The curious man Matt Crawford interviews authors and interesting people about topics ranging from history to politics to everyday stimulating topics. If you like to learn and are as curious as I am please join in!


  • Daniel Sherrell Interview Episode 59

    04/08/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Daniel Sherrell about his book Warmth. A very interesting take on climate change, Sherrell is brutally honest about the affect his work in this field has had on him. Imagining future generations and what we will leave them in such an intimate way is what makes this such a powerful read. We also have a great chat about the climate fight and where Sherrell stands on some of the issues. A great conversation that I think all would love to hop in on. I hope you all do!

  • Eric Garcia Interview Episode 58

    03/08/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with author Eric Garcia about his book We’re Not Broken. Autism is such a complex disorder with many gradations and too many of us know little about it and how it affects the people who live with it. Garcia brings his own personal experience, living and working with Autism as a journalist to help us better understand it. We discuss the myths behind Autism, the social and policy gaps that leave those in need of treatment wanting and how we can all better support those people that need our help the most. Autism is difficult to understand for those who have it and their relatives, imagine trying to understand it when you are removed from its effects. Garcia bridges that gap and shows us the way.

  • Derek Miller Interview Episode 57

    29/07/2021 Duration: 54min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Derek Miller about his book How to Find Your Way In The Dark. I really loved this one folks. A deep and rich story about loss, revenge, love and hope, all set with the backdrop of WWII, a hurricane, and the rise of Jewish comedy in the Catskills. Sheldon Horowitz is a character you are going to love and Miller will transport you back in time with him as he subtly includes moments in history that will envelop you. Enjoyable and also thought provoking, Miller explores a question I think we all should. Please read and find out.

  • Scott Peters and Daniel O'Connell Interview Episode 56

    26/07/2021 Duration: 01h08min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with authors Scott Peters and Daniel O'Connell about their book In The Struggle. Peters and O'Connell highlight the stories of eight scholars that put their hands in the dirt and got politically engaged in the fight against industrial scale agribusiness in California. While the subject matter is farming the struggle contained within this book is the basic tenet of democracy, fair and agrarian treatment for all. Water rights, labor organizing, land grabs and corporate intimidation are all part of the battle we should all be aware off. This book will light a fire of activism and curiosity for its readers.

  • Judy Scott Interview Episode 55

    08/07/2021 Duration: 51min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Judy Scott about her book Leonard, Marianne and Me. Judy takes us back in time and describes her time on the Greek island of Hydra over the past forty years. An artist community, there is no shortage of interesting people and experiences to pull you in, including Judy's relationship with singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. An open and honest read with excerpts from her own diary over the years, Judy pulls us in and introduces us to her world. Struggling with her own sexuality to deciding whether or not to have a child are all the intimate moments Judy welcomes us to share. A truly touching and engrossing read.

  • Dr. Gale Sinatra and Dr. Barbara Hofer Interview Episode 54

    07/07/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with Dr. Gale Sinatra and Dr. Barbara Hofer about their book Science Denial. Why do some people believe the science behind, vaccines, climate change or the efficacy of mask wearing? Both Sinatra and Hofer dive in to the psychology behind science denial and offer us the tools to combat it. The first step is realizing your own bias and this book helps us to identify them as well as others. This is required reading and a societal salve we all need.

  • Jeremy Lent Interview Episode 53

    02/07/2021 Duration: 01h15min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Jeremy Lent about his book The Web of Meaning. How do we truly connect with one and other? We have many social media apps and technology to assist but is that actually nurturing a deep and meaningful connectivity? Lent points out that we must first find out who we are and what we want before we can truly build bonds with others. Who am I? Why am I? How should I live? These are just a couple of the questions you will explore while reading. This book is a much needed read for the times we are now in.

  • Jack Gorman and Sara Gorman Interview Episode 52

    30/06/2021 Duration: 01h05min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with Sara Gorman PhD and Jack Gorman MD about their book Denying to the Grave. Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some feel that the COVID-19 is not a serious threat despite the death toll? Gorman and Gorman go into the psychology of heath science denial and break down why so many of us don't trust the science. Gently, both authors show us how to combat our own confirmation bias and how we can make each other better informed. A necessary and informative read, I hope you all will.

  • Alan Lucas Interview Episode 51

    28/06/2021 Duration: 47min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with Entrepreneur, Coach, Motivational speaker and Author Alan Lucas about his book You Don't Need Therapy: 7 Steps To Sort Your Sh*t Out. This is a great book for those looking for some guidance in this crazy world we find ourselves in. Lucas taps into his many resources to give us 7 steps and over 70 easy to follow exercises to help us hone in on what we need to work on and how to keep track of our improvement. The tools contained within are simple and fulfilling to follow, I hope you will read.

  • Alexandra Shelley Interview Episode 50

    25/06/2021 Duration: 01h18min

     Matt Crawford speaks with Independent Book Editor Alexandra Shelley about her work over the past 35 years working with authors to bring the best story possible to their readers. Some of those she has worked with include: Kathryn Stockett on The Help, Eric Lindner on The Tiger in the Sea, Heather Haldeman on Kids and Cocktails Don't Mix, just to name a few. Alexandra gives us the inside details on how books are crafted collaboratively to pull the reader in and keep the story flowing. A great listen for anyone who loves a great book or who wants to dip their toes into the author pond.

  • Heather Haldeman Interview Episode 49

    22/06/2021 Duration: 56min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with author Heather Haldeman about her book Kids and Cocktails Don't Mix: A Memoir. I loved this book and it stirred so many emotions in me. Growing up in an exclusive gated community in L.A the granddaughter of The Governor of California had all the trappings one might expect, but what was Heather's life like behind the scenes? An open and honest memoir about divorce, bended families, forgiveness and self worth, this book has something for everyone. You will laugh, you will cry but most importantly you will enjoy this lovely read.

  • Charles Farrell Interview Episode 48

    18/06/2021 Duration: 01h06min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with author Charles Farrell about his book (Low)Life. This is a book that will knock your head back. Farrell is brutally honest with us and with himself in this retrospective of his eclectic and unbelievable life. A world-class jazz pianist Farrell starts to work in mob clubs at a young age and slowly gets pulled into the world of boxing. Managing champions, fixing fights and sometimes running for his life are just some of the stories within. 

  • James Romm Interview Episode 47

    17/06/2021 Duration: 57min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author James Romm about his book The Sacred Band. This is the almost untold story, of an elite fighting force comprised of 150 pairs of male lovers that defended Theban freedom from the Spartan machine in 379BC. While Spartan warriors often get idolized as the epitome of warriors, Romm tells us the story of the true Ancient Greek superpower, one that could only be overcome by Alexander the Great himself. Phenomenal read!

  • Lauren Cochrane Interview Episode 46

    16/06/2021 Duration: 58min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with journalist and author Lauren Cochrane about her book The Ten. What is in, what is out? Why are certain items of clothing a fashion staple? Cochrane delves into these questions and more in this utterly enjoyable read. If you think you are not interested in fashion you will be proved wrong by this book. Fashion is embroidered throughout our history and Cochrane delves into that and so much more in this breezy read.

  • John Sedgwick Interview Episode 45

    15/06/2021 Duration: 01h17min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author John Sedgwick about his book From The River To The Sea. John takes us back in time and shares a story of two men whose destinies seemed to be cosmically entwined. General William J, Palmer and William Barstow Strong would fight for over a decade in their race to build their railroads and make it to the Pacific. Intrigue abounds, spies are used, coded messages and high dollar lawyers to find whatever loopholes could give one an edge over the other. This is a rip-roaring ride through history, you better hold on.

  • Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy Interview Episode 44

    14/06/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with authors, educators and story tellers, Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy about their book How To Tell Stories To Children. Sharing a story with one and other is as old as we are and in so doing we share a piece of ourselves. West and Sarosy explore how we can do that with our children and in the process nurture a stronger and more durable connection with our children. In an era of devices and media this book distills down the simple yet complex art of telling a story and making a stronger bond.

  • Alexander Lobrano Interview Episode 43

    10/06/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with author Alec Lobrano about his book My Place At The Table. This book is a delectable treat. Lobrano is open and honest in this book about his life, his love of travel and food and his career. "Jumping out a window" and taking a job in Paris as a fashion writer, despite the fact that he was not fluent and knew nothing about fashion. A story of following your dreams and being true to thine self. This book is a shower for the brain.

  • Brian Hall Interview Episode 42

    09/06/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Brian Hall about his novel The Stone Loves The World. This is a deep and layered novel about family, lose, loneliness and communication. How do we define the word lonely? I think we all have learned a little more about that word through the pandemic. Hall taps into that and so many more emotions in this engrossing read. Science, math, music and psychology all play a part in this absorbing read.

  • Philip D'Anieri Interview Episode 41

    08/06/2021 Duration: 55min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks with author Philip D'Anieri about his book The Appalachian Trail. Almost everyone has heard of this massive trail that travels from Georgia to Maine, but how did it come into existence? Why and by whom? D'Anieri goes back to its inception and how the trail has evolved over time while highlighting the people involved and the hard work it took and takes to maintain this American treasure.

  • Michelle Seiler Tucker Interview Episode 40

    04/06/2021 Duration: 48min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author, Founder  and CEO of Seiler Tucker Inc. about her new book Exit Rich. Over 90% of businesses do not sell. Why is that? Tucker brings her vast expertise in the Merger & Acquisition field for over 20 years to this book and shows us how to build a business to sell from its inception. Even if you don't yet own a business this is the place to start.

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