The Distiller

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The Distiller
Hosted byBrandon Dawson
GenreTalk podcasts, Interview, Podcasts about work
Length45-70 minutes
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Original releaseDecember 16, 2017 (December 16, 2017) – present Logo.png Search The Distiller on Amazon.

The Distiller is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Brandon Dawson. The show was launched in December 2017 with a focus on how people find meaningful work. The show's tagline is "A podcast about the soul of work," and is often interchanged with "how we find meaningful work, and how we find meaning in the work we do." The show is produced by Dawson, co-producer Teri Heist, and sound engineer/editor Justin Golden.[1]. In addition to podcast apps and websites such as iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play, The Distiller is also available on YouTube, with closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

Every episode of The Distiller is recorded on location at a different bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. Dawson has stated in several episodes that the on-location approach comes from a belief that these conversations are more applicable to the lives of listeners if they happen in real-life places, rather than a studio[2]

Theme and Content[edit]

The Distiller is for anyone who has ever wondered: "Am I at the right job? How do I find meaningful work? do I belong in this career?" So says Trip Eldredge, on his show "Start Hear," "Host Brandon Dawson understands that these questions about the soul of work are complicated and sometimes overwhelming…that’s why he started The Distiller."[3]

Each episode of The Distiller features a conversation with a different guest about what they do for a living. Typically conversations include background and education (if relevant), and why they do what they do. Occasionally that involves a discussion of the specific work, and how they spend each day. Most often the conversation centers around what about the work is meaningful to them, and how it fulfills their goals or ambitions. The show's title comes from, as Eldredge says, Dawson's "hopes to distill these complicated topics into a more manageable dialogue that can actually make a difference."[4]

Although The Distiller is primarily recorded in and around Cincinnati, Ohio[5], the discussions are meant to be relevant to listeners wherever they are, and the topics universal.

The Distiller's website,, hosts additional resources about each episode, including links and photos of the guests and locations. The website also has a map of locations where each episode was recorded.

Press & Reception[edit]

On February 6, 2018 The Distiller was featured by Trip Eldredge on his WVXU podcast about podcasts, Start Hear. The episode, titled "The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me" also featured Rick Steves' "Travel With Rick Steves" podcast, and Senator Cory Booker's "Lift Every Voice" podcast.[6]


Episode Number Guest Location Original Air Date
1 Danny Korman - Small Business Owner, Outdoor Advocate The Anchor OTR, Cincinnati, OH December 16, 2017
2 Dominic & Judi LoPresti - Bike Shop Owners Spun Bicycles, Cincinnati, OH December 28, 2017
3 Ric Hordinski & David Wilcox - Musicians, Creative Collaborators Brew House, Cincinnati, OH January 11, 2018
4 Matt Gunderman - Director of UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care New Riff Distilling, Newport, KY January 25, 2018
5 Stephen JohnsonGrove - Public Policy Attorney Second Sight Spirits, Ludlow, KY February 7, 2018
6 Matt Hart - Punk Rock Poet West Side Brewing, Cincinnati, OH January 22, 2018
7 Tamaya Dennard - Cincinnati City Council Member Wavepool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH March 8, 2018
8 Megan Trischler - Program Director, People's Liberty Rohs Street Cafe, Cincinnati, OH March 22, 2018
9 Julius Jenkins - Dancer, Educator, Activist Incline Public House, Cincinnati, OH April 5, 2018
10 Michael Wilson - Photographer Arnold's Bar and Grill, Cincinnati, OH April 25, 2018
11 Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith - Equity, Inclusion, & Community Specialist Urbana Cafe, Cincinnati, OH May 3, 2018
12 Corben Bone - Professional Soccer Player, FC Cincinnati Redtree Gallery & Coffee Shop May 17, 2018


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