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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.

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness Earwolf

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 65 Ratings

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.

    What Were The Very First Olympics Like? with Professors Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen

    What Were The Very First Olympics Like? with Professors Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen

    On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics, we’re turning our attention to another era of athletic competitions: the ancient Olympics. Professors Sarah E. Bond and Joel Christensen join Jonathan to discuss these early games and what they reveal about ancient Greek and Roman politics, religions, gender roles, and more.

    After you listen, make sure to check out Dr. Bond’s first appearance on the show: Would I Have Been The Toast Of The Ancient Mediterranean?

    Sarah E. Bond is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Her book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, was published with the University of Michigan Press in 2016. Follow her on Twitter @SarahEBond.

    Joel Christensen is Professor and Chair of Classical Studies and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Brandeis University. He also runs the blog sententiaeantiquae.com and the associated Ancient Greek and Roman (and Cats) Twitter account @sentantiq. He has published introductory books on Homer with Elton T. E. Barker (Beginner’s Guide to Homer, One World, 2013) and Erik Robinson (A Commentary on the Homeric Battle of Frogs and Mice, Bloomsbury, 2018) and recently completed The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic with Cornell University Press (2020). 

    Find out what today’s guests and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    What Does Justice Look Like For Farmworkers? with Mónica Ramírez

    What Does Justice Look Like For Farmworkers? with Mónica Ramírez

    This week on Getting Curious, we’re going from table to farm to learn more about where our food comes from, and who is producing it. Activist and lawyer Mónica Ramírez joins Jonathan to discuss the history of farmwork in the United States, the labor conditions facing contemporary farmworkers, and the work she and her peers are doing to prioritize legal and mental health support for farmworker communities.

     

    Mónica Ramírez is an attorney, author and activist. She is the founder of Justice for Migrant Women and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, The Latinx House, and Poderistas (formerly She Se Puede). 

    Mónica has received numerous awards, including Harvard Kennedy School’s first Gender Equity Changemaker Award, Feminist Majority’s Global Women’s Rights Award and the Smithsonian’s 2018 Ingenuity Award. She was named to Forbes Mexico’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s 2018 list and TIME Magazine included her in its 2021 TIME100 Next list. Mónica is also an inaugural member of the Ford Global Fellowship. 

    Follow Monica on Instagram @activistmonicaramirez and Twitter @MonicaRamirezOH. Justice for Migrant Women is on Instagram and Twitter @mujerxsrising, and at justice4women.org. 

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Can We Mobilize For The Midterms? with Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein

    How Can We Mobilize For The Midterms? with Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein

    This week on Getting Curious, Sister District’s Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein are here to remind us that there are no off-year elections, only odd-year elections—and we’re in the midst of a major campaign season.

    Lala and Gaby break down why this year’s state legislature races are a bellwether for the midterms, what’s going on with redistricting, and how you can get involved in electing progressives across the country.

    Once you’ve listened to the episode, make sure to check out Gaby’s first appearance on Getting Curious, in 2018 (“How Do We Flip Red States Blue In The Midterms?”) and head over to Instagram for a 2020 conversation with Sister District’s Rita Bosworth.

    Sister District is a grassroots organization of over 50,000 members, which provides hands-on field and fundraising support to endorsed state legislative candidates. Sister District Action Network, their affiliated c4, focuses on political research, civic engagement and state legislator support. You can learn more at https://sisterdistrict.com/. Sister District is on Twitter and Instagram @Sister_District and on YouTube and Facebook at Sister District. 

    Lala Wu is thrilled and humbled to be the first woman of color to take the helm as the Executive Director of Sister District. In her previous role as the Director of Engagement & Partnerships, she successfully led the expansion of the organization's volunteer infrastructure to over 150 chapters in 31 states. Prior to co-founding Sister District, Lala was a clean energy and land use attorney. Lala is on Twitter @_lala_wu_.

    Gaby Goldstein is an attorney, political strategist, and health & state policy enthusiast. As Co-Founder at Sister District, she is building progressive power in state legislatures and helping legislators succeed once elected. She serves as Political Advisor at Sister District Project, and as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sister District Action Network. Gaby Goldstein is on Twitter @gaby__goldstein.

    Find out what today’s guests and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.  

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 47 min
    What Does Pride Mean To You? with Ashlee Marie Preston

    What Does Pride Mean To You? with Ashlee Marie Preston

    Last June, LGBTQIA+ activist, journalist, and media personality Ashlee Marie Preston joined Jonathan on Instagram Live for a conversation about Pride, racial justice, and everyday acts of resistance. To round out Pride this year, we’re releasing that conversation as a podcast episode.

     

    Follow Ashlee Marie Preston on Instagram @ashleemariepreston and Twitter @AshleeMPreston, and learn more about her work at YouAreEssential.org. Make sure to revisit her first appearance on Getting Curious, recently released from our archives: “Am I A Self-Karen?”

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. While you're on Instagram, check out some of our other Instagram Live conversations with activists, politicians, scientists, and more friends of the show.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 57 min
    Do Beauty Standards Need A Glow Up? with David Yi

    Do Beauty Standards Need A Glow Up? with David Yi

    This week on Getting Curious, Jonathan and David Yi explore the history of beauty beyond the gender binary. Listen in to learn about Neanderthals who used highlighters, Korean warriors who invented three-in-one sticks, ancient Egyptians who relied on anti-aging creams, and more stunning historical figures.

     

    David Yi is the co-founder of good light, a gender-inclusive beauty brand, and editor of Very Good Light, a men's and masc-identifying beauty publication. They are the author of the new book PRETTY BOYS, which honors beauty icons past and present who have redefined masculinity and gender expression. 

     

    You can find David on Twitter and Instagram @seoulcialite; good light is @goodlight.world; and Very Good Light is at @verygoodlight.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 46 min
    Who Was Doing The Most In Early China? with Professor Jue Guo

    Who Was Doing The Most In Early China? with Professor Jue Guo

    This week, Professor Jue Guo returns to Getting Curious, which means we are returning to Early China! She and Jonathan discuss what a week in the life might look like for a royal hairdresser, a performance artist, a regional king, and other figures from this period and place.

    This episode can be enjoyed on its own, but if you can’t get enough of Early China, make sure to check out Professor Guo’s first appearance on the show, where we ask: Can You Set The Scene For Early China?

    Jue Guo is an Assistant Professor of Barnard College in New York City. She is a social and cultural historian of Early China (terminus ante quem ca. 3rd century CE), with a geographical focus on southern China.

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Check out Getting Curious merch at PodSwag.com.

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

    Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

benjo bulac ,

Relevant, Fierce and Amazing

I never thought jonathan could get anymore amazing but this podcast is the best!

callmejeffy ,

Excellent topics

I love how you keep your podcasts brief without compromising the liveliness, fun, and the idea of addressing our curiosities. Keep it up mama! Love from Philippines 😘

Mia from the philippines ,

Jonathan’s is making the world a better place!

If you really looked at it- these topics could be intimidating and would easily neglected just from the sheer size of them. But Jonathan’s delivery is making it easy for everyone to understand complex ideals. I love this podcast and my days are better for it! Thank you Jonathan!

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