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In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down – for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw – behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down – for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw – behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

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In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down – for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw – behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

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Episodes

What Makes A Relationship (Un)Conventional?

2/25/2021
This episode starts a series on conventional and unconventional relationships. Peter McGraw's return guests, a sociologist and a stand-up comedian, revisit the topic of a popular episode on the Relationship Escalator to discuss the hallmarks of this common, conventional relationship that receives so much attention and special treatment in society. The discussion identifies why these criteria (e.g. monogamy, merging of life and finances) serve society and may not serve individuals. In short,...

Duration:01:22:44

Flâneuring

2/18/2021
Academic, author, and happy solo, Federico Castigliano, joins Peter McGraw to discuss Federico's book, Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris. A flâneur practices wandering without destination in order to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the cityscape. Peter and Federico discuss the origins of the flâneur, some best practice for flâneuring, and – like many of the topics on Solo - how the flâneur is unconventional and typically operates solo. They conclude by discussing...

Duration:00:54:35

Ghosting And Breakups

2/11/2021
Coinciding with Valentine's Day, Peter McGraw talks to Lisa Bonos, a journalist who writes the relationship column for the Washington Post. They talk about ghosting, why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to properly break up. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How » Join the Solo community today: petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

Duration:01:04:09

Dating Remarkable Friends

2/4/2021
This week, Peter McGraw repeats one of his favorite Solo episodes, “Dating Friends and Sleeping with Strangers,” as a fitting close to his series on making remarkable friends. The episode reveals some of his early thinking about what makes a good friend. He and his guests, Josh Gray-Emmer and Lily Rains, present tips for developing friendships and building a community. You will learn: 1) how ancient Greek philosophers held friendships in such high esteem that sometimes surpassed romantic...

Duration:01:48:14

We Need to Talk

1/28/2021
The Solo series on making remarkable friends continues with today’s episode featuring Ryan Malcolm-Campbell, professionally known as MR. KOA, and Zamour Johnson, known in the world of media as TOPB0Y, two friends who are living remarkable lives. Besides learning about the origins of their monikers, Peter McGraw talks to them about their transition from athletes to artists and entrepreneurs. You will also learn about how their friendship developed, how they use their joint podcast as therapy,...

Duration:01:10:21

Making Friends The Center Of Life

1/21/2021
Do you have a friendship that is more important than your romantic relationship? In this episode, Peter McGraw is joined by Rhaina Cohen, a writer and NPR producer, to talk about her emerging work on friendship. They discuss how some people are elevating the status of a friendship to the level of exclusive romantic relationships. Notably, Rhaina notes the lack of good role models for this style of relationships, and thus people rely on fictional relationships (e.g., Golden Girls) as...

Duration:01:06:51

Nietzsche On Friends

1/14/2021
Welcome back to the Solo series on making remarkable friends. In this episode, Peter McGraw and Mary Dahm interview a scholar, Ruth Abbey, who has written about an unlikely expert on friendship: Friedrich Nietzsche. They discuss Ruth’s analysis of Nietzsche’s focus on the value of friends. In short, friends make us better people through their honesty and insights. Whereas previous philosophers saw the value of friends in their similarity, Nietzsche believes friends are valuable because of...

Duration:00:45:08

Making Remarkable Friends

1/7/2021
Peter McGraw invites back his good friend, Julie Nirvelli, to kick off a mini-series on how to make remarkable friends. They define what a friend is and what makes one remarkable. They also discuss some tips on how to make and maintain friends--including when to move fast and when to move slow. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How »Join the Solo community today: petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

Duration:01:06:23

Kym's Remarkable Reinvention

12/31/2020
Welcome back. This is the final episode in a series on Reinvention, which coincides with the start of a new year. Regardless of the date, it is a good idea to take time to assess making changes in your life. After three episodes featuring experts, Peter McGraw concludes with a remarkable single and contributor to the podcast, Kym Terribile. Kym is a fascinating case study. She has been on a three-year journey reinventing herself. Her changes run the gamut from upping her exercise to tidying...

Duration:01:01:17

Rolonda The Reinventionist

12/24/2020
Enjoy this third of a four-episode series on reinvention. Peter McGraw and guest co-host Lily Rains talk to Rolonda Watts, a reinventionist (a term she invented). Rolonda's approach to reinvention focuses on pursuing the positive – and asks to follow your dreams. If you are looking for a wake-up call, this episode is it. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How »Join the Solo community today: petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

Duration:01:03:15

The Remarkable Reinventing Kimmy Seltzer

12/17/2020
This is the second episode in a series that examines reinventing yourself as a single person. Peter McGraw talks to Kimmy Seltzer, a professional who helps people develop confidence and charisma. Kimmy takes an "outside-in" approach, where she helps people improve their look first and then move onto more social, emotional, and psychological issues. In particular, look out for her "Red Dress moment." Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How »Join the Solo community...

Duration:00:50:11

Polyamorous With Ideas

12/10/2020
This episode is part of a mini-series designed to look at reinvention (i.e., making your single life more remarkable). Peter McGraw welcomes Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist and author, to talk about Scott's revision of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Scott debunks some of the mythology around the hierarchy, including that Maslow never drew the pyramid that many of you are so familiar with. Keep an ear out for the moment Scott opens up about his singleness and the opportunity it provides him...

Duration:01:10:20

Solo Thoughts 5: A New Narrative for Singles

12/3/2020
What is the story of your life? Peter McGraw presents an alternative narrative for singles that features his new 3R model: Recognize - Rebel - Reinvent. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How »Join the Solo community today: petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

Duration:00:40:55

Meet The Honjoks

11/26/2020
This episode is related to the recent series on Singles in the Marketplace. Peter McGraw speaks to a journalist – Ann Babe – about a group of Korean singles, Honjoks, who are rebelling against the strong cultural norms in South Korea to marry and have children. Besides going solo, this group is also opting out of the typical high-pressure corporate or service jobs that are highly valued in the culture. It is a fascinating conversation in which they talk about using social media to be...

Duration:00:54:29

Welcome to the Gala

11/19/2020
This week's episode features a remarkable single, Gala Darling. Gala is a “for now” single who is unapologetic about how she lives her life (so get ready for some F-bombs). A speaker, author, and coach, she helps women live their best lives through radical self-love. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share! Here’s How »Join the Solo community today: petermcgraw.orgPeter McGraw TwitterPeter McGraw LinkedIn

Duration:01:01:00

Best Innovations For Singles

11/11/2020
Welcome to the last episode of a three-episode series that examines Singles in the Marketplace. Peter McGraw invites Shane Mauss to talk about the best innovations for singles. No spoilers here, but you will see a theme emerge where the innovation they discuss are related to freedom, mobility, and an escape from the family unit. Moreover, what becomes evident is that these innovations also help singles pursue a diverse set of experiences – to flourish by taking advantage of the time,...

Duration:01:15:23

Selling to Singles

10/29/2020
Peter McGraw hosts the second episode of a three-episode series that examines Singles in the Marketplace. He talks to Julie Nirvelli about Selling to Singles. They each present three ideas related to the topic, and Julie shares very exciting news about her solo-inspired small business that she is launching. As always, thank you for spreading the word – and if you want to get involved in the conversation, please apply to join the Solo Slack channel on the solo page of Petermcgraw.org. Love...

Duration:01:00:25

The Rise Of Single Living

10/22/2020
The first of a three-part series that looks at singles in the marketplace, this episode examines the rise of singles. Peter invites a return guest, sociologist and demographer Kris Marsh, to talk about the demographic and cultural changes behind the steep rise of singles and singles living alone – not only in the US, but abroad. They conclude by discussing the implications of these changes for a future that looks bright for people who want to live single and live well. Love the show?...

Duration:01:05:05

Episode 50: Looking Back And Looking Forward

10/15/2020
This week, we celebrate the 50th episode of Solo. To do so, Peter McGraw invites back Julie Nirvelli and Kym Terribile, who joined him on Episode 1 – an Introduction to Solo. He starts by presenting how far the project has come, from its exponential listener growth, fueled by listener word of mouth, to the new Instagram account @unapologetically_unattached. They revisit the themes he set out for the podcast, discuss their favorite episodes, and talk about where the project is headed. Love...

Duration:01:26:24

What The Buck

10/8/2020
This episode welcomes Michael Buckley, a remarkable solo, former YouTube star and now life coach who coaches humanness, not happiness. Michael talks about his process of realizing that being single is an amazing choice, but he had to get past the nagging thought that “it would be nice to have someone.” Peter and Michael talk about his breakthrough and how it changed how he subsequently thought and behaved. Michael dispenses helpful advice, such as how to go to a movie alone and how to move...

Duration:00:55:23