In which Byron talks about working as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Ukraine and Lesotho, being given a bar of soap by David Sedaris in Las Vegas, his dream of living in Africa, our mutual love of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tv show and the beauty of Botswana, throwing free throws in the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, making the choice to practice empathy in challenging circumstances, understanding that everything is political, and much more.
In which Kendra discusses the bizarre yet normal day-to-day life of a zoo veterinarian, the strangeness of living in a city without seasons, the profound experience of singing and silence in remote wilderness, and more. Learn more about the licking okapi, ET the walrus, the elephant, the porcupine (whose quills get everywhere!), and the adorable axolotl.
In which Ryan talks about the explosive drag scene in Atlanta, his journey from 95-pound teenager to well-built massage therapist (including his experiences with steroids), surviving his traumatic childhood through humor (and therapy), the influence of his 10th grade English teacher who treated him with respect, and much more.
In which Jessica talks about not only renewing her wedding vows after 15 years but also thinking about the impact that she and her family have on the world, what her aspirations were when she was growing up with a disability, what it means to take a stand for human rights, taking pictures and teaching, and so much more.
In which Wendy talks about an unusual life at boarding school including living with different families and riding a horse; her love of insects and desire to raise goats; how flooding in Florence, Italy and the "mud angels" changed Wendy's life when she was 13; living in Japan; being sexually harassed by her boss; and so much more.
In which Queta describes the decision she made to move with her father to the US from Nicaragua, the current political upheaval in Nicaragua and the danger her family faces, what it's like to be a mom in Arlington, Christmas tamales, and much more.
In which Amy discusses the evolution of her music career, which isn't actually her career, adopting her son from Korea, writing about potatoes, and her most recent calling as an activist with Herd on the Hill.
In which Neena discusses helping raise her little brother, devoting her work life to good causes, the ability to do more than 24 hours of work in a day, losing her father to suicide, and more.
In which Cullen discusses his diverse vocations, including composing songs and playing piano, country line dancing, traveling around the world, and writing. Believe it or not, Cullen has a demanding day job as a radiologist. Shout out to Mrs. Hooks for reminding Cullen of her high expectations.
In May 2017 I interviewed my beloved friend Gay Gibson Cima for my Five Questions podcast. Twice during our conversation, her answers to my questions were about her wonderful husband Ron. On September 25, Ron died after suffering a heart attack 10 days earlier. I wanted to share with you these moments of Gay talking about Ron, who was a loving, kind, gentle, and thoughtful presence in the world. He will be greatly missed. We love you, Gay and Ron.
In which Regina talks about working in theatre, eating her way around the world, watching Jeopardy! with her husband, demonstrating compassion and discussing marginalization when she performs, feeling at home with creators, wanting to hone her Philipino cooking, the smell of Aquanet, and more.
In which Chris discusses the energy and passion of his students, his love of human geography, growing up gay in a small Virginia town, how he loves going out and coming home, the risk he took in moving to Atlanta, how Dead Poets Society got him into William and Mary, and so much more.
Chris' favorite movies:
- Auntie Mame
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Angels in America
- anything directed by Baz Luhrmann
In which Krissi talks about the beauty she finds in deteriorating, how she is inspired by her students and the drive to change the world, instantly becoming an adult when her mom died, changing her life at Camp Gladiator, pursuing her PhD after taking 10 years to earn her bachelor's degree, how graduate school in art history changed her perspective on religion, and so much more.
Learn more about Cindy Sherman, one of Krissi's artistic role models, here: https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1154
In which Lisa talks about being a Korean-American growing up in Alabama, not yet having adulthood figured out, evolving as a parent to meet the changing needs of your kids, overturning artificial rules of civility, what it meant to lose her mom, and much more.
In which Mark discusses being born in the Dominican Republic and growing up in Latin America and Falls Church (being a third culture kid) and returning to the Caribbean and Latin America on multiple medical missions as a doctor, advocating for a better health care system for all, being a "motorcycle dilettante," where he must focus on what has has to do in the moment, and so much more.
In which Pam discusses her pasttime of embroidering affirming messages on fabric squares and leaving them in random places for strangers to find, her affinity for tiny houses and desire to travel in an Airstream trailer, how changing her diet has changed her life, what she would have said to her 16-year-old self, and much more.
In which Chris describes the elaborate breakfast concotion he creates each morning (ingredients pictured here), making albums in junior high and high school, growing and advocating for cannabis, teaching special education, fighting for educational equity, facilitating dialogue around diversity, setting boundaries, and more.
In which Emily--calling from Glasgow, Scotland--talks about writing food and fashion blogs, becoming a vegan, the many meanings of "Back in Black" by AC/DC, her vision of an affordable and sustainable town, and the walkability of Glasgow and liberal politics of Scotland.
Talking and laughing with Emily made me really miss hanging out with her and Mary (another previous podcast guest).
In which Jen describes her experience working for a cult in Australia, therapeutic ballroom dancing, releasing sea turtles in Bali, floating underneath glowworms in New Zealand, getting lost in New York City trying to find her apartment, choosing your own superpower, and more.
In which Keith discusses his unexpected conversion to a lifestyle of yoga and meditation upon moving to California, the joys of watching his boys overcome obstacles and excel, what it meant to prepare for his father's brain surgery, the allure of looking inside other people's houses, and more.