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#192: The End Table is Not Your Enemy

September 30th, 2022 · 89 minutes

This week, Merlin asks whether John is inoculated against stress.

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John has concerns about why his fans are spinning up, and Merlin interrogates his recent obsession with the previous vice president.

Once the usual arguments about wording and meaning have been (mostly) settled, numerous angles are explored. Including an exploration of one of life's thorniest differences to reconcile: how much can I be "how I am" with other people?

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(Recorded on Tuesday, September 20, 2022)


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