The host of this podcast is affectionately referred to by students and colleagues as Dr. J. In this podcast, Dr. J interviews fascinating experts from various disciplines—politicians, artists, professionals from the field of medicine, law, business and more—as well as language educators and many amazing students from all over the world.
While all of the episodes are narrated in English, the interviews are conducted in English, Spanish, French, and German, as well as occasionally other languages from around the world.
Tune in and enjoy the fun and thought-provoking discussions about culture, identity, and language, and how these affect all areas of work and life.
Life With Coach Pop
My guest in this episode is István Steve Javorek, my father, who was the National Olympic Weightlifting Coach to Romania and later to South Korea, before becoming a renowned strength and conditioning coach in the United States. He speaks to me very candidly about his life and about his exciting career coaching Olympians and incredible performance athletes around the world.
My Family’s Immigration
My guest in this episode is my mom. Unlike my famous and highly extroverted father, my mother has always preferred to remain behind the scenes. Nevertheless, she is a fascinating, strong woman, and I really wanted to have her voice heard as well. In this episode, my mom speaks about life in Transylvania, my father’s defection, our ultimate move to the US, and about how my family laid down new roots in the Kansas City area.
Luna's Little Animals Say I Love You
The 11-year-old young writer and artist, Luna Lupien (aka my older daughter), joins me to talk about her book, "Luna's Little Animals Say I Love You." From explaining how the book grew out of the Covid-19 lockdowns, to discussing how and why she decided to draw animals that could send a message of love around the world, Luna speaks quite maturely about her very first book.
Kardjáték és az ötszörös országos vívóbajnok, Habala Péter
Vendégem ebben az epizódban Habala Péter, ötszörös román nemzeti bajnok a vívásban, és az amerikai chicagói Red Star Fencing Club alapítója. Péter a vívóteremben nőtt fel; édesanyja és édesapja mindketten vívóbajnokok és elismert edzők. Péter édesapja az én vívóedzőm is volt Romániában. Nagyszerűen elbeszélgettünk a vívásról, arról, hogy mi kell ahhoz, hogy bajnokká váljon valaki, valamint a Péter személyes élettörténetéről és vívó karrierjéről.
Swordplay with 5-time national fencing champion Peter Habala
My guest in this episode is Peter Habala, a 5-time Romanian national champion in fencing, and the founder of the Red Star Fencing Club in Chicago, USA. Peter grew up in fencing rooms; both his mother and father are fencing champions and renown coaches. In fact, Peter’s father was also my fencing coach back in Romania. Peter and I speak about this amazing sport called fencing, about what it takes to become a champion, and about Peter’s personal life story and fencing career.
Une famille française
Dedicated to Mamie, this episode is about what it means to be French, as seen through the example of the Garnier family. I speak with Jean-Luc Garnier about his very large and very international family. We discuss why and how he still feels completely French, and what aspects of the French way of life he sees critically. This episode is completely in French, with a brief introduction and final summary in English.