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Great Distraction

Join us as we discuss life’s great distractions from an introspective and creative point of view. In each episode we focus on a new and interesting topic and let the conversation flow! We hope that every episode leaves you with, if nothing else, something to ponder!

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86 - Where From Here?
Viral disease, pandemic, racism, police brutality, rioting, elections, crazy economy! With all this madness going on we thought it time to sit down and have a chat about where this all might be heading. What difference will all this make in the end? We are also celebrating our two year anniversary! Yay for us! Thank you everyone out there who's still listening! We're looking forward to getting back into it after this long Corona Life break!
117:52 07/03/2020
85 - Illusions - Freedom
In this addition to our Illusions series we discuss the illusion of freedom. How free are we really in this country? And how real is freedom as a general concept? We take a session to discuss the reality of freedom and some of the constraining factors of it in our society, culture and country.
55:29 02/19/2020
84 - Life Transitions
From finishing school, getting married and having kids to career changes, retirement and everything in between we go through a lot of life altering transitions throughout our existence. We thought we'd have us a chat about some of the more common ones and a couple not so common ones and discuss how they changed our lives forever. There's a little something for everyone in this episode and who knows, it may even leave you with a new perspective on your current situation!
95:41 02/12/2020
83 - Apocalypse
It seems like every generation in this country has had their own unique fear of some coming apocalypse. Be it nuclear war, EMPs, disease, religious dooms, communists, or zombies, there seems to have never been a shortage of ways to keep us distracted and afraid. We discuss a few of these fear mongering and money making tactics and then, just for fun, talk a bit about what we might do should the end of days actually occur.
73:41 01/22/2020
82 - Sexual Normalcy
Why are some sexual behaviors normal to us and others taught to be horrible or shameful? Why are some accepted in society while others perceived as taboo? We talk about how society defines for us our sexual behaviors and how such definition is and has been different in different places and times. We also talk about a very unique tribe of people that have some extraordinary and shocking practices for teaching the sexual nature of there culture to their offspring.
71:06 01/15/2020
81 - American Internment Camps
During World War II millions of people all over the world were ripped from their homes and placed by force into internment camps. We usually only hear about the Jewish internment camps in Germany, but actually there were internment camps everywhere including right here in the United States. In this episode we are going to focus on the Japanese-American internment camps that relocated well over 100,000 people of Japanese decent for years during the war. We were very fortunate to meet a couple of wonderful ladies who actually lived through these times and were kind enough to sit down and tell us their story. We really hope you enjoy this piece of American history that most of us were suspiciously not taught about in school. It's an important part of this country's history that ought to be remembered!
151:19 11/19/2019
80 - Sex - Art vs Porn
In another addition to our series on Sex, we ponder the gray area between art and pornography and how that line has thinned and skewed over the last few decades. These changes have greatly affected how we see sex and how it ties into various mediums of art. What used to pass for an R rating is now PG-13 in movies for example. Have we made these decisions or were they made for us by the powers that be? And how does one go about deciding which is which?
72:49 10/15/2019
79 - Human Life Expectancy
Human beings are living longer than ever before and it appears the trend of average life expectancy is only going to continue rising. What's causing this trend and are we actually living healthier or just longer? How long can humans really live? And why do woman live longer than men? Lot's to think about with this topic!
68:34 10/01/2019
78 - Television
Where in the world would we be without the TV??? We consume soooo much of it! Latest stats show the average American consumes almost FOUR hours A DAY! Yeah you know we had to sit down and discuss this one! Enjoy!
74:37 09/25/2019
77 - Personal Hygiene
Think you're clean? Are you sure?! Who told you were clean? More importantly but not pondered as often, who told you that you were dirty in the first place?! In this episode we discuss the seemingly simple concept of personal hygiene and where some of the most common perceptions of cleanliness actually came from. It's always interesting to learn more about the ways our minds get reshaped by marketing from large corporations just to make a buck!
70:16 09/18/2019
75 - Illusions - Morality
Is morality real? Or is it just based on a given time period and geographical location? And if that's the case, what is it actually worth and how does it differ from ethics? We go a little more philosophical in this episode and discuss concepts that have plagued the rulers of mankind for centuries. Plenty of good mental-munchies in this one. Enjoy!
55:37 09/11/2019
74 - Gender Fluidity
The times they are a-changin'. And it seems that even genders can't escape the change. These days genders are a hot topic and with advances in medicine over the years people have options now that are quickly becoming more accessible. Some folks have even opted to go with no gender. Some, to change gender based on how they feel. Such a fluid nature of identity is a tough and confusing thing for the masses and we thought it'd make a great topic to sit down and discuss. If this is the first you've heard of it or you're still confused about it, we'll try and lay it out for you in some simpler concepts.
65:50 09/04/2019
73 - Maker Culture
What is the Maker Culture? We have talked quite a few times before about how important we feel it is to have productive outlets. Be it hobbies or artistic endeavors we are firm believers that giving oneself a creative outlet leads to a happier and healthier mind. Maker Culture is just that. It includes people of all ages in a wide spectrum of activities, from electronics to knitting the philosophy behind "Making" has something for everyone! In fact we consider ourselves "Makers" and if you have even the slightest creative bone in your body you'll enjoy this topic and hopefully get more involved in the movement!
74:53 08/28/2019
72 - Taboo - Profanity
Adding to our Taboo series, this time around we cover the taboo nature of profanity. Yes, you know, that colorful language you use around your friends but hide from your co-workers or perhaps your family. We discuss why profanity exists and where it might have come from. And of course we have some fun using choice descriptive words!
62:20 08/21/2019
71 - Credit Cards
Cumulatively we Americans are in a MOUNTAIN of credit card debt! As a nation thick with consumerism we've all got 'em, and we all use 'em! Because we've all gotta have things we can't afford and want them now! Even if that APR is 30% or more! We take a moment to step back and ask how all this came to be. How did they ever convince us this was an okay way to live and why have we accepted it as a normality? And how did they figure out ways to punish us for not having credit cards?! All that and more in this episodes discussion!
68:59 08/14/2019
70 - Altered States - Marijuana
Continuing our Altered States series, we add the next episode in line which focuses on Marijuana. It's a hot topic these days and one that a majority of the population can relate to We figured it would be an easy next step in this category. Get ready though as this is our longest single episode yet! We thought about separating it but there was just too much to talk about to break up the flow! So sit back, have a toke if you're so inclined and join us for an all about weed episode!
123:22 08/07/2019
69 - Origin of Common Phrases
Ever told someone a "rule of thumb" or to have a little "hair of the dog" to cure that hangover? Or perhaps told them to go "balls to the wall" and win that competition "hands down"? Have you ever wondered where phrases like this come from and what they referenced? Well we dedicated an entire episode just to that! Looking up old phrases and talking about their meaning and origin. And did we ever find some weird stuff!
56:08 07/31/2019
68 - Taboo - Tattoos
Adding another topic to our Taboo series, we have a talk about where tattoos fit in the view of today's American society. During the last few decades a lot has changed with respect to the general populations opinions of body art. Be it in beauty in the modeling industry or professionalism in the work place, the way people view tattoos is not what it used to be.
60:37 07/24/2019
67 - Loneliness of Humanity
Human beings are lonely creatures. There is an intrinsic sense of solitude that lies in all of us. It is this part of the human condition that we base this discussion on. How and why we as a species are we alone? Is it our nature or do we nurture this into ourselves? What would happen if we found another intelligent species? There is some great food for thought in this topic!
57:11 07/17/2019
66 - Gender Equality
So where do the genders sit these days with respect to our differences in society? In this episode we cover how such a question is measured and talk a bit about some areas of society that are often hot points of debate in the media. As always we try and keep our discussion as unbiased as a group of guys from California can and this one has a lot of sensitive subjects in today's culture. Definitely fuel for some good conversation!
81:29 07/10/2019
65 - Plastic Water Bottles
Americans are currently throwing away 22 billion plastic water bottles every year. That's just Americans and that's just water bottles. Which barely touches on the vast topic that is humanities over use and wastefulness of plastic. But in this episode we discuss how much bottled water we drink, what it's doing to our bodies and planet, and what's being done to compensate for so much waste. If you use plastic bottles of any kind, you should definitely listen to this one!
80:48 07/03/2019
64 - Sleep
What is sleep and why does it feel like most of the time we can never get enough of it? Why do we even need it at all? And why do we fight it even though it makes us feel worse? So many simple questions about something we all spend a third of our lives doing. In this episode we discuss this important part of the human condition and add in a few suggestions on how to get a better nights sleep that we found helped us.
67:08 06/26/2019
63 - Taboo - Sex
Another new series we're adding to our topics list will focus on subjects that are considered "taboo" in our society. We'll be kicking off this series with the topic of our first episode being on one of the oldest taboos in our culture; sex. We've always found it perplexing why one of the most important and major parts of being human is also one of the most inappropriate to talk about. In this episode we'll talk about why that is and cover some possibilities from various angles ranging from anthropology and psychology to culture and religion. 
54:50 06/19/2019
62 - Addiction - Coffee
Starting up another new series for us, this one dealing with addiction and various substances and behaviors that are or can become addictive. Our first step into this series deals with what is for many, actually a two part addiction. Coffee, among other ingredients, contains two addictive substances: caffeine and sugar. We discuss a bit of the nature of each as well as some interesting facts about coffee consumption that you might not be aware of. So sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee and have a listen!
66:38 06/12/2019
61 - Sex - VR and Tech
Introducing another new series for us where we discuss topics related to sex. We kick off our first episode in this series covering an interesting relationship that is growing between sex toys and an emerging technology called virtual reality. The sex toy and porn industry have both seen a lot of growth and changes over the last few years. Specific to this episode, if you've seen the movie Ready Player One and can imagine tying that to porn and sex toys, you'd be on the right track! It's pretty amazing and hilarious the type of stuff this relationship has spawned! Definitely some interesting food for thought!
66:50 06/05/2019
60 - Altered States - Alcohol
This is the first episode of a new series for us called "Altered States" and we kick it off with discussing a very common drug in America, alcohol. Using a standard format we cover background on the drug, its effects both good and bad, why people use it, how society views it and finally some personal experiences from the group under the influence. We hope you'll find this series as informative as it is interesting!
78:00 05/29/2019
59 - Mail Order Brides
Lonely? Having trouble meeting that special someone in your town/city/state/country? Have you considered looking abroad? Have you considered... a mail order bride? Since the 1800's American men have imported wives from all over the world. It's an industry. We take a look into the modern adaptation of the "mail order bride" business and discuss how it works, if it's real and whether or not it can actually work for the long term. We found some interesting and humorous information that ended up being pretty entertaining!
97:19 05/22/2019
58 - Illusions - Security
How safe are we really? From the TSA and home alarm systems to locks on doors and our money in banks, what really is "safe"? We take a look as some areas of life that are commonly thought to be secure and pick apart the reality of what is and isn't. Then we discuss who stands to gain from our concern for security. A lot of interesting things to think about in this episode!
63:39 05/15/2019
57 - Conspiracy Theories - Flat Earth
We kick off the first of our "series" topics with one from our Conspiracy Theory series. The belief that the Earth is actually flat seems to be gaining in popularity. The number of followers is increasing and the views on videos and social media are in the millions now. We discuss what the theory entails and how its followers make sense of it and continue to believe despite huge backlash from everyone else.
61:34 05/08/2019
56 - Blue Gold
Water has become the new gold. Large corporations are draining aquifers as fast as they can to sell it back to us at a high markup. In some cases its left entire towns without fresh water. No this isn't happening in third world countries, it is going on right here in the US. If you haven't heard that buying bottled water is bad, you should check out this episode.
62:28 05/01/2019