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Episode 31

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27th Sep 2019

11:58pm

Ep 31: Why We Need to Be Better At Being Authentic

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Recently, I posted an update on Facebook about school picture days, and how they encourage false narratives when it comes to our kids.

The thinking was, we push back online when it comes to fake influencers and buying likes on social media, who try and sell us the perfect life that they lead, even when it's anything but.

Yet for our kids, when it comes to the annual picture day at school, we prettify our kids, and tell them they need to be their "best self", so to speak, otherwise the pictures will be ruined.

Is that truly the message and lesson we want to be giving?

In this week's episode, I talk about why we need to be better, and more consistent, when it comes to being authentic in life.

Topics on the menu include

  • How we're adding unnecessary pressure on our kids
  • How our disappointment over something little can be huge for our kids
  • Why we need to realize that smarter does not mean better
  • How strangers at a Gay Pride parade made kids feel loved again

Settle back for a discussion on whether the happiness we're seeking for our kids is actually for them or more about ourselves, and why we need to make sure it's for the right reasons.

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Episode 30

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15th Jun 2019

7:00pm

Ep 30: Why We Need to Let Kids Be Kids

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As parents, we can add pressure to the lives of our kids without realizing it. Instead of enjoying life as a kid, they're worrying about approval from us instead, and it's harming their growth.

By adding this pressure, we're setting them up to fail, and potentially leading to deeper issues in later life, including mental health and behavioral problems. In short, we're failing our kids, and we need to start asking why this is the case, and how can we fix it.

In this week's show, I chat about why we need to recognize the signs of our kids feeling pressure, and how we can redress this before it's too late.

Topics on the menu include

  • How we're adding unnecessary pressure on our kids
  • How our disappointment over something little can be huge for our kids
  • Why we need to realize that smarter does not mean better
  • How strangers at a Gay Pride parade made kids feel loved again

Settle back for a discussion on whether the happiness we're seeking for our kids is actually for them or more about ourselves, and why we need to make sure it's for the right reasons.

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Episode 29

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8th Jun 2019

9:30pm

Ep 29: Uber, the NFL, and Convenience Over Ethics

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Over the years, Uber and the NFL have come under scrutiny for their unethical practices. From misogynistic and threatening behaviour to women, to abusing employees and more, both companies have suffered major PR scandals.

And yet we continue to support them. Why? In this week's show, I dig into this mindset of convenience over ethics.

Topics on the menu include

  • How Uber executives tried to silence female journalists
  • How the Uber CEO abused a driver who questioned him about the falling opportunities for drivers
  • How the NFL placed smoking weed as a higher crime than battering your partner
  • How the cult of celebrity seems to put the spotlight on the victim as opposed to the accused

Settle back for a discussion on why we seem vociferous in our condemnation of these acts, and yet also quick to forgive, either through convenience or because it's game time.

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Episode 28

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25th May 2019

7:00pm

Ep 28: Why We Need to Be The Connected

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What if, regardless of our religious, cultural, and political beliefs, we had that one single thing in common that connects us? And, if we did have that connection, we could use that as a starting block to find other things we have in common and, by doing so, realize we’re not that different after all?

That's the raison d'etre behind my new project, Be The Connected. We’re feeling more alone than ever—despite the promise of social media to connect us. We want to feel more connected to others; to rediscover the joy of the internet.

That's where Be The Connected comes in. Through the exploration of common ground with others, and finding value in our differences, there will be conversations and articles discussing what truly matters to us, without any political or religious interference.

The world doesn’t need to be as divided as it is. We don’t need to be as divided as we are. We can be so much more than the sum of our “differences”. When it comes to connection, changing mindsets, and being a positive influence on the world, we’re the decision-makers. Let’s not waste that privilege.

Topics on the menu include:

  • Why I started Be the Connected
  • How we can use the project to change the world and ourselves
  • What to expect from Be the Connected
  • How you can be part of it

Settle back for a discussion about making a positive, lasting impact on this planet, and how we can use a simple connection to not only change the world, but change the perception of those in it.

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Episode 27

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18th May 2019

7:00pm

Abortion Rights - The War on Women Needs to Stop

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There's currently a war on women being waged in the US, with abortion rights being the battlefield.

In episode 27 of Life Through a Dram, I talk about why this war has no place in the 21st century, and why we need to support women with every ounce of strength we have.

Topics on the menu include:

  • The abortion bills that Ohio, Alabama, and Michigan are looking to bring into law
  • The punishment that women will receive should they have an abortion
  • How rapists have more rights than the women they rape
  • Why we need to take a stand now and make this an issue we rise against

Settle back for a discussion about taking a step back into the dark ages, why abortion should not be a decision made by anyone but the woman involved, and why we need to make this an issue we all rally against.

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About the Podcast

Life Through a Dram
Life Through a Dram sees Danny Brown's take on life, being a better person, and appreciating the here and now, all accompanied by a dram of fine single malt whisky.

With a relaxed take and an eye for the good and the inspiring, Danny shares stories and personal examples of people making a difference in the world, as well as how you can make that difference too.

Life Through a Dram is the perfect way to either start your week, or end it.
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Danny Brown

I’m father to two amazing children who make me laugh, cry, hope, fear, anticipate, and cherish every single day. I’m husband to an awesome wife who supports me in more ways than she can ever know, and who I could never repay if I lived a thousand years. When not podcasting, you can find me in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, living a quiet life surrounded by trees, lakes, and wildlife, taking inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us.