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    • Hosting an Airbnb and exploring new opportunitiesTransforming your home into an Airbnb brings in extra income and allows you to share your world with guests. Personal touches make guests feel welcomed, and exploring new opportunities like Michael Reconnect can lead to unexpected rewards.

      Turning your home into an Airbnb not only brings in extra income but also allows you to share a piece of your world with others. Jen and Michael, the hosts of the Jordan Harbinger Show, share their experience of transforming their home into an Airbnb and the joy of hosting guests. They emphasize the importance of making guests feel welcomed and cherished by adding personal touches. Moreover, Michael Reconnect offers an opportunity to earn a community college degree tuition-free, encouraging adults to explore their passions and uncover new opportunities. The episode also discusses the environmental impact of maintaining a green lawn and questions whether the benefits outweigh the harm.

    • The Origins of the Modern Lawn: A Symbol of Wealth and PowerThe tradition of maintaining grass lawns has deeper roots in elitism and classism, and has significant environmental impacts. It originated from Italian landscape paintings admired by the British aristocracy and became a symbol of wealth and power.

      The tradition of maintaining grass lawns, which may seem harmless or even nostalgic, has deeper roots in elitism and classism, and has significant environmental impacts. The origins of the modern lawn can be traced back to Italian landscape paintings that the British aristocracy admired and sought to replicate, even though these landscapes were fictional. The practice of maintaining large expanses of grass for aesthetic purposes was a symbol of wealth and power, and the labor required to maintain these lawns reinforced classist systems. The spread of lawns in America, particularly after World War 2, was tied to the exclusion of black soldiers from suburban communities and became a symbol of white America. So, while the image of a well-manicured lawn may evoke a sense of comfort or tradition, it also carries a complex history that is worth considering.

    • Mandatory lawn maintenance lawsHomeowners face fines, tickets, or even jail time for not maintaining their lawns according to community laws, promoting a uniform, manicured look over individual expression.

      Lawns are no longer a personal choice but a mandatory requirement enforced by laws and societal pressure. These covenant laws, which originated in places like Levittown, dictate that homeowners must maintain their lawns weekly or face fines, tickets, or even jail time. This trend continues today, with stories of homeowners losing their homes due to unmowed lawns. The appeal of well-manicured lawns is deeply ingrained in American culture, but these laws challenge the notion of individual expression and instead promote a collective manicured look. Lawns are the largest crop in America, occupying about 40 million acres, and their maintenance comes with significant water usage and other environmental concerns. We're at a crossroads in our relationship with lawns, with new lawn enforcement officers focusing on water conservation and addressing the negative impacts of lawns.

    • Lawns use more water than farming in USAmericans use over 20 trillion gallons of water annually on lawns, over double the amount used for all other crops, which is unsustainable and competes with food production water.

      Americans use an astonishing amount of water, approximately 20 trillion gallons per year, on their lawns. This is more than double the amount of water used for all other crops. The water usage for lawns is particularly wasteful as it serves no essential purpose beyond aesthetics. In some areas, like Coastal California and the southwest, lawns require significant amounts of water, up to 28-37 gallons per square foot annually. This water usage is not only unsustainable but also directly competes with the water needed for food production. While lawns do have some benefits, such as reducing erosion, it's important to consider the environmental impact of maintaining non-native grasses that require extensive watering and artificial care.

    • Impact of Monoculture Lawns on EnvironmentMonoculture lawns, mainly made of non-native European grasses, harm ecosystems by reducing biodiversity, pushing out native plants, and negatively impacting pollinators. Promote landscaping with native plants to support ecological balance and pollinators, reducing environmental harm and contributing to climate change solutions.

      The widespread use of monoculture lawns, which are primarily made up of non-native European grasses, comes with significant negative impacts on the environment. These monocultures lead to a lack of biodiversity, pushing out native plants and harming ecosystems. The destruction of native habitats contributes to the decline of pollinators like bees, which in turn affects various ecosystems and even human food production. It's essential to promote landscaping with native plants to maintain ecological balance and support pollinators. Monocultures, such as lawns, are not only detrimental to the environment but also contribute to climate change. Instead of focusing on maintaining monoculture lawns, we should prioritize the use of native plants and embrace the benefits they bring to the ecosystem.

    • Lawn care contributes to significant emissionsRunning a gas lawnmower for an hour emits more emissions than driving a car for an hour, and a leaf blower for just 10 minutes produces as much exhaust as driving a large pickup truck for 235 miles. Consider eco-friendly alternatives like electric lawn equipment or other methods for maintaining your lawn to reduce your carbon footprint.

      While lawns help capture carbon dioxide, the lawn industry as a whole contributes significantly more emissions through gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Running a gas lawnmower for an hour emits 11 times more emissions than driving a new car for an hour, and a leaf blower running for just 10 minutes produces as much exhaust as driving a large pickup truck for 235 miles. Moreover, leaf blowers contribute to harmful air pollution and excessive noise pollution, exceeding safe decibel levels set by the World Health Organization. These findings underscore the importance of considering the environmental impact of common household practices and seeking eco-friendly alternatives. If you're interested in reducing your carbon footprint, you might want to explore electric lawn equipment or other methods for maintaining your lawn. Additionally, supporting companies that prioritize sustainability and invest in greener technologies can make a difference. For more information on eco-friendly lawn care options and other ways to reduce your carbon footprint, visit [website or organization name].

    • The Costs of Perfect LawnsMaintaining perfect lawns harms human health with loud equipment and contaminates the environment with fossil fuel usage and harmful chemicals

      Our obsession with maintaining perfect lawns comes with significant costs to both our health and the environment. The loud and irritating sounds of lawn care equipment like leaf blowers, which can reach decibel levels requiring hearing protection, have negative effects on human health. Additionally, the fossil fuels spent on lawn care in the US amount to nearly 17 million gallons spilled annually, contaminating groundwater and waterways with gasoline and other harmful chemicals. These findings highlight the need for reconsidering our priorities and exploring alternative, more sustainable lawn care practices.

    • The Cost of Maintaining Green LawnsMaintaining green lawns disrupts grass' natural cycle, leads to excessive water usage, energy consumption, and health risks from chemicals. Consider alternatives like native plant landscaping or natural lawn care practices.

      Our obsession with maintaining green lawns comes at a significant cost to the environment. Not only does it lead to excessive water usage and energy consumption, but the use of fertilizers and pesticides contributes to carbon emissions and poses health risks to humans and other living organisms. Contrary to popular belief, brown grass is not dead, but rather in a state of hibernation. By keeping grass green all year round, we are disrupting its natural cycle and subjecting it to constant stress. Furthermore, many of the chemicals used in lawn care are linked to serious health issues, including cancer, birth defects, and reproductive disorders. The environmental and health costs associated with lawn care are alarming, and it's important to consider alternative solutions, such as native plant landscaping or natural lawn care practices, to reduce our impact on the environment.

    • Break free from the 'big lawn' industryTransform your lawn into eco-friendly and sustainable landscapes by killing it and using xeriscapes, reducing water usage and supporting local ecosystems.

      The popularity of lush green lawns, despite their negative environmental impact, is largely driven by the $100 billion lawn care and landscape industry. To break free from this norm, one must first "kill" their lawn by smothering it with cardboard or using other eco-friendly methods. Once the lawn is gone, the space can be transformed into beautiful and sustainable landscapes, such as xeriscapes, which utilize native and drought-resistant plants and rely on rainwater collection. This not only reduces water usage but also supports local ecosystems. So, consider joining the movement against the "big lawn" industry and embrace more eco-friendly and sustainable landscaping solutions.

    • Alternatives to Traditional Lawns: Xeriscaping and GardensXeriscaping and gardens save water, money, and reduce the need for chemicals. They offer various options like native plants, rocks, and painted grass. Homegrown produce is healthier and supports local wildlife.

      Xeriscaping and converting lawns into gardens are environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternatives to traditional lawns, especially in areas with water scarcity. Cities offer programs to help cover costs, and long-term savings come from reduced water usage, fertilizer, and mowing expenses. Some people let native plants grow or use rocks instead of grass, while others opt for painted grass. Converting lawns into gardens not only minimizes water use but also reduces grocery bills and the need for big agriculture. Additionally, homegrown vegetables taste better than store-bought, and gardens provide habitats for birds and animals. For those who can't give up the lawn, there's an option to paint it green with environmentally safe paint. Water issues aside, concerns about chemicals in lawns and their impact on children's health are valid reasons to consider lawn alternatives. Overall, the conversation highlights the benefits of making eco-friendly choices for our yards and the planet.

    • Crisis Motivators and PreparationIdentify crisis points of exposure, implement strategies, and problem-solve during crises to save resources and protect reputations. Crises are often driven by power, control, money, sex, and revenge. Prepare proactively to navigate crises effectively.

      Crises can significantly impact organizations in terms of time, money, customers, and even lives. Yet, many leaders are unprepared and rely on the "no comment" approach during press conferences, which can worsen the situation. The motivators behind crises often revolve around power and control, money, sex, and revenge. To mitigate the risks, it's crucial to identify the points of exposure and implement strategies and tactics to reduce them. Understanding how to problem-solve during real-life crisis scenarios can save valuable resources and protect reputations. For more insights, listen to episode 2 of the Jordan Harbinger Show. Remember, success is systems-driven, not hero-driven. Preparation and proactive measures are key to navigating crises effectively.

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    1018: Phil Elwood | Manipulating Media for All the Worst Humans

    1018: Phil Elwood | Manipulating Media for All the Worst Humans

    All the Worst Humans author Phil Elwood is here to illustrate his past life as a PR operative who made powerful pariahs palatable to public perception!

    What We Discuss with Phil Elwood:

    • Phil Elwood's career as a PR operative for notorious figures was essentially a real-life version of being a supervillain's henchman, involving ethically dubious practices to manipulate public perception.
    • Phil's work took him into the belly of the beast, collaborating with shady organizations and visiting dangerous locations to spin narratives for some of the world's most detestable characters.
    • The moral weight of constantly lying and bending the truth for nefarious clients exacted a heavy toll on Phil's mental health, leading to substance abuse and requiring intensive therapy.
    • Phil's experiences provide a rare, candid glimpse into the dark underbelly of global PR and political spin, exposing the extent to which public perception can be contrived.
    • Despite his ethically questionable past, Phil's story offers hope for redemption. He has since established clear moral boundaries in his work, demonstrating that it's possible to learn from past mistakes and align one's career with their values.
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    1017: The End of the World | Skeptical Sunday

    1017: The End of the World | Skeptical Sunday

    If you're constantly obsessed over predictions that the end of the world is nigh, Andrew Gold has some (mostly) good news for us on this Skeptical Sunday!

    Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and a guest break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. This time around, we’re joined by On the Edge host Andrew Gold!

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

    • Throughout history, would-be prophets and doomsaying groups have predicted the end of the world, but all have been wrong so far. This includes religious prophecies, cult beliefs, and misinterpretations of ancient calendars like the 2012 Mayan prediction.
    • The concept of the end of the world is often used by religions and cults to control their members, instilling fear and promoting compliance with their rules and beliefs.
    • There are several potential threats to humanity's survival, including climate change, nuclear war, pandemics, resource depletion, and the development of artificial intelligence. However, the likelihood of these causing a complete end to humanity is debated.
    • The Fermi Paradox and the concept of the Great Filter suggest that advanced civilizations may face barriers to long-term survival, which could explain why we haven't encountered alien life despite the vastness of the universe.
    • While concerns about global threats are valid, it's important to maintain perspective and not become overly anxious. Humanity has shown resilience and innovation in the face of past challenges. By staying informed, curious, and skeptical, we can work towards addressing potential threats and shaping a positive future for ourselves and future generations.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Andrew Gold on Twitter and Instagram, and check out On the Edge with Andrew Gold here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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    1016: Is Husband Faking Feelings or Freezing Fears? | Feedback Friday

    1016: Is Husband Faking Feelings or Freezing Fears? | Feedback Friday

    Your husband struggles with emotions and faked crying in therapy. Is he a sociopath or just wounded? Can the marriage be saved? Welcome to 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!

    On This Week's Feedback Friday:

    • Your husband of five years recently revealed he believes he has borderline personality disorder, struggles to feel emotions, and has a hard time considering how his actions affect you. He's even faked crying in therapy. How do you process this revelation and its impact on your marriage?
    • You paid a substantial sum to work with a publishing coach who suddenly started sharing conspiracy theories about government shutdowns, pedophiles, and Joe Biden being dead. How can you handle this situation while salvaging the investment you've made in your writing career?
    • You're retiring from the military after 20+ years and looking to transition to civilian life. With your diverse skill set and experience, how should you approach talent stacking to build a successful post-military career?
    • Your autistic brother confided in your sister about molesting his niece and engaging in voyeurism. Your sister hasn't told anyone else, and now your other sister wants him to stay with you for the summer. How will you handle this complex family situation?
    • You've experienced a series of unfortunate setbacks in your career, from businesses burning down to scandals and bankruptcies. Despite your resilience and hard work, you're struggling financially. How do you overcome this string of bad luck and find sustainable success?
    • 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 and Instagram @gabrielmizrahi.

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    1015: Jamie Metzl | AI Solutions for Hunger, Health, & Habitat Part Two

    1015: Jamie Metzl | AI Solutions for Hunger, Health, & Habitat Part Two

    AI and biotech are rapidly changing our world. Superconvergence author Jamie Metzl explores the risks and rewards of this unprecedented era! [Part 2/2 — find part 1 here!]

    What We Discuss with Jamie Metzl:

    • AI and genetics are advancing rapidly, leading to potential breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture, and solving global challenges like climate change and food scarcity.
    • The development of cell-cultivated meat and other animal products could significantly reduce environmental impact and animal cruelty associated with industrial agriculture.
    • There are concerns about unforeseen consequences of genetic engineering and AI, including potential misuse of technology and ethical dilemmas.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of investigating disease origins thoroughly and following scientific evidence, even when it leads to uncomfortable conclusions.
    • Everyone can and should participate in discussions about emerging technologies and their implications. By educating ourselves on these topics, we can contribute to shaping a better future that balances innovation with ethical considerations and societal needs.
    • And much more — continued from part 1/2 earlier this week!

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    1014: Jamie Metzl | AI Solutions for Hunger, Health, & Habitat Part One

    1014: Jamie Metzl | AI Solutions for Hunger, Health, & Habitat Part One

    AI and biotech are rapidly changing our world. Superconvergence author Jamie Metzl explores the risks and rewards of this unprecedented era! [Part 1/2]

    What We Discuss with Jamie Metzl:

    • Technological progress is accelerating exponentially. According to Superconvergence author Jamie Metzl, the scientific advancements made in the next 14 years will outdo those of the last century, followed by another century's worth in only seven years.
    • AI (artificial intelligence) is not just a standalone technology, but will be integrated into every aspect of our lives, boosting the rate of scientific discoveries and problem-solving across all fields.
    • Advances in genetic engineering and reproductive technologies may lead to the ability to select and modify embryos for desired traits, raising ethical questions and potentially redirecting the future of human evolution.
    • The rapid pace of technological change is outstripping our evolved ability to comprehend it, leading to challenges in adapting and governing these new technologies responsibly.
    • To navigate this rapidly changing world, humanity should focus on developing a clear set of values and goals to guide its collective use of technology.
    • And much more — to be continued in part 2/2 coming later this week!

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    1013: Big Dairy | Skeptical Sunday

    1013: Big Dairy | Skeptical Sunday

    Big Dairy's impact on health and policy is udderly shocking. Michael Regilio milks the truth from this cash cow of an industry on Skeptical Sunday!

    Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and a guest break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. This time around, we’re joined by skeptic, comedian, and podcaster Michael Regilio!

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday:

    • Milk consumption by adults has not been natural for most of human history. About 65% of the global population has reduced ability to digest lactose, with some populations experiencing nearly 100% lactose intolerance.
    • The dairy industry, with government support, has heavily promoted milk consumption despite questionable health benefits. This includes school milk programs and marketing campaigns like "Got Milk?"
    • Raw milk can be dangerous, potentially causing diseases like typhoid and tuberculosis. Pasteurization made milk safer, but the dairy industry initially resisted it.
    • The US government has repeatedly subsidized and bailed out the dairy industry, including buying surplus milk and cheese. This has led to an artificial inflation of the dairy market.
    • Good news for the lactose averse: there are many alternative sources for the nutrients found in milk. People can obtain calcium from foods like almonds, figs, kale, tofu, and sweet potatoes. By exploring these options, people can make informed dietary choices that align with their health needs and preferences.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael Regilio at Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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    1012: Pal's Husband Eyes Your OnlyFans on the Sly | Feedback Friday

    1012: Pal's Husband Eyes Your OnlyFans on the Sly | Feedback Friday

    You found out your friend's husband is subscribing to your OnlyFans. Should you tell her and potentially destroy their marriage? Welcome to 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!

    On This Week's Feedback Friday:

    • If you're ever in San Diego, you have to check out the Zoo!
    • You discovered that your friend's new husband has been secretly subscribing to your OnlyFans account, sending you money and sharing his wildest fantasies. Your friend doesn't know, and you're torn about whether to tell her. What's the right thing to do in this delicate situation?
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    • You had an amazing trip to Italy and want to learn the language by next year. What's the most effective way to learn Italian quickly? How can you immerse yourself in the language and culture to achieve your goal?
    • You've worked in adoption and foster care for 16 years and have exciting ideas for entrepreneurial ventures to help others, but you're struggling to narrow down your options. How can you determine which idea to pursue and where to start?
    • You recently adopted a baby girl and are considering starting a business creating adoption profile books, inspired by your own successful experience. However, you're hesitant to leave your high-paying job. Should you take the risk and pursue this entrepreneurial path?
    • Your brother, once your best friend, has become extremely isolated and obsessed with COVID-19 precautions, cutting off family and friends. He's even refusing to visit for important events. How can you help him and salvage your relationship?
    • 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 and Instagram @gabrielmizrahi.

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    1011: Dr. Anthony Fauci | The Science and Politics of Public Health

    1011: Dr. Anthony Fauci | The Science and Politics of Public Health

    Leadership in public health requires adaptability. Dr. Anthony Fauci joins us to share lessons he's learned from decades of managing disease outbreaks.

    What We Discuss with Dr. Anthony Fauci:

    • The importance of transparency and honesty in public health communication, even when it means delivering inconvenient truths or disagreeing with political leaders.
    • How social media and political polarization amplified attacks on public health officials and spread misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Why the changing guidance on masks over the course of the pandemic was due to evolving scientific understanding, not flip-flopping.
    • The potential for future respiratory pandemics and the need for ongoing preparedness, even when threats are not imminent.
    • Dr. Fauci shares insights about his own career choices, including turning down high-paying private sector jobs to continue his work in public service.
    • And much more...

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    1010: Participation Trophies | Skeptical Sunday

    1010: Participation Trophies | Skeptical Sunday

    Are participation trophies ruining kids? Jason Feifer debunks myths and reveals the surprising century-long history behind the debate on Skeptical Sunday!

    Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and a guest break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions. This time around, we're joined by Jason Feifer, the editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine, host of the Build for Tomorrow podcast, and author of Build for Tomorrow: An Action Plan for Embracing Change, Adapting Fast, and Future-Proofing Your Career.

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday:

    • As it turns out, participation trophies aren't some newfangled millennial invention. These shiny symbols of showing up have been collecting dust on shelves since your great-grandpappy was in short pants. We're talking 1922, folks — when the biggest participation trophy was surviving the Spanish Flu!
    • All of these folks bellyaching about participation trophies probably have a few lurking in their own attics. It's like complaining about kids these days and their gimmicky rock music while air-guitaring to Led Zeppelin. Pot, meet kettle — you're both made of participation trophy material.
    • Despite what the armchair psychologists down at the local watering hole might tell you, there's no scientific evidence that participation trophies turn kids into snowflakes. As they grow, kids naturally get more interested in winning than just showing up — like trading in their tricycle for a Harley.
    • The whole participation trophy hullabaloo is less about plastic awards and more about our collective freak-out over parenting, work ethic, and why these darn kids won't get off our lawns. It's just generational anxiety dressed up in a well-worn, borrowed suit.
    • Want to level up your success game? Ditch the black-and-white thinking. Winning's got more flavors than Baskin-Robbins, so keep an open mind for what's possible. Embrace the past, eye the future, and you'll be batting home runs with life's curveballs like a pro.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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!
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    1009: Family Comes First, But She's Just the Worst | Feedback Friday

    1009: Family Comes First, But She's Just the Worst | Feedback Friday

    Your houseguest sister-in-law is messy, irresponsible, and in debt. Can you motivate her to change or is it time for tough love? Welcome to 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!

    On This Week's Feedback Friday:

    • Your sister-in-law's been mooching off your hospitality as if she's got a get-out-of-rent-free card, turning your home into her personal playground while you're busting your hump to keep the lights on. How can you get through this domestic minefield without blowing up your wife's relationship with her spendthrift sibling — and your sanity?
    • You're a woman who's always played for Team Dude, but lately you've been crushing hard on your sapphic bestie. The long-term forecast is cloudy with a chance of identity crisis, but you can't get her out of your head. How will you solve this romantic Rubik's Cube without peeling off the stickers?
    • Halfway through your Master of Legal Studies program, an ad for AI legal services popped up. Suddenly, your degree looks about as future-proof as a Blockbuster membership card. How can you safeguard your Atticus Finch aspirations without being ground down by the mocking march of the machines? [Thanks — again — to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us answer this one!]
    • You've got front-row seats to a family's horror show, complete with questionable parenting and kids who look like they could use a hug (or therapy). As a concerned friend whose perspective is admittedly biased by your own abusive upbringing, how can you swoop in for the save without nuking your relationship or crossing lines that can't be uncrossed?
    • You're the company's sales superstar who just got kneecapped by the corporate fun police. After pouring your heart and soul into a presentation that was deader on arrival than disco, how will you dust yourself off and keep your mojo intact when the higher-ups have made it clear your ideas are about as well-received as a Christmas morning telemarketer?
    • 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 and Instagram @gabrielmizrahi.

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    882: Homeopathy | Skeptical Sunday

    Is homeopathy an effective alternative medicine or an unproven, unscientific sham? Comedian Michael Regilio joins us for Skeptical Sunday to find out!

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

    • Homeopathy is an alternative medicine with a long history, relying on the principle of "like cures like" and the idea that water has memory.
    • Despite lacking scientific proof, homeopathic products are widely marketed and sold, even though they're required to carry warnings of unproven efficacy.
    • Homeopathic practices have faced criticism, and DNA testing has even revealed mislabeled or diluted ingredients and dangerous products on the market.
    • Some people turn to homeopathy for stress relief and placebo effects, but many are unaware of its lack of scientific basis.
    • While there's pushback against homeopathy, it continues to thrive due to marketing, endorsements by celebrities, and regulatory gaps.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael Regilio at his websiteTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

    Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/882

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    950: Emergency Medical Services | Skeptical Sunday

    950: Emergency Medical Services | Skeptical Sunday

    Why is relying on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) liable to send your bank balance to the morgue? Michael Regilio joins us on Skeptical Sunday to find out! 

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

    • Unlike police and fire departments, emergency medical services (EMS) are not deemed essential across most of the US — which means they're often underfunded and struggling to provide adequate care.
    • Insurance policies commonly omit coverage for EMS-provided ambulance rides, making them cost-prohibitive for the people who often need them the most.
    • Even the EMTs who staff EMS outfits are underpaid and can't usually afford to make use of them without going into the red.
    • Who profits from the status quo of the broken EMS system, and why is it so hard to enact the reforms necessary to have providers declared essential?
    • What can we do to educate and advocate for the overhauls necessary to make EMS viable for everyone?
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael Regilio at his website, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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    956: Cannabis | Skeptical Sunday

    956: Cannabis | Skeptical Sunday

    What are the social, political, and medical ramifications of cannabis use? Michael Regilio is the Chong to Jordan's Cheech on this Skeptical Sunday!

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

    • The historical use of cannabis in the Middle Ages and colonial times.
    • The criminalization of cannabis in the 20th century and the slow reversal of its prohibition.
    • The effects of THC and CBD.
    • Why modern cannabis is so much more potent than the strains our parents used to sneak.
    • The benefits of legal cannabis.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael Regilio at TwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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    832: The Wedding Industry | Skeptical Sunday

    832: The Wedding Industry | Skeptical Sunday
    שיחה כללית על תעשיית החתונות בארה"ב. יש בה הרבה מאוד מאפיינים גם של תעשיית החתונות בישראל לכן זה מעניין להשוות ולהסיק מסקנות.
    אין פה מיקוד בנושא אחד אלא יותר שיחה חופשית של שני אנשים שמתעניינים בתחום.
    #אנגלית #תרבות #כלכלה #שיווק

    The Jordan Harbinger show - 832: The Wedding Industry | Skeptical Sunday
    משך: שעה ו2 דק'

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    Why are weddings so expensive — and how does the wedding industry sucker us into thinking they have to be? This week on Skeptical Sunday, comedian Michael Regilio joins Jordan to propose the facts on what you’re really getting with a wedding and explore alternatives that won't test the durability of a new marriage with massive debt from day one.

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday:

    • The pressure to have an extravagant wedding can sometimes lead to couples investing more in the one-day festivities than in the hard work that goes into the lifelong commitment of a successful marriage.
    • Weddings are becoming increasingly expensive, and the wedding industry is constantly churning out new ways to overcharge its clientele.
    • "Age-old" wedding traditions like diamond rings aren't rooted in history, but in clever marketing schemes that exploit couples' desires for a perfect wedding.
    • Evidence suggests that the more money a couple spends on a wedding, the less likely they are to stay together.
    • Weddings don't have to break the bank — eloping or planning a backyard ceremony are affordable and creative alternatives to traditional weddings.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael at his website, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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    858: Fast Fashion | Skeptical Sunday

    858: Fast Fashion | Skeptical Sunday

    We delve into the drawbacks of fast fashion while highlighting the benefits of mindful wardrobe choices on this Skeptical Sunday with Michael Regilio!

    On This Week's Skeptical Sunday:

    • Even under normal circumstances, the fashion industry is a major contributor to carbon emissions, water pollution, and waste, with clothes often ending up in landfills.
    • What is so-called "fast fashion," and how does it create a constant cycle of trends and clothing turnover, leading to excessive waste and environmental damage?
    • Donating clothes is not always a sustainable solution, as many donated items end up in landfills or have a negative impact on local textile industries in developing countries.
    • The fashion industry relies on cheap labor and often exploits workers — particularly women — in factories with poor working conditions and low wages.
    • How do we help tip the scale in a more sustainable direction? We can support eco-conscious designers, clothing recycling, and rental services while buying quality items and reducing washing loads.
    • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and 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 Michael at his websiteTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and make sure to check out the Michael Regilio Plagues Well With Others podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts!

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