Past Present: Sacha Baron Cohen, the Yoga Vote, and Middle Children


In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, the viability of a “yoga vote,” and the demographic shift bringing about the disappearance of the middle child. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: British prankster and social critic Sacha Baron Cohen has a new show, “Who Is America?” Niki recommended this New York Times article comparing the tactics of conservative James O’Keefe to those […]

A Poor Man With Lots of Money


Pablo Picasso once said “I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.” At first that statement might make us laugh, due to the irony in it, but it gets at the heart of two important issues that are often different sides of the same coin: living simply while enjoying the small pleasures in life versus spending our life amassing money and possessions. Like many people, I’ve […]

September 2017: Celebrating Mentors

Golden Hour Grass

At an earlier point in my career, I thought having a mentor would solve all my problems. I quickly realized that there aren’t always fairygodmothers in business and let go of the rigid notion of one super-executive who would be available to give me all the right answers at my beck and call. I realized that mentors are everywhere; I just had to be open enough to see them. There was […]

Past Present Podcast: Theresa May, Goop, and Father’s Day

British Parliament

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil and Natalia debate the outcome of the recent British election, Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop, and the history of Father’s Day. Theresa May The recent snap election in Britain resulted in a “hung parliament” and weakened support for Teresa May as Prime Minister. We discussed the results in the context of other recent elections in Europe and the U.S., including Britain’s vote […]

Past Present Podcast: The AHCA, Children’s Sleep, and Planets


In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the fate of the American Health Care Act, the constructed nature of children’s sleep, and Pluto’s place among the planets.     The AHCA We discussed why Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare failed and the longer history of health care reform in the U.S. Children’s Sleep A recent Los Angeles Times oped wondered why parents […]

My Real Angel Investors: Reframing Startup Funding to Accelerate Your Wealth

Marcus Cadman, American Bingo Spirit

When I opened the Pregame Clubhouse last year, it was the biggest financial risk I’ve taken to date. It was self-funded, and rather than spend my time looking for investors, I chose to kick it old school and put all my focus into driving real revenue and creating a winning product. Like every entrepreneur I have ever worked with, our revenue grew more slowly than I initially projected. Convincing myself […]

Past Present Podcast: The LSAT, George W. Bush, and Corporal Punishment

George W. Bush

In this week’s episode of Past Present, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate Harvard’s decision to drop the LSAT, George W. Bush’s newfound popularity, and corporal punishment. The LSAT Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission. Natalia placed the LSAT in the history of standardized testing and recommended Harold Wechsler’s The Qualified Student and Jerome Karabel’s The Chosen for the history of selective college admissions. Neil noted […]

Past Present Podcast: Milo & CPAC, Professor Politics, and Momastery


In this week’s episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil debate CPAC’s decision to disinvite Milo Yiannopoulos, legislation to require political balance in university faculties, and Christian blogger Momastery’s announcement of her lesbian engagement. Milo & CPAC The conservative organization CPAC disinvited Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at its annual conference after tapes surfaced showing him celebrating sex with underage teens. Niki situated the controversy in a longer history of CPAC, an organization that […]

Semicolon; Beyond the Routine

Brooklyn Corner

As a person who suffers from depression and anxiety, I understand how important it is for me to stick to routines. There are days when I literally have to look at my morning routine and check each item just to know how to function. Make coffee. Take meds. Check calendar. Get dressed. In fact, whether or not I’m following my routines is usually an indication of my mental health. When […]

Past Present Podcast: International Adoption, Steve Bannon, and Safety-Pin Politics

Safety Pin

In this week’s episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of citizenship in international adoption, Steve Bannon’s appointment as Trump’s chief strategist, and the place of safety pins in sartorial politics. International Adoption We discussed the case of Adam Crasper, a South Korean adoptee who is being deported. Natalia recommended Arissa Oh’s To Save the Children of Korea for understanding the Cold War context of international adoption. She also commented on the […]