Adult Education

Adult Education

As we get older our interest in learning starts to slow. Live gets in the way and educating ourselves becomes less important. My name is Jeff St. Pierre and I fell into that trap. Now I'm craving information. Join me for Adult Education, a podcast that aims to bring conversations with experts in all different fields so we can learn a little something new.

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June 23, 2022 15 min

When the summer starts to roll around my brain shifts into fiction mode. I like to grab a good novel, sit outside and enjoy the weather. I'll save the hard non-fiction for when I'm trapped inside during the fall and winter.

Today I'm speaking with horror/suspense author Riley Sager. He's the author of books like 'The Final Girls,' 'Survive The Night,' and the book we're talking about, 'The ...

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Jenny Blake is one of my favorite people on the planet. Not only does she have a brilliant mind but she's a pleasure to speak with. Jenny and I connected back in 2011 when she published her first book, 'Life After College,' and we've stayed in contact over the years through her other project and books, including 'Pivot' and now her new release 'Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business.'

Je...

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June 1, 2022 42 min

If you follow country music at all, or music in general, you probably know of the struggles that female artists have had in the country music world. It's been a highly publicized issue that's received a lot of press. Journalist and author Marissa R Moss tackles this subject in her new book 'Her Country: How The Women of Country Music Became The Success Story They Were Never Supposed To Be.'

As you can tell from the...

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May 20, 2022 22 min

My accidental two part series with the creators/writers for How I Met Your Mother continues with episode 93. In this episode of Adult Education I'm chatting with HIMYM co-creator Carter Bays. I had to restrain myself from spending our entire allotted time talking about the show. We did chat about one episode, though. I just had to discuss 'Robin Sparkles 3'. For me that is still the funniest episode of any TV show ...

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Stephen Lloyd is a famed TV writer having written (and produced) for hit shows like How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family. His credits go far beyond that, and now he's trying his hand at something different.

Stephen has just published his first novel, 'Friend of the Devil.' I really enjoyed this book. Specifically Stephen's writing style. There's no waiting around for things to get going. The action picks ...

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May 13, 2022 14 min

Author Hernan Diaz has just published one of the most creative books I've ever encountered. It's really four books in one. 'Trust' tackles the idea of narrative and how stories are formed over time.

'Trust' is made up of four parts. You have the novel within the novel, an unfinished manuscript, a memoir and a diary. All four written by different people but all about the same family. And each gives a di...

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I can't say enough about this conversation. I've been thinking about it and bragging about it to people since it happened. Dr. Dana Suskind is such a wealth of knowledge and information. Her book, 'Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child's Potential, Fulfilling Society's Promise' has inspired and lit a fire in me.

Dr. Suskind discusses how the best way to help our children is to make better investments in p...

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I (try) to read a lot. Most of the time I'm reading non-fiction books trying to learn something new. But once the Spring hits I start shifting more into fiction novels. I love sitting outside with a good book in my hands.

I heard about Lauren McBrayer's debut adult novel 'Like A House On Fire' and I knew I had to check it out. I'm so glad I did. I found that the story has inspired so many conversations abo...

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May 4, 2022 26 min

Have you ever wondered if you could survive by living off the land? Admit it. You've been sitting on your couch with a bowl of popcorn watching The Walking Dead and you've had that thought. You've seen these folks surviving without modern conveniences and said to your partner, "I could do that. It doesn't look that hard." Tamar Haspel is here to tell you that it is that hard, but it's not impossible...

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The long running narrative for teenagers is that they don't need sleep. They're invincible, right? Wrong. New research has found that tweens and teens go through a sort of regression and really need about as much sleep as a toddler.

But that's not how we treat them. High schools start super early in the morning, teachers still give hours of homework, and after school sports/programs are so much more important for c...

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This conversation was a real treat. I only wish I had more time with her. I was able to catch up with Camila Alves McConaughey. Yes, that Camila Alves McConaughey. We discussed her new book called 'Just Try One Bite' that aims to inspire children to try foods, like vegetables, that they otherwise would ignore and fight against. It's a very well done book that is co-written by Adam Mansbach (famous for his 'Go T...

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This week's episode features a buzzword that you may have seen floating around on social media. We're talking about Toxic Positivity. It's become a very common thing as of late and represents this idea where everything is happy and perfect. You've all seen the memes and hashtags online that feature phrases like 'Good Vibes Only' and 'Life Is Good.' People take positivity to such a point where the...

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March 30, 2022 33 min

Add this one to my list of favorite guests to have on the show. Cy Wakeman is a NY Times Bestselling Author and leadership consultant. This was a great conversation. I find I relate to her on so many levels and I really understand what she's trying to get out there.

Her new book, 'Life's Messy, Live Happy: Things Don't Have To Be Perfect For You To Be Content' is out now. The basic premise is urging us to u...

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Have you ever watched a movie or read a comic with a dastardly supervillain plot to take over the world and thought, "I wonder if that could actually happen"? Well, Ryan North is here to answer that question for you. You might be surprised to know that, for the right price, the answer is yes!

Ryan is a longtime comics writer and a best selling author. He's looking at some of the classic world domination plans and tryi...

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The term 'critical thinking' has been weaponized, specifically over the last couple of years. People use the phrase to explain their beliefs in conspiracy theories and other misinformation. It's often used by politicians and media outlets as they try to push false information to their constituents. It's a shame really.

Critical thinking is such an important tool for someone to have. I hate that the term has been ...

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February 25, 2022 42 min

I can't say enough good things about Laci Kaye Booth. There is something so special, and even magical, about her voice. It just hits me in way that I can't describe. And that's what I'm looking for in music. People to think outside the box always catch my ear better than those just trying to follow suit with everything else.

Laci finished top 5 on Season 17 of American Idol and then made her way to Nashville wher...

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Raising kids these days is tough. I think about my own experience as a child and it's like I grew up in the dark ages compared to what kids are like today. I was still writing by hand all of my essays for class through most of high school. That only changed when we finally got a computer at home. Now kids are connected 24/7. And it's not only for social purposes. Education is done online and so are many extracurricular...

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February 16, 2022 29 min

I don't even know where to being with Daniel Pink. He's at the top of my Mt. Rushmore of people I wanted to interview. It gave me such pleasure to finally be able to speak with him. I have all of his books on my bookshelf at home. The way Dan's mind works is fascinating to me.

In this conversation we're talking about his latest book, 'The Power Of Regret: how Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.' How many ...

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February 9, 2022 30 min

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you're relaxing and think you have something else you should be doing? That's called productivity guilt. We've conditioned ourselves to believe that we should be filling up every second of the day with things that need to get done. Is that really what life is all about?

Madeleine Dore is an Australian writer, interviewer, and I'd call her a researcher a...

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February 4, 2022 48 min

I had the pleasure of sitting down with country artist Ray Fulcher. He's got such a cool story to tell. Ray may be a new artist for a lot of people but he's been working in Nashville for almost a decade now. Even if you're not familiar with his name, you are certainly aware of some of his songs. Ray is a writer on 17 of Luke Combs' songs, 4 of which went to number 1 on the country charts. Songs like 'Lovin&...

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