|About Narrative Arc
Narrative Arc is an audio podcast hosted by Paul Guggenheimer that features interviews with newsmakers in arts and culture.
For the last decade, Paul Guggenheimer has been a host and interviewer on public radio and television, most recently at WESA the NPR news station in Pittsburgh.
From 2012 until 2017, Paul was the host of “Essential Pittsburgh,” a live, daily talk and interview show that won three Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association 1st Place Awards including the 2013 Award for Best Major Market News or Sports Talk Program.
In the Best of the ‘Burgh 2016 edition of Pittsburgh Magazine, the editors chose Paul Guggenheimer on Essential Pittsburgh as “Best Lunchtime Listen.” He also received the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Award in May of 2017.
Narrative Arc is the logical extension of Paul’s successful radio career, engaging in one-on-one, in depth conversations and discussions via the podcast medium.
Lead Vocalist, the Jaggerz
If you were alive and listening to the radio in 1970, chances are good that you were hearing the song "The Rapper." A lot.
"The Rapper" was number one on the Record World charts in March of 1970. The group that wrote and recorded "The Rapper" consisted of six guys from the Pittsburgh area known as The Jaggerz. And it was fifty years ago this year that this extraordinary harmony band signed their first recording contract.
Jaggerz lead vocalist and bass player Jimmie Ross joined Narrative Arc host Paul Guggenheimer to talk about the rise, fall, rebirth and staying power of the Jaggerz, who are still going strong some fifty-four years after they started.
Handyman Negri on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"
This year, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first national broadcast of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
The show that broke ground in the world of children's television, aired on PBS and its' forerunner National Educational Television for over thirty years, and made just about every young child want to be Mister Rogers' neighbor.
Unfortunately, the man behind it all, Fred Rogers, is no longer with us. He died in 2003. But members of his cast of characters are still going strong, including the man who played Handyman Negri, 91-year-old Joe Negri, who joined Narrative Arc host Paul Guggenheimer by phone from Pittsburgh, to talk about the day 50 years ago that Mister Rogers' Neighborhood became America's Neighborhood.
Hockey Player, Star of "Slap Shot"
Over forty years after it was released in 1977, the movie "Slap Shot" holds up as one of the true classics among feature-length sports films. Its' comical depiction of a minor league hockey team, resorting to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town, still resonates with audiences around the world.
Much of the film's success has to do with Paul Newman's brilliant performance as aging player-coach Reggie "Reg" Dunlop.
But the movie might never have achieved its truly iconic status without the bespectacled, brawling characters known as the Hanson Brothers played by former Johnstown Jets players Steve and Jeff Carlson and David Hanson.
Narrative Arc Host Paul Guggenheimer talked recently with David Hanson in Pittsburgh, where he now works as the General Manager of the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center, about the making of the movie "Slap Shot."
Star of "The Shape of Water"
There were a number of remarkable films that earned Oscar nominations in 2018, "Darkest Hour," "Dunkirk," and "The Post" to name a few.
But the movie that seems to have truly captured the world's imagination is Guillermo del Toro's horror/fantasy film "The Shape of Water" which received 13 Oscar nominations to lead this year's field.
"Shape" stars veteran creature actor Doug Jones as a fish/man monster from the wild. Hidden beneath layers of rubber and silicone, Jones manages to play this creature with an emotional depth, sensitivity and sexiness that has non devotees of his extensive science fiction work asking: Just who is this Doug Jones fellow anyway?
Narrative Arc Host Paul Guggenheimer endeavored to find that out when he spoke with Jones by phone from Los Angeles.