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  • Episode 59: Mike Gravel’s Twitter & The Gravel Teens

    This latest episode of Across The Margin : The Podcast features an interview with David Oks, the campaign manager of Democratic presidential nominee Mike Gravel. Mike Gravel is a former U.S. Senator from the state of Alaska and is most famous for being a fierce critic of the Vietnam War and who was responsible for…

  • Episode 58: Brainiac — Transmissions After Zero

    In this latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast host Michael Shields sits down with filmmaker/musician Eric Mahoney to take a look back at the legacy and genius of the the Dayton-based indie-rock band Brainiac (3RA1N1AC). On the cusp of a major label deal and breaking into the mainstream, Brainiac’s lead singer and driving…

  • Episode 57: The Bounce and The Echo with Ian Johnson

    In this latest episode of Across The Margin:The Podcast listeners are introduced to the latest release from ATM Publishing, The Bounce and The Echo, with an interview with author Ian Johnson. Ian is a former pro basketball player who, for the first three decades of his existence, saw his life revolve entirely around the game.…

  • Episode 56: A Night At The Garden with Marshall Curry

    In this latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast listeners are whisked back in time to the evening of Feb. 20th, 1939, a night where 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism — an event largely forgotten from American history. This chilling and distressingly relevant to…

  • Episode 55: Wasn’t That A Time With Author Jesse Jarnow

    In this latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast host Michael Shields welcomes author Jesse Jarnow to the podcast to discuss his latest work, Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America. Jesse Jarnow’s writing on music, technology, and culture has appeared via Pitchfork, Wired.com, Rolling…

  • Episode 54: The Year In Music, 2018

    With the final episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast of 2018, host Michael Shields curates a pairing of conversations that celebrates the varied and wondrous music released this year. Joined by the head of ATM”s Art Department, editor/artist Chris Thompson, the Top 50 Albums of 2018 as selected by the staff of Across The…

  • Episode 53: The Emperor’s Handbook

    In the latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast, ATM’s Book Club is back in session and this time it is The Emperor’s Handbook by Marcus Aurelius that is placed squarely beneath the microscope. The Emperor’s Handbook is a book that holds within it an abundance of enduring advice from one of the most…

  • Episode 52: End Climate Silence with Dr. Genevieve Guenther

    In the latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast host Michael Shields interviews the Founder & Director of EndClimateSilence.org, Dr. Genevieve Guenther. EndClimateSilence.org is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the media link stories about Climate-Change impacts to Climate Change itself. Mobilizing through digital activism, they are an organization motivated by the awareness that…

  • Episode 51: What Really Happened with Andrew Jenks

    In this latest episode of Beyond The Margin, host Michael Shields interviews award-winning filmmaker, TV producer, writer and podcaster Andrew Jenks with an episode focused on his latest project WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? Andrew Jenks is a prodigious storyteller who found success early on in his career. His participatory documentary Room 355, set in an assisted…

  • Episode 50: Active Measures with Jack Bryan

    To mark its 50th episode, Beyond the Margin tackles one of the most pressing concerns of modern times: Russian influence in the United States’ 2016 presidential election and its ongoing sway on the President of the United States. To accomplish this in a comprehensive manner, host Michael Shields interviews filmmaker Jack Bryan, the figure behind…

  • Episode 49: The Deuce with Gary Carr

    In the latest episode of Across The Margin’s podcast, host Michael Shields dives into the seedy underworld of 1970’s New York City with the help of the incredibly talented actor Gary Carr, in an episode that revolves around HBO’s series The Deuce. The drama series, whose second season premieres September 9th at 9 p.m., is…

  • Episode 48: The Realness with WNYC’s Mary Harris

    In the latest episode of Across The Margin’s podcast, host Michael Shields introduces listeners to The Realness, a podcast series exploring the life and death of the rapper Prodigy which focuses in on his lifelong battle with Sickle Cell Anemia. To gain substantive insight into all the series has to offer, this episode features an…

  • Episode 47: The Osiris Music Podcast

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin: The Podcast, host Michael Shields takes a step back from the typical format that regularly comprises the journeys Beyond The Margin, and once again digs into what it means to be a member of the Osiris Media Group. Osiris is a community of podcasts and podcasters that…

  • Episode 46: Christian Niedan’s Hollywood Interviews

    In the latest episode of Beyond The Margin, host Michael Shields sits with down writer, editor, and film historian Christian Niedan to talk about his recently-concluded, eight part “Hollywood Interview” series published by Across The Margin. From 2009-2014 Christian ran the film interview site Camera In The Sun, and more recently he published interviews with…

  • Episode 45: John Perry Barlow’s Mother American Night

    In the latest episode of Across The Margin’s podcast, host Michael Shields, with the help of recurring guest George Guidotti, explores the recently released memoir of the late, great John Perry Barlow. As exhibited by his memoir, Mother America Night: My Life In Crazy Times, John Perry Barlow was an extraordinary human, who throughout his…

  • Episode 44: Who Is John Gosslee?

    Simply put, John Gosslee is an author, poet, and editor. But with his prodigious and ever-expanding presence in the literary world, we here at Across The Margin believe such an elementary definition of Gosslee will not suffice. With this in mind, we felt the need to get to know more about such a unique and…

  • Episode 43: The Osiris Podcast

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin: The Podcast, host Michael Shields takes a step back from the typical format that regularly comprises the journeys Beyond The Margin, and digs into what it means to be a member of the Osiris Media Group. Osiris is a community of podcasts and podcasters that connects enthusiasts…

  • Episode 42: Borders with Journalist Johnny Harris (Vox)

    In this most recent installment of Beyond the Margin, the stories that are born amid the lines that humans have used to divvy up the planet are explored. In an discussion centered on Borders, a Vox series which examines the human stories behind physical and political borders, one of the most important episodes of Beyond…

  • Episode 41: Mass Appeal’s Word is Bond (Showtime) & Rapture (Netflix)

    Beyond the Margin explores the making of and significance of two hip-hop related productions, Word is Bond and Rapture (Mass Appeal Productions), with an interview with director and hip-hop icon Sacha Jenkins and director/producer Ben Selkow. In an episode taped in the recording studio at Mass Appeal’s offices in lower Manhattan, host Michael Shields had…

  • Episode 40: The Power of Myth with George Guidotti

    In its latest podcast, Across the Margin welcomes George Guidotti, returning for his third trip Beyond the Margin. In a previous episode, George helped host Michael Shields critically dissect author G. Edward Griffin’s weighty novel, The Creature from Jekyll Island, which promotes undisclosed theories about the motives behind the creation of the United States’ Federal…

  • Episode 39: Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, prolific science-fiction author Philip K. Dick’s work is celebrated via a discussion centered on the exciting new anthology series now streaming on Amazon titled Electric Dreams. Electric Dreams is a series based on the writings of Philip K. Dick, and in order to fully discern all…

  • Episode 38: Rodger Kamenetz’s Natural Dreamwork

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, award-winning poet, author and teacher Rodger Kamenetz ventures Beyond the Margin to discuss a subject he has devoted his entire life to, dreams. Kamenetz, a prolific and bestselling author of ten books, is best known for The Jew in the Lotus, which follows the story of…

  • Episode 37: A.B. Lugo’s Spanish Coffee: Black No Sugar

    In this latest episode of Beyond the Margin, we welcome into the studio author, poet, and award-winning actor and playwright A.B. Lugo to discuss his latest release Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (LCG Press, 2017). Joining in on the podcast are Jonathan Marcantoni, publisher and co-founder of LCG Press, who edited and published Lugo’s latest…

  • Episode 36: Psychedelic Integration with Katherine MacLean

    In this episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields welcomes in studio Katherine MacLean, a research psychologist with expertise in studying psychedelics and meditation. Katherine is the founding director of the Psychedelic Program of New York where she leads trainings in psychedelic harm reduction. A true and passionate psychedelic ambassador, Katherine has worked with…

  • Episode 35: Tribe, Tragedy & Community with George Guidotti

    In its latest podcast, Across the Margin welcomes back in studio George Guidotti, a seasoned and enlightened software executive and sage mind. In the previous episode featuring George, he and Beyond the Margin’s host Michael Shields critically dissected author G. Edward Griffin’s weighty novel, The Creature from Jekyll Island, which promotes undisclosed theories about the…

  • Episode 34: Trevor James Zaple’s Interstitial Burn-Boy Blues

    In this episode host Michael Shields conducts an interview with author Trevor James Zaple to delve into the latest release from ATM Publishing, Interstitial Burn-Boy Blues. Illuminating listeners as to the unique, but strangely familiar, world of Trevor’s novel, and elaborating on the propulsive plot and the extraordinary characters to be found within, this episode…

  • Episode 33: The Game of Thrones Episode, Take Two

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields welcomes back to the studio Across the Margin’s own GoT Guru, Geoffrey Golia, as well as writer and Thrones buff Krissy Trujillo. This trio, ATM’s GoT squad, once again, digs deeply into all things Game of Thrones in the wake of Season 7’s tension-filled…

  • Episode 32: The David Carl Interview

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields welcomes into the studio actor and comedian David Carl. For the past five years, David has been writing and performing his own solo work with Michole Biancosino as co-creator and director. Currently, you can catch David in Trump Lear every Saturday at Under St.…

  • Episode 31: The Game of Thrones Episode

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields welcomes to the studio Across the Margin’s own GOT Guru, Geoffrey Golia, and writer and Thrones-buff Krissy Trujillo, to dig into all things Game of Thrones. Geoffrey has been Across the Margin’s Game of Thrones expert for the past two seasons, utilizing his profound…

  • Episode 30: Ras Kass & El Gant – The Jamo Gang Interview

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields, as well as oft-co-host Brian Sachson, spend time with two remarkably gifted emcees, Ras kass and El Gant. Ras Kass is a true hip-hop pioneer, a remarkable wordsmith who throughout his fabled career has remained socially conscious. His intellectual approach to hip-hop has earned…

  • Episode 29: Climate Change, Two Ways

    In an episode separated into two distinct halves, but dedicated entirely to the science of climate change, host Michael Shields interviews two prominent and passionate meteorologists who have made the study of climate change their life’s work. The first half of the podcast features an interview with John Morales, the renowned Chief Meteorologist at NBC6…

  • Episode 28: A Bit of Housekeeping (Six Months Across the Margin, 2017)

    In this episode, the head editors of Across the Margin, Michael Shields and Chris Thompson, delve into all the happenings on the website the first half of 2017. Expounding upon all the fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more that can be found Across the Margin, Michael and Chris steer the listener towards a few of their…

  • Episode 27: The Boundless Wonders of Jordan

    This episode of Beyond the Margin features an interview with Omar Banihani, Marketing Manager at the Jordan Tourism Board. In his current role, Omar handles the design and implementation of consumer and trade advertising campaigns, as well as forming strategic trade marketing partnerships to increase travel to Jordan. Acting as a tour guide of sorts for the…

  • Episode 26: The Climate March & 100 Days of Trump

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields is joined by frequent co-host Brian Sachson (and later on, in the second half of the podcast, is joined by Across the Margin cohort Christine Roden!) to wax political. On the eve of both the 2017 People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. and the…

  • Episode 25: Into the Heart of the GAMBA Forest

    In its latest podcast, Beyond the Margin introduces you to the exciting and eclectic world of GAMBA. GAMBA stands for Generating Authentic Momentary Boundless Art, and is the brainchild of founders Melissa Hunter Gurney and Christopher Carr. Melissa is a Brooklyn-based independent writer who dabbles in painting when the characters she creates in her novels…

  • Episode 24: Attack on the Fed with George Guidotti

    In its latest podcast, Across the Margin welcomes in studio George Guidotti, a seasoned and enlightened software executive who has advised and served registered investment consultants and financial professionals throughout his lengthy career. George guides host Michael Shields, who wades deep outside of his comfort zone and into murky financial waters, to discuss the mystifying…

  • Episode 23: DJ Trackstar of Run the Jewels (Interview)

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields conducts an interview with Gabe Moskoff, better known to fans and the hip-hop community as Trackstar the DJ. Trackstar is best known for his prolific mixtape work and as the touring DJ (and unofficial third member) for Run the Jewels (RTJ), the rap supergroup…

  • Episode 22: Spanning The Globe with Timothy Konrad

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields, with help from BTM regular Brian Sachson, delves into life as a ski bum and the profound benefits of a livelihood brimming with travel in an interview with Timothy Konrad, Founder and CEO of Unofficial Networks. Unofficial Networks hails itself as a “ski bum’s…

  • Episode 21: The Refugee Crisis & America’s Cold Shoulder

    Appalled by the Trump Administration’s lack of empathy for those in need of urgent help, host Michael Shields and Beyond the Margin regular Brian Sachson explore President Trump’s failed attempt at halting the flow of refugees into the U.S. and the impetus that underscored this unsuccessful executive action. Opening on the global stage, Michael and…

  • Episode 20: Micah White & The End of Protest

    In the latest episode of Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields conducts an interview with Micah White, a lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a global social movement that spread to eighty-two countries, while an editor at Adbusters magazine. His essays and interviews on the future of protest have been published internationally in such…

  • Episode 19: The Singularity

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, Beyond the Margin, host Michael Shields attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding The Singularity, a moment in time that American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil describes: “Within a quarter century, nonbiological intelligence will match the range and subtlety of human intelligence. It will…

  • Episode 18: 2016, A Year End Retrospective

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, Beyond the Margin, the Head Editors at Across the Margin, Michael Shields and Chris Thompson, sit down to wax nostalgic about another lively year at the magazine. As 2016 (finally!) draws to its close, Mike and Chris dig into another eventful year, one where Across the…

  • Episode 17: Brian Sachson & ATM’s Election Roundup

    Host Michael Shields welcomes into the studio Brian Sachson to discuss his work in film, the 2016 Election results, and much, much more. Brian has been involved in the film and television business in New York City for the past 15 years. He is the co-owner of Eclectic Productions, and has most recently created and produced…

  • Episode 16: Mitch Lucas – The Consummate Interview

    Host Michael Shields welcomes Mitch Lucas into the studio to wax nostalgic about a mutual love of film and comedy. Mitch Lucas is a New York-based director and comedian from Bristol, Tennessee. His short films (Shogun of the Upper East Side, etc.) and sketches (“Cash for Pizza” / “The Reunion”) have been featured on Funny…

  • Episode 15: Jonathan Marcantoni

    Host Michael Shields welcomes to the studio novelist Jonathan Marcantoni to talk about his three novels (Traveler’s Rest, The Feast of San Sebastian, The Kings of 7th Avenue) which all deal with issues of identity and corruption in both the Puerto Rican diaspora and on the island, and his forthcoming novel, Tristiana. Jonathan, formerly the…

  • Episode 14: Unhinged, Take Two

    In the latest installment of Across the Margin’s podcast, host Michael Shields welcomes former-co host (and veteran Across the Margin Co-Editor), Chris Thompson, into the studio for a reunion to discuss all the changes in Chris’s life. In one of the most revelatory podcasts in the history of Beyond the Margin, Chris expounds upon the…

  • Episode 13: Rayya Deeb’s Seneca Rebel

    Across the Margin proudly introduces you to Rayya Deeb, author of Seneca Rebel – the first book released under Across the Margin’s publishing imprint, ATM Publishing. Throughout this podcast, listeners are afforded the opportunity to get to know Rayya, as the discussion courses through her history in screenwriting, her many influences that forged the path towards…

  • Episode 12: ATM & The State of the Union

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, Beyond the Margin, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson sit down to discuss the current state of affairs at the magazine, delving into its most recent articles and stories and examining the spectacle that is our present-day political climate as we head into the home stretch…

  • Episode 11: ATM Publishing, Seneca Rebel & Writing Your Truth

    Hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson discuss Across the Margin’s foray into publishing (ATM Publishing), the release of their first novel, Rayya Deeb’s Seneca Rebel (available now!), and share the fruits of their recent writing workshop (Writing Your Truth) with two readings, Tiffany Yu’s “Dear Dad” and Patrick J. Dalton’s “Living Remnant.” Subscribe to Across…

  • Episode 10: Buried Above Ground

    Across the Margin welcomes award-winning filmmaker Ben Selkow into the studio to talk about his latest film, Buried Above Ground, a documentary that embarks on the road to recovery with three post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) survivors. Buried Above ground is an important film that contributes to reshaping the way our society thinks about mental health issues and…

  • Episode 9: To Bern or Not To Bern

    Across the Margin, with the help of Dr. Frank Battaglia (Atlantic County For Bernie Sanders), examines in this podcast the compelling Presidential campaign of the Junior Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders. Subscribe to Across the Margin: The Podcast Check out Across the Margin for further amazing stories & much, much more!

  • Episode 8: A Year End Retrospective

    In the latest episode of Across the Margin’s podcast, Beyond the Margin, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson sit down independant of guest and wax nostalgic about another lively year at the magazine and expound on all the stories and articles that affected them deeply in 2015. Subscribe to Across the Margin: The Podcast Check…

  • Episode 7: The Art of Battle Rap with Iron Solomon

    Hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson enlist the help of the prolific lyricist and performer, Iron Solomon to provide a glimpse into the underground phenomenon that is Battle Rap. Iron Solomon is a wordsmith, one of the most accomplished battle rappers in the history of the sport, and as he walks Mike and Chris through…

  • Episode 6: Aktion P

    With the help of John O’Leary, a researcher and writer chronicling the story of three Americans who discovered the holy grail of Mercedes Benz cars, a Nazi-commissioned 1939 540K Aktion P, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson get behind the wheel of a fascinating car-centric adventure story as they talk with John about one of…

  • Episode 5: Unhinged

    Brace yourself as hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson let their hair down, and in stepping back from their traditionally themed episodes present an installment of Beyond the Margin simply entitled, “Unhinged.” In this fifth chapter, Mike and Chris delve into all the recent stories and articles at Across the Margin, ruminate on pertinent current…

  • Episode 4: Race & Institutionalized Inequalities in America

    With the help of Paul Gutkowski, a veteran social worker in New York City, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson delve into race and the institutionalized inequalities in America, the responsibilities of everyday citizens in this Post-Ferguson America, the challenges of reducing recidivism, and our broken prison system as a whole. Also, to focus on his…

  • Episode 3: A Letter to the Internet

    Listen in as hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson, with help from two dynamic authors and entertainers, Alan Fox and Chris Campanioni, break down the ways in which we interact with the internet, specifically – social media’s role in defining the way in which we live. In this podcast, ideas that revolve around the cultural…

  • Episode 2: The A,B,C & D’s of Science Fiction

    “The A, B, C & D’s of Science Fiction,” an ode to the authors who birthed the genre such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Phillip K. Dick. In this podcast, hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson take the listener on a journey through the dawn of science fiction and pointedly, to…

  • Episode 1: Across The Margin, The Podcast – A Primer

    Hosts Michael Shields and Chris Thompson bring you Beyond the Margin, guiding you deeper into the stories told at the online literary and cultural website, Across the Margin. Listen in as they take you on a storytelling journey, one where you are bound to meet a plethora of intriguing writers, wordsmiths, poets, artists, musicians, and unhinged…