This week we talk about curiosity. What are the benefits of curiosity? How does it shape our identity? What part does American culture play in fostering curiosity? How does curiosity create unity and connection?
We started this podcast because we wanted to share conversation and ideas. We wanted to engage in meaningful discourse and share it, imperfections and an all. To me, Curio is a safe place where curiosity and ideas can roam free, where opinions can be shared and challenged and even changed. How else can we evolve and learn? Every episode is evidence of our journey, not only as friends, but as citizens and humans. There is no perfection here, no easy answers; just the desire to learn – fearlessly, together.
Gratitudes to Quinn and Altadena Hotel / Lon Lon for the musical offering. For Doug, who with great care manages the mics and studio, for Cass, my dear friend and accomplice who edits and thinks big thoughts, and reminded me tonight to thank myself, which is a challenge at best – and our listeners – thank you.
We’re back! We haven’t seen each other for quite a while, so this one is a good old fashioned, arm chair chit chat.
Cass and Doug got the COVID before Christmas. They’ve mostly recovered but it was a scary few weeks. Now we’re in process of digesting the failed coup attempt at the capitol last week and trying to unravel the sequence of events while wondering what’s to come. The anxiety monkeys are rapid firing poo pellets left and right; it’s hard to deflect them all, but we’re trying.
It was a bit of sweet relief to be back in the studio, with beloved friends and little frisky dogs. It was safe and normal, familiar and comforting; a reminder of the “before times“ and a glimpse into what matters most – the people we love, their health, safety, and connection.
As these times dictate, please be careful. Wear a mask, socially distance, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Be smart and courageous – and review your disaster preparedness plan, just in case.
Gratitudes for Quinn’s musical offerings, Doug’s mic skills and atmospheric juju, Cass’s editing skills eclipsed only by her big heart and brain, and all of our listeners. Remember, Curio Podcast loves you.
We unpack the election with Nanny our Buddhist mentor and try to organize our feelings and temper them with compassion. No small feat. We touch on the psychology of MAGAs and antitrumpers along with our own reactions to the aftermath of the election. This episode is a a hopeful journey within and a logical perspective of the outside; which as Nanny reminds us, reflects what we put into the world – from within.
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Gratitudes to all walking the path with us, trying to be better, kinder and wilder. To Cass and Nanny, Doug and Quinn for their talent, skills, and time.
GOD SAVE AMERICA FROM THE ATROCITIES OF DONALD TRUMP.
We are one week away from the election and tension is in the air. Trump is emboldened and loosing, which multiplied by reckless desperation, equals vengeful retreat. The mess he leaves in his wake is atrocious. So, the Curios work out some collective anxiety tonight and talk about the disaster the shit gibbon Trump has made and how the hell we’re going to clean it up.
With maniacal fearlessness, strength and a big can of compassionate whoop ass, that’s how bitches. ‘Cause this country was built on the idea of freedom and we will not relinquish it to trump and his corrupt micro penis militia. Fuck that.
Tonight we chat about Amy Covid Bryant, Amy Chonies Barknet and Amy Coney Barrett. Who IS she? Why does she get to decide what rights we have and is she going to be a Supreme Court Justice or Americas’s Handmaid? Why a chinchilla and not a cat? Who paid for her nomination?
We talk about all kinds of stuff tonight, from narcissists to seeds, Neanderthals to time travelers – it’s a total gab session with a lovely vodka cocktail a la Cass, chipmunks and a couple of the cutest pups you’ve ever seen.
Oh, and the Spaghetti Monster, which is totally real by the way.
Thanks to all the wonderful people, all the awesome Curio studio folks and our elusive friend hope caught in an eternal battle with anxiety, grandmaster asshole of the universe. Hope always wins, though. Always
It’s been a week since the debate and all kinds of crazy shit has hit the fan; most notably Trump got the COVID. The details are predictably murky; where and when he contracted it, who else has been exposed and how sick he actually is. Trump announced last Friday on twitter that he and Melania tested positive. Since then it’s been a cascade of cabinet members, advisors and journalists.
Initially folks thought he was lying – it seemed too convenient. He could bail out of the remaining debates, deflect attention from his taxes, the recording of Melania talking shit about refugees and Christmas and what ever else noxious bullshit is waiting in the wings to embellish the portrait of our treasonous failure of a con-man-as-president.
So, a Bad Lib with Beck and Abi, crystal ball psychedelics, some chit chat and a song. A beautiful song, a cappella a la Abi. Damn, that girl can sing. Hope is lurking in the shadows.
Big Gratitudes to the usual cast of characters, especially Cass who throws down some serious editing skills and time for this podcast!!
Well, that was a nightmare. How embarrassing that the president of the United States can’t keep his mouth shut for two solid minutes during a debate, can’t resist name calling or bullying. Can’t convey a well thought out idea, can’t display even an ounce of self control. Can’t and won’t denounce white supremacy or a peaceful transition of office. What a disgusting display of white entitlement. What a shit show.
Biden did his level best to stay the course, and deliver what most Americans should expect in a presidential debate. Wallace also showed dignity and focus but Trump, Trump proved himself to be a basic bully – deflecting his failures and talking over both Biden and Wallace in an attempt to capture the attention of the audience while never actually addressing them.
We watched the debate tonight with wine and bingo cards expecting the usual gaffes and blunders but no amount of wine or attempts at fun could dampen Trump’s display of lunacy, racism and cowardly bullying. Most notably his dog whistle to Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by”.
The president of the United States has the support of a racist militia and he told them to stand back and stand by. Let that sink in.
“He would see his country burn to the ground if he could be king of the ashes” – Varys, GOT
Lots to talk about this week. The wheels are falling off the cart of American democracy. I know we keep saying that – like all the time, over and over, so many times, just like Chicken Littles. As we approach the election it feels like the stakes are higher each day, and the prospect of Trump refusing to leave if he loses is a very real concern. His poll numbers are down, his public appearances are becoming more and more awkward. He’s trying desperately to maintain his base by spreading propaganda and aligning himself with white supremacy groups while the corona virus and civil unrest infect our country. He’s scrambling to stack the deck in his favor and succeeding. Join us while we chat about the current debauchery and the conventions.
What happens when the USPS goes away and our internet connections are unreliable and the electrical grid has been comprised? all freakin’ Hell breaks loose, that’s what.
Yes, tonight was a romp though our imagined dystopia with a side of wine. We didn’t go to full manic, crazy,fear—land. But we did touch on a few ideas about what things could look like and frankly, right now calls for the brand of creativity us GenXers are damn good at. A little analog fortune telling might just go a long way.
So, dear curious friends, prepare. Think ahead. Use your damn brain instead of the the damn inetwebs. Also, VOTE. Vote like your rights depend on it. vote like it’s the last time you’ll get the chance. Vote for democracy. Vote for your rights.