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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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May 26, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about why we hold on to material possessions in an attempt to hold on to our memories, what we can do to hold on to our memories without holding on to the stuff, and they answer the following questions:

Should I hold on to sentimental mementos, like a wedding dress, in case my children may want them someday? (05:25)

How do I find the strength to let go of my deceased parent’s belongings? (18:24)

How do I determine what sentimental items are appropriate to keep? (29:55)

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May 22, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss incorporating minimalism into politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

May 19, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss local, national, and international politics; outrage and divisiveness in the current political climate; and the quagmire of disarray and turmoil created by tribalism and partisan politics with journalist and podcaster Kim Iversen, and they answer the following questions:

How can we help our government officials adopt more minimalist practices, especially with respect to budgets? (02:54)

Which political party is most closely aligned with the principles of minimalism? (15:29)

How do we all maintain balance in this heated political climate? (25:25)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 15, 2020

Joshua and Ryan reiterate the importance of avoiding debt within and without crises. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

May 12, 2020

Joshua and Ryan field a flurry of questions from their podcast supporters, including:

What system do you use to organize your personal and professional lives? (01:14)

How do I determine which habits are helping me and which habits are not? (04:52)

How do I ensure I carry forward the lessons I learned from the pandemic regarding appropriate scheduling? (11:04)

How do I tactfully say ‘no’ to bosses and coworkers when I’m not on the clock? (20:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 8, 2020

Joshua discusses the efficacy of recycling with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

May 5, 2020

Joshua talks about whether reducing our consumption is enough to save the planet, or whether we need to do more than recycle, share stuff, and consume less; the upsides and downsides of capitalism; potential necessary changes to environmental policy; and some misconceptions about human progress with author and MIT scientist and professor Andrew McAfee, and they answer the following questions:

How can we use minimalist practices to help the environment? (05:21)

How do we train ourselves to purchase more intentionally and less impulsively? (23:37)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 1, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparation for the loss of loved ones with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 28, 2020

Joshua Fields Millburn talks about The Minimalists’ “No Junk Rule,” followed by three “Qonversations” with Dan Savage about sex and dating apps during a pandemic; the artist Colleen McCulla about using art to make sense of a post-coronavirus world; and a controversial chat with T.K. Coleman about whether we should give up our freedoms to stay safe.

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 24, 2020

Joshua discusses practicing stoicism within families with author and professor William B. Irvine. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 21, 2020

Joshua talks about stoicism, what it means to live a good life, and different philosophies for living with author and professor William B. Irvine, and they answer the following questions:

Is stoicism applicable to all cultures? (10:05)

How do I explain the benefits of stoicism to my loved ones? (18:38)

How do I practice stoicism without sacrificing human emotion? (26:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 17, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the positive forces that helped shape their financial philosophies with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 14, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about earning a living, being responsible with money, and choosing a new career path during times of financial uncertainty with author, podcaster, and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, and they answer the following questions:

How do I break out of the cycle of office jobs? (04:12)

If I’ve grown tired of my current career but I’m overqualified for many other jobs, are there any other options open to me aside from completely starting over? (15:14)

What is the best financial advice you’ve ever received? (23:40)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 10, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss app designers' motives with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 7, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the disconnection between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us with author and professor Ramesh Srinivasan, and they answer the following questions:

How do I narrow down what tech is most appropriate for me from the plethora of tech that’s available? (10:21)

How do we deal with the constant intrusion of advertising in our lives that hitchhikes on our tech? (15:47)

What are the ramifications of tech companies selling user information? (25:05)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 3, 2020

Joshua and Ryan contemplate the pros and cons of living a life of extreme minimalism with YouTuber Youheum Son. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 31, 2020

Joshua and Ryan talk about what minimalism looks like when it’s taken to its extremes with YouTuber Youheum Son, and they answer the following questions:

Once it seems like you’ve minimized everything, where do you go from there? (05:12)

What foods and utensils are in an extreme minimalist’s kitchen? (10:54)

What is the minimum number of physical items you need to survive? (17:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 27, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss appropriate preparations for those seeking early retirement with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 24, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to maximize wealth, how to minimize financial stress, and the wisest economic actions to take with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions:

How do I maximize my wealth while minimizing my stress in accumulating it? (01:12)

What are the wisest economic actions to take on a modest income? (12:02)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 22, 2020

Joshua and Ryan expand on how to live—not just survive, but thrive—through these unsettling times. They discuss societal panic, fundamental habit shifts, and the appropriate actions we should take in the midst of a pandemic, and they answer the following questions:

How should we address the societal panic during the pandemic? (06:16)

What things that we’ve taken for granted will now fundamentally change as a result of the pandemic? (16:00)

What actions should we take right now? (29:26)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 20, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions:

Are we preparing needlessly for problems that won’t exist? (07:11)

How does the free market respond to a crisis? (09:56)

Why aren’t there sufficient tests for COVID-19? (21:11)

Are there some countries that are handling the pandemic better than the United States? (23:09)

Why does tribalism often take precedence over community? (35:22)

Is government incompetence and overregulation just as harmful to our health as the virus itself? (44:32)

Are some government regulations appropriate and helpful? (47:31)

How can we effectively use incentives instead of regulations? (52:38)

How effective are masks and respirators against the virus? (1:06:42)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 17, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the appropriate preparation and response to societal crises with the Director of Entrepreneurial Education for the Foundation for Economic Education, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions:

How likely is a minimalist to survive in a catastrophe? (23:07)

How do I quarantine for 2-6 weeks as a minimalist? (39:15)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 13, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss the importance of recognizing how our past can affect our present and future with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 10, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss particularly difficult topics, including trauma, bereavement, traumatic stress, sorrow, and even traumatic death with professor, trauma/grief counselor, and researcher Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, and they answer the following questions:

How do I overcome the trauma of my past to address the challenges of the present? (07:54)

How do I overcome the negative feelings attached to items so I don’t needlessly replace them? (19:10)

Is it helpful to remove mementos of a lost loved one to overcome trauma and grief? (33:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 6, 2020

Joshua and Ryan discuss elements of timeless style with designer, entrepreneur, and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk. Listen to “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at patreon.com/theminimalists

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