In episode six, we talked to our contributor (and certified Investment Adviser Representative) Elena Forsythe about millennial spending habits. We examine the claim that millennials spend too much money on avocado toast, discuss what it takes to save up enough money for a house, and talk about some other demographic trends that have the millennial generation aging in a different way than previous generations.
In episode 5, we sit down with Carly Hubbard, owner and manager of Rough Draft, a Michigan coffeehouse and cocktail bar. We talk about the stresses of owning and operating a restaurant, the importance of being brave enough to leave your comfort zone, the food culture of Michigan, and the unfortunate ubiquity of the fern in latte art. Join the conversation with us on Twitter or Instagram!
In this episode, we talk with contributor Miriel Reneau about the joys and challenges of parenting, especially when one of your children has a genetic condition with an uncertain prognosis. Miriel shares some great insights on marriage, faith, and family life as she and her husband have helped their daughter through a challenging last year. It's a great conversation and definitely worth a listen--let us know your thoughts on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!
In the first roundtable episode of season six, we sit down with Ishan Nath and Kevin Beauchemin to discuss interesting articles we've collected from around the web. In the course of our conversation, we dissect the 2016 election (and broader voter behavior), discuss the importance of political norms in ancient Rome, and talk about the prevalence of anxiety in America and how we can calm our nerves (hint: it's not the fidget spinner).
The articles we discuss include:
- "The mystery of the 2016 election was its normalcy" by Ezra Klein
- "Liberal-Conservative Divide -- Americans Self-Segregate Culturally" by David French
- "Roman Fever" by Rob Goodman
- "Prozac Nation is Now the United States of Xanax" by Alex Williams
- "The Nature Fix: The Three-Day Effect" by Florence Williams
In episode 2 of season 6, we sit down with Brian Brown, principal and founder of Narrator, author and editor at Humane Pursuits, and founder of the Anselm Society, to discuss the importance of cultivating imagination through storytelling and the arts. Brian also shares his favorite cocktail recipe and his top three book picks. But first we have a chat about our (joint) contemporary preoccupations!
In the first episode (!) of our sixth season, we sit down with longtime contributors Jordan and Catherine Short to talk about personality typing, especially through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram. Along the way, we learn that Zac is terrible at guessing personality types, Jordan has been blessed with an uncanny ability to intuit the birth order of strangers, Catherine has something in common with both Judge Judy and Sonia Sotomayor, and Sally is basically Hermione Granger. We also talk about shows and movies that we're looking forward to watching this summer. It's a lot of fun and a great start to a new season of Vernacular!
In the final installment of season 5, we discuss the last selection in the Vernacular Book Club: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande. As the title implies, Gawande's book draws from his experience as a clinician and researcher to wrestle with some of the weightest questions of life: what does it mean to live well? What is it to die? How do we balance our twin desires to live life to the fullest and to the longest? Join us for a great discussion on these questions and more, and join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, or in the comments below!
When Emily Esfahani Smith joined us in Season 2, she gave us a sneak preview of the book that she was working on, and how she believed that finding meaning in your life came down to four "pillars": belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence. In episode 4 of season 5, we continue the Vernacular Book Club with a discussion of Emily's finished work, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Susan Cain, author of Quiet (our first book club title), calls Emily's book "a life-transforming experience." We dive a little bit more into this "pillars" framework, exploring the merits of the approach and discussing whether or not it is the best way to conceive of meaning. Join us for a discussion that involves a lot of the fun anecdotes in Emily's book, and join the conversation here, here, here, or in the comments! Check out our blog for extra content.