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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 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.
Episode 87 - James Fell (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Tommy Estlund and Dan Sterenchuk)
Episode 87 - James S. FellDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, James S. Fell.James S. Fell, MA, MBA, has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind (Random House Canada, 2014).Check out his website to read blog and purchase his books: BodyForWife.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 86 - Rashmi Airan (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 86 - Rashmi AiranDan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Rashmi Airan.Rashmi Airan, a first generation immigrant of Indian parents and the oldest of three daughters, was raised with high expectations to achieve. She had both professional and personal pressures. Rashmi's father came to the United States with just $8 in his pocket to attend school and achieve the American dream for the hope of a better life for his family. He obtained a masters degree and a doctorate degree in engineering and is now on his second career after obtaining a juris doctor and masters in law degree. In the Indian community, there is a strong desire to achieve good grades, go to the top schools, win awards, get hired by big companies, and make money. In addition to being a mother of two, Rashmi was a successful lawyer who graduated with honors from Columbia Law School. After working for several major corporations, she launched an independent law practice in Miami, Florida. During the housing boom, she was recruited to work with a local real-estate developer who later engaged in questionable business practices. Rashmi’s drive to succeed financially and to give her children the best life possible created an ethical blind spot for her. She chose not to question her client’s behavior despite her inner voice screaming “ask questions!” Her involvement resulted in a six month sentence to Federal prison for bank fraud, alongside a $19M judgment against future earnings, required community service hours, and 3 years supervised release. Before beginning her sentence, Rashmi’s community of friends and family embraced her. Though previously believing only a high level of success would make them proud, she now felt for the first time the true power of what building strong relationships meant. A close family friend remarked quietly “You will eventually learn that this is not happening to you, it is happening for you.”In prison, Rashmi felt shame and remorse for her decisions. Taking in six months of federal prison life, Rashmi came to a place of peace and self-forgiveness. While being immensely humbled by this life-changing experience, she emerged with invaluable lessons learned both personally and professionally. Rashmi shares her emotional development of living with remorse, but not letting it define you. She is determined to create a culture of conversation around ethics and compliance and to integrate ethics into all aspects of our lives. Rashmi is now a public speaker, sharing her story to illustrate the ethical perils that can result from a drive to succeed and the blind spots created when we are pursuing our goals. She speaks on the multitude of factors that influenced her decision-making, the ethics standards of a fiduciary, the consequences for breaching such a duty, the imperatives of an effective compliance program, embedding ethical vigilance into corporate culture, overcoming adversity and more. She mines her vast legal and business expertise and tells her powerful story to deliver game-changing messages to universities, law firms, corporations, global multi-nationals, and trade associations. Rashmi redefines what it means to be successful and the need for ethical vigilance in an American culture where success is often obtained by any means necessary.Website: www.Rashmiairan.com Twitter: @RashmiAiranNote: 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.comDisclaimers: 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 84 - Scott Nicholson, PhD (The Curiosity Hour Podcast by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund)
Episode 84 - Scott Nicholson, PhD.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Scott Nicholson, PhD.Dr. Scott Nicholson is the lead professor for the Game Design and Development program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He also runs the Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab) where teams of students research and design games for organizations. Scott was the host of the first video series on YouTube about board games called Board Games with Scott, which ran from 2005-2010, and has several published board games. His current focus in on the design of escape rooms and breakout boxes, and enjoys working with organizations to create live-action games design around learning or training outcomes. He is best known in the escape room world for creating the first large-scale study of escape rooms and for his work leading student teams to design the semi-finals and finals for the Red Bull Mind Gamers Escape Room World Championship. More about Scott, as well as all of his academic articles, can be found at http://scottnicholson.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.comPlease visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast:thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/If you would like to share your story or have a suggested guest, please complete the "Contact us" form:thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/contact-us/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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Dan and Tommy love sharing new episodes of The Curiosity Hour Podcast with you! We've recorded almost 90 episodes so far and have more than 24 thousand listens to our episodes. We're so happy that in the past year we've had listeners from over 50 countries join The Curiosity Hour Podcast family. We need your help to keep this going! We need to raise at least $800 in order to keep the podcast in operation for expenses of the podcast such as the online audio hosting, guest phone conference line, website hosting, audio editing software, and more. We welcome donations of any amount so please join in with a contribution whether it be $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more. We're hoping we can get at least 40 people to donate at least $20 to reach this goal. We'd love it if you're able to donate today and the easiest way to donate is via the Venmo app on your phone and you can donate to @CuriosityHour (Download app here: https://venmo.com) or if you'd like to donate via another method, please contact us via the donate link on our website: http://thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/ We hope you can donate today! We appreciate you being a loyal listener of The Curiosity Hour Podcast and we appreciate you joining other listeners like you who have provided financial support to allow The Curiosity Hour Podcast to continue to thrive throughout 2019 and beyond. We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a great new year!
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