In this storytelling-heavy episode, Madison joins Ben to reminisce about the days of their youth. The hosts compare their experiences as children and reflect upon how these events have impacted their lives. Ben and Madison grew up in very different households, yet they share some common personality traits… aside from being “birthday twins!” Madison has minimal experience and interest in video games, but she still has thought provoking questions for Ben about how his hobby shaped him as a person. As an added bonus, we get to hear a genuine laugh from Madison when she is educated about the “hot girl walk.”
00:00:24 - Madison doesn’t get the Ice Cube song reference… illustrating Ben’s old nickname 00:01:53 - Madison’s interest in the word childhood… compare and contrast… stability 00:04:30 - Looking forward to culture shock, going on trips solo, and exploring new places 00:07:00 - Madison’s siblings, going to the schools where parents taught, and transitioning 00:09:45 - Apologizing for transgressions, Madison’s musical forte, and the impact of music 00:12:52 - Rock music, Neil Diamond, Country Music, and innocence in childhood 00:15:41 - “Questions are free,” Madison’s childhood bedroom, and checkerboard and hands 00:19:03 - Etymology of the word childhood, Ben thinks of creativity, and oldest memories 00:22:11 - Stanley the potbelly pig, and memories of grandparents and great grandparents 00:24:01 - The birthday twins discuss the question, “does childhood end at the age of 18?” 00:27:56 - Ben remembers the Indiana dunes, how parents meet, and picking your battles 00:32:02 - The number 3, dealing with family grief, and “fool me once…” 00:34:27 - How divorce impacted Ben’s childhood, independence, and safety in numbers 00:37:10 - Allowing children to experience independence, a second childhood, and sneezing 00:38:55 - Pinball idiosyncrasies, no interest in video games, and the latchkey kid 00:44:18 - Learning social skills in a mall, and differences in how we develop independence 00:48:37 - Work ethics, paper routes, starting fires in Girl Scouts, and asking for money 00:51:25 - Madison asks Ben some questions, video game stigmas, and entertainment 00:54:25 - Ben talks about going to PAX, pinball back glass art, and Madison loves museums 00:56:47 - Nightly routine, “hot girl walk,” Madison laughs for 7 seconds, and walking dates 00:58:13 - Playing soccer in the hallway and being a kid in your own home 01:03:36 - Differences in the length of time gamers play consecutively, and smaller experiences 01:07:07 - Taking parts of your childhood into the future, differences, and similarities 01:11:37 - Stay tuned for forthcoming childhood episodes from Ben and Madison?
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