Side by Side

Welcome to Side by Side, a podcast where I, Robert Kuang, take you inside conversations with artists, creatives, healers, and warriors taking the charge in their transformational story.

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Welcome

Welcome to Side by Side, a podcast where I, Robert Kuang, take you inside conversations with artists, creatives, healers, and warriors taking the charge on their transformational story.  

Each episode features a special guest, space for creative and artistic expression, and reflections inspired by recurring themes and topics for your personal transformation.

To learn more about my work as a coach, musician, and writer, please visit www.robertkuanghome.com.

Episodes

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

Today’s guest is coach and facilitator Austin Walker, who focuses on leadership and men’s personal development, inside and out. In addition to one-on-one partnerships, Austin leads several men’s groups, including the “Man Cave,” a space dedicated to BIPOC Men to connect and share their perspectives.
 
In this conversation, we explore Austin’s journey from boyhood to man, the connection between leadership and intimacy, and the essence of finding and doing meaningful work. 
 
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Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

In honor of Lunar New Year on February 10 this year, today's special guest paved the way for me, and my passion for language and communication: My mom, Gia Zhang.
 
Before immigrating to America, she was a language teacher and published author in China. She was around the age I am now when she made the decision to start a new life, learn a new language, and take a risk by doing something no one in our family had before.
 
In this conversation, we dive inside her early life growing up in China, the cultural differences and similarities between American and Chinese culture, and some tips and tricks for language learning at any age.
 
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Tuesday Jan 09, 2024

Today’s guest is Wendy Xu, a bestselling illustrator, comics artist, designer, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the creator of graphic novels "Infinity Particle," "Tidesong," and co-creator of "Mooncakes." 
 
In this conversation, Wendy shares the origins of her passion for artmaking and storytelling, her way of balancing commercial success and artistic freedom, and she shares some handy advice for those looking to explore the graphic novel medium. 
 
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Tuesday Jan 02, 2024

Today’s guest is screenwriter and higher education professional Ashley Griggs. She earned her BA in Film Studies and French at the College of William & Mary, and later received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she was awarded a Future Screenwriters Fellowship. She has written for the narrative podcast "The Host," directed plays in New York City and Los Angeles, and is a mentor for the nonprofit WriteGirl LA. 
 
In this conversation, we dive inside Ashley’s early influences as a cinephile and storyteller, the challenge of balancing personal fulfillment with professional output, and lastly, we talk about our upcoming online writer’s workshop, called “Embracing the Multidisciplinary Writer: Lessons Across Genre & Form.”
 
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Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

Today’s guest is Varsha Mathur, J.D., PCC, a certified dating and relationship coach with over seven years of experience who guides clients worldwide to find and sustain lasting love with their ideal partners. A former practicing lawyer and mediator, Varsha draws on her personal journey, including divorce and remarriage, to help others make decisions untainted by negative influences, propelling them toward their dreams. 
 
In this conversation, we dive inside her childhood influences in relationship matters, the evolution of dating culture since the pandemic, and what to look for when starting and ending a relationship.
 
Registration: Spring '24 Online Writer's Workshop
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Tuesday Dec 05, 2023

Today’s guest is Hanna Thomas Uose, a writer, activist, and co-founder and Principal Consultant at Align, a consulting firm dedicated to supporting organizations in the progressive movement. Her debut novel, “Who Wants to Live Forever,” will be published in early 2025.
 
In this conversation, we dive inside Hanna’s somewhat unexpected turn as a speculative fiction writer, her interdisciplinary work with organizations, and the connection between time and worldbuilding in her vision for a better future for all.
 
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Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

Today’s guest is Scott Stabile, the author of “Enough as You Are” and “Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart.” He is a passionate love advocate who believes there is no force more powerful than love to create real connection and healing in our world. Scott guides transformational breathwork journeys and leads personal empowerment workshops internationally. His inspirational posts have attracted a huge and devoted social media following, including more than 350,000 Facebook fans. 
 
In this conversation, Scott and I explore his creative process for “Enough as You Are,” his journey and offerings around breathwork, and the importance of leaning into love and acceptance even during the darkest of times.
 
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Tuesday Nov 07, 2023

Today’s guest is Anthime Miller, an internationally sought-after performer and composer who maintains a rigorous international creative presence. They began studying cello at the age of eight, and later focused on Early Music Performance, Musicology, as well as modern and Baroque cello at McGill University in Montreal.
 
In this conversation, we dive inside Anthime’s early discovery of classical music, their approach to composition and arrangement, and some of the harsh realities (and blessings) of pursuing a career in music.
 
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Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

Today’s guest is Michelle Madrid, the author of “Let Us Be Greater: A Gentle, Guided Path to Healing for Adoptees” and host of the “Electricity of You” Podcast.
 
Michelle is an international adoptee, former foster child in the U.K., and an adoptee empowerment life coach who has been recognized as an Angels in Adoption® Honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and inducted into the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in adoption. 
 
In honor of Adoptee Remembrance Day (Oct. 30) and November's National Adoption Month, Michelle and I dive inside her adoption story, the common points of pain for adoptees, as well as guidance for families considering adoption.
 
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Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by returning guest Tara Edwards, a writer, editor, and Twitch streamer based in Ohio, known for her work in the digital media landscape. Today’s deepdive focuses on "The Matrix" franchise.
 
In this conversation, we unpack the creative ramifications of transforming a story into a franchise, our personal highlights and critiques of the films, and the timely nature of its central themes in the era of artificial intelligence.
 
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