14 episodes

Emmy-winning writer and producer Gavin Purcell talks to interesting people about the subjects they’re currently obsessed with outside of their everyday lives. Then, an expert in that subject matter joins the conversation to answer all their questions.

Way Too Interested is a podcast about curiosity, discovery, creativity, and, most importantly, pursuing those little things that get stuck in your brain & end up being way more fascinating than you ever expected. Learn more at WayTooInterested.com, and follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell.

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    • Society & Culture

Emmy-winning writer and producer Gavin Purcell talks to interesting people about the subjects they’re currently obsessed with outside of their everyday lives. Then, an expert in that subject matter joins the conversation to answer all their questions.

Way Too Interested is a podcast about curiosity, discovery, creativity, and, most importantly, pursuing those little things that get stuck in your brain & end up being way more fascinating than you ever expected. Learn more at WayTooInterested.com, and follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell.

    INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS with Anil Dash and Dan McNichol

    INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS with Anil Dash and Dan McNichol

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, writer/podcaster/https://glitch.com/ (Glitch) CEO Anil Dash talks with Gavin Purcell about his fascination with America's interstate highway system, which started with his father — a civil engineer given a "genius visa" to immigrate from India to help build America's highways and bridges. Anil also talks about his personal history with technology, "living in the future" as a kid, and how the "information superhighway" of the internet is similar to actual highways.
    Then, Anil and Gavin are joined by journalist and former White House appointee Dan McNichol, the author of https://www.amazon.com/Roads-That-Built-America-Incredible/dp/1402734689 (The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System). Dan explains how President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vision for a nation crisscrossed by highways became a reality, the negative impact highways have had on various communities, and our present battles over infrastructural issues, such as 5G, broadband internet, and high-speed rail in California.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Follow Anil on Twitter https://twitter.com/anildash (@anildash)
    Read https://danmcnichol.com/about/books/ (Dan's books), including The Roads That Built America

    • 1 hr 19 min
    CREEPYPASTA with Chuck Wendig and Lucia Peters

    CREEPYPASTA with Chuck Wendig and Lucia Peters

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, author Chuck Wendig talks with Gavin Purcell about the many types of apples you've never tasted, the state of Twitter in 2022, and his obsession with creepypasta, an online cousin to urban legends. Chuck also talks about the real-world impact of these spooky tales and how they have evolved in the transition from 4chan to Tumblr to TikTok.
    Then, Chuck and Gavin are joined by creepypasta expert Lucia Peters, the author of https://www.chroniclebooks.com/products/dangerous-games-to-play-in-the-dark.html (Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark). Lucia further explains exactly what makes something creepypasta and discusses some famous examples, including Slenderman, the Elevator Game, and "BEN Drowned." She also looks ahead to the future of the internet-driven genre, which has already made the leap to mainstream films and video games.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Follow Chuck on Twitter https://twitter.com/chuckwendig (@chuckwendig) and read his bestselling novel, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/555274/the-book-of-accidents-by-chuck-wendig/ (The Book of Accidents)
    Read Lucia's work at https://theghostinmymachine.com/ (The Ghost in My Machine)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    BROADWAY with Cliff Bleszinski and Hunter Arnold

    BROADWAY with Cliff Bleszinski and Hunter Arnold

    Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski, the lead designer on the "Gears of War" video games, talks with Gavin Purcell about his years in the gaming industry, how he discovered a passion for the theater in high school, and his main obsession outside of games: Broadway. This passion led him to become a co-producer of the hit show Hadestown, which won eight Tony Awards in 2019.
    Then, Cliff and Gavin are joined by theater producer Hunter Arnold, whose credits include Hadestown, Kinky Boots, and Dear Evan Hansen. Hunter talks about how he decides what to produce, why he never knows if a play is going to be a hit, and a game he plays with a fellow producer: Describe the plot of a hit musical with the worst elevator pitch ever.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Follow Cliff on Twitter https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/ (@therealcliffyb) and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dudehugetank/ (@dudehugetank)
    Follow Hunter on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/huntercarnold/ (@huntercarnold)

    • 1 hr 24 min
    KOTA IBUSHI with Spencer Hall and Chris Charlton

    KOTA IBUSHI with Spencer Hall and Chris Charlton

    Sports writer and Channel 6 co-founder Spencer Hall, formerly a contributor to SBNation and the founder of Every Day Should Be Saturday, joins Gavin Purcell on today's podcast to talk about his obsession with Japanese wrestling! And specifically, Spencer is way too interested in one athlete from the New Japan Pro Wrestling circuit: Kota Ibushi, who Spencer describes as both "the greatest wrestler alive" and also the answer to the question "what if Michael Jordan had just done Space Jam for 10 years?"
    Then, they're joined by Chris Charlton, who announces Japanese pro wrestling in English for NJPWWorld.com. Chris explains how Kota has bridged the gap between old and new fans of the sport, what makes him so compelling, and his humble ambitions to become God.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Subscribe to Spencer Hall and Holly Anderson's https://channel-6.ghost.io/ (Channel 6)
    Follow Chris on Twitter https://twitter.com/reasonjp (@reasonjp)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    POKER with Aaron Dworkin and Phil Gordon

    POKER with Aaron Dworkin and Phil Gordon

    Performing artist, social entrepreneur, professor, and author Aaron Dworkin joins Gavin Purcell on today's podcast to talk about his obsession with poker! He also talks about how diversity has defined his life and passions, and how he uses a "lottery test" and a "death test" to decide what new projects to pursue.
    Then, they're joined by star player and commentator Phil Gordon, who explains how newbies can improve their poker game, why physical "tells" are overrated, and why "emerging players" such as Aaron should consider getting into a version of the game called Pot Limit Omaha, or PLO.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Learn more about Aaron’s nonprofit, https://www.sphinxmusic.org/ (The Sphinx Organization)
    Read Phil's books, including the https://www.amazon.com/Phil-Gordons-Little-Green-Book/dp/1416903674 (Little Green Book: Lessons and Teachings in No Limit Texas Hold'em)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    THE SUPPLY CHAIN with John August and Peter S. Goodman

    THE SUPPLY CHAIN with John August and Peter S. Goodman

    Today, on an unusually topical episode of Way Too Interested, screenwriter and Scriptnotes co-host John August joins Gavin Purcell to talk about how his experience selling a custom deck of playing cards — the https://www.writeremergency.com/ (Writer Emergency Pack) — awakened him to the complex and fascinating world of the supply chain. He also talks about his writing habit and the thing he misses most in the current supply chain crunch: Caffeine-free Coke Zero.
    Then, they're joined by the New York Times' global economics correspondent, Peter S. Goodman, who explains what exactly the global supply chain is, how it arose, and why everyone should have ordered their Christmas presents yesterday. Plus: Who's making money when supply ships aren't moving, who's pain are we not hearing about, and which industries are most affected by a disruption to the normal rhythm?
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested https://pod.link/1588020251 (in your podcast app of choice)! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter https://twitter.com/gavinpurcell (@gavinpurcell)
    Listen to John's podcast, https://johnaugust.com/podcast (Scriptnotes)
    Read Peter's writing in the https://www.nytimes.com/by/peter-s-goodman (New York Times)

    • 1 hr 6 min

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