In which Callen discusses his appreciation for mysteries that aren't scary; how his mom makes better Halloween costumes than you can buy at the store; the only segment of the PBS News Hour he makes time to watch; his dreams of composing a great song, writing a book, and and painting a famous painting; and SO MUCH MORE. 

Callen also sets me straight about Mary Poppins' true disposition. 

If you'd like to check out some of Callen's favorite book series, visit:

Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants, Dog Man, and more)

A to Z Mysteries

Encyclopedia Brown

In which Franklin talks about how his whole life is the strangest thing he's experienced, coaching a semi-pro ultimate frisbee team, what it's like to write for television in the current exploding TV environment, his love of US women's soccer, what it would be like to witness his parents' decision to immigrate to the US (where he was born) from Korea (where he was conceived), how an unexpected conversation with a religion professor at William and Mary inspired Franklin to pursue his desire to be a filmmaker, and more.

Listen to the song Franklin mentioned-- In the Airplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

In which Samara discusses the challenge and triumph of playing saxophone in "Hollywood Milestones," why she likes France and Michelle Obama, and the significance of playing cards with her grandma in Australia until 2am. Check out some of Samara's influences: Gossamer by Lois Lowry, Hamilton, and more.

In which Jennifer introduces me to Dorothy Dunnett, explains how she unintentionally became an expert on drone law, declares her love of red pandas, describes the impact that Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George had on her life, and much more. 

In which Emille Bryant, who I met unexpectedly in a teachers lounge, talks about the Japanese concept of IKIGAI, what he learned in the Air Force, how he's changed in 20 years, and why he admires Superman and Thor. 

In which six-year-old Zeke discusses the Avengers, his desire to visit India (with a translator), his love of LEGOs, and more. 

This is Zoe. She is 12. Zoe recently learned that she loves riding roller coasters. Now she also loves watching roller coaster videos on YouTube. Zoe has been asking to be featured on this podcast again for months, perhaps even years! I invite you to listen to this podcast to hear Zoe's insights about books, musical theater, martial arts, and more. 

Quinn won the opportunity to be a featured guest on this podcast at an auction to benefit EvolveAll's move to a new studio. While I've known Quinn since he was a toddler, I didn't really much about him as a tween, except for what I've seen when he does martial arts, since he is in class with my daughter. I really enjoyed learning about Quinn's hobbies and interests, and now I know who to call next time I need help around the house or want to go out for sushi!

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. 

September 26, 2018

To Gay and Ron’s Love Story

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
  • Amélie
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Angels in America
  • anything directed by Baz Luhrmann

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