In This Episode: A This is True reader was shown Uncommon Sense — and adopted the practice for himself. A profoundly moving episode that shows how even terrible humans can change. John’s story is one of the most powerful ever told by a reader.
Continue ReadingPodcast 041: I Learned There Are No Boxes
Originally posted 19 July 2018
In This Episode: It’s easier for young children to learn basic sign language than to speak, and what a head start they get on learning! Proof of concept: a gorilla. It’s a fascinating episode of the Thinking Toolbox.
Continue ReadingPodcast 040: What a Talking Ape Can Teach Humans
Originally posted 29 June 2018
In This Episode: Mind Over Matter, or how to defeat your rationalizations so you can make a needed change. Plus a segment of No Longer Weird that maybe hasn’t even appeared in This is True before.
Continue ReadingPodcast 039: Mind Over Matter
Originally posted 15 June 2018
In This Episode: We’re Back! We talk about another pack of clueless, ridiculous school officials who run rampant over students — and a meek “anything goes” school board. Plus a segment of No Longer Weird.
Continue ReadingPodcast 038: Can’t Hold Us
Originally posted 31 May 2018
In This Episode: The question is harder to answer than you …think! But really, what IS thinking? Plus, if you use the “Dunning-Kruger Effect” to judge other peoples’ thinking, you’re doing it wrong — says Dr. Dunning.
Continue ReadingPodcast 037: What IS Thinking?
Originally posted 27 April 2018
In This Episode: Another No Longer Weird story for the list, why episodes will be a bit sporadic over the next six weeks, and the role model that is Homer Simpson.
Continue ReadingPodcast 036: The Way to …Spain?
Originally posted 12 April 2018
In This Episode: Another story based on religion, another complaint from a reader asking “Why should I have to develop a sense of humor?” In this week’s podcast, my response to that question.
Continue ReadingPodcast 035: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?”
Originally posted 6 April 2018
In This Episode: Scenarios are a great way to do long-term planning and thinking, but here’s a great trick for short-term results. Also: another segment of No Longer Weird.
Continue ReadingPodcast 034: Mind Triggers
Originally posted 28 March 2018
In This Episode: Whether you “need” a monkey (wait… what?!) or “want” something for nothing, scammers are eager to take your money from you. And what’s No Longer Weird this week.
Continue ReadingPodcast 033: Don’t Say You Haven’t Been Warned
Originally posted 8 March 2018
In This Episode: A really interesting cautionary tale for anyone who posts anything online — on social media, on a review site, even a comment on a blog. Can you be sued …and LOSE? You bet! Even if you “don’t listen to podcasts” you might want to try this one — or at least read the transcript.
Continue ReadingPodcast 032: The Poison Keyboard
Originally posted 2 March 2018
In This Episode: Following on the previous episode, a lot of child abuse could be stopped if we encouraged our kids to set boundaries — and then we honored them. The story from the middle school in Utah where girls were not allowed to say no to boys asking them to dance really drives this all home: the rule actually sets girls up for abuse. Plus another segment of No Longer Weird.
Continue ReadingPodcast 031: Letting Kids Set Boundaries
Originally posted 22 February 2018
In This Episode: A home-town story has a notable parallel to a national story, and they both hinge on men in power taking advantage of the young — while other supposedly responsible adults failed to do their legal, and “mandatory”, duty. It was a tough one to record, and it’ll be tough to listen to, but it’s an important, and thought-provoking, issue: what would YOU do?
Continue ReadingPodcast 030: What ‘Mandatory’ Means
Originally posted 8 February 2018
In This Episode: Two segments of No Longer Weird to catch up a little, and one of the most ridiculous reader complaints about a story EVER (and my response). There’s a twist at the end: even in this kind of hilarity, there’s a real lesson to be learned about The Human Condition, supplied by an amazing reader letter.
Continue ReadingPodcast 029: I Thought You Were a Christian Organization!
Originally posted 1 February 2018
In This Episode: A remarkable letter from a reader who was inspired by This is True to do …what?! And another powerful tool in the This is True Thinking Toolbox: Scenarios aren’t just for critical situations, but everyday life.
Continue ReadingPodcast 028: I Have a Scenario For You
Originally posted 26 January 2018
In This Episode: Thinking in emergencies, as didn’t happen in Hawaii — but here’s how to do it better at home using the first tool in the “This is True Thinking Toolbox”.
Continue ReadingPodcast 027: Thinking in Emergencies
Originally posted 17 January 2018
In This Episode: Is it a contradiction to laugh at Oregon and New Jersey for not allowing self-serve gas stations, AND to urge businesses to offer better customer service to help them with online competitors? At least one reader thinks so, and here’s why he’s wrong.
Continue ReadingPodcast 026: That’s Not Hypocrisy, It’s Clear Thinking
Originally posted 12 January 2018
In This Episode: You want to know what TRUE is really about? Then listen to this one — don’t read the transcript. You’ll hear the true passion of one of my rants, because it’s in my voice. Seriously: if you don’t have a podcast player, stream it from the Show Page.
Continue ReadingPodcast 025: The Rants Get Serious
Originally posted 5 January 2018
In This Episode: A very different kind of episode: we talk about a story that’s not from the newsletter, but rather one that’s too long and complex to be shortened to 100ish words plus a pithy tagline. It’s an amazing story of hope and renewal that’s perfect for the New Year.
Continue ReadingPodcast 024: A Second Opinion
Originally posted 29 December 2017
In This Episode: It’s really fun to find patterns in weird news stories: Randy gives a couple of “paired” examples. But really: people have to turn to weeds and rocks as “heroes”?! Certainly “celebrities” and national leaders aren’t worthy of being looked up to these days. Yet another entry in the No Longer Weird file, and a fun Easter Egg at the end.
Continue ReadingPodcast 023: It’s Tough to Find a Hero
Originally posted 21 December 2017
In This Episode: A wonderful, uplifting story …about death. Would U.S. paramedics been praised for such an action, or reprimanded? Patreon really screws up, and then walks back their announcement with apologies. And another segment of No Longer Weird.
Continue ReadingPodcast 022: Death is Taboo?
Originally posted 15 December 2017