Rita Crundwell is the former Comptroller (accounting officer) and Treasurer of Dixon, Illinois (population 15,000), who from 1983 to 2012 committed, what is believed to be the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, embezzling nearly $90 million (AUS). On this episode of TYP David and I (okay, mainly him) unpack this fascinating story about the poster-girl for Psychopathy. Did I mention $90 f***ing million, while working for the local council!
So, not a teetotaller and not an alcoholic but you still have a propensity to do dumb things with booze and wake up regularly feeling like complete shite? Well, you might just be a grey area drinker. Yep, it's a real thing. Sarah Rusbatch is a Grey Area Drinking Coach, Author and Key-Note speaker sharing her journey to sobriety and the impact of alcohol on mental health to global audiences. She is the face behind Perth's growing Alcohol-Free Movement, a brilliant communicator and a great storyteller. Even as a life-long non-drinker, I found this chat fascinating and insightful. Enjoy.
There was a moment in this episode when the entire conversation came to an abrupt standstill because Patrick revealed something the world didn't need to know. I was literally left to fill dead air because he and Tiff lost their collective shit and left me hanging. Nonetheless, we didn't edit it out and it's definitely one of the funnier moments in TYP history. If you want to see the actual video footage, you can find it on my Insta. Apart from that shenanigans, we spoke about why EV's (electric vehicles) may not be the saviour we imagined, the potential therapeutic benefits for kids with ADHD using old-school typewriters, diesel generators powering electric charging stations in the outback (not even joking), a new fibre that can optionally cool or heat the wearer, a new treatment for hoarders, dating apps and ghosting, self-flying air-taxis (zero chance I'm getting in that), the one time Patrick kissed a girl and lots more.
Are some organisations strategically trying to create addictive products, knowing that the consumer’s pain is their commercial gain? That's a rhetorical question; of course they are. Old Gillespo never disappoints and this time, he definitely delivered. Among other things, we had a fascinating conversation about how a nasal decongestant in the 1930's (which was essentially speed) became an amazingly effective treatment, for what would later (in history) be known as ADHD, and why giving over-stimulated and badly-behaved kids a stimulant somehow made them calm, focused and significantly better students, almost instantly. We also chatted about the modern-day equivalents and how they are derailing, not only our kids but also, our grown-ups too. Oh, and did I mention that some corporations are making a shit-ton of money? Enjoy.
Patrick (our resident) geek is back and this time, we talk about schools which are banning mobile phones and seeing sociological and mental health benefits in their kids (not surprising), a possible supplement which might improve Alzheimer's, why phone scrolling on the crapper is potentially bad for your health, the gaslighting origin story (and what it actually is), a home security company that's offering a million dollars to anyone capturing an alien on film via their camera-equipped doorbells (pretty sure their money is safe), the gene-based eating plan (personalised nutrition) and lots more. Enjoy.
Just like your body, your mind needs to be nourished. Fed. Stimulated. And consciously or not, for better or worse, we're always feeding it something. Sadly, many of are constantly filling our mind with crap. Cognitive junk food. Stuff that's bad for our mental health. Stuff that makes us more fearful, anxious and insecure. In this solo episode, I talk about the idea of consciously creating and implementing a cognitive diet, in order to make your mind a healthier 'place' to live. Enjoy.
This fascinating chat with Dr. Cam McDonald, we explore the six different health types used to categorise people within the Ph360 model; a classification and education model based on personal biology and epigenetics. Get to know the Activator, Connector, Guardian, Diplomat, Sensor and Crusader and see which type you are. Enjoy.
I loved this conversation with Kate Seselja. So real, raw, vulnerable, educational and to be totally honest, f***ing fascinating. If you don't understand how addictive, powerful and destructive gambling can be, this conversation will enlighten you.
This is a somewhat-unscientific but interesting and broadly-relevant freestyle chat between Tiff and I exploring the psychology, sociology, physiology and emotion-ology (not a word - lol) of self-destructive eating. As someone who has worked with hundreds of people with eating disorders and (potentially) thousands of people with disordered eating, this topic is something l'm very familiar with. And, as many of you know, l've spent much of my life managing my own not-insignificant eating issues. Enjoy.
According to multi-award winning neuroscientist, researcher, speaker and University of Tasmania lecturer Dr Lila Landowski, after twenty-five our capacity for learning, typically falls of a cliff. That's the bad news. The good news is, we don't need to be typical and effective learning is still possible as we age (and the fifty-nine year-old PhD student breathes a sigh of relief). This is a chat about avoiding the slide, optimising our physical and mental health and lots more. Enjoy.
We continue our ten-part series exploring the brain with our favourite Neuropsychologist, Dr. Hannah Korrel. In part seven, we talk about IQ (what is it?) and other types of intelligence, the potential dangers of 'rating' people's intelligence, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, strategies for improving cognitive performance (brain function), emotional and social intelligence, my ever-fluctuating IQ and cognitive skills and lots more. Enjoy.