Episode 180

Deus Ex Machina for Your Gut


July 22nd, 2014

1 hr 10 mins 25 secs

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About this Episode

TOPIC: Stupid can't stick to me.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the distinction between being against something vs. not having an opinion about it vs. just choosing not to let the world stick to you.

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