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Less canceling. More curiosity. Each episode explores the questions people think, but don't ask, due to cultural hypnosis or being taboo. The mission here is to inspire curiosity by exploring nuance & breaking free from the bubble of the algorithm. Each conversation is wildly different than the last, so bring your ADD & your earbuds & have a look around! You'll hear subjects like mental health, health & wellness, biohacking, adult friendship, finances, science & technology, true stories, cul ...
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Dr. Loretta Breuning is a PhD researcher & author. Since becoming unconvinced by prevailing theories on human behavior, she has researched everything from monkeys to the mafia. Now she’s not only helping people hack their brain, she’s shedding light on how the altruistic outlook may be popular, but ultimately damaging. In this episode, she explains…
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The highlight of teenage Tony Dushane’s existence was the short car ride with his crush as they were dropped off to preach door to door. In this episode, he shares the negative impact purity culture within the Jehovah’s Witness community had on his family, the awkward moments he can laugh at (& made a film from) & the advice he would give if he had…
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The message given at every commencement speech is, “Go into the world & make an impact!” This makes anyone who gone on to lead an ordinary life to feel like an extraordinary disappointment. Dr. Brandon Warmke is an Associate Professor & philosopher at Bowling Green University who believes that living a quiet life is not an underachieving consolatio…
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By the time she was twelve, Carissa Phelps had run away from home, dropped out of school, and fled blindly into the arms of a brutal pimp. After years of being trafficked, she was able to escape, graduate from UCLA with a law degree and an MBA, and become an attorney working to help at-risk youth & end the infrastructure behind human trafficking. S…
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After selling a successful business, a series of serendipitous events led Matt Simpson to research Ayahuasca as a healing modality for trauma. The experience was so healing, that he never returned to the rat race or his addictions. He now coaches others on how to properly and responsibly use psychedelics to heal trauma and addiction. In this episod…
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Dr. Bruce Greyson was the protégé of Near Death Experience Researcher, Dr. Raymond Moody. Dr. Greyson was raised in a scientific household with no particular religion, his interest in near-death experiences was a scientific one that started when an unconscious patient of his described (in detail) a conversation he had with another woman in a differ…
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Gary Arndt is a photographer, travel blogger & podcaster whose list of visited countries is so long, where he hasn’t been is actually a shorter list. In this episode, we challenge what exploring culture is and is not, the Parochial vs cosmopolitan mindset, how to save money & increase your human connection, his surprising moment in Oman, cultural t…
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In this conversation-style episode, I talk with the hosts of the Bledsoe Said So podcast, Ryan Bledsoe & Nick Fermanides. Ryan is the son of former guest & UFO experiencer, Chris Bledsoe. Their family & the strange phenomena happening at their home has been studied by NASA, the CIA, academics & the defense intelligence agency & thanks to their smal…
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Melissa Garner is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida who specializes in assisting women in recovering from trauma & toxic relationships. In this episode, we’ll briefly discuss how people end up in these kinds of relationships, paint a picture of types of abuse & the reasons people stay, create a safety plan & how to support those in abus…
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Dan Wise was the office manager of a Georgia pill mill. Before going to prison, he made a Hail Mary YouTube video asking for advice on how to survive a prison sentence. After serving 2 of his 5-year sentence, he re-entered the world to discover that the video had become popular & he was inspired to make a business coaching others on how to make the…
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KC Davis’ personal growth journey began at 16 when she entered a rehab center for drug addiction & mental health issues. It continued at 19 when she became an evangelical Christian. Since then, her journey has taken some winding turns. She’s now a licensed professional counselor, author & host of the podcast Strugglecare, where she shares skills fo…
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Sarah Vermunt had a public meltdown in a Publix that made her realize the career she was in & the Ph.D. she was pursuing was not at all what she really wanted. Many can relate but remain stuck in expired jobs because they don’t know what else they would do. Sarah is now a career coach & best-selling author of Careergasm. In this episode, you’ll hea…
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"We made an agreement with each other that we would not eat each other no matter how hungry we got." Douglas Robertson is the author of The Last Voyage of the Lucette. He was just a teenager when his family was lost at sea for 38 days. In this episode he shares more than just a survival story. He shares his unique coming of age story & an opportuni…
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Fraidy Reiss is the founder of Unchained At Last, an organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the U.S. In this episode, she shares her personal experience of being forced into an abusive marriage, how she finally escaped with the help of a cereal box & the work Unchained is doing to end child marriage in the US. This is a remas…
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Dr. David Tolin is the Founder & Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, the author of over 200 scientific journal articles & even received the Award for Lifetime Contribution to Psychology from the CT Psychological Association, but you may recognize him from the reality TV series Hoarders, The OCD Project or My Shoppin…
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Kim Lee (a pseudonym) is a psychotherapist, married swinger & an author. In her book, The Swinger in the Mirror, she chronicles her rollercoaster of self-reflection & relational entanglements. In this episode, through her story & psychological expertise, we chronicle the pitfalls of unspoken expectations, making & re-making the rules of commitment …
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Jenny Radcliffe is a professional con woman & people hacker who uses social engineering to test the vulnerability of professional security systems. She shares how she got started in her teens, avoided a life of crime & how we can all be less vulnerable. You’ll also hear about her favorite break-in, the biggest security mistake we’re all making & he…
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In 2016 the Canadian government passed the C14 bill, allowing some individuals to have assistance from a medical practitioner in ending their own life. Jan Ditchfield is the founder of a non-profit called Bridge C14, A Network of Peer-to-Peer Connections and Community Supports Through All Stages of Medical Assistance in Dying (AKA Maid). She is als…
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Jay Alders is an internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary fine artist, photographer, and designer whose distinctive style has been seen on album covers like Slightly Stoopid and 311 and in media outlets like Forbes, Surfer Magazine, and Penthouse. He's also a husband and dad of 3, and he's always expanding his mind and his passion projects. In t…
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Dr. Kate Mangino holds a Ph.D. in human rights & social development & is the author of the book, "Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home." She covers how to know if you’re the cognitive laborer, why gender equality is critical for boys & girls, society vs biology, the right and wrong way to divide chores & how to start a conversation wit…
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Kashif Khan believes healthcare shouldn't be about waiting to get sick. After watching his father’s health deteriorate & eventually cause an early death, he found himself as the head of his household at age 17. Later he developed 5 chronic conditions with no answers from doctors. This pushed him down the path of human biology & DNA, allowing him to…
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Nikki Eisenhauer is a licensed professional counselor, chemical dependency counselor, and professional psychotherapist. She is also an incest & abuse survivor. In this episode, we discuss if trigger warnings are a tool for healing or a crutch for victimhood, we explore symptoms that your entire childhood may warrant a trigger warning, what actual t…
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Chris Bledsoe is considered the most credible experiencer in the world of phenomenon, someone whose experiences have been studied by NASA, the CIA, academics & the defense intelligence agency. he is set apart from many other experiencers in that he is a deeply religious man who continues to experience rejection & judgment from his spiritual communi…
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The Ysleta community of El Paso sits near the Mexico border & is known for its paranormal activity. Leon Baker was a border patrol agent for 23 years where he experienced paranormal activity like ghosts, shadow people & unexplainable thermal readings. In this episode, he shares his ghost stories as well as a few surprising immigration stories. This…
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Brenda McPhail is at the intersection of technology, civil liberties & human rights. Her PhD is in the social impacts of tech, with a focus on surveillance & privacy in areas like workplace surveillance, health information privacy, & AI regulation. She’s currently the Acting Exec Dir of the Master in Public Policy in Digital Society program at McMa…
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Nina Teicholz, journalist & author of the New York Times’ Best Seller, The Big Fat Surprise, shares how college professor, Ancel Keys, was at the root of the widely unquestioned nutrition policy of the diet-heart hypothesis that states low fat, low cholesterol is THE heart health anthem of the USA since the 1950’s, yet heart disease killed 700,000 …
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Dr. Elaine Kasket is a cyberpsychologist whose private practice & daily life frequently puts her at the intersection of technology & psychology. She’s ALSO an American Mom living in the UK, who wants nothing more than to display her own pride in her child & stay in touch with stateside relatives. In this episode, we talk about sharenting: the impac…
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Kym Wootton was a 42-year-old C-suite executive, running 3 departments & making a six-figure income in Boulder, CO when she wondered if life could look different. In January of 2023, she began an adult gap year – a hard reset, leaving her company of 13 years. In this episode, she shares about tolerable levels of unhappiness, the stigma on those who…
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Dr. Michael P Masters is a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Tech University. Part of his research draws on anthropology, astronomy, physics & astrobiology to investigate UFO phenomena, specifically the premise that aliens may be our human descendants, returning from the future to visit & study their own hominin evolutionary past. We …
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To celebrate our 200th episode, I’m answering listener questions & sharing three life lessons podcasting has taught me & how they can help you too. Episodes mentioned in this episode: Ep. 131 | Active or Passive Curiosity? Cultivating Confidence, Adventure & Reward Hormones Ep. 128 | Is a 4-Day Work Week Coming? Recalibrating Balance (PART 1) Ep. 3…
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Hope Kelaher is a licensed clinical social worker, friend therapist & the author of Here to Make Friends: How to Make Friends as an Adult. She believes that meaningful friendships should be staples, not accessories. In this episode, you’ll hear the three types of friendship & how to make new friends after a job change, a family change (like divorce…
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Casey McGuire Davidson was an ambitious corporate achiever who always had a full schedule & anxious energy. She felt wine was the glue holding her life together until she realized it wasn’t. She later found serenity in sobriety, but it wasn’t without some social hiccups. In this episode, she uses her expertise as a certified life & sobriety coach t…
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Russ Jones is an ADHD coach & ADDer himself who helps adults with ADHD get their shit together & have a better life through his 1 on 1 coaching, online course & forum & his podcast, ADHD Big Brother. We thought a forthcoming discussion about our ADHD epic fails might encourage you that you’re not alone & our can’t live without hacks & tools might h…
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David Grusch was an intelligence officer in the UAP task force established to investigate sighting reports of what most still call UFOs. In June 2023, he has now become a whistleblower against the task force saying they illegally withheld information from Congress about retrieved intact & partially intact crafts & pilots of non-human origin. In thi…
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Scott Stern is a scholar, author & public interest lawyer who was launched into a 7-year investigation into the buried history of The American Plan, the mass incarceration of women during the First World War deemed “suspicious” all for the sake of containing venereal disease. And the laws that permitted the round-up….still exist today. You’ll hear …
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Marina Chapman is a Colombian-born British woman who at age 4, was abandoned in the jungle after a kidnapping gone wrong. She’s going to share how she survived in the jungle for 5 years with a family of monkeys, how getting out of the jungle nearly killed her & what life is like now. If you like this episode, you’ll also like episode 48: FORCED MAR…
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Dr. Kevin Fontaine hopes to find sustainable solutions for both cancer treatment & prevention through his over 30 years of experience in conducting obesity-related lifestyle modification trials. He’s a Professor & Chair of the Dept of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama Birmingham & the author of over 150 sci…
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Dr. Kyler Shumway is a licensed psychologist, TEDx speaker the President and Chief Clinical Officer at one of the largest mental health practices in Texas. He has been featured by Forbes, The New York Times & CNN for his work in combatting the loneliness epidemic. In this episode, we discuss how to improve your adult friendships by being a better f…
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Catherine Quiring is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in helping ex-evangelicals overcome religious trauma. In this episode, she shares what that looked like for her, how to know if you have limiting thoughts leftover from controlling doctrine, how to keep your faith while you separate from systems of control & how to find your ow…
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Bri Snellgrove was a successful PR agency owner in a small town when she realized what she had worked hard for (& publicly promoted) wasn’t what she wanted. After making another very public announcement that she was open for hire & finding a job, she was fired. In this episode, we talk about navigating the emotional rollercoaster of a career change…
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Jane Boroski is the only known survivor of the Connecticut River Valley Killer. The killer (never caught) is thought to have killed 7 women between 1978 & 1988 along a stretch of Interstate 91 between the border of New Hampshire & Vermont. In this episode, she shares her story, how she’s created her own closure & what she’s doing to help other cold…
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Hilda Labrada Gore is a certified health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition & the podcast host & producer for the Weston A Price podcast, Wise Traditions, an interview podcast for those seeking optimal health based on ancient wisdom. In this episode, she shares how she went from typical health habits to globe-trotting biohacker, the …
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Dr. Ali Mattu was so socially anxious as a child, that he had selective mutism. Since then, he’s become a clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders. Wanting to create more accessible mental health education, he created a YouTube channel with over 8.5 million views that helps viewers live a more compassionate, courageous, and …
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Nina Keneally recognized saw a need when she moved to an area where almost no one seemed to be over 35. Realizing that she was the oldest person in cafes & restaurants, she knew there was a need for young people to have someone to talk to who is mom-like, but not their mom. She decided to combine her experience as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor…
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In these 5 episode clips, you’ll hear from addiction researcher, Dr. Josh Grubbs on the legitimacy of sex addiction, Intimate Care Service owner, Trish St John on why we resist thinking of people with disabilities as sexual, Author Joshua Harris on the pressure of purity culture vs modern dating, sexologist & antique vibrator curator Dr. Carol Quee…
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Sara Mercier is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Myofunctional Airway Specialist, and Orofacial Myologist. She also coordinates multi-faceted care to help patients regain full function in the areas of sleep, stress, hormones, TMJ & oral health. In this episode, she explains the connection between oral & whole-body health, a quick fix to imp…
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Adam Coutts has meditated daily for 34 years, lived in monasteries in the USA & Asia for 4 years & even meditated once for 4 hours straight … all with ADHD. Now he teaches meditation & mindfulness to the public, including specialized sessions for those with ADHD. In this episode, you’ll hear his first (overwhelming) experience meditation, impulsivi…
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Tim Anderson is a physician’s assistant who spent the first 10 years of his practice holding traditional appointments. If the patient's hormones were in range, he didn't recommend any interventions even if they didn't feel good. He’s since shifted with working with patients instead of the system, helping men & women navigate to optimum health & vit…
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Dr. Carder Stout went from partying with celebrities in his NYC penthouse to being homeless on the beach in Venice, California. He was trapped in a cycle of addiction to crack cocaine, selling everything he owned to get more, begging on street corners & eventually accepting a job as a driver for a high-ranking member of the crips in exchange for fr…
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Duana Welch is a professor turned researcher who has contributed to NPR, PBS & Psychology Today. Her specialty is the science of romance & helping people find their person using data. In this episode, she shares about the 3 attachment styles that could be major influencers in your relationship, the difference between being secure & being co-depende…
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