Feeding Curiosity

Feeding Curiosity

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By Erich Wenzel
Think. Question. Synthesize. A podcast that explores the precarity of human experience. Hosted by Erich Wenzel who shares mindset, books, and ideas he's experimenting with and possible ways to integrate them while sharing the journey of those around him.
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#53 - Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel: Meaning, Power and Virtue
 “Thinking capacity in the person gets sacrificed on the altar of empathy. " - Joe Jackowski Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel return to the show. Joe is currently in the beginning stages of his thesis, where he is diving deep in the psychology of meaning where our conversation starts. At this point, we meander through history, picking at ideology and power using the Nazis, Hitler, and Operation Paperclip as examples. We then connect back to a more personal scale on how our beliefs and upbringing affect ourselves and those around us. We close with thoughts on power, responsibility, and leadership. Subscribe on your favorite platform:  Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS    For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:24:36
June 17, 2019
#52 - Jordan Criss: Soundset 2019 and Minnesota Brewing
Jordan Criss returns to the show to talk about his recent trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The catalyst for the trip was to attend Soundset 2019, a purely Hip Hop music festival that has taken place memorial day weekend since 2008. Outside of music, Jordan enlightens us on his other passions: Food and Craft Beer in Minneapolis. To name a few, we talk about Surly Brewing and Matt's Bar: Home of the "Jucy Lucy." Please enjoy this conversation.  For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
52:25
June 10, 2019
#51 - Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera: Fire and Food
Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera return to the show! In this experimental episode, we take a topic we haven't covered much, but one that we can all take part — the process of making food. Mike has always been interested in creating high-quality meals and has been experimenting with burgers. Mike whips up his idea of a traditional American hamburger. The best part of cooking is sharing it with others, and that's what we do, storytelling included Just for fun we decided to throw in couple craft beers for taste testing. As a disclaimer, this episode was recorded outside, so the atmosphere and sound levels are a bit different in this episode. Soon, we hope to create podcasts that capture every stage of the cooking podcast you the listener can come to this page and recreate what we did. For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
51:59
June 3, 2019
#50 - Nick Wenzel: Post Graduation
Nick and Erich return to reflect on graduation and their college experiences. In general, understanding where we came from to know where we are going. College is a significant milestone for our lives, and taking the time to reflect on the six-year journey has been crucial in getting the maximum value from it.  In many ways, I don't think I was as challenged in college as I could have been, but I chose to seek challenge for myself. Be that from fitness, nutrition, books, and podcasts, and much more. All those small steps have allowed me to begin to formulate the type of information that I share here on this podcast. Now with 50 (!) episodes under our belts, it's still surreal to me. This podcast has evolved into something that I would never have expected, and I have started connecting with some of the most exciting people I have been able to meet just by being open to that type of connection! The part of this that still hits home is getting messages from people who listen to the podcast and leave notes about it. It never gets old. Please feel to reach out to me and let know what you're learning about what topic you've been starting to explore! I want to try and highlight what every one of you is doing as well.  Thanks again for joining me on the journey, as on chapter ends, another begins. For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:17:33
May 27, 2019
#49 - Nick Wenzel: Graphic Communication and Encouraging Others
 Nick Wenzel is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago in Graphic Design. Even with this degree, he describes his skill set as Graphic Communication because that encompasses all aspects from photography, videography, and design. Nick shares how he was able to take what many assume is an artistic avenue and transition it with the more business-oriented approach. He gives his thoughts on misconceptions within the graphic communication space. We then transition to broader topics on finding what interests you most and encouraging yourself to try things that you don't know how to do. In general, getting comfortable with failing.   For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:15:51
May 20, 2019
#48 - Joe Jackowski: Relationships, Meaningful Moments, and Remembering the Past
 Joe and Erich have a discussion built around relationships, which morphs into how we connect with each other. We talk about removing the buffer between the outside world and ourselves. That when we remove the buffer, we allow for meaningful moments to happen spontaneously. From there we talk about the cynicism of our generation that seems to push back on authenticity or showing genuine emotion as a weakness if you don't connect whatever that is on the same level. We can channel someone's else passion and allow that fuel what each out of us enjoys in the world. We need as many taste and views in the world as possible. If we all thought and acted the same way, the world would get stale rather quickly. We spend a portion of time on how we can bring Feeding Curiosity to a live format. Going live is in a seedling stage, but it will happen, and the reason it exists here is keeping ourselves honest. Finally, we close with thoughts on what remember the past is essential. Joe shares stories on what his grandmother experienced and tokens from her life that have now been passed on to him. We brainstorm an idea of how to capture the lives and stories others to allow future generations to get a sense of what it was like before them.  For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:12:55
May 13, 2019
#47 - Nicole Davis: Mindset, Learning and Recovery
“Everything you need is already within you.” Nicole Davis is a two time former Olympian in indoor Volleyball, after retiring from the sport she now is a mindset coach for Compete to Create and currently working to on a master in Sports Performance Psychology and eventually a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Nicole is building science and language around her experience as an elite performer so she can best articulate what she's lived to a broader audience. Nicole shares mindset tactics from her own experience and the psychological framework in which they are grounded. We cover topics including mindfulness, vulnerability, learning, recovery, and nutrition. We close with some advice towards college students entering the real world and recommended books. Compete to Create is founded by Seattle Seahawks head coach Peter Carroll and high-performance psychologist Michael Gervais. Compete to Create is oriented around giving individuals and the tools to strive to be their very best in every aspect of their life. Use code ND50 on the Finding Your Best Course. For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:31:44
May 6, 2019
#46 - Jordan Criss: Music and Performance
Jordan and Erich discuss current music interests and nuance in performance. We meander into how music makes an impact and blending of genres. We end the discussion about taking in new information from books. We close with what beer and food! For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:08:16
April 30, 2019
#45 - Ben Kapolnek: Invisible Battles
Ben Kapolnek shares his unfiltered story in his ongoing struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. From early childhood up to now, he tries to paint a picture of what his thoughts look like. Ben's story is an emotional one and not only because he's one of my closest friends, but for every person like Ben there are countless others who share in this mental anguish. It is the hope that as we share more stories like this, we can begin a healing process for more and more people. For those, who have no way to understand what it's like to have an invisible battle raging in your head. As a way to work this muscle, when you pass someone on the street take a moment and reflect on the fact that they are battling something that you know nothing about. For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:05:29
April 22, 2019
#44 - Dante Brooks and Jordan Criss: Cultural Chameleons
In this episode, Dante returns giving us an update on what has happened since the last time he was on the show. Dante has started his first semester back in school and is pursuing a degree in radiology and an acting class. On the other side, Dante has been looking inwards and been talking to a therapist. Dante shares his experiences with discrimination from both sides. Jordan also shares his thought on this tough subject. They both have to be cultural chameleons being able to morph in the representations of both the broader American culture and the African American cultural expectations.  For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:45:39
April 15, 2019
#43 - Nicholas Buegel, Joe Jackowski, and Jordan Criss: Morality Discussion
 In this episode, Nick Buegel returns to the podcast to explore Morality. This discussion we have regulars, Jordan Criss and Joe Jackowski, to talk to through Morality. We meander into ethics, autonomy, and how stress affects people. We close out the episode with a conversation Joe and Jordan wanted to have about the Liam Neeson controversy in person. This conversation leaves food for thought and other explorations for you to follow.  For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:47:07
April 8, 2019
#42 - Rachel Thomas: The Collateral Damage of Addiction
In this episode, our guest is Rachel Thomas. Rachel shares her story about a former boyfriend named Tyler who became a heroin addict in high school had a downward spiral into homelessness and prison. Rachel shares how the story has evolved and dealt with it over the last ten years.  Tyler was found by Chicago based photojournalist Chuck Jines who captured some of Tyler's (who went by the street name Shaggy) experiences during homelessness that fills in the gaps from what Rachel share with us. I highly recommended you check them out, but viewer discretion is advised.  For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:36:33
April 1, 2019
#41 - Sports Talk: Basketball
In this episode, Erich Wenzel and Jordan Criss are joined by Jorge Martinez. We open the podcast to a new form of discussion that we haven't touched on much Sports and for this episode Basketball. While Erich is not a nuanced fan of sports in general, he does have a deep interest in the mindset of what it takes to become a top athlete which is what drives this conversation for him. Jordan and Jorge provided the detail information to paint the picture. Naturally, the conversation turns to try to compare Michael Jordan and Lebron James. Finally, we think about what’s coming down the lane for basketball.   For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:48:03
March 25, 2019
#40 - Film Deep Dive: Ex Machina
In this episode, we are back with a deep dive into the film Ex Machina.  Ex Machina was written and directed by Alex Garland staring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. We discuss the films key elements in themes, storytelling, and philosophical questions posed. If you have not watched the movie yet this a spoiler warning and should watch the movie before listening we cannot recommend the movie enough! For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:39:37
March 18, 2019
#39 - Jordan Criss and Alex Ivy: Influence, Social Media and Information
In this episode, we are joined by Jordan Criss and Alex Ivy. Jordan Criss is a Chicago Musician and Writer. Alex Ivy is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago for Fashion Business. She has recently started an internship for a partnership agency called Shuffle Presents focusing on Fashion Events. In this wide-ranging conversation we discussion the role of social media, influencers and sourcing your information. Other topics include Liam Neeson Controversy, Jack Dorsey on JRE and more. For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:02:13
March 12, 2019
#38 - Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books
 "Be ready to wing it” - Steve Furnett  In this episode, we are joined by Steve Furnett. Steve is the Exhibition and Collections Manager at the Dunn Museum. Before that, he worked at the Field Museum in Chicago for seven years as a Supervisor of Interactives. In this conversation, we cover how Steve he wound up in the museum industry. A common theme in this podcast is captured by this simple quote, “Be Ready to Wing It” and in general Steve is an excellent example of a jack of all trades. His field is a blending of different categories in new ways. For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:08:54
March 4, 2019
#37 - Joe Jackowski: Semester Check-In and Staying Organized
In this episode, Joe gives us an update on his school semester and discusses how he stays organized with such a full schedule.   For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:08:15
February 25, 2019
#36 - Marybeth Piltaver: On Becoming a Nurse and Healthcare Behind the Scenes
In this episode, we are joined by Marybeth Piltaver. Mary is currently a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department with a background in Hematology and Oncology with a chemotherapy certification. She received her BSN from the University of Chicago and is currently working on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UIC. We discuss what led her to choose Nursing as her profession and in general health. Here the conversation leads to a more general discussion in looking at the health care system and how it operates. This conversation barely scratches the surface on what we could have discussed in this space. For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:04:16
February 18, 2019
#35 - Joe Jackowski and Jordan Criss: The Creative Process
In this episode, we are graced by the presence of Joe Jackowski and Jordan Criss regulars on the show. We go over recent dealings with the Student Veteran’s Association National Convention. From there we get into a much broader discussion on the creative process in the realm of writing and screenplays.     For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:15:05
February 11, 2019
One Year of Podcasting
It's officially one year of podcasting! What a wild ride it's been I never would have expected this is where it would have taken me looking back over what we've created is fantastic. The responses I've received blow me away, and I hope to keep getting more of those.  Here is a special episode of the podcast looking back on the last year and where we are heading. I liked to thank every guest who's come on the show to share a little bit of their story with me. It's been an honor and a privilege that you let me share it with the world.   For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
37:55
February 10, 2019
#34 - Courtney Batio: New Chapters, Visual Storytelling, and Authenticity
In this episode, we are joined by Courtney Batio. Courtney is a multidisciplinary director/designer for the performing arts now based in Chicago. The last three and a half years of her work has taken place in London, England working with set design, costume design, film, art exhibit/curation, and performance directing. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover what Art is broadly speaking means to her and how she found it as a passion. We also include many tactical things that others can try to help build better routines since she has come back from London she's able to start fresh create new habits.  For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:35:08
February 4, 2019
#33 - Jordan Criss: Visionaries, Psychedelic Research, and Creativity
In this episode, we are joined by frequent guest Jordan Criss. Jordan is a local artist and now a writer in training. As our first conversation for 2019, we talk a bit about sports, traveling and different books we’ve been reading. Spoiler warning we discuss a bit about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. While we try to stay away from describing specific things just an obligatory warning. Jordan also shares more of his interest in screenwriting.  For show notes hit this link or head to Feedingcuriosity.net Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:37:19
January 28, 2019
#32 - Film Deep Dive: Interstellar
This episode of the podcast, we have a discussion about Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. We discuss the films key elements in themes, storytelling, and design. So if you haven't watched the movie yet listen at your own risk or do yourself a favor and watch the film. You have been warned! If you want more of these kinds of episodes let us know what you'd be interested! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
44:10
January 21, 2019
#31 - Nick Buegel: Finding Your Own Path
In this episode, we are joined by Nicholas Buegel. After an eclectic work history ranging from automotive positions to medical. Nick has settled down to offer his graphic design skills to the booming industry of office supplies. As a creative, he is always exploring practical applications for innovative ideas and new avenues of thinking. We cover many topics in this conversation. Nick outlines his exploration to find what resonates with him. While exploring he’s run to concepts of orienting himself without any formal knowledge of what he’s learned. This open-minded exploration is at the core of this conversation.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:39:58
January 14, 2019
#30 - Dan Thiel and Wyatt Mach: Stories from the Engineering Classroom
 In this episode, we are joined by two returning guests Dan Thiel and Wyatt Mach. Both are NIU (Northern Illinois University) Electronic Technology Engineering graduates and have come on the solo before and can find those below!. In this conversation, we meander through topics including work ethic, software programming, and  stories about our classroom experiences with classes together at NIU. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:47:15
January 7, 2019
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Joe, Jordan and Erich! This has been a wild ride and it honestly couldn't be more fun! As Feeding Curiosity approaches its first birth we look back on the last year of podcasts with twenty-nine episodes! Thank you to each and every listener for coming along for the ride!  Thank you to all the guests who have been on the show and sharing your stories!  To 2019, we're just getting started! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
24:32
January 1, 2019
#29 - Tim Fisher and Mike O'Malley: Senior Design and Graduating College
In this episode, we are joined by Tim Fisher and Mike O'Malley. Both of them were Erich's group members for their Senior Design Class. We have a conversation around their college experiences and the road ahead since they have both graduated shortly after the recording of this episode. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:34:45
December 31, 2018
#28 - Joe Jackowski: Evolutionary Psychology and The Selfish Gene
In this episode of the podcast, Joe returns with another conversation after the semester has been completed. The conversation takes a turn into evolutionary psychology with the starting point centering around talking about Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene. Joe read this book for one of his classes this semester. Also Joe added a paper he wrote in his Behavioral Neuroscience course and can be found here! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:07:52
December 28, 2018
#27 - Joseph Spangler: Film, Superheroes, and Stan Lee
In this episode of the podcast, we have Joseph Spangler. Joseph is a massive fan of all things films, and currently co-runs (along with his very awesome friend Alex) a film discussion Youtube channel named TicketStubs. This love of film ties in perfectly with another of Joseph’s interests and that is superheroes. Superhero franchises are undoubtedly more popular than ever, and he loves every second of it. One of his proudest accolades as a film and superhero fan is seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier (his favorite MCU film)... 7 times in theaters.  Joseph is also currently on a short form improv team called OF MO AND MEN. The group often performs in the Chicagoland area.  Links  TicketStubs  Of Mo and Men  Recommended Book: We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:20:29
December 23, 2018
#26 - Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera: Dynamic Duo
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera. Frequent listeners of the podcast will know these two as some of my closest friends. We talk about storytelling, superheroes and much more. Overall, its just having fun! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel Support Directly at anchor.fm/feedingcuriosity/support
1:56:52
December 17, 2018
#25 - Claudia Skowron: Do What Works for You
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Claudia Skowron. Claudia is a Mental Health Therapist specialized in adolescents and young adults. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover many areas of mental health and ways in help. One area we talk about how the openness of the culture has started to remove the stigma of speaking out our mental battles. Aside from her work as a Therapist, Claudia is an avid traveler usually somewhere else in the world every other week.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:18:10
December 10, 2018
#24 - Diana Fonaris: Boxing and Finding Yourself
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Diana Fonaris. Diana grew up in Elk Grove Village, IL and studied Therapeutic Recreation and Spanish with a minor in Psychology at The University of Iowa. To complete graduation, she moved to Baltimore, MD for a Dual Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation summer Internship at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Upon completion, she worked as a full-time Child Life Specialist on the Infant and Early Childhood Unit at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for a year and a half. Although rewarding, the job grew to be something she found emotionally challenging. On top of that, she was battling severe depression and anxiety, later to find out was bipolar type 1 disorder. She has always had a passion for movement and exercise, so after her diagnosis and taking some time off to work on herself she pursued teaching boxing and became a full-time personal trainer at Merritt Clubs. After a little over a year of working there, she now works at a local boxing gym called Knockout Fitness which has helped her grow more with her boxing both in teaching and in practice. She lives downtown with her boyfriend, Ron, and her two cats, pit bull, and a bearded dragon. Head over to feedingcuriosity.net/podcast/diana-fornaris for more info and related links . Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:12:36
December 3, 2018
#23 - Joe Jackowski: Thanksgiving Catch Up
Joe is back for Thanksgiving and we catch on what’s been happening in the last few weeks. Talk about our current projects as the semester comes to a close! Please enjoy my conversation with Joe Jackowski! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:13:23
November 30, 2018
#22 - Dan Thiel: Mentors and Lifelong Learning
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dan Thiel. Dan studied Electronics Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University. He currently works for Navistar. In this conversation, we talk about what motivated him in college and what he views as strengths that have set him the part for success. Dan is early on in his career as an engineer, and we learn about his process has been to get himself to this point.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:35:41
November 26, 2018
#21 - Bill Waterstreet: Being a Leader and Learning
Bill Waterstreet a Marine Corps veteran and current student at the University of Michigan. He served 4 years in the Corps, primarily in the fields of public affairs and information operations, which included a deployment to Afghanistan. He left the military in 2015 as a sergeant and proceeded to begin classes at U of M. He is studying mechanical and electrical engineering and is currently the President of the Student Veterans of America - UM Ann Arbor chapter. He's originally from Troy, MI.   Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:30:29
November 19, 2018
#20 - Jordan Criss: Storytelling, Passion and Making Connections
This episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jordan Criss. Jordan is a Chicago based rapper and fitness enthusiast. He's a professional when comes to fantasy football. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover many topics. We start with stories of Jordan's time at Western Illinois University. We discuss passion and what jobs mean to for people. Finally, we cap off talking about being there for other people. We summarize a podcast with the story Kevin Hines who jumped of the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. Kevin's life is a story from Hell to Hope. I don't do the story any justice and should be listened to shared with as many people as possible.    Find it at this link: Kevin Hines on Big Questions Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:11:45
November 12, 2018
#19 - Mike Taccona: Setting Intentions and Self-Experimentation
In this episode of the podcast, we bring on our good friend Mike Taccona. Mike studies nursing, works as a patient care technician at our community hospital and serves burgers at a heavy metal bar! Mike has a gift of communication and uses it to spread a passion for health and wellness to those in need. He is capable of reforming bad experiences and tense people into pleasant and comfortable ones. As one of my closest friends Mike’s depth of knowledge and curiosity are some traits why I’m excited to share my story and mindset. Mike’s loves are craft beer, cooking, traveling, and trying anything and everything!   Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:33:05
November 5, 2018
#18 - Michael Greenberg: Intimacy and Being Present
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Michael Greenberg. Michael is a dermatologist with over 40 years of experience. On his business card, it says, "Dermatology that Touches the Soul." The quote says a lot about how Michael views the world. In this conversation, we go deep on the spiritual topics and being present in the moment. I don't spoil any of the discussions here, by saying too much. If you have an interest in the spiritual topics broadly speaking, this is the podcast for you. Michael is a profound thinker and articulates these ideas in a way that its consumable for anyone.  Michael is also part of an improv group called The Waiting Room.  Michael’s Recommended Book: The Bhagavad Gita   Some Quotes to Ponder:  "It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor."  --  Seneca  "Those who dance are thought to be quite insane by those who cannot hear music." -- Maggie Erotokritou Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
48:42
October 29, 2018
#17 - Dante Brooks: The Military & Being A Parent
In this episode of the podcast, we have Dante Brooks. Dante is another one of my high school friends. We talk about his experiences in the military as a marine and what it's like for him to become a Dad. I have nothing but respect for Dante. He put being a dad as his most important job and it shows in the way acts and talks about it. Finally, we talk about what about drives him forward at this stage of his life.  Sponsor This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity to start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice! Books Recommended:  The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien  Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:13:28
October 22, 2018
#16 - Nick Wenzel & Joe Jackowski: A Random Show
In this episode the podcast, we have Nick Wenzel and Joe Jackcowski. Both of them have appeared before, and this is just a casual conversation catching up with Joe when he was home over the weekend. Just bros having a beer and talking. Enjoy!  Sponsor  This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice!  Photo credits to Nick Wenzel - nickwenzel.com Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
50:20
October 15, 2018
#15 - John White: Sales and Effective Communication
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by John White. John White; Studied International Business, Marketing, Philosophy, and Sociology. John career has spanned 36 years from 1982 as a quality control inspector just out of High School at the same company for 18 years, ending as a Director of Global Business. As we get into in the episode is all stems from proper communication, being able to listen to the customer and pick up on nuances of that conversation. As with all the episodes the tools and tactics John uses can be applied in any situation to make yourself a more effective communicator in all facets of life. Aside from sales, John enjoys cooking and gives some interesting choices of food he likes to make, as well as a few wines he has tried.  Recommended Book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. “This book should be a staple in all sales professionals training. My favorite of the " habits " is #7 Maintenance. It represents the importance of a person improving one's self and maintaining good personal habits such as diet, exercise, proper rest and an overall balance. These are all very relevant in also keeping a successful professional life.”  Sponsor  This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice!  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
53:29
October 8, 2018
#14 - Brian Peters: Left, Right and Somewhere in Between
In this episode of the podcast, we're joined by Brian Peters. Brian was a member of seven-time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico's band for ten years. Plays 15 instruments, has played over 3600 gigs, has released 19 solo records and produced an additional 41, has worked as an audio engineer for 20 years. Co-hosted a radio show on WLFM 87.7 FM. Published 29 video games and pieces of software. Worked as an independent filmmaker and film composer, has worked in the biomedical field for 8 years, and has invented 10 brand new analog audio effects and designed their respective circuits and manufacturing processes, including a circuit once reviewed as "the best low noise buffer/eq circuit ever designed" and "the single most important secret weapon for an electric guitarist".  Go to feedingcuriosity.net/podcast/brian-peters for more info! This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook!  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
2:26:36
September 30, 2018
#13 - Eric Herrera: Being Yourself
On this episode of the podcast our guest today is Eric Herrera. Eric is one of my oldest friends at over ten years running. Eric has spent time as a Tower Climber for cellphone towers and other hands-on jobs. I try to ask questions that are uniquely suited to the person I'm talking to. For Eric, the question that was asked was how to be yourself? I know that's a straightforward question, but we all are working in the context of our own situations, and Eric does not filter who is any situation. Being yourself is as much a skill as anything else we can do. This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:08:46
September 23, 2018
#12 - Jonny Michael: What it Means to Wear a Uniform
In this episode of the podcast, we have Jonny Michael. Jonny has served in the Army. After his service in the military, he chose to continue wearing a uniform as a police officer. We get into the nuances of why he has chosen this path and the tools used to stay in shape. He mentions many times that everything is a process. You can find out more about Jonny on his Instagram @liftfordonuts to follow along with his journey.  This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice!   Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:21:35
September 18, 2018
#11 - Joe Jackowski: Summer Recap
In this episode of the podcast, Joe and Erich have a relaxed conversation kind of recapping what we did over the summer and talk about upcoming classes or any other exciting ideas on our minds. This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice!  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:07:05
September 2, 2018
#10 Wyatt Mach: Chasing Perfection
In this episode of the podcast, we have our first interview guest: Wyatt Mach. Wyatt is an avid hunter and athlete when not working long hours for his family business. We really get into who he is and why he pushes himself so hard. He says many times that its the chase for perfection that drives him.   This podcast is brought to you by Audible! Use the link http://www.audibletrial.com/FeedingCuriosity To start your free month trial and get a free audiobook of your choice!  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:40:54
August 15, 2018
#9 - Addiction, Anxiety and Depression
In this episode of the podcast, the guys talk about addiction, anxiety, and depression. The topics we discussed are complex, and we barely scratch the surface on it. None of us are trained, and we don't pretend to be one on the internet, so anything we say is just talking through a complex topic. We want to find better solutions for this situations. Lastly, I'd like to thank Ben, for being able to articulate his experiences with anxiety in such a concise way. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:37:15
August 1, 2018
#8 - Art, Life and Literature
Erich and Joe are joined by first time guest and good friend Jordan Criss (insta: crisshappens). This all started with a question whether a person who has a public face which, in this case a musician can be separated from their work and the character of that person. From there we meander to other topics on life and how Joe found his interest into deep philosophy. We close out with some books and podcasts. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:15:21
July 13, 2018
#7 - Traveling
In this episode, Erich, Joe and Mike sit down and talk about Mike's recent travels. Then we tangent into some of Joe's more recent philosophical meanderings. It gets a bit wordy, but worth the listen since Mike has never waded into these topics before. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:09:29
June 6, 2018
#6 - Getting into Fitness
In this episode, Erich and Joe have a conversation about how they started working out and getting themselves into a healthier place. This episode was an attempt to have a bit of a more structured conversation around our views of fitness and topics closely related.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
56:06
April 2, 2018
#5 - Ideas on the Future
In this episode, Joe and Erich have a conversation starting with Yuval Noah Harari. From there the conversation branched into recent philosophy topics Joe has been working with. Finally, we transitioned into more general conversation on the direction of the future and other ideas related to that. Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:28:59
March 16, 2018
#4 - Film Deep Dive: Annihilation
Erich and Joe sit down for in depth discussion on the recent film Annihilation. The first half is spoiler free so that all listeners can enjoy and we give fair warning when we cross into spoiler territory. If you want to remain spoiler free go watch the movie and come back to finish the episode is highly recommended! Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:19:38
March 5, 2018
#3 - The Random Show
Welcome to the first ever random show of the podcast. Joe is home on spring break so we decided to grab a few beers, sit down and have a candid conversation about what's going on. As it is aptly named we jump from topic to topic on this so see the list of notes to keep track of what we talk about.  Mentions (In Somewhat Chronological Order): On Killing https://goo.gl/ZKzpqH Culture of University of Michigan Business and the Big 5 Personality Traits Coding and Introverts Define Openess Trait Tests in Central Asian History Joe's Major Descartes and Ripping Him a New One Animal Spirit the Alcohol Carnivorous Plant - https://goo.gl/rNgdXF Article Link Talk Show Hosts Sensationalist Media Netflix vs Blockbust and the future of media YouTube Going Forward - Education General Education Give People a Why! Intro Courses weeding out process Mike Rowe - https://twitter.com/mikeroweworks Sense of Humor
1:00:18
February 26, 2018
#2 - Dipping into Developmental Psychology
Erich is joined by his brother Nick and good friend Joe. Joe attends University of Michigan in the psychology program. He wanted to talk through some of the stuff he's been studying and bring everyone along for the ride.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
54:07
February 16, 2018
#1 - Elon Musk and inspiration
Erich and Mike discuss the recent Falcon Heavy Launch and how this can be an inspiration to all of us.  Connect with Erich on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
49:02
February 10, 2018
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