18 episodes

Emmy-winning writer and producer Gavin Purcell talks to interesting people about the subjects they’re currently obsessed with outside of their everyday lives. Then, an expert in that subject matter joins the conversation to answer all their questions.

Way Too Interested is a podcast about curiosity, discovery, creativity, and, most importantly, pursuing those little things that get stuck in your brain & end up being way more fascinating than you ever expected. Learn more at WayTooInterested.com, and follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell.

Way Too Interested Gavin Purcell / LightningPod

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

Emmy-winning writer and producer Gavin Purcell talks to interesting people about the subjects they’re currently obsessed with outside of their everyday lives. Then, an expert in that subject matter joins the conversation to answer all their questions.

Way Too Interested is a podcast about curiosity, discovery, creativity, and, most importantly, pursuing those little things that get stuck in your brain & end up being way more fascinating than you ever expected. Learn more at WayTooInterested.com, and follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell.

    My New Podcast: AI FOR HUMANS

    My New Podcast: AI FOR HUMANS

    Hi everyone!
    Hope y'all have been doing good in the two years since I last updated this feed with a podcast.
    I *adored* doing Way Too Interested and I'm so thankful to all of my guests but at the time it turned out to be too much for me to do on a weekly basis. However, I'm not giving up on the idea of doing it again in the future!
    For now, I'd like to introduce you to my new podcast "AI For Humans" which I make with my old pal Kevin Pereria. The two of us worked on G4's Attack of the Show together and have stayed friends ever since.
    "AI For Humans" is a podcast about helping normal humans examine and understand the new and ever changing world of generative AI. We attempt to be your guide and demystify a lot of what is happening in that space.
    The show is weekly and we're already on episode 25 and I think you might like it!
    If not, we'll the download was free.
    You can find AI For Humans on all podcast platforms, socials and at our website. Links are below!
    Apple Pods: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-for-humans/id1682409647
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5FId0qPP5SldltQTgVFTxq?si=9c2c2ccd152a4819
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCghJTNTO9kcDeUFXMuSDGLQ
    Web: aiforhumans.show

    • 58 min
    SNEAKER CULTURE with Heather Anne Campbell and Michael Sykes

    SNEAKER CULTURE with Heather Anne Campbell and Michael Sykes

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, writer/comedian Heather Anne Campbell, the co-host of the gaming podcast Get Played, talks with Gavin Purcell about her obsession, sneaker culture. Heather also talks about how she started doing live comedy when she was 14, why she no longer believes her interests and hobbies are totally in her control, and why her podcast — formerly known as How Did This Get Played? — moved away from "bad" video games.
    Then, Heather and Gavin are joined by Michael Sykes, sports reporter for USA Today and writer of the independent newsletter The Kicks You Wear. Michael talks about how sneakers helped him break into writing about sports, how the broader culture around sneaker culture went mainstream, and how to preserve your kicks for as long as possible. Plus: How the shoe industry changed all of collecting with the "drop" release model, and the story of the sneaker drop that literally caused a riot.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested in your podcast app of choice! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell
    Follow Heather on Twitter @heathercampbell
    Subscribe to Michael's newsletter, The Kicks You Wear

    • 58 min
    FLY FISHING with Paul Bae and Stan Ulanski

    FLY FISHING with Paul Bae and Stan Ulanski

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, screenwriter and "The Black Tapes" creator Paul Bae talks with Gavin Purcell about his obsession, fly fishing. Paul also talks about his circuitous path to being the creator of a hit podcast, why his grandmother flew into a rage upon being told that he had become a comedian ... and the time his stand-up comedy nearly went down in flames in front of some of his idols.
    Then, Paul and Gavin are joined by James Madison University professor emeritus Stan Ulanski, the author of several books including "The Science of Fly-Fishing." Stan talks about how one should start fly fishing, how to improve at it, and where he would go if he were given an all-expenses paid fishing trip to anywhere in the world. Plus: Paul tells the story of a solo fishing trip that made him fall in love with Redding, California.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested in your podcast app of choice! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell
    Follow Paul on Twitter @MrPaulBae
    Read Stan's books, including The Science of Fly-Fishing

    • 51 min
    THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF SEX with Dr. Eleanor Janega and David Halperin

    THE CONCEPTUALIZATION OF SEX with Dr. Eleanor Janega and David Halperin

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, medievalist Dr. Eleanor Janega talks with Gavin Purcell about her current obsession: The conceptualization of sex. She explains how her field of study has been distorted in the popular imagination, how medieval people thought about sex, and the surprisingly similar way modern internet communities are talking about it now.
    Then, Eleanor and Gavin are joined by David Halperin, the Distinguished Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan; he talks about the differing philosophies of sex offered by thinkers like Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Sigmund Freud, and how societies — in both classical and modern times — have drawn lines between "acceptable" and "unacceptable," or "natural" and "unnatural" types of sex. Plus: How definitions of gender, eroticism, and virility have changed over time.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested in your podcast app of choice! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell
    Follow Eleanor on Twitter @goingmedieval
    Read David's books, including How to Be Gay and Gay Shame

    • 1 hr 10 min
    INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS with Anil Dash and Dan McNichol

    INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS with Anil Dash and Dan McNichol

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, writer/podcaster/Glitch CEO Anil Dash talks with Gavin Purcell about his fascination with America's interstate highway system, which started with his father — a civil engineer given a "genius visa" to immigrate from India to help build America's highways and bridges. Anil also talks about his personal history with technology, "living in the future" as a kid, and how the "information superhighway" of the internet is similar to actual highways.
    Then, Anil and Gavin are joined by journalist and former White House appointee Dan McNichol, the author of The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System. Dan explains how President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vision for a nation crisscrossed by highways became a reality, the negative impact highways have had on various communities, and our present battles over infrastructural issues, such as 5G, broadband internet, and high-speed rail in California.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested in your podcast app of choice! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell
    Follow Anil on Twitter @anildash
    Read Dan's books, including The Roads That Built America

    • 1 hr 19 min
    CREEPYPASTA with Chuck Wendig and Lucia Peters

    CREEPYPASTA with Chuck Wendig and Lucia Peters

    On today's episode of Way Too Interested, author Chuck Wendig talks with Gavin Purcell about the many types of apples you've never tasted, the state of Twitter in 2022, and his obsession with creepypasta, an online cousin to urban legends. Chuck also talks about the real-world impact of these spooky tales and how they have evolved in the transition from 4chan to Tumblr to TikTok.
    Then, Chuck and Gavin are joined by creepypasta expert Lucia Peters, the author of Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark. Lucia further explains exactly what makes something creepypasta and discusses some famous examples, including Slenderman, the Elevator Game, and "BEN Drowned." She also looks ahead to the future of the internet-driven genre, which has already made the leap to mainstream films and video games.
    Please follow or subscribe to Way Too Interested in your podcast app of choice! And if you liked this episode, then tell a friend to check it out.
    Also ...
    Follow Gavin on Twitter @gavinpurcell
    Follow Chuck on Twitter @chuckwendig and read his bestselling novel, The Book of Accidents
    Read Lucia's work at The Ghost in My Machine

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Scottespia ,

Entertaining and Informative

Way Too Interested is a fun and thought-provoking dive into a myriad of random topics that may seem dry at first glance, but by the end of each episode will leave you fascinated. I love that the format includes interviews with both an expert on the topic and a passionate amateur enthusiast so you can hear two different POVs on each subject. My fave eps so far were on Creepypasta, the Interstate Highway System, and Poker.

Rs927 ,

Love it

I heard about this podcast from a comment on Twitter when Chrissie Teigen said she’s obsessed with assembling kids toys. Great random piece of advice! I even listen to it again with my boys.

JPaulMoore ,

I Love Moss!

I really enjoyed this interview and I’m a huge fan of Moss! Annie, who happens to be a friend of mine, is such a wonderful personality and is a passionate Moss Evangelist. Moss is a fascinating topic and once you start learning more about it, there’s no turning back.

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