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From Chapman University in Orange County California, Catalyst gives listeners a chance to learn about the Creative and Cultural Industries in a variety of ways.  The first three seasons focused on conversations with individuals from a wide array of backgrounds who are working in CCI all over the globe. Hosted by Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia, these interviews were engineered to allow listeners to gain insight as to how CCI is influencing the public and private sector alike, and how local influences shape a region’s creative landscape.  As Catalyst’s fourth season approaches, we are going to hear some new and exciting voices exploring different aspects of CCI.  First, we will start the season with a special three part series from Dr. Shira Klein, Associate Professor in the Department of History. The series is interesting because she is exploring themes from her new publication Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism in a podcast format.  The second part of Catalyst’s fourth season will feature some of our own Chapman CCI students who will be writing, recording and producing their own podcasts exploring the Creative and Cultural Industries from the perspective of a student. 

Season Four, Part One: Catalyst Presents “Forgetting Fascism”

Dr. Shira KleinA special 3 part series from Dr. Shira Klein, Associate Professor in the Department of History

In this special series, Dr. Shira Klein dispels some powerful myths about the Jews of Italy. What was Jewish life like under Fascism? How did the Holocaust unfold in Italy? Uncover the story of the world’s oldest Jewish minority.

Shira Klein is Associate Professor of History at Chapman University. Her book Italy’s Jews from Emancipation to Fascism (Cambridge University Press) was selected double-finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award. At Chapman, she teaches Jewish history, European history, and migration history. You can contact her at

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Episode 026: Forgetting Fascism, Part 3: The Rise and Fall of Italy’s Jews

episode 26 cartoon In this concluding episode of Forgetting Fascism, listen to how even Jews exculpated Italy; in this episode, Klein explains why. Travel back in time to nineteenth-century ghetto life to understand Jews’ gilded memory of Fascism.

Sound editing: Katie Blasing and Julia Sirkin (Chapman ‘19)
Sound credits: Killer Tracks
Photo credit: Partnership pals!
Source: 1939 poster from U.S. Senate records, National Archives, Identifier Y-039

Episode 025: Forgetting Fascism, Part 2: The Myth of the Good Italian

episdoe 25In this episode of Forgetting Fascism, now that you know what happened in Italy, listen to find out what people say happened. Oddly, Italy has gone down in history as the country that saved Jews, the “good Axis.” Dr. Shira Klein explores the romanticized persona of the “Good Italian” in World War II Italy.

Sound editing: Katie Blasing and Julia Sirkin (Chapman ‘19)
Sound credits: Killer Tracks
Photo credit: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany.
Source: Eva Braun’s photo albums, National Archives, Identifier 242-EB-7-38A

Episode 024: Forgetting Fascism, Part 1: The Great Betrayal

Episode 24In this episode of Forgetting Fascism, learn about Italy and the Jews in World War II. What did the Holocaust look like in Italy, and who were its perpetrators? Dr. Shira Klein uncovers the Italian Race Laws, the Nazi and Fascist manhunt for Jews, and how Jews attempted to escape via the snowy Alps.

Sound editing: Katie Blasing and Julia Sirkin (Chapman ‘19)
Sound credits: Killer Tracks
Photo credit: Anti-Jewish propaganda in the Defense of the Race magazine, 1938–1939. La Difesa Della Razza 2(8), February 20, 1939. Source: Courtesy of University of South Florida Libraries, Special Collections.


Season Three: California, A Nexus For CCI

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Episode 23: The Influences and Interests of a Southern California Icon with Freelance Reporter and Author, Gustavo Arellano

GustavoA self-described bookworm, Gustavo Arellano spent his childhood at the Anaheim Public Library where he fell in love with classic works, such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Importance of Being Earnest, and the surrealist poetry of the Beats.  Influenced by jocular treasures such as Mad Magazine and In Loving Color, Gustavo shares how he discovered his own comedic voice through the development of his satirical column “Ask a Mexican” and how his experience at the OC Weekly paved the way for a successful career as a freelance reporter, food critic, author and columnist for the L.A. Times.

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia get a snapshot of how the vernacular culture of Orange County helped to shape and direct the humor, interests, and career trajectory of this Southern Californian icon.

Guest Links:
You can find him on Facebook @gustavoarellanowriter
Twitter @GustavoArellano
Purchase his books Ask a Mexican, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and Orange County: A Personal History on Amazon

Don’t forget to stop by Burritos La Palms

Episode 22: Bibles, Billboards and Someguy with Brian Singer, San Francisco-based Artist and Designer

Brian Singer HeadshotIt is almost as if artist Brian Singer is riding a giant pendulum through the chapters of his life. One moment he is managing a communication design team at corporate giant Facebook, but the next time you see him he is orchestrating a public-space art installation highlighting the plight of homelessness in his city of San Francisco. His work stands out whether you are viewing it at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, or a billboard on the corner of Brosnan and Valencia. But what makes this self-proclaimed introvert able to seamlessly move through the business of art and graphic design, whether it is corporate or producing projects in his own self-owned studio? Perhaps it was the improve classes.

Join Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia as they get to the bottom of who this Someguy really is. 

Episode 21: When False Starts and Wanderlust Lead to Unexpected Careers in Public Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Jamie Larkin,Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Creative and Cultural Industries Paul Burtenshaw, Ph.D., Former Director of Projects, Sustainable Preservation InitiativeDid you know public archaeology was a thing? We certainly didn’t, not until we sat down for a chat with Chapman Creative Industries Professor Jamie Larkin and his fellow alumnus and friend, Paul Burtenshaw, Ph.D. Neither of these accomplished men began their education with a clear idea of where they would end up. Their journeys each evolved as they put one foot in front of the other, at times it took them on detours, but ultimately a sense of curiosity about the world eventually led them to the fields of public archaeology and cultural heritage, and as a bonus they gained a friendship along the way. Join your hosts Shannon Halverson-Gorajia and Taryn Stroop as they chat with Jamie Larkin and Paul Burtenshaw to discover just what exactly is public archaeology and cultural heritage.

Episode 020:  CCI Takes Human Form with Raul Guzman, Assistant Curator, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Raul Guzman headshotWhen exploring the creative and cultural industries, it can be overwhelming just how diverse and far-reaching yet intertwined the concepts and real world applications can be. Succinct examples of CCI can consequently be challenging to represent well. It might be easier just to have a conversation with our first guest this season, Mr. Raul Guzman. As a graduate of UCLA, NYU, and Johns Hopkins University he has degrees in History, Museum Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He has applied his knowledge and passions to everything from commercial production design to working as an Assistant Director at a Non-Profit, and now has found a perfect fit as an Assistant Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Listen along with hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia as they go on an auditory journey through the Los Angeles film industry, Mexican cinema, grad School in New York, and finally the incredible new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is set to open this year.


Season Two: Women in CCI

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Episode 19: A New Look at Old Hollywood With Karina Longworth, journalist/researcher specializing in film, critic, author and producer/host of the podcast, You Must Remember This

Karina LongworthSince 2014 fans of history and Hollywood, and darn good writing, have enjoyed the delectable You Must Remember This podcast - a tasty treat for those with a craving for stories from a bygone era - the Golden Age of Hollywood. In You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth has created a successful medium for exploring the “secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.” Ms. Longworth researches, writes, produces and hosts episodes, however, her notable career story does not begin here. She is a well-respected film journalist and author who has been challenging audiences through her work to see beyond the story that initially presents itself to discover themes and topics still relevant today.

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia listen with rapt attention, to Ms. Longworth as she guides them through glimpses of what the reality of being as author, critic, and podcast producer/host can be like today, when the social winds of change are swirling us closer to an undefined precipice.

Episode 18: Passion Needs a Back Up Plan With Emily Mahon, Senior Director of Education, Bowers Museum

Emily Mahon

Have you ever been really good at something and thought I wish I could do this for a living? Conversely, have you ever been really good at something but then decided to walk away from it? Our lives are filled with hard choices almost from the time we start to make choices. But the decision of what you are going to do, what your career is going to be, whether or not you should follow your passion, has to be in the top five at least.

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia join Ms. Mahon on a journey through her past to see how her passions helped to form the person she has become and have contributed to the career she has forged. But how her practical side also lead her to ask the question “Do you WANT this” at a crucial moment in her life. When the answer comes back “no” where you go from there?

Episode 17: Road Trips, Road Blocks and the Olympics: Life Lessons with Sorrel Geddes, Senior Vice President of Production and Events, British Film Commission out of Los Angeles

Sorrell GeddesThere are times in life when one realizes that they have come full circle from whence they started. A child who grew up with a father in film production, Sorrel purposefully chose a path that would lead her away from that industry.  However, the stops of life and career she made along the way, including working for the Olympic committee, and in events and outreach for our very own Dodge College here at Chapman University, informed and empowered her journey back to the film industry.

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia meet up with this Chapman Alum to discuss the life long relationship she has had to the film industry, and what the British Film Commission has to offer this upwardly mobile young woman.




Episode 016: Shop Local and Know When to Hire an Accountant With MaryAnne LoVerme, Owner and Founder of the Los Angeles County Store

MaryAnne LoVerme in a yellow shirtWe’ve all been there. You are on a trip, you have a finite amount of time and money, but souvenirs are expected and so this keychain of a cartoon pig on a Ferris Wheel will have to do. But what if you actually found a place that highlighted local artists and artisans from the city you were visiting. What if the things in that shop were affordable. What if that shop felt welcoming and curated to your wants and needs? Well that is what MaryAnne LoVerme wanted too.

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia visit the Los Angeles County Store to speak with MaryAnne about her past lives as a school teacher and working at the Etsy Corporate, before she made the leap out west and opened her own store.  Find out what advice this shop owner prizes, and how this location became an intimate and contributing part of the surrounding community. Follow Taea on Instagram @taea_thale


Episode 015: I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss with Fashion Photographer Taea Thale

Taea ThaleLeaving the small town for the big city, seeing the world, doing the job you are passionate about. This life is one that Photographer Taea Thale embarked upon almost 20 years ago…er, well not quite 20, let’s not focus on the number! Taea followed her dreams to New York, becoming a well-respected photographer, with a client list that includes The New York Times, W Magazine, NYLON Magazine, and JCREW to name just a few. But what is the price for following your dreams?

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia talk about the reality of what living your dream as a creative can really be like, with some profound advice for any one going into a fast paced fast changing creative industry, from the perspective of a driven and industrious woman.


Episode 014: The Call of The Industry With Traci Mueller, Manager, Prospect Research, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Traci MuellerTo live in Southern California is to know someone who works in The Industry. Entertainment has been the lifeblood of the region since the first film studios began to move west from New Jersey in the early 1900s. Recently The Otis College of Art and Design predicted in its 2018 Otis Report on the Creative Economy that between 2016-2021 there will be a 12.3% increase in the number of jobs in the entertainment industry alone in the Los Angeles area. However, what about those individuals that are Industry Adjacent, how do these individuals see themselves fitting into the creative landscape of LA.?

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia explore what it is like to be both inside and outside of “The Industry” with Chapman University Alum, Traci Mueller, as she walks us through her journey of performance and business, to her current position with the Academy Museum, which is getting ready to open in 2019.


Episode 013: Finding Community and your Comic Timing With Tram Le, Arts and Culture Specialist, City of Santa Ana

Tram LeFor many of us, our story grows out of the joys, sorrows, and hard won victories of our parents or caregivers. Where do they leave off and where do we begin? What will always carry over? Our guest this week takes us on a very personal journey of growing up in the southland as part of an immigrant community, and how those layers contributed to her education, her sense of belonging and ultimately to a career that allows her to put it all together. 

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia discuss with Ms. Le how personal experiences from her past now help her to navigate in her current position representing arts and culture for a key OC district.

Episode 012: Meet your Post Modern Polymath, SHE is Gonna Blow You Away

With Rose Eveleth, Producer, Designer, Writer, Animator and founder of the podcast Flash Forward

Rose EvelethTo call Rose Eveleth a Renaissance man, is, well, sexist. To call her a Renaissance woman seems quaint. But, to refer to Rose Eveleth as a powerhouse seems just about right. With degrees in ecology, behavior & evolution, and journalism, Rose can and will delight you with tales of pelagic invertebrates or how to write a column for BBFuture, while teaching you the fundamentals of animation, before she rushes off to produce and host her own podcast Flash Forward.

Hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia explore what it is like inside the ever-whirling brain of this new media virtuoso, as we discuss her career trajectory.


Episode 011: Your Parents Want You To Change Your Major… To Art?

Claudine JaenichenIt happens to the best of us, every once in a while we have to admit that maybe, possibly, our parents were right about something. In the case of Professor Jaenichen this concession came on the heels of a harrowing training experience to be a search and rescue volunteer when the revelation that aquaphobia and water rescue training can be at odds.

Listen as hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia are regaled with tales of disaster, art, and growing up in Southern California and how professor Jaenichen was able to create a career that marries her passion for emergency management, design and apocalyptic scenarios.

Season One: Creative Industries in the Pacific Northwest

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Episode 010: Catalyst and Writer's Block Chat with Science Mike!!!!!

Mike McHargueMike McHargue AKA Science Mike is an author, podcaster, general advice giver, and a hug in the form of a human. His bestselling debut book, Finding God in the Waves, has helped thousands understand faith in the 21st century. His podcasts include Ask Science Mike, where he leads a forum of thousands of listeners through inquires covering topics that range from  terraforming, micro-biomes,  and masculinity in the 21st century, to miracles, prayer, and purity culture, with countless topics in-between. He also co-hosts The Liturgists Podcast with his friend Michael Gungor, which with over a million downloads per month, The Liturgists Podcast is reshaping how the spiritually homeless and frustrated relate to God.

Host Taryn Stroop and producer Mike Gravagno grab a beer at Chapman Crafted and pepper Science Mike with questions about introversion and extroversion, his writing process, his podcasting history, and why it’s smart to stay away from mind-altering substances until you’re 26.

Episode 009: Arts are Essential with Amy McBride

Judson FelderAre you sick of relatives teasing you when you go home for the holidays with questions of “What the heck are you going to do with that degree?!” while you expound upon your French Fine Arts & Philosophy double major? Do they say things like, “The only good poet is a dead poet” when you share you started a new monthly reading series in a haunted basement? If these taunts sounds familiar, you might want to send them to speak with Amy McBride, the Arts Administrator for the office of Arts and Cultural Vitality, Tacoma, WA. Amy is an excellent example of how a liberal arts background can provide the skills necessary in cultivating a career combining various passions and interests. In Amy’s case, that just so happens to be a long and well-respected position with city government.

Catalyst hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia speak with the no-nonsense Amy McBride about her path to government, and the need to hear the voices of the arts, humanities and social sciences when considering policy and initiatives that affect community.

Photo credit: Judson Felder and

Episode 008: Writer’s Block & Catalyst Cross-Over Madness

Mike GravagnoDid you know that “audioblogging” was launched in the 1980’s and was re-coined podcasting in the early 2000’s with the creation of the iPod?  If you are like us, or one of the other 40 million Americans who listen to podcasts weekly, then your download que is jam-packed with everything from Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist to On Being with Krista Tippet, to WTF with Marc Maron.  But what is it like to go from a podcast fan to podcast host?

This special episode of Blossom, errr I mean Catalyst, is a CROSSOVER episode with our very own “Producer Mike” who is the host of Writer’s Block. Listen in as hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia  and veteran podcaster Mike Gravagno discuss what its like to be newbies along with what makes us nervous, what mistakes make us cringe, and how we are evolving in the medium.


Episode 007: Keep Portland ...Dark? With MyKala Stinson of Beerquest Walking Tours

Kala StinsonDark roast, Dark brews, Dark...tourism. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, has a long and complicated past. Seated in the shadow of Mt. Hood, the region was originally home to the indigenous Chinook peoples, and saw large populations of pioneer settlers entering the area in the 1830s. The city that developed came to be known as a gritty logging and port hub, and was once dubbed “the most filthy city in the Northern States" by its own hometown paper. Today Portland is more known for its infestation of microbreweries, award-winning coffee, and quirky personae, but its history still creeps throughout the dark corners--if you know where to look.

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia get chatty with Portland’s own Beerquest Walking Tours expert guide, MyKala Stinson, to explore how one company has combined local history and commerce with tourism to offer a unique Portland experience, and how the ghosts of yesteryear, can sometimes expose today’s specters.  


Episode 006: On Becoming 222 Market Part Two - Artisans and Lifestyle Branding

Oly SocialIn Part two of Episode 002: On Becoming 222, hosts Shannon and Taryn speak with Aly Thompson, founder and owner of Olysocial the marketing design company hired by the 222 Market, and Carissa Dickson and Iana Franks co-owners of Fleurae floral design and boutique, one of 222’s founding artisans. All three ladies discuss the adventure of starting their own business and their experience working with Olympia’s premier artisan market.

*Episode Update: Aly has since sold Olysocial and is working on her next creative endeavor. Follow Aly Thompson on Instagram @imalyray.



Check out Fleurae at or follow on Instagram at @fleuraefloral.

Check out the 222 Market on Instagram @222marketolympia.

Photo credit: Poppi Photography. Follow on Instagram at @poppiphotography.



Episode 005: On Becoming 222 Market Part One - The Developers

222 MarketOlympia, the state capital of Washington, in many ways still has the feel of a small town. In a time when so many of our communities, towns, and cities are experiencing the strain of modern day life, Olympia’s 222 Market is bringing together local artisans, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a place for families and friends to connect around local culture and heritage. So how and why was the 222 Market created? What has made it successful? And who are the makers involved?

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia talk to 222 Market developer and owners Gray & Joy Graham and on the makings of 222, and the regional influences that helped to guide everything from the selection of artisans to the design conversion of an old Parkard Car showroom.

Photo credit: Poppi Photography. Follow on Instagram at @poppiphotography.


Episode 004: Spain’s OFNI Jazz Trio Talks Music and Game of Thrones

OFINIt is a rare and wonderful day when you get to have a conversation with three talented and remarkable humans that speak to you in Spanish, English and drum beats. Such a day was afforded to us on September 19th, when a cultural connection with the Embassy of Spain resulted in a performance at Chapman by the critically acclaimed O.F.N.I. Jazz Trio.

Listen along as hosts Taryn Stoop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia sit down to a wild and free-flowing chat with the incredibly talented members of the O.F.N.I. Trio: double- bassist Pablo Caminero; pianist Moises Sanchez; and drummer Borja Barrueta. Fresh from the Monterey Jazz festival, the trio talk about the process of creating their music, what it’s like to transverse the music industry in multiple countries, and what we have all learned from the coming of Winter in Westeros.






Episode 003: Creative Community Building with Kevin Staniec

Kevin StaniecHave you ever wanted to visit a book publisher where you can also check out an art gallery opening, and hear a live podcast taping all while enjoying a coffee that tastes like it mated with a cinnamon roll, called a dirty horchata? This question isn’t the result of a combined fever dream, we simply wanted to be able to say, Well, have we got the place for you!

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia sit down with Kevin Staniec, the founder of the 1888 Center, a nonprofit cultural and literary arts center now located in the heart of Old Town Orange in Southern California, where Kevin shares his passion for publishing, podcasting, and people.



Episode 002: The Wild West of Television with Lisa Joy and Noreen O’Toole

Lisa JoySometimes life calls for safe reasonable choices, and sometimes it calls for you to dive head first into something you love. When is the right time for either of these? Who knows? Your answer is tied to a hundred different little things that make up who you are. A podcast can’t give you the answer, but it can talk to two highly successful women in the film and television industry that have developed their careers from very different paths.

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia talk with the Co-creator, Co-producer, Co-showrunner of HBO’s hit show “Westworld”, Lisa Joy, and multi-series producer Noreen O’Toole about their careers in the creative industries, how they got there and what drives them.





Episode 001: What the $!@% is Creative and Cultural Industries? with Dr. Patrick Fuery

Patrick FueryFounded in 1861, Chapman University sits nestled among one of Orange, California’s iconic Craftsman and Victorian neighborhoods. A mere 30 miles from Los Angeles, and a stone’s throw from Santa Ana’s arts district and downtown Anaheim, Chapman University is a perfect incubator for an emerging Creative Industries program. But what is Creative Industries?

Hosts Taryn Stroop and Shannon Halverson-Gorajia kick off the Catalyst Podcast by talking with the Dean of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University, Dr. Patrick Fuery, to get the skinny on Creative & Cultural Industries. Dr. Fuery also answers the question of why the Liberal Arts is the perfect home for this program at the University.



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