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18 - The State of the World

We're back in full form, exploring the current state of our world

Season 1, episode 18
54 min / Published

This week we take a deep dive into the current state of our world and where we’re heading. While we do discuss some divisive topics, we ask you listen through to the end with an open heart, with love, and with compassion. The world will never heal unless we can learn to sit down with one another and have a calm discussion, look at things from one another's perspective, and learn to respect one another.



Brett & Nevin 

  • covid
  • pandemic
  • education
  • recreational cannabis
  • 2021
  • Dont Look Up
  • inflation
  • ikigai
Show notes

Synopsis With Time Stamps:

Introductions (0:00)

The Pandemic (2:35)

Science and Misinformation (7:52)

State of the World (15:45)

Reacting to the World (18:10)

Wealth and Equality (22:22)

Stoic Practices (25:01)

The Positive List! (28:38)

Great Reads (41:50)


Links from Episode

What the Joe Rogan Podcast controversy says about the online misinformation ecosystem

Brian Williams Resigns

Many News Stations, One Message

Juno Images of Jupiter

Howard Zinn, People’s History of the United States

Elaine Pagels, Gnostic Gospel

“Don’t Look up”

Atomic Habits, James Clear

Focus, Pedram Shojai


Quotes from Guests/Hosts

“If you control the valve on a media source, that’s a lot of power.”  -Brett Bender


“We seem to be in this mode where we see something and we just react.  We don’t take a moment to take a deep breath, center yourself, and throw away any preconceived notions or conceptions of what is actually going on... listen to the facts... and try to look at things from another person’s perspective.”  -Nevin Stoltz


People Mentioned

Brian Williams


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