Two of the most respected anthropologists on Mars (one looks Japanese, the other Spanish) were dispatched to New York City to learn about the earthlings. In this podcast, they discuss what they have learned so far. We appreciate any feedback (questions, requests, opinions, complaints, etc..). Email us to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
What does it mean to follow your passion in today’s "gig economy"?
September 25th, 2018 | 59 mins 38 secs
When any idea or act is normalized within a group of people, it's easy and safe to criticize anything outside of that group that contradicts it. Normalization works so hypnotically that those under the influence begin to assume these ideas and actions to be universal. This makes people arrogant and even fascistic. What is more important than criticizing others who contradict your normalized values is to ask yourself what sort of hypnosis you yourself are under.
September 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 mins
Although every school teacher and parent touts the value of "critical thinking," there is no critical thinking about critical thinking. Everyone seems to accept it as a virtue but when their own fundamental assumptions are questioned by critical thinking, they are appalled by that act of critical thinking.
September 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
We have our own narratives to explain why we did what we did. Not having any narratives makes us uncomfortable. Ultimately we have our narratives for why we exist and who we are.
August 27th, 2018 | 1 hr 5 mins
What does authenticity mean today? Everyone from artists, musicians to marketers talk about "authenticity" but what exactly are we looking for? How do we define it?
August 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
ethnic food, nyc
We talk about the ethnic food in the US, particularly in New York City, and the cross-cultural functions food plays.
July 27th, 2018 | 47 mins 55 secs
psychology, socializing, time, time-management, work life balance
Being rich or poor is a state of mind. Some people feel poor even if they have money, and others feel rich even if they don't have money. Likewise, some people are time-poor even if they have time, while others are time-rich even if they don't have time.
July 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 13 secs
anthony bourdain, hasidic jews, immigration, integration, segregation
On racial segregation and integration. We talked about Anthony Bourdain’s criticism of “Northeastern Liberals,” exploitation of immigrants, slavery, Hasidic Jewish community, public vs. private schools.
June 16th, 2018 | 55 mins 44 secs
identity, japan, new orleans, new york, woman in the dunes, wyoming
In the West, we tend to assume that who we are is an unchanging essence of ourselves but when our lives change dramatically, we realize that it's impossible to define our identity without the context in which we live.
June 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
knowledge, learning, smart, wisdom
We tend to use the words "wise" and "smart" in different ways. We postulate that smartness can be taught, shared, and passed on, but wisdom cannot be. We all have to become wiser on our own from scratch.
June 6th, 2018 | 54 mins 8 secs
politics, self-reflection, trump
We discuss how the perception of being street smart and book smart impact politicians' careers.
June 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 3 mins
capitalism, eastvswest, generalists, mba, medicine, specialists
In the West, specializing is how we gain authority, but it is a form of ignorance and has adverse consequences.
May 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
If you think about it, it's rather strange that people would want suicide to be illegal. Why would you want your right taken away?
April 6th, 2018 | 51 mins 9 secs
We discuss the life and music of Cecil Taylor. We planned this podcast before Cecil Taylor died.
March 25th, 2018 | 36 mins 57 secs
We discuss the life and work of Leonard Cohen.
March 17th, 2018 | 49 mins 1 sec
Recently there have been many articles about loneliness. Everyone is feeling lonely these days. Why?