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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 177 - Wyatt Feeler, J.D., LL.M. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Wyatt Feeler, J.D., LL.M. Wyatt Feeler is a defense attorney with the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO), where he represents Ramzi bin al Shibh, a Yemeni man being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. bin al Shibh is one of five defendants in the ongoing death penalty prosecution of alleged crimes related to 9/11. Prior to coming to the MCDO in 2018, Wyatt spent five years as a public defender in Baltimore, MD, representing clients convicted of felonies, including murder and other serious crimes, on appeal. Wyatt also taught for five years in a criminal appeals clinic at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He had previously worked as a death penalty lawyer and Soros Fellow at the ACLU and clerked for a federal judge. Wyatt holds an LLM from the George Washington University Law School, a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Truman State University. Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! The easiest way to donate is via the Venmo app and you can donate to @CuriosityHour (Download app here: venmo.com) The Curiosity Hour Podcast is available free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Podbean, Overcast, PlayerFM, Castbox, and Pocket Casts. 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 176 - Paul Leisen, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Paul Leisen, PhD. Paul Leisen holds a PhD in social-political philosophy (Loyola University Chicago). He has a background in theatre performance and set design (B.S., Northwestern University). Leisen flips the development story in favor of people. Strategic design thinking answers the felt conditions of fragmentation; project success closely follows the success of its makers. Person to person connection in a shared endeavor makes it happen. Leisen worked as Director of Development for Intelligentsia Coffee during its most exciting growth phase, opening shops in Venice Beach, Pasadena; relaunching multiple stores in Chicago, notably Millennium Park, and breaking ground for a coffee roastery in San Francisco. Intelligentsia was subsequently acquired by Peet’s Coffee/JAB Holdings. (Andrew Barnett now owns the SF Linea Cafe Roastery on Potrero Hill!) In 2011 Leisen formed leisendesign. He led a small group of investors and managers in reinventing two-store Dollop Coffee, resulting in 17 new locations, strategic acquisitions, and a roastery. Dollop won a buy out/capitalization by Docasa, the British powerhouse responsible for London’s Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. Leisen shepherded this rapid development, executing site selection, lease negotiation, design, architecture, finishes and successful shop openings. Pairing with Datascope Analytics (acquired by IDEO in 2017) Leisen reclaimed a 17th floor office suite overlooking Chicago’s Millennium Park. He invented a multi colored and delightfully illuminated creative launch pad for a leading edge consultant in today’s big data world. Leisen has designed theatre sets for the Curious Theatre Branch, Theatre Oobleck, and the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival. He sustains a small performance space adjacent his design studio on the South Side of Chicago. Leisen writes on Hannah Arendt and Bertolt Brecht. He has lectured on Philosophy at Loyola University. Leisen lives in Chicago with his partner KellyAnn Corcoran, and their four children: Betty, Matthias, Penelope, and Sven. Website: www.walnutspaceship.com Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/paul_leisen/ Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund. The Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! The easiest way to donate is via the Venmo app and you can donate to @CuriosityHour (Download app here: https://venmo.com) The Curiosity Hour Podcast is available free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music, Soundcloud, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Podbean, Overcast, PlayerFM, Castbox, and Pocket Casts. 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 175 - Jennifer Dumpert Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Jennifer Dumpert. Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. She also developed the concept and practice of Liminal Dreaming--surfing the edges of consciousness using hypnagogic and hypnopompic dream states. Dumpert has lectured and led workshops at festivals, conferences, and venues such as Summit at Sea, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Breaking Convention in London, Entheogenesis in Melbourne, Australia, the Women's Visionary Congress, the Transformative Technology Conference, Esalen Institute, Ojai Institute, the New Living Expo, the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and Synergenesis. She has also taught online classes on Liminal Dreaming through the Evolver Network, and has appeared on radio shows and podcasts such as Expanding Mind, on the Progressive Radio Network, The Daily Beat, on BTR Today, C Realm, and the Dream Studies podcast. Website: https://urbandreamscape.com Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/liminaldreaming https://twitter.com/OneiroFer 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 174 - Jen Novreske Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Jen Novreske. 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 173 - Thomas Lecaque, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Thomas Lecaque, PhD. Thomas is a dual citizen, France and the United States. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris, France, and spent the first two years of his life in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, where his parents were professors at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius. They moved to the U.S. when Thomas was two, and he grew up in Kirksville, Missouri, where his parents were professors at Truman State University. In high school, Thomas was in choir and theater, and his passion for musicals has never waned. Thomas met Tommy the summer after his senior year of high school, when they were both in a community theater production of Pippin. Thomas started his undergraduate career as a theater major at Tulane University in New Orleans. He left in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and transferred to Truman State University, where he completed his bachelor's in history in 2007 and got married to his wife Annie a month later. They did a master's program in English together at Truman. Thomas started his Ph.D. program in medieval history at the University of Tennessee eight weeks later. He graduated in 2015, and taught at UTK for a year. He then taught at SUNY-Orange, a community college in downstate New York for a year. Since 2017 he has been an assistant professor of history at Grand View University in Iowa. He and Annie live in the Des Moines metro area with their four kids, three boys and a girl. In addition to teaching a wide range of history classes and an annual class on video games and history, Thomas has started doing community theater again (well, was pre-pandemic) and has indulged in the great Iowan past time of national politics, now writing occasional public history and commentary pieces for places like The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and The Bulwark. Twitter: https://twitter.com/tlecaque 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 172 - Marco Pavé. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Marco Pavé. Since 2013, Memphis Hip-Hop artist Marco Pavé has forged a twin identity as a champion of independent Southern Hip-Hop and as an educator and arts advocate working to stimulate community activism and entrepreneurship through the lens of hip hop music and culture. On October 30, Pavé will release Crossroads EP through his independent label Radio Rahim Music. To mark the release, he’ll deliver a virtual performance and host Soundtrack for Life: An evening for Sync Licensing, Music Supervision, & Film Composing in DC at Georgetown. Crossroads EP solidifies Pavé’s place in the league of rappers like Big K.R.I.T. and Isaiah Rashad who synthesize the sprawling and iconic Southern Hip-Hop tradition. Every Southern city has its own distinctive hip hop flavor that has evolved out of its local history, culture, scenes, and slang, as well as the way it incorporated hip hop with blues, soul, funk, and other styles. Defined by Pavé’s uncompromising blend of Tennessee grit, swagger, and substance, which lands somewhere between Kendrick Lamar and Memphis legend Project Pat, Crossroads should appeal to any true Southern rap aficionado. Born and raised in North Memphis, Pave started rapping seriously to articulate the dangerous day-to-day realities of his neighborhood. It took a few years for Pavé to align with his sense of purpose. He continued to rap and attend open mics as he graduated from high school and entered the workforce in Memphis, a global logistics hub with a huge working-class population. He soon felt his life choices constrained by adult responsibilities, and he felt a dire need to branch away from paths that people told him were “safe.” An “observer by nature,” Pavé began to take both music and activism more seriously as he watched his city rapidly gentrify, conducted Independent research on social inequality, and reeled after the killing of Trayvon Martin. His upbringing as a Muslim in the inner-city Bible belt means that he has been going against the grain his entire life. “I'm coming from a family that is all about radicalism and black power,” he says. “Activism is in my blood.” Pavé has built an unprecedented career that uses Hip-Hop culture not only as a means of personal expression, but also as an educational tool designed to make an impact on both individuals and systems of power. “My mission is to spread the lesson of creativity, spread the lesson of believing in yourself,” Pavé says. “But in the midst of taking care of yourself, I want people to think about how their story can be told without trying to get to a destination.” Website: https://www.kingofmarco.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Kingofmarco/ 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 171 - Lyz Lenz, MFA. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lyz Lenz. Lyz’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book God Land was published in 2019, through Indiana University Press. Her second book Belabored, was published in 2020 through Bold Type Books. Lyz’s essay “All the Angry Women” was also included in the anthology Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay. Lyz received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Iowa with her two kids. Website: https://lyzlenz.com Books: https://lyzlenz.com/books Twitter: https://twitter.com/lyzl Photo: Pilsen Photo Co-op 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 170 - Izzy Heltai. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Izzy Heltai. With brutal honesty towards himself and forgiveness for those around him, Izzy Heltai’s music walks the elusive line between confessional and relatable. On his debut album, “Father,” the 23-year-old singer/songwriter dives deep into his fascination with human relationships, and specifically the way that those relationships change and reorganize themselves over time, including his own relationship to himself. On the album’s opening track, Heltai, who is trans, looks back at the way society fixates on his identity as the only story that he has to tell. “Being trans is a part of me that is worth talking about” he explains. “It’s a really cool thing that happened in my life, and informed a lot of how I see the world and how I know myself… but as a marginalized individual, there comes a point where you feel commodified and exploited for your identity, and I’ve always had a fear, as an artist with many stories to tell, that being trans is the only aspect of my work that people would take interest in.” On the album, there is no sign of musical overthought, allowing Heltai’s emotional vocals to shine organically. At a time when any conversation with a stranger can quickly become a sociopolitical battle, Heltai’s introspective and thought-out songs are a breath of fresh air. With an overwhelming empathy for humanity, and willingness to search for personal responsibility, Heltai’s Father will not leave your heart or your ears unchanged. 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 169 - Andrew Hosmanek, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Andrew Hosmanek, PhD. Andrew Hosmanek is a lawyer and educator based in Iowa City, Iowa. He holds an MBA, JD and PhD from the University of Iowa. He owns a law firm, HawkeyeLaw, PLC, which specializes in sports and business law. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys exploring and photographing Iowa’s trout streams at https://troutfishinginiowa.wordpress.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/troutfishinginiowa 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 168 - Colin Dickey, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Colin Dickey, PhD. Colin Dickey is a writer, speaker, and academic, and has made a career out of collecting unusual objects and hidden histories all over the country. He's a regular contributor to the LA Review of Books and Lapham's Quarterly, and is the co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology. He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world's relationship with mortality. With a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, he is an associate professor of creative writing at National University. The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained - Purchase here: https://sites.prh.com/colindickey Photo: © John Michael Kilbane 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 167 - Daniel Abbott. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Daniel Abbott Daniel Abbott is the author of the novel The Concrete and the co-author (Razel Jones) of the collaborative memoir WOUNDS. His writing has appeared in Lit Hub, the Noctua Review, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and the Owen Wister Review. He has a BA in Writing from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Daniel lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Purchase Wounds: A Collaborative Memoir in Stories by Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott: www.indiebound.org/book/9781735363738 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: http://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 166 - Razel Jones, MBA Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Razel Jones, MBA. Razel Jones is a Diversity and Inclusion professional, speaker, and the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Tennessee State University. In 2016, he released his first book, See What You Hear, a piece about actualizing vision. Jones has a BA in English Language and Literature from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from Northwood University. He has professional certifications in Cultural Intelligence, HR, Strengths, Civil Rights, and Affirmative Action. He and his family reside in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area. Purchase Wounds: A Collaborative Memoir in Stories by Razel Jones and Daniel Abbott: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781735363738 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 165 - Steven Webster, PhD. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Steven Webster, PhD. Steven Webster holds a PhD in political science from Emory University. He is an assistant professor of political science at Indiana University—Bloomington. His research focuses on the role of anger in American politics. His book, "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics," was published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press. He has also written extensively on the growth of "negative partisanship" in the American electorate, as well as the growing amount of polarization between Democrats and Republicans. Book, American Rage: http://www.stevenwwebster.com/americanrage.html 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 164 - Amaryllis Fox. Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Amaryllis Fox. Following her CIA career in the field, AMARYLLIS FOX has covered current events and offered analysis for CNN, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and other global news outlets. She speaks at events and universities around the world on the topic of peacemaking. She is the cohost of History's TV series American Ripper and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to a master's program in conflict and terrorism at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell rising in any village around the world. At twenty-one, she was recruited by the CIA. Her first assignment was reading and analyzing hundreds of classified cables a day from foreign governments and synthesizing them into daily briefs for the president. Her next assignment was at the Iraq desk in the Counterterrorism center. At twenty-two, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm," where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover--the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. "Life Undercover" Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586385/life-undercover-by-amaryllis-fox/ "The Business of Drugs" on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80199963 Photo Credit: Jesse Stone 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 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.
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