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Business law strategist David Lizerbram hosts Products of the Mind, a podcast about the intersection of business and creativity. This show includes tips and lessons about business law strategy, how to protect your brands and business assets, and conversations with thought leaders in startups, entrepreneurship, media, marketing, the creative arts, and beyond. Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur or small business owner, a creative professional, or an innovator in any field, the Products of the Mind podcast is here to provide you with tools, guidance, and inspiration.

Products of the Mind is Produced by Mana Monzavi.




Visual Effects Artist Allan McKay Makes Robots Fight for Your Enjoyment

Allan McKay, founder of Catastrophic FX, has done visual effects for loads of blockbuster movies, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Star Trek Into Darkness, 2012, Superman Returns, and Looper (a personal favorite of mine.) We talk about how a visual effect goes from conception to the final product that you see on screen, how the creative process works, and why visual effects production is moving all over the world.

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What Does a Philosopher Actually Do? With Tamler Sommers

In this episode, philosophy professor, author, and podcaster Tamler Sommers answers the age-old question: What does a philosopher actually do? We also get into (but don’t necessarily answer) some other pressing questions, such as: Is there such a thing as free will?, What’s the nature of honor in different cultures?, and How can these lessons be applied to businesses and other organizations?

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Superhero Psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi

Today’s conversation is with clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Andrea is not just a psychologist; she’s also a lover of all things comics and superheroes, a cosplay enthusiast, and a tremendous resource into the mind of a superhero. Andrea uses works of popular fiction to explore real-world issues such as dealing with trauma and integrating split identities. Also, she’s an actual comic book character herself, having appeared in Batgirl. Learn the whole story in this episode of Products of the Mind.

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Fighting for Free Speech with Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Will you know censorship when you see it? Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund joins us today to talk about free speech in the popular arts. He shares stories of innocent lives torn apart by bogus obscenity claims and tells us how the CBLDF is working to defend the falsely accused, educate the public, and fight for your rights and mine.

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Covering the White House With Radio Talk Veteran and Former CNN Crossfire Co-Host Bill Press

What’s it really like to cover the White House? Today’s guest, Bill Press, is the host of a political talk radio show, a former co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, the author of many books, and the former Chairman of the California Democratic Party. He tells us how he went from the seminary to a career in politics and the media, and shares stories about San Francisco in the Summer of Love, working with Governor Jerry Brown in the 70’s, and how he found his way onto national television.

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How Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller Got to Run a Pro Baseball Team

On this episode, I speak with baseball writers, podcasters, and temporary professional baseball team overlords Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller. Ben and Sam are the authors of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. Their book tells the story of how two Internet-based baseball writers ended up running the Sonoma Stompers, an independent league professional baseball team.

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Talking Classic Hollywood and New Media with Karina Longworth

Karina Longworth is the host of the popular and acclaimed You Must Remember This, a podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century. In this episode, Karina tells us how she got here, how she conceived of the show, and how her stories about women and minorities in Classic Hollywood reflect the struggles and challenges of underrepresented groups today.

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Yash Nelapati, First Hire at Pinterest

What’s it like being the first person hired at a company that becomes a huge startup? Yash Nelapati was a young Bay Area engineer who wasn’t quite sure where his life was going when he decided to take a chance and go to work for a 2-person tech company. That company became Pinterest. Yash is still there, and he’s seen all the ups and downs that the startup world can provide. In this episode, Yash shares the real deal behind his startup success story.

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Entrepreneurial Idea Machine Joon Han

Who is Joon Han? He’s a strategist, a storyteller, a social entrepreneur, and an author. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss meaningful work and Joon’s secret to figuring out what kind of work someone can enjoy and be successful at. As a process-oriented person, Joon first devised a process to figure out his own goals and talents before using that process to develop a similar process for small businesses. All of this and more on this episode.

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Artist, Educator, and Creator Amy Burvall

On today’s episode I chat with Amy Burvall, an artist, educator, and creative mastermind. We travel to the depths of creativity, leaving no creative stone unturned. Amy shares with us how she is transforming the classroom with her creative innovations geared toward actually educating and developing students. We also discuss technology, new ways to be creative (including seeing everyday things in unique ways), remix culture, Oblique Strategies, “wonderlust,” curriculum development, and how to make things “sticky.”

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