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Podcast 018: Big Brother and the “Online Challenge”

Special Note: This episode is running out of order since it’s very timely, and becoming a news story. It was recorded yesterday, after Episode 17 was recorded (as promised, that one is about how to develop Uncommon Sense). So I’m swapping the order, putting #18 out not only before #17, but on Thursday instead of ... Continue Reading


Podcast 016: Barking Up the Right Tree

In This Episode: This is a story about a dog. Dogs may or may not have Uncommon Sense, but how its owner reacts to a dog might be an interesting indicator of their thinking ability. You’ll get what I mean pretty quickly. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast16


Podcast 015: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

In This Episode: Do you have a big, overriding goal in life? Most really haven’t thought about it. Those who did often gave up after awhile, and maybe led a fine life, but never reached their big goal, their dream, their aspiration. But every few months, I hear of some humble person who kept their focus on their goal, and succeeded so well, their story goes viral. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this episode is about charity: I already covered that. No, this is the story of achieving a...


Podcast 014: Expect the Unexpected

In This Episode: I’d like to tell you another story of Uncommon Sense that shows just how much impact one person can have by refusing to be stymied by those who don’t have it. The hero of this story is named Barry Blumberg, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1925. ... And you may very well owe him your life.


Podcast 013: How ADD Made TRUE Possible

Society seems to think AD(H)D is some sort of curse. Yet when properly managed, it provides “superpowers” that are an absolute gift — and enable great things. This week I bring in a special guest — my high performance coach (who specializes in entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD like me) — to talk about why that is, and what it takes to get away from the so-called “monsters” that are created by society dealing with our neurological types. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast13


Podcast 012: Dreaming Big

In This Episode: I like to make fun of the lottery; a common joke is, it’s “a tax on people who are bad at math.” But if you are going to play, here’s how to apply some Uncommon Sense to the mix, whether you win or not. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast12


Podcast 011: We Need Better Heroes

In This Episode: We get more of what we pay attention to. But some people — usually people with Uncommon Sense — aspire to something greater than the whims of the masses and can make a huge impact on the world. This episode looks at what we as a society pay a lot of attention to, at the detriment to the much more important things we pretty much ignore. I have a story about each, and the contrast is mind-blowing. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast11


Podcast 010: “I Just Don’t Have Time”

In This Episode: “I just don’t have time” is the modern mantra. And I’m here to tell you why that’s total B.S. Because if you apply Uncommon Sense to the time problem, that turns out to not be the problem you think it is. I’m going to tell you how to get more out of putting time in. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast10


Podcast 009: The Headlines Lied

In This Episode: There’s a lot of talk about accuracy in the media these days, up to and including frequent accusations that the mainstream press publishes “fake news.” For the most part, I don’t think that’s true, but that doesn’t mean people who watch TV or read news online don’t have to be intelligent consumers of news, especially when it comes to medical or scientific topics. Or, to put it another way, we need to exercise Uncommon Sense as a filter on the news, and this episode has an...


Podcast 008: The Man with the Golden Arm

In This Episode: I had heard about the man I’m going to tell you about several times over the past several years, but I didn’t know the whole story of James Harrison, who has been called “The Man with the Golden Arm”. It’s a bit of a medical mystery and, as I researched all of this to understand what the heck it was that he did, I discovered Harrison started displaying Uncommon Sense even as a child. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast8


Podcast 007: A Second Opinion

A very different kind of episode: a story that's not from the newsletter, but rather one that's too long and complex to be shortened to 100ish words plus a pithy tagline. It's an amazing story of hope and renewal, with a wild twist at the end. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast7


Podcast 006: The X Factor

In This Episode: How two men inspired others to change the world in a massive display of Uncommon Sense. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast6


Podcast 005: The Last Stroke of Midnight

Feel-good stories can go viral online. I’m going to tell you one of those stories using the Uncommon Sense filter to see what we can take away for the longer term, after the viral story is forgotten. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast5


Podcast 004: Full Circle

In This Episode: When sizing up someone in a modest profession, don’t make the mistake of thinking the job title defines the person or their abilities. They might just surprise you with an overabundance of Uncommon Sense. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast4


Podcast 003: Cassini: The Bigger Picture

In This Episode: From California, where I came to see and reflect on the End of Mission for the Cassini spacecraft -- its so-called Grand Finale. This isn't about the mission per se, but rather the thinking behind it, how that fits into True’s mission, and how that ties into this week's Honorary Unsubscribe! In other words, The Bigger Picture. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast3


Podcast 002: Reverberating for Decades

In This Episode: If there’s any profession the public deals with on a regular basis that’s bound by rules and protocols it’s medicine. But some do the human thing anyway, guided by their Uncommon Sense. This episode has several inspiring examples. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast2


Podcast 001: The Best of Humanity

In This Episode: While the stories in This is True usually point out the pitfalls of not thinking, the Honorary Unsubscribe holds up the best of humanity, which often means someone who exhibited Uncommon Sense on a regular basis. This episode not only features a interesting example, but adds some extra details and commentary. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast1


Podcast 0: Relaunch Introduction

In This Episode: An introduction to This is True, and the Uncommon Sense Podcast. Show Notes: https://thisistrue.com/podcast0


Podcast 025: The Rants Get Serious

In This Episode: You want to know what TRUE is really about? Then listen to this one -- don't read the transcript. You'll hear the true passion of one of my rants, because it's in my voice. Seriously: if you don't have a podcast player, stream it from the Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast25


Podcast 023: It’s Tough to Find a Hero

In This Episode: It's really fun to find patterns in weird news stories: Randy gives a couple of "paired" examples. But really: people have to turn to weeds and rocks as "heroes"?! Certainly "celebrities" and national leaders aren't worthy of being looked up to these days. Yet another entry in the No Longer Weird file, and a fun Easter Egg at the end. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast23