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A Thousand Things to Talk About

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Questions to spark conversations. 2-3 minutes every weekday and the occasional weekend deep dive.

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716: Squee

May 6th, 2019


The lexicon available to us to express delight, excitement, joy, or any number of other emotions, doesn’t always feel quite adequate, at least in …

715: Binge Watch

May 3rd, 2019


The McMillian Dictionary Blog wrote, quote:

The word ‘binge’ first appeared in English in the mid-1800s to mean ‘to soak’. Around the time of World War I, the term ‘binge’ was used to refer to eating or drinking in …

714: Emergency Prep

May 2nd, 2019


There’s probably about a thousand different angles one could take on personal emergency preparedness — and the short version is, not nearly enough …

713: Clean Your Plate

May 1st, 2019


I’ll give fair warning here — if you have any kind of a fraught relationship with food, then following up on any of the research mentioned in …

712: Faith

April 30th, 2019


It wasn’t too very long ago that we talked about those who report themselves as having no religion, and the worldwide trends that play into that conversation.

One thing we didn’t talk about, however, was faith. Not …

711: Too Hard On Yourself

April 29th, 2019


In 2013, two researchers published in the Journal of Psychology integration a review of the research and discussion of the phenomena of …

710: Leadership

April 26th, 2019


Leadership is one of those topics that seems to come up time and time again. Back in episode 486, we examined what it means to be a supervisor, and the fact that only one-third or so of people aspire to any kind of …

709: Allergic

April 25th, 2019


There’s a variety of things that could be called “allergies,” and often are called allergies by those who experience reactions to various types of …

708: Long Nights

April 24th, 2019


The circadian rhythms that govern how we sleep are impacted by many of the things that around us, the things that we experience, and the environment that we live in. That environment includes the light and dark cycles …

707: Luxury

April 23rd, 2019


Self-care is a whole lot more than a throwaway phrase… or a multi-billion dollar industry.

As NPR put it in 2017, quote:

Self-care existed …

706: Personal Style

April 22nd, 2019


Though the phrase “style switching” is generally used to refer to how someone chooses and then alters their words, phrasing, and cadence of speech, …

705: Religious

April 12th, 2019


As with many things related to how we define ourselves, the religious traditions we grew up in and around have a big impact on the religious choices …

704: Organized Activity

April 11th, 2019


There’s almost no debate, though there is research aplenty: extracurricular or organized activities tend to be a net benefit to kids. From learning …

703: Avoiding

April 10th, 2019


Avoidance – actively running away from or mentally staying away from something that’s in our world – is a lot more than just doing dishes and cleaning the bathroom to ot do our taxes. Avoidance is a recognized in …

702: Yay Failure

April 9th, 2019


Today’s question: What “failure” in your life has turned out well?

There are millions of ways to fail, and only one to succeed.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable

701: Favorite TV

April 8th, 2019


Today’s question: What was your favorite tv show growing up?

The 80s and 90s are haunting us. Everything from the comic books that kids of those years read to the TV shows that hundreds of thousands of people …

700: Never With Co-Workers

April 5th, 2019


Not entirely surprisingly, most of the research about what you should and shouldn’t talk about work is done mostly by companies that want to do some …

699: Weather Memory

April 4th, 2019


As something that everyone experiences and most people are comfortable talking about to some level, weather is one of those things that lives easily …

698: On-Screen

April 3rd, 2019


In February of this year, there was a big spike of search volume for 1 in 4 blank have appeared on TV. Turns out that was a clue on a crossword, and …

697: Future Vision

April 2nd, 2019


In general, humans tend to be terrible at thinking about the future. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but it certainly has an impact. Why is this? …

696: Semi-Sweet

April 1st, 2019


In 1897, a researcher who was looking for additional uses for coal tar derivatives tasted something sweet on his hands, and in an example of the most brave type of science, he tasted everything in his lab to figure out …

Producer Takeover

March 25th, 2019


Jeremiah grabs the mic.

695: Freak

March 22nd, 2019


To streak or fleck randomly, or perhaps a brave Scottish man, or maybe imprudent. Whatever linguistic base you choose to look at, the word freak has had a surprisingly similar usage for the last 500 years or so. Then …

694: Generational Stereotype

March 21st, 2019


Technically, I’m an older millennial. In many ways, one could argue that I’m the stereotypical millennial – I work a job in social media job, I’ve …

693: Friendship Age

March 20th, 2019


The friends that you have around you have a big impact on your life. Research tells us that our friends can do everything from impact our health choices to the level of happiness we express.. Or even how long we may …

692: Single Issue Voter

March 19th, 2019


No matter what kind of democratic or vote-based governmental system you happen to be a part of, if you have the right to and access to voting and choose to vote, there’s something that leads to you voting for who you …

691: Good Service

March 18th, 2019


No matter what kind of business you’re in, usually being in a business means relying on customers actually being willing to pay for whatever it is …

690: Official Teacher

March 15th, 2019


Learning is a lifelong process, and that means in many ways so is teaching. While many or most of us have the experience of interacting with …

689: Competitive Nature

March 14th, 2019


Very recently — as in just a few weeks as in episode 674, we talked about the meta-analysis of studies finding that there was zero relationship between competition and performance. And almost immediately, I heard from …

688: Comeback Culture

March 13th, 2019


A while ago, I went to an event that had 1970s disco as the theme. Among all of the full-body jumpsuits, sequins, white athleisure wear, and glitter …

687: Surprising

March 12th, 2019


In 2015, a new book hit the market that explored something truly surprising — surprise itself. Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the …

686: Place to Live

March 11th, 2019


If you’re lucky enough to have a choice of where you may live, then it’s a choice that could have a big impact on the life that you live from that …

685: Creative

March 8th, 2019


For such a popular and often-discussed topic, creativity sure can be tough to define. After all, part of the joy of creativity is that it really …

684: Useful study

March 7th, 2019


The value of a college degree — or a path of long-term intense study, no matter what the topic — is one of those things that is consistently and …

683: Interest Rates

March 6th, 2019


In central banks around the world, setting and adjusting interest rates serves as one of the primary methods of impacting how money flows around their economies. Those interest rates don’t directly impact the interest …

682: Reviewed

March 5th, 2019


The internet runs on reviews, and many of our actions these days do too, even if we don’t realize it. For example, RevLocal found in a 2018 survey that 42% of people simply will not use a business with less than a …

681: Incarcerated

March 4th, 2019


Incarceration, as a practice, tends to be one that is intended to separate individuals entirely from the social and personal bonds that create communities. The experience of that separation has a very big impact on the …

Archive: 216

March 1st, 2019


If you want encouragement on not giving up, you can find it just about anywhere. Elbert Hubbard is often quoted for saying “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” while self help books far and wide have some …

Archive: 519

February 28th, 2019

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 …

Archive: 450

February 27th, 2019

Have you ever met someone with your same first and last name? Full episode script

In a 2012 story for NPR, Alan Greenblatt talked to …

Archive: 384

February 26th, 2019


Back around 2003 in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (of all agencies) started tracking statistics about cell phones and landline …

Archive: 469

February 25th, 2019


It was exactly 1 year ago, to the day, that I caught a cold. So it’s particularly amusing in some ways that once again, I’ve got a cold bad enough …

680: Outdoor Access

February 22nd, 2019


Do you work or spend your days somewhere that you don’t have a window or access to the outdoors? A 2011 study out of Norway tells us that you’re five times more likely to bring in plants or photographs of the outdoors …

679: Career Choice

February 21st, 2019


For my high school graduation, one of my aunts gave me a book published in the 1920s – How to Choose a Career Path.

While it’s tempting to …

678: Sports fan

February 20th, 2019


Sports are one of those things that can be incredibly polarizing — before you even talk about what kind of sport, what kind of team, or the referees …

677: Monthly personal goals

February 19th, 2019


Try as I might, I have not been able to find a good history of or even “we were there first” claim for the idea of 30 day challenges.

What I have found, however, is literally thousands of options for what kind of …

676: A year ago

February 18th, 2019


Perspective and memory are interesting things. Our memories of the past are shaped and re-shaped by a nearly infinite number of factors that all interact in ways we only somewhat understand. Combine that with questions …

675: Grocery Shopping

February 15th, 2019


Grocery shopping is a task that both is reflective of the current norms of a culture — and can impact that same culture. It’s a combination of the …

674: Competition

February 14th, 2019


In 2012, researchers published in the Psychological Bulletin took a look at prior research and new research that asked i competition had any impact …

673: Health Tracking

February 13th, 2019


Back in episode 206, we talked about measuring health, specifically through self-tracking apps and measurements. To quote partially from that episode:

The numbers those devices measure – number of steps, calories in …

672: Tragic Dates

February 12th, 2019


Tragedy and trauma are pretty much a universal. Nearly everyone has something in their life that is painful or difficult to remember or process. It …

671: Uncomfortable

February 11th, 2019


Uneasy, awkward, disquieting… while there are plenty of definitions and synonyms for “uncomfortable” there isn’t really a hard line of what’s …

670: Parade

February 8th, 2019


In one form or fashion, many people have likely been a part of a parade of some kind. Then again, that really depends on how you define “parade” — because there are many types. Quoting from Merriam-Webster’s breakdown …

669: Classy

February 7th, 2019


Sometime between 2006 and 2011, an idea started to filter up through the morass of information that was and is the internet — offering online …

668: 10 minutes

February 6th, 2019


Alarm clocks, as we’ve talked about before, are a fairly new invention. In the 1950s, a new invention was layered upon the (by then, fairly standardized) system of mechanical alarm clocks — a snooze button. The way the …

667: Communities

February 5th, 2019


Community is important, both sociologically and in our collective psyche. According to Google’s nGram viewer, use of the word community in books has …

666: Millennial

February 4th, 2019


Ok, first, let’s all agree that there was likely a collective groan at the mere mention of the world Millennial. The Pew Research Center defines …

665: Spend more

February 1st, 2019


Is there anything more stressful than the worry that a decision you’ve made may have been the wrong one, without ever really knowing for sure? …

664: Comfort Reading

January 31st, 2019



Your favourite books are like irresistible […] your first loves – we are fated to return to them, even though we know they can never change, they’ll always be just as they were. […] just like those shadowy …

663: Credit Score

January 30th, 2019


Big personal disclosure time. In my adult life, I’ve been literally through the full range of credit scores, as measured in the United States. I’ve …

662: Recess

January 29th, 2019


Look up the research on recess – as in times of unstructured, often outdoor, play for kids, and it’s all pretty darn clear. Recess helps improve test scores. Recess helps improve physical fitness. Recess creates kids …

661: Counter-culture

January 28th, 2019



”People really could imagine a different way for society to be organized,” said Gustin Reichbach, 56, who marched with Students for a …

660: Single Moment

January 25th, 2019


Human memory is not logical. It is not linear. And it is not perfect. What human memory is, however, is very flexible. Which, let’s be honest, can sometimes be kind of frustrating. When it comes to remembering the …

659: Natural Disaster

January 24th, 2019


The year 2000 could, arguably, have been considered a disaster. At least, depending on how you want to define things. If you follow the definition …

658: Holiday Calendar

January 23rd, 2019


There’s a hierarchy of holidays when it comes to what is on the calendar. There’s so-called official holidays, which are usually proclaimed by …

657: First Online Account

January 22nd, 2019


In 1998, the United States Congress passed a law called the Child Online Protection Act – COPA. That law required that if any service online had a user under the age of 13, they had to get “verified parental consent” — …

656: Finding Online

January 21st, 2019


One of my favorite things to do is take a look at the original numbers behind research, to see exactly how accurate the interpretations printed with …

655: Money on Yourself

January 18th, 2019


Financial advisor Dani Pascarella, in 2018, wrote in Forbes magazine:

When I ask people how spending money makes them feel, so many of them respond, “Guilty.”

Ooof. Talk about a gut check. More often than not, …

654: Political Correctness

January 17th, 2019


The first time the phrase “politically correct” appears in any significant way in the United States is 1793, when Chief Justice John Marshall and …

653: Thinking Meditation

January 16th, 2019


Meditation is a skill and a practice that is being taught in schools around the country, in yoga classes and mindfulness classes, in apps and blogs… …

652: Multilingual

January 15th, 2019


Back in episode 300, we discussed some of the details of the difficulty of measuring how many people around the world are actually bilingual or …

651: Professional

January 14th, 2019


One of the most meta things I have experienced in a long time was, when researching professional licensing, visiting the pages explaining how one …

650: Lawns

January 11th, 2019


In Medieval France and Britain, an important security feature for any castle – almost more important than a moat or strong stone wall – was a …

649: Wardrobe

January 10th, 2019


There are few discussions that get as much debate, as many gallons of virtual ink spilled in fashion and lifestyle publications as the idea of paring down your wardrobe and/or purchasing quote-unquote investment …

648: New Week

January 9th, 2019


In Gretchen Ruben’s 2015 book Better than Before, about trying to break and make new habits of her own, she muses that, quote:

Habits speed time, …

647: Adoption Screening

January 8th, 2019


When you approach the world of animal adoptions, there’s a refrain you’re likely to hear time and time again — “adopt, don’t shop.” Adoption from shelters and rescues is often seen as the quote-unquote “better” option.

646: Sunscreen

January 7th, 2019


Aside from actually covering one’s skin with clothing, attempts to prevent sunburns have included just about anything and everything under the sun (pun not intended). Some ancient recipes may have included things like …

645: Doing Taxes

January 4th, 2019


There are listeners in dozens of countries who are probably wondering why this is even a topic. After all, from Sweden to The Netherlands, New Zealand to Japan, paying your taxes is as simple as logging in to a system …

644: Gaming

January 3rd, 2019


Ever tried to define what counts as a “game,” especially when discussing video games? If you haven’t, welcome to a world of complicated and …

643: Boasting

January 2nd, 2019


Ok, if you’re not someone who reads the Bible on a regular basis, “boast” may not be a word that you see or read all that often. Brag or pride tend …

642: Repair v Replace

January 1st, 2019


In 2014, Consumer Reports wrote, quote:

The repair rates of most products in our latest survey are similar to what we found when we conducted the survey in 2010. Some products are breaking less often. Laptops had a …

641: Pet In Your Bed

December 31st, 2018


In the United States, surveys and studies by a number of sources report that between 45 and 56 percent of pet owners share their bed with their pets. One survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association

Holiday Replay: How to Celebrate

December 28th, 2018


This week we’re re-visiting five episodes related to the season. As we look forward to the new year, let’s take a look at how – and what – you celebrate.

See the original episode sources and scripts.

Holiday Replay: Holiday Decor

December 27th, 2018


This week we’re re-visiting five episodes that are particularly relevant to the season. Today, we’re taking a look at the decorations that most …

Holiday Replay: What to Celebrate

December 26th, 2018


This week we’re re-visiting five episodes about the season. Today we’re talking about which holidays we choose to celebrate.

See the original …

Holiday Replay: Family Traditions

December 25th, 2018


This week, we’re re-examining five episodes that are particularity related to the holiday season.

Today, we’re talking about family traditions.

Holiday Replay: White Elephants

December 24th, 2018


This holiday season, we’re re-releasing five episodes that are particularly well-suited to the season.

Today, we’re talking white elephant …

640: Young Brains

December 21st, 2018


Around 2004, the American Psychological Association founded a working group to take a look a the use of psychoactive medications for children. Their …

639: Sexy Words

December 20th, 2018


Words and language have power. Serious power. That pretty much goes without saying, but the magic power that words have is, more and more often, being proven in scientific research.

In 2012, research took a look at …

638: Party Vote

December 19th, 2018


In the United States, as well as several other representational democracies, being registered as a party voter comes with some certain perks, even though it’s not required.

Primary elections, the elections that …

637: Documentary

December 18th, 2018


Technically, the very first films created could be considered documentaries. In 1878, when Horse in Motion, the first piece of work that could be …

636: Decor

December 17th, 2018

How often do you change decor?

On December 1, 1994 HGTV went on the air. So it’s not really a surprise that by 2012, the Globe and Mail published an article with examining the obsession with changing decor. Quote:

635: Grades

December 14th, 2018

What do you think grades in school are a good indicator of? Full episode script

The whole idea of providing standardized letter grades for academic …

634: Purpose

December 13th, 2018

Do you feel like you know your purpose in life? Full episode script

Purpose. It’s such a funny thing. Study after study will tell us that purpose – …

633: Family Politics

December 12th, 2018

Do you talk politics with your family? Full episode script

It’s the holiday season, and that’s a season that almost always means there are decisions …

632: Helmets

December 11th, 2018

Do you think helmet and seatbelt laws should be implemented / enforced? Full episode script

The research is clear — helmet laws and seatbelt laws

631: Older

December 10th, 2018

What do you consider old? Full episode script

This is probably going to come as a shock, but, quote:

The gap in years between actual age and “felt …

630: Projects

December 7th, 2018

What project are you working on? Full episode script

Before I was in the corporate world, project was a word that I often threw around to describe …

629: Artist

December 6th, 2018

What art or artist are you excited about right now? Full episode script

Art – in just about every form – can be particularly powerful. Not only as …

628: Most Creative

December 5th, 2018

Where are you at your most creative? Full episode script

Creativity and inspiration can feel very much like magic, even to those that are creatively …

627: Travel Methods

December 4th, 2018

What’s your preferred method of travel? Full episode script

There are plenty of people around the world that do not travel more than a few miles …

626: Retiring

December 3rd, 2018

Do you plan on retiring? Full episode script

There’s a few assumptions about old age and working that are built in to the idea of retirement – and …

625: Rebellion

November 30th, 2018

What was the most rebellious thing you have done (that you’re willing to admit to)? Full episode script

Rebellion is such an interesting and …

624: Unlocked

November 29th, 2018

Do you (or would you / have you) purposefully leave your keys in an unlocked car? Full episode script

If you’re old and nerdy enough, you likely at …

623: Book Money

November 28th, 2018

How much are you willing to pay for a book? Full episode script

Depending on which article you read, publishing is an industry that is either dying …

622: Lunch Break

November 27th, 2018

Do you take a lunch break? Full episode script

Food and mealtimes are nearly always very indicative of cultural attitudes and norms, and in some …

621: Hot or Cold

November 26th, 2018

Do you prefer heat or cold? Why? Full episode script

Without question, study after study, weather impacts human behavior. From the very …

620: Cry

November 23rd, 2018

When do you cry? Full episode script

According to a 2002 study published in the journal Cognition and Emotion, female-identified individuals cry an …

619: Superstitious

November 22nd, 2018

Are you superstitious? About what? Full episode script

Superstitions are not a purely human phenomena. Almost surprisingly, it’s one of the things …

618: Divorce

November 21st, 2018

What experience(s) have you had with divorce? Full episode script

It’s a fairly commonly stated piece of “conventional wisdom” that in the United …

617: Allowance

November 20th, 2018

Did you get an allowance as a kid? If so, how much? Full episode script

In America, sometime between the 1890s and 1920s, the idea of giving …

616: Mentorship

November 19th, 2018

Have you ever had a mentor? What do you remember most about the experience? Full episode script

Etymology is usually an interesting insight into the …

615: Young Competition

November 16th, 2018

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 …

614: Luggage

November 15th, 2018

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 – …

613: Surgery

November 14th, 2018

Have you ever had surgery? Full episode script

Up until the time effective and reliable anesthetics were discovered around the 1800s surgery existed …

612: Living Alone

November 13th, 2018

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 …

611: Altruistic Punishment

November 12th, 2018

What was the most effective punishment you have given or received? Full episode script

When you start researching punishment and negative social …

610: Sourced News

November 9th, 2018

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 …

609: Office Pets

November 8th, 2018

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 …

608: Friends IRL

November 7th, 2018

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 …

607: Renter’s Insurance

November 6th, 2018

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 …

606: Uncomfortable

November 5th, 2018

How do you excuse yourself from uncomfortable conversations? Full episode script

We’ve all had at least one situation where a conversation feels …

605: Normality

November 2nd, 2018

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, …

604: Petitions

November 1st, 2018

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 …

603: Pet Care

October 31st, 2018

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

602: Words Tattooed

October 30th, 2018

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 …

601: Dystopian Villian

October 29th, 2018

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, …

600: Be Brave

September 21st, 2018

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 …

599: Datebook

September 20th, 2018

Do you keep a written / digital calendar? Full episode script

Calendar management. As someone that regularly looks at about eight different …

598: Unplug

September 19th, 2018

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 …

597: Admiration How-To

September 18th, 2018

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 …

596: Kindness Priming

September 17th, 2018

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 …

595: Ghosts

September 14th, 2018

Have you ever seen / interacted with what you believe was a ghost or other unseen entity? Full episode script

It’s not quite October, but that …

594: Student Loans

September 13th, 2018

Do you have student loans? If given the chance, would you take them out again? Full episode script

Pretty universally in the United States, say …

593: Let’s Read

September 12th, 2018

What book(s) are you looking forward to reading? Full episode script

Way back in Episode 70, I included a quote from the National Council of …

592: Reboot

September 11th, 2018

What movie do you really want to see a remake / reboot of? Full episode script

In May of 2017, Michael Rothman wrote for ABC News, quote:

Are there …

591: Motivation

September 10th, 2018

What motivates you? Full episode script

Motivation science – or at least the study of motivation – has changed pretty significantly in the last few …

590: Principal

September 7th, 2018

Have you ever been called into the principal’s office? Full episode script

“In American public schools, the principal is the most complex and …

589: Civic Involvement

September 6th, 2018

What was the first civic or political issue you got involved with? Full episode script

In 2016 in the United States, according to the Center for …

588: Recognition

September 5th, 2018

How do you prefer to be recognized for good work? Full episode script

Praise by name, criticize by category — at least, that’s what Warren Buffett …

587: First Cooking

September 4th, 2018

What was the first thing you learned to cook? Full episode script

Ok, right off the bat today I’m going to admit that I’m biased here, to put it …

586: New Skills

September 3rd, 2018

What new skill are you learning? Full episode script

If you’re a fan of Malcom Gladwell — and perhaps if you’ve never directly heard of him at all – …

585: Stupid Jokes

August 31st, 2018

What’s the best stupid joke you know? Full episode script

A neutron walks into a bar and asks for a beer. The bartender says, for you, no charge!


584: Recurring Dreams

August 30th, 2018

Do you have recurring dreams? Full episode script

Dreams are properly and completely fascinating — not just because there’s multiple theories about …

583: Written Thanks

August 29th, 2018

Do you send thank-you cards or notes? Full episode script

From Jimmy Fallon to advice columns across the ages. From little kids being told to tell …

582: Star Kids

August 28th, 2018

How old were you when you first saw Star Wars? Full episode script

In the book The Princess Diarist, actress Carrie Fisher wrote extensively about …

580: Second Favorite

August 24th, 2018

What’s your second-favorite book, movie, or TV show? Full episode script

The word “favorite” is an intriguing one, because it means “preferred …

579: Breaking Up

August 23rd, 2018

How do you generally handle a break-up? Full episode script

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which we’ve discussed previously on this podcast, …

578: Personality Type

August 22nd, 2018

What personality “typing” system (if any) do you believe is accurate? What’s your personality “type” in that system? Full episode script

There’s a …

577: Open Carry

August 21st, 2018

How do you feel about open carry of firearms? Full episode script

Weapons – like many objects invested with a long history, lots of controversy, and …

576: Passport

August 20th, 2018

Do you have a passport? Have you ever used it? Full episode script

The passport, as it currently exists in the world, is a much more modern document …

575: Bullied

August 17th, 2018

How have you or would you handle being bullied? How would that be different if it was your kid being bullied? Full episode script

Bullying is a …

574: Photo Prints

August 16th, 2018

Do you get physical prints of photos? Full episode script

It’s difficult to overstate the impact that smartphones have had on dozens of industries — …

573: Morning Routine

August 15th, 2018

How long before you leave the house do you generally wake up? Full episode script

From wake up to out of the door — it’s a process that can take a …

572: See it Live

August 14th, 2018

What band / group / musician / performance do you want to see live? Full episode script

In the book The Economics of Experiences, the Arts and …

571: Career Switch

August 13th, 2018

If you were given the chance to completely switch careers today, what would you choose to do? Full episode script

Changing careers happens. …

570: Religious Autonomy

August 10th, 2018

(Reader Submitted): Where do you believe the line is between religious autonomy and religious persecution? Full episode script

Article 18 of the UN …

569: D.A.R.E.

August 9th, 2018

Did you go through D.A.R.E. (or something similar)? What was its impact on your views? Full episode script

In the early 1980s, a Los Angeles police …

568: Home Rules

August 8th, 2018

Would you (or have you) purchased a home or condo under Homeowner’s Association covenants? Full episode script

Owning a home, or really just finding …

567: Return Travel

August 7th, 2018

Where’s your favorite place to travel? Why? Full episode script

We’ve talked about the mere exposure effect in previous episodes of this podcast – …

566: Secrets

August 6th, 2018

Are you good at keeping secrets? Full episode script

Secrets create pressure. It’s a particular pressure that you might feel in your gut, in your …

565: Rideshared

August 3rd, 2018

Should Lyft, Uber and other similar services be subject to the same rules and regulations as taxis? Full episode script

Innovation and change in any …

564: Subscribed News

August 2nd, 2018

Would you (or do you) pay for a newspaper subscription? Why or why not? Full episode script

It is an incredibly interesting time to be in the news …

563: Collaboration Nation

August 1st, 2018

How many or what tools do you use to collaborate with others? Full episode script

If you’re in a tech startup or a Patreon for a number of podcasts, …

562: Quantified Action

July 31st, 2018

Do you use self-tracking tools of any kind? If so, what do you do with the data? Full episode script

Self-tracking — the process and practice of …

561: Career Goals

July 30th, 2018

Do you have career goals? Full episode script

It’s a slightly more grown-up version of the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question — but …

560: Interior Fads

July 27th, 2018

What interior design fashion / fad are you glad is over? Full episode script

Humans rather enjoy fads, and while we may, as Joel Best points out in …

559: Something Nice

July 26th, 2018

What’s the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? Full episode script

Kirsten McEwan a Research Associate at Cardiff University in 2014 wrote …

558: Long Day Dinner

July 25th, 2018

What’s your go-to, long-day dinner? Full episode script

We’ve talked a lot about food and cooking in previous episodes — Episodes 107, 297, 331, and …

557: Refusing Service

July 24th, 2018

On what grounds do you think a business should be able to refuse service to someone? Full episode script

In the last few months, the question of …

556: Linked Up

July 23rd, 2018

Are you on LinkedIn? Full episode script

According to the Pew Research Center, in January of 2018, 25 percent of American adults are on LinkedIn. In …

555: Car Buying

July 20th, 2018

Do you buy cars from a dealership or from an individual? Full episode script

According to the 2016 Beepi Consumer Automotive Index (which, to be …

554: Kid Questions

July 19th, 2018

What’s the toughest question a kid has ever asked you? Why was it tough? Full episode script

Kids LOVE asking questions. Depending on the research …

553: Potent Potables

July 18th, 2018

Beer or cider? Full episode script

In January of 2018, Grand View Research reported that the beer and cider market in the United States was growing, …

552: Sex Ed

July 17th, 2018

Should schools teach sex education? If so, do you think a particular program or style should be preferred? Full episode script

If you ever want to …

551: Young Coffee

July 16th, 2018

How old (or young) were you when you first drank coffee? Full episode script

Coffee – or anything, really, that contains caffeine is something that …

550: TED-style

July 13th, 2018

If you were to give a TED-style talk, what would it be (or was it) about? Full episode script

There are over 50,000 TED and TEDx talks alone, almost …

549: Cell Replacement

July 12th, 2018

How often do you replace your cell phone? Full episode script

When smartphones first came out, less than a decade ago, a two-year replacement cycle …

548: Networking Organizations

July 11th, 2018

Do you belong to any professional networking organizations? Full episode script

Networking. When you’re looking for a job it seems to come up a lot, …

547: Misconceptions

July 10th, 2018

What misconception do you find yourself most often correcting? Full episode script

Misconceptions can be rough. Really rough, especially when they …

546: Short-timer

July 9th, 2018

What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve been at a job (in years or as a percentage of your working life)? Full episode script

Ever been at a job …

Replay 242: Public Office

July 6th, 2018


All this week, we’re replaying five episodes about different facets of being in the USA. For more of an explanation on why, see the 4th of July …

Replay 453: Budgeting

July 5th, 2018


All this week, we’re replaying five episodes about different facets of being in the USA. For more of an explanation on why, see the 4th of July …

Replay 58: Freedom vs Liberty

July 3rd, 2018


All this week, we’re replaying five episodes about different facets of being in the USA. For more of an explanation on why, see the 4th of July …

Replay 203: American Dream

July 2nd, 2018


All this week, we’re replaying five episodes about different facets of being in the USA. For more of an explanation on why, see the 4th of July …

A 4th of July message

July 2nd, 2018


This week we’re re-releasing 5 episodes around a theme of politics, government, and involvement. Here’s why…

545: Standing, Sitting, or Walking

June 29th, 2018

Would you (or do you) work at a standing or treadmill desk? Full episode script

Sitting all day could be killing you, screams the headlines. If you …

544: National ID

June 28th, 2018

Do you support a national ID system? Why or why not? Full episode script

By my count of Wikipedia, there are about 85 countries in the world that …

543: Back Again

June 27th, 2018

What project would you like to get involved with again? Full episode script

So you’ve left something… and then realized that maybe going back …

542: Family Stories

June 26th, 2018

What’s your favorite family story? Full episode script

Stories are powerful. Family stories can be even more powerful, no matter how you define …

541: Get Stuff Done

June 25th, 2018

What’s your go-to get-stuff-done song? Full episode script

It almost doesn’t need saying – music has a big impact on our brains. There’s an entire …

540: New Expertise

June 22nd, 2018

What do you now speak about with ease that you didn’t talk about (or know about) previously? Full episode script

Learning can be tough. No matter …

539: Length vs Value

June 21st, 2018

Do you think that long-term relationships are more or less “valuable” than short-term relationships? Full episode script

Structurally, systems in …

538: Collegiate Math

June 20th, 2018

Do you consider a college degree “worth it”? Full episode script

Full disclosure – I’m a college graduate with a 4-year degree (even though that’s a …

537: Overcome

June 19th, 2018

What challenge did you overcome yesterday? Full episode script

Challenges are a part of life, and a part of existing. After all, with absolutely no …

536: Grateful

June 18th, 2018

What are you most grateful for at this moment? Full episode script

When things aren’t going so well, it can be so easy to focus on what’s wrong, …

535: TV Love

June 15th, 2018

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 …

534: Investments

June 14th, 2018

What’s the best investment you’ve ever made, emotionally, financially, socially, etc? Full episode script

Judging the value of investments – even if …

533: Rated R

June 13th, 2018

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 …

532: Cuddling

June 12th, 2018

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 …

531: Age Gap

June 11th, 2018

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, …

530: Extraordinary measures

June 8th, 2018

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 …

529: Celebration

June 7th, 2018

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 …

528: DIY

June 6th, 2018

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 — …

527: Doodling

June 5th, 2018

Do you doodle? Full episode script

Possibly because of its popularity in college classrooms and meetings, or possibly just because of the fact that …

526: Is it over?

June 4th, 2018

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 …

Replay: What Is Art?

May 14th, 2018


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 …

525: Retirement Savings

May 4th, 2018

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 …

524: Not What I Do

May 3rd, 2018

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 …

523: Vaccination

May 2nd, 2018

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 …

522: Who Owns Your Money

May 1st, 2018

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 …

521: Making Fun

April 30th, 2018

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 …

520: 10 Year Importance

April 27th, 2018

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 …

519: Dieting

April 26th, 2018

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 …

518: Trollish

April 25th, 2018

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. …

517: Doing Scary Things

April 24th, 2018

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 …

516: Contrary Outing

April 23rd, 2018

Should politicians that act in ways contrary to their stated positions be forcibly outed? Full episode script

Several years ago when I first asked …

515: Digital Closeness

April 20th, 2018

Do you think digital communication brings individuals closer or drives them apart? Full episode script

Ah, a question that is often asked for …

514: Media Awards

April 19th, 2018

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 …

513: One Week’s Employment

April 18th, 2018

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 …

512: Who Pays

April 17th, 2018

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 …

511: Letter of Recommendation

April 16th, 2018

Have you ever written a letter of recommendation? Do you think they are helpful? Full episode script

In February of 2014, the blog NeoAcademic

510: National Language

April 13th, 2018

Do you support the creation of an official national language? Full episode script

There’s two terms intermixed here that, technically, have two …

509: Library Card

April 12th, 2018

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. …

508: Relationship Sales

April 11th, 2018

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 …

507: Unsupervised

April 10th, 2018

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, …

506: Home Investment

April 9th, 2018

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 …

505: Capability

April 6th, 2018

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 …

504: Drinking Age

April 5th, 2018

Do you think the drinking age should be lowered? Raised? Full episode script

In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that, quote:

On average …

503: Conflict Avoidance

April 4th, 2018

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? …

502: Photo Love

April 3rd, 2018

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 …

501: Electric Driving

April 2nd, 2018

Would you drive an electric / alternative fuel vehicle? Full episode script

In 2017, Norway hit two big milestones for alternative fuel vehicles. …

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

March 31st, 2018


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 …

500: Unions

March 30th, 2018

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 …

499: One More Year

March 29th, 2018

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 …

498: Think of the Children

March 28th, 2018

What responsibility do you think a society has to the children living in it? Full episode script

The philosopher John Hoyt wrote:

“people are often …

497: Cooked

March 27th, 2018

How often do you cook? Full episode script

Food and cooking is something we’ve talked about several times over the last several hundred episodes. …

496: Baldness

March 26th, 2018

Would you shave your head bald? Would your answer change if friends were also doing it? Full episode script

Baldness contains such a dichotomy of …

495: Spying

March 23rd, 2018

Would you ever spy on a person or group? Why or why not? Full episode script

There is a scene in the TV show Madam Secretary when the US Secretary …

494: Sex Work

March 22nd, 2018

Do you think prostitution and/or sex work should be legal? Full episode script

Prostitution and sex work are sometimes referred to as “the world’s …

493: Normal

March 21st, 2018

What importance (socially or personally) does the word “normal” hold to you? Full episode script

Back in episode 143, we talked about the idea of …

492: End of the Year

March 20th, 2018

What do you want to finish before the end of the year? Full episode script

This is about the time of year that just about every major publication …

491: Family of Origin

March 19th, 2018

What topics do you / did you avoid around your family of origin? Full episode script

Last week, we ended the week talking about how we interact with …

490: Extended Facebook

March 16th, 2018

Do you have your extended family on your Facebook? Full episode script

Family, especially extended family, can get complicated at best. When you …

489: Advice Column

March 15th, 2018

Have you ever written into an advice column, or would you? Full episode script

In the 1690s — the same decade as the Spanish Inquisition and  Tsar …

488: Skip Class

March 14th, 2018

Did you / do you skip class? Full episode script

In 2016, the US Department of Education released numbers that the AP analyzed and found that the …

487: Bias

March 13th, 2018

Have you ever experienced bias that negatively impacted you? Full episode script

I love librarians. I know that seems like a bit of an odd …

486: Supervising

March 12th, 2018

Have you ever supervised employees? What kind of supervisor do you try to be? Full episode script

I think there are as many types of supervisor / …

485: White Elephant

March 9th, 2018

What’s the best/worst White Elephant gift you’ve ever gotten? Full episode script

It could be an office tradition, a family joke, or a personal …

484: Childhood Changes

March 8th, 2018

What about yourself are you glad has changed from when you were a kid? Full episode script

In the whole question of how we, as human beings, shift …

483: Quarantine

March 7th, 2018

If it were a matter of public safety, would you quarantine yourself away from human contact? Full episode script

Quarantine can be a very effective …

482: Slogan Shirts

March 6th, 2018

If there were one statement you wanted to wear around on a t-shirt every day, what would it be? Full episode script

While it seems incredibly normal …

481: Cup of Coffee

March 5th, 2018

How much do you think is too much to pay for a cup of coffee? Full episode script

It’s only about 7 months until National Coffee Day — a holiday …

We caught a cold!

February 26th, 2018


We try and keep a buffer of episodes at the ready for situations like this… but this year’s cold/flu season has bested us. I aspire to the greatness …

480: Holiday Decor

February 23rd, 2018

Do you decorate for any holiday? Full episode script

Ok, the winter holiday extravaganzas may be over with, but there are plenty of other holidays – …

479: Debt

February 22nd, 2018

Are you comfortable carrying long-term debt? Full episode script

The history of debt has two narratives — and not surprisingly, they’re pretty much …

478: Facebook Limits

February 21st, 2018

Do you consider “liking” a Facebook page an invitation for them to contact you? Full episode script

Recently, Facebook has been slowly rolling out a …

477: Music Nostalgia

February 20th, 2018

What music did you grow up with? Full episode script

There’s nothing quite like the music we grew up with, right? The songs that create the …

476: Work Travel

February 19th, 2018

Would you take a job that involved a lot of traveling? Full episode script

When I was younger and looking for jobs, there were several I considered …

475: Gift Giving

February 16th, 2018

What’s your philosophy of gift-giving? Full episode script

Quoting directly from Charles Champetier’s article Philosophy of the Gift

As a topic …

474: Sleep Through The Night

February 15th, 2018

Do you sleep through the night? Full episode script

In 2006, the book At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past was published, based on an extensive paper …

473: No Electronics

February 14th, 2018

If no electronic device worked for 24 hours, what would you do? Full episode script

Back in episode 338, we explored the idea of digital detoxing – …

472: Family Tradition

February 13th, 2018

What’s your most valued family tradition? Full episode script

Just about anyone could go circles and circles about if tradition is a quote-unquote …

471: Alternate Reality

February 12th, 2018

Have you ever participated in an alternate reality game? Full episode script

Alternate reality games are a fairly new form of entertainment, all …

470: Siblings

February 9th, 2018

Did you have siblings or were you an only child? What was the best / worst part of that? Full episode script

In 2015, the Pew Research Center …

469: Sick Day

February 8th, 2018

What do you prefer friends do when you’re hurt or sick? Full episode script

Injuries and illnesses are tough, on face, only for the fact that they …

467: Scars

February 6th, 2018

What’s your favorite story behind a scar or injury? Full episode script

In the forward to a 2014 book called Who I Am: American Scar Stories, David …

466: Pet Homes

February 5th, 2018

Pound or Purebreed? Full episode script

Owning up here: I had no idea, when this question was written, the differences between a pound, a shelter, …

465: Bucket List

February 2nd, 2018

Do you have a bucket list? Full episode script

Between 1999 and 2007, a screenwriter Justin Zackham kept a list pinned up on his bulletin board — …

464: Effective Teachers

February 1st, 2018

Who was the most effective teacher you had? Why? Full episode script

Teaching is a calling, a profession, a skill… and about a million other things. …

463: Debating

January 31st, 2018

What topic do you find yourself debating most often? Full episode script

I have a particular personal fascination with the differences- however …

462: Vacation Memories

January 30th, 2018

What trip or vacation do you remember most? Full episode script

As we’ve talked about before, memory is a bit more flexible than a direct recall …

461: GPS

January 29th, 2018

Do you leave the GPS on your phone on? Full episode script

In September of 2006, NPR’s Morning Edition ran an extensive story about a new technology …

460: Younger Self

January 26th, 2018

If you could give your 15 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be? Full episode script

In April of 2006, a book was published that hit …

459: Job Hunting

January 25th, 2018

How did you find your current job (or, how are you looking for a job)? Full episode script

If you’re looking for a job, you’re not alone. In April …

458: Tariffs

January 24th, 2018

Do you think in-country manufacturing should be protected with tariffs and import restrictions? Full episode script

I fully admit, when this topic …

457: Why You’d Move

January 23rd, 2018

Do you have a “hard line” of when you’d move to a different city / state / country, despite the challenges? Full episode script

When I first asked …

456: Research

January 22nd, 2018

Have you ever been a part of a research study? Full episode script

Scientific research, especially about and on and with human beings, requires one …

455: Legal Driving

January 19th, 2018

Do you think vehicle licensing & registration is beneficial? Full episode script

When vehicles started becoming an option viable enough that …

454: DST

January 18th, 2018

Should Daylight Savings Time still be a thing? Full episode script

A quick glance at Wikipedia tells us that 71 countries still, in some way shape …

453: Spending Priorities

January 17th, 2018

If you were in charge of a governmental budget, how would you prioritize spending? Full episode script

Budgeting is far from fun, at least for many …

452: Happy Birthday

January 16th, 2018

How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Full episode script

Back in Episode 105, we talked about traditions of birthday cake and celebration …

451: Pet Peeve

January 15th, 2018

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Full episode script

Around the late 14th century, the word peevish started entering the lexicon of English. Meaning …

450: Name Twins

January 12th, 2018

Have you ever met someone with your same first and last name? Full episode script

In a 2012 story for NPR, Alan Greenblatt talked to hundreds of …

449: Lawsuit

January 11th, 2018

Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit? Full episode script

In a June 2005 article of Caseload Highlights, the authors took a look at the trends …

448: Hypothetical Choices

January 10th, 2018

If given the option (an assured income, place to live, etc), what country / city would you move to? Full episode script

The choice of where to live …

447: Lock it Up

January 9th, 2018

Did you lock your house growing up? Full episode script

It’s a story that a surprising number of people who grew up in small towns — or people who …

446: Home Rentals

January 8th, 2018

Would you rent your home out on a service like AirBnB? Full episode script

Around the world, AirBNB, VRBO, Couchsurfing and the like all have …

Holiday Replay: Self-Denial

January 1st, 2018


It’s the season of New Year’s resolutions and attempts to try new things. While there’s plenty of episodes where we talk about the ways this can …

Holiday Replay: Token Representation

December 26th, 2017


Happy holidays (whatever what you may celebrate – or choose not to).

We’re taking a break for a few weeks, but will be back in 2018 with new episodes!

445: Something New

December 22nd, 2017

What new thing are you encouraging people to try? Full episode script

Raise your hand if, like me, you ended up having conversations about some new …

444: Application Skills

December 21st, 2017

Would you apply for a job if you weren’t sure you had all the skills required? Full episode script

There’s a very, very commonly repeated statistic …

443: Make Over

December 20th, 2017

Have you ever tried a make-over? Full episode script

The introductory description of the 2009 book Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship, and Celebrity

442: Light Punishment

December 19th, 2017

What crime do you think is punished too lightly? Full episode script

Just about any US based textbook will tell you that in general, punishment has …

441: Ex Romance

December 18th, 2017

Full episode script

Back in episode 169, we talked fairly extensively about this question when discussing how we treat, or want to treat, ex …

440: Dress Up

December 15th, 2017

When did you last dress up for something? Full episode script

In an interview for the Washington Post in 2015, historian Deirdre Clemente from the …

439: Ideal Space

December 14th, 2017

What’s your ideal living space look like? Full episode script

In several past episodes, including one in the 60s and one much more recently, we’ve …

438: Regular Networking

December 13th, 2017

How many social networks do you regularly use? Full episode script

So the other day I had a conversation with my mom about social network use. …

437: Morning Alarm

December 12th, 2017

What kind of sound do you use for a morning alarm? Full episode script

Around 1555 or so, one of the first recorded modern “alarm clock” style clocks …

436: Important Impression

December 11th, 2017

What’s your first memory of meeting someone important in your life? Full episode script

“I’m really terrible at remembering when it is I met …

435: To-Do List

December 8th, 2017

How do you keep track of your to-do list? Full episode script

OK, I’ll admit it. I started a list for this episode. A list, specifically, of to-do …

434: Email Response Time

December 7th, 2017

How quickly do you expect a response to an email? Full episode script

For most businesses I’ve encountered, and for many people I’ve encountered, …

433: When I Grow Up

December 6th, 2017

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? Full episode script

When I was a kid, I would see those TV commercials for …

432: Toughest Task

December 5th, 2017

What’s the toughest thing you’re glad you did? Full episode script

In a 2015 Spartan Up! Podcast episode, Dr. Xander van Tulleken, who practices …

431: Comments

December 4th, 2017

Do you read the comments? Full episode script

Seven years ago, when a story about my wedding ended up on a number of news websites, I had a bit of an …

430: Reflection

December 1st, 2017

Do you set time aside for reflection? Full episode script

Reflection – under just about any name that you call it – can be a powerful practice. …

429: Thinking

November 30th, 2017

Where do you get most of your thinking done? Full episode script

As we talked about a few episodes ago, the human mind seems to like activity and, …

428: IRL Facebook

November 29th, 2017

Do you become Facebook friends with people you haven’t met in person? Full episode script

According to a report in CNet, Way back in the early days …

427: Branded Content

November 28th, 2017

How do you feel about “branded content” or “native advertising” ? Full episode script

Several newspapers ran a syndicated column, quoting New York …

426: Relationship Orientation

November 27th, 2017

Do you differentiate sexual orientation and relationship orientation?

Show notes and links:

Full episode script

Around the early 2000s, an idea …

425: Reunions

November 24th, 2017

Do you attend reunions?

Show notes and links:
Psychology Today

Full episode script

Matthew Liberman, in Psychology Today, wrote in 2013:

424: Neighbors

November 23rd, 2017

Do you know your neighbors?

Show notes and links:
The UK Independent
City Lab
New York Magazine
The Atlantic

Full episode script

In 2015, Melissa …

423: Chores

November 22nd, 2017

How do you prefer to split chores?

Show notes and links:
Apartment Therapy
Fast Company

Full episode script

I don’t think I have ever– EVER — read …

421: Workspace

November 20th, 2017

What would be in your dream workspace?

Show notes and links:
Brain Pickings
The Guardian
BDC Network
Washington Post

Full episode script

420: First Memory

November 17th, 2017

Around what age is your first clear memory?

Show notes and links:
Popular Science

Full episode script

Memory is one of the topics that …

419: Best Boss

November 16th, 2017

Who is the best boss you’ve ever had? Why were they awesome?

Show notes and links:
Time Blog

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A bad boss can have a huge impact …

418: Writing

November 15th, 2017

What do you most often write?

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The Atlantic
Business Insider

Full episode script

Written communications has become the …

417: Sharing Bedrooms

November 14th, 2017

Have you ever shared your bedroom?

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US Census (PDF)
SF Guides
Chicago Tribune
The Atlantic

Full episode script

When doing …

416: Live Performance

November 13th, 2017

What’s the last performance you bought tickets to?

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Broadway League
ABC News

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Live performance and …

415: Feedback

November 10th, 2017

What kind of feedback do you prefer?

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ELearning Industry
Science Direct

Full episode script

If you’ve ever been on the …

414: Lately

November 9th, 2017

What have you been thinking about lately?

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Scientific American
Harvard News

Full episode script

According to a study in 2010 …

413: Formative

November 8th, 2017

What memory or memories do you consider most formative in who you are today?

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Time Ideas Blog
WUSTL Magazine

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412: Missing Advice

November 7th, 2017

(Reader Submitted): What’s the best advice you never got?

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TED talks: Susan Colantuono

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Giving advice, …

411: New Project Energy

November 6th, 2017

What current project are you excited about?

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Wall Street Journal

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Around the 1990s, the phrase …

410: Long Term Friendships

November 3rd, 2017

How long have you known the person you’ve been friends with the longest?

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New Yorker
Live Science

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409: Kindness

November 2nd, 2017

Who do you remember for being the kindest to you?

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Scientific American

Full episode script

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408: Bedroom Color

November 1st, 2017

If given your choice, what color would you paint your bedroom?

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Franklin Painting
History Today
Color Matters

Full episode …

407: First Meetings

October 31st, 2017

What question do you hope to be asked when first meeting someone? Full episode script

I’m a little bit obsessed with questions – if that hasn’t been …

406: Breakfast

October 30th, 2017

Do you eat breakfast?

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Studying breakfast is practically a cottage …

405: Anniversary

October 27th, 2017

What anniversary or anniversaries do you celebrate, if any?

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404: Magazines

October 26th, 2017

What magazine(s) do you or would you subscribe to?

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401: Dutch dating

October 23rd, 2017

(Reader Submitted): What’s your opinion on going Dutch while dating?

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400: Achievement

October 20th, 2017

What are you proud of having achieved?

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396: 20 Minutes

October 16th, 2017

You’ve got 20 minutes to yourself. What do you do?

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394: Drop It

October 12th, 2017

Do you think it’s better to let a long-standing issue drop when things go quiet, or see things through to the end?

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392: Change Is The Path

October 10th, 2017

What has been your biggest shift in opinion over your lifetime thus far?

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390: Passing Conversation

October 6th, 2017

What do you usually do to pass time on an airplane or bus trip?

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388: Religious Majority

October 5th, 2017

Would you choose to live in a place with a heavy religious majority?

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387: Cursive

October 3rd, 2017

Do you think cursive should still be taught in school?

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386: Hometowns

October 2nd, 2017

Do you consider the place you grew up to be your “hometown”?

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English StackExchange on “hometown”

385: Awkward Introductions

September 29th, 2017


When do you (or did you) introduce people you are dating to your family?

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384: Landline

September 28th, 2017


Do you still use or have a landline phone?

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382: Struggle

September 26th, 2017

What do you consider your biggest struggle for the next few months?

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Fall Break 2017

August 21st, 2017



We are taking a break for a few weeks to do two things: get the apple harvest in and processed, and preparing my speech for TEDx Coeur d’Alene. I’ll be talking about questions (probably no big surprise there.)


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379: Secret Affection

August 17th, 2017

How do you feel about anonymous messages or secret admirers?

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375: Protest

August 11th, 2017

Have you ever participated in a protest? Over what issue?

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374: Changing Opinions

August 10th, 2017

What opinion have you most recently changed?

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373: Disconnected

August 9th, 2017

What’s the longest you’ve gone without connection to “the outside world”? In what context?

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371: Professional Organization

August 7th, 2017

Are you a member of a professional organization?

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Medieval London Guilds Lords and Ladies

About the ASAE

The Role of Professional …

370: Raises

August 4th, 2017

(Reader submitted): What do you think is the most effective way to ask for a raise?

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366: Years’ Change

July 31st, 2017

How have you changed in the past year?

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Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science Change blindness

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365: Counter-culture

July 28th, 2017

Do you see yourself as counter-culture? If so, how?

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364: Superstition

July 27th, 2017

Which superstition(s) do you follow, have , or carry?

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363: Disrespect

July 26th, 2017

How do you respond to disrespect?

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362: Hunting

July 25th, 2017


Are you a hunter, or would you hunt?

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359: Paying Dues

July 20th, 2017

Would you utilize a business you knew didn’t get licenses and pay taxes?

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358: All-Nighter

July 19th, 2017

When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter?

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355: First Work

July 14th, 2017

What was the best thing about your first job, internship, or work experience?

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354: Harassment

July 13th, 2017

Have you experienced what you would consider harassment?

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353: Motivation

July 12th, 2017

If you were a motivational speaker, what would your angle be?

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350: Desires

July 7th, 2017

Do you have desires you do not expect to be fulfilled?

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348: Camp!

July 5th, 2017

Did you ever go to a summer camp as a kid?

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345: Future In Law

June 30th, 2017

What kind of cases do you hope the Supreme Court will be hearing in 30 years?

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343: Personal Labels

June 28th, 2017


Do you take on the label of any particular group / ideology / identity? Why or why not?

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342: Romantic Interest

June 20th, 2017

How would you prefer a stranger or new person express romantic interest in you?

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340: Black Market

June 16th, 2017

Would you ever buy something off a black market or illegally?

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336: Feminist

June 12th, 2017

Do you identify as a feminist?

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335: Transitioning

June 9th, 2017

What kind of ritual (if any) marked your transition to adulthood?

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333: Shallow Standards

June 7th, 2017

Do you think it is shallow to hold others to standards?

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327: Working hours

May 30th, 2017

How many hours a week do you work?

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326: Work activism

May 29th, 2017

Do you believe non-work related actions (such as donating to political campaigns or participating in various activities) should have an impact on …

325: Communication Frequency

May 26th, 2017

How often do you talk to (or do you prefer to talk to) your significant other and/or best friend?

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324: Recurring

May 25th, 2017

(Reader submitted): Do you have recurring dreams? Of what?

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317: Innovative

May 16th, 2017

What innovation do you think has been most important? Why?

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314: Pranking

May 11th, 2017

Are you a prankster?

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313: Deviant

May 10th, 2017

What’s the most important way you see yourself deviating from “the norm”?

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143: Normality

312: Detained

May 9th, 2017

Have you ever been arrested?

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311: Authentically Offensive

May 8th, 2017

How do you balance being authentic with the possibility of being offensive?

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Why do couples borrow cultural elements for their …

310: Saying No

May 5th, 2017

Do you prefer a direct “no” or a soft “no”?

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The Soft No Ideavist
The Failed Art of the Soft No Jason Good
On “I have a boyfriend” and the soft no Groupthink

309: Questionable Comfort

May 4th, 2017

What question have you always wanted answered, but have not felt comfortable enough with someone to ask?

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Give pause before answering personal questions Ask Amy
The gendered way we’ve learned to ask …

308: New Things

May 3rd, 2017

What new thing are you going to try this year?

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I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day
A Year Of Firsts The Daily Beast

307: Long Distance

May 2nd, 2017

Your thoughts on long-distance relationships?

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Long-Distance Relationships Science of Relationships
Are Long-Distance Relationships Doomed? Five Thirty Eight
Long distance love may be stronger than …

306: First Kiss

May 1st, 2017

How would you describe your first kiss?

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Fireworks Exploded in My Mouth International Journal of Sexual Health
The adolescent …

Deep Dive Collaboration: Defining Art

April 29th, 2017

What Is Art?

This collaborative episode exploring art and how defining it creates challenges, opportunities, and even cost has been a collaboration …

305: Problems

April 28th, 2017

Do you draw a differentiation between “my problems” and “problems affecting me”?

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Define the Problem to Find the Solution

304: Do-overs

April 27th, 2017

(Reader submitted) If you had one thing you could “do over” again, what would it be?

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The experience of regret: what, when, and …

303: Relationship Reminders

April 26th, 2017

Do you carry physical tokens or reminders of important relationships?

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Americans Say Family Heirlooms and History More Important …

301: Public Transit

April 24th, 2017

Do you ride public transport? Why or why not?

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2016 Public Transportaton Fact Book American Public Transportation Association
The cost of owning your car? USA Today
Home Values Performed 42 Percent …

300: Language

April 21st, 2017

Episode Script

(May vary slightly from transcript)

First things first – world statistics on this are very, very difficult to find. I did …

299: Avoiding the Topic

April 20th, 2017

What topics do you wish hadn’t been avoided when you were growing up?

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Embarrassed Parents Avoid Talking to Teens Jennifer Weeks …

297: Cooked

April 18th, 2017

How did you learn (or are you learning) to cook?

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Is This Second-Grader a Better Cook Than You? Epicurious
The food bank cooking …

296: Sharable

April 17th, 2017

What in or about a picture, article, or video leads to you sharing it on social media?

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How the brain creates the ‘buzz’ that …

295: Asking One’s Self

April 14th, 2017

What is the most impactful question you have ever asked yourself?

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Making Experience Count: The Role of Reflection in Individual …

294: Moment of love

April 13th, 2017

(Submitted): Which moment in a relationship do you view as more significant – the moment you realize you’re in love, or the moment you realize the other person is in love with you?

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293: Letting Go

April 12th, 2017

What is a major belief that you have let go of? Why?

Show notes and links:
The Two Kinds Of Belief Psychology Today
Is Belief Reasoning Automatic?

292: Animalistic

April 11th, 2017

Is there an animal you particularly identify with?

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PSA: Yes, “Spirit Animals” Are Cultural Appropriation- That Means You The …

291: Governmental Role

April 10th, 2017

What do you believe the role of a government should be?

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The Role of Government in Modern U.S. Society: What Would Adam Smith …

290: Drugs

April 7th, 2017

What’s your opinion of pharmaceutical drugs?

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American’s views of the Pharmaceutical Industry Tumble Gallup
The Pharmaceutical …

289: Your Passion

April 6th, 2017

How did you (or do you hope) to find your passion?

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Finding your passion means you’ll never have a job Richard Branson / Virgin …

288: Planning

April 5th, 2017

Do you keep a calendar or dayplanner?

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Calendar Apps Survey: Google Calendar Named Most Popular AYTM by Anne Pilon
Surprisingly …

287: Individual Space

April 4th, 2017

Do you have (or need) a space that is entirely “yours”?

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Tiny Houses Grow in Popularity Yet Drawbacks Abound CNBC
Residential …

Spring Break

March 20th, 2017


Hi all! We are taking a Spring Break, but will be back next week with a new deep dive episode and more. Until then, explore the archives and let us know what episode is your favorite.

285: Developing attraction

March 17th, 2017

Do you think physical attraction can develop over time in a relationship where that attraction was not initially present?

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284: Lucky

March 16th, 2017

Do you believe in luck?

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283: Try, try again

March 15th, 2017

How many times will you try something new before you are confident in/with your reaction?

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281: Childhood Religion

March 13th, 2017

Do you still practice the faith of your childhood?

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280: In the nude

March 10th, 2017

Would you ever pose for nude photos?

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279: Giving time

March 9th, 2017

Do you volunteer? Why or why not?

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278: Recreational High

March 8th, 2017

What’s your opinion of recreational drug use?

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277: Traditional

March 7th, 2017

Do you believe that tradition is a good reason to continue with something?

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All answers for today provided by podcast fans in a preview question discussion.

276: Minimum pay

March 6th, 2017

What do you think the purpose of minimum wage is?

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275: Parentage

March 3rd, 2017

What makes someone a “parent” or makes a child “theirs”?

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274: Conditions of Memory

March 2nd, 2017

Is your memory conditional?

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273: Cash vs Cards

March 1st, 2017

Do you prefer cash or cards?

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272: Time

February 28th, 2017

How do you measure time?

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271: Becoming a Character

February 27th, 2017

If you could be a character out of literature, movies, tv, etc for a day, who would you choose?

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270: Conventions

February 24th, 2017

What type of convention would you love to go to?

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269: Early Alcohol

February 23rd, 2017

When did you have your first alcoholic drink?

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267: Anonymity

February 21st, 2017

Would you act any differently if you knew you had complete anonymity?

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266: Reclaiming Language

February 20th, 2017

Do you “reclaim” a word with negative connotation to describe yourself in a positive way?

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265: Self-Googling

February 17th, 2017

Do you Google yourself?

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264: Great Dates

February 16th, 2017

What’s the best date you’ve ever had?

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263: Changes Coming

February 15th, 2017

How do you prepare for a big change?

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262: Freeloader

February 14th, 2017

What makes someone a freeloader?

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261: Jury Duty

February 13th, 2017

Have you ever served on a jury?

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260: Shared Passwords

February 10th, 2017

Would you ever share the password to your email?

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259: Enough Sleep

February 9th, 2017

How much sleep do you get? Do you think it’s “enough”?

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258: Budget cuts

February 8th, 2017

What’s the first thing you cut (or would cut) when money is tight?

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257: Kid Wisdom

February 7th, 2017

What’s the smartest thing a kid ever said to you?

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256: Flirting

February 6th, 2017

Do you consider yourself a flirt?

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255: The Moment

February 3rd, 2017

What does “living in the moment” mean to you?

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254: In Public

February 2nd, 2017

Your thoughts on public speaking?

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253: Fresh Start

February 1st, 2017

How do you mark new beginnings?

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252: Advice

January 31st, 2017

Who do you usually ask for advice?

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251: First Crush

January 30th, 2017

Do you remember your first crush?

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250: Friendly descriptions

January 27th, 2017

How do you hope others describe you?

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249: What to struggle for?

January 26th, 2017

Is it better to struggle to find or create what has never been, or struggle to get back what once was?

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247: Difficult words

January 24th, 2017

What feeling do you wish there were a succinct word to describe?

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246: Day off

January 23rd, 2017

What do you like to do on a day off?

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245: Bottoms Up

January 20th, 2017

What’s your preferred beverage?

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244: Expertise

January 19th, 2017

What topic(s) do you consider yourself an expert in?

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243: Tipping

January 18th, 2017

What’s your tipping philosophy?

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240: Characteristic Impact

January 13th, 2017

What character (in literature, art, film, etc) has had the most impact on you?

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238: Typology

January 11th, 2017

What characteristic(s) makes someone “your type”?

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237: Principles

January 10th, 2017

What is your guiding principle?

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236: Spiritual Places

January 9th, 2017

What’s the most spiritual place you have ever been?

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235: Inspiration

January 6th, 2017


What do you find inspirational?

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234: Supportive

January 5th, 2017


What is the most supportive thing someone has ever done for you?

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233: Fired up

January 4th, 2017


What topics get you the most fired up?

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232: Background Noise

January 3rd, 2017


Do you like background noise?

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231: Cutting them out

January 2nd, 2017


Do you tell someone why when you cut them out of your life?

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230: Carrot or Stick

December 16th, 2016


Do you spur yourself on with carrots or sticks?

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229: Reading material

December 15th, 2016


What kind of reading material do you prefer?

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228: Moral personality

December 14th, 2016


What do you view as the opposite of conscientiousness?

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227: More of it

December 13th, 2016


What would you like to experience more of?

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226: Transformative Experiences

December 12th, 2016


What has been your most transformative life experience thus far?

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225: School Favorites

December 9th, 2016


What was your favorite part about school?

224: Teenage Tropes

December 8th, 2016


Did you go through a rebellious phase?

Show notes and links:
The Myth of the Teen Brain (Scientific American)
Teenage Risk-taking: Biological And …

223: New Skills

December 7th, 2016


What unique skill have you always wanted to learn?

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Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp (NPR Shots)
The …

222: Struggle & Value

December 6th, 2016


Does struggling or fighting for something make it more valuable?

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Endowment Effect (Wikipedia)
Thomas Paine Quotes (Goodreads)

221: Past Lives

December 5th, 2016


Do you believe in past lives?

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Lives-long learning: the effects of reincarnation belief on everyday life in England (University of Bath)
The Science of Reincarnation (Virginia: The magazine of the …

220: Balancing act

December 2nd, 2016


Do you see fairness and equality the same thing?

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Fair Play (Psychology Today)
Justice and Fairness (Markkula Center for …

215: Even Steven

November 25th, 2016


How do you define fairness?

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Justice and Fairness (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
What is fairness in the 21st century?

214: Engaging

November 24th, 2016


Did you vote? Why or why not?

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U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries (Pew Research Center)
Why people don’t vote, …

213: Platforms

November 23rd, 2016


If you were to start a political party, what would be the one most important platform point of your party?

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List of third party …

212: Reasonable excuses

November 22nd, 2016


Where do you draw the line between reason and excuse?

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Reasons Versus Excuses (Inside Higher Ed)
Excuse (Etymology Online)

Deep Dive 5: Token Representation

November 14th, 2016


Is an inaccurate token representation preferable to no representation?

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The Bechdel Test (TV Tropes)
The Right Side of Awards …

210: Written

November 11th, 2016


What importance do you place on putting something in writing?

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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard (Psychological Science)
A …

209: Balancing fit

November 10th, 2016


What do you consider a good work/life balance?

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Poor work-life balance leads to poor health later in life (Medical News Today)

206: Health

November 7th, 2016


How do you measure your health?

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15 Noteworthy Facts About Wearables In 2016 (Forbes)
How Much Can Data Improve Your Health? (Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios)
The conceptual basis for measuring …

202: What you need

November 1st, 2016


Do you enumerate your wants and needs to yourself or others?

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How to Express Feelings… and How Not to (Psychology Today)
5 Tips …

201: Anti-nature

October 31st, 2016


Do you ever act in a way counter to your nature? If so, why?

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Spontaneous giving and calculated greed (Nature)
Scientists Probe …

199: Waiting

October 27th, 2016


Are you a patient person?

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The Psychology of Decisions to Abandon Waits for Service (Journal of Marketing Research)
When …

198: Giving lifeblood

October 26th, 2016


Do you give blood? Why or why not?

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Blood safety and availability (World Health Organization)
Men who have sex with men blood …

197: Shades of Truth

October 25th, 2016


Is omitting information the same as telling a lie?

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The Definition of Lying and Deception (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
In Dating, Lies Of Omission Can Almost Ruin Everything (XO Jane)
Lies …

196: Clothing

October 24th, 2016


How do you choose the clothes you wear?

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Global fashion industry statistics – International apparel (Fashion United)
Dress, …

194: The News

October 20th, 2016


Specifically, Do you watch / read / listen to the news?

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62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

193: Reduction

October 19th, 2016


What word or phrase are you trying to reduce your use of? Is it overall, or in a particular context?

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Do Overused Words Lose …

192: Fairy Tales

October 18th, 2016


What’s your favorite (or least favorite) fairy tale? Why?

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The Irresistible Psychology of Fairy Tales (The New Republic)
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191: Sacred Space

October 17th, 2016


Image: Ed Bierman CC-BY

What makes a person, thing, or place in your life sacred?

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Perception of Sacred Space (Journal of …

190: Back and Forth

October 14th, 2016


Do you enjoy a good debate?

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What is Conflict? Definitions and Assumptions About Conflict (Academic Leadership Support)
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187: Appearance

October 11th, 2016


How do you feel about dedicating time, effort, and/or resources to your physical appearance?

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Alicia Keys: Time to Uncover (Lenny)
You Are Judged by Your Appearance (Forbes)
My Makeup Isn’t …

186: Permit

October 10th, 2016


Do you ask for permission?

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Permission and Consent (Liberty University)
Asking Permission (Maren Schmidt)
Facebook experiment becomes a debate over power and consent (LA Times)

184: Literary Impact

October 6th, 2016


What book has (or books have) had the biggest impact on your daily life?

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How Fiction Impacts Fact: The Social Impact Of Books (Fast Company)
How books can have a positive impact on a child’s …

183: Pooled Resources

October 5th, 2016


How do you share finances with life partners / roommates / spouses / friends?

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Individualisation in Couple Finances: Who Pays …

182: Being Indirect

October 4th, 2016


What do you see as the best response to passive aggressive behavior?

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The Surprising History of Passive-Aggressive Personality …

181: Planning

October 3rd, 2016


Do you have a five-year plan?

Show notes and links:
Why You Should Revisit Your Five Year Plan (Lifehacker)
Why You Need a 5-Year Plan (The …

180: Getting things in order

September 30th, 2016


How do you prefer to organize your thoughts?

Show notes and links:
How to Organize Your Brain for Better Productivity (Lifehack)
To get more …

178: Value / Criteria

September 28th, 2016


How do you determine if something is “worth it”?

Show notes and links:
Selecting Attributes to Measure the Achievement of
(Operations Research)

177: Fear

September 27th, 2016


What is your relationship with/to fear?

Show notes and links:
Developing A Relationship with Fear (Awareness Magazine)
Fear and Failure (#TabooTalk)
Bridge of Spies (IMDB)
What’s Your Biggest Regret? (APlus)

176: Teachers

September 26th, 2016


What teacher made the greatest impact on your life? How?

Show notes and links:
Measuring teacher effects on pupil achievement (Journal of …

Taking a fall break

September 5th, 2016

Hi everyone!
We’re finishing up our roof, with fall rain close on the horizon. So we’re taking a quick break from our daily update schedule, though …

174: Happily Ever After

September 1st, 2016


What’s your fairy tale?

Show notes and links:
Informed Consent – A Fairy Tale? Law’s Vision (The University of Pittsburgh Law Review)
Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale (The Brothers Grimm – From Enchanted Forests …

172: Recording Thoughts

August 30th, 2016


Do you keep a diary or journal? Why or why not?

Show notes and links:
Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing (Advances in …

171: Difficult Conversations

August 29th, 2016


If given the choice, do you say difficult things in a letter/email or in person?

Show notes and links:
In Defense of Having Big/Serious/Difficult …

170: Unpacking

August 26th, 2016


When you move, what’s the first thing you unpack?

Show notes and links:
How often do people move house? (Independent)
How Many Times Does The …

168: Full disclosure

August 24th, 2016


Do you limit the information about yourself that you share with your family?

Show notes and links:
Disclosure of Genetic Information Within Families (American Journal of Nursing)

167: Where you sleep

August 23rd, 2016


Do you consider the place you sleep most often to be the place you live?

Show notes and links:
Registering to vote with no fixed address (UK About My Vote)
How to become a global citizen (Everywhere Once)
Who Needs a …

166: Addiction

August 22nd, 2016


Does everyone have an addiction of some kind?

Show notes and links:
The Myth of Drug-Induced Addiction (Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser …

165: Last words

August 19th, 2016


What do you hope (or plan on) your last words will be?

Show notes and links:
Digital Death and Afterlife Online Services List (The Digital Beyond)

163: Quality

August 17th, 2016


What items do you make the decision to pay for higher quality, if you can?

Show notes and links:
Supply and Demand (Econ Library)
Higher Price, …

162: Stress relief

August 16th, 2016


What’s your favorite stress relief?

Show notes and links:
Stress in America — Paying With Our Health (American Psychological Association)
Fact Sheet …

161: An assumption

August 15th, 2016


Is trust built on an assumption?

Show notes and links:
You assume, we guarantee: Methodology and case studies (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

159: Emotional choice

August 11th, 2016


What’s your differentiation between baggage and price of entry?

Show notes and links:
Emotional Baggage: Unresolved Grief, Emotional Distress, Risk …

158: Formal ends

August 10th, 2016


How do you say goodbye?

Show notes and links:
The Meaning of Goodbye (Scientific American)
Game Over (99 Percent Invisible)
On Grief and Grieving

157: Verbosity

August 9th, 2016

Do you think a point is better made short and sweet or with a tsunami of words?

Show notes and links:
The need for articulate messages in user …

156: Big gestures

August 8th, 2016


What’s your opinion on grand romantic gestures?

Show notes and links:
I Dated Christian Grey: How Women Are Groomed For Abuse (The Mary Sue)
I Did It Because I Never Stopped Loving You (Communications Research)
Put …

155: The Future

August 5th, 2016

What technology or “thing of the future” are you hoping happens in your lifetime?

Show notes and links:
12 predictions from 1900 that are …

154: Being quotable

August 4th, 2016

If you were to choose your high school yearbook quote today, what would it be?

Show notes and links:
The History of Yearbooks (Balfour)
A Century of …

153: First jobs

August 3rd, 2016


What was the biggest lesson you learned from your first job?

Show notes and links:
Number of high-school students with jobs hits 20-year low

151: Bad memories

August 1st, 2016


Is it important to remember the bad along with the good?

Show notes and links:
Should we erase painful memories? (Salon)
Even If We Could Erase Bad …

Special Episode: Telling a good story

August 1st, 2016


How do you tell a good story?

A few months ago, this episode was put together as a submission to the Radiotopia Podqust. And while I didn’t get to the top 10, I’m completely blown away with the quality and awesomeness …

150: Smiles

July 29th, 2016


What thought makes you smile every time?

Show notes and links:
Negative Emotion Enhances Memory Accuracy (Current Directions in Psychological …

148: Making changes

July 27th, 2016


What spurs change in your life?

Show notes and links:
The psychology of life stories. (Review of General Psychology)
The 3 Most Powerful Ways To …

147: Bodies

July 26th, 2016


What is your relationship to / how do you view your (or the human) body?

Show notes and links:
Impact of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) …

145: Decision making

July 22nd, 2016


What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?

Show notes and links:
Making Good Decisions (Harvard Business Review)

143: Normality

July 20th, 2016


What in your life were you surprised to discover was not / is not considered “normal”?

Show notes and links:
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, …

142: Lust and caution

July 19th, 2016


What is the difference between love and lust?

Show notes and links:
Taking casual sex not too casually: Exploring defi nitions of casual sexual relationships (The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality)
Why boys need to …

140: Charitable giving

July 15th, 2016


How do you choose what causes/nonprofits to donate to (or not)?

Show notes and links:
Increasing Fundraising Efficiency by Segmenting Donors (Australasian Marketing Journal)
Determinants of donations in private …

138: The Plunge

July 13th, 2016


What does “commitment” mean to you?

Show notes and links:
The Escalation of Commitment To a Course of Action (Academy of Management Review)
Notes on …

137: Discovery

July 12th, 2016


Where do you find new music, books, or movies?

Show notes and links:
The 10 Awful Truths About Book Publishing (Out:think)
By the Numbers: 1125+ …

135: New ideas

July 8th, 2016


What is the most effective way for someone to present a new idea to you?

Show notes and links:
5 Most Effective Ways to Sell Change (Forbes)
4 Strategies For Introducing New Ideas At Work (Fast Company)
How to Get Your …

134: Being judged

July 7th, 2016


Would you prefer trial by judge or trial by jury?

Show notes and links:
Why Trial by Jury is Usually a Better Choice than a Bench Trial (

132: How you trust

July 5th, 2016


What does it take for you to trust someone?

Show notes and links:
Go On, Trust Me: Why We Trust Some People But Not Others (BBB Blog via the Wayback Machine)
Why we trust people we don’t know (NBC News)
We Trust …

131: Who you trust

July 4th, 2016


Why do you listen to the friends / celebrities / gurus / family that you do?

Show notes and links:
Why We Love Gurus (Newsweek)
Updated FCC Guidance Puts Social Media Marketers on Notice (Cyber Alert)
Scott Disick …

130: Bad intent

July 1st, 2016


Should malicious hacking of public agencies / services be punished more severely than malicious corporate hacking?

Show notes and links:
Hacked vs. …

129: Relating

June 30th, 2016


What is the most useful piece of advice about relationships you have ever gotten or seen?

Show notes and links:
Thank you to all the …

128: What should be taught

June 29th, 2016


Do you think education is best approached as a Liberal Arts curriculum or topically focused?

Show notes and links:
Providing a space to tinker and …

126: Ethical decisions

June 27th, 2016


Do you differentiate between ethics and morals? If so, how?

Show notes and links:

Pharmcist Conscince Clauses: Laws and Information (National Conference of State Legislatures)
The Definition of Morality (Stanford …

125: Operational security

June 24th, 2016


What are your thoughts on the TSA?

Show notes and links:
Behind Long Airport Lines, a Chain of T.S.A. Cuts, Missteps and Crises (The New York Times)

124: Where you work

June 23rd, 2016


Work from home or go into the office?

Show notes and links:
The ins and outs of self-employment and working from home (The Simple Dollar)
Working …

123: Communications technology

June 22nd, 2016


Do you prefer to call, text, email, or something else?

Show notes and links:
Teens, Technology and Friendships (Pew Research Center)
The New Era of …

121: Just a joke

June 20th, 2016


Is there any topic you count as completely off-limits for hyperbole and/or joking?

Show notes and links:
Bill Cosby Shows Why We Need Off-Limits …

120: A sign

June 17th, 2016


Do you believe in signs from (insert your preferred deity, power, or force here)?

Show notes and links:
Coincidence Studies (Coincider)
Where belief …

118: The score

June 15th, 2016


Do you keep score?

Show notes and links:
Rolling with Pelosi (Newsweek)
Ben Franklin effect (Wikipedia)
Don’t Keep Score (Fast Company)
Do You Keep …

116: What influences you

June 13th, 2016


Do you put stock in horoscopes?

Show notes and links:
How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing? (Smithsonian Magazine)
The Barnum Effect (Fullerton …

115: Remembrances

June 10th, 2016


Do you keep photos of your family on your desk / in your wallet / close by at work?

Show notes and links:
Clear your desk of family photos? (Ask …

114: Growing Up

June 9th, 2016


What do you see as “being an adult”?

Show notes and links:

Full episode text

Adulting, as a verb, is hard. Seriously. There’s so …

113: Information

June 8th, 2016


Do you prefer small bits of information as an event is happening? Or radio silence until there is a conclusion?

Show notes and links:
8 battles fought after war ended (Mental Floss)
How false information spreads and …

111: Emotions

June 6th, 2016


Do you talk about your emotions? Why or why not?

Show notes and links:
Deadly Silence: Why Do We Find It So Hard to Talk About Emotional Distress?

110: Being OK with things

June 3rd, 2016


What’s the difference between respecting someone and accepting someone?

Show notes and links:
Empirically supported techniques of cognitive behavior therapy: A step by step guide for clinicians. (University of Nevada, …

109: Cyborgs

June 2nd, 2016


current incarnations of tattoos…. So today, we’re going to talk about something that some argue is on level with tattoos, just more technological. …

108: Tattoos

June 1st, 2016


_regrets”>Tattoos in Austrailia: Perceptions, Trends, and Regrets (McCrindle)
The rise and rise of the tattoo (The Guardian)
Are Tattoos Fashion? …

107: Comfort

May 31st, 2016


(The Atlantic)
How comfort foods work like Prozac (Salon)

Full episode text

Psychologically, comfort is an odd concept. Honestly, the best …

106: Names

May 30th, 2016


/1570204Graham.pdf”>The Power of Names: In Culture and in Mathematics (Loren Graham)
The Power and Mystery of Naming Things (NPR)
The Power of …

102: Self-definition

May 24th, 2016


f (John Garvens)
5 questions to ask when you dont know what to do with your life (Greatist)

Who are you? The answer to that one, seemingly simple, oh-so-deceptive question is a question that demonstrates a lot about how …

98: Show and tell

May 18th, 2016


Is it more effective to show the difference, or explain the difference?

Show notes and links:
Learning Styles (
Show, don’t Tell (Grammar …

93: Sabbaticals

May 11th, 2016


/tlnt/see-you-in-a-month-why-americans-need-to-get-serious-about-vacations/”>See you in a month (ERE Media)
How To Take A Sabbatical From Work (Forbes)
Not taking time off between jobs is a mistake (Business Insider)

92: Faith

May 10th, 2016


How do you define fidelity?

Show notes and links:
Online Etymology Dictionary
Savage Anxieties (Amazon)

Full episode text

Around 1300 ACE, the …

91: Religious Law

May 9th, 2016


Should countries or communities be able to create laws that reinforce a religious majority’s beliefs or opinions?

Show notes and links:
IV: Shunning …

90: Currency

May 6th, 2016


Would you invest in an alternative currency?

Show notes and links:
Alternative Currencies Grow in Popularity (Time)

Full episode …

89: Historical excuse

May 5th, 2016


At what point does someone’s history excuse (or no longer excuse) their actions?

Show notes and links:
Terminology: ‘Justification’, ‘Defence’ and …

88: No idea

May 4th, 2016

How long do you allow a conversation to continue when someone obviously does not know what they are talking about?

Show notes and links:
3 Things to …

87: Family

May 3rd, 2016


How do you define family?

Show notes and links:
The History of the Family and the Complexity of Social Change (The American Historical Review)
A …

86: Pain

May 2nd, 2016


Work through the pain, walk it off, or nurse yourself back to health?

Show notes and links:
Chronic back pain: does bed rest help? (National Institutes of Health)
Pain: When to Push Through and When to Stop (Klasinski …

85: Calculated risk

April 29th, 2016


Would a one-way trip to another planet be a brave adventure, a suicide mission, or something else entirely?

Show notes and links:
Is this ethical?

84: Letting go

April 28th, 2016


Where is the dividing line between forgive and forget?

Show notes and links:
How to Forgive But Not Forget (Huffington Post)
Forgive and Forget: …

83: They

April 27th, 2016


Would English be improved by a set of commonly accepted gender neutral pronouns?

Show notes and links:
Neutral Pronouns (
Shakespeare …

82: Sharing sex lives

April 26th, 2016


Roommates and sex lives: what kind of rules have you set / do you set for your roommates bringing guests over?

Show notes and links:
How To Have The …

81: Financial opinions

April 25th, 2016


Is how someone else handles their finances ever OK to comment on?

Show notes and links:
Separate/Together (Slate)
Ask the Readers: Should you …

80: A new place

April 22nd, 2016


What do you try and pay the most attention to in new places?

Show notes and links:
Place Identity (Wikipedia)

Full episode text

New places carry a …

79: Learning a trade

April 21st, 2016


Do you wish there had been / would you currently utilize a formalized apprentice program for your career?

Show notes and links:
National …

78: Pet relationships

April 20th, 2016


Do you trust your animal companion’s opinions of people?

Show notes and links:
An Hypothesis about Jung’s Collective Unconscious and Animal-assisted …

77: Throwing back a few

April 19th, 2016


Drinking alcohol at work: what’s your opinion? Is it different for lunchtime drinks?

Show notes and links:
Beer For Creativity: ‘The Problem Solver’ …

75: Playing dumb

April 15th, 2016


Do you ever decide to play dumb? Why?

Show notes and links:
Low-status monkeys “play dumb” when learning in mixed social groups (National Institutes …

74: Parental leave

April 14th, 2016


Should there be a legally mandated maternal / paternal leave option in the US?

Show notes and links:
Lots of countries mandate paid leave, why not …

73: The First Amendment

April 13th, 2016


Is the responsibility of the First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech to protect all speech equally and evenly, or to encourage an affirmative action for free speech that provides additional help to the “small voices”?

Show …

72: War

April 12th, 2016


Are science and religion truly conflicting disciplines?

Show notes and links:
Statements from Religious Organizations (National Center of Science …

71: The order of a challenge

April 11th, 2016


Tackle the easy things first, or tackle the biggest challenge first?

Show notes and links:
Why successful people do the hard tasks first (Business …

70: Reading up

April 8th, 2016


What’s on your “required reading” list?

Show notes and links:
Required Reading Worldwide (Abe Books)
Popular Required Reading Books (Goodreads)
The …

69: Being a bit cynical

April 7th, 2016


Is there such a thing as a “healthy dose of cynicism”?

Show notes and links:
Cynics (
Why not Cynicism? (Scientia Salon)
Classical …

67: Classroom tech

April 7th, 2016


Does adding technology improve education?

Show notes and links:
Flipped Classroom (Wikipedia)
Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom

68: Attraction scale

April 6th, 2016


Understanding that it is often a sliding scale, are you more attracted to physical characteristics or mental characteristics?

Show notes and links:
A History of the Wife (Goodreads)
‘Sapiosexual’ Deemed New …

66: Individual space

April 4th, 2016


How much space do you need to call your own?

Show notes and links:
Measuring Overcrowding in Housing (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban …

64: Decision making

March 31st, 2016


Go with your gut? Or stick with logic?

Show notes and links:
Anti-smoking ads (Comfort Pit)
When intuition misfires (American Psychological …

63: Innovation

March 30th, 2016


What is/was your best crazy idea?

Show notes and links:
Diffusion of Innovation (Amazon)
John L Leal (Wikipedia)
Innovation Isn’t an Idea Problem

62: Drama

March 29th, 2016


Once a drama queen, always a drama queen?

Show notes and links:
Histrionic Personality Disorder (Psychology Today)
Histrionic Personality Disorder

61: Letting Go

March 28th, 2016


If you love it, let it go? Or fight for the things that you love?

Show notes and links:
If You Love Someone, Set Them Free. If They Come Back …

60: A joke

March 25th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about a joke.

59: Who you do business with

March 24th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about who you do business with

58: Splitting hairs

March 23rd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about splitting hairs

57: On the defense

March 22nd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the choice to go on the defense.

56: Boredom

March 21st, 2016


Today, we’re talking about boredom.

55: How to make a break

March 18th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about how to make a break.

54: Nerds and Jocks

March 17th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about nerds and jocks.

53: Moving between A and B

March 16th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about moving between points A and B.

52: Long-term non-commitment

March 15th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about long term non-commitment

51: Fear

March 14th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about fear.

50: Testing

March 11th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about testing

49: Teaching kids

March 10th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about teaching kids

48: Love language

March 9th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about love.

47: Ultimatums

March 8th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about ultimatums.

46: You

March 7th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about you.

Deep Dive: Shared Cultural Touchstones

March 5th, 2016


Question: How important is it for individuals of a diverse culture to share cultural touchstones, such as reading the same book in school?

Many …

45: Attractiveness

March 4th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about attractiveness.

44: Death by a thousand cuts

March 3rd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about death by a thousand cuts.

43: Defining yourself

March 2nd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about defining yourself.

42: Changing

March 1st, 2016


Today, we’re talking about changing.

41: The margins

February 29th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the margins.

Announcement: Google Play & More

February 28th, 2016


Three quick announcements coming to you from the podcasting pillow fort!

First, for Android fans, we’ll soon be appearing on Google Play Podcasts, when the service officially launches.

Second, If you have questions …

40: The Impossible

February 26th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the impossible.

39: Making it official

February 25th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about making it official.

37: Spring Plans

February 24th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about spring plans.

38: Getting your hit

February 23rd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about getting your hit

36: Liberal Bullying

February 22nd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about liberal bullying.

Specifically, is it being a bully to ask someone to check their privilege?

Show notes and links:

35: Self-knowledge

February 19th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about self-knowledge.

Specifically, do you know your price of admission?

Show notes and links:
American Savage: insights, …

34: Off average

February 18th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about being off average.

Specifically, when did you realize you were different?

Show notes and links:
50 Facts about the Average …

33: Cheating

February 17th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about cheating.

Specifically, the reader submitted question – If your partner was to fulfill a fantasy with someone other than …

32: Your dwelling

February 16th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about your dwelling.

Specifically, what does your dream home look like?

Show notes and links:
Best-Laid Plans: LIFE Magazine’s Dream Homes, DIY for the Common Man (Curbed)

America’s homes are bigger …

31: Artists & philosophers delight

February 15th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about a topic nearly every artist and philosopher has tackled at some point.

Specifically, how do you define love?

Show notes and links:
Falling in love is ‘more scientific than you think,’ …

Deep Dive: The Public Private Life

February 13th, 2016


To what extent should one’s personal life become a public issue?

Having a private life is a relatively well-accepted right, but what does a private …

30: Paying up

February 12th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about paying up.

Specifically, should the option of opting out of taxes, both the paying of and benefits of, be an option?

Show …

29: Moving Out

February 11th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about drawing it out.

Specifically, is the “trend” of self-deportation (moving to states or countries that have laws that are …

28: Drawing it out

February 10th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about drawing it out.

Specifically, what kind of diagram do you love and why?

Show notes and links:
100 Diagrams that Changed the World (Brain Pickings)

A history of the Venn diagram (Lucidchart)

27: What you mean

February 9th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about what you mean.

Specifically, when words and actions disagree, which should you believe?

Show notes and links:
Cultural …

26: Being a tattle-tale

February 8th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about being a tattle-tale.

Specifically, what responsibility (if any) does an individual have to share possibly damaging, yet …

25: Quitting

February 5th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about quitting.

Specifically, is it better to quit or soldier on when you feel you can no longer be effective?

Show notes and …

24: Creating

February 4th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about creating.

Specifically, what would you make if you had a 3D printer?

Show notes and links:
History of 3D Printing

23: Marketing

February 3rd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about marketing.

Specifically, is self-promotion unseemly?

Show notes and links:
An Academic Woman’s Rant of the Week: …

22: Ceremonies

February 2nd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about playing ceremonies.

Specifically, should the state put any weight or value on religious ceremonies?

Show notes and links:

21: Playing Interference

February 1st, 2016


Today, we’re talking about playing interference.

Specifically, is it worth trying to stop someone from going down a path you think is wrong for them?

Show notes and links:
Freakonomics: What makes people do what they …

Deep Dive: Internal & External Change

January 30th, 2016

Question: What do you think should be the first thing to change, the internal reality or the external expression?

Ah, change. As long as humans have …

20: The order of things

January 29th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the order of things.

Specifically, Emotional then physical, or physical then emotional?

Show notes and links:
Feeling Our …

19: Dirty laundry

January 28th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the stinky stuff.

Specifically, How much dirty laundry should be aired in public?

Show notes and links:
“Game of Thrones” …

18: Habits

January 27th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about habits

Specifically, When is a habit worth breaking?

Show notes and links:
Does it really take 21 days to break a habit? (Slate magazine)
How You Can Harness “The Power of Habit” (NPR)

17: Selling art

January 26th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about selling your work.

Specifically, How do you price your art?

Show notes and links:
The Paradox of Art as Work (The New …

16: The whys

January 25th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about the why

Specifically, does it matter if something “should” or “shouldn’t” work, when it does?

Show notes and links:

15: Compromises

January 22nd, 2016


Today, we’re talking about making compromises.

Is it ever worth compromising your personal principles for someone you love?

Show notes and links:
Moral Compromise and Personal Integrity: Exploring the Ethical Issues of …

14: Hiding

January 21st, 2016


Today, we’re talking about that which shall not be named. Specifically…

13: Burnout

January 20th, 2016


Photo: Andrea Parrish

Today, we’re talking about burnout. Specifically…

12: Coming out

January 19th, 2016


Photo by torbakhopper / Flickr / CC-BY

Today, we’re talking about coming out. Specifically…

11: Earning it

January 18th, 2016


Photo: Philandpam on Flickr / Creative Commons

Today, we’re talking about earning it. Specifically…

Deep Dive: Self-Denial

January 16th, 2016


Question: Do You Consider Self-Denial Inherently Good or Bad?

Self-Denial is undeniably a strong force in the human experience; the question is, is it a force that is good or bad? Or is it something else? What impacts …

10: Etiquette

January 15th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about etiquette. Specifically…

9: Gap year

January 14th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about taking some time off. Specifically…

8: Hourly wages

January 13th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about wages. Specifically…

7: Tokenism vs invisibility

January 12th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about representation. Specifically…

6: Complete honesty

January 11th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about honesty. Specifically…

5: Cultural touchstones

January 8th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about cultural touchstones. Specifically…

4: The public private life

January 7th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about your private life. Specifically…

3: Internal & External Change

January 6th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about change, specifically…

2: Self-Denial

January 5th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about self-denial. Specifically…

1: Dreams

January 4th, 2016


Today, we’re talking about dreams.

Specifically – When you have vivid dreams about things you “shouldn’t”, is your brain teasing you, or giving you a …
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  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
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Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
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Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
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Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens