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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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 17.9K 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 Sharp Is The History Of Scissors? with Teresa Collenette

    How Sharp Is The History Of Scissors? with Teresa Collenette

    This week’s episode is a cut above the rest, as we explore the history and cultural significance of scissors. Join Jonathan and design historian Teresa Collenette as they talk ancient spring scissors, Victorian-era chatelaines, Jonathan’s go-to hair shears, and Teresa’s incredible collection of more than 100 pairs of scissors.


    Teresa Collenette is a design historian, curator and collector. Teresa has curated several exhibitions with the Fashion and Textile Museum, including The Secret Life of Scissors in 2018 and Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture, which is up now!



    You can follow her on Instagram @thehouseofscissors.



    Want to learn more about scissors? Check out these resources:



    Handmade scissors in Sheffield at Ernest Wright



    Scissors being made at Ernest Wright



    Scissors maker William Whiteley & Sons, Sheffield



    Scissor Collecting Magazine


    Dial M For Murder



    The Secret Life of Scissors exhibition in The New York Times



    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.

    • 57 min
    How Expansive Is Oregon Trail History? with Professor Margaret Huettl

    How Expansive Is Oregon Trail History? with Professor Margaret Huettl

    Can you map out the Oregon Trail? If you just flashed back to playing The Oregon Trail video game in your sixth grade computer lab, get ready for a journey. Jonathan and Professor Margaret Huettl explore how Native knowledge systems established the Oregon Trail; how Native peoples experienced non-Native settlers moving West; and how Indigenous communities today are reckoning with this past to build a better future.



    Margaret Huettl, a descendant of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibweg, Assyrian refugees, and European settlers, is Assistant Professor in History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a scholar of Native American history and North American Wests, and her research examines the continuities of Ojibwe sovereignty in the context of settler colonialism in both the United States and Canada, centering Ojibwe ways of knowing.



    You can follow her on Twitter @historianhuettl.



    Want to learn more about the Oregon Trail?



    See whose land you’re living on, or learn more about the Native nations whose land was crossed by the Oregon Trail: Native-Land.ca



    Visit the only Oregon Trail museum run by Indigenous people: TAMÁSTSLIKT CULTURAL INSTITUTE



    Explore the Fort Laramie Treaty through an interactive case study: Fort Laramie Treaty Case Study



    Read Margaret’s work: “Treaty Stories: Reclaiming the Unbroken History of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Sovereignty”



    Learn more about Indigenous representations: IllumiNative.



    Check out some Indigenous-centered games:



    When Rivers Were Trails

    Invaders

    Growing Up Ojibwe

    Never Alone



    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.

    • 59 min
    What’s The Deal With Tear Gas? with Professor Anna Feigenbaum

    What’s The Deal With Tear Gas? with Professor Anna Feigenbaum

    You may have seen tear gas marketed as a “non-lethal” or “less lethal” weapon. The truth is more dangerous. This week, Professor Anna Feigenbaum breaks down what’s in tear gas, who manufactures it, and what its poisonous history reveals about profit motivation and modern policing.


    Professor Anna Feigenbaum works at Bournemouth University in the South of England. She is the author of Tear Gas (Verso 2017). Her recent project The Data Storytelling Workbook (Routledge 2020) provides a guide to telling more effective, empathetic and evidence-based data stories.



    You can follow Professor Feigenbaum on Twitter @drfigtree.



    Want to learn more about tear gas? Here are some recommended resources:



    Tear Gas: An Investigation — Amnesty International



    RiotID (@RiotID on Twitter)



    Welcome to Omega Research Foundation | Omega Research Foundation



    Chemical Weapons Research Consortium



    DTP



    Physicians for Human Rights: Through evidence, change is possible.

    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.

    • 55 min
    How Can We Put The “I” In LGBTQIA+? with Alicia Roth Weigel

    How Can We Put The “I” In LGBTQIA+? with Alicia Roth Weigel

    Have you ever met a redhead? Someone with green eyes? Someone with intersex traits?


    If you answered yes to the first two questions, you can likely answer yes to the third: being intersex is as common as having red hair or green eyes. And that’s almost definitely an undercount.


    This week, Alicia Roth Weigel lays out what it means to have intersex traits, why so many intersex children face medical abuse, and what justice looks like for intersex people.


    Alicia Roth Weigel is a Forbes and New York Times published change agent, working to improve the political and social landscape for marginalized populations in the South through her consulting firm Intrepida Strategy. As a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Austin, she has contributed to legislation to reduce sexual assault and human trafficking, mandate paid sick leave and abortion funding, decriminalize and alleviate homelessness, and target other social determinants of health.


    Most notably, Alicia continually advocates for the rights of intersex people like her, for which she was awarded the Ceci Gratias Guardian Award by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Alicia is committed to fostering body autonomy and culturally competent healthcare for all.


    Make sure to follow Alicia on Instagram and Twitter @xoxy_alicia.

    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.

    • 50 min
    What’s The Cure For Vaccine Misinformation? with Dr. Kolina Koltai

    What’s The Cure For Vaccine Misinformation? with Dr. Kolina Koltai

    Chances are, you’ve been exposed to vaccine misinformation. And you could be at risk of believing it. This week, Dr. Kolina Koltai joins Jonathan to explore how vaccine misinformation travels online, why it’s so dangerous, and how you can stop it from spreading.



    Dr. Kolina Koltai is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the anti-vaccine community’s use of sociotechnical systems to find, share, and assess vaccine misinformation. She received her PhD in 2020 in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.



    You can follow her on Twitter @kolinakoltai.

    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
    Are Dams Cute… Or Not So Cute? with Heather Randell

    Are Dams Cute… Or Not So Cute? with Heather Randell

    Dams, what’s their story? Are they scenic sites? Harmful structures? This week, Professor Heather Randell and Jonathan go on a journey through dam history, ecology, and sociology. Listen in to learn about why dams are built; who they serve; and how they can cause displacement, change river ecology, and contribute to climate change.


    Heather Randell is an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography at Penn State. She studies how dam construction affects local communities as well as the health and social impacts of climate change.



    You can follow her on Twitter @HeatherFRandell, and at www.heatherrandell.com



    Want to learn more about dams? Here are three short films worth checking out:



    Guardians of the River

    Belo Monte: After the Flood (2016)

    A River Runs Through Us



    And here’s a recent article from the New Yorker on the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.

    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.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17.9K Ratings

17.9K Ratings

TWright207 ,

Love this!

I love that variety of guests and topics Jonathan brings on. It is always interesting and the way JVN asks questions and interacts with his guests is very similar to my own style. Organized chaos in the best way! Also, this is the ONLY podcast I never have to listen to at an accelerated rate. JVN already talks fast enough.

drlisa65 ,

Thankful!!

Your interview with Professor Huerta was wonderful and important—- thank you for your podcast and wonderful presence!! Love you so much♥️🙋‍♀️

Rlynnkas ,

Everyone should be curious!

Thank you Jonathan Van Ness for helping my curiosity about topics I didn’t even know I was curious about, until I found your podcast, that is!!! Serious learning that doesn’t feel like heavy textbook lifting!

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