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Syndication

Kenny Mellman - one of the minds behind Kiki & Herb and Our Hit Parade - shares tales of recording and touring with his band The Julie Ruin, opposite punk icon Kathleen Hanna. Their latest album is "Hit Reset." Kenny describes how he and Justin Vivian Bond met and developed characters for their famous duo, plus discusses his upcoming solo record and Taylor Swift project. Also, Justin shares personal stories of how Kenny's various projects influenced his own life and work.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Kenny_Mellman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am EST

Jake Shears - the lead singer and songwriter for the fabulous neo-glam rock band Scissor Sisters - discusses the origins of the group, how their signature sound developed, and the amazing backstory behind their surprise hit “Let’s Have a Kiki.” He also tells the I.O.S. about his friendship and collaboration with Elton John, his upcoming stage musical of the Tales of the City novels and his secret crush on a band member.

Direct download: SPARKLE_PODCAST_-_Jake_Shears_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Dick Leitsch is a dedicated activist for the gay community who served as the president of the New York chapter of the Mattachine Society and headed the legendary "Sip In" at the historic bar Julius over 50 years ago. He was also the first gay journalist to report on the original Stonewall riots. At age 82, he is a regular at the monthly Mattachine Party at Julius and now he joins the IOS membership to tell tales about his adventures. Plus, our host Justin Sayre presents his annual reflections on Gay Pride.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Dick_Leitsch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12am EST

Amber Martin joins Justin to discuss her debut album "A.M. Gold" - which features collaborations with transgender pioneer Kate Bornstein and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters - her love of vintage K-Tel records, and Mattachine, the acclaimed New York queer party she hosts with John Cameron Mitchell. Plus, Justin introduces some new Gay Slang including the soon-to-be-legendary "Girl Wha?"

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Amber_Martin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04am EST

Jinkx Monsoon - winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 5 on Logo TV - joins Chairman Sayre and the I.O.S. to discuss the recording "The Inevitable Album" and her upcoming collection of new music, in addition to touring with her fellow queens and her work as a Trans advocate. Plus, Justin discusses his love of drag and how it's influenced his life and work.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Jinkx_Monsoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am EST

The new jazz sensation - praised by the New York Times for her "phenomenal voice, easygoing confidence and impeccable taste" and called "irresistibly polished and
triumphant" by The Huffington Post - discusses her latest album and current tour. "Dream Ago," her new collection of invigorating original songs and select covers, was just released. She and Justin discuss her trip to the Middle East with the U.S. State Department, their mutual admiration of iconic singer Carmen McRae and love for everything jazz.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_with_Gabrielle_Stravelli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09am EST

 

Isaac Oliver - author of the acclaimed memoir "Intimacy Idiot," called by "laugh-out-loud funny" by National Public Radio - talks online dating, casual sex, hookup apps and the current political upheaval. Plus, Justin reveals the reasons his live variety show The Meeting* will end after its eighth and final season this year.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Isaac_Oliver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EST

Lady Bunny reflects on growing up Quaker, starting in classical theater, creating the legendary "Wigstock" festival, her current hit comedy show "Trans-Jester" and talks politics, politics, and more politics! Justin also contemplates the recent election and how to move forward in a world less amenable to our LGBT community. 

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Lady_Bunny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43am EST

Jim Colucci, author of the terrific new book "Golden Girls Forever," tells Justin about his research into everyone's favorite Miami foursome, the inside story of the TV show, the truth behind the infamous feud between Bea Arthur and Betty White and - of course - the fate of Coco, the houseboy who never made it past the pilot. Justin also talks about how "The Golden Girls" has influenced his own life and work.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_-_Jim_Colucci.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Justin Sayre chats with Carol Lipnik - the singer called "an ethereal vocal phenomenon" by The New York Times - about her latest album "Almost Back to Normal," her Sunday night residency at the downtown NYC club Pangea, and her influences from Mothra to Laura Nyro. She and Justin wax rhapsodic about Tennessee Williams, the 13th Century poet Rumi and B-movies of the 50s. Plus, Justin offers some simple tips on staying cool, calm and collected during the summer.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_with_Carol_Lipnik.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EST