Moonwalk

By Mohnish Soundararajan & Co.

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Houston, we have a podcast. Welcome to the show on how to moonwalk your life. Think interdimensional roller coaster, but for your mind. We take big adventures and even bigger ideas, from science, to explore the ordinary – from how to be a better thinker to (most important) how to be better human being. Whether scientists or provocateurs, discover the wrinkles in everyday life. Uncover more at moonwalkpodcast.com.

Episode Date
Update: This Show is Getting a Makeover
01:02
This is podcast is going to completely change, and it’s getting a complete makeover.
 
In a few months, I’ll be relaunching the podcast. That means new name, new guests, new ideas, and a brand new direction.
 
I’ll be announcing more details January 10th, 2019.
 
The new show will be all on this feed, so you’ll get access to it here, as well as at mohnish.net. If you want to get updates, sign up for the email list at mohnish.net/insider.
 
The new show is going to different. 
 
But if you dig it, keep listening.
 
The Facts
 
Produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Music by Podington Bear.
Aug 18, 2018
The Superpower: Can You Have Good Taste?
20:28

"But he listened to it and he says, 'That's good shit, dad!'"

- Paul Rozin

There's a deep, subjective feeling inside us. And it's the feeling that you know what tastes good, you know what movies are terrible, and you know that your grandfather's esoteric opinions on classical operas are actually spot-on.

But in a world filled with varying subjective preferences (as well as people who enjoy eating pickles whole), there is an idea that won't die.

It's the idea that someone can have "good taste". The idea that your taste can be better than my taste.

On this episode, we investigate:

- Does that idea make sense?

- Is is possible to improve your taste systematically?

- What are the components of someone who has good taste, and someone who doesn't?

- And how subjective is taste in a world with clear preferences?

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is hosted, written, and produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. 

Episode was co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Justine Brumm, and Kevin Sanji.

Special thanks to Anna Leonard and Paul Rozin.

Sign up for the insider newsletter for exclusive updates and book recommendations.   

Music is by Podington Bear, BitBasic, and Kevin MacLeod

Aug 09, 2018
The Rational Spy: How Incentives Screw with Everything
24:19

"Worst case scenario, the spy gets killed" - Benedetta Lerva

If you hire a spy, a lot can happen. They can get caught. They can get tortured with endless roundhouse kicks to the face. And worst case scenario: they can die. So if you had to risk someone’s life to spy for your country, would you do it? And, more importantly, what does this teach us about what it means to be a better person? An economist helps us figure it out.

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is hosted, written, and produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Episode was co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Vysali Soundararajan.

Special thanks to Benedetta Lerva. The research: East-West Germany espionage paper, Rotten Kid Theorem paper, and the “Pay Not to Go to the Gym” paper.

Sign up for the insider newsletter for exclusive updates and book recommendations.

Music is by Podington Bear, BitBasic, and Broke for Free.

 

Apr 15, 2018
The Rational Spy: How Incentives Screw with Everything

If you hire a spy, a lot can happen. They can get caught. They can get tortured with endless roundhouse kicks to the face. And worst case scenario: they can die. So if you had to risk someone’s life to spy for your country, would you do it? And, more importantly, what does this teach us about what it means to be a better person? An economist helps us figure it out.

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is hosted, written, and produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Episode was co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Vysali Soundararajan.

Special thanks to Benedetta Lerva. The research: East-West Germany espionage paper, Rotten Kid Theorem paper, and the “Pay Not to Go to the Gym” paper.

Sign up for the insider newsletter for exclusive updates and book recommendations.

Music is by Podington Bear, BitBasic, and Broke for Free.

 

Apr 15, 2018
Gordie Goes to Hell: Turning Disadvantages into Advantages
49:51

“My parents thought they hit the jackpot with me” - Gordie Bufton

There’s a woman who buys a ticket. She gets in a plane, and passes all these little cultures of hills and cars and highways, and then - 2,000 miles later - realizes that the man whom she gave birth to and bought diapers in bulk for, is actually a complete shit show. On this episode, we talk about the shit show, and dive into a question that’s older than Nietzsche himself: can disadvantages be turned into advantages? Is that completely wrong? And if it’s true, why does the research give a different picture?

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is hosted, written, and produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Episode was co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, Justine Brumm, Justin Sheppard, and Mary Moran.

Special thanks to Gordie Bufton, Lisa Moore, and Mark Seery.

To sign up for the newsletter (and for more on this episode), go to mohnish.net

Music is by Podington Bear.

Dec 10, 2017
The Revisionist Strikes Back
21:41

I'm in a bar, and I tell Kevin a story about an African village. But the story I tell is the lovely, made-for-television version of what happened.

The real story is worse. Much worse. 

On this episode, we uncover the secret of sharp thinkers.

 

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Moonwalk is hosted, written, and produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Episode was co-hosted and co-written by Kevin Sanji. Feedback by Jarrod Sport and Justine Brumm.

A special thanks to Christian Hempelmann. A quick note: No podcast next month. I’ll be traveling for 40 days, and we have some great material cued up. We’re off next month, but can’t wait to get back on the horse.

Special thanks to Christain Hempelmann - his paper.

Go to moonwalkpodcast.com and sign up for the email list. 

Music is by Podington Bear.

 

 

Jul 28, 2017
The Dog Who Had a Seizure / The Hidden Side of Your First Impression
34:25

There's a hidden side to your first impression that you forgot.

It's the secret that you forget - routinely - everyday when you slip on your carefully chosen off-color khakis, you spritz on your favorite cologne, and you spill orange soda all over your face. 

Now, it's time to remember. 

 

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Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. Editing direction was by Jarrod Sport and Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear.

Special thanks to Eliza, Mario, and Sam! Eliza is a WNYC Producer over at The Takeaway and Freakonomics Radio

Go to moonwalkpodcast.com for more, and sign up for the email list for exclusive updates. They are awesome. 

Jun 29, 2017
Post Grad Blues / Fill the Hole in Your Soul with Learning
29:09

"...And then the dread sets in - that immeasurable depression and blackness of your future that you have no bearing of what it's going to hold" - Devyn Tammons

 

After you do the song and dance, put on the goofy outfit, and grab your diploma cover - graduation's over.

But then the void hits. You have too much time. Boredom sets in. That excitement you had - it's gone. You start asking what the meaning of life is, and negotiate whether or not you can find it between the melted cheese of a ham sandwich.

You are losing your mind.

But, thankfully - as you spiral into a deep and deafening madness - there is something you can do. 

On this episode, we talk about that something, how to do it, and why it's so, so important. 

 

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Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji.  Feedback is by Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear.

Special thanks to Devyn Tammons and Alec! 

New essays can be found at mohnish.net

For more episodes, go to moonwalkpodcast.com

Jun 01, 2017
Playing God / Bending the Mind
55:48

"And they say the exact same thing. They say, 'there's no way this is real...this can't be real', even though we're here and we're living it" 

- Finn

If you talked to other people, they’d say they made friends with the wrong person. That they did something they shouldn’t have. That, if given the chance, they should take it back, retrace their steps, and stop what they did.

But they wouldn’t say that.

We sit down with them - and a psychological anthropologist - to figure out why, and what it says about the human mind. 

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The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji. This episode was edited by Jarrod Sport and Kevin Sanji. Feedback is by Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear.

Special thanks to Jonce and Finn. Huge thanks to T.M. Luhrmann.

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

New essays can be found at mohnish.net

 

May 04, 2017
An Update!
01:38

This isn't a episode of Moonwalk. If you're on the email list, you already got this update.

But if not - well then - here's the update:

- The first is a big change: we're now releasing one podcast a month, and I'm releasing one written piece a month. In total, that's two pieces of content, but instead of both of them being podcasts, one of them will be written.

- This gives us more time for better stories, better science, and better productions (content that can rival the best in the business)

- This is a good strategy to save my sanity. 

- Also, writing is awesome, and I'm excited to get back into it. 

Get psyched every other Tuesday night (or, for people who love sleep, Wednesday morning). And of course, thanks for listening. We're pumped. 

Find the essays and new content all at www.mohnish.net and www.moonwalkpodcast.com

Apr 19, 2017
Love at First Hundredth Sight / A Counterintuitive Approach to Learning
22:31

"Mohnish is about to lose his mind" - Kevin Sanji

Per Se is the 3rd most expensive restaurant in the world. Marisa Negro - a pastry chef - works at the 3-star Michelin restaurant (12 hour days are a minimum). 

Ever since she could remember, she loved cooking.

But when she was 19, she fell in love. And - surprisingly - that story is much different than what happened with cooking. Weirder still, it brings us to something else: the secret to falling in love with learning.

On this episode, we cover:

- How to fall in love with learning a skill 

- Are you born to be good?

- The counterintuitive secret to rapid skill acquisition

- How did Marisa first fall in love?

And more, all on this episode. 

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and this episode was edited by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear and Eter Dub.

Special thanks to Marisa, Airis and Lucas. Check out Airis' site here. Lucas Sin runs Junzi Kitchen

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

 

 

 

Apr 05, 2017
The Church of Mise en Place / Organize Your Life Like a Chef
17:59

"I don't know how to describe it...it was a traumatic experience" - Airis Johnson

There's a church, right in the culinary underbelly, that no one knows about. It makes you work faster, work easier, and work better. It has no God, and it's followers wear chef whites, dice onions, and produce culinary experiences that would you make your grandfather's face explode right off. 

We wanted to know more - so, we got a few chefs who've worked at Michelin star restaurants to talk: 

- What is Mise en Place? 

- What are the basics of organization?

- How do you prep your day-to-day?

- When you have no time, everything's on fire, and you have no idea what to do - what do you do? 

And more all on this episode. 

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and this episode was edited by Jarrod Sport and Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear

Feedback is by Justine Brumm.

Special thanks to Kevin MacLeod for "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and Kenzie Vaness, for the clip "Cooking in the Kitchen"

Special thanks to Airis and Sandy. Check out Airis' site here, and Sandy's The Kosher Tomato here. Lucas Sin runs Junzi Kitchen.

Special thanks to Dan Charnas for his book Work Clean, which inspired this piece.

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

 

Mar 15, 2017
Death by a Thousand Distractions / Your Mind is Slipping
31:40

"I heard this story of this guy, and he was rushed to the emergency room because he was having heart palpitations...because he was watching too much porn"

- greyrocks1 

Your mind is slipping. We've been conditioned to check our phones every 20 minutes, grapple with an inability to read essays longer than two paragraphs, and then scroll through our Twitter feeds at 2AM in the morning while crying softly in our sleep. 

But on the internet, there's people who are fighting back.

So, a few days ago I reached out. I waited, waited, and then - two usernames responded: thunderbolt-zhu and greyrocks1.

I have no idea who they are. But they said they wanted to talk. 

On this episode, we cover:

- Who is thunderbolt-zhu and greyrocks1?

- Why our minds are slipping, and how we can stop it

- The real cognitive consequences of the internet, our phones, and technology

- Why was the man in the retail store bleeding? 

- Strategies to rebuild your attention and focus 

And more, all on this episode. 

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and this episode was edited by Jarrod Sport and Justine Brumm.

Music is by Podington Bear

Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm.

Special thanks to Nick and Conrad. Check out nosurf and check out their blog, Kaizenhabits.

Special thanks to my sister, Vysali, and a huge thanks to the researchers who helped bring the science alive. Thanks to Cal Newport for his book, Deep Work

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

 

Feb 22, 2017
From Hawaii with Love / I'm Afraid of Showing Interest
56:49

"No - No. What the fuck is up with the texts?" - Karen Lee Poter

On December 24th, we got an email: 

"I'm very attractive in certain social groups, but I'm afraid of showing interest. I'm afraid of coming off as a creeper. On the bright side, I'm seen as very safe ;}"

For this Q&A, we sit down with Karen Lee Poter and use everything in our toolbox from evolutionary psychology to Kevin's love life, to solve this guy's crisis. 

A throwback to our earlier seasons, we strip away the bells and whistles, and cover:

- How to effectively show romantic interest in someone, without coming off as the weirdest person on the planet

- How to build confidence and - if you can swing it - meta-confidence

- How to ask someone out, if you're terrified of doing so 

- The crucial difference between narrowcasting and broadcasting

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and edited by Jarrod Sport. 

Music is by Podington Bear

Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm.

Our main guest is Karen Lee Poter - listen to her podcast, Sex Talk With My Mom, and you can find her at the Karen Lee Poter Show.

Special thanks to Alec, Jenn, and Mohi. Big thanks to the anonymous Aladdin.

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

 

Feb 08, 2017
Camento / Searching for Self-Awareness
29:30

"It's sort of like someone else is doing an autopsy on your dead body, but you're looking at it through a TV screen and you're completely confused what's going on." - Mohnish Soundararajan

Imagine a grand experiment. Two men set foot to reconstruct your past - as accurately as they can. They talked to everyone you've ever cared for, looked at, talked to, yelled at, peed on, and washed a dish for.

But the story keeps changing. And in the process, they shatter everything you ever knew about your memory, your self-awareness, and - lucky you - your sense of self.

And what if - we actually did this.

Featuring special guest Cam Poter, this episode deconstructs not just Cam's narrative identity, but the search for self-awareness, and covers:

- The most technically challenging and time-consuming podcast we've ever done

- Specific, actionable steps to get a better sense of self-awareness, so you don't take the one, precious life your parents paid so much money for and absolutely screw it up 

- The differences in memory between a diverse, dynamic social circle, and yourself

- How we piece together our narrative past - and how wrong we get it

And more, all on this episode. 

 

The Facts

Moonwalk is produced and hosted by Mohnish Soundararajan. It's co-hosted by Kevin Sanji, and edited by Jarrod Sport. 

Music is by Podington Bear

Feedback is by Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm.

Our main guest is Cameron Poter - listen to his podcast, Sex Talk With My Mom.

Special thanks to Scott Breen - if you want to learn about sustainability, check out his podcast Sustainability Defined. Also, you can find special guest Karen Lee Poter on Youtube at the Karen Lee Poter Show.

Special thanks to Jeremy Poter, David Goese, and Leesa Hapsel.

You can find more research and fun stuff at moonwalkpodcast.com

 

 

 

Jan 25, 2017
Introducing Moonwalk
02:19

It's not just a new season or a new episode - we're getting a new name. And this time, we're not messing around. 

Unless we're messing around. Then, technically, I guess we'd be messing around.

Moonwalk premieres January 24th, 2017.

Produced by Mohnish Soundararajan. Music is by Podington Bear

 

Jan 12, 2017
Burning Hot and Fast at 22 / Untangling Your Career (Season 3, Episode 5)
42:23

"People are really looking for reasons to say no, Mohnish. That's the thing." - Ted Gonder

 Mohnish has done well for himself. Thanks to his mother's credit card, he hasn't managed to die of starvation. He's worked with interesting authors, fast-paced startups, and - most importantly - he has a girlfriend. 

But if he stops there - he's screwed. 

As of January 1st, 2017, he doesn't have a job. He's a full-time student - so he doesn't need one. But in 6 months, that'll change.

And when you're 22, and time is running out - how do you answer the hardest question: what do I do with the rest of my life? More to the point: is that even the right question to ask? 

On this episode, special guests Josh Indig (AI research and serial entrepreneur) and Ted Gonder (Moneythink, Obama's Advisory Council) share their insights to wrestle, untangle, and reframe why careers (as well as their own) are just so incredibly tricky.

On this episode, we cover:

- If you're 22 and have no skills, what should you do? 

- How badly will Ted roast Mohnish on the phone? 

- Instead of asking "what should I do with my life?", what should you do instead?

- Will Josh start an AI overthrow and doom humanity? (Short answer: No)

And more, all on this episode. 

P.S. For research and book recommendations, go to realtalkstudio.com.

 

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Production Team and Special Credits:

Host and Producer: Mohnish Soundararajan

Special Guests: Ted Gonder and Josh Indig

Feedback: Jarrod Sport and Josh Indig

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

Movie Clips: The Social Network (2010), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 04, 2017
Q&A: How Do I Know If I Have The Right Group of Friends?
11:56

Note: This December, we're taking a bit of a break. It's Christmas, we want to see our family's faces, and hey - we need some time to recharge and reorient the direction of this podcast. 

Here's a short, rough episode - we'll be back to regular programming soon.

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Finding the right friends is harder than trying to ice skate in the Olympics blindfolded. 

But - the key word is "right". Because anyone can make friends. You can go out on the street, meet a store clerk, and become friends in 30 seconds. The key is: are the friends you have, even the right ones for you? 

On this episode, we cover one thing: How do you know if the friends you have are ones you should keep? (And, should or should you not get new ones?)

For more, go to www.realtalkstudio.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 21, 2016
Q & A: How Do I Know If I Have The Right Group of Friends?

Note: This December, we're taking a bit of a break. It's Christmas, we want to see our family's faces, and hey - we need some time to recharge and reorient the direction of this podcast. 

Here's a short, rough episode - we'll be back to regular programming soon.

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Finding the right friends is harder than trying to ice skate in the Olympics blindfolded. 

But - the key word is "right". Because anyone can make friends. You can go out on the street, meet a store clerk, and become friends in 30 seconds. The key is: are the friends you have, even the right ones for you? 

On this episode, we cover one thing: How do you know if the friends you have are ones you should keep? (And, should or should you not get new ones?)

For more, go to www.realtalkstudio.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 21, 2016
Inside High School / A Bonus Audio Essay
11:22

"We all have stories that we tell ourselves about what our lives are - and those stories are always wrong" - Shawn Coyle

Going to high school is kind of like cutting an onion: you have to do it, but you're probably going to cry.

In this audio essay, I talk about why that's true.

Before we get to that though, here's the deal: We're off this week and we'll return to regular programming in 2 weeks. The bright side: this is a bonus episode. It's rough and it's a bit of an experiment...but I think you'll dig the change of pace.

(If you're new to the podcast, don't start here, but if you're a fan, stick around.)

The piece that I read in this episode, I wrote 2 years ago (so, basically 10,000 years ago). Here's what's covered:

- What was high school really like for most people? 

- What is the emotional reality of high school?

- Defining the bullshit: the status, fake work, fake friends, and the stories we believed about ourselves when we were 16 and incredibly stupid

- A story about me, a car, and concrete, and why it mattered

For more, go to realtalkstudio.com.

Dec 07, 2016
Inside High School / A Bonus Audio Essay

"We all have stories that we tell ourselves about what our lives are - and those stories are always wrong" - Shawn Coyle

Going to high school is kind of like cutting an onion: you have to do it, but you're probably going to cry.

In this audio essay, I talk about why that's true.

Before we get to that though, here's the deal: We're off this week and we'll return to regular programming in 2 weeks. The bright side: this is a bonus episode. It's rough and it's a bit of an experiment...but I think you'll dig the change of pace.

(If you're new to the podcast, don't start here, but if you're a fan, stick around.)

The piece that I read in this episode, I wrote 2 years ago (so, basically 10,000 years ago). Here's what's covered:

- What was high school really like for most people? 

- What is the emotional reality of high school?

- Defining the bullshit: the status, fake work, fake friends, and the stories we believed about ourselves when we were 16 and incredibly stupid

- A story about me, a car, and concrete, and why it mattered

For more, go to realtalkstudio.com.

Dec 07, 2016
Inside High School - A Bonus Audio Essay

"We all have stories that we tell ourselves about what our lives are - and those stories are always wrong" - Shawn Coyle

Going to high school is kind of like cutting an onion: you have to do it, but you're probably going to cry.

In this audio essay, I talk about why that's true.

Before we get to that though, here's the deal: We're off this week and we'll return to regular programming in 2 weeks. The bright side: this is a bonus episode. It's rough and it's a bit of an experiment...but I think you'll dig the change of pace.

(If you're new to the podcast, don't start here, but if you're a fan, stick around.)

The piece that I read in this episode, I wrote 2 years ago (so, basically 10,000 years ago). Here's what's covered:

- What was high school really like for most people? 

- What is the emotional reality of high school?

- Defining the bullshit: the status, fake work, fake friends, and the stories we believed about ourselves when we were 16 and incredibly stupid

- A story about me, a car, and concrete, and why it mattered

For more, go to realtalkstudio.com.

Dec 07, 2016
The Danger Zone / How Top Gun Can Reinvent Your Career (Season 3, Episode 4)
26:07

"Once you pull that handle....there's no turning back" - Dave "Bio" Baranek 

In 1969, the United States established an elite school for the top one percent of it's pilots. The Navy calls it Fighter Weapons school. The flyers?

They call it Top Gun. And if you don't know what Top Gun is, know that Tom Cruise just called, and he wants me to tell you he's extremely disappointed.

But, here's the point: by extrapolating strategies from Top Gun, you can become amazing at what you do. And - it's backed up by research. On this episode, the guys and special guest Dave "Bio" Baranek (Top Gun Instructor, RIO, and author) cover:

- Whether you're an engineer, a doctor, a computer scientist, a lawyer, a marketer, or an entrepreneur - how do you break the sound barrier in your own career and blow past your peers? 

- What's it like to meet Tom Cruise? 

- Is it fun to crash in an F-14 and get waterboarded? (Hint: No.)

- Technically speaking, can you get on the highway to the danger zone?  

For more on this episode, go to realtalkstudio.com.

P.S. Sign up for our email list and get your mind blown every other Tuesday. 

 

Production and Special Credits

Dave "Bio" Baranek - Special Guest, Photo Credit (Check out his book!) 

Mohnish Soundararajan - Host, Producer, Editor, Sound Design, Research

Jarrod Sport - Producer, Editor, Research, Feedback

Kevin Sanji - Co-Host 

Electric Mantis - Intro Music

Justine Brumm - Feedback

Movie Clips are from the film "Top Gun (1986)" 

Important Influences - Anders Ericsson, Cal Newport

 

Nov 23, 2016
The Most Interesting Woman in the World / Being Remarkable (Season 3, Episode 3)
36:59

"Some people go to sleep and have God appear in their dreams. I just looked her up" - Sudev Namboodiri

Remarkable.

If you didn't pass 5th grade, you have no idea what that word means.

But, when something's remarkable - you know it when you see it. On this episode, we talk to the founders of a fake religion and then, one of TIME's People of the Year to uncover how to transform your working life by being remarkable. Plus:

- How do you become the most interesting woman in the world?

- What happens when you meet strangers on the internet?

- What are the inner-mechanics of being remarkable and how can you use them to your advantage? 

- How do you build the foundation for a deep, focused career?

- What happened to Pardis Sabeti in 2015 that really, really sucked?

For more material on this episode, go to realtalkstudio.com.

P.S. Sign up for the email list here. 

 

Production and Special Credits

Special Guests: Pardis Sabeti, Sudev, Amanda, and Paca

Host, Producer, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Kevin Sanji and Justine Brumm

Special Music: "Turkana Boy" by Thousand Days

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

 

Nov 09, 2016
How to Break Into the White House / Engineer Your Own Luck (Season 3, Episode 2)
23:20

"We can curse all we want, but this is the most explicit thing that's ever been said on our podcast" - Mohnish Soundararajan, to Ted Gonder

While your friend Jen is working at the White House, you're on the couch eating Ramen at 4 o' clock in the morning and you can barely feel your face. Jen - you figure - must be lucky. 

But what if you could reverse engineer the moments that would come to define you? And what if you could break into the White House while doing it? The guys cover: 

- The weirdest thing about 5 Silicon Valley billionaires. 

- Is it possible to go from unlucky to lucky? 

- How do you engineer random chance in your life? Is it even possible? 

- What is "bulk, positive, randomness"? 

For more on this episode, go to www.realtalkstudio.com. 

P.S. Become an Insider, get on the email list, and get your questions answered. Seriously - any question. 

 

Production and Special Credits

Host, Research, Production, Sound Design, Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host and Editing: Kevin Sanji 

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, Justine Brumm, Vysali Soundararajan

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

 

Oct 26, 2016
The Gloomy Prospect / The Hidden Sources of Bad Behavior (Season 3, Episode 1)
28:06

"You see this cute little vial here? It's crack - rock cocaine - the most addictive form. You think it's the glamor drug of the 80's? Well, that's the point of this friendly little reminder. It can kill you."

- Clint Eastwood

 

Humans are bad. We're ridiculous. And we act in complex ways that I honestly have no idea how to describe. From Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign to the reality of teaching low-income students, we figure out: Why is changing and understanding human behavior so hard? To boot: What's the best way to change human behavior in a hopeless situation? We cover:

- Did the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign work?

- What are the hidden sources of bad behavior?

- How does complex, emergent behavior work?

- What is the Gloomy Prospect?

- Why is the learning-to-see model so effective at causing good behaviors?

And more, all on this episode. For more, go to realtalkstudio.com

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Production and Credits

Host, Research, Sound Design, Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

Special Thanks: Eric Turkheimer, for the idea of "The Gloomy Prospect"

 

Oct 12, 2016
Season 3 Teaser
01:20

"Do you know what it's like to be a Top Gun pilot? What about a violin player?" - Mohnish Soundararajan, Host

Season 3 is coming soon - the wait ends October 11th.

We'll be releasing twice a month (so that's every other Tuesday) in exchange for more people, better stories, better research, better production, and stupider jokes.

It's about to get nutty. See you in 2 weeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 27, 2016
Can Hard Work and Experience Make You Worse? or Steve Faloon's Memory #28
31:59

"That's a whole 'nother chips n' guac" - Kevin Sanji, co-host

Hard work and experience can make you worse at what you do. This sounds absolutely bat-nut insane and it sounds wrong - but it's not. I'll take you back to the 70's, the early 1900's, and back to the present to a modern-day Japanese pushup champion to uncover why we get worse with hard work and experience (and, of course, what to do instead). In this episode, we cover: 

- Why Steve Faloon's short-term memory mattered

- The nature of hard work and experience over a long period of time

- How to become an expert at what you do 

- The key to expert performance - at anything

Huge thanks to Anders Ericsson's book Peak - which inspired this. For more info, go to www.realtalkstudio.com.  

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Production and Credits

Host, Producer, Sound Design, and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Huge thanks to Ander Ericsson and Robert Pool for all the research covered in Peak

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, Justine Brumm 

Intro Music: Electric Mantis 

Attribution: Victor 78rpm Album M-399. (013663 - 013670). Recorded July 6-7, 1933. Alfred Cortot's Chopin, Ballad No. 1 in G Minor, Op 23

Sep 20, 2016
Be a Better Storyteller, or The Pizza Man #27
41:33

"Keep the doors locked. Don't go outside. Keep the windows shut. Just be a little bit cautious - we'll have a squad car patrolling the area all night. We'll try to make contact with Pizzaland and see if we can get some information on this guy" 

- Woman, to Kevin Sanji 

You don't want to tell bad stories because telling bad stories makes you feel bad ("Brad, I'm finally encountering the idea that loneliness is my only end-goal"). So here's what's going to happen next: We're going to get Kevin to tell a story about a pizza delivery gone wrong. And then we're going to break the story down step-by-step, uncover the mechanics of storytelling, and get you telling better stories. We cover:

- What happened after Kevin ordered pizza? 

- Who is the "Pizza Man"? 

- Why does the order of events matter?

- A simple process (using observation and deliberate practice) to improve your storytelling performance

If you want to go deeper than the podcast, go to realtalkstudio.com. 

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Production and Credits

Special Guest: Kevin Sanji

Host, Producer, Research, Sound Design, Editing: Mohnish Soundararjan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji 

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm, Kevin Sanji 

Intro Music: Electric Mantis 

 

 

 

 

Sep 13, 2016
Why Are We Obsessed with Snapchat? or Confessions of a Snapchat Celebrity (with Virginia Salas Kastilio!) #26
27:40

"I wish these photos I was sending this girl would just disappear" - Reggie Brown, ousted Snapchat co-founder

Everyone is losing their minds. Flat out - we're obsessed with Snapchat. But why? Why do we use it the way we use it? And why did our special guest used to receive 20 - 30 "below-the-belt" pics a day from random strangers? Well - ladies, gents - we've got answers. Special guest Virginia Salas Kastilio and the guys cover:

- The reality of becoming a Snapchat celebrity

- Why are we obsessed with Snapchat?

- The evolutionary and social underpinnings of why we use Snapchat

- How does Kevin use Snapchat?

- Also: how much ridiculous, dramatic music can Mohnish get away with? 

And more, all on this episode. Want to go deeper than the podcast? More books, articles, and research here. 

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Who is Virginia Salas Kastilio?

- Virginia really blew me away with how fun it was to talk to her. She's got a t-shirt brand which is based in an interesting idea: you see someone wearing the shirt, you give them a hug. Here's the link. 

- She's the founder and CEO of the very first (not kidding) Snapchat consulting agency. If you want to grow a product launch, your business, or any other pet project, and you think Snapchat can help you get there, she's actually the best in the biz. 

- We also alluded to Virginia's fame. Here's her username: ginicanbreathe. Add her! 

 

Production and Credits

Special Guest: Virginia Salas Kastilio 

Host, Producer, Editor, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host, Editor: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

 

Sep 06, 2016
How to Change Someone's Mind, or The Boxing Gloves #25
38:35

"We're not designed to know how little we know" - Daniel Kahneman 

Imagine you made a bet. You get a car, a jet plane, and a pet tiger if you win. And all you have to do is convince your mother that global warming is real. Could you do it?

If you want to change someone's mind about anything, we've got 5 guidelines on exactly how to do it. It's non-obvious, it's counter-intuitive, but it works. We cover:

- How to change someone's mind about anything (including getting them to marry you)

- The importance of intellectual honesty

- How dangerous is drunk walking?

- Why social media feels like a battleground

- How to have a hard conversation with anyone, and do it like a pro

And more, all on this episode. More research and fun stuff (if you want to go deeper) at realtalkstudio.com. 

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Production and Credits

Host, Producer, Research, Editor, Sound Design: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Special Cameo: Vysali Soundararajan

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Vysali Soundararjan, Kevin Sanji, Justine Brumm

Inspiration: Think Like A Freak, by Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Sound Effect Attribution: Boxing Bell by Benboncan

Intro and Outro Music: Electric Mantis 

 

Aug 30, 2016
Why We Don't Stick to Our Workouts, or The Fitness Expert #24
32:17

"Make sure you stay thin...because that's what the boys want" - Armi Legge

Sticking to your workouts, day in and day out, is almost as easy as entering an intergalactic wormhole that bends and transcends the physics of time and space. Most of absolutely suck at it so hard that it would make your ancestors, relatives, and next door neighbors cry and publically disown you. On this episode, Armi tells a secret, and we talk about:

- How to stick to a workout routine, forever 

- How battling with an eating disorder changed the way Armi looked at science

- The counterintuitive flip that changed Armi's fitness approach

- Why everyone is wrong. Except Armi. 

- The science of adherence, implementation intentions, the hot and cold effect, and more

- How to use the habit loop to your advantage

Plus, dig into additional research, books, and more fun stuff at realtalkstudio.com

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Production and Special Credits

Special Guest: Armi Legge

Host, Producer, Research, Editor, and Sound Design: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Justine Brumm and Kevin Sanji

Clips: Complete Human Performance

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

 

Aug 24, 2016
Better at Dating (with Joe Antenucci!), or The Helping Joe Experiment #23
48:13

"If I was more emotionally vulnerable, I would probably cry right now" - Joe Antenucci 

When it comes to dating, most of us have no idea what the hell we're doing. But one guy decided to try something different. And in the process, he didn't just reinvent his dating life - he changed the romantic lives of thousands of guys across the country. The truth is - it's not what you think and it's not what you expect. Special guest Joe Antenucci sits down with the guys and cover:

- The specific process Joe used to exponentially improve his dating life (with the help of a few guys)

- How to recreate a derivative of that process for yourself (and be a normal human being)

- An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at "Helping Joe" 

- How long should you wait to text back? 

- What is deliberate practice? What's a mating market? 

For more fun stuff, including additional research used in the show, go to realtalkstudio.com

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Production Team and Credits

Special Guest: Joe Antenucci

Host, Producer, Editor, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Feedback: Jarrod Sport, Nathan Lieberman, Justine Brumm, Vysali Soundararajan, Kevin Sanji 

Intro Music: Electric Mantis 

Clips: (Special thanks to Joe Antenucci for letting us use clips from 'Helping Joe'!) Episode 7 of 'Helping Joe', Episode 31 of 'Helping Joe'.

Aug 16, 2016
Living with Your Friends, Reimagined (with Al Jeffery!), or The Roseto Mystery #22
31:21

"Have you ever fallen in love with anybody you've lived with, Al?" - Mohnish Soundararajan, Host 

In America, it goes: you live with your parents, you live with your roommates, you live with your spouse, and then you die. Al Jeffery is trying to change that. In this episode, the guys cover how to live with your friends, how to find them in the first place, plus:

- What specific steps do you need to take to find a social circle (a tribe, if you will) that fits who you are?   

- What happened to the mysterious town of Roseto?

- How do you make the transition from living by yourself in LA and crying into your Chinese takeout, to coliving with a thriving community of 100+ people?  

- What's an effective tactic to make sure your roommates don't want to punch you in the face or, how do you get 'Roommate Resentment Insurance'?

- Why should you rethink the way you're living? 

For more material on this episode, including research, go to realtalkstudio.com

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Who is Al Jeffery?

Now (next to starting a coliving space in Australia), he's an author. If you dug what he had to say, he has a book coming out called Modern Tribe (the cover is beautiful) but he needs your help: He needs to get a specific amount of preorders before he can publish his book. To check out the book, click here.

 

Production Team and Credits

Special Guest: Al Jeffery

Host, Producer, Editor, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan 

Co-Host and Feedback: Kevin Sanji 

Music: Electric Mantis 

Aug 09, 2016
Saving Thousands on Air Travel (with Tim van der Lee!), or Confessions of a Travel Hacker #21
25:35

"There's a guy, a couple years ago....he actually got sued by United because the airlines really didn't like this..." - Tim van der Lee

Here's Tim. He's like the guy from Taken - he's got a very specific set of skills that make him a nightmare for airlines. If you're 20, you've got pennies to fly on. But, if you game the system, saving thousands on airline tickets is easier than you think. On this episode, special guest Tim van der Lee and Mohnish cover:

- How to save thousands on flights, for novices

- An easy, actionable framework Tim uses to travel for pennies on the dollar

- How does Mohnish know Tim and why is it ridiculous?

- The economics behind price discrimination and why the same person traveling next to you paid a thousand dollars more for the same seat

- Advanced ways to save on flights that can get you sued by the entire legal representation of United Airlines

- Why is finance so boring?

For more material on this episode, check out realtalkstudio.com

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Production Team and Credits

Special Guest: Tim van der Lee

Host, Producer, Sound Design, Editor, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Content Feedback: Justine Brumm

Music: Electric Mantis 

Aug 02, 2016
How to Travel the World Dangerously (with Andrea Wien!) or The Aleppo Pepper #20
31:09

"Not all those who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien

Airline tickets. Sights. Sounds. Instagram posts with way too many likes. This can be your life - special guest Andrea Wien (host, author, business-lady, and wine drinker) shows us how, plus covers:  

- How do you travel effectively? 

- How do you travel when you're shit-house broke? Where do you stay? When do you buy airline tickets? 

- If you're a guy, and all your guy friends rent a cabin in the woods, should you make out with them? 

- Why are some world travelers unhappy? 

- How do you calibrate between a safe trip and a dangerous trip? 

For more material on this episode, including research, go to realtalkstudio.com

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Who is Andrea Wien?

- She's awesome. She's a host, author, business lady and wine drinker. She's the author of the book "Gap to Great: A Parent's Guide to Gap Year", she's got a podcast (oh yeah!) Gap to Great, and you can find her work here. Highly recommended. 

 

Production Team and Credits

Special Guest: Andrea Wien

Host, Producer, Editor, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji 

Feedback: Vysali Soundararajan

Music: Electric Mantis

Jul 26, 2016
Outthinking Stress (with Caroline Beaton!), or Into the Jungle #19
31:51

"I thought you were going to tell me to go with Mohnish in my closet and shine a flashlight at him"

- Kevin Sanji, co-host

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Thousands of years ago, people stressed out about wild animals attacking them. Today, you're not being attacked by wild animals unless you work for Discovery channel. On this very, very, very special episode (you'll see what I mean), special guest Caroline Beaton (award-winning researcher and writer at Forbes), Mohnish, and Kevin cover: 

- How can you outthink stress and make it your friend? 

- Why is stress evolutionarily programmed into us?

- How do you stress less? 

- What's the one pill with only good side effects you should take everyday? 

For more material on this episode, go to realtalkstudio.com

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Who's Caroline Beaton?

- She's awesome and you should absolutely check out her stuff - well informed, researched backed, and she knows what she's talking about. She writes on millennials, psychology, purpose, and modern work. For more, check out her site here. 

 

The Facts

- Thanks for Kelly McGonigal for her book The Upside of Stress (with all the great research) and her wonderful TED talk which informed the big ideas in this piece.

- Special thanks to Caroline Beaton for the extra research, which was unexpected and wonderful.

- Thanks to Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D for the pill metaphor in The Happiness Hypothesis.

 

Production Team and Credits

Special Guest: Caroline Beaton

Host, Producer, Sound Design, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji 

Feedback: Vysali Soundararajan, Kevin Sanji

Music: Electric Mantis 

 

Jul 19, 2016
Brothers and Sisters 101 (with Vysali Soundararajan!), or Spider-Man 3 #18
36:33

"Our spouses and children arrive comparatively late in our lives; our parents leave us too early. “Our brothers and sisters,” says family sociologist Katherine Conger of the University of California, Davis, “are with us for the whole journey.”
- Jeffrey Kluger

Contrary to popular belief, you can have a sibling and not want to punch them in the face, at the same time. On this very special episode, Mohnish and his sister Vysali deconstruct how to have good sibling relationship and cover:

- The basics: how do you have a good relationship with your brother or sister?

- What percentage of sibling relationships are unfixable?

- Why did Mohnish's sister smoke him like a salmon?

- Why are sibling relationships so valuable (and how do they affect you)?

For more material on this episode including additional research, books, cover artwork and more fun stuff, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

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Production - Special Thanks and Credits

Special Guest and Content Ideation: Vysali Soundararjan

Host, Producer, Editor, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Music: Electric Mantis

Jul 12, 2016
Rethinking How to Build Confidence, or Paid Assassin #17
42:25

“Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you.”
- Larry Kersten

Everyone - from your grandmother that you never call because she lit the house on fire, to your next door neighbor - wants to be confident. But what does the research say? Mohnish and Kevin dive into how exactly to build real, long-term confidence and cover:

 - Is "Fake It Till You Make It" a good strategy?

- Why is low confidence a good thing?

- Why is "not thinking about building confidence" actually the way in which you build confidence? (hint: it's not what you think)

- What's the one thing about building confidence that no one seems to talk about?

For more material on this episode, including links to relevant research and more fun stuff, check out realtalkstudio.com.

P.S. You should sign up for our email list (Insider). It's awesome. 

Production Credits and Special Thanks

Host, Producer, Editor, Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji 

Special Effects: Angels Singing Anthem Sound Effect

Music: Electric Mantis

 

Jul 05, 2016
#16 John Lennon, or Making Your Relationship Work (with Cam Poter!)
48:26

Season Two, Episode #16

"Attachments and relationships can bring us pain: as a character in Jean-Paul Sarte’s play No Exit said, “Hell is other people.”

But so is heaven."

- Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis

Being in a relationship takes work. Plus, love (cue the saxophones) can make Operation Relationship get a little complicated. But what does the science say? On this episode, special guest Cam Poter returns with Mohnish and Kevin and cover:

- How do you keep a relationship alive, strong, and on the right track without screwing it up?

- Is there a right time for love?

- What's the big danger point for couples where many are prone to break up - but shouldn't?

- Is "true love forever" biologically impossible? (hint: yes)

- Why do arranged marriages have just as good, if not better, marital satisfaction than love marriages?

And more, all on this episode. Sign up for our email list - it helps us help you better, plus, get free swag (like all the notes from Season One).

 

Production Team - Credits and Special Thanks

Special Guest: Cam Poter

Host, Producer, Audio Mixing, Editing, and Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm, and Kevin Sanji 

Random Saxophone: MusicByPedro, Solo Sax 1

Music: Electric Mantis

Jun 28, 2016
#15 World of Witchcraft, or How Do Video Games Affect You? (with Devyn Tammons!)
33:39

Season Two, Episode #15

"I'd like to play a video game where you help the people who were shot in all the other video games. It'd be called 'Really Busy Hospital.”
- Demetri Martin

From playing Mario Kart to hearing that Jimmy from down the street went missing for 72 hours because he was in his basement playing World of Warcraft, video games are nuts. But are they good? Are they bad? And what's the science say? On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and special guest Devyn Tammons cover:


- What are the benefits of video games?

- Are all video game players socially isolated, lonely, and want to punch themselves in the face due to sadness? (short answer: no)

- According to the research, do video games cause aggression?

- How can playing video games screw with your emotional life?

For more bonus material on this episode, go to www.realtalkstudio.com

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Production Team - Credits and Special Thanks

Special Guest: Devyn Tammons

Host, Producer, Audio Mixing, Editing, and Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm, and Kevin Sanji 

Music: Electric Mantis

 

 

 

Jun 21, 2016
#14 Repeated Exposure, or How Do I Make Friends in a New City?
33:10

Season Two Premiere, Episode #14

You're in a new city. You have no idea who anybody is. You're in your apartment shower crying (naked) while eating a soggy burrito because you're lonely. Truth is, you need some friends. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and (mostly) Armi talk about how to get them, and cover:

- Why is making friends so hard when you're in a city with thousands of people around you?

- Is traveling around the world a bad idea?

- Why are Mohnish and Kevin absolutely screwed after they leave college?

- Step-by-step: how do you make friends in a place where you have none?

Check out more material on this episode here.

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Production Team - Credits and Special Thanks

Host, Producer, Audio Mixing, Editing, and Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm, and Kevin Sanji 

Music: Electric Mantis

Movie Clip: Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Jun 14, 2016
Season Two Trailer
03:39

Higher production. Better music. More people. More segments. Once a week. Better quality.

Season Two - next Tuesday. Mark your calendars.

More material at www.realtalkstudio.com

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Music: CJ Beats

 

Jun 07, 2016
Making Season One
41:19

If you literally have no idea what this podcast is, don't start here (try previous episodes first). But if you've stuck with us (whether for one episode or the whole season), here's a behind the scenes look at the making of Season One. If you've ever wanted to make a podcast or are just curious, this is the insider look at what it takes to put this ridiculous contraption together.

(Plus you get to hear what my mom thinks of this whole operation.)

Note: Season One is done. But more than anything, we're grateful. Grateful that people like you (whether you're an old friend who reviewed the podcast or a total stranger that spread it along the way) helped us. 

Thanks for letting us do this. A love of science, research, books, and new knowledge really breathed life into this project from the get-go. When I was a kid, I wish I knew the things I know now and I don't say that in some saccharine Lifetime movie kind of way. It's true. This podcast is our shot at doing this for other people and it's pretty awesome that we get the chance to do it. 

Season Two drops this month and you'll have to wait basically 5 seconds to listen (June 14th, if we don't massively screw up). It's going to be wild, different, and it'll surprise you. Mark your calendars. More stupid jokes about Kevin's lower anatomy coming soon. 

And thanks for letting us do this. We're having fun. 

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Season Two Drops This Month. There's No Big Hiatus. June 14th, 2016.

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Season One Production Credits 

Mohnish Soundararajan, Kevin Sanji, Armi Legge, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm, CJ Beats 

Jun 02, 2016
#13 "9 out of 10", or Decoding Tinder and Bumble
49:01

Season One, Episode #13 - Season Finale 

Downloading Tinder and Bumble is the easy part. We cover the hard part (not that hard part). On the Season Finale, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi talk:

- Why do women and men have vastly different experiences on Tinder, even though it's the same app?

- What's the #1 mistake most guys make with online dating apps?

- Are Tinder and Bumble worth your time? 

- What are Mohnish and Kevin's most ridiculous Tinder lines and did they work? (The short answer: No, no, and no)

Check out more material at www.realtalkstudio.com

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Season Two is Coming, Mark Your Calendars

We'll be producing just once a week (Tuesdays!), but in exchange for that, we're upping the quality, adding more variety and segments, better production, and generally - making it a better podcast. We're excited. Next episode is a Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of Season One, then a Real Talk Season Two Teaser the following week, and then  (*drumroll please*) we'll drop Season Two the following Tuesday. It's going to nuts. 

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Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justine Brumm

Music: CJ Beats

May 31, 2016
#12 Wicked Smaht, or Is Intelligence Important?
40:41

Season One, Episode #12

Stop crying Matt Damon. On this episode, we talk about smarts - book smarts, street smarts, all the smarts. Mohnish, Armi, and Kevin cover:

- Does anyone care about your ACT, SAT or GPA?

- How smart is the high school jock?

- Can you become more intelligent?

- Why is "college = more income" misleading?

For more material on this episode, visit www.realtalkstudio.com

 

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justin Brumm

Movie Clip from Good Will Hunting (1997)

Music: CJ Beats

May 26, 2016
#11 Bugatti Shopping, or How Much Does Money Matter?
28:26

Season One, Episode #11

If you're going to college, are under 25, or you post on Facebook about your diamond-encrusted watch, you're probably broke (or are going to be broke) and think money is going to fill the hole in your soul. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- How much does money actually matter growing up?

- What's it like to eat PB&J's for a week straight because you're so poor?

- How do men and especially women think about money?

- What's the price tag on happiness?

For more material, check out our www.realtalkstudio.com/new-blog/bugattishopping

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, Justin Brumm

Music: CJ Beats

May 25, 2016
#10 Private School, or Why Are Nerds Unpopular?
34:00

Season One, Episode #10

If getting into the club was as easy as showing the bouncer a picture of your extensive comic book collection, the world might be a better place. But it's not happening anytime soon. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- Why are nerds unpopular?

- Are nerds destined to a life of misery and sorrow? (Quick answer: No)

- Why is intelligence prized now more than any other decade?

- What's the distinction between general intelligence and social intelligence?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

P.S. Want to ask us a question and get featured on the podcast? Do it, we double-dog dare you.

 

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

May 19, 2016
#9 Fifty Shades, or Why Are Kids So Mean?
33:36

Season One, Episode #9

Most of us, when we were kids, were the worst human beings imaginable on the face of the planet. But why do kids call each other names like "Butt Pirate"? Why are kids so mean? On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- Why did Kevin tackle someone, Armi get punched in the face, and Mohnish slide across his gym floor during a pickup basketball game?

- What is shit-talking? And how do men and women differ with aggression?

- Does being mean make you more popular?

- How does status, popularity, and dominance-displays explain human behavior?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com/new-blog/fiftyshades

 

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji

Music: CJ Beats

May 17, 2016
#8 Grilled, or Being Yourself (with Laura Coe!)
01:15:18

Season One, Episode #8

Author, podcaster, and former CEO of a multi-million dollar company (which she sold to the Fortune 500) Laura Coe talks about how to be yourself, and it's almost as complicated as heart surgery. In addition to grilling Kevin like a salmon on the episode, Laura, Mohnish, and Kevin cover:

- What's it like to lose all your friends?

- "Be Yourself" is pretty empty advice - so what does it mean and how do you be yourself?

- Why is there a 10 year old on the podcast?

- Should we listen to the rider (our rational sense) or the elephant (our intuitive, "gut" sense)?

- Should Kevin keep his radio job?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com/new-blog/grilled

Special Thanks and Credits

Guest: Laura Coe

Intro: Nathan Coe

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Editing and Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Music: CJ Beats

May 13, 2016
#7 Lebron James, or Reigniting Lost Childhood Dreams
30:13

Season One, Episode #7

We talk about the dreams we gave up and cry about it on the podcast. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- Why are some dreams worth giving up?

- How did Mohnish meet the Blue Power Ranger?

- If "follow your passion" is a flawed approach, what should you do instead? 

- How can you reincorporate what you loved doing as a kid into your daily life and why is "play" so important? 

For more material on this episode, check it out at www.realtalkstudio.com.

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Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji

Music: CJ Beats

May 10, 2016
#6 Unqualified, or What Should I Do the First Week of College?
31:14

Season One, Episode #6

If you're about to start college, I guarantee you that you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi talk about being absolutely confused their first week of college, and cover:

- How do I nail the first week of college and set myself up for a healthy college career?

- Why is Armi even on this episode?

- How does the proximity principle and socioemotional selectivity theory affect your first week of college?

- Why is making friendships exponentially harder near the end of college rather than when you're just starting out?

For more material on this episode, check it out at www.realtalkstudio.com.

P.S. Want the full notes to this episode? Sign up for Real Talk Insider.

 

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji

Music: CJ Beats

May 05, 2016
#5 Seven Times, or Understanding Sex and Confidence (with Cam and Karen Poter!)
01:08:04

Season One, Episode #5

We're joined with Cam and Karen Poter (a stand-up comedian and his sexually liberated cougar mother) from the podcast Sex Talk with My Mom to deconstruct sex and confidence. The stories get out of control pretty quickly. Mohnish, Kevin, Cam, and Karen cover:

- Why is the way everyone thinks about confidence wrong and how do you actually build confidence?

- How can you better understand your relationship goals (short-term, medium-term, or long-term) and craft a better dating life?

- How did Cam go to the hospital for the most ridiculous reason I've ever heard?

- Do women find most men attractive (like men do)?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

Credits and Special Thanks:

Guests: Cam and Karen Poter

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing and Research: Mohnish Soundararajan

Music: CJ Beats

 

May 03, 2016
#4 Camisado, or How Can I Be Funny?
36:24

Season One, Episode #4

Imagine a bet: you have to make the classroom laugh, or, you lose a million dollars. If most of us took that bet, we'd probably all be on the streets, in a box, crying softly to ourselves. But here's the question - can you become funny? Can you you go from "Knock-Knock-Joke Jeff" to "Above-Average-Joke Jeff"? On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- What was it like to be painfully unfunny growing up?

- How specifically can you become funny? 

- Why are people funny?

- From an evolutionary perspective, why do women and men value humor? 

- How is your identity tied in with humor?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

 

Credits and Special Thanks:

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan and Vysali Soundararajan

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

Apr 28, 2016
#3 Moose, or What Do Your Clothes Say About You?
35:58

Season One, Episode #3

Whether a Christmas sweater for your mom or a thong for yourself, clothing isn't just a reflection of who we are - it's a reflection of both our aspirations and our insecurities. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- Why does wearing good clothing matter?

- Why do Mohnish and Kevin call one of their friends a Goose?

- How can you wear clothes that a) reflect who you are and b) is valued by other people?

- What is signaling theory and how does it affect nearly everything you do?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

Apr 26, 2016
What is Real Talk?
07:32

If you have no idea what Real Talk is, this is your episode. Mohnish and Kevin cover the basics, like:

- Why is Mohnish so frazzled?

- What topics do we cover?

- Why did Real Talk even happen?

- What's a fanarchy?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com.

Credits and Special Thanks:

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji

 

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

Apr 19, 2016
#2 Bernie, or Are Friends More Important Than Work?
35:02

Season One - Episode #2

Close, interpersonal relationships matter, and not in some wishy-washy, "everyone-let's-hold-hands-and-cry" kind of way. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi talk about prioritizing friends over work, how to actually do that (because no one seems to know how), their own struggles with loneliness and isolation, and cover:

- What does it mean - in practical terms - to prioritize friends over work?

- If you don't have friends, how can you make them effectively?

- Why is making friends harder when you're an adult (especially after 25)?

- Why is being an "independent, laptop entrepreneur" not all it's cracked up to be?

For more material on this episode, check out www.realtalkstudio.com

Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation: Mohnish Soundararajan and Vysali Soundararajan

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

Apr 19, 2016
#1 Hammer, or How Does Social Media Affect Our Friendships?
38:29

Season One - Episode #1

Social media is nuts. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi talk about how social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat) affected their lives, talk about some ridiculous stories in the process, and cover:

- How, without social media, this podcast would never have happened

- Why is social media like a hammer?

- Is it making us lonely?

- How can we use social media in a way that's actually healthy?

- What's a good way to find out if you're using social media like a crazy person?

- And more, all on this episode

Extra material on this episode at realtalkstudio.com

Special Thanks and Credits:

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation: Mohnish Soundararajan and Vysali Soundararajan

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

Apr 15, 2016