Five Questions with Silvia Lovato

December 16, 2017
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In which Silvia discusses her dream of flying, her love of walking, her experience as a pilgrim in Spain, how you can comfort her or win her heart with food, and social commentary in Brazilian music. 

Five Questions with Kristin Daus

December 15, 2017
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In which Kristin talks about getting married, having two kids, and launching a business in just a few years, following her guru, moving to Boston and changing the direction of her life, the time her son locked her out of her bedroom to keep the bad guys out, watching Golden Girls reruns, and more. 

Five Questions with Brian Horace

December 9, 2017
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In which Brian talks about collaborating with Prince, the effect that music could have on the entire world for 15 minutes, the lake in Austin by which he would like to sit but not swim in, why he'd like to visit England and Australia, and more. 

Five Questions with Becky Owen

December 8, 2017
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In which Becky discusses why she's a bad military wife, how flying from Germany to the US with five children is easier than grocery shopping, what family means, the best way to teach your kids about Egyptian history, and more. 

Five Questions with Terri Braxton

December 1, 2017
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In which Terri discusses the unexpectedly paradoxical contrast between her childhood in DC and boarding school in Massachussetts and how it changed the course of her life, helping her daughter aim for Miss America, the music that moves and inspires her, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 

Five Questions with Sara DeWitt

November 30, 2017
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In which Sara shares an embarrassing story from elementary school in which she was played; how she'd like to go back in time; her ability to find things even from far away; and her dinner party with her grandmother, Fred Rogers, Anne Lamott, and others. 

Five Questions with Lesley Malus Reed

November 17, 2017
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In which Lesley describes her quest for the missing piece of a Venetian glass-blown chess set of Jewish holidays, living life with grace, the necessity of gun control, her family, and how to celebrate kindness.

Five Questions with Kim Perry

November 10, 2017
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In which Kim discusses key lime pie, meditation, bungee jumping, racism, volunteering, and being a California transplant. 

Five Questions with Susan Lacefield

November 3, 2017
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In which Susan discusses the ideal town of Edwardsville and its unofficial mayor, how her life is organized around stories, the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt, and owning awkwardness. 

Five Questions with Liam Sullivan

October 30, 2017
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In which Liam discusses the fire that broke out when he was in the shower, his inherent trust of the Irish, and the allure of old baseball games. 

Five Questions with Michael Wilkinson

September 29, 2017
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In which Michael discusses his enterprise restoring and renting vintage Airstream trailers (Nomad Mobile Motor Lodge), his dream to be a backup singer for Emmylou Harris, the fundamental energy that dogs give him, and being independently wealthy so he can use his magic litter wand. 

Five Questions with Susan Aarhus

September 18, 2017
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In which Susan discusses how other people's successes make her feel, how music has shaped her relationships and made her "a piece of something larger," the heartwrenching experience of taking her daughter away from her foster mother, and more. 

Five Questions with Osa Obaseki

September 9, 2017
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In which Osa talks about Nigerian parenting, leadership, and actually feeling invisible. Osa also introduced me to Nigerian activist and musician Fela Kuti. And if you want to hear Osa rap, check out this video--a collaboration between him and his friend and fellow rapper Ben Lasso. 

Five Questions with Toby Billowitz

September 1, 2017
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In which Toby talks about making ephemeral art, being a karaoke superstar, the time it takes to recover from dancing, how to properly make tea, and how Katell Keineg would feature in the soundtrack of the movie of his life. 

In case you're wondering, you can learn more about Noah Scalin and the art-a-day challenges here: https://makesomething365.blogspot.com

Toby also mentioned the excellent novel by Jeanette Winterson--Written on the Body

Until this interview, I hadn't talked with Toby since 1989. This was so much fun. 

Five Questions with Susannah Rosenblatt

August 25, 2017
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In which Susannah Rosenblatt talks about what she learned living in Taiwan, having people in China pat her hair, how traveling influences empathy, and the role of moderation in parenting. 

Five Questions with Meg Cuvelier

August 18, 2017
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In which Meg discusses how she would like to swim with cownose rays, her affinity for quilting, her dream of coffee and a good book in a hammock, and the soundtrack playing in her car.

Five Questions with Elina Erlendsson

August 11, 2017
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In which Elina discusses what she's learned from the Boy Scouts, names her own executive branch, and imagines life on a houseboat.

Five Questions with Julia Zhu Meade

August 7, 2017
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In which Julia talks about what we can learn from his Holiness the Dalai Lama, growing up in rural China, and the moment in her childhood that changed everything. 

Five Questions with Chris Salazar

July 21, 2017
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In which our own sound engineer and theme music composer Chris Salazar discusses the problem of mosquitoes, opportunities he didn't take, places he'd like to show his daughters, and more. 

Five Questions with Jennifer Holt Enriquez

July 16, 2017
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In which Jennifer discusses her transition from law to faith formation, her unexpected peace ministry, and how Harry Potter is connected to all of it.