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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 125 - Gon.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Gon.Gon Bio:“When asked to explain that rather circuitous path that lead to the creation of his debut album, Gon Halevi—better known simply as Gon—can only laugh. The 26-year-old singer and musician, who came to New York by way of Tel Aviv, is quick to recognize the somewhat unusual nature of his trajectory. “The short version is that I moved to New York to study opera singing and somewhere in the middle of it I stopped liking it. So I kind of stopped doing opera and started doing my own music, performing in small venues. Despite being an atheist, I paid my tuition by performing for Jewish community centers and synagogues. At some point, a cantor of a congregation in Florida asked me to perform there. It was in the middle of my fourth year at school and they gave me a big enough budget to bring the musicians I wanted to have up on stage with me, down to Florida from Manhattan. They also allowed me to add four songs of my own to the show. It was the first time I heard my music played the way I wanted it to be played. Once I heard that rich, deep sound of a rock band, choir, and a string ensemble, merge around my music - I got all the confirmation I needed to start working on my album.” The eleven tracks on Gon’s full-length debut, Diagonal Fields, strike a delicate balance between piano-driven ballads and perfectly augmented cinematic chamber pop, all wrapped around a voice that is by turns plaintive, deeply emotive, and—for lack of a better term—swooningly operatic. Tracks like “Breaking out” “Coming Home” and “Alive” are buoyed by the ebullience and range of Gon’s voice, which dips and soars effortlessly through the songs, wrapping the tracks with a sense of longing and, more often than not, a barely contained joy. “It took a while for me to figure out exactly how I wanted my voice to work in this context,” he explains. “My voice has been influenced by so many things: my opera training, for sure, as well as the fact that I’ve been speaking and singing in Hebrew for so many years. When writing my own songs, I started peeling away the classical music gestures just to find my own voice. All of those years of study are still in there, but it’s almost like I had to un-learn all of that stuff in order to find myself, in order to just simply be me.”Website: https://www.gon-music.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gon_music/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GonGonMusic/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gon_Gon_MusicSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GIriTfMvVRuHEh4WI3Oa0?si=UPg1HedoTwuXeOTg2CeeowYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/halevigonSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gon_musicAll music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Gon.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 124 - Beth Siemer.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Beth Siemer.Beth's bio:"My core personal values are to LOVE God and LOVE people. My core political values are the pursuit of a More Perfect Union with Liberty and Justice for All. Pretty much everything I do is driven by these core values, including my current engagement in dialogue on Facebook. I’m a truth-seeker by nature, which drives me to dig deep in understanding what it looks like to pursue these values. Part of digging deep for me includes continually pressure-testing my thoughts with other people and course-correcting in my own understanding where needed. I’m also an advocate by nature and assume most people generally share these core values and also want to align with them, which drives me to share my thoughts to the extent it’s helpful to others. In my professional life, my career has taken turns as I try to do the next best thing in front of me. Currently, I’m a corporate transactional attorney in the specialty pharmacy space. In my outside-of-work life, I have two teenage daughters who are ridiculously incredible and interesting humans—I’m thrilled that I get to have a front row seat in their lives. My husband, Rob, and I have been married for 22 years and we make our home in St. Louis, Missouri. I was raised in the evangelical church, but would call myself a “deconstructing Christian” if I had to call myself something. I believe in God, love the heck out of Jesus and do my best to live my life by His example, but cannot for the life of me figure out what to do with the organized church. In my muchness, I insist on squeezing everything out of every minute I get on this earth, and particularly love laughing, making others laugh, traveling, baking, cooking, eating, drinking, throwing awesome parties, walking, listening to music (which includes pretending my singing voice and dance moves are better than they are), completing projects, watching TV and movies, gardening (poorly), connecting with folks, teaching others new things, learning new things, getting alone time, and riding roller coasters.For PDF that Beth describes in episode, please contact Beth directly.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 123 - Sophia Urista.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Sophia Urista.Sophia's bio:Sophia Urista is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Known for her blues rock solo performances and as lead singer of NYC rock bands "Rebel and the Titan", and "The VeeVees", Sophia has been dubbed the most promising artist in rock n roll music. She's made her mark in New York as MC at Duane Park, The Box, and Sleep No More and stunned audiences at Brooklyn's Afropunk Music Festival, Irving Plaza, and beyond. She appeared on The Voice (U.S. season 11) on NBC Television where she was chosen by Miley Cyrus and competed for several episodes until the elimination round. She has performed on numerous recordings including John Wick: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the seasonal anthology from her appearance on The Voice and as a featured artists, as she did with Scott Tixier.Website: http://www.sophiaurista.comiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sophia-urista/923473523Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ZOIPu5gy4F5VFvJrRfvVPSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sophiauristaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophiaurista/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophiaurista/?hl=enBrass Against: https://brassagainst.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 122 - Lara Downes.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Lara Downes.Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of live music for diverse audiences. A trailblazer on and off-stage, she follows a musical roadmap that seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory. Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and "addicting" by The Huffington Post. As a chart-topping recording artist, a powerfully charismatic performer, a curator and taste-maker, Downes is recognized as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara's forays into the broad landscape of American music have created a series of acclaimed recordings, including America Again, selected by NPR as one of "10 Albums that Saved 2016", and hailed as "a balm for a country riven by disunion" by the Boston Globe. Her Sony Classical debut release For Lenny debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award.Downes enjoys creative collaborations with a range of leading artists, including folk icon Judy Collins, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, baritone Thomas Hampson, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer Rhiannon Giddens. Her close partnerships with prominent composers span genres and generations, with premieres and commissions coming from Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and many others. Downes’ fierce commitment to arts advocacy, mentorship and education sees her working in support of non-profit organizations including the Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY, PLAN International, the Sphinx Organization, and NPR’s From The Top, where she will appear as a featured guest host in Spring 2019. Her Sony Masterworks recording Holes in the Sky, a celebration of the contributions of phenomenal women to the past, present and future of American music, was released in March 2019, debuting at the top of the Billboard charts. Her newest album, FOR LOVE OF YOU continues the strand of music by women, celebrating the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann. The album was featured in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/arts/music/clara-schumann.htmlMore info: http://www.laradownes.com/for-love-of-youBuy album: https://lnk.to/ForLoveOfYouWebsite: http://www.laradownes.comSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2pSV3M4cqq8MUqT3SrXdpSYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJh1m1BlPhkK7_deTexdXwFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/100002728555138Instagram: http://instagram.com/laradownesmusicTwitter: https://twitter.com/laradownesAll music excerpts in episode are used with permission from Lara Downes.Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 121 - doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D.Doreen's bio:doreen dodgen-magee, Psy.D. is a psychologist from Portland, Oregon. She has 25 years of experience working with individuals and groups. In addition to her private practice she maintains an international speaking docket, is the author of the book Deviced! Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital Age. doreen is an expert in the area of technology and health and spends, on average, 15 hours a week culling both scholarly research and pop culture sources to maintain her expertise as a person whose finger is on the pulse of how technology is shaping the neurological, interpersonal, and intra-personal lives of individuals today. She is routinely featured in national media has carried out anecdotal research circles with thousands of college students across the U.S. and Ireland over the last three years. Her unique, fast-paced speaking style, reminiscent of TED talks, incorporates technological, interpersonal, and interactive elements and make her uniquely poised to capture the minds and attention of a diverse range of people. Her approach is far from technology-averse, instead, offering a balanced perspective and full spectrum look at the issues of the day. Personally, doreen loves her meditation cushion, the color red, going barefoot, strong coffee, and people…mostly people.link to book for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Deviced-Balancing-Technology-Digital-World/dp/1538115840/upcoming trainings offered: https://catalog.pesi.com/speaker/doreen-dodgenmagee-595400webinars if people want more: https://www.yogacalm.org/doreen-technology-use/Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 120 - Kate Wallinga.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Kate Wallinga.Kate's bio:I spent my entire professional life in the fields of mental health and criminal justice. My favorite, hardest and most important work was specifically in the fields of correctional psych, forensic psych, and crisis assessment. My podcast, “Ignorance Was Bliss,” started off very specifically looking at crime, the criminal justice system, and clinical psychology.Over time, the focus of my show has widened to include the normal, the average, the ordinary, that all of us can understand… but we continue to think of ourselves as somehow screwed up, weird, wrong. We’re not. You’re not. Honest.Just make sure you really want to know. Because the most important certainty I carry, from all my time working with inmates and patients and onlookers, is that the only real difference between “us” and “them” is a key. And that everything we experience, from crippling anxiety to serial murder, is maybe not rational, but there is a logic to it. I can make things understandable.And once you learn just how easy it can be to fall into the darker parts of life, you might think,”…I felt better before I knew that.”My show, extended bio, and other info can be found at iwbpodcast.com, and the Facebook group is at bit.ly/iwbasylumNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 119 - Alex Kack.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Alex Kack.Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alex_KackCitizen-led City Sanctuary Initiative (with links to donate and volunteer): https://www.familiesfreeandtogether.orgTucson City Council Meeting with famous "Green Shirt Guy" moment:https://twitter.com/NickVinZant/status/1158936728557633537Op-ed in Tucson Weekly from Alex:https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/viral-message/Content?oid=26419975"Green Shirt Guy" stickers and t-shirts: https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/green-shirt-guy-tee/The People’s Defense Initiative:https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org/Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 118 - Melissa Koch.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Melissa Koch. Melissa's bio from her website: "I have always loved writing and reading.When my son was born in 2012, my parents brought all my childhood books to our house—boxes and boxes of familiar books. My journals filled one of the large boxes. Forgotten pages of observations of the natural and human-made world mixed with my personal hopes, explorations, disappointments, and dreams. How are bridges built and why are some people afraid of bridges? What causes earthquakes and why do people build homes where they know earthquakes occur? The connections we have to scientific and engineered worlds has always fascinated and frustrated me.I enjoy helping people (myself included!) understand and make personal connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and our social world. I never know what hidden gems I'll discover deep in the research, especially when I talk with experts. Experts are the best! The act of writing often reveals new patterns to these gems that I can then share with the world. Writing is the best job that doesn't feel like a job. Most days.My resume lists my published work and highlights my professional path in STEM and teacher education.Happy writing and reading to all!"Website: https://www.melissakoch.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 117 - Eric Segnitz.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Eric Segnitz. We also extend our sympathy and thoughts to the family and friends of Ben Johnston. We recorded this episode in June prior to Ben Johnston's death. We appreciate Eric talking about Ben Johnston's work and we appreciate Eric generously allowing us to share some pieces composed by Johnston with our listeners.Eric Segnitz has had an extensive career in music reaching both local and international audiences through performance, composition, education, and a wide array of music recording and producing projects. Segnitz is a charter member of the Present Music Ensemble, the Kepler Quartet, has played with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and written scores for film, theatre and television. Segnitz has been the recipient of several music awards and grants from national New Music organizations such as the Aaron Copland Fund, the Argosy Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and New Music USA.Websites:Present Music: http://presentmusic.orgKepler Quartet: https://www.keplerquartet.com/index.htmlNew World Records: http://www.newworldrecords.orgMusical pieces in episode used with permission from Eric Segnitz. You can skip to them by clicking on the track and choosing the specific time listed below:(11:00) Crossing The Bridge · Eric Segnitz · Kim Robertson.(19:22) Sinatra Shag, Michael Daugherty, University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, David Gommper.(28:02) String Quartet No. 10: Sprightly, not too fast – Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(40:06) Quietness - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(46:16) String Quartet No. 7: Prelude - Scurrying, Forceful, Intense - Ben Johnston, Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(1:06:37) Partita in E Major: III. — Kamran Ince, Eric Segnitz, Carl Storniolo.(1:17:01) Curve - Kamran Ince Present Music, Sharan Leventhal, Eric Segnitz, Brek Renzelman, Karl Lavine.(1:33:42) In White - Kamran Ince, Present Music, Kevin Stalheim, Eric Segnitz.(1:53:39) Ukulele Serenade - Aaron Copland, Eric Segnitz, Jayne Latva.(1:59:43) Todo Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla. arr. & orch. by John Adams) Miramar Sinfonietta, Henri Pensis, Eric Segnitz.(2:07:09) Study in Sonority, Wallingford Riegger, Eric Segnitz.Note: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
Episode 116 - Josh Hallmark.Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Josh Hallmark. Josh is the host of the Our Americana, True Crime Bullsh**, The Karen & Ellen Letters, and PLAYLIST podcasts. His podcasting career began after, and was inspired by, living in a van and traveling America for six months. Prior to that, he worked in branding in the Apparel and Health Care industries. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York; and has previously lived in Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, San Francisco, and (a brief stint) Cambodia. Website: http://www.our-americana.comNote: Guests create their own bio description for each episode.The Curiosity Hour Podcast is hosted and produced by Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund.Please visit our website for more information:thecuriosityhourpodcast.comThe Curiosity Hour Podcast is listener supported! To donate, click here: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/donate/Please visit this page for information where you can listen to our podcast: thecuriosityhourpodcast.com/listen/Disclaimers: The Curiosity Hour Podcast may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion advised. The views and opinions expressed by the guests on this podcast are solely those of the guest(s). These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of The Curiosity Hour Podcast. This podcast may contain explicit language.
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