What It's Like To...
What It's Like To...

What It's Like To...

Elizabeth Pearson Garr

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"What It's Like To..." lets you vicariously experience intriguing things you may never get the chance to do. You can learn what it's like to summit Mt. Everest, attend the Academy Awards, and be a professional baseball player. Each week on our podcast, an insightful, accomplished guest shares personal stories and witty anecdotes with host Elizabeth Pearson Garr.

Recent Episodes

What It's Like to Be in the Secret Service
MAY 24, 2023
What It's Like to Be in the Secret Service

For 24 years, Daniel Dluzneski's job required him to be in the White House and attend events with the President--often with a large, very well-trained dog: Daniel was a lieutenant in the U.S. Secret Service.  In this episode he shares behind-the-scenes stories from that position--what it was like to be in the White House on September 11, 2001; his "favorite" President to serve; and what happened when he was giving a tour of rarely-visited areas of the White House and they had an unexpected encounter with President Clinton.   After leaving the Secret Service, Daniel began using his skillset to help school systems better prepare for emergency situations, like active shooters or bomb threats.  He gives us tips and thoughts on how teachers and students can stay safe: being prepared is better than being scared.

In this episode:

  • How the Secret Service came to be (02:09)
  • Describing working in the White House and the West Wing (05:37)
  • Daniel's favorite President to work with (07:56)
  • Working in the White House on 9/11 (12:41)
  • What the private residence in the White House is like (19:11)
  • Next career: school safety (21:00)
  • Explanation of a lockdown drill (23:56)
  • "Implicit memory" and how his training in the Secret Service informed his new work (27:30)
  • The importance of saving yourself so you can save others (28:37)
  • Why Daniel thinks cell phones should be banned from schools (34:44)
  • "Security theater" (37:46)
  • Don't live in fear; use "situational awareness" (40:17)


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43 MIN
What It's Like to Coach the USA Olympic Track & Field Team
MAY 10, 2023
What It's Like to Coach the USA Olympic Track & Field Team

Sue Humphrey says she was a "not very good" athlete growing up--but she loved sports, and she found her niche early: as a teenager she started helping other athletes.  She excelled at coaching track and field, and worked her way up to college coaching (experiencing the beginning of Title IX), and eventually the international stage--although the field wasn't always welcoming to a young woman.  At the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, Sue was a member of the coaching staff for USA's Track and Field team--and in 2004, she became head coach, dealing with everything from overseeing schedules to taking media calls in the middle of the night asking about athletes' drug tests.  Sue shares what it's like to coach at the Olympics (the glamour of napping under a table on the field, for example), the importance of developing rapport with athletes, and what to do when an athlete is disappointed in a performance.  

In this episode:

  • What's required of a Head Coach of an Olympic track and field team (03:00)
  • The value of developing rapport with your elite athletes (08:45)
  • Coalescing competitors into teammates (12:45)
  • Olympic coaches vs. personal coaches (15:52)
  • Experiencing the Opening Ceremonies (and what Sue did during Closing Ceremonies)(18:44)
  • A typical day at the Olympics for Sue (24:16)
  • Sue's complaints with the current NCAA and elite coaching systems (27:15)
  • Her thoughts on being an Olympic coach vs. college coach vs. age-group coach (30:52)
  • What makes her so successful? Coaching philosophy (31:56)
  • How to help athletes who are disappointed with their performances (34:47)
  • Sue's path to coaching (37:43)


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50 MIN
What It's Like to Be A Contemporary Artist
APR 26, 2023
What It's Like to Be A Contemporary Artist

Whether you feel intimidated by art--or visit every museum you can--you will appreciate Nina Katchadourian.  Nina approaches the world with wonder and curiosity.  She is a world-renowned contemporary artist (her work has been shown all over the world, including at the Met and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, and the Palais de Tokyo, among many other locales), but her approach to art is so down-to-earth, humorous, and deceptively simple that it is accessible to everyone.   Nina often focuses on what is figuratively (or even literally) underfoot: one of her works was about dust in MoMA.  Nina has a show at the Morgan Library in New York through May 28, 2023.  She is also a professor at New York University. Interacting with Nina's work--and listening to her in this episode--will help you see not just art, but also your everyday world, in a new way. 

In this episode:

  • How Nina's curiosity guides her into various art projects (03:35)
  • Describing the genesis of "Sorted Books" (04:40)
  • How she came to focus on dust at MoMA (07:48)
  • We overlook a lot of things that are more worthy of attention than we think (13:48)
  • Nina's path from high school to professional artist (15:25)
  • Why artists need to be nimble and balance "work" with "work work" (19:32)
  • Nina's various "other" jobs--and how they informed her art (21:29)
  • Nina's process starting something new (29:26)
  • How "on hold" music became a piece of art (30:05)
  • Behind the scenes of "Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style"(33:32)
  • Humor as a tool in art (37:03)
  • How Nina goes through the world, "finding" material (42:23)


Want to know more about Nina?

  • Check out her website (a lot of the works we talk about in the episode are featured here): http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/
  • Find out about her show at The Morgan: https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/nina-katchadourian
  • See more of her work here: https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/nina-katchadourian/
  • Follow her on Instagram: @ninakatchadourian


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50 MIN
What It's Like to Survive a Death Event
APR 12, 2023
What It's Like to Survive a Death Event

In July 1990, Joyce Mikal-Flynn died after finishing a swimming race and sinking to the bottom of the pool.  After 22 minutes of CPR, she was revived--but her recovery took much longer than that.  One of her doctors later said, "You are the luckiest person I've ever met."  In this episode, Dr. Mikal-Flynn describes her death-defying--and life-altering--experience, her road back to health, and how she found new purpose in helping others grow and thrive.  She is now a professor and an expert in resilience and recovery; she also has developed a system called metahabilitation, which helps veterans, first responders, people dealing with addiction, and others with post-traumatic growth.  Dr. Mikal-Flynn's story--and her work--are models of courage and resilience.

In this episode:

  • Describing the actual event (01:58)
  • What happened (medically)? (03:47)
  • Waking up in the hospital the first time, and the impact on her kids (09:15)
  • Beginning to rehab her body, and her brain (13:19)
  • Processing, making sense of (even finding positives in) the experience (17:07)
  • Learnings about post-traumatic growth (18:30)
  • Coming to appreciate "the little things" (21:49)
  • Describing metahabilitation and the steps involved (25:49)


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41 MIN
What It's Like To Be Imprisoned for 19 Years for a Murder You Didn't Commit
MAR 29, 2023
What It's Like To Be Imprisoned for 19 Years for a Murder You Didn't Commit

Gregory Nottage was a successful businessman when, at age 26, he was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder. He spent 19 years in prison before being exonerated after the killer confessed to the crime. He says he lost everything--except hope. Gregory was released from prison in 2014  with just $200 of "gate money."   What Gregory has done since his release is extraordinary: he earned two degrees, and now runs a non-profit that creates full-time, paid transitional jobs for its former homeless clients, often leading to permanent employment.  In this episode, Gregory details his daily life behind bars; how and why he decided to stop seeing himself as a victim; and why serving others--while in prison, and now on the "outside"--is his life's purpose.  This man's story is a lesson for all of us in perspective and gratitude.

In this episode:

  • Gregory recounts his first night in prison and learning prison politics (02:04)
  • How he'd get through the days in prison (08:07)
  • His lowest point, and how it was a catalyst for changing his perspective (11:08)
  • Learning he was finally being released from prison (19:15)
  • Reintegrating back into the "real world" (23:54)
  • The impact Gregory's imprisonment had on his son (28:25)
  • How and why he found his way into the nonprofit work he does now (31:12)
  • What Streets Team Enterprises does for its clients (33:58)
  • Gregory's work with police cadets on perception and homelessness (39:16)


Want to know more about Gregory, Streets Team Enterprises, and Downtown Streets Team?

  • Learn about Streets Team Enterprises on their website (scroll down to read about Gregory): https://www.streetsteam.org/our-work/workforce-development-program
  • Read about the Downtown Streets Team on their website: https://www.streetsteam.org/
  • Find them on Facebook: downtownstreetsteam
  • Connect with them on Instagram: streetsteam
  • Tweet them on Twitter: downtownstreets
  • Watch videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DowntownStreetsTeam


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51 MIN