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Childhood Ruined is a weekly podcast hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D., and a soon-to-be, certified school counselor, Chris Benefield, M.A. As two nerds on the north side of age 40, Chris and Mike talk about the things that made childhood in the 80s and 90s great - and how hobbies have changed over time.

Childhood Ruined Michael Mallen

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Childhood Ruined is a weekly podcast hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D., and a soon-to-be, certified school counselor, Chris Benefield, M.A. As two nerds on the north side of age 40, Chris and Mike talk about the things that made childhood in the 80s and 90s great - and how hobbies have changed over time.

    Radio Free Coronavirus - Look Out for the Meteor!

    Radio Free Coronavirus - Look Out for the Meteor!

    Your hosts talk about a challenging month of civil unrest in the Twin Cities and beyond. They acknowledge their white privilege while exploring systematic injustice in law enforcement. Michael shares his perspective as the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, and discusses the culture of law enforcement and "getting home to see your family." Chris talks about his friends in communities of color and how difficult it has been for them - and how he's tried to listen and find a way to be helpful. We review efforts to cope with COVID restrictions including video games, social-distanced group hangs, and plamping. Yes, plamping! We discuss the month of June, which marks anniversaries of different family members lost to suicide. We spend some time remembering Al and Mia, and close by offering some suggestions on how to take care of ourselves and each other.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Radio Free Coronavirus: Introducing Turd Ferguson

    Radio Free Coronavirus: Introducing Turd Ferguson

    Your hosts are back with another round of commentary on how to survive social distancing. Chris talks about his efforts to start a band, Turd Ferguson, and organize a virtual tabletop for his students to safely game. Michael discusses the challenges of going for a hike and being out in public as people begin to get back to "normal" activities. Both explore the anxiety that can arise from attempting to cultivate an audience for an activity that should likely be - first and foremost - a personal interest and hobby. If anyone knows of a fiddle player looking for work, then contact Chris!

    • 55 min
    Radio Free Coronavirus: LIBERATE!

    Radio Free Coronavirus: LIBERATE!

    Your hosts gather on a Friday night to talk about the week that was and discuss how to stay positive when a torrent of news and idiocy tries to drown you. Chris talks about his experiments with the House Party app, which seems to provide a unique online social experience compared to Zoom. The hosts discuss a variety of entertainment options ranging from Final Fantasy VII Remake to online performances to an array of creative endeavors by folks including the SNL From Home effort. Mainly, we're just trying to ride this out like everyone else!

    • 58 min
    Radio Free Coronavirus: Exploration Can Lead to Potions or Dead Bodies

    Radio Free Coronavirus: Exploration Can Lead to Potions or Dead Bodies

    Your hosts are joined by fabled guest, Siri, as she describes her array of professional and hobby skills. We discuss parenting during the coronavirus and explore what we'd like to incorporate into the new lifestyle whenever the world "returns to normal." We celebrate the rare situation of playing the same videogame at the same time - Final Fantasy VII Remake. We talk about early impressions of the game and wrestling with the real-time/turn-based combat system. We discuss the objectification of Tifa and exploitation of Barrett, and Michael learns for the first time that FF7R doesn't contain the entire FFVII experience. Siri shares a story that deserves some Stand By Me music and we close with a review of Be Kind, Rewind offerings to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Radio Free Coronavirus: Rocks & Hard Places

    Radio Free Coronavirus: Rocks & Hard Places

    Your hosts talk about their privileged efforts to manage positive self-care as the weeks of social isolation continue. They offer strategies for dealing with the magnitude of change ranging from practicing musical instruments to painting rocks. Michael provides a lukewarm review for Epic Tavern, an early-access game that seems to offer a lot of potential. Both hosts talk about the goals they'd like to accomplish - if only they had the talent to pull them off!

    • 46 min
    Radio Free Coronavirus: Perfect Albums

    Radio Free Coronavirus: Perfect Albums

    Your hosts provide brief updates on the status of their quarantine efforts and launch into a new task of listing "perfect albums." The instructions were to name an album that is "perfect" in the sense that it is easy to listen to in its entirety without a need to skip any songs. We review a few listener suggestions before getting into our lists. We agree on 'Appetite For Destruction' by Guns N' Roses and otherwise provide non-obvious suggestions to the audience. We encourage others to let us know what album you consider perfect!

    • 39 min

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Refreshing, interesting.

Smart funny guys talking about things they like. Great guests. Keep it up.

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