The idea of starting a podcast came to me about a year ago when I was in the early stages of brainstorming for my new website design. When my team and I launched the new Kneeland Co. site last fall, I wanted to add a section that was devoted to people, places, and things that inspire me. Rather than a traditional blog or Tumblr, my idea was to do interviews with people whom I admire in creative industries as well as to share what was currently getting me excited. That’s when I came up with the idea of Voyages, and I wondered if there would be a way to expand further on the topics and the people I profiled. I always want to know more about someone or something – the history of an object, how someone got started in their business, what inspires them, etc. The idea of a podcast sounded like the perfect way to go deeper into a subject. Finally, after a month and a half of compiling questions, interviewing and editing, I’m happy to launch the Voyages Podcast. I couldn’t be more thrilled about my first guest, Lee Kaplan, Founder and Co-owner of Arcana: Books On The Arts in Culver City, California. I have known Lee for a few years, and I’ve always been thoroughly impressed with not only his business that was started in a small apartment 34 years ago, but with his in-depth knowledge and appreciation of books on the arts. I interviewed Lee a couple of times at Arcana: Books On The Arts and walked away completely fascinated, researching many of the musicians, artists, and creatives he mentioned. I hope you will take away as much as I did from his interview. Listen to the podcast below or on Itunes.