The Podcast about Art and the Creative Process


“I’d never want to belong to a club that would have someone like me as a member.” -Woody Allen (attributed to Groucho Marx, appears originally in Freud)

About Us

This is what happens when two friends from high school never shut up: they create a podcast about art.

John Franklin and JJ Baker go way back, both socially and creatively. A friendship started early in high school and continued at the U of Cincinnati, where the gentleman joined forced to create PCR, the online music and comedy, variety show, notorious among the local community. The PCR had to end, like all good things do, but the friendship did not. It only made sense, that in these days of weekly episodes and 280 characters, for John and JJ get together and add their voices to the social hubbub. Thus, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants was born.

This podcast has a simple goal: to make art more accessible to the masses. We aim to dispel the myths that surround the creative process and to share stories of creative giants (giants whose artistic footsteps still resound today), all while providing entertainment, opinion, and a 45 minute long respite from monotony.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is a collaborative endeavor, and we need you to get involved. Of course, listen to our episodes (which you can find HERE, as well as on Itunes, Spotify, and RSS feed). We also love to here from our listeners. What do you think of our shows? What facts did we screw up that you need to fix? What stories and artists do you want to hear about? Please email us at with all of your comments, questions, and concerns.


“If I have seen further, it is by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants." -Isaac Newton

This quote was made famous by the man who was made famous for being unable to avoid falling fruit. Newton’s point was that his achievements were only possible because of the people who came before him. Creation does not happen in isolation. Creative acts are based and inspired by previous creative acts. The Newton quote itself was taken from Bernard of Chartres from the 12th century.

In the spirit of this quote, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants focuses on artistic giants throughout the ages, artistic concepts, and myths related to the creative process.T

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JJ Baker

JJ Baker was born in the West Side of Cincinnati, Ohio and spent his formative years there. Along with this podcast, he paints, draws, teaches art, and dabbles on the guitar. His goals in life are to recreate Kerouac’s On the Road and repaint Jackson Pollock’s Mural.

He currently lives and sweats in Houston, TX.










John Franklin

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.



Juris Doctor, 1999

B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California