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See the Upside Podcast is all about seeing the good even when the hard moments happen. Inspired by real life challenges that led to awakenings, we explore ways to do life a little better every day, see the positive in every experience and share the wisdom and stories to inspire each other. Topics range from spirituality, healing, love, wellness, finance, friendship, personal growth, career development and anything else that makes our lives rich, full, happy and just plain good. Interviews ar ...
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Tamler teaches philosophy at The University of Houston and hosts the Very Bad Wizards podcast. He joins Mark and Bill to talk about personal identity and whether the “self” is necessarily co-extensive with a particular body. Plus: meditation, Daniel Day Improv’s method acting, All of Me vs. Regarding Henry, what does “metaphysics” mean to YOU, drea…
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The actor/writer/comedian joins us to talk about the philosophy of fashion, from the ancients to the present: Is clothing a mode of self-expression or something more (or less)? What does retro fashion say about the current state of culture? Should you wear clothes that you have to be sewn into? If you only had one little piece of cloth to wear, whe…
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The philosopher and entertainment journalist direct from Mark’s Pretty Much Pop podcast joins PvI for an hour of merriment. We talk parenthood, philosophy of race, the RULES of improv (or the singular answer to a philosophy question), old 9th graders, one black Peggy, using racy improv in a classroom setting, and more. Here’s an excerpt from the es…
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The Hitchhikers and Appetizers co-host joins Mark and Bill to talk about cultural relativism. We talk about foreign-ness, what parts of ethics seem to apply to all cultures, the Museum of Soup, pushing back tactfully in a scene, and more. In my culture, listening to this episode while in a work meeting is polite. Everything you want to know about t…
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Do you know what abundance feels like? Does your dream life feel attainable? What if the way to get there was more about feeling into that space before it even happens? What if that's actually how you MAKE it happen? In this conversation with Lucie Ptasznik, that's exactly what we get into. Lucie created her own dream life with beautiful confidence…
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Dr. Heather Browne PsyD, LMFT, helps people recognize the power of communication. In this episode, Dr Heather shares her wisdom about communicating with heart increasing connection, understanding, and the love we give and feel. In the episode we get into: How we each function from our own realities How to meet someone where they're at, but still st…
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David is co-host of the excellent Overthink podcast, popular among the young people today, and so we have him monologue to children as an anti (?) drug speaker. How can drugs change us, our sense of self, and the ways we see the world? Can some drugs be considered “natural”? Also, legally defensible drug use at work, and Nancy Reagan the Heel. Foll…
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We all struggle with anger at times, or have someone close to us who does. It can be be difficult to manage, can affect our lives in all kinds of negative ways and just plain doesn't feel good. So what can we do to better manage it? Or better yet, stop anger from happening in the first place... Enter Dr. Mort Orman, who himself struggled with anger…
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The co-host of the Those Who Aunt podcast joins Mark and Bill to joke about the family as the fundamental political unit and its special place in ethics. On the flip side, what questions should you ask yourself about your character at the start of a scene? Plus, Jan. 6, Platonic eugenics, transcending physical desire, a story that doesn’t quite get…
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It’s another TEAM PLAY episode, with our returning champions, star of improv stages and podcasts Chris and College of Southern Nevada philosophy prof Cole receiving NOT THE INFORMATION THEY EXPECT and gettin’ all rational and such when consoling a friend and wrangling about a math quiz. Luxuriate in the rich characters and philosophy tools! Cole ph…
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Sometimes starting something like meditation can seem overwhelming, or too time consuming. That's where Ann Swanson and mini meditations come in. Life these days is busy, and to fit something else in can feel like a big ask. What if you could do meditations anywhere, anytime? What is those meditations instantly made you feel better? At peace, calm …
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If people would be uniquely healed by your blood, how much would you charge for it? Would it make a difference if they were wealthy vampires? Bill entices Mark to join a cult. You can watch video for this episode, including all our post-game chatting, all ad-free, just by visiting our Patreon page; you need not subscribe. The episode image was snat…
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Life coach, yoga instructor and all around beautiful and inspiring person, Jane Cebrynski shares all the best ways to navigate change. Jane's coaching style is to approach life like an athlete, but she's also super yogi-zen too. I love this combo and it's so beautifully authentically her. Through this unique intentional, results-oriented style Jane…
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Jonny taught philosophy at Oxford, wrote the international bestseller Mini Philosophy, and now writes for Big Think. We talk Kierkegaard and act out some scenes about scouting and military recruitment. Do we have to live within labels? Does one have to leap to a label, without justification? For much more Kierkegaard, see our series on The Partiall…
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Katie is the co-artistic director of Chicago’s IO theater and used to do Comedy Sports improv with Bill. She also took a lot of classes in philosophy and religion, so we talk some about cults, Kierkegaard, tolerance, and more. In our scenes, a family contemplates celebrating Christmas differently this year, and people debate the appropriate gift fo…
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It’s our office holiday party, where we engage in chit-chat then enter into a few holiday scenes. Is there any philosophy content in this one at all? We do talk a bit about status and authority. Was there any particular improv lesson? We forgot to actually lay out our lessons at the end, and (SPOILER) declined to name a winner. Our Post-Game discus…
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Sukaina teaches philosophy at U. of Pennsylvania, combining work from ancient Greek, contemporary moral, and feminist philosophy. She lets Mark and Bill know about critiques by feminist philosophers of the idea of consent. We talk a bit about moral agency, teaching dynamics given these kids today, Aristotelian virtue, and testing personality types …
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Kevin is the creator and host of the storytelling podcast RISK! and is the alphabetically foremost member of the MTV-televised, newly reformed, celebrity-infested sketch comedy troupe The State. He tells us he was also the creative director of an improv troupe for a year, but it’s not his primary jam, so we talk about that before launching into a s…
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In this episode, we totally break with tradition and have shared the raw, unfiltered version with you. When I went back to edit, there was just too much amazing background conversation that I really wanted to share. Kimberly Braun had been a guest previously. As a TED X speaker, mystic, teacher, author, former nun, minister, and so much more, we ha…
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Kimberly Braun is an author, a poet, TED X speaker, minister, teacher and a mystic. She has written a book of beautiful poetry (spoiler alert - she shares one of her poems in our conversation! ) and has also written a book on her years of life in silence as a Carmelite nun. Her energy is so calm and soothing and Kimberly is just filled with wisdom …
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Recorded on 9/11 (a date not known primarily for its improv activities), only now making its way to you, this discussion between Mark and Bill talk child deification, pop philosophy vs. pop improv, foreign accents, and guns in schools in the hands of improvisers. The image is from this Reddit article asking for ideas on how to “spice up” a potentia…
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Returning freedom fighters Andrew and Linda and join Bill and Mark to talk about philosophical liberalism: Its rationales and varieties. Plus, preschool orientation, and Greek gods creating a new world. Follow Linda @IrisCutter. Her weekly improv show is with the troupe Dumb John. Listen to Andrew’s philosophy podcast, Reductio, which has dwelt fur…
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The New York University Prof and author of many influential books including the new Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy joins Mark and Bill to simulate debates about AI, cybersex, actor vs. character, and keeping children safe from reality. We refer to Nick Bostrom’s argument that we’re most likely now in a simulation. In a past…
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The author of The Accomplished Creative, a sort of anti-self-help book based around Jeremy’s improv experience and what he learned as a philosophy major, joins Mark and Bill to talk impostor syndrome and benign violations, get real meta about Die Hard scenarios, and have a cheese intervention. Follow @JeremyRichards. Listen to Jeremy’s podcast Thin…
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From the moment I met Damla, she exuded a real calming energy. And that's exactly what she does. She work to create calm, peace and healing though energetic work including inner child exploration, journaling and crystal connecting. In our interview we touch on many ways to heal and connect with our souls, exploring the idea that our wounds are not …
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It’s our season three premiere, and the elephants are in the room! It’s St. Lawrence University philosophy prof Jenny (a frequent PEL guest) in the ring with UIC Theater instructor/Podcaster with Hey Riddle Riddle and Hello From the Magic Tavern Adal, along with Mark and Bill, of course. And the Bullshot is flying! Who will be hit? Who will master …
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Philosopher Matt, host of the Elucidations podcast and frequent PEL guest, finally gets in on Philosophy vs. Improv in this, our Season Two Finale. And many is he a de dicto. Or is he a de re? Slowly learn the difference as we make things personal through scenes of shit-talking and crime reporting. Follow @ElucidationsPod. The image is from a story…
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As a people pleaser, I know how complicated it is. It feels like it's part of who we are and how we like to give and show up for others. But when can it be not so good for us, or even not so good for those that we care most about? When does it get unhealthy, inauthentic, and maybe even keep us stuck and unhappy in ways? In this interview with Amy S…
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How does new technology affect ethics? Anthony (who is on strike, but that doesn’t apply to improv) is an improviser with a computer science degree who now coaches kid TV actors. We talk personal identity, transhumanism, genetic engineering, AI, organizational ethics, Black Mirror, Beastars, and transporter virginity. Listen to more transporter tal…
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The guests are away, and so Billy and Markaroony will play. This fast-paced, sweet-moving discussion covers the genius individual artist and how that might or might not allow collaboration, genres and definitions, strife, and more. Mark just can’t WAIT for a canoe, and getting CRAZY at the salad bar. Oops, we forgot to determine a winner, so YOU de…
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Living authentically, on purpose. How would that actually feel? Letting go of all the ways we think we're supposed to live and finally allowing ourselves to be truly free... Have you ever thought about what this would mean for you? Or how it could totally transform your life and how you feel? In this interview with life coach, spiritual guide and a…
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Watch this episode as a video. This includes the full post-game segment, so you can see what you’re missing by not being a supporter to this podcast. Don’t you think it’s time you became one? Monica is an actor and writer who ran a live-on-stage philosophy podcast called The Happier Hour, and so naturally we talk about happiness, or flourishing (eu…
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Watch this episode in its unedited video form. Chris has an act called “I Am the Show” where he improvises to a film that he hasn’t seen that’s playing silently, making up all the dialogue and sound effects. Here’s an example. Mark and Bill talk to Chris about being a spectator or critic of art: To understand a work, is it good or necessary to try …
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In this interview with former financial advisor and mortgage broker turned financial coach for divorced, single and widowed women, Patty Handy, we talk all about women and money. From investing to tax strategies, to calling in abundance and overcoming money blocks, we hit every element of how to attrace, build and manage abundance financially and i…
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We are ALL this mess. Genevieve is a comedian, podcaster, and she was a philosophy major who’s studying for her doctorate in Divinity (in the Science of Mind/New Thought tradition). We talk about the idea that “we are all one” (and thus we are all God, if you want to call the sum of all things by that name) that’s in various traditions. Ralph Waldo…
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In this interview with long time dating coach and author, Evan Marc Katz, we go into all the ways to show up as the highest and best version of yourself in dating and relationships. Evan shares simple (but not always easy) ways to be more intentional in our dating and relationships - getting you closer to finding that deep soul connection and how t…
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Mark Oppenheimer and Jason Werbeloff of the Brain in a Vat podcast join Bill and Mark L. (aka Alf) to talk about rationality, broadly construed, while not moving a couch and not giving each other Christmas presents. Does “reason” by itself tell us what to do and what to believe? Is trypophobia really just bigotry? (It is not.) What’s the rationale …
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We all have childhood trauma of some kind. Even if it wasn't trauma with a capital T, we each had needs which weren't met which can be subconsciously driving us to unhealthy patterns and behaviours. Although these behaviours may have served to keep us safe at some point, they may be sabotaging our adult lives and drawing us into unhealthy dynamics …
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