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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#69 - Alex Behrens: Coffee Roasting and Starting a Business
"There's a trade-off between ambition and patience." - Alex Behrens In this week's episode, we are joined by Alex Behrens of Maple Leaf Coffee Roasters. In this conversation, Alex shares insights into the world of coffee roasting; from roasting to sourcing and different flavors we are accustomed to. He also expands on ideas of starting a business and just how much thought needs to go into it. Even though he loves coffee roasting, adding a business on top of that takes it to a whole new level. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Check out our recent episodes: #68 - How to Train Your Mind: Mindfulness #67 - Angels and Airwaves Live: Follow the Maybe #66 - Jordan Criss and Ben Kapolnek: Football, Music, and Storytelling Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel Identify Hidden Health Hazards by Jennifer McGregor Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
58:15
October 9, 2019
#68 - How to Train Your Mind: Mindfulness
Nick Buegel and Erich have a conversation about training the mind. In this episode, we go deep on how to train mindfulness. Mindfulness can be interchanged with meditation, but we specifically use the word mindfulness to make it a skill-based practice. We try our best to get very practical from our own lives on how we have used mindfulness. We want to make mindfulness as accessible to as broad an audience as possible. Over the weekend, Erich attended a live training event with Compete to Create. He previously completed the online version of the course called Finding Your Best. What we have spoken of here is directly related to the information he has been exposed to over the last six months. If you want to meet the coaches, he has been able to interact by listening to our episode with Nicole Davis - 2X Olympian for Indoor Volleyball. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Other Episodes you might like: #48 - Joe Jackowski: Relationships, Meaningful Moments, and Remembering the Past #64 - Work-Life Balance #25 - Claudia Skowron: Do What Works for You Check Out our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Poem - Digging the Hole by Erich Wenzel Spiraling Upwards: A Poem on Being by Joe Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:02:29
October 1, 2019
#67 - Angels and Airwaves Live: Follow the Maybe
Over the weekend, Erich saw Angels and Airwaves (AVA) live at the Chicago House of Blues. In this episode, we spice things up with a different style of podcast. Erich shares his thoughts on the experience of seeing AVA, but before that, we need a little bit of background. A common theme of this podcast is how much we resonate with the music. There's deep roots within humanity and the creation of music. We have talked about favorite artist or genres many times. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS For Erich, Angels and Airwaves is a special band. AVA has been a cornerstone of his musical interests for many years. From an artistic perspective, Erich has resonated with AVA at a deep level. It wasn't until seeing the band live that it finally struck him at how long he has followed the group and in particular Tom Delonge. Up until this point, he may not have realized why it has gone so deep. Tom Delonge is nothing short of fascinating. Without spending to much time on his current ventures, Tom is unashamed of his creativity. He will always choose to push his boundaries and what he wants to spend his time on. Tom's drive to explore could not be more apparent with the departure from Blink-182. Tom needed a bigger sandbox. He's an example of what you can do if you follow your maybe. Tom is the founder of  To The Stars and To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science. He could have comfortably ridden Blink-182 until the end, but instead, he chose a different path. For Erich, Tom Delonge is an example of what could be possible, and it doesn't have to be grandiose like changing the world but trying to what moves you at your core. Ask yourself this maybe I could... What's the first thing you that comes to mind? Now start moving in that direction, and it doesn't have to be life-altering shift the sails. Keep going and see where that takes you. Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
39:36
September 24, 2019
#66 - Jordan Criss and Ben Kapolnek: Football, Music, and Storytelling
In this conversation starts with a discussion opening of American football season.  From sports, we enter into a conversation around music touching on the artists we enjoy or have made an impact on us. For Ben and myself, we've always connected with Tom Delonge of Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. We also talk about concept albums; albums meant to be listened to in sequence. Erich share a recent album of Mike Posner A Real Good Kid - The album shares how Mike dealt with the lose of his father. We close with a discussion around storytelling. We mostly centered around impactful films like The Matrix, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. We talk about what makes characters compelling. Why do we enjoy characters with nuance and flaws more than black and white? Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Other Episodes you might like: #61 - Jordan Criss: Creating With A Purpose #45 - Ben Kapolnek: Invisible Battles #44 - Dante Brooks and Jordan Criss: Cultural Chameleons Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Poem - Digging the Hole by Erich Wenzel Spiraling Upwards: A Poem on Being by Joe Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly!
1:27:44
September 17, 2019
#65 - Joe Jackowski: SVA Leadership Summit, Japan, and Power Dynamics
"Cultures grow when they come into contact with each other. But they only learn from each if your willing to let them cross-pollinate. Let them share ideas, move, and try new things. That's how you learn about other people and get empathy for people that aren't like you." - Joe Jackowski Joe Jackowski is back on the show! We recap what Joe has been up to over the summer and the upcoming school semester. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Topics we touch on: A vision for the U of M SVA Chapter - Cross-Pollination with other groups on campus. Joe's upcoming thesis research - This will be centered around language analysis and Generic You within the Veteran Community. Trepidation on taking Japanese for a grade last semester. Segwaying into a broader discussion on Japanese culture. A discussion around power dynamics. Other Episodes you might like: #53 - Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel: Meaning, Power and Virtue #54 - Joe Jackowski: Writing, Thesis Research, and Meaning #48 - Joe Jackowski: Relationships, Meaningful Moments, and Remembering the Past Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel Spiraling Upwards: A Poem on Being by Joe Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
57:43
September 9, 2019
#64 - Work-Life Balance
In this week's episode, we are joined by Joe Jackowski, Mike Taccona, and Nick Buegel. Our topic of discussion was work-life balance. How do we manage what we do for a living while continuing pushing our boundaries or achieving fulfillment outside of work? In the world we live in, it can be easy to have a job that pulls too much energy from us so that we don't have enough left to pursue other goals. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Topics we cover: Working out and Keeping A Relationship with the Unforgiving Dealing with setbacks Analyzing Habits and routines Nursing and Military Overlap Mike's reset before entering Nursing Mindfulness: Cultivating the Space between Stimulus and Response The middle ground between arrogance and not recognizing your worth Checking your expectations and doing your best at the moment Other Episodes you might like: #53 - Joe Jackowski and Nick Buegel: Meaning, Power and Virtue #31 - Nicholas Buegel: Finding Your Own Path #63 - Mike and Mary Taccona: Nursing, Travel in the US and Costa Rica Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel Spiraling Upwards: A Poem on Being by Joe Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:22:17
September 3, 2019
#63 - Mike and Mary Taccona: Nursing, Travel in the US and Costa Rica
Mike and Mary Taccona are both registered nurses. Mike works in the Post Surgical Unit, and Mary is in the Emergency Department. Outside of nursing Mike and Mary are avid travelers. They have traveled throughout the United States and time abroad as well while balancing Nursing school and jobs.  In this conversation, we start with a look at adapting to their roles as nurses, pulling back the curtain to the type of stress the situation puts in them. From there, we transition to travel. We break down how and why they travel. We close on an impactful trip to a Field Station in Costa Rica.  Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net Other Episodes you might like: #36 - Marybeth Piltaver: On Becoming a Nurse and Healthcare Behind the Scenes #19 - Mike Taccona: Set Intentions and Self-Experimentation #51 - Mike Taccona and Eric Herrera: Fire and Food Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel #2 - Feeding Frenzy by Erich Wenzel Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:20:25
August 26, 2019
#62 - Eric Herrera: Stories of a Tower Climber
“It’s either you’re in this industry [tower climbing] for 30 years or only 5. You like it or you don’t.” - Eric Herrera  Eric Herrera is a communications tower climber. In this episode, Eric shares stories from his unique and, at times, dangerous job. Tower climbing is one of the jobs that are easy to overlook in our hyper-connected world. It is because of people like Eric, and his crew members, that we can have uninterrupted service with our devices. Eric highlights his journey becoming a mentor, and the ways he's grown since starting in the climbing industry.  Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS   “You’re going to have your arguments, but guess what? End that shit when the shift is over. You come in the next day and everything is fine. You still have something to squash out then hash it out.” - Eric Herrera For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Other Episodes you might like: #26 - Jordan Criss and Eric Herrera: Dynamic Duo #13 - Eric Herrera: Being Yourself #10 Wyatt Mach: Chasing Perfection Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel #1 - Feeding Frenzy by Erich Wenzel Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:35:06
August 19, 2019
#61 - Jordan Criss: Creating With A Purpose
Jordan Criss is a creative storyteller and has wide-ranging interests from music, screenwriting, and anime. At his core, Jordan believes in being authentic, and it comes through in his writing. In his own life, Jordan explores emotions and where they resonate with those around him. Jordan has appeared on this podcast many times and is a significant influence on the content we are creating. If you're interested in following along on his journey, follow him on Instagram (@crisshappens) and check out a few of the selected podcasts we've done. In this conversation, we are building on small section Jordan had said during the podcast with Saint Ripley. The clip can be summed as creating with a purpose, or anything that can be consumed should make others think. We expand on this thought giving examples on content in TV shows and movies that have been done right to capture our attention. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Other Episodes you might like: #59 - John Tenuto: Pop Culture, Technology and Teaching #60 - Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path #47 - Nicole Davis: Mindset, Learning and Recovery Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel The Locus of Being: The Body as Eternal Reference by Joseph Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:24:12
August 12, 2019
#60 - Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path
Dr. Eric Fretz is a faculty member at the University of Michigan teaching in the Psychology Department, the School of Education, the College of Engineering, and teaches the LSA core course for the Minor in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Fretz has completed two Bachelors degrees, two Masters degrees and a dual Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. He was certified as a Navy Master Training Specialist and leads the Ann Arbor office of MUSE Educational Consulting, LLC. He serves the community volunteering in nearly a dozen roles including Mentor for UM Student Veterans, Washtenaw County Veteran Treatment Court as Mentor Program Director, and Founder/President of two 501c3 Veteran charities, the Editorial Board of the Journal Of Veteran Studies, and Chair of the State of 'Michigan's Region 9 Veterans Community Action Team. Dr. Eric Fretz was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is an Eagle Scout and retired from 20 years of active and reserve service as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He began his career on USS CHOSIN (CG-65), deploying for the first Persian Gulf War and qualifying as Fleet & Special Evolutions OOD, Gas Turbine EOOW, and Surface Warfare Officer. His military career included three deployments to the Persian Gulf from Operation Desert Storm through Operation Iraqi Freedom. He closed out his career with a year-long mobilization to Baghdad, Iraq serving in the Multi-National Corps – Iraq, assigned to the 'Army's 18th Airborne Corps in 2008. While in Iraq he also started a scout troop and built a camp for Iraqi youth around Victory Base. He has earned over 30 military awards including the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. In this conversation, we start biographically with experiences that shaped Dr. Fretz's early life and how he entered in the Navy. From there, we connect the lessons learned from the Military and how they applied to academics and beyond. A common theme in this conversation is being drawn to lead, and Dr. Fretz self describes it as creating virtuous cults. Now that I've been able to spend time on the University of Michigan Campus with all the SVA (Student Veterans Association) students that are part of this tribe, its easy to see what he means. There is a magnetic pull to the group that is both inviting and stimulating. We close this conversation on where Dr. Fretz is head next and with more broad lessons on trying not to over-plan our your life and leadership more generally. Follow your interests and what skills you can build. There's no telling where it can become valuable in the future, and such is the meandering path of life.  For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  
1:35:23
August 5, 2019
#59 - John Tenuto: Pop Culture, Technology and Teaching
John Tenuto is a Sociology professor at the College of Lake County, IL, with over 25 years of teaching experience. Professor Tenuto has been nominated ten times for Outstanding Full-time Faculty, receiving the award three times in 2014, 2013 and 2005. He has also received the Illinois Board of Education Student Advisory Committee Faculty of the Year Award. He has given dozens of public presentations and media interviews on the sociology of the "Star Trek" film and television shows. Professor Tenuto has appeared on the Netflix series "The Toys That Made Us" for the Star Wars and Star Trek episodes. He was also named one of "Star Trek's" most influential fans by New York Magazine's Vulture.com. In this conversation, we talk about John's interest in Sociology and how it shaped his lens of the world. We take a deeper dive into John's interest in Star Trek. His research takes him now the path to understand and highlight those who helped make the show what it was. We close with how he views teaching and what he does for his students. What comes through is his caring and authenticity in the role of a teacher. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS  For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net   Other Episodes you might like: #38 - Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books #14 - Brian Peters: Left, Right and Somewhere in Between #56 - Todd Myrick: Connecting Through Technology Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Dealing with Self-Doubt by Erich Wenzel The Locus of Being: The Body as Eternal Reference by Joseph Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:11:50
July 29, 2019
#58 - Saint Ripley: A Journey Told Through Music
Saint Ripley, a Chicago hip-hop artist, shares much of what shaped his music on this episode of Feeding Curiosity. With deep roots in multiple genres, he opens up about attending punk shows as a teenager, to his first exposure to hip-hop. On the rapper's first full-length album, Thoughts & Prayers, Saint Ripley shares emotions and stories that are not only a part of him but also a conduit in being a force of change in the world. The album is a concept piece which will be released episodically, with a new song dropping every Friday until November 8th. The first song, The Man Who Gave It All, comes out July 26th. Featured artists on the album include show regular, Jordan Criss, as well as well-known artists Mick Jenkins, Supa Bwe and more... Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Follow along Saint Ripley's Journey here: Website Instagram  Listen to Saint Ripley’s Music at these locations: Spotify Apple Music Sound Cloud Tidal Google Play Amazon Music Also check out Filthy Hands - A collaboration of Saint Ripley and Jordan Criss. Other Episodes you might like: #55 - Jordan Criss: Dissecting the Muse #14 - Brian Peters: Left, Right and Somewhere in Between #31 - Nicholas Buegel: Finding Your Own Path Checkout our Blogs! Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:19:08
July 22, 2019
#57 - Joel Salatin: A Different System of Food Production
Joel Salatin co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. In this conversation we talk about Joel's nuanced view of ecosystem for Food Production from soil microbes to envisioning the Uber of food distribution. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net  Other Episodes you might like: #38 - Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books #18 - Michael Greenberg: Intimacy and Being Present Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Dealing with Self-Doubt by Erich Wenzel The Locus of Being: The Body as Eternal Reference by Joseph Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:14:10
July 15, 2019
#56 - Todd Myrick: Connecting Through Technology
Toddy Myrick is an IT Specialist with an undergraduate in Fine Art Printmaking & Photography and later completed a graduate degree in MS Information Systems & Technology Management & MBA. Outside the academic world, Todd has always had an interest in technology and acts as Reddit moderator.  In this episode, we get quite biographical as Todd lays out his life and what has influenced him. What shows through is his connection to those around him and the caring he has for people that he respects. We get to the early 1990s in the chronology of his story, and it will be continued in a future episode of the podcast, so stay tuned! Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS  For show notes head to Feedingcuriosity.net   Other Episodes you might like: #38 - Steve Furnett : Museums, Collecting and Comic Books #31 - Nicholas Buegel: Finding Your Own Path #18 - Michael Greenberg: Intimacy and Being Present Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Feeding the Fire by Erich Wenzel The Locus of Being: The Body as Eternal Reference by Joseph Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:34:14
July 8, 2019
Fourth of July: What is Freedom?
What better way to celebrate American Independence than with a discussion about Freedom? Grab a six pack and celebrate with us! Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Check out Jordan’s recent article “What is Success”.  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!
49:26
July 4, 2019
#55 - Jordan Criss: Dissecting the Muse
Jordan Criss returns to the show! In this episode, we go deeper in trying to understand where Jordan's creativity has come from. On the surface, he's a creative writer if you sum up all of his interests from music, screenwriting, and storytelling. But there's a second competent at play performance, but the caveat here is that it has to be done authentically. Whether that be Jordan's own performance on stage or through the emotion, he's trying to convey in writing. This is just scratching the surface on exploring Jordan's creative process. With that, we close on thoughts on the season of Game of Thrones. We've been meaning to get this out of the way so here it is! This your first warning for spoilers if it is not well past us have to warn you about it... Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Check out Jordan’s recent article “What is Success”.  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!
1:11:24
July 1, 2019
#54 - Joe Jackowski: Writing, Thesis Research, and Meaning
 Joe Jackowski is back on the show! This conversation can be seen as a continuation of the previous episode 53, as we are still exploring the topic of meaning. We start today's conversation articulating the importance of writing, and some of the tools we use to structure what we write. From there, we have a deeper dive into Joe's Thesis, which is broadly around meaning and then applying meaning-making in military veterans for his research. For this episode, we spend much of our time laying out the framework used to understand the process of meaning-making and why does it provide so much value to us.    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!
1:16:58
June 24, 2019
#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!
1:25:45
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!
53:34
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!
52:26
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!
1:18:41
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!
1:16:17
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!
2:13:22
May 13, 2019
#47 - 2X Olympian 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. Subscribe on your favorite platform: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Overcast | Stitcher | RSS Other Episodes you might like: #59 - John Tenuto: Pop Culture, Technology and Teaching #60 - Eric Fretz: The Navy, Building Virtuous Cults, and The Meandering Path Checkout our blogs: The One Who Wears The Mask by Jordan Criss Wearables: Meet WHOOP and Oura Ring  by Erich Wenzel The Locus of Being: The Body as Eternal Reference by Joseph Jackowski Connect with Us on Social Media: Twitter: @erichwenzel & @feedingcuriosity1 Instagram: @evwenzel & @feedcuriosity  Facebook Page Support the podcast directly! Leave us a voice message!
1:32:11
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!
1:08:01
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!
1:05:56
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!
1:45:24
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!
1:46:52
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!
1:36:18
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!
1:44:59
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!
1:33:02
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!
2:02:40
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!
1:08:39
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!
1:08:00
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!
2:04:01
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!
1:14:50
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!
37:40
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!
1:34:53
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!
1:37:04
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!
43:55
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!
1:39:50
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!
2:47:00
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!
24:59
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!
1:34:30
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!
1:07:37
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 Fornaris: Boxing and Finding Yourself
In this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Diana Fornaris. 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!
1:12:32
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!
47:40
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!
1:13:55
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!
47:15
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!
53:56
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!
2:26:21
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!
1:09:13
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!
1:22:02
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!
1:04:00
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!
1:41:21
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!
1:37:42
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!
1:15:48
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!
1:09:56
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!
56:33
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!
1:29:26
March 16, 2018
#4 - Film Deep Dive: Annihilation
Erich and Joe sit down for an 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 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!
1:19:56
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
1:01:19
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!
54:26
February 16, 2018
#1 - Elon Musk and Inspiration
Erich and Mike discuss the recent Falcon Heavy Launch and how the launch 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!
49:18
February 10, 2018
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