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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up

By Ryan Rotella

Podcast about grappling with the above question and all its implications.

Hosted by Graham Marema and Ryan Rotella.

Cover art photo provided by Markus Spiske on Unsplash:
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The Comeback Episode

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow UpOct 12, 2019

The Comeback Episode

The Comeback Episode

We’re back! We catch up on our lives, talk about marijuana, and try to figure out what it’s like to work in the cultural and financial behemoth of football.

Article featured: “Calvin Johnson Doesn’t Regret a Thing,” by Michael Rosenberg. Sep. 20th 2019.

Songs featured (in order):

“Time Today” by Kero Kero Bonito

“America’s Most Blunted” by Madvillian

“Pretty Saro” by Graham Marema (!!!; find her on Youtube!)

“Because I Got High” by Afroman

“Uneven Compromise” by Lil Ugly Mane

Oct 12, 201901:10:22
Should you follow your passion?

Should you follow your passion?

At some point in your career, someone might have told you that the secret to “happiness” and “success” is to follow your passion. But is that actually the case? What does it mean to follow your passion, and what happens if your passion gets in the way of that “happiness” and “success” we’re seeking? We tackle articles by Will Partin (The Outline), Olga Khazan (Atlantic), and others to help us answer the question: 

should you follow your passion?

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“Luchini AKA This Is It” by Camp Lo, “Doowutchyalike” by Digital Underground

Articles referenced: 

Warren Buffet's advice in Mic by Marcel Schwantes 

Bustle - mentioned briefly - by Suzannah Weiss

Steve Jobs's Commencement Speech to Stanford's Class of 2005

Bill Gates in Mic by Jessica Stillman

Five Reasons by Rob Ashgar, Forbes

Find Your Passion is Awful Advice by Olga Khazan, the Atlantic

Difficulty of An Actor's Life by M.G. McIntyre, the Outline

In the Name of Love by Miya Tokimitsu, Jacobin

Red Dead Redemption 2 and its hellish labor by Will Partin, the Outline

Feb 26, 201901:05:16
It's All About Aptitude

It's All About Aptitude


Can one test really help determine what you should do with your life? Are we born with talents that can guide our path if only we discover them? 

In this semi-solo episode, I detail my experience taking several aptitude tests with the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation, a scientific research non-profit dedicated to helping people discover their potential across America. Then, I receive my results from these tests (with guest host Scotty Poston) in a recorded interview with Meredith Burke Hammons, the Assistant Director of the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation branch of Atlanta and fellow Davidson alum. A big thank you to Meredith for her generosity and the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation for allowing me to record this. 

Check my results out here to follow along.

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Songs used: 

“Mic Check” by Cornelius

“Didn’t Cha Know” by Erykah Badu

“Black Panda” by Koi Child

Jan 25, 201902:06:16
No Expectations (Part 2)

No Expectations (Part 2)

Graham interviews my mom, Leslie. Then, we talk about our interviews, job stability in the gig economy, and John Wayne Gacy.

Editor's Note: So, the audio in second half of the episode is off (Graham reacts quickly/talks over me or I respond slowly, either perspective). Sorry about that; learning how file transfers and editing work through mistakes. Or maybe Graham will talk over me from now on, who knows.

Songs used:

"Time Today" by Kero Kero Bonito
"Skills" by Gang Starr
"John Wayne Gacy, Jr." by Sufjan Stevens

They are not ours, and we're not making any money off of this so please don't sue, thank you.

Jan 25, 201901:34:09
No Expectations (Part 1)
Jan 25, 201901:12:34