ANNOUNCING A NEW PODCAST FROM THE HOST OF ASK A POLITICAL SCIENTIST: MAJORING IN EVERYTHING
A PODCAST CELEBRATING PEOPLE INTERESTED IN MORE THAN ONE THING
Warning: will include existential questions and seriously inspiring people.
Majoring in Everything can be found wherever you listen to podcasts.
Have you ever felt like you don’t quite fit? Like everyone else has a singular, well-defined passion or calling, while you’re floating around interested in lots of things? If so, you might be what podcast host Andrea Jones-Rooy calls a liminal, and this podcast is for you! Majoring in Everything is a celebration of people who do lots of (seemingly) unrelated things.
During college orientation when students were polled on their intended majors, Jones-Rooy answered “I’m Andrea and I want to major in everything.” This turned out to be as much a hilarious joke as it is a truth. Andrea is currently thriving as a professor at NYU, a data scientist, a comedian, a circus performer, and of course a podcast host:
“I am interested in lots of things and can’t help but dabble and explore, even though the entire world keeps telling me to focus. Students often come to me asking for advice on what to major in. I wish there were actually a major in everything, I try to convey that doing multiple things IS an option. So, I’m finding the people I admire most who really DO major in everything (liminals!) and sharing their stories to inspire others.”
The podcast is a celebration of people who do more than one thing, especially things that may appear disparate, such as “arts” and “sciences” (broadly defined):
“I’ve always been interested in both art and science and made to feel like a weirdo for it. If nothing else, this is a podcast I wish I’d been able to listen to when I was in my 20s and feeling like a failure for not being able to focus on only one thing.”
The show is an attempt to locate these “liminals”, and talk to them about their multitrack lives, what it is like, and how we can make the world more friendly to people interested in following multiple paths.
Guests will include Jon Laster: regular comedian at the Comedy Cellar and founder of the BLAPP app that maps Black-owned businesses; Dr. Moiya McTier: astrophysicist, folklorist, and science communicator; Brian Wecht of Ninja Sex Party: musician, internet personality and theoretical physicist; and many more. Join Andrea Jones-Rooy every other Monday to explore the diversity of ways we can live our lives, learn why choosing one thing is overrated, and why liminals have so much more to offer than the rest of the world realizes.
Majoring in Everything is edited by Eric P. Stipe, and is a member of the World’s Smartest Podcast Network (WSPN). Majoring in Everything can be found wherever you listen to podcasts.
ABOUT ANDREA JONES-ROOY:
Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. (they/them) is a data and social scientist who empowers others, from CEOs to college students, to overcome fear of math and think like data scientists. Dr. Jones-Rooy is the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Visiting Associate Professor at the NYU Center for Data Science, where they designed and teach the perpetually-waitlisted flagship course, Data Science for Everyone, as well as advanced courses on natural language processing. Dr. Jones-Rooy also speaks and consults with organizations, from Fortune Global 100s to tech startups. They regularly contribute to outlets like Quartz and FiveThirtyEight.
When not doing all of that, Andrea is a standup comedian and circus performer, both of which they have performed all over the world, for audiences even including royalty. Every now and again, they also combine all three skills -- science, comedy, and circus -- into one-person shows that delight and educate audiences about topics ranging from game theory to linear regression and more!
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