Torrey Brown, a write-in candidate for Three Rivers At-Large City Commissioner, drops by the show to discuss why he’s running, the importance of representation and transparency, his vision for a rec center for the city’s youth, his upcoming induction into the Three Rivers Athletics Hall of Fame, and more.
Doug and Alek discuss Watershed Voice’s Fall Member Drive, the importance of local journalism, Halloween in Three Rivers, Alek’s forgotten novel he recently picked up again, the legend of Dr. John K. Hartman, and Doug’s love for cycling and drop-in hockey.
WARNING: In this week’s episode, Alek and Doug get personal. No guest, no headlines, just a pair of college best friends discussing three aspects of their lives that explain who they are, and who they hope to become. So put on your hazmat suit (unless you’re comfortable with vulnerability and intimate conversations, then you’re probably safe with just the tissues), and tune into the Season 3 premiere of Keep Your Voice Down.
Doug and Alek go it alone on the heels of the Watershed Voice Artist Showcase to discuss the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Alek’s first foray into live entertainment, touching on what Alek learned, what he would do differently, and what the future holds for the event.
Doug and Alek join Lisha and Jules on Screen Tea Podcast for a very (very) in-depth discussion about the 2015 Ridley Scott film The Martian. Listen to Doug fanboy over Screen Tea, his favorite podcast on the planet, and Alek fanboy over Matt Damon, while Lisha and Jules try to bring the rickety vessel that is this episode safely home.
Doug and Alek are joined by Three Rivers poet and Watershed Voice Showcase opener Debbie Allen to discuss her upbringing in “old school” Philadelphia, her creative process, using poetry to work through pain and trauma, and the trials and tribulations of being a moderator for Three Rivers, Michigan Area Information.
Doug and Alek are joined by Sow Good Seeds columnist and the most talented member of the Haak-Frost household Deborah Haak-Frost. The trio discuss the wonders of permaculture, why lawns are a problem, the many pursuits of Three Rivers nonprofit *culture is not optional, scones, and the GilChrist Retreat Center.
In this week’s episode Doug and Alek discuss next month’s Watershed Voice Artist Showcase, the Summer Olympics and why beach volleyball is the Fast and Furious of Olympic sports, as well as why you should watch Lovecraft Country and Summer of Soul immediately.
Doug and Alek are joined by Three Rivers Library Director Bobbi Schoon to discuss the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a two-time interim library director with five degrees (Spoiler: It’s Bobbi, the Thanos of library directors), who has ascended to the full-time position after years of hard work and dedicated service to the Three Rivers community. The trio talk about the importance of local libraries, the variety of activities folks can participate in at the library without ever picking up a book (they’re getting robots, guys), Bobbi’s bout with COVID-19, and the library’s upcoming Community Conversations series.
Doug and Alek are joined by Watershed Voice columnist Steph Hightree for her long awaited and highly anticipated (probably) second interview to discuss raising a son with autism, how the stigma and general perception of autism has changed over the last decade, and why an emphasis on acceptance of autism should take priority over raising awareness of the developmental disorder. The trio also does a deep dive on Steph’s unique hobby and life’s work: collecting gnomes.
Doug and Alek are joined by recording artist and Kalamazoo native Sherridan Harris to discuss his debut album “Day in the Life,” his songwriting process, the difference he sees between the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, and the Southwest Michigan music scene.
Alek and Doug are joined by Sherry Hutchison, Doug’s third grade teacher, to discuss the state of teaching throughout her career, and how Doug clearly peaked in elementary school.
Doug and Alek are joined by recording artist Courtney Moore to discuss her new album “25.” The Three Rivers native details her music making process, the pros and cons of dating in the 21st century, her son Kobe, the tragic passing of his namesake Kobe Bean Bryant, and the effect it had on her.
Doug and Alek are joined by former Central Michigan University classmate and friend Eric Dresden to discuss his 2019 cancer diagnosis, what he has in common with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and why he left the field of journalism after serving as Central Michigan Life’s editor-in-chief in college and working for publications like The Arizona Republic, Big Rapids Pioneer, and The Flint Journal.
Doug and Alek are joined by no one (a tough booking, we assure you) to discuss the findings of science journalist Alan C. Logan who recently published a book about infamous con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. of “Catch Me If You Can” fame, claiming Abagnale, Jr. used Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio to sell us an even bigger bill of goods than previously thought.
Doug & Alek are joined by Watershed Voice Columnist and Office Manager Steph Hightree to discuss parenting during a pandemic, how paramount in-school counseling has been for her daughter Cadence, the trials and triumphs of her son Nathan, the joys of camping and her dogged pursuit of a Playstation 5 for her husband in the first of two back-to-back episodes with Ms. #MomLife herself.
Doug and Alek are joined by Pastor Devon Miller of Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite to discuss what it’s like leading a congregation during a global pandemic, being a religious leader in the 21st century when so many young people have walked away from the church or were never introduced to it in the first place, and restorative justice as it relates to conflict resolution and healing.
Doug and Alek are joined by Lisha and Jules McCurry (Screen Tea Podcast) to discuss mental health and parenting during a pandemic, the pros and cons of working in this environment (Lisha is a mental health professional and Jules recently returned to work after a long hiatus), and three movies they each watched once and will never watch again for whatever reason. If you have strong feelings about Fabergé eggs, bad Boston accents or the church that is cinema this episode is for you.