March 16, 2023
We’re back with the second half of our special two-part episode about algorithms and artificial intelligence, featuring returning guest Meredith Broussard.
March 15, 2023
Every time you interact with a targeted advertisement, use a drop-down menu, or scroll through TikTok, you’re engaging with an algorithm. And these algorithms are anything but objective.
March 10, 2023
EP. 307.5 — What’s Happening In East Palestine? with Emily Wright and Justin Garner of River Valley Organizing
Guest Emily Wright & Justin Garner
When a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, just over a month ago, the team at River Valley Organizing sprang into action.
March 8, 2023
A pastor, a president, and a foreign political leader step into a National Prayer Breakfast. What happens next? A whole lot of mingling between church and state. This week, Dr. Lauren Turek joins Jonathan to explore how evangelicals have influenced American politics—domestically and abroad—over the last half century.
March 1, 2023
Sports are about so much more than competition. Through athletics we find community, we learn life skills, we have a chance to move authentically. And it’s critical that trans and gender-diverse kids and adults have a chance to experience all that sports have to offer.
February 22, 2023
EP. 305 — Who Are The Fab Five Of The Great Ape Family? with Dr. Laura Simone Lewis
Guest Dr. Laura Simone Lewis
Gorillas. Orangutans. Bonobos. Chimpanzees. Humans. Can you name a more iconic Fab Five? This week, Dr. Laura Simone Lewis joins Jonathan for an episode all about our beautiful primate family tree!
February 15, 2023
Dust isn’t just something that accumulates between our couch cushions. Dust is ALL OVER Earth—there are 20 trillion grams of it!—and it plays a critical role in weather events, climate change, and how we understand Earth.
February 8, 2023
EP. 303 — What’s The Steamy History Of Valentine’s Day? with Dr. Sally Holloway
Guest Dr. Sally Holloway
Roses are red, violets are blue, we have a Valentine’s Day episode for you! This week on Getting Curious, we’re learning all about the history of Valentine’s Day, with returning guest Dr. Sally Holloway.
February 1, 2023
Dogs. We give them prime placement on our dating profiles. We snuggle up with them to watch TV. We pamper them with treats and toys and songs. But how—and why—did we become BFFs with canines?
January 25, 2023
EP. 301 — 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 specifically through terms of queerness.
January 18, 2023
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.
January 11, 2023
EP. 299 — Are Plant-Based Diets For Everyone? with Dr. Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann
Guest 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.
January 4, 2023
EP. 298 — What’s The Sordid History Of U.S. Trash Collection? with Professors Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan
Guest Patricia Strach & Kathleen Sullivan
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.
December 28, 2022
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.
December 21, 2022
This holiday break, we’re re-releasing two gorgeous beauty episodes from the Getting Curious archives! First up, join Dr. Tina Lasisi—a biological anthropologist studying human hair—and Jonathan as they explore the evolutionary history of hair, measuring hair variation, and the twists and turns of Jonathan’s hair school textbook.