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The Big Life Questions Show
Episode 24: What Causes Burnout?

Episode 24: What Causes Burnout?

September 30, 2019

Show Notes

This is an episode that everyone can relate to. Doug and Chris discuss the causes of burnout, with an emphasis on why the problem seems to be getting worse - and what we can do about it.

0.38 Burnout and lack of purpose

6.15 Burnout and frustration with things being out of control

9.10 Physician burnout

15.25 Burnout and wasted time

16.00 Burnout and financial stress

19.40 Possible solutions to burnout

Episode 23: Will Donald Trump Serve Out the Rest Of His Term?

Episode 23: Will Donald Trump Serve Out the Rest Of His Term?

September 26, 2019

A whistleblower! An impeachment inquiry! A self-incrimidating president! In this special edition of The Big Life Questions Show, Doug and Chris discuss whether Donald Trump will be able to survive the investigation into a detailed whistleblower complaint that paints a picture of a president willing to sell out his country to win reelection.

Episode 22: Would the World Be Better Off Without Religions?

Episode 22: Would the World Be Better Off Without Religions?

September 23, 2019

In keeping with the Big Life Questions Show theme, Doug and Chris ponder the essential questions about religion in this episode. They explore both the positive and the dark side of religions. They also disclose their own religious histories, including an experience Doug had that suggests a possible afterlife. In the end, the cohosts disagree on the question at hand - are we better off with or without religions?

1.10 Chris and Doug's religious backgrounds

5.25 Everybody has a right to their own beliefs

7.30 The benefits of a religious practice, according to Chris

11.08 Are religious people happier? Are they healthier?

16.15 Doug's spiritual experience

22.15 Is religion based on magical thinking?

22.55 Religion, wars and evil behavior

29.55 A final verdict (sort of) on the question

 

Episode 21: Is More Immigration Fundamentally Good or Bad?

Episode 21: Is More Immigration Fundamentally Good or Bad?

September 16, 2019

In this episode of The Big Life Questions Show, Chris and Doug tackle one the most polarizing and controversial issues of our time -- immigration. Our cohosts discuss immigration policies throughout the history of the United States, from the country's founding to the Trump Administration, as well as how immigration has changed the culture of the nation and influenced our politics. Doug and Chris also try to inject actual facts into the immigration conversation.

1.05 The facts about immigration and crime, job growth and the economy

6.05 Re-writing the poem on the Statue of Liberty

8.50 The history of immigration in America

11.20 Doug's radical view of immigration policy

14.50 The game-changer - The immigration act of 1965

18.45 Why do immigrants want to come in the first place?

25.45 Why were New Mexico and Hawaii denied statehood for a long time?

Links:

Coming to America, by Roger Daniels

 

Episode 20: Why Is College So Expensive and What Can We Do About It?

Episode 20: Why Is College So Expensive and What Can We Do About It?

September 9, 2019

In this episode, Doug and Chris explore why college is so expensive and why the market for higher education in the United States is broken in significant ways. They present important data on the magnitude of the problem, and talk through potential ways to make higher education more affordable. Finally, they discuss how Chris, as a father of three, personally feels about the college education cost dilemma. 

4.00 Differences in Per Capita income, high school versus college graduates

5.45 Tuition rate increases since 1973

8.00 Why the value proposition of a college degree is in question

8.40 How higher education, like healthcare, doesn't operate as a competitive economic market

15.35 How does Chris think about this topic as a father of three?

19.55 Are college teaching people the right things?

22.55 What could we as a society do about the high cost of college education?

Links:

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, Caitlin Zaloom

 

Episode 19: Is a Corporation’s Only Real Obligation To Its Shareholders?

Episode 19: Is a Corporation’s Only Real Obligation To Its Shareholders?

September 2, 2019

The Business Roundtable, a group of corporate CEOs, recently put out a statement that CEOs should be focused on more than just shareholders. What does their statement mean, practically speaking? What are the pressures on CEOs and how should they balance the short term vs. the long term? Are corporations moral? Should they be? We tackle these big life questions and more, right here in this episode.

0.48 The Business Roundtable Position Statement

3.45 What pressures do CEOs really face?

6.17 A ray of hope for CEO behavior

9.26 Long term versus short term focus

11.15 Is there a moral element to capitalism?

16.05 Are CEOs worried about growing discontent with capitalism?

18.55 A CEO case study

26.15 CEOs, Boards, and creating good jobs

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