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  1. #342: Why Boredom is Good for You

    In the age where smartphones provide constant stimulation, many of us have forgotten what it feels like to experience the monotony of boredom. And while on the surface that might seem like a good thing, my guest today highlights research that not being bored can actually make us dumber and less creative. 

    Her name is Manoush Zomorodi, she’s the host of the podcast Note to Self and the author of the book "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self." Today on the show, Manoush shares her experience of how feeling scattered and less creative led her to create an experiment that tested whether her lack of boredom in recent years was to blame. We then dig into the philosophy of boredom and why we dread it so much. Manoush then goes into what the latest research says about the benefits of boredom, like increased creativity, better productivity, and improved mental well-being. Finally, she walks us through some exercises you can use to help inject more boredom in your life. (Yes, you read that right.)

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/342-why-boredom-is-good-for-you

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  2. #326: Why Boys Are Struggling & What We Can Do To Help Them

    While there’s been a big push in recent decades to help girls thrive in school and in the workplace, boys in America have quietly been struggling. For example, boys are more likely to have learning and discipline issues in school and are less likely to graduate high school than girls, more women are now attending college than men and are earning more bachelors and masters degrees than men, the incarceration rate for boys has increased in the past few decades, and suicide rates have increased among teenage boys. What’s more, teachers and therapists have reported that boys seem increasingly disengaged from school and life.

    If boys are having so much trouble, why don’t we hear more about it? And more importantly, what can we do as parents, teachers, and mentors to help them?

    My guest today has spent his career researching childhood development and helping boys become fulfilled men. His name is Michael Gurian, and in his latest book, "Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys," he provides insights on why America’s boy problem is ignored, as well as concrete steps that parents and mentors can take to help these young men grow up well.

    Today on the show, Michael explains what the "Dominant Gender Paradigm" is and why it causes institutions to ignore the problems of boys and young men, what people get wrong about male violence, and what male anhedonia is. He then argues that if we want to help boys (and girls) we need to approach things from what he calls a "Nature Based Theory," which recognizes that while boys and girls have a lot in common, there are biological differences that influence the way boys learn, socialize, and behave. Michael then provides concrete things parents and schools can do to cater to these differences in boys to help them thrive and become resilient men.

    If you’re the parent of boy or if you teach or mentor young boys, you don’t want to miss this episode.

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/326-why-boys-are-struggling-what-we-can-do-to-help-them

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  3. Clockwise #197: So Much of Your Life is a Lie - Relay FM

    Net neutrality, brain-training games, wireless charging, and our camera-filled future.

    https://www.relay.fm/clockwise/197

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  4. #295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training

    My interview today is with Craig Marker, a StrongFirst kettlebell trainer, and psychology professor at Mercer University.

    We’re big fans of the kettlebell here at the Art of Manliness. It’s a great piece of gym equipment that builds both strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Today on the show, I talk to StrongFirst kettlebell coach Craig Marker about the wonders of these little cannonballs with handles. Mark digs deep into the research done by the Soviets back in the 70s and 80s that shows why kettlebells are an effective tool for building explosive power, and how kettlebell training can improve your deadlift, help you jump higher, and even lead you to becoming a better ballerina (if that’s your thing).

    We then segue our conversation to talking about training in general and the mistakes beginners make when starting with a strength program. Mark then makes the case that in addition to our regular workouts, we should live our lives like it’s the 1940s if we want to see improved health and happiness.

    We end our conversation talking a bit about Craig’s day job as a psychology professor at Mercer University and how his training as a psychologist has helped him improve his coaching and fitness training. He even shares a little trick you can play on your brain to lift more weight or run faster.

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/295-kettlebells-and-the-psychology-of-training

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  5. Episode 40: Cold Case — Broken Jars Broadcasting

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    http://brokenjars.xyz/dresden-files-podcast/2017/3/27/episode-40

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  6. #280: Why Growing Up Is a Subversive Act

    But what if growing up doesn’t mean you have to be boring and lame? What if becoming a grown-up is actually a really rebellious act?

    That’s the argument my guest today makes in her latest book. Her name is Susan Neiman and she’s the author of ‘Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age.’ Today on the show, Susan and I discuss why becoming a grown-up has gotten a bad rap, how our culture— including smartphones— infantilizes us, and what the Enlightenment thinkers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Emanuel Kant can teach us about how to become a grown-up. Susan then goes on to share ideas on what you can do to feel more like an autonomous adult and why embracing that role is such a subversive thing to do.

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/280-why-grow-up

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  7. #278: The Surprising Benefits of Marriage for Men

    Today on the podcast I talk to Brad Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, as well as the Director of the National Marriage Project, who’s spent his career researching the impact marriage has on people’s lives. Brad I discuss the effect marriage has on men, and why officially tying the knot actually makes a significant difference compared to being in a committed, non-married relationship. We also discuss what men can do to create a lasting marriage and the best age to get hitched.

    We then shift gears to talk about his research on fatherhood, particularly the importance of fathers in a child’s life and the benefits men get themselves from being a dad.

    Whether you’re already married and a dad, or thinking about popping the question, you’re going to find a lot of insights and surprising information in this podcast.

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/278-the-research-backed-benefits-of-marriage

    —Huffduffed by brianmedema

  8. RESET 14 WiFi – mccabe.io

    RESET 14 I’m talking with Jose Ortiz and Kevin Schoonover about Wifi products. Eero, Luma, Orbi, Almond, Plume, Ubiquiti, and Google Wifi.  Which one is the best? Are there other variables involved.  It’s a lot to talk about so hang on!

    You can find  Kevin and Jose at homeservershow.com/forums discussing this topic and many more.

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    Please rate this podcast in iTunes if you get a chance.  It really does help.  It can be found here.

    RESET Podcast is available on:

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    http://mccabe.io/reset-14-wifi.html

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  9. Hearing an Echo with Google Home - The Verge

    Reviews for the Google Home are out, including one from our very own Walt Mossberg.

    This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay compare the new intelligent speaker to the obvious competitor, the…

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/3/13508122/ctrl-walt-delete-google-home-amazon-echo-macbook-pro

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  10. #239: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

    With some thought and intentionality, you can help ensure that you have a happy, loving, fulfilling relationship that lasts until death do you part.

    My guest today is Les Parrot and he’s a clinical psychologist specializing in marriage and family. He, along with wife Leslie, who’s also a marriage therapist, have written a book to help couples prepare themselves for matrimonial commitment. It’s called "Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before— And After—You Marry."

    Today on the show, Les and I discuss how a man can know if he’s personally ready for marriage, the myths people have about marriage that set them up for disappointment, and the conversations you should be having with your future spouse to help ensure you have a happy life together. While the conversation is geared towards soon-to-be marrieds and newlyweds, even if you’ve been married for a couple decades, you’re going to find some useful advice and insights in this show.

    https://soundcloud.com/artofmanliness/239-saving-your-marriage-before-it-starts

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