Last update: 2012-09-19

Episode 8 - Eating Animals

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2012-09-19 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 2s
In this episode we consider the ethics of eating animals with help from a chef, a slaughterer, a hunter, a scientist working on lab-grown meat, a vegan advocate, an undercover slaughterhouse investigator, a Humane Society VP, an animal behaviorist, ranchers, a doctor, an ecologist, three comedians and a buddhist! Check out the website for more information on the show and join the conversation on our Facebook page. …


Episode 7 - Failure

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2012-04-23 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 1s
How do we think about failure? How should we? Cory MacLauchlin uncovers the myths surrounding the life and death of John Kennedy Toole. Jane Anne Staw looks for the deeper causes of writer's block. Comedian Jimmy Pardo tells about bombing on the Tonight Show. Plane crash follies returns, Uncle Marty debuts, and much more! Check out the website for more information on the show and join the conversation on our Facebook page. …


Episode 6 - Enemies

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2011-11-25 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 1s
Why can't we all just get along (and why do people think that question is funny)? Dan talks to comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore, social psychologist Lee Ross, an Israeli who went from Right to Left, a Cypriot who lost his home in the Turkish invasion, a new episode of Plane Crash Follies. And much more! …


Episode 5 - Addiction

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2011-07-01 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 1s
Part 2 of the Gaming series! In this episode we look at the dark side of games, how they hook us and the damage they can do, and where they might be taking us. Dan talks to therapist and author Shavaun Scott about her time as an in-game therapist. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani talks about his life in games. Writer/performer Justine Barron explains why games are more appealing than guitar lessons. Online gaming pioneer Richard Garriott (aka Lord British) and Vlad Cole of Blizzard Entertainment both return to defend games. All this and much more! …


Episode 4 - Escape

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2011-04-01 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 1s
Part 1 of the Gaming series! In this episode we look at why games are so seductive, why we choose to lose ourselves in them, what they do for us and how. Dan talks to online gaming pioneer Richard Garriott as well as Vlad Cole of Blizzard Entertainment. Costaki Economopoulos talks Fantasy Football and Ryan Ridley talks about his time in Oblivion. David Cale performs a story about a troubled girl, and much more! …


Episode 3 - The Beast

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2011-01-12 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman)
Part 2 of the Beauty and the Beast series! In this episode we look at the beast's side of things. If you had to be one or the other in a relationship, which would you be? Dan talks to Jesse Case about a humiliation he suffered at the hands of a beauty. We hear more from our beauties from last episode, and more from therapist Sagit Schwartz. Ryan Ridley defends himself against Dan's ugly attacks. A cockroach writes a poem, and much more! …


Episode 2 - Beauty

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2010-11-19 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 1s
Part 1 of a 2-part series - Beauty and the Beast! In this episode we look at beauty and ask, is it bad for you? Does it make people dumb, mean, shallow? Or is that just sour grapes from an ugly podcaster? Dan interviews several beautiful women including Playboy Party Girl, Suzy McCopin, he talks to podcasting pretty boy, Ryan Ridley and then sees a therapist who specializes in models. We hear a bit of Todd Glass, a new episode of Plane Crash Follies, and much more! …


Episode 1 - Nihilism! (What's The Point?)

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2010-10-15 :: mailbox@myoclonicjerk.com (Daniel Kaufman) Length: 59s
First episode! Nihilism hits everyone at some point. "What's the point of doing anything? We're all going to die one day..." So how do we get out of bed? Dan has to kick this demon before he can do any more podcasts so we might as well get it out of the way first. Dan interviews cartoonist Ivan Brunetti as well as writer and podcaster Ryan Ridley. Plane Crash Follies premieres. A story about a mouse. And much more! …


About this podcast:

Myoclonic Jerk

A 20-part documentary series about life and how we should be living it. Each episode takes on a different subject using monologue, stories, interviews, songs, clips, etc. FYI, a myoclonic jerk is that twitch that happens as you're falling asleep that wakes you up. Scientists think the brain confuses the feeling of your muscles relaxing with the feeling of falling or dying and sends a startle impulse to your body to save it. Why is that the name of this podcast? Why not? Don't be so uptight! Anyway, yetanothernarcissistwithamicrophonevyingforyourattention-dot-com was taken. These take a long time to make, so be sure to subscribe to make sure you get all future episodes. You can also be notified of new releases by joining the mailing list at the website.

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