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Episode 114 - Topic Buffet with Jill Cochrane

Doug and Justin are joined by the undeniably amazing Jill Cochrane to chat about a whole slew of topics such as bleaching buttholes, going gray, Doug’s hatred of calling to order food, Bruno Mars, HBO’s The Defiant Ones, personal branding, and so much more! It’s truly a buffet of topics.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Nike vs. Adidas.

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Episode 113 - Goals

This week Doug congratulates Justin for completing the Chicago Marathon. The dorks then discuss how they go about (or don’t go about) setting goals and working to achieve them. Doug talks about his recent discovery of his behavior tendencies, strengths, and emotional intelligence. The heroes then talk about how the common corporate hierarchy isn’t effective anymore and provide some ideas on how they’d change it.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Ben Affleck’s Daredevil vs. Ben Aflleck’s Batman.

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Episode 112 - Las Vegas, Gun Rights, and America

Justin and Doug are visited by the mighty Dave Cochrane via Skype this week to talk about the Las Vegas tragedy and gun rights. The trio discuss the sensitive points and common talking points that often arise during these types of events. The heroes talk about the complexities of the guns rights issue as well as the polarizing nature of these types of topics in modern America.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Santa vs. the Easter Bunny.

You see Doug performing with the improv team Recess on Thursday, October 5 at 8:00pm at the Playground Theater.

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Episode 111 - Bridging the Ideological Gap

This week Justin and Doug discuss the tale of Eric Barry, the man who penned a Huffington Post article about why he was breaking up with Chicago, some current events, and the potential deadly feud between the US and North Korea. The two dorks then discuss how we as a society can start bridging the gap between the polarized groups of folks out there today.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Chun Li from Street Fighter vs. Sonia Blade from Mortal Kombat.

You see Doug performing with the improv team Recess on Saturday, September 30 at 9:00pm at the Playground Theater.

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Episode 110 - Immigration with Matt Hanley

This week, immigration attorney Matt Hanley joins Justin and Doug to talk about the state of things with immigration in the US such as DACA, what it means to be an immigrant these days, and some of the frustrating aspects of practicing this side of the law. Matt also sheds some light on why it’s so difficult to affect change when it comes to immigration and what some of the common misconceptions are.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with two Tom Cruise lawyer characters: Mitch McDeere from The Firm vs. LT. Daniel Kaffee from A Few Good Men.

You see Doug performing with the improv team Recess on Saturday, September 30 at 9:00pm at the Playground Theater.

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Episode 109 - Higher Education with Luke Peña

This week Justin and Doug are visited by the charming and intelligent Luke Peña. Doug and Luke talk about how the met in high school, the defining moments in their friendship, and Luke’s secret behind cutting 45 pounds to make weight in wrestling. Our heroes then discuss some aspects of higher education such as the cost to benefit ratio, fluff classes, and outdated curriculum. The dorks then talk about online classes and what will be the wave of the future in education.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down with Luke vs. Doug from their high school years.

You see Doug performing with the improv team Recess on Friday, September 15 at 8:00pm at the Playground Theater.

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Episode 108 - Obsession and Being an Artist

This week Justin and Doug are discussing why it’s important for people to be genuine and sincere and how this affects work environments and politics. Doug admits that he’s a terrible negotiator and how he hates doing manual labor. The dorks then share some stories about being stagehands before the conversation drifts into how obsession drives an artist and whether artists are wired differently than other people.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Dredd vs. Judge Dredd.

You see Doug performing with the improv team Recess on Friday, September 15 at 8:00pm at the Playground Theater.

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Episode 107 - Addiction

If you’ve ever wondered if there was a bromance that could rival that of Doug and Justin, today you find out. This week, Doug and Justin are joined by Doug’s good friend known as New York.  The two met in 2005 playing World of Warcraft and while they’ve never met in person, their friendship has blossomed over the years. New York tells of how he and Doug met, the shenanigans they got into playing games, and some of the crazy people they encountered along the way. Doug then professionally segues into the more serious topic of addiction and New York shares his own story of battling drug and heroin addiction. New York talks about what led him down that road, what he endured, and how he ended up getting help.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down with some World of Warcraft classes: Mage vs. Rogue.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, New York wants you to know that you are not alone and that there are people that can help.

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Episode 106 - The Movie Industry with Chris Charles

Chris Charles, filmmaker and co-founder of Cyntax Sportswear, joins Justin and Doug to talk about some of Chris’ favorite movie making moments, how distribution deals work, and the state of the movie industry. The dorks then talk about how hard it is to act against nothing but a green screen, smaller digital studios versus larger movie companies, and whether virtual reality could enhance the storytelling experience in movies.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down between Steven Spielberg vs. Martin Scorsese.

Check out Chris’ new sports clothing company, Cyntax Sportswear, and donate to their Kickstarter campaign!

Check out Doug on the improv team Recess on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8:00pm at the Playground Theater!

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Episode 105 - Cyborgs and Grinders

This week, Justin and Doug discuss the idea of cyborgs and how people are installing technology into their bodies to enhance their experiences. The dorks discuss the pros and cons of these type of upgrades then think of what types of upgrades they would consider making to their own bodies.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with cyborg enhancements: upgraded reflexes vs. hardened skin.

Check out the Beme News video on cyborgs: https://youtu.be/NJPuti68gCc

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Episode 104 - A Celebration of Two Years

Doug and Justin celebrate two years of Mind Gap Podcast episodes! They take a moment to reflect on some of their favorite moments on the podcast before the nerds discuss outdoor music festivals, entitled people, and what it means to be a good human. Doug tells some war stories from his hotel days and why it’s important to pick up after your kids in public. Justin gets Doug all riled up about his recent Jewel grocery store bagging experience.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Turk vs. JD from Scrubs.

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THANK YOU ALL FOR AN AWESOME TWO YEARS!

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The Best of Mind Gap - Vol. 1

In honor of our 2 year anniversary, we've put together some of our favorite moments on the show so far. Thank you so much for your support. We're looking forward to another 2 years of falling headfirst into the nerdiest of mind gaps!

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Episode 103 - Fan Fiction Ideas

Doug starts this week off talking about how he spaced out during a meeting and thought about how if all of the insects in the world united, humans would be screwed. Justin offers his counterpoint. Doug shares his opinions on why he doesn’t like Avatar and how unique storytelling devices make for a good movie and/or tv show even though Justin feels like it’s almost impossible to come up with anything new or original anymore. The dorks discuss coming up with an idea only to find out someone else has done it. Our heroes then dive into the Harry Potter universe and talk about their own fan fiction ideas.

Things are wrapped up with a debate throw-down with Dave Cochrane vs. Wain Parham.

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Episode 102 - Anger Issues and Arguments

This week Justin and Doug kick things off with a scientific discussion about how sex positions were invented. The conversation shifts gears as the guys share their experiences of homeless people in Chicago and how that relates to Dunbar’s number (150 monkeys). The two dorks then talk about their anger issues and what sets them off. Doug shares some stories of when he had some knock down, drag out arguments and the heroes discuss tactics used in arguments as well as how they avoid arguing in their relationships.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring Rocky Balboa vs. Little Mac from Mike Tyson’s Punchout.

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Episode 101 - Comedy, Iliza Shlesinger, and Tomi Lahren with Sydney Davis Jr. Jr.

This week Doug and Justin are joined once again by stand-up comedian and teacher, Sydney Davis Jr. Jr. to chat about some great things. The dorks start by chatting about what it’s like to be a teacher at The Second City Training Center, how stand-up comedy is different from improv, and how Sydney developed her comedic voice and style. Then Doug leads Sydney into discussing her disdain for Iliza Shlesinger and her most recent controversial interview about female comics. The heroes then discuss what it’s like being a female comic nowadays. The focus then turns to Tomi Lahren and how Sydney has tried to get her to respond to her on Twitter.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Iliza Shlesinger vs. Tomi Lahren.

Check out Sydney’s special at the Elbo Room on July 22 at 7:00pm.  Buy your tickets here!

Doug has an improv show at The Playground Theater on Friday, July 22 at 9:00pm. Click here for more info!

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Episode 100 - Death Note and Justice

This week, Doug and Justin talk about the new Netflix movie Death Note coming out on Aug. 25. The movie is an adaptation of an anime of the same name and the two dorks discuss the fan reaction to the American version. Doug eventually asks Justin what he would do if he were to get his hands on a Death Note and then the heroes discuss the idea of justice and whether death is really the answer to someone’s crimes.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Link vs. Legolas.

Go see Chris’ new comedy show, The Chris and Matt Show playing at The Second City Training Center on July 14 and July 21 at 8:30PM. Tickets are $13, but enter the online promo code “SQUEEP” to get a discount. You don’t want to miss this show!

Doug has an improv show at The Playground Theater on Friday, July 22 at 9:00pm. Click here for more info!

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Episode 99 - YouTube Problems

This week, Justin and Doug talk about their 4th of July vacations and Justin brings up a Playstation 2 incident that happened in Doug’s family years ago. The dorks then discuss some issues with YouTube, specifically how someone can claim copyright infringement on a video and get it immediately taken down for roughly 14 days without any oversight. The two heroes then discuss the Wall Street Journal’s takedown of PewDiePie and discuss how advertisers have been leaving the YouTube arena due to fear of unacceptable content.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Max Payne vs. The Punisher.

Jim Sterling’s video about YouTube and copyright infringement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO-NvN0Diu4

Go see Chris’ new comedy show, The Chris and Matt Show playing at The Second City Training Center on July 7, July 14, and July 21 at 8:30PM. Tickets are $13, but enter the online promo code “SQUEEP” to get a discount. You don’t want to miss this show!

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Episode 98 - The Wonderful World with Chris Vellucci

Chris Vellucci of The Chris and Matt Show returns to the podcast! The dorks chat about the powers of perception, whether national and state borders are archaic, states seceding from the US, and some pretty insane legislation happening in Missouri. The gentlemen then discuss rimjobs and fetishes and then Justin brings the heroes back into the fold with some questions on perception.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Mario vs. Luigi.

Go see Chris’ new comedy show, The Chris and Matt Show playing at The Second City Training Center on June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21 at 8:30PM. Tickets are $13, but enter the online promo code “SQUEEP” to get a discount. You don’t want to miss this show!

Doug has an improv show at The Playground Theater on Friday, July 7 at 8:00pm. Click here for more info!

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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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