As humans we are on a never ending quest to relate to each other. It’s one of our best universal qualities. Sympathy. Empathy. Walk a mile in their shoes. We have words for all of it. It is this unyielding empathy that makes literature, and the characters in the stories that we tell, so important. When we relate to a character on the page, we may open up more to characters like that in our lives. We may even open up more to parts of ourselves that we previously shied away from. It is with this idea in mind that today’s guest, Maura Lee Bee, writes. Her characters are often atypical, which is exactly why we should take the time to get to know them.
Imagine the one thing that truly captivates you. The thing that you love doing, thinking about, and learning about. Now imagine that you get the opportunity to do that thing for a living, and then imagine that you’re surrounded by other amazing people, from all over the world, who love that thing just as much as you do. Today’s guest, Tom Perry, is a brilliant particle physicist working at the mecca of particle physics CERN. He and thousands of other physicists work daily at the Large Hadron Collider to make some of the great scientific discoveries of our time. In part one of our interview we’ll learn about life at CERN, the LHC, and what happens when you smash two protons together at close to the speed of light.
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” - Dr. Seuss
It’s been a while since I felt the magic and wonder in my life that I felt regularly as a child. Luckily for me, in my adult years, I’ve learned that Dr. Seuss is right. All you need to suddenly be in a place where magic and mystery are still alive and well is a book. Luckily for them, many children realize that you don’t have to wait until you’re a boring old adult to have this epiphany. Today we speak with the children’s librarian for the Boston Public Library, Maggie Levine. She’ll tell us about what the heck librarians do all day, and explain why being a librarian for children is so much more fun than working with adults.
Have you ever been sick before? How did you ultimately get better? If it was anything more than a common cold, it probably involved taking some drugs. The miraculous little pills that help us get back on our feet more quickly, or in the case of something more serious, get back on our feet at all.Today we learn about the drugs we take and the people that make them. Emma has the incredibly important job of helping to create molecules that treat cancer, with the goal of one day eradicating it all together.
What goes into your mouth usually matters quite a bit more than what comes out. Food allergies, celiac, IBS, cancer, Alzheimer's, depression; things that impact us physically, mentally, and emotionally all seem to be on the rise. And yet do a quick google search and you can find someone that has fought every one of these things with changes to their diet. With stakes like these, and general energy and happiness levels in play for all of us, it’s a wonder that more of us don’t track our diet and lifestyle. What sorts of inputs are we giving our bodies, and how does changing those inputs change our bodies output? Today’s guest has struggled with Celiac Disease and IBS, but has been living pain and symptom free for a while now. Laura will share her story, tips, and techniques with us, and go over the wonderful food and lifestyle diary she made in the process.
Language is unquestionably the most important revelation that occurred throughout human history. An easy way to explain a complicated idea to someone. A quick way to let someone know how you feel. A means to prevent conflict and allow us to settle our differences in a more civilized manner. Despite it’s importance, we don’t really pay it much attention from day to day. We just walk around, using our language of choice, not considering how that language came to be. Today we learn about one of the most important languages in the history of the Western world, Latin. We’ll learn how it evolved and its massive influence over the languages many of us speak today.
I want you to think about the difficult decisions you’ve made in your life. More specifically, I want you to think about the tough conversations you’ve had to have about these decisions. Maybe telling your parents that you’re moving out? Dropping out of school to pursue your dream? How about telling your significant other, “You know that large amount of student debt I accumulated to become a lawyer? Well, I decided I’m going to stop practicing law and start baking pies for a living instead.” I know, pretty specific, but it’s also exactly what today’s guest did. Now, only a few years later, her pie shop has almost doubled it’s business, she’s in the works to get their dough sold at Walmart, and her #WorldPieDomination blog has over 1,000 readers a day.
Food. We all love to eat it, and a lot of us even love to make it. Maybe that’s why so many people dream of one day opening up their own restaurant. Making food for strangers who would one day become your friends. Getting the know the community around you through the worlds greatest (family friendly) pastime. It really seems like a great existence. Today we learn about the ups and downs of the restaurant life from brothers and successful restaurateurs, Aaron and Jared Pool.
What is yoga? Is the answer a simple one about exercise or is it a complex one about philosophy and awareness? After today’s interview I have a feeling that if you asked 10 different people you may get 10 different answers. Christie Rafanan is an amazing yoga teacher in San Francisco, and a good friend of mine. We’ll dive into that many layered question trying to define yoga and hear about how it transformed Christie’s life.
What do you think of when you think of the word therapy? Therapist? Most of us think of traditional psychotherapy, talking through your life and problems with someone. Using your head to fix your head. However, many people and cultures throughout history have placed an equal, if not greater, focus on the body as a means to mental health. Surrounding yourself with nature, exercising, playing, these are all things that can have a massive impact on your mental state. In fact, it’s so important that an entire school of therapy is devoted to it. Today’s guest, Andrew Hermansen, will teach us all about it.
Do you ever have daydreams about leaving the world behind? Leaving the stresses and anxieties of the modern world and moving to a rural piece of land where you’re surrounded by the people that you love and some animals. Today’s guest is working towards that goal. Kevin is a part-time cattle rancher, working towards living the cattle ranching life all year round. Kevin is a true inspiration to me as he embodies setting your own goal and then patiently, diligently, working towards it. He’ll tell us all about the farm life, and the day to day of being a cattle rancher.
How we feel as we enter a space is a pretty complex thing. Smells, sounds, spacing, art, furniture, plants, lighting - it all melds together in our minds to make us feel a certain way. Do we feel relaxed, energized, uneasy? The interesting thing is, most of us won’t even know why we feel a certain way in a home or building, we’ll just feel that way. Today’s guest is a trained interior designer, which means that it’s her job to create a space that not only looks appealing, but one that makes you feel a certain way. Want to feel relaxed and care free when you’re at home? Mackenzie can do that for you. Want to feel energized every morning when you look around your bedroom? She’s got you covered. Today we explore the intricate ins and outs of the interior design world.
Growing up and making your way in the world can be hard. That’s kind of what this show is about, see what people choose to do as they forge their path in this world. Most of us, and nearly every person I’ve had on this show, choose a path that has been walked by someone before us. That doesn’t change the fact that we need to be brave to do it, might have to leave something behind to pursue it, and need to give a lot of ourselves to succeed. It just means that we got the idea to walk down said path because someone else walked down that path before us. Today’s episode is with a truly unique person that had no such blueprint for his career. For that reason it’s hard to even explain what Michael Cirino does. Art, marketing, logistics, and one-of-a-kind experiences are all in a days work when you create your own blueprint.
When most of us think of getting audited we think of the IRS and our taxes, and a big not fun process. When most of us think of accounting we simply thinking of numbers, boring repetitive numbers. Today we will hear from an auditor that works for a major accounting firm, and his job has nothing to do with taxes, or numbers for that matter. Tim is an IT auditor, which means that when it comes down to it, he’s using his accounting degree to work in the tech world. He’ll explain IT auditing to us and why it’s so important as companies grow in size.
The landscape of marijuana in the United States (and many other areas of the world) is changing. Thanks to that changing landscape it is not only not as taboo as it used to be, it’s also a possibly serious, legal business venture to get started with. Despite the shift it’s still a great place to make a lot of money depending on where you live. Today’s guest, Alex, manages a full scale weed growing operation in Los Angeles. He’ll tell us all about the legal ways to make money working with and growing weed in California.
In today’s episode I interview my stepbrother, Matt Templin. Matt, as you will hear, is smart as a whip, and undertakes the difficult task of trying to explain some really complex chemical engineering concepts to us. Grab a pen, paper, and a cup of coffee, and get ready to learn.
Ahhhh beer, how I love thee. Is there anything more refreshing than a Mexican beer with a lime on a hot day? Is there anything more satisfying than a dunkelweizen in the fall? Anything more perfect than a complex IPA or red ale? The answer to all of these questions is of course, no. If only we could be surrounded by beer all the time. Most beer aficionados have considered how amazing it would be to open up a brewery and make beer for a living. Few people have actually done it. Today’s guest, Drew Pool, followed through on the dream and opened up Wren House Brewing Company in Phoenix, AZ.
Life, more specifically modern life in the modern world, puts a lot of stress on our minds and bodies. For 99% of human existence on this planet people did and didn’t do things quite differently from how they do or don’t do them now. They did have long portions of every day where they got to be quiet, and just listen to nature. They did follow the natural cycles of the sun and the moon. They did not eat processed or made in a lab food. They did not sit at a desk using their brains at max capacity for the majority of their day. They did not put strange man-made chemicals on their skin to make themselves smell better or look more attractive. Some of these things have really only started to change in the last 50-100 years. While last century we thought we were making everything ‘better by science’, this century we seem to be seeing more and more people that are sick and tired with no concrete answer as to why. I would venture to say that there is more than just a correlation there. Today’s guest noticed the same correlation for herself, while suffering a slew of health complications in her 20s, and decided to do something about it.
The younger generations of today are unfairly saddled with a myriad of judgements and prejudices. They’re obsessed with technology. And yet they're the ones who brought back vinyl, film, and are still interested in print. They’re self absorbed. And yet they’re the ones who above all else just want to have a job with a purpose that helps the world. They’re too busy with their technology to pay attention to what’s around them. And yet they’re the ones that look at life through an artistic lens and see the things that most of us miss. Today I interview two young women who showcase all of these points. They created a beautiful magazine called Slope & Swell. They’ll explain their inspiration for the magazine and their desire to not just make another blog.
There are a lot of things in this world that I don’t understand. I guess that’s why I started this podcast. You'd think that I would usually be awed and baffled by new technology, but it’s typically stuff that wasn’t made in this millennia that has me looking like that super cute thinking emoji 🤔. Fax machines? Get outta here. Radio broadcasting? Basically witchcraft. Commercial flight? You can talk about drag and lift until you’re blue in the face, but I still can’t wrap my head around a 500 passenger plane when I look at one. And then there are things much, MUCH further back that I still can’t grasp. Today we learn about a really amazing one of those things, acupuncture. Acupuncturist Joyce Kawalchuk will educate us about the 2,000-3,000 year old art.