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A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.

A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.
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A weekly podcast devoted to solving the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. Crack Talk is a weekly podcast devoted to looking at life's seemingly little issues that tend to wreak so much havoc. We look at topics such as relationships, leadership, anxiety, mindfulness, empathy, religion, conversation, and anything else that fits within the psychology of everyday life. Join us each week as we feature special guests, special topics, and special insights as we tackle the problems of the world, one conversation at a time. We keep it clean, fun, informal, and frequently nerdy.

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Episodes

Want to Play a Game

10/15/2018
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Not much to say in this one. We're not gonna get deep at all, we're just gonna have some fun. We want you to play along. If you can beat Jack in a good ol' fashioned game of trivia (please play honorably), we'll send you your very own Crack Talk Juice Box! You just need to tweet out your scores (and opinions) or share it on our Facebook page (https://cracktalk.us for all the links). Let's do this thing!

Duration:00:49:23

The Rest of the Story

10/12/2018
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This HEROIC thing is certainly taking on a life of its own. It just gets deeper and deeper the more we look at it. We have discovered how all the pieces intersect and enhance one another. We have found how they all exist in and because of social connections. More importantly, we recently noticed that each of the six components have a much-needed, and anxiety-producing component of VULNERABILITY. That word just conjures up so much ickiness in our lives, doesn't it? Makes us envision big,...

Duration:00:33:19

Teeter Totter

10/10/2018
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We DESIRE to be with other people. You may think you are an introvert, or a homebody, or even 'anti-social', but the truth is, we do have a fundamental NEED to interact with others. We thrive on it. We grow from it. We learn by it. Why else do you think Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, and the rest of the social media gamut are so popular? Because we CRAVE it. This isn't a failure on our society or within our culture; it is part of our neurological, psychological, physiological, and spiritual...

Duration:00:30:59

The Lincoln Tunnel

10/8/2018
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It's like all these topics seem to regurgitate one another! Or, does it mean they are more connected than we realize? We believe it is the latter. There is no simple path through life, no easy one-liner from Facebook, no perfect human being that can truly understand or demonstrate the best way to 'be'. What we're talking about here is the age old problem of letting our biases, preconceptions, and misconceptions dictate our behaviors, and subsequently our interactions with others. Our selfish...

Duration:01:08:11

Who Do You Love

10/3/2018
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Fundamental attribution error is something you've heard us talk about many times, but we've never really dug into it. Tonight, in the second of a two-part Jack solo, we learn more about how it functions, how it impacts us, and how we can better deal with it when we are faced with it. There really isn't any beneficial purpose in contributing or engaging in fundamental attribution (which, if you haven't joined us, means you attribute certain qualities to a person based off of certain...

Duration:00:36:14

The Full Monty

10/1/2018
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Well this is one for the books! Jack keeps us entertained today with his thoughts and opinions on the current state of our society and the need to be more open with our feelings. We don't mean, let's all share our feelings and hug, or something. What we mean, is start doing something about things that drives your passion. Take our beloved friend, Honest Abe. He grew up in Kentucky and was exposed first-hand to the impact slavery had on local economies, but it wasn't until he saw slaves being...

Duration:00:38:03

Artificial Intelligence

9/28/2018
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As Murray Goldberg likes to say, 'No telephone! No Atari! No robits!' Today, we're talking about artificial intelligence but not as they relate to robits and machines, but more about the artificial intelligence we ascribe to other people. If we spent more time understanding ourselves than we did idolizing superficial acts of others, it is highly probable we would feel a lot better about our current states and real progress towards our hopes and dreams. This is exactly what set Abraham...

Duration:00:36:49

Sex Lies and Videotape

9/24/2018
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Today, Jack tackles the issues of sex and gender and how our society and our biology conflict with one another. He will break down how we tend to create norms (i.e. stereotypes in this particular case) that cause many of the problems we see today. He will help us to see past these 'norms' and understand the person underneath. This serves a nice little break from all our leadership talk, so just sit tight for a few more days and we will be back on that hayride! As Jack says, nothing better...

Duration:00:32:41

Be HEROIC

9/21/2018
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Be HEROIC. There is so muched packed into such a little word. Of course, being an acronym it is obviously loaded, but think about that word 'heroic' for a moment. Does it instill a sense of awe and amazement? Does it make you think of Superman, Batman, and Captain Marvel? What if we told you that deep inside each and everyone of us, beats the heart of a hero? We are not saying to run into burning buildings, dodge bullets, or eat veggie burgers, but we are saying that the potential to make a...

Duration:00:31:36

Sit Ubu Sit

9/19/2018
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So what attribute would you define as being found in a good leader? There are many, and we don't want to poison the well, but seriously, take a few minutes and think about those qualities or traits you see in leaders you deem 'good.' Any by 'good' we really mean effective. Good implies morality, and as we discussed in the last episode, morality does not necessarily correlate with leadership. In this episode, we stumble onto a million-dollar idea and one that will probably lead to many more...

Duration:00:34:40

Feed the Wolf

9/17/2018
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In all this talk about leadership, we have overlooked one key figure in our history who may have a significant contribution, at least from a standpoint of who we acknowledge as effective leaders. Yes, we're talking about Adolf Hitler and whether or not he was an effective leader. Notice we didn't say 'good' or 'bad' because those mean and imply morals, which Hitler was without (at least from our perpsective; he did in fact believe he was acting morally in line with HIS standard of morality)....

Duration:00:28:06

Kiss My Grits

9/14/2018
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Well, life has hit and Jack is out this episode as he spends time focusing on school and work (and school-work), so Tobey will keep the conversation going. We do wish safe travels and hunkering down(??) to all of our east coast friends in light of the hurricane. In this episode, Tobey will dive into some issues with using Lincoln, and many others, who are often referred to as 'great' leaders we should emulate or something. The problem is, we are not THEM, in THEIR time, going through THEIR...

Duration:00:31:39

Superficial Aggregation

9/10/2018
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Abraham Lincoln, along with many others, was a great leader. But by what definition? Was he great because of himself, or because of society? Did he make himself great or was greatness thrust upon him? Today we look at the ever-increasing phenomenon of 'superficial aggregation,' or mkaing something out of nothing. What we mean is, Abraham Lincoln is often cast as one of the great leaders in human history. Scores of books, articles, societies, and the like have tried to push the agenda of his...

Duration:00:33:54

It Takes All Types

9/6/2018
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (commonly seen as 'MBTI') is one of the greatest scams of our generation. Built on the work of Carl Jung, the mother-daughter pair of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers in an effort to simpliply and COMPARTMENTALIZE (EEK!!!) people. Despite their best intentions, that is the inevitable pitfall of this test. Not to mention it is not consistent (reliable, in psycho-speak), let alone misleading. We spend today's episode debunking this popular tool...

Duration:00:42:51

Toil and Trouble

9/3/2018
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How often do you question the 'brilliance' behind 'great leaders'? How many 'quotes' can we use in a single 'show'? Is it possible these 'great leaders' are more a (by)product of time and place (i.e. culture and environment) rather than of inherent skill or ability? We've always said those 'leaders' who found themselves in those positions obviously knew what to do in thsoe situations, but the truth is, had anyone taken Bill Gates' place at that fateful meeting with IBM execs, would Microsoft...

Duration:00:37:22

Better Look Twice

8/30/2018
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Leadership is such a vast area of learning with much left to study, and we are only scratching the surface. There are so many misconceptions and false perceptions about what leadership is, what makes leaders great, and most importantly, how to achieve. Books number in the tens of thousands on how to be a 'great' leader and the truth of it is, it may be one of those topics that can never be fully qualified. MANY theories exist trying to quantify and qualify leadership; Thousands upon...

Duration:00:37:46

Kicking It Off

8/27/2018
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First it was guns. Then it was 'regert.' Now, it's A First-Rate Madness. Sometimes we just land on a topic that is so good, it bears repeating many times in many episodes. For our season opener, we wanted to spend some time giving you an idea of what to expect in season 5, but instead we seemed to have veered somewhat in movie discussion, social challenges, and of course, A First-Rate Madness. There is so much awesome packed into that book, that it is hard to stop talking about. Howver, we...

Duration:00:39:24

Final Thoughts

8/23/2018
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We wanted to say a few final things on Dr. Covey's 7 Habits that we didn't get to on the last episode, and of course, we had to talk about A First-Rate Madness a little more. We have some great topics in mind for season 5 and speaking of season 5, we are so very thankful for each and every one of you who listen and have stuck with us either from the beginning of the podcast, or even the beginning of the week. We are having a ton of fun with this and hope you are too. We are anxious to hear...

Duration:00:27:54

This Is It

8/20/2018
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As per the usual, we veered a little on this one. So you may have heard us discuss 'A First-Rate Madness' by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi on the last episode, and since Jack went out and bought it, we just HAD to discuss it this episode. Don't worry, we still cover Dr. Covey's seventh habit, 'Sharpen The Saw' and all its chewy goodness, however, we did have to talk about Dr. Ghaemi's book for a but because it is just that darn good! There is much crossover between the two, believe it or not, and there...

Duration:00:35:48

It Means Working Together

8/16/2018
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Well, despite our rant regarding Dr. Covey's reference to Sir Winston Churchill somehow being relevant to the topic of synergy (spoiler alert...it isn't), the point of synergy is WORKING TOGETHER. It naturally feeds off of habits 4 and 5, 'Think Win-Win' and 'Seek First to Understand', synergey is about putting the plans and ideas created in those two habits into action. It is not just collaboration, although it kind of is, syngery is about mutually beneficial goals, almost dependent (where...

Duration:00:47:15