The Sapio Files

The Sapio Files

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Sapiophile (n.)- one who is attracted to intelligence. Join us, fellow fun loving lovers of knowledge, as we dig into your favorite topics with our very own nerdy diatribes, words of wisdom, and takes on life as millennials (with the occasional burstin…


61: What We Read (or should have read) in High School
Jan 11 • 98 min
Happy 2020, Sapiophiles! We’re back for a new decade of episodes! As it has been an entire decade since we finished college, we thought we’d take a look back at how the things we read, learned, and discussed in school affected us. This week, we are…
60: A Look Back at the 2010s
Dec 30, 2019 • 67 min
As a new decade approaches, we are taking a look back at the past ten years! How has the world changed this decade? This week, we’re taking you through some of the most significant events of the decade on both a large and small scale. Find out the…
59: Holiday A to Z- Free Associations
Dec 18, 2019 • 72 min
December is here, and that means that the Holiday season is everywhere. After some positive feedback from our free association episode back in September, we decided to challenge ourselves and choose a December, winter, Christmas, or other Holiday-related…
58: Finding the Holiday Spirit
Dec 7, 2019 • 44 min
It’s the time of year to give thanks and spread cheer! So… What do you do if you aren’t feeling so grateful or cheery? This week, we are taking a look at gratitude. What can we do to foster it in our everyday lives? How does the season impact us…
57: What We Wish We Knew at 18
Nov 24, 2019 • 69 min
At 18, we are made to feel like we should know what we’re doing. And… spoiler alert! None of us do. Back in the lovely year of 2006, 18 year old Caela and Chelsea first met… and a LOT has happened since. This week, we take a look back at our young adult…
56: Ghosts and Poltergeists and Spirits, Oh My!!
Oct 29, 2019 • 63 min
Happy Halloween, Sapiophiles!! Do you believe in ghosts? This week, we are breaking apart the many beliefs on ghosts and spirits in religion, fiction, and personal accounts. Find out about the differences between the many types of ghosts, learn about our…
55: Quote Me on This
Oct 23, 2019 • 75 min
This week, Caela and Chelsea unpack some favorite quotes from books, movies, music, tv shows, and famous people. Why do we love these quotes? How do they connect to our lives? What can we learn from analyzing these words? Join us for some quotable moments…
54: True Colors
Oct 11, 2019 • 43 min
“October is a time when trees reveal the colors that have been there all along. People have Octobers too”. Join us this week as we break apart this quote. What kinds of internal “colors” do we hide? How can recognizing these layers of ourselves help us in…
53: Making Music
Oct 1, 2019 • 57 min
We all listen to music. Some of us even play music. But have you ever thought about what it takes for your favorite songs to make their way to your radio stations, iPods, or other music players? This week, we are joined by a special guest host— musician…
52: Free Association
Sep 16, 2019 • 78 min
What comes to mind first when you hear a specific word? For psychologists and for many people, these associations that our brain automatically makes can reveal hidden feelings, values, priorities, and personality traits. So, we thought that we’d take this…
51: Guatemala and Giving
Sep 1, 2019 • 56 min
Welcome back, Sapiophiles! We are back from our hiatus and ready to dive back into exciting content! This month, Caela spent some time in Guatemala, building houses and helping support impoverished families. This week, she is ready to share those…
50: Political Correctness pt 2- Historical Context
Aug 5, 2019 • 22 min
Hello Sapiophiles! We had so much content on political correctness; we decided to bring you a part two!! This episode, we dig into the ways in which political correctness has changed over time and the historical context of some of the more polarizing PC…
49: Politically Correct
Jul 28, 2019 • 71 min
Political Correctness is everywhere. People have opinions on what words we use, what references we can make, and even how we can react to different situations. So this week, we’re breaking apart the political correctness discussion! In what ways are some…
48: Self Discovery with the Enneagram Types
Jul 14, 2019 • 62 min
Back by popular demand, it’s another personality analytics episode! Last fall, our MBTI personality type episode got tons of positive feedback, so we thought we’d bring you another path to self discovery- the Enneagram test! This personality test…
47: Freedom and Fireworks
Jul 2, 2019 • 42 min
Happy Fourth of July! This week, we’re digging into why we celebrate Independence Day on the fourth and some history that led to the creation of our country! But it’s not just a history lesson- we discuss our favorite Fourth of July traditions and where…
46: Our Year in Books
Jun 22, 2019 • 59 min
Happy Summer, Sapiophiles! One of our favorite parts about summer is lounging by the pool/ beach/ lake/ picnic/ insert your favorite summer activity… with a great book! It’s been a year since our first summer reading list episode, so this year, we thought…
45: The Brain Inside Your Devices
Jun 9, 2019 • 38 min
After a brief gap, we are back this week and ready to dig into that ever-growing phenomenon of artificial intelligence. While AI may sound like a science fiction concept, it grows more real every day. In what ways do we depend on artificial intelligence?…
44:The Effects of Social Media
May 21, 2019 • 49 min
May is mental health awareness month, and while most of us think of mental health exclusively as various disorders that alter reality for those living with them, mental health affects us all. One of the most prevalent ways that our mental health is…
43: Becoming Heroic
May 13, 2019 • 44 min
When you think of heroism, what comes to mind? For many, this word brings up images of superheroes saving the day. But how can we recognize and become heroes in everyday life? This week, we are joined by a brand new guest host, here to talk with us about…
42: All We Have to Fear is Fear Itself
May 4, 2019 • 70 min
We all have fears. But what is fear exactly? This week, we look at the neurology and physiology of fear in the human body. What actually happens in the brain and body when faced with frightening stimuli? How can we navigate frightening situations? What…
41: How We Change in a Year
Apr 29, 2019 • 64 min
It’s been a whole year, sapiophiles!! Thanks for being a part of our listener community! As we head into year two, we take a look back at how much can change in a year. How have we personally changed this year? What are the phases of human development…
40: What Makes a Great Leader?
Apr 17, 2019 • 56 min
This week on The Sapio Files, we are talking leadership! What makes someone a great leader? What are the different styles of leadership and how can we determine which style works best for us? What do improv games, acting class, and sports teams have to do…
39: Snap Judgments in the Blink of an Eye
Apr 7, 2019 • 71 min
Did you know that it only takes 50 milliseconds for your brain to develop an opinion on something new? This week, we take a look at the science of snap judgments and the implications of making them too quickly. How is our subconscious at work? What can we…
38: The Luck of the Irish
Mar 21, 2019 • 34 min
We hope you all enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day last weekend! This week, we take a closer look at the popular holiday. Who was St. Patrick? What are the holiday’s religious and cultural roots? How has the holiday morphed over the years? What does it teach…
37: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream…
Mar 11, 2019 • 58 min
It’s the episode of your dreams! This week, we are digging into that crazy phenomenon that happens while we sleep— our dreams. Why do we dream? What is happening in our brains? How can we analyze our dreams? What did some of the most famous psychologists…
36: Unpopular Opinions Abound!
Mar 3, 2019 • 54 min
Last week, when discussing the reactions she had to Dr. Seuss during her childhood, Caela referred to herself as “The Queen of Unpopular Opinions”. So, naturally, we thought we’d give her a platform to share some more of these unpopular opinions! This…
35: Seuss and other Stories
Feb 25, 2019 • 64 min
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” - Dr. Seuss Happy Read Across America Week, Sapiophiles! This week is a nation-wide celebration of children’s literature, focusing on one of the…
34: Love is All Around
Feb 18, 2019 • 53 min
With Valentine’s Day having just passed, love is on everyone’s mind. But what is love? Why is it that everyone seems to define it differently? Why does one simple word have so many diverse meanings? What can we do to expand our capacity for all types of…
33: Two Literary Nerds and a Math Nerd Cross the Canadian Border
Feb 12, 2019 • 71 min
We’re back and we’re coming to you from Canada this week!! Have you ever noticed that even the most intelligent people tend to fall into the camps of “math person” or “language person”? This week, your very literary hosts are joined by a fantastically…
32: Guilty Pleasure Time!
Jan 24, 2019 • 50 min
This week, we lighten it up as we talk about guilty pleasures! What makes them “guilty”? Why do people feel the need to justify the things that make them happy? We take a look at some of the most common guilty pleasures and what makes them so enjoyable.…
31: Let’s Talk Privilege!
Jan 17, 2019 • 66 min
It’s a privilege to be back this week, talking about… privilege! In what ways have we been given privilege? Why is privilege often invisible to those who have it? We are breaking down the privilege conversation this week as we discuss why privilege is a…
30: Life Lessons from Sports
Jan 6, 2019 • 77 min
Happy New Year! We are excited to be back for 2019, and we’re kicking things off with a guest host— joining us to talk about lessons we can take from sports and apply to our everyday lives. How have sports impacted each of us? Why are they so…
29: What Christmas (and other Holidays) Are All About, Charlie Brown!
Dec 24, 2018 • 57 min
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Sapiophiles! It’s that time of year! This week, we dig into all of our favorite winter holidays and traditions! Find out the origins and traditions of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule (Winter Solstice), and Diwali—- PLUS, a deep…
28: Adventures in Time Travel
Dec 19, 2018 • 45 min
Last week, we took a look at 120 years of history. This week, we examine the question: What if you could actually travel back to any of those points in time? In honor of the #timelessmovie, premiering on NBC this week, we analyze the sci-fi concept of…
27: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
Dec 13, 2018 • 68 min
It has long been said that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. This week, we take you on a journey of the last 120 years in half as many minutes! What moments in the past most strongly impacted our world? What events shaped the styles and…
26: Beating the Winter Blahs
Dec 4, 2018 • 45 min
Happy December, Sapiophiles! Are you an elf who lives for the snow and the Christmas trees, or does winter make want to curl up and hibernate? Whatever your nature is this time of year, we share our favorite tips for keeping your energy up and staying…
25: An Attitude of Gratitude
Nov 22, 2018 • 37 min
Happy Thanksgiving, Sapiophiles!! This week, we take a look into Thanksgiving— why we celebrate, what we often forget, and reasons why we should all remember to be grateful— no matter your current circumstances. We break down the unfortunate paradox of…
24: She’s Got a Way With Words
Nov 17, 2018 • 46 min
Hello, Sapiophiles! This week, we take a look at our favorite words—- words with interesting meanings, sounds and uses. How do the words we say affect the way people perceive us? Join us for a whole array of linguistic adventures and expand your…
23: The Truth About Millennials
Nov 9, 2018 • 58 min
We told you we’d give you our takes on life as millennials, and we’re ready to deliver. Why do people have such strong opinions on our generation? What are some misconceptions that people have? What is a millennial, and what do we want you to know about…
22: This is Halloween!
Oct 30, 2018 • 37 min
Happy Halloween, Sapiophiles! Halloween is seen as one of the lighter and sillier holidays in our culture, but it actually has a surprisingly rich history. Join Caela and Chelsea as they nerd out on the history of Halloween— including its roots in the…
21: Friends in Fiction
Oct 25, 2018 • 54 min
You’ve heard us talk books before… but why is it that certain characters in fiction touch us more than others? What’s the common thread? This week, we reveal our picks for the most powerful and inspirational fictional characters that have affected our…
20: What’s Your Type? (MBTI Type Personalities)
Oct 13, 2018 • 46 min
What’s your type? According to psychologists Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs- Myers, people can be divided into sixteen personality types that help them embrace their best qualities and minimize their worst. Join us this week as we reveal our types, break…
19: All The Fall Things
Sep 30, 2018 • 40 min
Fall is here!!! Whether you love fall or hate it, it has somehow become a polarizing season in our culture. Why is it that we refer to women who love the stereotypical things about fall as “basic b******”? What would be a more appropriate way to refer to…
18: The Right/Left Brain Dichotomy
Sep 19, 2018 • 53 min
Are you right brained or left brained? What does that even mean? Do we really favor one side over the other? This week, we break down the way that your brain processes information, the two entities that exist within your head, traditionally right and left…
17: The Trouble with the Friend Zone
Sep 11, 2018 • 47 min
Ahhh… the friend zone. Does it really exist? Is it merely an excuse for heartbroken people? How can we define the friend zone? What can you do if you find yourself in that place? We tackle all these difficult questions this week on the show. Find out how…
16: Does your Favorite Movie Pass the Test?
Sep 4, 2018 • 43 min
This week on The Sapio Files, we take a look at diversity in movies by breaking down our favorites according to three tests: The Bechel Test (analyzing representation of women in films), The DuVernay Test (people of color) and the Vitto Russo Test…
15: Why do I Have to Learn This? (Education in America)
Aug 28, 2018 • 59 min
How did our education set us up for success? How did it fail us? This week, we answer that all important question: Why do we have to learn this? We break down what our education did right, what the real lessons are, and what we wish we learned in school.…
14: Gender Norms, Feminism, and Other Such Things
Aug 12, 2018 • 52 min
This week, Caela and Chelsea tackle that polarizing term— Feminism. What does it mean to us as women? How can we help make society aware of the gender norms that affect not only us, but the men in our lives? In what ways do gender politics actually work…
13: Stress-Free Living
Aug 6, 2018 • 62 min
Are you stressed? If you’re like most people, the answer is a resounding YES! This week, Chelsea and Caela break down the science of stress and offer advice for ways to naturally combat stress.
12: Are we REALLY all winners?
Jul 30, 2018 • 33 min
This week, Marissa is back, guest star JoJo is back, and we are ready to dig into the psychology of participation trophies!
11: The Friends We Keep
Jul 15, 2018 • 44 min
This week, we analyze Robin Dunbar’s 150 friends theory, debate the question of how many friends humans can truly connect with, and add insight into how you can improve your ability to make and maintain friendships as an adult.
Ten: Summer Reading List
Jul 7, 2018 • 39 min
Chelsea is flying solo today… but has no shortage of suggestions to make your beach reading time the best it can be! Check out these suggestions of favorite beach reads for all readers, how to engage your teen or child reader on the beach, and a sneak…
Bonus Minisode (9.5): What Not to Say
Jul 1, 2018 • 9 min
Check out this deleted content from our pride month episode last week. Our special guest Kayla-with-a-K helps you ask the right questions to learn more about those who are different from you by sharing some personal anecdotes of the worst ones. We’ll be…
Nine: Celebrate Pride!
Jun 24, 2018 • 88 min
June is LGBTQAA Pride Month! Join as as we talk to three members of this community about the importance of the celebrations, what challenges they face, and what they want YOU, their straight allies, to know. You don’t want to miss it!!
Eight: A Leap of Faith
Jun 16, 2018 • 52 min
Caela joins the conversation from Ireland this week, as we discuss stepping outside of your comfort zone, taking a leap of faith, and defeating the paralysis that comes from imposter syndrome, fear of failure, and anxiety.
Seven: Culture Shock
Jun 9, 2018 • 55 min
How do the cultures in different regions compare? What can they teach us? What are some of the misconceptions and stereotypes we hold about people in different areas? How can we learn from them? Join us as Chelsea (and guest star Caitlin) speak live from…
6.5- The Movies Minisode
Jun 2, 2018 • 9 min
While we’re working on the next full length episode, check out this “deleted scene” from episode 6, all about movies!
Six: The Languages of Love
May 27, 2018 • 52 min
How do you best give and receive love? Join us as we discuss Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages and how we can use this knowledge to improve our relationships!
Five: The Music in Me
May 19, 2018 • 46 min
We break down the art and science of music!
Four: The Book Club
May 12, 2018 • 56 min
Join us for our book club this week as we break down our thoughts on literature!
Three: Mental Health Awareness Month
May 5, 2018 • 47 min
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Psychology guru/ bartender/ all around fabulous and brilliant JoJo guest hosts to weigh in on these critical issues.
Two: Life, Love, and Harry Potter
Apr 28, 2018 • 41 min
Life, Love, and Harry Potter
One: Girls’ Night and the Generation Gap
Apr 28, 2018 • 49 min
Girls’ Night and the Generation Gap