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The Curiosity Hour Podcast: Stay Curious! We believe everyone has an amazing story to tell and we encourage you to find out the stories all around you with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others in your communities.

Find out more about your co-hosts Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund on our website: http://thecuriosityhourpodcast.com
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Episode 123 - Sophia Urista.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Sophia Urista.Sophia's bio:Sophia Urista is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Known for her blues rock solo performances and as lead singer of NYC rock bands "Rebel and the Titan", and "The VeeVees", Sophia has been dubbed the most promising artist in rock n roll music. She's made her mark in New York as MC at Duane Park, The Box, and Sleep No More and stunned audiences at Brooklyn's Afropunk Music Festival, Irving Plaza, and beyond. She appeared on The Voice (U.S. season 11) on NBC Television where she was chosen by Miley Cyrus and competed for several episodes until the elimination round. She has performed on numerous recordings including John Wick: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the seasonal anthology from her appearance on The Voice and as a featured artists, as she did with Scott Tixier.Website: http://www.sophiaurista.comiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sophia-urista/923473523Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ZOIPu5gy4F5VFvJrRfvVPSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sophiauristaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophiaurista/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiaurista/?hl=enBrass Against: https://brassagainst.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 122 - Lara Downes.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lara Downes.Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and "addicting" by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara's forays into the broad landscape of American music have created a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of "10 Albums that Saved 2016", and hailed as "a balm for a country riven by disunion" by the Boston Globe. Her Sony Classical debut release For Lenny debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award.Downes enjoys creative collaborations with a range of leading artists, including folk icon Judy Collins, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, baritone Thomas Hampson, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer Rhiannon Giddens. Her close partnerships with prominent composers span genres and generations, with premieres and commissions coming from Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and many others. Downes’ fierce commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship and education sees her working in support of non-profit organizations including the Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY, PLAN International, the Sphinx Organization, and NPR’s From The Top, where she will appear as a featured guest host in Spring 2019. Her Sony Masterworks recording Holes in the Sky, a celebration of the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present and future of American music, was released in March 2019, debuting at the top of the Billboard charts. Her newest album, FOR LOVE OF YOU continues the strand of music by women, celebrating the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann. The album was featured in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/arts/music/clara-schumann.htmlMore info: http://www.laradownes.com/for-love-of-youBuy album: https://lnk.to/ForLoveOfYouWebsite: http://www.laradownes.comSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2pSV3M4cqq8MUqT3SrXdpSYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJh1m1BlPhkK7_deTexdXwFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/100002728555138Instagram: http://instagram.com/laradownesmusicTwitter: https://twitter.com/laradownesAll music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Lara Downes.Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 121 - doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D.Doreen's bio:doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D. is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon. She has 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups. In addition to her private practice she maintains an international speaking docket, is the author of the book Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age. doreen is an expert in the area of technology and health and spends, on average, 15 hours a week culling both scholarly research and pop culture sources to maintain her expertise as a person whose finger is on the pulse of how technology is shaping the neurological, interpersonal, and intra-personal lives of individuals today. She is routinely featured in national media has carried out anecdotal research circles with thousands of college students across the U.S. and Ireland over the last three years. Her unique, fast-paced speaking style, reminiscent of TED talks, incorporates technological, interpersonal, and interactive elements and make her uniquely poised to capture the minds and attention of a diverse range of people. Her approach is far from technology-averse, instead, offering a balanced perspective and full spectrum look at the issues of the day. Personally, doreen loves her meditation cushion, the color red, going barefoot, strong coffee, and people…mostly people.link to book for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Deviced-Balancing-Technology-Digital-World/dp/1538115840/upcoming trainings offered: https://catalog.pesi.com/speaker/doreen-dodgenmagee-595400webinars if people want more: https://www.yogacalm.org/doreen-technology-use/Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 120 - Kate Wallinga.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Kate Wallinga.Kate's bio:I spent my entire professional life in the fields of mental health and criminal justice. My favorite, hardest and most important work was specifically in the fields of correctional psych, forensic psych, and crisis assessment. My podcast, “Ignorance Was Bliss,” started off very specifically looking at crime, the criminal justice system, and clinical psychology.Over time, the focus of my show has widened to include the normal, the average, the ordinary, that all of us can understand… but we continue to think of ourselves as somehow screwed up, weird, wrong. We’re not. You’re not. Honest.Just make sure you really want to know. Because the most important certainty I carry, from all my time working with inmates and patients and onlookers, is that the only real difference between “us” and “them” is a key. And that everything we experience, from crippling anxiety to serial murder, is maybe not rational, but there is a logic to it. I can make things understandable.And once you learn just how easy it can be to fall into the darker parts of life, you might think,”…I felt better before I knew that.”My show, extended bio, and other info can be found at iwbpodcast.com, and the Facebook group is at bit.ly/iwbasylumNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 119 - Alex Kack.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Alex Kack.Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alex_KackCitizen-led City Sanctuary Initiative (with links to donate and volunteer): https://www.familiesfreeandtogether.orgTucson City Council Meeting with famous "Green Shirt Guy" moment:https://twitter.com/NickVinZant/status/1158936728557633537Op-ed in Tucson Weekly from Alex:https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/viral-message/Content?oid=26419975"Green Shirt Guy" stickers and t-shirts: https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/green-shirt-guy-tee/The People’s Defense Initiative:https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 118 - Melissa Koch.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Melissa Koch. Melissa's bio from her website: "I have always loved writing and reading.When my son was born in 2012, my parents brought all my childhood books to our house—boxes and boxes of familiar books. My journals filled one of the large boxes. Forgotten pages of observations of the natural and human-made world mixed with my personal hopes, explorations, disappointments, and dreams. How are bridges built and why are some people afraid of bridges? What causes earthquakes and why do people build homes where they know earthquakes occur? The connections we have to scientific and engineered worlds has always fascinated and frustrated me.I enjoy helping people (myself included!) understand and make personal connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and our social world. I never know what hidden gems I'll discover deep in the research, especially when I talk with experts. Experts are the best! The act of writing often reveals new patterns to these gems that I can then share with the world. Writing is the best job that doesn't feel like a job. Most days.My resume lists my published work and highlights my professional path in STEM and teacher education.Happy writing and reading to all!"Website: https://www.melissakoch.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 117 - Eric Segnitz.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Eric Segnitz. We also extend our sympathy and thoughts to the family and friends of Ben Johnston. We recorded this episode in June prior to Ben Johnston's death. We appreciate Eric talking about Ben Johnston's work and we appreciate Eric generously allowing us to share some pieces composed by Johnston with our listeners.Eric Segnitz has had an extensive career in music reaching both local and international audiences through performance, composition, education, and a wide array of music recording and producing projects. Segnitz is a charter member of the Present Music Ensemble, the Kepler Quartet, has played with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and written scores for film, theatre and television. Segnitz has been the recipient of several music awards and grants from national New Music organizations such as the Aaron Copland Fund, the Argosy Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and New Music USA.Websites:Present Music: http://presentmusic.orgKepler Quartet: https://www.keplerquartet.com/index.htmlNew World Records: http://www.newworldrecords.orgMusical pieces in episode used with permission from Eric Segnitz. You can skip to them by clicking on the track and choosing the specific time listed below:(11:00) Crossing The Bridge · Eric Segnitz · Kim Robertson.(19:22) Sinatra Shag, Michael Daugherty, University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, David Gommper.(28:02) String Quartet No. 10: Sprightly, not too fast – Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(40:06) Quietness - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(46:16) String Quartet No. 7: Prelude - Scurrying, Forceful, Intense - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(1:06:37) Partita in E Major: III. — Kamran Ince, Eric Segnitz, Carl Storniolo.(1:17:01) Curve - Kamran Ince Present Music, Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(1:33:42) In White - Kamran Ince, Present Music, Kevin Stalheim, Eric Segnitz.(1:53:39) Ukulele Serenade - Aaron Copland, Eric Segnitz, Jayne Latva.(1:59:43) Todo Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla. arr. & orch. by John Adams) Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri Pensis, Eric Segnitz.(2:07:09) Study in Sonority, Wallingford Riegger, Eric Segnitz.Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 116 - Josh Hallmark.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Josh Hallmark. Josh is the host of the Our Americana, True Crime Bullsh**, The Karen & Ellen Letters, and PLAYLIST podcasts. His podcasting career began after, and was inspired by, living in a van and traveling America for six months. Prior to that, he worked in branding in the Apparel and Health Care industries. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York; and has previously lived in Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, San Francisco, and (a brief stint) Cambodia. Website: http://www.our-americana.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 115 - Daniel MintieDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Daniel Mintie. Daniel's bio from his website:"I'm a cognitive-behavioral therapist, teacher and writer based in Taos, New Mexico USA and available for consultation globally via the worldwide web. I have 28 years' experience helping men, women and children heal from anxiety, depression and the sometimes crippling aftereffects of trauma. I love this work and am inspired and humbled by the determination and courage of those I've had the privilege of helping reclaim lives of peace, joy, and relational happiness.Before returning to school to train as a cognitive-behavioral therapist I worked as an international contract journalist, writing about local communities worldwide struggling to secure economic and political justice and establish a sustainable relationship to food, water and land.As is the case with many of my patients and colleagues, I first experienced feelings of irrational sadness and worry as a child. As a young boy I found these feelings very mysterious. Where did they come from? Why did they go away? I did not yet understand how we ourselves create such emotion as a result of our beliefs, thought patterns and behaviors.Also in grade school I developed a lifelong interest in contemplative spiritual practice, yoga and martial arts. I’ve incorporated these interests into my clinical work, research and teaching in the areas of mind/body medicine. Today, in addition to my clinical work, I teach CBT and integrative medicine at universities and training centers around the world.After close to 30 years of clinical practice – and half of century of investigating the human condition – I have an ever-clearer understanding of the roots of human anguish. At the end of the day our emotional torment arises when we find ourselves unable to respond to the sometimes enormous challenges the world brings to us. Our suffering – anxiety, depression, PTSD – itself speaks to our desire successfully to meet such challenges. It is my passion, honor and life work to assist my patients’ doing exactly this."Website: https://danielmintie.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 114 - Andrea Chalupa.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Andrea Chalupa. Her bio: "I was born and raised in Davis, California, and currently live in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from the University of California, at Davis with High Honors in History, with a focus on Soviet History, I studied Ukrainian at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the International School of Ukrainian Studies in L’viv, Ukraine. As a journalist, I cut my teeth in the newsrooms of Conde Nast Portfolio and AOL Money & Finance, and have written articles and columns for The Daily Beast, Forbes, TIME, and The Atlantic. Since 2004, while finishing my History thesis on the role of religion in Ukraine’s independence movement at the fall of the Soviet Union, I began dreaming up a screenplay that would take me fifteen years to research, write, and produce. That screenplay became MR. JONES, directed by three-time Academy Award-nominee Agnieszka Holland and starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joseph Mawle as George Orwell. Much of the research for the film was compiled into my book Orwell and The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm, which has been taught in classrooms in Canada and Ukraine through the genocide education program Orwell Art. As surreal as this journey has been against the backdrop of growing authoritarianism around the world, I met along the way brave human rights activists and journalists who continuously restored my faith. In January 2014, I helped launch #DigitalMaidan, a hashtag of the revolution in Ukraine; #MarchForTruth, a nationwide protest on June 3rd, 2017 demanding transparency and accountability in the Russia investigation, and helped lead a crowdfunding campaign to turn an oligarch’s abandoned private zoo in Ukraine into an animal refuge. Over the years, I have spoken about Ukraine and Russia in the World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe, the Personal Democracy Forum at New York University, the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the National Arts Club in New York City, and went on a two-week university lecture tour of Canada, including McGill University, Carleton University, and the University of Toronto. And yes, I have a sister, Alexandra Chalupa, called one of the most influential people of the 2016 election by the investigative journalist Michael Isikoff who, along with David Corn, the first journalist to publish an interview with Christopher Steele, features my sister in their bestselling book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. The first three episodes of Gaslit Nation, recapping the 2016 election like a crime scene, explain how my sister was harassed and risked her life and career to alert the media about Paul Manafort and the Kremlin’s attack on our democracy as it was happening."Website: http://www.andreachalupa.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaChalupaPodcast: https://www.gaslitnationpod.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
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