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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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535: TV Love

6/15/2018
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What’s your favorite TV show? Why? Full episode script In April of 2013, Ian Leslie wrote in the Financial Times, quote: We used to complain that there was never anything good on TV. Now we complain about the opposite. Spoilt for choice as we may be, we should not forget to be astonished that an…

Duration:00:02:47

534: Investments

6/14/2018
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What’s the best investment you’ve ever made, emotionally, financially, socially, etc? Full episode script Judging the value of investments – even if they don’t involve cash – can be notoriously difficult. There’s all kind of logical fallacies that can get in the way, not to mention measuring the value of an emotional investment is, by…

Duration:00:02:29

533: Rated R

6/13/2018
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What was the first R rated (or otherwise “adult”) film you remember seeing? Full episode script In 1894, one of the very first moving pictures recorded, of a Spanish dancer, was banned in some areas because of the perceived adult themes it contained. Things didn’t get much better for a while. Between 1915 and 1952,…

Duration:00:02:13

532: Cuddling

6/12/2018
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Do you or would you cuddle while you sleep? Full episode script According to a recent clickbait article I was tricked into reading, my relationships are doomed because we don’t cuddle one another within an inch of our lives every moment of the night. Ok, that’s probably a bit overstated. But there’s definitely a theme…

Duration:00:01:49

531: Age Gap

6/11/2018
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What do you consider too big of an age gap for a romantic relationship? Full episode script Max O’Rell’s Her Royal Highness Woman, a book from 1901, gives a rule about the age of marriage in a way that will likely sound familiar to many, minus one big detail. Quote “A man should marry a…

Duration:00:02:28

530: Extraordinary measures

6/8/2018
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If given the choice, would you like extraordinary medical measures taken to save your life? Full episode script In 2014, a study called Do Unto Others: Doctors’ Personal End-of-Life Resuscitation Preferences and Their Attitudes toward Advance Directives was published. The study compared two surveys — one from 1989 and one from 2013 to determine if…

Duration:00:03:47

529: Celebration

6/7/2018
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What’s your favorite holiday to celebrate? Why? Full episode script So back in episode 480, we talked about how decorating for the holidays tends to – quote – communicate a more friendly outward appearance. In other words, it’s probably good for your neighborhood. But – that ignored one very important question. What holiday? The choice…

Duration:00:03:04

528: DIY

6/6/2018
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Do you consider yourself a “do it yourself-er”? Full episode script Going the do-it-yourself route — for everything from weddings to home repair — is being referred to by some industry groups as the “Pinterest-it-yourself” trend. But is this view of Pinterest-driven crafty projects the reality of those who choose to do it yourself? Probably…

Duration:00:02:30

527: Doodling

6/5/2018
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Do you doodle? Full episode script Possibly because of its popularity in college classrooms and meetings, or possibly just because of the fact that it seems to be a fairly universal experience — there’s a lot of research around doodling. Doodles have been found pretty much anywhere that humans have some kind of writing stick…

Duration:00:02:15

526: Is it over?

6/4/2018
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When do you consider a relationship “over”? Full episode script There’s an official term in research for that couple you know (or perhaps have been a part of) that keeps breaking up and getting back together and breaking up again. These “cyclical relationships” account for 40 percent or more of college relationships according to one…

Duration:00:02:31

Replay: What Is Art?

5/14/2018
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It’s been a very rough few weeks – there’s been some major family medical issues and more. So let’s replay one of my favorite deep dive episodes – the one with Jennifer Dasal of the ArtCurious podcast. We’ll be back in a few weeks, as soon as everyone is healed up and feeling better.

Duration:00:14:59

525: Retirement Savings

5/4/2018
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Are you saving for retirement? Full episode script While retirement isn’t exactly a *new* idea in the world, the opportunity for everyone to retire isn’t exactly an old idea, either. There’s historical evidence that the Roman Emperor Augustus started paying pensions to Legionnaires who had served 20 years. Similar troop pensions were paid out after…

Duration:00:03:35

524: Not What I Do

5/3/2018
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What has worked out in your life that you would still not recommend someone else do — your “do what I say, not what I do”? Full episode script It’s a phrase that, conservatively, has been around since the time of the New Testament Bible — which means it was probably in use long before…

Duration:00:02:48

523: Vaccination

5/2/2018
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Do you or would you fully vaccinate your kids? Full episode script In 2010, the CDC reported that 40 percent of American parents with young children have delayed or refused one or more vaccines for their child. And in both the United States and across the world, this rise in unvaccinated people is having a…

Duration:00:03:42

522: Who Owns Your Money

5/1/2018
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Do you use a bank or a credit union? Why? Full episode script According to the World Bank, Globally, 69 percent of adults have an account, up from 62 percent in 2014 and 51 percent in 2011. Women make up just over half (55%) of unbanked people worldwide. While there’s a LOT of data that…

Duration:00:02:24

521: Making Fun

4/30/2018
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What did you get made fun of for growing up? How has that impacted you now? Full episode script In February of 2017, the official journal of the World Psychiatric Association published an article that collated the results of three longitudinal studies in three different countries that looked at the results of childhood bullying. That…

Duration:00:02:39

520: 10 Year Importance

4/27/2018
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10 years ago, what was the most important thing in your life? Full episode script As humans, generally, we are not always great at defining what will be the most important to us in the future. After all, we tend to guess that things will turn out in a way that is more favorable to…

Duration:00:03:05

519: Dieting

4/26/2018
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Have you ever gone on a diet? Full episode script Body size and it’s supposed connection to health isn’t a new thing in the world, but it has been a particular obsession in the Western World for the last hundred years or so. Quoting extensively from a Slate article by Harriet Brown: Weight inched its…

Duration:00:03:26

518: Trollish

4/25/2018
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25Have you ever been trolled or threatened online? Full episode script In July of 2017, the Pew Research Center took a close look at online abuse. They found that, quote: 41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online, and 66% have witnessed these behaviors directed at others. In some cases, these experiences…

Duration:00:03:03

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