Paved With Good Intentions
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Paved With Good Intentions is a podcast that covers a wide variety of social, cultural, entertainment, political and even philosophical topics. Whether it's looking at the impact of a move or discussing current events, Paved With Good Intentions channels the random and curious to spark imagination and thought. Life isn't perfect. In fact, it can be downright crazy. But we're all on this crazy train together. Welcome aboard!

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    Ep 20: How To Make A good Superhero Film (In The Age Of Excess)

    Welcome to another episode of Paved With Good Intentions, the show that asks the difficult questions you didn't think you cared about.

    In this episode, we are talking about superhero films. With the recent release of the excellent Wonder Woman film, how can we continue to consume this genre when there are so many superhero films out there?

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    Ep 19: The Rise And Fall Of 2016

    Welcome to another episode of Paved With Good Intentions, the show that asks the difficult questions you didn't think you cared about.

    In this episode, we look at the restrospective for 2016. Was it really one of the worst years ever? Or was there some good that came out of it?

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    Ep 18: The Girls Bust Ghosts

    Welcome to another episode of Paved With Good Intentions, the show that asks the difficult questions you didn't think you cared about.

    In this episode, we look at the topic of sexism in Hollywood in response to the release of the Ghostbusters remake.

    Also included in the episode is the audio only segment, Introspection.

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    Ep 17: Play It Again, Sam (But Don't Pay For It)

    Music. It is a necessity in life. But one thing has changed over time: how we consume music. In the modern age, streaming is king. Whether it's Spotify, YouTube, Apple or some other streaming site, people have access to any music at their fingertips. But while it's convenient for listeners, there are some unintended effects on the artists. Streaming music is not only creating gray areas for compensating artists, but it's making it downright impossible for artists to earn any royalties for the music alone.

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    Ep 16: Rated R For Ridiculous

    Do you like movies? I know I do. But have you ever felt like a movie was good, but it could have been better? Or did you see a movie that you thought would be more intense than it was? In the US, we have a rating system that is applied to all first run movies. While the rating system should exist simply as a guide for the film's content, it is actually something that has a legal effect on who can see the movie. As such, studios make decisions that might alter the impact a movie has. In this episode, we talk about ratings and why they shouldn't be legally binding.

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    Ep 15: Resolute Resolve

    Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? Probably not. The concept of a resolution seems like a gimmick or an outdated concept. Yet some people (like me) do try to make resolutions. They aren't the typical ones, like find a way to become a millionaire or lose 50 pounds. Instead, they are goals that I believe I can achieve in the course of the year. But even that is a bit of a stretch. Our lives progress when we make goals for ourselves. But in order for those goals to be meaningful or successful, it's best to make ones we can achieve at stages. In the end, no matter how hard we fight it, life always manages to get in the way.

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    Ep 14: Come Together

    Sorry it's so late! I was at a concert recently, and I noticed a very strange phenomenon. Despite all of the differences, all of the unique lives, we we all there for one purpose. We were all there to enjoy the power of the music. That is the influence music can have on our lives. It can give us the chance to come together as separate, distinct individuals and celebrate together as familiar strangers. Why can't that happen in the rest of life? Why can't we find common ground and use that to bridge the differences that separate us? In this episode, I explore this very concept.

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    Ep 13: Act Your Age

    Has anyone ever told you to act your age? Or have you ever said that to someone? It's a curious question because, ultimately, what does it mean? What are you really saying when you tell someone to act their age? Age itself is arbitrary, given it comes from our invented measurement of time. More importantly, people have the freedom to choose how they want to act and appear. Whether that fits into invisible standards is ultimately irrelevant and, in a way, limiting to their expression of self. Instead of focusing on age, we should be more concerned about how we relate to others as adults. In this episode, we explore the concept of age and how we are limiting ourselves by using it as a gauge for our behaviors.

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    Ep 12: How Are You Today?

    How are you today? It's such a simple question, and yet it is also one of the most difficult questions we ask one another. More often than not, we don't truly express our feelings for fear of burdening others with our personal situation. But that speaks to a much larger topic. In wake of another horrific tragedy, the issue of mental health keeps coming up. While it is easy to point to mental health at a time of tragedy, the reality is it is something that isn't taken seriously enough in everyday life. Mental and emotional health are critical, especially in an age where people are stressed so greatly. In this episode, we look at the importance of mental health and how we can mitigate the negative effects in the hopes of becoming a more functional society of sensitivity and compassion.

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    Ep 11: Love And LARP

    This past weekend, I had a unique experience. I was invited to a beautiful outdoor wedding in the mountains. It was a gorgeous autumn day. Everyone in attendance was dressed in fantastic outfits. I truly mean that: it was a LARP wedding. The ceremony took place in the midst of a LARP event. For the uninitiated, LARP is live-action role playing. I have never experienced before, but I took the opportunity to explore and learn about it. While there are plenty of opinions about role playing, seeing it and experiencing it put LARP into an entirely new perspective. In this episode, I look at the creativity, focus and dedication that LARP requires.

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    Ep 10: Hype: Believe It Or Leave It

    In this day and age, it's very easy to get caught up in the hype of anticipation. Whether it's an upcoming movie or video game or other pop culture icon, or even if it's something in your own personal life, hype plays a big role in creating momentum and excitement. But there is a dark side to hype. Building hype could lead to creating unrealistic expectations. And when you experience something with expectations you cannot possibly achieve, what was it all for? In today's episode, we look at hype, both anticipatory and reactive, and how that could impact our emotions when it finally happens.

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    Ep 9: Home Again For The First Time

    I have returned! After buying my first home and moving in, I thought what better way to return than to explain how much fun I had? Buying a home is not like buying a car. It is in a class of its own. In this episode, we look at the basics (really, really basic) of buying a home. It is certainly an involved process. But in the end, something magical happens. You own your own home. And that is a remarkable feeling.

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    Ep 8: Make Mine Music

    What is one of the most universal aspects of life? Breathing. But a close second would be music. Music is something that everyone enjoys in one way or another. However, music itself is one of the most divisive subjects in civil conversation. Even within groups that support the same general type of music, there is dissent. Why is that? Music at its core digs deeply into our emotions. It has the power to evoke our inner feelings and even change our outlook. In today's episode, we talk about music at long last and why it is such an important part of our everyday life.

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    Ep 7: Tom Cruise Likes To Run (And I Like That About Him)

    Tom Cruise loves to run in his movies. You'd certainly know that if you saw as many of his movies as I do. But inevitably, whenever a new Tom Cruise movie is released, we hear that some people don't want to see it. Why is that? Because he's a Scientologist. It isn't uncommon for us to judge celebrities based on their personal beliefs. But where does that come from? In this episode, we explore that very question.

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    Ep 6: Passions Of The Self

    What are you passionate about? That is question we should all ask ourselves. Passions are critical to our emotional health, cleansing our bodies and minds by accessing our emotions. It is almost spiritual how passions can affect us. Historically, passions were given a negative connotation because they were seen as shortcomings of the self. In this episode, we look at why we shouldn't fear our emotions, but rather celebrate our passions, and thus unique ourselves.

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    Ep 5: Smartphones And The Head's-Down Generation

    Let's face it: you're probably reading this on your smartphone. Cell phones have become an essential part of our cultural identity. And why not? Smartphones give us a world of information in palm of our hand, not to mention the ability to communicate like never before. But our dependence on our phones has had some unexpected consequences, including emotional and memory issues. In today's episode, we look at how smartphones have changed our lives dramatically in the past decade, and why it won't be changing any time soon.

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    Ep 4: Attack Of The Summer Blockbusters

    It's that time of year again, when the theater marquee is packed with explosive, raunchy, big budget movies. It is all the more apparent with the recent success of Jurassic World. And with each new slate of comic book and disaster movies, the similar complaints arise that these are nothing but mindless entertainment. But is that a bad thing? Is there anything wrong with watching a movie strictly for enjoyment, knowing it doesn't have a meaningful impact? Today's episode of Paved With Good Intentions asks this very question.

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    Ep 3: Breaking The Bad

    Success is earned through hard work and, sometimes, the willingness to compromise the ethical or the moral. Especially in today's culture, people who might be perceived as "villains," like athletes or politicians, are given a pass for their actions because of their success. Why do we do it? People are not so innocent, either, as the internet has given rise to the "anti" culture. Are we inclined to root for the villains in our society? Or become them? In today's episode of Paved With Good Intentions, we ponder this very question.

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    Ep 2: Summer "Vacation"

    Do you remember summer vacation? It was one of the most wonderful times of your life. But those days are gone, in place of work. And as Americans, we work a lot. In fact, work has become a dominant force in our lives. When we spend well over 40 hours a week working, when do we have time to live? It's time for our country to take a vacation.

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    Ep 1: Happy Endings (Inside Out vs Disney)

    Most people are aware of the so-called "Disney effect," where complex stories are sugar-coated to create a more family friendly experience. But is that harming our children? After seeing INSIDE OUT, Pixar's latest film, I saw how it can work to explore difficult emotional themes without presenting stories with unrealistic expectations.

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