214 episodes

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 • 18.2K 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.

    How F$^*#d Up Is Fatphobia? with Professor Sabrina Strings

    How F$^*#d Up Is Fatphobia? with Professor Sabrina Strings

    What do Enlightenment-era paintings, 19th-century American fashion magazines, and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” have in common? They’re all strong examples of what fatphobia has to do with race, class, and gender discrimination. This week, learn all about the origins of anti-fat bias, and how it persists today, with Professor Sabrina Strings.

    Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is a Chancellor's Fellow and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina has been featured in dozens of venues, including BBC News, NPR, Huffington Post, Vox, Los Angeles Times, Essence, Vogue, and goop. Her writing has appeared in diverse venues including, The New York Times, Scientific American, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (2019), was awarded the 2020 Best Publication Prize by the Body & Embodiment Section of the American Sociological Association.

    You can follow Dr. Strings on Twitter @SaStrings and check out her website sabrinastrings.com. Want to learn more? Here are some books and resources she recommends:

    Da’Shaun Harrison's The Belly of the Beast

    Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not An Apology

    Dr. Joy Cox’s Fat Girls In Black Bodies

    Roxane Gay’s Hunger

    Tressie McMillan Cottom’s THICK

    Dr. Jill Andrew’s work

    NAAFA

    Join the conversation, and find out what former guests are up to, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.

    • 55 min
    What’s The Power Of Labor Organizing? with Kim Kelly

    What’s The Power Of Labor Organizing? with Kim Kelly

    This fall, pro-union sentiment in the US rose to 68 percent—the highest it’s been since 1965. We’re living through a major moment for labor organizing, and we have so many questions! How did we get here? Who got us here? And what’s at stake for workers across the country today? Kim Kelly joins Jonathan to discuss the power of collective bargaining, worker solidarity, and her new book FIGHT LIKE HELL, an intersectional history of labor movements in the US.
    Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author of FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, and many others. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at “Noisey,” VICE’s music vertical, and was an original member of the VICE Union. A third-generation union member, she was born in the heart of the South Jersey Pine Barrens, and currently lives in Philadelphia with a hard-workin’ man, a couple of taxidermied bears, and way too many books.
    Want to learn even more about the US labor movement?
    Follow Kim on Twitter @grimkim and on Instagram @kimkellywriter.
    Pick up a copy of FIGHT LIKE HELL, out now!
    And check out Kim’s FIGHT LIKE HELL reading list, which you can access for free on her Patreon.
    Join the conversation, and find out what former guests are up to, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.
    Headshot Credit for Kim Kelly: Elizabeth Kreitschman

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Does Curiosity Grow On Trees? with Professor Beronda Montgomery

    Does Curiosity Grow On Trees? with Professor Beronda Montgomery

    *A note from Jonathan and the Getting Curious team: We are covering the latest SCOTUS developments on Instagram and Twitter @CuriouswithJVN. Head there for insights from past guests, resources, and relevant episodes from our archive. We invite you to listen to this episode whenever feels right for you, and we hope that you’ll find comfort and energy from it.*

    The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and we have a spring in our step because Professor Beronda Montgomery is back on Getting Curious, for an episode all about trees! How do trees know when to unfurl their leaves in the spring? Do they have growth spurts? What’s bud grafting all about? Learn all that and more—plus, catch up on the latest from Jonathan and Mark’s garden.

    Beronda Montgomery is a writer, science communicator, and currently a Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics. Beronda will soon be Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Grinnell College. Her recent book is Lessons from Plants (2021, Harvard University Press).

    If you aren’t already obsessed with Professor Montgomery and following her on all the socials, she’s on Twitter @BerondaM and @PlantLessons, and on Instagram @Beronda_M and @PlantLessons. Her website is berondamontgomery.com. And you can follow her New Scientist column here!

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.

    • 59 min
    Who Were History’s “Female Husbands”? with Professor Jen Manion

    Who Were History’s “Female Husbands”? with Professor Jen Manion

    What was it like to trans gender if you were living in 18th or 19th century England or America? This week, Professor Jen Manion joins Jonathan to explore the world of “female husbands,” people who were raised as girls but lived as men. Listen in to learn about these resilient individuals’ lives; how they were treated by their partners and the press; and how they paved the way for queer and trans communities today.

    Jen Manion is a writer, historian, and advocate whose work examines the role of gender and sexuality in American life. Jen was the first in their family to graduate from college and is now a Professor at Amherst College.

    You can follow Professor Manion on Twitter @activisthistory, on Instagram @manionjen, and at www.jenmanion.com. And make sure to grab a copy of Female Husbands, published by Cambridge University Press.

    Want to learn more? Here are some resources referenced in the episode:

    Digital Transgender Archive

    Library of Congress Digital Archives

    Some additions to your watch (and reading!) lists:

    Gentleman Jack

    Albert Nobbs

    And more resources Professor Manion recommends:

    Transgender Children in Antebellum America (OutHistory.org)

    Histories of Sexuality and the Carceral State (NOTCHES)

    The Performance of Transgender Inclusion (Public Seminar)

    Don't Pop the Champagne Yet on “They” (Public Seminar)

    Why Do You Call Us Ladies? (Public Seminar)

    Join the conversation, and find out what former guests are up to, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.

    • 52 min
    How Did You Become A Superstar? with Molly Shannon

    How Did You Become A Superstar? with Molly Shannon

    Sometimes, when we get real excited about an episode, we stick our hands under our armpits and SNIFF ’EM! And this week, we’re real excited, because we have none other than THE superstar Molly Shannon on the show. Listen in as she and Jonathan discuss her comedy career, her new book Hello, Molly!, and how they crossed paths long before Jonathan was cast on Queer Eye.

    Molly Shannon is an Emmy-nominated and Independent Spirit Award-winning actress and comedian. You know her from her Saturday Night Live, Other People, The Other Two, The White Lotus, and so many other incredible film and television projects. She’s in the upcoming Showtime series I Love That For You, and her new memoir Hello, Molly! is out now.

    Make sure to follow Molly on Instagram @theofficialsuperstar.

    Join the conversation, and find out what former guests are up to, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

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

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.

    • 44 min
    What’s A Day In The Life Of A Coral Reef? with Dr. Juli Berwald

    What’s A Day In The Life Of A Coral Reef? with Dr. Juli Berwald

    Coral are teeny tiny animals just two layers thick, and yet they create the biggest structures made by any biological creatures on the planet—like, the size of Italy big. Literally HOW! This week, Dr. Juli Berwald and Jonathan dive deep on all things coral, from their mating behaviors to their “badass merger” with algae to coral reefs’ critical importance to life in the ocean and on land.

    Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science from the University of Southern California. She’s the author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone and a contributor to The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate. Her new book Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs is out now.

    You can follow Dr. Berwald on Twitter and Instagram @juliberwald. Her website is www.juliberwald.com.

    Interested in learning more about coral reefs and sunscreen? Discover more here!

    Join the conversation, and find out what former guests are up to, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

    Love listening to Getting Curious? Now, you can also watch Getting Curious—on Netflix! Head to netflix.com/gettingcurious to dive in.

    Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.

    Our socials are run and curated by Middle Seat Digital.

    Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to TheQuinCat.com.

    Getting Curious merch is available on PodSwag.com.

    • 48 min

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I have switched out the morning news with this podcast and my mental health has increased. I have zero scientific evidence to prove my statement but I have a smile and a laugh every time I listen. Thank you to my 21 year old daughter that recently told me to watch Queer Eye so it would lead me to this podcast. I’m really late to the party but that’s okay. Better late than never!!

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Entertaining and educational

I’m a science teacher and overall geek. I love how playful JVN makes these podcasts as I actually am interested to learn more about topics I normally wouldn’t (e.g. history). I may use some clips from these to interest my science students in some of these topics in a fun way!

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