253 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 • 18.4K 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.

    Why Are We So Obsessed With Dogs? with Dr. maythe han

    Why Are We So Obsessed With Dogs? with Dr. maythe han

    Dogs. We snuggle up with them on the couch. We pamper them with treats and toys and songs. We even give them prime placement on our dating profiles! But how—and why—did we become BFFs with canines? And what does our love for dogs say about us? This week, anthrozoologist Dr. maythe han and her dog Frank join Jonathan to explore this special bond between humans and dogs.

    maythe han is an anthrozoologist of more-than-human kinship with dogs. Addressing the question ‘how can we live a good life together?’, her research foregrounds embodied imagination and creativity in exploring how dogs and their humans become-with one another. She uses art and music to understand and communicate the ways in which dogs and their humans co-produce and re-produce systems, structures, and sensibilities involved in multispecies experiences and environments. She lives with her border collie, Frank, who is a very good boy.

    You can follow maythe on Instagram and Mastodon @odetodogs for her artwork, on Twitter @maythehan, and at maythehan.com. And make sure to check out her gorgeous custom animal portraits—she’s taking commissions!

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Did Syrian Peddlers Experience America? with Dr. Charlotte Karem Albrecht

    How Did Syrian Peddlers Experience America? with Dr. Charlotte Karem Albrecht

    Starting in the late 1800s, a group of Syrian immigrants settled in America. Many of them took up peddling as a career. When American newspapers described these peddlers, it was often in derogatory ways—and through terms of queerness. This week, Dr. Charlotte Karem Albrecht joins Jonathan to explore this moment in Arab American history, how it's been remembered, and what it reveals about “the sexual, racial, and gender machinery of American society.”

    A note from Team JVN: In this episode, Dr. Karem Albrecht and Jonathan discuss how Arabs and Arab Americans were understood by white Americans. As part of that discussion, we reference various historical documents that include anti-Arab and anti-Semitic language. If you'd like to pre-screen those moments, you can find them in the transcript at jonathanvanness.com.

    Charlotte Karem Albrecht is an Assistant Professor of American Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is also a core faculty member in the Arab and Muslim American Studies program. She is also an avid lover of plants and mushrooms and her five fur babies.

    You can follow Charlotte on Twitter and Instagram @CKaremAlbrecht. You can learn more about her work at www.charlotteka.com.

    Make sure to check out her new book Possible Histories: Arab Americans and the Queer Ecology of Peddling, published by University of California Press.

    A free ebook version is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Head to www.luminosoa.org for details.

    And if you’re curious for more, Dr. Karem Albrecht recommends:

    Alixa Naff’s Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience
    Mejdulene Shomali’s Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives
    Susan Schweik’s The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public
    Sarah Gualtieri’s Between Arab and White
    Randa Tawil’s work on Syrian interpreters
    Vivek Bald’s work on Bengali migrants

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    • 54 min
    Can You Even Believe It’s Our 300th Episode? with Jonathan Van Ness

    Can You Even Believe It’s Our 300th Episode? with Jonathan Van Ness

    If you’d told Jonathan seven years ago that they’d be celebrating 300 episodes of Getting Curious this week, they would have passed out on the salon floor. You’d be visiting from the future, after all! We couldn’t have made it to 300 episodes without you, our listeners—so to celebrate this milestone, Jonathan’s answering your voicemails. Listen in for their takes on style, confidence, navigating the entertainment industry, and how we make the show each week. Make sure to grab some tissues and listen to the end, because this one gets emotional!

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    PS - If you’re looking for style recommendations, and specifically shoe recommendations, we can’t recommend following ALOK enough!

    • 47 min
    Are Plant-Based Diets For Everyone? with Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann

    Are Plant-Based Diets For Everyone? with Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann

    We all need to eat. And we know that the choices we make with food are at once deeply personal and informed by systemic factors. As part of our ongoing exploration into global foodways, Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann joins Jonathan to discuss the history, science, and culture of the animal-sourced Inuit diet. Listen in to learn more about Inuit fermented foods, how colonization has shaped what’s on shelves in Nuuk, and why you might want to pass on any papaya for sale in the Arctic.

    One note about this episode is that it does discuss hunting and fishing. If you’d like to skip it, we’d completely understand—but if you are able to listen, there’s so much to learn from Dr. Hauptmann.

    Aviaja L. Hauptmann, PhD., is an Inuk microbiologist, Assistant Professor and public debater from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland). Her research centers the strengths of the animal-sourced Indigenous diet of Inuit. For the past four years, her research focus has been the human and microbial culture of Inuit foods and their role in food sovereignty.

    If this episode left you hungry for more, visit Aviaja’s project page on Instagram @asi_inuit_microbiology_lab!

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    • 1 hr
    What’s The Sordid History Of U.S. Trash Collection? with Professors Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan

    What’s The Sordid History Of U.S. Trash Collection? with Professors Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan

    New year, Gilded Age drama! Today we might think of municipal trash collection as a mundane activity. But in the late 1800s, trash collection in the United States was the site of dirty politics, public health debates, and a whole lot of mess. Professors Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan join Jonathan to discuss how we went from 16-foot-tall trash piles in the streets to our modern system of trash pick-ups. And we're getting into all the unsavory details...

    Want to (dumpster) dive deeper into the politics of trash? Check out their new book The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890-1929, published by Cornell University Press. You can visit the book’s website for more information!

    Patricia Strach is professor in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York and a fellow with the Rockefeller Institute of Government. With Kathleen S. Sullivan, she is the author of The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890-1929 (Cornell University Press 2023). Her previous books include Hiding Politics in Plain Sight: Cause Marketing, Corporate influence, and Breast Cancer Policymaking (Oxford University Press 2016) and All in the Family: The Private Roots of American Public Policy (Stanford University Press 2007).

    Kathleen S. Sullivan is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. With Patricia Strach, she is the author of The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890-1929 (Cornell University Press 2023). She is also the author of Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). She is currently researching sailors’ boardinghouses.

    You can follow Professor Strach on Twitter @PatriciaStrach and Professor Sullivan on Twitter @kathlsullivan.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    • 55 min
    ICYMI: Do Beauty Standards Need A Glow Up? with David Yi

    ICYMI: Do Beauty Standards Need A Glow Up? with David Yi

    As we wind down for the year, we’re re-releasing one more essential beauty episode from the Getting Curious archives! Jonathan and David Yi celebrate the history of gender-inclusive beauty, and spotlight beauty influencers across millennia—like Neanderthals who used highlighters, Korean warriors who invented three-in-one sticks, and ancient Egyptians who developed anti-aging creams.

    David Yi is the co-founder of the gender-inclusive beauty brand good light, and the CEO and co-founder of Very Good Light—a beauty publication dedicated to redefining masculinity. They are also the author of the 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 on Instagram and TikTok @goodlight.world, and at goodlight.world; and Very Good Light is on Instagram at @verygoodlight and verygoodlight.com.

    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN to join the conversation.

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

    Transcripts for each episode are available at JonathanVanNess.com.

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

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

    • 44 min

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I’ve loved Getting Curious for years, and I’m finally writing a review after listening to the episode about fashion and cults. Fascinating! (And I hope Sarah C. Byrd does write a book!) JVN brings warmth, humor, sincerity, and respect to all his interviews, and I find myself enthralled by topics that had never crossed my mind. Also, many thanks to JVN for raising awareness about gender nonconformity. I’m an editor, and you’ve helped me identify instances of bias that I otherwise might not have recognized.

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