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Cross Examined Life improves the way we disagree with one another. Each week, my guests advances and defends their position on a controversial topic. Then together, we exemplify thoughtful and respectful disagreement. I’m Chris – I love challenging assumptions. I encourage you to Ask More Questions.
 
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**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with guest host Andrew from Nintendo Pals: News Animal Crossing Direct discussion Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack discussion Metroid Dread patched to version 1.0.1 Life is Strange: True Colors will be a d…
 
Avoid the trauma of past tense. Today we’re absorbing the grandeur of Galbadia Garden, showcasing ostentatious wealth, doing pervert pushups, learning of a surprise execution, psychologically terrorizing Rinoa, searching for an unforgivable villain, fearing grammatical solutions, performing a villain swipe, pouting like a child, collecting a cowboy…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with guest host David "The Gaming Dad" Reed: News Nintendo sends a tweet stating of a situation near the end of Metroid Dread that can crash the game and explains how to avoid it Nintendo of Europe confirms tha…
 
Evaporating into bats is a great touch for any guy. This time we’re idly panicking in the woods, passing out into the dreamworld, awkwardly fumbling metaphors, slaughtering Esthar soldiers, cramping up, observing the crystal blue, losing an old key, setting a dumbass trap, pushing boulders, detonating bombs, stating our limits, throwing my buddies …
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast: News October Animal Crossing Direct scheduled for October 15 Game Release Updates The Final Sakurai-San Presents for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Let's Discuss Will Metroid Dread sell more than 3 million units t…
 
As long as you don’t get your hopes up, you can take anything. Today we’re staying irrationally focused on Seifer, laughing inappropriately, telling the cops I got kids, improvising a new plan, finding friends in disguise, diffusing tension on a train, shifting light on the world map, abolishing the random rule, observing a sex car, owing a guy mon…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with Philip Summers of Hand Drawn Game Guides: News Trailers for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus The Game Awards return in December Game Release Updates We appear o…
 
We’re not the fools, you are. This time we’re buying pet supplies, killing soldiers in public streets, realizing everybody in Timber is in on it, trading human lives for AP, retrieving pornography, reading the battle series, listening to adults ramble, getting scammed by children, dumping my sister fifteen times, assisting an unhoused man, watching…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with Nick Metzger from GamePassNews: News Nintendo Direct news Metroid Dread 2-pack of amiibo will be delayed in Europe until November 5 Game Release Updates Events NSO Game Trial - Story of Seasons: Pioneers o…
 
This is a super interesting time in dialogue box history. Today we’re squatting it out, calling a president president, playing with toy trains, indulging a ludicrous plan, speaking with a dummy, leaping over train cars, inputting codes, performing enhanced interrogation techniques, reading Anarchist Monthly, melting into a zombie, wondering what ju…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with Drew DiFusco and John Blanco from Dads After Dark Show: News Nintendo Switch firmware updated to 13.0.0 and includes Bluetooth audio support The rumored Nintendo Switch price drop in Europe has been confir…
 
I dreamt I was a moron. After waking up, we’re drinking in a hotel bar, approaching a pianist, cramping up like a fucking loser, hearing about it from the boys, living a dream in a nightmare, suffering anxiety-based paralysis, blabbering to my crush, waking up on a train, getting hit by another train, entering the Zone zone, experiencing diarrhea, …
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with Patreon Producer Ryan Black: News Game Release Updates New Super Mario 64 LEGO set announced Crash Bandicoot's 25th anniversary PlayStation Showcase announcements IGN Launches voting for the Best Video Gam…
 
Blow it out your ass. Before that we’re suffering through a zealous Zell, receiving our first SeeD mission, reading a weapons book, meeting Mr. Paper Test Boy, riding a hoverboard, exploring Diablos’ core, meeting the Big Bad Rascal, losing a card on purpose, riding in a private train car, remotely viewing the past, becoming The Man With The Machin…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with Patreon Producer Eston Huff: News Game Release Updates Rumors Gameboy and Gameboy Color games coming to Nintendo Switch Online "very soon" Let's Discuss With Gameboy and Gameboy Color games possibly coming…
 
SeeD is not a non-profit organization. This time we’re appreciating the world map map, realizing the invasion was all for cash flow, shaming Seifer, interrupting Cid’s exposition, receiving our SeeD rank, hearing GF rumors, wearing dumb formal clothing, being a dick at a party, dancing as a means of subterfuge, witnessing Quistis’ complete meltdown…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with guest Dan Caporello from Retro Logic: News Game Release Updates Rumors The Super Mario Bros. Movie may be directed by Teen Titans Go! producers Let's Discuss Has Nintendo abandoned its top-selling Nintendo…
 
I’m gonna tell you ‘bout my Romantic Dream. It involves reassigning Squall’s inspiration, falling down a hill, assuming chicken-wuss, meeting Biggs and Wedge, discussing Guardian Force ethics, slaying Elvoret, uncovering GF compatibility, both killing and evading the X-ATM092, learning to run, dropping out of focus, humiliating Zell’s mom, and wond…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with guests Nick and Sean from Game Pass News: News Pokémon Presents 8.18.2021 Announcements Nintendo Switch Online subscribers can download and play Minecraft Dungeons for no additional cost Game Release Updat…
 
I love battles. I fear nothing. On this god forsaken installment we’re playing cards with groupies, assembling protagonists, channeling shōnen energy, swallowing Cid’s propaganda, developing a gunblade fetish, stating chicken wuss etymology, being antisocial for test scores, storming a beach, incapacitating soldiers, idling around a fountain, and d…
 
**Use the code NINDADS at checkout to receive 20% plus free shipping at Manscaped.com** On this week’s episode of the Nintendo Dads Podcast with guest Seth Sturgill: News Indie World Showcase 8.11.2021 Announcements Game Release Updates The Goomba Stack near the Yoshi ride in Nintendo World Osaka falls Amico gets delayed again Rumors Are GTA Remast…
 
DRINK? This time we’re revisiting Dr. Kadowaki, avoiding Selphie, constructing artifice, no-selling the disciplinary committee, chatting up a lunch lady, living alone in a multi-student dorm, questioning the necessity of T-Rexaurs in captivity, reading an Occult Magazine, junctioning magic, observing the world map, and taking down Ifrit. You could …
 
Brandon defends: Sometimes, the death penalty is the only appropriate punishment. *No Practical Takeaway Tips this week*Get in touch!call or text (+1) 307-240-9190questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.comfacebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlifeTweet us: @CELpodcastInsta: @crossexaminedlifeKeep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Com…
 
John defends: Excessive gerrymandering is bad for the health of the American polity.PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Point out where things are going well or show promise, as you outline a problem. 2. Be willing to point out that the problem isn’t 100% true all the time, even if it means walking back a previous allegation. 3. Ask for more details in areas…
 
Frank defends: Donald Trump deserves a 2nd term. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. No matter what you oppose, go look for material that contradicts your own biases: you may be surprised what you find. 2. Instead of dismissing a suspicious fact out of hand as untrue, research it and find out the real truth or falsity of the statement. 3. Words matter. Altho…
 
Anthony defends: Anarchy/Privatizing government functions is smarter. 1. Clarify what you’re not talking about. 2. Note when you’re limiting a word’s definition for the purposes of this conversation. 3. Suggest an example you and your opponent can walk through, to avoid muddying the waters. 4. Don’t frame something as definite when it’s really just…
 
The 4,000 individuals walking to the US through Mexico have the right to apply for Asylum and have their claims fairly considered – on the basis of due process. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. In presenting your position, give the audience a broad outline of your various points. Then, go back and fill in the details underlying each point. Finally, remind…
 
Andrew defends: Twitter should not ban political ads. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Use phrases like “I can’t prove this” and “I may be wrong” before asserting your facts or conclusions. 2. Acknowledge that you don’t always have a perfect, airtight argument. Get in touch!call or text (+1) 307-240-9190questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.com…
 
Moira defends: Gentrification is bad for diversity. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. If the example or analogy you're using is not resonating with your opponent; find a new one or a new strategy. Get in touch!call or text (+1) 307-240-9190questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.comfacebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlifeTweet us: @CELpodcastInsta: @…
 
(call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!)Liam defends the position: In this day and age, a college degree is obsolete. Ten Takeaway Tips:1. Keep your explanations brief. 2. Challenge the foundational definition. 3. Don’t be afraid to flip an assumed advantage on its head.4. Re-frame and re-ask your question when your opponent doe…
 
Colleen defends: Christians should be willing to vote for pro-choice candidates. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Just because something is described as "semantics", don't write it off as not worth discussing. 2. Be brave and be willing to say that something is not black and white - then describe how it's nuanced. Get in touch! 1-307-240-9190questions@cro…
 
This special, bonus episode was recorded live, the evening of the 2020 presidential election in the U.S. It's more of a conversation, than a cross-exam. Much was left unsaid. Comments: call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.comfacebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlifeTweet us: @CELpodc…
 
Eric defends: Corporal punishment should end in American public schools. Get in touch!call or text (+1) 307-240-9190questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.comfacebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlifeTweet us: @CELpodcastInsta: @crossexaminedlifeKeep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)…
 
(call or text 1-307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!)Ep 004's Ten Takeaway Tips1. Have examples that demonstrate the truth of your position ready to go. 2. Draw precise distinctions between two similar things for clarity. 3. Ask your opponent to specify how much they agree or disagree with an example of what you’re talking about. 4. Refocu…
 
Ryan defends: The Govt Should Screen our Kids' Mental Health Each Year. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Repeat the other person’s explanation in your own words. This not ensures that you’re beginning from common definitions, but it’s respectfully, because it shows the other person you are hearing and understand them. 2. After providing your more detailed…
 
(call or text 1-307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!)Robert defends the position: Healthcare can be and should be a fundamental human right. Ep 003's Ten Takeaway Tips1. Number your points to help you and your opponent keep track of multiple issues. 2. Highlight where you agree, then reframe the argument about where there’s actual disagree…
 
Stephanie and Antony debate this question. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Pause at times to take stock of where both sides are in the disagreement, note common ground, and then identify areas of sharper disagreement to address. 2. Asking tough questions is one of the strongest tools available to advance the conversation and to alert your conversation pa…
 
Mike and Nick debate whether Bitcoin will last or whether it is a fad. 1: Defining your terms and its sub-terms and factors is critical to understanding between conversation partners. 2: Responding clearly to each of your partner’s points is a great way to keep ideas organized. 3: Every once in a while, summarize what you think your conversation pa…
 
(call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!)Sunil defends the position: We can reasonably know that the Bible is God’s word and not just the opinions of men.Ep 002's Ten Takeaway Tips1. Choose as a starting point or foundational principle for your position some statement or fact that you and your opponent can both agree on. 2. Alway…
 
Heather defends: Capitalism is harmful to society. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS1. Use phrases that your conversation partner uses, instead of your own, to focus on the underlying idea, rather than get hung up on the vocabulary. 2. If you don’t know the facts, preface your answer by being honest that you’re speculating or extrapolating, then go back and …
 
Link defends: Intellectual Property rights are a contradiction in terms and should not exist. Get in touch!call or text (+1) 307-240-9190questions@crossexaminedlife.comcrossexaminedlife.comfacebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlifeTweet us: @CELpodcastInsta: @crossexaminedlifeKeep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to J…
 
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