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Episode 121 - Killer Instinct and Competitive Spirit

This week, Justin and Doug dive into the idea of killer instinct and competitive spirit. They share their experiences with sports and other competitions and how they dealt with the intensity of wanting to win. They discuss the idea of how killer instinct exists - are you born with it or can you develop it over time? They finally talk about whether they’ve developed any competitive spirit in their adult and/or professional lives.

Things are wrapped up with an unusually contentious throw-down with Brian from Family Guy vs. Snoopy.

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Episode 120 - “Avengers: Infinity War” goes on a “Rampage” in “A Quiet Place”

Doug and Justin are back in their element this week as they break down the trailers and discuss their thoughts surrounding 3 upcoming movies: Avengers: Infinity War, Rampage, and A Quiet Place. Justin tries to get Doug to agree to see Rampage in the theaters and Doug tells Justin where he can go stick that idea. The dorks then explain why they find the concept of A Quiet Place so interesting before they lose their geeky little minds over Avengers: Infinity War.

Things are wrapped up in a throw-down pitting Godzilla against King Kong.

Check out the trailers discussed in the episode:

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Episode 119 - The Odyssey of Haig Nahigian

Many episodes ago, Justin assigned a quest to Mind Gap Podcast all-start Haig Nahigian. If he were to utter the magic word, he could be a guest again on the show. Sure enough, Haig listened to 20+ episodes, found the magic word, and we were honored to have him back on. Haig brought with him some questions and comments about some past episodes and Doug and Justin have to defend themselves for their past deeds. The episode is chock full of great topics such as American History X, Bruce Lee vs. Bane, and many more!  

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with the queen dragon antagonist from How to Train Your Dragon vs. Daenerys’ dragons from Game of Thrones.

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Episode 118 - Trying to Create a Dialogue with Charity Taitt

This week Justin and Doug are joined by the incredibly intelligent and articulate Charity Taitt. The trio talk about some NBA basketball happenings and then start digging into whether or not we, as a society, can truly find a way to connect with each other due to the extremes in our culture. The dorks talk about what it means to be an American and Charity shares one of her spoken word poems (spoiler alert - it’s awesome!).

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

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Episode 117 - Justice League Expectations with Rob Ballmaier

Mind Gap all-star Rob Ballmaier returns to chat with Justin and Doug about the DC movie universe. He first atones for his hubris in stating that Suicide Squad was going to be a great movie. The dorks then talk about the good and bad of Wonder Woman and Bob explains to Justin and Doug why they, and you, shouldn’t be worried about the Justice League movie.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Leonard Nemoy’s Spock vs. Zachary Quinto’s Spock.

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Episode 116 - Expanding Your Knowledge with Matt Lamson and Chris Vellucci

This week Justin and Doug are joined by the comedy duo Matt Lamson and Chris Vellucci to talk about their upcoming video and sketch show “The Chris and Matt Show Holiday Extravaganza”. The heroes then try to answer some very important questions such as when you eat chicken, are you eating roosters too? How do atom bombs works? What is hard water? You know, the important things in life. The dorks then dive into how Matt and Chris create and write their content.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Rick from Rick and Morty vs. Krieger from Archer.

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Episode 115 - Halloween Costumes, Fraternities, and Sororities

Happy Halloween from Mind Gap! This week, Justin and Doug talk about halloween costumes and what’s appropriate and what’s insensitive. The dorks then turn their attention to college fraternities and sororities and ask if these institutions are outdated in modern society.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with 1990 Pennywise vs. 2017 Pennywise.

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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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