Welcome and thank you for stopping by! In this introductory trailer (updated after 14 episodes) co-hosts Vince Kern and Joe Luther discuss what motivated them to create the Friends In Wonder podcast. Listen as these two life-long friends describe how they met as young boys in the late 1960's and maintained a shared sense of wonder and awe as they pursued successful careers. They further explain their podcast goals, some of the feedback they’ve received and invite you to join in their weekly wonders.
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Vince Kern 0:04
Hello, and welcome to the friends in wonder Podcast. I'm Vince Kern.
Joe Luther 0:08
And I'm Joe Luther. And
Vince Kern 0:09
We are the Co-hosts of this show that been doing now for about 14 episodes. But before we get into where we've been, we should tell our newer listeners a little bit about us.
Joe Luther 0:21
Yeah, I mean, we go back a long time, dover 50 years,
Vince Kern 0:26
it's hard to believe.
Joe Luther 0:27
And I think that's what makes us so much fun. Because we're very comfortable with one another because we've been through so much together,
Vince Kern 0:34
daresay we can talk to share with each other and, and do it in a way that is very conversational. And
Joe Luther 0:43
well, that's because we go back a long way. And how long would you say that is?
Vince Kern 0:46
Well, I think we met when we were about eight years old, I remember that. I used to walk my dog in the evening, and you went to private school, I was at a public school. So we weren't in school together. But we would see each other around the neighborhood from time to time with that suspicious eye of somebody you don't know some kid that is out there. Exactly.
Joe Luther 1:07
Well, I think I came in the neighborhood after you did. So I was a little bit of a new kid on the block, as they say. And so I was trying to fit in. And you know, what was fun for me is that you and I kind of started off with the suspicious eye, as you described. But soon, it became very clear that we were in sync with one another. Yeah,
Vince Kern 1:32
we'd bump into each other walking the dogs and decide to do it together. And that's when we started wondering about life.
Joe Luther 1:38
Yeah. And it really the rest, they say is history. But you know, I think when you describe who we are it, it always has to go back to our young beginnings. And that sense of wonder that we had when we were younger kids, and that it really has stayed with us throughout our lifetime, and really, in many ways, has molded who we are in how we've how we've traveled through this journey.
Vince Kern 2:06
And that's why we started this podcast because we wanted to just share with people, whatever, put it in quotes, wisdom that we've gained over the years and talk about different things. So Joe, we've got about 14 or so podcasts under our belt. Now let's talk a little bit about the adventure.
Joe Luther 2:24
Well, it's been fun because you know, we've we've learned a lot about ourselves in the process. When we, when we did our first trailer, we were kind of guessing what we were going to do. And now we've got a bit under our belt, and we've got feedback, we've had the experience of having interviewed, I don't know four or five people at this point. And we've had many podcasts on different a wide variety, variety of topics. And so now we're in a better position to say what it is we're doing
Vince Kern 2:54
right? Are we set a goal of having a diverse list of topics. So if you're a new listener, you can expect to hear us talk about anything from yoga to current events, to news to law,
Joe Luther 3:12
business coaching things that we have experienced shamanism. Yeah,
Vince Kern 3:16
right. And license plate. So we're not a one topic, podcast. And I think one of the things we gotten some feedback. Interestingly enough, some people have said, Well, why don't you guys a little more don't have a little more tension between you?
Joe Luther 3:30
Well, well, they should see, sometimes we know how to have tension.
Vince Kern 3:35
But yeah, like when I'm touching your stuff, or your coffee cup or something.
Joe Luther 3:38
Exactly. But you know, I think what makes us different, and really is part of the DNA of what we want to bring to this podcast is that we can cover a topic without having to argue with one another. Now, we're not afraid to challenge one another. And God knows, I know how to push your buttons when I want to.
Vince Kern 3:57
I know how to touch your stuff and get you all riled up. You know, it is interesting. So it's sort of from a lens of wonder that we'd like to say we look at things and we
Joe Luther 4:07
share that together. So it's it's kind of hard to be tense with one another when we look at the world through the same kind of lens of awe and wonder, as you
Vince Kern 4:16
said, but we promise to adjust to some of the feedback we've gotten in present some alternative points of view. So you
Joe Luther 4:22
Listen here you knucklehead get you stepping out all right, I'm gonna give you one.
Vince Kern 4:28
So Joe, we've got a long topic list of things we want to explore. And you mentioned that we've some of them will be interviews. Some of them will be items that we've researched. And some of them are user suggestions. We recently did a podcast on ballot initiatives and how unclear they are that was suggested by one of our listeners. So we welcome all feedback.
Joe Luther 4:52
Yeah, we really do appreciate and that's really the biggest thing that since our first trailer that I'm grateful for is that we've had the feedback. And it's been, it's been great, really. A lot of people close to us have feedback, but getting the feedback from strangers who never listened to us, or don't even know who we are, is just as rewarding. And in many ways more rewarding,
Vince Kern 5:18
right? There's a millions, millions of podcasts out there. So we love to hear what types of things you like to listen to.
Joe Luther 5:25
Yeah. And, you know, the last time Vince, when we did this trailer, you talked about how many millions or billions or some kind of amount of miles that we've been through life together. And, and I thought that was good, because, you know, it describes the way we approach things. What is it? You said, instead of thinking,
Vince Kern 5:47
in the years we've known each other, we have traveled through the universe, about 30 billion miles. Yeah. And
Joe Luther 5:54
that's somehow figured out by route 17.3 miles per second, right? And how many seconds we live? And yeah, and that that's really a pretty good way of describing how we approach life with the sense of, we're not just, you know, going through life with our blinders on, we're looking around and like, what what are we doing, we're, we're flying around in space on this rock and right with
Vince Kern 6:20
billions of people. And so our listeners are doing the same thing that we are. So our goal is to connect to you in a way that's meaningful. When we started this podcast, a dear friend of ours, who we've known for over 50 years also asked us a very pertinent and great question, which is, how should someone feel after they've listened to one of our podcasts, and it took me a while to process what I thought about that. But ultimately, I came to this, if someone is gracious enough to push the button and listen to one of our podcasts, I want to make sure that they felt like it was worth their time when they were done. And that can encompass a lot of things.
Joe Luther 7:01
Yeah. And from my standpoint, I envision that a listener doesn't feel like he's had something forced down his throat that we're not about, you know, standing on a soapbox and telling people the way they should be thinking about something. Rather, we're about inviting people to wonder with us about what we consider to be very important topics. And if you look at the list of episodes we've done so far, it's all over the map. And many of them withstand time. It's not current events that, you know, two weeks later is outdated. We're talking about things that continue to be important,
Vince Kern 7:40
right? Because everybody wonders about the same thing. So really, I think what we're looking at is building a community of people who wander and wandering with them, because one of our whole goals is to look at things through a lens of unity. And wonderment is part of that. Right?
Joe Luther 7:56
So if you're looking for tension and talking heads, and that kind of thing. Well, we're certainly talking heads, but we're not the kind that are trying to, you know, impart their positions and others
Vince Kern 8:08
create tension just for the sake of, of a position. Oh, you know,
Joe Luther 8:14
we could try if you like, but I'm telling you, there's enough
Vince Kern 8:17
of that in other parts of
Joe Luther 8:19
you get too close to my side of the table.
Vince Kern 8:22
I know the boundaries well, so it for those of you who have listened again, we want to thank you. We hope that you will subscribe to our podcast, you'll like it, that you'll share it with others.
Joe Luther 8:34
More than anything. We want feedback as it's blurry. We're feeding off the feedback. I guess that's why they call you back
Vince Kern 8:40
right. So we've sure learned a lot since we started this process.
Joe Luther 8:46
And on we continue,
Vince Kern 8:48
right. So share, like, subscribe, all those things, and listen to our new episode next week.
Joe Luther 8:55
Every week we'll be there.