69 episodes

Why do we exist? What are we supposed to do while we’re here? What is the nature of reality and what is the Self? How to Tickle Yourself is a podcast about the miracle of existence. It’s about spirituality, self-realization, and most of all - the joy of being a seeker. It’s where self-help meets philosophy, where we use the spark of inquiry to light your mind on fire. Learn how to tickle yourself, and you will discover your true purpose. And once you find that, the rest will take care of itself.
Season 1 is carved into 16 episodes, crafted to fit together like a 16-piece puzzle. We use controversy, storytelling, word origins, lyrics, writing, and ancient wisdom to explore each weekly topic. There’s even an actual puzzle to solve while you contemplate the most difficult puzzles of all, the puzzles of reality and the self. Join us each week as we put one more piece of the puzzle in place. Brought to you by Storic Media, How to Tickle Yourself was created and is hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter, with original theme music by the legendary Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson of the Sidemen with Steve Marriner on bass and drums, and in the mixing room.

How To Tickle Yourself Podcast How To Tickle Yourself

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

Why do we exist? What are we supposed to do while we’re here? What is the nature of reality and what is the Self? How to Tickle Yourself is a podcast about the miracle of existence. It’s about spirituality, self-realization, and most of all - the joy of being a seeker. It’s where self-help meets philosophy, where we use the spark of inquiry to light your mind on fire. Learn how to tickle yourself, and you will discover your true purpose. And once you find that, the rest will take care of itself.
Season 1 is carved into 16 episodes, crafted to fit together like a 16-piece puzzle. We use controversy, storytelling, word origins, lyrics, writing, and ancient wisdom to explore each weekly topic. There’s even an actual puzzle to solve while you contemplate the most difficult puzzles of all, the puzzles of reality and the self. Join us each week as we put one more piece of the puzzle in place. Brought to you by Storic Media, How to Tickle Yourself was created and is hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter, with original theme music by the legendary Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson of the Sidemen with Steve Marriner on bass and drums, and in the mixing room.

    Retirement and the Present Moment

    Retirement and the Present Moment

    Steve Lopez is a longtime columnist for the Los Angeles Times. A four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, he’s checked off a lot of boxes in his nearly fifty-year career. At 67 years of age, Steve has been pondering the question of retirement. In search of an answer, Steve talked to dozens of people about their own retirement-related decisions and found that there are about as many answers to the question as there are people. He documents this experience with his new book Independence Day: What I Learned About Retirement, from Some Who’ve Done It and Some Who Never Will. Duff and Matt speak with Steve about how, in his search for answers, he came to more fully appreciate living in the present moment.

    • 44 min
    Tickle Time with Joey Moss

    Tickle Time with Joey Moss

    Duff McDonald and Joey Moss discuss the special things in life that bring them one step closer to the tickle of existence.

    • 32 min
    Peter Shapiro and the Magic of Live Music

    Peter Shapiro and the Magic of Live Music

    Great live music can tickle the soul. To find out how and why, this week Duff and Matt speak with Peter Shapiro, legendary concert promoter and author of The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me About Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic.

    • 51 min
    Peace of Mind with Luke Froude

    Peace of Mind with Luke Froude

    What are some steps we can take to find happiness and peace of mind. This week, friend of the podcast Luke Froude guest hosts the podcast to interview the tickle master himself, Duff McDonald.

    • 39 min
    Consciousness and Kombucha: Hannah Crum

    Consciousness and Kombucha: Hannah Crum

    This week Matt and Duff talk with Hannah Crum about everything Kombucha. People love this fermented, lightly effervescent, tea drink. In The Big Book of Kombucha, Crum puts it this way: ​​“Something magical often happens when kombucha comes into people’s lives. That moment of Kombucha Kismet is often a bright dividing line between a life ruled by inertia and a path of conscious choice.”

    • 47 min
    Consciousness and Culture: David Robertson

    Consciousness and Culture: David Robertson

    This week Duff and Matt speak with David Robertson, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry. David is also a member of the Cherokee Nation, and he recently began exploring that heritage in earnest. His father, James Robertson, was a great Cherokee innovator himself, inventing the language computers use to divide. According to David, Cherokee Community Values are actually a thoughtful and nuanced language for talking about how we should treat each other, not just in business, but in life. If we want to innovate well we need to understand the values, the social conventions and the way people interact in the communities of which we are a part.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

November04 ,

Yes yes yes!

One of my favorite podcasts to listen to in the morning. I love the back and forth between Duff and Matt. Also the guests make this podcast extra dynamic and fun. Excited for season 2!

ShibaLaWoof ,

Enjoyable

Love listening to this after work. A great way to unwind and think on my day and future.

WestTide92 ,

Love this podcast

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and think Duff is great. So glad to have found this series.

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