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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness

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A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
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35:45 | Sep 19th, 2018

Reese Witherspoon is an actress, producer, entrepreneur, and author of the newly released Whiskey in a Teacup, who joins Jonathan to talk British Baking Challenge, the work-life balance of social media, lady-entrepreneurship, the creation of Big Litt...Show More

34:04 | Jun 18th, 2018

Tan France is the fashion expert for Queer Eye and joins Jonathan to talk about growing up in Yorkshire, getting a barbie collection from his dad, and when he realized he wanted to marry a boy. Plus, Tan discusses coming out to a religious household ...Show More
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47:27 | May 29th

Phoebe Robinson is a comedian, writer, podcaster, and ½ of Two Dope Queens. She joins Jonathan to breakdown their theories on Game of Thrones, the creation of Two Dope Queens, Phoebe’s early days in New York, the need for non white male voices in com...Show More

41:06 | May 22nd

Heidi Schreck is a two time Tony award nominee, Playwright and Actress. She joins Jonathan to discuss her play “What the Constitution Means to Me”, where Heidi breaks down the language and interpretation of the constitution. Find her work at http...Show More

54:14 | May 15th

Dr. Sara Ruane is a herpetologist & assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark who joins Jonathan to breakdown all things snakes! She covers their environmental benefits, the differences between constrictors & venomous snakes, and more. Fin...Show More

46:38 | May 1st

Rayka Zehtabchi is an award winning Iranian-American film director, her film Period: End of Sentence won the 2019 Oscar for Documentary Short. Rayka joins Jonathan to talk about the filmmaking process, how the production of Period: End of Sentence ca...Show More

50:12 | Apr 10th

Rachael Rollins is the first woman of color to be elected as a district attorney in Massachusetts. She joins Jonathan to discuss what the day-to-day life of a DA looks like, the struggles transition team faced , strengthening community bonds, her new...Show More

49:15 | Apr 3rd

Dr. Nina Shapiro is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She  joins Jonathan to discuss the history & importance of vaccinations, how vaccines work, good sci...Show More

54:48 | Jan 30th

Jameela Jamil is an actress, activist, and host who joins Jonathan to talk about a wide array of topics, including how she landed the role of Tahani on The Good Place, the importance of loving yourself, dispelling shame, using her various platforms f...Show More
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35:32 | Dec 19th, 2018

Beth Porter is Green America’s Climate & Recycling Director, as well as the author of Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System who joins Jonathan to talk all things recycling; what is is, how it works, if plastic straws are as dange...Show More
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41:08 | Nov 28th, 2018

Rebecca Givan is an Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. She joins Jonathan to discuss the ins & outs of trade unions; what they are, how they work, why they’re needed, the benefits & protection they of...Show More
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38:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

Dr. Jessica Rett is an Associate Professor in UCLA's Linguistics Department who joins Jonathan to discuss the power & nuances of words, breaks down the concepts of what "dog whistles" are, code-switching, how words evolve, endangered languages, and m...Show More
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43:28 | Nov 14th, 2018

Jeff Chen is head of UCLA’s new Cannabis Research Initiative who joins Jonathan to break down what exactly makes marijuana tic. They discuss the numerous medicinal properties of THC, how it works, its effect on the mind & body, new cannabis research ...Show More
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51:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

Paul Geithner is the Deputy Project Manager — Technical for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Paul joins Jonathan to give him a crash course in what the electro-magnetic spectrum is, how spac...Show More
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1:09:18 | Nov 5th, 2018

Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.    For 30 years, Leader Pelosi has represent...Show More
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43:14 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Dr. Amy Baker is a nationally recognized expert in parent child relationships, parental alienation, and child emotional abuse who joins Jonathan to discuss the signs and causes of parental alienation, how it affects children, and how to avoid it. ...Show More
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39:51 | Sep 26th, 2018

Dr. Nanthia Suthana is a neuroscientist from UCLA who joins Jonathan to discuss memories, how the brain works, epilepsy, new breakthroughs in medical technologies, how virtual reality is used in therapy, and more. Find Nanthia’s work at http://ne...Show More
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52:06 | Sep 5th, 2018

Michelle Wolf is a comedian & writer featured performer at the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and hosted The Break with Michelle Wolf. Florence Welch is an English musician, producer, singer/songwriter, and lead of of Florence & The Machine....Show More
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1:01:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

Justin Theroux is an actor, producer, screenwriter, and director who joins Jonathan to talk about early days living & traveling in China, landing his first major acting role, his outlook on life, as well as a surprise Q & A session with Tan & Antoni....Show More
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44:14 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Drew Elliot, Editor-in-Chief of Paper Magazine, joins Jonathan to talk about how he landed that job and the inspiration behind Kim Kardashian's “Break The Internet”, his creative vision for Paper Magazine, and his time working for America’s Next Top ...Show More
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41:49 | Aug 15th, 2018

Dr Adi Jaffe is a world renowned specialist in mental health, addiction and shame who has spoken at multiple TEDx events and has a doctorate in psychology from UCLA. He joins Jonathan to about addiction and alternative treatments, the negative conseq...Show More
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35:48 | May 9th, 2018

Karamo Brown joins Jonathan to talk about his childhood, Gay rights, school shootings, The Real World, make-up, self improvement, working for Oprah, and their shared experiences on Queer Eye. Find Karamo on Twitter @KaramoBrown, on Insta @KaramoBrown...Show More

48:37 | Sep 18th

Jonathan is joined by climate advocate, TV personality, and Science Guy Bill Nye.  The two discuss an array of topics including green algae, renewable energy and how to make climate change a major talking point in the 2020 election. Follow Bill o...Show More

49:54 | Sep 11th

Hannah Shaw is a kitten rescuer, humane educator, author, and unwavering animal advocate who has dedicated her life to finding innovative ways to protect animals. She sits down with Jonathan to discuss her new book “Tiny But Mighty” and perhaps the m...Show More

43:12 | Sep 4th

Ditas Katague is currently the Director of the California Complete Count Office for the State of California. Ditas and Jonathan sit down to discuss the importance of the census, what you need to know, and dispel myths about the population count. ...Show More

46:07 | Aug 28th

Ranald Woodaman is the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Exhibitions and Public Programs Director. Ranald sits down with Jonathan to discuss ancient Latin American Cultures and how Latinos shaped the nation before its founding.  For more music from Qui...Show More

47:50 | Aug 21st

NYU Associate Professor, data journalist, AI researcher and author Meredith Broussard joins Jonathan to discuss her book, “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World” where she sheds light on how racism plays a part in the curre...Show More

50:58 | Aug 14th

How did we come to be the United States of America? What was life like in Philadelphia and Boston leading up to the Revolutionary War? Jonathan sits down with Dr. Jessica Roney, Associate Professor of History at Temple University to find out these an...Show More

49:28 | Aug 7th

Brittany Jock a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Jock joins Jonathan to discuss her research specializing in health and preventing obesity in Native American communities. Follow Dr. Jock on social:  Twitter: @Wenni...Show More

46:53 | Jul 31st

Adam Ratner, MD, MPH is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital and New York University School of Medicine. Adam and Jonathan sit down to discuss what germs are, how they make us sick, and if Jo...Show More

50:58 | Jul 24th

Singer-songwriter and incredible badass Kim Petras joins Jonathan to talk about her writing process and how her work is reshaping how people are listening to pop music. Follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram: @kimpetras For more music from Quiñ ...Show More

1:01:08 | Jul 17th

Activist and cofounder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza joins Jonathan to discuss the current state of the movement as well as race in politics. They also discuss Alicia’s founding and work with Black Future Lab, an organization created to drive so...Show More

41:55 | Jul 10th

Dr. Emily Newsom is a board certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at UCLA Medical Center. Emily sits down with Jonathan to not only talk about skin and the importance of sunscreen, but also the myths about what sunscreen ...Show More

58:40 | Jul 3rd

Jonathan does his best not to cry as he is joined by seven time olympic medalist, two time gold medalist, and absolute icon Shannon Miller. The two discuss Shannon’s journey as a decorated gymnast, her battle with ovarian cancer, and how she is bring...Show More

51:15 | Jun 26th

Alok is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. They join Jonathan to discuss their experience within and outside of the binary, and how challenging societal expectations can help reshape identity. Follow Alok on Twitter here: http...Show More

42:48 | Jun 19th

Sheba Crocker is CARE USA's Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. She joins JVN to dive into what's happening in war-torn Yemen, the role the US plays in th...Show More

55:50 | Jun 12th

Erin Brockovich is an American legal clerk, consumer advocate, environmental activist, who was instrumental in building a case against The Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California. She joins Jonathan to discuss toxic water, environmental advoca...Show More

43:53 | Jun 5th

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author who joins Jonathan to shed light on the treatment of LGBTA in Russia. They discuss the strict anti-LGBTQA legislation that’s been passed, its impact on the day to day life of LGBTQA Russians, o...Show More

42:53 | May 8th

Melinda Gates is an American philanthropist, former general manager at Microsoft, and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organization. She joins Jonathan to discuss her early days working at Micr...Show More

44:04 | Apr 24th

Stephanie Schriock is an American political strategist and president of EMILY's List, the nation’s largest organization for women in politics. She joins Jonathan to talk the formation of EMILY’s list, the importance of women in politics, the upcoming...Show More

47:34 | Apr 17th

David Collins is a three time Emmy Award winning producer and is the creator and Executive Producer of Queer Eye. He joins Jonathan to talk the inspiration  of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, how that lead to the creation of the current...Show More

38:14 | Mar 27th

Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist who serves as president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance. He joins Jonathan to talk all things water conservation: the need for water watchdog & advocacy group...Show More

55:02 | Mar 20th

Get you believe? Getting Curious has done 100 episodes! To celebrate this milestone, Jonathan takes us back over some of this favorite moments over the years, with guests including Lizzo, Reese Whetherspoon, Dr. Stan Takrin, Mary O’Hara, Mary Van Nes...Show More

51:43 | Mar 13th

Tammy Baldwin is the Junior US Senator from Wisconsin & was the first openly gay woman to be elected to Congress. She joins Jonathan to talk about her involvement in American politics, being the first openly gay Senator, the power of representation i...Show More

37:10 | Mar 6th

Dr. Stan Tatkin is author of the new book We Do, he returns to talk with Jonathan about relationships, couples therapy, what goes into forming a functional relationship, the physical effects of a bad relationship, determining happiness, stress, and m...Show More

51:34 | Feb 27th

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specializing in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology. She joins Jonathan to discuss how negative interactions can affe...Show More

1:06:04 | Feb 20th

Michelle Kwan is an American figure skater, two-time Olympic medalist, five-time world champion, and nine-time US champion. Eliot Halverson is an American figure skater, choreographer, and three-time USFS national champion. They both join Jonathan to...Show More

43:01 | Feb 13th

Shannon K. O'Neil is the vice president, deputy director of studies, and Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, U.S.-Mexico relations, global trade,...Show More

41:33 | Feb 6th

Sally Kohn is a liberal political commentator, writer, community organizer, as well as a contributor to Fox News and CNN. She joins Jonathan to discuss her time being a liberal commentator on Fox News, the current political landscape, interacting wit...Show More

32:11 | Jan 28th

A.G. is a veteran, PhD, and federal government executive who joins Jonathan to discuss all things relating to The Mueller Investigation; examples of Russian collusion, concerning ties between Russian oligarchs and the Trump administration, what Muell...Show More

42:12 | Jan 23rd

Victoria Tsai is the founder & CEO of skin care company Tatcha. She joins Jonathan to talk all things skin; starting a skincare company, how we can take care of our own skin, why it's important too, what skin is for, and more! Find VIctoria’s com...Show More

47:50 | Jan 16th

Noor Tagouri is a Libyan-American journalist, activist, motivational speaker, producer, and host of the podcast series “Sold in America: Inside Our Nation's Sex Trade”. She sits down with Jonathan to discuss her activism, the realities of Muslim-Amer...Show More

39:48 | Jan 9th

Jodi Picoult is an American writer & was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003, who currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide, translated into 34 languages. She joins Jonathan to talk the pro...Show More

56:15 | Jan 2nd

Katie Couric is an American journalist and author. She has hosted shows for every major television network, including Katie, Today, CBS Evening News, and 60 Minutes. She joins Jonathan to discuss her long career in journalism, how she uses her voice ...Show More

39:04 | Dec 26th, 2018

Nimrod “Max” Eisenberg is one of the pioneers of medical clowning in Israel and has been part of the Dream Doctors Project since 2003. He joins Jonathan to talk the power & philosophy behind clowning, using clowning & humor as therapy, his work in th...Show More
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41:11 | Dec 12th, 2018

Anastasia Khoo is Chief Marketing Officer of Conservation International who has led ground-breaking campaigns around critical moments in America’s history including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-se...Show More
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33:32 | Dec 5th, 2018

Bishop Briggs is a British musician and singer-songwriter. She joins Jonathan to discuss how she broke onto the music scene, growing up in Asia, the importance of being an ally & using your voice for good, the need to “keep going” once you’ve become ...Show More
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51:52 | Oct 31st, 2018

Karl Racine is Attorney General for the District of Columbia - the only Attorney General in Trump’s backyard. He is the first elected AG in the District of Columbia, the co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association, and the VP of the bipa...Show More
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52:29 | Oct 29th, 2018

Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, “the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people”. Last week the New York Times repor...Show More
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51:27 | Oct 24th, 2018

Gaby Goldstein is cofounder and Political Director at the Sister District Project, a grassroots organization of over 30,000 volunteers that supports Democratic candidates. She joins Jonathan to talk the importance of flipping red states blue, strateg...Show More
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53:09 | Oct 17th, 2018

Julia Landauer is an American professional stock car driver who joins Jonathan to discuss being one of the few professional female drivers, the physical demands of driving, navigating a predominantly male dominated profession, her racing origins, how...Show More
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38:54 | Oct 10th, 2018

Dr. Laura Ferguson is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the associate director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health. She joins Jonathan to discu...Show More
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55:29 | Sep 12th, 2018

Nicole Byer is a comedian, writer, and host of Netflix’s Nailed It as well as the Why Won’t You Date Me? podcast. Erin Gibson is a comedian, director/writer, creator of Gay of Thrones and the host of Throwing Shade. They join Jonathan live in Montrea...Show More
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49:18 | Aug 8th, 2018

Tina Nguyen is a staff reporter for Vanity Fair's the Hive who joins Jonathan to talk about how reviewing a hamburger landed her in Trump’s crosshairs, shine some light on what is keeps the GOP’s hopes alive in 2018, the “Blue Wave”, navigating right...Show More
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38:16 | Aug 1st, 2018

Hrishikesh Hirway is a musician & host of Song Exploder who joins with Jonathan to talk about about the many elements that go into creating a song, speaking with artists like Solange, Lorde, & Weezer about their creative process & what goes into thei...Show More
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38:24 | Jul 25th, 2018

Bobby Berk is an interior designer & fellow Queer Eye cast member who joins Jonathan to talk growing up closeted in the Midwest, emancipating himself from his parents as a teen, landing the role on Queer Eye,  finding his way to New York City, and hi...Show More
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39:05 | Jul 18th, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Barnert, a pediatrician and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. She joins Jonathan to talk about the toxic effects of separating families can have ...Show More
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36:51 | Jul 11th, 2018

Austyn Weiner is a renowned photographer and artist extraordinaire who, at 28 years old, has worked with the likes of Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid and exhibited at Art Basel. Jonathan talks with this business woman, artist, and millennial about her...Show More
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36:19 | Jul 4th, 2018

Ryan Huber is an ethicists, PhD, & theologian who joins Jonathan to talk ethics, the life & death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the rise of Adolf Hitler & Nazism in post World War I Germany, and what how we can learn from the past. Find Ryan Huber on T...Show More
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40:41 | Jun 27th, 2018

Amit Paley is the CEO of the Trevor Project and joins Jonathan to talk about the suicide rates among LGBTQ youth, destigmatizing the conversations around suicide & mental illness, and the importance of the work of The Trevor Project. Find Amit...Show More
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35:07 | Jun 13th, 2018

Helen Zaltzman hosts The Allusionist podcast and joins Jonathan to talk about the current and historical differences between the two forms of English. It doesn’t take long for the conversation to spiral out to also cover accents, manners and how lang...Show More
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36:02 | Jun 6th, 2018

Jessica Rae Huber is a film and television composer who has written music for projects such as The Walking Dead, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander, and Constantine. Jonathan talks with Jessica about how she got into film scoring, the pro...Show More
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45:00 | May 30th, 2018

Dr James Gelvin (Professor of Middle Eastern History at UCLA) returns with an update on the Middle East - Syria, Yemen, and is Saudi Arabia liberalizing? Find out more about James Gelvin’s work at UCLA.edu. The Arab Uprising: What Everyone Needs to K...Show More
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33:28 | May 23rd, 2018

19 years ago Amy Throckmorton donated an Egg, to maybe help someone else have a baby. 18 years later and that “egg” contacted her out of the blue. Amy and Gaba met, and discovered that Gaba is currently a singer in the SoCal Vocal’s - the acapella gr...Show More
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42:02 | May 16th, 2018

Lisa Boutin Vitela is Assistant Professor of Art History at Cerritos College. In Jonathan’s words, she’s “most professory about the gorgeous renaissance” so comes by to talk about the Ninja Turtle artists - Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonar...Show More
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55:11 | Apr 30th, 2018

Mirai Nagasu was the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel at the Olympics, securing a bronze medal at PyeongChang 2018. Jonathan chokes back tears of love and joy to get deep into the technical, artistic and political aspects of...Show More
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36:09 | Apr 25th, 2018

Mary O’Hara returns with a Brexit update. What’s actually happened since the 2016 referendum? Is it too late to turn back? Do we love Nicola Sturgeon? And why has Northern Ireland become such a focus of Brexit negotiations? You can find Mary O’Hara’s...Show More

36:37 | Apr 18th, 2018

Professor James Nieh answers Jonathan’s questions about the diseases that are killing off our bees, explains the role bees play in bringing us almonds, and outlines the hierarchies and communication processes going on in hives all over the world. Pr...Show More
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35:01 | Apr 11th, 2018

Dr Natalie Feinblatt explains the 4 criteria an organization needs to meet to be called a cult and looks at how the term can be used and misused in relationship to religions and rehabilitation programs. Plus Jonathan asks about murder porn cults and ...Show More

32:11 | Apr 4th, 2018

Queer Eye co-host, Antoni Porowski joins Jonathan in a wintery New York studio to hang out, share stories from his childhood as a first generation Polish Canadian, and to compare the schooling systems he experienced in Montreal and West Virginia. Fo...Show More
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28:34 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Tim Molina, Political Director at Courage Campaign, explains why he’s currently focusing on California bail reform and what exactly he's hoping to change. Tim’s on Twitter @TMMolina, while you’re their he says you should also follow @ColorofChange, ...Show More
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33:24 | Mar 8th, 2018

Ryan Patel is a global business executive and consultant. He was Vice President of Global Development at Pinkberry and came in to tell us about why the Chinese economy is set to take the worldwide #1 spot and what that means for the US. Find out more...Show More
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33:48 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Dave Holmes tells Jonathan how he went from losing MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest to landing his dream job. Plus, why he left the studios before Mariah Carey’s infamous 2001 TRL meltdown, and why the gay media’s love of a topless selfie can get in...Show More
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35:08 | Feb 14th, 2018

Catherine Cahill is an opioid neuropharmacologist and a professor in UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Studies, specializing in chronic pain. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Jonathan asks Prof. Cath why we experience pain, what makes ch...Show More
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36:38 | Feb 5th, 2018

Veteran, actor and veterans rights activist, Linsay Rousseau Burnett joins Jonathan to share her experiences in the military and consider how #MeToo can be applied to the armed forces. Find out more about Linsay at LinsayRousseau.com where you’ll al...Show More
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32:49 | Jan 18th, 2018

Andrew Ti, host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist?, talks to Jonathan about how Trump’s America isn’t necessarily more racist than Obama’s, and about why we should be challenging ourselves and others on an ongoing basis. Check out Andrew Ti’s Yo, Is...Show More
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36:27 | Jan 4th, 2018

Dr Chris Evans talks with Jonathan about how people get addicted to opioids, why addiction is so hard to kick, and what we can do about this national crisis. Dr Evans is Director of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA and of the Hatos Centre for Ne...Show More
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31:26 | Dec 21st, 2017

Dr Teresa Wlasiuk, joins Jonathan to share her expertise in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and outline ways it can help us over the stressful holiday season. You can follow Dr Wlasiuk on Instagram @GoldenNeedleAcupuncture and find her work at Gold...Show More
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39:02 | Dec 7th, 2017

Dr Richard Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus of Armenian History at UCLA, joins Jonathan to outline the history of the Armenian Genocide and to explain why you might not know as much about it as you should. Find more about Dr Richard Hovannisian’s wor...Show More
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35:17 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Christina Copland outlines the history of Los Angeles and how its early public transit system faltered, leading to today’s “autopia”. Plus Jonathan confesses to a lifelong struggle with remembering how we name centuries.
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33:25 | Nov 8th, 2017

Dr Rebecca Simon outlines the history in the Atlantic, from Captain Kidd to Blackbeard. Were pirates into butt stuff? Who were the Adele or Beyonces of the scene and was the golden age of piracy 420 friendly? Find Dr Simon’s work at rebecca-simon....Show More
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26:08 | Oct 26th, 2017

Neuroscientist and comedian, Dr. Ori Amir bring us up to speed on A.I., explaining why Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s had a Twitter feud about it, what the benefits and risks might be, and what it’ll mean for all of us over the coming decade.
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41:15 | Oct 11th, 2017

Dr James Gelvin (Professor of Middle Eastern History at UCLA) returns to help relaunch the podcast and update us on the current situation in the Middle East. Dr Gelvin’s upcoming book is called “The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know”.

23:11 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Jonathan sits down with his mom, Mary Winters, to talk about the way media is changing, childhood costumes, and things you learn on podcasts. And were there ribbon sticks or not?! With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Mary Winters. Edited by Stacey Molsk...Show More
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34:18 | Feb 9th, 2017

Jonathan sits down with stand-up comedian Shane Mauss to talk about psychedelics, the pros and cons of edibles, and microdosing. And how was the first time Jonathan did shrooms? With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Shane Mauss Shane Mauss: http://www.sh...Show More
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30:30 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Jonathan sits down with Throwing Shade's Erin Gibson to talk about the difference between hosting a podcast vs. a TV show, cultural appropriation, and the Miss Universe pageant. And why does Turks and Caicos have two names? With Jonathan Van Ness and...Show More
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32:24 | Jan 25th, 2017

Jonathan sits down with Orlando Soria, Premier Designer for Homepolish, to talk about telling your story through interior design, the quality of The Crown, and how to get out of a midterm. And are accent walls basic af? With Jonathan Van Ness and gue...Show More
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33:35 | Jan 11th, 2017

Jonathan sits down with singer, songwriter, recording artist extraordinaire Lizzo to talk about having her heart broken, getting an album named one of the Top 20 of 2016, and who she's obsessed with. And what's the definition of a "bad bitch"? With J...Show More
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37:41 | Dec 28th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with writer and actress Zoe Jarman to talk about the ups and downs of 2016. They cover the Olympics, personal goals, and British crime dramas. And how do you pronounce "Anti" anyway? With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Zoe Jarman. Yo...Show More
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34:52 | Dec 15th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with hairstylist and social media influencer Kyle Krieger to talk about vulnerability. They discuss authenticity, moving from coast to coast, and being invited to the White House. Plus, Jonathan loves straddling. With Jonathan Van ...Show More
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25:47 | Nov 30th, 2016

Jonathan catches up with Christopher Barnard, freelance writer and hometown friend. They talk about Christopher's path to writing, how to interview somebody famous, and the future of print media. Plus, Chris shares how to stay informed on fashion, ev...Show More
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30:42 | Nov 16th, 2016

This week, Jonathan sits down with Wanyi Jiang, Design Director at Marie Claire.  They talk about Wanyi's path to design, what 1990s TV drama is inspiring today's fashion, and the real problem with Millennials.    With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, W...Show More
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37:08 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Policy Consultant Greg Srolestar in a Getting Curious election special! They talk about Citizens United, bans on plastic bags, and why some of these propositions are worded so strangely. Plus, Jonathan professes his love for m...Show More
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33:06 | Oct 19th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with model and actress Mercedes Yvette to talk about America’s Next Top Model, being diagnosed with lupus, and Ayurveda medicine. Plus, Jonathan falls in love with Mercedes’ amazing dog, Porkchop. Check out Mercedes Yvette’s shop, ...Show More
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35:51 | Oct 5th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with UCLA student Erick Zerecero to talk about what life is like for an undocumented person living in the US and the process of becoming a citizen. Plus, Jonathan cries for the first time on the show and producer Christian makes hi...Show More
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36:00 | Sep 21st, 2016

Jonathan sits down with model Denise Bidot to talk about the modeling industry, New York Fashion Week, and how to truly embrace your body, curves and all. Plus, Denise tells us how to deal with haters on the internet.   With Jonathan Van Ness and gue...Show More

37:59 | Sep 7th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with therapist and author Stan Tatkin to talk about how we can create meaningful and fulfilling relationships with other human beings. Plus, they discuss dating as a numbers game, the idea of soulmates, and Jonathan asks for love a...Show More

38:54 | Aug 24th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with evolutionary biologist Dr. Leryn Gorlitsky to discuss the many mass extinctions that have happened through Earth’s lifetime, why some species survive and why others die, and how humans are the primary cause of the ongoing mass...Show More
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37:29 | Aug 10th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Physician Assistant and PrEP Research Clinician Kayla McLaughlin to talk about what PrEP is, how far HIV research has gotten since the 80s, and why HIV is so hard to cure. Plus, Kayla discusses the curious cases of the Mississ...Show More
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36:00 | Jul 27th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with director Carla Dauden to talk about Brazil's political parties, life in favelas, and Carla's new documentary, The Discarded: A Tale of Two Rios. Plus, Jonathan finds out about the Bernie Sanders of Uruguay. With Jonathan Van N...Show More
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43:31 | Jul 13th, 2016

In this special super-sized episode of Getting Curious, Jonathan is joined by Editorial Manager Andrei Berman and Deputy Press Secretary Taylor Maxwell of Everytown for Gun Safety to talk about the second amendment, what exactly the NRA is, and what ...Show More
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38:41 | Jun 29th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Guardian columnist and author Mary O'Hara to discuss what Brexit is, how it affects British people all around the EU, and why the far right seems to be getting more popular. Also, Jonathan talks about why he had a crush on Ton...Show More
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34:13 | Jun 15th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with physics professor Alan Weinstein to discuss gravitational waves, Einstein's theory of relativity, and his work for LIGO. Plus, Jonathan and Alan try to imitate the sound of two black holes merging. It's delightful. With Jonath...Show More
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30:59 | Jun 1st, 2016

Jonathan sits down with writer and comedian Byron Lane to talk being diagnosed and treated for testicular cancer and how he was able to write and produce Last Will and Testicle, a comedy web series based on his own experience. With Jonathan Van Ness ...Show More
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33:54 | May 18th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with comedian and host of United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell to talk about racism in the US, interracial relationships, and what exactly white privilege is. Plus, Jonathan gives us an example of when it’s okay to overcharge fo...Show More
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29:12 | May 4th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Scarlett Wang in NYC to talk about moving to America, why certain websites are blocked in China, and how their elections are similar to how America’s Next Top Model works. With Jonathan Van Ness and Scarlett Wang  Produced by ...Show More
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32:08 | Apr 20th, 2016

Jonathan is joined by comedian and actor Ian Harvie to talk about moving to Los Angeles, Transparent, and what it means to truly be comfortable with your gender identity.
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26:46 | Apr 5th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Dr. Lina Nih to talk about what causes strokes, how to detect a possible stroke, and what medical researchers are doing to better treat stroke victims. With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Lina Nih. Produced by Colin Anderson and...Show More
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33:49 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Jonathan is joined by Ilona Varo, a marriage and family therapist intern specializing in eating disorders. With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Ilona Varo. You can find Jonathan on Twitter @TheGayOfThrones or follow him on his Instagram Gay of Thrones. ...Show More
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38:13 | Mar 16th, 2016

It's our annual #MaxFunDrive. Please support our show here. Jonathan goes round to Margaret Cho's house to get curious about comedy, dogs, charity and cannabis. With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Margaret Cho. You can find Jonathan on Twitter @TheGa...Show More
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34:41 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Jonathan is joined by Brad Damaré (Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at USC) to uncover the true story behind the 1997 animated film Anastasia. With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Brad Damaré. You can find Jonathan on Twit...Show More
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29:27 | Feb 17th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with Academy Award nominated film director Courtney Marsh. He wants to find out more about the chemical Agent Orange and about Chau, the subject of Courtney's documentary short, Chau: Beyond the Lines. The film profiles Chau, a tee...Show More
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34:11 | Feb 4th, 2016

Jonathan sits down with writer Elizabeth Kaye to talk about all things Bernie Sanders. His policies, beliefs, and his past. It's all here.  With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Elizabeth Kaye. Produced by Colin Anderson and Christian Duenas for MaximumF...Show More
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33:20 | Jan 20th, 2016

Jonathan is joined by Sullivan Oakley to discuss menstrual cups, the stigma attached to periods, and helping women in poverty-stricken areas around the world. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
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34:07 | Jan 6th, 2016

Jonathan is joined by lobbyist Samantha Corbin to find out about what's happening in the world of internet security, how companies are selling your information and what you can do to avoid it being stolen. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.or...Show More
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31:38 | Dec 23rd, 2015

Jonathan is joined by Father Waylon, who has a master's in divinity and is a priest in Jonathan's hometown church, in Quincy, Illinois. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

35:26 | Dec 15th, 2015

Jonathan is joined by Dr James Gelvin (professor of Islamic Studies at UCLA) to ask, "What's the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims & why don't they love each other?" You can find Dr Gelvin's books on Amazon. Produced by Colin Anderson for M...Show More

00:29 | Dec 1st, 2015

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