We explored the history and science of screen-time and then tried giving it up for two weeks.What's that mean? We gave up using our cellphones and other mobile devices to fill those unanticipated boring times we all have day-to-day. Some say this exercise is supposed to help a person be more mindful of their surroundings and contribute to relationship building. Spoiler -- Marc loves his cell phone.
"If you leave your cell phone at home, you feel impacted by not having it. It's an important part of your daily function and what you can do in a day." - Aimee Mullins
Congratulations to us, we gave up caffeine and we are still alive. Marc didn't think this was possible especially since we are the guzzling the awful grey soup known as winter in the Pacific Northwest. Listen to us and decide for yourself if you can give it up too! Spoiler, one of did and is still off of it, the other one is a tool!
Julie and Marc are from Indiana where each person depends on a 36-inch circumference of personal space to maintain sanity. In this episode, the siblings get to have their wildest fantasy made real, expanding the 36-inches of space to infinity! That's right, they gave up all forms of touching. No high-fives, hugs, kisses, snogs, smooches, shoulder bumps, or shared-knee slaps.
Millions of Americans are allergic to peanuts. We gave up eating peanuts to try and walk a bit in their shoes and find out what it's like to go without this miracle legume. We talk about the history of peanuts, the science and psychology of having the allergy, and believe it or not, Julie gets 2 out of 3 questions right in our quiz.
How many times do you hit your snooze button in the morning? One? Four? 23? What about ZERO? That's how much we used it during this episode's field work. It is true we do not shy away from huge, life changing activities that force us to be mindful of our world and the impacts it has on us. You can listen to Marc's alarm sound here.
Yup. We gave up wearing pants. For some reason fans wanted us to do this, so we did. Not such a big deal for Julie except when she works out (and everyone knows exercise is bad for you). What are pants? What are not pants? Why do women wear skirts? What does Marc think about wearing a skirt for two weeks? Listen and find out.
We are a happy, cooing, gurgling one year old baby podcast! In this episode, we talk about our favorite episodes and the many experiments that have impacted our lives and the lives of those around us. We also get to hear wonderful greetings from some of our listeners!
Please stop what you are doing and give your garbage collector a big hug; leave them an unopened packet of Sprees or M&M's; buy her or him a $25 gift card at your local coffee shop; do anything you can to let him or her know you care for, respect, and love them. You need to do this to make up for us possibly putting several garbage collectors out of work during this episode. We tried to give up creating garbage. The dire impact of our effort likely had rippling repercussions to this incredible service that keeps our society running. Enjoy.
In this episode we gave up interrupting. We stopped, as best we could, throwing our conversation partners off their thought-tracks with our own questions and comments. As Covey says in Habit #5: "Seek first to understand, then be understood". Spoiler alert: we found that yelling is a great way to interrupt, but not so good at attaining that understanding part; who knew?
“Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car.” -Duane from “Annie Hall”
In addition to driving head-on into other cars, there are many other habits we all have that make us unsafe drivers. In this episode, Julie and Marc tackle three (Julie tackles four) of these habits. We give up distracted driving by not touching or looking at our cellphones, following too closely by making sure we have at least two seconds of distance between our car and the car in front of us, and going over the speed limit.
Spoiler alert: It was a great experience. We both experienced a sense of calm and mindfulness that was not previously there while we were driving. We also became imbued with a level of smugness that we previously attained only by committing sic burns on each other. And, oh yeah, we found out that Julie is that annoying driver you give the bird to.
In this episode, we gave up shaving. Marc gave up shaving his face, and you'll have to listen to find out what Julie gave up shaving. We talk about the history of various shaving practices, the social implications of shaving and not shaving, and whether the Puget Sound Area (i.e. Seattle and Olympia) is a sanctuary where body hair can live a long and prosperous life. Spoiler alert - one of us liked this experiment, the other turned into a porcupine (according to a 7-year old).
In this episode of the Station Wagon podcast, Marc and Julie give up eating excess calories. Spoiler alert: One of us loves this, the other is traumatized and has to come to a significant self-realization of her (ahem) own weaknesses.
In this episode we grew to appreciate our beds because we gave up sleeping on them, and any other, for two weeks. We talk about bed bugs, water beds, the first TV couple seen in a bed together, and much more. Spoiler Alert: One of us broke a toe during the production of this episode the other enjoyed sleeping on the floor. (p.s. We take our art very seriously.)
In this episode Julie and Marc give up listening to MUSIC. Julie does an ok, not perfect, job on the quiz. Marc talks about this history of music including the earliest found flute, and the date when Dark Side of the Moon was published. In science, Julie talks about the impact of Music on health. Spoiler Alert: Music is good. Listen to it.
In this episode we give up apologizing. Listen to this episode to get tips on how to give a non-apology (if you are an evil ratfink). Spoiler alert, among many other things, Julie apologizes on behalf of the weather, and Marc apologizes for his jittery Excel handling skills.
It's true, and amazing: we gave up being sarcastic. This has been the most difficult challenge for us to pull off so far. Spoiler alert: One of us liked it, the other felt like a hollow, imploding shell of a person. Note: Feel free to sign up for one of our patented sarcasm reeducation programs today. (just kidding of course (not really though)).
In this episode, we give up using paper products. No -- we did not give up using toilet paper. Yes - we did give up using all other paper (printer paper, tissues, paper towels, post-it notes, etcetera etcetera). Yes - it was very difficult. We hope you enjoy it.
In this episode, we have given up using Eating Utensils for two weeks. No forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, chorks, sporks, or dorks. Well, actually there are two dorks, but you'll have to guess who they are. Listen to find out what eating utensils are, and a brief history of using them to cram food into our species' cake holes.
In this episode, we have given up swearing for two weeks. That's right, no bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, swearing, cursing, cussing, or using expletives. Of course, we bring you the latest definitions and history of swearing wrapped up with a bow.