Jonathan Rundman

astute folk/rock music for domestic, ecclesiastical, and automotive use

"bright, catchy indie-pop" NEW YORK TIMES

"clever, intelligent songwriting" PASTE MAGAZINE



Roseanne Cheng

Author and educator Roseanne Cheng and the Rundmans are neighbors, and they meet for the first time live on the podcast! She writes young adult novels, and helps schools and parents to teach literature to kids. Her organized and practical approach to a creative life is inspiring! Plus she shares her favorite word "ostensibly," and Jonathan shares his least favorite word "great."

Jake Armerding

Songwriter, fiddler in the bluegrass supergroup Barnstar, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Jake Armerding exudes inspiration, wisdom, and maturity! A must-hear for musicians, performers ...and everybody else, too! We discuss industry conferences like Folk Alliance and SXSW, confidence, humility, the need for mentors, and the power of mystique. Take notes!

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng

Designer and jewelry artist Tia Salmela Keobounpheng of Silvercocoon officially meets the Rundmans after years of peripheral acquaintanceship. Discussion topics include: the discovery of an artist's creative voice, the freelancer's strategies on social media, how new technology can lead to a creative epiphany, parenting, and our shared Nordic heritage. Also, stewardship of artistic have to eat the donut hole!

George Baum and Michael Bridges of Lost And Found

Songwriters, musicians, and performers George Baum and Michael Bridges of the duo Lost And Found join us at the eve of their band's retirement. We discuss their unconventional 29-year career, their prioritizing of the Three Ms (message, money, and music), various lessons learned from KISS, and their stated goal as a band: "that strangers would become friends."

Beth Roberts

Poet (and Jonathan's cousin!) Beth Roberts is our first family-member podcast guest! We discuss hyperbole, poetic license, the raising of personal artistic standards, and Jonathan's struggle to balance artistic passion with the paranoia over inward wankery. Plus, Beth reads to us two poems: the new "Sober," and "Learning to Spell" from her 2001 book BRIEF MORAL HISTORY IN  BLUE.

Mary Mack

Comedian, folk humorist, and musician Mary Mack was on our earliest wish-list for guests on our podcast, so we're thrilled to have her on this episode! You've seen her on NBC's Last Comic Standing, heard her on NPR's Wits and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and smelled her annual Holiday Meat Raffle variety show wafting down from Minneapolis. She's funny and inspiring. Listen!

Dawn Trautman

Actor, dancer, singer, and life coach Dawn Trautman brings her laser focus and inspirational vibes to the Rundman kitchen table. A must-listen episode for the freelance performer, we discuss the myth of the overnight sensation, how to build a personal brand,  advice for rural Midwesterners who want to work in showbiz on the coasts, life on the road, and what it's like to audition for a broadway show. "I cannot not lead!" Jonathan and the Dawns, unabashed! Get ready.

Justin Roberts

Grammy-nominated recording artist, songwriter, and children's musician Justin Roberts visits the Rundman kitchen amidst his gigs at the Minnesota State Fair. Justin discusses his career from college rock to kindie rock, with many insights from along the journey: The awesome Chicago music scene in the 1990s! A life-changing interaction with renown scholar Martin Marty! Artist advocacy from Chicago to Washington DC! And throngs of adoring intergenerational fans! I lost the tooth I lost!

Benjamin James Kelly

Bassist, touring musician, producer, and aspiring fashion designer Ben Kelly meets the Rundmans for the first time. This conversation goes from zero to sixty immediately, and Ben wastes no time digging into some very surprising and provocative topics! We discuss how being in a band is like pulling off a heist, the contraction of "entrepreneur" and "producer," Ben's faith that the system will work, and reflections on how the grass is always greener on the other side. And, we keep talking about boats. Fast-paced fun abounds. Get ready.

LIVE from Heartwood Conference Center 2015

Panel discussion recorded before a live audience! Guests include Joel & Aimée Pakan of TANGLED BLUE, Holly Hansen of ZOO ANIMAL, New Testament scholar Dr. Audrey West, and potter/musician/professor Keith J. Williams. Topics include improvisation, hiddenness, going on hiatus, the influence of tools and technology, self-care, and the value of high stakes art. Lots of wisdom from cool people, recorded during the inaugural Faith Creative retreat in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. 

David Casimir returns!

Lawyer, scientist, and unapologetic nerd David Casimir adds "armchair futurist" to his list of descriptors! Dave's return appearance at the Rundmans' kitchen table features discussions about the singularity, medical advances, the Silicon Valley dot com boom of the '90s, and many other creativity-related topics, all with a frosting of optimism. Are these conversations themselves a luxury? I am the chemicals in my body! Good grief!