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The Unbecoming Platypus

Author: Frank Sloan, Jake Sebok, Noah German

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Three friends are figuring out how to communicate better—sometimes succeeding. Sometimes not. But at the end of the day, we're laughing at ourselves and feeling closer than ever.

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Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words when trying to explain how you feel? That's where our latest Unbecoming Platypus podcast episode kicks off, navigating the sometimes murky waters of our emotional states. Amy and I get real about the challenges of identifying our feelings, despite being considered experts on the topic. We delve into the deceptive nature of tears, the fleeting shock of surprise, and how our linguistic toolbox can both help and hinder our emotional expression. It...
Have you ever found yourself sipping on San Pellegrino instead of typical tap water, only to realize the small change was a lifesaver for your mental health? This episode is peppered with such light-hearted revelations, yet it digs into the crucial, and often overlooked, landscape of burnout and the essential practice of self-care. We share our own tales and tactics for maintaining sanity in a world filled with chaos - think meditation, nature walks, and the artful dance of balancing caring f...
Ever found yourself chuckling at the absurdities of daily life, or nodding along as someone shares the trials of navigating work stress? Buckle up for an episode that's a rollercoaster of laughter, empathy, and insight. From kicking off with an impromptu fitness challenge and musing on why coffee-flavored treats can't seem to get it right, to the heartier stuff like the impacts of health woes on our social lives – we've got you covered. You'll feel like you're part of the banter, as we recoun...
Picture the hiring process turned on its head, where potential shines brighter than checkboxes and adaptability trumps rigid qualifications. That's the vibrant landscape we traverse as we examine intentional hiring and job design. We're putting traditional recruitment under the microscope, sharing stories from the trenches and unpacking the transformative potential of real-time insights into team wellbeing. This isn't your average HR spiel; it's an invitation to boldly reframe the way we view...
Have you ever wondered if the nostalgic hiss of analog tape could compete with the crystal-clear sound of today's podcast technology? We kick things off with a playful debate that's not only for audiophiles but anyone curious about the blend of old charm and new tech. Then, we meander through the digital landscape of Reddit, revealing its surprising role in connecting us amidst our tech-saturated lives. As we share stories that range from algorithmic trust to the simple joy of neighborhood co...
Have you ever dared to imagine yourself as morally perfect? Jake leads us down the rabbit hole questioning the very fabric of morality itself. With candid conversations and challenging ideas, we paint a picture of morality as a collective construct that may not hold the absolute truth we once believed. Our dialogue veers into the realm of self-perception, where I propose that breaking free from external moral standards could lead to a more genuine understanding of who we are. Frank shares a f...
Jake's morning began with an unexpected jolt that wasn't his coffee—a rogue coffee filter nearly turned his tech setup into a disaster zone! The incident sparked an animated chat with Frank and Noah about how we often hoist our triumphs high while failures slink away, unnoticed. From there, we saunter into exploring the risky business of baring all. Much like those Twitter accounts that serve unfiltered truths, we discuss the pull of authenticity in podcasting. The tightrope walk between open...
Ever caught yourself heatedly arguing about the "cinnamonity" of your favorite tea or the invigorating contrast of mint on a chilly morning? Well, you’re not alone. Gather 'round as we embark on a sensory exploration, from the enigmatic blend of flavors in our mugs to the unexpected delights of 'noble rot' in winemaking. Our chat weaves through the spectrum of taste and color, mingling personal tales with a dash of spontaneous philosophy, all while sipping on the comforting warmth of hot cinn...
Ever found yourself puzzled by the simple "hello" and where it might lead? Well, Noah's back and we're unraveling the tapestry of return greetings, from cultural nods to the Zettelkasten method's influence on our banter. As we swap stories, you'll get a peek at how the recent chitchat on relationships and active listening has seeped into our daily lives. And if you're a word-nerd, you're in for a treat – get ready to dissect the flavors of phrases like "zeitgeist" and "sibilance" and how they...
I was about to delete this from the beginning of our episode and decided to share the outtakes instead. Enjoy this bonus outtakes episode where we try and fail to talk about mind body connection. The real episode happened on the 4th take - live on Tuesday.
Have you ever caught yourself nodding along to a conversation only to realize your thoughts were miles away? We’ve all been there, but this episode is about turning those moments around. Join us as we delve into the transformative power of active listening, a skill that goes beyond just hearing words—it's about being fully present and valuing the speaker’s perspective. Through a tapestry of personal stories, we unravel how active listening not only enhances our conversations but also strength...
Discover the art of balance in the relentless hustle of modern life as Frank and Jake dissect the intricacies of being 'too busy' and the transformative power of prioritizing what truly matters. Our heartfelt conversation navigates the murky waters of relationships, where unconditional love meets the undeniable reality of change, and the act of vulnerability becomes a symbol of courage. As we unravel the adaptive nature of marriage, reflecting on history and culture, we invite you to consider...
We start with a whimsical escapade into the realm of peculiar words that will tickle your brain and unearth tales of yesteryear's icons, like the ever-honest Abe Lincoln. We'll unveil how linguistic treasures can unearth personal memories and stir musings on the essence of integrity.Sometimes life throws us a caddywampus curveball, and that's when the true dance of gratitude begins. This heart-to-heart conversation peels back the layers on why giving thanks isn't always simple, the pros...
The Art of Resilience

The Art of Resilience

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Ever found yourself on a shaky train, trying to type an urgent email, and wondering if there's a deeper lesson in the chaos? Our latest episode is your companion through the tumult of productivity on-the-go, and we don't stop there. We're cracking the code on English linguistics, such as the elusive rationale behind using 'an' before certain 'H' words, and sharing a laugh at the shiny facade of resilience that sometimes hides the tougher truths about sustainability. The journey through these ...
Have you ever found humor in the frustration of a 'user busy' signal while making a phone call, or chuckled through the fog of a fever? We've all been there, and it's these shared moments of human absurdity that connect us. This episode meanders through the complexities of modern communication, brushes with illness, and the resilience that sees us through. As we recount our tussles with COVID-19, we uncover the strength in adversity and the bizarre ways life picks up where it dropped us off—s...
Embark on a quest to unearth the essence of happiness with us, where we explore the unique elements that stitch together the fabric of joy in our lives. From the daily rituals that ground us to the emotional and intellectual pursuits that elevate us, we've laid bare the journey to contentment. Through personal stories, insights, and laughter, we untangle the human needs that shape our quest for fulfillment and dissect the delicate interplay between stability and excitement that defines our ex...
Ever pulled through a grueling 5K rowing event, feeling the burn with every stroke? That's exactly where our latest journey begins, as we recount the sweat, strain, and sheer satisfaction of testing our limits. We're not just here to talk about physical fitness though; we're peeling back the layers on that elusive state of being known as happiness. With insights from the Andrew Huberman podcast featuring the indomitable David Goggins, we explore the brain's ties to willpower and the art of em...
We've got cool anecdotes and insights that'll keep you engaged and maybe even make you chuckle. We don't stop there, though; the conversation steers into the sobering intricacies of local governance, highlighting how a church's noble mission to shelter the homeless crashes against the cold wall of city policies.Remember how your grandma always had a saying for everything? Ours was about how the mercury's dive and rise can make or break your day—or your sleep, for that matter. Join us as we di...
Ever felt like you're on display for merely indulging in your passions, only to be misunderstood or judged? This episode is a heartfelt journey through the landscape of vulnerability, where we wear our hearts on our sleeves and invite others to do the same. Our discussion orbits the seemingly impenetrable personas of public figures and circles back to our own, often raw, experiences. We navigate through the societal pressures of authenticity and how revealing our true selves can foster profou...
Every Saturday at 8:16 AM, like clockwork, our podcast recording is graced with a mysterious ding, setting the stage for a whimsical journey through the unexpected and the everyday. We tackle the power of routine and its interruptions, segue into the whimsy of fashion and its personal impact, debating everything from the color analysis of a CrossFit hoodie to the nostalgia evoked by cultural icons. As we engage with the curious interplay between our sartorial choices and the memories they inv...
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