“He who is afraid of asking is afraid of learning.” – Danish Proverb
“He who asks is a fool for five minutes. He who does not is a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb
What We Do
We explore the world through conversations with interesting people.
Translation — we find bright people and ask them lots of questions making us kind of a big deal.
How we pick conversations & produce shows
From start to finish a typical interview will take about 35-45 hours.
Here’s an outline of our process:
- First we decide on topics worth exploring by following our curiosity & asking questions.
- We research these topics. This involves reading encyclopedia entries, periodicals, & textbooks.
- After researching a topic we pick a theme for our conversation.
- We then reach out to people who are working on interesting projects/ideas related to our story/theme.
- With a date in mind we prepare an interview/conversation script.
- We conduct our conversation and record it.
Who Runs This Place
It’s just two of us, but one of us can talk for 10 people… not exactly fun for the other partner.
Miguel Barbosa, Co-Host, Chief Never-Stops-Talking Officer
Miguel conducts interviews and is the big-picture person. He has the memory of an elephant, the vocal stamina of a male parakeet in heat, and a bookshelf that requires its own zip code. Miguel strives to be the ultimate “learning machine”(we know this because he carries a sexy moleskin notepad). During down time, he can be found having what he calls “small” 3-hour discussions on a variety of topics. When not working on klevr.org, Miguel manages his blog, SimoleonSense.
Nadine Sebai, Co-Host, Chief Scatterbrain Officer
Nadine specializes in telling Miguel that he’s wrong…always. She has a particular knack for solving problems and has a relentless personality. In addition to conducting interviews Nadine also participates in all aspects of idea generation and website administration. In other words, she does all the heavy lifting. When not working on klevr.org, Nadine spends her time learning about animals, volunteering at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, tutoring middle school kids, and managing her blog, Scatterbrained.
We greatly appreciate all the SimoleonSense readers who donated money to start klevr.org. We plan to live up to the minimal expectations we hope you have!
Send Us Your Feedback
But only the positive kind (just kidding). If you have any feedback, suggestions, or simply want to chat, contact us at miguel [at] klevr.org and nadine [at ]klevr.org.