Pop It Show Notes
Aussie researcher Clare Smith and local veterinarian Whitney Allen discuss their scientific paths on this episode of Pop It, taped at the AC Hotel. Clare is chasing a question: 'What makes us sick?' while Whitney strives to educate pet owners across New England. We talk Steve Irwin, cube-shaped feces, and exotic critters.
Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper is a Worcester native with a passion for punks and pranks. She began as an intern for the iconic Seattle record label and has worked her way up. Some of Sub Pop’s recent releases include albums by Iron and Wine, The Postal Service, Band of Horses, Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, The Head and the Heart, The Shins, and Father John Misty. Sub Pop’s first certified platinum release was Nirvana’s 1989 album, “Bleach.”
We also spoke with Worcester's Best Server (and favorite mama) Jenny Pacillo of Joey’s. Jenny recently performed Kid Rock's "Bawitdabaw" at Worcester Celebrity Karaoke and stole the show. She compares WWE notes with Molly and gets honest about motherhood.
Nikki Bell is the CEO and Founder of LIFT, Living in Freedom Together. LIFT is a survivor-led organization working to end prostitution and empower individuals to exit and recover from the impacts of commercial sexual exploitation. Nikki reminds us that as long as there's a price on one woman's head, there's a price on every woman's head. She critiques S.I. Rosenbaum's recent Globe piece "The case for legalizing sex work." She has been tirelessly working to open Jana’s Place in Worcester this summer, a first-of-its-kind recovery home for women focused on holistic, sustainable recovery. On the evening of June 8th, First Baptist Church will host a night of dinner and dancing to raise funds for Jana’s Place. The AC Hotel generously hosted Pop It for the taping of this episode. Central Massachusetts Freedom Coalition has advocated for all hotels in Worcester to train employees to identify and properly report suspected sex trafficking.
Anita Amin talks Indian weddings, melted frosting, and three legged dogs on this week's episode of Pop It, taped at the AC Hotel. Anita has patterned her friendships after Leslie Knope and her pets after April Ludgate. She loves Worcester's rebirth almost as much as she appreciates its gritty past. When was the last time you dusted off your Boxcar Children Cookbook?
We are joined at the AC Hotel by our guest Michelle Miller, Director of the Center for Women in Enterprise. Michele helps women increase their personal growth, professional success, and financial independence. We imagine what it would be like to own a shop in the Canal District. Michelle talks Sarah through the Strategyzer business canvas, determining value propositions, revenue streams, and customer relations for her hypothetical business venture: "Memoir." We also hear the success story of https://getyourhomedetox.com. You can contact Michelle to receive free help with your own business plan by phone at 508-453-9206 or email at email@example.com. One more thing, are you team Lindsay or team Paris?
This week we’re joined by Ashley Troy of The Trunk n’ Disorderly and Emily Briggs of Bloom and Barter. We’re talking about Brimfield Antique Fair, America’s oldest outdoor antiques flea market. Ashley and Emily are known at Brimfield for their curated collection of vintage and handmade items. Find them under the striped tent in Central Park and make sure to ask them, "What's the best you can do?"
We’re on site at Sparkle on Park with owner Ari Phillippi. Sparkle is part flowers, part art, and part local wonder. We’re chatting with Ari about what it feels like to make a name for herself as a new retail option in an established Worcester neighborhood. She's an aphishianado, a florist, and a creative. Hear why BirchTree Bread Co. is the best spot in the city for public breastfeeding and why Kim K deserves baby shower #4. The walk-in cooler gets a little noisy in the second half of this episode - apologies as we continue to dial-in our sound program!
We’re on the 19th floor at Webster Five Bank with Vice President Monica Thomas-Bonnick. Monica brings over 20 years of experience providing financing solutions for start-ups, women-owned businesses and franchises. Her career trajectory has spanned from the role of non-profit CFO to landing her a spot on Crain’s New York “Business 40 under 40” list. Don't forget her stint as a white water canoe instructor. These days, Monica is in the business of earning trust and building relationships in Central Mass.
This week on Pop It, we’re on site at NKD Lashes, Waxing, and Makeup with estheticians Kristie-Lee Laskes and Crystal Whittemore. Per usual, we are joined by photographer Unity Mike Hendrickson, but this time he’s not behind the camera. We’re talking event logistics, wedding days, and the means by which a professional image can lead to women’s empowerment. NKD and Mike want to party with you like it’s 1999 at their 90’s Prom on May 4th to benefit Dress for Success. Find out why Kate Middleton isn’t really a princess. Plus, our introduction to NKD’s Game of Thrones-level microdermabrasion services. This weeks photos by Roland Sil
When Stacey Luster was elected in 1997, she was the first African American to serve on the Worcester City Council in over six decades. Now, she is the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Payroll, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Worcester State University. We’re discussing diversity, the gender pay gap, and advice for women looking to run for local office. Stacey received her hard-earned law degree from Boston University and we want to know what she thinks of Kim Kardashian West’s quest to become an attorney by an alternative path. Photos by our dear friend Unity Mike Hendrickson.
This week on Pop It, we’re on site at Pageboy Inc. where a team of craft hairdressers aim to elevate Worcester’s hair industry. We are joined by owners Brie Brooks and Carissa Clearwater along with stylist Leanne Rowe. Pageboy is quickly becoming a valuable meeting place for creatives throughout the city, including TRVST Collective, a group of artists, musicians, and craftsmen dedicated to honesty and freedom of expression. We talk face shapes, tattoo families, and public clapbacks. You were at my wedding, Denise! Photos by the talented Unity Mike Hendrickson.
This week on Pop It, we’re on site at Greater Good, America’s First All-Imperial Brewing Company. We are joined by beer and brand specialist JT Ethier, *startender* Katie Mahoney, and front of house manager Melissa Sherry. We’re talking abv’s, beer scandals, and conflicts of interest. How do you deal with the Carlas in your life? We sample the latest from Hella Cocktail Co. and dive into Bieber's hiatus. Sound by John Tonelli and photos by Mike Hendrickson.
This week, we’re on stage at Hanover Theater with Anna MacInnis of the Baphomettes burlesque troupe and Erin Hockey who recently appeared in the all-female butcher episode of Chopped. Anna and Erin are womb-level bff’s. We hear their beautiful origin story and then discuss the difficult realities of friend-breakups. Sitting alone in a 2,300 seat theater makes honesty come easily. We cover body positivity, mean girls, and fat rendering. Photos by the talented Unity Mike Hendrickson (Best of Worcester nominee) and sound design by John Tonelli. Last chance to vote for us as Worcester’s Best Radio Personalities! Click here if you feel so obliged.
We’re on site at North Main Provisions with owners Alexis Kelleher and Nate Rossi—the duo responsible for Crust Bakeshop. Alexis grew up working at Worcester’s most iconic eatery, Coney Island, alongside her mother and great-grandmother. Nate was the sous-chef at Armsby Abbey before joining Alexis at Crust and helping her launch North Main Provisions. For the record, this crew is pro-Jenny from the block and anti-Foodgod. We believe good wine is for drinking. John Tonelli and Mike Hendrickson are on hand for sound and snaps, respectively.
We’re on site at the Ivy Corset Building with photographer Joe Gonzalez-Dufresne.As an expert third wheel for engaged couples or newlyweds and a wild visionary on commercial shoots, Joe has become one of the most sought-after creatives in Worcester. His signature storytelling style is noted for its sense of natural movement and energy. Photos by our old friend Unity Mike Hendricksonand sound production by our new friend John Tonelli.
We’re on site at City Hall with the 94th President of the Massachusetts Senate, Harriette L. Chandler, in the room where she got her political start as a member of the Worcester School Committee in 1991. Chandler went on to become the second woman in Massachusetts history to serve as Majority Leader and also as Senate President. At age 81, she has never lost an election. We discuss the ROE Act as well as her transition from SP, which she says was not at all like Joan Vennochi described it in the Boston Globe last year when she wrote, “Men might have settled this with a heart-to-heart stroll around the Hooker statue. Instead, Chandler and Spilka are fighting over the timing of a baton pass like bargain-hunters battling over a markdown at Filene’s Basement.” Yuck. We also talk Oscars. Photos by Unity Mike.
We’re on site at Bull Mansion with Joslyn Fox aka Patrick Joslyn from season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Joshua Croke of Action! by Design and Love Your Labels—organizations dedicated to making us feel unique and united in our own skin. Josh and Patrick are integral participants in the Queer AF: Art & Fashion Show set to take place on March 1st under the watchful eye of Project Runway designer Sam Donovan. Patrick discusses The Sole Proprietor's warm embrace of his time on reality TV as well as his brushes with Neil Patrick Harris, Khloe Kardashian, Eve, and Jaime Pressly. Josh reminds us to present with confidence in the workplace and to fearlessly express our truest selves.
Don't Worry Be Hoppy (ft. Katrina Shabo)
(Forgive us, we're still dialing in our brewery acoustics.) This week, we recorded at Wormtown Brewery with Director of Marketing Katrina Shabo. On February 25th, Chefs Brian Treitman and Bill Nemeroff of B.T.’s Smokehouseare teaming up for an intimate dining experience at Wormtown Brewery. Before opening one of New England’s most highly acclaimed barbecue spots in Sturbridge, Treitman worked closely with industry titans Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer in Boston. You can hear more from Nemeroff on episode 25 of Pop It. We asked Katrina what she thought about the misogynistic article that blew up our beer news feeds this week, written by Brewing News publisher and co-founder Bill Metzger. Did you know, according to the Craft Brewers Association, 31.5% of craft beer drinkers in 2018 were women? We also discuss Per Se's written appeal, Jennifer Aniston's 50th birthday party, and Ryan Adams' lethal Napoleon complex. (Height confirmed at 5'8".) Tunes by Submarine Machine. Photos by Unity Mike.
Happy Galentine's Day (ft. Linda Cavaioli)
This week, we join Executive Director Linda Cavaioli at YWCA Central Massachusetts, a safe place for women and girls in the community. The YWCA builds strong female leaders who fight for gender equality and civil rights. Linda loves social justice, sunlight, and The Beatles. We also celebrate the merits of Trash-terlist, a newsletter born out of Beacon Hill's insatiable thirst for pop culture. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. It's Galentine's Day! Another round of waffles for the ladies.
Drinking Like Ladies (ft. Kirsten Amann)
Author of Drinking Like Ladies, Kirsten Amann, joins us for an interview during her book signing at simjang. Kirsten opted to donate her proceeds from the evening to Girls Inc., a local organization that equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent women. Heidi Paluk, Sr. Director of Advancement and External Relations gave us the rundown on Girls Inc. We also heard from Sarah Lee of simjang, Erin Jansky and Casey Clancey of the Young Professional Women's Association, and Derek Grimm of the Bartenders Guild. We open with a chat about campus sexual assault as it pertains to The Bachelor and our local colleges. Photos by Unity Mike.
29: Lifestyle Influencers (ft. @Eats2Know & @thehalffullmug)
We’re on site at The AC Hotel with Talin Avakian of @thehalffullmug and Dana Harrison of @Eats2Know. Talin and Dana have amassed impressive instagram followings based on their personal lifestyle brands. We ask about authenticity, setting limits, and food photography. We end the episode with a chat about Chris Brown, Oscar nominations, and Title IX. Photos by Unity Mike.
28: Redemption Rockstars (ft. Dani Babineau & Greg Carlson)
We’re on site at Worcester’s brand new brewery, Redemption Rock Brewing Co. with CEO Dani Babineau and Head Brewer Greg Carlson. We’re talking B Corp.’s, beers, and economic development. Find out which of the Fyre Festival docs spoke to us and what Greg shares in common with the Olsen twins. Photos by Unity Mike [Hendrickson] and music by Submarine Machine.
27: Paleo Diets & Pot Pastries (ft. Alina Eisenhauer & Rachael Lang)
We’re joined by Chefs Alina Eisenhauer and Rachael Lang to discuss fake followers, our relationships with food, and edibles. Alina has appeared on several Food Network shows including Chopped, Cupcake Wars, Beat Bobby Flay, Re-Wrapped, and Sweet Genius. Rachael began working for Alina at age 15; now she is the woman behind the popular baking blog That L’Oven Feeling. Listen to Alina delve into the ways in which her health problems impacted her former restaurant, Sweet. Plus, the duo hatches a plan to take on The Great Food Truck Race. Tunes by Submarine Machine. Photos by Unity Mike [Hendrickson].
Did you hear? We have been acquired by Mass Foodies and we're just getting started. Pop questions. Pop Bottles. Pop Culture.
26: Hype Women (ft. Amy Peterson & Stephanie Ramey)
We’re joined by Worcester’s Communication Specialist Amy Peterson and Executive Director of Discover Central Mass, Stephanie Ramey. What does the binge watch mentality mean for marketing? The job is never finished. We're talking Golden Globes and social media strategy on this week's episode of Pop It. Thank you Unity Mike for stopping by to take some glamour shots. As always, our in-and-out music is provided by Submarine Machine.
25: EAT Local (ft. Lynn Cheney, Billy Nemeroff & Rick Araujo)
This week, we are joined by Lynn Cheney of Lettuce Be Local, Rick Araujo of Civic Kitchen & Drink, and William "Billy" Nemeroff of B.T.’s Smokehouse to talk about our local food systems and the value of working together. Cheney, Araujo and Nemeroff are teaming up to source 100% local ingredients for a collaborative beer dinner with Medusa Brewing Co. on Monday, January 7th. We talk about B.T.'s cultish bbq following, Araujo's culinary crash course in the Harry Potter-verse, and Lettuce Be Local's mission to educate, aggregate, and transport (EAT).
24: Behind the Music (The Promise is Hope & Ben Grigorov)
This week's episode contains a lot of excellent music:
:00-:10 Okay - Submarine Machine
8:44-9:15 Promise Land - Submarine Machine
9:30-10:00 Every Seed Must Die - The Promise is Hope
25:25-26:45 Grateful - The Promise is Hope
36:55-37:55 Springtime - Ben Grigorov
38:05-39:40 Home - The Promise is Hope
54:20-54:30 Okay - Submarine Machine
We are joined by independent artists Ashley and Eric L’Esperance of The Promise is Hope and Ben Grigorov of Submarine Machine. We’re talking about what it’s like to launch a musical career in the digital age while maintaining your authenticity. What is so special about TIDAL anyways? Do you prefer vinyl? Are you all about the Macarena or the Big Mac?
23: A Brush With the Law (ft. AiVi Nguyen & Mark Borenstein)
This week, we discuss millennial friendly working conditions, bias in the workplace, and accurate pop culture depictions of attorneys. We are joined by AiVi Nguyen and Mark Borenstein. AiVi is the youngest attorney ever elected to partnership at Worcester’s premier law firm, Bowditch & Dewey. Hear how Legally Blonde could be a more accurate measure of millennial lawyers than you think. Do we all need to dress like the attorneys on Suits if we want to ask for raises? Also, a state of affairs for Drake and Kanye.
22: Fresh Dining (ft: Jon Demoga & Ellen Benson)
We discuss the rapid growth of Worcester’s restaurant scene and the difficulties that come along with launching a new concept in a gateway city with endless and unrealized potential. We are joined by Jonathan Demoga, Chef/Owner of MamaRoux Food Trailer, as well as Ellen Benson, General Manager of simjang. We also talk about the death of The Citizen Wine Bar and a new era for passionate purveyors. Does volume equal success anymore? Depends on who you ask.
21: Meaningful Giving (ft. Jessica Walsh, Hannah Akre & Ethan Klausmeyer)
This week, we’re joined by Jessica Walsh of Worcester Wares as well as Hannah Akre and Ethan Klausmeyer of Gloves Go Global to discuss philosophies on gift giving in honor of the holiday season. Jessica gives us the super-secret-squirrel scoop on her most exclusive designs. Hannah and Ethan talk preventative health, Amazon smile, and pilots licenses. We're all hoping for URL's in our stockings this year.
20: Girls that are stronger than you (ft. Brynn Elliott) Minisode
A chat with pop star Brynn Elliott who came to town for the City of Worcester’s annual Festival of Lights on the Worcester Common Oval. Elliot is a recent Harvard graduate with a rapidly rising girl power anthem on the Billboard charts, "Might Not Like Me." We also discuss the restructuring of our current radio studio 102.9 fm. Pop It pushes for the normalization of women's voices within our local broadcasting community.
19: Consultation & Groomspiration (ft. Yvonne Caole-Sousa & Jasper)
This week, we had our consultation with day-of-coordinator Yvonne Caole-Sousa of Unique Melody Events. Listen to the full meeting for bold insights regarding vendors, pacing, and parents. Also, Molly finds out what it takes to be a bridesmaid. (Sorry Ross.)
18: The Glitter Gang (ft. Chris Ploof, Ann Cahoon & Krysta Kowal)
This week, we're discussing custom contemporary wedding bands with the team from Chris Ploof Designs. There's nothing traditional about a ring forged from the 4.5 billion year old Gibeon Meteorite. Ploof also deals in mokume gane and damascus steele (think: Game of Thrones level weaponry). We touch on Mariah Carey's #JusticeForGlitter moment and delve into some jewelry-centric pop culture. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
17: Pop Art (ft. StickiPictures & Che Anderson)
This week, we unpacked the role of pop culture in public art with muralist/sticker-aficionado Lukas Therien (a.k.a. StickiPictures) and organizer Che Anderson. In September, we watched Lukas compete in his first Secret Walls battle while Che mesmerized the crowd as a seasoned Secret Walls emcee.
You can find Che at Miami Art Basel's installment of the competition in December and Lukas on Etsy's @stickipictures shop. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
No one was TAKEN in the making of this podcast (on account of the fact that Liam Neeson was outside in the parking lot for the duration of its taping.)
16: House Hunters & Huntresses (ft. Mike Barbera & Joe Abramoff)
Mike Barbera and Joe Abramoff of Barbera Associates are giving us the skinny on what it takes for a millennial to close on a house in the city of Worcester. We weigh HGTV's trickery against its entertainment value and play some real estate would-you-rather. Also, a quick recap of this week's celebrity brushes with Teri Hatcher and Jim Jeffries. Thanks to Submarine Machine for coming out to cheer at the TCS NYC Marathon this past weekend and, as always, providing our in-and-out music.
15: November Project (ft. Kristen Liberty & Ivan Zvonar):
Free fitness alert! We sat down with the leaders of November Project Worcester to talk about the value of "just showing up." Kristen Liberty and Ivan Zvonar invite you to join the tribe on Wednesday mornings at Holy Cross or in your own city for a fun and friendly workout. Come ready to bounce, high five, and cheer each other on. All levels of fitness are welcome. Just how many doctors are there on the heli-pad? We get the real life ER scoop from Dr. Zvonar at the end of the episode. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
14: Marketing Smarts and Arts (ft. Veronica Van Jura):
Veronica Van Jura joins us this week to talk about her custom abstract painting shop and her recent foray into live painting. We ask her what it's like to be an important member of the marketing team for Worcester's largest venue, the DCU Center. She also gives us an inside look at the redesign of Figs & Pigs' menu for which she made certain that each dish's name could double as an Instagram caption. She's our favorite Jersey girl! Tunes by Submarine Machine.
13: Ask a DJ (ft. Jon Strader):
When Jon Strader isn't touring the world with his melodic hardcore band, No Trigger, he is hard at work as Worcester's most coveted dj. This week, we're asking him all of our wedding day questions with the help of Sarah's handsome fiancée. We also talk west coast living, Wright's Chicken Farm, and Rosie O'Donnell's engagement. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
12: The Designer Consignor (ft. Amanda "AJ" Setaro):
This week, we're talking fashion with the best dressed woman in Worcester, Amanda "AJ" Setaro. You can treat yourself to a Birkin bag, Oprah's Gucci pumps, or Blair Waldorf's cocktail dress during your next visit to Sweet Jane’s Designer Consignment, AJ's thriving boutique on Main Street. She even styled us for our podcast cover photo in collaboration with photographer Justin Hall earlier this year. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
11: Secret Gigs (ft. Morgan Vines and Erin Jansky):
This week, Morgan Vines and Erin Jansky discuss the secret gigs and intimate concerts they organize every month as part of a global network called Sofar Sounds. We also get the scoop on Erin's new speaking club for women called the Speaker Sisterhood and pump Morgan for details about her reign as the Karate State Champion of Texas as well as her recent engagement.
10: Game Shows & Gongshows (ft. Eric Lindquist & Tom "Tuesday" Matthews):
This week, we welcome Eric Lindquist and Tom "Tuesday" Matthews of the Railers to discuss how their professional sports organization has succeeded in Worcester where others have failed. Eric reveals that he has been a guest on no less than 11 gameshows including The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Tom denies that he is TRAX the mascot and tells us what it's like to see his bare chest plastered on 20 billboards around the city. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
9: A Grand & Glorious Minisode (c/o Pedro Martinez):
We got bumped from our studio time this week to make way for the Worcester Red Sox, but lady voices must prevail. Here's to Janet Marie Smith, the heart of New England, and the birthplace of oral contraceptives. Tunes by Submarine Machine.
8: Restaurant Reviews (ft. Julia Auger & Jared Forman):
We discuss natural wines and the state of Worcester's food media with Julia Auger and Jared Forman, the minds behind deadhorse hill and simjang. Julia shares stories from her recent South American wine travels and Jared recalls his three years working for David Chang as a young chef at momofuku noodle bar.
7: Comedic Genies (ft. Shaun Connolly, Mairéad Dickinson & Bryan O'Donnell):
We recap our interactions with the artists who have taken over Worcester for 10 days of public art in honor of POW! WOW! and also welcome guests Sean Connolly, Mairéad Dickinson, and Bryan O’Donnell - the organizers of Worcester’s premier comedy festival, Wootenanny.
6: A Shot of Reality (ft. Joy Flanagan):
We question whether reality shows are capable of cultivating real-life relationships and welcome Worcester’s spirit sensation, Joy Flanagan of MS Walker Imports for the full scoop on POW! WOW! Worcester's fierce cocktail competition.
4: Missing Persons & Runaway Brides (ft. Crawlspace Media):
We talk about radio and podcast gender bias and recommend their favorite female voices on the airwaves. Experts Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri share what it takes to wrack up millions of downloads on iTunes and the story behind their breakout podcast success “Missing Maura Murray.” Plus, a quick game of "Runaway Bride" inspired by Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
3: The Wedding Planner (ft. Charlotte Holberry):
We discuss JLO's 2001 stint as a wedding planner. "Eventor in Chief" Charlotte Holberry talks about the realities of being a day-of wedding planner and why she has gone corporate with Eventive. The group debates who was at fault in the recent Jetblue bridesmaid fiasco. Molly closes with her weekly Rosie report.
2: Popping the Question (ft. Laura Marotta & Stacy Lord):
We discuss the delicate art of proposals. Listen to us highlight Michael & Holly and Kim & Kanye before delving into our latest Scooter Braun conspiracy theories. We revisit Nicholas Sparks' teen-bride classic "A Walk to Remember." Sarah shares details of her recent Worcester-Magazine-inspired engagement. The ladies of the Creative Hub, Stacy and Laura, share their own romantic tale about popping the question at Worcester's first rooftop event space. Stacy talks about what it was like to (basically) go to space courtesy of NASA. And, the show ends with a #stonefoxrings casting call. Here's looking at you, Rosie.
1: Pop It (ft. Ricky Nelson):
Hosts Sarah Connell and Molly O'Connor introduce their brand new show "Pop It." They highlight Shea Serrano's illustrated essays on "The Office," Glow Season 2, "Crazy Rich Asians," Ariana and Pete's engagement, Bey and Jay's summer album, and Refinery29's controversial Money Diary. Guest Ricky Nelson discusses Bruce Springsteen, Seltzer Time's global social media impact, and the magnetism of rapper DMX. They wrap up with some games including the Muppet "replace all but one cast member" film challenge. Intro music by Submarine Machine.