Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

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041: I Learned There Are No Boxes
Jul 19 • 22 min
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. Jump To… *…
040: What a Talking Ape Can Teach Humans
Jun 29 • 20 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to…
039: Mind Over Matter
Jun 15 • 34 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment…
038: Can’t Hold Us
May 31 • 19 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to…
037: What IS Thinking?
Apr 27 • 22 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to…
036: The Way to …Spain?
Apr 12 • 19 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript * List of…
035: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?”
Apr 6 • 21 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment *…
034: Mind Triggers
Mar 28 • 15 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript *…
033: Don’t Say You Haven’t Been Warned
Mar 8 • 15 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode…
032: The Poison Keyboard
Mar 2 • 21 min
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…
031: Letting Kids Set Boundaries
Feb 22 • 21 min
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…
030: What ‘Mandatory’ Means
Feb 8 • 31 min
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…
029: I Thought You Were a Christian Organization!
Feb 1 • 14 min
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…
028: I Have a Scenario For You
Jan 26 • 28 min
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. Jump To… * Show Notes * How…
027: Thinking in Emergencies
Jan 18 • 20 min
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”. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode Transcript *…
026: That’s Not Hypocrisy, It’s Clear Thinking
Jan 12 • 13 min
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…
025: The Rants Get Serious
Jan 5 • 16 min
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…
024: A Second Opinion
Dec 29, 2017 • 27 min
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…
023: It’s Tough to Find a Hero
Dec 21, 2017 • 16 min
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…
022: Death is Taboo?
Dec 15, 2017 • 16 min
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.…
021: All About Mawwaige
Dec 7, 2017 • 20 min
In This Episode: A married couple in Australia was so upset the possible legalization of SSM — Same-Sex Marriage — they promised to demonstrate the sanctity of marriage by …getting a divorce. Flash update to that story. And another segment of No Longer…
020: A Teaching Opportunity
Dec 1, 2017 • 15 min
In This Episode: A teacher gives sixth-graders an “inappropriate” quiz, and how that loops into an “inappropriate” military stunt from last week’s issue, and another segment of No Longer Weird. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment *…
019: The Headlines Lied
Nov 24, 2017 • 19 min
In This Episode: Announcing a new podcast. Another No Longer Weird. And then there are the lying “Marijuana Overdose Death!” headlines: agenda-driven clickbait shockers that many other media outlets (“mainstream, legitimate” and otherwise) jumped on with…
018: Think Harder
Nov 16, 2017 • 19 min
In This Episode: Kit thinks we should go deeper into the featured story to really understand the “thinking” implications: it’s not all about laughing at a funny tagline. Plus, I explore Kit’s approach to coaching a bit more, since I had some questions…
017: How to Lose Everything, Instantly
Nov 2, 2017 • 23 min
In This Episode: More on the story about the loss (to fire) of the Hewlett-Packard archive of papers about their early formation, with a special guest connecting in from the coast to talk about how that could have been prevented. Because H-P’s loss has a…
016: Unfit for Office?
Oct 26, 2017 • 11 min
In This Episode: A new co-host, an interesting question from a reader, another segment in No Longer Weird, and a story about a political candidate who is …a bit “out there.” WAY out there. And, of course, another segment of No Longer Weird. Jump To… *…
015: That’s Legal Now
Oct 20, 2017 • 20 min
In This Episode: A complaint about last week’s featured story, which leads to why prices online end in “77” (vs “.99” offline), another segment of No Longer Weird, and how to be so stupid you can get busted for possession of marijuana in Colorado — where…
014: An Act of Charity
Oct 12, 2017 • 10 min
In This Episode: A mostly seasonal segment for No Longer Weird. Then, it seems like just a funny story, but a crusty donation to a food bank maybe isn’t so charitable after all, and — when you think about it — demonstrates the value of thinking about your…
013: How ADD Made TRUE Possible
Oct 5, 2017 • 36 min
In This Episode: Society seems to think ADD/ADHD is some sort of curse. Yet when properly managed, it provides “superpowers” that are an absolute gift. Randy and a special guest — his high performance coach (who specializes in entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD)…
012: Hurricane Response …Florida Style
Sep 29, 2017 • 13 min
In This Episode: Hurricane Irma is a major disaster, so how does Florida handle the aftermath? With typical Floridiocy, of course. Plus, another segment of No Longer Weird, and the story of an everyday hero. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How…
011: Cassini: The Bigger Picture
Sep 15, 2017 • 25 min
In This Episode: From California, where I came to see and reflect on the End of Mission for the Cassini spacecraft — its so-called Grand Finale. This isn’t about the mission per se, but rather the thinking behind it, how that fits into True’s mission, and…
010: Zero Tolerance
Sep 7, 2017 • 21 min
In This Episode: No Longer Weird: An obliviot trying to pass a 99-cent “$1 million bill”. And it’s Episode 10: you’re darn right it’s time to do a bit of a rant on zero tolerance! Clare and I talk about an older case that was so clearly a case of “Sue…
009: We Need Better Heroes
Aug 31, 2017 • 16 min
In This Episode: When the people in charge fail our kids. (At least sometimes, the people in charge of those people step in, and make things right.) It’s the lead story in this week’s newsletter (click the image to see it larger). And what, really, is the…
008: A Little Bit Brighter
Aug 24, 2017 • 14 min
In This Episode: A “new” term is introduced to be the contrast to “obliviot” — and something else really bright (or is that dim?) from Real Life this week: Randy is at a loss for words trying to describe the total solar eclipse. Jump To… We discuss the…
007: A DUI-What?
Aug 17, 2017 • 17 min
In This Episode: We talk about two stories: the new “DUIE” law in Washington state, that was the subject of last week’s “Story of the Week” (right: click to see larger), and this fairly amazing story also from last week, about a minor slap on the hand for…
006: The Best of Humanity
Aug 10, 2017 • 12 min
In This Episode: While the stories in This is True usually point out the pitfalls of not thinking (or “obliviots doing stupid things”), the Honorary Unsubscribe holds up the best of humanity. This episode not only features a interesting example, but adds…
005: Politics, Religion, Oh! And…
Aug 4, 2017 • 12 min
In This Episode: Politics and religion can’t be talked about in polite society? Randy in Washington says no, there are three taboo topics: don’t forget sex (eek!) So yeah, let’s go there. Jump To… * Show Notes * How to Subscribe * How to Comment * Episode…
004: Forget Polite, Let’s Talk Religion
Jul 28, 2017 • 15 min
In This Episode: “We’re told that in polite society that you don’t talk politics or religion.” Yeah, whatever: as Clare says, we’re not always in a polite society. Episode 2 talked politics, so let’s get to religion! Jump To… * Show Notes * How to…
003: Reading TRUE to Kids
Jul 21, 2017 • 22 min
In This Episode: A topic I’ve been wanting to talk about for literally years: should you consider reading This is True to your kids? Lots of parents do — or let the kids read it themselves. But first, finishing up last week, one more behind-the-scenes…
002: Political Unrest and Insider Tours
Jul 14, 2017 • 32 min
In This Episode: Now we’re getting up to speed! My brother the recording studio engineer helped with balancing the microphone for my co-host Clare Angelica, and those tips helped with my side too. This is much more the “studio quality” I was aiming for in…
001: My Co-Host
Jul 7, 2017 • 14 min
In This Episode: Say hello to my co-host (and long-time assistant), Clare Angelica. “This is Episode 1 …so we’ll probably flub it up!” I said in the opening. But you know, for our first try, I think it’s a pretty decent effort. 🙂 Not just another pretty…
0: Introduction
Jul 5, 2017 • 4 min
In This Episode: For practice, and to test out the new hosting platform for the podcast, I thought I’d do a quickie (5-minute) introduction. As promised, it’s set up so you can download it manually if you wish. Episode 1 will come out on time on Friday (7…