New Interlochen podcast explores art and culture

  • With Special Guest, a podcast production of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

With Special Guest” (WSG), a new arts and culture podcast from northern Michigan, launches today with two unforgettable episodes. This new series from Interlochen Center for the Arts features in-depth interviews with world-class artists, musicians, writers, actors and arts advocates and includes performances by Interlochen alumni, faculty members, staff, students and friends of Interlochen. Drawing on nine decades of artistic excellence, this series aims to explore the symbiotic relationship between the arts and modern popular culture.

“A staggering number of artists reside in or pass through the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts each year. ‘With Special Guest’ gives us a platform to sit down with some of these remarkable artists for intimate conversations about their lives and work,” says host Tommy Valdez. “Each episode is punctuated with a current or archival performance or reading recorded on Interlochen’s campus. It’s a nice way to remind the listener why we’re here: arts education.”

The first two episodes include interviews with Our Lady J and Ryan Lott (Son Lux) respectively. Upcoming WSG episodes include interviews with: AMC’S Turn: Washington's Spies actor Nick Westrate, The New York Times Theater co-critic Jesse K. Green, and Broadway’s Once On This Island’s Michael Arden and Dane Laffrey.

To learn more about the series and to listen to the first episode visit You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music or listen to the latest episodes on Interlochen’s Soundcloud account.