Call Me Curious

Call Me Curious

Is sugar really more addictive than cocaine? Does intermittent fasting work? Should I buy crypto? We’re all on 24-7 information overload, on our news feeds, in our inboxes, on TikTok… it’s hard to know what is real and what isn’t. Every week on CALL ME CURIOUS, Nikki Boyer (Dying for Sex, The Daily Smile) and friends like Mr. Malone are going to dive into all the things you’ve heard about, but don’t really know about. That’s right - No more nodding along at parties or running into the bathroom to Google, “Why do people get nipple rings?” We’ll learn and laugh as we explore life’s little mysteries, the internet’s hot topics, and burning gotta-know questions. Listen to new episodes early and ad-free on Wondery+ or listen ad-free on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Episodes

January 26, 2023 51 min

Are you one of the 4.7 billion people who use social media on a daily basis? While some people still keep a diary, others feel compelled to announce and show every detail of their life on social media. We are curious and interested in the lives of friends and family but do they really need to tell us what they had for lunch or how horrible their breakup was - with photos! How much is okay to share? Host Nikki Boyer and Co-Host Mr. ...

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It's a new year and time to make resolutions. Are you thinking about giving up alcohol for the month of January? If you like the idea of more energy, better sleep, weight loss and a lot more dollars in your pocket - then "Dry January" might just be the resolution you're looking for. Nikki and Malone talk with author Hilary Sheinbaum to learn about her first hand experience of booting the booze for January. And Dr. J...

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Psychedelics were originally designed to blow your mind, but new studies suggest they can also help fix it! Can small doses of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) help people manage depression and anxiety better than pharmaceutical remedies? Host Nikki Boyer, Dr. Matt Johnson (professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University), and Kayse Gheret (founder of Microdosing for Healing) discuss how a tiny intake of psi...

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Are you tired of low pay, long commutes, lots of stress and feeling unappreciated and unfulfilled? Maybe it's time to quit your job! Many Americans are doing just that. It's being called "The Great Resignation." The post-pandemic exodus of workers moving away from unfulfilling jobs in search of an opportunity that gives them a sense of purpose and personal satisfaction. Nikki and Malone talk with career coach Jess W...

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Is your mailbox flooded with credit card junk mail promising free money? There’s cash back, 0% interest, sign-up bonuses, reward points. The come-ons keep on coming! Well, Nikki and Mr. Malone know exactly what you’re thinking — ‘cause they’re thinking it too. Are we missing out on some valuable free stuff? That’s where character actor and self-described money nerd, Chip Chinery of “Chip’s Money Tips,” and the founder of Clever Gir...

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So what’s up with eggnog? And why is there a tree in my living room? Christmas is overflowing with traditions. Things you do, eat, drink, sing and wear. Things you look forward to all year long. (Unless, of course, you’ve been naughty!) But why? Most Christmastime rituals are things we just go with. No questions asked, right? But, hey, this is Call Me Curious! So… we’re gonna ask!! Join Nikki and Malone, with the help of “Christmas...

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Have you ever written a letter to Santa and sent it off to the North Pole, hoping he gets it? Well, Nikki and Malone have a little gift for you. They welcome filmmaker Dana Nachman, whose documentary film "Dear Santa" dives into just how the United States Postal Service makes sure those letters reach Santa each year! And ‘tis the season to... yep!... talk to an "elf." One of Santa’s best helpers, Michael Munoz, talk...

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Talk about a brain freeze! There was a time when “cryonics” — the technology of freezing human brains (and other body parts) — was the latest craze to preserve our minds in the hope of one day being defrosted and put into a younger body. That’s some weird science! But we all understand why, right? The average 70+ years most of us have on this earth just isn’t enough... and it sucks that our minds and bodies break down along the...

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December 1, 2022 51 min

Can I still eat this? We’ve all been tempted by food that's past its posted freshness date. While many people worry about illness or the yuck-factor and toss food out, others trust their noses and look for ways to not waste food. But seriously — what does 'Best by,' 'Sell by,' and 'Use by' dates even mean? On this episode, Nikki and Mr. Malone enter the mysterious world of food labeling. And with food sa...

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“Imagine there's no hunger. It's easy if you try." Well, you actually don’t have to imagine places where the gift of food is available to all — whoever you are and whenever you need it. They actually exist! Community fridges are an amazing grassroots-y answer to the food insecurity that many people experience every day. Join Nikki and Malone along with the founder of Denver’s Community Fridge Project, Eli Zain, and LA r...

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Everybody ready to play holiday family feud?! There’s just no way around it — holidays with the fam can be overwhelming, unnerving, and sometimes just downright explosive! Why do we go at it with the ones we love and how can we survive the minefield of raw emotions, loose cannons, and inappropriate attitudes? Well, Nikki and Malone are getting professional help on the age-old tradition of walking on holiday eggshells with Associate...

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November 10, 2022 44 min

We’ve got the meats! Don’t look now, but your favorite burger, steak, turkey dinner, and fried chicken are poised to go full-on sci-fi in the not-so-distant future. Lab grown meat is coming for you, carnivores. But are you ready for it? Nikki and Malone investigate the pros, the cons, and the sorta creepy possibilities with reporter Joe Fassler and UC Davis biotech researcher Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung. Is lab grown meat really th...

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November 3, 2022 49 min

Wait! Surviving doomsday isn’t just about hoarding toilet paper?! The practice of prepping for disasters is a real thing. And that fellow shopper with a cart full of water, batteries, and canned food? Well, they could be a prepper! Even if they're not the stereotypical macho dude who wants "The Walking Dead" to be non-fiction. So with everything going on in the world right now, it's a great time for Nikki and Malone...

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October 27, 2022 47 min

So what are you gonna be for Halloween? For adults in the not-too-distant past, the answer was easy: Nothing! But wow have things changed, right? Grade-schoolers trick-or-treating in rubber masks and homemade costumes are being replaced by grown-ups getting their full Halloween on! Well, Nikki and Malone have noticed. So they’re asking sociology professor Linus Owens (who’s currently working on a book on the cultural history of Hal...

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October 20, 2022 57 min

Creaks, moans, and eerie shivers down your spine keeping you up? With Halloween coming fast, it’s the perfect time to reconsider whether “the house is settling” — or if the neighbors are at it again. Just maybe there's something truly spooooooky afoot. That’s why Nikki and Malone are talking to a couple with a real-life ghost story to tell. And they’ll try to get to the bottom of it all with renown paranormal investigator and f...

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Nikki gets to the bottom of the age-old question about whether particular foods can actually stimulate our sexual desire. Her friend Mr. Malone joins her on the mission. When some people on the street can’t offer a satisfying answer, Nikki and Malone turn to an expert. (ENCORE)

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There’s a new number in town! One that’s so needed, and so ready to be there for us when we need it most. It’s 9-8-8. The brand new nationwide hotline number for those in emergency mental health crisis. Just three simple numbers are the lifeline you won’t forget – and that won’t forget you. On this episode of Call Me Curious, Nikki and Malone talk to Chief Officer of the new 988 Lifeline, Dr. John Draper, and mental health activist...

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Let the good vibes roll! Sex toys are a global phenomena, racking up more than $35 BILLION dollars in annual sales and… well… growing. They've gone from deep in the back of mom's closet, right into the mainstream spotlight. And sexperts say using one can be like waving a magic wand over your sex life. Nikki & Malone get the buzzzz on all-things sex toys with author, sociologist and sexologist Dr. Carol Queen and find ou...

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When Starbuck's introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte nearly two decades ago, no one knew it would ignite such a major cultural firestorm (albeit a very cozy, comforting one). How did a seasonal drink, which almost got nixed in the planning stages, get so popular? And after years of copycat product fatigue, is America's love affair with Pumpkin Spice finally over? Nikki and Malone get spicy with food historian Heather Arndt An...

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Is finding your soulmate as simple as entering some info into an app? Can romantic chemistry be broken down into 1's and 0's? You've got a date with Nikki Boyer as she talks to dating expert and fellow Wondery podcaster Sydnee Paige (Sydnee in the Sheets) who uses multiple dating apps to find love in New York City. Then Nikki and Malone find out what determines that spark between two people when they talk to a chemistry...

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