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The Great Resignation and the Expansion of What is Possible; Also, Pavlov’s Notifications

Americans are quitting their jobs in unprecedented numbers, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at how this “Great Resignation” has been spurred by many different technological, cultural, and economic trends, several of which have operated to expand what is possible as far as earning a living (01:09). The guys also discuss how the constant stream of notifications that many receive on the electronic devices may have a greater impact on us than it seems (38:50).

Streaming Between the Lines - Marshall

Marshall, the 2017 biopic on Thurgood Marshall, tells us about a time in Marshall’s life before the Supreme Court and Brown v. Board of Education, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out most in this Reginald Hudlin film as well as Thurgood Marshall’s legacy and how he fits into the story of America.

Global Cooperation Needed to Keep the Planet Habitable for Humans; Also, Body Odor Language

Keeping the Earth habitable for humans would seemingly be in everyone’s interest, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how multi-faceted our environmental issues can be and how COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact each show far we have come, and how far we still have to go, from a global cooperation standpoint (01:30). The guys also discuss how human bodies are constantly emitting odors and how these odors actually tell a lot about you and your health and lifestyle, not just your hygiene (38:51).

What Could Go Right, and Wrong, with Big Tech in Real Estate; Also, Toxic Positivity

Even with Zillow’s decision to get out of real estate buying and selling, the “ibuyer” trend still seems to be just getting started, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the possibilities brought by the entrance of technology companies, and algorithms, into the real estate market (01:23). The guys also consider the concept of toxic positivity and how being around it can make it harder to deal with adversity (33:27).

School Board Threats and (Grand)Standing Between Enforcement of the Law; Also, Killer Autonomous Drones

After seeing the existence of violent threats against school board members turned into a media event, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the need to protect public servants, freedom of speech, and how content that drives media consumption now determines our political discussions (01:47). The guys also discuss reports of the first autonomous killer drone being deployed in combat and how this could change everything (40:11).

Culture Series: The Power of Now, a Book by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” is said to be the bestselling spiritual book of the past 20 years and has been read by millions, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look a some of the key concepts that were addressed in the book (01:14) and consider the extent to which the teachings in the book could help humans on a societal level (36:38).

Supply Chain Issues and the Risk of Absolute Efficiency; Also, the FDA’s Attempt to Reduce Sodium Consumption

With supply chain and inflation issues taking hold in the economy, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the how these issues reveal the incredible level of efficiency that the economy had previously operated with as well as what it will take to get things back on track (01:06). The guys also discuss the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s effort to try to cajole food companies and restaurants to all reduce sodium content in the foods (34:52).

Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” and the Public Debate About What is Scientific Fact; Also, China’s Effort to Force Greater Assimilation of Minorities

The reaction to Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” has included a lot of debate about what is scientific fact, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether this debate mirrors other disagreements over matters of science and if truth is being sought or if want to yell at each other (01:31). The guys also discuss China’s reported efforts to force greater cultural assimilation of ethnic minorities in order to build a national collective consciousness (25:02).

Debt Ceiling and Recognizing a New Normal; Also, Approaches to Living in Times of Uncertainty

Seeing all the handwringing over the debt ceiling and the so called “meteor headed to crash into our economy,” James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether politics surrounding the debt ceiling illustrate dysfunction or gamesmanship, and the extent to which this is just the new normal (01:17). The guys also discuss some findings on how living with high levels of uncertainty is difficult for us as humans (37:10).

Election Audits or Profiteering Schemes? Also, Can Leisure Time Reduce Happiness?

With Arizona’s partisan election review reportedly confirming what all the prior reviews said about the outcome of the 2020 election and appearing to be an (expensive) exercise in futility, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which the results of the 2020 election are being challenged to create a pretext to raise money and enrich friends (01:16). The guys also take a look at some recent research on whether the way we approach free time in our society actually reduces our happiness (39:39).

This is Your Society on Social Media; Also, Making Sense of Huge Changes in Average Height

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at some of the revelations in the “Facebook files” series being published by the Wall Street Journal consider how our humanity in impacted by social media in ways that have serious effects on society (01:41). The guys also react to recent research on changes in the average heights of various societies (40:54).

Looking at How the Trauma from 9/11 Changed Society; Also, Why Dental Problems Are the Norm

Following the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how the trauma experienced that day has affected Americans and American society and discuss the effectiveness of the nation’s response to the attack (01:21). The guys also take a look at some recent research on why modern humans by and large have so many problems with their teeth (35:01).

NIL in College Sports & the Puzzling Embrace of Socialism; Also, the Possibility of Developing a Sixth Sense

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the recent change in college athletics that has allowed student athletes to make money off of the use of their name, image and likeness and question whether college athletics have evolved enough over time that some to necessitate how we treat what has become with some sports the business of college athletics (01:30). The guys also discuss how humans can learn to use echolocation for spatial awareness and the extent to which this, and any other supposed “sixth senses,” may be something we can learn to access and utilize (33:19).

What’s Next with the Eviction Moratorium Put to Bed; Also, Nevermind Nudity Leads to a Belated Lawsuit

The federal eviction moratorium was in place for almost a year and now has been struck down, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the circumstances that led to its demise and what we have and don’t have to try to mitigate the ongoing economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic that led to the moratorium in the first place (01:21). The guys also take a look at the dispute between Spencer Elden, whose naked photographed appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album, Nevermind, and the stakeholders who created and used the photo 30 years ago (37:40).

A Messy Withdrawal and a Manipulated Reaction; Also, Producing Drinking Water out of Thin Air

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has clearly not gone as smoothly one would like, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana try to make sense of what has happened and also discuss the media’s role in the over-the-top reactions coming from the public (01:27). The guys also take a look at a recent report about a Spanish engineer who devised a machine that produces drinking water out of thin air (37:42).

Culture Series: The Art of War, a Treatise by Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” may be a military treatise that dates back to the 5th century BC, but it remains popular to this day because many of the concepts it teaches are timeless and extend beyond waging war. James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out to them in the material (02:03) and how the concepts in the text can be applied to other aspects of life (38:58).

Nostalgia as a Barrier to Progress; Also, Whistling Past Our Global Warming Graveyard

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how nostalgia and the tendency to think about the past in an idealized way may, from a societal standpoint affect our ability to deal with our new issues and circumstances (01:23). The guys also consider whether even those of us who care about global warming are failing to appreciate the urgency of the threat (29:56).

The Growing Vaccine Mandate Trend; Also, Simone Biles and the Mental Aspect of Performance

It is apparent that many employers intend to require, or at minimum try to induce, their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether this approach represents an overreach and also try to make sense of the lingering vaccine hesitancy we still see in society (01:21). The guys also discuss how Simone Biles’ recent struggles illustrate the how intertwined the psychological aspects and physical aspects of performance really are (33:23).

With Billionaires in Space, What Comes Next; Also, the Latest on Exercise and Body Health

After seeing billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos literally shoot for the stars recently, as well as some of the criticism of their efforts, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana weigh in on the consequences of space travel becoming a private enterprise and the veracity of some of the criticisms of these efforts (01:31). The guys also discuss takeaways from Shape Magazine’s recent discussions on the latest on optimal approaches to exercise (37:20).

Has Wokeness Gone Too Far; Also, Caffeine as the World's Addiction

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss wokeness in our society, taking a look at its traditional social justice framing as well as the way it has been made a part of the so called “culture wars” (01:29). The guys also marvel at the scale of the world’s caffeine additions and consider the implications of this (35:58).

America’s Longest War Comes to an End; Also, the Regenerating Color in Gray Hair

With the U.S.’s 20-year war in Afghanistan coming to an end this summer, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the move to withdrawal the remaining troops and the legacy of the conflict (01:37). The guys also take a look at recent research that in some circumstances, the color lost in gray hair can be regenerated by simply reducing stress (32:56).

The Effects of Climate Change Apparently Picking Up Steam; Also, the Cloning of a Long Dead Animal

Seeing the effects of climate change appearing to continue to pick up steam, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss extent to which what we are seeing is the off the charts as well as things that may be driving our societies inability to truly address to the problem (01:47). The guys also react to recent reports that scientists have cloned an endangered ferret from the genetic material of a ferret that died over 30 years ago (46:19).

Critical Race Theory and Manufactured Controversies; Also, Soft Fascination for Recharging the Brain

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what Critical Race Theory is and how it has gone from exclusively being an academic and scholarly matter to a dominant topic in our political and media environments (01:16). The guys also take a look at recent findings on how to combat attention fatigue with soft fascination (41:30).

A Sudden Consensus on Juneteenth; Also, Antidepressants in the (Your) Water

Following years of advocacy, Juneteenth has been made a federal holiday in the U.S. and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the way the holiday fits into the U.S. narrative and consider how, after years of this being a disputed matter, an overwhelming consensus supporting the issue was formed in Congress (01:18). The guys also raise the alarm about recent findings on how antidepressants being found in our waterways may be affecting how animals are behaving (21:22).

Differing Perspectives on Extreme Tax Avoidance; Also, Considering a Conscious Universe

Following ProPublica’s bombshell report on the massive levels of tax avoidance that America’s highest earners are engaging in, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take opposite sides on whether the existence of this level of tax avoidance means that our tax system is broken and unfair (01:28). The guys also look at some recent research on whether the universe may be conscious as we understand it (42:51).

The Tulsa Race Massacre and the Need to Remember the Past

With interest in and coverage of the Tulsa Race Massacre peaking right in time for its 100th anniversary, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stands out about the incident, the types of factors that something like it to happen, and the why it received such little attention for so long (01:22). The guys also look at both parallels and points of distinction in our contemporary social climate (36:11).

Changing the Cost-Benefit Calculus for Fossil Fuels; Also, Polyamory and Human Societies

Seeing both market and legal pressures pushing society away from endless fossil fuel consumption, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the recent announcement of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, the placement of climate friendly members on Exxon’s board of directors, and the court order requiring Shell to reduce emissions by almost half in less than a decade (01:14). The guys also take a look at some recent studies on the prevalence of polyamorous relationships (38:30).

Finding Context in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict; Also, Eating Bugs to Save the Planet

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the recent hot conflict between Israel and Hamas and discuss the more humanistic view some have taken of the incident and the limitations of attempts to classify various actors in the dispute as pure hero or pure villain (01:28). The guys also react to recent discussions about the need to incorporate insects into our diets in order to keep the planet habitable (42:41).

A Major Change in Mask Guidance from the CDC; Plus, Another Animal Super Power Discovered

Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s sudden and substantial change in its mask wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what the actual change may mean to different parts of society (01:28). The guys also take a look at some recent findings on how sharks are able to precisely determine geolocation (42:41).

An Internal Threat to Our American Experiment; Also, Does GPS Make You Dumber?

Pushing her Republican colleagues to prioritize democratic principles over partisan agendas has made Liz Cheney’s position in her party increasingly tenuous, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Liz Cheney’s stand and discuss the seriousness of the threat to our American experiment (02:18). The guys also consider whether some of the conveniences of technology are diminishing us as people (37:30).