Make/work: A Rumpus Podcast



In Season 2 of Make/Work, Scott will speak with artists and activists about how they are responding to the new administration and the role that art and creativity can play in resistance. The show will seek to primarily amplify the voices and work of those being targeted and attacked by this administration.In Season 1 of Make/Work (Episodes 1-37), Pinkmountain spoke with people working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, how they maintain their work over the long term. Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice.


  • Episode #40: Kate Schatz

    19/07/2017 Duration: 35min

    In Episode 40 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with writer and activist Kate Schatz, author of the New York Times bestselling Rad American Women A-to-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, which she did in collaboration with illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl. Schatz is also one of the founders of the nationwide feminist resistance network Solidarity Sundays, which she started with Leslie Dotson Van Every and Jennye Garibaldi, and which has grown from a house party back in early 2016 to over one hundred chapters with more than eighteen thousand Facebook members. Likely, you know her for both of those things.

  • Episode #39: Dorian Wood

    22/05/2017 Duration: 17min

    Dorian Wood is a musician, vocalist, and experimental performer. Much of Wood’s music and performance is an intensely visceral celebration and embrace of the body, often his own, which he fearlessly exposes while rendering gorgeous and virtuosic melodies. The effect is a powerful and intimate expression of his singular beauty that simultaneously reveals the more universal beauty of each of us as individuals. Pinkmountain and Wood discuss the impact of the election on a personal level and Wood’s reluctance to directly address political matters through his creative work. Wood points out bluntly that as a self-identified “overweight, queer person of color,” being singled out and antagonized by those in power is not exactly a new experience. Photograph © Pablo Almansa.

  • Episode #38: Beth Pickens

    19/04/2017 Duration: 23min

    Beth Pickens is an LA-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. Pickens’s background is in Counseling Psychology and she applies those skills to her work, specializing in supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of color. After the election Pickens wrote the how-to guide—Making Art During Fascism—and started running a free weekly drop-in workshop at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in LA. The workshop recently finished up, but Pickens is expanding the pamphlet into a book, which will be published by The Feminist Press as part of the Feminist Survival Series that author Michelle Tea is editing. Photograph © Tammy Rae Carland.

  • Episode #37: Melody Parker

    04/01/2017 Duration: 45min

    Melody Parker composes intricate chamber songs, and Archipelago is her imaginative debut record. It invites the listener to inhabit an otherworldly place and time, yet it evokes the familiar as much as the fantastical. She has created these songs with mourning and celebration for this watery home we know—and for the paradoxical richness of our experience within it. *** Photograph of Melody Parker © Andria Lo.

  • Episode 36: Abeer Hoque

    14/10/2015 Duration: 50min

    Author and photographer Abeer Hoque lives in New York, has Bangladeshi roots, was born and raised in Nigeria, and identifies home in several different places. She captures this kind of simultaneous global existence beautifully in her new collection of linked short stories, The Lovers and The Leavers, which was recently published by HarperCollins India.

  • Episode 35: Dru Farro

    16/09/2015 Duration: 01h07min

    Scholar Dru Farro is currently finishing his PhD at the Center for the Study of Theory and Criticism in London, Ontario. He is also the Chief Deputy Editor of the journal Chiasma: A Site for Thought, and head administrator of the blog Song, and Sin. Farro talks with Pinkmountain about his role on the fringes of academia, his deeply ingrained American reluctance to seek medical attention, his eventual and abstract creative goals, and lots of Faulkner with some highfalutin references to someone named “Husserl.”  

  • Episode 34: Joy Castro

    19/08/2015 Duration: 01h06min

    Joy Castro works in memoir, nonfiction, both literary and so-called commercialfiction, and poetry. And she’ll also be directing the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln this fall. Castro speaks about her somewhat unorthodox writing process, the course of her career, the distinctions (real or false) between literary and commercial fiction, and whether or not she’d feel comfortable leaving her child with the “slutty drunken” narrator of her crime thrillers.

  • Episode 33: Daniel Baird and Alex Chitty

    15/07/2015 Duration: 53min

    Back in January, artists Daniel G. Baird and Alex Chitty sublet their apartment, quit their jobs, packed what they could into their van, Bosco, and left their home base of Chicago to travel around for a year with the intention of figuring out how to make it all work better. They speak to host Scott Pinkmountain about their goals, fears, hopes, and their desire to avoid being perceived as slackers. And of course the value of “Wiggly Time.”

  • Episode 32: Nathan Langston

    17/06/2015 Duration: 51min

    Several years back Nathan Langston schemed up a “gimmick” to meet other artists when he landed friendless in New York City. In April, he launched Telephone: An International Arts Experiment with the Satellite Collective, linking 315 artists from 42 countries. Langston speaks about the origin and development of this ambitious project as well as the effect it’s had on his creative and personal life.

  • Episode 31: Aurora Tang

    20/05/2015 Duration: 59min

    Researcher/curator Aurora Tang splits her time between Los Angeles, working as the Program Director at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and Joshua Tree, where she’s the Managing Director of High Desert Test Sites. 

  • Episode 30: Jon Nielsen

    15/04/2015 Duration: 43min

    Guitarist/composer Jon Nielsen spends half of his year working as a bike mechanic in Minneapolis and the other half traveling the country in an RV. He speaks about becoming disillusioned with the music scene, the difficulty he’s had regaining his inspiration and motivation over the past several years, and how he hit the road in search of finding that motivation.

  • Episode 29: David Meltzer and Julie Rogers

    18/03/2015 Duration: 01h13s

    Episode 29 of Make/Work is the fifth of a sub-series where host Scott Pinkmountain interviews couples in which both partners are artists, addressing some of the unique issues that may arise in those relationships and talking about the challenges and benefits of building a life with someone who's also engaged in a creative pursuit. This week, Scott speaks with poets David Meltzer and Julie Rogers. Husband and wife, reading and performing partners, Meltzer and Rogers also share a Beat sensibility with Buddhist leanings.    

  • Episode 28: Pamela Z

    18/02/2015 Duration: 55min

    Rooted in the San Francisco avant-garde music scene, composer and performer Pamela Z combines vocals, electronic processing, and multi-media performance into a hybrid, experimental medium of her own invention.

  • Episode 27: Saul Melman

    28/01/2015 Duration: 52min

    Host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with emergency room physician and visual artist Saul Melman about ephemeral relationships, the parallels between creative practice and caregiving, and how to reconcile your identity as both a doctor and an artist.

  • Episode 26: Christine Hiebert

    14/01/2015 Duration: 51min

    Christine Hiebert has focused on drawing for nearly 30 years. She has shown at museums and galleries all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work is both abstract and organic, investigating the nature and language of line.   

  • Episode 25: Jim Ragen

    31/12/2014 Duration: 44min

    For over forty years, with career, family and various natural disasters intervening, Jim Ragen has been at work on a five-volume novel spanning generations of life in the Dakotas. He turned down an offer to publish his writing in his mid-twenties because he knew he needed a lifetime of experience to best tell his story, which centers around the devastating 1972 flood in Rapid City, South Dakota that changed his life.

  • Episode 24: Artist Roundtable

    17/12/2014 Duration: 01h13min

    Host Scott Pinkmountain facilitates a conversation between four artists—Fiona Connor; her brother, Jamie Connor, a web developer; artist and writer Brigitte Nicole Grice; and artist Catherine Davis, who works as the manager at the Eames House in the Pacific Palisades. Their conversation veers from Marx and labor power to the difference between honesty and truth in art, to public vs. private practices, to Scott's ignorance about New Zealand, as well as Moondog and a whole passel of other stuff.

  • Episode 23: Katherine Ball

    03/12/2014 Duration: 51min

    Katherine Ball’s work happens at the intersection of anti-capitalism, environmental issues, and social justice issues. For Ball, this has translated to a broad spectrum of projects ranging from making inflatable barricades for climate change demonstrations to helping turn a squatted Greek military base into a sustainable farm.

  • Episode 22: Mick from Darling Freakhead

    12/11/2014 Duration: 47min

    Guitarist and songwriter Mick (who has requested anonymity due to the nature of the discussion) speaks frankly about his childhood abuse and drug use, and the crucial need for alternatives to Katy Perry.    

  • Episode 21: Mona Tian

    29/10/2014 Duration: 42min

    Mona Tian grew up in Shanghai and started playing violin at age 3. She made her major solo debut at age 8, then moved to the US to further her studies when she was 12. She speaks with Scott Pinkmountain about her lost childhood, the pressure she felt as her parents invested everything into her musical education, and how she eventually had to discover her own reasons and motivations to continue playing music as an adult.

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