144 episodes

What’s the best chapstick for a dead body? How much do marketers really know about us? Is there such a thing as a “minimalist table?”

Join author Don Martin every other week on Head On Fire, a search for answers to life’s biggest and smallest questions. He interviews experts in overlooked fields about subjects you either think you already know everything about or have never considered.

From how morticians can turn you into a coral reef to the best way to investigate a cult, he asks the questions you didn’t even know you wanted answers to.

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    • 4.7 • 292 Ratings

What’s the best chapstick for a dead body? How much do marketers really know about us? Is there such a thing as a “minimalist table?”

Join author Don Martin every other week on Head On Fire, a search for answers to life’s biggest and smallest questions. He interviews experts in overlooked fields about subjects you either think you already know everything about or have never considered.

From how morticians can turn you into a coral reef to the best way to investigate a cult, he asks the questions you didn’t even know you wanted answers to.

    What is memory? with Dr. Althea Need Kaminske

    What is memory? with Dr. Althea Need Kaminske

    Dr. Althea Need Kaminske is a cognitive psychologist who teaches at the Indiana University school of medicine interested in the application of human memory research to educational settings. She also helps run The Learning Scientists, an international group of cognitive psychologists who engage in science communication about the science of learning. Her new book, The Psychology of Memory, came out earlier this month.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    What can dolls tell us about ourselves? with Matthew Keith

    What can dolls tell us about ourselves? with Matthew Keith

    Matthew Keith is a Barbie collector, photographer, and doll expert whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Time, NewNowNext, and on a social media feed near you.

    Find him at https://www.dollsonthebrain.com 

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    • 58 min
    How do you make cars less scary? with Chaya Milchtein, the Mechanic Shop Femme

    How do you make cars less scary? with Chaya Milchtein, the Mechanic Shop Femme

    Chaya Milchtein is known to the internet as the Mechanic Shop Femme. She uses her platform and her new book Mechanic Shop Femme’s Guide to Car Ownership— to make every facet of car ownership less terrifying—from the day you decide to purchase to doing your own regular maintenance and care—and she’s showing folks in the margins of society who are typically left out of these spaces that we belong in the shop and showroom too. 

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/headonfirepod
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@headonfirepod

    Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/headonfirepod
    Buy me a Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/headonfirepod

    Subscribe to the Head On Fire podcast
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    • 51 min
    What's it like being Out in the NFL? with Kevin Maxen

    What's it like being Out in the NFL? with Kevin Maxen

    Kevin Maxen is a strength and conditioning coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s also the first male coach in major American men’s professional sports to publicly come out as gay. I sat down to talk to him about what it takes to train some of the world’s best athletes, divorcing yourself from outside criticism, and whether the NFL is finally becoming more welcoming to the queer community.

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    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@headonfirepod

    Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/headonfirepod
    Buy me a Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/headonfirepod

    Subscribe to the Head On Fire podcast
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    • 46 min
    How do you fall in love with poetry? with Dr. Maya C. Popa

    How do you fall in love with poetry? with Dr. Maya C. Popa

    Dr. Maya C. Popa is a poetry educator, a poetry critic, and a poet in her own right. She is the poetry reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, a professor of poetry at NYU, and her most recent collection, titled Wound is the origin of wonder, was named one of the Guardian’s Best Books of Poetry and has been featured in The Washington Post, The Irish Times, The Harvard Review, and Booklist. I sat down with her to talk about the state of poetry education, why poetry gets such a bad rap, as well as the juiciest gossip I’ve seen in the poetry community in decades.

    Email: contact@headonfirepod.com

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    Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/headonfirepod
    Buy me a Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/headonfirepod

    Subscribe to the Head On Fire podcast
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    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4qTYYhCLMdFc4PhQmSL1Yh?si=5387b774ed6e4524
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/HeadOnFirePod

    • 58 min
    What makes good sex advice? with Dan Savage

    What makes good sex advice? with Dan Savage

    Dan Savage has done a lot of things in his life. He founded both the It Gets Better project and the Hump porn festival. He popularized the Campsite Rule of relationships. He made Rick Santorum’s name a dirty word. And he’s been one of the country’s foremost sex, dating, and relationship advice columnists since the creation of Savage Love in 1991. He’s a pioneer of podcasting, a former drag queen, and he is my guest today. We discussed sex, advice, and sex advice.

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/headonfirepod
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@headonfirepod

    Support my work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/headonfirepod
    Buy me a Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/headonfirepod

    Subscribe to the Head On Fire podcast
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    YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/HeadOnFirePod

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

Kelly_patchell ,

Super fun! Super informative!

I was prompted to write this review for the giveaway on ig, BUT I mean every word. I’ve been listening for about a year now and every episode is a good time. Don asks great questions and has entertaining conversations, while also keeping every episode informative. They are quick listens and definitely worth your time. I learn and laugh every episode 🙌

swerdles ,

Smart podcast but not intimidating!

Don finds ways to take intimidating topics and make them approachable and interesting with his choices of excellent guests and interview skills. I admit, I came here to take a chance to win his Birthday Giveaway, but I will be back!

Dee in NY ,

Love this show

I have been listening for awhile. Finally started following. Love listening to your topics, I have finally wrote a review.
Birthday giveaway

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