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OWT:28 – Merry Holidays

In this episode, Cecily and A.Ron trade tips for making your holidays the best ever! Some tips include: lights, cookies, music, movies, and specials!

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3RT:31 – I’m Dreaming… of a Social Wealth Fund for America

This week A.Ron talks briefly about the various messes we’re in, and encourages people to help take the Senate back in Georgia, before doing a deep dive into the history and future of social wealth funds. What is a Social Wealth Fund? How has Norway’s experience proved that government can effectively and responsibly manage such a thing? And could it possibly work here? We consider the American Solidarity Fund proposal from the People’s Policy Project to find out!

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OWT:26 – Like Neo from The Matrix

On the first anniversary of One Weird Trick: A.Ron talks about personal and collective responsibility, and Cecily talks about asking the right questions.

Then, they discuss feedback from someone with a noisy neighbor, sticking with hobbies, and an update from a friend in a religious crisis.

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3RT:29 – Election 2020 Mythbusting

Congratulations, America! We dodged the authoritarian bullet for four more years. It was a close race, perhaps closer than we were hoping for, and maybe we’ll be tempted to be disappointed in the outcome. After all, even if we take Joe Biden’s win as a repudiation of Trump, we lost ground in the House and…

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OWT:25 – Hearts of Fire, Feet of Ice

In our 25th episode of One Weird Trick, Cecily talks about disagreeing to agree, and A.Ron talks about wintertime strategies to keep you warm. Then, they discuss feedback from listeners wanting advice on dating multiple people without being “a player”, advice from a teacher on helping your child learning from home, advice for allistic folks, and getting your parents to go to therapy.

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3RT:28 – Rules Lawyers

A.Ron makes his closing arguments for why you, the listener, should make sure to go out this presidential election. Whether you’re a third party voter, someone planning to sit out a battleground state race, or someone stuck in deep blue or deep red America, A.Ron has a little something to motivate you to get out there and vote. And if the worst should come to pass, and we find ourselves in an uncertain time with no clear winner and no clear loser, how can we prepare ourselves for that moment? What can we as citizens do to make sure our voice is heard and our nation chooses democracy?

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OWT: 24 – Where You End and I Begin

Cecily and A.Ron are back to establish some boundaries and help kids with homework. Then, they get feedback updates on being smart, beautiful, tall and intimidating but trying to make friends & date and feeling less alone in the world with your personal struggles.

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3RT:26 – Ur-Fascism

This week A.Ron goes over a 1995 essay by Umberto Eco, entitled “Ur-Fascism”. What is fascism? What does it look like to be living in a democratic society that is slipping into fascism? What does it feel like? Does 21st century America embody any of the principles of “Ur-Fascism” that Eco outlines in his essay? What can we do to combat these tendencies?

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OWT:22 – Step-Pickle

Cecily and A.Ron are back with more weird tricks! Cecily talks about mindfulness meditation and A.Ron shares some tips on gaining financial freedom. Then they get an update from a listener as well as a request for handling a sticky situation.

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3RT:15 – “Moving Forward” with Corey

A.Ron is joined this week by Corey from the Moving Forward Podcast to talk about Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income proposal from a progressive point of view. Is $1000/month UBI a good deal for the working class, or are they taking pennies on the dollar, and if so, who’s got a better idea than UBI? But first, A.Ron spends a couple minutes talking about the nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd; why they are happening, what can make things better, and how you can help the victims of police brutality be heard.

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