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Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke explores self-development through the lens of current events, sports, and pop culture. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations. In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life. *new* episode every Tuesday.
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Jun 7, 2016

Lulu Miller helps us introduce this week's replay of Where There's Smoke because her podcast, Invisibilia, comes back on June 17 and she's looking for that all-important "Where There's Smoke Bump"! Thanks to her for recording the intro and, if you're a fan of WTS, you're probably going to love Invisibilia. 

We've got something fun and different planned for a couple of Tuesdays from now, so make sure to keep checking back all summer!

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(Original show notes)

Lulu Miller of NPR’s Invisibilia joins us this week to talk about curiosity. Well, she really wanted to talk about adventure, exploration, and discovery; but for reasons we discuss in the show, Brett just couldn’t let curiosity go.

Simply by asking, “What is curiosity?”, we find ourselves confronted with another whole set of questions: How curious are you? How do you measure it? Could one believe they are curious, and then discover they’re not? Could curiosity be something different than you think?


Plus, we tip our hat to the great comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, which debuted 30 years ago this November and rode off on a toboggan 20 years ago this December.

Well, if we want to get any answers to these questions, there’s only one thing left to do: Let’s go exploring!

 

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Guest: Lulu Miller

Website: http://lutimestwo.com / http://www.npr.org/people/348775905/lulu-miller

Twitter: @lmillernpr

 

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Connect with the show on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wtspod and Twitter: @exploreWTS

 

Links from our newest segment: WTS DIGS!

Brett recommends: Pocket

Nick recommends: Nathan For You

 

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May 24, 2016

So much of our life is going from Point A to Point B, and it is about execution, deliverables, and responsibilities. And there is an absolutely a place for that. However for our sanity, and our success, it is also important that we take breaks. And these breaks provide us with much more than just a rest - they are an opportunity to reboot and reset -  and they can dictate the quality of our work and our lives.


In our 50th episode (and the final episode of Season Two), we are joined by Karan Bajaj - best-selling author, marketing executive, and striving yogi, who has found a way to take yearlong sabbaticals on a semi-regular basis. We talk with Karan about the importance of extended breaks on our creativity, mindset, and identity.

Plus a few “digs” for the road.

Make sure to text “SMOKE” to 66866 or visit www.wheretheressmoke.co to join our mailing list and get updated when season three gets started!

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GUEST
Karan Bajaj

Twitter: @RealKaranBajaj

To order a copy of Karan Bajaj’s new book, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent (and get some FREE gifts!), go to www.KaranBajaj.com/yogamax

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WTS Digs!

Brett: Campari & Soda (beverage)

Nick: Lady Dynamite on Netflix & www.thebeatlesneverbrokeup.com.


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May 18, 2016

Eventually, we’re all forced to turn around and face the truth. In today’s episode, Nick shares a truth with Brett that he is having a hard time accepting and together - with some very special help - they try to get a handle on it.

Where There’s Smoke is approaching the Big 5-0 (this is it’s 49th full episode), and we are talking acceptance.


Plus, a brand new WTSdigs!

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WTS Digs

Brett: Whitney - No Woman: https://youtu.be/CGKN6qiDqnk

Nick: “Next Time on Lonny”: https://youtu.be/nUnXlhzicx0?list=PL3qi8J5cf3ZgKEUhWzXmwFHurBR4F_a-k

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If you dig the show, please take a moment to rate & review it on iTunes

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You can also go to www.wheretheressmoke.co for links to Stitcher, SoundCloud, and/or to stream online

Connect with the show on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wtspod and Twitter: @exploreWTS

May 10, 2016

Do a Google search for ‘How Do I Find My Life Purpose’ and you will find a slew of articles and videos claiming to help you discover your purpose in 7 minutes … 5 minutes ….3 minutes...and even “less than 5 seconds”. But is there even a such thing or is purpose about something else altogether?

Joining us is Drew Daywalt, author of the children’s book blockbuster, The Day The Crayons Quit. Drew’s journey provides us with lessons and insights into how we can strive and stumble through life to feel that sense of fulfillment, and live a purposeful life.

Plus, a new edition of WTS digs (with nary a mention of a TV show!).


GUEST
Drew Daywalt

Website: www.crayonspicturebooks.com

Twitter and Instagram: @DrewDaywalt

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Links from WTS DIGS!

Brett: Hobbes & Me
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9CWTsG3tw1qKs5CbvRScKjCYmYzYAV_v

Nick: CoffeeMate Girl Scouts Thin Mints Coffee Creamer
https://www.coffee-mate.com/Products/Girl-Scouts-Thin-Mints.aspx#012187ce-476f-4dfa-8871-ede2337515f7


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Apr 5, 2016

Our first ever 48 Hour Challenge! We took suggestions from our listeners and this week we were assigned trauma. We’ll explore some of our own traumas, uncover what causes it, how we can cope with it, and even how we can thrive from it. And through it all, we are reminded that no matter our circumstances, one powerful element remains.

Plus, a new WTSdigs.

GUESTS
Auberon Wolf

Website: http://www.auberonwolf.com

WTS Digs

Brett’s Dig: Banshee (http://www.cinemax.com/banshee)
Nick’s Dig: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (https://www.netflix.com/title/80025384_)

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Mar 22, 2016

All time is indeed created equal. Where it becomes unequal is in how we choose to spend it.

This week’s episode started with 87 hours - 87 hours that Brett spent with his son, Radek. And those 3.5 days turned into an exploration of Quality Time: What is it, how do we create it, and why is it so critical to all of our relationships.

Joining us in this exploration is Jim Shiels, creator of The Family Board Meeting strategy. And through several studies, including one that has spanned 75 years, we discover that quality time and the quality of our relationships has been shown to to strongly impact our health and happiness from childhood to adults.

Plus, the grand return of WTSdigs. This time with Brett & Nick in the same room!

GUESTS

Jim Sheils

Website: www.QualityTimeRevolution.com

WTS Digs

Brett’s Dig: Pickleback (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickleback)

Nick’s Dig - Louis CK’s Horace & Pete (https://louisck.net/show/horace-and-pete)

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Mar 15, 2016

Criticism seems to be running rampant in our world these days. This week, we ask some important questions: Why do we seem more interested in tearing others down than building them up? What is the deal with this plague of criticism in our world? Why do we do it? And what does it cost us?

Then we turn our sights to the alternatives to criticism. How can we alter our behaviour, inspire change, and build relationships?

Plus, in our midroll, Nick is joined by some listeners to revisit multitasking and share your thoughts.

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Mar 1, 2016

As we get ready for an exciting March, enjoy another WTS Favorite from April 28, 2015. Brett is on the record that he’s “jealous” of this episode. Whatever that means. ENJOY!

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(Original Show Notes)

Community is a living organism - it’s always changing. And while it once only existed in a physical place, now it can also exist in just space. Technology has helped communities to evolve and become global.

As Nick and Brett both leave Northern California for separate destinations, we explore what community is, why it matters, how we embrace it, and also... how to let it go.

We also talk to international educator, Jeff Utecht, to discuss the evolution of communication technology, how we adapt to change, and what’s next?

Guest: Jeff Utecht

Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffutecht.com

Also: www.learning2.org and www.edurolearning.com

Twitter: @jutecht

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You can also go to www.wheretheressmoke.co for links to Stitcher, SoundCloud, and/or to stream online.

 

Feb 23, 2016

It's Single-Tasking Day and we’re taking the chance to talk about all things related to “focus”. We thoroughly explore multitasking and single-tasking while trying to understand what these habits do for our efficiency and our health. Plus, we also get to the bottom of who started Single-Tasking Day in the first place!

We also speak with cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman. She talks about the physical and emotional costs of multitasking - and, honestly, it’s a bit shocking.

But there’s also good news! We provide some strategies that can help you rev up your brain's performance at any age.


Plus we visit the “WTS Offices”, where Nick has a special message on how you can support the show.


GUESTS
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Website: www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu

Twitter: @BrainHealth

Ginger Marks
http://www.holidaymarketingguide.com

 

Theresa Gabriel
tree.gabriel@gmail.com

 

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If you dig the show, please take a moment to rate & review it on iTunes

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Feb 16, 2016

This is the second episode in our examination of truth and lies. This week we’re exploring the lies we tell ourselves. Why do we do that and how can we figure out when we’re doing it? We talk to Dr. Cortney Warren, author of the book Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception. She talks with us about self-deception and how to combat it.

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This week’s guest is Dr. Cortney Warren.

Visit her at www.ChooseHonesty.com.

Twitter: @CortneySWarren

Book: Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

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Feb 9, 2016

In honor of the return of Serial, this week we’re looking at Truth - well, truth and lies. Sometimes we lie for good reasons and sometimes we lie for bad ones. Which is which and why does it matter? Also, Author Scott Berkun also talks to us about The Myths of Innovation.

Note: This is part one of a two-part episode. Make sure to come back next week! 

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This week’s guest is Scott Berkun.

Visit him at www.scottberkun.com.

Twitter: @Berkun

Book: The Myths of Innovation

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Feb 2, 2016

We’re getting ready for a fun episode next week and so we figured today was the perfect day to revisit our past and share with you the important of "story" in shaping our lives. Also, make sure to visit www.supportwts.com and support our efforts! See you next week!

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Stories are built into our DNA. For thousands of years they have shaped cultures, religions, and whole civilization. And they may just be the answer to the age-old question, ‘Who Am I?’

In this episode of Where There’s Smoke, we explore the power of stories. Defining their ability to help you influence others, and the role they play in defining you. We weave through scientific studies, TED Talks, and documentaries; as well as doing flybys of Mad Men, Seinfeld, Frankenstein, The Princess Bride, and others.

Oh, and curious about the story of Where There’s Smoke itself? Who’s behind it? How did it start? Why? Well, we’ll give you a glimpse into that too.

And we finish on a fantastic interview with author and speaker Ty Bennett, where we provide even more tangible insight and strategies for you to apply.

Guest: Ty Bennett

Learn more about Ty at www.tybennett.com

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Jan 26, 2016

Where There’s Smoke is a year old and as Brett & Nick bounced around several themes for the anniversary show, everything kept pointing back to one idea: work. Yup. Work is both hard... and awesome.


So this week they explore work. First, Nick shares Ira Glass’ concept of The Gap - a precarious place to be for anybody looking to accomplish something new. Then, Brett explores the word ‘Work’ itself and how it inspires us to keep going.

Plus our first midroll in ages, and of course, WTSdigs.

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Hey, we want to hear your thoughts and feelings on Year One of Where There’s Smoke.
Send an email to connect@wheretheressmoke with your responses to some or all of these questions?

What is…?

  1. Your Favorite In-Show Moment so far.
  2. What is the Best Advice/Insight you received from a Guest.
  3. What is Your Favorite Episode and Why

And, if true for you, how has an episode of Where There’s Smoke, or the show as a whole, positively impacted your life?

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Watch Ira Glass discuss the Gap https://youtu.be/BI23U7U2aUY

See More on David White’s Consolations http://www.davidwhyte.com/consolations.html

 

Links from WTS DIGS:

Brett: My Dad Wrote A Porno  

Nick: Just tweet him at @PodcastMonster with your #EmptyiPhone recommendation!

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Jan 19, 2016

Every week, we strive to use the stories around us - news, pop culture, sports - to help make a positive change within ourselves and our listeners. With so many people emotionally impacted by the recent death of David Bowie (including us), we wanted to try and understand what we can learn from his life.

That ultimately led us into an exploration of authenticity. A word that in many ways has become misused in our modern lives; but the more we looked into what it means to be authentic, the more we realized that there was something valuable there.

So, join us on an exploration to understand “authenticity” and how can we become more authentic in our own lives and businesses.


Plus: A special David Bowie edition of WTS Digs.

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Watch David Bowie’s “Lazarus” video.

Links from our special David Bowie WTS DIGS:

Brett: Click to Hear

Nick: Click to Hear

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Jan 12, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions. Around 45% of Americans will set a resolution for 2016 and by the end of January 36% will break them. Ultimately, only 8% of people who make resolutions, achieve them. Why? Well, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association, people cite the number one reason for not following through as a “lack of willpower”.

And so in this episode, we set out to understand willpower. What is it? And how do you strengthen it? And what are some key things to be aware of in the process?

Joining us is someone who knows a thing or a hundred about willpower, writer and educator Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct.

Plus we debut a new segment, and Brett & Nick close out by sharing what they are digging.


GUEST
Kelly McGonigal

Website: www.kellymcgonigal.com

Twitter: @KellyMcGonigal

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Link from our newest segment WTS Bumps:
Writing Class Radio

Links from WTS DIGS!

Brett recommends Focus @ Will

Nick recommends Hollywood Handbook

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Jan 5, 2016

As we prepare for our episode on willpower next week, we figured we'd revisit another favorite episode and hope that it helps show both how much work an episode of WTS takes AND how to do your best creative work. 

Remember, we'd appreciate any support you could offer at www.supportwts.com.

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(Original show notes)

To get from Point A to Point B - there is always a process. Sometimes it's intentional and other times it just happens. Some aspects of that process may be effective and, ultimately, help an endeavor succeed. Other steps in the process can actually be a hinderance; and slow down or derail, even the best of intentions or ideas

This week on Where There’s Smoke - for our 20th episode - we sifted through hours of Voxer messages and Skype chats, along with countless text messages and emails, to unpack the making of one episode of Where There’s Smoke. Specifically, last week’s episode on Values.

And in this process we will analyze the process of process. What are some key elements that successful creators have implemented throughout the centuries? What do you most need to be aware of? What can serve you - and what can sink you?

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Dec 29, 2015

In preparation for 2016 and the next new episode of Where There’s Smoke, we thought we’d review some important concepts that can help you hit the ground running with your resolutions. Our next episode will be on the topic of willpower and, not coincidentally, by the time January 12, 2016 rolls around, some people might already be struggling (or have completely given up on) their resolutions! What most people don’t realize though is that willpower is not about powering through, and much of its power comes from the foundation of the resolutions or goals you set in the first place.

With that in mind, Brett is here to help you set that foundation, and in the process also recommends revisiting 3 Where There’s Smoke episodes before January 12th: First, our Can You Feel It? (Success); A Step In The Right Direction (Values); and A New Type of Hustle (Stillness).

Then in the second half of the mini-episode, Nick joins Brett for a special expanded version of everyone’s favorite segment: WTS Digs.

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Dec 22, 2015

Just what IS Christmas Spirit? Is it real? If so, how do we get it? What the heck does CWB stand for? And what’s the role of nostalgia in this whole holiday season?

This week, it’s A Where There’s Smoke Christmas. Brett finds himself a little down in the dumps around Christmas, but Nick may have just the cure - a mysterious VHS tape he found that contains the impossible.


Join Brett & Nick as they go on a journey through history, psychology, and holiday classics to understand Christmas Spirit. Along the way, we’ll meet a cast of characters that all sound a lot like Brett & Nick, find out what the best Christmas Present Brett ever got was, and ultimately hear Nick share what the Christmas Spirit is all about. (Hint: Everyone can enjoy it!)

So grab a cup of eggnog, cozy up to the fire, press play, and enjoy!

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Dec 16, 2015

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” Those are the words of John Cleese in a talk he gave back in 1991 on Creativity. In this episode we explore the concept of Creativity. What is it? Are YOU creative? Can you be MORE creative? And how DOES creativity impact other areas of our lives?

We go on this exploration with author, artist, entrepreneur, and activist David Usher, who earlier this year released the book, Let The Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything.


Plus, a special Holiday edition of WTS Digs.

GUEST: David Usher

Website: www.DavidUsher.com

Twitter: @DavidUsher

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Brett recommends A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix

Nick recommends John Denver & The Muppets, A Christmas Together

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Dec 8, 2015

Why is it so hard to ask for things? Why do we resist? Why don’t we do it when we need support?

This week, Brett and Nick launch their Patreon campaign - but they process was a difficult one. First, they had to wrestle with asking their listeners for support! This led them to ask some questions about asking. What about asking makes us so uncomfortable? Through the journey, they had conversations with Patreon’s Creation Relations Manager, Cole Palmer, and personal development facilitator Kathy Quinlan Perez.

Brett & Nick ask you to visit www.supportwts.com and consider supporting Where There’s Smoke. They just want to keep saying “YES!” to making this show every week. Thank you for your support!


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GUESTS
Cole Palmer, Patreon

Twitter: @cepvi0

Kathy Quinlan Perez, PSI Seminars

Website: www.psiseminars.com

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Brett recommends Walking Through Airports/Malls/Busy Streets listening to Christmas music on headphones (Experience)

Nick recommends Psychonauts 2 & Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Crowdfunding Campaigns)

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Nov 24, 2015

This is one of Brett and Nick’s favorite episodes that, sadly, many listeners haven’t heard. So, while the WTS team takes some time off this week to rest up, please enjoy this encore presentation of “The Way It Is (Taste)”.

This episode DOES contain new WTS Digs and Credits - there's some good stuff here.

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Taste. What’s good? What’s bad? People often come guns blazing with their opinions on things - whether it be music, movies, art, food, or drink. But where do these ideas come from and why are they so deeply ingrained?

This week on Where There’s Smoke we talk taste. Producer Nick Jaworski joins Brett as co-host this week and shares a story involving Canada’s top selling recording artist, the United States Air Force... and soap.

And after exploring many influences and interactions of taste, we talk to Dr. Robert Woody from the University of Nebraska. He expands on taste as it relates to fandom, and teaches us about “burging” and “corfing”.

Guest: Dr. Robert Woody

Dr. Woody’s Blog: http://beingmusicalbeinghuman.com/
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/robert-h-woody-phd

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Brett recommends the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy.

Nick recommends The Engineer Guy.


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Nov 17, 2015

What is it about music that just takes you back to specific people, places, and moments? Well, this week, we explore how music intersects with our lives. Whether it’s playing, listening, or escaping it, music is finds a way to bury deep within us and remind us of our own stories.

Nick is running this show this week and opens with a story about love, loss, and the Bb concert scale. Next, Elizabeth Sweetly tells us about how music seemingly haunted her until she came to grips with the realities of her own life. Finally, Jessi Broughton tells us about how music brought her best friend into her life - twice.

We also speak with neuropsychologist Dr. Amee Baird about her research into music and memory.

So, put on a stupid grin and let’s get to listening.


GUESTS
Dr. Amee Baird

Special Thanks to Listeners Elizabeth Sweetly (@ej_sweetly) and Jessi Broughton (@searchtofindyou) for sharing their stories.

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Brett recommends Mr. Nice.

Nick recommends the Snarky Puppy song, Lingus.


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Nov 10, 2015

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” That’s Steve Martin’s advice for anybody looking to be successful. We hear some form of this idea from countless actors, musicians, athletes, scientists: Do good work.

This week, we attempt to unpack what “good work” truly means. We’re talking about “quality” - specifically as it pertains to situations where we are looking to break into a particular profession, get a promotion, or create a successful product. In those situations, doing “good work” requires us to understand what is expected in a given space and then be able to create it ourselves.

Joining us in this conversation is Franklin Leonard, the founder of The Black List. We also hear from author and speaker Jon Gordon, and receive some emails from the author of The Martian, Andy Weir.

Oh, and we talk about getting struck by lightning. Don’t ask, just listen.

GUESTS
Franklin Leonard

Website: www.blcklst.com

Twitter: @franklinleonard / @theblcklst

Jon Gordon

Website: www.jongordon.com
Twitter: @JonGordon11

 

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Brett recommends Rhye - Woman (Album)

Nick recommends My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV Show on CW and Hulu)

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Nov 3, 2015

Each day, roughly 205 billions emails are sent, 3.5 billion Facebook messages are posted, and 40 million tweets are shared. In short, we are talking, texting, tweeting, and chatting at a very high rate. But in this process of sharing so many words - both in speed and quantity - we ask: Do we treat words with the same care we once did? And, do we ever stop to truly consider their power?

We also ask: What if the phrase “Actions speak louder than words” wasn’t always true? What if, in our modern times, it’s the opposite?

Our conversation starts with the first of Don Miguel’s Four Agreements; then we take a ride through some of the stories that have elicited reactions online and offline over the past 4 months; and, lastly, we go back a decade to hear a story about Nick and his Mom, including an interview with Nick’s mom herself, Barbara Jaworski.

 

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Brett recommends Brooklyn Nine Nine (TV Show).

Nick recommends Ghost and their song, Cirice (Performance of The Late Show).

 

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Oct 27, 2015

Lulu Miller of NPR’s Invisibilia joins us this week to talk about curiosity. Well, she really wanted to talk about adventure, exploration, and discovery; but for reasons we discuss in the show, Brett just couldn’t let curiosity go.

Simply by asking, “What is curiosity?”, we find ourselves confronted with another whole set of questions: How curious are you? How do you measure it? Could one believe they are curious, and then discover they’re not? Could curiosity be something different than you think?


Plus, we tip our hat to the great comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, which debuted 30 years ago this November and rode off on a toboggan 20 years ago this December.

Well, if we want to get any answers to these questions, there’s only one thing left to do: Let’s go exploring!

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Guest: Lulu Miller

Website: http://lutimestwo.com / http://www.npr.org/people/348775905/lulu-miller

Twitter: @lmillernpr

 

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Brett recommends: Pocket

Nick recommends: Nathan For You

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