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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.


018: “The Interconnected Physical Life”



018: “The Interconnected Physical Life”

The guys give a nutrition update and ask why it can seem so difficult to make large changes in any of life’s domains. Mike angers the masses by insulting Shipley’s, and the guys discuss the interconnectedness of the physical domain with the other domains. What do you do when you experience inexplicable sadness and you can’t determine which domain is causing the negative feelings? How do we address this situation when it happens? How do we find peace in times of discomfort? Do we need “calibration time” each day/week, and what should that look like?


017: Spiritual Journeys Ep 1 w/ Bill Kerley



017: Spiritual Journeys Ep 1 w/ Bill Kerley

Interview with psychotherapist and “Ordinary Life” spiritual teacher Dr. Bill Kerley, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Bill talks with the guys about spiritual development & practice, as well as reconciling Christian spirituality with a modern worldview. What’s the benefit of being part of a particular religion? How can people within the same religious institution better support each other even when they’re in different places in their spiritual journey? How can we better integrate divergent points of view? What are good meditative practices for beginners? How can people pray when they’re not sure what they believe about God? How can we teach our children about God without oversimplifying important truths?


016: “How Kids Change You”



016: “How Kids Change You”

Dave’s daughter starts her first day of kindergarten and the guys discuss differences in their lives since having children: scheduling, time, responsibilities, etc. as well as all of the benefits. How can we find routines where we can be happy as a family? How does having kids impact your marriage? Does your attitude toward “marriage maintenance” and marital satisfaction have to shift after having kids? Is there anything you wish someone would have told you before you became a parent?


015: “Stress”



015: “Stress”

Do we all define stress the same way? How does stress impact each domain of our lives? What can we do in each domain to guard against the negative impacts of stress, especially in the spiritual and physical domains? What’s the relationship between stress and happiness?


014: “Why do we work?”



014: “Why do we work?”

Mike confesses to reading extensively on entrepreneurship but never acting on that interest. Should each of us attempt to monetize our hobbies, interests, skills, etc.? How do we decide on the best use of our professional time, knowing that it’s a finite resource? How can we be more efficient during the day to create more professional time for the tasks that matter most? The guys discuss ideas about work from Tim Ferriss and Derek Thompson: Is the very nature of work going to change during our lifetime?