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Feeding Curiosity

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Feeding Curiosity explores the precarity of human experience. Through conversation, we aim to provide blueprints for others to learn and lead more fulfilling lives. We challenge ourselves and others to think, question, and synthesize wherever their curiosity takes them. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/feedingcuriosity/support


Jordan Criss on Work Ethic, Immersive Creativity and Changing States
Oct 17 • 78 min
“I’ve always had this belief that whatever you put your mind to what you can achieve.” — JORDAN CRISS My guest, today on the podcast, is returning guest and longtime friend, Jordan Criss. On this episode, we do this one for the first time remotely. All…
Nick Buegel on Change, Acceptance and Identity
Oct 9 • 82 min
“You’re not your political view. You’re not these little beliefs that you hold. You are so much more complex than that. And to limit yourself to these thoughts and to limit your experience, this brief experience to that is to me, insane.” — NICK BUEGEL My…
Adam Lowenstein on Achievement, Honing Craft and Voting
Oct 2 • 70 min
My guest today is Adam Lowenstein returning to the podcast. Adam is the author of Reframe the day, embracing the craft of life one day at a time, which outlines 10 practices for creating a more filling life. Adam briefed, as he spent eight years working…
Krista Stryker on Gratitude, Commitment and Taking Action
Sep 25 • 59 min
“Over the years, I learned to fall in love with the long process of mastery.” Krista Stryker is the founder of 12 Minute Athlete, a leading expert on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight fitness. She is also the author of the new book,…
Darin Davidson on Medicine, Mindfulness and Wellness
Sep 17 • 57 min
Today on the podcast, we are joined by Darin Davidson. Darin is an orthopedic surgeon. Darin is the founder of Darin Davidson MD consulting to improve everyone’s health and wellness to integrate holistic principles within the traditional medical model. By…
Alex Ivy and Jordan Criss on Taking the Leap into the Unknown
Sep 11 • 61 min
“You can’t wait till you’re ready. You’ll never be ready or never think you’re ready. You just have to do it. ” — ALEX IVY Today on the podcast. I am joined by two of my returning guests and closest friends. Jordan Criss and Alex Ivy. And the reason I…
Lindsey Sherwin on Self-Expression, Connection and Growth
Sep 4 • 69 min
Today on the podcast we are joined by Lindsey Sherwin. Lindsey is a professional actress, youth and family therapist. She employs therapeutic drama, expressive arts, and counseling techniques to work with adolescents, families, artists, and creative…
Adam Lowenstein on Reframing the Day
Aug 26 • 73 min
Adam M. Lowenstein is the author of Reframe the Day: Embracing the Craft of Life, One Day at a Time outlines 10 practices for creating a more fulfilling life by building more fulfilling days. Adam previously spent eight years working in American…
Jonathan Lubecky on PTSD, MDMA Therapy and Healing
Aug 19 • 60 min
We are joined by Jonathan Lubecky. Jonathan served in the United States Marine Corps from 1995 to 1999. Following the tragedy on 9/11, Jonathan joined the North Carolina National Guard and was deployed to Iraq. Upon returning home, Jonathan started…
Bill Waterstreet: The James Webb, Big Bang and SpaceX
Aug 13 • 55 min
Today’s conversation is a continuation of Bill’s, most recent chapter of his life with the completion of his graduate degree. Bill will now be working with Northrop Grumman and it’s NASA partnership for the James Webb space telescope. Bill Waterstreet…
Fritzi Horstman on Shame, Forgiveness and Compassion
Aug 5 • 65 min
“Somehow I got a glimpse that I could be somebody one day and that’s I believe the secret sauce.” — FRITZI HORSTMAN Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Projection organization dedicated to bringing compassion,…
Kristen Holmes on Performance, Sleep and Psychophysiology
Jul 27 • 57 min
“The opportunity here is using research on the physiological side and on the psychological side to understand what are the things that we need to focus on.” — KRISTEN HOLMES In this episode, we are joined by Kirsten Holmes. As Vice President of…
Value the Ideas of Others
Jul 20 • 14 min
Erich shares some ideas that he’s been working through. In the last few weeks, the weight of the problems and chaos of the world almost feel insurmountable. At its worst, how can one person possibly make a real difference in the chaos? On a more…
Dan Clark CEO of Brain.fm on Focus, Leadership and Growth
Jul 11 • 62 min
Dan Clark is a serial entrepreneur, traveler, and the CEO, Brain.fm, an innovative technology company that helps users be more productive through the use of functional music created by composers and artificial intelligence. Daniel has been in love with…
Terry Rice: Entrepreneurship and Connecting to the Present
Jul 2 • 49 min
Terry Rice is a Business Development Consultant based in Brooklyn. As the founder of Terry Rice Consulting, he helps entrepreneurs monetize their knowledge without sacrificing their health, family, or personal interests. His focus is advising…
Protests, Morality, and Change
Jun 28 • 95 min
In this episode, I am joined by two of my closest friends that have been with feeding curiosity. Since the very beginning, I’m joined by Jordan, Chris, and Joe Jackowski. With both of them here, we dive into making sense of the events over the last few…
Between Order and Chaos
Jun 20 • 68 min
I am joined with my friend, Joe Jackowski, and this conversation took place after about four hours of conversation, unpacking everything that has happened in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. This is the first time that we can look at and take stock of…
CT Kaupp: Mentors, Relationships and Entrepreneurship
Jun 12 • 55 min
CT Kaupp helps service-based businesses create a powerful online presence so they can thrive in their marketplace. After five years honing his craft at his late father’s adverting agency, he started his own website design business (CT Kaupp, LLC) to…
The Last Dance: MJ vs. LeBron and How Sport Changes the World
Jun 6 • 88 min
A conversation about the ESPN documentary series The Last Dance: from there, we transition to a broader discussion about basketball and legacy of Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan shaped the modern perception of basketball players. We talk about how sport…
Jordan Criss: Screenwriting, Film, and Growth
May 26 • 96 min
“I don’t want to be older, let’s say 60 or 70 and look back on this time of my life and be like, I really didn’t give it my all. I don’t want to have regret, and I think that is always here. Always kind of in the shadows, and It feels like something’s…
Past, Present and Future of Feeding Curiosity - Episode 100 Special
May 21 • 117 min
Today’s episode is a special one that I’ve been honestly planning for quite some time. We’ve now reached well, frankly, over a hundred episodes of Feeding Curiosity. And. Instead of doing the typical. Interviewing Q and a or something like that. That…
The Manifestation of Meaning: A Thesis on Meaning Making and Veterans
May 12 • 107 min
In today’s podcast, it is a special one on the podcast to celebrate the completion of Joe’s thesis. As returning listeners to the podcast, you will be familiar that Joe’s been working on his thesis for the last year. Joe’s thesis is The Manifestation of…
Dierdre Wolownick: Stewardship, Traveling and Listening to Yourself
May 7 • 61 min
“Just say no. I mean, if you want to be a climber and you’re a little girl, so what? Just do it. I’ve never understood why people acquiesce to that and accept the roles that are forced on them.” — DIERDRE WOLOWNICK Dierdre Wolownick is an unstoppable…
Kevin Carroll: The Power of Play and Catalyzing Potential
Apr 28 • 77 min
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play.” James Michener. I am incredibly excited to bring this conversation to all of you today. My guest is Kevin Carroll. And many of you will not know who Kevin is. Kevin…
Secret Crowds: Rise Up
Apr 25 • 6 min
Will you be part of the secret crowd? You can read this at feedingcuriosity.net/blog/secret-crowds —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app · Charity Promotion: Democracy Works: This advertisement…
Darwin after Dark: Evolution of Attraction
Apr 21 • 34 min
In this conversation, Joe Jackowski shares some of the research on the evolution of attraction. This podcast is outlined from a paper Joe wrote of the same name in an evolutionary biology class at the University of Michigan. Show Notes: (00:01:32) Intro -…
Corey McCarthy: Vulnerability, Starting Over and Checking Your Ego
Apr 15 • 69 min
“ I’m going to be as honest as possible so that the relationships I do have in my life are as meaningful as possible. So that I’m no longer like with you but alone. Right. That’s how you end up feeling lonely in a room full of people.” — COREY MCCARTHY In…
Panos Papadiamantis: Cardio Metabolic Analysis and Effective Training
Apr 7 • 50 min
“In order to prescribe an effective workout plan. You need to understand that each type of training is going to have a different adaptation on your body. We do strength training in order to ramp up our metabolism. We do cardio training in order to enhance…
Andy Vasily: Darkness, Movement and Self Discovery
Apr 2 • 60 min
“I had to really reflect deeply on my own life after I lost my second brother. It was the hardest thing to kind of look at. What was it within myself that allowed me to move forward in ways that my brothers couldn’t?” — ANDY VASILY Andy Vasily is an…
Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring
Mar 25 • 18 min
This post provides an overview of the wearable technology Whoop and Oura. Erich wears these devices to track sleep and activity. This blog goes into detail on what each device measures. You will also gain an understanding of why it is important to monitor…
Michael Greenberg: Dealing with Fear, Anxiety and Helping Others
Mar 22 • 66 min
“Every one of us is a leader may not be at a national level, but you can be a hero with your kids or with your friends or with my patients. Just by being there for them. ” — MICHAEL GREENBERG Dr. Michael Greenberg is a Dermatologist dedicated to providing…
Checking In: A New Normal
Mar 18 • 12 min
“What are the skills we can learn or mindsets that we can adopt that foster your own sense of calm and purpose and how do you extend a little bit of gratitude, empathy, and compassion to those around you?” In this episode, Erich wanted to check in with…
Gabe Salinas: Performance, Habits, and Coaching
Mar 13 • 91 min
“I’d love for people to come in forever, but my understanding is I know this, like they’re going to get busy or they’re going to move, they’re going to go college or whatever. So I want to give them all the tools that I possibly can for them to succeed…
Chris Ruden: Champion of Quitting Last
Mar 5 • 90 min
“It not about what’s going to make you happier. It’s not about what’s going to feel better. Which would make you more proud? When you look back, which decision is going to make you more proud?” — CHRIS RUDEN Chris Ruden is an elite Powerlifter,…
Clint Pulver: Fulfillment, Connection, and Mentors
Feb 24 • 49 min
“Everybody just needs to be seen, heard, and understood in a different way. ” — CLINT PULVER Clint Pulver is known as “The Millennial Speaker,” he works with organizations that want to retain, engage, and inspire the younger generation. As one of the most…
What I’ve Learned From 2 Years Of Podcasting
Feb 18 • 21 min
“It’s a never-ending process of absorbing new things and refining the approach. And that’s what Feeding Curiosity is about.” — ERICH WENZEL Erich shares his thoughts on the journey that Feeding Curiosity and what others can take away from it. For…
Joe Vezzani: Finance, Cryptocurrency, and Entrepreneurship
Feb 10 • 91 min
“People don’t want to take three steps back to make ten forward.” — JOE VEZZANI Joe Vezzani is the Chief Executive Officer of LunarCRUSH. Joe has a diverse background in working in Finance, Technology, Advertising, Sales, Marketing, and Start-Ups. A…
Derek Sivers: Creativity, Self-Reliance, and Dropping Assumptions
Feb 3 • 107 min
“Everything you’re doing, you’re choosing to do. You need to understand that. Like never forget that you’re choosing to do this, and at any point. You can choose not to. You don’t have to. Just walk away from anything. There might be some consequences;…
Claudia Skowron: Stay In Your Situation
Jan 27 • 71 min
“Very few people when they hit that bucket list item, go back and say, you know what? I wish I didn’t do this. Very, very few, if ever. Right. You don’t do that. You say, God, I wish I would’ve done it sooner.” - Claudia Skowron Claudia is someone who…
Andy Vasily: Travel, Recovery and Connection
Jan 20 • 80 min
“I developed a framework for delivering meaningful physical education and movement experiences that will inspire young people to be physically active for life.” - Andy Vasily Andy Vasily is a leading educator who has taught at International Baccalaureate…
Travis Morris: Taking the Road Less Traveled
Jan 14 • 66 min
“The main thing that drives me is knowing that tomorrow is never promised at all.” - Travis Morris Travis Morris is known as “The Hype the Hype Man of the Valley” at Fresno State. He is a Business Marketing major and percussionist at Fresno State…
Brit Parla: Creativity, Finding Flow and Evolving
Jan 6 • 77 min
“Why not, you know? I would rather fail and at least say that I tried, and I put my best forward than to have not tried it all and to live the rest of my life. Wondering what if.” - Brit Parla Brit Parla is a Chicago-based visual artist. Her main artistic…
Zach White: Lifestyle Engineering and Accelerating Your Growth
Dec 30, 2019 • 95 min
“At the end of the day, the antidote to analysis paralysis, the antidote to indecision, is to make more decisions. Go and get experiences and go try things and learn.” - Zach White Zach White is Founder and Coach at OACO, the Oasis of Courage. The…
Worth Reading: My Most Impactful Books of 2019
Dec 26, 2019 • 18 min
In today’s podcast, it’s going to be a short format style podcast. As you all know, if you’re a long-time listener of the show, I love books! I think to learn in long-form shows the effort needed to absorb quality information. A book is an investment of…
Friendsgiving 2019
Dec 17, 2019 • 91 min
In this episode, we are joined by many returning guests, Joe Jackowski, Nick Buegel, and Jordan Criss. As this is a Friendsgiving episode, we recorded before we had our yearly get together. We cover a wide area of topics where we try to get an update on…
Marcus Aurelius Anderson: Turning Adversity Into A Gift
Dec 9, 2019 • 81 min
“If you really want to know what you really want to do with your life, ask yourself if you woke tomorrow paralyzed from the neck down what you have wished you accomplished with your time.” — MARCUS AURELIUS ANDERSON Anderson Marcus Aurelius Anderson is…
How to Train Your Mind: Movement
Dec 3, 2019 • 20 min
“As we drove home, the exhaustion set in. I had never been so tired or thankful for a shower in my life. Here I was yet again smashing assumptions I had of myself. What got me there was a commitment to do them. I gave myself a target and made sure I hit…
Bonus: Giving Thanks
Nov 28, 2019 • 11 min
Listen on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS My Thanksgiving was unorthodox this year, with my mom having to work and other family matters that have been weighing on me over the last few…
Brian Kluska: Media, Challenging Assumptions and Being a Military Spouse
Nov 28, 2019 • 92 min
“Everyone’s experience is there own, and you make what you can of it. You shape it how you want to.” - Brian Kluska In this episode, we are joined by Brian Kluska. Brian grew up in Blairstown, NJ, and received a B.A. in Mass Media and Communications from…
Mike Hagensick: Education, Coaching, and Fun Vs. Fulfillment
Nov 18, 2019 • 59 min
“The choices that you make throughout the day are going to lead to your performance in any setting.” - Mike Hagensick Listen on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Mike Hagensick is…
Wendy Jones: Lessons from an Optimist
Nov 11, 2019 • 67 min
“When we tell our stories, people end up saying me too; instead of I can’t believe you did that.” - Wendy Jones Listen on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS In this conversation, we are…
How to Train Your Mind: Personal Philosophy
Nov 4, 2019 • 24 min
“Your philosophy is the foundation to align your thoughts to who you are, not coupling them to what you do.” The purpose of doing deep work is to align your thoughts, words, and actions. By aligning those three components, it forms the bedrock of how you…
Jordan Criss: The Joker and What It Tells Us About Society
Oct 29, 2019 • 102 min
“You can’t copy paste a conversation.” - Jordan Criss Jordan Criss joins us for this conversation, which started with a discussion around The JOKER starring Joaquin Phoenix. We concluded the film is much more of a social commentary than only for…
Todd Myrick: What I Learned from Fight Club 20 Years Later
Oct 22, 2019 • 104 min
“These are all inflections points in your life. Can you look back and figure out why you thought the way you did? Then compare it to how you think now?” - Todd Myrick Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts…
How To Train Your Mind: Daily Recovery
Oct 16, 2019 • 34 min
“Applying daily recovery isn’t only about wellness; this goes deeper. Daily recovery should be a blueprint for understanding your routine and habits. Over time you can make adjustments so that you can start and end your days to be at your best. Ultimately…
Alex Behrens: Coffee Roasting and Starting a Business
Oct 8, 2019 • 60 min
“There’s a trade-off between ambition and patience.” - Alex Behrens In this week’s episode, we are joined by Alex Behrens of Maple Leaf Coffee Roasters. In this conversation, Alex shares insights into the world of coffee roasting; from roasting to…
How to Train Your Mind: Mindfulness
Oct 1, 2019 • 64 min
Nick Buegel and Erich have a conversation about training the mind. In this episode, we go deep on how to train mindfulness. Mindfulness can be interchanged with meditation, but we specifically use the word mindfulness to make it a skill-based practice. We…
Angels and Airwaves Live: Follow the Maybe
Sep 24, 2019 • 41 min
Over the weekend, Erich saw Angels and Airwaves (AVA) live at the Chicago House of Blues. In this episode, we spice things up with a different style of podcast. Erich shares his thoughts on the experience of seeing AVA, but before that, we need a little…
Jordan Criss and Ben Kapolnek: Football, Music, and Storytelling
Sep 17, 2019 • 89 min
In this conversation starts with a discussion opening of American football season. From sports, we enter into a conversation around music touching on the artists we enjoy or have made an impact on us. For Ben and myself, we’ve always connected with Tom…
Joe Jackowski: SVA Leadership Summit, Japan, and Power Dynamics
Sep 9, 2019 • 59 min
“Cultures grow when they come into contact with each other. But they only learn from each if your willing to let them cross-pollinate. Let them share ideas, move, and try new things. That’s how you learn about other people and get empathy for people that…
Work-Life Balance
Sep 3, 2019 • 84 min
In this week’s episode, we are joined by Joe Jackowski, Mike Taccona, and Nick Buegel. Our topic of discussion was work-life balance. How do we manage what we do for a living while continuing pushing our boundaries or achieving fulfillment outside of…
Mike and Mary Taccona: Nursing, Travel in the US and Costa Rica
Aug 26, 2019 • 82 min
Mike and Mary Taccona are both registered nurses. Mike works in the Post Surgical Unit, and Mary is in the Emergency Department. Outside of nursing Mike and Mary are avid travelers. They have traveled throughout the United States and time abroad as well…
Eric Herrera: Stories of a Tower Climber
Aug 19, 2019 • 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.…
Jordan Criss: Creating With A Purpose
Aug 12, 2019 • 86 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…
Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path
Aug 5, 2019 • 97 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…
John Tenuto: Pop Culture, Technology and Teaching
Jul 29, 2019 • 73 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…
Saint Ripley: A Journey Told Through Music
Jul 22, 2019 • 82 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…
Joel Salatin: A Different System of Food Production
Jul 15, 2019 • 76 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,…
Todd Myrick: Connecting Through Technology
Jul 8, 2019 • 96 min
Todd 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, 2019 • 51 min
What better way to celebrate American Independence than with a discussion about Freedom? Grab a six-pack and celebrate with us! Check out Jordan’s recent article “What is Success”. For show notes head to https://feedingcuriosity.net/ —- This episode is…
Jordan Criss: Dissecting the Muse
Jul 1, 2019 • 73 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…
Joe Jackowski: Writing, Thesis Research, and Meaning
Jun 24, 2019 • 78 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…
Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel: Meaning, Power and Virtue
Jun 17, 2019 • 88 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…
Jordan Criss: Soundset 2019 and Minnesota Brewing
Jun 10, 2019 • 56 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…
Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera: Fire and Food
Jun 3, 2019 • 55 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…
Nick Wenzel: Post Graduation
May 27, 2019 • 81 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…
Nick Wenzel: Graphic Communication and Encouraging Others
May 20, 2019 • 79 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…
Joe Jackowski: Relationships, Meaningful Moments, and Remembering the Past
May 13, 2019 • 136 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…
2X Olympian Nicole Davis: Mindset, Learning and Recovery
May 6, 2019 • 95 min
“Everything you need is already within you.” - Nicole Davis 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…
Jordan Criss: Music and Performance
Apr 29, 2019 • 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…
Ben Kapolnek: Invisible Battles
Apr 22, 2019 • 68 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…
Dante Brooks and Jordan Criss: Cultural Chameleons
Apr 15, 2019 • 107 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…
Nicholas Buegel, Joe Jackowski, and Jordan Criss: Morality Discussion
Apr 8, 2019 • 109 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…
Rachel Thomas: The Collateral Damage of Addiction
Apr 1, 2019 • 99 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…
Sports Talk: Basketball
Mar 25, 2019 • 107 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…
Film Deep Dive: Ex Machina
Mar 18, 2019 • 95 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, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. We discuss the film’s key elements in themes, storytelling, and…
Alex Ivy and Jordan Criss: Influence, Social Media and Information
Mar 12, 2019 • 125 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…
Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books
Mar 4, 2019 • 71 min
“Be ready to wing it” - Steve Furnett Steve Furnett 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 Interactives. In this conversation, we cover how…
Joe Jackowski: Semester Check-In and Staying Organized
Feb 25, 2019 • 70 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 head to https://feedingcuriosity.net/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Marybeth Piltaver: On Becoming a Nurse and Healthcare Behind the Scenes
Feb 18, 2019 • 126 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…
Joe Jackowski and Jordan Criss: The Creative Process
Feb 11, 2019 • 77 min
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 process in the realm of writing and screenplays.…
One Year of Podcasting
Feb 10, 2019 • 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…
Courtney Batio: New Chapters, Visual Storytelling, and Authenticity
Feb 4, 2019 • 97 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,…
Jordan Criss: Visionaries, Psychedelic Research, and Creativity
Jan 28, 2019 • 99 min
Jordan Criss 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 discuss a bit about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. While we try…
Film Deep Dive: Interstellar
Jan 21, 2019 • 46 min
This episode of the podcast, we discuss Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. We discuss the film’s critical 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 watch the…
Nick Buegel: Finding Your Own Path
Jan 14, 2019 • 102 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…
Dan Thiel and Wyatt Mach: Stories from the Engineering Classroom
Jan 7, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 26 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 every listener…
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…
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…
Joseph Spangler: Film, Superheroes, and Stan Lee
Dec 23, 2018 • 82 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…
Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera: Dynamic Duo
Dec 17, 2018 • 119 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, it’s just having fun! For…
Claudia Skowron: Do What Works for You
Dec 10, 2018 • 80 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 of helping. One area we…
Diana Fornaris: Boxing and Finding Yourself
Dec 3, 2018 • 75 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Diana Fornaris. 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,…
Joe Jackowski: Thanksgiving Catch Up
Nov 29, 2018 • 75 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:…
Dan Thiel: Mentors and Lifelong Learning
Nov 26, 2018 • 98 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…
Bill Waterstreet: Being a Leader and Learning
Nov 19, 2018 • 92 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…
Jordan Criss: Storytelling, Passion and Making Connections
Nov 12, 2018 • 134 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 it comes to fantasy football. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover many topics. We start with stories of…
Mike Taccona: Setting Intentions and Self-Experimentation
Nov 5, 2018 • 95 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…
Michael Greenberg: Intimacy and Being Present
Oct 29, 2018 • 50 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…
Dante Brooks: The Military & Being A Parent
Oct 22, 2018 • 75 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…
Nick Wenzel & Joe Jackowski: A Random Show
Oct 15, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode the podcast, we have Nick Wenzel and Joe Jackowski. 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! For show…
John White: Sales and Effective Communication
Oct 8, 2018 • 55 min
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by John White. John White; Studied International Business, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology. John’s career has spanned 36 years from 1982 as a quality control inspector just out of High School at the same…
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 the 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…
Eric Herrera: Being Yourself
Sep 23, 2018 • 71 min
On this episode of the podcast our guest today is Eric Herrera. Eric is one of my oldest friends at over ten years of running. Eric has spent time like a Tower Climber for cellphone towers and other hands-on jobs. I try to ask questions that are uniquely…
Jonny Michael: What it Means to Wear a Uniform
Sep 18, 2018 • 84 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…
Joe Jackowski: Summer Recap
Sep 2, 2018 • 65 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. For show notes head to https://feedingcuriosity.net/ —- This…
Wyatt Mach: Chasing Perfection
Aug 14, 2018 • 104 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 get into who he is and why he pushes himself so hard. He says many times that its…
Addiction, Anxiety and Depression
Aug 1, 2018 • 99 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…
Art, Life and Literature
Jul 13, 2018 • 78 min
Erich and Joe are joined by first time guest and good friend Jordan Criss. This all started with a question of whether a person has a public face, which, in this case, a musician can be separated from their work and the character of that person. From…
Traveling
Jun 5, 2018 • 71 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.…
Getting into Fitness
Apr 2, 2018 • 58 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…
Ideas on the Future
Mar 16, 2018 • 91 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 a more general conversation on the direction of…
Film Deep Dive: Annihilation
Mar 5, 2018 • 81 min
Erich and Joe sit down for an 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, watch the…
The Random Show
Feb 26, 2018 • 63 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…
Dipping into Developmental Psychology
Feb 16, 2018 • 55 min
Erich is joined by his brother Nick and his good friend Joe. Joe attends the 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…
Elon Musk and Inspiration
Feb 9, 2018 • 51 min
Erich and Mike discuss the recent Falcon Heavy Launch and how the launch can be an inspiration to all of us. For show notes head to https://feedingcuriosity.net/ —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Feeding Curiosity - Trailer
Feb 8, 2018 • 0 min
Welcome to Feeding Curiosity! A podcast hosted by yours truly Erich Wenzel. Feeding Curiosity is a long form podcast to learn from lives around us. We go deep inside nuances of a persons life understand how their experiences have shaped them. I challenge…