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The Kvetching Professor

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Mark Sherman is a Renaissance soul, a guy with so many interests that he's never made it to the top in anything. Got a PhD in Psychology and taught it for 25 years, but always preferred being funny to anything else. As "The Kvetching Professor" he'll have you laughing, but learning at the same time.

Latest Episodes

Snippets of Fun

In this episode I first talk about how there are potentials for humor all around us constantly – in what we think, see, and hear. So for the professional in the comedy biz, his or her workweek is never done. Of course, for the rest of us, it’s fun to notice funny stuff and hear people laugh when we share it. Hope this episode gives you at least a chuckle or two, if not a full-fledged guffaw.

12 MIN2019 SEP 23
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Snippets of Fun

The Joys of Discontent

After a shout-out to Jordan Peterson for his book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos," I talk about my own proposal for a very different kind of self-help book. Mine will tell you how to be more discontent in life. For example, I urge readers not to do meditation or yoga. Why stress yourself out trying to be happy? It’s so much easier to be miserable.

11 MIN2019 SEP 16
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The Joys of Discontent

Saying So Long to Your Shrink

This episode starts off with some serious stuff about why therapy is so valuable. What I read in the second half of the episode is something I wrote more than 20 years ago, and while I wrote it with humor, it was way ahead of its time in its commentary on feminism, men, and traditional masculinity. Listen to find out what I wrote!

11 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Saying So Long to Your Shrink

Marital Minefields

Marriage is great. (I’ve been married a long time and I’m a big fan). But I recognize that it has its pitfalls – and the biggest is the stuff we say. In this episode you’ll learn how lines like “Who’s that?” can get you into big trouble. And how the word “honey” is sometimes not so sweet.

10 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Marital Minefields

Some Fun Thoughts

After a brief discussion of the meaning of “kvetching,” and how annoying optimistic people can be, the Kvetching Professor makes some humorous observations on life - including the basic principle of child-rearing, and also why we need professional apologizers.

9 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Some Fun Thoughts

Throwing My Hat in the Ring

No one I know is really happy with the choice of presidential candidates right now, so I feel it is my patriotic duty to announce my candidacy! In this episode I do that, and tell why I’d make the best choice in 2020. My campaign slogan will be “Isn’t it time we had a psychologist in the White House?”

11 MIN2019 AUG 19
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Throwing My Hat in the Ring

Becoming a Professor - Part 2

In Part 2, I talk more about becoming a college professor – including my realization of how humor is so important in the classroom. In fact, I point out some parallels between college teaching and stand-up comedy that help explain why some very smart people could never be college teachers. There’s this and much more that will be of interest to past and present college students, professors, and those thinking about a college career.

20 MIN2019 JUL 29
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Becoming a Professor - Part 2

Becoming a Professor

Why did I become a psychology professor? I started out loving math ... so what happened? In a humorous way, I tell you about what led me to choose the psychology field, and what my best and worst professors in college did that showed me how to be a good teacher. Every college student, teacher, or aspiring teacher should give this a listen!

19 MIN2019 JUL 22
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Becoming a Professor

Pet Peeves

Join the Kvetching Professor as he kvetches about "pet peeves" ... no, not talking about things your pets may do that bother you. These are things people do that he, and no doubt others, find annoying – starting with drivers who don’t use their directional signals, or put them on after they’ve already started making their turn.

18 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Pet Peeves

Beautiful Women - Part 2

Although this episode (like the previous one) focuses on the fascinating topic of female beauty, a highlight here is a lively performance of a folk rock song I wrote and recorded in 1977. And then there are 15 engaging minutes of me, as the Kvetching Professor, talking about the politics and reality of beauty.

19 MIN2019 JUL 8
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Beautiful Women - Part 2

Latest Episodes

Snippets of Fun

In this episode I first talk about how there are potentials for humor all around us constantly – in what we think, see, and hear. So for the professional in the comedy biz, his or her workweek is never done. Of course, for the rest of us, it’s fun to notice funny stuff and hear people laugh when we share it. Hope this episode gives you at least a chuckle or two, if not a full-fledged guffaw.

12 MIN2019 SEP 23
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Snippets of Fun

The Joys of Discontent

After a shout-out to Jordan Peterson for his book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos," I talk about my own proposal for a very different kind of self-help book. Mine will tell you how to be more discontent in life. For example, I urge readers not to do meditation or yoga. Why stress yourself out trying to be happy? It’s so much easier to be miserable.

11 MIN2019 SEP 16
Comments
The Joys of Discontent

Saying So Long to Your Shrink

This episode starts off with some serious stuff about why therapy is so valuable. What I read in the second half of the episode is something I wrote more than 20 years ago, and while I wrote it with humor, it was way ahead of its time in its commentary on feminism, men, and traditional masculinity. Listen to find out what I wrote!

11 MIN2019 SEP 9
Comments
Saying So Long to Your Shrink

Marital Minefields

Marriage is great. (I’ve been married a long time and I’m a big fan). But I recognize that it has its pitfalls – and the biggest is the stuff we say. In this episode you’ll learn how lines like “Who’s that?” can get you into big trouble. And how the word “honey” is sometimes not so sweet.

10 MIN2019 SEP 3
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Marital Minefields

Some Fun Thoughts

After a brief discussion of the meaning of “kvetching,” and how annoying optimistic people can be, the Kvetching Professor makes some humorous observations on life - including the basic principle of child-rearing, and also why we need professional apologizers.

9 MIN2019 AUG 26
Comments
Some Fun Thoughts

Throwing My Hat in the Ring

No one I know is really happy with the choice of presidential candidates right now, so I feel it is my patriotic duty to announce my candidacy! In this episode I do that, and tell why I’d make the best choice in 2020. My campaign slogan will be “Isn’t it time we had a psychologist in the White House?”

11 MIN2019 AUG 19
Comments
Throwing My Hat in the Ring

Becoming a Professor - Part 2

In Part 2, I talk more about becoming a college professor – including my realization of how humor is so important in the classroom. In fact, I point out some parallels between college teaching and stand-up comedy that help explain why some very smart people could never be college teachers. There’s this and much more that will be of interest to past and present college students, professors, and those thinking about a college career.

20 MIN2019 JUL 29
Comments
Becoming a Professor - Part 2

Becoming a Professor

Why did I become a psychology professor? I started out loving math ... so what happened? In a humorous way, I tell you about what led me to choose the psychology field, and what my best and worst professors in college did that showed me how to be a good teacher. Every college student, teacher, or aspiring teacher should give this a listen!

19 MIN2019 JUL 22
Comments
Becoming a Professor

Pet Peeves

Join the Kvetching Professor as he kvetches about "pet peeves" ... no, not talking about things your pets may do that bother you. These are things people do that he, and no doubt others, find annoying – starting with drivers who don’t use their directional signals, or put them on after they’ve already started making their turn.

18 MIN2019 JUL 15
Comments
Pet Peeves

Beautiful Women - Part 2

Although this episode (like the previous one) focuses on the fascinating topic of female beauty, a highlight here is a lively performance of a folk rock song I wrote and recorded in 1977. And then there are 15 engaging minutes of me, as the Kvetching Professor, talking about the politics and reality of beauty.

19 MIN2019 JUL 8
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Beautiful Women - Part 2

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