The Resistance

By Matt Conner

There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.

  1. 1.
    Screenwriter Tony Tost on his uncommon path toward a career in the arts
    46:18
  2. 2.
    Josh Radnor on creative lessons learned from a career in the arts
    35:36
  3. 3.
    Acclaimed author Natashia Deón on self-care in a demanding world
    29:28
  4. 4.
    Emile Mosseri (Minari, Kajillionaire) on the creative journey to becoming a composer
    30:34
  5. 5.
    Duncan Sheik on grappling with artistic identity in the face of success
    31:20
  6. 6.
    Mat Kearney on how he steers in the face of Resistance
    33:12
  7. 7.
    Saunder Jurriaans on the anxiety and adventure of stepping out on his own
    35:18
  8. 8.
    Josh Kelley details his journey toward personal betterment
    26:40
  1. 9.
    Poet and author Mahogany L. Browne shines as a creative lighthouse
    36:43
  2. 10.
    The Naked & Famous face the Resistance and find Recover(y)
    38:41
  3. 11.
    William Fitzsimmons reflects on the shaping power of fear and friction
    32:59
  4. 12.
    Brooke Waggoner on the discernment required for risk and rest
    33:44
  5. 13.
    Singer-songwriter Mindy Smith on criticism and the Resistance
    28:28
  6. 14.
    Award-winning poet Li-Young Lee on the need to face Resistance
    33:45
  7. 15.
    Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton on the boundaries needed for his positive, creative energy
    23:40
  8. 16.
    Singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind on her struggles with time management and solitude
    34:14
  9. 17.
    Singer-songwriter Rosi Golan on the fears that loom larger than ever
    24:32
  10. 18.
    John Mark McMillan details a 10-year descent into doubt and confusion
    39:54
  11. 19.
    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown discusses reward versus resistance
    33:32
  12. 20.
    Zach Williams (The Lone Bellow) fights the pressure to please others
    26:57
  13. 21.
    Alex Ebert discusses the steep cost of following his own creative interests
    32:24
  14. 22.
    Pandemics and the challenge of being present
    13:22
  15. 23.
    Sierra Hull faces real Resistance despite such early successes
    28:32
  16. 24.
    Film composer Nathan Johnson (Knives Out) on his creative sandbox approach
    29:02
  17. 25.
    The Resistance: A Reintroduction
    6:46
  18. 26.
    Grammy-winning bluesman Fantastic Negrito shares his dramatic victories over resistance
    32:35
  19. 27.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Glen Phillips (Bonus)
    15:16
  20. 28.
    Glen Phillips, solo artist and Toad the Wet Sprocket vocalist, reflects on a career filled with resistance.
    45:36
  21. 29.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Drew Holcomb (Bonus)
    15:17
  22. 30.
    The drive of Drew Holcomb to offer something beautiful to the world
    22:43
  23. 31.
    Rules for Artists: Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club lays out lessons learned
    8:11
  24. 32.
    Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks on the tension of creative permission
    34:22
  25. 33.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Sarah Jaffe (Bonus)
    13:37
  26. 34.
    Indie pop artist Sarah Jaffe makes up her own creative rules
    26:44
  27. 35.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Denison Witmer (Bonus)
    20:19
  28. 36.
    Singer-songwriter Denison Witmer on sacrificing his art for a greater cause
    36:16
  29. 37.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Lowland Hum (Bonus)
    15:17
  30. 38.
    Indie folk duo Lowland Hum defies doubts with acts of creative courage
    34:58
  31. 39.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Theodore Shapiro (Bonus)
    12:32
  32. 40.
    Film composer Theodore Shapiro on balancing ego and contentment
    24:01
  33. 41.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Lynn Renee Maxcy (Bonus)
    9:51
  34. 42.
    The Handmaid's Tale writer Lynn Renee Maxcy on success and resistance
    26:28
  35. 43.
    Reflecting on the Resistance: Stephen Kellogg (Bonus)
    18:35
  36. 44.
    Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg on fighting to find your voice
    28:40
  37. 45.
    Introducing The Resistance
    3:33

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