A Thousand Things to Talk About

727 EpisodesProduced by Andrea Parrish

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

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Producer Takeover

March 25th, 2019

2:49

Jeremiah grabs the mic.

695: Freak

March 22nd, 2019

2:41

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

2:53

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

3:38

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

3:51

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

2:22

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

3:44

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

2:55

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

4:34

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

2:53

686: Place to Live

March 11th, 2019

3:03

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

3:16

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

3:52

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

2:18

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

2:29

681: Incarcerated

March 4th, 2019

3:50

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

2:49

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

5:01
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

3:48
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

2:39

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

2:49

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

2:58

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

2:13

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

3:33

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

2:58

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

3:06

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

3:35

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

4:09

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

3:24

672: Tragic Dates

February 12th, 2019

3:52

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

3:29

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

3:09

669: Classy

February 7th, 2019

3:43

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

3:03

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

3:05

666: Millennial

February 4th, 2019

2:54

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

4:49

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

3:42

Quote:

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

3:40

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

5:06

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

4:06

Quote:

”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

3:33

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

3:49

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

3:27

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

3:46

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

3:24

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

2:37

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

5:25

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

2:52

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

2:51

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

3:50

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

2:49

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

2:53

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

2:52

647: Adoption Screening

January 8th, 2019

3:49

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

2:30

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

3:04

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

2:13

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

3:54

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

2:59

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

2:56

Holiday Replay: How to Celebrate

December 28th, 2018

2:51

Holiday Replay: Holiday Decor

December 27th, 2018

4:08

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

4:32

Holiday Replay: Family Traditions

December 25th, 2018

2:24

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

3:28

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

3:53

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

2:57

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

3:04

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

2:57

636: Decor

December 17th, 2018

1:54

635: Grades

December 14th, 2018

3:09
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

3:11
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

2:41
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

2:23

631: Older

December 10th, 2018

3:13

630: Projects

December 7th, 2018

2:39
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

3:27
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

2:55
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

2:27
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

2:47
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

3:27
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

2:45
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

2:58
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

2:39
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

2:49
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

2:49

619: Superstitious

November 22nd, 2018

3:48
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

2:35
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

3:33
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

2:30
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

3:32
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

3:22
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

3:41
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

3:34
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

4:43
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

2:58

609: Office Pets

November 8th, 2018

3:11
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

3:05
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

3:17
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

2:39
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

3:39
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

2:36
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

2:49

602: Words Tattooed

October 30th, 2018

2:38
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

3:23
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

4:44
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

2:17
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

3:20
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

2:53
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

3:15
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

3:50
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

3:19
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

3:03

592: Reboot

September 11th, 2018

4:10

591: Motivation

September 10th, 2018

3:26
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

4:01
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

3:57

588: Recognition

September 5th, 2018

2:42
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

3:12
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

3:43
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

3:45
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

3:00
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

3:11
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

3:20

581: Superpowered

August 27th, 2018

3:30

580: Second Favorite

August 24th, 2018

4:04
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

3:54

578: Personality Type

August 22nd, 2018

4:01
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

3:28
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

3:07
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

5:23
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

3:34
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

3:16
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

2:48

571: Career Switch

August 13th, 2018

4:10
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

5:14

569: D.A.R.E.

August 9th, 2018

3:31
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

3:43
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

2:31
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

3:52
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

3:21
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

3:12
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

2:59
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

3:27
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

3:33
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

2:47
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

3:08
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

2:47
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

3:42
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

2:03
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

2:30

554: Kid Questions

July 19th, 2018

3:04
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

3:02
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

3:45
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

3:08
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

3:27
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

2:46
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

3:11
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

3:17
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

2:00
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

3:13

Replay 453: Budgeting

July 5th, 2018

3:04

Replay 58: Freedom vs Liberty

July 3rd, 2018

1:59

Replay 203: American Dream

July 2nd, 2018

3:29

A 4th of July message

July 2nd, 2018

5:04

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

3:48
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

3:10
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

2:17
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

3:27
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

2:34
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

4:00
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

3:45
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

4:04
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

3:12
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

3:18
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

3:49

534: Investments

June 14th, 2018

3:20
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

2:57

532: Cuddling

June 12th, 2018

2:24
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

3:21

530: Extraordinary measures

June 8th, 2018

5:15

529: Celebration

June 7th, 2018

4:13
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

3:22
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

2:59
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

3:24
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

11:40

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

4:50
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

3:45
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

5:00
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

3:08
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

3:32
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

4:12
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

4:47
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

4:06

517: Doing Scary Things

April 24th, 2018

3:31

516: Contrary Outing

April 23rd, 2018

4:22
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

3:31
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

3:09
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

3:17
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

2:34
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

3:09

510: National Language

April 13th, 2018

4:09
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

2:39
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

3:23
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

3:09
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

2:41
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

3:54
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

2:59

503: Conflict Avoidance

April 4th, 2018

3:42
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

2:42
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

2:51
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

20:19

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

4:44
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

2:32
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

2:23

497: Cooked

March 27th, 2018

2:03
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

2:58
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

4:38
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

3:09
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

2:56

492: End of the Year

March 20th, 2018

2:22
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

2:07
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

2:29
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

2:35
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

3:10
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

3:37
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

2:57
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

3:09
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

3:16
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

3:19
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

3:15
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

2:53
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

0:45

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

3:48
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

2:27
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

2:04
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

3:35
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

3:14
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

2:52

474: Sleep Through The Night

February 15th, 2018

2:11
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

2:12
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

2:05
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

1:58
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

3:13
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

2:06
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

2:31

466: Pet Homes

February 5th, 2018

2:41
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

2:06

464: Effective Teachers

February 1st, 2018

2:28
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

3:05
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

2:53
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

2:34

460: Younger Self

January 26th, 2018

2:42
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

2:25
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

3:14
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

2:19
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

3:23
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

3:17
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

2:25
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

3:04
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

2:22
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

2:26

450: Name Twins

January 12th, 2018

3:35
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

2:14

448: Hypothetical Choices

January 10th, 2018

2:16
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

2:47
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

2:12
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

11:26

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

18:32

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

2:20
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

3:11
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

3:01

442: Light Punishment

December 19th, 2017

2:34

441: Ex Romance

December 18th, 2017

2:59
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

2:57
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

2:58

438: Regular Networking

December 13th, 2017

2:42
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

2:34
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

2:37
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

4:04
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

2:49
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

2:38
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

3:02

431: Comments

December 4th, 2017

4:08
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

2:19
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

2:40
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

2:32

427: Branded Content

November 28th, 2017

3:06

426: Relationship Orientation

November 27th, 2017

2:32
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

3:01
Do you attend reunions?

Show notes and links:
Greatist
Psychology Today

Full episode script

Matthew Liberman, in Psychology Today, wrote in 2013:

424: Neighbors

November 23rd, 2017

3:51

423: Chores

November 22nd, 2017

2:52
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 …

422: Best 3

November 21st, 2017

2:13

421: Workspace

November 20th, 2017

3:09

420: First Memory

November 17th, 2017

3:18
Around what age is your first clear memory?

Show notes and links:
Popular Science
WebMD

Full episode script

Memory is one of the topics that …

419: Best Boss

November 16th, 2017

2:20

418: Writing

November 15th, 2017

2:33
What do you most often write?

Show notes and links:
Zephoria
The Atlantic
Business Insider

Full episode script

Written communications has become the …

417: Sharing Bedrooms

November 14th, 2017

2:59

416: Live Performance

November 13th, 2017

2:35

415: Feedback

November 10th, 2017

2:55

414: Lately

November 9th, 2017

3:03

413: Formative

November 8th, 2017

3:52

412: Missing Advice

November 7th, 2017

3:40

411: New Project Energy

November 6th, 2017

2:26

410: Long Term Friendships

November 3rd, 2017

3:46

409: Kindness

November 2nd, 2017

3:00

408: Bedroom Color

November 1st, 2017

2:59

407: First Meetings

October 31st, 2017

2:37
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

4:00
Do you eat breakfast?

Show notes and links:
Time.com
AusFoodNews.com
NYTimes.com

Full episode script

Studying breakfast is practically a cottage …

405: Anniversary

October 27th, 2017

3:38

404: Magazines

October 26th, 2017

3:35

403: Ethics and Employers

October 25th, 2017

3:24

402: Moving Art

October 24th, 2017

2:48

http://athousandthingstotalkabout.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2017/10/1kthings402.mp3

What’s the most moving piece of art you’ve experienced?

Show notes and links:

401: Dutch dating

October 23rd, 2017

3:38

400: Achievement

October 20th, 2017

2:58

399: News Trust

October 19th, 2017

2:46

398: Unpaid Internships

October 18th, 2017

3:13

397: Resume

October 17th, 2017

2:39

396: 20 Minutes

October 16th, 2017

2:27

395: Hard Work

October 13th, 2017

3:50

394: Drop It

October 12th, 2017

2:35

393: Childhood Mementos

October 11th, 2017

3:17

392: Change Is The Path

October 10th, 2017

3:24

391: Bones

October 9th, 2017

2:29

390: Passing Conversation

October 6th, 2017

2:50

389: Population Control

October 5th, 2017

2:42

388: Religious Majority

October 5th, 2017

2:29

387: Cursive

October 3rd, 2017

3:22

386: Hometowns

October 2nd, 2017

2:40

385: Awkward Introductions

September 29th, 2017

2:33

384: Landline

September 28th, 2017

2:25

Do you still use or have a landline phone?

Back around 2003 in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (of all agencies) started tracking …

383: Pay Scale

September 27th, 2017

2:41

382: Struggle

September 26th, 2017

1:58

381: Your First Pet

September 25th, 2017

3:38

Fall Break 2017

August 21st, 2017

0:52

 

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.)

 

Feel …

380: Unscripted Reality

August 18th, 2017

3:54

379: Secret Affection

August 17th, 2017

2:54

378: Outdoors

August 16th, 2017

3:42

377: Motivation

August 15th, 2017

2:55

376: Final Plans

August 14th, 2017

2:34

375: Protest

August 11th, 2017

3:46

374: Changing Opinions

August 10th, 2017

3:24

373: Disconnected

August 9th, 2017

3:50

372: Age of Candidacy

August 8th, 2017

3:09

371: Professional Organization

August 7th, 2017

2:53

370: Raises

August 4th, 2017

2:45

369: Clothing Budgets

August 3rd, 2017

3:16

368: Law Enforcement

August 2nd, 2017

3:44

367: Following Sports

August 1st, 2017

2:42

366: Years’ Change

July 31st, 2017

3:30

365: Counter-culture

July 28th, 2017

3:25

364: Superstition

July 27th, 2017

4:15

363: Disrespect

July 26th, 2017

3:31

362: Hunting

July 25th, 2017

3:02

361: Web Habits

July 24th, 2017

3:26

360: Job Hopping

July 21st, 2017

2:59

359: Paying Dues

July 20th, 2017

3:12

358: All-Nighter

July 19th, 2017

3:06

357: Hospitalization

July 18th, 2017

3:30

356: Fasting

July 17th, 2017

4:18

355: First Work

July 14th, 2017

3:16

354: Harassment

July 13th, 2017

3:03

353: Motivation

July 12th, 2017

2:40

352: Home Medicine

July 11th, 2017

2:44

351: Coffee Kick

July 10th, 2017

4:22

350: Desires

July 7th, 2017

2:43

349: Renegotiation

July 6th, 2017

2:52

348: Camp!

July 5th, 2017

2:19

347: Vacation Days

July 4th, 2017

2:38

346: Haircuts

July 3rd, 2017

2:51

345: Future In Law

June 30th, 2017

2:12

344: Stranger’s Couch

June 29th, 2017

2:40

343: Personal Labels

June 28th, 2017

3:12

342: Romantic Interest

June 20th, 2017

3:27

341: Hobby Horse

June 19th, 2017

2:50

340: Black Market

June 16th, 2017

3:15

339: Tasty Choices

June 15th, 2017

2:31

338: Offline

June 14th, 2017

3:37

337: Your City

June 13th, 2017

2:37

336: Feminist

June 12th, 2017

2:45

335: Transitioning

June 9th, 2017

3:08

334: Hometown

June 8th, 2017

2:47

333: Shallow Standards

June 7th, 2017

4:07

332: Success

June 6th, 2017

3:11

331: Meal Plan

June 5th, 2017

3:40

330: Resume

June 2nd, 2017

4:05

329: In Captivity

June 1st, 2017

4:14

328: Marriage

May 31st, 2017

3:42

327: Working hours

May 30th, 2017

2:51

326: Work activism

May 29th, 2017

4:19
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

3:18

324: Recurring

May 25th, 2017

2:09

323: Voicemail

May 24th, 2017

2:12

322: Fortune Telling

May 23rd, 2017

2:20

321: Fast Food

May 22nd, 2017

3:12

320: Addressing

May 19th, 2017

3:34

319: Business Cards

May 18th, 2017

3:25

318: News

May 17th, 2017

4:03

317: Innovative

May 16th, 2017

2:37

316: Cleaning

May 15th, 2017

2:05

315: ROI

May 12th, 2017

2:44

314: Pranking

May 11th, 2017

2:52

313: Deviant

May 10th, 2017

3:05

312: Detained

May 9th, 2017

2:40

311: Authentically Offensive

May 8th, 2017

4:10

310: Saying No

May 5th, 2017

3:21

309: Questionable Comfort

May 4th, 2017

2:43

308: New Things

May 3rd, 2017

1:55

307: Long Distance

May 2nd, 2017

3:16

306: First Kiss

May 1st, 2017

2:27

Deep Dive Collaboration: Defining Art

April 29th, 2017

10:56
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

3:33

304: Do-overs

April 27th, 2017

2:28

303: Relationship Reminders

April 26th, 2017

2:26

302: Cutting humor

April 25th, 2017

3:01

301: Public Transit

April 24th, 2017

3:05

300: Language

April 21st, 2017

4:14
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

3:11

298: Inanimate Relationships

April 19th, 2017

2:32

297: Cooked

April 18th, 2017

3:59

296: Sharable

April 17th, 2017

3:13

295: Asking One’s Self

April 14th, 2017

3:24

294: Moment of love

April 13th, 2017

2:55

293: Letting Go

April 12th, 2017

2:41

292: Animalistic

April 11th, 2017

3:26

291: Governmental Role

April 10th, 2017

3:20

290: Drugs

April 7th, 2017

4:33

289: Your Passion

April 6th, 2017

3:12

288: Planning

April 5th, 2017

2:58

287: Individual Space

April 4th, 2017

3:11

286: Ritualistic

April 3rd, 2017

2:43

Deep Dive: Marginalia

March 27th, 2017

11:18

Spring Break

March 20th, 2017

0:32

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

2:53

284: Lucky

March 16th, 2017

3:52

283: Try, try again

March 15th, 2017

3:06

282: Laws of attraction

March 14th, 2017

2:15

281: Childhood Religion

March 13th, 2017

3:17

280: In the nude

March 10th, 2017

4:08

279: Giving time

March 9th, 2017

2:24

278: Recreational High

March 8th, 2017

3:26

277: Traditional

March 7th, 2017

1:30
Do you believe that tradition is a good reason to continue with something?

Show notes and links:
All answers for today provided by podcast fans in a preview question discussion.

276: Minimum pay

March 6th, 2017

2:05

275: Parentage

March 3rd, 2017

3:10

274: Conditions of Memory

March 2nd, 2017

1:58

273: Cash vs Cards

March 1st, 2017

2:26

272: Time

February 28th, 2017

3:24

271: Becoming a Character

February 27th, 2017

2:13

270: Conventions

February 24th, 2017

3:06

269: Early Alcohol

February 23rd, 2017

2:59

268: Cabin Fever

February 22nd, 2017

2:19

267: Anonymity

February 21st, 2017

2:45

266: Reclaiming Language

February 20th, 2017

3:46

265: Self-Googling

February 17th, 2017

2:04

264: Great Dates

February 16th, 2017

2:38

263: Changes Coming

February 15th, 2017

2:34

262: Freeloader

February 14th, 2017

1:55

261: Jury Duty

February 13th, 2017

2:43

260: Shared Passwords

February 10th, 2017

2:58

259: Enough Sleep

February 9th, 2017

2:51

258: Budget cuts

February 8th, 2017

3:14

257: Kid Wisdom

February 7th, 2017

2:30

256: Flirting

February 6th, 2017

2:34

255: The Moment

February 3rd, 2017

2:30

254: In Public

February 2nd, 2017

2:04

253: Fresh Start

February 1st, 2017

2:21

252: Advice

January 31st, 2017

3:15

251: First Crush

January 30th, 2017

2:34

250: Friendly descriptions

January 27th, 2017

2:41

249: What to struggle for?

January 26th, 2017

3:21

248: Relational memory

January 25th, 2017

2:17

247: Difficult words

January 24th, 2017

2:26

246: Day off

January 23rd, 2017

3:05

245: Bottoms Up

January 20th, 2017

2:23

244: Expertise

January 19th, 2017

2:36

243: Tipping

January 18th, 2017

3:15

242: Public office

January 17th, 2017

3:13

241: Help

January 16th, 2017

2:04

240: Characteristic Impact

January 13th, 2017

2:41

239: Lost

January 12th, 2017

2:23

238: Typology

January 11th, 2017

2:35

237: Principles

January 10th, 2017

2:21

236: Spiritual Places

January 9th, 2017

2:26

235: Inspiration

January 6th, 2017

3:31

234: Supportive

January 5th, 2017

2:07

233: Fired up

January 4th, 2017

2:47

232: Background Noise

January 3rd, 2017

3:14

231: Cutting them out

January 2nd, 2017

3:16

230: Carrot or Stick

December 16th, 2016

4:13

229: Reading material

December 15th, 2016

3:18

228: Moral personality

December 14th, 2016

2:12

227: More of it

December 13th, 2016

2:32

226: Transformative Experiences

December 12th, 2016

2:59

225: School Favorites

December 9th, 2016

1:49

What was your favorite part about school?

224: Teenage Tropes

December 8th, 2016

2:35

223: New Skills

December 7th, 2016

1:49

222: Struggle & Value

December 6th, 2016

2:18

221: Past Lives

December 5th, 2016

2:55

220: Balancing act

December 2nd, 2016

2:38

219: Face painting

December 1st, 2016

2:35

218: Making bets

November 30th, 2016

2:25

217: Required time

November 29th, 2016

2:39

216: Saying “enough”

November 28th, 2016

2:34

215: Even Steven

November 25th, 2016

2:59

214: Engaging

November 24th, 2016

2:23

213: Platforms

November 23rd, 2016

2:23

212: Reasonable excuses

November 22nd, 2016

2:12

211: Striking out on your own

November 21st, 2016

2:50

Deep Dive 5: Token Representation

November 14th, 2016

18:15

210: Written

November 11th, 2016

3:11

209: Balancing fit

November 10th, 2016

3:33

208: Dreaming of the future

November 9th, 2016

3:29

207: Prioritization

November 8th, 2016

3:04

206: Health

November 7th, 2016

3:22

205: Packaging

November 4th, 2016

4:02

204: Challenging Moments

November 3rd, 2016

3:03

203: American Dream

November 2nd, 2016

3:29

202: What you need

November 1st, 2016

2:50

201: Anti-nature

October 31st, 2016

3:27

200: Importance

October 28th, 2016

2:36

199: Waiting

October 27th, 2016

2:47

198: Giving lifeblood

October 26th, 2016

2:46

197: Shades of Truth

October 25th, 2016

3:10

196: Clothing

October 24th, 2016

3:22

195: Sexiness

October 21st, 2016

2:27

194: The News

October 20th, 2016

2:59

193: Reduction

October 19th, 2016

2:53

192: Fairy Tales

October 18th, 2016

3:03

191: Sacred Space

October 17th, 2016

2:59

Image: Ed Bierman CC-BY

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

Show notes and links:
Perception of Sacred Space (Journal of …

190: Back and Forth

October 14th, 2016

2:40

189: Unhappiness

October 13th, 2016

2:27

188: Company

October 12th, 2016

2:09

187: Appearance

October 11th, 2016

2:36

186: Permit

October 10th, 2016

2:55

185: A horrible person

October 7th, 2016

2:41

184: Literary Impact

October 6th, 2016

2:43

183: Pooled Resources

October 5th, 2016

2:36

182: Being Indirect

October 4th, 2016

2:43

181: Planning

October 3rd, 2016

2:34

180: Getting things in order

September 30th, 2016

2:22

179: The Last Decision

September 29th, 2016

2:08

178: Value / Criteria

September 28th, 2016

2:15

177: Fear

September 27th, 2016

2:24

176: Teachers

September 26th, 2016

3:09

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 …

175: Drive Time

September 2nd, 2016

2:32

174: Happily Ever After

September 1st, 2016

2:40

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 …

173: Slacktivism

August 31st, 2016

2:31

172: Recording Thoughts

August 30th, 2016

2:01

171: Difficult Conversations

August 29th, 2016

2:23

170: Unpacking

August 26th, 2016

2:12

169: Exes

August 25th, 2016

2:30

168: Full disclosure

August 24th, 2016

2:18

167: Where you sleep

August 23rd, 2016

2:16

166: Addiction

August 22nd, 2016

2:19

165: Last words

August 19th, 2016

2:16

164: Star crossed

August 18th, 2016

2:53

163: Quality

August 17th, 2016

2:20

162: Stress relief

August 16th, 2016

2:07

161: An assumption

August 15th, 2016

2:55

160: The unknown

August 12th, 2016

2:17

159: Emotional choice

August 11th, 2016

2:20

158: Formal ends

August 10th, 2016

2:30

157: Verbosity

August 9th, 2016

2:04

156: Big gestures

August 8th, 2016

2:34

155: The Future

August 5th, 2016

1:45

154: Being quotable

August 4th, 2016

2:11

153: First jobs

August 3rd, 2016

2:20

152: Being super

August 2nd, 2016

2:43

151: Bad memories

August 1st, 2016

2:11

Special Episode: Telling a good story

August 1st, 2016

1:59

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

2:32

149: Difficulty

July 28th, 2016

3:04

148: Making changes

July 27th, 2016

2:32

147: Bodies

July 26th, 2016

2:33

146: That special feeling

July 25th, 2016

2:16

145: Decision making

July 22nd, 2016

2:12

144: Public and private

July 21st, 2016

2:16

143: Normality

July 20th, 2016

2:31

142: Lust and caution

July 19th, 2016

2:38

141: Working history

July 18th, 2016

2:07

140: Charitable giving

July 15th, 2016

2:07

139: Making connections

July 14th, 2016

1:55

138: The Plunge

July 13th, 2016

2:35

137: Discovery

July 12th, 2016

2:00

136: Nightmares

July 11th, 2016

2:24

135: New ideas

July 8th, 2016

1:58

134: Being judged

July 7th, 2016

2:36

133: Selling Out

July 6th, 2016

2:04

132: How you trust

July 5th, 2016

2:08

131: Who you trust

July 4th, 2016

2:24

130: Bad intent

July 1st, 2016

2:31

129: Relating

June 30th, 2016

2:02

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

2:18

127: The power of forgetting

June 29th, 2016

2:49

126: Ethical decisions

June 27th, 2016

2:24

125: Operational security

June 24th, 2016

2:31

124: Where you work

June 23rd, 2016

2:58

123: Communications technology

June 22nd, 2016

3:05

122: Trying again

June 21st, 2016

2:40

121: Just a joke

June 20th, 2016

3:08

120: A sign

June 17th, 2016

3:06

119: The Talk

June 16th, 2016

2:42

118: The score

June 15th, 2016

2:44

117: Shared decision making

June 14th, 2016

2:53

116: What influences you

June 13th, 2016

2:38

115: Remembrances

June 10th, 2016

2:00

114: Growing Up

June 9th, 2016

2:29

What do you see as “being an adult”?

Show notes and links:
AdultingBlog.com

Full episode text

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

113: Information

June 8th, 2016

2:43

112: A party

June 7th, 2016

2:32

111: Emotions

June 6th, 2016

2:04

110: Being OK with things

June 3rd, 2016

1:36

109: Cyborgs

June 2nd, 2016

2:32

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

2:34

107: Comfort

May 31st, 2016

2:38

(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

3:13

105: Birthdays

May 27th, 2016

2:31

104: Feeling of Home

May 26th, 2016

2:58

103: Pleasantries

May 25th, 2016

2:40

102: Self-definition

May 24th, 2016

2:36

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 …

101: Saying thanks

May 23rd, 2016

2:16

100: Soulmates

May 20th, 2016

2:26

99: Getting back to normal

May 19th, 2016

2:22

98: Show and tell

May 18th, 2016

2:10

97: Political lies

May 17th, 2016

2:24

96: Line in the sand (friendzone)

May 16th, 2016

2:08

95: Equity

May 13th, 2016

2:28

94: Legal Language

May 12th, 2016

2:43

93: Sabbaticals

May 11th, 2016

2:14

92: Faith

May 10th, 2016

2:39

91: Religious Law

May 9th, 2016

2:20

90: Currency

May 6th, 2016

2:44

89: Historical excuse

May 5th, 2016

1:51

88: No idea

May 4th, 2016

1:51

87: Family

May 3rd, 2016

2:13

86: Pain

May 2nd, 2016

2:18

85: Calculated risk

April 29th, 2016

1:55

84: Letting go

April 28th, 2016

2:08

83: They

April 27th, 2016

1:56

82: Sharing sex lives

April 26th, 2016

1:41

81: Financial opinions

April 25th, 2016

2:15

80: A new place

April 22nd, 2016

2:16

79: Learning a trade

April 21st, 2016

2:16

78: Pet relationships

April 20th, 2016

2:16

77: Throwing back a few

April 19th, 2016

1:58

76: Your ceremonies

April 18th, 2016

2:24

75: Playing dumb

April 15th, 2016

2:34

74: Parental leave

April 14th, 2016

2:35

73: The First Amendment

April 13th, 2016

2:55

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

2:38

71: The order of a challenge

April 11th, 2016

2:00

70: Reading up

April 8th, 2016

2:24

69: Being a bit cynical

April 7th, 2016

2:00

67: Classroom tech

April 7th, 2016

2:06

68: Attraction scale

April 6th, 2016

2:01

66: Individual space

April 4th, 2016

2:33

65: The limits

April 1st, 2016

2:33

64: Decision making

March 31st, 2016

2:38

63: Innovation

March 30th, 2016

2:28

62: Drama

March 29th, 2016

2:53

61: Letting Go

March 28th, 2016

2:20

60: A joke

March 25th, 2016

2:29


Today, we’re talking about a joke.
Specifically…

59: Who you do business with

March 24th, 2016

2:34


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

58: Splitting hairs

March 23rd, 2016

1:59


Today, we’re talking about splitting hairs
Specifically…

57: On the defense

March 22nd, 2016

2:10


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

56: Boredom

March 21st, 2016

1:53


Today, we’re talking about boredom.
Specifically…

55: How to make a break

March 18th, 2016

1:59

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

54: Nerds and Jocks

March 17th, 2016

2:17


Today, we’re talking about nerds and jocks.
Specifically…

53: Moving between A and B

March 16th, 2016

2:00


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

52: Long-term non-commitment

March 15th, 2016

1:48

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

51: Fear

March 14th, 2016

1:40


Today, we’re talking about fear.
Specifically…

50: Testing

March 11th, 2016

1:51


Today, we’re talking about testing
Specifically…

49: Teaching kids

March 10th, 2016

1:24


Today, we’re talking about teaching kids
Specifically…

48: Love language

March 9th, 2016

1:34

Today, we’re talking about love.
Specifically…

47: Ultimatums

March 8th, 2016

1:41


Today, we’re talking about ultimatums.
Specifically…

46: You

March 7th, 2016

1:43


Today, we’re talking about you.
Specifically…

Deep Dive: Shared Cultural Touchstones

March 5th, 2016

10:19


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

2:03


Today, we’re talking about attractiveness.
Specifically…

44: Death by a thousand cuts

March 3rd, 2016

2:08


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

43: Defining yourself

March 2nd, 2016

1:50


Today, we’re talking about defining yourself.
Specifically…

42: Changing

March 1st, 2016

1:51

Today, we’re talking about changing.
Specifically…

41: The margins

February 29th, 2016

1:55


Today, we’re talking about the margins.
Specifically…

Announcement: Google Play & More

February 28th, 2016

0:58


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

2:12

Today, we’re talking about the impossible.
Specifically…

39: Making it official

February 25th, 2016

2:20


Today, we’re talking about making it official.
Specifically…

37: Spring Plans

February 24th, 2016

2:05

Today, we’re talking about spring plans.
Specifically…

38: Getting your hit

February 23rd, 2016

2:20

Today, we’re talking about getting your hit
Specifically…

36: Liberal Bullying

February 22nd, 2016

2:56

35: Self-knowledge

February 19th, 2016

2:04

34: Off average

February 18th, 2016

2:14

33: Cheating

February 17th, 2016

2:40

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

2:31

31: Artists & philosophers delight

February 15th, 2016

2:15

Deep Dive: The Public Private Life

February 13th, 2016

10:13

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

2:59

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

2:38

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

2:27

27: What you mean

February 9th, 2016

2:30

26: Being a tattle-tale

February 8th, 2016

2:39

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

2:05


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

2:04

23: Marketing

February 3rd, 2016

1:54

22: Ceremonies

February 2nd, 2016

1:49

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

2:14

Deep Dive: Internal & External Change

January 30th, 2016

11:08
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

1:52

19: Dirty laundry

January 28th, 2016

2:08

18: Habits

January 27th, 2016

2:11

17: Selling art

January 26th, 2016

1:27

16: The whys

January 25th, 2016

1:44

15: Compromises

January 22nd, 2016

2:29

14: Hiding

January 21st, 2016

1:43


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

13: Burnout

January 20th, 2016

1:47

Photo: Andrea Parrish

Today, we’re talking about burnout. Specifically…

12: Coming out

January 19th, 2016

2:04

Photo by torbakhopper / Flickr / CC-BY

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

11: Earning it

January 18th, 2016

1:54

Photo: Philandpam on Flickr / Creative Commons

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

Deep Dive: Self-Denial

January 16th, 2016

11:02

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

1:47

Today, we’re talking about etiquette. Specifically…

9: Gap year

January 14th, 2016

1:44

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

8: Hourly wages

January 13th, 2016

1:47

Today, we’re talking about wages. Specifically…

7: Tokenism vs invisibility

January 12th, 2016

2:01

Today, we’re talking about representation. Specifically…

6: Complete honesty

January 11th, 2016

2:00

Today, we’re talking about honesty. Specifically…

5: Cultural touchstones

January 8th, 2016

1:43

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

4: The public private life

January 7th, 2016

1:41

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

3: Internal & External Change

January 6th, 2016

1:41

Today, we’re talking about change, specifically…

2: Self-Denial

January 5th, 2016

1:49

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

1: Dreams

January 4th, 2016

1:49

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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