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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 163 - Lucas Land Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lucas Land. Lucas Land is constantly learning and growing and starting things he might not finish. He lived and worked in Bolivia for the past two years with his family where he started the podcast We Don't Talk About That with Lucas Land. He once started a sustainable landscaping company. He lives in Waco, TX and is part of an intentional community and no, he's not a Branch Davidian. Podcast website: https://wdtatpodcast.com 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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 162 - Bryan Jones, Ph.D. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Bryan Jones, Ph.D. Bryan Jones is an Assistant Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Additionally, he is an affiliate of the City University of New York Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), and consultant with the World Bank. Bryan has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and M.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include population dynamics and migration, climate change impacts, risk/vulnerability assessment, and spatial statistics/GIS. Bryan’s current research explores the relationship between human population dynamics and climate change in driving human vulnerability to climate-related hazards with a focus on sustainability and climate-resilient policy. Much of his current work addresses climate-induced migration. Bryan served as lead modeler for the World Bank's 2018 flagship report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, and remains engaged with the World Bank, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University (CIESIN), and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in preparing a series of follow-up reports. In addition to this work, over the past decade he has developed novel methods for producing spatially explicit, high-resolution population scenarios, a crucial input to the assessment of potential climate impacts. Data products developed as a function of this research are currently in use across the global change community, and have informed research cited in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and the US National Climate Assessment. To find out more about Dr. Jones and his publications, please visit: https://baruch-cuny.academia.edu/BryanJones https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bryan_Jones14 Please also check out these pieces we refer to during the interview: The Great Climate Migration: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/magazine/climate-migration.html About Our Climate Migration Model: https://www.propublica.org/article/2020-climate-migration-part-1-methodology Modeling Climate Change-Induced Migration in Central America & Mexico Methodological Report: https://assets-c3.propublica.org/Climate-Migration-Modeling-Methodology.pdf 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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 161-Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div. Dr. Lee is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine. She is President of the World Mental Health Coalition. She served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence and co-founded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, a member of the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance. Lee has consulted with governments on prison reform, including of New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Center. She has published numerous scholarly articles and academic books, and has authored the textbook Violence (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019). The ethics conference she convened in April 2017 led to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President (Macmillan, 2017 and 2019). https://bandylee.com https://twitter.com/BandyXLee1 https://worldmhc.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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 160 - Garrett Owen. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Garrett Owen Instead of Little League and sleepovers, Texas-born Garrett Owen’s earliest memories involve frequent trips across the Serengeti and backyard wildlife most of us only experience at our local zoos. The son of church-building missionaries, he grew up in Tanzania and Kenya, riding on the luggage rack of the family’s Nissan Patrol, with vast clear skies above him and gazelles running beside. After leaving Africa, the family completed a stint in Ecuador before Owen’s parents moved the family back to Texas. Life as he knew it became a difficult endeavor; rimmed with the sharp edges of reality in an unfamiliar place, his attempts to settle into a culture he didn’t understand resulted in distress and a suicide attempt - a far cry from the idyllic landscape of his upbringing. “Getting to the point where songs could even come out of me at all again took some time,” he remembers. However, Owen’s decision to step up to the mic at a songwriters’ night in Fort Worth changed his trajectory and reminded him that the goal of pursuing music was no longer at home on the backburner. Now, the award-winning artist, who calls to mind legends like Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Elliot Smith, and Jesse Winchester, is gearing up to release his second full-length album, Quiet Lives, on September 18th. Though he revisits familiar subject matter such as the push-pull of relationships, love, and loss, Quiet Lives is about growth, informed by the perspective gained from life experience. The diverse 10-track collection delves into more experimental musical territory, as Owen toyed with complex chord changes, melodic dissonance, and intriguing storylines. “At its core, all art is based on a ‘true story,’ and by true, I mean the version we carry in our head and heart - the one that can lift or crush your spirit with equal capacity,” the golden-voiced troubadour, who has shared stages with artists like Parker Millsap, Charlie Sexton, and Marty Stuart, explains. “Some suggest that your upbringing explains quirks of personality like my shyness, a tendency for introspection, and streaks of perfectionism. Maybe. I’m not so fatalistic as to believe our earliest experiences necessarily determine the arc of adult life, but my slightly foreign childhood never leaves my music or me. Everybody’s got a story to tell,” he adds. “I’m no different.” http://garrett-owen.com/ https://www.facebook.com/GarrettOwenTX http://instagram.com/garrettowentx https://twitter.com/garrettowenTX https://open.spotify.com/artist/7y2CyDlhMd1el8HDgyYuTD 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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 159 - Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, PhD candidate Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, PhD candidate. Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (KAY-nuh OOH-loke itch-OH-key-yuck) is a tribal member of the Noorvik Native Community. She is also a PhD candidate in technical communication and rhetoric at Utah State University. An Iñupiaq (IN-you-pack) from a rural village above the Arctic Circle in NW Alaska, Cana Uluak was concerned that she had only two BIPOC instructors in all her years of education and was often subject to course readings lists written entirely by white authors. She was also concerned about how researchers visiting her home community represented her people and their experiences, capacities, and needs. Her research works to reveal how academic practice often perpetuates the marginalization of underrepresented scholars and communities and interferes with institutional and societal diversity and inclusion efforts. Her academic website—the one that has my decolonial methods course on it: https://www.itchuaqiyaq.com The Caleb Scholars Program supporting Alaskan Inuit scholars named for her Dad, Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi (Pun-gow-wee): https://www.calebscholars.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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 158 - Rob Bilott, JD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Rob Bilott, JD. Rob Bilott, Partner, Taft Law, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati, OH. Rob is a partner in Taft's Environmental, Litigation, and Product Liability and Personal Injury groups. For more than 29 years, Rob has handled a wide variety of highly complex environmental matters and related toxic tort litigation for a diverse array of clients, including the nation’s first cases involving PFAS drinking water contamination. To date, Rob has secured benefits in excess of $1 Billion for clients impacted by PFAS contamination, including through key leadership positions in the nation’s first class action, personal injury, medical monitoring, and multi-district litigations and trials. In 2017, Rob received the international Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his decades of work on PFAS issues. Rob is the author of the book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont,” and his story is the inspiration for the motion picture, “Dark Waters” from Participant Media and Focus Features, starring Mark Ruffalo as Rob. His story is also featured in the documentary available on Netflix, “The Devil We Know.” Rob is a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida and has a Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. LINKS: https://www.taftlaw.com/people/robert-a-bilott https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Exposure/Robert-Bilott/9781501172823 https://www.focusfeatures.com/dark-waters https://thedevilweknow.com/ https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-duponts-worst-nightmare.html https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/laureates/robert-bilott/ Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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 157 - Rachel Bitecofer, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Episode 157 - Rachel Bitecofer, PhD. Rachel Bitecofer is a nationally recognized election forecaster and a senior fellow at The Niskanen Center in Washington D.C. where in addition to her groundbreaking election analysis and election forecasting research on the presidential and congressional elections, she conducts pro-democracy research. Rachel’s work appears in a variety of the nation’s leading media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, MarketWatch, The Guardian, The BBC, MSNBC, Sky News, CBC, and Realtime w Bill Maher. She’s been a guest on prominent and diverse podcasts including Rumble with Michael Moore, The Michael Steele Podcast, Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart, The New Yorker, and the The Bulwark Podcast, to name just a few. She is the host of The Election Whisperer, a data-based politics & elections show she describes as an “election nerd Disneyland for wonks with a good sense of humor” and serves as a senior adviser to The Lincoln Project. https://twitter.com/rachelbitecofer https://twitter.com/electionwsphr https://www.niskanencenter.org/author/rachel-bitecofer/ http://amciv.com/electionwhisperer https://www.270towin.com/maps/niskanen-center-electoral-college-predictions https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/06/rachel-bitecofer-profile-election-forecasting-new-theory-108944 https://newrepublic.com/article/156402/hate-ballot 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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 156 - Liam Thomas Bailey. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Liam Thomas Bailey. Liam Thomas Bailey is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Hickory, North Carolina. Liam recently relaunched his solo career after spending a decade as a sideman to notable Nashville country artists, including Rodney Atkins and Brett Eldridge. Over his diverse twenty-year career, Liam has earned a name on guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, piano, and harmony vocals. Now refocused on his original solo material, his music incorporates a fresh approach to the banjo and fiddle-playing frontman, while drawing from a deep understanding of the Americana, Celtic, and Bluegrass musical lexicon. With his newly-formed band Two Bird Stone, Liam will be releasing his first solo album in over a decade, Hands & Knees, in September 2020. For a long time, Liam avoided his calling, until the pattern of unchecked self-loathing and low-grade hopelessness became so ingrained and familiar to him that it felt like home. Years later, he would be shaken by a profound experience with psilocybin that catalyzed a necessary change in his perspective. With the help of this experience and the interest of his best friend, Chad Kelly (also of Two Bird Stone), Liam began to explore techniques of self-awareness and mindfulness that put him in much better emotional standing. And now, 15 years later, groundbreaking research at John Hopkins and UCLA has shed light on psilocybin’s therapeutic capacity for treating psychiatric diseases like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Now, he's taking advantage of opportunities to responsibly promote psychedelic awareness and advocate for the necessary changes in legislation to permit the controlled use and study of this life-changing substance. His career has involved working in commercial post-production where he composed, performed, and produced media for nationally syndicated television commercials including Mattel, American Express, Washington Trust, and many others. His music has been featured on PBS, HBO, ESPN, and several A&E programs including Pawn Stars, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Say Yes To the Dress. In 2006, Liam left post-production to pursue his interests on the stage. He spent the next 11 years performing with internationally recognized country artists including Rodney Atkins, Brett Eldredge, and others. He has supported artists on tv shows including Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, the Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show and has participated in the tours of Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, Martina McBride, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, and others. https://liamthomasbailey.com/twobirdstone https://www.facebook.com/twobirdstonemusic/ https://www.instagram.com/twobirdstonemusic/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnj_ugXbIK0y0PvpqaYXtaA https://open.spotify.com/artist/4dEYKN2lXbHFxzAFKMj0f5?si=hyIXxN23SR-LOLsjdgfIZw 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.com The 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. The Public Service Announcement near the beginning of the episode solely represents the views of Tommy and Dan and not our guests or our listeners.
Episode 155 - Lauren Chambers. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lauren Chambers. Lauren Chambers is the Technology Fellow at the ACLU of Massachusetts, where she uses data for legal and legislative advocacy. Driven by the social, legal, and political expertise held by her colleagues at ACLUM, Lauren explores government data in order to inform citizens and lawmakers about the effects of legislation and political leadership on our civil liberties. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and global protests around anti-Black police violence, she has shifted her work to focus on tracking and understanding the disparate effects of the pandemic and examining the excesses of police funding. Lauren received her Bachelor's degree from Yale in 2017, where she double-majored in astrophysics and African American studies. Her undergraduate African American studies thesis, “A Different Kind of Dark Energy: Placing Race and Gender in Physics” examines how physics and astronomy theory and praxis are influenced by race, gender, and identity. After graduating, Lauren spent two years in Baltimore supporting NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission as a software developer. Personal website: https://laurenmarietta.github.io/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauren_marietta Recent blog post on leaving astronomy: https://medium.com/@lauren.marietta/a-break-up-letter-with-astronomy-from-a-young-black-woman-a30de24fe209 Recent blog post on the Boston police budget: https://data.aclum.org/2020/06/05/unpacking-the-boston-police-budget/ Blog post about Building a Better Future for AI (includes six questions Lauren talks about in episode): https://medium.com/@lauren.marietta/building-a-better-future-for-ai-7303bd26d423 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.com The 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 154 - Anna May. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Anna May. alt tragic Americana, invocations for peace and judgment bending, with bleeding heart stream of consciousness poems. Anna's music is about memory and meditation; streaked with tones of jazz, along with fresh interpretations of classic folk music, all while honoring a hope to enhance connection, humility, and joy among more and more humans. Anna has performed at many notable venues, including, the wildflower arts & music festival, the boston arts festival, crying wolf in nashville, bar redux in new orleans, broadway comedy club in manhattan, and several more. She has also opened for award winning songwriter, Jann Klose. https://annamaymusic.com https://annamay.bandcamp.com 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.com The 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 153 - Alice Wong. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Alice Wong. Episode Transcript provided by Chelsea Moore available here: https://bit.ly/Curiosity-Hour-Alice_Wong Alice Wong is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project®, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Currently, Alice is the Editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people, by Vintage Books: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/book/ Website: http://DisabilityVisibilityProject.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisVisibility Podcast: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/podcast-2/ Patreon: patreon.com/DVP Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography Special thanks to Chelsea Moore for providing transcription for this episode! More information about her transcription services here: https://bit.ly/Chelsea_Moore 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.com The 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 152 - Joseph O. Baker, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Joseph O. Baker, PhD. Joseph Baker is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at East Tennessee State University, and the new editor of Sociology of Religion (https://academic.oup.com/socrel). He has published research on a wide variety of topics, including different expressions of religiosity and secularity, congregational dynamics, “paranormal” beliefs and subcultures, public views of science, the intersection of religion and politics in the U.S., patterns of deviance and conformity, and penology and law. In addition to publishing over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the past decade, he has co-authored four books: * American Secularism (NYU Press, 2015) https://nyupress.org/9781479873722/american-secularism/ * Paranormal America (second edition, NYU Press, 2017) https://nyupress.org/9781479815289/paranormal-america-second-edition/ * Deviance Management: Insiders, Outsiders, Hiders, and Drifters (University of California Press, 2019) https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520304499/deviance-management * Fear Itself: The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America (NYU Press, 2020) https://nyupress.org/9781479869817/fear-itself/ 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.com The 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 151 - Tony Plocido. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Tony Plocido. Tony Plocido started writing poetry in high school. However, he didn't get serious about until about 2009 when he got invited to "The Poetry Filibuster" in Kansas City, MO. This was 5 day, 18 hour long reading. The poets he met there encouraged him to move to Kansas City, MO. This turned his hobby into a passion. He has since published two books. The first, Sucker Punch Wisdom, was published by Write the Future. This was done with two other K.C. poets (Jeremy O'Neal & William Peck). His second book, Aging and Other Side Projects, was released in December 2016. Aging and Other Side Projects is a (mostly) solo book. His third book, Felt This so Many Times, was released in September 2018 from Spartan Press KC. In February 2019, he became a Cracked Walnut Board Member. Tony now lives back in the Twin Cities and tries to perform whenever possible. He also facilitates a workshop to help poets become better performers of poetry. He is also your current curator / host of Poets & Pints. Website: www.mentalvalley.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mentalvalley/ 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.com The 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 150 - Susan D. Silk, Ph.D. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Susan D. Silk, Ph.D. Dr. Silk is a psychologist in private practice in Southfield, Michigan. She is also a consultant and clinician at geriatric facilities in Southeast Michigan. She is a clinical consultant to banks, credit unions, retail businesses, service companies, and schools. She also delivers professional development workshops. Dr. Silk was born and raised in southern California before becoming a permanent resident of Michigan where she lives with her husband, her therapy dog Leo, three calico Maine Coons and two horses. The animals and daily doses of West Wind are her "therapy" while she conducts teletherapy from home. At UCLA she worked with the late Edwin Shneidman, co-founder of Suicide Prevention hotlines. Through Dr. Shneidman she became interested in the issue of providing sensitive care for the critically ill which may have planted the seed that subsequently grew into Ring Theory. She's been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979 and is currently a member of the APA Council of Representatives, Michigan since 2018. Since 2000 she's been a representative of North Central Region, APA Disaster Response Network, Advisory Committee. Since 1997 she's been a member of the Aviation Disaster Response Team for the American Red Cross. Since 1993 she's been an officer of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Southeastern Michigan Chapter. She's been member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility since 1988 and is a Founding Member and Fellow of the Michigan Women Psychologists since 1987 including serving as Secretary for four years. She's been a Fellow of the Michigan Psychological Association since 1981 and is a co-founder and Chair of the Disaster Response Network. Los Angeles Times Op-Ed about Ring Theory: "How not to say the wrong thing" https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-xpm-2013-apr-07-la-oe-0407-silk-ring-theory-20130407-story.html To contact Dr. Silk, you may email her at susansilk at ameritech dot net. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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.
* Help the family of George Floyd: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd * Fight for Breonna Taylor: https://justiceforbreonna.org/ * Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery: https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud Donate to one or more community bail funds: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause: https://m4bl.org/ Petitions to sign, organizations to support, and more: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Want to learn more? Anti-racism resources: * https://www.npr.org/local/309/2019/10/30/774704183/historian-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist * https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html * https://www.npr.org/2020/05/29/865261916/a-decade-of-watching-black-people-die * bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES * http://bit.ly/teachingantiracism * https://padlet.com/nicolethelibrarian/nbasekqoazt336co * https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist * bit.ly/BlackLivesAction * http://antiracismforbeginners.com/ * https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/antiracist-resources-for-small-businesses * https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/ * https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync * https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/books-teach-white-children-and-teens-how-undo-racism-and-white-supremacy * https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/understanding-and-dismantling-racism-booklist-white-readers * https://zora.medium.com/100-best-books-by-black-women-authors-zora-canon-46b3492bdded SAY THEIR NAMES: ERIC GARNER, JOHN CRAWFORD III, MICHAEL BROWN, EZELL FORD, DANTE PARKER, MICHELLE CUSSEAUX, LAQUAN MCDONALD, GEORGEMANN, TANISHA ANDERSON, AKAI GURLEY, TAMIR RICE, RUMAIN BRISBON, JERAME REID, MATTHEW AJI, FRANK SMART, NATASHA MCKENNA, TONY ROBINSON, ANTHONY HILL, MYA HALL, PHILLIP WHITE, ERIC HARRIS, WALTER SCOTT, WILLIAM CHAPMAN II, ALEXIA CHRISTIAN, -BRENDON GLENN, VICTOR MANUEL LAROSA, JONATHAN SANDERS, FREDDIE BLUE, JOSEPH MANN, SALVADO ELLSWOOD, SANDRA BLAND, ALBERT JOSEPH DAVIS, DARRIUS STEWART, - BILLY RAY DAVIS, SAMUEL DUBOSE, MICHAEL SABBIE, BRIAN KEITH DAY, CHRISTIAN TAYLOR, TROY ROBINSON, ASSHAMS PHAROAH MANLEY, FELIX KUMI, KEITH HARRISON MCLEOD, JUNIOR PROSPER, LAMONTEZ JONES, PATERSON BROWN, DOMINIC HUTCHINSON, ANTHONY ASHFORD, ALONZO SMITH, TYREE CRAWFORD, INDIA KAGER, LA’VANTE BIGGS, MICHAEL LEE MARSHALL, JAMAR CLARK, RICHARD PERKINS, NATHANIEL HARRIS PICKETT, BENNI LEE TIGNOR, MIGUEL ESPINAL, MICHAEL NOEL, KEVIN MATTHEWS, BETTIE JONES, QUINTONIO LEGRIER, KEITH CHILDRESS JR., JANET WILSON, RANDY NELSON, ANTRONIE SCOTT, WENDELL CELESTINE, DAVID JOSEPH, CALIN ROQUEMORE, DYZHAWN PERKINS, CHRISTOPHER DAVIS, MARCO LOUD, PETER GAINES, TORREY ROBINSON,DARIUS ROBINSON, KEVIN HICKS, MARY TRUXILLO, DEMARCUS SEMER, WILLIE TILLMAN, TERRILL THOMAS, SYLVILLE SMITH, ALTON STERLING, PHILANDO CASTILE, TERENCE CRUTCHER, PAUL O’NEAL, ALTERIA WOODS, JORDAN EDWARDS, AARON BAILEY, RONELL FOSTER, STEPHON CLARK, ANTWON ROSE II, BOTHAM JEAN, PAMELA TURNER, DOMINIQUE CLAYTON, ATATIANA JEFFERSON, CHRISTOPHER WHITFIELD, CHRISTOPHER MCCORVEY, ERIC REASON, MICHAEL LORENZO DEAN, BREONNA TAYLOR, MANUEL ELLIS, GEORGE FLOYD. "The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner's death in July 2014." - from LA Johnson/NPR
Episode 149 - Susan Hubbard. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Susan Hubbard. Susan, a self-described life-long band nerd and strong advocate for proper grammar began her musical adventures at age 9 at a piano keyboard. While her heart told her to pursue music as a career, she decided that the world needed at least one more scientist; Susan then headed to North Carolina State University, where she spent most of her time in the music department. After graduation, she spent almost a whole year setting accidental fires in a chemistry lab and decided to seek her fortune as an attorney. After graduating with a law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law, she started her practice in Tennessee. In 2013, Susan founded a music blog, and in 2015 founded another (because one just wasn’t enough) to scratch her creative itches. In keeping with the question “What don’t you do?” which she hears on a regular basis, Susan closed her law practice in 2017 to pursue a new career in public relations in Nashville. Websites: www.eastof8th.com www.motherchurchpew.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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 148 - Mark Erelli Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Mark Erelli. “All the things that brought me comfort, they just seem tired and worn, what always used to work ain’t working anymore,” sings award-winning, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter Mark Erelli, a few songs in to his forthcoming release Blindsided. It’s a realization that has washed over many of us, like headlights sweeping across the bedroom ceiling on a sleepless night. But for a songwriter, such an appraisal is a call to action. When choosing tracks for his new release, Erelli gravitated towards those that wrestled with the questions we encounter in the “middle,” the certain point in life when you reflect on your hopes and dreams and what you thought were certainties. The aptly-titled Blindsided was forged in this process of reckoning, of taking stock of the soul, and being pleasantly surprised. Mining the same gritty yet soulful territory as John Hiatt’s Bring The Family or Bonnie Raitt’s Nick Of Time, Erelli contemplates the delicate tension between love and commitment, faith and family, disillusion-ment and hope. But this isn’t a confession from the therapist’s couch; it’s rock ’n roll, and Erelli is clearly taking his cues from heroes like Petty and Prine. Over the course of Blindsided’s 11 tracks, the message of each song is distilled to its purest form, as fearlessly honest in perspective as it is straightforward in its delivery. Erelli has forged a colorful career by making the art of “being everywhere all the time” seem ef-fortless. It’s hard to think of another artist who seems equally at home serving as a sideman for GRAMMY-winning artists like Paula Cole, Marc Cohn, and Josh Ritter, or producing albums for Lori McKenna, as he does writing and producing his own material, like last year’s “By Degrees,” on which he was joined by a host of voices including Rosanne Cash and Sheryl Crow. That song was nominated for “Song Of The Year” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, and served to re-introduce Erelli to a wider audience. And just in time, because Blindsided combines the exuber-ance of Erelli’s signature sound with the wisdom that comes with over 20 years of songwriting, capturing an artist at a point in his career where he is clearly digging deep and swinging for the fences. “In one of my favorite Tom Petty songs, he sings ‘it took a world of trouble, took a world of tears, it took a long time to get back here,’” Erelli says. “I think I know exactly how he felt.” Website: https://www.markerelli.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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 147 - Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD. Dr. Salles is a national leader in diversity, inclusion, and equity, having earned a PhD studying these topics at Stanford University. Dr. Salles is also a surgeon and has extensive lived experience as a woman of color working in a male-dominated environment. Dr. Salles completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. After staying on faculty in St. Louis for a few years, Dr. Salles moved back to Stanford in 2019 to work with the medical school on issues related to diversity and inclusion. Her research focuses broadly on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 50 national and international invited talks related to gender equity and sexual harassment in medicine. Dr. Salles is a prolific researcher and writer, having had her work published in prominent medical journals such as JAMA Network Openand JAMA Surgery. She also writes for broad audiences through outlets such as USA Today, TIME Magazine, and Scientific American. She is passionate about helping women and under-represented minorities achieve their full potential at work. Twitter: https://twitter.com/arghavan_salles The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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 146 - Stephen Jenkinson Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Stephen Jenkinson. Culture activist, teacher, author ~ Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded the school with Nathalie Roy in 2010, convening semi-annually in Deacon, Ontario, and in northern Europe. He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). Apprenticed to a master storyteller when a young man, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture. Since co-founding Nights of Grief and Mystery with Gregory Hoskins in 2015, he has toured this musical/tent show revival/storytelling/ceremony of a show across North America, U.K. and Europe and Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions (a live teaching from 2013), How it All Could Be: A workbook for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – (a live teaching from 2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He is contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008, dir. Tim Wilson), a portrait of his work with dying people, and Lost Nation Road, a shorter documentary on the crafting of the Nights of Grief and Mystery tours (2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie). His books, recordings and DVDs are available for purchase at the Orphan Wisdom Shop. Website: https://orphanwisdom.com The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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 145 - Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD. Dr. Kerr is the author of Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End. Drawing on interviews with over 1,400 patients and more than a decade of quantified data, Dr. Kerr reveals why pre-death dreams and visions are remarkable events that bring comfort and exemplify human resilience. Dr. Kerr joined Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo in 1999 as the Medical Director for the 22-bed hospice inpatient unit and served in that capacity until 2011, when he was appointed CHPC’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Kerr was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and comes from a long line of physicians, of which he is now the fifth generation. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Doctorate of Medicine, a PhD in Neurobiology, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester. Dr. Kerr received numerous awards throughout training that recognized his clinical performance, as well as his success as an educator and scientist. Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patient’s dreams and visions at the end of life. The results of his studies generated enormous response in the non-medical community, both nationally and internationally, through coverage that has included The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, BBC, Scientific American and Psychology Today. Dr. Kerr has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into local hospitals and developed one of the nation’s largest home-based palliative care programs, Home Connections, and Essential Care for Children. He has lectured and published on innovative program models that are designed to better align patient/family services to the complexity of needs inherent to advanced illness. Website: https://www.drchristopherkerr.com Order Death Is But a Dream: https://www.drchristopherkerr.com/#order The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. Please visit our website for more information: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com The 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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