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Podcast title Better Humanhood
Website URL http://betterhumanhood.com
Description Musings on everything from news to running to beer with frequent rants about stupid people.
Updated Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:10:25 +0000
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Episodes

1. WHY WE CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS | Episode 43
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Description:

Why do we celebrate birthdays, anyway?

This episode is brought to you by Kettle & Fire. Save 10% off your order with code BetterHumanhood.

Links:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Fight for the Forgotten

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Pencils of Promise

Charity: Water

Patton Oswalt: You get like 20 birthdays

JoshShear.com: Why do we celebrate birthdays?



2. OUR SHARED MYTHS | Episode 42
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Description:

Beyond faith, we actually agree on some myths that help society thrive.

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Links:

Sapiens,

The Dunbar number

JoshShear.com: The myths we share



3. WHAT DOES VETERANS DAY MEAN? | Episode 41
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Description:

Our look into U.S. holidays continues with the history of Veterans Day.

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Links:

Episode 20: Flag Day 2019

Episode 17: Memorial Day 2019

History Channel on Veterans Day

Wikipedia on Veterans Day

The differences between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

JoshShear.com: Veterans Day



4. HOLIDAYS IN LIMINAL SPACES | Episode 40
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Description:

We continue our exploration of holidays with a look at Halloween and Day of the Dead.

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Links:

Halloween by Robert Burns

Doug Stanhope talking about his mother's suicide

Japanese custom of sorting cremated remains with chopsticks

Samhain

Day of the Dead

Coco

Legend of the jack-o-lantern

Jehova's Witness take on Halloween

JoshShear.com: Origins of Halloween and Day of the Dead



5. GROWING YOUR CREATIVITY | Creativity, Part 4 of 4 | Episode 39
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Just about everyone who generates prescriptions for creativity includes some version of get some alone time, get out in nature or spend some time in silence. And just about everyone says you have to show up and do creative work for creativity to really shine through.

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Links:

Flow Research Project

Flow

Steven Kotler

Flow Genome Project

The Rise of Superman

Stealing Fire

Idea sex

Creativity

Richard Branson

Elon Musk

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Peter Drucker

The Innovator's Cookbook

Where Good Ideas Come From

The Creative Brain

JoshShear.com; How to be more creative



6. WHAT CREATIVE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON | Creativity, Part 3 of 4 | Episode 38
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Description:

What do some of the most innovative minds in history have in common? Not much, which means you can learn to be creative.

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Links:

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creativity by Elkhonon Goldberg

The Creative Brain

Creativity: The Perfect Crime

JoshShear.com: Creative Minds



7. IN SUPPORT OF CREATIVITY | Creativity, Part 2 of 4 | Episode 37
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It doesn't matter if you want to be part of the creative machine, you're in it. Getting through your day often involves creative decisions that not only didn't our parents have to make when they were our age, but also that no one would have even conceived of a decade and a half ago.

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Links:

• Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Fight for the Forgotten

Creativity

• Corporate Creativity

Eisenhower warns of a military-industrial complex

•  ARPAnet

JoshShear.com: An argument for creativity



8. WHAT IS CREATIVITY? | Creativity, Part 1 of 4 | Episode 36
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Until very recently, neuroscience has had literally no clue what creativity looks like in the brain, but our knowledge of the brain is constantly expanding, and now we finally do have some understanding of the parts of the brain involved in creativity.

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Links:

The Origins of Creativity

Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation

Fire Up Your Writing Brain

The Psychopath Inside

• Why We Sleep

JoshShear.com: What is creativity, and where does it come from?



9. PLAIN PEOPLE AND CELEBRITY | Episode 35
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Description:

In which we learn that celebrities are really just people.

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Links:

• Sean Lennon on Marc Maron's podcas

Kim Kardashian working on sentencing reform

U.S. malls that don't allow unaccompanied teens

Kurt Cobain's suicide note

JoshShear.com: The myth of celebrity



10. SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE | Episode 34
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Description:

Being able to consider various perspectives gives you power.

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Links:

• First part of our series on empathy

Empathy: Why It Matters and How To Get It

Revisionist History

Thought experiment: 50-year rollback

Why context matters

America First Committee

Trump tells Jewish Republicans that America is full

JoshShear.com: Gaining some perspective



11. THE MYTH OF FRIDAY THE 13th | Episode 33
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Mention Friday the 13th to any Freemason, and you're going to hear about Jacques De Molay and the Knights Templar. But is that really the origin of the myth?

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Links:
Wikipedia: Knights Templar

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Vox: Friday the 13th is a meme disguised as superstition

Hesiod's rules

Wikipedia: The Last Supper

The 13th Guest

The Canterbury Tales

A Match at Midnight

Snopes.com: Fact-checking Friday the 13th

Friday, the Thirteenth by Thomas Lawson

NYT: Sen. Robert Owen proposes 13 doomed bills on Friday the 13th

IMDB: 'Friday the 13th'

13 things for Friday the 13th

JoshShear.com: Origin myth of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day



12. WHAT KIND OF SUPERHERO ARE YOU? | Episode 32
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You already have some super power. What kind of super hero are you?

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Links:
Mark Henson

Ordinary Superpowers

Mark Henson on JKWD

JoshShear.com: What kind of superhero do you want to be?



13. WHAT IS LABOR DAY? | Episode 31
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While today Labor Day is often celebrated as the unofficial end of summer — the last day for beaches, vacation seasons and outdoor pools, and in some cases the last day of summer break for public school systems — its intended purpose is to celebrate the contribution of the labor force.

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Links:
NYT article on first Labor Day march

Oregon celebrates Labor Day

Congress declares a federal holiday

May Day Haymarket Riot

Department of Labor outlines Labor Day

AFL-CIO statement on Labor Day

JoshShear.com: The Origins of Labor Day



14. GET MORE FOCUS, DITCH DISTRACTIONS | Episode 30
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What is focus? How does it manifest in our brains? How about distractions? How can we avoid them?

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Links:
Jocko Willink

Brain Balance Guide: The neurochemistry of focus

Donepezil

Galantamine

Scientists pinpoint brain's anti-distraction mechanism

Triggering the brain's autofocus

The case for incorporating mindfulness

The two brain systems that control our focus

The science of staying focused

•  Pomodoro method,

JoshShear.com: What is focus, and how do we avoid distractions?



15. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE | Episode 29
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Do you need more confidence? How about less? Here's how to find the right balance. Hold my beer!

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Links:
Hold my beer: People with maybe a little TOO much confidence

• Creativity by Elkhonon Goldberg

Metacognitive confidence: A neuroscience approach

We can increase confidence using artificial intelligence and brain imaging

American Confidence Institute

JoshShear.com: Confidence, what it is and how to get it



16. IMPOSTOR SYNDROME | Episode 28
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Something that many people moving on and up in their careers — or starting new businesses, raising their prices, etc. — suffer from is impostor syndrome. What is it?

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Links:
Impostor syndrome (Wikipedia)

The reality of impostor syndrome

Feel like a fraud?

Carole Lieberman

What is impostor syndrome?

JKWD: In praise of compliments

Valerie Young

5 different types of impostor syndrome

Master Key Experience

JoshShear.com: Impostor syndrome



17. AGRIPPA'S TRILEMMA | Episode 27
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Description:

HEY! Who needs a rabbit hole to go down?

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Links:
Naval Ravikant on Joe Rogan's podcast

Agrippa's trilemma

Pascal's triangle

Falsifiability (Wikipedia)

Snakehead fish

JoshShear.com: Beliefs aren't facts



18. IN PRAISE OF SILENCE | Episode 26
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There's an adage that says, "Silence is golden." But why?

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Links:
Dr. Drew on Duncan Trussell's podcast

Oak

Remedy Float

Long bouts of silence can help start growing new neurons

Silence could be a treatment for Alzheimer's

Pauses in music lead to calm

Our brains are more active when not dealing with stimulus

Finland has made solitude part of its tourism marketing plan

Peter Gasca on input vs. output

Thomas Oppong on working alone and collaboratively

Calm

Headspace

Omvana

Mindfold sleep mask

Ear plugs

JoshShear.com: Getting in your head



19. IS COMPARISON ALWAYS BAD? | Episode 25
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Description:

Teddy Roosevelt said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." Is that always true?

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Links:
Social comparison study by two Princeton researchers

Jealousy spikes stress hormones

Pride gives us a strong, positive emotional response

The four-minute mile

12-year-old skateboarder lands a 1080-degree spin

The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler

JoshShear.com: On comparison



20. PATIENCE: What it is, how to get it | Episode 24
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Description:

They say patience is a virtue. Where does it live in our brains? How do we get more of it?

This episode is brought to you by Kettle & Fire. Save 10% off your order with code BetterHumanhood.

Links:
Stanford marshmallow delayed gratification study

Part 1 of our happiness series

Happiness chemicals

Seratonin regulates patience and impulsivity

Selective seratonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI)

Human study on delayed gratification

Default Mode Network

Chade-Meng Tan, Joy on Demand,

Oak

JoshShear.com: Patience, success, confidence and happiness



21. SACRED + UNDENIABLE + DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE | Episode 23
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Revolutions are edited. We discuss Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration of Independence and what self-evident might really mean.

We also read the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

Links:
Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence
U.S. Declaration of Independence
John Locke's "Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
Walter Isaacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin
JoshShear.com: Who's on your personal board of directors?
JoshShear.com: Self-evident, sacred and undeniable

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22. DO IT FOR YOU | Episode 22
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What if you stopped listening to what other people said you should do and just did stuff you wanted to do?

Links:
Feck Perfuction by James Victore
Shepard Fairey
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover
• JKWD: What drives you?
Cal Fussman's podcast
JoshShear.com: Do it for you

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23. KEEP YOUR FANTASIES ALIVE | Episode 21
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What happens when we shut down our fantasies? When we stop believing in things we can't see? When we stop dancing?

Links:
Feck Perfuction by James Victore
JoshShear.com: Losing our shame
"Pan's Labyrinth"
"Hellboy"
Pirates of the Caribbean
Star Wars
"The Neverending Story"
JoshShear.com: Keep your fantasies alive, and why you should dance at weddings

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24. FLAG DAY + TOAST TO THE FLAG | Episode 20
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June 14 is Flag Day in the United States. Where did it come from? How do we celebrate?

We also read the Toast to the Flag.

Links:
WikiPedia: Flag Day
Flag etiquette
Toast to the Flag
JoshShear.com: Where does Flag Day come from?

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25. WHAT ARE YOUR EARS FEEDING YOUR BRAIN? | Episode 19
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We discuss how listening makes connections in your brain, and look at what we're taking in through our ears.

Links:
• JoshShear.com: Notes on Bert Kreischer's conversation with Bobby Kelly
JoshShear.com: Notes on Mike Baker on Joe Rogan's podcast
How much time do people spend reading, listening and watching?
Audiobooks are more engaging than films or TV
Listening is a shortcut to assimilating our brains to our surroundings
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Jason Segal on Marc Maron's podcast
Digging Up Mother by Doug Stanhope
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
JKWD Podcast
Tim Ferriss' podcast
Joe Rogan's podcast
Big Questions with Cal Fussman
Timesuck with Dan Cummins
Duncan Trussell Family Hour
Astonishing Legends
JoshShear.com: What are you listening to?

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26. HUMAN IMPROVEMENT AND 'FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS' | Episode 18
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Every generation has a "kids these days" moment, but between Gen Xers and Millennials, we had a huge technological leap, and problems today aren't even recognizable to earlier generations.

Links:
Millennials are reviving the market for houseplants
#FirstWorldProblems on Twitter
JoshShear.com: Rambling thoughts on innovation
Roger Bannister
The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler
JoshShear.com: Plant parents, 'first world problems' and human improvement

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27. MEMORIAL DAY 2019 | Episode 17
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We often think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer in the U.S., but where does it come from? What does it really mean?

Links:
All About History: Memorial Day
JoshShear.com: What Memorial Day means

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28. WHAT MAKES US HAPPY? | Episode 16
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In the third part of a three-part series on happiness, we look at the things that make us happy.

Links:
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Gapminder test
Man's Search for Himself by Rollo May
Feck Perfuction by James Victore
JoshShear.com: The universe isn't out to get you
• Law of attraction
• Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
Joy on Demand by Chade-Meng Tan
JKWD: Response versus reaction
Happiness is a Stochastic Phenomenon (PDF)
• Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
JoshShear.com: What makes us happy?



29. WHEN IS HAPPINESS? | Episode 15
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Were you happy? Are you happy? Will you be happy? Heck, will you have been happy? In the second part of a three-part series on happiness, we discuss the time element of being happy.

Links:
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
Man's Search for Himself by Rollo May
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
JoshShear.com: When is happiness?



30. COCAINE, KITTENS AND CURING CANCER: Introduction to happiness | Episode 14
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What is happiness? What does it look like? What does it do in our brains? We start a three-part series on happiness, one of the core subjects we love exploring at Better Humanhood.

Links:
Which chemicals in our brain are associated with happiness
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
JKWD: Control and letting go
JoshShear.com: What is happiness?



31. KINDNESS AND COMPASSION | Episode 13
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In the fourth of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at empathy's shortcomings, what we really utilize in creating a moral code and the possibility that morality evolved through natural selection.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
• Ordinary Grace by Kathleen Brehony
Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz
• The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
Chicago crime statistics
Sandy Hook shooting
• Wisdom of crowds
• Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff
JoshShear.com: From empathy to compassion and kindness

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32. FREE WILL AND THE EMPATHY OF INSTITUTIONS | Episode 12
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In the third of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what free will and how religions and governments remove our empathy by creating an us-versus-them environment

Links:
The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra
How to be more interesting
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Episode 9 of the podcast
JoshShear.com: Empathy, religion, politics and free will

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33. SYSTEMATIZING A MORAL CODE | Episode 11
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In the second of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at how to systematize if not empathy, a moral code. We also talk about the trolley problem, the drowning child, and killing baby Hitler.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
Andrew Yang
Steven Kotler on Duncan Trussell's podcast
• Peter Diamandis
Kroger makes grocery deliveries in autonomous vehicles
Peter Singer's drowning child
Stephen King's 11/22/63
Trolley problem variations
Vox on the time travel problems with killing baby Hitler:
• Tesla driver dies when car misses tractor trailer
Self-driving Uber kills a pedestrian
Simon Baron-Cohen's Empathy Quotient exam
JoshShear.com: Systematizing empathy

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34. INTRODUCTION TO EMPATHY | Episode 10
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In the first of a four-part series on empathy — which will be a recurring theme throughout the podcast — we take a look at what empathy is, how it appears in the brain, and what happens when it's missing.

Links:
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen
Empathy: Why It Matters and How To Get It by Roman Krznaric
• The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
As the brain spins
Mirroring People by Marco Iacoboni
Phineas Gage
The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon
Simon Baron-Cohen's Empathy Quotient exam
JoshShear.com: Introduction to empathy

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35. HOW TO TALK ABOUT THE MUELLER REPORT | Bonus Episode
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We recorded Episode 9 before the Mueller report was released, and before Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to Congress summarizing it.

We do a quick episode on how to talk about it honestly and objectively.

Links:
I Side With
Joe Rogan's podcast with Renee Diresta

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36. ELECTION 2020: EARLY EDITION | Episode 09
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We talk about how to talk to people about politics, how to listen to people about politics, and how to be on Team People and Team America, rather than Team D or Team R or Team L or Team G or whatever. We also discuss:

The role of government in our lives The role of responsible news media in elections Voting with your head first, then your heart Why it's good for political parties to have rifts

Links:
I Side With
Andrew Yang



37. RESTATEMENT OF PURPOSE | Episode 08
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We are back, with purpose, and a weekly show. Better Humanhood is for you if you are, want to be, or wish for others to be:

Smarter More curious More creative Happier Healthier More disciplined More productive Kinder and more empathetic

We're all making life up as we go along, and we're sharing our work.

In this episode, we restate our purpose, make some promises, and ask for some promises from you.

Links:
PostSecret
Humans of New York
JKWD Podcast
Better Human Project
Team Human | Douglas Rushkoff
Should This Exist?

 



38. Episode 7: Election recap, how not to be an asshole
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We do a quick recap of the 2018 U.S. election and aftermath, talk flu shots and start laying some groundwork for the future.

Show notes and such at JoshShear.com.



39. Episode 6: Vote! Plus: A little catch-up
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It's coming up on Election Day here in the United States. Don't miss out on your chance to vote. It's important. And you could lose it.

We also play a little catch up. Pop on over to JoshShear.com for show notes and such.

 



40. Episode 5: Seth Horan
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I talk with solo bassist singer-songwriter Seth Horan about that procedure I had, about being a musician on Patreon and about the value of art.

No video for this one but we'll have a few links over at http://joshshear.com 



41. Better Humanhood Podcast, Episode 4: Recovery, hanging
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We talk about my varicocele embolization, the ease with which we get drugs in America and upcoming opportunities to hang in Savannah and Syracuse.

More at http://joshshear.com/2018/05/better-humanhood-podcast-episode-4-recovery-hanging/ 



42. Episode 3: Impending
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We talk about an upcoming procedure to help correct an infertility issue, the Waffle House shooting in Nashville and the van driver who killed pedestrians in Toronto, along with our ongoing theme of walking in others' shoes and being a little kinder.

The best things you can do to help support the podcast would be to rate and review it in your podcast app of choice -- that will help more people find it -- and if you know someone who needs the knowledge, please share it with them.

More at http://joshshear.com/2018/04/better-humanhood-podcast-episode-3-impending/ 



43. Episode 2: We return, for real
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We talk a little bit about being kinder, a little bit about how to approach people you disagree with and a bit about male infertility.

As always, watch http://joshshear.com/ for more.



44. Episode 1: Being a Mensch
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We talk Shep Gordon and the late Brian Palefsky. 

The best things you can do to help support the podcast would be to rate and review it in your podcast app of choice — that will help more people find it — and if you know someone who needs the knowledge, please share it with them.



45. Episode 0: Statement of Purpose
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Welcome to the Better Humanhood Podcast, formerly Josh: The Podcast. We're relaunching under a new name with a new purpose. For now, the best place to catch up is at http://JoshShear.com, but more to come over the next year. See you soon!



46. Episode 79: Hiatus; see you in April
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Hey, y'all. Thanks so much for being here the past 18 months! It's so awesome that you've stuck with me. Josh: The Podcast is getting a major overhaul. Listen to find out what you can expect and when you can expect it. Also...who knows? It might come with a new name...

Keep up with the back episodes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts and keep your subscribed button on so the next episode will download automatically!



47. Episode 78: Vegas shooting, self-love and racquetball
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Description:

Lesson from this week's podcast: Just don't be an asshole, eh? Yeah, we're talking about guns again, I feel like I'm kinda talking to myself on it, but at least I make for good company...

Show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/10/josh-the-podcast-episode-78-vegas-shooting-self-love-and-racquetball/ 



48. Episode 77: More oomph in your day, more love in your week
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We talk about stuff, because that's what we do. Yay!

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/09/josh-the-podcast-episode-77/



49. Episode 76: Culture vs. politics and a new year refresh
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We talk about discussion points instead of shouting matches and changing your habits.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/09/josh-the-podcast-episode-76-culture-vs-politics-and-a-new-year-refresh/ 



50. Episode 75: Gratitude, racism and free bananas
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We talk about hurricane recovery, racism in sports and where to get some free bananas in Savannah.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/09/josh-the-podcast-episode-75-gratitude-racism-and-free-bananas/ 



51. Episode 74: Of hurricanes and immigrants
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We talk science vs. politics, DACA, hurricanes and Jon Vroman.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/09/josh-the-podcast-episode-74/

 



52. Josh: The Podcast, Episode 73: Show some love today
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We talk about Harvey and helping people.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/08/josh-the-podcast-episode-73/ 



53. Episode 72: Family eclipses politics (with or without the commas)
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A brief, brief show about family and the eclipse, and maybe a little about Afghanistan.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/08/josh-the-podcast-episode-72-family-eclipses-politics-with-or-without-the-commas/ 



54. Episode 71: Your racist friend. Plus: team people
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Oh, Charlottesville.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/08/josh-the-podcast-episode-71-your-racist-friend-team-america-team-people/ 



55. Episode 70: Immortality, nukes and Trump chicken
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We have a late-night beer, talk about living forever (or dying in nuclear holocaust — thanks, North Korea!) and give a shoutout to the Trump chicken.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/08/josh-the-podcast-episode-70-immortality-nukes-and-trump-chicken/

 



56. Episode 69: The Mooch, the muse and showing up
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Brief show on showing up if you want to push through the bad times, Anthony Scaramucci's crazy 11 days and a little bit more on health care and compromise.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/08/josh-the-podcast-episode-69-the-mooch-the-muse-and-showing-up/ 



57. Episode 68: Health care! Creativity! Routines!
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We talk about jumping over creative blocks, launching a website for the Intensely Positive Podcast and what's going on with health care this week.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/07/josh-the-podcast-episode-68-health-care-creativity-routines/ 



58. Episode 67: Frogs, health care and Dudesons
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We talk mainly about health care. And frogs. Short one today.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/07/josh-the-podcast-episode-67-frogs-health-care-and-dudesons/



59. Episode 66: What we're reading
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I've been taking a lot of input this week. What are you reading?

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/07/josh-the-podcast-episode-66-what-were-reading/

 



60. Episode 65: And we're still talking about intellectualism and discourse (sigh)
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We talk about NPR tweeting the Declaration of Independence, Trump body slamming CNN and CNN threatening to dox a reddit user.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/07/josh-the-podcast-episode-65-and-were-still-talking-about-intellectualism-and-discourse-sigh/ 



61. Episode 64: Health care, jury duty and the American Prohibition Museum
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We discuss why the health care bill should include as much coverage as possible (hint: not a right, not an entitlement); how to make improvements to the jury duty experience; and a new Savannah spot, the American Prohibition Museum.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/06/josh-the-podcast-episode-64-health-care-jury-duty-and-the-american-prohibition-museum/ 



62. Episode 63: Find that one thing -- a conversation with Jeffrey Sass (plus book giveaway!)
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Description:

Jeff Sass has been ahead of the tech curve a few times. We talk about the evolution of technology, his time at Troma films and his new book, Everything I Know About Business and Marketing I Learned From the Toxic Avenger.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/06/josh-the-podcast-episode-63-find-that-one-thing-a-conversation-with-jeffrey-sass-plus-book-giveaway/ 



63. Episode 62: On compassion and love
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We talk about being open to love, having compassion for others and paying attention to others.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/06/josh-the-podcast-episode-62-on-compassion-and-perspective/



64. Episode 61: Balance and being in the world
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A short episode today on balance, re-entry and experiencing the journey as life instead of achievement.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/06/josh-the-podcast-episode-61-balance-and-being-in-the-world/ 



65. Episode 60: Kaua'i oddities, plus love > fear + anger
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Back from Kaua'i with stories of zip lines, small planes and feral chickens, plus the realizations we get from sitting on the beach watching the sun go up and down.

Also, we tried a little Facebook live experiment.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/06/josh-the-podcast-episode-60-kauai-oddities-plus-love-fear-anger 



66. Episode 59: No one gets out of this life alive (Schrodinger's episode)
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Did I make it back from Kauai? Was it voluntary? Who knows? Guess we'll find out soon...In the meantime, this is short, deep and meaningful.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast-episode-59-no-one-gets-out-of-this-life-alive-schrodingers-episode/ 



67. Episode 58: Hiroo Onoda and the art of purpose
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Description:

While I'm off on a tropical island, listen to the story of another guy who was off on a tropical island, hiding in the woods for almost 30 years.

Two things:

(1) Yes, I know Hyundai is a Korean car, not a Japanese one. I'm just a racist, that's all.
(2) Every now and then I say something pretty cool, like, "You're the only one who has to live with you."

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast-episode-58-hiroo-onoda-and-the-art-of-purpose/

 



68. Episode 57: On a chair in the sky
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I'm on my way out of town for a little while, but don't fret. You'll see me around in the normal places. Unless you're used to actually seeing me.

Show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast-episode-57-on-a-chair-in-the-sky/

 



69. Episode 56: 100 days and "Iko"
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Happy Thursday! A little 100 days talk, a little Dr. John and Dixie Cups and we learn something about the '80s.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast…100-days-and-iko/



70. Episode 55: Shortcuts
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We talk about taking shortcuts and making sure we're aware of what we miss when we skip things.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast-episode-55-shortcuts/ 



71. Episode 54: Mistakes, bad guys and Bill O'Reilly; plus, March for Science
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Some of you got a taste of the future. Oh well. We talk Bill O'Reilly, Gronk, Sean Spicer and a couple of high-profile suicides.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/05/josh-the-podcast-episode-54-mistakes-bad-guys-and-bill-oreilly-plus-march-for-science/

This episode is brought to you by BarkBox. Add a free month to your subscription at http://GetBarkBox.com/josh



72. Episode 53: Thanks for a year; plus baseball, health care and the flu; Passover and the Luv Guv
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Thanks for sticking with me for a year. I hope we're getting more and more awesome. We bounce around a bunch this episode, but I think there's a lot of good stuff in it.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/04/josh-the-podcast-episode-53-thanks-for-a-year-plus-baseball-health-care-and-the-flu-passover-and-the-luv-guv 



73. Episode 52: Talkin' Baseball
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We talk sports. Mostly baseball. Because baseball.

Full show notes with links and such at http://joshshear.com/2017/04/josh-the-podcast-episode-52-talkin-baseball



74. Episode 51: Language, AHCA and no apologies
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I let Rep. Buddy Carter have it over the AHCA this week, and no, I don't feel bad about it. We get a little deeper into language in this episode, and how we can actually work together as humans instead of working against each other on "teams" that are hoping for the same thing -- though you wouldn't know it from listening to them.

Full show notes, subscription links, etc., at http://joshshear.com/2017/03/josh-the-podcast-episode-51-language-ahca-and-no-apologies



75. Episode 50: Telling stories
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Some real American originals have died since we last spoke. Let's talk stories.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/03/josh-the-podcast-episode-50-telling-stories



76. Episode 49: St. Patrick's Day in Savannah
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It's St. Patrick's Day in Savannah! We're one of those places with trolley tours that run 364 days a year. Christmas? Trolleys are running. New Year's? Yep. Thanksgiving? Easter? You bet. St. Patrick's Day? Nope, day off.

So, who was St. Patrick? Why do we wear green? What's with the shamrocks?

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/03/josh-the-podcast-episode-49-st-patricks-day-in-savannah



77. Episode 48: There is not a finite amount of awesome in the world
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I often get confused for a New York Democrat. The truth is, I don't wear team colors, and I'm from Massachusetts. I ramble a bit on where I stand policy-wise and we talk about lifting people up.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/03/josh-the-podcast-episode-48-there-is-not-a-finite-amount-of-awesome-in-the-world/



78. Episode 47: Our crazy brains
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If it bleeds, it leads! Why news headlines and shows like "Law and Order" and "CSI" tap into the part of our brain that's scared of everything — and how to slow it down. Major League Baseball, Trump address Congress, Sessions lies to Congress. It's a rambler, folks!

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/03/josh-the-podcast-episode-47-our-crazy-brains/.



79. Episode 46: The repressive/regressive left, Milo, art and superheroes
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We jump around a lot this week, discussing how the left isn't helping progressives right now, Milo Yiannopoulos, creating, why you're almost a superhero and more.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/02/josh-the-podcast-episode-46-the-repressiveregressive-left-milo-art-and-superheroes 



80. Episode 45: Chillin
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We talk about CHILLING THE FUCK OUT, having a lovely Valentine's dinner with my favorite lady and we touch some political participation.

Get full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/02/josh-the-podcast…isode-45-chillin/



81. Episode 44: Presence
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It's been almost three weeks since I took Twitter and Facebook off my phone. I'm not absent from the networks, my following is growing, and I'm so much more present in my everyday life. We talk a little about politics (of course), welcome family to town and the Super Bowl.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/02/josh-the-podcast-episode-44-presence



82. Episode 43: Participate
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We have a much more measured reaction to the events of the day (I think; I dunno, you decide), talking about how to participate in government. We reach into the Trump did something right file! 

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/02/josh-the-podcast-episode-43-participate



83. Episode 42: Now we know
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We talk about abundance, and of course Trump's first days. Mostly about Trump's first days.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts/



84. Episode 41: Stay vigilant
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The inauguration is upon us. Keep an eye on your government. It's meant to serve you, not the other way around.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/2017/01/podcast-stay-vigilant



85. Episode 40: Black helicopters
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Just a little catch-up...with a twist. Special thanks to Chester Barrett and Mike Koenig for the sounds.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts



86. Episode 39: Ethics, facts, nuance and where we need to get
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Hoo, son, we get rambling about ethics, nuance, context, gun laws and empathy. Just listen!

Go get full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts

 



87. BONUS EPISODE! Getting silly with Jenny Shear and Kelvin Ringold
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We had to reschedule a guest last minute, so Jenny and I got Kelvin on the phone. We get silly, because why not? So, have a little extra fun and happy new year!

Full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts.

Note: Audio file was edited and replaced at 12:15pm on December 31, 2016.



88. Episode 38: Chris Malone returns to talk the future of news media
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We did it, folks! We elected a reality TV star to the presidency — a reality TV star who hates the news media, isn't a fan of facts, and brings a litany of followers who don't really care about either of those things. We talk about what it means to be a journalist in this environment, and what it means to be a news consumer.

We wandered through a whole bunch of other stuff, too. Get full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts.



89. Episode 37: Thinking opposite with Alison Donaghey of Domino Thinking
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Description:

Step into someone else's shoes and think opposite at least once a day. Alison Donaghey of Domino Thinking gets into empathy, setting a why for your business and some of her favorite tools. We talk a little bit about Canadian and American politics, charitable giving and a challenge for 2017. This was really cool. I hope you enjoy!

Show notes with links and such at JoshShear.com/podcasts.



90. Episode 36: 'People don't control who you are,' a conversation with Ash Said It!
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Description:

I had a great time speaking Ash from Ash Said It. She is SO full of energy I almost grew hair! We only spoke for about a half hour, but there are enough lessons in here for a lifetime (or at least a couple years).

We discuss loss, mistakes, faith, energy, hope and creativity, and Ash offers up a challenge for you for 2017. We also talk about big news she got just a few hours before we spoke.

Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts



91. Episode 35: Maximiliano Campos of The Blind Hour Podcast
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Max lost his eyesight due to a degenerative disease at 12, the same year he moved from Brazil to the US, learned English and dealt with the start of adolescence. He's amazing.

We talk porn, rollerblading and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts



92. Episode 34: Time keeps on tickin'
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We talk about World AIDS Day, being nice to each other, being on the same team as Americans, flag-burning, liberty and there's rumors we may have some guests coming up.

Links, show notes and ephemera at http://JoshShear.com/podcasts



93. Episode 33: Happy Thanksgiving
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Short short short episode to say thanks today, remind you to shop local and to show gratitude. Some links over at joshshear.com/podcasts



94. Episode 32: A Bill of Rights problem. Plus: Creativity, fear and hard work
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We're still talking about Trump's transition to the White House and some of the public fallout, fear, etc. We also talk about the Second Amendment and the First Amendment. And we take some time to digress to talk about creativity, hard work and more.

Visit JoshShear.com/podcasts for links to things we talk about.



95. Episode 31: Parsing the election
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We're rambling and such about the US election because we...wait for it...elected a reality TV star with four bankruptcies behind him to run the country. In the words of comedian and cage fighting commentator Joe Rogan, "Wait, what..."

Full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts



96. Episode 30: Running, voting and rambling
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Well, it's that time. Saturday is race day, Tuesday is Election Day and, well, I feel like rambling. Full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts



97. Episode 29: Empathy
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Short story today about empathy and holding other people to the same standards you hold yourself. Warning: Henry Rollins references.



98. Episode 28: Peaceful transfer
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We discuss the third debate, Webb Military Museum and running. 



99. Episode 27: Hurricanes Blow
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Description:

We're lucky to have come through Hurricane Matthew with nothing but a little bit of tiredness to recover from and the need to replace some groceries.

No sponsors or politics this episode, just thanks. Full show notes at JoshShear.com/podcasts



100. Episode 26: Debate talk (sigh) and hurricanes
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Description:

I didn't mean to talk about the debates so much, but I did. Keyword: civility. Keyword: Absent. Full show notes at http://joshshear.com/podcasts.