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The Recombobulator Lab
36 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Being a No BS, Entrepreneur Heretic with Pascal Finette-Ep.33
Jason & Chris wrap Season 1 with internet pioneer and entrepreneur Pascal Finette. Pascal shares some history of his journey, beginning with his education in Cologne, starting his first company, and the Internet when the first web browsers were being developed. The three discuss Pascal's "No Bullshit Zone" and relate it to some of their own experiences with people presenting as less than "real." Pascal then shares some of the exciting new developments in business, technology, and society and answers the question, "will the robots kill us?" Pascal's podcast is at The Heretic. MealPass inquiries, please contact Jason Graham-Nye at email@example.com.
28 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Raging Pestilence, Disheveled Downtowns, & A Grateful Recap-Ep.32
Jason & Chris catch up about challenges in their respective backyards before making an important announcement and gratefully reflecting on the last 31 episodes of The Recombobulator Lab. MealPass inquiries, please contact Jason Graham-Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Saving Lives with Bondi Rescue's, Trent "Maxi" Maxwell-Ep.31
Maxi comes over to Jason's house on a break from work, and they dial up Chris to talk about his work as a lifeguard, firefighter, author, educator, and cast member on the hit global factual TV hit Bondi Rescue. The three share some laughs, stories and debunk a myth along with a quiz on lifeguards and firefighting facts. MealPass inquiries, please contact Jason Graham-Nye at email@example.com. Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
32 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Post-Pandemic Mental Comeback with Doug Keene, Ph.D.-Ep.30
Jason & Chris welcome Doug Keene, Ph.D., back to the show to discuss some of the mental health terms being published in articles throughout the pandemic, such as Languishing, Cocooning & Hypernesting. Doug explains some misunderstood concepts about how emotions actually work, why the pandemic was so discombobulating for so many people, and some tips about making a strong mental comeback. MealPass inquiries, please contact Jason Graham-Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
32 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Increasing Life with Christy Turlington-Pt.2, Ep.29
Chris, Jason, and Christy pick up where they left off and somehow transition from race inequities in maternal care to noir movies in Nordic countries. Christy describes the good news of how the current Presidential administration is approaching maternal healthcare and takes on a myth to debunk before describing Every Mother Counts' "special sauce." Then the three talk about coming out of the pandemic and some of the good things that come with them, including Christy going to a baseball game to see Chris's favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. Chris and Jason catch up after the interview, befuddled by the realization that Maternal health was such a problem in the first place. Then the two rant about the problems with guns in America and gambling in Australia. Chris shares some Good News and the two discuss the next episode with Doug Keene. MealPass inquiries, please contact Jason Graham-Nye at email@example.com.
35 minutes | May 26, 2021
Increasing Life with Christy Turlington-Pt.1, Ep.28
Chris is surprised to learn that the MealPass ad that he and Jason recorded is also being used on The Recombobulator Lab, then Jason describes his new triple-threat endeavor. Then the two transition to their interview with the Founder of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington. Jason and Christy talk about their history together, including their different takes on Vegemite. Christy gets into the personal origins of Every Mother Counts, an organization she founded after her own experience in childbirth and learning about the shocking number of preventative childbirth deaths of mothers globally. Then Christy and Jason talk about marathon running and how it’s been a steady part of fundraising for EMC. Chris inquires about the problem in the United States—the only industrialized nation with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate. The two get into some troubling statistics involving race, and the conversation pauses until episode 29. MealPass inquiries please contact Jason Graham-Nye at firstname.lastname@example.org
32 minutes | May 19, 2021
Better Citizens Through Sport with Jenn Heinrich-Ep.27
Chris & Jason reverse roles—at least regarding cold-weather clothing, and Jason discusses how strict Australia’s travel restrictions are. Chris then reports some good news. Chris & Jason discuss the new premium on broadband when traveling, and Jason talks about the new shiny things he sees in the evening sky over Sydney. Chris then quizzes Jason on the worst 7 things parents can do to young athletes. Then the two switches to their interview with Jenn Heinrich, CEO of Girls Rugby, Inc. and former Executive Director of Rugby Oregon from 2002-2019, developing America's first youth and High School State Rugby organization—a model that 46 other states have emulated. Jenn talks about how she discovered Rugby and some of the benefits of youth Rugby, including some of its unique benefits in the sports community. The three then get into a deeper conversation about the success of Rugby Oregon, intentionally teaching life skills that make better citizens.
32 minutes | May 12, 2021
Listening to Ourselves with Musician and Coach Carrie Akre-Ep.26
Jason & Chris have a conversation with musician and creative coach Carrie Akre who fronted the bands Hammerbox and Goodness and then contributed on vocals to the Rockfords with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and went on to a solo career. She has opened for Iggy Pop, Oasis, & Pearl Jam. Jason presses Carrie for stories from Seattle's crazy music scene in the 1990s, and Chris inquires about what subcomponents of being a musician are soul-filling and what is soul-killing--stumbling into a story about Elliot Smith and musicians who have "that thing." Then the three get into discussing introspection, surrender, and life direction to improve creativity and performance. Carrie can be found at https://www.carrieakrecreative.com/, and her Podcast is Between You and I.
32 minutes | May 5, 2021
The Post-Pandemic Workplace with Futurist, Tom Osdoba-Ep.25
Friend of the Lab, Futurist Tom Osdoba joins Jason & Chris to talk about the post-pandemic workplace. Chris shares good news and Jason compares the literal darkness in France with the 3rd wave in COVID infections in France. Chris pits Tom against Jason in a competitive Annoying Business Jargon quiz. Then the three get into the pros and cons of the remote vs. traditional office post-pandemic workplace. Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
31 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Letting Go for Faster Flow with Gold Medal Swimmer, Bronte Campbell–Ep.24
Aussie Olympic Gold Medal winner and World Champion swimmer Bronte Campbell visits The Recombobulator Lab in person by walking down the street to Jason’s home. Chris starts them off by asking Bronte about her Malawi roots, and she takes the two through a tale of Hippos and crocodiles. Bronte talks about the challenge of training for the Tokyo Olympics after the delay from the pandemic. Chris talks about the different orientations people can have toward competitiveness, and Bronte explains just how competitive the field is. Chris curiously asks about the mysterious timing plate in the pool, and Jason inquires as to how Bronte gets ahead. Bronte takes the two through how she performs better by letting go of control and staying creative. Then the three talk about the similarities and differences between the Olympics and the World Championships and then drift into the cultural differences speaking to the media in Australia and the US when you are an athlete. Bronte finishes the discussion by debunking a myth.
33 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Getting Prolific with Recording Artist, Jerome Arab-Ep.23
Jason and Chris catch up before Chris puts Jason through the paces with a quiz on the most prolific artists. Then the two talk with Zimbabwean-born UK recording artist Jerome Arab. His music has produced half a million streams, and he has set the ambitious goal to produce a track a week in 2021. However, Jason immediately takes the conversation off to Rugby and makes strong attempts at linking his comments to the topic. Jerome talks about how he moved from Zimbabwe and Zambia at a young age to Manchester, how he realized the arts and music specifically spoke to him at a young age, and shares the construct he uses to find creativity and flow in anything. Jason inquires how Jerome’s perspective can help his golf game, and Jerome has an answer! Chris inquires about Jerome's pressure on himself and how he manages the pressure to create in volume. Jerome explains his mindset and motivation that helps him through writer’s block. Jason applies Jerome’s method to the business world, which transitions the group to talk about the business of music and the importance of considering the pros and cons of working with labels. Then, in a natural turn in the conversation, Jason debunks an important myth about certain business entities. Jerome then provides an unexpected take about the modern music business, being entrepreneurial, and the importance of marketing skills. Jerome Arab’s music is available on many platforms such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
29 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Confronting Sexual Assault in Society with Chanel Contos-Ep.22
Jason and Chris interview Chanel Contos, who has recently come to prominence to launch Australia’s me-too movement. Chanel discusses how discussions with her friends developed into a questionnaire asking others if they had experienced sexual assault and how in 24 hours, hundreds of people said yes. She then goes into some of the cultural elements that foster these experiences--including three things contributing to toxic masculinity. The three explore the parallels to, and the problems with, the defensive reactions to Chanel’s petition akin to the “all lives matter” responses to the “Black lives matter" movement. Chris asks Chanel how she balances out the stress and strain of processing so many painful stories. She answers that question and discusses some of the research she is currently pursuing before debunking a myth. The three then explore the question of what can be done to make things better, including exploring the question, “is empathy teachable?” and finish up by identifying how black and white thinking contributes to the problem and how healthy intimacy can be a part of the solution. Chanel closes with a tip on how anyone can make things better. Listeners are welcome to read testimonies, add testimonies and sign the petition at https://www.teachusconsent.com/.
33 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Courageous Marketing with Former Jordan Brand’s Tom Kelley-Ep.21
Jason & Chris catch up on the state of the pandemic in Australia and America before diving into a quiz on some of the most successful marketing and advertising campaigns. Tom Kelley talks about how the powerful Nike ad campaigns that were developed during his time at Nike and Weiden + Kennedy started with staying on mission by listening to the “voice of the athlete,” which is democratized by another element of the mission “if you have a body then you are an athlete.” Chris asks Tom what it takes to make decisions that are bold and brave and potentially not in the short-term business interests of a large, for-profit company. Tom takes the concept further to describe the importance of courage in expressing a perspective for anyone. He also reminds us that this has been a part of Nike’s DNA since the early days with the outspoken Steve Prefontaine. Tom talks about the importance of culture in an organization, where he thinks it comes from, and names three things that help make a culture worth being in. Jason, Chris, & Tom discuss some of the marketing field changes over the last 10 years as direct marketing principles that have worked their way into traditional marketing are the tension of considering the consumers you serve with consumers being nodes of information and the importance of considering how you earn your way into the conversation. Tom discusses his time managing the Jordan Brand for Nike, including the challenge of being the steward for an already elite brand and taking it somewhere new. Tom then wraps with the next chapter in his career, starting his own firm. Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
33 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Overcoming Obstacles with Soccer Pro, Kendall Johnson-Ep.20
Soccer pro (Portland Thorns, Western Sydney Wanderers, Sky Blue FC) and performance coach Kendall Johnson shares why she really came on the Podcast and then dives into her five-year journey overcoming a concussion. Kendal discusses the untapped potential in athletes in the emotional and spiritual space and society's pressure to listen to others instead of what your body is telling you. She talks about what makes Sydney so special to her and what playing in Portland's massive crowds was like. Jason and Chris ask Kendall about what's next for her, and she talks about somatic work and her "come forward." She discusses how she uses energy more intentionally and productively in her workouts, now being her "own guru." Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
35 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Reinventing City Hall with New York City Mayoral Candidate, Art Chang-Ep.19
Chris and Jason celebrate the "Friend of the Lab" title and lament the pain involved in repeatedly delivering a poor punch line (or watching someone else do so). Chris quizzes Jason over the five most full democracies and the five most authoritarian regimes based on five criteria. Then the two interview New York City mayoral candidate, Art Chang. Art talks about why he's running and spells out some specific systemic changes he plans to make to avoid past mistakes and push the city into the 21st century technologically. Art talks about his work for the last four mayors and his work in organizational change with JP Morgan Chase, as well as the importance of empathy in the process of making the city work for everyone. Quiz soundtrack, Giulia's Chase, © 2020 by Casting Nail.
30 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Comedy & Authenticity with Zane Lamprey, Part. 2-Ep.18
Chris asks how Zane came up with his amazing animations from his shows that explain complex concepts in concise periods of time. Zane explains how his shows' goals were to be as entertaining as possible and "trick us" into learning about the various cultures he experienced in his travels. Jason tests Zane on his Japanese, and Zane explains the method to his madness. Jason speaks for his country as he often does. Zane explains how he plans to do a 90-date stand-up comedy tour that involves him performing at breweries and doing collaboration beers in each location. Jason offers to be Zane's "fixer" for Australia. And finally, Zane busts a myth about hangover cures and shares his secret weapon that he sought after for four years. Zane closes by explaining why he's moving from travelogues to stand-up comedy. Tickets go on sale on St.Patrick's Day--the day this episode drops in the US!
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Comedy & Authenticity with Zane Lamprey, Part 1-Ep.17
The show gets off to a rough but hilarious start. Zane explains how he balances being a TV show host for Thee Sheets and Four Sheets, the head of an environmentally friendly clothing company, and getting ready for a nationwide stand-up comedy tour. Zane goes deep about how to stay real without coming on too strong with your personal beliefs (except that if you hate trees, Zane thinks you should go to hell right now). Chris tells Zane he refers to him as the "Anthony Bourdain of Drinking," and Zane shares how he approves and how Bourdain was a mentor to him, along with a few stories. The two and Zane talk about authenticity and its importance in all of Zane's endeavors. This leads to Zane talking about his preparations for his comedy performance and some lousy advice he got along the way. Jason gives Zane a "great" grade for his episode of Chug in Sydney because he gets to real Aussies and maybe taught them a thing or two. Then the three get into the inevitable discussion of the cultural difference between Americans and Australians.
32 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Saving the World from Environmental Destruction with Futurist, Tom Osdoba-Ep.16
After 140 people went missing from a glacier breaking off in the Himalayan portion of India, Friend of The Lab, Tom Osdoba, drops in from France to help Jason and Chris answer the question, "How can we save the world from environmental destruction?" Jason and Chris then learn that Tom's name can be pronounced in at least two ways. Jason puts the timeline of human impact on the Earth in perspective before Tom discusses the good news from the US rejoining the Paris Agreement and General Motors' recent commitment to develop 30 electric vehicles and add to the charging infrastructure by 2025. Chris explores philanthropic institutions' role with technological solutions and primes the conversation with the example of the floating Pacific Ocean plastic harvester, The 8th Continent. Tom then discusses how changing systems before attempting to persuade individuals to change is significantly more effective than the inverse approach. Chris links the system first approach to motivated reasoning to show how it helps the persuasion and change adoption process. Jason and Tom close with tips for individuals who are already motivated to be a part of the solution by revealing some actions that can make the most significant difference daily.
33 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Retro 1980s with Calico Kids Author Todd Downing-Ep.15
Jason is blown away by the period-specific intro theme, then he and Chris revisit the 1980s, including music, dyed hair, rugby shirts, and very short shorts. Jason describes how Possums in Australia are more likable and cuter than their American counterparts. Chris takes Jason through a gauntlet of the 1980s (music, sports, nuclear proliferation, movies) with a quiz. The two then interview Author Todd Downing about his early 1980s period piece, Calico Kids. Todd shares his typical writing and audiobook development processes and his inspiration to create a Spotify playlist of deep tracks from the early 1980s that goes with the book. Todd does some myth-busting about publishing, and the three then dive into their shared experiences from their teenage years. Introduction music, "Why" by the Rise (Paul Kreutz, Dan Plock, Bill Davis, & Chris Dominic) Copyright 1986 KPDD music.
31 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Elite Performance with Olympian, Steve Solomon, Part 2.-Ep.14
In part 1, Jason and Chris covered the peak experience Steve Solomon had in the London Olympic games in 2012. In this episode, Steve continues by talking about his intense learning experiences in the Rio Olympic games in 2016 and the specific question he had to answer to set him up for consistent success in the future. Steve then talks about his favorite elements of the College experience in the United States and how different it can be from Australia. Steve explains just how intense his training is, and Chris links it to his experiences with performance improvement work. Steve then links how his experiences performing at a peak level transfer to his career at Uber Eats. Chris and Jason wrap up with their big takeaways. Jason generates a rant from Chris with the big question, "What advice would you give to people struggling to improve?" Jason then enlightens us to the Blue Bottle jellyfish invasion that happened at Bondi Beach.
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