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The Distiller

A Business, Careers and Society podcast featuring Brandon Dawson
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The Distiller is a series of conversations with people from all walks of life about how we find meaningful work, and how we find meaning in the work we do. Recorded on-location, and generally with a drink in hand, The Distiller explores the work that defines our lives, and how we think about that work.


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#45 – Tony Moore & Lew Weeks On The Flavor Science Behind The Food You Eat
Lew Weeks and Tony Moore have great taste. Okay, pardon the pun, but it’s true. First, they know flavor in a way that is an entire vocabulary. But as a part of their work in flavor science, they also understand what people want, and what makes something taste great. That combination of skill and orientation, the classic “art and science” hybrid, is what makes them great at what they do. And what they (and others in their field) do is create the ingredients that go into so much of what we eat and drink. Seldom do we get to talk about an industry that so many people encounter every day, and about which they know so little. As we talk about in the episode, Tony’s work was actually one of the original inspirations behind The Distiller. Episode 45: Tony Moore & Lew Weeks – Links & Information Flavor Producers (The company they work for)Overlook LodgeFacebook: /OverlooklodgeInstagram: @overlooktheridgeTwitter: @overlooklodge Putting flavor science to work for good and good taste Obviously there’s a lot controversy about food additives, GMOs, organics, and nutrition and healthy food in general. Tony & Lew’s perspective is unique in that for them, all food, all flavor, is chemical. As Lew describes, Tony’s background is in natural flavors, including organics and essential-oil based flavors. As such, he’s not trying to “back into” naturally derived flavors, it’s where he starts. Hearing both Lew and Tony talk about what it means to eat well is interesting and informative. Both advocate for knowing your food better, paying less attention to the front of the label and more to the back. Hopefully hearing this perspective will help you not only know more about where your food comes from, but help you make better decisions when you take it home. Flavorists Lew Weeks & Tony Moore at the Overlook Lodge Photos for this episode by the amazing Angie Lipscomb. Check out her work! Hire her! Cocktails at the Overlook Lodge The post #45 – Tony Moore & Lew Weeks On The Flavor Science Behind The Food You Eat appeared first on The Distiller.
#44 – Designer Jason Snell’s Long View Of The Creative Life
Jason Snell Wants You To Feel It. Bob Dylan once sang “The country I come from, is called the Midwest.” For a creative professional, sometimes working in the Midwest really does feel like another country. Finding a way to stand out in your field can be particularly difficult if you’re not on the coasts or in Chicago. But where others find challenge, Jason Snell finds advantage. Having worked for the big clients, and worked in places like Austin and Seattle, Jason has found his place in the community of design and music in his home state of Ohio. Jason is a pure creative. A kid who started out sketching Star Wars pictures, Jason now has his hands in art, design, video & motion graphics, music, and more. For a lot of creative people, balancing the demands of client work and personal artistic work is a struggle. But Jason seems to have mastered the balance of his personal and professional priorities, and that balance is instructive for those of us struggling to find it. Episode 44 – Jason Snell – Links & Info Jason Snell on Linkedin: /jasondsnellInstagram: @jasonsnellJason’s Behance PortfolioOhio Knife (Jason’s Band) on BandcampBLDG RefugeFausto at the CACFacebook: /faustocincyInstagram: @faustocincyCincinnati Contemporary Arts CenterBLINK 2019Cincinnati Street Artist Tenzing on Instagram: @tenzing_artTenzing on YouTube Designing, for the future. Snell originally graduated from DAAP (The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning). He recounted the early days of honing his craft, working on side projects while holding down the corporate day job. Eventually those side projects became significant enough to turn into his own business, the boutique agency We Have Become Vikings. Last year he sold WHBV to BLDG, where he’s now a Creative Director. He says he enjoys not having to worry about things like payroll and accounts payable, and focusing on creative work. Jason also describes the inevitable effect of time on his work, and the transition from young-up-and-comer to (dare we say it) elder statesman. These days he enjoys mentoring younger designers, sharing what he’s learned and seeing them grow in confidence and ability. Jason is as visible as ever in the design community. His recent work in the BLINK festival is just another example of the cross pollination of design, media, community, and vibe that makes Jason Snell’s work unmistakable. Quick note on photos: Sometime between recording the interview and taking this episode live, the image files of the actual session were somehow corrupted. These things happen. Angie Lipscomb was kind enough to get a photo of Brandon and Jason together, but the photos from the CAC, of the actual conversation were lost. Thanks to both Angie and Jason for making time to get some additional photos for the post! The post #44 – Designer Jason Snell’s Long View Of The Creative Life appeared first on The Distiller.
#43 – Comedian Luna Malbroux On Fostering Diversity Through Humor
Luna Malbroux is America. In fact, that’s even the URL of her website, And she should know, because she’s seen a lot of it. Luna Malbroux grew up in Louisiana, attended college in New York, and settled in San Francisco to begin her career. And what a career it’s shaping up to be. Part social worker, part diversity & inclusion specialist, Luna’s early experience as an actor is now coming to the fore in her work as a comedian, writer, and playwright. But to her it’s all of a piece, and it’s all with the goal of broadening the conversation around race, politics, and identity in America. Luna now lives with her wife in Cincinnati. The opportunities may be fewer, not being in the epicenter of progressive thought or the hotbed of comedy. But living in the Midwest, among a potentially more conservative audience, forces her to think more critically about the issues she deals with. She sees that as a positive, and a way to ensure her material is not just created and performed in a bubble. From her play “How To Be A White Man,” to the EquiTable app she designed, Luna’s work is challenging, engaging, and hilarious. At a time when the conversation around racial politics is increasingly fraught, Luna’s approach is accessible without letting anyone off the hook. It’s a powerful mix that people are starting to catch onto. And it seems likely we’ll be hearing Luna’s name a lot more in the future. We certainly hope so. Episode 43 Links & Information LunaIsAmerica.comInstagram: @lunaisamericaTwitter: @LunaisAmericaFacebook: /LMalbrouxThe American Sign MuseumInstagram – @americansignmuseumTwitter: @signmuseumFacebook: /americansignmuseum Comedian Luna Malbroux on The Distiller Podcast Photographs for this episode, from inside the American Sign Museum workshop, by Angie Lipscomb Photography. The post #43 – Comedian Luna Malbroux On Fostering Diversity Through Humor appeared first on The Distiller.


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    Dec 8th, 2017
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    Nov 14th, 2019
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