Friends In Wonder

Friends In Wonder

Friends in Wonder is a podcast co-hosted by Vince Kern and Joe Luther, two lifelong friends who were born at the tail end of the classic "baby boomer generation.” Since they were curious grade-schoolers walking their dogs late at night, their conversations always delved into a vast array of topics through the lens of wonder and awe. They have maintained this journey throughout their varied professional careers during the technical revolution and friendship spanning over five decades. Listen as they explore a wide range of topics through their soulfully connected adventures in self-growth by asking the question; “How does this help?”


March 24, 2023 10 mins

Following an unexpected break after a raucous Season 1 wrap-party lasting three days and causing them to miss last week’s show, The Friends In Wonder crew have been released on bail. 

While their sentence was reduced to community service because the judge and jury loved the podcast and wanted them out for a second season, FIW was ordered to take a break and develop even more and better shows. 

Never ones to run afoul of the...

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Have you, or someone you know, been wondering about visiting Mexico but aren’t sure if it’s safe or a complicated international experience? Are you looking to add some culture to your winter getaway and maybe enjoy new activities like world-class snorkeling, visiting ancient ruins and sampling authentic local cuisine? Or are you simply wondering what the tourist experience is like in Mexico during the winter months of 2023?  

This e...

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Have people told you "You should write a book," or "You should publish your art?" Is that little voice inside you asking the same question? Do you just need that final inspiration and guidance to share your gift with the Universe? 

Even if you don’t have a “book inside of you,” you’ll be inspired by Donna Zetterlund’s adventure as she balanced her art and work life to become a self-publisher. You'l...

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Have you heard friends and relatives gush about online services like 23andMe and that analyze your genetic data and return information about your health and family ancestry? 

Have you seen commercials or videos featuring happy stories of people uniting with lost family, or ones they didn’t even know existed?  Have you already used one of these services but now wonder if it was a mistake?

Whether you're fam...

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Are you like most people who are worn-down by the constant bombardment of bad or controversial news?  Could you use a break from the feelings of isolation and tension that often come with tuning into most news and media today?  This episode will rejuvenate you with a much needed dose of positive and interesting news and help reconnect you to worthwhile world events.  Vince and Joe use their sense of wonder to describe six recent an...

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Do you want to spend less time being triggered by the overload of bias and incivility that surrounds us all? As the obvious partisanship in mainstream and social media increasingly reflect an echo chamber flooded by re-tweet Kool Aid, are you wondering how to help make it better? As part of a nonscheduled series, Joe and Vince share how they realized  their own personal bias by looking at how a cognitive theory known as the Dunning...

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Have you heard the amazing news about the lightning-fast development and deep investments into Artificial Intelligence tools like ChatGPT?  Have corporations promoting these new tools, and society in general, considered the many cultural and human implications? Have you?

 Joe and Vince have taken a deep dive into the recent explosion of news about AI and Chat GPT and bring you a comprehensive look at what AI is, its curren...

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January 27, 2023 1 min

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Peace be with you! 

Friends In Wonder
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Turnabout is fair play, and this week Joe puts Vince in the interview seat to chat about how his journalism career intersected with the technology revolution in the newspaper industry.  The internet-driven information explosion dramatically changed the news distribution strategy as the product went from the front porch to our smartphones and tablets.  Vince was part of a team that led the changes, for better or worse.


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Until 2000, Canada had nothing similar to CarFax, the popular US vehicle history report company.  But then, a small group of partners ran into a problem while importing vehicles to the US. In this episode, one of those partners -- co-host Joe Luther -- shares the captivating story of his most financially prosperous business venture. It's an entrepreneurial adventure about recognizing the need for a product in a challenging mar...

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To kick off 2023, Joe and Vince unpack and pay tribute to Don Miguel Ruiz' seminal book, The Four Agreements as the author recovers from his second heart transplant surgery. Since 1997, millions of readers in 46 languages have enjoyed this New York Times Best-Seller and have adopted its agreements to improve their lives -- Friends In Wonder among them. Listen as we explore the human domestication that begins at an early age an...

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December 27, 2022 35 mins

As 2022 draws to a close, we're looking back with appreciation for a significant year of adventures while we share some of our favorite unique and humorous headlines and stories of the year, and take a break from the invasive cycle of "everyday" news and events.

A huge thank you to all of our Friends In Wonder across the globe as we travel together on this planetary spaceship!!! -- Joe Luther and Vince Kern...

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December 22, 2022 73 mins

In this seminal episode Joe and Vince interview renowned shamanic healer and teacher, Scott Silverston.  The discussion sets out to explore how everyone can access and work with power animals,  but evolves organically into a more comprehensive overview of shamanic journeying, self-healing, and why shamanism is so important in today's modern society. We submit that this is an episode worthy of downloading and savoring as a gift...

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December 14, 2022 51 mins

This episode features a great interview with author Brian Sachetta, whose mission is to help people "Get Of Their Head" to reduce harmful (and often self-inflicted) negativity, anxiety and depression.  Listen as the hosts examine why so many of us needlessly suffer from this negative-self-talk and explore strategies to help quiet the noise.  Their guest also describes his unique approach to this topic and his self empower...

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PART 2 : Join Joe and Vince "on the street" as they wonder about how true and accurate generational labelling is in today's complex culture. This episode is packed with strong opinions from a large and diverse demographic about their thoughts on the "generation divide," and explores how the theme of work ethics across generations are perceived. It also includes some positive insights people have and some cl...

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PART 1 : Join Joe and Vince "on the street" as they wonder about how true and accurate generational labelling is in today's complex culture. This episode is packed with interview feedback from a large and diverse demographic about their thoughts on the "generation divide" and if and how people identify with the labels for themselves and others.

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November 23, 2022 26 mins

Happy Thanksgiving to the Friends In Wonder community!
This week, Joe and Vince take a bit of time to reflect on blessings the FIW podcast has brought them.  They also discuss "gratitude journaling" and  that anytime or any way one moves into gratitude is perfectly fine!

Thank you, Friends In Wonder listeners, for being part of this journey with us. We are, indeed, grateful for you!

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Don't miss this interview with a man who has become a local legend in the San Diego Padres' Press Box! Steve Dolan holds the longevity record for active news media covering the Padres and was there for the team's first World Series in 1984 against Detroit and every playoff appearance since.  In this energy-packed interview, Dolan shares some of his insights, stories and lessons from being around professional sports f...

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November 10, 2022 23 mins

Vince and Joe wonder why the election results were still incomplete a day after the polls closed. Do the lingering incomplete results create an environment of doubt for the process and encourage grievances for the loser while diminishing the victor?
Are mail-in ballots the problem and what can we do to make it better for everyone?

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November 3, 2022 25 mins

Death effects us all, and therefore so does dealing with the grief. But getting from suffering the loss of a loved one to "grieving in gratitude" and celebrating life is tough. Does our modern Western approach to death and grieving interfere with the process? Can we embrace grieving in a different way?  Let's talk about it this very difficult subject and wonder together.

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