Timothy Goodman

Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Chris Rock, personal mentors as catalysts for discovering your life's work, and breaking out of boxes that limit you. In this episode, I talk to designer, illustrator and art director Timothy Goodman, who recently exhibited artworks from "Memories of A Girl I Never Knew" at Colette in Paris, collaborated with Jessica Walsh on 40 Days of Dating, and wrote Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques & Ideas for Transforming Your World. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket Greenfield Morning/Seed of Joy/Life is a Struggle - RZA & Yoko Ono Colette – Orchestra Baobob Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac On Sight – Kanye West All My Love – Led Zeppelin Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World, by Timothy Goodman 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment, by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand The Autobiogrpahy of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley Significant Objects, by Jason Grote Watch List 40 Days of Dating ** If you love my show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

39mins

7 Jul 2015

Rank #1

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19: Scientist & Winepreneur Corey Miller

Kid Cudi, The Alchemist, and the lost art of collecting wine and revisiting it over time. In this episode I talk to scientist and entrepreneur Corey Miller, who’s an MD and PhD, as well as the Founder and CEO of Bare Bottle, a San Francisco-based start-up that seeks to strip away the exclusivity of the wine industry by pairing beautiful wines with exceptional designs, and telling the stories of the makers behind both. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Red Red Wine – UB40 Velvet (The Voice Performance) – Chris Jamison French Kiss (Striptease Mix) – The Lovers Soundtrack 2 My Life – Kid Cudi Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Books The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo Watch List French Kiss ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

48mins

2 Jun 2015

Rank #2

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17: Hip Hop Therapist Tomás Alvarez III

The Matrix, The Alchemist, KRS-One, and community-defined strategies for sustainable change. In this episode I talk to social worker and "hip hop therapy" pioneer Tomás Alvarez III who is the Founder and CEO of Beats Rhymes and Life, an Oakland-based organization that uses the process of creating rap music as a tool for promoting mental health and healing among urban youth uninterested in traditional talk therapy. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) They Don't Do It LiKE THiS - Soul Touch, Young Te', Stuny, Mastah Flex, Larrinator, ZENO & Rude Boi I Luv Myself - Feat. DJ Mo Mo, Steph the Jet, Zeno, Lil Von, Frank Vencci I Got The Power - Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. CROSS OVER - Jhon, Young Te', Damariae & Trevon Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.) - Feat. Watzreal, Frank Vencci, Rotate, Soul Touch Step Into a World (Rapture's Delight) - KRS-One Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Rap Therapy: A Practical Guide for Communicating With Youth and Young Adults Through Rap Music, by Don Elligan The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo Watch List Hip Hop Therapy for At-Risk Youth | Ashoka Fellow Tomás Alvarez III A Lovely Day Film KRS One Beats Rhymes and Life Freestyle Reimagine P.S.A. by Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc. ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

41mins

19 May 2015

Rank #3

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16: Skateistan Founder Oliver Percovich

Local solutions for local problems, youth-directed education, and young girls dominating the skateboarding culture in Afghanistan. In this episode I talk to skateboarder and social entrepreneur Oliver Percovich who's the Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan, an award-winning international NGO that uses skateboarding as a “hook” for leadership development in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Burning Road – Fu Manchu Herati (feat. Homayoun Sakhi) - Voices of Afghanistan Rebel Without a Pause – Public Enemy Kali-Fornia Über Alles 21st Century – Jello Biafra Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan - Jim Fitzpatrick, Skateistan Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values – by Robert M. Pirsig An Answer to the Question: ‘What is Enlightenment?’ – Immanuel Kant Watch List To Live and Skate Kabul The State of Skate Oliver at TEDx Sydney 2014 Skateistan ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

42mins

12 May 2015

Rank #4

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15: Fine Artist & Illustrator Lisa Congdon

Inventing challenges for yourself, listening to Bulgarian folk music, and getting good at something by doing it over and over and over and over. In this episode I talk to fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon who's best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. She’s the author of five books (and counting!) and writes a popular daily blog at Today is Going to be Awesome. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles The Analog Kid – Rush All Your Secrets – Yo La Tengo Own It – Drake Within Your Reach – The Replacements Mur stho sme se razigrali (Hey Let's Dance) - Bulgarian State Television Female Choir Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Owning It: I Am An Artist - by Lisa Congdon Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist - by Lisa Congdon Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon A Collection a Day - by Lisa Congdon Watch List Gerhard Richter Painting Become a Working Artist Basic Line Drawing Sketchbook Explorations ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

49mins

5 May 2015

Rank #5

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13: Swimwear Designer Malia Mills

The positivity of saying no, the problem with the adage "the customer is always right," and the importance of a power stance. Especially while wearing a bikini. In this episode I talk to fashion designer Malia Mills who's the Hawaii-born, New York-based pioneer of body-conscious swimwear. She makes flattering cuts in luxurious fabrics that inspire customers to "Love thy differences." #hellyes Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Tres Bien – Le Tigre Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard More Than A Feeling – Boston Hell Yes – Beck Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Playboy Fiftieth Anniversary Issue - by Hugh Hefner Watch List Amy Cuddy's TED Talk on Body Language ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

49mins

21 Apr 2015

Rank #6

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8: Psychosynthetist Dr. Piero Ferrucci

Fellini, our need for beauty, and the connections between neuroscience and the inner experience. In this episode, I talk to psychotherapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci, the nephew of Aldous Huxley and a student and collaborator of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. Music Show Opening Mix: Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Brand New Key – Melanie, Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (Haydn Quartet No. 2): III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto - Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet La strada: La strada - Studio Orchestra + Studio Conductor Show Closing Mix: Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky, Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield, Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes Reading List What We May Be: The Vision and Techniques of Psychosynthesis, by Piero Ferrucci Inevitable Grace, by Piero Ferrucci The Power of Kindness, by Piero Ferrucci Beauty and the Soul, by Piero Ferrucci Your Inner Will, by Piero Ferrucci Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats The Bhagavad Gita Watch List La Strada, by Federico Fellini ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

50mins

17 Mar 2015

Rank #7

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3: Goal-Setting Guru Barbara Sher

Encounter groups, success teams, the futility of positive thinking, and how to get what you really, really want. In this episode, I talk to author and life coach Barbara Sher, a global authority on identifying goals, finding drive and motivation, and avoiding resistance the natural way. She has five best-selling books in more than a dozen languages and is in the thick of another one right now, which she's writing with her son from their home in Marseille, France. Music Show Opening Mix: Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa, Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Brand New Key – Melanie, Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Daily Affirmations - Stuart Smalley Interlude (From "the Seven Samurai") - Fumio Hayasaka Show Closing Mix: Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky, Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield, Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes Reading List Wishcraft: How To Get What You Really Want - Barbara Sher I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was - Barbara Sher Refuse to Choose - Barbara Sher Your Inner Child of the Past - W. Hugh Missildine Watch List Slapshot Animal House The Seven Samurai ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

46mins

10 Feb 2015

Rank #8

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29: Artist & Textile Designer Dana Haim

The magic of nature, losing our sense of time, remembering to be grateful, getting into an exercise groove, and the joy of making pom poms! In this episode, I talk to artist and textile designer Dana Haim, whose mission is to spark joy through the creation of ethical, hand-made goods. She achieves this and then some through her instructional workshops across the U.S. and strategic partnerships with local organizations in Mexico and Colombia (where her family is from), which allow her to weave social and environmental consciousness into her craft. Dana received her BA in textile design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MA in design for Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins in London. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Pom Pom Play Girl (Session Highlights) [Instrumental Mix With Backing Vocals] – The Beach Boys Shake It Like a Pom Pom – Missy Elliot Pom Pom – Mozart La Para I Slept With Bonhomme At The CBC Pom Pom - Matthew Dear Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield The Wes Anderson Collection, by Matt Zoller Seitz Watch List Wes Anderson: The Criterion Collection (on DVD) ** If you love my show, please subscribe, rate and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com

38mins

20 Oct 2015

Rank #9