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René and Ben have made some mistakes. Along the way, they have found that many elements of conventional wisdom - rules of thumb - are no longer, or actually never were, relevant. They were just things to do because people always did them. In fact, those things people do are better-coined Rules of Dumb. With pop-culture as the backdrop, the duo explores and slaughter sacred cows. René and Ben dig into conventional ideas and explore alternative viewpoints all while finding the comedy in these commonly accepted notions.

René and Ben have made some mistakes. Along the way, they have found that many elements of conventional wisdom - rules of thumb - are no longer, or actually never were, relevant. They were just things to do because people always did them. In fact, those things people do are better-coined Rules of Dumb. With pop-culture as the backdrop, the duo explores and slaughter sacred cows. René and Ben dig into conventional ideas and explore alternative viewpoints all while finding the comedy in these commonly accepted notions.
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René and Ben have made some mistakes. Along the way, they have found that many elements of conventional wisdom - rules of thumb - are no longer, or actually never were, relevant. They were just things to do because people always did them. In fact, those things people do are better-coined Rules of Dumb. With pop-culture as the backdrop, the duo explores and slaughter sacred cows. René and Ben dig into conventional ideas and explore alternative viewpoints all while finding the comedy in these commonly accepted notions.

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Episodes

Ep. 011: Stay Mad Aunt Becky

4/1/2019
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Season 2 of the Rules of Dumb podcast starts off with a bang. René and Ben discuss the recent FBI investigation of the college admissions scandal involving some well known-celebrities (Aunt Becky from Full House) and some high profile business people. The duo explores the spectrum of unethical behavior by Parents and College Coaches and Administrators in the admissions process as well as cases against Harvard College and the University of Texas to undermine their Affirmative Action...

Duration:01:09:22

Victory | Rules of Dumb Ep. 010

1/24/2019
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In Episode 010 of the Rules of Dumb Podcast, René and Ben meet their goal of completing 10 episodes in 2018. The two celebrate this victory by answering questions from RoD listeners and rabid fans. Please support the podcast by subscribing and leaving a review with a 5-star rating on iTunes. Follow Rules of Dumb on Instagram and Twitter at @rulesofdumb and you can email any feedback or show ideas to rulesofdumb@gmail.com. Enjoy

Duration:01:26:31

My Date With Michelle Obama | Rules of Dumb Ep. 009

1/8/2019
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In Episode 009, Ben shares the highlights of his recent date with forever First Lady Michelle Obama. Actually, 20,000 other people were on the date and René tagged along as well. René and Ben venture to the famous Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY and discuss the life-changing experience as well as some big takeaways from the recent Michelle Obama book tour. Please support the podcast by subscribing and leaving a review with a 5-star rating on iTunes. Follow Rules of Dumb on Instagram and...

Duration:00:58:42

Holla, Holla, Holla: The Art of Catcalling | Rules of Dumb Ep. 008

11/30/2018
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In Episode 008 of the Rules of Dumb podcast, Ben and René are joined by their brilliant and hilarious Production Assistant, Sri, to discuss the ever-controversial topic of ghosting in dating and relationships. Yep, you guessed it; Ben and Sri are both guilty and confess to their bad deeds. René offers her expertise about approaching women, the ineffectiveness of cat-calling, and encourages a more refined approach to getting them digits. Please support the podcast by subscribing and please...

Duration:01:03:51

Alternative Thanksgiving: 10 New Traditions | Rules of Dumb Ep. 007

11/20/2018
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Thanksgiving. For some of us, this means one thing. All the sweet potato pie we can eat. For others, it’s a time to enjoy with family, watch a little football, tell tall tales about cousin Larry and relax. But for some of us, the thought of having to spend extended time with turkey-filled family members is problematic. The holiday can be very stressful for some and downright toxic for others. Though there isn’t much hard data on the topic, some experts report many people feel at least some...

Duration:00:30:42

If Your Vote Didn't Matter, They Wouldn't Suppress It | Rules of Dumb Ep. 006

11/8/2018
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This is an emergency episode! In Episode 006 of the Rules of Dumb Podcast, Ben sits down with Sri, the podcast’s PA to talk about this year’s upcoming midterm election. Sri turned 18 last summer and registered to vote making her eligible to vote in this year's midterm elections. The media has termed this midterm the most important "election of our lifetime" so we wanted to get her perspective as a millennial and a new voter. The two got into how in 2013, in Shelby County vs Holder, the...

Duration:00:32:33

Achieve Financial Independence w/ Jamila Souffrant | Rules of Dumb Ep. 005

10/25/2018
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René abandoned the Rules of Dumb podcast for Episode 005. Well, that’s not exactly true. She was continuing her quest to become a yoga guru so she and Ben decided to switch things up. This week the podcast had its first guest, Jamila Souffrant. Jamila is a podcaster, writer and founder of JourneyToLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Independence and helps others do the same. In René’s stead, Sri, RoD’s trusty Production Assistant, came off the bench to fill in. In the...

Duration:01:08:56

The Robots Are Coming To Get Us | Rules of Dumb Ep. 004

10/12/2018
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In Rules of Dumb, Episode 4, Ben laments his T-shirt collection is overwhelming and René suggests yoga is the answer to his stress. She tells us a bit about her quest to become a yoga master and how her family and friends view her newfound passion. Ben also admits his dislike for 80’s “quiet storm” music, much to René’s chagrin. Finally, the two discuss the comfort, or better said, discomfort each of them has with artificial intelligence and its intrusion into modern life. Clips from: The...

Duration:00:57:17

Blaming and Shaming the Victim | Rules of Dumb Ep. 003

9/26/2018
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In the third installment of Rules of Dumb, Sri, our production assistant reveals her bleeding heart, René details her subway adventures, and Ben admits his love for dollar pizza. The crew talks about their daily routines before they get into more serious matters in the news. Botham Jean, a black man living in Dallas, was the victim of a shooting at the hands of an off-duty police officer under strange circumstances. Brett Kavanaugh, who is up for a Supreme Court nomination, is under fire as...

Duration:00:47:47

Serena Being Serena | Rules of Dumb Ep. 002

9/20/2018
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In the second episode of Rules of Dumb, René and Ben discuss job shaming of Geoffrey Owens aka Elvin of Cosby Show fame. The two also debate the intersectionality of race and gender with Serena Williams’ U.S. Open trouble as the backdrop. Serena Williams is the most accomplished professional tennis player in the open era with a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles and is second on the all-time list behind Margaret Court who has 24. In the 2018 U.S. Open, Serena charged that penalties called...

Duration:01:18:55

Kaepernick Just Does It With Nike | Rules of Dumb Ep. 001

9/12/2018
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Please subscribe to the Rules of Dumb podcast at bit.ly/rulesofdumb Follow on Instagram at instagram.com/rulesofdumb In this first episode of Rules of Dumb, René (@rene_lh) and Ben (@benbakaar) dive into what they've been getting into over the summer. Ben talks about his "near-death experience" while René details her vacation on Martha's Vineyard and playing golf with Barack Obama and Ray Allen. René also talks about her volunteer work at the African American Film Festival on Martha's...

Duration:01:01:07

Wu-Tang Had It Right

5/20/2018
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Ben goes off on the folks who peddle "Improve Your Credit Score" programs and late night real estate infomercials. René seems pretty entertained by his passion for the topic. Stay tuned for the first season of full episodes of Rules of Dumb podcast starting every Thursday on May 24.

Duration:00:02:24

Panties Fly Right Off

5/15/2018
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René talks about one of the best dates she has ever had and how it's not all about the money. Ben is skeptical. Stay tuned for the first season of full episodes of Rules of Dumb podcast starting every Thursday on May 24.

Duration:00:02:09

Not Everyone Loves Cardi B

5/14/2018
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René describes how one of her social media acquaintances does not appreciate Cardi B. Stay tuned for the first season of Rules of Dumb every Thursday starting May 24.

Duration:00:02:11

People Who Show Money, Typically Don't Have Money

5/14/2018
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Ben talks about his insights into many folks' personal finances. He and René discuss that many of the people who display the material trappings of wealth, do not in fact have much financial wealth to show for it. Tune in to new episodes of Rules of Dumb every Thursday beginning May 24.

Duration:00:02:48