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A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
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Do you know where your donor dollars and time are actually going? Activist, thought leader, and founder of the social impact campaign YouAreEssential Ashlee Marie Preston joins Jonathan to discuss the trillion-dollar industry that is the US non-profit sector, the ways in which non-profit organizations can undercut to the aims of grassroots political movements, and how we can work to dismantle a system that doesn’t always serve the communities it claims to protect. Follow Ashlee Marie Preston on Instagram @ashleemariepreston and Twitter @AshleeMPreston. Learn more about YouAreEssential at YouAreEssential.org, or on Instagram and Twitter @YAEOrg. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
This episode is an All-Around winner, because Jonathan is talking with six-time Olympic medalist and captain of the Fierce Five and Final Five gymnastics teams, Aly Raisman. This isn’t a Level 10 conversation about gymnastics, gardening, and more—it’s certified Elite. Follow Aly on Instagram @alyraisman and Twitter @aly_raisman, and learn more about her book Fierce. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
This week's Getting Curious is a show like no other, since Jonathan is joined by the iconic Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Audra McDonald. She and Jonathan discuss the critical work she's doing as the co-founder of Black Theatre United, an organization that is advocating for equity in the theater world and the nation. They also discuss how theatergoers can continue to support the performing arts community, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (And stick around for the third act to hear Audra's recommendations for what to watch and listen to once you're done with the episode!)   Follow Audra on Instagram @audramcdonald and Twitter @AudraEqualityMc, and learn more about Black Theatre United at www.blacktheatreunited.com. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
This election season is anything but routine, and this week, Jonathan is asking political strategist Ben O'Keefe to coach us through all the ways we can help flip seats, add balance to any check on our democracy, and win big on election day. Ben is a human rights activist, progressive strategist, and founder of the impact entertainment company Give A Damn. He is a former Senior Aide to Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and currently the Impact Producer on the forthcoming Untitled Stacey Abrams documentary from Amazon Studios.   Follow Ben on Twitter and Instagram at @benjaminokeefe and at www.benjaminokeefe.com.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
This week on Getting Curious, Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon join Jonathan to discuss the remarkable work of Black classical composers and musicians through history and today. Dr. Thurman is an assistant professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Ashleigh Gordon is the co-founder, Artistic and Executive Director, and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music.   Follow Dr. Thurman on Twitter @kira_thurman, and follow Ashleigh on Instagram @violashe and at www.violashe.com. Keep up with Castle of our Skins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @castleskins, and at www.castleskins.org.    And make sure to check out the Castle of our Skins resources page for a list of organizations, ensembles, composers, and more!   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
On this week’s Getting Curious, Jonathan is taking the creepy out of crawly with entomologist and evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware. We’re talking periodical cicadas, cockroaches, dragonflies, and more. Dr. Ware is a curator of Odonata and non-Holometabolous insect orders at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and a professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. She is also the VP-Elect of the Entomological Society of America, and the President of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association.    Follow Dr. Ware on Twitter@JessicaLWareLab and Instagram@jessicaleeware42.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
Voting rights activist, author, lawyer, and politician Stacey Abrams joins Jonathan to discuss the history of voting rights in the United States, the current state of voter suppression, and how we can work towards fair voting and a robust civic engagement. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to run as a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the US. She is the founder of Fair Fight, an organization that works to ensure every American has a voice in our legal system, and Fair Count, which advocates for accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement. This June marked the release of her latest book, Our Time Is Now. Follow Leader Abrams on Twitter and Instagram @staceyabrams, learn more about Fair Fight here and Fair Count here, and find her book Our Time Is Now here.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
In Masha Gessen’s return to Getting Curious, the journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker speaks with Jonathan about their new book Surviving Autocracy. They discuss the ways in which Trump has consolidated power since his election, what the stakes are if he continues to trample American institutions, and what we can do to resist his autocratic ambitions. Follow Masha Gessen on Twitter @mashagessen, and learn more about Surviving Autocracy here.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
In this re-release of an episode first recorded in July 2019, Jonathan sits down with Alicia Garza, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Director of Strategy & Partnerships for National Domestic Workers Alliance, to discuss the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia’s work with the Black Futures Lab, and how Democratic Party candidates, campaigns, and elected officials need to be—and can be—more accountable to Black constituents.   Follow Alicia Garza on Twitter @aliciagarza and on Instagram @chasinggarza, and learn more about Black Futures Lab here. Follow National Domestic Workers Alliance on Twitter and Instagram @domesticworkers.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins Jonathan to discuss the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other victims of police violence; the deep roots of police brutality and systemic racism; and how District Attorneys can play a role in police reform. DA Rollins was elected to represent Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere on a progressive platform in 2018, and is the first woman of color to serve as a DA in Massachusetts.   Follow DA Rollins on Twitter @DARollins and on Instagram at @rollins4da, and learn more about her work here.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.   Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
On this episode of Getting Curious, we’re digging deep with Dr. Julia Clarke, Wilson Professor of Paleontology at The University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She and Jonathan get to the bottom of how Texas looked 250 million years ago, which dinosaurs roamed prehistoric America, and what Pangaea’s got to do with the age of dinosaurs. Follow Dr. Clarke on Twitter @jclarkepaleolab, and learn more about her work here.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
You're invited to a very special episode of Getting Curious, and the dress code is whatever makes you feel stunning! The guest of honor is the CFDA designer Christian Siriano, who launched his brand in 2008 and has since risen to the top of the fashion world, dressing icons like FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Billy Porter, and Lady Gaga. Christian joins Jonathan to discuss his groundbreaking designs, his commitment to body diversity and inclusive pricing, and the more than 25,000 masks he and his team have produced for New York hospitals since March.   Follow Christian on Twitter and Instagram @CSiriano, and learn more about his collections and COVID-19 response here.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.
Journalist and author Mary O'Hara returns to Getting Curious to discuss her reporting on poverty, her new book The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative, and her work reimagining how we talk about poverty with Project Twist-It. She and Jonathan discuss her own experience of childhood poverty, common misconceptions around poverty in the United States and the United Kingdom, and how we can start to see social services as springboards for success. You can find Mary O’Hara’s writing at MaryOHara.eu and in The Guardian. Follow her on Twitter @MaryOHara1, and learn more about The Shame Game here and Project Twist-It here. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook. Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Queen, did you know that there was a literal doctor teaching a class on happiness at literally Yale?! Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University and the host of The Happiness Lab podcast, gives Jonathan a redux version of her iconic Yale course about the science of happiness and shares tips for boosting our spirits even when we're not near the people and places that usually bring us joy. It's time to get in touch with our vagus nerves! Follow Dr. Laurie Santos on Twitter @lauriesantos, and check out her podcast The Happiness Lab. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com. Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook. Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Pascale R. Bos is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Netherlandic Studies, and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas, Austin. Pre-social distancing, Jonathan and Pascal sat down together to talk about the Holocaust and WW2. In part 2, Jonathan and Pascale continue their conversation from last week and go on to discuss how the US became involved in the war, the Berlin Wall, and why it's so important to learn from history!   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook. Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Pascale R. Bos is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Netherlandic Studies, and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas, Austin. Pre-social distancing, Jonathan and Pascal sat down together to talk about the Holocaust and WW2. In part 1 of our first ever 2 part episode, Jonathan and Pascale discuss how the term Holocaust came to be, the alarming statistics reflecting a surprising number of people who’ve never heard of the Holocaust, and examine how Hitler came into power. Tune in to next week’s episode for the conclusion of their incredible conversation!   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook. Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Dr. Mark served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology during the Obama administration working on the Ebola outbreak in 2014. At the Department of Health and Human Services and NASA, she was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health.   She joined Jonathan remotely to answer his questions on how coronavirus spreads, steps we can take to improve our immune system, and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential workers and those in the medical field on the front line fighting the war against COVID-19.   Check out Dr. Mark’s book Stellar Medicine: A Journey Through the Universe of Women's Health.    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.   Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Comedian Mawaan Rizwan got his start creating YouTube sketches that turned his mother into a Bollywood Star. Now as an established writer and actor, he has written for Netflix’s “Sex Education” and can be seen in the upcoming “Two Weeks to Live” on Sky. In the fall of 2019, he joined Jonathan on his Road to Beijing tour opening in sold-out theaters across the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. On a tour stop in Brisbane, Jonathan and Mawaan sat down to discuss his family’s immigration story, visiting Pakistan as an out adult, and how comedy has become a form of therapy for him.   Follow Mawaan on Instagram and Twitter @MawaanR, subscribe to his YouTube channel, and visit mawaan.co.uk for updates on where to catch him live!   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.   Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Lawyer, Historian, and Author Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez’s book, “Treason on Trial: United States v. Jefferson Davis.” exposes the legality behind why no one was held accountable for starting the Civil War. As a regular lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin he shares his extensive knowledge of mid-19th century politics. He sat down with Jonathan to answer his questions about confederate officials, the abolishment of slavery, Lincoln’s presidency, and much more! *This episode was recorded prior to social distancing. Check out Robert’s work, “Treason on Trial: United States v. Jefferson Davis.” for more information on this topic.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.   Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.   Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown are the co-creators of the Instagram @LGBT_History, and co-authors of the book “We Are Everywhere.” Both use powerful images of love, protest, inclusivity, and stories, to spotlight movements and people throughout Queer history. They joined Jonathan to discuss why they started these projects, the importance of visibility to avoid erasure and share some interesting stories about important figures from the past!   Follow Matthew and Leighton on Instagram and Twitter @LGBT_History, and find out more about their book at www.QueerHistory.com.   Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.   Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.   Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.   Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.
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Wa Haha

Jonathan was so excited in this episode!

Jun 5th
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Charles Smith Jr.

he needs to slow down and dictate

Apr 29th
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J

Jonathan is friggin adorable. He had such an endearing, engaging personality that I find myself even listening to the episodes of his that wouldn't normally be of interest to me. Great podcast!

Feb 10th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

I am not sure, but I think this Dr Alex was quite rude in a lot of short times... it sounded like he was uncomfortable with some Johnathan's questions... just saying...

Jan 25th
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Clarrie Ramsden

This episode had a MAHOOOSIVE affect on me. The words "moving from: dying from; to living with; to thriving despite" were like a jolt of clarity. I live with depression and PTSD, and am now happily "thriving despite". Thanks, JVN. Clarice, from rainy Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Jan 17th
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daisy

seriously, how is the rainforest doing?! i'm afraid to know

Jan 13th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

one of the best episodes I've ever heard!😍😍😍

Jan 11th
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Lets Talk...With Corrine Mills

i love tan france and rest of the fab 5 i cried listening to this.

Dec 25th
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Toro Seduto

So many fundamental flaws with this technology! Wow. First of, she says it herself: if the fossil fuel industries themselves are interested in developing this, it must mean they won't stop emitting and getting profits at the cost of the planet and our health! Duh. And also, what?? Claiming that doing our part, as small as it may seem at first, hasn't much of an effect, it's not only incorrect but also SO damaging! We hurt crappy corporations where it matters most, their so called "wallet" by chosing to not support them. Sure policy is important and it would be SO nice if governments would actually protect us, but who doesn't know by now that politics and corporate profits are tied together in very complex ways? And then get this, TREES ! are not THAT useful...a ok, lady. That's when I knew you were kinda full Of it. Sure let's spray a bunch of toxic crap in the atmosphere to poison our air and water, that's the solution... I'll plant my trees.

Dec 11th
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Lets Talk...With Corrine Mills

you guys are such beautiful people i hope you know Tan (coming from a cis straight black woman) you are BEAUTIFUL!!! love yall

Dec 3rd
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roberto cano

this gay dude is so annoying. unsubscribed !

Nov 27th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

omg... her voice is so relaxing and beautiful.🥰🥰

Nov 13th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

the British accent in the add was HILARIOUS 🤣🤣🤣

Oct 3rd
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Jamie Adam

I really like this podcast, and of course Jonathan is the best! But Bill Nye unfortunately is the worst. He's so mean to his fans, even going so far as to scream swearwords in little kids faces. He relies too much on rhetoric to lend much credibility to his theories, and is more actor than scientist. I won't be listening to this episode.

Sep 30th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

I want to read your book, Jonathan! 😍😍🙏

Sep 26th
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Betty Wells

💯 Absolutely loved this!! Although I have to say, based on my research, solar is much more doable than he leads on in this talking about the baseline kind of dauntingly isn't productive for nay sayers to hear. People think omg we're going to freeze or something because there's no sun or wind at night... but there are technologies to contain and distribute it, that need to be further developed for sure, but they exist already. Like Bill touched on with the grids, but I wish he had expanded on that more because it is really more doable and not as extreme as people think. Also YES there are still socially liberal financially conservative Republicans who detest Trump. 🙋 😰🇺🇸

Sep 19th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

I see that Mr. Jonathan is expressing himself so much clearer and calmer in this episode than before ..even throughout the merchant 😍😍😍 I love it!

Sep 5th
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Willian De Sousa Silva

this is one my favorite podcasts.. Love you Jonathan.🤩🤩😍😍

Aug 21st
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Allison Finseth

Thank you for this beautiful, intelligent discussion - I appreciate it more than you can know.

Aug 17th
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Calliope Eve Cameron

lol I love u Johnathan

Aug 15th
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