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Episode 153 - Marvel is Better Than Star Wars with Dave Cochrane

This week, Mind Gap Podcast all-star Dave Cochrane joins Justin and Doug to discuss his thoughts on the Marvel and Star Wars universes. David posits that Marvel has done so well that it’s made him review how he feels about the Star Wars franchise and it ain’t pretty. The dorks discuss the pros and cons of both franchises and try to suss out how they feel about everything.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Jango Fett vs. Star Lord.

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Episode 152 - Sexual Preferences and Finding Comfort

This week Doug regales Justin with a college story of a guy whose goal was to do some filthy things in every building on campus, which leads the two to discuss porn preferences. Justin switches gears creating a discussion about how the two dorks find comfort when they have a bad day.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Laura Croft vs. Indiana Jones.

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Episode 151 - #AskPracticalDoug

This week, Doug tells some more carnival stories and then the two dorks talk about a hashtag they started years ago called #AskPracticalDoug. The heroes then round things out talking about how bad customer service drives them nuts.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Drax the Destroyer vs. Luke Cage.

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Episode 150 - Swearing Kids and Carnival Games

Doug and Justin begin by thanking some fans and then discuss how important it is to be bored. The dorks talk about how weird the kids videos on YouTube are, swearing, and playing board games with kids. Doug then regales Justin with a tale about getting screwed hard at a carnival game.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between a Six Flags carny vs. a small town carny.

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Episode 149 - Debating with the Master: Ryan Cashman

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the incredible comedian, writer, teacher, and debater, Ryan Cashman. The heroes sit down to review some of the most important pop culture debate topics like whether Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have been romantically involved, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Britney vs. Christina, Coke vs. Pepsi, and so much more!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Backstreet Boys vs. NSYNC.

You can see Ryan performing with RIFF: Chicago’s Music Improv Party at iO on Fridays and Saturdays. You can also follow Ryan on Twitter (@cashmanryan) and Instagram (@rcas1540).

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Episode 148 - Harry Potter Conspiracy Theories with Pat Dwyer

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the mighty comedian, Pat Dwyer, to discuss some of the most popular conspiracy theories involving the Harry Potter universe. Is Ron actually a time-traveling Dumbledore? Was Neville Longbottom bad at magic because he was using the wrong wand? Is Draco Malfoy a werewolf? These questions and more are answered definitively and without doubt.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between Stephen King’s character universe vs. Neil Gaiman’s character universe.

Check out Pat Dwyer’s comedy group, Kerpatty, and visit his website for more details on his adventures.

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Episode 147 - Reviewing Reviewers with Chris Mueller and Steve Leichman

Justin and Doug are joined by two expert reviewers: Chris Mueller and Steve Leichman from The Reviewniverse with Chris and Steve. The heroes discuss what it takes to be a reviewer and why we should or shouldn’t trust a critic. Chris and Steve surprise Doug and Justin with some items to review on the spot and things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Roger Ebert vs. Gene Siskel.

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Episode 146 - Board Games and Dancing

This week Justin gets Doug all hot and bothered by asking him about board games, which leads Doug to read his dissertation on the topic. The dorks then segue into discussing the finer points of dancing for children and Doug has some very specific thoughts on it.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Magic the Gathering players vs. Dungeons and Dragons players.

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Episode 145 - The Journey is the Goal

This week, Justin and Doug come together to discuss the people in their lives who have had a profound influence on them. Doug regales Justin with tales of the mighty man known as Dr. Paul Olsen. Justin recounts the many people in his life who have changed him for the better. The dorks then posit the possible people they may have influenced in their lives as well. It’s a real feel good episode!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Transformers vs. Jaegers from Pacific Rim (scaled down to be the same size).

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Episode 144 - Animal Fight Club

This week, Justin and Doug review a list of some dangerous animals and try to decide whether or not they would be able to defeat them in a fight.  Would you be able to beat a wolf? How about a kangaroo? Did you know ostriches have dinosaur feet? Consider the outcomes and let us know how well you’d do!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between a rhino vs. a hippo.

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Episode 143 - Avengers: Infinity War Breakdown with Gavin O’Herlihy

This week, Justin and Doug are joined by the very talented Gavin O’Herlihy to discuss the wildly successful movie, Avengers: Infinity War. The heroes break down their favorite moments, propose their theories, and ponder what will happen in the next installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Needless to say, SPOILERS ABOUND!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Doctor Strange vs. Loki.

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Episode 142 - The Great Debate

This week, Justin and Doug sit down and review several debate topics. The two discuss things like whether or not it’s okay to perform animal testing, whether detention works in high schools, if euthanasia is ethical, and many more! What do you think about these topics? Sound off in the comments!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Donkey Kong vs. King Koopa.

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Episode 141 - Transferring You Brain to the Cloud

This week, Justin and Doug discuss the concept of moving your brain and conscious to a digital format. What kind of “life” would this be? Should we do it? What are the downsides? The dorks cover all of these questions and more! THE FUTURE IS NIGH!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between the robots from I, Robot and the terminators from the Terminator franchise.

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Episode 140 - Comcast and Absolute Power

This week, Doug is in a bad mood and Justin stokes the anger flames by asking Doug about his recent Comcast experience. From there, the dorks talk about how they would respond to absolute power. Lastly, there is a special announcement by Mind Gap all-star Haig Nahigian.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Comcast customer service reps vs. Zappos customer service reps.

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Episode 139 - Art and the Artist

Justin fills Doug in on the new phrase/sound that the kids are using these days, which leads the dorks down a road on modern colloquialisms. Then, the nerds talk about whether it’s possible to separate the art from the artist and whether people should.  

Things are wrapped up with a Disney soundtrack throw-down: Lion King vs. Beauty and the Beast.

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Episode 138 - Bad Sports Parents and Sportsmanship

This week Justin checks in with Doug on his journey to suburban life then the dorks talk about parents who rage and take their kids’ sports too seriously and bad sportsmanship. The heroes then discuss the competitive nature of band class in high school.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Roland Deschain vs. Deadshot.

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Episode 137 - Advertising, Manual Labor, and Killer Rabbits

On this week’s episode Doug and Justin give a brief review of Saint Patrick’s Day which leads them to a discussion about Budweiser commercials and advertising in general. The heroes then find themselves talking about rowdy crowds at live shows, their feelings on manual labor, and Doug’s pet killer rabbit.

Things are wrapped up with a super smart thrown-down between Engineering students from Rolla, MO vs. Med students from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.

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Episode 136 - Empathy is Bad

This week, Justin and Doug dive into the topic of empathy and why it can be bad. Yale psychology professor and author Paul Bloom is referenced heavily as the dorks break down the arguments against empathy and how they feel about it.

Things are wrapped up with a Rampage throw-down with a giant gorilla vs. a giant wolf vs. a giant alligator.

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Episode 135 - Swingers and College Rivalries with Ashlyn Seehafer

This week Doug and Justin welcome Ashlyn Seehafer to the podcast to chat about an array of things! Ashlyn shares where she went to college and how to identify swingers in Naperville. The trio’s conversation then twists and turns through topics including the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, the rivalry between Augustana and North Central college, moms, how has changed since the 80s, an underwater Jason Voorhees statue, Ashlyn’s summer home on the Fox River, and creepy bugs you find in your abode.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Saint Patrick’s Day drunks vs. New Year’s Eve drunks.

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Episode 134 - Should We Pay Collegiate Athletes? with Roman Simmons

Justin and Doug are joined this week by the mighty Roman Simmons to debate a topic many have had before: should division 1 collegiate athletes be paid? The trio take a look at the pros, the cons, and the economics of it all.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with interior designers vs. fashion designers.

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