Five Questions with Chris Hebbe | Season 2, Episode 26

June 28, 2018

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. 

Five Questions with Emily Stewart | Season 2, Episode 25

June 21, 2018

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). 

Five Questions with Jen Lathrop | Season 2, Episode 24

June 14, 2018

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. 

Five Questions with Keith Humphrey | Season 2, Episode 23

June 7, 2018

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. 

Five Questions with Helen Yuen | Season 2, Episode 22

May 31, 2018

In which Helen discusses the gifts of music, her travels to Nicaragua, growing up speaking Chinese but walking like an American, citizen activism, working at the American Visionary Art Museum, and much more. Also you'll just enjoy hearing Helen's wonderful laugh. 

Five Questions with Libby Wiebel | Season 2, Episode 21

May 24, 2018

In which Libby talks about getting her car stuck in a surprisingly deep puddle on a deserted road in the woods and having to take a breathalizer test, her affinity for Dar Williams, how her allergies have made her a great cook, her adventures at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, her unexpected path from math and computer science to music and teaching, how piano gave her a voice, and more. 

Five pieces of literature that have influenced Libby: Cheaper by the Dozen, The Vagina Monologues, The Handmaid's Tale, Many Moons, and "All Summer in a Day."

Five Questions with Mike Poteet | Season 2, Episode 20

May 17, 2018

In this episode (which will cool you off because it was recorded in the snow), Mike discusses the proud sci-fi and fantasy geekdom he's cultivating in his children, his surprise at becoming a parent (thanks Dan and Michelle for the inspiration!), the influence of Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy on his life, how his then-girlfriend and now-wife Karen helped him understand there isn't just one right choice, what he has in mind for the knights of King Arthur's court, and more. 

Five Questions with Alex Roth | Season 2, Episode 18

May 10, 2018

In which Alex talks about her affection for books, her adventure working for a year and a half on Nantucket when she'd never even heard of the place, her fantasy careers of being a psychotherapist hairdresser or running an artisanal snowcone food truck, being a birthday gift for a friend in Australia (and her private time with a koala), and much more.

Five Questions with Donnie Bledsoe | Season 2, Episode 19

May 3, 2018

In which Donnie talks about deliberately simplifying his life, the surprising similarities between being an actor and working as a nurse specializing in end-of-life care, the effects on Donnie when he was a teenager of his cousin's death, the importance of local flavor when he's traveling, what it means to make people laugh, and more. 

Five Questions with Mary Jane Maumau | Season 2, Episode 17

April 26, 2018

In which Mary Jane talks about the unexpected influence on her life of our high school French teacher Madame Alnwick; her time in Europe, Africa, and Hawaii; her sculpting work in plaster, ceramic, and bronze; meeting her Tongan husband on a flight from Salt Lake City; the unique traits she inherited from her Chinese father (who had to flee China as a child) and Mormon hippie mother; and much more. 

Five Questions with Mark Hanzel | Season 2, Episode 16

April 18, 2018

In which Mark discusses his unexpected counter with the Yakuza while on a mission in Japan, playing the trumpet, growing up in Idaho and the influence that his senator had on Mark's childhood, his adventures in Sequoia National Park, his Czech ancestry, and more. 

Five Questions with Tiffany Anderson | Season 2, Episode 15

April 12, 2018

In which Tiffany talks about being a trailblazing African-American woman judge, her Monopoly acumen, what she learned from being offered an afterschool job at Pizza Hut, the surprises of parenthood, Dave Chappelle, and more. 

Five Questions with Forrest Pritchard | Season 2, Episode 14

April 5, 2018

Yay chickens! Sustainable farmer and best-selling author Forrest Pritchard talks about cat-shaped vending machines that dispense cars, his insatiable need for sunshine and a good soundtrack, patronizing advice that turned out to be true, the joy of stonemasonry, and so much more. 

Listen to the song he mentions here.

Season 2, Episode 13: Five Questions with Genevieve Hoffman

March 29, 2018

In which Genevieve discusses the beautiful cold and quiet of snowshoeing, having an adundance of what she needs, raising chickens with her children, her unlikely decision to move cross country with someone she didn't actually know very well, and working as a women's health nurse or, in another universe, a historical landscaper. 

Season 2, Episode 12: Five Questions with Niraj Ray

March 22, 2018

In which Niraj discusses his journey from growing up in New York to becoming an urban farmer in Washington, DC, the connection between his new farming techniques and his family's farming history in India, why strawberries grown in a greenhouse have more flavor, how working on the roof of the Environmental Protection Agency changed his life, and more. 

Learn more about Niraj's work at

Season 2, Episode 11: Five Questions with Nancy Polo

March 15, 2018

In which Nancy discusses the isolation of making art; the diverse occupations of pastamaking, art and graphic design, and running a business; her newfound political activism; and the influence of her Italian heritage on her daily life. 

Season 2, Episode 10: Five Questions with Trinishia Samuels

March 8, 2018

In which Trinishia discusses experiencing life as a native Washingtonian, learning Spanish in Mexico, scuba diving, her aspirations to live and work in Francophone Africa, reading her husband's mind, gentrification, her kids' fluency in Mandarin, and more. 

Season 2, Episode 9: Five Questions with Paul Douglas Michnewicz

March 1, 2018

In which Paul Douglas discusses the drama of breeding Siamese fighting fish as a teenager, being schooled in Scrabble by his sisters, unexpectedly visiting a Venitian church with a storied musical history, why people need to listen more and talk less, the importance of his Southern roots, how he would like to direct Candide, stage managing A Streetcar Named Desire, how the experience of dual consciousness of seeing A Long Day's Journey Into Night on stage inspired him to do theatre, and more. 

Season 2, Episode 8: Five Questions with Whitney Parnell

February 22, 2018

In which Whitney talks about growing up on the Equator and smelling the outdoors, running half-marathons against her better judgment, what inspires her from civil rights movements then and now, feeling at home and spiritually connected in Ghana, her admiration for her parents and the faith they instilled in her, and the dinner party she'd like to have with Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Barack and Michelle Obama. 

Season 2, Episode 7: Five Questions with Wade Minter

February 15, 2018

In which Wade talks about scoring a goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, being listened to by thousands of people, answering an email that changed his life, the importance of encouraging your kids, trying something you're not good at and doing it anyway, and discovering he wouldn't always be a misfit.