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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

148 episodes - English - Latest episode: 7 days ago - ★★★★★ - 17.1K ratings

A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.

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How Can We Get To Cloud Nine? with Kristen Rasmussen

November 18, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 91.7 MB

This week on Getting Curious, we’re getting the down low on what’s up in the sky with Professor Kristen Rasmussen, an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and an expert on clouds. She and Jonathan break down cloud types, extreme weather, and the lasting impact that the 1996 movie Twister had on both of their lives—and one of their careers.   You can keep up with Professor Rasmussen on Twitter @KRasmusWx, and follow her research group at Colorado State Univ...

Are We Imagining A Better Future Into Existence? with adrienne maree brown

November 11, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 101 MB

Election Day is behind us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more work ahead. Consider this week’s Getting Curious a chance to reflect and recharge, as Jonathan speaks with the writer, editor, activist, and social justice facilitator adrienne maree brown. The two discuss adrienne’s work around emergent strategy and pleasure activism, consider what authentic community engagement looks like, and explore how science fiction can be an invaluable resource for shaping a more equitable future.   a...

Can Comedy Save Us All? with Samantha Bee

November 02, 2020 05:00 - 51 minutes - 70.4 MB

Look, we already know the answer to this question. But we can dream! We’re sending you into Election Day with an early release of this week’s Getting Curious, featuring a conversation with the iconic comedian, writer, and producer Samantha Bee. She and Jonathan talk political humor, the Golden Girls, Canadian health care, and so much more. Take a listen when you’re in line to vote, when you need a break from refreshing last-minute polling numbers, or on the other side of Election Day—whatever...

Is Deep Canvassing The Serum America Needs? with George Goehl

October 28, 2020 04:00 - 39 minutes - 54.8 MB

Are you phone banking, leafleting, and heading to the polls early this election season and still feeling like you need a boost? Then it might be time to introduce deep canvassing to your routine. The activist, community organizer, and director of People’s Action George Goehl joins Jonathan to share this go-to practice for building a more progressive nation—and explains why rural America needs to be central to any discussion of the electorate.   Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeGoehl, and Peo...

Why Are Domestic Workers’ Rights Essential? with Alicia Garza

October 21, 2020 04:00 - 46 minutes - 64.4 MB

There are more than 2.5 million care workers, nannies, and house cleaners across the United States. They are skilled professionals. Their labor is essential. So are their rights.   Alicia Garza, who is the Director of Strategy & Partnerships for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, joins Jonathan to discuss the history of domestic work in the United States, why domestic workers are some of the least protected, most vulnerable individuals—without access to health care, paid sick days, or ...

How Are Contemporary Native Americans Thriving? with Dr. Elizabeth Rule

October 14, 2020 04:00 - 54 minutes - 75.2 MB

On this week’s Getting Curious, Dr. Elizabeth Rule joins Jonathan to discuss contemporary Native American rights and representation. She and Jonathan cover reproductive justice, tribal sovereignty, and the incredible work that Dr. Rule is doing to illuminate the relationship between Native history and contemporary Native Americans’ experiences and realities.   Dr. Rule is the Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy, an Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and Fac...

Would I Have Been The Toast of the Ancient Mediterranean? with Dr. Sarah E. Bond

October 07, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 88.7 MB

Raise a glass (or an amphora!) to this week’s episode of Getting Curious, all about ancient Mediterranean drinking cultures. Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa Dr. Sarah E. Bond speaks with Jonathan about ancient Egyptians who loved beer, ancient Greeks who sipped the night away at symposia, and ancient Romans who went bar hopping. There’s truly so much to imbibe here, and thankfully, knowledge pairs well with whatever you’re already drinking.   Follow Dr. Bond on Twit...

Are You Getting Every Word of This? with Erin Brockovich

September 30, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

This week on Getting Curious, we’ve got numbers coming out of our ears. For instance: two. Two? Yeah. That’s how many times the clean water activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has now appeared on the show. How about this for a number? One. That’s how many people it takes to start a movement advocating for safe drinking water. And we’re guessing zero is the amount of hesitation you’ll have before hitting play on this iconic conversation between Jonathan and Erin, all about what’s in...

How Can I Be A Better Cat Parent? with Jackson Galaxy

September 23, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 97.8 MB

This week on Getting Curious, we’re carrying ourselves with confidence, our heads are held high, and we’re comfortable in our environment—we’re feeling big time cat parent mojo! Jackson Galaxy, the cat behavior and wellness expert, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, and co-creator of Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camp joins Jonathan to talk all about cats. He shares how we can better understand and care for our favorite felines, what the deal is with “cat mojo,” and why cat rescue and TNR effor...

Can A House Divided Stand? with Sec. Julián Castro

September 16, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 83.6 MB

There are fewer than 50 days until the 2020 United States elections, and over at Getting Curious, we’re feeling a little… shaky. To lay the foundation for this final stretch of election season, Jonathan’s calling on an expert in strong leadership, intersectional policies, and enduring hope: Sec. Julián Castro. Sec. Castro has served as Mayor of San Antonio, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, and a 2020 Presidential candidate. He just launched his new podcast Our...

How Can We Take Charge Of Our Lives? with Dr. Edith Eger

September 09, 2020 04:00 - 53 minutes - 73.7 MB

One of the lessons in Dr. Edith Eger’s latest book The Gift is that love equals time. And on this week’s Getting Curious, Dr. Eger is joining Jonathan for an hour of love, compassion, and life lessons. Dr. Eger is a bestselling author, psychologist, and Holocaust survivor. Her first book The Choice, released in 2018, details her story of courage and resilience as a survivor of Auschwitz. In her new book The Gift she shares some of her best advice for confronting life’s challenges and building...

Are Unions A Good Bargain? with Professor Rebecca Givan

September 02, 2020 04:00 - 41 minutes - 57 MB

In the lead-up to Labor Day, Getting Curious is working it! We're re-releasing an episode from 2018 with Rebecca Givan, an associate professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University, all about trade unions. She and Jonathan discuss what unions are, how they operate, and why collective bargaining can be such a powerful tool.    Follow Professor Givan on Twitter @rkgwork. She’s also the co-editor of the forthcoming essay collection Strike for the Common Good, which fo...

Is Guaranteed Income America’s Next Top Model? with Mayor Michael Tubbs

August 26, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 93.5 MB

Since Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected in November 2016, he’s launched an innovative Guaranteed Income pilot program and created a runway for his city’s success. Mayor Tubbs joins Jonathan to discuss the program, how cities across the country are implementing similar initiatives, and why it’s so important for local governments to invest in their communities. Mayor Tubbs is the co-founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, and the subject of the new HBO documentary “Stockt...

Can I Call You Honey, Ed Markey? with Senator Ed Markey

August 19, 2020 04:00 - 47 minutes - 65 MB

This week on Getting Curious, Jonathan is learning about the power of clean energy with a clean energy powerhouse: Massachusetts representative and co-author of the Green New Deal bill, Senator Ed Markey. Senator Markey explains what a Green New Deal can offer in the way of environmental protections, job opportunities, pandemic recovery, and more.   Senator Markey is also running for re-election in the upcoming Massachusetts primary, and he and Jonathan discuss his four decades as a progres...

Why Do We Need A Green New Deal? with Senator Ed Markey

August 19, 2020 04:00 - 47 minutes - 65 MB

This week on Getting Curious, Jonathan is learning about the power of clean energy with a clean energy powerhouse: Massachusetts representative and co-author of the Green New Deal bill, Senator Ed Markey. Senator Markey explains what a Green New Deal can offer in the way of environmental protections, job opportunities, pandemic recovery, and more.   Senator Markey is also running for re-election in the upcoming Massachusetts primary, and he and Jonathan discuss his four decades as a progres...

What’s It Like To Live On The Edge? with Astronaut & Oceanographer Kathy Sullivan

August 12, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 92.5 MB

Earth to listeners! This week’s Getting Curious is serving an adventure like no other, because Jonathan is talking with astronaut, oceanographer, and geologist Kathy Sullivan. She’s the first US woman to complete a spacewalk, the first woman to reach the deepest known point in the ocean, and the first person to travel to both space and deep sea. She tells Jonathan all about space tools, the Challenger Deep, and what it’s like to feel the force of gravity during a shuttle landing.   Follow K...

Am I A Self-Karen? with Activist Ashlee Marie Preston

August 05, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Do you know where your donor dollars and time are actually going? Activist, thought leader, and founder of the social impact campaign YouAreEssential Ashlee Marie Preston joins Jonathan to discuss the trillion-dollar industry that is the US non-profit sector, the ways in which non-profit organizations can undercut to the aims of grassroots political movements, and how we can work to dismantle a system that doesn’t always serve the communities it claims to protect. Follow Ashlee Marie Preston...

Am I Your Favorite Non-Binary Gardener / Gymnast? with Olympian Aly Raisman

July 29, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 92.5 MB

This episode is an All-Around winner, because Jonathan is talking with six-time Olympic medalist and captain of the Fierce Five and Final Five gymnastics teams, Aly Raisman. This isn’t a Level 10 conversation about gymnastics, gardening, and more—it’s certified Elite. Follow Aly on Instagram @alyraisman and Twitter @aly_raisman, and learn more about her book Fierce. Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  Listen to ...

How Can We Give the Theater World a Revival? with Broadway Legend Audra McDonald

July 22, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 91.5 MB

This week's Getting Curious is a show like no other, since Jonathan is joined by the iconic Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Audra McDonald. She and Jonathan discuss the critical work she's doing as the co-founder of Black Theatre United, an organization that is advocating for equity in the theater world and the nation. They also discuss how theatergoers can continue to support the performing arts community, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. (And stick around for the third act to he...

How Can Progressives Stick The 2020 Election Landing? with Political Strategist Ben O’Keefe

July 15, 2020 04:00 - 53 minutes - 74.2 MB

This election season is anything but routine, and this week, Jonathan is asking political strategist Ben O'Keefe to coach us through all the ways we can help flip seats, add balance to any check on our democracy, and win big on election day. Ben is a human rights activist, progressive strategist, and founder of the impact entertainment company Give A Damn. He is a former Senior Aide to Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign, and currently the Impact Producer on the forthcoming Untitled Stac...

Are We Hearing A Crescendo of Anti-Racism in Classical Music? with Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon

July 08, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 60.1 MB

This week on Getting Curious, Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon join Jonathan to discuss the remarkable work of Black classical composers and musicians through history and today. Dr. Thurman is an assistant professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Ashleigh Gordon is the co-founder, Artistic and Executive Director, and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through ...

Are Cicadas The Only Ones Having a Hawt Gurl Summer? with Entomologist Dr. Jessica Ware

July 01, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 56.6 MB

On this week’s Getting Curious, Jonathan is taking the creepy out of crawly with entomologist and evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware. We’re talking periodical cicadas, cockroaches, dragonflies, and more. Dr. Ware is a curator of Odonata and non-Holometabolous insect orders at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and a professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. She is also the VP-Elect of the Entomological Society of America, and the President of the Worldwide Dragonfly ...

How Can We Shablam on Voter Suppression? with Stacey Abrams

June 24, 2020 04:00 - 43 minutes - 39.7 MB

Voting rights activist, author, lawyer, and politician Stacey Abrams joins Jonathan to discuss the history of voting rights in the United States, the current state of voter suppression, and how we can work towards fair voting and a robust civic engagement. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to run as a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the US. She is the founder of Fair...

Is Trump An Autocratic Basic B? with Journalist Masha Gessen

June 17, 2020 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

In Masha Gessen’s return to Getting Curious, the journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker speaks with Jonathan about their new book Surviving Autocracy. They discuss the ways in which Trump has consolidated power since his election, what the stakes are if he continues to trample American institutions, and what we can do to resist his autocratic ambitions. Follow Masha Gessen on Twitter @mashagessen, and learn more about Surviving Autocracy here.   Find out what today’s guest and forme...

How Can Democrats Be Anti-Racist?

June 10, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 55.8 MB

In this re-release of an episode first recorded in July 2019, Jonathan sits down with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza to discuss the origins of the movement, Alicia’s founding of the Black Futures Lab, and how Democratic candidates, campaigns, and elected officials need to be—and can be—more accountable to Black constituents.   Follow Alicia Garza on Twitter @aliciagarza and on Instagram at @chasinggarza, and learn more about Black Futures Lab here.   Find out what today’s gues...

How Can Democrats Be Anti-Racist? with Alicia Garza

June 10, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 55.8 MB

In this re-release of an episode first recorded in July 2019, Jonathan sits down with Alicia Garza, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Director of Strategy & Partnerships for National Domestic Workers Alliance, to discuss the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia’s work with the Black Futures Lab, and how Democratic Party candidates, campaigns, and elected officials need to be—and can be—more accountable to Black constituents.   Follow Alicia Garza on Twitter @aliciagarza and...

How can District Attorneys help fight police brutality? with DA Rachael Rollins

June 03, 2020 21:47 - 55 minutes - 50.9 MB

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins Jonathan to discuss the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other victims of police violence; the deep roots of police brutality and systemic racism; and how District Attorneys can play a role in police reform. DA Rollins was elected to represent Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere on a progressive platform in 2018, and is the first woman of color to serve as a DA in Massachusetts.   Follow DA Rollins on Twitter...

What Was Poppin’ In Prehistoric America? with Paleontologist Dr. Julia Clarke

May 27, 2020 04:00 - 45 minutes - 41.4 MB

On this episode of Getting Curious, we’re digging deep with Dr. Julia Clarke, Wilson Professor of Paleontology at The University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She and Jonathan get to the bottom of how Texas looked 250 million years ago, which dinosaurs roamed prehistoric America, and what Pangaea’s got to do with the age of dinosaurs. Follow Dr. Clarke on Twitter @jclarkepaleolab, and learn more about her work here.   Find out what today’s guest and forme...

How Did You Become So F*#%!ng Fierce? with Christian Siriano

May 20, 2020 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.6 MB

You're invited to a very special episode of Getting Curious, and the dress code is whatever makes you feel stunning! The guest of honor is the CFDA designer Christian Siriano, who launched his brand in 2008 and has since risen to the top of the fashion world, dressing icons like FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Billy Porter, and Lady Gaga. Christian joins Jonathan to discuss his groundbreaking designs, his commitment to body diversity and inclusive pricing, and the more than 25,000 masks he and his tea...

When Did We Start to Demonize Poverty? with writer Mary O'Hara

May 13, 2020 04:00 - 43 minutes - 39.6 MB

Journalist and author Mary O'Hara returns to Getting Curious to discuss her reporting on poverty, her new book The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative, and her work reimagining how we talk about poverty with Project Twist-It. She and Jonathan discuss her own experience of childhood poverty, common misconceptions around poverty in the United States and the United Kingdom, and how we can start to see social services as springboards for success. You can find Mary O’Hara’s writing...

How Can We Stop Being Such Grumpy Nightmares? with Happiness Professor Dr. Laurie Santos

May 06, 2020 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

Queen, did you know that there was a literal doctor teaching a class on happiness at literally Yale?! Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University and the host of The Happiness Lab podcast, gives Jonathan a redux version of her iconic Yale course about the science of happiness and shares tips for boosting our spirits even when we're not near the people and places that usually bring us joy. It's time to get in touch with our vagus nerves! Follow Dr. Laurie Santos on Twitter...

What Happened After WW2? With Pascale R. Bos Part 2

April 29, 2020 04:00 - 36 minutes - 33.9 MB

Pascale R. Bos is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Netherlandic Studies, and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas, Austin. Pre-social distancing, Jonathan and Pascal sat down together to talk about the Holocaust and WW2. In part 2, Jonathan and Pascale continue their conversation from last week and go on to discuss how the US became involved in the war, the Berlin Wall, and why it's so important to learn from history!   Find out what today’s guest and former guests a...

Do We Understand How the Holocaust Happened? With Pascale R. Bos Part 1

April 22, 2020 04:00 - 40 minutes - 37 MB

Pascale R. Bos is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies, Netherlandic Studies, and Comparative Literature at The University of Texas, Austin. Pre-social distancing, Jonathan and Pascal sat down together to talk about the Holocaust and WW2. In part 1 of our first ever 2 part episode, Jonathan and Pascale discuss how the term Holocaust came to be, the alarming statistics reflecting a surprising number of people who’ve never heard of the Holocaust, and examine how Hitler came into power. Tu...

How Do We Stay Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus? With Dr. Saralyn Mark, MD

April 15, 2020 04:00 - 57 minutes - 52.3 MB

Dr. Mark served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology during the Obama administration working on the Ebola outbreak in 2014. At the Department of Health and Human Services and NASA, she was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women’s Health.   She joined Jonathan remotely to answer his questions on how coronavirus spreads, steps we can take to improve our immune system, and the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) for ess...

How Funny Are You, Queen?! With Mawaan Rizwan

April 08, 2020 04:00 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

Comedian Mawaan Rizwan got his start creating YouTube sketches that turned his mother into a Bollywood Star. Now as an established writer and actor, he has written for Netflix’s “Sex Education” and can be seen in the upcoming “Two Weeks to Live” on Sky. In the fall of 2019, he joined Jonathan on his Road to Beijing tour opening in sold-out theaters across the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. On a tour stop in Brisbane, Jonathan and Mawaan sat down to discuss his family’s immigration s...

What Happened to the Racist F***ing A**hole Dick Officials of the Confederacy After the End of the American Civil War? With Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez Ph.D.

April 01, 2020 04:00 - 1 hour - 58.1 MB

Lawyer, Historian, and Author Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez’s book, “Treason on Trial: United States v. Jefferson Davis.” exposes the legality behind why no one was held accountable for starting the Civil War. As a regular lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin he shares his extensive knowledge of mid-19th century politics. He sat down with Jonathan to answer his questions about confederate officials, the abolishment of slavery, Lincoln’s presidency, and much more! *This episode was recorded ...

Do We Know Enough About Queer History? With Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown

March 25, 2020 04:00 - 57 minutes - 52.7 MB

Matthew Riemer & Leighton Brown are the co-creators of the Instagram @LGBT_History, and co-authors of the book “We Are Everywhere.” Both use powerful images of love, protest, inclusivity, and stories, to spotlight movements and people throughout Queer history. They joined Jonathan to discuss why they started these projects, the importance of visibility to avoid erasure and share some interesting stories about important figures from the past!   Follow Matthew and Leighton on Instagram and Tw...

Is Our Economy Going to Survive This Pandemic? With Bradley M. Gold

March 18, 2020 04:00 - 55 minutes - 50.9 MB

Attorney and Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the University of Texas - McCombs School of Business, Bradley M. Gold joins Jonathan to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy.  With his background in lecturing, counseling, negotiating for several high profile companies, and his unwavering passion for spreading the power of entrepreneurship, he informs Jonathan why we need to be creative and work hard to get through these unprecedented times. To find out more about B...

What is Ableism and How Does it Affect Your Life? With Carson Tueller

March 11, 2020 04:00 - 56 minutes - 51.5 MB

Carson Tueller is an LGBTQ+ and Disability Advocate, and most recently a policy advisor for Andrew Yang’s 2020 Presidential campaign. His life changed in 2013 when an accident left him paralyzed. Through his journey, he’s brought to light many issues the Disabled community faces including shame, how to talk about sexuality and human worth. He joined Jonathan to explain what ableism is, how he came out to his family after serving his LDS mission, and why investing in accessibility is great for...

How Are You Rescuing the Animals in Australia? With Tanya Dominguez

March 04, 2020 05:00 - 52 minutes - 48.5 MB

Tanya Dominguez is a Lead Inspector and Senior Manager for the RSPCA NSW in Sydney Australia. With them, she’s provided care to wild and domestic animals for over 21 years and has always been passionate about animal care education. She joined Jonathan backstage at his last comedy show in Australia to discuss what she does as an RSPCA Inspector, how the wildlife is doing since the bushfires started, and why it’s so important to adopt, not shop!  Follow RSPCA and Tanya on Twitter and Instagram...

How Do Firefighters Fight Bushfires? With Fiona Macken

February 26, 2020 05:00 - 45 minutes - 41.4 MB

CONTENT WARNING: This conversation contains details about scenes that emergency first responders encounter which include car accidents, suicide, house fires, and bushfires.   Fiona Macken is a volunteer Firefighter with the Country Fire Authority and 3rd Lieutenant of the Diamond Creek Fire Brigade. In 2009 she was deployed during the Black Saturday Bushfires, which are considered Australia’s most devastating fires to date. She’s witnessed the lasting impact these catastrophes have on survi...

How Do the Legacies of Slavery and Jim Crow Laws Still Affect Americans Today? With Deborah N. Archer

February 19, 2020 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.5 MB

Deborah N. Archer received her JD from Yale Law School where she was also awarded the Charles G. Albom Prize. She’s held several esteemed titles throughout her career, and New York Law Journal has recently recognized her as one of New York's “Top Women in the Law.” She is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Law at NYU, Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law. She sat down with Jonathan to explore...

What's The Difference Between The Gender Pay Gap And The Wealth Gap? With Sallie Krawcheck

February 12, 2020 05:00 - 48 minutes - 44.4 MB

Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a company working to help close the gender pay gap by “redefining investing for women.” Sallie received her MBA from Columbia Business School and has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina. She is the former CFO of Citigroup and former CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and considered one of the highest-ranking women to ever work on Wall Street. She joined Jonathan in the studio to discuss the gender, wealth, and ra...

What’s It Like To Be A Booked And Busy Irish Queen? With Actress Nicola Coughlan

February 05, 2020 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.1 MB

Nicola Coughlan was born in Galway Ireland where she started acting at a young age. She made her screen debut in a 2004 Irish short film and went on to attend the Oxford School of Drama and Birmingham School of Acting. In 2018 she booked the Netflix Irish sitcom Derry Girls and made her West End debut in Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She’s always been a fierce advocate for women’s rights, the homeless, and LGBTQ+ communities and continues to use her voice to ...

How Do You Do An Inward 2 ½ Twist Off A 10 Meter Diving Board And Not Shit Your Pants? With Olympic Diver Tom Daley

January 29, 2020 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.2 MB

Tom Daley began diving at a very young age gaining notoriety at 9 years old. In 2008, at 14, he represented Great Britain as their youngest competitor in the Beijing Summer Olympics. He went on to compete in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games picking up 2 bronze medals along the way. He invited Jonathan into his home to discuss all things diving, his husband Dustin Lance Black and their baby boy Robbie (who makes a tiny cameo) and the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics!    Follow Tom on Instagram...

How Do Plants Get Their Freak On? With Dr. Alex Monro

January 22, 2020 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.1 MB

Dr. Alex Monro is a Botanist and research leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the Americas Team of the Identification and Naming Department.  After watching The Jungle Book at a young age he became fascinated with tropical forests and has spent the last 20 years working as a taxonomist, systematist and field botanist. Jonathan joined Dr. Monro in his office at the Royal Botanic Gardens to discuss the Millennium Seed Bank Project, stinging nettles, and all the different ways plants rep...

How Are You Going To Flip Texas’s 21st Congressional District Blue In 2020? With Politician Wendy Davis

January 15, 2020 05:00 - 55 minutes - 50.6 MB

Wendy Davis came into the spotlight in 2013 when she took to the Texas Senate floor to perform a 13 hour filibuster to block a bill that would severely impact abortion rights. She received her degree from Harvard and practiced law for several years before becoming Texas’s State Senator from 2009 to 2015. She is also the founder of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging young women in politics. Her and Jonathan sat down backstage in Austin Texas while on the road ...

How Are You Going To Flip Texas’s 21st Congressional District Blue In 2020? With Former State Senator Wendy Davis

January 15, 2020 05:00 - 55 minutes - 50.6 MB

Wendy Davis came into the spotlight in 2013 when she took to the Texas Senate floor to perform a 13 hour filibuster to block a bill that would severely impact abortion rights. She received her degree from Harvard and practiced law for several years before becoming Texas’s State Senator from 2009 to 2015. She is also the founder of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit organization that focuses on engaging young women in politics. Her and Jonathan sat down backstage in Austin Texas while on the road f...

How Is The Amazon Rainforest Doing? With Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

January 08, 2020 05:00 - 41 minutes - 37.8 MB

Dr. M. Sanjayan was formerly the lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy before becoming the CEO of Conservation International. Together with CI they have created the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Project which aims to restore 73 million trees in Brazil by 2023. He’s a recipient of UCSC’s Global Oceans Hero Award,  a member of National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council and a Disneynature Ambassador. He can be seen co-hosting and hosting several nature based documentaries on BBC, Discove...

What Does Inequality Have To Do With HIV? With Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes Professor of Sociology and African American Studies

January 01, 2020 05:00 - 1 hour - 58.7 MB

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes received her M.A. and Ph.D in Sociology from Harvard and is a Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University. Her first book titled “The New Welfare Bureaucrats: Entanglements of Race, Class, and Policy Reform” and most recent release “Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality” bring to light the uncomfortable fact that racism is still disproportionately affecting people of color in many way...

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