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The Big Life Questions Show
Episode 37: What Should We Do About Income Inequality?

Episode 37: What Should We Do About Income Inequality?

December 30, 2019

In this episode Doug and Chris tackle one of the most intractable issues of our time - income inequality. The cohosts frame the magnitude of the problem, and then discuss  what could be done about it. 

1.30 Inequality and immigration

2.15 The 3 richest people in the world

3.25 The last 40 years in the U.S.

6.25 Investing in people's welfare

9.00 The advantage of universal benefits

15.30 The burning fuse of income inequality 

19.30 Money and politics

25.15 Equality of opportunity

Episode 36: Should the Democrats Nominate a Moderate Or a Progressive?

Episode 36: Should the Democrats Nominate a Moderate Or a Progressive?

December 23, 2019

Chris and Doug discuss and debate the most important question for Democrats in 2020 - should they run a moderate or a progressive? Are politics today dominated by the right and left, or is their room in the middle? Our cohosts (mostly) keep it friendly, but don't agree on much - other than the country would be better off with a new president.

0.45 Chris throws the first punch

3.25 Can we get the youth vote out?

6.55 Should we focus on electability or policy?

9.45 Are the moderates slow walking us to disaster?

11.25 is there still a political center?

16.30 Here, we talk about actual candidates

31.15 Chris's Democratic presidential nominee success rate

Episode 35: Why Is Humor Important?

Episode 35: Why Is Humor Important?

December 16, 2019

Chris and Doug explore why humor is important, how it helps us get through difficult times, and what makes for good humor. The cohosts delve into Chris's career as a stand-up comic, what it was like to try to break into that world - and hear about one famous comic he met along the journey. All forms of humor are on the table - stand-up comedy, political humor, self-deprecating humor, and plain old bad jokes.

0.50 The Three Big Intangibles

7.20 What are the hallmarks of good humor?

9.40 Chris's stand up career

17.30 Political humor

21.40 Humor to get through difficult times

Episode 34: Is Generational Warfare Worse Than Ever?

Episode 34: Is Generational Warfare Worse Than Ever?

December 9, 2019

In this episode Chris and Doug try to figure out how resentful millennial and generation X Y and Z are, and should be, toward baby boomers. It seems like they have reasons to be, considering climate change, deficits, income inequality and political division. We carefully insert personal disclaimers into the episode, and Chris makes it clear that he loves everyone. 

2.40 What Millenials and Gen Z think about Baby Boomers

7.00 Short-termism

11.25 The state of capitialism

17.57 Chris takes the floor

20.40 Solving big problems

23.48 Tribalism

 

Episode 33: Do We Take Sports Too Seriously?

Episode 33: Do We Take Sports Too Seriously?

December 2, 2019

Listen to two fanatical sports fans, one in recovery and one in denial, sort out this timeless question: Are sports something we take too seriously? In a perverse way, Doug and Chris may be uniquely qualified to take on this topic.

1.54 The problem with taking sports too seriously

5.40 The Browns' sorry playoff history 

13:55 Being a fan and never winning a championship

22.10 Checklist of poor sports fan behaviors

27.50 Doug answers the question 

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