Stride & Saunter

100 EpisodesProduced by Kip Clark

Stride and Saunter is a podcast for thinking differently - specifically about humanity and curiosity. Every week, we bring you honest, thought-provoking discussions about the world we live in and how we perceive it. We aim to reconsider ourselves, the ways we relate to one another and the world we s… read more

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February 6th, 2019


Today marks a unique day for the podcast. With a few exceptions, the show has been weekly for the last four and a half years and I’ve decided to take …

Episode 229: Between These Eyes of Ink V

January 31st, 2019

“Politicians depend on good guesswork, not on understanding, in steering the state on the right course. They are just like soothsayers and …

Episode 228: To Be Truthful

January 23rd, 2019


Truth represents a foundational element in human life. Whether religious, personal, psychological or scientific, many of us live our lives in pursuit …

Episode 227: The Fear of Failure

January 16th, 2019


We are each motivated by a bevy of ideas, instincts and influences around us. Some of us have dreams of changing the world while others want to attempt the impossible and still others hope for happiness and humility …

Episode 226: The Struggles of Rural America

January 9th, 2019


Recent years have illuminated many of the divides and differences within American society and culture. In particular, as citizens around the world …

Episode 225: The Wrong Route of Dreaming

January 2nd, 2019


In our youth (and often in adulthood), we're asked what we want to be when we grow up. How crucial might "what" be in that framing of our futures and …

Episode 224: Between These Eyes of Ink IV

December 27th, 2018

“O house-builder, you are seen! You will not build this house again. For your rafters are broken and your ridgepole shattered. My mind has …

Episode 223: Zootopia

December 20th, 2018


Released in 2016 to critical and commercial success, Zootopia tells the story of rabbit Judy Hopps in her evolving dream to police the streets of the …

Episode 222: A Pale Blue Launch I

December 12th, 2018


What would you send into outer space to commemorate Earth and humanity, to a potential audience of alien life? This week, we begin a new interview …

Episode 221: "You'll Go Far"

December 6th, 2018


When sharing words of encouragement or predictions of future success, people will occasionally tell others “You’ll go far”. While the words are certainly well-intentioned and foretelling good fortune, what do they …

Episode 220: Resume vs. Eulogy Traits

November 29th, 2018


At distinct moments in time, our lives are considered and evaluated by figures of authority, sympathy or community. As a result, many of us sculpt …

Episode 219: For Non-Gamers — Productivity

November 21st, 2018


The act of playing has shown clear benefits for our moods, social bonding and problem solving abilities. In children, play is an invaluable means of …

Episode 218: To Trust with Power

November 15th, 2018


In the realm of humanity, our world is often dictated by those who have power and how they wield it around the less-powerful. But are there …

Episode 217: Escapism vs. Happiness

November 7th, 2018


In the most basic senses, it is human to move towards pleasure or comfort and away from pain, difficulty and hardship. But where do these impulses …

Episode 216: The Atmosphere of Political Over-Saturation

October 31st, 2018


Of the many topics folks try to avoid in conversation, politics is known to cause fierce debate, discomfort and arguments. But as our society …

Episode 215: Between These Eyes of Ink III

October 25th, 2018

“There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus

This week, we return to "Between These Eyes of Ink," a series which dissects and considers quotations and the insights they contain. For our third …

Episode 214: "I'm Not Very Good With Names"

October 17th, 2018


Especially as we grow older, we'll experience countless introductions to peers, leaders, potential friends, partners and other acquaintances. Despite …

Episode 213: The Fear of Failure - Learning

October 10th, 2018


As fallible and flawed creatures, human beings are bound to eventual mistakes and errors. For some of us, the fear of failing stops us in our tracks and stops any momentum whatsoever. This week, we welcome Eric …

Episode 212: The Quicksand of Professionalism

October 3rd, 2018


In an effort to preserve our various traits and qualities as people, many of us strive for a work/life balance between our professional and personal selves. But in the larger context of our world and its economy, …

Episode 211: Our Fourth Anniversary

September 27th, 2018


Today (technically two days prior, on the 24th) marks four years of work put into Stride & Saunter. It has been and remains a pleasure to explore the world of humanity and its circumstances with and for all of you. …

Episode 210: "Politicians Don't Need New Ideas"

September 19th, 2018


Earlier this year, Paul Krugman published an op-ed in the New York Times discussing his perspective that “Politicians Don’t Need New Ideas”. Within …

Episode 209: "But My Black Friend Said..."

September 12th, 2018


As issues surrounding race remain painful, complicated and contentious in our society, there are ways in which beliefs and behaviors bubble to the …

Episode 208: The Chains of Privacy

September 6th, 2018


When we consider the concept of "privacy," we typically imagine what we do or do not share or reveal to the world. But in an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the idea of privacy bears more heavily in …

Episode 207: "Fake It 'Til You Make It"

August 29th, 2018


At various points of uncertainty in our lives, many of us have heard the common encouragement to "Fake it 'til you make it". This week, we wanted to dissect its meaning, intentions and how much wisdom actually lies in …

Episode 206: For Non-Gamers — eSports

August 22nd, 2018


Since time immemorial, competition and contest have been a cornerstone of recreation, identity and society. Alongside cultural and technological …

Episode 205: Canbeam

August 15th, 2018


Language has a clear impact not only on how others perceive and react to us, but on how we treat and see ourselves. What are our internal narratives of who we are and how we live? How do linguistic distinctions affect …

Episode 204: Silent or Spoken Retrospective

August 9th, 2018


Philosophy and introspection present us with numerous questions, concepts and theories, some of which are far more applicable than others. One such practical question asks "Which is better: To say something and wish you …

Episode 203: Why We Study Art History

August 1st, 2018


Many of us approach the realm of art history with degrees of apprehension, uncertainty and intellectual dread. We treat its topics as pedantic and its concepts as cumbersome, but why? This week, we welcome Tamar Avishai …

Episode 202: Deepening Our Democracy

July 25th, 2018


Of all that defines America, our history as a democratic nation that places faith in the people is quite possibly our brightest beacon and most ambitious goal. As recent years have shown us, we are often vocally and …

Episode 201: The Great Lesser, Vulnerability

July 4th, 2018


Although vulnerability and openness offer rich and meaningful connection to the world, mainstream Western culture appears directly opposed to its …

Episode 200: Who We Are and How We Share Them

June 27th, 2018


A breadth of paradox:
Loss and recollection
Light amidst shadow
End and origin
Sound against silence
Many thoughts and one,
Peace from pain.

Episode 199: Addressing the Toxic Workplace

June 14th, 2018


For all the time many of us will spend with others in a workplace, circumstances aren't always positive or healthy. Some work environments deteriorate so thoroughly that health, productivity and interpersonal trust …

Episode 198: 'Twixt Art and Media, Fair Use

June 7th, 2018


As long as art has helped human beings go beyond traditional limits, understandings and perceptions, legal systems have attempted to impose order, …

Episode 197: "Can We Be Friends?"

May 30th, 2018


Although friendships often promote compassion, shared perspectives and overall understanding, getting there from a state of non-acquaintance isn't always straightforward. Younger years offer more chances to tumble into …

Episode 196: The Celebrity Crush

May 23rd, 2018


The concept of a celebrity crush has become commonplace in our culture - the famed folks after whom we pine, lust and dream. Many of us look to …

Episode 195: The Pressure to Parent

May 16th, 2018


Of the many near-universal life experiences shared across the world, parenthood is near the top of the list. For as long as humans have roamed the earth, their parents have brought them to the very pale blue dot we all …

Episode 194: Knowledge, Trivia and Shame

May 10th, 2018


Knowledge and our ability to capture it has lifted our species to great heights. It has been our foothold in scientific discovery, feats of …

Episode 193: Creepy vs. Romantic

May 3rd, 2018


Intense emotion has been revered, feared and everything in between since our species began introspecting. When it comes to the intensity we show others, especially in the realm of romance, complications emerge. How do …

Episode 192: Ticket Philanthropy and Representation

April 25th, 2018


Recent films like Black Panther, Wonder Woman and Love, Simon have amplified a desire among moviegoers to promote better representation of our society. In the past year they have been record-breaking films, sparking …

Episode 191: To Tell the Young of Ends

April 11th, 2018


In the process of growing up, we learn a great deal about the world and the people around us. Common in all of our experiences are the truths of mortality - our abilities, our frailties and the reality of demise. But we …

Episode 190: The Painted Walkway

April 6th, 2018

“Designed to evoke emotion and to spark conversation. It embraces the community and marries both sides of the bridge gracefully by creating a …

Episode 189: Voids for the Networkers

March 29th, 2018


At every stage of life, our communities provide us with shelter, guidance, support and friendship. For millennials in particular, communities, their …

Episode 188: Talent or Hard Work

March 15th, 2018


In the pursuit of success, safety, fulfillment and various other achievements besides, people make use of their particular advantages, circumstances …

Episode 187: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff IV

March 7th, 2018


This week, we return to the tradition of reacting to a book of insights entitled "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". In particular, we look at chapters …

Episode 186: In a World of Ego Threats

February 28th, 2018


Difficulties and obstacles come from all sides and throughout life. We might envision circumstances surrounding work, survival and relationships as …

Episode 185: Between These Eyes of Ink II

February 21st, 2018

“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.” — Oscar Wilde

This week, we return to "Between These Eyes of …

Episode 184: Headline Culture

February 14th, 2018


Despite its essential role in our lives and agency as citizens, many of us consume journalistic works minimally or inefficiently. In particular, …

Episode 183: Calling Out, Preserved

February 8th, 2018


As podcasts have demonstrated for years now, sound and the human voice have a deep and intimate capacity to affect and inspire listeners. Audio continues to inform, entertain and challenge people around the world. What …

Episode 182: The Salty, The Savage

February 1st, 2018


Words and the languages they uphold are among humanity's greatest creations. They allow communication, experimentation and profound self-expression. …

Episode 181: Gratitude in 2017

January 25th, 2018


For countless individuals, 2017 was a year characterized by stress, confusion, trauma and exhaustion. Political tensions persist and expand as pop …

Episode 180: Ecosystems of Information

January 17th, 2018

“This president, like President Obama, will be out of office some day...But this information ecosystem, this is going to be around for the …

Episode 179: Animals, Time and Impulsivity

January 11th, 2018


One of humanity's key markings, be it real or simply pursued, is our distance from those in the animal kingdom. We marvel at our structures, …

Episode 178: Why I Hate Interviews and Love Conversations

January 4th, 2018


Language and speech present a myriad of communication options, styles and preferences between and among people. Some enjoy small talk, others feel …

Episode 177: "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?"

December 28th, 2017


Alongside the meteoric rise, popularity and societal influence of smartphones, many have voiced concern about their impact - especially on younger …

Episode 176: "Fall In"

December 20th, 2017


So long as humans have wandered the earth, we have been contemplated and received the seasons in our lives. Though all of us could point to ways in …

Episode 175: Is Acting Selfish?

December 13th, 2017


As acting has persisted as a vessel of storytelling, expression, catharsis and so much more, its allure has also grown over the centuries. Pursuing a career as an actor is one of the quintessential risks taken by …

Episode 174: Between These Eyes of Ink I

December 6th, 2017

“The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

This week, the beginning of a new series …

Episode 173: Christ on the Cross

November 29th, 2017


Imagery plays a powerful role across all cultures. Whether sculpted, painted, drawn or woven, human creations are often detailed in ways that capture …

Episode 172: "Honesty is the Best Policy"

November 23rd, 2017


The phrase "honesty is the best policy" has been a common utterance of parents, teachers and other moral guides in society. It points to a tendency …

Episode 171: Nice vs. Kind

November 15th, 2017


We all face choices in how we deal with those around us. Your options can include apathy, hostility, curiosity and countless other variations. When it comes to showing differing levels of courtesy or respect, how might …

Episode 170: "God on Trial"

November 8th, 2017


In a post-Holocaust world, the narrative of humanity is forever changed by the tragedy and atrocity of the period. For the religious among us, …

Episode 169: "From Sex Object to Gritty Woman..."

November 2nd, 2017

“Over the last decade, the most sold images from Getty for the search term ‘women’ have evolved from photos of mostly naked models to active …

Episode 168: Depictions of War

October 26th, 2017


Because of the consistent role war has held over the course of human history, its relevance in culture persists. It's worth considering how we …

Episode 167: The Learning Environment

October 18th, 2017


The knowledge we possess rests clearly upon what, how and when we learn. But what about the spaces in which we learn? How do they affect our comprehension, comfort and perspective of the world around us? This week, …

Episode 166: "Scare the Bird"

October 11th, 2017


We all perceive and interact with innocence in different ways. It's often written about, illustrated and described at length in cultures around the …

Episode 165: Wonder and Knowledge

October 4th, 2017


In a vast and complicated universe, our ability to perceive and interpret our place within it is especially valuable. Some of us passionately seek answers to questions big and small while others prefer to marvel at the …

Episode 164: Our Third Anniversary

September 28th, 2017


Three years ago, on September 24, 2014, we launched Stride & Saunter. I look back with a deep fondness on all that I've learned and everything I've been fortunate to share with the listening world. I feel the show's …

Episode 163: The Great American Eclipse

September 20th, 2017


On August 21st, 2017, millions of Americans flocked to see a total solar eclipse as it ventured across the continental U.S. Beyond the visual and …

Episode 162: The Friendly Bonds Among

September 13th, 2017


In various settings, people consider friendship to be a marker of personal success and completion. Friends attend our proudest moments and comfort us …

Episode 161: The Silhouettes of Affection

September 6th, 2017


Although love represents an ideal that many of us strive for in our personal, romantic and ongoing relationships, it manifests in many forms. Between …

Episode 160: The Crossroads of Customer Service

August 30th, 2017


Many of us interact with employees on a consistent, often daily basis. We may not think much of these moments, or the people with whom we're speaking, but customer service as an intersection between consumers and …

Episode 159: The "Yes" Game

August 23rd, 2017


Looking at a culture where news, opinions and often daily conversations can tend towards negativity, a positive outlook can seem miraculous. When …

Episode 158: "In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything..."

August 16th, 2017

“‘Today everything exists to end in a photograph,’ Susan Sontag wrote in her seminal 1977 book ‘On Photography.’ This was something I thought about when I recently read that Google was making its …

Episode 157: Radiance, Darkness and The Atomic Bomb

August 9th, 2017

“Most Americans have been taught that using atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 was justified because the bombings ended the war in the Pacific, thereby averting a costly U.S. invasion of …

Episode 156: "Counting the Herd"

August 2nd, 2017


The bonds of friendship are central to the human experience. Friends help us as we grow through childhood, weather the storms of adolescence and …

Episode 155: A Linguistic Examination of Emoji

July 26th, 2017

“Emoji was crowned as this year’s top-trending word by the Global Language Monitor, and it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary (funny, because it’s a word that describes the concept of not actually using …

Episode 154: Cowspiracy

July 19th, 2017

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr. “You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products. Period.” — …

Episode 153: "Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong"

July 12th, 2017

“There was another professor called Peter Cohen in the Netherlands who said, maybe we shouldn’t even call it addiction. Maybe we should call …

Episode 152: Dreams of the Dying

July 6th, 2017

“These events are distinct from ‘near-death experiences,’ such as those recalled by people revived in intensive care units. ‘These are people on a journey towards death, not people who just missed it.’” — …

Episode 151: If a Podcast Falls in a Forest...

June 28th, 2017


A few weeks ago, Stride & Saunter ran into some technical difficulties on Apple Podcasts/iTunes and vanished altogether. As a personal endeavor, …

Episode 150: Wonder Woman

June 21st, 2017

“I’m such a believer in the genre because I’m a believer in mankind turning stories into about what it means to be a hero and what would I do …

Episode 149: The Changing of Rooms

June 14th, 2017


So much of our experiences as people rests upon the spaces and environments we occupy and traverse. In particular, the rooms where we socialize, …

Episode 148: What We Can Say In Music

June 7th, 2017


Cultures and societies around the world have embraced and leaned upon music since time immemorial and for various reasons. Music can soothe, …

Episode 147: The Bed and The Shower

June 1st, 2017

“Those minutes where I am alone, just me and my pillow. I think. A lot. I think about everything, anything. It varies from ‘What am I doing with my life?’ to ‘Did I have homework?’ The room is so silent, but my …

Episode 146: The Hurtful and The Critical

May 25th, 2017

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good …

Episode 145: Cross-Artistic Inspiration

May 18th, 2017


Many of us who pursue artistic or creative passions look to those who have succeeded in a particular field. Writers inspire the …

Episode 144: The Impact of Best Friends

May 11th, 2017


As we get to know other people, we gradually filter them into distinct boxes or categories. Some we associate with work, recreation or competition. …

Episode 143: "Can Democracy Stop Terrorism?"

May 4th, 2017

“Democracy must be our answer to terrorism.” — Angela Merkel “Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism” — Benazir Bhutto “But this begs a fundamental …

Episode 142: "Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter"

April 26th, 2017


When sexual topics are brought into a conversation via joke or interjection, a common response is “Get your mind out of the gutter!” Prevailing …

Episode 141: Embarrassment Surrounding American Culture

April 20th, 2017


We often take a critical look at cultural elements or sections of our behavior and thinking. Is it possible to apply a similar lens to an entire …

Episode 140: Transcendent Man

April 13th, 2017

“No matter what problem you encounter, whether it’s a grand challenge for humanity or a personal problem of your own, there’s an idea out there that can overcome it. And you can find that idea. ” — Ray …

Episode 139: The Funny/Serious Divide

April 5th, 2017

“If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without …

Episode 138: Every Thought a Rational One

March 30th, 2017

“The Enlightenment view of mankind is a complete myth. It leads us into thinking we’re sane and rational creatures most of the time, and we’re not.” — J. G. Ballard “Respect for another man’s …

Episode 137: A Veteran's Transition

March 23rd, 2017


Transitions are often interesting occasions in our lives which force us to confront the self on a critical level and evaluate our apparent …

Episode 136: The Friend Zone

March 16th, 2017

“Girls are not machines that you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.” — Sylvia Plath “I definitely think the idea of the friend zone is men going, ‘This woman won’t have sex with me.’” …

Episode 135: For Non-Gamers — DLC

March 9th, 2017


Because of the ever-connected nature of the Internet, 21st century media has the opportunity to be dynamic, iterative and fluid in real-time. Posts …

Episode 134: Casting Technological Judgment

March 2nd, 2017


In various areas of our lives and spheres of our society, choice and freedom lead to diverse identities and communities. In the contexts of …

Episode 133: Proactivity in Friendship

February 23rd, 2017


Numerous cultural and societal fixtures encourage us to seize the day, to reach for what is ours and to trust in the engines of our ambitions. This …

Episode 132: "I Love You"

February 16th, 2017

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” — Roy Croft “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without …

Episode 131: The Path of Objectivity in Journalism

February 8th, 2017


In our respective attempts to understand the world and societies in which we live, many of us turn to journalism and the narratives it helps convey. Some stories illuminate hidden details about our communities while …

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