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Episode 97 - Super Fan Wain Parham

At long last, Mind Gap Podcast super fan Wain Parham joins Justin and Doug this week and it is a doozy! Wain sets a new standard by bringing Justin and Doug a gift, he explains why church music is so different and complicated, and he finally explains to Doug why he’s a fundy Christian. This leads the heroes down a discussion about human nature, tribalism, and evolving to the next human level. Wain gives his thoughts on Christopher Nolan and talks about his programming skills. The heroes then discuss some of their favorite nerd TV shows and then Justin tries to get Wain and Doug to fight by asking them to debate whether The Dark Knight is a good movie.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down with One Punch Man vs. Iron Fist.

Check out Wain’s theatre company, TUTA, for shows and labs!

Doug has an improv show at The Playground Theater on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00pm.  Click here for tickets!

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Episode 96 - Evergreen State College

This week, Doug helps Justin deal with a caffeine crash as he consumed an inordinate amount of coffee throughout the day, which leads the two to talk about how caffeine affects them. The dorks then discuss the current protests surrounding Evergreen State College in Oregon regarding professor Bret Weinstein and racial tensions. The conversation moves into freedom of speech, absolutes, mob mentality, and liberals galvanizing each other. The heroes then reminisce about situations where they felt stupid in public by hurting themselves.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down with Wonder Woman vs. Thor.

Doug has an improv show at The Playground Theater on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00pm.  Click here for tickets!

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Episode 95 - Burritos and Cultural Appropriation

This week Doug and Justin start out trading stories where they inappropriately misspoke at work. Justin discusses his plans for how he will handle his poop cycle when he runs the Chicago marathon. The twosome then discuss the recent issue in Portland, OR involving two women who were forced to close down their burrito cart when they were accused of cultural appropriation. The dorks then ponder whether two white guys can have a conversation about a culturally sensitive topic and better themselves and then they consider the idea of whether race is a social construct. Then, Doug brings up the Flat Earth conspiracy theory and things go off the rails.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with the xenomorph from Alien vs. the T-800 from Terminator.

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Episode 94 - What Makes A Good Character

Doug and Justin spent the first few minutes getting excited for their upcoming 104th episode and marginally less excited for their 100th. The heroes then use the show The Last Kingdom as a jumping off point to discuss what makes a good character vs what makes a bad character as well as some of their favorite fictional characters.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Uhtred of Bebbanburg from The Last Kingdom vs. Jamie Lannister from Game Of Thrones.

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Episode 93 - Perception Becomes Reality

Doug gets excited to explain grassy waterways and trade secrets to Justin. Doug then decides to vent some frustration with some police officers looking unprofessional in the subway. The dorks wander down the road of customer service and how it applies in everyday life. The duo then discuss abuses of power with prominent leaders and how people have lost their job due to their online behavior.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Chris Hardwick vs. Ryan Seacrest.

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Episode 92 - Consuming Media as a Parent (And Other Things)

This week Justin and Doug talk about stand-up comic Bill Burr and how he goes about experience life to generate comedic material. Doug talks about how being a parent affects his consumption of movies and games and goes on a wonderful tangent about the indie game called Inside. The dorks talk about intense scenes in movies, why they’re difficult to watch, and why it’s important to show the consequences of violence in movies. The heroes then talk about how the bad apples in most situations ruin the privileges for everyone else.

Things are wrapped up with a comedy throw-down with Bill Burr vs. Louis C.K.

Be sure to check out Doug’s improv troupe, RECESS, on May 19th at 8pm at the Playground Theater! Click here for details.

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Episode 91 - The StumbleUpon Adventure

This week Justin and Doug head on an internet adventure through StumbleUpon. Using the StumbleUpon website, the dorks wander through the world wide web to see what they can find to talk about. Such topics include quotes by famous people, 18 best movies on Netflix you haven’t seen, 10 awesome experiences you can only have in Kentucky, 8 great learning vacations in California, a unique way to make money on Amazon, digital collage art, and whether or not food is art.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Rocket Raccoon vs. The Punisher.

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Episode 90 - Industry Automation and a Universal Wage

This week the conversation starts off with Justin excitedly telling Doug about a hashtag he finds very clever, #SkepticalLyrics, but Doug is slow to jump on the bandwagon. This leads the guys to reminisce about jobs they’ve had that played “corporate radio” all day as well as how people got questions answered before the days of Google. Our dorks move seamlessly into their main topic which is different industries becoming automated and the concept of implementing a universal wage in order to lessen the blow of people losing their jobs to robots. The heroes discuss how technology has changed society’s physiology and whether our current society could recover if there was a Walking Dead style apocalypse?

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down with today’s society forced back into “hunter/gatherer mode” vs. our original hunter gatherer ancestors.

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Episode 89 - Being Young, Legion, and Regrets

Doug and Justin talk about being young and doing dangerous things and what we learned from those moments. Doug gets excited and sweaty talking about FXX’s X-Men TV show Legion. Spoiler alert, he thinks you should watch it. The duo talk some more about Iron Fist because they still can’t wrap their head around that show. The heroes then talk about young adult movies and TV shows and what they like about them. Doug pontificates about his life philosophy and while it sounds surprisingly morbid, there is hope in there too. The dorks then talk about regrets and things they would have changed in their life.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with David Haller from Legion vs. Charles Xavier.

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Episode 88 - The Education System and PC Culture

Dave Cochrane is back on the podcast! This time, Dave, Doug, and Justin talk about their Junior High experience, coaching, teaching, and how to be a good leader. Dave voices his disdain for Jane Eyre and relives a special English class he took in college. The heroes then discuss Ghost in the Shell and the whitewashing controversy surrounding it and movies in general as well as PC Culture. Dave then schools Doug and Justin on the education system and the trio discusses violence in Chicago.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Officer Alex Broch, the police officer for Dave’s school vs. John McClane. #BringBrochsBeardBack #OfficerBrochKnows

Dave thinks you should watch Legion, The Expanse, and Penny Dreadful.  He also wants to remind you to pay your taxes. Doug recommends the anime series One Punch Man.

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Episode 87 - Thor, Awkward moments, and Adulting: A Training Guide

This week Doug and Justin talk about the new Thor teaser trailer and Doug poorly defends Thor: The Dark World. Doug then proudly talks about his Super Mario Bros. presentation that he delivered at work.The two heroes also converse about having to interact with people who you’re not compatible with which leads them into a discussion about being forced into awkward social situations and ultimately adulting. Doug tells a story about his music supervision days and how pricing out a song is completely arbitrary.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between Fire Mario vs. Hammer Mario.


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Episode 86 - Doctor Strange and April Fools Day

Doug and Justin kick things off this week by talking about how hard it is to breakdown and analyze comedy. The two dorks then seamlessly transition into a discussion about Marvel's Doctor Strange since Justin finally joined the civilized world and watched it. Doug then realized he got bamboozled by a fake movie news article and proceeds to explain why he hates April Fools Day. Doug also brings Justin up to speed on some new PC games he thinks everyone should know about.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between Neo and Doctor Strange.

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Episode 85 - Movie Trailers and Iron Fist

This week, Justin and Doug go on a deep dive and analyze some new movie trailers that just came out for Stephen King’s It, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Justice League. From there, the heroes talk about Netflix and Marvel’s newest show, Iron Fist. Although neither has finished the show yet, they aren’t too pleased.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Pennywise vs. Iron Fist and Iron Fist vs. Neo.

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Episode 84 - Are You Ticklish?

This week, Doug talks about how the problems he has with How I Met Your Mother and Justin tries to explain why Doug will never be happy with most TV shows because of syndication money. The duo discuss why there are still phone sex ads on TV when the internet exists. Doug sells Justin on watching the HBO documentary Tickled and how horrifying it is. The heroes discuss whether or not they are ticklish and if they could handle any sort of competitive endurance tickling. Justin asks Doug what topic he would cover if he could make a documentary.

Things are wrapped up with a tickle fight throw-down with Doug vs. Drew Dull, Doug vs. Jill Cochrane, Doug vs. David Cochrane, and Doug vs. Justin.

Doug recommends the documentaries Tickled and Magnus. Justin recommends scented candles.

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Episode 83 - Recasting the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This week, Justin and Doug received a topic suggestion from a fan wherein they discuss recasting the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The roles can be recast seriously or with humorous characters. The actors can be from any point in their careers (e.g. Robert Redford from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as Captain America). The roles that are recast are Iron Man, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Thor, Loki, Black Widow, Agent Coulson, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Nick Fury, Punisher, Doctor Strange, Star Lord, Wolverine, Mystique, Storm, Gambit, and X-23. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between a Tom Hardy Wolverine vs. a Jon Bernthal Wolverine.

Justin recommends that you go see Logan. It’s a great movie. Doug recommends the documentary on Netflix called All Work, All Play which takes a look at the 2014 esports championship for the video game League of Legends. It’s an interesting look at esports and how they’ve grown.

Special thanks to Dave Cochrane and Luke Lucas for their contributions to this episode!

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Episode 82 - Jedi and Quidditch

This week Justin and Doug discuss what fictitious pop culture religion they would found. Justin thinks a Beatles religion would be pretty swell and Doug is curious about the religion of the Jedi. The dorks talk about how Porn Hub is looking to add a sex ed section to their website. Doug schools Justin on the difference between the golden and platinum rules in terms of empathy. Doug gives Justin all of the details on the quidditch documentary Mudbloods and the two talk about whether or not they would play. A discussion is had about the light, dark, and gray side of the force in Star Wars. Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with a light side Jedi vs. a dark side Jedi.

Doug recommends the UK pop-punk band Neck Deep. Their album Life’s Not Out to Get You is great.  Check out their single “Gold Steps.” Justin recommends Sherlock, which is on Netflix now!

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Episode 81 - Alien in a La La Land: Covenant

Doug and Justin have a conversation about the upcoming movie Alien: Covenant and try to make sense of the franchise timeline. Justin tries to figure out why Doug doesn’t like musicals before the heroes address people who try to make an apples to apples comparison between La La Land and musicals from the past. The two dorks take a quick detour to dissect the “c” word and Doug argues whether Legenda of Zelda is better than Skyrim. Things are finally wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Ripley vs. Sarah Connor.

Justin recommends the Kalamata Olive Hummus from Trader Joe’s while Doug recommends the new video game For Honor. You can play as a knight, a viking, or a samurai and fight other people. It’s challenging and fun.  

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Episode 80 - Comedy vs. Drama

Doug and Justin reminisce about some of their favorite improv moments. The heroes then discuss the popular idea that dramatic acting is easier than comedic acting. The duo shares some of their favorite comedic movies and why they feel like they’re great and then talk about what makes a good horror film. Moving further down the mind gap, our guys talk about how the drama of Shakespeare transcends time, but comedy struggles to do this. Lastly, the dorks discuss the controversy surrounding Katie Rich’s joke about Barron Trump.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Chris Farley vs. John Belushi.  

Doug recommends that you listen to the UK punk band called Trash Boat.  Check out their song “Strangers.” Justin recommends that you listen to the podcast Science vs which takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between.

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Episode 79 - Questioning The OA with Daryl McSweeney

Comedian and writer Daryl McSweeney returns to Mind Gap to help Doug and Justin understand the new Netflix original series The OA. Doug has questions (17 of them) and challenges Daryl to answer them. The three heroes take a deep dive into this show and hope to come out the other end with a better understanding of everything. Also, spoiler alerts. Things are wrapped up with a double throw-down with OA vs. Eleven from Stranger Things and OA vs. Homer from The OA.

Daryl recommends that you watch The People vs. OJ on Netflix.  You can also find him on Snapchat at “doublemcdare”.

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Episode 78 - Intelligence Challenge

In this week’s episode, Doug reminisces on his high school days when he played guitar with his cover band. Once the fond memories are given their due, Doug surprises Justin with three 5th grade tests in Social Studies, Civics, and Science. Together, our heroes test their mental mettle and pray that they are smarter now than they were when they were in 5th grade.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between Linkin Park vs. Limp Bizkit.  

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