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As we get older our interest in learning starts to slow. Live gets in the way and educating ourselves becomes less important. My name is Jeff St. Pierre and I fell into that trap. Now I'm craving information. Join me for Adult Education, a podcast that aims to bring conversations with experts in all different fields so we can learn a little something new.
 
Artist and writer Liz Reed interviews creatives on what inspires them. Her guests range from internet famous webcomic artists to writers to musicians to chefs. Following your passion can come in any form and the advice from each guest is a unique gem of wisdom that could inspire you to pursue your dreams. New episodes release biweekly.
 
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Welcome to part 2 of my 4 part series with The Chattahoochies. This week I'm chatting with Audra Mae. She's incredible. I've been a fan of hers for over a decade now and it gives me so much pleasure to learn more about her and share her story with all of you. Just some details about Audra. She's released three albums and an EP. She's been a guest v…
 
I am privileged to bring on Ken Shipley, the co-founder of an incredible label called Numero Group that specializes in releasing and archiving music of all styles including (and not limited to) Northern Soul, Gospel, Folk and more recently early screamo. Their re-issues of some seminal recordings from Codine, Karate, Indian Summer and more made me …
 
Rest in Power to Gared O'Donnell. This conversation originally was published in 2012 and was one of the first conversations I had for this podcast. He was a special human and I am saddened that he is no longer with us. Listen to this episode and listen to the entire PMFS catalog...it's well worth your time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https…
 
I am very pleased to welcome prolific solo artist, Emma Ruth Rundle to the podcast. She just just released an incredible new LP called Engine of Hell that is some of her best work, so I had to dive in and chat about the early 2000's in the LA music scene, her tumultuous childhood and her proclivity to collaborate. Learn more about your ad-choices a…
 
This is an exciting moment for me. I'm trying something new with the podcast. This is part 1 of a 4 part series featuring new country group The Chattahoochies. This week I'm speaking with Nelly Joy. You may know her from her work with the Jane Dear Girls, Gone West, High Dive Heart and her solo work. She's crazy talented and someone that I've admir…
 
I've read a lot of books and articles about relationships. Most of them have very similar information, but sometimes you can find a little nugget in there. My problem with them is that they're all still based on this sort of classic view of relationships. They still kind of look at things through the lens of one working parent, one parent at home, …
 
My new friend Chris Teti from The World Is...and Silver Bullet Studios ducks into the podcast this week with amazing results! We dive into DIY transitions, eclectic music tastes and why his grandmother thinks tour is like American Idol. Joking aside, Chris is a very devoted dude to the DIY music scene and I hope you enjoy the conversation! Learn mo…
 
You read right? You should because it's like...really fun and stuff. One person you should definitely become intimately familiar with is the author, music nerd and all around good guy, Dan Ozzi. He just released a new book called Sellout in which he chronicles all the up's and down's of bands from our beloved indie community jumping into the big po…
 
Every parent has worries about how their actions will impact their child when the grow up. It's part of the deal of being a parent. I know for me I had fears that something I had watched on TV would give her nightmares. When she was a month or two old my daughter was sleeping on my chest so I started watching Nightmare On Elm Street. At some point …
 
A man of many talents, Geoff Garlock from Orchid, Panthers and his most recent project Low Estate comes to hang with us this week. He's also the host of such podcasts like Docs Till Death and The Cannon Canon so as you can see, he's a busy dude. We discuss his history with comedy, growing up with Connecticut hardcore and the "glory days" of Vice. I…
 
What a damn band. Snarls hails from Columbus, Ohio and released an incredible debut last year that I fell in love with so naturally, I had to pick the brain of someone in the band so here we are. Chlo White sings and plays guitar in the band and we discussed her suburban upbringing, emo and wearing your heart on your sleeve. This was an emotional c…
 
I'd love to welcome my friend Karl Hensel on the podcast today. He runs the show at Kings Road Merch (you have undoubtedly ordered vinyl or shirts from them in the past) and plays in a band called Desperate Acts. He's a music industry lifer (with Kings Road and previously with Bridge Nine Records) and spent a lot of time on the road with Holding On…
 
Hot damn! We have Brian Cook from Russian Circles, Botch and most recently, his newly released solo project Torment & Glory on the podcast this week. I have admired all of his musical endeavors (if you haven't, also listen to Roy) and was glad to be able to wander around in his brain and discuss why Botch covered a classical song, his sexual identi…
 
If you've been following this show, you know that I've gone through a rebranding. I changed the name up to fit a different style of conversation. To learn more about that, check out episode 60 of Adult Education. A friend of mine, and friend of the show, recently went through a rebranding of her own. I'm talking about Jami Crist. She joins the show…
 
Dale from The (damn!) Melvins is hanging with us on the podcast today. It's a wide ranging chat that hits on life in Aberdeen, playing the drums and working within the major label system not to mention how the band has been able to make a career out of being adventurous musically. Dale also does a killer Keith Morris impression as well. Learn more …
 
I met Ali Nolan after I reached out to her via social media because I had read one of her articles in Runner's World. She touched on a lot of things that I was going through with my running at that point. She agreed to have a chat with me (which you can listen to in episode 9 of this show) and we hit it off. During that conversation Ali mentioned t…
 
Mr. Mike Kinsella is on the damn podcast today. The man behind bands like American Football, Owen, Cap' N' Jazz and Owls agreed to let me punish him for an hour and I was happy to oblige. We discuss the unexpected rise of American Football, being resilient and of course, midwest emo. In all honesty, I was thrilled to have this conversation because …
 
If you're anything like me you listen to podcasts and end up having follow up questions or comments for the guests and hosts. I'll be sitting in my car thinking, "Wait....I want to know more about that!" This episode is giving me an opportunity to ask those questions. Today I'm catching up with Ray Harkins. He's the singer for the hardcore band Tak…
 
One thing I've learned over the last couple years of my health journey is how important it is to get a good night's sleep. Sleep is crucial in so many aspects of health. As adults we can recognize that and try to make changes. But we seem to be ignoring the negative affects that it may have in our children. We put all kinds of focus on getting our …
 
Hell yes, kick back and chill out with your new favorite punk band, Lurk! Kevin Kiley is the vocalist of Lurk from Chicago who is a real cool dude and we had a cool conversation. If you are sensing a theme here, you get it. We discuss his life in figuring out how to be in a "real band", his life working on the railways (no joke) and the Chicago mus…
 
Uncle Wally! I am incredibly thrilled to have everyone's favorite hardcore hero, Walter Schreifels from Quicksand/Rival Schools and so much more, on the podcast. We dive right into it with crazy stories from the major label days of Quicksand, being a "zen" dude, straight edge and longevity in music. It's reflective, fun and informative! Let's start…
 
It's time for a change with Be More Well. As this show has progressed over the last nearly 2 years I've started to realize that the name does not represent what my goals are. This started out as a wellness oriented podcast but I've started to realize that it's more of an education show. Most of my guests are people I pick because I'm interested in …
 
9 years of punk/hardcore/DIY celebration and I couldn't be more happy to continue on this journey with one of my favorite hardcore bands around right now, One Step Closer. Ryan sings for them and I had to punish him about my undying love for OSC, the PA hardcore scene, skateboarding and being a "serious" band. It's been an incredible journey and lo…
 
All hail Jeromes Dream! The kings of OG screamo have been back in action since 2019 and now are collecting all of their older material for a deluxe re-release on Iodine Recordings so in turn, I had to have my old friend and drummer of the band on the show. Erik reminisces about being in the early days of the early 2000's screamo scene, existing as …
 
Gemma Files is a Canadian horror writer, journalist and film critic. I met Gemma when I was moderating a virtual panel for Fangoria. She's smart, funny, and knows her horror! In this episode, we discuss her latest horror anthology In That Endlessness, Our End, how publishing has changed over time, and her past job as a film critic. You can follow G…
 
Every parent wants the best for their kids. Sometimes that love can be smothering and might hold their kids back from learning essential life lessons to grow in the future. You've all heard the term 'helicopter parenting'. It's all done out of love. But maybe we need to give them a little more freedom to make mistakes and learn what they want from …
 
We have a treat for all of you skram-heads out there (just joking, I can't stand that term), Justin Fornof from Wristmeetrazor is on the podcast! We discuss the bands unconventional origins (none of them live in the same area), the Las Vegas hardcore scene and being a "scene" band. It's well worth your time so pull up a chair and hang out with us. …
 
If you're a parent of a young child you probably already know about the instagram account @kids.eat.in.color. If you don't follow it, you should go right now and find it. This account, started by registered dietician Jennifer Anderson, has taken the parenting world by storm. They share so much incredible information and helpful tips for getting our…
 
We take a deep dive today into Salt Lake City and specifically with my new friend, Gentry Densley. He plays in a band called Iceburn (and many more) and is a staple in the SLC heavy music scene and I couldn't have been more excited to pick his brain about the band and scene in general. We also discuss Iceburn's tour with The Offspring (yep, that ha…
 
Belgian Hardcore represent! I have Colin H. van Eeckhout from Amenra (who are much more than a hardcore band mind you) on the podcast today to talk about so many things including the longevity of the band (over 20 years!), transitioning into being a "full time" band and of course, the Belgian hardcore scene and him getting into heavy music. I just …
 
Whatever happens to all those 'final girls' at the end of the classic slasher movies? They survived the monsters but what happens next? Grady Hendrix attempts to answer that question with his latest best seller 'The Final Girl Support Group.' We catch up on this week's episode of Be More Well: Backstage Pass. I loved this conversation. Grady is a s…
 
Everyone's favorite class clown of metal, Adam D is on the pod this week! He's an incredibly prolific musician playing guitar in Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace and a producer of many of your favorite records. We dig in deep to his first band, Aftershock, his life in and around the Massachusetts hardcore scene as well as his sense of humor. Go…
 
You ever look at an adult and think, 'How did this person become such an asshole?' Science journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer is here to help answer that question while giving us advice on how to avoid raising our kids to be human garbage. I don't know about you but my biggest goal in life is to help set my kid up for success. Melinda's first book, 'H…
 
Oh hell yes, Matt from The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx is hanging with me on the podcast today. We get into it by discussing his life growing up in Los Angeles, how important 90's punk was to him as he started to develop his own music tastes and the insane times that he experienced when The Bronx was in the middle of a major label bidding war at the st…
 
I had a chance to catch up with one of my all time favorite authors, Matt Haig. While 2020 was a challenging year, it also was the biggest for Matt's career. He released the book The Midnight Library and it sat on top of different best seller lists for weeks and months. It was a huge success for him. Matt is following it up with a non-fiction book …
 
Illustrator Dave Perillo is back! I caught up with Dave during pandemic times to talk about the fate of comic conventions and how managed work during the pandemic. It was great to have him back on the show. If you want to catch Dave's first appearance on the podcast then check out Ep. 8 (wow he got on early!) You can follow Dave on Instagram (@mont…
 
Four-time New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan joins me this week to talk about, well...talking to people. She's written her first "children's book" called 'Hello World'. It shares a powerful message about asking questions and interacting with others around us so we can learn more about their situation. We are more connected today than …
 
The man who invented "emo rap" is on the show today, Joe Mulherin from Nothing, Nowhere! Obviously I am poking fun a bit at the hyperbole there but this chat was spectacular. Joe is a real ass dude that has a lot of experience within the punk/hardcore subculture, is vegan and straight edge which maybe from the surface...you wouldn't pick up on. We …
 
I love bringing episodes like this to you all because it came DIRECTLY FROM A LISTENER. Matt Frazier plays drums in the really great indie rock band Local Natives and he grew up in and around the punk/hardcore (specifically in the "Chain Reaction-core" days) scene so we dig deep into that while also discussing his life growing up in the Inland Empi…
 
Switching things up for this week's episode of Be More Well: Backstage Pass. Usually I speak with musicians but I wanted to bring in one of my favorite authors, Steven Rowley. He has written a beautiful novel called 'Guncle.' It's funny, it's heartwarming and it has everything you want for a great summer or vacation read. It's the kind of story you…
 
The DUDE is on the podcast this week. By the DUDE I mean Mr. Mike Schliebaum who is the lead shredder in metal stalwarts Darkest Hour, Be Well and Battery. He's an incredibly prolific musician and someone who I call a friend. We talk about his new signature guitar, being an "asshole" and how he finds himself fitting in. What an episode! Learn more …
 
When it comes to health there is no equality. There are the haves and the have somes and the have nots. Each person is dealt a different hand and they're expected to deal with it. What we don't talk about is how everyone's health is interconnected. Your health is not necessarily determined by how much you work out or how you eat. It can be determin…
 
This week on the podcast we have the legend Kevin Seconds on the show. We discuss the re-issue of their seminal record, The Crew and what it was like growing up in Reno. He also talks about the fact he never wants to be the "old guy on the porch" when it comes to music. I couldn't be more excited to share so I hope you enjoy! Learn more about your …
 
Gottfried Roodt + Lloyd Wilgen are the creators of the wildly popular series Noodle and Bun (https://www.noodleandbun.com/). I discovered Noodle and Bun on Tiktok and instantly fell in love with the expressive CG animation. Noodle and Bun got major traction on TikTok and now has over 4.3 million followers. In this interview, I discover how Noodle a…
 
A Pacific Northwest hardcore/metal legend, Greg Anderson is on the show this week. He played in Engine Kid, Brotherhood, currently runs Southern Lord Records and also plays in Sunn 0))) and Goatsnake. In short, he's done a ton of rad stuff within independent music, so I asked him all the questions. We covered the inception of the PNW hardcore scene…
 
Recycling is an important thing, but it is confusing. What numbers on the plastic to I recycle? Can I recycle these paper plates? Do pizza boxes count? There are so many questions. Recycling expert Jennie Romer is here to help. She's put together a very colorful and fun book called 'Can I Recycle This: A guide to better recycling and how to reduce …
 
New England Metal and Hardcore staple Brian Fair from Shadows Fall/Overcast is on the show this week! I am VERY excited as I have admired his work for many years and worked alongside of him when he played in Shadows Fall (I worked at Century Media while they were releasing their earlier LP's) but never got to spend time with him. We changed that an…
 
Honey County's Dani Rose joins me this week for a conversation. It's more of a catch up between friends. I've known her for about a decade now, but it has been a minute since we've had a good long chat. Thanks for joining us for this one! We talk about Dani's hustle and drive in the music industry, what it's like to start fresh with her new Honey C…
 
Katie Skelly is a writer and illustrator based in New York. She's best known for her brightly colored graphic novels with strong giallo vibes. Her book Maids came out in 2020 from Fantagraphics and explores the true crime story of the Papin sisters. In this episode, we explore her film influences, the history behind Maids, and the indie comics comm…
 
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