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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

May 28, 2015

On today's show I talk to author Jack Womack. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Jack moved to New York in 1977, and his first novel Ambient was published a decade later. Ambient was the first in his "Dryco" series which includes Terraplane, Heathern and Elvissey, which he won the Philip K Dick Award for. He's...

May 21, 2015


On today's show I talk to comedy writer and the man behind many of your favorite things Joe Randazzo. Joe got his start at The Onion, and while there worked his way up to editor of the paper. After they moved their headquarters to Chicago, he became the creative director of Thing X which then became

May 14, 2015

On today's show I talk to writer, producer and feminist Marcelle Karp. Born in New York, Marcelle met Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel in 1993 while working at Nickelodeon, and the three started a zine called Bust. Bust grew and became one of the flagship publications of third-wave feminism. After leaving the...

May 7, 2015

On today's show I talk to actor Susan Heyward. Susan grew up mostly in Atlanta and Philly as the daughter of two preachers and came to acting at a young age. Since entering the professional world, she's performed on and off Broadway, had roles in comedies like 30 Rock and Michael and Michael Have Issues, dramas...