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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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Episode 133 - A Bunch of Stories

Doug and Justin recorded their first episode from Elephant and Castle and it was a blast! This week, Justin and Doug talk about late night phone sex commercials, Doug tells a funny story about dong photos, Justin tells a story about a guy who tells bad jokes, Doug tells a story about having to tell a teacher something that was uncomfortable, Justin tells a story about hiding from his parents in Disney World, and Justin stokes Doug’s fiery opinions about Glass Door.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Glass Door reviewers vs. Yelp reviewers.

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Episode 132 - Are Good Samaritans Allowed to Exist Anymore?

On this week’s episode of Mind Gap, Doug and Justin talk briefly about Black Panther, the story of a teen who recently committed suicide in Missouri, human connections, overly litigious society, and helping parents with tech support via FaceTime.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down featuring a scowl-off between Michael Shannon vs. Jeremy Renner.

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Episode 131 - Would You Rather

This week, Justin and Doug decide to play the classic critical thinking game, Would You Rather. Questions such as “would you rather always speak whatever is on your mind or never be able to speak again” and “would you rather burp and have it smell like eggs or fart and have a visible green cloud surround you” are asked as well as many others. The master debaters dig in deep to each question to find the best answers and boy do they.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with the athletes of the winter olympics vs. athletes of the summer olympics.

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Episode 130 - Be Yourself, Don’t Shave Your Back

This week, Justin and Doug do a quick recap of the Super Bowl and then the dorks talk about shaving with a straight razor and Justin asks Doug if he would get his back hair laser removed. Doug perpetuates the glory of being bald and then talks about his defense mechanism during awkward conversations with strangers. Justin regales Doug with tales of his younger days when he would mess with telemarketers.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down  between Chris Pratt vs. Chris Evans.

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Episode 129 - Cloning

This week Justin and Doug start like they often do - trying to understand flat earth logic. This careens into a homework assignment for next week where the heroes will be listening to an episode of a flat earth podcast and then reporting back. From there, the nerds discuss the news about Chinese researchers cloning macaque monkeys and try to determine if cloning a human could be used in a positive way.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Voltron vs. the Power Rangers’ Megazord.

If you’d like to be prepared for next week’s discussion, give a listen to The Flat Earth Podcast Ep115.

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Episode 128 - Best and Worst Fictional Universes to Live In

Justin and Doug come together to discuss the pros and cons of living as an average person in different fictional universes such as Super Mario World, The Matrix, Harry Potter, and more! The dorks discuss immortality and what it would take to have them opt in for such a super power.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between the alchemists of Amestros from Full Metal Alchemist vs. the wizards from Harry Potter.

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Episode 127 - Overwatch League and eSports

Justin and Doug convene this week to talk about esports and, more specifically, the Overwatch League, which just started its regular season last week. The two discuss the viability of this type of competition, the good and the bad so far, and whether the “sport” will reach the level of NFL in terms of popularity.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with PC Gamers vs. Console Gamers.

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Episode 126 - ASMR, Ghosted, and Finding Your Creative Voice with Matt Baker

Comedian, athlete, filmmaker, and Mind Gap all-star Matt Baker returns to chat with Doug and Justin about ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) videos, his newly released film Ghosted, and how to find your creative voice and make the art that is most important to you.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down between Patrick Swayze from Ghost vs. Bruce Willis from Sixth Sense.

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