The Midnight Brew

Good conversations at the best virtual diner on the Internet.

The Midnight Brew is a podcast hosted by Cailean Babcock out of Osaka, Japan, at the best virtual diner on the internet. Episodes feature interviews with inspiring individuals from around the world, as well as discussions about creativity, art, movies, current events and culture. Released every other Friday at midnight Japan Standard Time.

Episode 9: The Key is to Guess Right

In case you didn’t get to go to - or get enough of - Comic-Con this year, we have a special treat for you! Today we’re joined by John Bae, editor and podcaster over at Viz Media's popular website for all things manga, “Weekly Shonen Jump”. John talks about his life with Viz, and also drops a few hints about his former, secret life as a Japanese sci-fi action star.

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Episode 8: The Director's Secret Weapon (Charley Beal)

Welcome back to the Midnight Brew and the first interview of 2015! Today, Cailean sits down with his uncle, award-winning art director Charley Beal. His impressive list of credits includes many well-known Hollywood projects and spans over two decades, including such notable films as MilkEat, Pray, Love; and Fox's newest TV series, Gotham.

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Episode 7: Twang

The Midnight Brew starts 2015 with a “cuppa Joe” episode, and this time the guest is you! Cailean has some updates about the Midnight Brew, his new company, Overclocked Imagination, and the projects and challenges he’s undertaking this year. There’s also some free advice on how to be your own artistic business manager and a little love shown for fellow podcaster, Matt McWilliams of the World Changer Show with Matt McWilliams podcast.

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Episode 6: Voluntary Insanity, Part 2 (Jamie El-Banna)

This is part two of a two-part interview with Jamie El-Banna, founder of the volunteer group, It’s Not Just Mud ("INJM" to its friends). Jamie tells us about working within the bounds of Japanese society, the problems behind big relief organizations such as the Red Cross, and how he helps other organizations who might have a lot in the enthusiasm and money department, but not so much in the know-how. He also reveals his secret identity as a real-life super hero - complete with power ring and super-cool ability to summon his team of fellow, um, relief super heroes?

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Episode 5: Voluntary Insanity, Part 1

This is part one of a two-part interview with Jamie El-Banna, founder of the volunteer group, It’s Not Just Mud ("INJM" to its friends). Jamie tells us about how he decided to come to Japan one day over lunch, his personal experiences during the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, and how he was inspired to spend the next three years as the head of his own non-profit, disaster clean-up organization. Jamie also reveals some of the inner workings of the Japanese government and culture, including the surprising truth about Japanese fishermen and Twitter.

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Episode 4: Tanaka, Fred. You Know the Guy


We’re back again with a special double shot of the Midnight Brew! This is our first “cuppa joe” episode, where we cut loose and go off-script to just shoot the breeze and talk about the latest news, pop culture, tech, Japan, or whatever else strikes our fancy. Sit back and relax while Angela Troianos and I take you on a whimsical journey through a world where coconut oil can serve as a milk substitute in coffee (at least in theory), Epson printers are the spawn of evil, and a man invents a way to close his garage door from the comfort of his bed.

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Episode 3: The Level Playing Field

Today's interview features Angela Troinanos, friend and business consultant. This time it’s my turn in the hot seat as Angie interviews me to find out my views on the great, ongoing experiment that is the Internet, and how that relates to the independent media creator. We go on to delve a little bit into Spindle, my first foray into science fiction, the challenges of long-form movie making, and how to make the tech serve the plot (instead of the other way around).

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