Awkward

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December 20, 2015

When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? We've all been through plenty of uncomfortable moments, but it seems like we rarely talk about them. From teenage angst to cringe comedy, this week we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.

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For years, the Mortified stage show and podcast has brought people together from all walks of life to share their most painfully awkward teenage moments. Participants open up their diaries and recount their most embarrassing stories.

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10:58
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What is it about awkwardness that we can't seem to get enough of? Philosopher Adam Kotsko says our fascination with awkwardness is more than about entertainment -- it defines our modern era.

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7:34
Bar time.
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For a true case study of an awkward situation, just head to the nearest pick-up bar. Here's what not to say when introducing yourself to a potential mate, in the words of actor and writer Jesse Eisenberg.

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3:29
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When blogger Jenny Lawson tweeted about an awkward exchange with a cashier at an airport, she couldn't have imagined the flood of responses she'd get from fans recounting their own mortifying moments.

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10:39
Bookmarks

Environmentalist Jennifer Jacquet recommends "Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.

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3:19
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Before John Muir and Charles Darwin, there was Alexander von Humboldt, the German scientist who shaped our understanding of nature. Now, he’s largely forgotten, but biographer Andrew Wulf says he was once the world's most famous scientist.

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13:27
Show Details 📻
Airdates
March 17, 2018
August 12, 2017
December 20, 2015
Guests: 

Dave Nadelberg

writer, producer, host

Adam Kotsko

Jesse Eisenberg

Actor and Author

Jenny Lawson

Jennifer Jacquet

Jennifer Jacquet

Author, Professor

Andrea Wulf

Historian
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May 16, 2018