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Talking Upstream

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A show for creatives, by creatives. Hosted by storytellers Dylan and Zack, Talking Upstream is a show about brainstorming, storytelling, narrative functions, and creative genius.

Dylan likes The Expanse. Zack likes Star Wars. ’nuff said.

  • Donnathan Dobson and Kevin Knott

    • 2020
    • October 25, 2020
    A show for creatives, by creatives. Hosted by storytellers Dylan and Zack, Talking Upstream is a show about brainstorming, storytelling, narrative functions, and creative genius.
  • Jon Francois

    • 2020
    • November 1, 2020
    Dylan and Zack talk to radio host and podcaster Jon.
  • Entertain This!

    • 2020
    • November 8, 2020
    • 1hr 27m
    This week on Talking Upstream: Zack and Dylan are joined by Alex, Michael, and Nick of the "Entertain This..." podcast. They talk about inspiration, ideas, and Batmen before the guests help the Nobodies formulate the story of their dreams. Will Dylan put his foot in his mouth? Will Zack hesitate before correctly spelling a word?
  • Force Five

    • 2020
    • November 15, 2020
    • 1hr 31m
    This week on Talking Upstream: Zack and Dylan invite Jason Kleeberg of the Force Five podcast to discuss screenwriting, non-podcasting gigs, and previous endeavors. Afterward, the Nobodies develop a story which feels oddly familiar, almost as if it's been talked about in the past...Will Dylan drink an entire pitcher of water? Will Zack make a reference to a piece of media from before Dylan was born?
  • How Puzzling

    • 2020
    • November 22, 2020
    • 1h 27m
    Talking Upstream featuring guests from Puzzled Mind Podcasts.
  • Anthony Blackwell, JR. from IwEP

    • 2020
    • November 29, 2020
    • 1h 28m
    Zack and Dylan are joined by Anthony Blackwell, Jr. of the IwEP podcasting network. They discuss working on multiple shows at one time, the transition from audio to visual (and vice versa), and celebrity encounters. Then, Anthony helps the Nobodies unwind with a story of love, communication, and togetherness. Will Dylan talk about Magic: the Gathering? Will Zack remind people he's from Delaware?
  • Coffee with the Bearded Reviewer

    • 2020
    • December 6, 2020
    • 1h 28m
    This week on Talking Upstream: Zack and Dylan are joined by Tyler Shelton of the Coffee with the Bearded Reviewer youtube channel. They discuss video game adaptations, dream movie casts, and unintended sequels before working out a story of love, loss, and - most importantly - family. Will Dylan keep accidentally interrupting? Will Zack reveal his true feelings regarding prom?
  • Behind the Bits: Celebs and Comedy

    • 2020
    • December 13, 2020
    • 1h 30m
    This week on Talking Upstream: Zack and Dylan are joined by Scott Curtis of the Behind the Bits podcast. They talk about celebrity encounters, clean comedy, and what it takes to go up on stage before conjuring up a story of crime both legal and metaphysical. Will Dylan pause just a little too long before answering a question? Will Zack talk about that one time he met Robbie Knievel?
  • Featuring Marc Lee

    • 2021
    • January 3, 2021
    This week on Talking Upstream...Zack and Dylan are joined by fellow International Broadcast Media superstar, Marc Lee of the Radio Show with Marc Lee. The three of them discuss what it's like to lack rhythm, how the encyclopedia is a surprisingly engaging read, and need wide open spaces. Then, Marc throws our boys for a loop and they work on a story about MURDER. Will Zack talk about accordions? Will Dylan elaborate on one of his many failings? Tune in to find out!
  • Feat. Super Bracket Bros

    • 2021
    • January 10, 2021
    This week on Talking Upstream...Zack and Dylan are joined by Jay and Eli from the Super Bracket Bros podcast, and together they talk about the terrors of blank white pages, the resignation inherent in creating corporate artwork, and how the Midwest has few notable celebrities. Then, the four put their talents to work creating a timeless tale of historical figures, Will Zack try a new way of using a whiteboard? Will Dylan avoid making eye contact with the camera? Tune in to find out!
  • Feat the Psyche-Delic Podcast

    • 2021
    • January 17, 2021
    • 1h 31
    This week, on Talking Upstream - Zack and Dylan are joined by Robert and Tina Marie Trimpert of the Psyche-Delic Podcast; they talk about accidental bullying, crunching under deadlines, and breaking through the matrix. Then, the pair help Zack and Dylan reconfigure classic Disney canon into something a little more relevant. Will Zack reveal dark secrets about his past? Will Dylan substitute the stream for his therapy session? Tune in to find out!
  • Shows and Stories

    • 2021
    • January 24, 2021
    • 1 hr 30
    This week, on Talking Upstream - Zack and Dylan enjoy each other's company, discuss upcoming show projects, and proper dice terminology. Then, the pair dive into a story about national history, and the college bro who interrupts a treasure hunt. Will Zack talk about Patton Oswald? Will Dylan complain about his day job? Tune in to find out!
  • Featuring Jeff Porrini of the Yo Show

    • 2021
    • February 7, 2021
    • 1 h 28
  • Featuring Jeff Dwoskin: Jeff Dwoskin Show

    • 2021
    • February 14, 2021
    • 1 h 25
    This week, on Talking UpStream - Zack and Dylan are joined by Jeff Dwoskin from Live from Detroit: the Jeff Dwoskin Show; they talk about time-sensitive marriage ceremonies, letting interview guests run the show, and the benefits of keeping a backlog. Then, Jeff helps the pair create a tale of revenge, extortion, and small-town shenanigans. WIll Zack bring up his ordination? Will Dylan finally provide a good title for a story? Tune in to find out!
  • Talking Upstream 28 - with Andy Grant

    • 2021
    • February 21, 2021
    This week, on Talking UpStream - Zack and Dylan are joined by Andy Grant from Real Men Feel; they talk about what it takes to feel, telling your own story, and failing forward (again?). Then, Andy encourages the pair to create a story about a real-life beta test...or is it? Will Zack ever stop laughing? Will Dylan drop his shields, if even for a moment? Tune in to find out!
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