About Stories from the Center of the Universe

Stories from the Center of the Universe is a podcast about hearing people's stories and reflecting on their lives, past, present, and future. We have been fortunate to be joined by all types of folks, including veterans, activists, conservatives, liberals, doctors, recovering addicts, spy catchers, Navy SEALs, and more.

The name 'Stories from the Center of the Universe' comes from a nickname for Ashland, Virginia, where we record our in-person podcasts. Physically there is no 'Center of the Universe', and given that it is nowhere and everywhere at once, we feel free to claim the location.

The goals of the podcast are:



Who We Are

Paul Gilman

Co-Host | The Closer

Paul is an Army veteran, corporate executive, husband, and father of three. His playfulness and spontaneity make every episode a great time, and he loves getting people to tell stories. When he's not podcasting, you can find him coaching his daughter's basketball team or explaining how American sports work to Daniel.

Daniel Lantz

Co-Host | Technology Guy

Daniel grew up internationally as a kid, and is now a software engineer living and working in Richmond, VA. He enjoys sitting with each person, asking them questions, and listening. He also treasures the long-form conversations that result. When Daniel's not podcasting, you can find him coding, spending time with his girlfriend, or trying not to get choked out at Jiu Jitsu.

Katy De Koning

Senior Podcast Advisor

Stories From the Center of the Universe™ 2021