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The Big Life Questions Show
32 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 100: What Are You Looking Forward to Doing Once the Pandemic Is Over?
Show Notes we wrap up our first 100 episodes by looking forward to life without Covid, and with some stats from our first 100 episodes. we send love to our loyal audience. 1.10 Doug's answer to the question 2.40 The Thing that Chris is Most Looking Forward To 5.40 Being relaxed in public 8.40 Doug Pats himself on the back 11.45 What Doug has been Right About, Part Two 14.30 What We've Learned from Covid, Per Chris 18.15 The First 100 Episodes - Stats 28.30 A Crazy Time in US History
23 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 99: Why Is March Madness So Exciting?
Show Notes We take a detour from politics to answer all questions (well, some questions) about March Madness 1.00 The Attraction of March Madness 3.20 Why Are There 68 Teams Picked for the Tournament? 12.00 Chris links Seeding to Final Four Appearances 14.15 Gonzaga 17.25 Your Team Loses, But Then It's Spring 18.40 Big Life Questions Show Announcement
29 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 98: Why Are We So Fascinated With Mars?
Chris, whose father was an astronaut (or so he told his friends), provides expert analysis of the meaning of the Mars landing Video Link to Mars Landing Mars Landing 0.30 A Brief History of Space Travel 2.50 The Mars Landing 6.30 Is there life on other planets? 10.20 Nation-States Competing in space 14.40 Human nature is to pursue discovery 19.00 Do we need to send humans into space? 22.00 The Planet B Fallacy
26 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Episode 97: What Does the Political Landscape Look Like for 2021?
Here we survey the landscape of American politics for this year. 0.40 Predictions for the Biden Administration 2.15 The Republican Party is in a pickle 9.00 College student debt 11.30 Biden and the Trump drama 11.50 Texas and Ted Cruz 17.55 Andrew Cuomo 22.30 Mitch McConnell
45 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Episode 96: What's the Problem In Healthcare That No One's Talking About?
This episode's guest, Frank Cutitta, tells Chris and Doug his incredible story of spending more than three months in the hospital with COVID last year -- including 40 days in an induced coma -- and what he learned about our healthcare system. 1.15 Our Guest Intro 2.00 40 Days in a Coma 15.10 Caregiver Stress & Loneliness 20.15 The Anonymity of the Mask 21.45 Rehab 27.30 How Frank is doing now 29.15 Last Rites Twice 35.00 I'm Not My Healthcare Dashboard
21 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 95: Can the Democrats and Republicans Achieve Unity? (And If So, How Should Biden Approach Getting There?)
Show Notes We discuss if and how Biden can get to the Unity that he and some Republicans keep talking about. 0.45 Chris answers the question 3.15 American popular opinion favors government intervention 4.55 Oppositional defiance disorder 6.45 The anti-democracy movement 11.45 What Biden has going for himself 13.45 Marjorie Taylor Greene 15.45 Republican money sources drying up
27 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Episode 94: What Can Be Done About Right-wing Extremism In the United States?
Show Notes 1.40 How much extremism there really is 4.30 Planned terrorists, Internet Stars and Insurrection Tourists 6.45 The Republican Party 9.40 Does the Republican Party need Trump? 10.20 When Chris Voted for a Republican 16.30 Will the Republicans ever abandon Trump? 18.20 The Right Wing Extremists Speak for Themselves
24 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Episode 93 - What Can We Expect From Donald Trump's Second Impeachment Trial?
Show Notes Here we contemplate Trump's 2nd impeachment trial. He was going for 3, but he got kicked out of office. 1.10 Doug's dim view of the Republicans 3.45 What's different about this impeachment trial? 5.30 Will Trump stay relevant politically? 9.30 Trump's Greatest Accomplishment 10.45 The delay of the trial 12.15 Will the Republican Party split in two? 14.15 The Republicans and The Whigs
22 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 92: Can We Expect Violence During Biden's Inauguration and In the Days After?
Show Notes We contemplate the state of the world, such as it is, potential violence around the Inauguration, the 2nd amendment and right wing extremists. 0.40 Wash DC becomes a police state 1.50 Arming the Extreme Right 3.40 Is Unity the Next Step, Really ? 6.30 Chris reads crazy-people posts from Parler 14.00 Accommodating the white supremacists seems like a very bad idea 18.10 The 2nd amendment & false equivalency
28 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Episode 91: How Should Donald Trump Be Held Accountable for Attempting to Overthrow the U.S. Government?
Show Notes We discuss potential consequences for Trump and his enablers 0.30 A quick review of Trump's insurrection program 4.00 A second impeachment? 4.50 The Trump Family & Friends Pre-Rally Party 9.00 Whatever happened to individual responsibility? 13.20 Should Trump be prosecuted? 15.10 What about Trump's enablers? 18.10 What options does the Trump crowd have left? 27.10 Should we worry about riling up the Trump base?
31 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Episode 90: What Are the Statistics That Shaped 2020?
Show Notes We use some key stats to do a brief re-cap of the mess that was 2020- but, overall, we definitely recommend turning the page to 2021. 0.30 Doug's Netflix recommendation 1.00 The Covid Pandemic, Again 8.50 Food Lines & Economic Disaster 12.00 Absentee and Mail In Ballots 15.40 Many Americans lack high speed internet 16.10 Biden's Low Hanging Fruit 18.00 Will Trump run in 2024? 19.30 The Demise of Local Newspapers
17 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Episode 89: What Would You Like to See Happen In 2021?
Show Notes 0.30 Covid and the Vaccines 2.45 The Global Economy and Jobs 4.50 Truth and Reconciliation 7.20 Getting Our Democracy Back 9.00 The Georgia Elections 12.00 The International World Order 13.40 More Bi-Partisanship
34 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Episode 88: What Is the Best Way to Give and Receive Expert Advice?
Here, with substantial help from Amiel Handelsman, an experienced coach who works with individuals and organizations, we explore how to process expert advice. Links Contacting Amiel 3.15 Distinguishing expert advice from other forms 5.30 Financial advice and uncertainty 7.10 How do you determine if someone is an expert? 9.10 Expert advice from the pandemic experts 11.15 Executives giving and receiving advice 16.20 The roles and elements of trust 20.25 Hearing advice you don't want to hear 26.50 Getting tips from Amiel 28.20 How to process advice from someone who doesn't know you
25 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Episode 87: What 3 Big Things Would You Love to See Happen In The World Over The Next 10 Years?
Show Notes We finally break out of Trump Doom to brainstorm on what could really help fix the world over the next 10 years - all things being possible. 1.00 A Cure for Cancer 1.45 Health Report from Chris 3.10 The Browns Win the Super Bowl 3.30 Re-invigorating Democracy 9.00 Wealth Inequality 10.30 Solar Power and Climate Change 14.20 More Women Leaders 17.45 Population Health
24 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Episode 86: Why Have State Election Officials Held the Line Against Trump?
Show Notes Here we explore why, despite unrelenting pressure and threats from Trump, state election officials in the swing states - both Republicans and Democrats - have protected the integrity of the election 0.45 The election that wasn't really that close 4.00 State election officials take their jobs seriously 9.40 Chris says, "There are good people on both sides." where have we heard that before? 10.30 The Right Wing Echo Chamber 14.20 The Courts Hold the Line 16.50 Trump's Branding Problem
24 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Episode 85: Would You Want to Live Forever?
Chris and Doug meditate on the cycle of life, the conditions under which we'd like to extend it, and our future non-existence - or whatever happens after this wild ride we're on. 0.45 Study of Oxygen Therapy for Longevity 1.30 Chris's view of living forever 4.45 Doug's meditation on non-existence 10.15 Wealthy people trying to cheat death 14.45 Steve Jobs 16.45 People who are less afraid of death 21.00 Doug's Arrogance and the cycle of life Links: Aging Journal - Oxygen Therapy Extends Longevity The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
26 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Episode 84: What Do You Give Thanks For?
Doug and Chris (mostly) take a break from talking about politics to note the many things we have to be thankful for - despite the challenges of 2020. 1.50 Family. 6.10 Healthcare workers during Covid 7.00 Vaccines 10.15 Election Poll Workers 11.00 Dead People Voting 12.00 Joe Biden 16.00 Our Audience
28 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Episode 83: How Can We Deal With the Second Wave of COVID-19?
Show Notes Here we discuss the significance of our second major Covid wave on our health, families, and emotional well-being 1.00 The emotional toll of the pandemic 6.15 Individual rights and social obligations 8.45 Are we headed for healthcare rationing? 13.20 The Virus Burnout Syndrome 16.00 How can we learn from our virus experience so far? 18.00 Wall Street Journal Mask Wearing Update Links PBS Interview of Biden Covid Task Force Co Chair
35 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Episode 82: The American People Have Spoken. What Did They Say?
Show Notes Here's our expert analysis on the election results, recorded on Saturday morning shortly before the presidential race was called for Biden 0.45 Overall Reactions to Election Results 3.20 Why didn't Mitch McConnell want a stimulus bill? 4.20 Georgia - The Democrat's Silver Lining 6.45 Re-visiting our Pre-Election Predictions 9.15 Our strategies for watching the election results 10.50 The election turnout 13.20 How did the pollsters do? 16.10 The Planned Pennsylvania Crisis 19.00 Where Biden Won the Election 25.00 The Democrat's Messaging Problem 27.00 The Brilliance of Biden's Campaign Strategy
31 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Episode 81: What Possible Scenarios Can People Expect In the Wake of Tuesday’s Election?
Show Notes We muse on the possible election results, to the extent that we can emotionally cope with that. And we make some analytical predictions about how things will go (in other words, we guess). 0.30 Possible election scenarios 6.00 Doug's swing state predictions 9.00 Texas 12.45 Post election day turmoil? 17.30 The future of Trump TV 19.30 The Contested Election Scenarios 29.00 Chris Calls the Election !! FiveThirtyEight: Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election
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