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With the postponed 2020 Olympics finally opening in Tokyo, we decided to take a look at the 2016 documentary about eight-time Olympic Gold medal Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt.

The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at (some of) his training and preparation, as well as (some of) his life outside …

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July 13, 2021

50% Facts July Q&A

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As the time nears for the pandemic-postponed Olympic Games to commence in Japan, we dive into the issue of the rules around international competitions. Should smoking pot get you suspended when athletes using hormones are allowed to …

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The 2021 documentary, WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn, presents what seems like an age-old story. A “charismatic” leader paints a rosy picture of a money-making plan that seemingly can’t fail, and people – even the on…

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The 2021 Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, is a bit of a Trojan horse. It’s (so very) earnestly concerned with the many disconnected threats to life in Earth’s oceans, but it ends up in a far different place with a far different message. Is this slickly produced -- and highly-rated – film just a tra…

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June 16, 2021

50% Facts June Q&A

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We all see instances of what many people categorize as “fat-shaming” both in conversation and on social media. What’s the real intent of these comments? Is it meant to hurt or help? Do people ever make permanent, positive behavioral changes because they have been shamed? And are fit people similar …

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0:00 Pillows, sleep, and cancel culture
17:02 Super Size Me review and reaction

The 2004 Morgan Spurlock documentary, “Super Size Me” posited that fast food – and a sedentary lifestyle – caused America’s growing obesity epidemic. Spurlock spent 30 days eating food from McDonald’s three meals a day…

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Nick Scopoletti returns to the show --this time with fellow standup Beau McDowell, and their life coach, retired comic Lisa Lampanelli. Their podcast “Losers with a Dream” features conversations between Nick and Beau about their struggles toward comedy success…and just becoming better people. Then,…

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Why does every diet have to be so complicated. Mike has a simple alternative.

Catch the rest of the conversation in the latest episode of 50% Facts:
How much of success is just showing up? | May Q&A

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We shifted the schedule around a little in anticipation of some special guests for next week’s show. This week, we address some comments and questions from social media.

Is there a particular way that we’re totally wrong for our jobs?

What was the easiest part of the project of building our gym…

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May 18, 2021

50% Facts May Q&A

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This month’s media review and react episode is centered on the documentary “Icarus.” Dean Saddoris joins us to discuss this Oscar-winning 2017 documentary. This episode definitely contains spoilers.

Filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel made himself a guinea pig to learn if steroids would dramaticall…

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When we were choosing equipment for Third Street Barbell, we knew we wanted a belt squat and we were sure that the Rogue Rhino was the one we wanted. We've used all of them, and this one has always been our favorite. Why? We liked the relative accuracy of loading, the position of the safety handles…

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April’s Q and A episode kicks off with an unplanned behind-the-scenes discussion where we explore the question of sponsored athletes/ambassadors. What do brands like ours really expect to get from sponsoring athletes? How much influence do they really have and how would you measure it? What the dif…

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April 27, 2021

50% Facts April Q&A

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Bart Kwan is a man with a HUGE platform, so his thoughts on creativity, culture, and social media influence are well…influential. In our second episode with Bart, we broke down these issues, as well as some related questions:

• Is everyone born creative?
• Does high-quality production undercut au…

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