222 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 Do You Take Pride In Farming? with Lee Hennessy

    How Do You Take Pride In Farming? with Lee Hennessy

    When we first met Lee Hennessy, he introduced himself as “a farmer, doing farmer things, living the farmer life, who happens to be trans.” To round out our “Pride In Nature” series, we’re learning all about Lee’s life running Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery, what it was like to come out after opening the farm, and what farming has taught him about sex and gender.

    A note to listeners: Lee’s work as a livestock farmer involves creating and selling animal products, including things like cheese, wool, and meat. If this topic is challenging or uncomfortable, we encourage listeners to approach the episode if/when they're ready and to visit Moxie Ridge's values to understand Lee's approach to making animal products.

    Lee Hennessy is the founder, farmer, and cheesemaker of Moxie Ridge Farm. Lee is a first-generation farmer and a transgender man with a surprising background in both wine and Hollywood. He lives and works in Argyle, NY and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his goats, reading long fantasy series, learning to play instruments and singing.

    You can follow Lee on Instagram @hennessie. Want to know what Moxie Ridge Farm is up to? Follow them on Instagram @moxieirdgefarm.

    If you’d like to help finance a security system for Moxie Ridge Farm, you can donate to their GoFundMe – this piece explains why trans-owned farms like Moxie Ridge need security. Consider supporting Moxie Ridge’s Patreon, which will help support not only the maintenance and development of the farm, but also allow Lee to mentor future marginalized farmers.

    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? 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.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    What The Actual F*ck? Life After Roe v. Wade

    What The Actual F*ck? Life After Roe v. Wade

    Well, f*ck. In light of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we on team Getting Curious wanted to check in with our listeners.

    We are devastated by this news. We also know that in difficult moments, it’s important to be in community and conversation with each other.

    We have an episode in the works all about the history of reproductive care in the United States. It’s not slated for release until July—

    But today, we’re bringing you a preview.

    Here is an excerpt from our upcoming conversation with Professor Jacki Antonovich that explores the history of abortion care in the US, and why today’s decision is so egregious.

    Jacqueline Antonovich is an Assistant Professor of History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She is the author of the article, “White Coats, White Hoods: The Medical Politics of the KuKlux Klan in 1920s America,” and she is currently working on a book on the history of women physicians and medical imperialism in the American West. Jacqueline is the creator and co-founder of Nursing Clio, a collaborative blog project that examines the historical roots of present-day issues surrounding gender, health, and medicine.

    Make sure to follow Professor Antonovich on Twitter @jackiantonovich and Nursing Clio on Twitter @NursingClio and at nursingclio.org.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation, and find resources in light of the SCOTUS decision.

    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.

    • 17 min
    How Are You Lighting Up The Runway For Representation? with Munroe Bergdorf

    How Are You Lighting Up The Runway For Representation? with Munroe Bergdorf

    We love a “both and” moment, and this week’s guest is giving us just that: Munroe Bergdorf is both a stunning model and an incredible LGBTQIA+ role model. She and Jonathan celebrate this month’s “Pride In Nature” series with a conversation about her early love for the outdoors, the importance of trans inclusion in sports, and her hopes for representation in the fashion industry and beyond.

    Munroe Bergdorf is a writer, model, and activist. She has spoken on international panels from Oxford to Princeton and contributed to publications such as the Guardian, Grazia, i-D, Teen Vogue, ELLE and Paper. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton for her contribution to campaigning for transgender issues.

    Can't get enough of Munroe and Jonathan? Check out their episode together on Munroe's podcast The Way We Are. You can keep up with Munroe on Instagram @munroebergdorf.

    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 Munroe: Luke Nugent

    • 51 min
    What Stories Do America’s Monuments Tell? with Dr. Elizabeth Alexander

    What Stories Do America’s Monuments Tell? with Dr. Elizabeth Alexander

    You’re planning an afternoon with friends, just east of Atlanta, Georgia. A picnic, maybe a scenic walk, some fireworks as the sun goes down. You find a park that seems to have it all: Stone Mountain. Then you do some research on it—and learn that it holds significance for the Confederacy AND the modern Ku Klux Klan. WTF?! In the lead-up to Juneteenth, Dr. Elizabeth Alexander joins Jonathan to explore the history and contemporary significance of America’s monuments—who’s represented, in what ways, and what it’ll take to change these narratives.



    Elizabeth Alexander – decorated poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate – is president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  She has held distinguished professorships at Smith College, Columbia University, and Yale University, is Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board.



    Dr. Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and is author or co-author of fifteen books, including American Sublime (Pulitzer finalist, Poetry, 2006), The Light of the World (Pulitzer finalist, Biography, 2015), and The Trayvon Generation (2022).



    You can follow Dr. Alexander on Twitter @ProfessorEA and Instagram @alexanderlizzy, and at elizabethalexander.net.



    Want to know what the Mellon Foundation is up to? You can follow their work on Twitter and Instagram @mellonfdn.



    Want to learn more about monuments? Check out the Mellon Foundation’s Monuments Project, and the work of Monument Lab.



    A special thank you to all of our listeners who submitted questions for Dr. Alexander, they very much guided this episode!



    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 Dr. Alexander: Djeneba Aduayom

    • 49 min
    Are Mushrooms Truly Magic? with Dr. Patty Kaishian

    Are Mushrooms Truly Magic? with Dr. Patty Kaishian

    Jonathan long saw mushrooms as an ingredient to avoid on a menu—until they learned that mushrooms, and fungi more generally, have a lot to do with queerness. In this week’s “Pride In Nature” episode, Dr. Patty Kaishian joins Jonathan to discuss fungi behavior and reproduction, her groundbreaking work on queer mycology, and how changing our relationships with fungi can change the world.

    Dr. Patty Kaishian is a mycologist and Visiting Professor at Bard College. Her research focuses on fungal taxonomy, diversity, evolution, symbiosis, and ecology, particularly of the less studied fungal groups, such as the insect-associated Laboulbeniales. Dr. Kaishian also studies philosophy of science and feminist bioscience, exploring how mycology and other scientific disciplines are situated in and informed by our sociopolitical landscape.

    Loved learning about the fabulous world of fungi? Follow Dr. Kaishian on Instagram and Twitter @queendom_fungi!

    For more information about the International Congress of Armenian Mycologists, visit https://icarmenian-mycologists.github.io/.

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Queer Is The Animal Kingdom? with Eliot Schrefer

    How Queer Is The Animal Kingdom? with Eliot Schrefer

    Were there same-sex couples on Noah’s Ark? Was Glee right that dolphins are just gay sharks? What’s a bonobo handshake?! Eliot Schrefer and Jonathan kick off our “Pride In Nature” series, running through June, with a conversation all about queer behaviors observed in animals. It’s “gay stuff” meets “why we need to ‘say gay’” stuff.

    You can follow Eliot on Twitter @eliotschrefer and on Instagram @schrefer. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com, and make sure to check out his new book Queer Ducks (and Other Animals), out now!

    Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and Discover magazine, and his novels include The Darkness Outside Us, Endangered, and the Lost Rainforest series. He is on the faculty of the Hamline University and Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA programs in creative writing, is getting a MA in Animal Studies at NYU, and reviews books for USA Today.

    Can't get enough of YA literature? Follow Epic Reads on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @EpicReads.

    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 Eliot Schrefer: Priya Patel.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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I have learned SO much interesting stuff from this show! 💜 “I love [these] stories”!

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I’m so appreciative of the guests’ diversity, it’s wonderful to hear so many queer voices and womens’ voices. This kind of representation and of course JVN’s energy is so positive and so amazing!

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