If you are desperately trying to figure out how we get Donald Trump out of the White House, The Big Life Questions Show analysis of the 2020 Democratic Primary is for you. Doug and Chris make no attempts to discuss all 183 people running, nor do either of them announce their own candidacies. Instead, they handicap the major contenders and throw in their own obsessions, biases, peculiarities, and occasional insights. They even argue! If you're looking for poll results, you won't find them here. But if you want the lay of the land on what's really happening, check out this episode.
Life throws curveballs at all of us; it's how we respond to those curveballs that matters the most. Sometimes what happens to us even challenges our definition of self. In this episode, Doug and Chris discuss how a running injury has made Doug re-think the fundamentals of his life.
1.00 Doug's Running Injury
9.05 Diagnosing yourself over the internet (bad idea)
10.13 The conversation with the surgeonm11.50 The aftermath of the surgery
15.55 Doug's stab at some overall perspective
20.26 Coping and not coping with health issues and injuries
In this episode Doug and Chris deal with a crucial question for the summer months: What makes for a great vacation? It turns out that taking a vacation isn't as simple as it sounds, especially when kids are involved. Are vacations just a break or can they be transformative to your life? Should you deal with work email while on vacation? How often do you get really good ideas about the rest of your life while on vacation? How important is it to get to all 50 states in the U.S.? (A subtle dig by Doug.) Are the best vacations the ones where you stay in one place or the ones where you move around? And what is your idea of the ideal vacation?
3.30 Is reading work email while on vacation advisable?
9.30 Should you go new places or go where you've been before?
10.20 The All 50 States Contest
14.52 How much should you plan your day-to-day itinerary?
18.20 The Big Life Questions Show Vacation Endorsement
Age tends to creep up on us. Then again, there seem to be some subtle (and not so subtle) signs when other people think you are old. In this episode, Chris and Doug explore those signs along with questions such as:
- Why do doctors like to tell you that "it's just wear and tear"?
- Is age really just a number?
- Is there a form of intelligence that gets better as you get older?
Our cohosts also talk about they keys to healthy aging.
0.25 Update on Chris's medical mystery
5.30 When the doc says "it's just wear and tear"
6.30 Is age just a number?
9.00 The intelligence that seems to get better as you age
15.30 Mortality and Immortality?
18.15 Healthy aging
Everyone knows a narcissist. That would be someone who needs to be the center of attention and whose own needs dominate their lives, and can dominate the lives of those around them. In this episode, Chris and Doug explore the role of narcissists in their own lives and how they've attempted to deal with them. The cohosts also consider the role of social media in enabling narcissism. And, of course, it's hard to discuss narcissism these days without referencing the current occupant of the White House.
1:29 Dealing with narcissists
7:27 No statute of limitations on grievances
9:28 The ultimate sign that someone is a narcissist
13:20 Working for a narcissist
16:43 The Narcissist in the White House
20:30 Social media and narcissism
22:05 The reporter's instinct