The Recombobulator Lab

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February 25, 2021 00:32:36
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Retro 1980s with Calico Kids Author Todd Downing-Ep.15

Jason is blown away by the period-specific intro theme, then he and Chris revisit the 1980s, including music, dyed hair, rugby shirts, and very short shorts. Jason describes how Possums in Australia are more likable and cuter than their American counterparts. Chris takes Jason through a gauntlet of the 1980s (music, sports, nuclear proliferation, movies) with a quiz. The two then interview Author Todd Downing about his early 1980s period piece, Calico Kids. Todd shares his typical writing and audiobook development processes and his inspiration to create a Spotify playlist of deep tracks from the early 1980s that goes with the book. Todd does some myth-busting about publishing, and the three then dive into their shared experiences from their teenage years. Introduction music, "Why" by the Rise (Paul Kreutz, Dan Plock, Bill Davis, & Chris Dominic) Copyright 1986 KPDD music. ...

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February 18, 2021 00:30:42
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Elite Performance with Olympian, Steve Solomon, Part 2.-Ep.14

In part 1, Jason and Chris covered the peak experience Steve Solomon had in the London Olympic games in 2012. In this episode, Steve continues by talking about his intense learning experiences in the Rio Olympic games in 2016 and the specific question he had to answer to set him up for consistent success in the future. Steve then talks about his favorite elements of the College experience in the United States and how different it can be from Australia. Steve explains just how intense his training is, and Chris links it to his experiences with performance improvement work. Steve then links how his experiences performing at a peak level transfer to his career at Uber Eats. Chris and Jason wrap up with their big takeaways. Jason generates a rant from Chris with the big question, "What advice would you give to people struggling to improve?" Jason then enlightens us to the Blue Bottle jellyfish invasion that happened at Bondi Beach.   ...

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February 11, 2021 00:28:27
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Elite Performance with Olympian, Steve Solomon, Part 1.-Ep.13

Chris returns from his second all-remote jury trial. Jason and Chris jump into the first of a two-part interview with Olympian and five-time defending Australian 400 meters champion and Olympian, Steve Solomon. Steve admits that he's actually faster than Usain Bolt in the 400. Chris hijacks the interview and quizzes, Jason and Steve, as a team, on the subject of track and field. Then Steve discusses performance--what has helped him and other elite athletes achieve greatness on the track and life. He also discusses how his failures have helped him learn about himself. ...

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February 04, 2021 00:29:56
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Transforming Education with Michael Anderson, Ph.D.-Ep.12

Jason apologizes to listeners for not landing the interview with Lesley McKenzie this week (in Japanese!), gets a crash course on Americanized surnames, and then tackles a quiz on education and colleges. Then the two speak to Sydney University's Michael Anderson, Ph.D., about how even though education is a shadow of what it could be, there are ways to transform it that are happening now. ...

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January 28, 2021 00:27:35
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Bacon, Vodka, Sharks, "Vactation," & Colonialism-Ep.11

Jason is tardy because of bacon. Chris accuses Jason's Vodka O cocktail of being boring without a name and suggests a few potential suitable labels. Jason and Chris talk about where the name Ben Buckler comes from. Jason drives Chris to drink before providing updates on his environmental research and the shark alarm at Bondi beach going off. Chris updates Jason on the latest in his world, including participation in his second all-remote trial. The two discuss how websites have changed over the years before Jason explains how Australians pronounce "Buoy" before informing Chris that Australia picked the wrong vaccine. Chris lays out Oregon's "vactation" schedule before Jason quizzes (AKA slaughters)  Chris on colonialism. The show ends with Jason translating a ridiculous English phrase into Japanese. ...

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January 21, 2021 00:35:08
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Rock N' Roll with Sonic Boom writer Peter Ames Carlin-Ep.10

Jason starts by discussing his escapades with Vodka O and then describes an exciting new project he is involved with that feeds the homeless and gets restaurant owners a tax break. Then Chris quizzes Jason on recording artists before going to interview Sonic Boom writer Peter Ames Carlin. Peter describes his experiences shadowing Bruce Springsteen for the bestselling book Bruce and then discusses his latest work, Sonic Boom, about the incredible run Warner Bros. Records had with their unusual strategy of finding the best talent and helping the artists get opposed to replicate the sounds and style of previous hits.  ...

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