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Episode 157 - Bathroom Etiquette

Justin and Doug explore the many aspects of bathroom etiquette such as washing hands, the urinal buffer, and pooping while talking on the phone. The dorks then discuss the culture of oversharing on social media.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Chun-Li vs. Sonya Blade.

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Best of Year 3

Another year of Mind Gap Podcast has passed, and Justin and Doug have decided to celebrate with a collection of their favorite moments! Thanks to all the listeners, all of the guests, and to Elephant and Castle for being our sponsor.  

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Episode 156 - The Art of Diffusion and Policing with Lieutenant Alex Broch

It finally happened - Lt. Alex Broch joins the podcast to give Doug and Justin his perspective on a variety of police related topics. He gives his insight into what makes a good police officer, how to diffuse a situation, common misconceptions on police work, body cams, 3D guns and so much more!

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with John McClane (Die Hard) vs. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon).

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Episode 155 - Hygiene, Personal Brand, and Justice League

This week, Justin and Doug break down the lack of hygiene in guys and how they need to try harder. This leads to a discussion on how appearance affects your personal brand. Then the dorks admit that they both watched Justice League recently and give their thoughts on this turd of a movie.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Cyborg vs. Iron Man.

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Episode 154 - Economics, the Quiet Car, and Outrage

This week Justin and Doug talk some economics then Doug tells a story about the guardian of the quiet car on the Metra train.  Then, the dorks discuss the recent controversy around James Gunn getting fired by Disney for tweets made a few years back.

Things are wrapped up with a throw-down with Iron Man vs. Samus Aran.

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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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Photo Credit: Shane Parker (http://zero-lives.blogspot.com/2012/10/avengers-vs-dark-side.html)

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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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