About

Everything you ever wanted to know (and probably a few things you didn’t) about The Curiosity Channel podcast

HOWDY!

My name is Paul O’Rear, and I’m the creator and host of The Curiosity Channel.

What’s it all about?

Our mission here at The Curiosity Channel is to seek out and discover people, places, ideas, and things that run the gamut from fascinating to mundane, well-known to obscure, serious to silly, relevant to trivial. Our goal is to inform, inspire, and entertain you. We will discuss subjects you’re familiar with, and others you’ve probably never heard of. Bottom line: if we pique your curiosity, we’ve done our job.

Why a podcast?

  • I’ve enjoyed piddling with audio (recording, editing, mixing) since I was a kid. (See below for examples of stuff I’ve recorded through the years.)
  • I also have a passion for learning, and often spend a lot of time doing extensive research for work, for some project I’m working on, to learn more about my family history, or just for fun to expand my knowledge and understanding about something that interests me.
  • I’m a technology junkie, and have spent countless hours over the past thirty-something years building databases, learning and using all kinds of software (including digital audio workstations and graphic design suites), blogging even  before it was called blogging, and designing and building websites for myself and others (I learned to code HTML by hand way back in the day).
  • Starting a podcast seemed like the perfect next step to combine all of these pieces.

Behind every fact, there’s a story.

When I was in junior high, we moved my grandmother across the street from us after my grandfather died. One of my school projects was to do a family tree, so I bought some beginner genealogy books and quickly became fascinated with the idea of exploring all the people, places, and dates associated with my family history.

I spent many evenings across the street, genealogy worksheets and charts in hand, grilling Mama Grace for names, dates, and facts. But every time I asked for a fact, she launched into a story. Often she would recall a memory that she found humorous, and her words would trail off into giggles and laughter. I didn’t realize until years later what a priceless treasure those times spent together were. I can’t tell you how many times in my adult years I’ve longed to walk across the street, sit down with Mama Grace, ask her about a fact, and then hear her launch into one of her marvelous stories.

One very important lesson I learned from my interviews with Mama Grace is that behind every fact, there’s a story.

What’s up with the whole Ninja thing?

Once I decided that I wanted to do a podcast, one of the first tasks was to decide on a name for the podcast and then purchase a domain name for the website.

I knew I wanted it to be something along the lines of “curious” or “curiosity” or something like that. So I started playing around with possible names and then checking to see if the domain name was available.

Everyone knows about the three most common top-level domains (TLDs): .com, .org, and .net. But did you know that there are actually more than 1,500 TLDs available? And right there in the middle of the pack is one that caught my eye: .ninja. “Dot ninja” has a really cool ring to it, I thought; and I can really play off of the ninja theme and have some fun with it! So I set out looking for a domain name with the extension “dot ninja” and landed on CuriosityChannel.ninja!

And here we are!

STUFF I’VE RECORDED THROUGH THE YEARS

One-Man Band

(recorded when I was in high school)

Just a Boy and a Ukulele

Midnight Mockingbird

(recorded when I was a freshman in college)

Fun Stuff

(recorded for my son’s kindergarten class)

One-Man Quartet

I wrote this one for my son’s college social club, Alpha Chi Delta. (They never used it.)

Until Then

(a song I wrote in memory of my daughter)

(a cappella version)

CREDITS