7 episodes

Nicki's Wonder List is a podcast about exploring story in a time of collapse. This podcast examines art, society, and culture and will pique your interest in a wide array of topics. Each interview-style episode clears space for stories to emerge from guests who are activists, educators, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and creative people. Solo episodes focus on book recommendations to expand your horizon and depth of knowledge about a subject of focus.

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Nicki's Wonder List is a podcast about exploring story in a time of collapse. This podcast examines art, society, and culture and will pique your interest in a wide array of topics. Each interview-style episode clears space for stories to emerge from guests who are activists, educators, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and creative people. Solo episodes focus on book recommendations to expand your horizon and depth of knowledge about a subject of focus.

    Book Talk on Introductory Memoirs

    Book Talk on Introductory Memoirs

    Nicki’s Wonder List
    Exploring story in a time of collapse

    SHOW NOTES
    ”Book Talk on Introductory Memoirs”
    Season 01, Episode 06


    In this book talk episode, Nicki shares a few book titles on the subject of introductory memoirs.
    Introductory Memoirs - Reading List on Bookshop.org


    Mentions & Further Reading
    On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
    The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up in the Big Dry by Joe Wilkins
    Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 
    The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch


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    • 10 min
    Nicotine Addiction, Tobacco and E-cigarettes with Tad Fisher

    Nicotine Addiction, Tobacco and E-cigarettes with Tad Fisher

    Nicki's Wonder List
    Exploring story in a time of collapse

    SHOW NOTES
    “Tobacco, Nicotine Addiction and E-cigarettes with Tad Fisher”
    Season 01, Episode 05


    Today we’re joined by Tad Fisher, who happens to be Nicki’s life partner. 
    Tad experiences nicotine dependence.
    Join us as we discuss the complicated history and issues surrounding tobacco use, nicotine addiction, and e-cigarettes in American society and culture. 
    In this can’t-miss episode, Tad shares his story about nicotine dependence. Nicki and Tad talk about the culture of shame around nicotine dependence that enforces cycles of addiction, the nuances in the e-cigarette market and how it’s been co-opted by the tobacco industry, the relationship between the state and big tobacco, and how increasing access to harm reduction and resources help people reduce nicotine dependence and improve societal and individual health outcomes at large. 


    Mentions & Further Reading
    The Cigarette by Sarah Milov
    1493: Uncovering the New World that Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann


    Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA)
    Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco(documentary)
    Jamestown (drama/show)
    "FDA’s top tobacco scientist takes job at Marlboro-maker Philip Morris" in Ars Technica


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    • 41 min
    Book Talk on Picture Books for Adults

    Book Talk on Picture Books for Adults

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    Show Notes
    Episode title “Book Talk on Picture Books for Adults”
    Season 01, Episode 04


    In this book talk episode, Nicki shares a few book titles on the subject of picture books for adults.
    Picture Books for Adults - Reading List on Bookshop.org


    Mentions & Further Reading
    Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss 
    Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders 
    The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris


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    • 9 min
    High Sensitivity Processing and the Neurodiversity Movement with Leah K. Walsh

    High Sensitivity Processing and the Neurodiversity Movement with Leah K. Walsh

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    “High Sensitivity Processing and the Neurodiversity Movement with Leah K. Walsh”
    Season 01, Episode 03


    In this episode we’re joined by Leah K. Walsh. We discuss high sensitivity processing, how it relates to the neurodiversity movement at large, the issues with the pathology lens, and difficulty with language around expressing how people think and experience the world through their bodies.
    Leah (she/her) works with people who are sensitive and neurodivergent with rooted respect and encouragement. She offers individual coaching sessions and a seasonal meet-up so that others can safely explore their story, embody their unique way of being in the world, and show up freely. 
    Nicki and Leah talk about the work of Dr. Elaine Aron and high sensitivity processing (HSP), going over some of the key points of the framework offered by this body of research. The conversation drifts into how this can be helpful for people who identify with this particular way of being as well as its limitations within the context of the neurodiversity movement. 




    Mentions & Further Reading


    Leah K. Walsh’s website


    The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D


    Neurodiversity Community Resource Page at leahkwalsh.com


    “The highly sensitive brain: an fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others’ emotions” in Brain Behavior

    Portland Underground Graduate School (PUGS)

    Neeraja Havaligi, PhD


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    • 48 min
    Book Talk on the History of Books

    Book Talk on the History of Books

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    Show Notes
     "Book Talk on the History of Books"
    Season 01, Episode 02


    In this book talk episode, Nicki shares a few book titles on the subject of the history of books.
    History of Books - Reading List on Bookshop.org


    Mentions & Further Reading
    The Book by Amaranth Borusk
    Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage
    From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future by Tom Wheeler
    A History of Cookbooks: From Kitchen to Page Over Seven Centuries By Henry Notaker


    “Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy” by Gennie Gebhart, et. al. of the Electronic Frontier Foundation


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    • 17 min
    Dyslexia, Education and the English Language with Emily O'Connor

    Dyslexia, Education and the English Language with Emily O'Connor

    In this episode we’re joined by Emily O’Connor, M.A.T. In this conversation we discuss dyslexia, education, and study of the English language.
    Emily is a dyslexic human whose greatest passion in life is supporting other dyslexic humans, especially children. In 2015 she launched her small business, Advantage Math Clinic, in Portland, Oregon. Emily spends her days studying math and words with kids and adults, and believes passionately that every dyslexic child deserves a guide who views their own study and understanding as ever evolving and expanding.
    In this conversation, Nicki and Emily talk about dyslexia, neurodiversity, and education. Emily shares her experience as a dyslexic human navigating the K-12 education system as a student, as a student in higher education, and then pursuing a career path in education herself.  
    Learning mathematics at the Making Math Real Institute and studying Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) has led to Emily’s life-changing empowerment and understanding of math, written language, and more. Emily shares the history of her unique and compelling educational publication series Truer Words: A resource for scholars, which supports learning more about English language words diachronically, synchronically, and through the lens of SWI. 


    Mentions & Further Reading
    Emily O'Connor, M.A.T. and Advantage Math Clinic
    Truer Words Store


    Pete Bowers and WordWorks Literacy Centre
    Douglas Harper and the Online Etymology Dictionary 
    David Berg, E.T. and the Making Math Real Institute
    Sean McCormick’s interview of Emily O’Connor


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

ghost_listener ,

Illuminating

I really like how Nicki illuminate connections between seemingly disparate topics. Had a synchronicity - I happened to be on my way to the library when she recommended getting familiar with libraries.

Jennifer Lesyna ,

Great conversations!

Just listened to the first episode and learned so much! Great topic, host, guest, and format and I’m excited about the diversity of topics of future episodes. Can’t wait to listen to more!

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