Comes A Time

Comes A Time

In these strange days, when you think it can’t get any weirder, it does. Musician Oteil Burbridge and comedian Mike Finoia talk with artists, comedians, activists and more to discuss where we are today, and where we go from here. Oteil and Mike aim to inspire, entertain, and show some silver linings in this cloudy time.... Show More

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October 16, 2020 72 min

On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil are joined by Liz Dozier, who tells the story of how she turned a Chicago high school around, which led her to start Chicago Beyond, an organization that invests in youth equity. Liz discusses the challenges that kids face across the country, and why we need to think deeply about what they’re going through before we make any judgments. 

 

From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career...

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October 9, 2020 63 min

On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil talk with comedian Ronny Chieng. Ronny talks about what he’s been doing during the COVID lockdown, how his live performances have changed (Zoom is not great for stand up), and what production for television and film is like now. They discuss the worst gigs they’ve done, the importance of self-awareness, and why Americans should be required to live in another country for a period of time.


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October 2, 2020 67 min

On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil talk with comedian Roy Wood Jr. Roy shares what quarantine has been like as a comedian, his early experiences doing stand-up in the South, and what he’s picked up from musicians about the art of performance. The three also talk about improvisation in comedy, the current state of live entertainment, and the importance of keeping jokes relevant and impactful. 


A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Roy W...

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On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil sit down with Dr. Chayim Newman and Zack Borer, who work with non-profit Backline to provide mental health care services to musicians and music industry folk. After 7 months of the global pandemic affecting the lives of millions, with a country growing in polarization and turmoil as we near an election, mental health in the US and around the world has certainly taken a hit. The crisis has upende...

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September 22, 2020 81 min

As of today, there are 42 days until the Presidential election. This is the most important election for our generation, so today’s episode focuses on where, when, and how to vote. Guests Marc Brownstein and Andy Bernstein, co-founders of voter registration organization Headcount, join Oteil and Mike to answer questions about voting in 2020, from whether we should be worried about voting by mail to how to make sure you’re registered...

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September 18, 2020 85 min

In this powerful, important episode, Oteil and Mike focus on the topic of race. Inviting listeners into their conversation, the two discuss the activists and change makers who have fought against racism throughout history, and what’s needed to change the racism that exists deep within our system. Oteil talks about his family history and his own experiences with racism, explains the “one drop” rule, and why we all need to educate ou...

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In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Dr. Lita & Derek Mathews, founders of the Gathering of Nations Powwow, along with their daughter Melonie Mathews. They discuss the beginnings of the Gathering of Nations, the importance of the Powwow and the sharing of oral history in Native American communities, and how the Powwow culture shares similarities to the Grateful Dead community. We also hear about Derek’s experience growing up...

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September 4, 2020 58 min

In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome comedian Tom Papa for an enlightening conversation about fear and fearlessness, things that have changed since the pandemic, like comedy clubs, and the difference between living in the city versus the country. They discuss the commonalities between comedy and music, the perseverance that’s necessary for success, and their methods for finding balance.


Tom Papa is a comedian known for his work i...

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August 28, 2020 90 min

In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Mickey Hart to talk about his legendary career with the Grateful Dead, Dead and Co., and the diverse styles of music he’s performed and produced over the years. Mickey discusses what it was like to be in a band with two drummers, why he has a deep appreciation for global music, and what he means when he describes himself as a ‘noiseician’.


Mickey Hart is best known as a drummer in the Grateful...

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August 21, 2020 86 min

In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Steve Parish, longtime crew member for the Grateful Dead and close friend of Jerry Garcia. The three talk about the Dead’s early days in San Francisco, Steve’s career with the band, from roadie to manager; and, why the Dead could be a model for how we should live our lives today. Steve tells Oteil and Mike what he learned 10 years after the legendary 1978 Grateful Dead concert in Egypt, and a...

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August 14, 2020 65 min

In this powerful episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Jim DeSimone, a civil rights attorney based in Los Angeles, to learn about what it means to be a civil rights activist, how to transform the police, and why we need to be vigilant about protecting our election. Jim shares his advice on how we can affect change in our communities, and the three discuss what it means to be a “common sense-ist”. 


Jim DeSimone is the founder of V. James D...

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August 7, 2020 77 min

On this episode of Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike welcome Carolyn Adams Garcia, aka “MG” or Mountain Girl. They talk about the early days of The Grateful Dead and music festivals, the infamous Merry Prankster psychedelics and the mystical experiences that connect to one’s creative spirit. MG shares her insights on the world of music and art, and they discuss the effects of the pandemic on the live music industry. 


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August 7, 2020 67 min

In Episode 3 of Comes A Time, Mike & Oteil chat with Grateful Dead founding member and rhythm guitarist Bob Weir. The three discuss the forced slow- down that’s come out of COVID-19, Bob’s reflections on Jerry Garcia’s passing, and what he learned from both the Acid Tests and years of improvisational performance. Bob shares his views on mortality, his support for peaceful protest, and the merits of listening to music on Vinyl. 


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August 7, 2020 82 min

In Episode 2 of Comes A Time, Mike & Oteil chat with musician Melvin Seals, longtime friend and collaborator of Jerry Garcia. Melvin tells Oteil and Mike about growing up in the Bay area, learning about music in church and through watching shows like American Bandstand and Midnight Special. They discuss the protests and Black Lives Matter movement, and Marvin discusses his own experiences with racism. They agree that performing...

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August 6, 2020 29 min

In Comes A Time’s debut episode, Oteil and Mike talk about how they met and became friends, the inception of the podcast, and what listeners can expect from Comes A Time. The two also discuss how their participation in the music & comedy worlds have informed their take on today’s social climate. 


Comes A Time aims to bring “common sense back to the people” through an open dialogue about the important issues of our time. As the s...

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