34 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, 16.9K 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.

    Are We Hearing A Crescendo of Anti-Racism in Classical Music? with Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon

    Are We Hearing A Crescendo of Anti-Racism in Classical Music? with Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon

    This week on Getting Curious, Dr. Kira Thurman and Ashleigh Gordon join Jonathan to discuss the remarkable work of Black classical composers and musicians through history and today. Dr. Thurman is an assistant professor of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Ashleigh Gordon is the co-founder, Artistic and Executive Director, and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music.

     

    Follow Dr. Thurman on Twitter @kira_thurman, and follow Ashleigh on Instagram @violashe and at www.violashe.com. Keep up with Castle of our Skins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @castleskins, and at www.castleskins.org. 

     

    And make sure to check out the Castle of our Skins resources page for a list of organizations, ensembles, composers, and more!

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

     

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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Are Cicadas The Only Ones Having a Hawt Gurl Summer? with Entomologist Dr. Jessica Ware

    Are Cicadas The Only Ones Having a Hawt Gurl Summer? with Entomologist Dr. Jessica Ware

    On this week’s Getting Curious, Jonathan is taking the creepy out of crawly with entomologist and evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware. We’re talking periodical cicadas, cockroaches, dragonflies, and more. Dr. Ware is a curator of Odonata and non-Holometabolous insect orders at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and a professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School. She is also the VP-Elect of the Entomological Society of America, and the President of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association. 

     

    Follow Dr. Ware on Twitter@JessicaLWareLab and Instagram@jessicaleeware42.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

     

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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    How Can We Shablam on Voter Suppression? with Stacey Abrams

    How Can We Shablam on Voter Suppression? with Stacey Abrams

    Voting rights activist, author, lawyer, and politician Stacey Abrams joins Jonathan to discuss the history of voting rights in the United States, the current state of voter suppression, and how we can work towards fair voting and a robust civic engagement. Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to run as a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the US. She is the founder of Fair Fight, an organization that works to ensure every American has a voice in our legal system, and Fair Count, which advocates for accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement. This June marked the release of her latest book, Our Time Is Now.



    Follow Leader Abrams on Twitter and Instagram @staceyabrams, learn more about Fair Fight here and Fair Count here, and find her book Our Time Is Now here.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

     

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

    • 43 min
    Is Trump An Autocratic Basic B? with Journalist Masha Gessen

    Is Trump An Autocratic Basic B? with Journalist Masha Gessen

    In Masha Gessen’s return to Getting Curious, the journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker speaks with Jonathan about their new book Surviving Autocracy. They discuss the ways in which Trump has consolidated power since his election, what the stakes are if he continues to trample American institutions, and what we can do to resist his autocratic ambitions.



    Follow Masha Gessen on Twitter @mashagessen, and learn more about Surviving Autocracy here.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.


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

    • 48 min
    How Can Democrats Be Anti-Racist? with Alicia Garza

    How Can Democrats Be Anti-Racist? with Alicia Garza

    In this re-release of an episode first recorded in July 2019, Jonathan sits down with Alicia Garza, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Director of Strategy & Partnerships for National Domestic Workers Alliance, to discuss the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement, Alicia’s work with the Black Futures Lab, and how Democratic Party candidates, campaigns, and elected officials need to be—and can be—more accountable to Black constituents.

     

    Follow Alicia Garza on Twitter @aliciagarza and on Instagram @chasinggarza, and learn more about Black Futures Lab here. Follow National Domestic Workers Alliance on Twitter and Instagram @domesticworkers.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

     

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

    • 1 hr
    How can District Attorneys help fight police brutality? with DA Rachael Rollins

    How can District Attorneys help fight police brutality? with DA Rachael Rollins

    Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins Jonathan to discuss the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and other victims of police violence; the deep roots of police brutality and systemic racism; and how District Attorneys can play a role in police reform. DA Rollins was elected to represent Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop, and Revere on a progressive platform in 2018, and is the first woman of color to serve as a DA in Massachusetts.

     

    Follow DA Rollins on Twitter @DARollins and on Instagram at @rollins4da, and learn more about her work here.

     

    Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

     

    Listen to more music from Quiñ by heading over to TheQuinCat.com.

     

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

     

    Catch Jonathan on Queer Eye streaming now on Netflix.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16.9K Ratings

16.9K Ratings

D in Las Vegas ,

Highly recommended

Jonathan’s podcasts are so interesting. I learn so much about the world around us and highly recommend listening in to everyone. Thank-you Jonathan for your curiosity and efforts to make our world better. I appreciate you very much!

abrahamlovesari ,

Great podcast.

This podcast is so fun to listen to. It’s also very informative while at the same time feelings like you’re just chitchatting with friends.

Kaasssiaa gnnnieeewwzz ,

You’re the best human

Love you so much JVN. Love your ideas and hard work. You’re a beautiful person!!

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