Episodes

#152: Use a THINK, not a THING

Jan. 19, 2022

Today’s episode is about our approach to solving really hard problems by using by using a THINK instead of a THING. If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you will understand what we mean by this but if you’re n…

#151: Smell You Later

Jan. 12, 2022

We often talk about the human body as a system of sensors and so today we are specifically talking about your sense of smell. When it comes to sensing danger or opportunity in your environment, your sense of smell is extreme…

#150: Ten Rules of Human Behavior

Dec. 29, 2021

Today we are going through a list of ten general rules of human behavior that we discuss in many of our episodes either implicitly or explicitly. This is not meant to be some exhaustive, definitive, or all-encompassing list …

#149: The Trouble With Narcissists

Dec. 22, 2021

For this weeks episode about narcissists, we wanted to talk to someone who brings an entirely different perspective to the show. So, today Greg and I are talking to high conflict divorce expert Alana Sharps. Alana has a very…

#148: Crowd Behavior

Dec. 15, 2021

Today we are talking about how your behavior will change when you are in a crowd of people as opposed to when you are by yourself. There is a lot of research that has been conducted on crowd behavior, crowd psychology, and c…

#147: The Playground

Dec. 8, 2021

Today we are talking about the playground you grow up on and how that even at a young age, most children are subject matter experts at “the playground.” Now obviously we are using this as a metaphor but we offer a very serio…

#146: The "What If" Game

Dec. 1, 2021

Today we are talking about the “What if” game and how it often gets misused when planning for potential actions or events. We give a few examples of how we structure a good “what if” game and we also talk about some other fo…

#145: Antisocial Media Behavior

Nov. 24, 2021

Today we are talking about the recent catastrophic event in Waukesha Wisconsin where Darrell Brooks drove through a Christmas parade and killed at least 6 people and injured several dozen others. We don’t typically comment o…

#144: First Casualty with Toby Harnden

Nov. 17, 2021

Today we are joined by author Toby Harnden to talk about his new book "First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11." During the episode, Toby shares some of the stories from the CIA officers who were t…

#143: Mow Your Lawn

Nov. 10, 2021

Today we are talking about a recent case from Austin, Texas where a city code violation regarding lawn care led to a SWAT standoff, a burning home, and a homicide. We are using this case to demonstrate how to look at a rapi…

#142: Exceptions to the 4th Amendment

Oct. 13, 2021

Today we are talking about a recent case out of Washington state where the State Attorney General sued the Greyhound Bus company for allowing Federal Agents to conduct warrantless immigration sweeps on their buses. In the ep…

#141: Left of the NEXT bang!

Oct. 6, 2021

Today, Greg and Brian are explaining the concept of “Left of the NEXT bang.” Meaning, how do you predict what someone is likely going to do next, even in the midst of a chaotic, rapidly unfolding situation? In the episode th…

#140: "Handcuff Johnny"

Sept. 29, 2021

Today we are talking about a recent case where a man who called himself “Handcuff Johnny” built and emplaced several pipe bombs at different locations throughout the state of Michigan. We are using this case as an example of…

#139: F@#$ That Guy!

Sept. 22, 2021

Today we are talking about some situations that have gone catastrophically wrong all because someone took the “F That Guy” approach. Meaning, rather than taking a second and exercising a little patience to determine the best…

#138: Dr. Darian Parker

Sept. 15, 2021

Today we are joined by fitness and wellness expert Dr. Darian Parker to talk about his expertise in behavior modification. Dr. Parker's experience in the fitness world parallels many of the experiences that Greg and I often …

#137: Whose Liable?

Sept. 8, 2021

Today we are talking about liability, responsibility, and of course, training! We start the conversation with a story of a police officer who sued his own agency, and several other parties, in an attempt to hold them liable …

#136: "Choices" with Kevin Nahai

Sept. 1, 2021

We recently sat down with Kevin Nahai to talk about human behavior in the context of the choices we make. Kevin is a speaker, writer, and mentor to young men and women across the globe on a number of emotional and psychologi…

#135: Am I "too close" to an issue?

Aug. 25, 2021

Today we are talking about how being "too close” or “emotionally involved” in an issue can cloud our judgement and affect our reasoning. We talk about how Heuristics affect the way we analyze a situation and how things like …

#134: The "Drunk" Defense

Aug. 18, 2021

Today we are discussing a case from Illinois where a young man accidentally beat his mother to death with a baseball bat, thinking that she was an intruder. There were a lot of contributing factors to this case that we discu…

#133: How can I make this about me?

Aug. 11, 2021

Today, Greg and I are taking two seemingly unrelated stories and explaining how the mental process that the individuals chose to take were nearly identical, but with two very different decisions that led to two very differen…

#132: You Knew or Should Have Known

July 28, 2021

Today, Greg and Brian are discussing the concept of “you knew or should have known” in the context of several recent high profile news stories where employees quit their jobs in protest. In the episode they talk about how al…

#131: Who's In Your Orbit?

July 21, 2021

Today we are expanding on a previous episode titled “you never know” where we talked about how it’s hard to determine what a random person you bump into on the street might be going through. In today’s episode we talk about…

#130: Arriving On Scene with Gilbert Tucker

July 14, 2021

Today we are joined by one of our long time listeners of the show, Gilbert Tucker. Gilbert is a firefighter in a rural area outside of Denver and we asked him to come on the show and share a couple of stories where he and so…

#129 You Never Know

July 7, 2021

Today we are talking about a concept Brian likes to call “you never know,” which a simple way to look at someone’s behavior and NOT draw an unreasonable conclusion about what their intent is or the type of person that they …