GBBP 151: John C. McGinley

On this episode, we talk to John C. McGinley about his introduction to “comic-con culture,” the creative freedom that being a producer on Stan provides, whether breaking into the industry with films such as ‘Platoon’ and ‘Wall Street’ set up unrealistic expectations, how much he has become an amalgamation of his many characters, and his work with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

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GBBP 135: Mo Willems

On today’s episode, we talk with Mo Willems about the importance of failure, intentionally simple design, what his characters sound like, using picture books to understand the world, and the challenges of putting art into the world. I may or may not have also explained how Willems’s books taught me to be a better father.

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GBBP 132: Aaron Mahnke

This week, we’re looking into the shadows and talking to Aaron Mahnke about the phenomenon he created with Lore. The Lore podcast “exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.” Each episode examines a dark tale from history in a style similar to a campfire experience.

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GBBP 126: Gene Luen Yang

On this episode, we talk to Gene Luen Yang about his Reading Without Walls initiative, getting more kids and families into libraries, writing outside of your lived experiences, working through rejection, and combating gendered labels and stereotypes when it comes to books.

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GBBP 124: Phil Plait

On this episode, we talk to Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) about science as inspiration, how to encourage kids who are interested in science and astronomy, the current state of scientific literacy in popular culture and the media, and where we go from here.

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