The Hoomanist

The Hoomanist
The Hoomanist is an independent resource of compassionate and ethical inspiration for creators and digital humanists. Hosted by Simone Salis.
Mark Larson: Focus on Your Process
Dec 13, 2018 • 50 min
Mark Larson is a writer, interviewer, educator, and curator of many oral history projects like American Stories Continuum and Ensemble, Chicago collecting and sharing conversations about contemporary life in the United States. Professor at…
Melissa McEwen: Find a Career That Makes You Happier
Nov 29, 2018 • 50 min
Melissa McEwen is a tech consultant and writer merging two passions and careers, publishing articles for Quartz, Submain, on Medium and more. You can check out her website and social media profiles by visiting
Tim Kazurinsky: Don’t Give Up Your Soul
Nov 15, 2018 • 52 min
Tim Kazurinsky is an actor, screenwriter, Saturday Night Live alumnus, and performer from the Police Academy series as Officer Sweetchuck. In the early 80s, Mr. Kazurinsky played iconic characters on SNL, like Jack Badofsky on Weekend Update, Mr…
Scott Robin: Get Creative Through Restraints
Nov 1, 2018 • 52 min
Scott Robbin, web developer and co-creator with Naz Hamid of Vapid, an intentionally simple content management system to create websites. Starting in the late 90s, Mr. Robbin founded different companies like Halobrite and Songza, and also worked as…
Cody Gough: Cultivate Your Curiosity
Oct 18, 2018 • 52 min
Cody Gough is a radio host, producer, and audio editor. For over a decade he worked as a producer and content creator with WGN Radio, GonnaGeek Network, and Mr. Gough’s skills help shows to take shape and become even more successful…
Linnea Gandhi: Take Back Your Attention
Oct 4, 2018 • 52 min
Linnea Gandhi is adjunct professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth and founder of BehavioralSight—an advisory firm helping businesses to integrate insights and methodologies from behavioral science into their research and…
Jen Ellison: Challenge Your Authentic Self
Sep 20, 2018 • 52 min
Jen Ellison is an actor, writer, director, and professor focusing on comedy and theatre. Throughout her career, Ms. Ellison performed and directed at ComedySportz, Collaboraction, The Neo-Futurists, and The Second City, the legendary improv theater…
Byron Reese: The Fourth Age
Sep 5, 2018 • 59 min
Byron Reese is an entrapreneur, public speaker and author, currently CEO and Publisher of GigaOM, a leading technology research company. As a technologist and futurist, Mr. Reese brings his passion for history and philosophy to the readers shining a…
Ashley Ray: Set Higher Expectations for Yourself
Aug 22, 2018 • 49 min
Ashley Ray is a comedian, writer, and TV critic sharing her personal stories and ideas while touching important topics like gender, race, and sexuality. As a cultural critic, Ashley writes for The A.V. Club, Vice, and The Chicago Reader.
Dakota Conduct: Stop Complaining and Find Solutions
Aug 15, 2018 • 49 min
Dakota Conduct is a Supply Chain Analyst by the day, and drag queen by night. Living in the duality of corporate daytime professional and gender-bending drag queen in nightlife, she shows how knowledge can only further enhance her drag aesthetic.
Jake Shapiro: Inside RadioPublic’s Strategy
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
RadioPublic’s CEO and co-founder Jake Shapiro talks about RadioPublic’s stragety, business model, and risks, discussing how to create a sustainable marketplace for podcast creators and listeners while contributing to the development of open standards…
Ali Barthwell: Understand and Surprise Your Audience
Aug 2, 2018 • 45 min
Ali Barthwell is the co-founder of WakandaCon, a celebration of afro-futurism and black culture in a society that stripped african-americans of their past. She is a writer, performer and comedian teaching her students how to use sterotypes on gender,…
Thomas Thorson: Cliff-Dwelling
Jul 12, 2018 • 35 min
Thomas Thorson is a landscape architect and urban designer interpreting the physical world to interconnect people in an urban environment. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Cliff Dwellers Club, an historic and iconic arts club in downtown…
Neal Sàles-Griffin: Run for Mayor
Jul 5, 2018 • 51 min
Neal Sáles-Griffin is an entrapreneur, teacher, and an educational leader born and raised in the Chicago South Side, currently CEO of CodeNow, a national nonprofit teaching young people how to code in order to solve problems and become creators of…
Anne Libera: Louis CK and Stand Up After #MeToo, New and Diverse Comedians
Jun 25, 2018 • 16 min
Anne Libera: Empower Through Comedy
Jun 21, 2018 • 49 min
Anne Libera is the creator of the first college degree in Comedy and Director of the Comedy Studies program at Columbia college Chicago, overseeing the B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performance. She has worked for over 32 years at The Second City, the…
Nate DuFort: Be a One-Person Show
Jun 14, 2018 • 46 min
Nate DuFort is a writer, producer, and director who splits his time between Detroit and Chicago. Mr. Dufort is a consultant for The Second City, having previously served as Producer, Producing Director, and Producing Artistic Director there,…
Danielle Feiberg: Make the Best Movies Through Diversity (from Pixar)
Jun 7, 2018 • 49 min
Danielle Feinberg is a storyteller using light as her narrative tool. With over 2 decades of experience at Pixar Animation Studios, Ms. Feinberg inspires younger generations of all genders and communities to become artists through technology. Her work…
Dave Hoover: Learn Through Apprenticeship
May 31, 2018 • 53 min
Dave Hoover is a Code crafter formally trained in psychology and family therapy, Mr. Hoover is a software developer using the Ethereum blockchain and co-author of the book “Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman”. He…
Adrian Danzig: Discover Infinite Beauty and Talent
May 24, 2018 • 41 min
Artistic Director of “500 Clown”—a physical theater company that uses clown and humor to get the audience’s active attention—Adrian Danzig has performed at The Goodman theater, The Steppenwolf, The Second City, Berkeley Rep, and much more. A…
Lisa Wagner-Carollo: Find the Still Point Within Yourself
May 17, 2018 • 44 min
Lisa Wagner-Carollo is an agent of social change. Through theater, social justice, and spirituality, for almost 30 years she has been making an effort to reach marginalized communities through art. As founding director of the Still Point Theater…
Mineko Okamura: Space Channel 5 VR, from SEGA to Grounding
May 10, 2018 • 45 min
Okamura-san is the CEO of Grounding, an independent video-game company based in Japan and currently developing the virtual reality sequel to one of SEGA’s most successful and bizarre games ever: Space Channel 5, a visionary music game first released…
Kelly Leonard: Use “Yes And” in Everyday Life
May 3, 2018 • 53 min
Currently the “Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation” at the iconic theater The Second City, Kelly Leonard is an improviser who doesn’t perform on stage. He applies the constructive principles behind improvisational theater in…
Luca Badetti: Embrace Your Inabilities
Apr 26, 2018 • 48 min
Dr. Luca Badetti tries to embrace both abilities and inabilities, arguing that this is the best way to become a more complete and connected human being: by encountering disability. Professor at Loyola and DePaul University, as Director of Community…
Jack Vidra: Do Something That Scares You
Apr 19, 2018 • 47 min
Gourmet chef and porn star with a military background, Jack Vidra is a model working in the adult entertainment industry nominated as Best Newcomer for the 2017 Grabby Awards, celebrating the adult erotic video industry. Featured in movies from…
David Dewane: Make Yourself Uncomfortable
Apr 12, 2018 • 46 min
David Dewane is an architect and journalist working to create a better world through design and social change serving as Community Director of Archeworks, and formerly as the editor in chief for Impact Design Hub, both dedicated to expanding the role…
Jonathan Mayo: Come Out as Your Own Person
Apr 5, 2018 • 45 min
Jonathan Mayo is an artist and creator behind Cleaning Closets, an oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from both sides of the closet door, both from the perspective of LGBTQ people as well as the family and friends…
Charna Halpern: Improvise a Comedy Empire
Mar 29, 2018 • 43 min
Ms. Halpern mentored comedy legends like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, and Cecily Strong—while building a comedy empire with her iO Theater, home of ‘The Harold’ (the improv format she created with Del Close).
Jason Rohrer: Understand Your Place in the Bigger Picture
Mar 22, 2018 • 47 min
Using videogames as an artistic medium. Jason Rohrer is an independent game artist and creator of the videogames “One Hour One Life”, “Immortality”, and “Passage”—currently part of the New York MoMA permanent collection.
Cathy Pearl: Create Humane Technology
Mar 15, 2018 • 47 min
Cathy Pearl is one of the few experts in the rising field of designing computers with a voice, working in the San Francisco Bay Area for over two decades and experimenting to create a more natural, conversational way to interact with the devices that…
Dominic Pacyga: Fall in Love with Your City
Mar 8, 2018 • 47 min
Prof. Dominic A. Pacyga is a historian and researcher who analyzes the city of Chicago not just as an urban conglomerate, but as the collective and diverse story of settlers, immigrants, and locals who built it through their flesh and turned it into…
David Pasquesi: The Art of Paying Attention
Mar 1, 2018 • 48 min
David Pasquesi is one of the most experienced improvisers currently performing on stage, focused on exploring the moment together with the audience, and not just performing for the audience. His Chicago and New York based show Tj&Dave—with his…
Opening Theme: Short Version
Jan 4, 2018 • 1 min
A short version of the opening theme of The Hoomanist.