Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Are You On the Map for the Month of November?

Hey CQ fans,

Have you made it on the map for the month of November?  We are taking some of our favorite letters and showing them on the CQ map.  Our goal is to reach out to every state in the country starting this month.  Make sure you get your mark on the map!  Send us your Curiosity Quest letter and we may add it to our map.  Can't wait to hear from you!




In the meantime,

Stay Curious
~ Joel

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Curiosity Quest New Season

Well it is that time again.  Where we wrap up our Curiosity Quest Goes Green season 3, and begin filming a new season of Curiosity Quest episodes.  This season promises to be the best  yet.  I know I say that every season, but it is true, every season gets better.

This season will, once again, take us all over the country.  From California, to Utah and Michigan.  We are on a mission to answer your questions of curiosity.  And, boy, do you have a lot of questions!  We will be exploring topics such as horseback riding and bread making, to cheerleading and movie animatronics, to fashion design to orange packing.   And that is only half the season!!!!  Stay tuned for news on when you can catch these amazing episodes.

Curiosity Quest continues to stretch it's reach across the USA.  This is proven by the letters we receive from all over the country.  We have a new goal here at CQ and we hope that you can help us reach it.  We would like to get a letter from each of the states in the United States.  Help us make our footprint all over this great country.  If you are curious about something, be sure to write to us!  We will add you to our map below and you can watch our progress.  We will make weekly updates to the map until the New Year and see how far we get.   Look for your mark on the map!!!!





Thank you for your support.  I am overwhelmed by your kind letters, and your kind words when you come up to me on the street and tell me how much you enjoy the show.  It keeps me going and excited about bringing you better and better episodes.  Thank you again!!!!!

Stay Curious

~Joel


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cool New Product!

Hello CQ Fans!

I just wanted to take a moment to mention is this great new product that I have discovered.  No, this is not a promotion, it is simply my opinion of something that I came across that my 7 year old daughter loves.  It is the Pocketdoodles books from the publishers Gibbs-Smith.  My daughter has the Pocketdoodles For Girls edition by Anita Wood, with drawings from Jennifer Kalis.  There is also a Pocketdoodles For Boys edition.    If you have not heard of these books, you need to check them out!  They are awesome! They are pocket sized (or purse sized for Mom's), paperback books that encourage young girls and boys to use their imagination and draw to their heart's delight.  The best part is, the books prompt them on what to draw.  For example, one page says, "Design your own dream car."  Another reads, "Who is one of your heros?"   No scraps of paper around the house either. The book has space for all of the creative drawings.  I don't know about you, but my daughter has a beautiful imagination and I love to see what she comes up with on these pages.  We recently brought this book with us on a long plane ride and it kept her entertained for more minutes than I could count.  I highly recommend this product.  It will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season also.  I will put my stamp on anything that keeps my daughter entertained as well as encourages her to imagine and be creative.   What I would like to know is, where is the Pocketdoodles for Grown-Ups book?   I am totally jealous :) Look for Pocketdoodles at your local book store :)

Anyway, as far as updates on Curiosity Quest, currently all of the excitement is happening behind the scenes.  We are in the process of editing our shows for our upcoming Green series that debuts this fall.  We are also beginning our prep for filming our new regular season.  Now more than ever, we need your ideas!  What are you curious about?  Think big and outside of the box.  We may choose your letter next! Keep an ear out on our Facebook Page.  We may be coming to your area soon!  Also, look for us in syndication, not just PBS!  We may be on a network near you!

Thank you for your support and as always . . .

Stay Curious!

~ Joel

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hello Wonderful CQ Fans!


I don't know how you all feel, but I feel that Summer is moving along so quickly. It is hard to believe. My daughter will be starting school in just two weeks! What happened to the long, lazy summers that I remember from my youth? I guess that was a long time ago, but nevertheless, I am grateful for the beautiful sunshine, the smell of barbeque and lazy moments in the pool. I intend to soak up every second!


We are currently in the thick of filming and editing our current season. We are filming both CQ Goes Green and regular Curioisty Quest episodes. Of course, filming is my favorite part of the job. And why wouldn't it be? A new adventure at every turn that I get to be a part of? It is awesome!


This past week we had the pleasure of visiting Warner Springs Ranch where I had the exciting (and sometimes scary) experience of learning all about horseback riding from Jeff and the wranglers Sierra and Sheena. My horse was a beautiful, yet tempermental, black and white paint named Domino. Along with my cute little co-hosts, Devyn and Trisitn, I learned how to prepare a horse for a ride as well as all of the technical terms and purposes for all of the gear the wranglers used. I also learned appropriate riding techniques and I was led on a beautiful trail ride. Though the ride was beautiful, I do have to be honest .......... very large, strong animals that weigh 1100lbs can be quite intimidating. I said Domino was tempermental? Well, he was easily spooked as well. He startled several times at passing vehicles and, more than once, I was sure I was going to land face first in the dirt. Luckily that did not happen. I have to say that I was quite grateful to dismount and saftely touch ground as well as ease my aching backside. Too much information you might think, but hey, were all friends here. Just want to give you the full picture of the experience. :) After filming this show I have a new appreciation for these amazing animals.


Thank you for all of your continued support. I look forward to brining you the best season yet! In the meantime,


Stay Curious

~ Joel

Friday, May 21, 2010

Join Our Green Challenge!

Hey there CQ fans!

Curiosity Quest is hosting a Green Challenge! We want to know what you are doing at home or at school to make a difference on this beautiful planet. Don't miss your chance to share with us!

All you have to do is go to www.CuriosityQuest.org and click on the "Send us on a Quest" link. Then write us a detailed essay about all of your efforts. The person with the best letter will win a Curiosity Quest prize package including a t-shirt from Green Label Organic. You don't want to miss this opportunity to brag about all of your hard work. All entries must be received by June 30th, 2010. The winner will be announced on Facebook on July 5th. We look forward to hearing from you.

In the meantime Curiosity Quest is hard at work planning for our new series of shows. We need some fresh new ideas. Think big and tell us what you are curious about.

I hope that you all are enjoying your summer thus far. I know that I am!

In the meantime,

Stay Curious!
~ Joel

Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Earth Day! Check out our "Green Challenge"

It's Earth Day today!  Today we celebrate this beautiful planet that we inhabit and how we can increase our efforts to protect and preserve it.  Cheers to Mother Earth!

Today I was honored by being asked to present in front of approximately 1200 elementary school students at 3 different assemblies.  Needless to say, it has been a very busy day :)  But, one that made me feel proud to be a part of the movement.

So you might ask what little old me had to say to 1200 students?  Well, believe it or not, I have picked up a few things in the 118 episodes that we have done, and 30 of those have been specifically on "green" topics.     Wow, has it been that many?  Hard to believe.  Anyway .... what I like to tell kids is that they are the change of our future.  They are the ones who hold the power in their hands.  I talk about what I like to call, AHA!  That is becoming Aware, changing Habits, and becoming Ambassadors of our environment.  This is something that I strive to do in my own life.  I figure I had better be someone that can "walk the talk."  :) Through each green episode that we film, I increase my awareness of the problems and solutions that are out there.  After I learn, I challenge myself to gradually change my habits to help lessen my footprint on the planet.  And now, I am proud to be an Ambassador of the environment and share everything that I have learned with today's youth.   And let me tell you, they totally get it! To them, it is not an overwhelming task.  Being the change is absolutely attainable!  I challenge you as well, young or old, to be the change.

Want to win a cool prize?  We are hosting a "Green Challenge" to all the students and to all of you as well. Send an e-mail to CuriosityQuest01@yahoo.com and tell us what you have become aware of, how you have changed your habits and how you are an ambassador of our environment.  We will choose the best letter and will send you an awesome Curiosity Quest gift package.  Be The Change and tell us how you are doing it.  It is that simple.

In the meantime, take care of Mother Earth and do your part :)  And as always Stay Curious!

~Joel

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Spring!

Hey everyone.  Happy Spring to you!  It is a beautiful day here in Southern California, if you don't take into account the hurricane force winds that we are experiencing where I live :)  Regardless, it is a beautiful day.  The trees are blooming, the frogs are croaking and I am happy to say "good-bye" to Winter.  


Springtime for Curiosity Quest is a time where we start to build our Summer shooting season and schedule.  We are putting together the ideas you sent us and forming them into episodes.  We will start filming again in the Summer.  So, I guess you could say this is the boring part of having a TV show.  Not much action right now, but nevertheless it is important to do all the legwork before we start to shoot.  So, since there isn't much to discuss on the CQ front, I thought that I would share some of the letters that we have received lately.  


One recently came to us from Kris in Auke Bay, Arkansas.  He wrote, "I'm curious about the ice sculpting event located in Fairbanks, Alaska.  These sculptures are sooo large!  How is this possible?"


Well Kris, I was not aware that this event even took place!  But, after a little research I learned the competition, where they carve these amazing ice sculptures, is called the World Ice Art Championship in Fairbanks.  It takes place in February and March of each year and countries from all over the world participate.   Not only does Fairbanks host this amazing competition, but it is also one of the best locations to view the Aurora Borealis.  It sounds like an amazing place to visit.  Alaska is definitely on our list of places to go and we will keep your letter in mind when we finally do.  Thanks Kris!


Another letter came to us from Jenna in Whitehouse, Ohio.  She wrote, "I love the mini, hard carrots! I have them almost every day! I'm curious about why they are so small. Do they cut them from larger carrots or do they just grow that way? I'm curious! "  


I love this question Jenna.  I have to say that I never really thought about it, but now that you brought it to my attention I am very curious!  When I browsed thru the internet in search of the answer, I found mixed answers.  Some say that they are cut into the 2 inch pieces from large carrots and others say that they breed these carrots to be sweeter and harvest them when they are young.  Looks like a great show idea!  We will definitely keep this one in mind so that we can solve the baby carrot mystery :)  Thank you Jenna!


We love all of your letters that come flooding in every day from all over the nation.  Thank you for continuing to support Curiosity Quest!  We look forward to hearing from you!


In the meantime,
Stay Curious!


~ Joel





Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Proud Moment With The Harlem Globetrotters

My shining moment had arrived. It was Monday, February 15th. The day that I had been invited to be a guest player on the opposing team for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Washington Generals. This was going to be my moment of glory. This was going to be a day I would never forget. I had practiced, two days prior to the game, to ensure I was warmed up. I was scheduled to play a couple of minutes in the second quarter. I wished that I could play the whole game, but that was okay ... I was going to do the best that I could in the short time that I had. My goal? Make at least one shot. One point was all that I cared about. I was taking on the team that had never lost a game, to play on the team that always looses. Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me.

When the moment came to step onto the court, I was overwhelmed. Basketball is one of my passions. It is one of the things I look most forward to in my week. I love it. The competition, the comaradarie, the smack talking. It is the best! Being such a huge fan of the game, one of my fantasies has always been to do a warm up with a real team, on a real court. That is exactly what I got to do. It was absolutely awesome. I even made a couple of the warm up shots. Let's forget the fact that I stood out like a sore thumb. I looked shockingly pale in my green uniform and I felt unbelievably short. But, it all added to the experience. I was in heaven. My dream had come true. It is a good thing too..... because the imminent whooping was about to begin :)

At the start of the second quarter, the announcer called me into the game. He said my name and announced that I was the host of Curiosity Quest. Was I nervous at that moment you may ask? Well, a little. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I had watched the Washington Generals, get embarrassed, be made fun of, even get their shorts pulled down. I was in for it. I went up against Big Easy Lofton. All 6 feet 9 inches of him. How did it go? Well .... right out of the gate I air-balled it. No really I did! With the entire audience watching. Did Big Easy let my mistake go? Oh, nooo!!! He wasn't about to let that one slide without making fun of me. He and his teammate, Flight Time, did a reenactment of my air-ball that had the whole audience laughing at my expense. At the other end of the court, Big Easy, easily boxed me out and made a shot over my head. How could I possibly block a guy who is over a foot taller than me? Next, I got a chance for redemption. My turn to make an outside shot again.... and this time? Miss! Again! Was the pressure getting to me? I am worried that it is.  Following that, I had an opportunity for a lay-up.  If I missed this, I knew, the ridicule might never end.  I lifted off the ground, with a silent prayer.  Yeesss! In the basket!  My hopes for one point has been realized.  With my confidence lifted slightly, I stepped up to the free throw line, after a foul. Slightly nervous, and certainly hoping I don't miss, I throw it up and ..... another point! Yeeessss, again! I made a free throw! But, Big Easy wasn't about to let me off the hook easily. For my second free throw, he pulled my shorts up to my waist and held them there while I attempted the second shot. Unfortunately, it circled the rim, but bounced out. With that, my adventure on a professional basketball court came to an end. I enjoyed the rest of the show, quite happily, from the bench.

So did I mind the fact that my every move was under scrutiny and embarrassment? Not even close! I absolutely loved every second! It's not every day that you get the opportunity to be shown up by a Harlem Globetrotter. It was an extraordinary day that I wouldn't have changed a second of.

I have the greatest job in the world :)

Thank you to all the fans at the show that stopped by to say "hi" and let me know how much they enjoyed Curiosity Quest. It means the world to hear that you all, out there in the PBS viewing world, enjoy what we do. Stay tuned for our next adventure :)

In the Meantime,
Stay Curious!

~Joel

Monday, February 1, 2010

Win Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters!

You heard right! You can win tickets to see the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters! The Harlem Globetrotters have been performing for 84 years to over 120 million people and this is your opportunity to enjoy their eye-popping performance.


And.....Guess what? The Harlem Globetrotters have invited me, JOEL GREENE, to play on the Washington General opposition team for the Harlem Globetrotters during the 1:00 PM game at the Ontario's Citizen's Business Bank Arena on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. OH MY GOSH!!!!! How cool is that? I can't wait! Anyone who knows me, knows that I love basketball. It is, by far, my favorite sport to both watch and play. You can find me at the gym several times a week playing basketball. I have always had a dream of being able to play on a professional court. Don't get me wrong, I have no delusions about my purpose there. I understand that I am there simply so they can make my mediocre skills look embarrassing in comparison to theirs, but I don't care :) I say bring on the humiliation! I am just honored to be asked to participate.


The Curiosity Quest crew will be in attendance, as well, filming the event to be included as a new episode for this season. That's right, our very own CQ cameras will be there to capture my defeat.


So here is the deal. The kind people of the Harlem Globetrotters have given us (4) Family Four Packs of tickets to attend the game. Do you want to come and see this amazing, family friendly show?


So, what do you have to do, you ask? Simply become a subscriber to my blog! That is it. Everyone that is a subscriber to this blog before Monday February 8th, will be entered to win a 4 pack of tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Citizen's Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on February 15th at 1:00 PM. What does it mean to subscribe? All that means is that you will get an e-mail whenever we post something new to our blog. Easy right? So get to it! Subscribe :) Simply enter your e-mail address where prompted on the left side of this blog page. You will then be sent an e-mail to confirm your subscription. Once you confirm you are entered to win.


Four e-mail addresses will be chosen at random as winners of the tickets. If you are a winner, you will be notified via e-mail on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.


We look forward to seeing you at the game :)


Stay Curious!
~Joel

Thursday, January 28, 2010

John's Incredible Pizza

Hello CQ Fans,



Recently we have received several letters asking us to do a show about pizza. Many of you want to know how it is made. Well.... ask and you shall receive :) This week we did a shoot at John's Incredible Pizza and learned all about how they make this favorite dish. They gave the CQ crew access to all of the behind the scenes action. We literally started from scratch, beginning with the dough making process, to the baking and then to the eating (truly my favorite part). Did you know that there are 6 ingredients that go into dough? Can you name them?

One thing that I learned about myself is that I am surprisingly good at tossing dough. I think I surprised everyone around me, but I knew I could do it. Not a single bit of dough hit the floor. Yes!!!

The CQ crew even got to develop our very own Curiosity Quest pizza. We each added our own choice of topping. It turned out to be a garlic pesto pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, canadian bacon, olives, and a quarter of the pizza had jalepenos, at Brad's request. It was delicious. I think John should seriously consider adding it to their menu :) If you ever go, you should see if they will make it for you. The only problem was that I piled the toppings on so high that the pizza couldn't cook completely right. But we didn't care. It was fabulous!

Anyway, we had a blast and really appreciate John's Incredible Pizza allowing us to mess up their kitchen and learn all about pizza. At John's Incredible they don't just make pizza though. Aside from their pizza, I fell in love with their cinnamon rolls. I won't disclose how many I ate, but let's just say it was far too many :) My sweet tooth definitely got the best of me, as it usually does.

This show will be airing this spring, but to get just a small taste of it I have included a couple minutes of behind the scenes footage. You can see how much fun we really have on these shoots. My crew rocks!

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Stay Curious!
~Joel

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone, Happy New Year to you all! What is my New Year's resolution you may ask? It is to try to blog more often. I vow to do a better job of letting all of our fans know what Curiosity Quest is up to.

We are already 2 weeks into 2010. Where is the time going? Well, for the staff of Curiosity Quest it is flying by quickly. Before I get into what is up and coming, let me highlight some of our latest quests.

December was a very busy month for us. We shot 3 episodes. We first went to the Red Rock Climbing Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I learned all about indoor rock climbing. Let me tell you, I had a blast. Our co-host, and manager of the facility, Bill McLemore was kind enough to show us the ropes, literally :) I learned all about the art of tying knots, a vital skill in this business, as well as the steps of belaying. The biggest challenge of the day? Climbing at a 45 degree angle. Bill made it look so easy, but for me it was ridiculously difficult, and if I am to be honest, unsuccessful. Oh well, a host has to be humble right?


December also took the CQ crew to the Orange County Fire Authority in Southern California where I had the distinct honor of learning how firefighters are trained. Ok, so nearly every little boy dreams about being a firefighter right? Well, I was no exception. So, it was like living out a childhood fantasy, well, ....... except it was much harder than it was in my fantasy :) I always knew that being a firefighter was hard work, but I have a renewed respect for how truly difficult this job is. What they put their bodies through is truly remarkable. By the end of the shoot, I was exhausted. I don't know, .... maybe there is a career change in my future? All of the firefighters that were training me said that I did a great job, but I am sure that they were just trying to make me feel better about the fact that I was completely out of breath. Ha, ha!

Our last shoot of the year took us to Snow Summit Mountain Resort, in California where I learned how they keep a mountain in prime skiing conditions in the warm California sunshine. I learned how snow is made. We have had to start some shoots early, but this was, by far, the earliest shoot we have ever done. We started at 2:30 a.m. on the mountain. Yes, we were tired and freezing, but surrounded by beauty. There is nothing like watching the sunrise on the mountain. This was no ordinary shoot. I got to play! Snowball fights, jumping in the snow, sliding on my stomach and snowboarding. Ahhhhh, I love my job.

Our new, exciting season starts airing, here in California, in February and around the nation in the Summer. Look for our first episodes on how arena floors are changed  and snowmaking. Can't wait to share these awesome shows with you.

Thank you for all the hundreds of letters that we get every month that continue to inspire me and my crew and puts us on the path for incredible quests. We couldn't do it without you.

Keep writing. We are looking for "green" ideas right now. We would like to find letters that think outside of the box. We have focused a lot on recycling, but we are now ready to tackle bigger and better ideas of "going green". There are so many ways out there to help our planet. What are you curious about?

In the meantime,
Stay Curious

~Joel