Feeding Curiosity

Feeding Curiosity

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Think. Question. Synthesize. A podcast that explores the precarity of human experience. Hosted by Erich Wenzel who shares mindset, books, and ideas he’s experimenting with and possible ways to integrate them while sharing the journey of those around him. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/feedingcuriosity/support


#62 - Eric Herrera: Stories of a Tower Climber
Aug 19 • 96 min
“It’s either you’re in this industry [tower climbing] for 30 years or only 5. You like it or you don’t.” - Eric Herrera Eric Herrera is a communications tower climber. In this episode, Eric shares stories from his unique and, at times, dangerous job.…
#61 - Jordan Criss: Creating With A Purpose
Aug 12 • 85 min
Jordan Criss is a creative storyteller and has wide-ranging interests from music, screenwriting, and anime. At his core, Jordan believes in being authentic, and it comes through in his writing. In his own life, Jordan explores emotions and where they…
#60 - Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path
Aug 5 • 95 min
Dr. Eric Fretz is a faculty member at the University of Michigan teaching in the Psychology Department, the School of Education, the College of Engineering, and teaches the LSA core course for the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Fretz has completed two…
#59 - John Tenuto: Pop Culture, Technology and Teaching
Jul 29 • 72 min
John Tenuto is a Sociology professor at the College of Lake County, IL, with over 25 years of teaching experience. Professor Tenuto has been nominated ten times for Outstanding Full-time Faculty, receiving the award three times in 2014, 2013 and 2005. He…
#58 - Saint Ripley: A Journey Told Through Music
Jul 22 • 79 min
Saint Ripley, a Chicago hip-hop artist, shares much of what shaped his music on this episode of Feeding Curiosity. With deep roots in multiple genres, he opens up about attending punk shows as a teenager, to his first exposure to hip-hop. On the rapper’s…
#57 - Joel Salatin: A Different System of Food Production
Jul 15 • 74 min
Joel Salatin co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets,…
#56 - Todd Myrick: Connecting Through Technology
Jul 8 • 94 min
Toddy Myrick is an IT Specialist with an undergraduate in Fine Art Printmaking & Photography and later completed a graduate degree in MS Information Systems & Technology Management & MBA. Outside the academic world, Todd has always had an interest in…
Fourth of July: What is Freedom?
Jul 4 • 49 min
What better way to celebrate American Independence than with a discussion about Freedom? Grab a six pack and celebrate with us! Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Check out…
#55 - Jordan Criss: Dissecting the Muse
Jul 1 • 71 min
Jordan Criss returns to the show! In this episode, we go deeper in trying to understand where Jordan’s creativity has come from. On the surface, he’s a creative writer if you sum up all of his interests from music, screenwriting, and storytelling. But…
#54 - Joe Jackowski: Writing, Thesis Research, and Meaning
Jun 24 • 77 min
Joe Jackowski is back on the show! This conversation can be seen as a continuation of the previous episode 53, as we are still exploring the topic of meaning. We start today’s conversation articulating the importance of writing, and some of the tools we…
#53 - Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel: Meaning, Power and Virtue
Jun 17 • 85 min
“Thinking capacity in the person gets sacrificed on the altar of empathy. ” - Joe Jackowski Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel return to the show. Joe is currently in the beginning stages of his thesis, where he is diving deep in the psychology of meaning…
#52 - Jordan Criss: Soundset 2019 and Minnesota Brewing
Jun 10 • 53 min
Jordan Criss returns to the show to talk about his recent trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The catalyst for the trip was to attend Soundset 2019, a purely Hip Hop music festival that has taken place memorial day weekend since 2008. Outside of music, Jordan…
#51 - Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera: Fire and Food
Jun 3 • 53 min
Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera return to the show! In this experimental episode, we take a topic we haven’t covered much, but one that we can all take part — the process of making food. Mike has always been interested in creating high-quality meals and has…
#50 - Nick Wenzel: Post Graduation
May 27 • 78 min
Nick and Erich return to reflect on graduation and their college experiences. In general, understanding where we came from to know where we are going. College is a significant milestone for our lives, and taking the time to reflect on the six-year journey…
#49 - Nick Wenzel: Graphic Communication and Encouraging Others
May 20 • 77 min
Nick Wenzel is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago in Graphic Design. Even with this degree, he describes his skill set as Graphic Communication because that encompasses all aspects from photography, videography, and design. Nick shares how he…
#48 - Joe Jackowski: Relationships, Meaningful Moments, and Remembering the Past
May 13 • 134 min
Joe and Erich have a discussion built around relationships, which morphs into how we connect with each other. We talk about removing the buffer between the outside world and ourselves. That when we remove the buffer, we allow for meaningful moments to…
#47 - 2X Olympian Nicole Davis: Mindset, Learning and Recovery
May 6 • 93 min
“Everything you need is already within you.” Nicole Davis is a two time former Olympian in indoor Volleyball, after retiring from the sport she now is a mindset coach for Compete to Create and currently working to on a master in Sports Performance…
#46 - Jordan Criss: Music and Performance
Apr 29 • 69 min
Jordan and Erich discuss current music interests and nuance in performance. We meander into how music makes an impact and blending of genres. We end the discussion about taking in new information from books. We close with what beer and food! For show…
#45 - Ben Kapolnek: Invisible Battles
Apr 22 • 66 min
Ben Kapolnek shares his unfiltered story in his ongoing struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. From early childhood up to now, he tries to paint a picture of what his thoughts look like. Ben’s story is an emotional one and not only because he’s…
#44 - Dante Brooks and Jordan Criss: Cultural Chameleons
Apr 15 • 106 min
In this episode, Dante returns giving us an update on what has happened since the last time he was on the show. Dante has started his first semester back in school and is pursuing a degree in radiology and an acting class. On the other side, Dante has…
#43 - Nicholas Buegel, Joe Jackowski, and Jordan Criss: Morality Discussion
Apr 8 • 108 min
In this episode, Nick Buegel returns to the podcast to explore Morality. This discussion we have regulars, Jordan Criss and Joe Jackowski, to talk to through Morality. We meander into ethics, autonomy, and how stress affects people. We close out the…
#42 - Rachel Thomas: The Collateral Damage of Addiction
Apr 1 • 97 min
In this episode, our guest is Rachel Thomas. Rachel shares her story about a former boyfriend named Tyler who became a heroin addict in high school had a downward spiral into homelessness and prison. Rachel shares how the story has evolved and dealt with…
#41 - Sports Talk: Basketball
Mar 25 • 109 min
In this episode, Erich Wenzel and Jordan Criss are joined by Jorge Martinez. We open the podcast to a new form of discussion that we haven’t touched on much Sports and for this episode Basketball. While Erich is not a nuanced fan of sports in general, he…
#40 - Film Deep Dive: Ex Machina
Mar 18 • 100 min
In this episode, we are back with a deep dive into the film Ex Machina. Ex Machina was written and directed by Alex Garland staring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. We discuss the films key elements in themes, storytelling, and…
#39 - Jordan Criss and Alex Ivy: Influence, Social Media and Information
Mar 12 • 123 min
In this episode, we are joined by Jordan Criss and Alex Ivy. Jordan Criss is a Chicago Musician and Writer. Alex Ivy is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago for Fashion Business. She has recently started an internship for a partnership agency called…
#38 - Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books
Mar 4 • 70 min
“Be ready to wing it” - Steve Furnett In this episode, we are joined by Steve Furnett. Steve is the Exhibition and Collections Manager at the Dunn Museum. Before that, he worked at the Field Museum in Chicago for seven years as a Supervisor of…
#37 - Joe Jackowski: Semester Check-In and Staying Organized
Feb 25 • 69 min
In this episode, Joe gives us an update on his school semester and discusses how he stays organized with such a full schedule. For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel &…
#36 - Marybeth Piltaver: On Becoming a Nurse and Healthcare Behind the Scenes
Feb 18 • 125 min
In this episode, we are joined by Marybeth Piltaver. Mary is currently a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department with a background in Hematology and Oncology with a chemotherapy certification. She received her BSN from the University of Chicago and…
#35 - Joe Jackowski and Jordan Criss: The Creative Process
Feb 11 • 76 min
In this episode, we are graced by the presence of Joe Jackowski and Jordan Criss regulars on the show. We go over recent dealings with the Student Veteran’s Association National Convention. From there we get into a much broader discussion on the creative…
One Year of Podcasting
Feb 10 • 39 min
It’s officially one year of podcasting! What a wild ride it’s been I never would have expected this is where it would have taken me looking back over what we’ve created is fantastic. The responses I’ve received blow me away, and I hope to keep getting…
#34 - Courtney Batio: New Chapters, Visual Storytelling, and Authenticity
Feb 4 • 96 min
In this episode, we are joined by Courtney Batio. Courtney is a multidisciplinary director/designer for the performing arts now based in Chicago. The last three and a half years of her work has taken place in London, England working with set design,…
#33 - Jordan Criss: Visionaries, Psychedelic Research, and Creativity
Jan 28 • 98 min
In this episode, we are joined by frequent guest Jordan Criss. Jordan is a local artist and now a writer in training. As our first conversation for 2019, we talk a bit about sports, traveling and different books we’ve been reading. Spoiler warning we…
#32 - Film Deep Dive: Interstellar
Jan 21 • 45 min
This episode of the podcast, we have a discussion about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. We discuss the films key elements in themes, storytelling, and design. So if you haven’t watched the movie yet listen at your own risk or do yourself a favor and…
#31 - Nick Buegel: Finding Your Own Path
Jan 14 • 101 min
In this episode, we are joined by Nicholas Buegel. After an eclectic work history ranging from automotive positions to medical. Nick has settled down to offer his graphic design skills to the booming industry of office supplies. As a creative, he is…
#30 - Dan Thiel and Wyatt Mach: Stories from the Engineering Classroom
Jan 7 • 168 min
In this episode, we are joined by two returning guests Dan Thiel and Wyatt Mach. Both are NIU (Northern Illinois University) Electronic Technology Engineering graduates and have come on the solo before and can find those below!. In this conversation, we…
Happy New Year!
Jan 1 • 25 min
Happy New Year from Joe, Jordan and Erich! This has been a wild ride and it honestly couldn’t be more fun! As Feeding Curiosity approaches its first birth we look back on the last year of podcasts with twenty-nine episodes! Thank you to each and every…
#29 - Tim Fisher and Mike O’Malley: Senior Design and Graduating College
Dec 31, 2018 • 96 min
In this episode, we are joined by Tim Fisher and Mike O’Malley. Both of them were Erich’s group members for their Senior Design Class. We have a conversation around their college experiences and the road ahead since they have both graduated shortly after…
#28 - Joe Jackowski: Evolutionary Psychology and The Selfish Gene
Dec 28, 2018 • 69 min
In this episode of the podcast, Joe returns with another conversation after the semester has been completed. The conversation takes a turn into evolutionary psychology with the starting point centering around talking about Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish…
#27 - Joseph Spangler: Film, Superheroes, and Stan Lee
Dec 23, 2018 • 81 min
In this episode of the podcast, we have Joseph Spangler. Joseph is a massive fan of all things films, and currently co-runs (along with his very awesome friend Alex) a film discussion Youtube channel named TicketStubs. This love of film ties in perfectly…
#26 - Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera: Dynamic Duo
Dec 17, 2018 • 118 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera. Frequent listeners of the podcast will know these two as some of my closest friends. We talk about storytelling, superheroes and much more. Overall, its just having fun!…
#25 - Claudia Skowron: Do What Works for You
Dec 10, 2018 • 79 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Claudia Skowron. Claudia is a Mental Health Therapist specialized in adolescents and young adults. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover many areas of mental health and ways in help. One area we talk…
#24 - Diana Fonaris: Boxing and Finding Yourself
Dec 3, 2018 • 73 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Diana Fonaris. Diana grew up in Elk Grove Village, IL and studied Therapeutic Recreation and Spanish with a minor in Psychology at The University of Iowa. To complete graduation, she moved to Baltimore, MD…
#23 - Joe Jackowski: Thanksgiving Catch Up
Nov 29, 2018 • 74 min
Joe is back for Thanksgiving and we catch on what’s been happening in the last few weeks. Talk about our current projects as the semester comes to a close! Please enjoy my conversation with Joe Jackowski! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter:…
#22 - Dan Thiel: Mentors and Lifelong Learning
Nov 26, 2018 • 96 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dan Thiel. Dan studied Electronics Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University. He currently works for Navistar. In this conversation, we talk about what motivated him in college and what he…
#21 - Bill Waterstreet: Being a Leader and Learning
Nov 19, 2018 • 91 min
Bill Waterstreet a Marine Corps veteran and current student at the University of Michigan. He served 4 years in the Corps, primarily in the fields of public affairs and information operations, which included a deployment to Afghanistan. He left the…
#20 - Jordan Criss: Storytelling, Passion and Making Connections
Nov 12, 2018 • 133 min
This episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jordan Criss. Jordan is a Chicago based rapper and fitness enthusiast. He’s a professional when comes to fantasy football. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover many topics. We start with stories of…
#19 - Mike Taccona: Setting Intentions and Self-Experimentation
Nov 5, 2018 • 94 min
In this episode of the podcast, we bring on our good friend Mike Taccona. Mike studies nursing, works as a patient care technician at our community hospital and serves burgers at a heavy metal bar! Mike has a gift of communication and uses it to spread a…
#18 - Michael Greenberg: Intimacy and Being Present
Oct 29, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Michael Greenberg. Michael is a dermatologist with over 40 years of experience. On his business card, it says, “Dermatology that Touches the Soul.” The quote says a lot about how Michael views the world. In…
#17 - Dante Brooks: The Military & Being A Parent
Oct 22, 2018 • 74 min
In this episode of the podcast, we have Dante Brooks. Dante is another one of my high school friends. We talk about his experiences in the military as a marine and what it’s like for him to become a Dad. I have nothing but respect for Dante. He put being…
#16 - Nick Wenzel & Joe Jackowski: A Random Show
Oct 15, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode the podcast, we have Nick Wenzel and Joe Jackcowski. Both of them have appeared before, and this is just a casual conversation catching up with Joe when he was home over the weekend. Just bros having a beer and talking. Enjoy! Sponsor This…
#15 - John White: Sales and Effective Communication
Oct 8, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by John White. John White; Studied International Business, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology. John career has spanned 36 years from 1982 as a quality control inspector just out of High School at the same…
#14 - Brian Peters: Left, Right and Somewhere in Between
Sep 30, 2018 • 148 min
In this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Brian Peters. Brian was a member of seven-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico’s band for ten years. Plays 15 instruments, has played over 3600 gigs, has released 19 solo records and produced an additional…
#13 - Eric Herrera: Being Yourself
Sep 23, 2018 • 70 min
On this episode of the podcast our guest today is Eric Herrera. Eric is one of my oldest friends at over ten years running. Eric has spent time as a Tower Climber for cellphone towers and other hands-on jobs. I try to ask questions that are uniquely…
#12 - Jonny Michael: What it Means to Wear a Uniform
Sep 18, 2018 • 82 min
In this episode of the podcast, we have Jonny Michael. Jonny has served in the Army. After his service in the military, he chose to continue wearing a uniform as a police officer. We get into the nuances of why he has chosen this path and the tools used…
#11 - Joe Jackowski: Summer Recap
Sep 2, 2018 • 68 min
In this episode of the podcast, Joe and Erich have a relaxed conversation kind of recapping what we did over the summer and talk about upcoming classes or any other exciting ideas on our minds. This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link…
#10 Wyatt Mach: Chasing Perfection
Aug 14, 2018 • 102 min
In this episode of the podcast, we have our first interview guest: Wyatt Mach. Wyatt is an avid hunter and athlete when not working long hours for his family business. We really get into who he is and why he pushes himself so hard. He says many times that…
#9 - Addiction, Anxiety and Depression
Aug 1, 2018 • 98 min
In this episode of the podcast, the guys talk about addiction, anxiety, and depression. The topics we discussed are complex, and we barely scratch the surface on it. None of us are trained, and we don’t pretend to be one on the internet, so anything we…
#8 - Art, Life and Literature
Jul 13, 2018 • 76 min
Erich and Joe are joined by first time guest and good friend Jordan Criss (insta: crisshappens). This all started with a question whether a person who has a public face which, in this case a musician can be separated from their work and the character of…
#7 - Traveling
Jun 5, 2018 • 70 min
In this episode, Erich, Joe and Mike sit down and talk about Mike’s recent travels. Then we tangent into some of Joe’s more recent philosophical meanderings. It gets a bit wordy, but worth the listen since Mike has never waded into these topics before.…
#6 - Getting into Fitness
Apr 2, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, Erich and Joe have a conversation about how they started working out and getting themselves into a healthier place. This episode was an attempt to have a bit of a more structured conversation around our views of fitness and topics closely…
#5 - Ideas on the Future
Mar 16, 2018 • 90 min
In this episode, Joe and Erich have a conversation starting with Yuval Noah Harari. From there the conversation branched into recent philosophy topics Joe has been working with. Finally, we transitioned into more general conversation on the direction of…
#4 - Film Deep Dive: Annihilation
Mar 5, 2018 • 80 min
Erich and Joe sit down for in depth discussion on the recent film Annihilation. The first half is spoiler free so that all listeners can enjoy and we give fair warning when we cross into spoiler territory. If you want to remain spoiler free go watch the…
#3 - The Random Show
Feb 26, 2018 • 61 min
Welcome to the first ever random show of the podcast. Joe is home on spring break so we decided to grab a few beers, sit down and have a candid conversation about what’s going on. As it is aptly named we jump from topic to topic on this so see the list of…
#2 - Dipping into Developmental Psychology
Feb 16, 2018 • 55 min
Erich is joined by his brother Nick and good friend Joe. Joe attends University of Michigan in the psychology program. He wanted to talk through some of the stuff he’s been studying and bring everyone along for the ride. Connect with Erich on Social…
#1 - Elon Musk and inspiration
Feb 9, 2018 • 50 min
Erich and Mike discuss the recent Falcon Heavy Launch and how this can be an inspiration to all of us. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast…