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Stone + Straw

John Cullen

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Long-time curling writer and interviewer John Cullen hosts a podcast designed to boldly go where no curling podcast has gone before: to the curlers. Travelling across Canada and the world to do in-person interviews, Stone + Straw leaves the seasonal updates aside and offers an intimate look at the greatest players and people the game has to offer. Always in-person. Always personal. All curling.

Latest Episodes

S02.E06: Jason Gunnlaugson

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the Tour Challenge to interview Winnipeg's own Jason Gunnlaugson. Though Gunnlaugson has yet to win a Manitoba title, his team has been consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world and he won a silver at the 2013 Olympic Trials as the fifth for John Morris. Despite a lack of titles, Jason has had one of the more unique paths a curler could have, from his surprise appearance at the 2009 Olympic Trials to playing for Russia to currently leading the analytics movement in the game. Simply put, there's no one on Earth who thinks about the game more than Jason Gunnlaugson does. And John and Jason cover it all, from his days playing poker to support his curling habit, how close he came to quitting, what analytics means for the game, and just what happened when the Russian Curling Federation came knocking on his door. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Artwork by Kody Audette. Theme by Graham Wright.

78 MINMAR 20
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S02.E06: Jason Gunnlaugson

S02.E05: Mike McEwen

Host John Cullen travels to Penticton, British Columbia, home of the Ashley Homestore Classic, to interview Mike McEwen. The 4-time Manitoba champion and 2018 Olympic Trials runner-up talks to John about one of the more up-and-down careers an elite athlete in our sport has had, from his struggles coming out of juniors to his new team with long-time friend Reid Carruthers. The discussion gets very in-depth and personal as Mike discusses quitting his job to play in a Canada Cup, the long road to finally winning his first Buffalo, what it means to be the world's #1 team, and just how close they came to calling it quits in 2014. Mike also talks about entering his peak performance condition at the 2018 Olympic Trials, and how all those losses trained him for that moment. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Artwork by Kody Audette. Theme by Graham Wright.

76 MINMAR 6
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S02.E05: Mike McEwen

S02.E04: Krista McCarville

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario, the home of Krista McCarville, for an in-depth interview. The 7-time Ontario/Northern Ontario champion and 2016 Scotties silver medallist joins John to discuss what it's like to try and compete with the world's best on a Tier 2 schedule, balancing a full-time career as a teacher with limited time off, her family, and the sport of curling. The two discuss her beginnings as a curler in the far reaches of Ontario all the way to her run to the third-place game at the 2009 Olympic Trials, and then move on to discuss her two-year layoff and her return to the game with a renewed sense of how to balance it all. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Hardline Curling, and Dynasty Curling. Theme by Graham Wright. Artwork by Kody Audette.

72 MINFEB 20
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S02.E04: Krista McCarville

S02.E03: Craig Savill

Craig Savill joins John Cullen for an in-depth look at his career, from 10 Brier appearances with Glenn Howard to beating cancer and everything in between.

78 MINFEB 5
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S02.E03: Craig Savill

S02.E02: Jamie Sinclair

It's Jamie Sinclair! Another in-depth look inside the life of a curler, this time one at the top of her game and at the top of the heap in USA Curling.

74 MINJAN 22
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S02.E02: Jamie Sinclair

S02.E01: Niklas Edin

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the Tour Challenge to interview Niklas Edin, a two-time Olympic medallist and three-time World champion. Niklas discusses getting started in Sweden, how to manage fluctuating government funding, making a living in Canada, the 2018 Olympics, the hardest year of practice, and where it all goes from here.

93 MINJAN 8
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S02.E01: Niklas Edin

S01.E06: Steve Laycock

Host John Cullen travels to the Prestige Inn in Vernon, BC to interview Steve Laycock, a six-time Saskatchewan provincial champion and World Junior champion. Steve discusses learning from older players, finding the perfect fit in the lineup, mentoring younger players, and what happened with Colton Flasch and the 2018 Olympic Trials. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

64 MIN2018 NOV 13
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S01.E06: Steve Laycock

S01.E05: Brendan Bottcher

EHost John Cullen travels to Dana Ferguson's kitchen in Edmonton, Alberta to interview skip Brendan Bottcher, last year's Brier finalist. Brendan discusses his transition from junior to men's, being one of the first successful university program teams, finding the right third, and how to become a curling professional.

72 MIN2018 NOV 6
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S01.E05: Brendan Bottcher

S01.E04: Cheryl Bernard

Host John Cullen travels to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta to interview their new CEO, Cheryl Bernard. Cheryl discusses her new job, breaking in to broadcasting, proving herself as a female athlete, and her dual experiences at the 2010 and 2018 Olympics. Presented by Dynasty Curling, Hardline Curling, and CurlingZone. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

59 MIN2018 OCT 23
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S01.E04: Cheryl Bernard

S01.E03: Marc Kennedy

Host John Cullen travels to the St. Albert Curling Club in Alberta to interview St. Albert's own, Marc Kennedy. Marc discusses his early relationship with John Morris, curling with Kevin Martin, what happened at the 2018 Olympics, and outlines his plans for the future. Presented by Dynasty Curling, Hardline Curling, and CurlingZone. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

87 MIN2018 OCT 16
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S01.E03: Marc Kennedy

Latest Episodes

S02.E06: Jason Gunnlaugson

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the Tour Challenge to interview Winnipeg's own Jason Gunnlaugson. Though Gunnlaugson has yet to win a Manitoba title, his team has been consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world and he won a silver at the 2013 Olympic Trials as the fifth for John Morris. Despite a lack of titles, Jason has had one of the more unique paths a curler could have, from his surprise appearance at the 2009 Olympic Trials to playing for Russia to currently leading the analytics movement in the game. Simply put, there's no one on Earth who thinks about the game more than Jason Gunnlaugson does. And John and Jason cover it all, from his days playing poker to support his curling habit, how close he came to quitting, what analytics means for the game, and just what happened when the Russian Curling Federation came knocking on his door. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Artwork by Kody Audette. Theme by Graham Wright.

78 MINMAR 20
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S02.E06: Jason Gunnlaugson

S02.E05: Mike McEwen

Host John Cullen travels to Penticton, British Columbia, home of the Ashley Homestore Classic, to interview Mike McEwen. The 4-time Manitoba champion and 2018 Olympic Trials runner-up talks to John about one of the more up-and-down careers an elite athlete in our sport has had, from his struggles coming out of juniors to his new team with long-time friend Reid Carruthers. The discussion gets very in-depth and personal as Mike discusses quitting his job to play in a Canada Cup, the long road to finally winning his first Buffalo, what it means to be the world's #1 team, and just how close they came to calling it quits in 2014. Mike also talks about entering his peak performance condition at the 2018 Olympic Trials, and how all those losses trained him for that moment. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Artwork by Kody Audette. Theme by Graham Wright.

76 MINMAR 6
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S02.E05: Mike McEwen

S02.E04: Krista McCarville

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario, the home of Krista McCarville, for an in-depth interview. The 7-time Ontario/Northern Ontario champion and 2016 Scotties silver medallist joins John to discuss what it's like to try and compete with the world's best on a Tier 2 schedule, balancing a full-time career as a teacher with limited time off, her family, and the sport of curling. The two discuss her beginnings as a curler in the far reaches of Ontario all the way to her run to the third-place game at the 2009 Olympic Trials, and then move on to discuss her two-year layoff and her return to the game with a renewed sense of how to balance it all. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto. Presented by CurlingZone, Hardline Curling, and Dynasty Curling. Theme by Graham Wright. Artwork by Kody Audette.

72 MINFEB 20
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S02.E04: Krista McCarville

S02.E03: Craig Savill

Craig Savill joins John Cullen for an in-depth look at his career, from 10 Brier appearances with Glenn Howard to beating cancer and everything in between.

78 MINFEB 5
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S02.E03: Craig Savill

S02.E02: Jamie Sinclair

It's Jamie Sinclair! Another in-depth look inside the life of a curler, this time one at the top of her game and at the top of the heap in USA Curling.

74 MINJAN 22
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S02.E02: Jamie Sinclair

S02.E01: Niklas Edin

Host John Cullen travels to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the Tour Challenge to interview Niklas Edin, a two-time Olympic medallist and three-time World champion. Niklas discusses getting started in Sweden, how to manage fluctuating government funding, making a living in Canada, the 2018 Olympics, the hardest year of practice, and where it all goes from here.

93 MINJAN 8
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S02.E01: Niklas Edin

S01.E06: Steve Laycock

Host John Cullen travels to the Prestige Inn in Vernon, BC to interview Steve Laycock, a six-time Saskatchewan provincial champion and World Junior champion. Steve discusses learning from older players, finding the perfect fit in the lineup, mentoring younger players, and what happened with Colton Flasch and the 2018 Olympic Trials. Presented by CurlingZone, Dynasty Curling, and Hardline Curling. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

64 MIN2018 NOV 13
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S01.E06: Steve Laycock

S01.E05: Brendan Bottcher

EHost John Cullen travels to Dana Ferguson's kitchen in Edmonton, Alberta to interview skip Brendan Bottcher, last year's Brier finalist. Brendan discusses his transition from junior to men's, being one of the first successful university program teams, finding the right third, and how to become a curling professional.

72 MIN2018 NOV 6
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S01.E05: Brendan Bottcher

S01.E04: Cheryl Bernard

Host John Cullen travels to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta to interview their new CEO, Cheryl Bernard. Cheryl discusses her new job, breaking in to broadcasting, proving herself as a female athlete, and her dual experiences at the 2010 and 2018 Olympics. Presented by Dynasty Curling, Hardline Curling, and CurlingZone. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

59 MIN2018 OCT 23
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S01.E04: Cheryl Bernard

S01.E03: Marc Kennedy

Host John Cullen travels to the St. Albert Curling Club in Alberta to interview St. Albert's own, Marc Kennedy. Marc discusses his early relationship with John Morris, curling with Kevin Martin, what happened at the 2018 Olympics, and outlines his plans for the future. Presented by Dynasty Curling, Hardline Curling, and CurlingZone. Theme by Graham Wright. Produced by Daniel Cuzzetto.

87 MIN2018 OCT 16
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S01.E03: Marc Kennedy
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