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Explore unexpected curiosities as Brett dives deep with a new guest and new interests each week.

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    • 4.9 • 48 Ratings

Explore unexpected curiosities as Brett dives deep with a new guest and new interests each week.

    Kids in the System with Jeff Severns Guntzel

    Kids in the System with Jeff Severns Guntzel

    This week's guest is Jeff Severns Guntzel an investigative researcher with 20 years of journalism and humanitarian work under his belt. He joins Brett to talk about the juvenile detention system, prison abolition, activism, good deeds through hardware hacking, and trips to the garbage dump.

    • 54 min
    Autism and Women with Betty and Colleen McCluskey

    Autism and Women with Betty and Colleen McCluskey

    This week’s guests are Betty and Colleen McCluskey. Betty is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin with a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Colleen McCluskey is a graduate student with Asperger’s Syndrome attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) and pursuing an English Master’s Degree. They join Brett to talk about autism in females, living with autism, and where research on Autism Spectrum Disorder currently stands.


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    Show Links

    * Psychological Resource Center, LLC

    * What is Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Top 3 Picks


    * Asperger’s Syndrome - A Guide for Parents and Professionals - Tony Attwood

    * Autism in Heels - The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum - Jennifer Cook O’Toole

    * Temple Grandin (2010)


    * I Think I Might Be Autistic: A Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Self-Discovery for Adults - Cynthia Kim

    * The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed - Temple Grandin

    * Neurowonderful: Ask An Autistic Video Series, Amythest Schaber

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    Brett: [00:00:00] [00:00:00]My guests this week are Betty and Colleen McCluskey. Betty, you were on the show back in 2017 and we talked about autism and autism spectrum disorder. And since that time autism has become part of my life. A loved one in my life is going through the we’re learning a lot about ASD right now.

    [00:00:27]So I definitely wanted to have you back and you brought your daughter Colleen with you. So I’m going to let you guys do your own intros buddy first just who you are and what you do.

    [00:00:40] Betty: [00:00:40] Betty McCloskey. And I’m a clinician in private practice in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. I have a master’s. Degree in guidance and counseling and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin since 1992, I think my journey into autism is personal and has turned professional. My husband, who is a [00:01:00] Rutgers PhD in earth, science was diagnosed with autism and our lovely daughter who’s joining us today.

    [00:01:06] Colleen is also diagnosed in third grade with autism. I’m sure my cat has autism. So self-defense first off, got me really into the autism community. And the more I learned about this amazing group of people, the more I spend more time in there, I’m a member of the board of directors, of the state of Wisconsin autism society.

    [00:01:30] I work with Wisconsin facets for mediated. IEP is for children who are underserved in public schools.

    • 54 min
    Restoration with Patrick Rhone

    Restoration with Patrick Rhone

    This week's guest is Patrick Rhone, writer, blogger, technology consultant, mental health advocate and home restoration enthusiast. He joins Brett to talk mental health, home restoration, and some of his favorite tools.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Stuff of Lore with Aaron Mahnke

    Stuff of Lore with Aaron Mahnke

    This week's guest is Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the Lore podcast and the small empire that's grown up around it. He joins Brett to talk about Lore, podcasting, and how life can change when you least expect it.

    • 46 min
    A Freewheeling Conversation with Tris Hussey

    A Freewheeling Conversation with Tris Hussey

    This week's guest is Tris Hussey, a freelance content marketer. He joins Brett for a wide-ranging discussion about writing, mind mapping, software tools, and Cadbury Cream Eggs.

    • 56 min
    Just Build Things with Tiffany White

    Just Build Things with Tiffany White

    This week's guest is Tiffany White, an independent software developer. She joins Brett to talk about getting started in a tech career, some indie filmmaking, and some classy Top 3 Picks.

    • 35 min

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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Brett is great at asking interesting questions instead of just getting the same origin story anybody else could. The show was sadly underpromoted on the old network, so I was late to the party, but I'm glad I showed up.

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Something for Anyone, ‘cause Brett knows Everyone

If you can’t find at least one guest on this show that piques your interest buy me bonestorm or go to hell!

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An essential subscription

Systematic was my first podcast subscription back when it was on 5by5.

I came for the Mac nerdery and stayed for the heartwarming humanity. Brett is a refreshing open book about living with mental illness while pursuing a life of his own authorship since leaving Engadget. He's genuinely curious and skillful at interviewing a brilliant, diverse, and hilarious guest list.

I'm also proud to say listening to this show has cost me a small fortune in amazing software and gadget recommendations I would never have discovered that have made my digital life way easier.

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