Five Questions with Lesley Malus Reed

November 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Five Questions with Tracey Rogers

July 8, 2017

In which the insightful and stylish Tracey discusses human rights, magical practices, having Clarissa Pinkola Estes whispering in her ear, the lessons of living in a cartoon forest, and more. Learn more about Tracey's work here

Five Questions with Clay Macaulay

June 24, 2017

In which you hear from Clay how his increasing understanding of how the world works affects the everyday choices he makes, how he's a "church junkie," why he would like to witness Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address, and what exactly he believes. 

Five Questions with D Ohlandt

June 16, 2017

In which D discusses taking on another's point of view, artistic collaboration, the idea that place can be a person, and what her favorite things are to make. 

Check out D's #40for40 poetry project here:


Five Questions with Matt Corey

June 11, 2017

In celebration of Pride Weekend, I give you my interview with Matt Corey, who was my first-ever out gay friend, and who had a big influence on me as a writer and a human. Listen closely to hear Matt talk about people's unheard need for contentment, the perils of virtuosic talent, and missing the bus on September 11, 2001. 

Five Questions with John Schuettinger

June 2, 2017

In which you'll learn about John's fantasy taco machine and his overall commitment to tacos, as well as finding a cure for childhood cancer. 

During our interview, I neglected to mention that I met John at All Souls Church, Unitarian when my husband and I and he and his wife (previous Five Questions guest Danielle Henry were in a class together. 

Five Questions with Gay Gibson Cima

May 28, 2017

In which Gay proclaims her desire to ride a horse, perhaps while channeling Loretta Lynn and Taylor Swift as a country singer. Be transported into Gay's memories through the smell of camelias, cinnamon toast, and more.