Oh, right; I should probably introduce myself

Hey! Long time, no update, right? Well, I have a pretty compelling reason to post here… because a few weeks ago, I launched the Curiosity Podcast (now the Curiosity Daily). And it’s kind of a big deal. Here’s a preview of what the series sounds like:


So, I’ve been really busy with that, and a lot of people are listening to it. Which is why I figured I should post an update. Because let’s say someone who listens to the Curiosity Podcast searches for my name, and finds me, and finds this web site… well, that person could gleam a lot of things about me. Which is why I’d rather just introduce myself.

The thing is, I originally set up this site because I was an aspiring actor in Chicago, and every actor had a web site. I was going to post a reel and head shots and my acting resume and all that. But before I got around to that, I ended up starting this creative writing project, Idea Reunion, where I would re-post entries from my high school creative writing class notebook along with transcriptions and commentary, 10 years after their original writing. That was fun for a while, and I encourage you to check it out, because a lot of the stuff I wrote was pretty funny, if you ask me.

Then, during the insanity of the 2016 presidential election, I got angry at a stupid Reddit post I saw and came here to write an uncharacteristically political post about Bernie Sanders, which went pretty viral. After I stupidly granted them permission, The Huffington Post even re-published it (without paying me a dime, because they are exploitative hacks who just use their name recognition to con people into giving them free content to get them more ad revenue). More than a million people saw that post and a lot of people shared it, so I felt pretty good about myself and my future as a writer or influencer or something. Feeling inspired, I tried writing a couple more articles about Bernie or socialism or I don’t even know what, but honestly, they were pretty bad. So I accepted that my first post was my 15 minutes of election season fame, and I stopped posting here altogether for a while.

Then, in 2017, I had a lot to say about Final Fantasy XV, and I didn’t get it all out of my system when I reviewed it on my lifestyle podcast, the now-on-a-temporary-hiatus Game/Life Balance U.S. So I wrote about Final Fantasy XV here, and then kinda stopped doing stuff again… until now!

So that’s me. I don’t want you to scroll around and be like “oh, this is some political nutjob,” or “this is a guy who writes about video games.” I do a lot of things. I have a lot of interests. You could even say I’m… CURIOUS… about a lot of things. And you’d be right!

As of now, I’m apathetic about politics (at best) and I dislike 24/7 media more than perhaps anything. I actually get physically irritated if CNN is on a television near me, and I often debate with myself whether ESPN or a 24-hour news station is a more spectacular waste of time. Curiosity.com is a great fit for me because it’s all about interesting content and stories that are actually useful, surprising, and/or applicable to real life, and I’m not just saying that because they pay me. It’s a brand I honestly believe in, with articles and podcasts that make people better. Conversely, round-the-clock sports coverage to me is an insufferable circle-jerk of irrelevance, and I can’t name a single newscast that isn’t just constant fear-mongering and/or petty squabbling about things that largely don’t matter. The world faces a lot of problems, but those problems are discussed neither effectively nor intelligently by any media companies I can name, and social media these days is about as bad, if not worse. So I’d rather focus on making people smarter and more interesting – and based on the feedback I’ve received in my short time with Curiosity, I believe I am actually accomplishing that.

Follow me on Twitter at @ProducerCody to get the best idea of what I’m like. I mostly retweet stupid jokes and occasionally throw in commentary on current trends with biting sarcasm, but you can mostly expect video games, professional wrestling, and comedy to creep in when I’m feeling creative enough to write my own stuff. You can also follow my Facebook fan page (although you might as well follow Curiosity on Facebook instead, since my fan page is currently just a less active version of that), and probably find me elsewhere, if you feel like putting in the time. I rarely post on Instagram, and I do not Snapchat (sorry, ladies).

So there’s my hastily-thrown-together bio! I hope you enjoy my stuff, and I sincerely wish you luck in finding a way to spend your time on the internet in a way that makes you a better person. Here are a few places you can find my podcasts for Curiosity.com if you need a place to start:

Spotify | Google Podcasts | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Player FM | Google Play Music | Pocket Casts (subscription-based) | Overcast | RSS


About Cody Gough

Cody Gough is a podcast and digital media executive and award-winning producer. Among his accomplishments, most notably he spent more than a decade on-air at Chicago's WGN Radio, and later produced and hosted more than 1,000 episodes of Discovery's award-winning educational podcast, Curiosity Daily. Cody is a podcast professional specializing in audio programming and production. What sets him apart is that he's a terrestrial radio professional AND a digital native with a social media marketing background. This means he's able to combine the radio industry's 100+ years of learnings with digital content expertise to make superior podcasting strategies and content. As an established radio veteran, Cody spent more than a decade producing and hosting shows on Chicago's prestigious 720 WGN Radio. There, he helped launch the WGN Plus podcast network, where he hosted their first and only dedicated video game podcast, Game/Life Balance U.S. In addition to his broadcast experience, Cody has written for various outlets, including Curiosity.com, the GonnaGeek Network, and HuffPost. He's also a graduate of several improv programs in Chicago (including the Second City Conservatory) and has written and performed for a variety of theater, film, and web productions, as well as industrial/commercial videos.

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