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.
Humans are some pretty complicated organisms. We have a body, mind, and spirit all wrapped into one package. Each needs it’s own nurturing and care, and the health of each will influence the other two. Yet even knowing this, we are often “too busy” to really care for ourselves the way we know we should. We may go to the gym and see how the time that we give to our bodies also helps pacify our minds, but how often do we try to work the other way around? Today’s guest, Stephanie Kato, is a pioneer of the concept of Metaphysical Cleansing. She is a firm believer in healing the physical body through work with the emotional and spiritual bodies. Today she’ll teach us about the metaphysical path to holistic health.
Do you believe in ghosts? Like religion, your belief in the paranormal can really be swayed by the culture you belong to. For some reason in America we don’t really embrace the idea of ghosts, and yet over 80 percent of our population believes in the afterlife. Today’s guest, Craig Owens, is a talented photographer and, like many people, used to be ghost-agnositc. Then, one day Craig was doing a vintage photo shoot at a supposedly haunted hotel, and he experienced paranormal phenomena first hand while doing the shoot. This planted the seeds for an amazing passion project called Haunted by History. Craig uses actors to recreate scenes at haunted hotels and takes truly unique photos that teleport the viewer back in time.
I consider myself a pretty fit guy. I like to eat relatively healthy. Go to the gym from time to time. Go for daily walks with my dog and even the occasional run. Yet every time I go to the gym I am quickly reminded that there are people that are in a whole different stratosphere of fitness than I am. They are the 1%. They can be described by the same sentences I wrote above about myself, but with far less adverbs and qualifiers. They are fit, eat healthy, and go to the gym. All in all, they are really awesome, disciplined people. Today’s guest is the 1% of the 1%. She is currently the USA Weightlifting National Champion in the 63kg category. She’ll tell us all about the sport of weightlifting and explain what it takes to get to the top of the mountain.
Have you ever been cut off in traffic and felt that you now had a personal vendetta against the person in the other vehicle? Have you ever gotten in an disagreement with a family member and proceeded to think about how angry they make you for the rest of the day? Have you ever had a bad day and taken it out on someone that had nothing to do with it? It sounds like you could use some practice in emotional regulation. Today’s guest, Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona, explains how most of us could use a little work at regulating our emotional state. She’ll give us tips and advice for recognizing our emotions as they enter a heightened state, and altering them to for our benefit.
Being just fine, in perfectly normal health, is such an incredible blessing that we all too frequently take for granted. It is only when we go through aches and pains, viruses and diseases that we really really consider how lucky we usually are. Yet, even with aches and pains there is one area of our health that is still taken for granted, and that is our mental health. Many of us have the fortune of going through our lives and dealing with a little bit of anxiety here, some depression there, but all in all our brains are wired for normal mental health. Today’s guest, Will Jiang, is not so lucky. While going to college he suffered a psychotic break that later got him diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Will will tell us all about what it is like inside the mind of someone with schizophrenia, and how he was eventually able to to thrive in spite of his condition.
I have been a fan of podcasts for close to ten years now. I’ve always loved their ability to open my mind and teach me something new. Two years ago I decided to start my own. Having my own podcast has taught me even more than listening to podcasts, and has been such an incredibly fun journey. I get a lot of questions from listeners thinking about starting their own podcasts and I always recommend that they do. Today I bring on a couple that have a wonderful podcast that features small businesses in Arizona. It’s a great idea for a show that any one of you could try to replicate in your local area. We’ll discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs of podcasting. So, if you are one of the many people that have thought about starting your own podcast, listen to today’s episode and get inspired!
Cancer. It’s probably the scariest, most feared word in the English language. It’s a word that none of us ever want to hear and yet, surprisingly, about 40-50% of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. That means that it’s a near guarantee that you or someone you are very close to will get cancer. Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of the leading veterinary cancer surgeons in the world. A few years ago her professional and personal life merged when she found a lump on her neck that she had a bad feeling about. Sarah then became her own advocate on the long journey to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” For the majority of human history these words were a great motivator, but probably not very realistic. There was a whole lot that just plain and simple could not be done. Then, with the advent of computers, that statement seemed a bit more true. Those with enough time and money could tackle all sorts of problems. More recently, with the proliferation of the internet and smartphones, it would seem that statement is darn near fact. Apple realized this fact back in 2010 and coined the phrase “There’s an app for that”. Today there are tools online that can help just about anybody program an app to do just about anything. Matt is one such anybody and in just a few short months he learned how to program apps that solved his problems.
What do you believe in? Do you only believe in what you can see and touch? Do people say that you’re the most gullible person in the world and you’ll believe anything? Are you religious, or is science your only deity? Where do you stand on the occult and mysterious? In the past people that chose to balk at religion and consider themselves married to science and logic could sleep soundly only believing in the physical world that science explained. Then came quantum physics, and with it a bunch of unnerving and miraculous observations without explanation. Suddenly being ‘logical’ and ‘scientific’ didn’t look so different from being a believer. Things in the world of mystery and science fiction were now sounding more possible and plausible in the world of actual science. Of particular interest to me, and the focus of today’s episode, is tarot. Ask a question, pick some cards, and they will help guide your future. Sound like BS? It also sounds an awful lot like the law of attraction mixed with some quantum mechanics helping to guide your life.
Cities. Suburbs. Rural country. These are three very different and distinct areas that we often categorize, subcategorize, and most importantly separate. But what if aspects of each could move and fit into each other? What if the most important and vital aspect of one could be moved into the others? Farming and growing a sustainable, real people feeding amount of agriculture is often thought of as something that can only be done out in rural land. However, people like today’s guests are using a little bit of technology and creativity to help bring agriculture to an urban setting, and from the sound of it things are going very well.
There are not many foods that are irrevocably linked to days or events in our lives. Turkey, for instance, for people in the U.S. on Thanksgiving. There are fewer foods still that share their tie with events throughout the world, across cultures. Go to a birthday party in Japan and you will find a birthday cake. Go to a wedding in Switzerland and you will certainly enjoy some wedding cake. When you really think about it, cake is in some pretty rarified air. It makes since then that some people get really into the art and craft of making truly amazing cakes. Today’s guest, Corrie Rasmussen, explains the hobby and career of cake decorating.
Do you like to exercise and consider yourself pretty fit? Let’s take a little test. Do you like swimming? How about swimming for two hours straight, nonstop? Do you like riding your bike? How about riding your bike for 112 miles, roughly the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego? Or maybe you’re more of a runner. How about running a full length marathon? I feel like I like fitness as much as the next guy, but I’m not lining up to do any of that stuff! Now, think about doing all 3 of those things, swimming for 2 hours, biking for 112 miles, and running a marathon BACK to BACK to BACK, with no stopping in between. Seems pretty inhuman. Well, it’s what today’s guest, and thousands of other people in the world do. Today we’ll learn all about the Iron Man triathlon and the crazy people that do them.
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. Beer is such a wonderful beverage with so much depth to explore. Most of us undertake this exploration by heading down to our local market or bar, getting something that sounds interesting, and then imbibing. This exploration can be taken a step further however by inserting ourselves into the process earlier, and making the beer ourselves. Today’s guest, Emma Christensen (author of Brew Better Beer and True Brews) gives us a lesson on home brewing and explains how making beer can deepen our appreciation for this wonderful beverage.
Most forms of art are meant to be admired from afar. We look, we interpret. We consider how beautiful it is or how it makes us feel. However, there are entire schools of craftwork that open up art to a much greater definition. Art for practical use. Art that we can literally feel. Art meant to not just be looked at, but to be touched, and more importantly, used. Today’s guest, Josh Simpson, is one of the best in the world at one of the oldest crafts in existence, glass blowing. Josh will teach us all about the basics of glassblowing and explain the difficulties of working with such a unique medium.
Us men are a pretty basic breed. Many of us don’t fuss too much over how we look. We’re in and out of the shower, grab some (hopefully) clean clothes, take about one minute with our hair (if we have any), and that’s about it. But as most women will tell you, it can be fun to dress up. It can be fun to add something to your style that complements your outfit in some way. For women, there is a whole range of things that accomplish this. For men, we pretty much just got watches, and what a great thing to have. They can be so many things to so many people. Need a little something to pull together your outfit? Watches got you covered. Need a statement piece that lets people know how much money or how in debt you are? Some watches cost as much as houses. Need something to tell you what time it is without having to take your phone out of your pocket? Watches. It’s no wonder that so many men, and women, get really into watches. Today we talk with the two founders of Worn and Wound, one of the most popular watch blogs on the internet, about all things watches.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In todays episode I speak with college student, and much smarter than me human being, Flavio Pacheco. Flavio is a true testament to where having your head on straight at a young age, in a country like America, can get you. After being born in America, Flavio spent the rest of his childhood growing up in Brazil. He moved back to America by himself at the ripe age of 17 and started attending junior college with scholarships he attained. Flavio proceeded to learn how to fluently speak English in only 2 years, graduated Summa Cum Laude from said junior college (while trying to learn to speak English), and is now on his way to a full ride scholarship at an Ivy League University. He also locked down an internship as a lab research assistant to ultimately help people with high cholesterol…at a lab that, up until Flavio persisted them into submission, did not allow anyone less than a PhD student to be a lab assistant. Again, all from a guy that didn’t even know how to speak English a couple years ago. Grab some popcorn and prepare to feel bad about yourself, but hopeful for the future.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In this episode I speak with a 16-year-old high school student that raised and saved money for a year so that he could participate in a volunteer program that helps children in Ghana. Jack then flew to Ghana and spent three weeks teaching at a school, made bricks to help rebuild said school, and connected with formerly trafficked orphans in the community. Again, Jack is 16. Enjoy his positive mindset and let him assuage your fears about our youth.
Breakfast sure gets a lot of love. Thanks to an almost 100 year old article in Good Health, most of us were brought up to believe that it is the most important meal of the day. It’s the most appropriate meal of the day to have our daily coffee or tea. It sets the tone for our day, which means it basically sets the tone for our lives. People like breakfast so much that they had to create brunch, just to keep the breakfast train rollin. Most of us, however, would not write into a podcast to ask if we could discuss the hobby of being a breakfast enthusiast. Most of us are not today’s guest, Anya.
Human’s are at the top of the food chain, and in fact, most of us are completely removed from the food chain all together. We understand that our fruits and vegetables grown on farms, but we go to supermarkets to get them. We try to suppress the idea of where our meat comes from, or spend copious amounts of money to get it from a relatively humane source, but no matter what we do we just get it from somebody else that does any of the heavy lifting for us. Today’s guest, Stephen, likes to hunt and eats the animals that he himself kills. Some might consider hunting cruel, but Stephen explains why getting back into the food chain changes your perspective and appreciation for your food.
Video games are pretty darn popular. Americans spend about as much on games as they do on going to the movies and buying music, combined. It makes sense then that game companies are constantly trying to figure out what the next hot game will be, and how to make it (enter Pokémon Go, episode 116). However, for every great success, there are more great failures, and even more games that even got to see the light of day. Today’s guest, Joe Martin, is a gaming journalist that like to research this lonely area of gaming, the history of games that were never released. As they say, those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So what has Joe learned?