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Nevon Lovell
 Jan 16, 2023
I love his podcast so far 🙏⭐

Shane
 Jan 12, 2023
Love this show. Jordan is a very thoughtful and empathetic host with a great perspective.


 Jan 8, 2023
Jordan consistently is able to get great guests on his show. Each month I feel like I'm able to learn something new from a perspective I wouldn't usually get otherwise.

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 Nov 4, 2021
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Mikhail
 Oct 26, 2021
The Jordan Harbinger show is among my favorite podcasts. Jordan is always asking questions that no one else does, and looks to share his unique insight with his audience, all in an effort to improve his audience's lives in meaningful ways.

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(Apple's Best of 2018) In-depth conversations with people at the top of their game. Jordan Harbinger unpacks guests' wisdom into practical nuggets you can use to impact your work, life, and relationships. Learn from leaders (Ray Dalio, Simon Sinek, Mark Cuban), entertainers (Moby, Tip "T.I." Harris, Dennis Quaid), scientists (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye), athletes (Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Tony Hawk) and an eclectic array of fascinating minds, from art forgers and arms traffickers to spies and psychologists.

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786: Mitch Lowe | Lessons in Disruption Part One
01:19:41

Mitch Lowe (@mitch__lowe) is a co-founding executive of Netflix, the former CEO of MoviePass, the former president of Redbox, and the author of Watch and Learn: How I Turned Hollywood Upside Down with Netflix, Redbox, and MoviePass ? Lessons in Disruption. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Be on the lookout for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Mitch Lowe:

  • How Mitch's first entrepreneurial adventure involved peddling blacklight posters in Europe at the behest of a shady character by the name of Funky Sam.
  • What Mitch learned from befriending people on both sides of the conflict in Israel while living there in the '70s.
  • How Mitch got deported from Egypt as a spy and accidentally witnessed something he shouldn’t have.
  • How Mitch's terrible investment in a video store led to innovations that would make Netflix — the company he co-founded — wrench domination from entrenched rivals in the video rental industry.
  • Did Mitch really fake a heart attack to get out of a meeting with Walmart executives?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/786

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Jan 31, 2023
785: Living with Aplomb in Spite of a Monstrous Mom | Feedback Friday
01:13:26

Your adoptive mom is a narcissistic homophobe whose big concern when you disclosed that you'd been sexually abused by family members was how this would make other people think about her. You've since gone on to become an accomplished writer with friends in high places, but your family has always taken your mother's twisted side over yours and made you feel terrible about yourself. How can you now live with aplomb in spite of your monstrous mom? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/785

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • You have a successful career and friends in high places, but how can you live your life with aplomb when you've been raised by a monstrous, narcissistic mom?
  • You're an older grad student who, you've just discovered, comes across as an arrogant know-it-all to your younger peers. Now you worry that you've become so unpopular that the university will ask you to withdraw for failure to mesh with the other students. How can you make this right?
  • You have reservations about fully trusting your fiancé — who's had over 150 sexual partners, and admits to cheating in a previous committed relationship. No stranger to the sting of being cheated on yourself, how can you move forward without feeling haunted by his past?
  • Your new job is in jeopardy because of a recent depressive episode that left you incapacitated for weeks. While you're working with a therapist and psychiatrist to get things under control, how can you explain what's been going on to your new boss?
  • Why are influencers all of a sudden promoting tourism to Saudi Arabia, and how can you sit with the moral dilemma about visiting countries actively committing human rights violations?
  • 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.

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Jan 27, 2023
784: Ramy Romany | Unwrapping the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
01:39:11

Ramy Romany (@ramyromany) is an Emmy Award-winning DGA director and cinematographer, a world-renowned Egyptologist, and the co-author of Conspired: The Evil One Shall Not Live Again.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/784

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Jan 26, 2023
783: Apolo Ohno | Embracing Change and Finding Purpose
01:42:33

Apolo Ohno (@ApoloOhno) is a retired American short-track speed skater, an eight-time Olympic medalist, the most decorated American Winter Olympian of all time, and the author of Hard Pivot: Embrace Change. Find Purpose. Show Up Fully.

What We Discuss with Apolo Ohno:

  • How Apolo's single dad helped him constructively channel his genetic proclivities toward athleticism and abundance of energy — and overcome his physical shortcomings — from an early age.
  • What drove Apolo's tendency to self-sabotage even as he was becoming the most decorated American Winter Olympian of all time (and what we can do to moderate this mindset in ourselves).
  • The perils of overtraining — and what Apolo would do differently today if he were still competing as an athlete that would serve him better.
  • Understanding the difference between entertaining superstitions and creating reliable routines and habits upon which you can rely when seeking success.
  • The highly transferable lesson Apolo learned when a fluke accident robbed him of a gold medal — and what we can all take away from the disappointment of only landing a silver medal when life doesn't go according to plan.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/783

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Jan 24, 2023
782: Death of Mother Could Trigger Ballistic Brother | Feedback Friday
00:59:10

Now that your mother-in-law is in hospice, you're worried that your unstable brother-in-law — whose uncomfortable attachment to her makes Norman Bates look like John Boy Walton — is set to go literally ballistic against you and your husband (who has been handling her financial affairs) when she finally passes. Should you skip the funeral, or rent a couple of bulletproof vests and hope for the best? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/781

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Should you skip your mother-in-law's funeral to avoid being shot by the unhinged brother-in-law over financial affairs?
  • You're living abroad with a significant other who cheated on you during the long-distance phase of your relationship, and trust is difficult to regain. You're considering moving out, but you're a stranger in a strange land without a support system. What should you do?
  • As part of a hard-working sales team, it was disheartening to discover your manager's been playing favorites and spoon-feeding the best leads to her crush. How can you right this wrong without jeopardizing your own position?
  • How do you best protect yourself, your child, and your niece against a sister struggling with addiction who makes sure none of your good deeds toward her over the years go unpunished?
  • When talking about medical problems and past trauma makes your friends uncomfortable, is it okay to bury your pain rather than trying to sort the mess out?
  • 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.

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Jan 20, 2023
781: Peter Zeihan | Mapping the Collapse of Globalization
01:21:18

Peter Zeihan (@peterzeihan) is a geopolitical strategist, founder of the consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics, and author of The Absent SuperpowerThe Accidental SuperpowerDisunited Nations, and The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

What We Discuss with Peter Zeihan:

  • How advancements in technology and global trade have led to a world where virtually everything we could want or need is available on tap.
  • What the role of the United States has been in creating such a world, and why it seems to be rapidly losing interest in maintaining this role.
  • What would happen if this interconnected world were to suddenly become disconnected — and the nations of the world had to become self-sufficient and produce their own goods, food, and energy.
  • How only a small percentage of the world's countries could successfully adapt to such a disruption, and what this would mean for the majority of the global population.
  • What the aftermath of this social upheaval might look like, and how we can be best prepared to emerge from the chaos intact.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/781

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Jan 19, 2023
780: Chris Fenton | China's Harrowing Hold Over Hollywood
01:23:18

Chris Fenton (@TheDragonFeeder) is an expert on China's influence over Hollywood and how the Chinese government pressures American movie studios into creating soft power propaganda. He is the author of Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion-Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business.

What We Discuss with Chris Fenton:

  • How China exerts influence over the Hollywood movie industry.
  • The strategies that are used to make movies and commercials relevant to the Chinese public — and ensure they're pushing the Chinese government's political agenda.
  • How international film edits differ from Chinese film edits.
  • What the Chinese government does to punish Hollywood studios that won't play ball.
  • Why leverage doesn't have to be a one-way street, and how Hollywood can push back against Chinese politics.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/780

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Did you hear our conversation with Desmond Shum, the former CCP insider and former husband of disappeared Chinese billionaire “Whitney” Duan Weihong? Catch up with episode 684: Desmond Shum | Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in China here!

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Jan 17, 2023
779: Almonds | Skeptical Sunday
00:21:44

How do the environmental costs of producing almonds outweigh their nutritional benefits? Allow us to count the ways...

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/779

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • Almonds are one of the most misunderstood "health foods" of the modern era. As of 2021, US consumption of almonds amounted to about 1.56 million metric tons worldwide, and Americans now consume more than 10 times as many almonds as in 1965. Unfortunately, while they've become a staple of healthy diets, they are not environmentally friendly.
  • Almond milk is not a true dairy alternative and is mostly made of water, sugar, salt, emulsifiers, vitamins, and ascorbic acid — and only two percent almonds.
  • Almond farming requires bees to wake up early from hibernation to attend the crop season, and most of the bees rented by farmers die due to pesticides and diseases — up to 50 million per year.
  • It takes from one to three gallons of water to produce just one almond. That means, at the low end of the scale, one serving of almonds = 23 gallons of water, and one pound of almonds = 1900 gallons. 100 percent of the almonds you buy in the US, and 80 percent of almonds in the world, are produced in California — where there is already an issue with water shortages.
  • How we can be more mindful of our almond consumption and support alternative products that are more environmentally friendly.
  • 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 David at his website, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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Jan 15, 2023
778: Custody Depends on Testimony Against Old Friend | Feedback Friday
01:06:02

An old friend who wrote you off for remaining neutral when she left her husband is asking you to testify on her behalf to secure full custody of her children. However, you've always known her ex-husband to be a responsible father and are skeptical of her anecdotes that would disqualify him from co-parenting rights. Obviously, the time for neutrality has passed and it's time to pick a side. So where does loyalty lie when legality is on the line? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/778

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • First, we have a follow-up of sorts from episode 753: A Clandestine Crossdresser’s Conundrum.
  • The balance of a custody battle between your ex-bestie and her ex-husband may be tipped by your testimony. Where does your loyalty lie when legality is on the line?
  • Is it immoral to get into a serious relationship without disclosing your incurable, debilitating illness up front?
  • Metaphorically speaking, what if you gave up your job rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic to become an engineer on the Lusitania?
  • Newfound feelings of rage leave you wondering what a healthy relationship with anger looks like for most people — and what might be the best way to channel this feeling toward something positive?
  • Packages delivered to your address only started going missing when your unstable, gun-toting neighbor moved in, but your landlord refuses to actually do anything about it unless you can provide some kind of proof. What are your options?
  • 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.

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Jan 13, 2023
777: Kevin Dutton | The Wisdom of Psychopaths Part Two
01:01:18

Kevin Dutton (@therealdrkev) is a psychologist and author known for his research on the psychology of evil and the science of charisma. His latest book is The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch up with part one here!]

What We Discuss with Kevin Dutton:

  • How having a con artist father who never lost his cool sparked Kevin’s interest in understanding the mindset of the psychopath.
  • What Kevin means when he says that psychopaths understand the “words but not the music” of emotion.
  • Contrary to popular belief, psychopaths aren’t necessarily violent. They could be a surgeon or a killer, a firefighter or an arsonist. (Or even a professor or an ax murderer.)
  • Why psychopaths are often excellent at persuasion and identifying weakness in others.
  • What percentage of the population exhibits psychopathy, and how psychopaths can actually be useful for society.
  • And much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/777

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Jan 12, 2023
776: Kevin Dutton | The Wisdom of Psychopaths Part One
00:58:47

Kevin Dutton (@therealdrkev) is a psychologist and author known for his research on the psychology of evil and the science of charisma. His latest book is The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Keep an eye out for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Kevin Dutton:

  • How having a con artist father who never lost his cool sparked Kevin's interest in understanding the mindset of the psychopath.
  • What Kevin means when he says that psychopaths understand the "words but not the music" of emotion.
  • Contrary to popular belief, psychopaths aren't necessarily violent. They could be a surgeon or a killer, a firefighter or an arsonist. (Or even a professor or an ax murderer.)
  • Why psychopaths are often excellent at persuasion and identifying weakness in others.
  • What percentage of the population exhibits psychopathy, and how psychopaths can actually be useful for society.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/776

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Jan 10, 2023
775: Bridezilla's Vanity Tests Bestie's Sanity | Feedback Friday
01:02:38

Participating in your bestie's wedding seemed like a great honor — until she transformed into a demanding Bridezilla. Now it's a stressful horrorshow that's straining what's left of your friendship. Should you stay or should you go? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/775

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your bestie has transformed into a demanding Bridezilla. Should you still participate in her wedding or get out while you can?
  • After 30 years in an evangelical church that warped your feelings about sexuality, your only relationship fell apart after a few short months. How can you be upfront about your history with potential partners without scaring them off?
  • You've been so diligent about saving money and investing wisely over the past decade that you could live without a job for five years. So how can you reconcile your desire for a more independent life with your — probably unfounded — fear of financial instability?
  • Should you ghost, roast, or toast your new aggro-defensive coworker who won't take the criticism necessary to improve — especially when it comes from a woman?
  • How can you get your significant other to understand that his consumer choices matter — and that you don't want to support companies that, in turn, give money to the corrupt and genocidal Chinese government?
  • 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.

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking — our free networking and relationship development mini course — at jordanharbinger.com/course!

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Jan 06, 2023
774: Jonah Berger | The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior
00:00

Jonah Berger (@j1berger) has spent over 15 years studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on. He’s a marketing professor and author, and his new book is Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior[Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Jonah Berger:

  • We like to believe we’re so special that our choices are driven by personal preferences and opinions; the fact of the matter: other people have an influence over almost everything we do.
  • Rather than seeing influence as negative and manipulative, we should understand how to use it as a toolkit for making better decisions.
  • Sometimes we allow our social groups or cultural upbringing to influence us toward underachievement.
  • Learn the one trick that allows negotiators to be five times more successful.
  • How do we protect ourselves from undesired influence?
  • And much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/774

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Jan 05, 2023
773: David Lieberman | Deciphering What People Really Want
00:00

Dr. David Lieberman (@dr_lieberman) is the author of the book Mindreader: The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are. He is a respected expert on human behavior and relationships, with a focus on improving communication and understanding between individuals.

What We Discuss with Dr. David Lieberman:

  • Common misconceptions about body language that can be safely discarded as nonsense.
  • The difference between self-esteem and confidence.
  • Why guilty people usually want the conversation to end as soon as possible, while innocent people often want a further exchange of information.
  • What spatial immediacy is, and its impact on how people interact and the nature of their communication.
  • Why the less emotionally and mentally healthy someone is, the less comfortable they are with people who hold opposing viewpoints.
  • And much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/773

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Jan 03, 2023
772: Energy Drinks | Skeptical Sunday
00:38:39

Energy Drinks. What is in these things? Why are some people hooked on them? Why are they wild, unnatural colors? What exactly do they do? Are they dangerous? Are they hype? Or are they both? Sit back, pour yourself a nice tall glass of carbonated, bright-blue, sugar-packed whatever the hell this is, commence vibrating, and get the straight dope on energy drinks.

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/772

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • Energy drinks have been linked to irregular heartbeats, cardiomyopathy (a disease that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood), increased blood pressure, and other heart conditions.
  • A lot of people in the fitness world like energy drinks, especially diet ones, because they get an energy boost for working out without a huge caloric intake — but their bodies tend to be healthy enough to deal with any adverse effects.
  • When it comes to caffeine, experts recommend no more than 400 mg per day for adults, or 100 mg for kids. A standard cup of coffee provides anywhere between 95 mg to 200 mg, while one can of an energy drink varies by brand from 111 mg to 280 mg.
  • The FDA warns that 4,200 mg of caffeine can be lethal to an average adult if ingested all at once — although other conditions can exacerbate its effect at much lower doses. An autopsy reported "caffeine toxicity" as a contributor to a 14-year-old's death after she drank just two cans of 24 oz Monster energy drinks — or about 488 mg of caffeine.
  • Most energy drinks contain B12 and lots of other vitamins that can be good for fighting off depression (especially in vegans with a low B12 intake), but supplements can provide the same benefits without added caffeine and sugar.
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an...
Jan 01, 2023
771: Sarah Edmondson & Nippy Ames | Surviving NXIVM Part Two
01:06:36

Sarah Edmondson (@sarahjedmondson) and Anthony "Nippy" Ames (@nippyames) are two former NXIVM cult members turned whistleblowers. Together, they host the podcast A Little Bit Culty, and are featured in HBO's series The Vow. Sarah's 12-year ordeal is chronicled in Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life. [This is part two of a two-part conversation. Find part one here!]

What We Discuss with Sarah Edmondson and Nippy Ames:

  • How NXIVM began as a community of like-minded individuals who were committed to personal growth and self-improvement and devolved into a cult under the leadership of its narcissistic founder, Keith Raniere.
  • How Hollywood celebrities came to be courted and ultimately controlled by Raniere and the NXIVM cult.
  • The endless abuses suffered by NXIVM's victims — from mind games to being branded as property and trafficked as a way to fund Raniere's lavish lifestyle.
  • Where Sarah and Nippy existed within NXIVM's hierarchy, the parts they played, and what broke the spell that held them enthralled in the cult's sinister machinations.
  • How Sarah and Nippy are coping with the aftermath of their traumatic experiences, and what they're doing to raise awareness of how cults like NXIVM ruin people's lives.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/771

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Dec 29, 2022
770: Sarah Edmondson & Nippy Ames | Surviving NXIVM Part One
01:10:39

Sarah Edmondson (@sarahjedmondson) and Anthony "Nippy" Ames (@nippyames) are two former NXIVM cult members turned whistleblowers. Together, they host the podcast A Little Bit Culty, and are featured in HBO's series The Vow. Sarah's 12-year ordeal is chronicled in Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life. [This is part one of a two-part conversation. Stay tuned for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Sarah Edmondson and Nippy Ames:

  • How NXIVM began as a community of like-minded individuals who were committed to personal growth and self-improvement and devolved into a cult under the leadership of its narcissistic founder, Keith Raniere.
  • How Hollywood celebrities came to be courted and ultimately controlled by Raniere and the NXIVM cult.
  • The endless abuses suffered by NXIVM's victims — from mind games to being branded as property and trafficked as a way to fund Raniere's lavish lifestyle.
  • Where Sarah and Nippy existed within NXIVM's hierarchy, the parts they played, and what broke the spell that held them enthralled in the cult's sinister machinations.
  • How Sarah and Nippy are coping with the aftermath of their traumatic experiences, and what they're doing to raise awareness of how cults like NXIVM ruin people's lives.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/770

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Dec 27, 2022
769: Narcissist’s Antics Make Parents Go Frantic | Feedback Friday
01:06:58

Most resources seem to focus on how to separate from people with narcissistic behaviors and get them out of your life — but what are you supposed to do when you’re the loving parent of an adult narcissist and you just want them to have a normal family and a fulfilling, productive life? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/769

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • As a loving parent who really wishes the best for your children, is it possible to reconcile with a violent, gaslighting, blame-deflecting 20-year-old, narcissistic son, or is it time to just cut your losses and move on? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula for helping us field this one!]
  • As someone with abandonment issues, PTSD, and depression, it drives you nuts that the person you're dating frequently goes for days without contacting you. Should you keep pushing for this relationship, or accept that your personalities may just not be compatible?
  • When your father was killed in an ATV accident, the driver who picked up the vehicle offered to buy it for $800. Five months after putting down $200, he has still not paid the balance and you're wondering if you can repossess the ATV or report it as stolen. [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us answer this one!]
  • Jordan and Gabe compare what they've learned over this past year of answering Feedback Fridays together, and extend special thanks to Corbin Payne, Dr. Erin Margolis, Michelle Tillis Lederman, Alisa Cohn, and all the other brilliant people who have helped us out in 2022!
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Dec 23, 2022
768: Chase Hughes | The Behavioral Table of Elements
01:10:14

Chase Hughes (@thechasehughes) created The Behavioral Table of Elements for behavior analysis in interrogations, and is the author of The Ellipsis Manual: Analysis and Engineering of Human Behavior. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Chase Hughes:

  • What is The Behavioral Table of the Elements and how can we use it to determine the likelihood that someone is telling us the truth?
  • Why Chase considers polygraph tests “just about as accurate as a coin toss” — and how they’re actually biased against people who tell the truth.
  • What someone training to spot deception indicators and stress might learn from watching Conan O’Brien interviews.
  • How training ourselves to be subconsciously aware of truth signals clues us in when someone who’s lying deviates from them.
  • How to hack authority for influence and personal development.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/768

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Miss our conversation with FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss? Catch up with episode 165: Chris Voss | Negotiate as If Your Life Depended on It here!

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Dec 22, 2022
767: Sohom Das | Decoding Alex Jones, Andrew Tate, and Anna Delvey
01:22:28

Dr. Sohom Das (@dr_s_das) is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who works in prisons and criminal courts to assess and rehabilitate mentally ill offenders. He is the author of In Two Minds: Stories of Murder, Justice, and Recovery From a Forensic Psychiatrist.

What We Discuss with Dr. Sohom Das:

  • How was fake heiress Anna Delvey (aka Anna Sorokin) able to convince even the savviest New York social elites that she was one of them and gain access to their checkbooks?
  • The numerous non-violent ways psychopaths act out to exploit others for their own gratification.
  • Is social influencer Andrew Tate mentally a 12-year-old playground bully in the body of a former professional kickboxer, or is he just playing a caricature of one for fun and profit?
  • Why InfoWars honcho Alex Jones can't resist peddling provably false conspiracy theories even though it's bankrupting his media empire down to the rivets.
  • Are narcissists psychopaths?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/767

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Did you hear our conversation with Paul Holes, the former investigator known for his contributions to solving the Golden State Killer case using advanced methods of identification with DNA and genealogy technology? Catch up with episode 725: Paul Holes | Solving America’s Cold Cases here!

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Dec 20, 2022
766: Banned Foods | Skeptical Sunday
00:57:09

Why are so many of the snacks and drinks offered as safe for consumption in the United States wholly banned in other parts of the world? How bad could our favorite foodstuffs actually be?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Editor's note: A previous version of this show's notes erroneously declared that aspartame was banned in the EU. We are in the process of correcting this and apologize for the error. 

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/766

On This Week’s Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • Coffee Mate's liquid version is banned in Europe due to the presence of trans fats (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils) that can lead to heart disease. While the US requires warning labels for these foods, they are still available to consumers.
  • Mexican and most European cola brands use cane sugar, while American Coke uses high fructose corn syrup, which is regulated in the EU. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to health issues such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular illnesses.
  • Aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener found in many US foods and drinks, including diet sodas and gum. It contains phenylalanine, which can cause problems for people with a rare genetic condition called PKU.
  • While evidence is still being gathered, there have been concerns about the potential health effects of certain artificial food dyes, particularly their potential to cause hyperactivity in children. In the European Union, these dyes are banned from use in food products, while they are widely used in the United States.
  • The EU has banned the use of growth hormones in cows due to concerns about potential health risks to humans and animals, as well as potential negative impacts on the environment. In the United States, however, they're commonly used in the dairy and meat industries to promote faster growth and increase milk production in cows.
  • 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 David at his website, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch...
Dec 17, 2022
765: Fella Fretting from Furtive Front Seat Fellatio | Feedback Friday
01:08:36

You're a straight man who was sexually assaulted by another man when you were just 21 years old, and it's haunted you ever since. Additionally, you bear the burden alone because you've never been able to tell your wife about this traumatic experience. What can you do to make this right after all this time? We'll try to help find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/765

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • As a straight man, you were sexually assaulted by another man at 21 and have never told your wife. The experience has been haunting you. What should you do?
  • Written accuracy is a crucial part of your job, but you seem to make typos and mistakes no matter how hard you try. How can you improve your attention to detail while coping with the anxiety and insecurity that come with being criticized for your slip-ups?
  • You work hard to secure your children's future, not so your in-laws can hobnob at the country club and drink wine they can't afford — so their failure to repay the $20,000 you loaned them is making you resentful. What do you do now?
  • Is it worth reaching out to the "friends" who know about how your charming ex used to physically abuse you but went on vacation with him anyway? Or should you just write them all off and look for newer, better friends?
  • You're a human resources management major who aspires to become a job recruiter. The irony: you can't seem to get yourself a job in spite of doing well in mock interviews. How do you get better at selling yourself to potential employers?
  • 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.

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Dec 16, 2022
764: Nick Bilton | Hunting the Dark Web's Silk Road Kingpin
00:55:41

Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, a contributor to CNBC, a former columnist for The New York Times, and author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Nick Bilton:

  • How does a merit badge-bedecked Eagle Scout become the head of a thriving online black market worth a billion dollars?
  • What are the costs of maintaining a double life?
  • What’s the real reason Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht was caught?
  • What is Nick Bilton’s unique research process for covering a story like this?
  • Is everyone susceptible to the level of Ross Ulbricht’s mix of ambition, hubris, and self-deception, or does it require a certain personality type?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/764

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Miss our two-parter with Bridgewater Associates founder and world-famous investor Ray Dalio? Start catching up with episode 389: Ray Dalio | Principles of an Investing Pioneer Part One here!

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Dec 15, 2022
763: Laowhy86 | China Uprising | Out of the Loop
01:19:43

Laowhy86 (@laowhy86) — aka Matthew Tye, aka C-Milk — is a Westerner who lived in China for 10 years, and watched it change from an opening and liberalizing society into regression and authoritarianism. His YouTube videos explain China, Chinese culture, and Chinese politics, and decode Chinese propaganda so viewers are armed with the knowledge to identify and resist it.

Welcome to what we’re calling our “Out of the Loop” episodes, where we dig a little deeper into fascinating current events that may only register as a blip on the media’s news cycle and have conversations with the people who find themselves immersed in them. Here, Laowhy86 joins us to share his Westerner’s perspective — with those of us out of the loop — on the uprisings going on in China right now over the government’s draconian lockdowns and ongoing human rights abuses. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/763

On This Episode of Out of the Loop, We Discuss:

  • Welded into an apartment building in China’s Xinjiang region to prevent their escape during the Chinese government’s strict “zero-COVID” lockdowns, 10 people — including a three-year-old child — were killed when a fire broke out.
  • The violent crackdown by authorities during a candlelight vigil for victims of the fire escalated into massive protests against the government, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, across China — at a scale unseen since 1989’s Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • Coordinated across 79 universities in China, these protests have evolved to include demands for political reform and an end to corruption — a rare display of unity among a population so long repressed by a regime that traditionally punishes dissent with social stigma, imprisonment, and death.
  • The intensity of these protests is surprising given the effectiveness of surveillance tools used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the past. This indicates that there is a larger sentiment for dissent among the population than may be visibly apparent.
  • What this wave of protests portends for the future of China, its people, its historically inflexible authoritarian government, and its place on the global stage.
  • And much more!
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you’d like us to tackle here on an Out of the Loop episode, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know!

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Dec 13, 2022
762: Where on Earth Is Sibling Abducted at Birth? | Feedback Friday
01:18:17

Mysterious circumstances suggest your brother didn't die at birth per "official" sources in Cold War-era East Germany, but he may have actually been abducted and sold to a family connected to the corrupt political hierarchy of the day. What can you do to find out for sure and give your parents the certainty they've been seeking for decades? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/762

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Jordan just got back from Morocco and he didn't even bring us a lousy t-shirt. But he's got stories!
  • Did your brother really die at birth in the midst of the Cold War per "official" East German hospital records, or was he abducted and sold to a family of Communist party insiders? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Erin Margolis (and some secret sources) for helping us with this one!]
  • Though you love her unconditionally, your partner's negative self-image makes it nearly impossible for you to relay constructive criticism without it being taken as callous insensitivity. What can you do to improve this dynamic? [Thanks to Haesue Jo, Head of Clinical Support at BetterHelp, for helping us with this one!]
  • Is there a healthy way to justify moving back in with the manipulative ex who’s always trying to weasel his way back into your life in order to save money and see your shared daughter more often?
  • How can an inexperienced traveler with wanderlust overcome the anxiety of planning a trip to a foreign destination?
  • 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.

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Dec 09, 2022
761: Bradley Steyn | Undercover with Mandela's Spies Part Two
01:05:54

Bradley Steyn (@bradley_steyn_) is an expert on risk mitigation, operational support, and racial injustice. He is the co-author of Undercover with Mandela's Spies: The Story of the Boy Who Crossed the Square, a memoir of his time as a double agent working for Nelson Mandela during the dying days of South African Apartheid. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to check out part one here!] 

What We Discuss with Bradley Steyn:

  • Bradley shares his observations as a white kid growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa.
  • How, as a teenager, Bradley bore witness to the brutal Strijdom Square massacre, in which white supremacist Barend Hendrik Strydom calmly took the lives of eight People of Color and injured 16 with a 9mm pistol.
  • The PTSD, nightmares, anger issues, and emotional distress Bradley was forced to cope with in the aftermath of this horrific experience — and still deals with more than three decades later.
  • How Bradley was recruited for undercover duty by the feared security police of the Apartheid government while working as a bouncer at a Pretoria gay bar.
  • What led to Bradley's dedication to the anti-Apartheid struggle and his service as a deep cover double agent within the Department of Intelligence and Security under the directive of Chris Hani's and Nelson Mandela's paramilitary wing, uMkhonto weSizwe.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/761

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Miss our interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the crack empire kingpin gone good? Catch up with episode 121: Freeway Rick Ross | Life in the Crack Lane here!

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Dec 08, 2022
760: Bradley Steyn | Undercover with Mandela's Spies Part One
01:02:07

Bradley Steyn (@bradley_steyn_) is an expert on risk mitigation, operational support, and racial injustice. He is the co-author of Undercover with Mandela's Spies: The Story of the Boy Who Crossed the Square, a memoir of his time as a double agent working for Nelson Mandela during the dying days of South African Apartheid. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Keep an eye out for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Bradley Steyn:

  • Bradley shares his observations as a white kid growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa.
  • How, as a teenager, Bradley bore witness to the brutal Strijdom Square massacre, in which white supremacist Barend Hendrik Strydom calmly took the lives of eight People of Color and injured 16 with a 9mm pistol.
  • The PTSD, nightmares, anger issues, and emotional distress Bradley was forced to cope with in the aftermath of this horrific experience — and still deals with more than three decades later.
  • How Bradley was recruited for undercover duty by the feared security police of the Apartheid government while working as a bouncer at a Pretoria gay bar.
  • What led to Bradley's dedication to the anti-Apartheid struggle and his service as a deep cover double agent within the Department of Intelligence and Security under the directive of Chris Hani's and Nelson Mandela's paramilitary wing, uMkhonto weSizwe.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/760

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Miss our two-part conversation with ex-Al-Qaeda spy Aimen Dean? Catch up by starting with episode 383: Aimen Dean | Nine Lives of a Spy Inside Al-Qaeda Part One here!

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Dec 06, 2022
759: Can Mom Cease As Family Man's Side Piece? | Feedback Friday
01:00:54

When your mother is the other woman in some other family's affair, how do you compel her to do the right thing and walk away? We'll tackle this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/759

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • When your mother is the other woman in some other family's affair, how do you compel her to do the right thing and walk away?
  • How much is too much when you're considering the cost of an education that should be earning you top dollar?
  • You're no longer physically attracted to the husband who fathered your children. Should you tough it out until your kids are adults, or would it be better to separate now and hope for the best?
  • How can you shake the family business and chart your own course when you know you'd feel guilty for abandoning what your parents have built?
  • What should you do if you find yourself drawn to another person while you’re in a committed 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.

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Dec 02, 2022
758: David Buss | The Evolution of Desire
01:13:36

David Buss (@ProfDavidBuss) is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is considered the world’s leading scientific expert on strategies of human mating, and his most recent book is — appropriately enough — The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with David Buss:

  • Why does mating matter?
  • The mating crisis among educated women.
  • How to select a good long-term mate.
  • What leads to mating disasters.
  • What we can do to become better long-term mates.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/758

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Missed our conversation with Daniel Pink in which we discussed the psychology, biology, and economics behind scheduling for optimal effect (including sleep) — and why your ideal time to get something done may widely differ from someone else’s? Catch up with episode 63: Daniel Pink | When Is the Best Time to Get Things Done?

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Dec 01, 2022
757: Annie Duke | The Power of Knowing When to Quit
01:28:14

Annie Duke (@annieduke) is a World Series poker champion, a shrewd decision-maker, and the author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts and Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away.

What We Discuss with Annie Duke:

  • Why "Never give up!" is objectively terrible advice (as even Muhammad Ali might grudgingly admit).
  • Life's too short to keep fighting a battle that's only losing ground when you could better devote the time you're spending to more worthwhile pursuits.
  • Why the worst time to make a decision is when you're already in the middle of it.
  • How the sunk cost fallacy keeps us spinning our wheels in fruitless attempts at progress long after we should have turned back.
  • How we can actually tell the difference between a worthy pursuit and a lost cause — and what we can do to resist our own stubborn impulse to persist beyond reasonable defeat.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/757

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Miss our last conversation with Annie Duke — World Series poker champion and author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts? Catch up by listening to episode 40: Annie Duke | How to Make Decisions Like a Poker Champ here!

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Nov 29, 2022
756: Seeking Reconciliation After Abusing a Relation | Feedback Friday
00:00

As a child, you were sexually abused by an older sibling, and you, in turn, abused your younger sibling. How can you overcome the guilt and shame you feel to repair your relationship with this person you've deeply hurt? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/756

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Some listener feedback about the butt-dialer situation from episode 732.
  • As a child, you were sexually abused by an older sibling, and you, in turn, abused your younger sibling. How can you overcome the guilt and shame you feel to repair your relationship with this person you've deeply hurt?
  • To your chagrin, the team lead in your old department — someone you consider a friend — wants you to keep helping out even though you've moved on to another position at the company. How do you navigate this without completely blowing up your friendship with this colleague?
  • Your mother's guilt from cheating on your late father and contributing to the stress that killed him has given her an eating disorder and sapped her will to live. Is there anything you can do to bring her back from the brink?
  • Can you be a high achiever in law school and work and still have time for family, friends, and the things you love?
  • You were raised by a verbally and physically abusive mother, and grew up in an area where you were ethnically persecuted daily. As a result, you suffer from PTSD that therapy has only seemed to make worse, and you can't really seem to return the love you've been given in past relationships. Is it possible to find a balance between loneliness and happiness?
  • 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.

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Miss our conversation with actor, producer, and Scientology survivor 

Nov 25, 2022
755: Dr. Sohom Das | Rehabilitating the Criminally Insane
01:19:49

Dr. Sohom Das (@dr_s_das) is a consultant forensic psychiatrist who works in prisons and criminal courts to assess and rehabilitate mentally ill offenders. He is the author of In Two Minds: Stories of Murder, Justice, and Recovery From a Forensic Psychiatrist.

What We Discuss with Dr. Sohom Das:

  • Telling the difference between someone whose treatable madness is causing them to act out and someone whose irredeemable, criminal badness makes them a permanent danger to society.
  • Over 97% of the mentally ill defendants with whom Sohom works experienced trauma in childhood.
  • Comparing and contrasting psychopaths and sociopaths.
  • How can a psychiatrist determine whether someone in custody is mentally ill or just faking it (and has Sohom ever been fooled)?
  • What precautions does Sohom take for his own safety when working in close quarters with mad or bad people who mean him harm?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/755

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Miss the show we did with James Fallon — the psychiatry professor who can teach you how to spot a psychopath because he is a psychopath? Catch up here with episode 28: James Fallon | How to Spot a Psychopath!

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Nov 24, 2022
754: Miki Mistrati | The Dark Side of the Chocolate Industry
01:19:49

Miki Mistrati (@MrMistrati) is the award-winning director of three international documentaries exposing brutal trafficking and illegal child labor in the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry: The Chocolate War, The Shady Chocolate Business, and The Dark Side of Chocolate.

What We Discuss with Miki Mistrati:

  • How human trafficking, child slavery, and inhumane treatment likely contribute to the production of your favorite chocolate products.
  • Why, nearly two decades after pledging to eradicate child labor, major chocolate companies still cannot identify the farms where all their cocoa comes from, let alone if child labor was used in producing it.
  • How the biggest chocolate companies wield their billions of dollars in profits to keep legislation that would hold them accountable at bay.
  • What we, as consumers, can do to effectively censure these companies and help the people they exploit.
  • How to ensure the chocolate we enjoy is ethically and sustainably sourced.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/754

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Miss the show we did with Vince Beiser — author of The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization? Make sure to check out episode 97: Vince Beiser | Why Sand Is More Important Than You Think It Is!

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Nov 22, 2022
753: A Clandestine Crossdresser's Conundrum | Feedback Friday
00:55:03

When you're a secret crossdresser who's had a secret affair with another married man whose untimely death left you grieving in secret, it's got you wondering if you should bury your secret things before you die and your wife discovers what you've been hiding from her for all these years? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/753

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Good news! Skeptical Sundays with David C. Smalley will be back in 2023!
  • Should you bury evidence of your crossdressing life and an affair you had with a man before your wife discovers it upon your death?
  • Your parents want to give you and your siblings an inheritance, but how do they compassionately explain excluding your brother who's living as a monk and would have to donate his share to the Church?
  • You envy your siblings whose lives have worked out better than yours to the point where you don't feel empathy for them when they endure terrible things — like having their houses washed out to sea in a hurricane. How can you cultivate a better attitude toward them?
  • You've been appointed as class prefect in your high school, but your less ambitious classmates have chosen to bully you instead of following your efforts at leadership. What can you do when your peers don't respect your authority and the administration refuses to help?
  • Should you remain as a partner at the large law firm where you've been for the past six years when your higher-ups treat you like a doormat, or should you pursue getting a fresh start somewhere new?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Nov 18, 2022
752: Angela Duckworth | How to Grow Your Grit
01:00:55

Angela Duckworth (@angeladuckw) is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of the non-profit Character Lab, co-host of the No Stupid Questions podcast, and author of NYT bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Angela Duckworth:

  • What grit is and how it overrides the myth of innate "talent."
  • How to quantify your own level of grit.
  • How to grow your grit and achieve what once seemed impossible.
  • Why, when you’re a lifelong learner, you’re always going to see in hindsight how you might have done something better in the past — and this is a sign of improvement.
  • How to know the difference between a lost cause to abandon and a challenge worthy of pursuit.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/752

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Miss the conversation we had with Habits Academy’s James Clear? Catch up by listening to episode 108: James Clear | Forming Atomic Habits for Astronomic Results!

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Nov 17, 2022
751: General Robert Spalding | China's Playbook for Global Domination
01:23:43

General Robert Spalding (@@robert_spalding) is a retired US Air Force brigadier general, the CEO of digital infrastructure company SEMPRE, and the author of Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept and War Without Rules: China's Playbook for Global Domination.

What We Discuss with General Robert Spalding:

  • How a 1999 book by military strategists Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui called Unrestricted Warfare has become China's playbook for global domination against the Western world.
  • Numerous ways the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploits Western weaknesses with this playbook's primary tenet: the best strategy for warfare is not to kill, but to control.
  • Why the CCP isn't likely to crumble under the weight of its own debts as Soviet Russia did, and why a Chinese invasion of Taiwan stands a better chance of success than the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • How the CCP uses corporate espionage, global pandemics, and trade violations to pursue its goal of dominance.
  • What can we, as individuals clued in to the tactics of this playbook, do to resist the influence of the CCP on the Western world?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/751

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Miss our conversation with elite counterterrorism undercover agent Tamer Elnoury? Catch up with episode 572: Tamer Elnoury | Undercover with a Muslim FBI Agent here!

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Nov 15, 2022
750: Can You Help Friend Shake His Psychotic Break? | Feedback Friday
00:53:28

Your best friend's tether to reality was severed by a psychotic break when you were living abroad, and you were disheartened upon returning to discover just how immersed in paranoid delusions he'd become. His state seems to have improved for the moment, but you're worried he could succumb to these delusions again at any time. Is there anything you can do to help him, or is this something he needs to work out on his own? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/750

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Is there hope you can help your friend recover from a psychotic break that has him immersed in paranoid delusions? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Najwa Culver for helping us with this one!]
  • You're embarrassed by your hubby's tendency to overdrink in polite company, but any concern or criticism on your part is met with furious pushback. Should you just keep your mouth shut and hope she gets a handle on this, or are you right to intervene?
  • You were recently given a clear, unambiguous offer for what was more or less your dream job, but it was withdrawn in an email stating the company had decided to go with someone else. Is this grounds for a lawsuit?
  • Is your significant other's omission of past relationship details meant to: a) hide something, b) protect you, c) convey disrespect, or d) none of the above?
  • With ongoing world conflicts, the potential loss of abortion rights, climate change, and rising costs of living, how can you justify bringing a child into the world?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Miss the conversation we had with scambuster Coffeezilla? Catch up with episode 368: Coffeezilla...

Nov 11, 2022
749: Yasmine Mohammed | How the West Empowers Radical Islam Part Two
01:05:38

Yasmine Mohammed (@yasmohammedxx) is a human rights activist who advocates for the rights of women living within Muslim-majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism in general. She is the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds and the author of Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch part one here!]

What We Discuss with Yasmine Mohammed:

  • Why curtailing expression in free societies is the worst possible response to threats made by religious fundamentalists.
  • How the same religious text that serves to inspire millions gets interpreted by extremists to justify gruesome acts of terrorism and tyranny.
  • How fundamentalist scofflaws abuse the tolerance and goodwill of free societies to drain resources and establish footholds conducive to their extremist ideologies.
  • Yasmine shares her story of growing up in a subordinate family of a religiously justified polygynous household — not in some remote, developing nation, but Canada.
  • The dangers that women and secular-minded members of a society run by religious extremists face, and why such societies need to be challenged rather than given a free pass to continue their oppression for fear of offending the people in charge and their enablers — often the oppressed, themselves.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/749

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Miss our conversation with Danny Trejo, the instantly recognizable actor, producer, and restauranteur with a resume that includes crime, hard time, and battling his own addictions while helping troubled youth overcome theirs? Catch up with episode 398: Danny Trejo | Inmate #1 here! 

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Nov 10, 2022
748: Yasmine Mohammed | How the West Empowers Radical Islam Part One
01:07:37

Yasmine Mohammed (@yasmohammedxx) is a human rights activist who advocates for the rights of women living within Muslim-majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism in general. She is the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds and the author of Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Be on the lookout for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Yasmine Mohammed:

  • Why curtailing expression in free societies is the worst possible response to threats made by religious fundamentalists.
  • How the same religious text that serves to inspire millions gets interpreted by extremists to justify gruesome acts of terrorism and tyranny.
  • How fundamentalist scofflaws abuse the tolerance and goodwill of free societies to drain resources and establish footholds conducive to their extremist ideologies.
  • Yasmine shares her story of growing up in a subordinate family of a religiously justified polygynous household — not in some remote, developing nation, but Canada.
  • The dangers that women and secular-minded members of a society run by religious extremists face, and why such societies need to be challenged rather than given a free pass to continue their oppression for fear of offending the people in charge and their enablers — often the oppressed, themselves.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/748

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Miss our conversation with vertical skateboarding legend Tony HawkCatch up with episode 324: Tony Hawk | How Did I Get Here? here! 

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Nov 08, 2022
747: Would a Girlboss Wife Ruin Your Boyboss Life? | Feedback Friday
01:00:52

Would marrying your type-A "girlboss" special lady friend cramp that type-A "boyboss" lifestyle you've been rocking since college? We'll try to find a reasonable answer to this very serious question (and more!) here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/747

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • What's the deal with people playing videos at full volume on their phones in public spaces lately?
  • Would marrying your type-A "girlboss" special lady friend cramp that type-A "boyboss" lifestyle you've been rocking since college?
  • Your husband's TikTok-influencer ex-wife is the kind of person who exploits a relative's benign tumor as a cancer scare to fraudulently crowdfund her vacation. You'd like to believe karma will out her publicly as a terrible person, but would it be wrong for you to "help" karma bring this about sooner rather than later?
  • What's the right way to respond to newfound information that a coworker with an equivalent title who's only been employed one year to your four is annually making $18,000 more than you?
  • An area church is blatantly fundraising and lobbying to get its members elected in local governments around the world and here in the US with the aim of nudging policy in a theocratic direction. Is this even legal and, if not, where can such activity be reported?
  • To stock your retail business, you just bought a bunch of stuff that you later came to realize was likely created by slave labor in China — but you can't return it. How can you best support human rights without compromising your financial situation?
  • 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.

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Nov 04, 2022
746: Yass Alizadeh | Iran Protests | Out of the Loop
01:19:00

Yass Alizadeh (@AlizadehYass) is a clinical assistant professor of Persian language and literature and the Persian program coordinator at New York University. Her research focuses on the layering of ethical themes in the ambiguously coded language of folktales in Modern Iran, the intricate link between politics and fiction, and the critical role of metaphors in the reframing of Iran’s classical oral tales.

Welcome to what we're calling our "Out of the Loop" episodes, where we dig a little deeper into fascinating current events that may only register as a blip on the media's news cycle and have conversations with the people who find themselves immersed in them. Here, we talk with NYU clinical assistant professor of Persian language and literature Yass Alizadeh about the protests going on in Iran right now for people who may be a bit out of the loop. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/746

On This Episode of Out of the Loop, We Discuss:

  • What spark set off the current round of protests in Iran, and how does this differ from previous periods of unrest in the country?
  • How did Iran go from a rapidly modernizing state to a tyrannical theocracy?
  • Why the younger generations in Iran are standing up to the current regime in ways prior generations didn't dare.
  • Iranian regime change vs. regime reform — who really supports each approach and why it matters.
  • Where Yass sees these protests going, and what she hopes they bode for the future of the Iranian people.
  • And much more!
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on an Out of the Loop episode, drop Jordan a line at jordan@jordanharbinger.com and let him know!

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Miss our conversation with NPR’s Guy Raz? Catch up with episode 404: Guy Raz | How I Built This here!

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Nov 03, 2022
745: Dave Farina | Debunking Junk Science Myths
01:21:07

Dave Farina (@daveexplains) is on a mission to make science make sense for everyone — whether it's through his Professor Dave Explains YouTube channel, his Professor Dave Debates podcast, or his new book, Is This Wi-Fi Organic?: A Guide to Spotting Misleading Science Online (Science Myths Debunked).

What We Discuss with Dave Farina:

  • How the Internet went from a promising reservoir of unlimited knowledge for all to an insidious superspreader of disinformation.
  • Why it's easier than ever for people to simply deny inconvenient facts that don't support their worldview.
  • How NASA went from the revered public institution that miraculously landed human beings on the moon to the scapegoat for conspiracy theorists who insist the Earth is flat.
  • Why synthetic doesn't always equate with bad, and natural doesn't automatically mean good.
  • Who profits from the proliferation of fake science, and what can we do to separate the wheat from the chaff when we're bombarded with copious amounts of fact and fiction?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/745

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Miss our conversation with true crime exoneree Amanda Knox? Catch up with episode 386: Amanda Knox | The Truth About True Crime here!

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Nov 01, 2022
744: Heinous Bro Needs the Old Heave-Ho | Feedback Friday
00:54:31

Your brother is such an overall horrible, vicious, violent person that the cops could pick him up for murder and you'd confidently say, "I'm pretty sure you've got the right guy." So the years he's chosen to drop out of your life have been blissful. Unfortunately, he's back causing havoc in your life and the only way you'll ever have peace is to distance yourself from him completely. But how? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/744

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • We have an update on Gabe's neighbor from episode 705.
  • Your human carbuncle of a brother has made your life — and the life of everyone else in your family — Hell for years, and you wish he'd just go away. What can you morally and legally do to make this happen?
  • You have an ex who's publically airing grievances that you cheated on her, abused her, and gaslit her — and none of it is true. How can you stop her from spreading these lies and reassure your friends and family who have heard them that they're complete fabrications?
  • You adopted your daughter, now age seven, three years ago after her birth mother committed a serious crime. Is it appropriate to tell your daughter the details when she asks?
  • You've always been on great terms with your brother, but you find his current choice of girlfriend lacking. In fact, you think she may be an actual psychopath and you don't want him to bring her around anymore. Instead of being understanding about your concerns, he's taken her side and treats you like the enemy. What can you do?
  • It's hard to feel like you're part of a supportive team when you're always the one willing to look like an idiot in front of your new manager to ask the questions everyone else only pretends to know. How can you ensure your manager doesn't really think you're an idiot?
  • 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.

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Oct 28, 2022
743: Dr. Ramani | How to Protect Yourself from a Narcissist Part Two
01:17:12

Dr. Ramani Durvasula (@DoctorRamani) is a clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, media expert, and author. Her latest book is "Don't You Know Who I Am?": How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to listen to part one here!]

What We Discuss with Dr. Ramani Durvasula:

  • We're all a little selfish sometimes. So how do you tell a genuine narcissist from someone who's just having a bad day?
  • Is it just our collective imagination, or is true narcissism on the rise (or at least more visible)?
  • Is someone necessarily born a narcissist, or can they "catch" it later in life?
  • Can a narcissist be reformed?
  • How can you protect yourself from a narcissist if just staying 500 feet away at all times isn't a viable option?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/743

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Did you hear our conversation with basketball legend Shaq about everything from sports to politics to emotional management to flat earth theory? Catch up with episode 691: Shaquille O’Neal | Circling Back on Flat Earth Theory here!

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Oct 27, 2022
742: Dr. Ramani | How to Protect Yourself from a Narcissist Part One
01:06:39

Dr. Ramani Durvasula (@DoctorRamani) is a clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, media expert, and author. Her latest book is "Don't You Know Who I Am?": How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Be on the lookout for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Dr. Ramani Durvasula:

  • We're all a little selfish sometimes. So how do you tell a genuine narcissist from someone who's just having a bad day?
  • Is it just our collective imagination, or is true narcissism on the rise (or at least more visible)?
  • Is someone necessarily born a narcissist, or can they "catch" it later in life?
  • Can a narcissist be reformed?
  • How can you protect yourself from a narcissist if just staying 500 feet away at all times isn't a viable option?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/742

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Did you hear our two-part conversation with the retired ATF agent who worked undercover for years to bust numerous criminal organizations — including a notorious motorcycle club? Catch up starting with episode 673: Ken Croke | Undercover in an Outlaw Biker Gang Part One here!

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Oct 25, 2022
741: Is Marriage Impaired by Emotional Affairs? | Feedback Friday
00:55:03

He may not physically be cheating on you, but his penchant for "mentoring" young women — on at least four occasions that you know of — is tantamount to having multiple emotional affairs. He's a good father and a mostly considerate partner, but the fact that these overly intense relationships with other women continue in spite of your protests makes you wonder if your marriage is worth saving. What should you do? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/741

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • While it never turns physical, does your husband's tendency to get emotionally involved with young women endanger your marriage?
  • Does your new boss need to know the details about how you overcame the obstacles presented by your former, toxic boss to land a better position at the company the day before you were supposed to be fired? [Thanks to executive coach and From Start-Up to Grown-Up author Alisa Cohn for helping us field this one!]
  • You and your child are moving overseas to be with your fiancé, but your family and friends at home all want you to stay. How can enjoy the next chapter of your life without feeling guilty about turning the page on your old one?
  • Should you ask your unreliable, drug-addicted sister to be a bridesmaid at your wedding and prepare for disappointment when she doesn't show up, or do you commit the unforgivable offense of not inviting her at all and risk being cut out of her life forever?
  • Are you strong, self-made, and independent without the need for a significant other to cramp your lifestyle, or really just a hopeless romantic who's desperate for love and attention but unsure how to get it without losing that hard-won independence?
  • 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 Oct 21, 2022
740: Ryan Holiday | Discipline is Destiny (Live from Los Angeles)
01:12:58

Ryan Holiday (@ryanholiday) is the host of The Daily Stoic podcast and the bestselling author of countless books about marketing, culture, Stoicism, and the human condition. His latest offering is Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control, and he joined us live in Los Angeles to talk about this and lots more!

What We Discuss with Ryan Holiday:

  • How do you get into the headspace where you do your best work when everything in the modern world is trying to distract you from getting there?
  • In spite of writing his first book about 1,800 years after Marcus Aurelius wrote his last, has Ryan really outsold the Stoic philosopher emperor?
  • How do we keep from letting our desire to be perceived as great get in the way of truly achieving greatness (or at least creating good work)?
  • Do you have the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed, courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other in order to live your best life?
  • How Stoicism's four cardinal virtues (courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom) can guide you even when the circumstances in which you find yourself are beyond your control.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/740

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Miss our conversation with Daniel Levin, a man who knows how to track down people who have gone missing in war zones and bring them home alive? Catch up with episode 617: Daniel Levin | How to Find a Missing Person in the Middle East here!

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Oct 20, 2022
739: Matthew Campbell | Examining Global Shipping’s Grim Underbelly
01:23:35

Matthew Campbell (@MattCampbell) is an award-winning reporter and editor for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and the co-author, with Kit Chellel, of Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy.

What We Discuss with Matthew Campbell:

  • The International Chamber of Shipping estimates about 90 percent of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry to the tune of around $14 trillion (about 2/3rds of the US GDP) per year.
  • Piracy persists in places along these lucrative shipping lines because people who have nothing to lose are willing to risk their lives for potentially big payouts.
  • Why insurance surveyor David Mockett didn't quite buy the story that Somali pirates had attacked oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso when he investigated the site — and how it led to his murder.
  • Insurance fraud is one of the world's oldest rackets, with instances documented as far back as ancient Greece.
  • Why rogue ship owners will fly "flags of convenience" — flags of countries with fewer regulations than the ones from which their ships are actually owned.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/739

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Did you hear our conversation with Paul Holes, the former investigator known for his contributions to solving the Golden State Killer case using advanced methods of identification with DNA and genealogy technology? Catch up with episode 725: Paul Holes | Solving America’s Cold Cases here!

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Oct 18, 2022
738: "Perfect" Pastor is a Predatory Disaster | Feedback Friday
01:02:37

What do you do when the very married pastor you've known your whole life as a pillar of the church and community propositions you on LGBTQ hookup app Grindr? You know his wife and kids would be devastated if they knew, but you also know he's vindictive and would likely take any blowback out on your family and their standing in that very same church and community. And if you just do nothing, he's free to prey on other young men without consequence. 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/738

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Busy day with too many things on your to-do list? For each item, ask yourself: "What will happen if I don't do this?" [Thanks to James Clear for clarifying this one!]
  • What do you do when the very married pastor you've known your whole life as a pillar of the community propositions you on LGBTQ hookup app Grindr? [Thanks to Dr. Kevin Glenn for helping us with this one!]
  • Is there a more constructive way to spend your commute time than reflecting back — and amplifying — the road rage others inflict on you?
  • Should you consider getting breast enhancement surgery to feel better about your own body, or reject the idea because it would give the husband who's made you feel inadequate about your natural size — for 20 years — satisfaction he doesn't deserve?
  • How do you frame the positive — but thoroughly platonic — relationship you have with your ex-wife and the kids you share as a win/win for your jealous fiancée?
  • Even if there’s no hope or intention of rekindling friendships you abused and took for granted during your less-enlightened college days, is there value in apologizing to those you wronged so long ago?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Oct 14, 2022
737: Winston Sterzel | Don't Lose Your Bacon in a Pig-Butchering Scam
01:08:49

Winston Sterzel (@serpentza) is a South African vlogger and video producer who lived in Shenzhen in the Guangdong province of China for 14 years. He hosts his own YouTube channel as SerpentZA and co-hosts vlog ADVChina with Laowhy86.

What We Discuss with Winston Sterzel:

  • How does the pig-butchering scam work, and why is it called this?
  • Who tends to be the most common target of the pig-butchering scam, and how has this changed since its inception?
  • The psychological levers that get used to manipulate victims of the pig-butchering scam, and how they differ from more traditional scams.
  • How much time and effort pig-butchering scammers will invest in fattening up their victims for the big kill (and how Winston has made a game of wasting their time and effort when he's been their mark).
  • Warnings from people who have fallen for the pig-butchering scam and how you can avoid being next.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/737

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Miss our two-parter with North Korean defector Charles Ryu? Catch up here starting with episode 84: Confessions of a North Korean Escape Artist Part One!

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Oct 13, 2022
736: Ian Bremmer | The Power of Crisis to Change the World
01:19:38

Ian Bremmer (@ianbremmer) is a political scientist, the president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, and the author of NYT bestseller The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats — and Our Response — Will Change the World.

What We Discuss with Ian Bremmer:

  • How the COVID pandemic exposed cracks in the ability of major powers to cooperate with one another for the common good.
  • What a Goldilocks crisis is and how one could galvanize successful cooperation on a global scale.
  • Why conflict between nations becomes more likely when the balance of power is unclear.
  • Are we currently in a state of technological cold war with other superpowers?
  • How rising sea levels combined with dwindling supplies of drinking water stand to drive migration crises and increase the likelihood of conflict.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/736

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Did you hear our conversation with national security strategist Robert Spalding? Catch up with episode 268: Robert Spalding | How China Took Over America here!

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Oct 11, 2022
735: Reputation's Been Bruised Since Wrongly Accused | Feedback Friday
00:57:58

Though your name's been officially cleared, a shadow of doubt about your true innocence looms over every interaction since being falsely accused of sexual assault. Now you're wondering if this reputational bruise is ever going to heal, or if it's just something you'll have to live with — forever. We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/735

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your reputation's been bruised since you were wrongly accused of sexual assault. Will it ever heal? [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us answer this one!]
  • Spending years under the spell of prosperity preaching, your family is envious of the success you've enjoyed from working hard and bitterly treats any good news you try to share as borderline blasphemous — though they won't hesitate to call if they need money. Is your therapist right to suggest you cut off contact with them completely?
  • How can you help your non-confrontational girlfriend set boundaries for her manipulative, abusive ex who still hangs out with her roommate in their apartment and inappropriately suggests she gives him a second chance?
  • Should you keep your legal use of cannabis to cope with anxiety a secret from your mother when she visits from China — where it's culturally rejected as a heavy, dangerous drug — or should you just be honest and hope she's understanding?
  • Convinced that electronics contribute significantly to the unhealthy aspects of your daily life, you've been successful at getting rid of excess devices, except one: your smartphone. How can you take this final, liberating step while remaining a citizen of the modern age?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Oct 07, 2022
734: Scott Galloway | Course Correcting an America Adrift
01:28:14

Scott Galloway (@profgalloway) hosts The Prof G Pod and The Prof G Show, cohosts Pivot with Kara Swisher, publishes the No Mercy/No Malice newsletter, is a professor at NYU Stern School of Business, and is a bestselling author. His latest book is Adrift: America in 100 Charts.

What We Discuss with Scott Galloway:

  • What the 70% of Americans who describe themselves as middle class should consider in the election cycles ahead.
  • Do we want advanced technologies in the hands of elected officials, or under the exclusive control of private enterprise?
  • What Scott means when he says, "In America, it’s never been easier to become a billionaire — but it’s never been harder to become a millionaire."
  • Why does the tax code seem to get increasingly complex in spite of the majority of Americans supporting its simplification?
  • How can we address the inequities and inequalities of the current state of capitalism without seeking to dismantle it entirely?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/734

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Miss the first show we did with Pivot co-host and NYU Stern School of Business professor Scott GallowayCatch up here with episode 204: Solving the Algebra of Happiness!

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Oct 06, 2022
733: Maya Shankar | Adapting to a Slight Change of Plans
01:31:26

Maya Shankar (@slightchangepod) is a cognitive scientist who once aspired to become a career violinist, and is the creator, executive producer, and host of the podcast A Slight Change of Plans.

What We Discuss with Maya Shankar:

  • How Maya's love for the violin and sense of playfulness — not flawless technique or prodigious talent — gave her the opportunity to learn from Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard School of Music when she was just nine years old.
  • The unfortunate mishap that derailed Maya's aspirations to become a career violinist and forced her to experience what psychologists call identity foreclosure — during which she realized she had built her life around the violin and didn't have a plan B.
  • How Maya came to understand that human connection is the quality that attracted her to the violin in the first place, and adopted this as her throughline as she's pivoted to careers in academia, public policy, and podcasting.
  • Why Maya advocates for approaching change with humility so we understand its nuanced and multifaceted nature instead of being disappointed by inaccurately optimistic predictions.
  • What you can do to cultivate a healthier relationship with life's uncertainties and roll with the changes they will inevitably force you to make.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/733

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Miss our conversation with spooky mentalist Derren Brown? Catch up with episode 150: Derren Brown | Using the Power of Suggestion for Good here!

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Oct 04, 2022
732: Low-Key Beguiler is a Cheating Butt-Dialer | Feedback Friday
00:57:51

Your wife of 11 years has butt-dialed you twice in conversation with another man, and she lied about her whereabouts when you tracked her phone. Are you right to be worried? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/732

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your wife of 11 years has butt-dialed you twice in conversation with another man, and she lied about her whereabouts when you tracked her phone. Are you right to be worried?
  • As a flight attendant, you decided to get medical attention for an overdosing drug mule instead of allowing him to complete the run and save his abducted mother. You never discovered the outcome, and years later, you still wonder if you made the right choice.
  • You're a business owner who's great at showing appreciation to your staff, paying generously, and letting employees know when they've done well. But you're not so good at giving negative feedback or coaching them toward improvement. How do you strike the right balance between nice guy and fair boss?
  • Is the ex who rejected your advances for years and agreed to be "just friends" — while still living with you and sharing the same bed — suddenly interested in getting back together just because you got a new job and make twice as much money as you did before?
  • As the teacher for one of the best educational theater programs in your state, is it wrong to be somewhat obsessed with winning its annual competition — or is encouraging your students to excel just part of the job?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Sep 30, 2022
731: Why We Owe People Honesty | Deep Dive
00:54:40

Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into the pros and cons of candor, how honesty is a core element of all healthy and productive relationships, and why we owe it to others — as well as ourselves.

What We Discuss:

  • Honesty deepens relationships. It requires a great deal of trust and confidence — in ourselves and in our friends — and it implies a whole new conception of what friendship actually is.
  • Honesty attracts people who share your values. You’ll draw people into your life who also value candor, and you’ll distance yourself from people who aren’t interested in an authentic relationship.
  • Honesty secures honesty in return. When you’re honest with the people in your life, you also signal to them that they can be honest with you.
  • How to be honest — without being honestly the worst. Deciding to be honest with a friend doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily right. It just means that you’re willing to share an authentic response, and then explore it with the other person to arrive at the best possible conclusion.
  • How to recognize that there are times when it’s okay to not be honest. For all the benefits of radical honesty, it's wise to be aware of situations in which honesty will not serve you well — or where total candor just isn’t appropriate.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/731

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Miss the show we did with James Fallon — the psychiatry professor who can teach you how to spot a psychopath because he is a psychopath? Catch up here with episode 28: James Fallon | How to Spot a Psychopath!

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Sep 29, 2022
730: Nury Turkel | A Witness to China's Uyghur Genocide
01:45:11

Nury Turkel (@nuryturkel) is a human rights attorney for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and the author of No Escape: The True Story of China's Genocide of the Uyghurs.

What We Discuss with Nury Turkel:

  • How the Chinese Communist Party is using artificial intelligence to arbitrarily round up Uyghurs for fabricated crimes — including 17,000 who were arrested within 10 days thanks to assistance from an algorithm.
  • Some of the 48 behaviors that will get Uyghurs flagged as dissidents in Xinjiang and sent to concentration camps for "re-education" are as mundane as growing a beard or adhering to a halal diet.
  • Why the CCP is trying so hard to wipe out an entire culture that has had its roots in the Xinjiang region since at least the third century AD.
  • Uyghur families attempting to start new lives in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other countries have been deported back to China to face punishment and possibly death.
  • How Uyghur slave labor is used to supply markets around the worldespecially in the United States — and what we can do to avoid supporting companies that knowingly participate in this shameful, immoral arrangement.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/730

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Miss our conversation with David Kilgour, author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in ChinaCatch up with episode 497: David Kilgour | The Heartless Art of Forced Organ Harvesting here!

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Sep 27, 2022
729: Sexsomnia Guilt-Free After PTSD? | Feedback Friday
00:53:36

As you have a higher libido than your partner, it seems as though it should feel like a blessing when he makes sexual advances on you in the middle of the night when his sexsomnia ("a rare sleep disorder in which a person engages in sexual activity during their sleep") takes over. But this is problematic for two reasons: A) It briefly triggers your PTSD from being sexually assaulted in your sleep years ago, and B) When your PTSD subsides, you feel guilty for engaging in sex with a partner who can't give consent in the moment (though he has told you on multiple occasions after the fact that he's fine with it). How can you handle this in a healthy way? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/729

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Waking to your sexsomniac partner's nocturnal advances triggers PTSD from earlier abuse, and makes you feel guilty for engaging in sex with someone who can't consent in the moment. What's the healthiest way to deal with this?
  • Is it worth initiating a conversation about how post-Roe reproductive rights fit in with company policy when interviewing for a job in a state that has regressive anti-choice laws on the books?
  • After numerous relapses in your struggle with addiction, you feel like your latest effort to rehabilitate may finally be sticking. But how can you convince your ex that you're ready to take on the responsibility of raising your kids together?
  • Is there a special IRS gifting loophole that allows participants of a pyramid scheme to sign a waiver so they won't be legally liable when things inevitably go south? And if so, why would you consider signing such a thing?
  • Are you morally obligated to tell someone their mother once slept with their fiancé? And if you do spill the beans, how do you do it without revealing yourself as the source?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Sep 23, 2022
728: Maria Konnikova | The Confidence Game
01:01:25

Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova) shows us how we can defend ourselves against would-be con artists and use the same principles for more benign purposes in her book The Confidence Game. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Maria Konnikova:

  • As it turns out, you can fool an honest man. But cynics — by their own overconfidence in being savvy and “scamproof” — are just as susceptible to deception.
  • Technology and the abundance of information most of us freely surrender to the Internet makes the con artist’s job easier than ever before.
  • What type of person becomes a con artist?
  • How can we avoid getting scammed?
  • How belief works, why we over-believe in some things (even when we have no evidence for them), and how this plays into our susceptibility to deception.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/728

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Miss the two-parter we did with Instagram founder Kevin Systrom? Get caught up by starting at episode 335: Kevin Systrom | Life Lessons from an Instagram Founder Part One!

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Sep 22, 2022
727: Neil deGrasse Tyson | Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization
01:08:40

Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, host of StarTalk Radio, and author. He is kind enough to rejoin us and discuss his latest book, Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization.

What We Discuss with Neil deGrasse Tyson:

  • The problems society faces when average citizens lose their ability to distinguish between facts and opinions — and how this can be remedied.
  • What some of our dearest opinions look like under the scrutiny of scientific literacy — and why we should feel relief at being proven categorically wrong about some of them.
  • As an educator, what Neil's first urge is when he hears people spreading patently false "information" that can be easily dispelled by basic scientific awareness. (Surprisingly enough, it's not to bop them on the head!)
  • What the history of mathematics might hint about the average human brain's tendency to avoid thinking statistically and probabilistically.
  • Things pondered: Are you a GMO? Eating how many pints of ice cream will kill you? For the benefit of all humanity, who would Neil send into space first? If technology common to us in the 2020s would be unrecognizable to someone from 1990, what will the world look like in 2050?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/727

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Miss any of the conversations we've had with famed science guy Bill Nye? Start catching up with episode 366: Bill Nye | Radical Curiosity Saves the World!

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Sep 20, 2022
726: Helping a Guy Whose Wife's an Escort on the Sly | Feedback Friday
00:53:04

Is your 10-year marriage worth saving when you've just discovered your wife has been working as a "non-intimate" escort behind your back? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/726

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Is your 10-year marriage worth saving when you've just discovered your wife has been working as a "non-intimate" escort behind your back?
  • You and your significant other live together and work from home together, but you find the way he spends his downtime questionable. How can you overcome the frustration this creates for you?
  • Is it wrong to skip sending a gift to your estranged daughter for her wedding to which you've suddenly been invited after she's avoided communication with you for years?
  • What can you do to help a significant other who's dealing with debilitating depression? [Thanks to Haesue Jo, Head of Clinical Support at BetterHelp, for helping us with this one!] 
  • While you've always been focused on building your business and a better life, your mother's unexpected death has left you making numerous erratic, short-term decisions. How can you regain your can-do mindset and get back on a productive, long-term-oriented track?
  • 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.

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Miss our conversation with Arthur Brooks about the merits of learning to love your enemies (especially during these divisive times)? Catch up by listening to episode 211: Arthur Brooks | How Loving Your Enemies Can Save America here!

Sep 16, 2022
725: Paul Holes | Solving America's Cold Cases
01:19:39

Paul Holes (@PaulHoles) is a former investigator known for his contributions to solving the Golden State Killer case using advanced methods of identification with DNA and genealogy technology, and he is the author of Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases.

What We Discuss with Paul Holes:

  • Why do some serial killers take breaks between their murder sprees or even quit killing altogether?
  • Why does it seem like there were so many serial killers in the '70s compared to today? How rare are they, really?
  • What psychological toll does intimately working homicides and cold cases take on investigators?
  • Why cases commonly go cold, what gets them flagged for reexamination, and how the passage of time can actually work in favor of solving them.
  • What makes cold case investigators like Paul so good at noticing evidence and crime scene details others miss?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/725

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Miss our conversation with the American photographer who survived seven months under captivity by Al-Qaeda? Catch up with episode 217: Matthew Schrier | How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison here!

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Sep 15, 2022
724: Bill Nye | The End is Nye
00:54:25

Bill Nye (@billnye) is a lifelong champion of science who is determined to teach you something today that you didn’t know yesterday — whether it’s from a television screen, the pages of a book, or next to you at a dinner party. He can be found hosting his new series, The End Is Nye, on Peacock TV.

What We Discuss with Bill Nye:

  • The environmental changes that currently threaten humanity and much of life on Earth.
  • How to maintain childlike curiosity as an adult.
  • If you believe everything happens for a reason, what if that reason is just physics?
  • What can just one individual do to make the big changes necessary for properly addressing climate change?
  • The promising renewable energy source Bill would put his money behind.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/724

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Miss the conversation we had with science champion and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Make sure to catch up with episode 327: Neil deGrasse Tyson | Astrophysics for People in a Hurry!

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Sep 13, 2022
723: Should I Relive the Drama of Childhood Trauma? | Feedback Friday
00:59:01

It didn't bring back any particularly traumatic memories when your older brother confessed that he molested you when you were children. Would it be worth the possibility of dredging up a painful past through therapy to heal wounds you aren't even aware you've been carrying, or should you just shut this confession out of your thoughts and hope the memories remain unattainable? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/723

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Is it worth dredging up repressed memories of childhood abuse in therapy, or should such trauma stay buried and forgotten?
  • Is it unreasonable that the respect you've had for your friend of 20 years dwindles the further down the woo-woo rabbit hole she falls?
  • You inappropriately used humor in an attempt to defuse a traumatic event from your coworker's past. Now this person will barely speak to you, and you've even gotten the cold shoulder from some of your shared peers. You feel guilty; how can you make this right?
  • You married the mother of your children for the sake of convenience and health insurance, but you've never been a good fit for each other — and the situation's not improved over time. A divorce would be ideal for you, but would it be right for the kids?
  • One of your wife’s friends from high school just died. You want to be supportive of her in her time of grief, but you're not sure how to authentically mourn someone you don't even know.
  • 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.

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Miss the conversation we had with Hollywood leading man and musician Dennis Quaid? Catch up with 

Sep 09, 2022
722: Brian Brushwood | Scam Your Way into Anything
01:02:23

Brian Brushwood (@shwood) has spent the last 20 years entertaining and teaching people how to harness the deceptive (and self-deceptive) skills of scientists, spies, criminals, and con artists. He is the author of Scam School: Your Guide to Scoring Free Drinks, Doing Magic, and Becoming the Life of the Party. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Brian Brushwood:

  • Why being interesting isn’t a gift — it’s a practice.
  • How fixed action patterns help us get others to do what we want them to do. (Important note: for good — not evil!)
  • How to control a conversation by asking the right questions.
  • The best way to convince someone to help us? By making it their idea.
  • Why we’re all susceptible to being duped in spite of our highly developed human brains — and how practicing magic can train us to be more resistant to the fraudulent.
  • And so much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/722

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Miss our two-parter with former Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Megan Phelps-Roper? Make sure to catch up starting with episode 302: Megan Phelps-Roper | Unfollowing Westboro Baptist Church Part One here!

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Sep 08, 2022
721: Jason Feifer | Build for Tomorrow
01:19:33

Jason Feifer (@heyfeifer) is 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.

What We Discuss with Jason Feifer:

  • How the bubonic plague that killed 60 percent of Medieval Europe forever changed the way we work, and the lessons from this tragedy we can apply to our own collective COVID experience.
  • The pros and cons of the four-day work week that companies around the world are trying on for size.
  • Why we should treat failure as valuable information that informs our next steps rather than accepting it as a death knell.
  • What the erroneous but popularly repeated prediction that "nine out of ten businesses fail" leaves out of the equation.
  • Why we should (and how we can) use the onset of major changes to the status quo as opportunities to address problems in need of solutions rather than taking the traditional approach of panicking as if society is collapsing all around us.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/721

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Miss our conversation with world champion boxer and entrepreneur Laila Ali? Catch up with episode 309: Laila Ali | Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power here!

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Sep 06, 2022
720: Should You Confess You Know He's Not Your Dad? | Feedback Friday
00:55:29

You recently discovered that the person you've always thought was your uncle is actually your biological father, and suddenly it makes sense why you never really bonded with the man who raised you as his own. Now that he's on his deathbed, is it worth clearing the air and letting him know that you know the truth? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/720

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • You just found out the man who abusively raised you isn't your biological father — the person you've always thought was your uncle is. Now that he's on his deathbed, should you tell him that you know the truth?
  • Circumstances have made it necessary for your mother to move in with you until she can get back on her feet after being laid off, but you're in your 30s and it's really cramping your ability to date. How can you find a balance that benefits you both?
  • After hitting rock bottom, you've visualized various ways to harm yourself. And even though you've never acted on them, should you take these intrusive thoughts as some kind of warning sign of problems you're not equipped to handle on your own? Or does everyone have these kinds of thoughts?
  • How do you break the news to your old mentor that they've created a toxic work environment and earned a bad reputation for treating employees poorly when they try to leave?
  • It turns out someone you've formed a serious relationship with once matched with your sister on a dating app, but they got into an argument before they could ever meet in person. Now she insists that you break up with him, and is making your life difficult for refusing. What's the right move here?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Sep 02, 2022
719: Reid Hoffman | Adaptability Is the New Stability
01:23:44

Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) is a co-founder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock Partners, host of the podcast Masters of Scale, and co-author of the fully revised and updated bestseller The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career.

What We Discuss with Reid Hoffman:

  • Why you should think of your career as a startup — from the perspective of an entrepreneur rather than an employee.
  • What it means to evoke a permanent beta mindset in which you treat every day like day one and commit your life to personal growth.
  • Why it’s important to continually generate professional opportunities even if you're happy where you are.
  • Why you should ignore hacky influencers who tell you to "begin with the end in mind" when it comes to your career (and what you're better off doing instead).
  • The soft and hard assets you should be tracking to make yourself, as friend of the show Cal Newport has famously said, "so good they can't ignore you."
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/719

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If you missed our earlier two-part interview with Reid Hoffman, don’t panic! You can catch up by starting at episode 207: Reid Hoffman | Mastering Your Scale for the Unexpected Part One!

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Sep 01, 2022
718: Barbara F. Walter | How Civil Wars Start (And How to Stop Them)
01:11:14

Barbara F. Walter (@bfwalter) is the Rohr Professor of International Affairs at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of the NYT bestseller How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them.

What We Discuss with Barbara F. Walter:

  • What does Barbara's research into causes and warning signs of civil wars around the world portend for the chances of such a conflict in the United States?
  • What is an anocracy, and have you ever lived under one?
  • Why societies transitioning toward or away from democracy are especially vulnerable to the threat of civil war.
  • What makes some countries survive political instability without the violence of civil war while others rapidly succumb to it?
  • Who is most actively pushing for civil war in the United States, and what are their grievances?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/718

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Miss our conversation about national security, strategic empathy, and the societal benefits of immigration with former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster? Catch up with episode 410: H.R. McMaster | The Fight to Defend the Free World here!

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Aug 30, 2022
717: Coming Out as Polyamorous to My Family | Feedback Friday
00:56:50

While you're in the most fulfilling relationship of your life, how do you let your fairly conservative family know it's not quite what they'd consider traditional? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/717

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How do you let your straight-laced family in on the fact that you're in a fulfilling, polyamorous relationship with two other people you love dearly?
  • You're a teenager whose parents never allowed you to go to public school, but they never homeschooled you, either. How can you be expected to make it in the outside world and improve yourself without an education?
  • You recently lost your battle with a gambling addiction and blew far more money than you had. Two questions: are there legitimate debt relief companies, and how can you build positive habits to make you more resistant to your unhealthier impulses?
  • Inviting your girlfriend and her daughter to live with you has turned into a nightmare. If you break up with her, you have to face the guilt of throwing a depressed single mother with a suicidal daughter out of your house and deal with the emotional pain of losing someone you care about. But are you being fair to yourself if you remain in this relationship?
  • Your evangelical ex left you because his faith has convinced him that your gay relationship is a sin, but now he wants you back — even though he still holds these beliefs. Is there any scenario where this could actually work?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Aug 26, 2022
716: Jo Marchant | Placebos and the Science of Mind over Body
00:57:30

Jo Marchant (@JoMarchant) is an award-winning journalist, speaker, and author of The Human Cosmos, The Shadow King, and the New York Times bestseller Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Jo Marchant:

  • How to understand the power of placebos.
  • How your immune system can be trained.
  • Why stress kills and how to beat it.
  • The importance of social relationships and how to boost them.
  • Does believing in God make you live longer?
  • And so much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/716

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Did you hear our conversation with Desmond Shum, the former CCP insider and former husband of disappeared Chinese billionaire “Whitney” Duan Weihong? Catch up with episode 684: Desmond Shum | Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in China here!

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Aug 25, 2022
715: Cindy Otis | Spotting Fake News Like a CIA Analyst
01:11:32

Cindy Otis (@cindyotis_) is a former CIA military analyst specializing in disinformation threat analysis and counter-messaging, and is the author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News.

What We Discuss with Cindy Otis:

  • What is fake news, and why does it spread six times faster than real news?
  • How is fake news different from satire?
  • How does misinformation differ from disinformation?
  • The historical consequences of using fake news to influence a population.
  • How to spot fake news and inoculate ourselves (and our children) against its intended impact.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/715

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Miss the conversation we had with Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, and co-host of the podcast Your Undivided Attention? Catch up with episode 533: Tristan Harris | Reclaiming Our Future with Humane Technology here!

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Aug 23, 2022
714: How "Real" Is a Dad Who Denies You Exist? | Feedback Friday
00:56:15

Adopted and raised by a loving family, you were still curious enough to seek out your biological parents and learn their story when you reached adulthood. It turns out you were the result of a forbidden tryst between a traveling American woman and the married Australian man who briefly employed her on his farm. When you reached out, your biological mother was happy to make contact, but your biological father? Not so much. In fact, he's been "happily" married for 50 years and refuses to admit he had any part in your existence -- probably because he'd then have to confess everything to his family. Now you're conflicted. Should you just let it go, or should you fly to Australia and surprise him at his front door where he can't continue denying that you're real? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/714

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Sure, social media is just algorithmic-enabled immaturity that is almost guaranteed to dampen whatever good mood you had going into it. But what's the good news? Nobody's forcing you to participate. [Thanks for the reminder, Ryan Holiday!]
  • Should you force your biological father — who refuses to admit he had any part in your creation — to confront you in person and confess everything to the family he's had for 50 years?
  • Your significant other of five years refuses to acknowledge their social anxiety as a problem, but it's always used as an excuse to get out of doing things with you in public. They say they're happy to stay in -- but you're definitely not. What do you do?
  • Is "manifesting" just a woo-woo mental model used by successful people as an excuse to deal with the guilt of success or a way to explain their sheer luck in a cold universe that doesn't care if they live or die?
  • Your last two relationships ended badly and bitterly. But now that you're in your 30s and dating someone you consider to be potential marriage material, you realize you've always been a serial monogamist and never really experienced the life of a freewheeling bachelor. Is it foolish to consider losing somebody who might be "the one" just to explore what you might be missing out on?
  • How does Jordan retain all the information he takes in while reading and researching the work of guests ahead of interviewing them?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
  • Connect...
Aug 19, 2022
713: Marion Nestle | How Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat
01:08:45

Marion Nestle (@marionnestle) is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and the author of Food Politics, Soda Politics, and Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.

What We Discuss with Marion Nestle:

  • How food companies pay for research studies that distort science in their favor — at the expense of even the most health-conscious consumers among us.
  • Why it's important to remember that food companies are businesses geared toward making money for their stockholders -- not service agencies operating in the public's best interests.
  • Food companies band together to lobby Congress for laws that allow biased, industry-funded "research" to influence consumer habits with deceptive marketing language.
  • When Marion tracked 168 food company-funded studies, she discovered that 156 concluded with results favorable to the sponsors' interests, and only 12 ended up with unfavorable results.
  • The many ways food marketers mislead consumers and how to protect yourself and your family from this never-ending barrage of deception.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/713

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Miss the show we did with Dennis Carroll, the former USAID director for pandemic influenza and emerging threats? Catch up with episode 320: Dennis Carroll | Planning an End to the Pandemic Era here!

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Aug 18, 2022
712: Brad Klontz | Harnessing the Power of Financial Psychology
01:10:28

Dr. Brad Klontz (@drbradklontz) is a financial psychologist, Managing Principal at Your Mental Wealth Advisors, and co-author of six books on the psychology of money, including Money Mammoth: Harness The Power of Financial Psychology to Evolve Your Money Mindset, Avoid Extinction, and Crush Your Financial Goals.

What We Discuss with Dr. Brad Klontz:

  • If the United States is the wealthiest country on Earth, and it's one of the most prosperous times in human history, why does 45 percent of the population decide to wing it with no savings?
  • Why do so many of us buy the hype that bringing in barely enough money to survive from certain professions is somehow noble — and that making a living wage in service to others is akin to moral failure?
  • How parents who have spent their lives carefully growing and saving their own money instill lousy financial habits in their offspring.
  • Why financial planning should be a basic part of the public education curriculum alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.
  • How social media contributes to a gross misunderstanding of the way wealthy people (the ones who stay wealthy, anyway) really spend their money.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/712

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Miss our interview with Austin Meyer, the man who leads a valiant crusade against patent troll dirtbags? Catch up with episode 326: Austin Meyer | Slaying the Patent Scam Trolls here!

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Aug 16, 2022
711: Prankster Precariously Pushing Partner's Patience | Feedback Friday
00:54:40

Your prankster partner is precariously pushing your patience by habitually heaping his hazardously humorless hijinks on you. How can you reclaim some peace before he ends up deceased? We'll help you find a way here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/711

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How can you stop your prankster partner from precariously pushing your patience by habitually heaping his hazardously humorless hijinks on you?
  • Have we ever regretted the advice we've given in past episodes of Feedback Friday? Are there any interviews we wish we could take back?
  • As extensive travelers who have been to some pretty hair-raising places, are there any countries we'd think twice about visiting now?
  • Your friend's husband drunkenly said some unforgivable things to her at a party. How do you support her while making it clear you never want to see him again?
  • Can Jordan please stop saying "doozy?" We don't know. Can he?
  • How is a modern family expected to stock the home without products that have microplastics, endocrine disruptors, and other harmful relics of short-sighted manufacturing processes?
  • What are the pros and cons of interviewing actual friends on this show?
  • 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.

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Miss our conversation with Somali pirate hostage Michael Scott Moore? Catch up with episode 115: Michael Scott Moore | What It’s Really like to Be a Pirate Hostage here!

Aug 12, 2022
710: Sebastian Junger | How War and Crisis Create a Tribe
00:48:41

Sebastian Junger (@sebastianjunger) is a journalist, filmmaker, and bestselling author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. He joins us to discuss his book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging and what he's learned by covering war for the past 20 years. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] 

What We Discuss with Sebastian Junger:

  • Why do some people get addicted to war and recall times of crisis with fondness?
  • Does an affluent society free of hardship and danger deprive its citizens of an intrinsic need to be useful?
  • Are war journalists armed, and do they contribute to group defense in the field?
  • What happens when someone who’s been through war comes home, and why is it often so difficult for them to reintegrate into society?
  • Why is there a phrase for “going native” but not “going civilized?”
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/710

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Miss the show we did with Molly Bloom — the woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world? Catch up here with episode 120: Molly Bloom | The One Who Makes the Rules Wins the Game!

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Aug 11, 2022
709: John Abramson | How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care
01:21:35

Dr. John Abramson (@drjohnabramson) is a physician, lecturer of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, and author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine. His latest book is Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It.

What We Discuss with Dr. John Abramson:

  • Despite spending an excess $1.6 trillion on healthcare per year compared to other wealthy countries, the amount of time that Americans live in good health ranks a lowly 68th in the world.
  • The pharmaceutical industry, aka Big Pharma, is more focused on making money for its shareholders than maintaining or improving the health of those who rely on its products.
  • Big Pharma funds most clinical trials, controls the research agenda, withholds real data from those trials as corporate secrets, and shapes most of the information relied upon by health care professionals.
  • The US and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise. The difference: Big Pharma doesn't have to endure the same level of oversight in the US as it does in New Zealand.
  • While healthcare reform may seem like an uphill battle against an entrenched infrastructure of corruption, John does offer hope that it can be overhauled to benefit people over profits.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/709

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Miss the interview we did with sleep doctor Matthew Walker? Catch up with episode 126: Matthew Walker | Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams here!

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Aug 09, 2022
708: Familiarizing Family with Your Felonious Fella | Feedback Friday
00:48:13

Your new beau served five years in prison for being tangentially connected to a non-violent, but high-profile crime. You love him, trust him, and believe he deserves a second chance, but there's one problem: you still have to introduce him to your friends and relatives. What's the best way to familiarize your family with your felonious fella? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/708

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • What's the best way to familiarize your family with the felonious fella you favor without ruffling feathers?
  • What's the best way to learn the ins and outs of running and leading a business quickly before the owner of your company hands you the keys in five or so years when he retires?
  • It's clear your marriage isn't working out, but you're hesitant to leave so long as your soon-to-be ex-wife is more addicted to her phone than paying attention to the needs of your children. What's your most responsible move here?
  • Your new girlfriend is amazing, but her father is ill and likely on death's door. Is there a way to find a balance in the relationship that allows you to be there for her while giving her the space she needs to be with family and ensure your own needs aren't neglected?
  • You've always picked up complex topics without much effort and learned at an accelerated rate, but lately, you feel like you have to dumb yourself down to talk to your friends. The question that really worries you: are you just being a pretentious douchebag?
  • 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.

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Aug 05, 2022
707: Johann Hari | Why You Can't Pay Attention—And What to Do About It
01:24:37

Johann Hari (@johannhari101) is a New York Times best-selling author and top-rated TED speaker. His latest book is Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention—And How to Think Deeply Again.

What We Discuss with Johann Hari:

  • It's not just your imagination: attention spans are shortening, and finding the mental state that fosters deep thinking is increasingly elusive.
  • It's not just kids: college-age people switch tasks, on average, every 65 seconds. Adults? Every three minutes. We've become accustomed to interrupting ourselves when external distractions aren't there to do it for us.
  • It's not your fault: your inability to focus isn't a personal failure; your focus has been stolen from you by powerful external forces that have left all of us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit.
  • It's not just the internet and technology: our lack of focus has actually been happening for generations.
  • Discover what Johann learned about reclaiming this focus—as individuals, and as a society—on a trip that took him around the world.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/707

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Miss the conversation we had with Tristan Harris, a former Google design ethicist, the primary subject of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, and co-host of the podcast Your Undivided Attention? Catch up with episode 533: Tristan Harris | Reclaiming Our Future with Humane Technology here!

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Aug 04, 2022
706: Tessa West | How to Deal with Jerks at Work
01:11:18

Tessa West (@tessawestnyu) is a social psychology professor at New York University and the author of Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them.

What We Discuss with Tessa West:

  • The seven types of jerks at work: the kiss up/kick down, the credit stealer, the bulldozer, the free rider, the micromanager, the neglectful boss, and the gaslighter.
  • Why prioritizing conflict management as a skill is crucial for identifying and coexisting with jerks at work.
  • How to stop the jerks at work from taking credit for all of your good ideas.
  • Have mercy: jerks at work aren't necessarily villains -- their poor patterns hurt them just as much as they hurt everyone else.
  • What we can do to ensure that we're not the jerks at work.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/706

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Miss the first show we did with Pivot co-host and NYU Stern School of Business professor Scott GallowayCatch up here with episode 204: Solving the Algebra of Happiness!

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Aug 02, 2022
705: Gabe’s Front-Row Seat to Florid Psychosis | Feedback Friday
01:20:34

On this Feedback Friday, Gabe relays the tragic story of a paranoid schizophrenic neighbor that illustrates just how destabilizing unchecked mental illness can be for family members, friends, neighbors, and the patients themselves.

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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/705

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Gabe relays the tragic story of a paranoid schizophrenic neighbor that illustrates just how destabilizing unchecked mental illness can be for family members, friends, neighbors, and the patients themselves.
  • In spite of having a dream job and a significant other who checks most of your boxes, current circumstances make imagining a future in your native Russia difficult. Unfortunately, this significant other comes from a conservative family and doesn't understand why you'd ever want to move abroad. Are your differences too radical to build a life together?
  • Your boss is an incredible leader who commands respect across the board. Unfortunately, a family tragedy has overwhelmed her with grief. How can your team offer support without intruding on her personal life?
  • Your significant other is great in every respect -- except for when he gets in a "mood" and resorts to calling you names and putting you down. Where do you draw the line on verbal abuse?
  • Is it possible to profit from selling your business idea when you don't have the financial means to create your own startup around that idea?
  • 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.

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Jul 29, 2022
704: Robert Greene | The Emotions Behind Success, Mastery, and Power
00:54:26

Robert Greene (@RobertGreene) is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers on power and strategy, including The 48 Laws of Power and The Art of Seduction. His latest book is The Daily Laws: 366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

  • How to learn multiple languages and maintain their use throughout your life.
  • Why it's important to apprentice, and how you can find the right mentor to guide you.
  • How to find your life's task -- even if you think you're too young, too old, or already established in your field.
  • Why social intelligence is crucial on the path to mastery.
  • How keen observation of others serves to sharpen our own skills.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/704

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Miss one of our earlier shows with The 48 Laws of Power author Robert Greene? Catch up here with episode 117: What You Need to Know about the Laws of Human Nature!

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Jul 28, 2022
703: Benjamin Hardy | How to Be Your Future Self Now
01:16:27

Benjamin Hardy (@BenjaminPHardy) is an organizational psychologist and author of books about willpowerself-limiting beliefs, teamwork, and the pursuit of happiness. He returns to the show to discuss his latest offering: Be Your Future Self Now: The Science of Intentional Transformation.

What We Discuss with Benjamin Hardy:

  • Prospection: rather than remaining tethered to a past over which we no longer have any control, we can visualize a number of possible futures and choose the course of action that guides us toward the one we find most desirable.
  • Most of us don't guide ourselves toward our most desirable future because we're too busy coping with the immediate concerns of daily life to clearly see the course that would take us there.
  • Are you committing yourself to avoidance-driven goals (like doomscrolling through the news) that serve to distract and knock you off course instead of approach-driven goals that nudge you toward your ideal future self (like learning more about your chosen career so you can do your best work and get promoted)?
  • Connecting with your long-term future self to make the decisions that speed you toward this person may require extra effort because humans are living longer than ever before and probably didn't evolve to think far beyond immediate survival.
  • Why it's important to envision your future self as an actual different person -- with different thoughts and motivations -- than you are today rather than just a later iteration of your current self.
  • And much more...

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Jul 26, 2022
702: Atheist Teen Stressed by Mom's Church Scene | Feedback Friday
00:55:14

As a closeted, bi, teen atheist, it's a bummer your mom makes you go to a church — three times a week — that has a problem with your very existence. On top of this, she insists you're being overly dramatic about the depression, anxiety, and insomnia you experience every day. How do you even consider coming out to a mother who can't seem to empathize with your most basic needs? We'll try to help find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/702

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • As a closeted, bi, teen atheist, how do you even begin the conversation of coming out to your mother when she regularly downplays the depression, anxiety, and insomnia you're going through and forces you to go to her church (which rejects your very existence) three times a week?
  • You were dismayed to learn that your husband (with whom you work) isn't very popular at the office. While you know it's due to his difficulty reading social cues rather than any serious character flaws, you're not sure if telling him will help him improve or completely crush his confidence.
  • You've made the decision not to be bullied by your emotionally manipulative, sometimes violent QAnon-corrupted parents whose values, to put it kindly, do not match your own. The problem: you also happen to work for them. How do you make a clean break from them and their business?
  • As a 73-year-old delver into family secrets lain bare by the modern wonder of DNA testing, you'd like to have a relationship with a few of your newfound relatives. Unfortunately, some people in your family have threatened to cut you out of their lives if you reveal their part in covering up this shared history. What should you do?
  • You're excited about a new relationship that budded from an old friendship. But how do you foster a healthy bond without falling into the rut of codependency you each experienced with prior significant others?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jul 22, 2022
701: Ioan Grillo | How America Arms Gangs and Cartels Part Two
01:10:15

Ioan Grillo (@ioangrillo) is a contributing writer at The New York Times specializing in crime and drugs. He is the author of El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency; Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America; and Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to check out part one here!]

What We Discuss with Ioan Grillo:

  • The Iron River may sound like something you'd find on a map of Westeros, but it's just a quaint term for the 200,000 guns manufactured or sold in the US moving across the border to Mexico every year.
  • The private-sale loophole that allows "collectors" in the US to sell guns without requiring identification, background checks, or paperwork — often to criminals and cartels at a tidy profit.
  • How "straw buyers" — that is, people with clean records — are paid by gun traffickers to pass background checks and buy firearms en masse without raising any red flags. If they are arrested in the act, however, their punishment rarely exceeds probation.
  • There are 130,000 licensed firearms dealers in the US from which ill-intentioned gun traffickers can make their shady purchases. If that doesn't sound like that many, consider that there are only 14,000 McDonald's restaurants.
  • Thanks to a Reagan-era law enacted ostensibly to protect the privacy of gun owners, the ATF finds its ability to efficiently trace guns hobbled because it can't use searchable, digital databases of sales.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/701

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Miss the conversation we had with behavioral economist Dan Ariely about the invisible (and often frustrating) clockwork that makes us tick? Catch up with episode 417: Dan Ariely | The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations here!

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Jul 21, 2022
700: Ioan Grillo | How America Arms Gangs and Cartels Part One
01:02:25

Ioan Grillo (@ioangrillo) is a contributing writer at The New York Times specializing in crime and drugs. He is the author of El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency; Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America; and Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Stay tuned for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Ioan Grillo:

  • How did Ioan Grillo -- a journalist from the UK -- find himself covering the illicit guns and drugs trade from behind the scenes in cartel-controlled Mexico and other pockets of Latin America?
  • The opulent cemetery where narcos are buried in multi-leveled, air-conditioned mausoleums that would make the ancient pharaohs blush.
  • The most devastating examples of human catastrophe Ioan has witnessed while reporting narcos-related crimes over the past two decades.
  • How much danger is a journalist like Ioan really in while reporting from the thick of such unfettered violence?
  • How thousands of children are recruited or forced into doing the cartels' most bloody work.
  • And much more...

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Miss our interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the crack empire kingpin gone good? Catch up with episode 121: Freeway Rick Ross | Life in the Crack Lane here!

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Jul 19, 2022
699: Can An Open Marriage Be Anxiety-Free? | Feedback Friday
01:00:52

Your wife and you agree that introducing BDSM and ethical non-monogamy into your marriage has brought you some of the happiest and closest times in your relationship. On the other side of the coin, this new level of communication and honesty has made her more vulnerable than ever to the anxiety and depression she's suffered since childhood. Is there a way to get past the bad without giving up the good this lifestyle provides, or should you just go back to the way things were before? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/699

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Opening your marriage and indulging in BDSM fantasies have brought you and your wife closer than ever, but there's a big downside: it sometimes triggers the anxiety and depression she's experienced since childhood. Is this lifestyle worth the trouble, or should you consider this a failed experiment and go back to the way things were before?
  • Growing up without much in the way of money or luxury, you can't get past feeling guilty now that you have a well-paying job and can finally afford some of the nicer things you've missed out on -- especially when so many of your peers are in debt. Do you deserve to feel guilty for having it good when others don't?
  • Your mother-in-law is a pathological liar. When she's not telling blatant untruths, she's omitting important details -- like your father-in-law's cancer. Worse, a lifetime spent with her seems to have rubbed off on your husband, who clearly has a problem with honesty. Is it possible to break this cycle and actually trust your family?
  • You've decided to seek help for your addiction by going to rehab, but how do you break the news to your employers -- at a job you find fulfilling and don't want to lose -- that you'll need to be gone for six weeks?
  • Your husband has never been emotionally available, and even warned you at the start of your relationship that he'd probably never be able to really open up to you. After a conversation with his sister, you discovered he was bullied as a child by his alcoholic father to the point of self-harm that landed him in the hospital. Do you patiently wait for him to tell you this huge secret, or do you confront him and disclose that you know this piece of his puzzle?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jul 15, 2022
698: Sam Harris | Rationally Confronting the Irrational
01:13:45

Sam Harris (@samharrisorg) is a neuroscientist, author, and philosopher; he’s also a staunch critic of religion (while being an advocate of mindfulness) who joins the show to discuss some views that — fair warning — many may find controversial. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Sam Harris:

  • When does stubbornness stop being a virtue and become a confession of intellectual dishonesty?
  • In what ways does Sam consider himself a bit of an Anti-Trump?
  • Why do so many people subscribe to the package beliefs of their political parties or religions even when clearly proven scientific facts prove contradictory to these beliefs?
  • If Sam Harris considers himself primarily a philosopher, how did he wind up with a PhD in neuroscience?
  • Why do we lie — even when we know how destructive it can be?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/698

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Miss our two-part conversation with the Danish family man who infiltrated the illicit North Korean arms trade? Catch up beginning with episode 527: Ulrich “The Mole” Larsen | Undercover in North Korea Part One here!

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Jul 14, 2022
697: Peter Santenello | Inspecting Perspectives the Media Neglects
01:34:06

Peter Santenello (@petersantenello) is a videomaker, traveler, and entrepreneur whose videos shine a light on the world the media fails to capture -- without political polarization.

What We Discuss with Peter Santenello:

  • Why Ukraine was an ideal base of operations for Peter's immersive, culture-hopping videos -- and what made him move to the US just before Russia decided to invade.
  • For all the problems the US faces on the home front, what do Americans take for granted that people from other countries notice and appreciate right away?
  • What video equipment does Peter use to stay as mobile (and non-threatening) as possible while maintaining fairly professional quality?
  • As an American, how does Peter navigate travel in countries with governments that have a less-than-friendly relationship with the United States?
  • What does Peter do to ensure he doesn't cross any boundaries when interviewing people whose cultures and experiences differ radically from his own -- while keeping his videos interesting for fellow outsiders?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/697

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Miss our conversation with tech entrepreneur Rob Reid about the potential for synthetic biology to be leveraged for very good -- and very bad -- outcomes in the not-too-distant future? Catch up with episode 244: Rob Reid | Synthetic Biology for Medicine and Murder here!

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Jul 12, 2022
696: You Can't Part from His Cheatin' Heart | Feedback Friday
00:53:54

Your spouse is a louse with a heart that's been cheating. Though you long to leave him, your resolve has been fleeting. You know you should go, so what's making you stay? We'll try to find out on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/696

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Did you know The Jordan Harbinger Show not only helps cure cancer, but it safeguards you against being kidnapped in foreign lands? It's true!
  • When his cheatin' heart has told on him, what's really keeping you from leaving the sneaky snake in the dust where he belongs?
  • As the cool uncle, would it be appropriate for you to guide your college-age nieces and nephews toward the relief CBD can offer while warning them of the risks to avoid should they seek their kicks with harder drugs typically available on campus?
  • As a young woman, you're happy the coworkers at your new job don't treat you with blatant disrespect and subject you to emotional abuse like the male-dominated team at your last place of employment. Unfortunately, you find yourself expecting mistreatment and don't want it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. How can you leave the baggage of the old job behind?
  • You'd think your spouse might have matured over 10 years of being together and raising three kids, but nope. He still acts like he's 21 -- with the lack of personal responsibility this suggests (for most people). Do you dare hope he'll evolve into an equal partner, or should you look toward moving on?
  • You want to level up in life, but you struggle to find a way there in spite of doing all the "right" things. How do you handle surrounding yourself with the successful people who might be able to help when they often cause you to feel completely inferior?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jul 08, 2022
695: Malcolm Gladwell | Imperfect Puzzles and Mismatched Demeanors
01:14:07

Malcolm Gladwell (@gladwell) has written multiple bestsellers that are probably on your shelf right now, including The Tipping PointBlinkOutliers, What the Dog Saw, and Talking to Strangers. His latest book is The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War.

What We Discuss with Malcolm Gladwell:

  • Why you're probably worse at detecting when other people are lying to you than you think you are (but at least it's for a good reason).
  • We judge people's honesty based on their demeanor, but not everyone's behavior matches what is expected of them -- which often leads to false impressions.
  • Why do we trust some institutions and people in authority almost without question, and what happens when that trust is (or is perceived to be) violated?
  • How does Malcolm decide what to explore and study for his next book or podcast, and what happens to the ideas that get discarded along the way?
  • Why Malcolm finds storytelling that assembles an imperfect puzzle more satisfying than a flawless conclusion.
  • And much more...

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Miss our episode with nonverbal communication expert Joe Navarro? Catch up with episode 135: Joe Navarro | How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People here!

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Jul 07, 2022
694: Carole Hooven | How Testosterone Dominates and Divides Us
01:33:38

Carole Hooven (@hoovlet) teaches and co-directs the undergraduate program in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and is the author of T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us.

What We Discuss with Carole Hooven:

  • What creates differences between the sexes?
  • How testosterone is at the core of who we are, regardless of gender.
  • The ways testosterone shapes our minds and bodies in the womb and beyond.
  • What we've learned about testosterone from people who have transitioned between genders.
  • How politics is affecting science and research in testosterone.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/694

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Miss our interview with entrepreneur, actor, producer, reality TV personality, and former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek? Catch up with episode 498: Rob Dyrdek | Manufacturing Amazing with the Dyrdek Machine here!

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Jul 05, 2022
693: Lottery | Skeptical Sunday
00:39:52

Millions of people play the lottery every day. Is it just a harmless game, or something more insidious?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/693

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • How much do people really spend on lottery tickets, and who does most of the buying?
  • Winning an Oscar, being struck by lightning, or becoming an astronaut are just three things you're more likely to do than win the lottery.
  • What do governments do with the money brought in by lottery sales? At least some of it is put to good use, right?
  • Why winning the lottery isn't a guaranteed way to fulfill your dreams -- and is more likely to turn your life into a nightmare.
  • Why you're better off using the money you'd spend on lottery tickets on almost anything else.
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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Jul 03, 2022
692: Self-Defense Against Ex Led to Unjust Arrest | Feedback Friday
00:57:12

Your faith in the justice system has been shaken because you were arrested for defending yourself against a gun-wielding ex who was threatening to end your life. Now you want to use what you have left of your GI bill to become a criminal defense attorney to help others, but you're still struggling to overcome the trauma you endured from the system's unjust actions against you. What can you do to move on? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/692

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your ambition to become a criminal defense attorney to help others seems to be on hold until you can trust the system that had you arrested for defending yourself against a gun-wielding ex who was threatening to end your life. What can you do to move on?
  • You had a dream job in the medical field, but proximity to opioids proved too tempting and it led to termination and a criminal record. Now on the path to recovery, you're in search of work you find fulfilling that won't coax you back into the arms of addiction. But where do you even begin?
  • Your kind and hardworking mother-in-law nearing retirement could be renting out her spare house to help pay mounting medical bills, but instead, it's occupied by her deadbeat nephew who contributes nothing. How can you intervene on her behalf to ensure he starts chipping in without stirring up family drama (and sticking you with the eventual bill)?
  • Now in your 30s, you'd like to have a baby sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, your husband seems content to keep stalling and you worry that maybe he never really wants to have kids at all. It doesn't help matters that you've found flirty messages between him and his coworker, but you feel like leaving him to find someone new to start a family is risking time you don't have. What do you do?
  • A decade ago, you and your best friend were very much of the same negative, expect-the-worst mindset. Since then, you've lucked out with a great partner who's been supportive, and your trajectory has been on the up and up. Your friend, however, remains stuck struggling with many of the same problems you once shared, and you find it harder to be there for him in a way that's helpful. What's the best tack to take here?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jul 01, 2022
691: Shaquille O’Neal | Circling Back on Flat Earth Theory
01:09:58

Shaquille O'Neal (@SHAQ) has been retired from basketball for years, but he’s still got his irons in plenty of fires. Here, we’ll discuss everything from superheroes to law enforcement to business to sports to podcasting to — yes — the Flat Earth Theory. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Shaquille O'Neal:

  • The real-world experience Shaq endured preparing for a political race in 2020.
  • How Shaq assembled what he calls The Panel to help manage not only his career but all his important life decisions — and how you can do the same.
  • Why Shaq doesn’t consider himself a celebrity (and why that still isn’t a good reason to bug him in the middle of dinner).
  • How Shaq manages his emotions so he stays non-reactive on and off the court.
  • Does Shaq really believe in the Flat Earth Theory?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/691

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Miss the show we did with the late and sorely missed Kobe Bryant — basketball legend, family man, and multimedia mogul? Catch up here with episode 249: Kobe Bryant | Dissecting the Mamba Mentality!

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Jun 30, 2022
690: Jane McGonigal | How to See the Future and Be Ready for Anything
01:36:27

Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) is a futurist who specializes in designing games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, and is the bestselling author of Reality is Broken and SuperBetter. Her latest book is Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything ? Even Things That Seem Impossible Today.

What We Discuss with Jane McGonigal:

  • Why it is more important to be imaginative and insightful than to be 100 percent right when trying to predict what the future has in store for us.
  • How do we embrace problem scenarios and their solutions ahead of actual emergencies with an attitude of motivation and hope rather than dread?
  • The imaginative value of scheduling personal and professional plans on your calendar 10 years in advance.
  • How you can train yourself to spot signals of change that give you an edge on foresight (without falling down conspiracy theory rabbit holes), and imagine the ways anything can be different in the future.
  • The First 5 Minutes of the Future: a game Jane developed that helps you consider what to do when the next "unthinkable" change happens.
  • And much more...

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Miss the show where we interviewed Google’s Eric Schmidt? Catch up by listening to episode 201: Eric Schmidt | How a Coach Can Bring out the Best in You here!

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Jun 28, 2022
689: Her Beau is Faux, But She Doesn't Know | Feedback Friday
00:48:26

You were happy for your roommate's sister when it seemed her new boyfriend was a keeper who made her happy. Unfortunately, it's become obvious he's a dangerous manipulator who has her under his spell as he drains her savings and threatens to propose to her while claiming to be the second coming of the region's top La-Z-Boy salesman with a net worth of $16 million. How can you get her to see him for what he is before it's too late? We'll look for answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/689

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your roommate's sister's swain spouts delusional claims that mark him as either a master manipulator or clearly insane.  Either way, how can you get her to see through the spell he's cast over her before she falls further into his maniacal machinations?
  • Your boss is an intimidating menace whose incompetence makes you work twice as hard, and HR doesn't take your complaints about him seriously. Is it time to find a new job, or should you just deal with it?
  • You've learned your wife cheated on you while you were away in the military, and you would leave her if you weren't dependent on the contribution of her salary to buy a house in this inflated market. How do you do what’s best for your kids without trapping yourself in a loveless relationship?
  • Some might see your tendency to prepare for every possible emergency as a sign of chronic anxiety, but you see it as being ready for anything. Are you simply thinking ahead, or are you living in dread?
  • Recent feedback from your boss has made you aware of your tendency to make impulsive decisions. What can you do to slow down and better weigh your options before committing to a subpar course of action?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Jun 24, 2022
688: A-Rod | Still Having a Ball After All
00:58:26

A-Rod (aka Alex Rodriguez) (@AROD) is a 3x MVP, 14-time All-Star, and World Series champion. As of 2016, he was the highest-paid player in major league baseball history. After 23 years in the game, he's an investor and business mentor preaching the gospel of financial literacy for all.

What We Discuss with A-Rod:

  • The concept of VCP: vision, capital, and people.
  • What Alex has learned about business from mentors like Warren Buffett and Magic Johnson, and what he hopes to pass on to his own mentees.
  • How growing up as a poor kid in Miami informs the way Alex treats people today.
  • The need for financial literacy to become part of the American education system's core curriculum.
  • The "Breakfast Club" that keeps Alex's relationship with his daughters real.
  • And much more...

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Miss our conversation with world champion boxer and entrepreneur Laila Ali? Catch up with episode 309: Laila Ali | Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power here!

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Jun 23, 2022
687: Amy Webb | Changing Lives with Synthetic Biology
01:31:30

Amy Webb (@amywebb) is an author and the founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute -- a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Her latest book is The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology.

What We Discuss with Amy Webb:

  • Synthetic biology will change the world in three key areas: medicine, food, and the environment.
  • How pandemics might be wiped out by engineering immunity to deadly diseases on demand before they have a chance to take hold. (Alternatively, how pandemics might be created by engineering new diseases against which we have no defense.)
  • Forget waiting your turn on the donor list: we'll be able to print new vital, life-sustaining organs from scratch instead of relying on unpredictable supply.
  • When we have the ability to resurrect extinct species, will we possess the wisdom to prudently decide what lives again and what stays dead forever?
  • How meat can be grown from cells in labs without slaughtering animals and consuming the resources necessary to sustain them.
  • And much more...

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Jun 21, 2022
686: An Abuser's Dead: Get Him Out of Your Head | Feedback Friday
00:52:43

Your uncle abused you when you were very young, and now he's on death's doorstep. You've resolved not to attend his funeral, though this may raise eyebrows among family who don't know the full story. So what's the least awkward way to tell your family not to expect you at the funeral? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/686

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • What's the least awkward way to tell your family not to expect you at the funeral of the uncle who molested you when you were very young?
  • How do you let a toxic employee go in the most respectful way without making enemies in the process?
  • You find yourself easily distracted from the only boyfriend you've ever had. Even though you love him dearly, you question the sustainability of your relationship when your eye wanders so easily. Is your future with this man doomed?
  • The sister you once considered a bit of a superhero has fallen on hard times. How can you help her?
  • It's hard to have faith in your countrymen and women when they keep voting in representatives who don't have their best interests at heart. What can you do to help them see the light?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Jun 17, 2022
685: Steve Rambam | The Real Life of a Private Investigator
00:50:35

Steve Rambam (@stevenrambam) is the founder and CEO of Pallorium, Inc., a licensed Investigative Agency with offices and affiliates worldwide. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Steve Rambam:

  • Prime bank guarantee fraud: what is it and how does it work?
  • Why is the US a “Garden of Eden” for bad guys in general?
  • How Steve's TV show Nowhere to Hide came to be.
  • Why Steve's business doubled within two years following a bogus arrest.
  • Are there scam lists, and are you on one?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/685

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Miss our interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the crack empire kingpin gone good? Catch up with episode 121: Freeway Rick Ross | Life in the Crack Lane here!

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Jun 16, 2022
684: Desmond Shum | Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in China
01:19:44

Desmond Shum is the former husband of arrested Chinese billionaire "Whitney" Duan Weihong and the author of Red Roulette: An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in Today’s China.

What We Discuss with Desmond Shum:

  • Why Desmond's intellectual schoolteacher parents were treated as undesirables by the CCP, and how this led to his family's self-exile to then-British Hong Kong when he was 10.
  • What the CCP does to keep evidence of events like the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre out of the public eye -- and what Desmond's impression of this particular event was like.
  • How the economic necessity of corruption to make business sustainable under the watchful eye of the CCP is used as a bargaining chip to keep the operators of these businesses in line.
  • The path that led Desmond and his wife Whitney to the inner circle of the CCP and allowed them to make billions with the government's blessing -- and the amount of work that went into maintaining the network that allowed this to continue.
  • The circumstances of Whitney's disappearance, and the eerie phone call he received from her four years later urging him not to publish his tell-all book.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/684

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Missed our conversation with Annie Duke — World Series poker champion and author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts? Catch up by listening to episode 40: Annie Duke | How to Make Decisions Like a Poker Champ here!

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Jun 14, 2022
683: Mad Lad Hates Dad and Treats Whole Family Bad | Feedback Friday
00:49:12

Can there be reconciliation with an estranged son who hates the way his father treated him as a kid and takes it out on the whole family? We'll seek answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/683

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How do you reconcile with an estranged son who hates the way his father treated him as a kid and decides to take it out on the whole family?
  • How can you move past the resentment you feel over your husband's inaction when you needed help coping with postpartum depression after the birth of your son?
  • Your parents reneged on their promise to pay for your college, leaving you stuck with massive debt that you only discovered after graduating. What's your best next move?
  • Your son is legally an adult, but you're concerned about the evidence of vaping you've found in his room -- especially since he wants to be a professional athlete and he grew up with asthma. Worse, he's lying to you about it. What should you do?
  • You've been (perhaps mistakenly) forwarded part of a conversation with another applicant for the job you're going for. Should you do some research on your competition before your interview, or is it better not to psych yourself out by possibly discovering they're more qualified than you?
  • 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.

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Jun 10, 2022
682: Hustle Culture | Deep Dive
00:54:56

Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into the toxic cesspool of hustle culture and emerge with better alternatives you can use to break free from its seductive but icky grip and write yourself a meaningful success story!

What We Discuss:

  • Hustle culture makes you miserable because it sells you the destination without the journey.
  • Hustle culture is a toxic sham because it operates like an emotion-manipulating pyramid scheme that pits you against your peers instead of encouraging you to work together.
  • How you can spot the sure signs of hustle culture and avoid its sticky, wicked clutches.
  • What you can do to break free of hustle culture if it’s already got its hooks in you.
  • Better alternatives that will enrich your journey toward success instead of guilting you, shaming you, pressuring you, and making you co-dependent on hustle culture’s empty promises.
  • And much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/682

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Jun 09, 2022
681: Bill Browder | Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath
01:21:59

Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) pioneered a brand-new market after the fall of The Iron Curtain while making powerful enemies — including Vladimir Putin. He is the author of Red Notice and Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath.

What We Discuss with Bill Browder:

  • The real purpose of disinformation: not to convince you that it's presenting accurate facts, but to cast a seed of doubt over the credibility of the position it's opposing.
  • How a timely tweet upon being arrested by potentially Russia-corrupted police officers in Spain may have saved Bill Browder's life.
  • How the Magnitsky Act came about and what it does to sanction Russian human rights violators and kleptocrats.
  • How the power of Interpol is regularly abused by genocidal policymakers to retrieve escaped prisoners from "safe" havens.
  • Bill's thoughts on why Putin is making his move in Ukraine now, and what he hopes to accomplish there.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/681

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Jun 07, 2022
680: Recycling | Skeptical Sunday
00:50:41

Between climate change, global pollution, and a spiraling amount of waste created every single day, we all want to find ways -- even small ways -- to help. And for some people, the easiest way is to recycle. You have a house, plenty of room to separate your garbage, and your city provides different color bins so you don’t get confused between pizza and the box it comes in. And everything works out, right? Well, of course not! Here, we'll weigh the pros and cons of recycling and make sure you're not doing it all wrong.

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/680

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • Does recycling really help save the planet? Only if you do it the right way (which we'll discuss).
  • What would be the unintended consequences of banning plastics entirely?
  • Why some materials that could be recycled aren't.
  • What are the massive benefits of recycling metals?
  • How many resources are saved when we recycle paper?
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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Jun 05, 2022
679: Mom's Bigotry Makes Romantic Future Hard to See | Feedback Friday
00:51:05

It's difficult to plan for a future with your long-term partner when their mother refuses to entertain the idea of getting to know you. In fact, you've never even met face-to-face because she doesn't like your race. So how do you get your significant other to address the reality that their mom's bigotry makes a romantic future together hard to see? We'll try to get to the bottom of this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/679

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • You've never met your partner's mother face-to-face because she doesn't like your race. How do you address the reality that this bigotry makes a future together hard to see?
  • How do you get over a lifelong reluctance to speak out and get help before your poor performance due to work-related stress takes away your dream career?
  • You can openly support your Ukrainian coworkers as Putin's aggression against them drags on, but how do you show your Russian colleagues who don't support the war that you recognize their uncertainty and sadness during this difficult time without prompting them to say anything that could get them in trouble with their government?
  • You were a childhood victim of sexual abuse, and now find yourself as an adult with an addiction to porn and massage parlors that fills you with shame and massive debt. How can you break free from this self-destructive pattern of behavior? [Thanks to clinical psychologist and addiction specialist Dr. Rubin Khoddam for helping us field this one!]
  • You regret the generosity of offering your ne'er-do-well brother-in-law a job reference because you've come to realize that you can't, in good conscience, vouch for his reliability. What do you do when being generous and making the right call don’t quite line up?
  • 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.

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Jun 03, 2022
678: Chris Voss | Hostage Negotiation Tactics for Everyday Life
01:02:32

Chris Voss (@VossNegotiation) is a former FBI hostage negotiator and author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It. He joins the show to discuss how we can be more effective negotiators by using hostage negotiation techniques.

What We Discuss with Chris Voss:

  • The principles behind negotiation and emotional persuasion.
  • Three types of negotiators you’ll encounter — The Analyst, The Assertive, and The Accommodator — and how to size them up.
  • How to influence the way people size you up.
  • Defusing negative emotions.
  • Generating rapport in difficult situations.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/678

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Jun 02, 2022
677: Sam Cooper | How the West Was Infiltrated by Its Enemies
01:16:12

Sam Cooper (@scoopercooper) is a national investigative journalist for Global News and co-author of Wilful Blindness, How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons, and CCP Agents Infiltrated the West.

What We Discuss with Sam Cooper:

  • How -- and why -- is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) directly responsible for waging a reverse Opium War from China against the West?
  • How does the CCP operate in tandem with criminal organizations to further its interests in the West?
  • What does the CCP do to entice and recruit Westerners to become mouthpieces of government propaganda?
  • How the CCP uses gangsters, gambling, drugs, and real estate to launder massive amounts of money in the West while simultaneously undermining the democratic societies in which they operate.
  • What is the Five Eyes alliance, how is interference by the CCP jeopardizing its stability, and why is this something the West needs to worry about sooner rather than later?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/677

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Miss our conversation with David Kilgour, author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China? Catch up with episode 497: David Kilgour | The Heartless Art of Forced Organ Harvesting here!

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May 31, 2022
676: The Olympics | Skeptical Sunday
00:42:02

The Olympic games hold a place of reverence in the hearts of people around the world. But for the athletes who wreck their bodies and their bank accounts training for years to compete in the Olympics for glory and national pride -- especially the ones who hail from Team USA -- are the games kind of a sham?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/676

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • In spite of the PR boost nations get whenever their teams win medals and the influx of cash brought in by the games, the United States is one of the few countries that doesn't spend a dime supporting its Olympic athletes.
  • A so-called non-profit, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee brought in $317 million in revenue in 2018, including $122 million in broadcast revenue, which resulted in $48 million in profit. The CEO made $800,000 in compensation.
  • 60% of the athletes who train full-time for years to have a chance at competing in the Olympics do not consider themselves financially stable, often relying on low-paying gig economy jobs to fund their journey.
  • For Team USA athletes who win medals, the USOPC pays out $37,500 for gold, $22,500 for silver, and $15,000 for bronze. In contrast, Singapore rewards its athletes with $1 million for gold, $500,000 for silver, and $250,000 for bronze.
  • In 2012, half of the track and field athletes made less than $15,000 per year, while the track and field CEO earned $1.2 million in 2018. In 2012, US News and World Report found it cost around $100,000 per year to be an athlete in the Olympics.
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here...
May 29, 2022
675: A Tenant, Psychotic, Makes Your Life Chaotic | Feedback Friday
00:49:08

You invited a friend to rent one of your rooms for a year. Only five months in, she's having delusional psychotic breaks in which she claims to be God, purports to read minds, and accuses your fiance and numerous others of raping her. Under the circumstances, your family doesn't feel safe having her in your home anymore, and you've let her know she's not welcome back. Now she's calling you incessantly and making you feel guilty for not supporting her as a "friend." Do you have a responsibility to help her, or -- for the sake of your family's safety -- are you right for cutting her off? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/675

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Do you have a responsibility to keep renting a room to a friend who had a psychotic break, or does your family's safety come first? [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us field the legalities of this one!]
  • The private school where you teach is rife with corrupt policies. Should you try to change the system from within, or find another job before an inevitable lawsuit brings the whole place down?
  • Because you're young and you want to be free to explore your romantic options, you may have been too hasty when you agreed to date your college girlfriend exclusively. Is there a way to back out of the arrangement without being a complete heel?
  • A recent miscarriage seems to be just the tip of a cascading torrent of misfortune and tragedy that has you experiencing frequent anxiety attacks and a constant state of fight or flight. What can you do to turn things around?
  • How can you make sure your good work is rewarded by the entrenched corporate hierarchy at your office when you have an incompetent manager taking credit for everything you and your team have done? [Thanks to executive coach and From Start-Up to Grown-Up author Alisa Cohn for helping us field this one!]
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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May 27, 2022
674: Ken Croke | Undercover in an Outlaw Biker Gang Part Two
00:57:18

Ken Croke is a retired ATF agent who worked undercover for years to bust numerous criminal organizations, and is the co-author of Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure you've had a listen to part one here!]

What We Discuss with Ken Croke:

  • How did Ken (and his wife, who was also a federal agent) keep their undercover lives separate from their home lives without jeopardizing either?
  • Working undercover over the course of two years, what were some of Ken's closest calls that almost compromised his cover -- and possibly his life?
  • How is evidence gathered in a way that will hold up in court without blowing an undercover agent's cover?
  • What signals that it's time for an undercover operation to end?
  • Does Ken worry about what his former gang associates might do if their paths should ever cross again?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/674

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May 26, 2022
673: Ken Croke | Undercover in an Outlaw Biker Gang Part One
00:57:42

Ken Croke is a retired ATF agent who worked undercover for years to bust numerous criminal organizations, and is the co-author of Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Keep an eye out for part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Ken Croke:

  • What's the hardest part about keeping an undercover identity intact while under heavy scrutiny by some of the world's most paranoid and dangerous miscreants?
  • How does the hierarchy of an outlaw biker gang work, and what does the process of becoming a trusted member entail?
  • What does an undercover agent do to pass among criminals without actually committing crimes (or stepping outside the boundaries of what's been cleared in advance)?
  • How do outlaw bikers really feel about the way their subculture is portrayed in popular media (e.g., Sons of Anarchy)?
  • What did Ken's wife and kids do while he was undercover for two years?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/673

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May 24, 2022
672: Toothpaste | Skeptical Sunday
00:35:53

Two or three times a day, every day, for most of your life, you use toothpaste. But what’s in it? Is it actually good for you? And why is there a scary label on the back warning you not to swallow it? If you want to know the answers to these questions and more about toothpaste, nine out of 10 dentists (might very well) recommend this episode!

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/672

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • If toothpaste is supposedly safe enough to put in your mouth three times a day, why is there a warning to call your local poison control center if you happen to swallow it?
  • Fluoride can strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of cavities, but too much exposure can cause problems from bone disease to certain cancers. So why is it in most toothpaste and 70% of our drinking water, and how is it regulated?
  • What sneaky loophole allows toothpaste manufacturers to bypass the legal disclosure of certain ingredients in their products that might cause us to think twice about using them?
  • What are some of these rarely listed ingredients, and what are the hazards of using them?
  • How can we keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy without exposing ourselves to potential toxins?
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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May 22, 2022
671: Cheating Husband Caught in His Own Clap Trap | Feedback Friday
00:49:30

When you determined the strange numbers on your husband's phone connected to escort services, he immediately told you not to worry -- he was just seeking inexpensive massages for back pain he'd been having. And when he went to the hospital to find relief from another kind of pain, his innocent explanation didn't match with the doctor's summary that it was an STI-related condition. So now that his cheating ways have caught him up in a clap trap of his own design, what are you going to do with this information? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/671

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • First off, we have a heartwarming update from a Feedback Friday listener who was going through tough times back in episode 478!
  • Your husband always has a convenient way to explain away his obvious infidelities. But now that there's evidence of an STI on his latest medical summary, what are you going to do with this information?
  • How do you politely turn down a work acquaintance's request for a donation to his crowdfunding cause?
  • How can you maintain a healthy relationship with your mom without letting her addiction to alcohol get in the way? [Thanks to clinical psychologist and addiction specialist Dr. Rubin Khoddam for helping us field this one!]
  • The fact that your 22-year-old girlfriend still tacks up magazine cutouts of pop stars she swoons over like a high school girl makes you more than a little jealous. Are you overreacting?
  • 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.

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

May 20, 2022
670: Vanessa Van Edwards | The Science of Succeeding with People
01:16:09

Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) is the lead investigator at human behavior research lab Science of People and the author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People and Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Vanessa Van Edwards:

  • How can nonverbal communication affect the first impression you make to someone — even if they’re just hearing your voice over a telephone call?
  • Explore the science of popularity — what makes the cool kids so cool?
  • Understand the difference between social attraction and romantic attraction — and why they both matter.
  • Find out what we can learn about people from their photographs — especially on dating sites.
  • What interesting patterns turn up in researching episodes of reality television shows Blind Date and Shark Tank?
  • And much more…

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Miss our conversation with FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss? Catch up with episode 165: Chris Voss | Negotiate as If Your Life Depended on It here!

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May 19, 2022
669: Dallas Taylor | The Psychology of Sound Design
01:13:29

Dallas Taylor is the host and creator of Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. He is also the Creative Director of Defacto Sound, a TED mainstage speaker, a regular contributor to major publications, and a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound.

What We Discuss with Dallas Taylor:

  • How sound designers create audio more in line with what our brains expect to hear when capturing it in reality would fall short.
  • How the tricks of sound design are akin to a magician's ability to invisibly manipulate our emotions.
  • Why we hear certain sounds recycled in movies and trailers to the point of cliché.
  • With the perspective-bending nature of sound design occupying so many of his waking hours, does Dallas find elements of the job extending into off-the-clock parts of his life?
  • Analog vs. digital (and why many prefer to rely on the older technology).
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/669

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Miss the show we did with Moby — musician, singer, songwriter, producer, animal rights activist, and author? Catch up here with episode 196: Moby | What to Do When Success Makes You Miserable!

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May 17, 2022
668: Tipping | Skeptical Sunday
00:42:20

Tipping isn't a city in China. But it is a shameful institution that encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation of low-income workers while placing the burden of compensation on customers instead of business owners. If most restaurants and service-based industries in the world can exist without relying on tipping, why does the custom persist in the United States, and what would be a fairer, more sustainable alternative?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/668

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 per hour -- the same as it was 31 years ago (though it can be even less in some states under certain circumstances). Why is it the customer’s responsibility to pay these workers a fair wage?
  • Why, contrary to the protests of whoever happens to be holding the purse strings, raising the minimum wage for the person serving you will not make your burger cost $25.
  • How tipped workers are still expected to fulfill untipped tasks during their "down" time, but without a raise in compensation to make up for it.
  • Why the institution of tipping encourages racism, sexism, harassment, and exploitation of low-income workers.
  • How the custom of tipping came about, why it persists in places like the United States, and what we should be doing to replace it with something that would better serve the server and served, alike.
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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May 15, 2022
667: Friend's Sicko Spouse Keeps Infecting Our House | Feedback Friday
00:49:28

Your inseparable friend's perpetually ill spouse seems to get a sick kick out of infecting your family on the regular and refuses to respect any boundaries you've tried to establish that might keep her and her nasty cooties at bay. If you didn't know any better, you'd suspect she was doing it on purpose! What can you do to protect the health of your household from this physically -- and perhaps mentally -- unwell woman? We'll try to find a remedy to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/667

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your friend's perpetually ill spouse seems to get a sick kick out of infecting your family on the regular. How can you keep her and her nasty cooties at bay?
  • Must you bid your love adieu to dodge her herpes simplex 2?
  • Is it time to cut loose the "friend" who ghosts you profusely?
  • How can you remain an influential, vital part of your child's life when they live with your ex on the other side of the world?
  • You suspect you're clinically depressed, but how can you ask for help when the thought of therapy just adds to your stress?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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May 13, 2022
666: How to Ask for a Promotion | Deep Dive
00:44:41

Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into their tried-and-true approach to asking for a promotion, maximizing your chances of landing it, and building on it to create a thriving career.

What We Discuss:

  • The important questions to ask yourself before approaching your boss for a raise or a promotion.
  • What you can start doing to ensure you get a raise or promotion next time around if you can't quite justify one yet.
  • How to build your case for a raise or promotion when you're ready to take one on.
  • The best practices for negotiation when the floor is yours.
  • What to do if you don't get the raise or promotion on the first try.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/666

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Did you miss our deep dive into what you should do if you’re looking for a new job or relationship and you want to know how to get your foot in the door — while avoiding the mistakes that are liable to get that door slammed in your face? Catch up with episode 629: Getting Your Foot in the Door | Deep Dive here!

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May 12, 2022
665: Luis Navia | 25 Years Inside the Narco Cartels
01:31:19

Luis Navia worked for nearly 25 years as a cocaine trafficker for the deadliest Colombian and Mexican cartels until the law caught up with him in 2000. He is the co-author (with Jesse Fink) of Pure Narco: One Man's True Story of 25 Years Inside the Cartels.

What We Discuss with Luis Navia:

  • Why did Luis Navia -- a Georgetown student and the privileged son of an affluent sugar trader -- get involved in the illicit international cocaine trade with the most ruthless and infamous Mexican and Colombian drug cartels?
  • How did Luis move between 200 to 300 tons of cocaine (roughly worth $10 billion) over the course of 25 years -- and live to tell the tale?
  • Why did Luis insist on carrying out his business without a weapon -- in spite of being regularly surrounded by the perpetrators of unimaginably brutal violence?
  • What are the logistics for smuggling massive amounts of cocaine over international borders with limited space and personnel?
  • How did Operation Journey, an anti-narcotics effort coordinated across 12 nations and led by the United States and Great Britain, finally put an end to Luis' lucrative cocaine trafficking career?
  • And much more...

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Miss our two-part conversation with the Caravaggio of currency counterfeiting? Catch up by starting with Episode 488: Frank Bourassa | The World’s Greatest Counterfeiter Part One here!

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May 10, 2022
664: Reiki Healing | Skeptical Sunday
00:33:38

Is Reiki -- the not-so-ancient Japanese energy healing technique by which your psychic empath aunt swears -- a legitimate way to treat ailments like cancer, diabetic neuropathy, anxiety, lactose intolerance, and cooties? Or is it nothing more than a placebo that, at best, might offer you a relaxing way to spend an hour of your day -- and a day of your savings? Here on Skeptical Sunday, it's all hands on deck to discover the truth about the controversial practice of Reiki healing.

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/664

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • How "ancient" is the hallowed practice of Reiki healing?
  • With over 800 hospitals in the world offering Reiki -- including Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic -- there must be some tangible benefit to this energy healing technique, right?
  • What scientific evidence do we have to support the efficacy of Reiki healing?
  • How [much] does someone [have to pay to] become a Reiki practitioner?
  • What can (and what can't) Reiki do for you?
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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May 08, 2022
663: Thinking of Another Dude: Is Marriage Screwed? | Feedback Friday
00:53:45

Celebrating only the second anniversary with your wonderful husband, you've found yourself wondering what life might be like if you'd, instead, pursued a relationship with a certain unrequited crush. Does having these thoughts make you an unfaithful, horrible person, or is this a normal adjustment to married life -- for better or for worse? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/663

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Is your marriage screwed because you've been having thoughts about another dude on your second anniversary?
  • Should you give your estranged family -- who abused you and worked hard to slander your name when you broke free -- a second chance just because tragedy has forced you to interact again?
  • You run successful social media pages reviewing a certain company’s products, and it seemed to be a win/win situation -- until you received a cease and desist letter from said company. How can you safely move forward without losing your business entirely?
  • You feel obligated to be there for a new friend who's going through some tough times, but you're concerned that some of your own negativity may be residual from this friendship. Should you stay in their life and risk your own mental health to be the voice of reason, or would it be best just to cut them out of your life entirely?
  • You're resentful that your peer got the promotion you wanted and is now your direct manager, and you feel like your manager isn't trying hard enough to help you get ahead. Should you raise a stink about the unfairness of it all, or learn from this teachable moment and grin and bear it until your next review?
  • 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.

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May 06, 2022
662: Daniel J. Levitin | How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
00:51:13

Daniel J. Levitin (@danlevitin) is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, record producer, and author of Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Daniel J. Levitin:

  • The most important quality for anyone who wants to be an evidence-based, critical thinker.
  • Why even society’s smartest people fall victim to misinformation.
  • The first step to making good decisions.
  • How to dismantle bad arguments on the fly.
  • Why you need to look beyond averages when making a case.
  • And much more…

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/662

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Miss the show we did with award-winning cybersecurity journalist Nicole PerlrothCatch up with episode 542: Nicole Perlroth | Who’s Winning the Cyberweapons Arms Race? here!

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May 05, 2022
661: Rachel Zoffness | Managing Pain In Your Body and Brain
01:15:29

Dr. Rachel Zoffness (@DrZoffness) is a pain psychologist, international speaker, medical consultant, educator, and author of The Pain Management Workbook: Powerful CBT and Mindfulness Skills to Take Control of Pain and Reclaim Your Life.

What We Discuss with Dr. Rachel Zoffness:

  • Pain lives in the brain, not the body (which is why amputees often report sensing it in limbs they no longer have).
  • The overlap between physical and emotional pain, and why they co-occur 100% of the time.
  • How the "pain dial" in your brain works: what turns it up, and what turns it down.
  • The ways in which trauma, anxiety, and depression amplify pain.
  • Why pain medicine is broken and how we can fix it.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/661

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Miss the show we did with Jack Barsky — author of Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America? Catch up here with episode 285: Jack Barsky | Deep Undercover with a KGB Spy in America!

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May 03, 2022
660: Chemtrails | Skeptical Sunday
00:32:17

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a chemtrail of dihydrogen monoxide, known to cause suffocation as well as accelerated corrosion in certain circumstances, and now it's in the very air you're breathing! But to what end? What nefarious plot has the government hatched to control the lives of you and your loved ones this time? Listen on as we get to the bottom of this chemtrail conspiracy!

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/660

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • What is dihydrogen monoxide, and why are aircraft continually depositing it into the air we all breathe?
  • Are government scientists really geo-engineering our weather? If so, to what end?
  • If we're supposed to believe so-called chemtrails are just condensation-created contrails, why did a weatherman admit on live television that the military was spraying chemicals into the atmosphere?
  • If chemtrails are just contrails, why are there sometimes breaks in the streams? Wouldn't the temperature difference between an airplane's exhaust and the air create consistently solid trails?
  • Aluminum found in the soil proves beyond a doubt that the government is spraying us with toxic chemicals to control the population -- or something -- right?
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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May 01, 2022
659: Her Spouse Raped You. Can Friendship Stay True? | Feedback Friday
00:57:05

Can your friendship with the woman whose husband raped you on their wedding day ever recover? Perhaps a better question to ask is: should it? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/659

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Can your friendship with the woman whose husband raped you on their wedding day ever recover? Perhaps a better question to ask is: should it?
  • How can you communicate with your Russian parents when they've been brainwashed by state propaganda?
  • Are your friends trying to grow their network, or are they trying to clandestinely rope you into their undercover MLM?
  • If management and law enforcement don't want to protect you and your coworkers from the dangerous, mentally unstable members of the homeless community camped across the street from your office, what can you do to ensure your safety?
  • When your last five roommate situations ended on a sour note, are you wrong to wonder if you might be the common denominator that invites neverending chaos into the equation?
  • 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.

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Apr 29, 2022
658: Shanna Swan | The Reproduction Crisis and Humanity's Future
01:22:13

Dr. Shanna Swan (@drshannaswan) is the Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the author of Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

What We Discuss with Dr. Shanna Swan:

  • Why has sperm count among men in Western countries decreased by over 50 percent in the past four decades?
  • What can increasing reproductive problems in the animal kingdom tell us about diminishing human fertility?
  • The same chemicals that cause reproductive decline are responsible for the obesity epidemic.
  • What are some of the best practices we can personally observe for recovering from some of the most common fertility issues we face?
  • What steps can society take today to ensure we have enough of a population to constitute a society tomorrow?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/658

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Miss our conversation with Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier and New York Times bestselling author? Get caught up with episode 622: Ishmael Beah | Memoirs of a Boy Soldier here!

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Apr 28, 2022
657: Josh Peck | Happy People Are Annoying
01:25:29

Josh Peck (@ItsJoshPeck) is an actor (currently appearing as Drew on How I Met Your Father), comedian, YouTuber, and author of Happy People Are Annoying.

What We Discuss with Josh Peck:

  • Why Josh considers it a blessing he grew up before social media dominated the landscape of adolescence.
  • How Josh went from wild child to grounded, friendly father (instead of becoming some kind of "drunk Hollywood jerkface") without knowing his own father until later in life.
  • What Josh did to overcome the food addiction that once had him tipping the scales at 297 -- when he was just a kid.
  • How Josh became a standup comedian at the tender age of 11, and what he did to relate to his significantly older audience.
  • How ego can turn someone into an imposter -- and how this is different from the common phenomenon of imposter syndrome.
  • And much more...

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Miss our episode with spooky mentalist Derren Brown? Catch up with episode 150: Derren Brown | Using the Power of Suggestion for Good here!

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Apr 26, 2022
656: Your Stalker's Sister is Dating Your Brother | Feedback Friday
00:45:12

Having a stalker is bad enough. But what happens when that stalker starts showing up at family functions because their sister is now dating your brother? Is it possible to ensure your safety without infringing on your sibling's relationship? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/656

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • A testimonial from a listener who secured a great job after following advice from our deep dive on how to get your foot in the door!
  • How can you help the people of Ukraine as they continue to suffer the atrocities of invasion by Russian forces? Here’s a list.
  • What do you do when confronted with a romance like no other: your stalker's sister is dating your brother?
  • Your significant other hates their job, feels stuck because their current skill set doesn't offer any alternatives, and brings this negativity home every night. How can you address the effect their work is having on your relationship without making them feel even more hopeless?
  • You fear your tendency to cry when discussing things that are unfair or unjust may be holding you back and keeping others from taking you seriously, but therapy has thus far been unsuccessful in keeping these involuntary tears in check. So what can you do? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Erin Margolis for helping us with this one!]
  • Your spouse once lived a chaotic life of addiction and sometimes homelessness in her hometown, but found the road to recovery that led to you and an amazing job in another state. Now her lonely father is encouraging her to move back, but you worry that leaving her job and relocating to the very place that marks her troubled history could trigger a relapse. What's the best way to guide her in the right direction?
  • When your bosses constantly ignore your advice that turns out later to have been the right course, how can you resist saying "I told you so" and, instead, use these incidents to reinforce their confidence in what you suggest?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Apr 22, 2022
655: David Eagleman | How Our Brains Construct Reality
00:56:13

David Eagleman (@davideagleman) is a Stanford neuroscientist, host of Emmy-nominated PBS/BBC series The Brain, and author of many leather-bound books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the BrainThe Brain: The Story of You, and Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with David Eagleman:

  • Why our conscious brain should be grateful for its separation from the subconscious brain.
  • What is sensory substitution, and how might it allow the blind to “see,” the deaf to “hear,” and create completely new, superhuman senses altogether?
  • Your umwelt is not my umwelt: a shared environment is several realities, depending on how it’s being sensed.
  • Alien hands, intellectual flexibility, zombie routines, and smartphone symbiosis.
  • How might technology augment our brains in the not-too-distant future?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/655

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Miss our conversation about the spooky nature of perception with world-renowned neuroscientist Beau Lotto? Catch up with episode 177: Beau Lotto | Why You See Differently When You Deviate here!

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Apr 21, 2022
654: Chris Miller & Brandon Wheeler | News from Ukraine's Warfront
01:21:00

Former US Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and Freedom Research Foundation's Brandon Wheeler join us after meeting with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's top general and intelligence officers to share fresh perspectives from the war front.

What We Discuss with Chris Miller & Brandon Wheeler:

  • Putin's unintended consequence: how Russia’s actions have consolidated the entire Western world.
  • Why isn't there a no-fly zone over Ukraine?
  • Are sanctions against Russia working?
  • What else can the West do to contain Putin’s Russia?
  • Predictions about Russia's plans and strategies moving forward, and what Putin's likely ambitions beyond this invasion entail.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/654

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Have you heard our interview with Yuriy Matsarsky, a Ukrainian journalist turned civilian fighter against the Russian invasion? Catch up with episode 638: Yuriy Matsarsky | Fighting for Ukraine here!

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Apr 19, 2022
653: Ear Candling | Skeptical Sunday
00:36:17

Is ear candling -- the practice of inserting a lit, hollow candle in your ear to remove earwax -- a safe, practical way to get the job done? If you have a burning desire to discover the truth, listen on!

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • Where did the practice of ear candling originate? It's got to come from a noble, ancient, shamanic tradition and not some hippies out to make a buck, right?
  • Ear candling is a thriving industry that rakes in about $1.2 million a year.
  • Are there risks to placing a hollow, burning candle in your living human ear canal?
  • In spite of any of its potential dangers, at least ear candling gets rid of excess earwax and other debris like it's supposed to, right?
  • If ear candling is so hazardous to your health, the FDA or some governmental agency is on the case to have it banned, right? Right?
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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Apr 17, 2022
652: Sad About Dad's Sexist Thoughts Re: Assault | Feedback Friday
00:45:02

Your father's never been abusive, but you were recently disheartened when he referred to a child sexual assault survivor and advocate who's been in the news lately as a "media-hungry slut." And when you brought up how this made you feel to your mother, she dismissively suggested you should just let it go because he's always been supportive of you. Is there another approach you can try with your parents to make them understand they're missing the whole point about why you're upset? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/652

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Why does Jordan crusade hard against MLM scams while giving infomercials that peddle shoddy goods a pass?
  • How can you help the people of Ukraine as they continue to suffer the atrocities of invasion by Russian forces? Here's a list.
  • How do you make your father understand why you're so upset about dismissive, sexist remarks he casually made regarding a sexual assault survivor who's been in the public eye?
  • Your father and older sister have serious health issues that require constant care. How can you handle feelings of wanting to run away at a time when you're needed the most?
  • A creative project on which you collaborated with your significant other fell by the wayside when you had a very bitter breakup. Is there a way to finish the project -- giving your ex credit and a share of the profits for their contributions -- without actually bringing this person back into your life? [Thanks to Cypher Content founder Edward Sabin for helping us with this one!]
  • Your friend's brother died in a car crash when their sister, who survived, was texting behind the wheel. As the maid of honor for this friend's wedding, you want to honor the memory of their late brother in your speech, but you don't want to exacerbate the guilt, shame, regret, and PTSD of the surviving sister, who will be present. What's the right thing to do here?
  • When you have a little extra to give and want to donate to a charity that is working to make the world a better place, how do you decide on the right charity?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Apr 15, 2022
651: Anja Shortland | How Kidnap Insurance Works
01:18:38

Anja Shortland is a professor of political economy at King’s College, London who specializes in the economics of crime. She is the author of Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business and Lost Art: The Art Loss Register Casebook Volume One.

What We Discuss with Anja Shortland:

  • How many people are kidnapped every year for ransom, and how many actually return from the ordeal alive?
  • What incentives do kidnappers have to treat hostages nonviolently and bargain for their release in good faith?
  • How do insurers keep vulnerable clients from letting down their guard once a policy has been obtained?
  • The protection theory that explains how crime organizations (e.g., the mafia) effectively stabilize the kidnap-for-ransom industry.
  • Why offering a higher ransom than demanded is the worst strategy for ensuring a hostage's safe release.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/651

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Miss our conversation with Somali pirate hostage Michael Scott Moore? Catch up with episode 115: Michael Scott Moore | What It’s Really like to Be a Pirate Hostage here!

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Apr 14, 2022
650: Brian Klaas | The Corruptible Influence of Power
01:20:59

Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) is an associate professor in global politics at University College London, host of the Power Corrupts podcast, and author of Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us.

What We Discuss with Brian Klaas:

  • How accurate was historian Lord Acton's assessment that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"?
  • Why do people become corrupt? Is it the system working on them from the outside or something in human nature working on them from within?
  • What kind of people become corrupt? Is everyone susceptible to corruption's temptations?
  • When it comes to corruption, should our leaders be held to higher standards than the rest of us?
  • How can we create fair systems to incentivize people to resist corruption in favor of the straight and narrow?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/650

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Apr 12, 2022
649: Arranged Marriage Threatens Lesbian Couple | Feedback Friday
00:51:49

Parental plans for an arranged marriage threaten a lesbian couple's future. Welcome to Feedback Friday!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/649

Apr 08, 2022
648: Susan Cain | Introverts Unite for a Quiet Revolution
01:00:40

Susan Cain (@susancain) is, in her own words, an "unlikely" award-winning speaker, and bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Her latest book is Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!] 

What We Discuss with Susan Cain:

  • How “quiet” came to be a pejorative term as the West urbanized and placed more value on personality (extroversion) over character (introversion).
  • Better ways to understand our introverted friends (or selves).
  • Action steps for introverts to become more social.
  • Why being an introvert might actually be an advantage — in social situations, negotiation, and creative pursuits.
  • Why brainstorming doesn’t work and is mostly a social exercise vs. a creative one.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/648

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Miss our conversation with producer, author, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey? Catch up with episode 455: Matthew McConaughey | Following Life’s Greenlights to Success here!

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Apr 07, 2022
647: Karim Hijazi | When Cyber War Goes Kinetic
01:27:59

Karim Hijazi (@karimhijazi) is the founder, chairman, and CEO of cyber intelligence company Prevailion, and creator and host of The Introverted Iconoclast podcast.

What We Discuss with Karim Hijazi:

  • How vulnerable is the Internet and how much of our current infrastructure would suffer if it were to go down tomorrow?
  • What are the biggest threats to the security of your privacy, your bank account, your company, and your country?
  • How cyber warfare can lead to kinetic (i.e., real) warfare with physical consequences.
  • Why the current efforts of companies and governments to mitigate digital security risks are woefully insufficient.
  • What are our best practices for staying as safe from cyber attacks as possible?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/647

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Miss the show we did with award-winning cybersecurity journalist Nicole Perlroth? Catch up with episode 542: Nicole Perlroth | Who’s Winning the Cyberweapons Arms Race? here!

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Apr 05, 2022
646: Expiration Dates | Skeptical Sunday
00:35:19

How concerned should you be about expiration dates stamped on items you buy from the grocery store?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/646

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • What really determines the expiration date that gets stamped on an item from the grocery store?
  • Is there a difference between "sell by," "buy by," and "use before" expiration warnings?
  • What federal regulations dictate expiration dates for the protection of the consumer?
  • How dangerous is it to ignore an expiration date on something like a gallon of milk, and what variables might change this?
  • Why most cases of food poisoning have very little to do with the lackadaisical observance of expiration dates, and how you should really be gauging if something is still fit for consumption.
  • And much more!
  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, on Instagram, and on 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 David at his website, on Twitter, on Instagram, on TikTok, and on YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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Miss the show we did with Molly Bloom — the woman behind the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker game in the world? Catch up here with episode 120: Molly Bloom | The One Who Makes the Rules Wins the Game!

Apr 03, 2022
645: Is a Bridesmaid Fight Worth a Disinvite? | Feedback Friday
00:56:22

Everyone knows that when tweetle beetles fight, it's called a tweetle beetle battle. But bridesmaids brawling at a bachelorette bash just make wedding plans more of a pain in the ass. Now, to fend off further fighting, the bride must decide who she's disinviting. Boo, hoo! But who? Which one gets the axe; which one gets to stay? We hope to find out this 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/645

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • After a brawl between two bridesmaids at the bachelorette bash, the bride now has to disinvite one to the wedding. But who should she choose?
  • Does Jordan Harbinger ever get tired of saying "Jordan Harbinger?"
  • Aside from this one, have Gabe or Jordan ever done any weird jobs?
  • Just because an oil is classified as "essential" doesn't mean it's necessary to put it on your family's food, right? Right?
  • Do we ever get generous offers from shady sponsors?
  • What’s the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to Jordan and Gabe (that they're willing to fess up to)?
  • 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.

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

Miss our interview with Bar Rescue‘s Jon Taffer? Catch up with episode 142: Jon Taffer | Raising Your Bar and Crushing All Excuses here!

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Apr 01, 2022
644: Laowhy86 | How the Chinese Social Credit Score System Works Part Two
01:00:40

Laowhy86 (@laowhy86) -- aka Matthew Tye, aka C-Milk -- shared the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of life as an American in China on his YouTube channel for 10 years until he caught the attention of the CCP and barely escaped. This is his story. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to listen to part one here first!]

What We Discuss with Laowhy86:

  • What the Chinese social credit system is, the factors that increase or diminish someone's score, and the consequences someone with a low score faces.
  • How the Kremlin is cribbing the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda playbook for its own nefarious purposes.
  • Why, after 10 years of having mostly positive things to say about life in China, Laowhy86 suddenly found himself on the run from the authorities and barely escaping the country.
  • How Laowhy86 went from lifestyle vlogging to covering things mainstream journalists couldn't (or wouldn't) touch.
  • Myths perpetrated by the CCP that need to be dispelled.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/644

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Miss our two-parter with wrongfully imprisoned Erik Aude? Catch up by starting with episode 147: Erik Aude | Imprisoned in Pakistan for a Crime He Didn’t Commit Part One here!

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Mar 31, 2022
643: Laowhy86 | How the Chinese Social Credit Score System Works Part One
00:00

Laowhy86 (@laowhy86) -- aka Matthew Tye, aka C-Milk -- shared the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of life as an American in China on his YouTube channel for 10 years until he caught the attention of the CCP and barely escaped. This is his story.  [This is part one of a two-part episode. Stay tuned for the second part later this week!]

What We Discuss with Laowhy86:

  • What the Chinese social credit system is, the factors that increase or diminish someone's score, and the consequences someone with a low score faces.
  • How the Kremlin is cribbing the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda playbook for its own nefarious purposes.
  • Why, after 10 years of having mostly positive things to say about life in China, Laowhy86 suddenly found himself on the run from the authorities and barely escaping the country.
  • How Laowhy86 went from lifestyle vlogging to covering things mainstream journalists couldn't (or wouldn't) touch.
  • Myths perpetrated by the CCP that need to be dispelled.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/643

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

Miss the conversation we had with scambuster Coffeezilla? Catch up with episode 368: Coffeezilla | How to Expose Fake Guru Scams here!

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Mar 29, 2022
642: Living In Fear of the Fiend Who Lurks Near | Feedback Friday
00:51:10

Several violent encounters with your erratic, mentally ill neighbor over the years leave you constantly in fear of his return. In spite of being a repeat felon, the law doesn't seem to be doing much to keep him in check -- leaving him to run loose as a danger to himself and others. What can you do to keep your family safe from this menace to your community? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/642

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How can you keep your family safe from the violent maniac who lives in your neighborhood when the long arm of the law seems short-handed? [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us field this one!]
  • How can you enjoy your passion for travel while maintaining strong relationships and creating new ones?
  • While you fear being alone, is it worth staying in a relationship that's guaranteed to lead to marriage when your partner's many flaws -- including that time they cheated on you -- give you cause for concern?
  • When faith forbids your attraction to people of the same sex, is it possible to "pray the gay away?"
  • You've been following along with the lessons from Six-Minute Networking, but you're only 16. Do the same strategies for networking as an adult apply to teenagers?
  • 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.

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

Miss our two-part conversation with North Korean defector and activist Yeonmi Park? Start catching up with episode 578: Yeonmi Park | A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom Part One here!

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Mar 25, 2022
641: How to Quit Your Job the Right Way | Deep Dive
00:40:08

Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) have helped a lot of people optimize their chances at landing dream jobs, but this is only half of the equation. It's also important to consider the way you end things with your soon-to-be ex-employer so you don't needlessly burn bridges you've built along the way. Don't be that person! Here's a deep dive into how to quit your job the right way.

What We Discuss:

  • The important questions to ask before making the commitment to quit your job.
  • How to break the news to your employer in the right order.
  • How to set your team up for success long after you've made your exit.
  • Why you should take the time to craft a great goodbye email to your peers, and what you might say.
  • How to make quitting a transition to a new phase of your relationship with former employers and colleagues rather than a final farewell -- and why you should stay close and connected long past the time you've collected your last paycheck.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/641

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Miss the show we did with prolific art forger Ken Perenyi? Catch up here with episode 282: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger!

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Mar 24, 2022
640: Peter Zeihan | Why the World Should Care About Ukraine
01:21:57

Peter Zeihan (@PeterZeihan) is a geopolitical strategist and author of The Absent Superpower, The Accidental Superpower, Disunited Nations, and the upcoming The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

What We Discuss with Peter Zeihan:

  • How did the Russian invasion of Ukraine become a "now or never" scenario for Putin?
  • Even if Russia "wins" this conflict by sheer numbers, how difficult will it be to maintain control of Ukraine -- and what can we expect Putin's next move to be?
  • What the US and its NATO allies are doing to keep the desperation of a nuclear confrontation at bay.
  • Why Peter believes Putin's ruthless pruning of threats to his personal power -- leaving no competent next-generation successors -- will ensure he's the last president of the Russian Federation as we know it.
  • Are China's designs on Taiwan likely to be deterred by the difficulty faced by Russia's forces in Ukraine?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/640

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Miss the show we did with award-winning cybersecurity journalist Nicole PerlrothCatch up with episode 542: Nicole Perlroth | Who’s Winning the Cyberweapons Arms Race? here!

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Mar 22, 2022
639: Dealing with Your Darling's DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) | Feedback Friday
00:56:13

Your significant other has DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), a mental health condition where a person has two or more separate identities. These personalities, or “alters” control the person’s behavior at different times, and each alter often has its own history, traits, likes, and dislikes. It's a very complex disorder — one that clinicians are still coming to understand — and it makes relationships quite hard. So what can you do to be supportive to your loved one as well as yourself? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/639

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • What can you do to empower your significant other as she struggles with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), while ensuring you're not neglecting your own needs in the process??
  • You never took the chance to communicate with someone you matched with on a dating app a few years back, but now you see them on LinkedIn and would like to make a networking connection. How can you do so without being awkward about it?
  • You're losing respect for the person you once saw as future spouse material because their tendency to procrastinate is derailing and delaying their academic and career paths and straining your finances. On top of the frustration this makes you feel, you've recently been diagnosed with bipolar II. How do you walk the line between being caring partner while also maintaining your own mental health and financial well-being?
  • You're only 16 years old, and your dad's work has relocated your family 10 times. You've never really settled anywhere long enough to build strong friendships or feel like you can call anywhere "home" until you arrived at your current residence. Now, it's your mother who's rallying to move again after some disagreements with the neighbors. What can you do to convince your parents to come to an agreement with the neighbors and just stay put?
  • Your grandmother has always been verbally and physically abusive to your mom, going as far as faking heart attacks whenever the inheritance your grandfather left behind when he passed away 30 years ago is brought up. You think the healthiest thing to do would be to cut her out of your life completely, but your mother pleads with you to maintain a connection. What's the right call here?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Mar 18, 2022
638: Yuriy Matsarsky | Fighting for Ukraine
00:56:35

Yuriy Matsarsky is a Ukrainian journalist turned civilian fighter against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since the incursion began, he's been keeping the world updated with events as they happen as the host of the daily podcast Fighting for Ukraine.

What We Discuss with Yuriy Matsarsky:

  • Why did Yuriy -- and so many of his civilian countrymen and women -- turn in the tools of their trades for assault rifles to defend their homeland against the professional army tasked with invading it?
  • Why Yuriy considers these Russian invaders more heartless and brutal against civilians -- including women and children -- than even ISIS terrorists he's encountered in war zones.
  • What Yuriy hopes Westerners come to understand about this conflict sooner rather than later that often gets missed by mainstream media.
  • What day-to-day life and overall morale are like for Ukrainian defenders, and how Yuriy sees this conflict ultimately playing out.
  • Short of picking up a rifle and heading to Kyiv, what can you do to help Yuriy and his fellow defenders keep resisting the advances of their uninvited neighbors?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/638

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Miss our interview with Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism author Nadya Tolokonnikova? Catch up with episode 118: Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova | How to Read and Riot here!

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Mar 17, 2022
637: Bill von Hippel | Where the Social Leap Lands
01:38:14

Bill von Hippel (@billvonhippel) is a professor of psychology at the University of Queensland and the author of The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy.

What We Discuss with Bill von Hippel:

  • What our eyes tell us about how humans evolved to cooperate with one another.
  • How a psychological phenomenon called the theory of mind makes us aware that mental states of others don't match our own, and why this trait gives human beings a unique advantage in the animal kingdom.
  • Why hunter-gatherer societies are more egalitarian than what we see in modern Western civilization.
  • Why so many of us hate the way we look in photographs.
  • Can animals lie?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/637

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Miss the conversation we had with scambuster Coffeezilla? Catch up with episode 368: Coffeezilla | How to Expose Fake Guru Scams here!

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Mar 15, 2022
636: Is It Wrong to Decline Guardianship of Family? | Feedback Friday
00:48:24

You and your spouse made the decision long ago not to have children of your own. So was it wrong to hesitate when your brother-in-law asked you to assume guardianship over his children should the unthinkable happen to him? We'll try to get to the bottom of this conundrum and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/636

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • First off: the good pastor from episode 571 shares what he's been up to since we last spoke.
  • Are you wrong to decline your brother-in-law's request to assume guardianship over his children should the unthinkable happen?
  • By happenstance, you did a favor for someone who turns out to be a bigwig at a company where your son would like to apply for a job. Is there a non-awkward way to approach this person for a possible lead?
  • Can there be such a thing as closure when a seemingly dandy keen college romance ends in a sudden, inexplicable breakup?
  • You adopted a puppy just a few weeks after losing the family dog you'd known since childhood. Now you find yourself having full-blown panic attacks worrying about all the things that could go wrong with the new pet. What can you do to ease this ever-present, crippling anxiety sooner rather than later?
  • You and your spouse speak multiple languages, and you'd like to pass them along to your newborn daughter. What can you do to ensure you're not unintentionally overwhelming her in the process?
  • 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.

Sign up for Six-Minute Networking -- our free networking and relationship development mini course -- at jordanharbinger.com/course!

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Mar 11, 2022
635: Joe Barone | Living in Dread Between the Mob and the Feds Part Two
00:52:22

Joe Barone was born into a life of crime from both sides of his family, became the longest-running mafia informant in the history of the FBI when his father was killed, and now lives in hiding from people in both camps who want him dead or behind bars. [This is part two of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch part one here!]

What We Discuss with Joe Barone:

  • The many reasons Joe now considers the FBI to be more treacherous than the mob.
  • What Joe was allowed and not allowed to do by the FBI while blending in with the mob.
  • How Joe prevented the murder of a federal prosecutor and a US district judge.
  • How Joe's relationship with the FBI soured after 18 years of being its top informant.
  • The consequences Joe continues to suffer as a result of this soured relationship, and what he hopes the future brings.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/635

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Miss our two-parter with former mobster Anthony S. Luciano? Get caught up by starting with episode 425: Anthony S. Luciano Raimondi | The Mob Enforcer Part One here!

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Mar 10, 2022
634: Joe Barone | Living in Dread Between the Mob and the Feds Part One
01:03:03

Joe Barone was born into a life of crime from both sides of his family, became the longest-running mafia informant in the history of the FBI when his father was killed, and now lives in hiding from people in both camps who want him dead or behind bars. [This is part one of a two-part episode. Make sure to catch part two later this week!]

What We Discuss with Joe Barone:

  • What it was like being born into -- and growing up in -- a crime family, and how Joe was swayed into the life in spite of aspiring to become a postman.
  • The real glue that ties mob families together has nothing to do with honor or unity.
  • How his father's murder was used to turn Joe into an FBI informant for 18 years.
  • What it was like for Joe to live a double life among mobsters -- keeping his cool while fearing for his life -- during those 18 years as an informant.
  • How much does it cost to hire mafia "assistance" in intimidating or eliminating a personal archnemesis?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/634

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Miss our two-parter with Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, former second-in-command of the Gambino organized-crime family? Start catching up with episode 587: Sammy “The Bull” Gravano | Mafia Underboss Part One here!

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Mar 08, 2022
633: Finding Work Fast with a Criminal Past | Feedback Friday
00:53:29

Getting your record expunged after the embarrassment of earning a DUI can take years, but you need to land a job today. So how do you find work fast when you have a criminal past? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/633

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Getting your record expunged after the embarrassment of earning a DUI can take years, but you need to land a job today. So how do you find work fast when you have a criminal past?  [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us field this one!]
  • Despite working in tech -- arguably the most optimistic field there is -- you find yourself battling a constant wave of hopelessness over the escalating climate crisis and the future of the planet. What can you do to keep your eco-anxiety in check?
  • When confronting your fiancée with text messages suggesting she's been cheating on you with a co-worker, she insists it never got physical and she wants to reconcile. But can you ever trust her enough to carry on with the wedding you've been planning?
  • As an experienced world traveler on a gap year before college, you've researched places you want to visit that your very concerned parents have "forbid" you to consider -- like Iran, Turkmenistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon, and Russia. You believe the benefits of seeing these destinations up close outweigh the risks and are determined to go, but how can you alleviate your parents' worry and depart with their blessing?
  • As a third-year medical student, you'll be graded on your performance under pressure working full time in a hospital. The problem? You're a very feminine female with a petite build and a soft voice, and getting peers and patients to take you seriously has been an issue. How can you thrive in a field where masculinity is deemed equal to competency?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Mar 04, 2022
632: Jon Acuff | Give Yourself the Gift of Done
00:57:21

Jon Acuff (@jonacuff) is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Jon Acuff:

  • Why are only eight percent of new year’s resolutions realized? (Incidentally, that’s the same percentage of applicants accepted to Juilliard.)
  • The harm perfectionism causes and what we can do to navigate through it.
  • The Planning Fallacy and how it causes overachievers to fail before even beginning.
  • Strategic Incompetence: why you should deliberately be terrible at some things.
  • Secret Rules: what they are, how they’re made, and how these invisible scripts affect our lives (and what we can do about it).
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/632

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Every week on My First Million, hosts Shaan Puri and Sam Parr dive deep into different business opportunities and explain how to pounce on them — basically spoon-feeding you interesting businesses you can start tomorrow. Check it out at HubSpot or wherever you listen to fine podcasts!

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Mar 03, 2022
631: Amanda Catarzi | Overcoming Cult Life and Sex Trafficking
01:25:41

Amanda Catarzi survived a cult-dominated childhood and abuse at the hands of sex and labor traffickers. In the years since, she has helped law enforcement bust trafficking rings, written federal anti-trafficking legislation, and worked to save countless victims.

What We Discuss with Amanda Catarzi:

  • 70 percent of human trafficking victims are women, and 30 percent are men. They usually die (overdose or violence being primary causes) within seven years.
  • How Amanda's upbringing in an isolated cult that matched teen brides with middle-aged men and preached absolute male dominance over them programmed her to consider abusive relationships normal.
  • Why moving to the other side of the country didn't turn out to be an escape from the childhood traumas that haunted Amanda, but just the next chapter of her abuse by expert manipulators.
  • How training as an MMA fighter was the perfect cover for this abuse as no one questioned Amanda's bruises and black eyes when her "coach" trafficked her out to violent johns.
  • How Amanda escaped this dire situation and has used her experience to help legislators and law enforcement save other trafficking victims (especially children), and what we can do to help stem the tide of abuse that may be going on in our own neighborhoods in plain sight.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/631

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Miss our conversation with Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas co-founder who worked undercover to thwart terrorist plots? Catch up with episode 407: Mosab Hassan Yousef | The Green Prince of Hamas here!

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Mar 01, 2022
630: When the Law Puts You In a Catch-22 | Feedback Friday
00:51:59

A well-intended law in your state makes it impossible for victims of sexual abuse, or their loved ones, to get psychological help without triggering a mandatory report. In your situation, such a report would ruin the life of the offender -- who was a minor at the time and may not even remember committing the crime. How can your family seek the help it needs without initiating legal complications that will only make the overall situation worse for all parties -- including the victim?

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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/630

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • A well-intended law in your state makes it impossible for victims of sexual abuse, or their loved ones, to get psychological help without triggering a mandatory report. Is it wrong to seek loopholes when this would hurt the family it's intended to help?
  • Surprisingly, your new company accepted the highball offer you proposed during negotiations, and now your salary is twice what you'd ever hoped to land. So how can you shake the guilty feeling that you don't really deserve it? You wanted to be a jazz guitarist, not an oligarch, for goodness' sakes!
  • Should you take it as a bad omen that your fiancée doesn't post about you on social media, or are you just reading too much into it?
  • Is there a way to turn an insensitive racist comment into a teachable moment for the offender...inoffensively?
  • As a manager, how can you address the deteriorating performance and poor attitude of an older employee who's worked for the company for decades?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Miss our two-part conversation with ex-Al-Qaeda spy Aimen Dean? Catch up by starting with 

Feb 25, 2022
629: Getting Your Foot In The Door | Deep Dive
00:45:52

Jordan (@JordanHarbinger) and Gabe (@GabeMizrahi) take a deep dive into what you should do if you're looking for a new job or relationship and you want to know how to get your foot in the door -- while avoiding the mistakes that are liable to get that door slammed in your face.

What We Discuss:

  • How to make sure you're aligning the job you want to do with the employer who needs you to do it -- without wasting everyone's time in the process.
  • Why you should use Ramit Sethi's Briefcase Technique to anticipate what someone needs before you meet, and up the stakes when it comes time to negotiate terms.
  • The best resources to use and questions to ask yourself when you're doing research on someone in anticipation of a meeting.
  • A cold email script you can adapt for your purposes to maximize the chance of landing that crucial meeting.
  • How to create a relationship that will generate business for years to come even if your pitch doesn't close at the first meeting.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/629

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Miss our interview with entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Kernel founder and CEO Bryan Johnson? Catch up with episode 223: Bryan Johnson | A Plan for the Future of the Human Race here!

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Feb 24, 2022
628: Amanda Montell | Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism
01:17:41

Amanda Montell (@amandamontell) is a language scholar and author of critically acclaimed Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. Her latest book is Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, which explores how cults co-opt the words we use in order to control us and affect our behavior.

What We Discuss with Amanda Montell:

  • How the uncertainty of current times drives people toward the solace of community — and the sights of aspiring cult leaders and con artists.
  • What personal experience drew Amanda, a language scholar, to explore how language is one of the most powerful tools of manipulation cults use to exploit their victims?
  • What thought-terminating cliches are and why they're so effective at shaping behavior.
  • How MLMs operate like cults and who they predominately target with empty promises of wealth and prestige.
  • How to tell if your language is being taken over by cultish manipulators.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/628

Miss our conversation with the American photographer who survived seven months under captivity by Al-Qaeda? Catch up with episode 217: Matthew Schrier | How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison here!

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Feb 22, 2022
627: Would I Be Insane to Report from Ukraine? | Feedback Friday
00:51:41

You're an American citizen living and working in Kyiv, Ukraine. The embassy just released a statement recommending you evacuate as the situation with Russia escalates, but you've considered staying there and becoming an independent journalist to cover what happens should armed conflict come to pass. Is this a foolhardy death wish disguised as a passion project, or a perfect time for a prudent career pivot? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/627

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • You're an American currently living and working in Ukraine, considering a pivot to war reporting should the situation with Russia escalate. Is this flirtation with danger a death wish in disguise, or a perfect time for a prudent career pivot? [Thanks to seasoned war reporter Danny Gold for helping us tackle this one!]
  • You're a 37-year-old married man who's come to realize you don't really have any male friends your own age. What can you do to change this?
  • How do you establish healthy boundaries with the sister who mistakes your support system role as an invitation for constant abuse?
  • You and your spouse went into marriage with a noncommital attitude about having kids. Eight years on, you've decided you'd like to try having some, but your spouse does not. Is there a win/win way to work through this?
  • You took a 50% pay cut to join a startup making a product you strongly believe in. But the pandemic happened, and now your pay cut is 100% as your company struggles to regain momentum. What are your options for seeking job opportunities in your network without simultaneously signaling there's something wrong with your current company's product?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Feb 18, 2022
626: Adam Grant | Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
00:53:17

Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) is Wharton’s top-rated professor, the host of podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant, and the author of several New York Times Best Sellers. Here, he joined us to discuss Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Adam Grant:

  • How to give to someone you don’t know without being awkward and transactional.
  • What stage gates are and how you should use them.
  • How to avoid committing social capital suicide.
  • What Abraham Lincoln could teach us about the power of powerless communication.
  • Why you'll be a better, more effective giver if you practice chunking rather than sprinkling.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/626

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Miss our conversation with actor, producer, and Scientology survivor Leah Remini? Get caught up with episode 485: Leah Remini | Surviving Hollywood and Scientology here!

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Feb 17, 2022
625: Dan Pink | The Power of Regret
01:05:10

Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) is the NYT-bestselling author of When and Drive. His latest book is The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us, about the transforming power of our most misunderstood yet potentially most valuable emotion: regret.

What We Discuss with Daniel Pink:

  • As uncomfortable as it can make us feel, regret is a universal, healthy part of being human.
  • Understanding how regret works can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and bring greater meaning to our lives.
  • The four core regrets we each have, and the insights they give us for finding a better path forward.
  • How we can reimagine regret as a positive, propelling force rather than an anvil of shame we have to carry around in perpetuity.
  • How regret works like a photographic negative: knowing what we regret most allows us to focus clearly on how to avoid repeating whatever got us there.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/625

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Miss our two-part conversation with former gangster, pimp, and mob enforcer Mickey Royal? Get caught up by starting with episode 548: Mickey Royal | A Pimp’s Secrets of Mind Manipulation Part One here!

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Feb 15, 2022
624: Is She Moving Abroad for a Friend or a Fraud? | Feedback Friday
00:52:17

You're concerned your 21-year-old daughter is making a mistake by moving abroad to be with her Bahrain beau of five years -- especially since they've only corresponded remotely and have never been face-to-face in real life. You can't outright forbid her to leave as she's an adult now, but is there any way you can get her to reconsider the gravity of what she may be getting herself into? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/624

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How can you convince your 21-year-old daughter she may be making a huge mistake by moving abroad to be with the Bahrain beau she's never actually met in real life?
  • How can gently turn down writing a letter of recommendation for someone whose countless character flaws make them someone with whom you don't want your name associated?
  • Over the past 10 years, your once-athletic spouse has become clinically obese. The doctor has warned that this is a perfect recipe for diabetes and heart disease, but to no avail. How can you bring up losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle without sounding like a superficial a-hole?
  • You have an offer for your dream job, but it would mean a $40,000 pay cut and a move across the country -- something your significant other is dead-set against. And if you turn down the offer, you'll likely be barred from joining the organization in the future and lose some valuable links in your network. What's your best option?
  • You know therapy might be effective in helping you through your depression if you could only find the right therapist. How do you go about finding someone who's the right fit?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Feb 11, 2022

623: Ludacris | Fast & Philanthropic
01:00:49

Ludacris (@Ludacris) is a Grammy-winning rapper, a SAG award-winning actor known for roles in Crash, The Simpsons, and the Fast & Furious franchise, and the philanthropic founder of Kid Nation and The Ludacris Foundation.

What We Discuss with Ludacris:

  • Does Ludacris really own a car from every Fast & Furious movie in which he's appeared?
  • What was Ludacris' initial rap name?
  • Is Ludacris the Where's Waldo of hip-hop history?
  • How has Ludacris maintained much of the same support team over the past couple of decades -- all without written contracts?
  • The pandemic's silver lining for famous people: it's a lot easier to maintain anonymity in public when you're encouraged to wear a mask everywhere.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/623

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Miss our two-part conversation with the Danish family man who infiltrated the illicit North Korean arms trade? Catch up beginning with episode 527: Ulrich “The Mole” Larsen | Undercover in North Korea Part One here!

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Feb 10, 2022
622: Ishmael Beah | Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
01:40:00

Ishmael Beah (@IshmaelBeah) is a former child soldier, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel. His latest book is Little Family: A Novel.

What We Discuss with Ishmael Beah:

  • What the volatility of life in a warzone is really like from the perspective of a child.
  • How desperation drives human beings to rationalize committing any number of atrocities to survive.
  • Why trusting old neighbors, friends, and even family in the midst of a civil war can arouse suspicion and cost you your life.
  • The choice for all too many children in an area embroiled in armed conflict: accept recruitment into one of the factions as a soldier, or be killed before someone else can recruit you.
  • How rap music saved Ishmael's life.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/622

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Miss our two-parter with professional pickpocket Bob Arno? Start catching up with episode 530: Bob Arno | Schooled by the Professor of Pickpocketry Part One here!

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Feb 08, 2022
621: Are You at Fault for Being Sexually Assaulted? | Feedback Friday
00:48:40

A "friend" who once admitted to having a crush on you came over to continue a night of drinking and crash on the couch. You pushed him away when he tried to kiss you because the crush isn't mutual and you have a boyfriend. Then you woke up in the middle of the night to him spooning, touching, and trying to make out with you. You pushed him away again and went back to sleep. Is this a form of sexual assault, or did you cheat by allowing yourself to get drunk and winding up in this situation? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/621

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Were you sexually assaulted by the "friend" who kept trying to make out with you one drunken night, or did you cheat by allowing yourself to get drunk and winding up in this situation?
  • You feel like the past two years of the pandemic have dulled your ability to converse smoothly with other human beings, and you worry this is damaging your relationships. What can you do to regain what used to come so naturally?
  • Your young, sweet neighbor is a stay-at-home mom of four kids, and married to a teacher. She's also embroiled in an MLM scheme and you want to help her see a way out before her family's modest savings are emptied by shysters. What can you do?
  • You've never gotten along with your snarky mother-in-law, and the tension has only increased since you gave birth to your son. On top of this, your husband takes her side in any disputes, and you're mentally exhausted by all of it. What should you do?
  • You're an in-house art director for an advertising company, where people are so competitive and credit-hungry that stealing work is not uncommon. You've collaborated with partners who completely dismissed and gaslighted your contributions. How can you nip this behavior in the bud before you're actually driven to kill somebody at your office?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Feb 04, 2022
620: Richard Clarke | Warnings, Cassandras, and Catastrophes
01:05:41

Richard Clarke (@ghsrm) is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-Terrorism for the United States, and is the co-author of Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/620

What We Discuss with Richard Clarke:

  • What is the Cassandra Coefficient?
  • Discover how to use the Cassandra Coefficient to filter signal from noise when it comes to warnings.
  • Understand how to spot your own cognitive biases and what you can do to diminish their effect on your decisions.
  • Learn to persuade people to see things from your perspective and motivate them to take action.
  • Find out what someone at the top levels of government does when their personal politics don’t agree with those of the current administration.
  • And so much more…

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Miss the conversation we had with Gift of Fear author and security legend Gavin de Becker? Catch up with episode 329: Gavin de Becker | The Gift of Fear Part One here!

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Feb 03, 2022
619: Danny Gold | Breaking News from the Underworld
01:00:17

Danny Gold (@DGisSERIOUS) is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, long-form writer, and co-host (with Sean Williams) of the Underworld podcast, which covers organized crime around the world -- from Balkan warlords to Brooklyn wiseguys.

What We Discuss with Danny Gold:

  • How coming from a family of Holocaust survivors inspired Danny to pursue journalism and keep an eye on the world's most unsavory and unreported misdeeds.
  • What it's like to get caught red-handed trying to secretly record a violent human trafficker on his own turf.
  • How Danny finds ways to relate on a human level to people who may be responsible for committing unfathomable atrocities.
  • Why assuming everything is going to go wrong -- and preparing accordingly -- is the best way to survive as a freelance reporter in the field.
  • How even the darkest shadows cast by the human experience can bring out the brightest and best facets of humanity.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/619

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Miss our conversation with elite counterterrorism undercover agent Tamer Elnoury? Catch up with episode 572: Tamer Elnoury | Undercover with a Muslim FBI Agent here!

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Feb 01, 2022
618: Prescription for Friction: Marry into Addiction | Feedback Friday
00:48:00

Your fiancée knows her weed habit triggers your own addictive tendencies, but keeps it in her daily routine anyway. Now she's giving you flak for your recent lapse in sobriety, and this is making you wonder if getting married next month is really the best move for both of you. What should you do? We'll try to find an answer to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/618

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Should you proceed with the marriage next month when your fiancée refuses to quit her weed habit even when she knows it triggers your own addictive tendencies?
  • Your mother's always fawned over babies, but expresses indifference once they get older. As a result, you feel like you were neglected through most of your childhood and never fully developed. Now, at age 30, you've discovered you were conceived via a sperm donor, and suddenly the dots connect. How should you approach your mother about this?
  • Your international long-distance relationship of several years was disrupted by COVID. And even though you've both agreed to date other people, you still hold onto hope that you might someday be able to work things out and resume a life together. Is this at all realistic, or is it just time to move on?
  • You don't mind having a reputation for being nice, but it seems to be a green light for some people to habitually take advantage of you. How can you find the right balance between kindness and assertiveness?
  • This past year, you've been surrounded with reminders of the impending death of loved ones, and what’s to come once they’re gone. How do you stop planning for the inevitable and start enjoying the time you have with those close to you while you still can?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jan 28, 2022
617: Daniel Levin | Finding a Missing Person in the Middle East
01:31:02

Daniel Levin is an attorney, political commentator, and author of Nothing but a Circus: Misadventures Among the Powerful and Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East.

What We Discuss with Daniel Levin:

  • How the Syrian regime kidnaps westerners and blames the opposition, keeping them in captivity -- often for years -- as bargaining chips.
  • How Daniel became the go-to person for hunting down a missing person in Syria when no government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help.
  • What proof of life means in a kidnapping scenario, and how someone in search of a missing person goes about finding this.
  • How people use leverage to get what they want from one another in a place where no one does a favor without wanting something in return.
  • The nuances of negotiating with criminals.
  • And much more...

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Miss our episode with FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss? Catch up with episode 165: Chris Voss | Negotiate as If Your Life Depended on It here!

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Jan 27, 2022
616: Martin Kove | Kicking It in the Cobra Kai Dojo
01:00:43

Martin Kove (@MartinKove) is a prolific actor best known for his portrayal of the evil karate sensei, John Kreese, in The Karate Kid trilogy and Netflix's Cobra Kai series. Be on the lookout as he hosts the upcoming Kicking It with the Koves podcast with his kids Jesse and Rachel.

What We Discuss with Martin Kove:

  • How Martin nailed his audition for The Karate Kid by channeling his anger at not having ample time to prepare for it.
  • Why we need more role models for leadership and personal responsibility in popular culture -- in the western genre, if Martin had his way.
  • How Martin finds common ground with the hard-to-love characters he sometimes portrays in order to make them relatable.
  • Does playing villains for months on set ever rub off on Martin's real-life behavior (and does this tend to work for or against him)?
  • How does Martin look so young and stay in shape as a 74-year-old?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/616

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Miss the show we did with Jonathan Haidt — the social psychologist who studies the American culture wars and is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of morality? Catch up with episode 90: Jonathan Haidt | The Danger of Good Intentions and Safe Spaces!

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Jan 25, 2022
615: Need Wedding Free from Dad's Drunken Spree | Feedback Friday
00:54:38

You'd love to invite your dad to your wedding, but he has a habit of getting drunk at gatherings and making a spectacle of himself. Is there a way to politely request sobriety as a condition of his invitation? We'll try to find answers to this and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/615

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Your dad loves to hit the sauce and cause a scene whenever there's a gathering, which makes you hesitant to invite him to your wedding. Is there a way to politely request his sobriety for your special day?
  • Your job burdens you with cripping depression and dissatisfaction that even the fattest of paychecks can't outweigh, but quitting now would have a dire impact on your career. How can you summon the motivation to power through this soul-sapping, meaningless job for the time being?
  • With as little awkwardness as possible, how can you get your coworker to understand that the Ukrainian model Internet "girlfriend" he's never met in person is scamming him to the tune of $1,000 a month?
  • Is it wrong to continue a relationship with someone whose romantic past triggers suicidal ideation in you, courtesy of your recently diagnosed borderline personality disorder?
  • Your enthusiasm for weed has outlived the reasons you once had for using it as a coping mechanism. How can you quit it in secret before it hurts your career, love life, and relationship with your aggressively judgmental family?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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  • Connect with Gabriel on Twitter at @GabeMizrahi.

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Missed the episode we did with Annie Duke — World Series poker champion and author of Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts? Catch up by listening to episode...

Jan 21, 2022
614: Shawn Achor | Leveraging the Happiness Advantage
00:53:22

Shawn Achor (@shawnachor) is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, and is the author of Big Potential, Before Happiness, and The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life.

What We Discuss with Shawn Achor:

  • What did Shawn have to teach Pentagon bigwigs about happiness?
  • The science behind the contagiousness of happiness.
  • The importance of mirror neurons.
  • What is the 10-5 Way, and how can it improve your life?
  • At what point in her career was Oprah most depressed, and why should you care?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/614

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Miss our conversation with Arthur Brooks about the merits of learning to love your enemies (especially during these divisive times)? Catch up by listening to episode 211: Arthur Brooks | How Loving Your Enemies Can Save America here!

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Jan 20, 2022
613: Ray Dalio | Why Nations Succeed and Fail
01:21:27

Ray Dalio (@RayDalio) is the founder of Bridgewater Associates — the largest and best-performing hedge fund in the world — and author of New York Times bestseller Principles: Life and Work. His latest book is The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail.

What We Discuss with Ray Dalio:

  • What an investor like Ray Dalio is uniquely poised to observe about the ebb and flow of history and the repeating patterns that make the future somewhat predictable.
  • Why transitional (and often painful) cycles -- like recessions, pandemics, and wars -- are necessary to reset and change the rules.
  • How studying these cycles as symptomatic of larger problems is the best way to heal and grow from their discomfort.
  • What the current state of political polarization in the United States bodes for our collective future.
  • How our rivalry with China differs from our Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union and what Ray sees as our best way of managing it.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/613

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If you missed the last time Ray Dalio was on the show, make sure to catch up with episode 491: Ray Dalio | The Changing World Order here!

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Jan 18, 2022
612: Cautioning Creepy Dad's Current Clan | Feedback Friday
00:54:29

Your mom and stepdad split up when she caught him trying to take pictures of you -- at age 16 -- in the shower. Now he's remarried with new stepchildren and a baby on the way. How can you warn his new family about his predatory proclivities before he ruins their lives too? This and more here on 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/612

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • The stepdad who was caught trying to take pictures of you in the shower when you were a teenager now has a new family, new stepchildren, and a new baby on the way. How can you prevent him from preying on them?
  • You've discovered hard evidence that your toxic, soon-to-be-ex-business partner is guilty of fraud. The vengeful part of you really wants to report her to the authorities, but you don't want your other partner, who you like and respect, to suffer blowback. What's the right thing to do?
  • Your significant other's anxiety has only gotten worse over the years, and their constant need for validation and reassurance is draining. How can you support their quest to become mentally healthier without becoming emotionally exhausted yourself?
  • You consider yourself a strong, knowledgeable, take-no-crap woman, but you've been fired from two jobs this year for "not fitting with company culture." So you started your own business, which you love, but you can't overcome the guilt of providing less for your family than you did as someone else's unsatisfied employee. What should you do?
  • You really do love your future mother-in-law, but you're not jazzed about her plans to live in your backyard guesthouse permanently when you tie the knot with her son. Is it wrong for you to want boundaries between yourself and your extended family while building a family of your own?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jan 14, 2022
611: Reid Hoffman | Surprising Entrepreneurial Truths
01:01:40

Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) is a co-founder of LinkedIn, investor at Greylock Partners, host of the podcast Masters of Scale, and co-author of Masters of Scale: Surprising Truths from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs.

What We Discuss with Reid Hoffman:

  • What Reid means when he calls himself a "six-person-or-less extrovert."
  • Why fostering diversity is important for any company that wants to be relevant tomorrow.
  • How to identify the five kinds of "no" and what they can each teach you.
  • Why unanimous consent in a pitch meeting is a concerning sign.
  • The best and worst ways to pitch ideas to venture capitalists.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/611

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Miss our conversation with comedian, actor, and director Bob Saget? Catch up with episode 372: Bob Saget | How Comedy Continually Changes His Life here.

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Jan 13, 2022
610: Bill Sullivan | Pleased to Meet Me
01:21:08

Bill Sullivan (@wjsullivan) is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, an award-winning researcher, teacher, science communicator, and author of Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.

What We Discuss with Bill Sullivan:

  • What we're just now learning in the field of epigenetics -- the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work.
  • Why twins who are genetically identical look less alike as they age -- or if they've been raised apart from one another.
  • How the overabundance of plastics and other endocrine disruptors in our environment are affecting not only our bodies on a molecular level, but the physical and mental development of generations down the line.
  • How kids -- even the unborn -- are epigenetically altered by the social and economic status of their parents.
  • What we're learning about the role of the teeming millions of microorganisms that live inside of us -- collectively known as the microbiome -- on our overall mental and physical health.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/610

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Miss our interview with Find Your WhyStart with Why, and The Infinite Game author Simon Sinek? Catch up with episode 300: Simon Sinek | How to Play the Infinite Game here!

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Jan 11, 2022
609: Evicting a Boarder with a Dangerous Disorder | Feedback Friday
00:58:43

The tenant renting your upstairs room has become so paranoid and delusional that you and your spouse no longer feel safe in your own home. On top of this, he has no job, no car, and he's behind on the rent. You don't want to be the heartless landlord who evicts someone so clearly in need of help, but you also don't want to wait until his erratic outbursts become violently directed toward you or your wife. So what's the right thing to do here? We'll try to find answers to this and more on this, our first Feedback Friday of the new year!

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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/609

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • How do you evict the mentally unstable boarder who makes you feel unsafe in your own house without also being heartless? [Thanks to attorney Corbin Payne for helping us field this one!]
  • With a desire to "fix" the problems of others where you find them, you seem to get romantically involved with a lot of emotionally dysfunctional narcissists. What can you do to break this lamentable pattern? [Thanks to clinical psychologist Dr. Erin Margolis for helping us with this one!]
  • In conversation, you often find yourself thinking of something to say before the other person has finished talking. And when it is your chance to speak, you're painfully aware that you're speaking too much. How do you strike a better balance of active listening and speaking succinctly?
  • In your senior year of high school, you're hopelessly overwhelmed. If you crush one deadline, another one looms nearby to crush your spirit. Your willpower is low, you're neglecting basic self-care, and procrastination is always more appealing than productivity. Do you truly need a break, or are you just being lazy?
  • As an underling ascending the corporate ladder, you found certain aspects of company culture a bit cringy and borderline cult-like. Now that you've started your own business, you want to create a company culture that builds rapport and teamwork while avoiding these pitfalls. But how?
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you'd like to share with us? Drop us a line at friday@jordanharbinger.com!
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Jan 07, 2022
608: Jocko Willink | The Winning Example of Extreme Ownership
01:23:47

Jocko Willink (@jockowillink), commander for the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War, joins the show to talk about taking responsibility, discipline, intensity, and leadership to the next level as outlined in Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. [Note: This is a previously broadcast episode from the vault that we felt deserved a fresh pass through your earholes!]

What We Discuss with Jocko Willink:

  • When making a decision, worrying about variables that can’t be controlled is a waste of time. A better outcome is likely if we learn to focus that wasted effort on factors that can be controlled.
  • Understand why taking ownership of your mistakes, personal issues, and outcomes gets better results than trying to pass the blame to someone else.
  • What does discipline = freedom mean?
  • How do you stop small weaknesses that sometimes permeate discipline from having a negative impact on significant decisions?
  • Is there such a thing as a natural leader?
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/608

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Miss our conversation with accidental international poker champion and human motivation expert Maria Konnikova? Catch up with episode 371: Maria Konnikova | Pulling Off the Biggest Bluff here!

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Jan 06, 2022
607: Dwyane Wade | A Life Bigger Than Basketball
00:49:42

Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) is a retired NBA All-Star, host of The Cube on TBS, and author of Dwyane and A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.

What We Discuss with Dwyane Wade:

  • How to know the difference between giving your kids the opportunity to excel in areas that will enrich their lives versus pushing them into things they don't want to do.
  • Lessons Dwyane learned from the basketball court that he now applies to his most important job: parent.
  • How Dwyane dealt with imposter syndrome on the cusp of signing to the NBA.
  • On the stigma of athletes seeking help for mental health, and why Dwyane encourages them to do it anyway.
  • How Dwyane encourages his kids to be the best versions of themselves, strives to see the world from their unique perspectives, and doesn't shy away from consulting professional help when they pose questions he's unable to answer on his own.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/607

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Miss our conversation with rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer T-Pain? Catch up with episode 551: T-Pain | You Can’t Auto-Tune Your Way to Happiness here!

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Jan 04, 2022
606: David Rubenstein | Patriotic Philanthropy and Leading Large
01:16:31

David M. Rubenstein is co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, host of The David Rubenstein Show, and author of How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers and The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream.

What We Discuss with David Rubenstein:

  • Why David was one of the original signers of The Giving Pledge, a promise to give away the majority of his wealth instead of just building a stockpile of money for his heirs.
  • The many ways David gives back to the United States for the privilege of growing up here, but why he eschews the idea of running for office.
  • Why David finds giving away his money more rewarding than making it.
  • The key errors people commonly make when fundraising for their business (and what they should be doing instead).
  • How David raised his kids to develop the skills and strong work ethic to succeed without spoiling them.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/606

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Miss our interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the crack empire kingpin gone good? Catch up with episode 121: Freeway Rick Ross | Life in the Crack Lane here!

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Dec 30, 2021
605: Aaron Levant | NTWRK Shopping with Culture's Creators
01:02:04

Aaron Levant is the founder and CEO of NTWRK, the curated livestream shopping company some have called "QVC for the YouTube Generation."

What We Discuss with Aaron Levant:

  • What drew Aaron to graffiti art counterculture in his rebellious youth, and how he pivoted this interest into wildly successful streetwear entrepreneurship.
  • What society loses when it underestimates the intelligence and educational capacity of people -- like Aaron -- who struggle with dyslexia, and why we need to support their development rather than shame them toward failure.
  • How Aaron fell into the trade show game by making a stand to defy The Man and accidentally starting a viable business.
  • How having an archnemesis in his industry to duke it out with feeds Aaron's competitive spirit and motivates his drive to push harder.
  • "Ignorance is rich": The chaos theory by which Aaron decides where to put his investment dollars.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/605

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Build for Tomorrow with Jason Feifer is a podcast about the crazy, curious things from history that shaped us, and how we can shape the future. Each episode is deeply researched, fast-paced, funny, and aims to answer big questions about ourselves. Check it out here or wherever you listen to fine podcasts!

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Dec 28, 2021
604: Put Your Best Foot Fetish Forward | Feedback Friday
00:01:35

You're concerned that your foot fetish betrays the dedication you have to your significant other and makes you some kind of pervert in waiting. Is there anything you can do to course-correct your way back to decency, or should you just embrace this as an indelible part of yourself that you have the power to control? Or maybe no one should judge you for your foot fetish until they've walked a mile in your shoes? 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!

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/604

On This Week's Feedback Friday, We Discuss:

  • Is your foot fetish really a problem as long as the way it makes you feel doesn't intrude on the way anyone else feels?
  • Is your roommate just wagging the dog when she insists her pooch got fleas from your apartment instead of the other way around?
  • Was there a better way to make it clear you and your significant other want to get married on your own terms than refusing to participate in the garter/bouquet toss at their pushy family's wedding?
  • Would it be rude of you and your siblings to request your historically terrible gift-giving mother instead direct her resources to charity?
  • 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.

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Miss our interview with Jonna Mendez, the CIA’s former chief of disguise? Catch up with episode 344: Jonna Mendez | The Moscow Rules here!

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Dec 24, 2021
603: Mike Rowe | Dirty Jobs and Peripatetic Mom