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Curious Navel

91 EpisodesProduced by Jane MarksonWebsite

Each week Jane Markson asks the same questions to anyone willing to answer, as she tries to figure out if we have more in common than just our navels. Whether we do or not doesn't matter — she's curious to ask, eager to listen, and enjoying conversations that wouldn’t otherwise take place.

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Ep 091 - Luiz Garcia

May 19th, 2022

26:40

From the Navy to the Allentown Police Department, Luiz’s life is one of service. As a crime prevention officer and responsible for the Department’s …

Ep 090 - Carolyn Hoffman

May 12th, 2022

24:26

Carolyn recently moved back to her family’s farm to help her dad – which is perfectly consistent with her compassionate core. She is a geriatric …

Ep 089 - John Richetta

May 5th, 2022

25:10

After seeing Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich play in NYC and sweat through their suits, John found his passion. He played drums for decades, traveling the country with his band. And along the way, he developed Tempo Italiano

Ep 088 - Cat Szafran

April 28th, 2022

25:01

Cat looks at the broader view to find the richest stories – both in her photography and in her perspective. She’s learned from her challenges and triumphs that failure is not the end of the world, and from the loss of …

Ep 087 - Amy Trauger

April 21st, 2022

22:24

A high school job at a cosmetics counter led Amy to a career she loves as an aesthetician. But Amy makes people feel more than beautiful – she makes …

Ep 086 - Cory Maletsky

April 14th, 2022

24:11

Cory left behind the military and a job in IT to become an artisan woodworker, reclaiming and milling trees that can no longer provide shade, to give them a new life as unique pieces of furniture. While he may never get …

Ep 085 - Lou Lunden

April 7th, 2022

28:10

You will want to listen to this enthusiastic and endearing woman, who learned a family secret about her faith as an adult. Follow her journey from …

Ep 084 - Brian Billig

March 31st, 2022

23:54

Brian has been of service in dangerous roles – as an EMT and flight nurse and fighting wildfires in Montana – but his proudest personal achievement …

Ep 083 - Susan Roehm

March 24th, 2022

28:46

Susan is a global nomad, and having lived around the world, she says that home is wherever you land. She found her calling reaching out to at-risk kids, challenging their belief system, teaching them life skills, and …

Ep 082 - Christina Lehn

March 17th, 2022

24:33

As a woman in construction, Christina is in the minority, but she doesn’t mind because she loves what she does. She can fix or build almost anything and in her “spare” time she started a candle business and hopes to …

Ep 081 - Steve Fleisher

March 10th, 2022

28:19

He grew up boxing and combined his love of the sport with his incredibly positive spirit to become a mentor, teaching kids at boxing gyms that the intangibles – love, honor, and loyalty – have the most value. He lives …

Ep 080 - Ned Richards

March 3rd, 2022

26:46

Ned loves rock and roll (the real kind), being a broadcaster, garlic, and Christmas. He is the real Santa, and if you book him in advance, he will …

Ep 079 - Alani Jimenez (Alani J)

February 24th, 2022

28:08

Alani has an incredible talent – he is the world’s fastest caricaturist. He loves capturing the essence of a person and loves seeing the joy his work brings. As impressive as his drawing skills are, Alani also makes …

Ep 078 - Trish Anderson

February 17th, 2022

23:48

Trish is the teacher you want for your fifth grader – compassionate, kind, and patient. And she’s also the mentor you want for your fitness goals since she focuses on healthy body image, not any notion of perfection. …

Ep 077 - SueAnn Webb

February 10th, 2022

28:16

She is constantly on the move – whether she’s teaching children fitness and nutrition, running half-marathons, or doing yoga. But that doesn’t mean …

Ep 076 - Kayla O’Donnell

February 3rd, 2022

29:55

Kayla is sensitive and passionate in both her personal and business life. She moved across the country to find safety during the pandemic, endured being shunned by her family, and survived betrayal by a business …

Ep 075 - Denise Grothouse

January 27th, 2022

29:45

She can date her Pennsylvania roots to the 1700’s and has learned to make everything from rustic apple pie to formal picnic punch. But I was most impressed by Denise’s enthusiasm for her marketing business and her …

Ep 074 - Michelle Zenie

January 20th, 2022

25:52

Michelle brings compassion and dedication to her role as Executive Director of a nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer – whether …

Ep 073 - Lisa Drew

January 13th, 2022

26:25

Lisa is incredibly honest and brave, sharing that she is a survivor of domestic abuse who found the strength to transform her life. As a nutrition and wellness coach, comfortable speaking in front of a crowd of a …

Ep 072 - Brad Modrich

January 6th, 2022

24:01

I’ve never met an aggressive introvert, but if I ever do, I hope it’s Brad. He’s an enthusiastic and upbeat guy and when he says that anything is possible, I believe it.

Ep 071 - Damon Burton

December 30th, 2021

32:39

Damon is industrious and intentional, building on his knowledge of computers and search engines to create a successful business. But his most …

Ep 070 - Carol Hoover

December 23rd, 2021

18:18

Speaking to Carol is like catching up with your favorite neighbor. She lives on 40 acres and loves her privacy, but she’s bold enough to knock on …

Ep 069 - Angelo Maldonado Jr

December 16th, 2021

30:34

I don’t believe I have spoken with someone who has made a larger transformation in his life than Angelo. He has refused to be defined by his trauma and instead has created a ministry of love and acceptance, teaching his …

Ep 068 - Jesse Anderson

December 9th, 2021

28:03

Montana born and bred, Jesse moved his family to Portugal post-pandemic, even though they didn’t speak Portuguese. He is brave and independent and has always turned a “can’t” into a “can.” He’s written several books …

Ep 067 - Ashley Albeck

December 2nd, 2021

26:58

Ashley surprised me – she let me pry a little and was incredibly open about overcoming anxiety and learning to accept help as a very young mom. But at the same time her compassion and curiosity compelled her to ask me …

Ep 066 - Courtney Zentz

November 25th, 2021

30:21

Courtney is a pediatric sleep coach – aka magician and healer. And she is a hero, having survived an incredible challenge. Most important, she is an inspiration. Listening to her will give you one of your “awesomes” for …

Ep 065 - Eric Mintel

November 18th, 2021

26:41

I don’t know what fascinates me more about Eric – the fact that he is an accomplished jazz musician, admired by Dave Brubeck, or the fact that he is a documentary filmmaker focusing on paranormal activity, and verifying …

Ep 064 - Jerry Minion

November 11th, 2021

27:15

Jerry worked his way up from overseeing mustard to opening one of the first small town McDonalds (a “Mini Mac”). He is steadfast, hardworking, and …

Ep 063 - Jessica Volchko

November 4th, 2021

26:14

Jessica may know a lot about air conditioner compressors, but she took advantage of lockdown to learn something even better – how to smoke meat and make the perfect soup. She learned how to turn a shy frightened kid …

Ep 062 - Sari Fordham

October 28th, 2021

28:56

From Uganda and Kenya, to S. Korea, and across the United States, Sari has embraced the value of being a stranger and respecting differences. She’s inclined to say yes (strategically, of course), and we will all be …

Ep 061 - Chris Line

October 21st, 2021

27:10

I learned a lot from Chris – not only the meaning of Power Sports and Geocaching – but also the importance of simply doing what we do each day and staying grounded. Chris stays present and positive, and open to new …

Ep 060 - Amanda Stanley

October 14th, 2021

31:33

Amanda turned her social work background into a role as CEO of an agency that gives everyone a family “no matter what”. I was equally impressed by …

Ep 059 - Angela Grigoli

October 7th, 2021

27:35

Angela is the girl you wish you’ve been friends with since high school. She’s first-generation Sicilian, with a secret recipe for the best meatballs …

Ep 058 - Phillip Causey

September 30th, 2021

35:59

My conversation with Philip has no precedent – I didn’t ask many questions because his story was so compelling that it was most important that I simply listen. He lives the lessons he conveys, that pain may teach you a …

Ep 057 - Denise Ogden

September 23rd, 2021

24:08

Denise has a strength and a spirit that you will not forget. She changed her family history not only by graduating high school but by becoming a …

Ep 056 - Allison Brewer

September 16th, 2021

22:36

It was a treat to speak to Allison – she was bold enough to open her own physical therapist practice to create a loving and safe space for her …

Ep 055 - Glenn Miller

September 9th, 2021

24:02

Glenn’s dedication to spreading the love he derives from his faith is inspiring, as is his journey, from private investigator and auctioneer to running a garden and mowing ministry for his church. His unerring faith is …

Ep 054 - Mahaila McKellar

September 2nd, 2021

29:00

She’s a dancer, meditation instructor, brave enough to walk on hot coals, adventurous enough to learn TikTok, loving grandmother, proud mother, and one of the loveliest and kindest people I have had the pleasure to …

Ep 053 - Natasha Lauer

August 26th, 2021

25:51

Natasha fell into marketing and her characteristic humor and willingness to learn by doing (aka fake it till you make it) helped her develop a passion for her career. She is charming, kind, and generous – she is even …

Ep 052 - Pete Skolnik

August 19th, 2021

22:00

With tremendous grace and humility, Pete is the sole caregiver to his father who suffers from a debilitating disease. But that has not stopped Pete …

Ep 051 - Sally Rudolph

August 12th, 2021

28:16

Sally may describe herself as traditional – a devoted wife, mom, and homemaker – but she has achieved success on her own terms and found the strength …

Ep 050 - Jonah Levy

August 5th, 2021

32:11

Jonah made a bold choice at 17 to intern in Los Angeles and endure a 7-8 hour round trip commute so he could pursue his career. But his most …

Ep 049 - Megan Williams

July 29th, 2021

29:29

If you have a pup, find your way to Megan – she is a passionate and compassionate dog trainer, who listens to the animals as well as their owners. She has a kind heart, loves knee football and grits from Jacksonville, …

Ep 048 - Julissa (Julie) Jimenez

July 22nd, 2021

28:12

Julie is the teacher you will wish you had in school – she is kind, warm, and supportive. She is living her dream, even though she knows she is not …

Ep 047 - Jenna Galligani

July 15th, 2021

26:07

Jenna has overcome greater challenges than most of us and yet she is one of the most centered and positive people I have had the honor to meet. …

Ep 046 - Cathy Cosentini Bonczek

July 8th, 2021

23:13

I want to be more like Cathy, who has lived her life knowing that if a door is open, you can walk through it without a plan and figure it out along the way! She was able to use that strength to pursue her life’s work, …

Ep 045 - Brian Panella

July 1st, 2021

28:55

Brian is one of the bravest people I have spoken with – at 50, he left a successful business behind to move to New York City and pursue his dream of …

Ep 044 - Laura Lian

June 24th, 2021

30:39

Laura is a delightful, rare, and beautiful combination of artist and spiritual mentor. As an artist, she creates bronze statutes that have traveled …

Ep 043 - Stacy Gabel

June 17th, 2021

28:28

Stacy always loved to sing, and now she’s an entertainment entrepreneur, performing and connecting with people through her upbeat (and sometimes quirky) music.  When she’s not on stage, she teaches, helping other …

Ep 042 - Paul Sutt

June 10th, 2021

28:43

Paul’s enthusiasm for his passion is impressive – he’s a blacksmith who creates authentic swords and knives with the same method used hundreds of …

Ep 041 - Bevin Luna

June 3rd, 2021

28:13

Since Bevin grew up moving around, she knows what it means to be the new kid, and now keeps her arms wide open to understand everyone she meets. She is both rooted in science as an industrial hygienist (you have to …

Ep 040 - Suzanne Reed Fine

May 27th, 2021

23:43

Suzanne is a kind and gentle artist who believes that anyone can find a way to express themselves creatively. She has a unique fear, especially as she can trace her roots back to a sea captain ancestor who traveled to …

Ep 039 - Randy Hand

May 20th, 2021

31:12

I had a wonderful time hearing about Randy’s adventurous childhood, exploring the woods and surviving a haunted house. And he went on to make some …

Ep 038 - Ariella Strauss

May 13th, 2021

16:03

Ariella’s role as a mother of four young adults is most important to her, but she finds time to be a humanitarian building bridges with those in …

Ep 037 - Anne Mandler

May 6th, 2021

30:23

From Seattle, to New York, to Germany, to California, Anne found her way to Texas where she heals and motivates people to pursue their life paths and passions, and to connect with their intuition. She knows that what …

Ep 036 - Rebecca Vogel-Pitts

April 29th, 2021

28:01

Rebecca’s second graders are lucky to have her – she’s creative, thoughtful, and loving. Her journey from paralegal to teacher and devoted mom, and …

Ep 035 - Rich Italiano

April 22nd, 2021

31:45

This kind and open soul is a pianist, composer, and professor who will move you with his bravery. It was inspiring to hear his story and learn that …

Ep 034 - Darrel DeWitt

April 15th, 2021

28:15

I cannot stop smiling from my conversation with Darrel. He is a true creative soul, kind and compassionate, and committed to making sure his clients …

Ep 033 - Anne Alexander

April 8th, 2021

34:39

Author, empath, mentor, investigator, editor --- it all comes together in her quest to uncover the energy of desire and spark others on their journey …

Ep 032 - Charles Shaughnessy

April 1st, 2021

38:25

Though he didn’t land the role of Peter Rabbit when he was five, he’s been entertaining and charming us ever since, whether on Days of our Lives or …

Ep 031 - Mary Moses

March 25th, 2021

28:12

Mary describes herself as a “late bloomer”, but in reality she is someone who continues to bloom by keeping herself open to new opportunities and …

Ep 030 - Damon Neagle

March 18th, 2021

32:56

Not many kids choose their career by seventh grade, but not many kids are as logical and clear headed as Damon. He’s an engineer and patent attorney …

Ep 029 - Connie Challingsworth

March 11th, 2021

28:32

From pharmaceutical sales, to life coach for women over 50, Connie always incorporates charity and service in her endeavors. She is sweet and …

Ep 028 - Andres Gallegos

March 4th, 2021

29:39

It was an honor to meet Andres, who lives in town with no stoplight, can trace his routes in New Mexico back five hundred years, and has come face to …

Ep 027 - Sarah Ayers

February 25th, 2021

32:17

Though playing trombone in elementary school didn’t make her popular, she stuck with music until three months of vocal lessons changed her life. …

Ep 026 - Sue Zimskind

February 18th, 2021

30:54

I admit I’m biased when it comes to Sue, but listen to her charming and delightful interview and you will learn why she is one of my best friends. …

Ep 025 - Sally Lou Oaks Loveman

February 11th, 2021

29:46

Since the moment Sally Lou saw a woman carrying a clipboard and wearing a headset at a taping of the Mike Douglas show, she knew what she wanted to do. From working on the Oprah Winfrey show to becoming an author and …

Ep 024 - Angela Shelton

February 4th, 2021

36:40

If you are Angela Shelton (and if you listen you can learn why anyone can be Angela Shelton), you can be the person that says “I get s%^* done, I keep moving forward, and I live happily ever after no matter what happens …

Ep 023 - Jim Moczydlowski

January 28th, 2021

32:39

Listening to Jim’s episode should be a daily practice. This gentle man worked in public education for 41 years in different roles, from special …

Ep 022 - Jim Rutter

January 21st, 2021

36:39

It’s not surprising that Jim is a self-described passionate extrovert, as his goal is to connect people around the world based on their common interests. I have no doubt he will create something that will be …

Ep 021 - Barry Anderson

January 14th, 2021

35:23

It was a pleasure to speak with this warm, modest, and talented performer who shared his passion for several years on tour as Bob Crewe in The Jersey …

Ep 020 - Joe Hart

January 7th, 2021

45:36

He’s been a stage and screen actor for over 40 years, but Joe’s true superpower is his positivity. He learned the importance of community and connection from his firefighter dad, and his parents taught him to survive …

Ep 019 - Jane George

December 31st, 2020

30:09

Jane found her dream home by drawing on a map, and opted out of Cupcake Wars by embarking on a career in lobbying and government affairs. She’s a true best friend to all the women in her life, and is as resilient as …

Ep 018 - Suzie Krause

December 24th, 2020

26:47

Suzie’s driving force is love – whether for her clients or animals in need. She may have walked a “stony path” to get where she is, but now that she’s here, she’s content and compassionate, even during lockdown.

Ep 017 - Nichola Gutgold

December 17th, 2020

36:18

As an author and college professor, she champions the women in our history who have made, and continue to make a difference. Her SAY YES attitude is …

Ep 016 - Jessica Armstrong

December 10th, 2020

25:09

Jessica fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer, but it’s her love of books and inner strength that will impress you. She overcame …

Ep 015 - Dan Lauria

December 3rd, 2020

44:55

You may know him from The Wonder Years and his impressive catalog of film and theatre work, but you may not know his enthusiasm for sharing the stories of the women who changed history. It was fascinating to hear him …

Ep 014 - Jess Novak

November 26th, 2020

27:18

You don’t want to miss hearing Jess’s incredible story of transformation from journalist to musician. Her open and genuine soul shines in our …

Ep 013 - Ed Griffin-Nolan

November 19th, 2020

28:05

From traveling to Central America as a labor organizer and human rights activist to becoming a massage therapist and owning a spa in Syracuse, Ed’s core values of justice and compassion shine. He is a compelling …

Ep 012 - Jack Maxwell

November 12th, 2020

38:17

He grew up in the projects of Boston, and became a world traveler, sharing stories, culture, and cocktails as the Booze Traveler. And he is also one …

Ep 011 - Paula Di Marco-Young

November 5th, 2020

29:42

Paula is impressive – she is an advocate for supporting women’s intimacy at her VSpot clinic, and a former helicopter pilot. You will learn about her …

Ep 010 - "Doc" Ogden

October 29th, 2020

26:41

Doc is one of a kind -- he's met everyone from Lee Iacocca to Fran Drescher, and says the only thing he hasn't done is climb Mount Everest. His energy is hard to match, his love of family is inspiring, and he's not …

Ep 009 - Sweetie Berry

October 22nd, 2020

24:02

Sweetie embodies her name as she pursues a life mission to teach and encourage folks to bring their highest purpose to fruition, wanting only to be …

Ep 008 - David Whitlock

October 15th, 2020

16:02

Meet a technology entrepreneur and car geek who became a father “overnight”, changing his life course and expanding his heart.

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Ep 007 - Dr. Jarrod Spencer

October 8th, 2020

21:14

Dr. Spencer explores the mind/body connection and its impact on everything we believe and do, bringing compassion to his perspective on even the simplest question.

Ep 006 - Tim Hoover

October 1st, 2020

26:53

From private investigator to martial arts instructor and motivational speaker, Tim brings humanity, wisdom, and enthusiasm to the conversation.

Hoover Karate Academy

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Ep 005 - Carrie Beleno

September 24th, 2020

25:38

Can someone really not be afraid of anything? Meet Carrie and listen to how she came to live fearlessly, take chances, and embrace possibility.

Carrie Beleno

Ep 004 - Dale Schneck

September 17th, 2020

36:50

Hear how Dale’s life has taken him from teaching, to screenwriting, to acting, leading him to proclaim that his life pie is delicious!

Dale Schneck Entertainment Development LLC

Ep 003 - Aurora Brunovsky

September 10th, 2020

22:06

Meet a charming entrepreneur and philanthropist who always shows up for her family and community, and lives for sushi and tacos.

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Ep 002 - Mike Yellak

September 3rd, 2020

36:54

If you have only person to meet, let it be Mike. His positive energy is infectious, and he brings light (literally) to everyone for the sole purpose …

Ep 001 - Jasmeet Bansal

September 2nd, 2020

30:06

Jasmeet is one of a kind – inspiring, hardworking, passionate, and memorable – you will love hearing his viewpoint that kindness doesn’t cost anything, live for love talk with love, and Coke is better than Pepsi!

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