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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.cultivatethecity.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.