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The Big Life Questions Show
Episode 28: How Do You Ruin a Democracy In 1,000 Days?

Episode 28: How Do You Ruin a Democracy In 1,000 Days?

October 28, 2019

For those of you counting, it's been 1,010 days (and a few hours) since Trump took the oath of office. In this episode, Chris and Doug plunge into the topic of how - with a lot of help from Trump himself - America has managed to make great progress in ruining democracy in that short time. But don't despair - next week our cohosts will explain how to save it. 

1.45 Chris's Top 2 Points, Which are actually about 10 Points

5.50 The latest impeachment polls

6.45 Attacking all sources of truth

13.20 The role of money in politics

15.25 The breakdown of political norms

17.10 Lowering the public discourse

21.00 A hopeful note

Book link: How Democracies Die

Episode 27: What Is the Perfect Age?

Episode 27: What Is the Perfect Age?

October 21, 2019

In this episode, in the tradition of the Big Life Questions Show, we ponder the imponderable - what is the perfect age? Chris and Doug have radically different answers. They review the actual research on this question; trip over a short-list of benefits of getting older; and conclude with another shot at Trump.

1.00 Chris' answer to the question

4.45 Standing in line for gasoline

6.45 Doug's answer to the question

9.00 The upside of acceptance

10.20 At what age are people most happy?

14.15 The challenges of being in your 50s

Episode 26: What Is the Secret To a Good Life?

Episode 26: What Is the Secret To a Good Life?

October 14, 2019

Show Notes

In this episode, Doug and Chris tackle perhaps the ultimate Big Life Question - what is the secret to a good life? They also discuss what these secrets have meant in their own lives. In case that isn't enough, our cohosts cover in some detail the time period where Chris was living out of his car and in a tent. 

1.15 Staying true to yourself

2.40 Sardinia

3.35 Good Work & Purpose

6.00 Living out of your car

11.45 What to do with regrets

15.55 A sense of place

18.30 The Final 3 Secrets

Episode 25: Which 3 Countries Would You Consider Moving To If Donald Trump Is Re-elected?

Episode 25: Which 3 Countries Would You Consider Moving To If Donald Trump Is Re-elected?

October 7, 2019

Show Notes

As regular listeners know, The Big Life Questions Show does not believe President Trump will finish out his current term. But - just in case he does - as an important public service announcement, Doug and Chris disclose in this episode the list of countries each would consider moving to in the unfortunate event that the country abandons all semblance of reason. The cohosts also disclose the proprietary methodologies they used to arrive upon their choices. 

0.00 Chris's intro to this episode

3.20 Why Chris might move if Trump is re-elected

8.05 Research on the best countries to live in

9.40 Doug's big reveal of where he would move

17.40 Chris's dramatic reveal of his methodology and where he would move

25.43 The final lesson - "We have options"

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