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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 14 – The many sides of illustration, from live ink drawings to courtroom art

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 14 – The many sides of illustration, from live ink drawings to courtroom art
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

Scranton illustrator and educator Ted Michalowski joins us in Episode 14 to talk about his extemporaneous art style; turning the typically solitary act of drawing into a social event; serving as a courtroom artist during the trials/hearings of Hugo Selinski, Eric Frein, Mark Ciavarella, and many more cases that made national news; how to teach and encourage students of all ages to pursue art; and founding unique cultural events in the area like Synaesthesia Social – all while he is drawing us! The versatility of his art leads into discussions about education, the local art scene, fostering creativity, and other topics.


In The Last Word segment, we respond to an unsubstantiated comment from a reader familiar to our regular listeners who is consistently negative about the area and ask him to talk to us directly about whatever is really troubling him, even though he’s probably just a troll.

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