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Author: Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund

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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 98 - Taali (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 98 - TaaliDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, the musician, Taali. Born in New York City, taught worldwide, Taali is an electric musical force and community builder. Her music, described as "a beguiling mix of pulse, chamber pop, avant-electronica, and quiet storm," addresses identity, love, and overcoming trauma. As a producer, songwriter, and singer, Taali weaves a landscape drawing from the empowering Judaic culture passed down from her family and the uplifting stories of the fierce women she surrounds herself with. Her debut album "I Am Here" announces a new sound you've never heard: Jewish Contemporary Pop Music. Co-produced by Taali, the music is profoundly, deeply alive, and includes breaths, claps, hand glides and heavily layered vocals. It is available worldwide on Rainbow Blonde Records, a label Taali herself cofounded alongside her creative partner José James, with a mission to reflect the world through music and creative communities worldwide.Please visit here to stream and purchase her I am Here album:http://rainbowblonde.co/iamhereWebsites and social media: https://www.taalimusic.com/https://www.instagram.com/taalimusic/https://www.facebook.com/musictaali/https://twitter.com/taalitweetshttps://www.rainbowblonderecords.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.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 97 - Rae Dean (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)
Episode 97 - Rae Dean.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Rae Dean. Rae was raised in Queens, New York. As a young person, she played volleyball and softball; participated in swimming lessons; studied modern dancing; and was involved in the theater. While growing up, she lived mostly with her father--who was in the military--which provided many opportunities to travel throughout the U.S. One of her fondest memories growing up was sitting on her father's back while he did push-ups.Rae Dean has four children and lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She is the founder of the Parent and Child Advocacy Team (PCAT) program and also the founder of Camp Stream, a summer camp for youth focused on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics. She keeps busy advocating for the well-being and mental health of impoverished youth. Her passion for these areas inspired her to run for the at-large seat for councilwoman in her area. This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. helps guide her: "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the thing's that matter."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 95 - Mark Roosevelt (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)
Episode 95 - Mark RooseveltDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Mark Roosevelt. Mark Roosevelt became president of St. John’s College in Santa Fe on January 1, 2016. He is the seventh president of the campus. ​Roosevelt brings a history of accomplishing daunting tasks and a lifelong commitment to educational quality and equity. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University, where as a student he entered Massachusetts politics at a time of extraordinary racial conflict, serving as the campaign manager for the first African American ever elected to the Boston School Committee.​​When Roosevelt was elected in 1986 to the Massachusetts State Legislature, he became chief sponsor of the “Gay Rights Bill,” which had failed to pass for more than two decades. After a tumultuous struggle, Roosevelt guided the bill into law in 1989, making Massachusetts only the second state in the nation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. In 1990 Roosevelt was named chair of the House Committee on Education. In that role he was the chief sponsor and co-author of the 1993 Education Reform Act, a comprehensive law that fundamentally restructured the way the Commonwealth funds and manages its public schools. More than 20 years later, the act still serves as the national model for comprehensive state action to guarantee school districts equitable resources and the accountability measures necessary for school improvement. As a result of the act, Massachusetts leads the nation in almost all categories of student and school performance.After running for governor of Massachusetts as the Democratic nominee in 1994, Roosevelt served as managing director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and as an adjunct professor of politics and head of the Gordon Public Policy Center at Brandeis University.In a career marked by taking on large challenges, Roosevelt sees his role at St John’s in a different light. He sees the college’s program as not only healthy but transformational. He believes that, working with the entire St. John’s community, his mandate is “to spread the gospel” - to increase awareness about St. John’s to the many students who would thrive at the college and to enhance its financial resources so it can continue to offer its inspirational education to many future generations.“There is no other college like ours in the world, and no faculty or student body more dedicated to and passionate about learning,” he has written. “The program demands extraordinary commitment, and St. John’s challenges students to widen their horizons, overcome their fears, and even – in an era of hyper-partisan contentious discourse – change their minds. When a student comes to terms with nuance, ambiguity, and intellectual uncertainty – not to mention Ptolemy and Apollonius -- she leaves college ready to navigate the challenges of modern life.”Roosevelt, a great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, is married to Dorothy Roosevelt and is the father of two children, Matthew and Juliana.Read more about Mark Roosevelt's bio here: https://www.sjc.edu/about/leadership/presidents/santa-fe-presidentFor more information about St. John's College, please visit their website: https://www.sjc.eduFreeing Minds – A campaign for St. John’s College: https://freeingminds.sjc.eduSt. John’s College official Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/stjohnscollege/St. John’s College Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sjcsantafe/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/
Episode 94 - Deborah Budding, PhD (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 94 - Deborah Budding, PhDDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Deborah Budding, PhD. Dr. Deborah Budding is a board certified neuropsychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults in the Los Angeles area. She has a background in literature and magazine publishing prior to earning her Ph.D. in psychology. She is co-author of “Subcortical Structures and Cognition: Implications for Neuropsychological Assessment,” which was published in 2008, as well as peer-reviewed articles related to subcortical contributions to cognitive and emotional function, including a Consensus paper on cerebellar contributions to both movement and cognition published in 2013. She has strong interests in neuroscience, art, and video games, not necessarily in that order. Dr. Budding is a supervising faculty member at Harbor-UCLA’s neuropsychology training program and is increasingly involved in research involving transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). She has particular interest in the cerebellum’s contributions to non-motor function, in brain-behavior relationships in neurodevelopmental disorders, and in finding ways to amplify the voices of women and people of color in science education.Dr. Budding's website: http://deborahbudding.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 92 - John Chiles (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 92 - John Chiles, MBADan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, John Chiles. A native of the Missouri Ozarks, John has walked a winding road to where he is now. The middle child of seven, he grew up in a house with thousands of books. John spent most of his childhood running through the woods, feigning sickness to avoid weekly piano lessons and exploring nearby waters in his canoe. While in college he studied biology, lived abroad in Norway, and started two clubs; one, a thriving sustainability organization, and the other, the surprisingly short-lived “MacGyver Club”.After college he moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he worked in construction for several years, built custom windows, drove a school bus, and ran a hydroelectric plant at an off-the-grid community in the wilds of Washington State. John got his MBA with an emphasis on finance at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. For four years, he managed the startup deal screening and investment due diligence for E8 Angels, a Seattle angel investment group that funds innovative cleantech startups.After ten years away, John recently moved back to the Ozarks where he and his father are partnering with a local developer to create a complex of irrigated fields and greenhouses in Springfield Missouri. The Noble Hill Agricultural Development will use waste energy from a municipal power plant to heat greenhouses, grow food and train new farmers. He makes lighting sculptures in his spare time. He also enjoys kayaking and epic hikes with friends.Check out Farm Team Ozarks: https://www.farmteamozarks.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 91 - Paul Novreske (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)
Episode 91 - Paul Novreske.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Paul Novreske. Paul is co-founder of Reification Partners, a business strategy and development company.Paul is an expert in business modeling, strategic alignment, customer experience (CX), user experience (UX) and creating customer-centric solutions and value props. Paul has 30+ years of entrepreneurial experience (Janitorial services company; College financial planning software company; SEO marketing company; Software design and solution company; SME content platform company; Board game cafe company) and more than 20 years of design, programming, business model development, and solution IT experience (ACP/Amana Commercial Products; CUNA Mutual Insurance; McLeodUSA; Northeast Community College; Pearson; Tax Pro Software; TransAmerica Life; University of Iowa College of Law; Van Meter Industrial; Whirlpool). Paul and his wife Jennifer have 5 adult children, including 3 adopted kids. Paul is also autistic. In addition to business strategy, Paul’s passions include family, racquetball, reading and research, and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulnovreske/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 90 - Sara Cunningham (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 90 - Sara CunninghamDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Sara Cunningham. Founder of Free Mom Hugs and Executive Director, Sara has a heart as deep and wide as the ocean, and a commitment to the LGBTQ+ community that matches it. Raised on traditional christian teachings, when Sara found out one of her two sons, Parker (Free Mom Hugs board member), was gay, it initially devastated her. “I wrestled with my faith as if I had to choose between my faith and my son,” she said. “I reexamined everything I believed.” But she dug in and educated herself. In 2014, she attended her first Pride with Parker and her husband, Rex. The next year, she attended again, but this time wearing a hand-written pin that read “Free Mom Hugs.” She gave hugs and high fives and heard haunting stories of rejection. Her heart fell for the hurting and beautiful LBGTQ+ community.With her unwavering passion and loyalty, Sara, author of “How We Sleep at Night; A Mother’s Memoirs,” spends her time advocating for equality and love. She is a gifted speaker and shares her story whenever she can. An ordained minister, Sara officiates same-sex weddings across the country, and went viral when she posted on Facebook to volunteer to be a stand-in mom for LGBTQ+ couples whose own families wouldn’t attend their weddings.Sara is passionate about all aspects of LGBTQ+ equality and love but has found a draw to advocating for the trans community – a group that often gets neglected and experiences more pain and rejection than most. What does Free Mom Hugs mean to her? “For me, it just represents unconditional love,” she said. “Everyone needs love and understanding from their mother.”To learn more about Free Hom Hugs, visit their website: https://www.freemomhugs.orgNote: 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 89 - Jess T Dugan (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)
Episode 89 - Jess T. DuganDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Jess T. Dugan. Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community through photographic portraiture. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Transformer Station, Cleveland; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Dugan’s books include Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015) and To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018). She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a Champion of Change. She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL. Listeners can see more of Jess’s work at www.jessdugan.com and www.tosurviveonthisshore.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.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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