Brian Heater

Brian Heater (@bheater ) is a senior editor at Engadget and the founder of indie comics site, The Daily Cross Hatch. His writing has appeared in Spin, The Onion, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Press. He hosts several podcasts and shares an apartment in Queens with a rabbit named Sylvia.

Julie Klausner, How Was Your Week?

In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews Julie Klausner, the New York City-based author, podcaster, and comedy writer-performer.

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Dan Kennedy, host of The Moth

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In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews the host of the long-running true-story live performance and podcast, The Moth.

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Peter Kuper, cartoonist

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In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews the author of multiple Kafka adaptations and a sketchbook diary chronicling his time in Mexico.

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An interview with Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show

Brian Heater hosts the latest episode of the RiYL podcast

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Richard Hell, punk rock's patient zero

In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews Richard Hell, one of the pioneers of punk rock.

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Scott Aukerman: behind Between Two Ferns

Zach Galifianakis is the man Between Two Ferns. Scott Aukerman is behind the two ferns. It’s not the only fake talk show Aukerman co-created. In this episode of RiYL, Brian Heater interviews the comic and writer about Comedy Bang! Bang! and his NBC show that didn’t make it past the pilot.

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Texas Country singer and songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard [RiYL 57]

“I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I walked backstage to meet Hubbard, the 67-year-old outlaw country survivor,” says Brian Heater. “An elder statesman of the same scene that produced the likes of Waylon Jennings and Townes Van Zandt — he one of the few who’d lived to tell the tales.”

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Record producer/DJ Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn [RiYL 55]

Brian Heater interviews the record producer, music critic, DJ, and blogger Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn

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A counseling session with Circle Jerks' Keith Morris [RiYL 54]

“I’m sorry if I can’t look you in the eyes during the interview,” Keith Morris apologizes, taking the microphone from me. I’m slightly baffled by the statement until he lays down on the couch, feet facing me, mic resting on his chest.

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Marc Maron on e-cigs, drug addiction, and Vegas (RiYL 053)

Brain Heater interviews comedian podcaster Marc Maron on the launch of the second season of Maron, his self-titled sitcom about a self-obsessed comedian hosting a podcast out of his cat-filled Los Angeles garage.

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Ben Harper and his mom record an album (RiYL podcast 052)

Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing’s weekly podcast of Brian Heater’s cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.

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RiYL podcast 051: MSNBC host Chris Hayes

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chris-hayesChris Hayes arrives carrying a sandwich in a brown paper bag. When I make some offhanded joke about the host of a primetime cable news show having to get his own lunch, he thinks nothing of it, just appreciating the chance to get away for a moment. Not that he doesn’t love his job, of course. It takes a very specific sort to host a show like All In five days a week, a few if any are as perfectly suited for the 24 hour political news bring as Chris Hayes. Over the past four years, the bespectacled pundit has worked his way up from guest on the network to the host of MSNBC’s 8PM slot — a position that puts him directly up against Fox’s O’Reilly Factor. Hayes kindly took 30 minutes out of his busy TV show hosting / sandwich procuring schedule to discuss his career and the increasingly prominent role of cable news in our always-on society. (Photo: editrix)

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RiYL podcast 049: Cartoonist Bob Fingerman

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In April of last year, Image Comics published Maximum Minimum Wage, a hardcover compilation of Bob Fingereman’s long-running Fantagraphics series. To this day, Minimum Wage and the subsequent collection Beg The Question remain the cartoonist’s best known work, telling the close-to-home tale of an artist struggling with work, love and life in New York in the 90s. After a 15-year hiatus spent on various comics projects and a trio of prose novels, Fingerman picked up the story again in January with a new series bearing the same name, set three years after the end of its predecessor. I met up with Fingerman in the Manhattan apartment he shares with his wife to discuss returning to a project after nearly a decade and a half and how to get back into the mindset of younger, poorer time.

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RiYL podcast 048: 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental

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When 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichental swung by New York to address the Inside 3D Printing conference in Manhattan, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to discuss the technology. The company has been at the forefront of the space since 1986, when co-founder Chuck Hull invented the process of stereolithography, which gave rise to the world of industrial additive manufacturing. The company’s been a player on the business side since then and has also spent the last several years developing a consumer facing arm for the quickly growing world of desktop 3D printing. We covered the viability of consumer technology, the on-going patent wars, and the recent controversies surrounding 3D printed weapons.

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RiYL podcast 047: cartoonist Box Brown, "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend"

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In this episode, we speak with Box Brown, the artist behind the newly-released graphic novel Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. By way of background, he also designed RiYL’s logo, so in a sense he’s been part of the podcast since the beginning. I’ve been aware of his work since the earliest days, when he first began exploring the medium. He posted his loosely autobiographical comics on message boards of established cartoonists like James Kochalka. He put his work out on floppies and webcomics. Those early strips were really rough.

I can’t think of a single cartoonist whose work I’ve watched progress from such an early stage. And it was no doubt that exact drive to put his stuff out in the world that helped Brown improve, culminating with the forthcoming release of his first full-length book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, which examines the man who became professional wrestling’s largest legends.

Brown and I met up at a coffee shop next door to Locust Moon, my favorite comic shop in Philadelphia. We discussed giving it all up to pursue your dream — and, like zine publisher (and friend of Brown) Robert Newsome before him, the cartoonist was more than happy to discuss his lifelong love of professional wrestling with a podcast host who’s only just beginning to familiarize himself with the subject.

Oh, and as we approach episode 50, I’m asking listeners to let me know which RiYL episodes have been their favorite, thus far. Please send any feedback to riylcast@gmail.com

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