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About Stuff I Learned Yesterday

Stuff I Learned Yesterday is a podcast that aims to encourage, inspire, challenge, motivate, and improve the lives of those who listen to it. Stuff I Learned Yesterday is released each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each episode ranges from 5-15 minutes long and contain short stories based on real events and lessons learned by the hosts. Friday episodes are called the Friday Forum and are filled with inspirational and motivational thoughts submitted by Stuff I Learned Yesterday listeners. Submit your story for a Friday Forum episode by calling 304-837-2278, visiting our feedback page, or click on the Send a Voice Message button on the left hand side of this page.

SILY Episode 545 – Commonalities

SILY Episode 545 – Commonalities

December 5, 1973. Mom and Dad took their two-year-old son, me, to the hospital. Apparently I had become really, really ill after a few weeks of never finding enough water to drink, always going to the bathroom, and had gotten sick to my stomach and could not stop to the point of dehydration.Read More…

SILY Episode 544 – Learning and Re-Learning

SILY Episode 544 – Learning and Re-Learning

Welcome to Stuff I Learned Yesterday. My name is Emilee O’Leary, I have a collection of Alice in Wonderland t-shirts, and I believe that if you aren’t learning, you aren’t living. In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday, I am going to share a little bit on what I’ve learned this summer concerning re-learning lessons I thought I learned a long time ago. Read more…

SILY Episode 543- Earning It

SILY Episode 543- Earning It

Believe it or not, I’m not a big TV watcher. It’s true. But few things on TV have excited me as much as the first teaser trailer for Fringe. I thought it was exciting, mysterious, and jaw dropping (no pun intended). At work the next day I remember talking with some of my co-workers about how cool it was. So when one of those co-workers suggested that we do a podcast about the show, I loved the idea!

That co-worker was named Jason and he soon had our other co-worker, Courtney, on board. We all pitched in some money and got the best equipment we could afford, which wasn’t much. I also bought a bunch of random gear from a friend who had it sitting in his garage. I couldn’t wait to get started. Read More…

SILY Episode 542- Friday Flashback: The First Ever Friday Forum

SILY Episode 542- Friday Flashback: The First Ever Friday Forum

Today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday is a Friday Flashback. Friday Flashback episodes feature some of the most popular episodes of Stuff I Learned Yesterday. Today we go back to an episode that originally aired on March 28, 2014. It just so happens that it’s from Mark Des Cotes. Little did any of us know just how big a role Mark would play in the life of this podcast.Read More…

SILY Episode 541 – Retail-izing!

SILY Episode 541 – Retail-izing!

I got up in the middle of the night-at least what it felt like-and had myself at the store by 5:30 am. We all took our battle stations at our registers and the doors opened. The people had come, and they were savage.Read More…

SILY Episode 540 – Adapt And Play

SILY Episode 540 – Adapt And Play

Welcome to Stuff I Learned Yesterday! My name is Emilee O’Leary, this week I reached the big 3-0 milestone, and I believe if you aren’t learning, you aren’t living. In today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday I am sharing a story about how my dad adapted the game of baseball so that we could play one-on-one in the backyard and taught me something, in the process, about how adaptation can make things more accessible. Read more…

SILY Episode 539- Listening Means More Than Hearing

SILY Episode 539- Listening Means More Than Hearing

Images go into your long-term memory where as words live in your short-term memory. Words are processed by our short-term memory where we can retain about 7 bits of information at a time. This is why we have 7 digit phone numbers. Read More…

SILY Episode 538- To Err is Human

SILY Episode 538- To Err is Human

On the floor in front of us was a folding game board. Printed on the board was the layout of a mansion. Each room of the mansion was labeled with names like, Study, Kitchen, Conservatory, Billiard Room, and Lounge. Scattered around the mansion were various items with which one could commit murder. In fact, someone had been murdered. I, along with my wife Kari and our two kids, Addison and Colby, were each challenged with being the first to piece together the clues and determine where the murder was committed, which weapon was used, and who performed the diabolical act. Read More…

SILY Episode 537- Friday Flashback: Stalled in the Snow

SILY Episode 537- Friday Flashback: Stalled in the Snow

Today’s episode of Stuff I Learned Yesterday is a Friday Flashback. Friday Flashback episodes feature some of the most popular episodes of Stuff I Learned Yesterday. Today we go back to an episode that originally aired the week of Thanksgiving 2014. It’s an episode brought to us from Mark Des Cotes about a lesson he learned while stopped at a roadblock. It’s Stuff I Learned Yesterday Episode 183- Stalled in the Snow. Read More…

SILY Episode 536- Your Story Is Not Over

SILY Episode 536- Your Story Is Not Over

In the second act of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, Alexander and his wife Eliza have to overcome the estrangement of their marriage – and then the death of their 19-year old son in a duel.. The song “It’s Quiet Uptown” expresses their shock, their disbelief, their grief at the tragic loss by saying “There are moments that the words don’t reach, there is suffering too powerful to name… the moments when you’re in so deep, it feels easier to just swim down.”

For those of us whose lives have been touched by depression and suicide, they express the things that we feel very well indeed. Whether you are, like me, someone who suffers from depression or, like me, someone who has lost a friend or a loved one to suicide, there are sometimes just no words that can explain what we are feeling. Read More…

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