028: “Marathon Experience with Saeid Halvaeian”



028: “Marathon Experience with Saeid Halvaeian”

The guys analyze the difference between success and failure with marathoner Saeid Halvaeian. How do we respond to challenges, setbacks, and disappointments on the journey toward our goals, values, and achievements?


027: “Jiu Jitsu Journey with Brandon Mullins”



027: “Jiu Jitsu Journey with Brandon Mullins”

World champion Brandon Mullins trains everyone from UFC fighters to first-time jiu jitsu participants. He shares the appeal and challenges of jiu jitsu for adults, including comparisons with other martial arts. Even if you’re not interested in martial arts, make sure you hear the full episode; he explains how the lessons he learned from jiu jitsu have helped him achieve his goals in other areas of life. Great stuff.


026: “Courageous Kids”



026: “Courageous Kids”

“The guys discuss the Let Grow parenting philosophy as a response to the recent cultural shift in parenting. Is the current generation of parents stifling their children’s development by being overly cautious? How should each couple determine the appropriate level of risk for their children, and how should we make sense of recent psychological data on the topic?”


025: “Physical Well-Being”



025: “Physical Well-Being”

“What types of physical fitness correlate with higher self-esteem? And what does that mean for New Year’s resolutions and other goal-setting? Amy Fruge stops in to share her research with the guys and discuss the implications for all of us.”


023: “Reason for the Season”



023: “Reason for the Season”

The guys discuss the meanings and values behind the holidays and holiday traditions. How do we navigate the anxiety and expectations of the holiday season? What do we teach our children about the holidays, Santa, and gifts? How can we be more proactive in aligning our holiday traditions with our values?


022: “Voting & Our Political System”



022: “Voting & Our Political System”

Mike questions Dave’s decision not to vote in the midterm elections, and the guys debate to what extent we should participate in the political process. Should we vote even if we’ve become disenchanted with our political system? Are there things that we can do to affect our political reality that are more significant than voting?


021: “Spiritual Journeys, Episode 3.” Interview with Pastor Kyle Jackson



021: “Spiritual Journeys, Episode 3.” Interview with Pastor Kyle Jackson

Kyle shares how his personal spirituality has guided him through the traumatic events in his youth and his adult life. Kyle and Dave discuss attending the same church as teenagers but having dramatically different experiences of the same institution. What elements of Christianity are necessary beliefs for a Christian as opposed to just Christian ideas that can vary? What should our motivation(s) be for our personal spirituality and beliefs? How do we teach our children about spirituality, religion, meditation, etc.? And how can we make our religious institutions more welcoming to those exploring faith?


020: “Engaging In Political Discourse”



020: “Engaging In Political Discourse”

Dave makes Mike talk about politics. How invested should Americans be in political figures and political parties? How do we recognize and contend with our own biases? How can we have better conversations about politics instead of just giving in to tribalism and polarized opinions? What unites us as Americans regardless of political allegiances?


019: “Spiritual Journeys, Episode 2”. Interview with Rabbi Stuart Federow.



019: “Spiritual Journeys, Episode 2”. Interview with Rabbi Stuart Federow.

The guys sit down with Stuart Federow, rabbi at Shaar Hashalom and co-host of “A Show of Faith.” What is prayer/meditation like from a Jewish perspective? The rabbi explains how Jewish spirituality is in some ways more similar to Hinduism and Buddhism rather than Christian spirituality, and the guys talk about similarities and differences between the faiths.