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A quick daily download -- and occasional deep dive -- into an interesting topic to talk about, and what others have had to say.

A quick daily download -- and occasional deep dive -- into an interesting topic to talk about, and what others have had to say.
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A quick daily download -- and occasional deep dive -- into an interesting topic to talk about, and what others have had to say.

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517: Doing Scary Things

4/24/2018
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What was the scariest thing you did as a kid? Are you glad you did it? Full episode script In 2016, a survey of 1,003 UK parents by online bookseller The Book People found that 33% would steer clear of books for their children containing frightening characters. As The Guardian wrote: Asked about the fictional…

Duration:00:02:39

516: Contrary Outing

4/23/2018
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Should politicians that act in ways contrary to their stated positions be forcibly outed? Full episode script Several years ago when I first asked this question, I had no idea it would be as…. Relevant… as it seems to have become. It’s not like dishonesty in politics is a new thing — heck, it’s the…

Duration:00:03:11

515: Digital Closeness

4/20/2018
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Do you think digital communication brings individuals closer or drives them apart? Full episode script Ah, a question that is often asked for college essays, in thinkpieces, and conversations with parents left and right. In an article for the Futures Center, built by Forum for the Future, the authors outline the problem by saying, quote:…

Duration:00:02:37

514: Media Awards

4/19/2018
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Do awards & recognitions have an impact on what you read or watch? Full episode script When it was nominated for an Oscar award, the movie The Shape of Water saw an over 240% increase in ticket sales. Even so-called losers that didn’t see as much of a bump still saw at least a 47%…

Duration:00:02:23

513: One Week’s Employment

4/18/2018
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What job would you like to try out for a week? Full episode script Around 2007 and 2008, there were two separate sets of stories that both had a focus on a very specific idea — one week of work. I have no idea if one of these ideas influenced the other, but either way…

Duration:00:02:26

512: Who Pays

4/17/2018
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Does paying for something mean you get the most say in it? Full episode script If you want to set off a spirited debate on any wedding message board, ask the question of how much say parents should get in the wedding if they pay for it. Even Martha Stewart has a guide for what…

Duration:00:01:58

511: Letter of Recommendation

4/16/2018
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Have you ever written a letter of recommendation? Do you think they are helpful? Full episode script In February of 2014, the blog NeoAcademic wrote: It is certainly intuitive that someone writing about someone else whom they know well should be able to provide an honest and objective assessment of that person’s capabilities. But despite…

Duration:00:02:23

510: National Language

4/13/2018
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Do you support the creation of an official national language? Full episode script There’s two terms intermixed here that, technically, have two different meanings. National languages are the traditional or generally understood languages that coincide with geographic areas or national groups. Those national groups do not always exactly match geopolitical borders. On the other hand,…

Duration:00:03:03

509: Library Card

4/12/2018
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Do you have a library card? Do you use it? Full episode script Public libraries have long been a part of the fabric of cities, towns, and counties. In 1901, the New York Public Library issued its first library card, and that’s a tradition that continues at nearly every lending library out there. In 2017…

Duration:00:02:02

508: Relationship Sales

4/11/2018
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Have you ever (or would you ever) sell for a “home party” or “relationship marketing” product? Full episode script Though it wasn’t a brand-new idea in the 1950s, the whole idea of people directly selling a product to their friends and family via home parties really took off with Tupperware. Quoting from the Smithsonian Institute’s…

Duration:00:02:31

507: Unsupervised

4/10/2018
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Do you or would you let a kid run around your neighborhood unsupervised? At what age do you think that would be “OK”? Full episode script On May 8, the state of Utah will become the first in the nation to have a quote-unquote free range parenting law on the books. It’s a law that…

Duration:00:02:22

506: Home Investment

4/9/2018
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Would you buy a house? Why or why not? Full episode script In February of 2018, reports said that that 38 percent of all U.S. single-family home purchases in 2017 were made by first-time homebuyers, the biggest share since 2000. Who exactly constitutes those first-time homebuyers is a larger question. Reports from about this time…

Duration:00:02:01

505: Capability

4/6/2018
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What have you been told that you aren’t capable of? Did you do it anyway? Full episode script Our brains are great at taking suggestion. Our brains are even better at paying attention to what we’re told that we can’t or shouldn’t do. As Susan Ford-Collins wrote for the American Management Association, we unconsciously remove…

Duration:00:02:50

504: Drinking Age

4/5/2018
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Do you think the drinking age should be lowered? Raised? Full episode script In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that, quote: On average every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per year. But as less than half the population (38.3%) actually drinks alcohol, this means…

Duration:00:02:13

503: Conflict Avoidance

4/4/2018
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Do you avoid conflict? Do you feel you should? Full episode script Conflict isn’t always fun — but does that mean it’s something we should avoid? Type “conflict avoidance” into Google and you’re likely to find articles such as “7 signs you’re chronically conflict avoidant” and “Conflict avoidance: it doesn’t make the problem go away.”…

Duration:00:02:44

502: Photo Love

4/3/2018
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Do you have any photos of yourself that you love? Is it a selfie or did someone else take it? Full episode script There’s a big problem with photography — and it’s that, usually, people tend to dislike photographs of themselves. No matter how photogenic someone may be, show them a photo that everyone else…

Duration:00:02:02

501: Electric Driving

4/2/2018
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Would you drive an electric / alternative fuel vehicle? Full episode script In 2017, Norway hit two big milestones for alternative fuel vehicles. Specifically, over 40 percent of its registered vehicles were hybrid, electric, or hydrogen-powered — and they announced that they would end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles by 2025. Norway…

Duration:00:02:10

Deep Dive : Inside the Podcast (aka, 500 episodes!)

3/31/2018
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Today’s episode is a little different. No sources cited, no research (ok, at least not directly). This is all of the “Inside Baseball” talk you may or may not have ever wanted, because holy @#(@$# you guys we made it to 500 episodes! You’ll hear from both Andrea and Producer Jeremiah about how this project…

Duration:00:24:05

500: Unions

3/30/2018
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Would you (or have you) ever been a part of a union? Full episode script To start with, there are a number of different types of unions that one could talk about here, but we’re going to talk about one of the most widely-discussed — labor unions. These collective bargaining organizations, quoting from FindLaw: Unions…

Duration:00:03:29

499: One More Year

3/29/2018
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How much would you be willing to pay to live for an additional year? Full episode script When you start digging into discussions of the price and value of life, you’ll likely run to the QALY standard – quality-adjusted life year. Created initially in 1956 by two economists, the system is a mathematical calculation. One…

Duration:00:02:05

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