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Episode 218 - Adoption, Witchcraft, and Manifesting with your Mind

Returning to the question and response format, this week Mike responds to these questions:

Can trauma caused in infancy impact how adults engage in relationships?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

Can you "manifest" a new reality with your mind?

How God Changes Your Brain

Is witchcraft dangerous?

Finding God in the Waves

Do frequent mystical experiences correlate to psychosis?



Episode 217 - How long will this last?

In this special, mid-week release Mike discusses the findings of the Imperial College Report on COVID-19, and what it may mean for our "new normal." This episode discusses the most recent data we have on this global pandemic in an emotionally-focused, evidence-based way.


Episode 216: COVID-19

In this episode, Science Mike talks about the facts about COVID-19 and the science verified ways to best respond in a way that protects human lives. If you want to dig deeper, Mike recommends these resources:

CDC COVID-19 Guide

Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus

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Episode 215 - The Fight to Stop Sexual Slavery with Jeremy Vallerand

In this episode, Mike talks with his friend Jeremy Vallerand about Rescue: Freedom and they work they're doing to end sexual slavery.


Episode 214 - Emotional Mindfulness with Ron Frederick

This week, we continue the "Books Behind the Book" series leading into the release of Mike's next book, You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass). In this episode, Mike talks with Ronald J. Frederick, PhD. 

Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the transforming power of emotional and relational experience. He is the author of Loving Like You Mean It: Use the Power of Emotional Mindfulness to Transform Your Relationships (Central Recovery Press, 2019), and the award-winning Living Like You Mean It: Use the Wisdom and Power of Your Emotions to Get the Life You Really Want (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Ron is a senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute, and Co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, CA.

Noted for his warmth, humor, and engaging presentation style, Dr. Frederick lectures and facilitates workshops for national, state, and international organizations, has provided professional trainings for the Lifespan Learning Institute, Professional Psych Seminars (PPS), and PESI, has been a frequent presenter at Esalen Institute, Kripalu Center, and Cape Cod Institute, and is featured in the American Psychological Association’s Specific Treatments for Specific Populations video series.

You can learn more about Dr. Frederick by visiting the website for the Center for Courageous Living.


Episode 213 - The Power of Meaning with Emily Esfahani Smith

This week Science Mike talks with Emily Esfahani Smith about her research and work on the power of meaning and how it can transform our lives as reported in her bestselling book The Power of Meaning.

Mike also shares an exciting announcement about his upcoming book tour for You're a Miracle  (and a Pain in the Ass)--available in book stores on April 28, 2020.


Episode 212 - Electric Cars, the Placebo Effect, and Nonreligious Brains

Mike's got a new book coming in April--but you can preorder it now. Just go to

This week, Mike responded to the following questions:

Are some brains naturally wired to not believe in the supernatural?

How God Changes Your Brain

Finding God in the Waves

Are electric cars less "green" than gas-powered cars?

Factcheck: How electric vehicles help to tackle climate change

Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions? We Found Out

Does the placebo effect reveal the power of the mind to heal?

The power of the placebo effect

Placebos: The power of the placebo effect

Is the Nocebo Effect Hurting Your Health?

What scriptural arguments can be made to convince non-affirming Christians to change their minds?

You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

God and the Gay Christian

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Episode 211 -Nutritional Labels, Epigenetics and Environmental Burials

This week, Mike responded to the following questions:

Can trauma be passed on through epigenetic information?

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything | Cath Ennis

Can Trauma Be Inherited Between Generations?

Can We Really Inherit Trauma?

What are environmentally responsible to handle human burial?

Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment?

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

How accurate are nutritional labels?

When Nutrition Labels Lie | Eat + Run

[Infographic] The Surprising Problem With Calorie Counting -- The "Calories In" Edition.

Can you compare and contrast the policy platforms of the 2020 candidates for president in the USA?

2020 Presidential Quiz

2020 Candidates Views on the Issues: A Voter's Guide

2020 Candidates for President: A Guide

2020 Democratic Candidates: Where Do They Stand on Key Policy Issues?

2020 presidential campaign: How Democrats plan to fight climate change

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Episode 210 - Tori Douglass Returns!

This week, Science Mike talks with Tori Williams Douglass about, well, your questions from Twitter!

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Episode 209 - Grounding, Friendship, and the Senses of Plants

This week, Mike responds to the following questions.

Do plants have senses?

Plants May Not Have Ears, But They Can 'Hear' Way Better Than We Thought

Do plants feel pain?

Do Plants Think?

How can people have intimate friendships without becoming romantically involved?

If we encountered intelligent, alien life, what would it be like?

The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

Is there any scientific evidence to validate "grounding?"

This study was referenced in Mike's response.