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Selected by Apple as a "Best of 2018" Podcast. Join Jordan Harbinger with Jason DeFillippo as we get deep into the untapped wisdom of the world's top performers -- from intelligence operatives to legendary musicians, iconoclastic writers to visionary changemakers. We deconstruct the playbooks of the…

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    690: Jane McGonigal | How to See the Future and Be Ready for Anything

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 96:27

    Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) is a futurist who specializes in designing games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, and is the bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter. Her latest book is Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything ? Even Things That Seem Impossible Today. What We Discuss with Jane McGonigal: Why it is more important to be imaginative and insightful than to be 100 percent right when trying to predict what the future has in store for us. How do we embrace problem scenarios and their solutions ahead of actual emergencies with an attitude of motivation and hope rather than dread? The imaginative value of scheduling personal and professional plans on your calendar 10 years in advance. How you can train yourself to spot signals of change that give you an edge on foresight (without falling down conspiracy theory rabbit holes), and imagine the ways anything can be different in the future. The First 5 Minutes of the Future: a game Jane developed that helps you consider what to do when the next "unthinkable" change happens. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/690 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show where we interviewed Google’s Eric Schmidt? Catch up by listening to episode 201: Eric Schmidt | How a Coach Can Bring out the Best in You here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    689: Her Beau is Faux, But She Doesn't Know | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 48:26

    You were happy for your roommate's sister when it seemed her new boyfriend was a keeper who made her happy. Unfortunately, it's become obvious he's a dangerous manipulator who has her under his spell as he drains her savings and threatens to propose to her while claiming to be the second coming of the region's top La-Z-Boy salesman with a net worth of $16 million. How can you get her to see him for what he is before it's too late? We'll look for answers to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/689 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Your roommate's sister's swain spouts delusional claims that mark him as either a master manipulator or clearly insane. Either way, how can you get her to see through the spell he's cast over her before she falls further into his maniacal machinations? Your boss is an intimidating menace whose incompetence makes you work twice as hard, and HR doesn't take your complaints about him seriously. Is it time to find a new job, or should you just deal with it? You've learned your wife cheated on you while you were away in the military, and you would leave her if you weren't dependent on the contribution of her salary to buy a house in this inflated market. How do you do what’s best for your kids without trapping yourself in a loveless relationship? Some might see your tendency to prepare for every possible emergency as a sign of chronic anxiety, but you see it as being ready for anything. Are you simply thinking ahead, or are you living in dread? Recent feedback from your boss has made you aware of your tendency to make impulsive decisions. What can you do to slow down and better weigh your options before committing to a subpar course of action? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    688: A-Rod | Still Having a Ball After All

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 58:26

    A-Rod (aka Alex Rodriguez) (@AROD) is a 3x MVP, 14-time All-Star, and World Series champion. As of 2016, he was the highest-paid player in major league baseball history. After 23 years in the game, he's an investor and business mentor preaching the gospel of financial literacy for all. What We Discuss with A-Rod: The concept of VCP: vision, capital, and people. What Alex has learned about business from mentors like Warren Buffett and Magic Johnson, and what he hopes to pass on to his own mentees. How growing up as a poor kid in Miami informs the way Alex treats people today. The need for financial literacy to become part of the American education system's core curriculum. The "Breakfast Club" that keeps Alex's relationship with his daughters real. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/688 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with world champion boxer and entrepreneur Laila Ali? Catch up with episode 309: Laila Ali | Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    687: Amy Webb | Changing Lives with Synthetic Biology

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 91:30

    Amy Webb (@amywebb) is an author and the founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute -- a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Her latest book is The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology. What We Discuss with Amy Webb: Synthetic biology will change the world in three key areas: medicine, food, and the environment. How pandemics might be wiped out by engineering immunity to deadly diseases on demand before they have a chance to take hold. (Alternatively, how pandemics might be created by engineering new diseases against which we have no defense.) Forget waiting your turn on the donor list: we'll be able to print new vital, life-sustaining organs from scratch instead of relying on unpredictable supply. When we have the ability to resurrect extinct species, will we possess the wisdom to prudently decide what lives again and what stays dead forever? How meat can be grown from cells in labs without slaughtering animals and consuming the resources necessary to sustain them. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/687 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    687: Amy Webb | Changing Lives with Synthetic Biology

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 91:30

    Amy Webb (@amywebb) is an author and the founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute -- a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Her latest book is The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology. What We Discuss with Amy Webb: Synthetic biology will change the world in three key areas: medicine, food, and the environment. How pandemics might be wiped out by engineering immunity to deadly diseases on demand before they have a chance to take hold. (Alternatively, how pandemics might be created by engineering new diseases against which we have no defense.) Forget waiting your turn on the donor list: we'll be able to print new vital, life-sustaining organs from scratch instead of relying on unpredictable supply. When we have the ability to resurrect extinct species, will we possess the wisdom to prudently decide what lives again and what stays dead forever? How meat can be grown from cells in labs without slaughtering animals and consuming the resources necessary to sustain them. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/687 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    686: An Abuser's Dead: Get Him Out of Your Head | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 52:43

    Your uncle abused you when you were very young, and now he's on death's doorstep. You've resolved not to attend his funeral, though this may raise eyebrows among family who don't know the full story. So what's the least awkward way to tell your family not to expect you at the funeral? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/686 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: What's the least awkward way to tell your family not to expect you at the funeral of the uncle who molested you when you were very young? How do you let a toxic employee go in the most respectful way without making enemies in the process? You find yourself easily distracted from the only boyfriend you've ever had. Even though you love him dearly, you question the sustainability of your relationship when your eye wanders so easily. Is your future with this man doomed? The sister you once considered a bit of a superhero has fallen on hard times. How can you help her? It's hard to have faith in your countrymen and women when they keep voting in representatives who don't have their best interests at heart. What can you do to help them see the light? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider leaving your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    685: Steve Rambam | The Real Life of a Private Investigator

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 50:35

    Steve Rambam (@stevenrambam) is the founder and CEO of Pallorium, Inc., a licensed Investigative Agency with offices and affiliates worldwide. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] What We Discuss with Steve Rambam: Prime bank guarantee fraud: what is it and how does it work? Why is the US a “Garden of Eden” for bad guys in general? How Steve's TV show Nowhere to Hide came to be. Why Steve's business doubled within two years following a bogus arrest. Are there scam lists, and are you on one? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/685 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the crack empire kingpin gone good? Catch up with episode 121: Freeway Rick Ross | Life in the Crack Lane here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    684: Desmond Shum | Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in China

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 79:44

    Desmond Shum is the former husband of arrested Chinese billionaire "Whitney" Duan Weihong and the author of Red Roulette: An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today’s China. What We Discuss with Desmond Shum: Why Desmond's intellectual schoolteacher parents were treated as undesirables by the CCP, and how this led to his family's self-exile to then-British Hong Kong when he was 10. What the CCP does to keep evidence of events like the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre out of the public eye -- and what Desmond's impression of this particular event was like. How the economic necessity of corruption to make business sustainable under the watchful eye of the CCP is used as a bargaining chip to keep the operators of these businesses in line. The path that led Desmond and his wife Whitney to the inner circle of the CCP and allowed them to make billions with the government's blessing -- and the amount of work that went into maintaining the network that allowed this to continue. The circumstances of Whitney's disappearance, and the eerie phone call he received from her four years later urging him not to publish his tell-all book. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/684 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Missed our conversation with Annie Duke — World Series poker champion and author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts? Catch up by listening to episode 40: Annie Duke | How to Make Decisions Like a Poker Champ here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    683: Mad Lad Hates Dad and Treats Whole Family Bad | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 49:12

    Can there be reconciliation with an estranged son who hates the way his father treated him as a kid and takes it out on the whole family? We'll seek answers to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/683 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: How do you reconcile with an estranged son who hates the way his father treated him as a kid and decides to take it out on the whole family? How can you move past the resentment you feel over your husband's inaction when you needed help coping with postpartum depression after the birth of your son? Your parents reneged on their promise to pay for your college, leaving you stuck with massive debt that you only discovered after graduating. What's your best next move? Your son is legally an adult, but you're concerned about the evidence of vaping you've found in his room -- especially since he wants to be a professional athlete and he grew up with asthma. Worse, he's lying to you about it. What should you do? You've been (perhaps mistakenly) forwarded part of a conversation with another applicant for the job you're going for. Should you do some research on your competition before your interview, or is it better not to psych yourself out by possibly discovering they're more qualified than you? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider...

    682: Hustle Culture | Deep Dive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 54:56

    Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into the toxic cesspool of hustle culture and emerge with better alternatives you can use to break free from its seductive but icky grip and write yourself a meaningful success story! What We Discuss: Hustle culture makes you miserable because it sells you the destination without the journey. Hustle culture is a toxic sham because it operates like an emotion-manipulating pyramid scheme that pits you against your peers instead of encouraging you to work together. How you can spot the sure signs of hustle culture and avoid its sticky, wicked clutches. What you can do to break free of hustle culture if it’s already got its hooks in you. Better alternatives that will enrich your journey toward success instead of guilting you, shaming you, pressuring you, and making you co-dependent on hustle culture’s empty promises. And much more… Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/682 See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking — our free networking and relationship development mini course — at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    681: Bill Browder | Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 81:59

    Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) pioneered a brand-new market after the fall of The Iron Curtain while making powerful enemies — including Vladimir Putin. He is the author of Red Notice and Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath. What We Discuss with Bill Browder: The real purpose of disinformation: not to convince you that it's presenting accurate facts, but to cast a seed of doubt over the credibility of the position it's opposing. How a timely tweet upon being arrested by Russia-corrupted police officers in Spain may have saved Bill Browder's life. How the Magnitsky Act came about and what it does to sanction Russian human rights violators and kleptocrats. How the power of Interpol is regularly abused by genocidal policymakers to retrieve escaped prisoners from "safe" havens. Bill's thoughts on why Putin is making his move in Ukraine now, and what he hopes to accomplish there. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/681 See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    680: Recycling | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 50:41

    Between climate change, global pollution, and a spiraling amount of waste created every single day, we all want to find ways -- even small ways -- to help. And for some people, the easiest way is to recycle. You have a house, plenty of room to separate your garbage, and your city provides different color bins so you don’t get confused between pizza and the box it comes in. And everything works out, right? Well, of course not! Here, we'll weigh the pros and cons of recycling and make sure you're not doing it all wrong. Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/680 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: Does recycling really help save the planet? Only if you do it the right way (which we'll discuss). What would be the unintended consequences of banning plastics entirely? Why some materials that could be recycled aren't. What are the massive benefits of recycling metals? How many resources are saved when we recycle paper? Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    679: Mom's Bigotry Makes Romantic Future Hard to See | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 51:05

    It's difficult to plan for a future with your long-term partner when their mother refuses to entertain the idea of getting to know you. In fact, you've never even met face-to-face because she doesn't like your race. So how do you get your significant other to address the reality that their mom's bigotry makes a romantic future together hard to see? We'll try to get to the bottom of this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/679 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: You've never met your partner's mother face-to-face because she doesn't like your race. How do you address the reality that this bigotry makes a future together hard to see? How do you get over a lifelong reluctance to speak out and get help before your poor performance due to work-related stress takes away your dream career? You can openly support your Ukrainian coworkers as Putin's aggression against them drags on, but how do you show your Russian colleagues who don't support the war that you recognize their uncertainty and sadness during this difficult time without prompting them to say anything that could get them in trouble with their government? You were a childhood victim of sexual abuse, and now find yourself as an adult with an addiction to porn and massage parlors that fills you with shame and massive debt. How can you break free from this self-destructive pattern of behavior? [Thanks to clinical psychologist and addiction specialist Dr. Rubin Khoddam for helping us field this one!] You regret the generosity of offering your ne'er-do-well brother-in-law a job reference because you've come to realize that you can't, in good conscience, vouch for his reliability. What do you do when being generous and making the right call don’t quite line up? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets...

    678: Chris Voss | Hostage Negotiation Tactics for Everyday Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 62:32

    Chris Voss (@VossNegotiation) is a former FBI hostage negotiator and author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It. He joins the show to discuss how we can be more effective negotiators by using hostage negotiation techniques. What We Discuss with Chris Voss: The principles behind negotiation and emotional persuasion. Three types of negotiators you'll encounter — The Analyst, The Assertive, and The Accommodator — and how to size them up. How to influence the way people size you up. Defusing negative emotions. Generating rapport in difficult situations. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/678 See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    677: Sam Cooper | How the West Was Infiltrated by Its Enemies

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 76:12

    Sam Cooper (@scoopercooper) is a national investigative journalist for Global News and co-author of Wilful Blindness, How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons, and CCP Agents Infiltrated the West. What We Discuss with Sam Cooper: How -- and why -- is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) directly responsible for waging a reverse Opium War from China against the West? How does the CCP operate in tandem with criminal organizations to further its interests in the West? What does the CCP do to entice and recruit Westerners to become mouthpieces of government propaganda? How the CCP uses gangsters, gambling, drugs, and real estate to launder massive amounts of money in the West while simultaneously undermining the democratic societies in which they operate. What is the Five Eyes alliance, how is interference by the CCP jeopardizing its stability, and why is this something the West needs to worry about sooner rather than later? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/677 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with David Kilgour, author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China? Catch up with episode 497: David Kilgour | The Heartless Art of Forced Organ Harvesting here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    676: The Olympics | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 42:02

    The Olympic games hold a place of reverence in the hearts of people around the world. But for the athletes who wreck their bodies and their bank accounts training for years to compete in the Olympics for glory and national pride -- especially the ones who hail from Team USA -- are the games kind of a sham? Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/676 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: In spite of the PR boost nations get whenever their teams win medals and the influx of cash brought in by the games, the United States is one of the few countries that doesn't spend a dime supporting its Olympic athletes. A so-called non-profit, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee brought in $317 million in revenue in 2018, including $122 million in broadcast revenue, which resulted in $48 million in profit. The CEO made $800,000 in compensation. 60% of the athletes who train full-time for years to have a chance at competing in the Olympics do not consider themselves financially stable, often relying on low-paying gig economy jobs to fund their journey. For Team USA athletes who win medals, the USOPC pays out $37,500 for gold, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze. In contrast, Singapore rewards its athletes with $1 million for gold, $500,000 for silver, and $250,000 for bronze. In 2012, half of the track and field athletes made less than $15,000 per year, while the track and field CEO earned $1.2 million in 2018. In 2012, US News and World Report found it cost around $100,000 per year to be an athlete in the Olympics. Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here...

    675: A Tenant, Psychotic, Makes Your Life Chaotic | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 49:08

    You invited a friend to rent one of your rooms for a year. Only five months in, she's having delusional psychotic breaks in which she claims to be God, purports to read minds, and accuses your fiance and numerous others of raping her. Under the circumstances, your family doesn't feel safe having her in your home anymore, and you've let her know she's not welcome back. Now she's calling you incessantly and making you feel guilty for not supporting her as a "friend." Do you have a responsibility to help her, or -- for the sake of your family's safety -- are you right for cutting her off? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/675 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Do you have a responsibility to keep renting a room to a friend who had a psychotic break, or does your family's safety come first? [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us field the legalities of this one!] The private school where you teach is rife with corrupt policies. Should you try to change the system from within, or find another job before an inevitable lawsuit brings the whole place down? Because you're young and you want to be free to explore your romantic options, you may have been too hasty when you agreed to date your college girlfriend exclusively. Is there a way to back out of the arrangement without being a complete heel? A recent miscarriage seems to be just the tip of a cascading torrent of misfortune and tragedy that has you experiencing frequent anxiety attacks and a constant state of fight or flight. What can you do to turn things around? How can you make sure your good work is rewarded by the entrenched corporate hierarchy at your office when you have an incompetent manager taking credit for everything you and your team have done? [Thanks to executive coach and From Start-Up to Grown-Up author Alisa Cohn for helping us field this one!] Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at

    674: Ken Croke | Undercover in an Outlaw Biker Gang Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 57:18

    Ken Croke is a retired ATF agent who worked undercover for years to bust numerous criminal organizations, and is the co-author of Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure you've had a listen to part one here!] What We Discuss with Ken Croke: How did Ken (and his wife, who was also a federal agent) keep their undercover lives separate from their home lives without jeopardizing either? Working undercover over the course of two years, what were some of Ken's closest calls that almost compromised his cover -- and possibly his life? How is evidence gathered in a way that will hold up in court without blowing an undercover agent's cover? What signals that it's time for an undercover operation to end? Does Ken worry about what his former gang associates might do if their paths should ever cross again? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/674 See Jordan (with Ryan Holiday) Live in L.A. June 13th!: Go to jordanharbinger.com/tickets for more info Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    673: Ken Croke | Undercover in an Outlaw Biker Gang Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 57:42

    Ken Croke is a retired ATF agent who worked undercover for years to bust numerous criminal organizations, and is the co-author of Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Keep an eye out for part two later this week!] What We Discuss with Ken Croke: What's the hardest part about keeping an undercover identity intact while under heavy scrutiny by some of the world's most paranoid and dangerous miscreants? How does the hierarchy of an outlaw biker gang work, and what does the process of becoming a trusted member entail? What does an undercover agent do to pass among criminals without actually committing crimes (or stepping outside the boundaries of what's been cleared in advance)? How do outlaw bikers really feel about the way their subculture is portrayed in popular media (e.g., Sons of Anarchy)? What did Ken's wife and kids do while he was undercover for two years? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/673 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    672: Toothpaste | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 35:53

    Two or three times a day, every day, for most of your life, you use toothpaste. But what’s in it? Is it actually good for you? And why is there a scary label on the back warning you not to swallow it? If you want to know the answers to these questions and more about toothpaste, nine out of 10 dentists (might very well) recommend this episode! Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/672 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: If toothpaste is supposedly safe enough to put in your mouth three times a day, why is there a warning to call your local poison control center if you happen to swallow it? Fluoride can strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of cavities, but too much exposure can cause problems from bone disease to certain cancers. So why is it in most toothpaste and 70% of our drinking water, and how is it regulated? What sneaky loophole allows toothpaste manufacturers to bypass the legal disclosure of certain ingredients in their products that might cause us to think twice about using them? What are some of these rarely listed ingredients, and what are the hazards of using them? How can we keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy without exposing ourselves to potential toxins? Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    671: Cheating Husband Caught in His Own Clap Trap | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 49:30

    When you determined the strange numbers on your husband's phone connected to escort services, he immediately told you not to worry -- he was just seeking inexpensive massages for back pain he'd been having. And when he went to the hospital to find relief from another kind of pain, his innocent explanation didn't match with the doctor's summary that it was an STI-related condition. So now that his cheating ways have caught him up in a clap trap of his own design, what are you going to do with this information? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/671 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: First off, we have a heartwarming update from a Feedback Friday listener who was going through tough times back in episode 478! Your husband always has a convenient way to explain away his obvious infidelities. But now that there's evidence of an STI on his latest medical summary, what are you going to do with this information? How do you politely turn down a work acquaintance's request for a donation to his crowdfunding cause? How can you maintain a healthy relationship with your mom without letting her addiction to alcohol get in the way? [Thanks to clinical psychologist and addiction specialist Dr. Rubin Khoddam for helping us field this one!] The fact that your 22-year-old girlfriend still tacks up magazine cutouts of pop stars she swoons over like a high school girl makes you more than a little jealous. Are you overreacting? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    670: Vanessa Van Edwards | The Science of Succeeding with People

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 76:09

    Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) is the lead investigator at human behavior research lab Science of People and the author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People and Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] What We Discuss with Vanessa Van Edwards: How can nonverbal communication affect the first impression you make to someone — even if they’re just hearing your voice over a telephone call? Explore the science of popularity — what makes the cool kids so cool? Understand the difference between social attraction and romantic attraction — and why they both matter. Find out what we can learn about people from their photographs — especially on dating sites. What interesting patterns turn up in researching episodes of reality television shows Blind Date and Shark Tank? And much more… Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/670 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss? Catch up with episode 165: Chris Voss | Negotiate as If Your Life Depended on It here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    669: Dallas Taylor | The Psychology of Sound Design

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 73:29

    Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. He is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, a TED mainstage speaker, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound. What We Discuss with Dallas Taylor: How sound designers create audio more in line with what our brains expect to hear when capturing it in reality would fall short. How the tricks of sound design are akin to a magician's ability to invisibly manipulate our emotions. Why we hear certain sounds recycled in movies and trailers to the point of cliché. With the perspective-bending nature of sound design occupying so many of his waking hours, does Dallas find elements of the job extending into off-the-clock parts of his life? Analog vs. digital (and why many prefer to rely on the older technology). And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/669 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show we did with Moby — musician, singer, songwriter, producer, animal rights activist, and author? Catch up here with episode 196: Moby | What to Do When Success Makes You Miserable! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    668: Tipping | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 42:20

    Tipping isn't a city in China. But it is a shameful institution that encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation of low-income workers while placing the burden of compensation on customers instead of business owners. If most restaurants and service-based industries in the world can exist without relying on tipping, why does the custom persist in the United States, and what would be a fairer, more sustainable alternative? Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/668 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour -- the same as it was 31 years ago (though it can be even less in some states under certain circumstances). Why is it the customer’s responsibility to pay these workers a fair wage? Why, contrary to the protests of whoever happens to be holding the purse strings, raising the minimum wage for the person serving you will not make your burger cost $25. How tipped workers are still expected to fulfill untipped tasks during their "down" time, but without a raise in compensation to make up for it. Why the institution of tipping encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation of low-income workers. How the custom of tipping came about, why it persists in places like the United States, and what we should be doing to replace it with something that would better serve the server and served, alike. Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Sign up for

    667: Friend's Sicko Spouse Keeps Infecting Our House | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 49:28

    Your inseparable friend's perpetually ill spouse seems to get a sick kick out of infecting your family on the regular and refuses to respect any boundaries you've tried to establish that might keep her and her nasty cooties at bay. If you didn't know any better, you'd suspect she was doing it on purpose! What can you do to protect the health of your household from this physically -- and perhaps mentally -- unwell woman? We'll try to find a remedy to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/667 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Your friend's perpetually ill spouse seems to get a sick kick out of infecting your family on the regular. How can you keep her and her nasty cooties at bay? Must you bid your love adieu to dodge her herpes simplex 2? Is it time to cut loose the "friend" who ghosts you profusely? How can you remain an influential, vital part of your child's life when they live with your ex on the other side of the world? You suspect you're clinically depressed, but how can you ask for help when the thought of therapy just adds to your stress? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider leaving your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    666: Deep Dive | How to Ask for a Promotion

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 44:41

    Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into their tried-and-true approach to asking for a promotion, maximizing your chances of landing it, and building on it to create a thriving career. What We Discuss: The important questions to ask yourself before approaching your boss for a raise or a promotion. What you can start doing to ensure you get a raise or promotion next time around if you can't quite justify one yet. How to build your case for a raise or promotion when you're ready to take one on. The best practices for negotiation when the floor is yours. What to do if you don't get the raise or promotion on the first try. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/666 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Did you miss our deep dive into what you should do if you’re looking for a new job or relationship and you want to know how to get your foot in the door — while avoiding the mistakes that are liable to get that door slammed in your face? Catch up with episode 629: Getting Your Foot in the Door | Deep Dive here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    665: Luis Navia | 25 Years Inside the Narco Cartels

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 91:19

    Luis Navia worked for nearly 25 years as a cocaine trafficker for the deadliest Colombian and Mexican cartels until the law caught up with him in 2000. He is the co-author (with Jesse Fink) of Pure Narco: One Man's True Story of 25 Years Inside the Cartels. What We Discuss with Luis Navia: Why did Luis Navia -- a Georgetown student and the privileged son of an affluent sugar trader -- get involved in the illicit international cocaine trade with the most ruthless and infamous Mexican and Colombian drug cartels? How did Luis move between 200 to 300 tons of cocaine (roughly worth $10 billion) over the course of 25 years -- and live to tell the tale? Why did Luis insist on carrying out his business without a weapon -- in spite of being regularly surrounded by the perpetrators of unimaginably brutal violence? What are the logistics for smuggling massive amounts of cocaine over international borders with limited space and personnel? How did Operation Journey, an anti-narcotics effort coordinated across 12 nations and led by the United States and Great Britain, finally put an end to Luis' lucrative cocaine trafficking career? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/665 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our two-part conversation with the Caravaggio of currency counterfeiting? Catch up by starting with Episode 488: Frank Bourassa | The World’s Greatest Counterfeiter Part One here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    664: Reiki Healing | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 33:38

    Is Reiki -- the not-so-ancient Japanese energy healing technique by which your psychic empath aunt swears -- a legitimate way to treat ailments like cancer, diabetic neuropathy, anxiety, lactose intolerance, and cooties? Or is it nothing more than a placebo that, at best, might offer you a relaxing way to spend an hour of your day -- and a day of your savings? Here on Skeptical Sunday, it's all hands on deck to discover the truth about the controversial practice of Reiki healing. Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/664 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: How "ancient" is the hallowed practice of Reiki healing? With over 800 hospitals in the world offering Reiki -- including Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic -- there must be some tangible benefit to this energy healing technique, right? What scientific evidence do we have to support the efficacy of Reiki healing? How [much] does someone [have to pay to] become a Reiki practitioner? What can (and what can't) Reiki do for you? Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here...

    663: Thinking of Another Dude: Is Marriage Screwed? | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 53:45

    Celebrating only the second anniversary with your wonderful husband, you've found yourself wondering what life might be like if you'd, instead, pursued a relationship with a certain unrequited crush. Does having these thoughts make you an unfaithful, horrible person, or is this a normal adjustment to married life -- for better or for worse? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/663 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Is your marriage screwed because you've been having thoughts about another dude on your second anniversary? Should you give your estranged family -- who abused you and worked hard to slander your name when you broke free -- a second chance just because tragedy has forced you to interact again? You run successful social media pages reviewing a certain company’s products, and it seemed to be a win/win situation -- until you received a cease and desist letter from said company. How can you safely move forward without losing your business entirely? You feel obligated to be there for a new friend who's going through some tough times, but you're concerned that some of your own negativity may be residual from this friendship. Should you stay in their life and risk your own mental health to be the voice of reason, or would it be best just to cut them out of your life entirely? You're resentful that your peer got the promotion you wanted and is now your direct manager, and you feel like your manager isn't trying hard enough to help you get ahead. Should you raise a stink about the unfairness of it all, or learn from this teachable moment and grin and bear it until your next review? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    662: Daniel J. Levitin | How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 51:13

    Daniel J. Levitin (@danlevitin) is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, record producer, and author of Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] What We Discuss with Daniel J. Levitin: The most important quality for anyone who wants to be an evidence-based, critical thinker. Why even society’s smartest people fall victim to misinformation. The first step to making good decisions. How to dismantle bad arguments on the fly. Why you need to look beyond averages when making a case. And much more… Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/662 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show we did with award-winning cybersecurity journalist Nicole Perlroth? Catch up with episode 542: Nicole Perlroth | Who’s Winning the Cyberweapons Arms Race? here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    661: Rachel Zoffness | Managing Pain In Your Body and Brain

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 75:29

    Dr. Rachel Zoffness (@DrZoffness) is a pain psychologist, international speaker, medical consultant, educator, and author of The Pain Management Workbook: Powerful CBT and Mindfulness Skills to Take Control of Pain and Reclaim Your Life. What We Discuss with Dr. Rachel Zoffness: Pain lives in the brain, not the body (which is why amputees often report sensing it in limbs they no longer have). The overlap between physical and emotional pain, and why they co-occur 100% of the time. How the "pain dial" in your brain works: what turns it up, and what turns it down. The ways in which trauma, anxiety, and depression amplify pain. Why pain medicine is broken and how we can fix it. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/661 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show we did with Jack Barsky — author of Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America? Catch up here with episode 285: Jack Barsky | Deep Undercover with a KGB Spy in America! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    660: Chemtrails | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 32:17

    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a chemtrail of dihydrogen monoxide, known to cause suffocation as well as accelerated corrosion in certain circumstances, and now it's in the very air you're breathing! But to what end? What nefarious plot has the government hatched to control the lives of you and your loved ones this time? Listen on as we get to the bottom of this chemtrail conspiracy! Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/660 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: What is dihydrogen monoxide, and why are aircraft continually depositing it into the air we all breathe? Are government scientists really geo-engineering our weather? If so, to what end? If we're supposed to believe so-called chemtrails are just condensation-created contrails, why did a weatherman admit on live television that the military was spraying chemicals into the atmosphere? If chemtrails are just contrails, why are there sometimes breaks in the streams? Wouldn't the temperature difference between an airplane's exhaust and the air create consistently solid trails? Aluminum found in the soil proves beyond a doubt that the government is spraying us with toxic chemicals to control the population -- or something -- right? Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

    659: Her Spouse Raped You. Can Friendship Stay True? | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 57:05

    Can your friendship with the woman whose husband raped you on their wedding day ever recover? Perhaps a better question to ask is: should it? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/659 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Can your friendship with the woman whose husband raped you on their wedding day ever recover? Perhaps a better question to ask is: should it? How can you communicate with your Russian parents when they've been brainwashed by state propaganda? Are your friends trying to grow their network, or are they trying to clandestinely rope you into their undercover MLM? If management and law enforcement don't want to protect you and your coworkers from the dangerous, mentally unstable members of the homeless community camped across the street from your office, what can you do to ensure your safety? When your last five roommate situations ended on a sour note, are you wrong to wonder if you might be the common denominator that invites neverending chaos into the equation? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider leaving your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    658: Shanna Swan | The Reproduction Crisis and Humanity's Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 82:13

    Dr. Shanna Swan (@drshannaswan) is the Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the author of Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race. What We Discuss with Dr. Shanna Swan: Why has sperm count among men in Western countries decreased by over 50 percent in the past four decades? What can increasing reproductive problems in the animal kingdom tell us about diminishing human fertility? The same chemicals that cause reproductive decline are responsible for the obesity epidemic. What are some of the best practices we can personally observe for recovering from some of the most common fertility issues we face? What steps can society take today to ensure we have enough of a population to constitute a society tomorrow? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/658 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier and New York Times bestselling author? Get caught up with episode 622: Ishmael Beah | Memoirs of a Boy Soldier here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    657: Josh Peck | Happy People Are Annoying

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 85:29

    Josh Peck (@ItsJoshPeck) is an actor (currently appearing as Drew on How I Met Your Father), comedian, YouTuber, and author of Happy People Are Annoying. What We Discuss with Josh Peck: Why Josh considers it a blessing he grew up before social media dominated the landscape of adolescence. How Josh went from wild child to grounded, friendly father (instead of becoming some kind of "drunk Hollywood jerkface") without knowing his own father until later in life. What Josh did to overcome the food addiction that once had him tipping the scales at 297 -- when he was just a kid. How Josh became a standup comedian at the tender age of 11, and what he did to relate to his significantly older audience. How ego can turn someone into an imposter -- and how this is different from the common phenomenon of imposter syndrome. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/657 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our episode with spooky mentalist Derren Brown? Catch up with episode 150: Derren Brown | Using the Power of Suggestion for Good here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    656: Your Stalker's Sister is Dating Your Brother | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 45:12

    Having a stalker is bad enough. But what happens when that stalker starts showing up at family functions because their sister is now dating your brother? Is it possible to ensure your safety without infringing on your sibling's relationship? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/656 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: A testimonial from a listener who secured a great job after following advice from our deep dive on how to get your foot in the door! How can you help the people of Ukraine as they continue to suffer the atrocities of invasion by Russian forces? Here’s a list. What do you do when confronted with a romance like no other: your stalker's sister is dating your brother? Your significant other hates their job, feels stuck because their current skill set doesn't offer any alternatives, and brings this negativity home every night. How can you address the effect their work is having on your relationship without making them feel even more hopeless? You fear your tendency to cry when discussing things that are unfair or unjust may be holding you back and keeping others from taking you seriously, but therapy has thus far been unsuccessful in keeping these involuntary tears in check. So what can you do? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Erin Margolis for helping us with this one!] Your spouse once lived a chaotic life of addiction and sometimes homelessness in her hometown, but found the road to recovery that led to you and an amazing job in another state. Now her lonely father is encouraging her to move back, but you worry that leaving her job and relocating to the very place that marks her troubled history could trigger a relapse. What's the best way to guide her in the right direction? When your bosses constantly ignore your advice that turns out later to have been the right course, how can you resist saying "I told you so" and, instead, use these incidents to reinforce their confidence in what you suggest? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger...

    655: David Eagleman | How Our Brains Construct Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 56:13

    David Eagleman (@davideagleman) is a Stanford neuroscientist, host of Emmy-nominated PBS/BBC series The Brain, and author of many leather-bound books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, The Brain: The Story of You, and Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] What We Discuss with David Eagleman: Why our conscious brain should be grateful for its separation from the subconscious brain. What is sensory substitution, and how might it allow the blind to “see,” the deaf to “hear,” and create completely new, superhuman senses altogether? Your umwelt is not my umwelt: a shared environment is several realities, depending on how it’s being sensed. Alien hands, intellectual flexibility, zombie routines, and smartphone symbiosis. How might technology augment our brains in the not-too-distant future? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/655 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation about the spooky nature of perception with world-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto? Catch up with episode 177: Beau Lotto | Why You See Differently When You Deviate here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    654: Chris Miller & Brandon Wheeler | News from Ukraine's Warfront

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 81:00

    Former US Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and Freedom Research Foundation's Brandon Wheeler join us after meeting with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to share fresh perspectives from the war front. What We Discuss with Chris Miller & Brandon Wheeler: Putin's unintended consequence: how Russia’s actions have consolidated the entire Western world. Why isn't there a no-fly zone over Ukraine? Are sanctions against Russia working? What else can the West do to contain Putin’s Russia? Predictions about Russia's plans and strategies moving forward, and what Putin's likely ambitions beyond this invasion entail. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/654 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Have you heard our interview with Yuriy Matsarsky, a Ukrainian journalist turned civilian fighter against the Russian invasion? Catch up with episode 638: Yuriy Matsarsky | Fighting for Ukraine here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    653: Ear Candling | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 36:17

    Is ear candling -- the practice of inserting a lit, hollow candle in your ear to remove earwax -- a safe, practical way to get the job done? If you have a burning desire to discover the truth, listen on! Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: Where did the practice of ear candling originate? It's got to come from a noble, ancient, shamanic tradition and not some hippies out to make a buck, right? Ear candling is a thriving industry that rakes in about $1.2 million a year. Are there risks to placing a hollow, burning candle in your living human ear canal? In spite of any of its potential dangers, at least ear candling gets rid of excess earwax and other debris like it's supposed to, right? If ear candling is so hazardous to your health, the FDA or some governmental agency is on the case to have it banned, right? Right? Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/653 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with behavioral expert Thomas Erikson?

    652: Sad About Dad's Sexist Thoughts Re: Assault | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 45:02

    Your father's never been abusive, but you were recently disheartened when he referred to a child sexual assault survivor and advocate who's been in the news lately as a "media-hungry slut." And when you brought up how this made you feel to your mother, she dismissively suggested you should just let it go because he's always been supportive of you. Is there another approach you can try with your parents to make them understand they're missing the whole point about why you're upset? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/652 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: Why does Jordan crusade hard against MLM scams while giving infomercials that peddle shoddy goods a pass? How can you help the people of Ukraine as they continue to suffer the atrocities of invasion by Russian forces? Here's a list. How do you make your father understand why you're so upset about dismissive, sexist remarks he casually made regarding a sexual assault survivor who's been in the public eye? Your father and older sister have serious health issues that require constant care. How can you handle feelings of wanting to run away at a time when you're needed the most? A creative project on which you collaborated with your significant other fell by the wayside when you had a very bitter breakup. Is there a way to finish the project -- giving your ex credit and a share of the profits for their contributions -- without actually bringing this person back into your life? [Thanks to Cypher Content founder Edward Sabin for helping us with this one!] Your friend's brother died in a car crash when their sister, who survived, was texting behind the wheel. As the maid of honor for this friend's wedding, you want to honor the memory of their late brother in your speech, but you don't want to exacerbate the guilt, shame, regret, and PTSD of the surviving sister, who will be present. What's the right thing to do here? When you have a little extra to give and want to donate to a charity that is working to make the world a better place, how do you decide on the right charity? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at

    651: Anja Shortland | How Kidnap Insurance Works

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 78:38

    Anja Shortland is a professor of political economy at King’s College, London who specializes in the economics of crime. She is the author of Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business and Lost Art: The Art Loss Register Casebook Volume One. What We Discuss with Anja Shortland: How many people are kidnapped every year for ransom, and how many actually return from the ordeal alive? What incentives do kidnappers have to treat hostages nonviolently and bargain for their release in good faith? How do insurers keep vulnerable clients from letting down their guard once a policy has been obtained? The protection theory that explains how crime organizations (e.g., the mafia) effectively stabilize the kidnap-for-ransom industry. Why offering a higher ransom than demanded is the worst strategy for ensuring a hostage's safe release. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/651 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with Somali pirate hostage Michael Scott Moore? Catch up with episode 115: Michael Scott Moore | What It’s Really like to Be a Pirate Hostage here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    650: Brian Klaas | The Corruptible Influence of Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 80:59

    Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) is an associate professor in global politics at University College London, host of the Power Corrupts podcast, and author of Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. What We Discuss with Brian Klaas: How accurate was historian Lord Acton's assessment that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"? Why do people become corrupt? Is it the system working on them from the outside or something in human nature working on them from within? What kind of people become corrupt? Is everyone susceptible to corruption's temptations? When it comes to corruption, should our leaders be held to higher standards than the rest of us? How can we create fair systems to incentivize people to resist corruption in favor of the straight and narrow? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/650 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    649: Arranged Marriage Threatens Lesbian Couple | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 51:49

    Parental plans for an arranged marriage threaten a lesbian couple's future. Welcome to Feedback Friday! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/649

    648: Susan Cain | Introverts Unite for a Quiet Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 60:40

    Susan Cain (@susancain) is, in her own words, an "unlikely" award-winning speaker, and bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Her latest book is Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] What We Discuss with Susan Cain: How “quiet” came to be a pejorative term as the West urbanized and placed more value on personality (extroversion) over character (introversion). Better ways to understand our introverted friends (or selves). Action steps for introverts to become more social. Why being an introvert might actually be an advantage — in social situations, negotiation, and creative pursuits. Why brainstorming doesn't work and is mostly a social exercise vs. a creative one. And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/648 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our conversation with producer, author, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey? Catch up with episode 455: Matthew McConaughey | Following Life's Greenlights to Success here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    647: Karim Hijazi | When Cyber War Goes Kinetic

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 87:59

    Karim Hijazi (@karimhijazi) is the founder, chairman, and CEO of cyber intelligence company Prevailion, and creator and host of The Introverted Iconoclast podcast. What We Discuss with Karim Hijazi: How vulnerable is the Internet and how much of our current infrastructure would suffer if it were to go down tomorrow? What are the biggest threats to the security of your privacy, your bank account, your company, and your country? How cyber warfare can lead to kinetic (i.e., real) warfare with physical consequences. Why the current efforts of companies and governments to mitigate digital security risks are woefully insufficient. What are our best practices for staying as safe from cyber attacks as possible? And much more... Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/647 Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show we did with award-winning cybersecurity journalist Nicole Perlroth? Catch up with episode 542: Nicole Perlroth | Who's Winning the Cyberweapons Arms Race? here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider including your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!

    646: Expiration Dates | Skeptical Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 35:19

    How concerned should you be about expiration dates stamped on items you buy from the grocery store? Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/646 On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss: What really determines the expiration date that gets stamped on an item from the grocery store? Is there a difference between "sell by," "buy by," and "use before" expiration warnings? What federal regulations dictate expiration dates for the protection of the consumer? How dangerous is it to ignore an expiration date on something like a gallon of milk, and what variables might change this? Why most cases of food poisoning have very little to do with the lackadaisical observance of expiration dates, and how you should really be gauging if something is still fit for consumption. And much more! Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know! Connect with David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town! Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss the show we did with Molly Bloom — the woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world? Catch up here with episode 120: Molly Bloom | The One Who Makes the Rules Wins the Game!

    645: Is a Bridesmaid Fight Worth a Disinvite? | Feedback Friday

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 56:22

    Everyone knows that when tweetle beetles fight, it's called a tweetle beetle battle. But bridesmaids brawling at a bachelorette bash just make wedding plans more of a pain in the ass. Now, to fend off further fighting, the bride must decide who she's disinviting. Boo, hoo! But who? Which one gets the axe; which one gets to stay? We hope to find out this Feedback Friday! And in case you didn't already know it, Jordan Harbinger (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabriel Mizrahi (@GabeMizrahi) banter and take your comments and questions for Feedback Friday right here every week! If you want us to answer your question, register your feedback, or tell your story on one of our upcoming weekly Feedback Friday episodes, drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com. Now let's dive in! Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/645 On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss: After a brawl between two bridesmaids at the bachelorette bash, the bride now has to disinvite one to the wedding. But who should she choose? Does Jordan Harbinger ever get tired of saying "Jordan Harbinger?" Aside from this one, have Gabe or Jordan ever done any weird jobs? Just because an oil is classified as "essential" doesn't mean it's necessary to put it on your family's food, right? Right? Do we ever get generous offers from shady sponsors? What’s the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to Jordan and Gabe (that they're willing to fess up to)? Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com! Connect with Jordan on Twitter at @JordanHarbinger and Instagram at @jordanharbinger. Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi. Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course! Miss our interview with Bar Rescue‘s Jon Taffer? Catch up with episode 142: Jon Taffer | Raising Your Bar and Crushing All Excuses here! Like this show? Please leave us a review here -- even one sentence helps! Consider leaving your Twitter handle so we can thank you personally!