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Failure (Rebroadcast)

Failure is a word that carries a lot of baggage, arousing emotional responses that we’d usually rather avoid. But what about success? Why does the thought of success conjure images and feelings of comfort and satisfaction? This week,  Two Guys on Your Head‘s  Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke examine how the heights of success and…

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The Venues

In this episode, you’ll hear from the owners two Austin venues. Brodie Elkins tells the story of Scratchouse which closed due to the pandemic. Then Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover talk about how they’ve kept their venue, Cheer Up Charlies, afloat and explain what it’s been like to get ready to reopen. Listen on The…

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David Alvarez Retires

The stalwart engineer for Two Guys on Your Head, David Alvarez is throwing in the towel and turning his attention to the finer things in life. David has worked at KUT since 1982 and has been the engineer for Two Guys since our first recording back in 2013. In this edition of the show Dr. Art Markman, Dr….

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No Rap at ACLfest?!?

Confucius and Fresh share their thoughts on the glaring lack of hip-hop acts on the virtual Austin City Limit Festival Lineup. Both hosts debate whether or not Gucci Mane is the greatest A&R rep in recent hip-hop history. Fresh and Confucius express their surprise at learning that Big Sean’s first advance from Kanye after signing to G.O.O.D….

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The Myth of Happiness

And they lived happily ever after, isn’t just a cliched ending, it’s psychologically destructive. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the myth of happiness.

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The Pause

What happened to Austin’s live music scene after the shutdown of SXSW? On March 6th, 2020 the Austin City government canceled SXSW.  That decision had an economic ripple effect throughout the city. It also marked the true beginning of the COVID-19 crisis for Austin. In this episode, hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen explore why…

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Wakanda Forever

This week on The Breaks:  Confucius and Fresh honor the memory of Chadwick Boseman and explain why his life and work made such an impact on them — especially his portrayal of Black Panther. Both hosts discuss the NBA’s strike over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Fresh shares the Unpopular Opinion that Jermaine…

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Investment

It’s true investing is not for the faint of heart, but have you ever wondered why? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of investing.

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Say Their Names (Rerun)

This week, The Breaks decided not to create a new show in light of the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. Instead, they are re-running their episode from June, 1 2020, where Fresh and Confucius talk about the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Mike Ramos in Austin and the resulting protests. They touch…

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The What The Hell Effect (Re-Broadcast)

There is an observation in psychology that looks at how people behave when they have not lived up to the expectations they set for themselves; the “What The Hell Effect.” In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about, not only what it is, but why it is.

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Creating A Shared Reality

When times are tough and uncertain it can be a welcome oasis to read a book or watch a movie; especially with a friend or family member. Being able to imagine that things could be different is one unique thing about being human, and sharing these realities with others has a special significance. On this…

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Don’t Argue with Stupid

This week on The Breaks Fresh and Confucius: Discuss the success of Cardi B’s new song “WAP” featuring Megan the Stallion. Talk about the recent arrests of two men for the 2002 murder of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay. Theorize as to why Akon might be hanging out with Tekashi 6ix9ine. Debate whether Kim Kardashian’s involvement in…

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WAP!

This week on The Breaks Fresh and Confucius: Talk about why they love “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion and explain why they’re frustrated by the backlash surrounding the song. Celebrate the birth of hip-hop on on August 11, 1973. That’s when DJ Kool Herc threw the “Back to School Jam” at 1520…

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Social Media and The Brain

Our brains really cannot comprehend the hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people who have access to what we post on social media. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how and why posting on social media is the “high-tech version of picking your…

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History, Experience, and Memory

Even during a global pandemic and civil rights movement, much of our experience is that of the day-to-day. However, when we look back on things how will we remember this moment? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the role that history plays in how…

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Hypochondria

Hypochondrias is a condition where a person worries excessively and unduly about having a serious illness. It can be debilitating and require treatment from a psychologist. But oftentimes we refer to people who think they might be sick as having hypochondria because it is a way to dismiss their concern or say, “you always just…

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Elephant in The Room

We have all experienced walking into a room and noticing right away the giant elephant in the conversation that no one wants to talk about. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss why it’s important to address the proverbial elephant in the room, and they…

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Children’s Stories

Some stories just work. They are pleasurable to listen to and to tell. But why is that? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the psychology behind what makes a good children’s story.

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Texas Standard: July 17, 2020

For many school districts: competing mandates from state leaders and local health officials leaving teachers parents and kids in limbo. Our conversation with superintendent of EL Paso ISD on the practical challenges of reopening public schools. Also, more on a newly unveiled proposal to cut 130 million dollars from state health services as the Coronavirus…

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Texas Standard: July 16, 2020

A New York Times reporter covering the impact of COVID-19 returns to the Rio Grande Valley and finds himself part of the story. We’ll have a conversation about his experience. Also, new record numbers of COVID-19 cases reported in Texas. And how should teachers prepare for their own safety if they have to return to…

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