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Mike Sheffield

  • Pop Stuff
  • December 22 2015, 1:26 PM

Jon Glaser is not a super asshole, but he plays one on TV

Jon Glaser is not a super asshole, but he plays one on TV

The mind behind "Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter" talks about Instagram lies, helicopter moms, and the two way street of masturbation.

  • What Do You Do
  • December 14 2015, 1:04 PM

What it's like to be an inheritor

What it's like to be an inheritor

In the latest installment of our anonymous interview series, we talk to inheritors, trust fund recipients, and the solemnly rich.

  • Internet
  • December 1 2015, 11:54 AM

Inside the world of Lyft spam on Facebook

Inside the world of Lyft spam on Facebook

What happens if your profile picture ends up on a fake Facebook profile pushing ridesharing services? Hopes&Fears goes fishing for bots and talks to copyright experts.

Inside the misunderstood world of psychiatric service dogs
  • Wellness
  • October 21 2015, 2:20 PM

Inside the misunderstood world of psychiatric service dogs

Service dogs for people with psychiatric disabilities and mental illnesses play a complex role in society and struggle for legitimacy. Hopes&Fears meets with the trainers of these canine companions.

  • Technology
  • October 13 2015, 4:43 PM

How will Facebook’s "reactions" play with our emotions?

How will Facebook’s "reactions" play with our emotions?

From "Wow" to "Sad", Facebook is testing its new post-like "reactions." We asked a psychologist, a sociologist, and a tech theorist why they are doing this to us and how it might affect our feelings.

Party king Andrew W.K. brings his zen to motivational speaking
  • Business
  • October 6 2015, 2:29 PM

Party king Andrew W.K. brings his zen to motivational speaking

We talked to Andrew W.K. about his role as a motivational speaker, forgoing college, and finding enlightenment in the C major scale.

Are you happy now? The uncertain future of emotion analytics
  • Internet
  • October 5 2015, 5:36 PM

Are you happy now? The uncertain future of emotion analytics

By the time we'll need reform, it might be too late.

Digging for glory with Long Island’s beachcombers
  • Events
  • October 2 2015, 4:22 PM

Digging for glory with Long Island’s beachcombers

Hopes&Fears went to Jones Beach with the metal detector enthusiasts of the Atlantic Treasure Club to observe them in their natural habitat.

CAN's Damo Suzuki on busking across Europe in the late 60s
  • Music
  • September 30 2015, 11:37 AM

CAN's Damo Suzuki on busking across Europe in the late 60s

The former krautrock frontman and improvisation advocate talks about his life before CAN, when he was a spiritual traveler and homeless drifter, remembering what it truly meant to be free.

"Don't start a record label." An interview with Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Music
  • August 21 2015, 11:21 AM

"Don't start a record label." An interview with Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf

The producer and Stones Throw label head gives us the lowdown on his favorite summer jams and his advice for aspiring record moguls.

How the fashion industry chases the internet, with VFiles' Preston Chaunsumlit
  • Wellness
  • August 12 2015, 11:18 AM

How the fashion industry chases the internet, with VFiles' Preston Chaunsumlit

The fashion designer turned entertainer talks about 90s top models, robots, and how porn is paving the way for innovative fashion.

  • Playlist
  • July 31 2015, 4:42 PM

A haven of freaks,
a mix by Dreamcrusher

A haven of freaks,
a mix by Dreamcrusher

The Wichita transplant talks about otherness, Sandra Bland, early noise influences, and finding a community on the web.

Tobias van Schneider on Spotify, Macromedia, and how universities are failing designers
  • Design
  • July 30 2015, 4:05 PM

Tobias van Schneider on Spotify, Macromedia, and how universities are failing designers

The rock star designer talks to us about his first designs, leaving school at 15, and what Europe has to do to compete with the American market.

  • Music
  • July 20 2015, 3:49 PM

Catching up with Syrian dance icon Omar Souleyman

Catching up with Syrian dance icon Omar Souleyman

The wedding music phenomenon talks Ray-Bans, having dinner with Bjork, and what constitutes his perfect day.

  • Playlist
  • July 17 2015, 2:05 PM

Machinedrum ecstasy, a mix from No-Tech's Ciarra Black

Machinedrum ecstasy, a mix from No-Tech's Ciarra Black

Appetite's Ciarra Black talks pop music, shitty art fans, and the warehouses where she first got the techno bug.

Why women are "sidelined" at the Brooklyn Museum's sneakerhead exhibit
  • Fashion
  • July 15 2015, 11:19 AM

Why women are "sidelined" at the Brooklyn Museum's sneakerhead exhibit

"The Rise of Sneaker Culture" at the Brooklyn Museum was cast as a male-centric exhibit. We talk with the curator and present a new narrative that needs to emerge for an equal future.

  • Fashion
  • July 6 2015, 6:37 PM

The internet is for queers: an interview with “Gender Is Over”
t-shirt creators

The internet is for queers: an interview with “Gender Is Over”
t-shirt creators

We interviewed Gender Is Over’s Marie McGwier and Nina Mashurova about fashion, the future of genderqueer youth, and what it’s like to be all over Miley Cyrus’s Instagram.

Stoner calisthenics, a weekend mix from JX Cannon
  • Playlist
  • July 3 2015, 3:46 PM

Stoner calisthenics, a weekend mix from JX Cannon

The NYC-based electronic musician shares some of his favorite footwork cuts and tells us about his favorite drinks, first parties, and how he is not Beyonce.

A playlist from the new noise nihilists of Uniform
  • Playlist
  • June 26 2015, 5:59 PM

A playlist from the new noise nihilists of Uniform

The Brooklyn-based duo celebrate the release of their LP 'Perfect World' tomorrow at Trans Pecos in Queens, NY.

  • Music
  • June 4 2015, 11:19 AM

Your summer guide to left-field music happenings: festivals, warehouse parties and forest gatherings

Your summer guide to left-field music happenings: festivals, warehouse parties and forest gatherings

From the woods of Niigata and West Virginia, to the warehouses of Bushwick and Berlin, here are our summertime picks for experimental music events.

  • Television
  • May 26 2015, 3:04 PM

Inside The Eric Andre Show with producer Joshua Cohen

Inside The Eric Andre Show with producer Joshua Cohen

Hopes&Fears talks to Joshua Cohen, supervising producer of "The Eric Andre Show" about set destruction, pissed pants and kissing cops.

  • News
  • May 21 2015, 4:26 PM

Brunch is toast

Brunch is toast

Shortages of Prosecco and eggs are making it easier to want to sleep in this weekend.

  • Office Dictionary
  • April 24 2015, 10:58 AM

Office Dictionary: Pornhub

Office Dictionary: Pornhub

Every workplace has its own internal lingo. This week, we talk to the media savvy Pornhub about their office shop talk, including "scribes" and the all too image conjuring "joystick sessions."

  • News
  • April 23 2015, 4:20 PM

Happy 18 thousand years of "Gangnam Style"

Happy 18 thousand years of "Gangnam Style"

Happy 10th Birthday YouTube!

  • Wellness
  • April 17 2015, 11:39 AM

Why do I feel so bad?

Why do I feel so bad?

Here are the reasons why you feel sick, depressed and generally terrible in April and May, and June, July and August. And especially September and October. And also in November, December, January...

  • News
  • April 14 2015, 12:18 PM

The end of fish and chips

The end of fish and chips

Warming sea temperatures expel haddock from UK shores.

  • What Do You Do
  • April 13 2015, 12:20 PM

We made bank running an indie BDSM dungeon

We made bank running an indie BDSM dungeon

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke with a couple who ran a homegrown S&M operation out of their apartment.

  • News
  • April 10 2015, 6:58 PM

Weed kills (cancer cells)

Weed kills (cancer cells)

New government-funded report suggests that cannabis kills cancer cells.

  • News
  • April 6 2015, 11:59 AM

Unauthorized Edward Snowden statue erected in Brooklyn

Unauthorized Edward Snowden statue erected in Brooklyn

New York artists install Snowden bust on top of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park.

  • News
  • April 3 2015, 5:05 PM

French Parliament bans “excessively thin” models

French Parliament bans “excessively thin” models

French MPs fight anorexia by banning models under a certain Body Mass Index.

  • News
  • April 3 2015, 1:49 PM

Pass-it-over: weed is kosher

Pass-it-over: weed is kosher

Passover begins tonight, April 3, and while boozing is prohibited for those observing the holiday, apparently it’s okay to toke, according to a New York rabbi.

  • News
  • April 1 2015, 5:16 PM

California goes drier

California goes drier

California Governor Edmund Brown announced statewide water restrictions today, the first in the state’s history, aiming to reduce the sunshine state’s water usage by 25%.

  • News
  • April 1 2015, 12:21 PM
  • Live

All the April Fools media jokes

All the April Fools media jokes

We don't have an April 1st joke, but we're going to live-broadcast all the media pranks for you right here, as we see them.

  • News
  • March 31 2015, 4:12 PM

San Francisco prison guards force inmates into Game of Thrones-style fight club

San Francisco prison guards force inmates into Game of Thrones-style fight club

Four San Francisco County jail prison guards were put on leave Thursday after it was revealed they had been forcing inmates to fight one another as they bet on the fights.

  • News
  • March 31 2015, 4:03 PM

World’s worst rush hours, by city

World’s worst rush hours, by city

And you thought the Holland Tunnel was rough.

  • News
  • March 31 2015, 3:29 PM

How many Twitter characters does it take to raise one billion dollars?

How many Twitter characters does it take to raise one billion dollars?

Tesla's stock soared after the click of a mouse.

  • News
  • March 31 2015, 11:07 AM

Navajo Nation employs “junk food” tax

Navajo Nation employs “junk food” tax

The southwest reservation is employing a 2 per cent tax increase on food with no nutritional value.

  • Citizen
  • March 30 2015, 2:18 PM

Myspace refugees: waxing philosophical on top 8s and page-view-rated music

Myspace refugees: waxing philosophical on top 8s and page-view-rated music

Hopes&Fears's Mike Sheffield seeks out the wandering souls of Myspace.

  • Art
  • March 26 2015, 2:15 PM

Art that startups buy

Art that startups buy

Talking with Skillshare, Enigma, Electric Objects, Kickstarter, and Tumblr, we learned how these startups art-up their work place.

  • News
  • March 19 2015, 12:40 PM

March’s weedwave: high pets, stronger edibles and the first publicly owned weed shop

March’s weedwave: high pets, stronger edibles and the first publicly owned weed shop

Nineteen days into March, and US weed legislation just keeps on rolling.