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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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615: Young Competition

11/16/2018
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What (if anything) did you compete in when you were young? Full episode script This particular episode is going to focus on the United States, just due to a time limitation, but I am very curious how individuals in other cultures experience this. In 2018, Katie Hurley wrote in US News and World Report:…

Duration:00:02:33

614: Luggage

11/15/2018
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How much do you pack for a weekend away? Full episode script When you think about going away for a weekend- down the street or across the globe – what gets packed up to go with you probably varies a lot, but is likely to stick pretty closely to at least the 40 or 50…

Duration:00:02:26

613: Surgery

11/14/2018
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Have you ever had surgery? Full episode script Up until the time effective and reliable anesthetics were discovered around the 1800s surgery existed but definitely was not considered a solution of first resort for, well, just about anything. While researching the history of surgery, what was particularly illustrative, for me, of how surgery was approached…

Duration:00:02:41

612: Living Alone

11/13/2018
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Have you ever lived alone? Full episode script In the 1920s, in America, about 5 percent of people lived alone. By the 1950s, that number had gone up, but only barely. In Canada in the 1950s, about 7 percent of households were occupied by just one person. Today, those numbers have gone up very…

Duration:00:02:36

611: Altruistic Punishment

11/12/2018
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What was the most effective punishment you have given or received? Full episode script When you start researching punishment and negative social interactions, one topic ended up coming up a lot — and it’s one that I hadn’t considered before research. Specifically, cooperation. A not-insignificant amount of the research out there is about larger-scale, social…

Duration:00:03:24

610: Sourced News

11/9/2018
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What’s your main source of news? Full episode script In 1960, the Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting in the UK concluded that, quote: “until there is unmistakable proof to the contrary, the presumption must be that television is and will be a main factor in influencing the values and moral standards of our society.” In…

Duration:00:02:12

609: Office Pets

11/8/2018
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How do you feel about pets in the office? Full episode script As I’m typing the script for this particular episode, I’ve got a cat laying across one one my hands, insisting that I don’t move it more than a few inches. That, however, is because podcast HQ is also known as my personal living…

Duration:00:02:19

608: Friends IRL

11/7/2018
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Do you “friend” people you don’t know offline? Full episode script In my dayjob, I work at a financial institution, and in social media. Combine those two things and it’s not unusual to see a case of someone sending their new quote-unquote friends online way too much money, or their online banking login information. It’s…

Duration:00:02:18

607: Renter’s Insurance

11/6/2018
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Do you or did you take out renter’s insurance? Full episode script When someone owns a home, it’s almost for certain that the owners have insurance on their homes. That insurance will cover not only damage to the home, but to the property within the home, and emergency expenses if emergencies happen. But the…

Duration:00:02:27

606: Uncomfortable

11/5/2018
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How do you excuse yourself from uncomfortable conversations? Full episode script We’ve all had at least one situation where a conversation feels just… uncomfortable. A situation that isn’t fun, feels like things just aren’t quite clicking, or are… to put it simply, awkward. In a May 2012 article in Qualitative Research Psychology, author Joshua Clegg…

Duration:00:02:33

605: Normality

11/2/2018
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When someone describes themselves as “normal”, what do you imagine? Full episode script Normal is one of those things that gets brought up a lot, because it, frankly, it’s something that many people want to be and everyone feels like they can’t achieve. In short, the only “normal” thing is not feeling “normal” at all.…

Duration:00:02:40

604: Petitions

11/1/2018
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Do you sign petitions? Full episode script In the essay, “Federalist No. 49,” James Madison wrote: As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory…

Duration:00:01:59

603: Pet Care

10/31/2018
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If you could safely care for it and provide for its needs, what animal would you have for a pet? Full episode script In 1369, China’s Hongwu Emperor establishes a porcelain company that produces tubs for goldfish. The shape of the modern goldfish bowl evolved from these tubs. This was well over 10,000 years after…

Duration:00:02:06

602: Words Tattooed

10/30/2018
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If you had to get one phrase tattooed on your body, what would it be? Full episode script Way back in episode 108, we talked about the philosophical, psychological, and historical context of tattoos in some societies. While that context is very complicated, and remains complicated for many, it’s significantly more common now to…

Duration:00:01:59

601: Dystopian Villian

10/29/2018
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If you were to write a dystopian story, who would be the villain? Full episode script It’s no secret that dystopian fiction is beyond popular, especially for teens and young adults. Hunger Games, Divergent, The Power, The Road, The Giver, The Maze Runner, and thousands more. It isn’t a new genre – 1984 and Handmaid’s…

Duration:00:02:29

600: Be Brave

9/21/2018
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Is there anything you wish you had been braver about? Full episode script I tried – for a very long time – to find a good working definition of bravery to use for this episode. Instead what I found was one of the most complex interplays of cultural, social, emotional, psychological, and physical acts and…

Duration:00:03:25

599: Datebook

9/20/2018
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Do you keep a written / digital calendar? Full episode script Calendar management. As someone that regularly looks at about eight different calendars when having my family’s weekly scheduling meeting, calendar management is seriously life. Which I’m not alone at. I’ve seen more business coaching and executive coaching and personal development focused pieces of…

Duration:00:01:46

598: Unplug

9/19/2018
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How do you unplug? Full episode script For the last several years, in the first part of March, the National Day of Unplugging comes around, and you’re likely to find a few thousand articles and discussions of how important it is to put your digital devices in a bag that blocks all signals, and quote…

Duration:00:02:30

597: Admiration How-To

9/18/2018
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Do you tell the people that you admire that you do? Why or why not? Full episode script If you go to conventions or are a particularly ardent fan of … well, pretty much anything… you’ve probably heard the horror stories. Celebrities or creators interacting with fans that are… well, fangirling. I’ve done it myself…

Duration:00:02:12

596: Kindness Priming

9/17/2018
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What’s the last random kind thing someone did for you? Full episode script Kindness isn’t a new topic on this show – we’ve talked about even random acts of kindness specifically in episodes 409 and 559. What we didn’t cover in those episodes, though, and what I find a very intriguing effect – is one…

Duration:00:02:27