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The first minute and a half of most episodes seems to be aimed at first-time listeners, so my students usually fast-forward to the time listed for "Slow dialogue."

1,090 - Speaking About the Future

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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What will the world be like 100 years from now? Look into the future in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 2:50
Fast dialog: 14:48

Robert: These designs are really futuristic-looking.

Mara: I’m trying to be forward-thinking and imagine what the world will be like in 50 to 100 years.

Robert: You think that the world will be filled with space-age gadgets like these?

Mara: That’s the natural evolution of technology for the next 100 years, I think. We will continue to develop labor-saving devices, simpler ways of doing everyday tasks, and to improve artificial intelligence.

Robert: I’m not sure I want to live in a world that looks like that. It seems so cold and impersonal.

Mara: That’s only because most of us have a fear of the unknown.

Robert: That’s me in a nutshell. I’d rather return to a simpler way of life with as little innovation and technology as possible.

Mara: Like modern sanitation and transportation?

Robert: Well, I want to go back in time with some things, but keep my conveniences.

Mara: So you want to pick and choose? That shouldn’t be a problem when we figure out time travel.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

1,089 - Unconventional Marriages

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Who want to get married and live happily ever after? Learn how not to do it on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 12:38

Karam: You and Daniel have been dating for over a year. Are you guys thinking of tying the knot?

Raphaela: I’m not sure. Neither Daniel nor I believe in following conventions. We’re both open to an unconventional relationship.

Karam: What kind of unconventional relationship?

Raphaela: Many different kinds. We’re very open-minded.

Karam: Okay, for instance, would you guys be open to polygamy? Somehow I can’t picture either of you sharing your spouse with someone else.

Raphaela: Well, no, I don’t think that would be right for us. The more people involved in a relationship, the more difficult it becomes, I think.

Karam: Then you wouldn’t be open to an open marriage.

Raphaela: That’s probably not something I’d want.

Karam: The only other unconventional marriages I can think of are arranged marriages and May-December romances. Neither of those applies to you and Daniel. Am I missing something?

Raphaela: Well, we’d be open to living apart. We’re both very independent and would want to retain that independence.

Karam: Ah, then there’s my answer. I know what kind of unconventional marriage you’d have.

Raphaela: What?

Karam: A relationship without cohabitating? Dating.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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