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Episode 179 - Social Media is Gross

This week, Justin and Doug give a shout out to Lt. Broch and the Jackson police department for thwarting a bomb threat at a high school. The dorks then talk about how terrifying school shootings are and how social media creates dangers for kids. The dorks then talk about how people shouldn’t worry about being bald or wrinkled because that’s life. The heroes then discuss the weird rules and expectations around social media and Doug asks Justin, “Why the hell do we have so many friends on Facebook?”

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Tony the Tiger vs. Chester Cheetah.

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Episode 178 - The Weird World of TV

This week, Justin and Doug discuss the upcoming 7 series streaming TV show about Jesus called The Chosen and how the faith based entertainment industry is a strange, but profitable one. The dorks also talk about the hilariously named streaming service, VidAngel, and how it uses its technology to take video content and make it less offensive. The nerds then discuss terrible network TV shows and all of the interesting content that’s out there in the streaming world.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Kermit vs. Elmo.

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Episode 177 - Digital Tabletop Games

Happy new year, friends! In the first episode of the new year, Doug tells Justin about his most recent D&D experience and then talks about how he found a fantastic board game on Tabletop Simulator for free. This prompts Justin to challenge Doug on his morals and his stance on piracy. The dorks then discuss the idea of creating their own board game.

The heroes then discuss the recent video Kevin Spacey released as well as Louis CK’s most recent stint in the news.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring the Nesquik Rabbit vs. the Trix Rabbit.

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Episode 176 - Thought Experiments and Paradoxes

This week Justin and Doug review some thought experiments and paradoxes and try their best to think their way through the scenarios. The dorks review such items like the False Positive Paradox, the Drowning Child Problem, Robert Nozik’s Experience Machine, the Paradox of Hedonism, and many more.  

Things are wrapped up with a holiday throw-down featuring Santa Claus vs. Krampus.

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Episode 175 - Good morning, Julia!

On this week’s episode of Mind Gap, Doug shows Justin a couple of videos that were featured on the Your Mom’s House podcast and relishes Justin’s reaction. The dorks then talk about sensitivity to jokes and the outrage that surrounds comedy.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Joe vs. the “Try it Out” guy.  You’ll get the reference once you listen.

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Episode 174 - Two Birds, One Scone

This week, Doug and Justin dive into some topics that have proven to be controversial as of late such as whether “Kiss the Girl” from Little Mermaid is misogynistic, whether the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer promotes bullying and abuse, and whether PETA’s animal friendly language is really worth the effort.

Things are wrapped up with a very contentious throw-down featuring Rudolph vs. Sebastian the Crab.

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Episode 173 - Who is the REAL Doug Cochrane?

This week, Doug and Justin visit a website called dougcochrane.net and discuss their thoughts on the other Doug who exists there. Doug asks the important question, “Why don’t people use revolving doors?” The dorks then discuss their experiences with the unwritten rules of public transportation and elevator etiquette. The heroes then reminisce about their time working together at their last job.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Mind Gap Podcast Doug Cochrane vs. Dougcochrane.net Doug Cochrane.

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Episode 172 - Christmas Trees, Board Games, and Dungeons and Dragons

This week, Doug admits to Justin that he helped put up and decorate a Christmas tree and it felt good. Doug talks about the board games he played while on Thanksgiving break and then regales Justin with his first experience playing Dungeons and Dragons. Let’s just say, things didn’t go as planned for Doug’s character.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring a Dragonborn Sorcerer vs. a High Elf Wizard.

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Episode 171 - Social Anxiety and Driving

This week, Doug dives into his stories of social anxiety and Justin helps him cope with his weirdness like being able to say no in social situations, asking questions, and asking for help in retail spaces. The dorks then talk about their experiences with road rage and bad drivers.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Winston and Reinhardt from Overwatch vs. the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 AND Torbjorn vs. the Engineer from Team Fortress 2.

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Episode 170 - Overwatch, Lucio, and Comedy with Jonny Cruz

Justin and Doug are joined by the incredible human, Jonny Cruz. You may know him for his work as Lucio in Overwatch, Jordan Cross in Hitman, Ricky Sandoval in Matador, and plenty of other amazing things. Jonny chats with the dorks about what it was like creating the voice for Lucio and how the fans have embraced him and the positivity of his character. He discusses his outlook on life and what drives him in his artistic work. Then the heroes discuss their experiences in improv, share some war stories, and talk about how improv has helped them in their lives.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Lucio from Overwatch vs. the Scout from TF2.

You can find Jonny on Instagram and Twitter @jonycruzzz and his website, http://jonny-cruz.com.

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Episode 169 - Daredevil and Beyond

This week, Justin and Doug sit down to have a spoiler-free chat about season 3 of Daredevil and why they think it has been so much more successful than the other Defenders shows.  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Dwayne Johnson vs. Vin Diesel.  

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Episode 168 - Misleading Mobile Games

This week, Justin and Doug chat about misleading ads found in some of the mobile games they play, why “try hards” can be annoying in gaming, and the art of having fun while losing. Doug then talks to his dream of playing games with his daughter when she gets older.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Chucky vs. a gremlin.

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Episode 167 - If You Don’t Laugh, Is It Funny?

This week, Justin and Doug chat about good parenting techniques, their plans for survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and then discuss a Mind Gap Fan question: If you don’t laugh at something, is it funny? It’s basically the new sports debate.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Iron Fist vs. Luke Cage.

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Episode 166 - Comedy, Cooking, and Commercials

This week, Justin and Doug discuss comedy and what make something funny to them and then review their cooking abilities. The dorks also talk about commercials that have really aggravated them.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible vs. Jason Bourne from...Jason Bourne.

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Episode 165 - How Human Resources Works in Weird Industries with Jill Cochrane

The amazing Jill Cochrane returns to the podcast to chat with Doug and Justin about HR in weird industries like the NFL, the movie industry, and government. As the resident HR expert, Jill gives her thoughts on how things work in the corporate world vs. these odd ones.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Darth Vader vs. Thanos.

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Episode 164 - Rob Ballmaier Needs an Apology from DC

Mind Gap all-star Rob Ballmaier joins Doug and Justin this week to formally request an apology from DC and Warner Bros. for a string of bad movies that Rob has so confidently defended and supported over the past few years. The heroes discuss DC and Marvel movies as well as the upcoming movie disguised as a turd rolling down the street, Venom.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Venom vs. Wolverine.

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Episode 163 - Art, Authenticity, and Awkward Moments

This week’s episode is oozing with culture as Doug and Justin explore the depths of art and authenticity. The dorks also rehash awkward moments from their past, mostly from Jr. High and High School, and then discuss which moments they’d go back and change if they could.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny vs. Rafi from The League.

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Episode 162 - The Movie Theater Experience with Haig Nahigian

Ming Gap all-star and podcast dad Haig Nahigian joins Justin and Doug to talk about Doug’s weird experiences at an Oktoberfest event in the suburbs, Movie Pass, and the movie theater experience.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Mel Gibson’s Mad Max vs. Tom Hardy’s Mad Max.

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Episode 161 - Innovation

This week, Justin and Doug re-explore the tragedy that is the Rudy story, Elon Musk’s recent marijuana “controversy”, and innovative ideas that could make our lives better.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Black Panther vs. Beast.

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Episode 160 - Screen Time with Sam Koch

Sam Koch joins the podcast this week to chat with Doug and Justin about screen time on devices and how it affects them as well as the rest of the world.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with the Winter Soldier vs. Red Hood.

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