Toughening Up With Turna & Tim

Featuring Turna Ray and Tim Franz
Journalist (Turna)
Former U.S. Navy Medic, Philosophy Student (Tim)

January 20, 2015
New York City, New York
United States

The story

Turna is a science journalist. She writes about how genomics is changing medicine. She was born in Calcutta, India and grew up in the US.

Tim was a medic in the United States Navy. As is often the case (um… not really!), he leveraged that into studying philosophy. He is on track to complete his Ph.D. in philosophy soon.

They live in New York City.

Fun facts

Turna loves to fish, because it involves a lot of quiet, patience, and slime.

Turna means momentum in Sanskrit. The word comes from a work by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.

He won’t dance, but he’s an expert crepe maker.

So far she’s only caught one fish. But it was such a monster sea bass that she’s okay with not hooking anything for a while.

Tim’s grandmother once challenged him to walk 100 steps on his hands — that is, while doing a hand stand. He did it. And went up the stairs doing it.

When she’s not fishing, she dreams of being trapped in an elevator with Jeremy Wade of River Monsters for many hours, so he’d have no choice but to talk to her and reveal all his secret fishing tips.

Tim was deployed in Okinawa, Japan for a time and wants to move there someday to read philosophy, scuba dive, and eat sushi all day.


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