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Tune in weekly to Nick’s Far Middle Podcast. Episodes 1-14 walk through Nick’s thoughts on his book, Precipice, chapter by chapter. Hear his perspective on how the book came to be, expanded thoughts on key topics in the book, the interconnectivity of themes, and how many of the troubling trends in Precipice dominate life today.Subsequent episodes of the Far Middle cover a range of timely and interesting topics spanning business, energy, sports, culture, politics, and policy. Each installment of the Far Middle offers an entertaining stroll through a variety of subjects that Nick ties together in a common theme at episode’s end. Never predictable, but always engaging, the Far Middle is a must-listen for those looking for straight talk in a world of facade.

Bridgers vs. Catalysts

Bridgers vs. Catalysts

The Far Middle episode 72 honors the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Now 50 years since the Dolphins achieved their perfect 17-0 ...
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Intervention Versus Intervention

Intervention Versus Intervention

The Far Middle episode 71 is dedicated to a sports trio, spanning from the diamond to the gridiron to the ...
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Compromised Academia and Media Standards

Compromised Academia and Media Standards

The Far Middle episode 70 is dedicated to a pair of NFL defensive greats: Hall of Famers Ernie Stautner and ...
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Perpetual Change

Perpetual Change

The Far Middle episode 69 celebrates the 69-win NBA season by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, a record for victories ...
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Let’s Ride the Lightning

Let’s Ride the Lightning

The Far Middle episode 68 is dedicated to the great NHL right winger Jaromir Jagr—member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 1991 ...
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Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

The Far Middle episode 67 is dedicated to two epic 1967 sports performances. These include NASCAR’s Richard Petty and his 27-win season that ...
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The Inflation Equation and Twisted Economic Logic

The Inflation Equation and Twisted Economic Logic

The Far Middle episode 66 is dedicated to Pittsburgh Penguins’ icon Mario Lemieux, “one of easiest decisions in the history ...
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Answering Constant Listeners’ Questions

Answering Constant Listeners’ Questions

The Far Middle episode 65 commemorates the 65 World Series games that Mickey Mantle played in, accumulating numerous records. Among ...
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Current Expectations on the Future Determine the Future

Current Expectations on the Future Determine the Future

The Far Middle episode 64 features a unique dedication, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness. While the tournament ...
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Buckle Up Your Chinstraps

Buckle Up Your Chinstraps

Far Middle episode 63 features a co-dedication to two NFL hall-of-fame number 63’s: the Oakland Raiders’ Gene Upshaw and Kansas ...
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Global Rivals

Global Rivals

The Far Middle episode 62 is dedicated Steph Curry and his career-high 62-point game, which took place on January 3, 2021, against ...
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The Casual Hum of the Heartland

The Casual Hum of the Heartland

The Far Middle episode 61 is dedicated to Roger Maris and his 61 home runs in 1961 to break Babe ...
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Compromising Standardization and Improved Transparency

Compromising Standardization and Improved Transparency

Episode 60 of The Far Middle goes to the 1960 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Nick looks back on the 1960 Fall Classic ...
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Markets and Competition Work

Markets and Competition Work

Episode 59 of The Far Middle continues the streak of NFL linebacker dedications, with this installment commemorating one of the ...
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Hypocrisy: Running Like the Bulls in Pamplona

Hypocrisy: Running Like the Bulls in Pamplona

Episode 58 of The Far Middle is dedicated to the “poster child of the middle linebacker,” four-time Super Bowl champ Jack Lambert ...
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Studies Show and Experts Agree

Studies Show and Experts Agree

The Far Middle episode 57 is dedicated to boxer, Carmen “The Upstate Onion Farmer” Basilio. “If you’re going to fight this guy ...
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Realizing Untapped Greatness

Realizing Untapped Greatness

Episode 56 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Lawrence Taylor, arguably the NFL’s greatest defensive player and one of ...
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Massive Potential

Massive Potential

Episode 55 of The Far Middle is dedicated to a sports record—Wilt Chamberlain’s 55 rebounds against the Celtics on Nov ...
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Big Policy Stuff Matters

Big Policy Stuff Matters

Episode 54 of The Far Middle is dedicated to “The Manster” – Cowboys’ defensive great Randy White. Much like Randy ...
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High and Tight

High and Tight

Episode 53 of The Far Middle comes in high and tight, just like a Don Drysdale fastball—the namesake of this ...
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Regrets to Gilded Glamour

Regrets to Gilded Glamour

Episode 52 is a special milestone installment marking The Far Middle’s one-year anniversary. Once again Nick connects a series of ...
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Disciplined, Fierce and Prolific

Disciplined, Fierce and Prolific

Episode 51 of The Far Middle features a first dual-dedication to Ichiro Suzuki and Dick Butkus—two great number 51’s who, ...
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Rules For Thee But Not For Me

Rules For Thee But Not For Me

Episode 50 of The Far Middle is dedicated to the elite NHL players who’ve scored 50 goals in the first ...
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Four-Way Threat

Four-Way Threat

Episode 49 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Robert “Bobby” Mitchell. For those unfamiliar, Bobby was the original four-way ...
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The Strikeout

The Strikeout

Episode 48 of The Far Middle is uniquely dedicated to “the strikeout.” Listen as Nick connects the number 48 to Major League Baseball strikeouts ...
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Steel to Iron to Platinum

Steel to Iron to Platinum

Episode 47 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Steelers cornerback Mel Blount, the lynchpin of the Steel Curtain. After reflecting on the ...
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The 46 Defense

The 46 Defense

Episode 46 is uniquely dedicated to both Buddy Ryan’s 46 Defense and strong safety Doug Plank, “probably the most impactful ...
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Troubling Trends

Troubling Trends

Episode 45 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson—the ultimate intimidator while on the ...
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Far Middle 44

Russia/Ukraine Part Two

Episode 44 of The Far Middle—dedicated to Hammerin’ Hank—focuses again on the Russia/Ukraine crisis. While episode 43 examined the international ...
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Russia/Ukraine Part One

Episode 43 of The Far Middle is a must-listen emergency, special edition focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nick examines the root cause of ...
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Emboldening Our Adversaries

Emboldening Our Adversaries

Episode 42 of The Far Middle is dedicated to the extraordinary Jackie Robinson and includes four insights you might not ...
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Shifting Leverage

Episode 41 of The Far Middle is dedicated to 12-time All-Star Tom Seaver. In looking back at “Tom Terrific’s” career, Nick notes his ...
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Far Middle 40

Eighteen Inches of Daylight

Episode 40 of The Far Middle (available below, on Apple, Spotify and Amazon) is dedicated to Gale Sayers, the “Kansas ...
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Cobras Don’t Play It Safe

Cobras Don’t Play It Safe

Episode 39 of The Far Middle is dedicated to the one-and-only Dave Parker, aka “The Cobra.” Nick recounts how Parker ...
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Connections: “Whole of Government” to Shark-Infested Markets

Connections: “Whole of Government” to Shark-Infested Markets

Episode 38 is dedicated to Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ray Dandrige, “the greatest third baseman you’ve never heard of.” While Ray was ...
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Combinations and Connections

Combinations and Connections

Episode 37 is dedicated to the great sport of boxing, with a special focus on the 1970s—the Golden Age of ...
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Simple Equations: From Football to the Economy

Simple Equations: From Football to the Economy

Episode 36 is dedicated to “The Bus.” Nick reflects on Jerome Bettis’ prowess on the football field. However, the most ...
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Knuckleballing Policy

Knuckleballing Policy

Episode 35 of The Far Middle is dedicated to Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro. Nick describes the five-time All-Star ...
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Never Die Easy

Never Die Easy

Episode 34 is dedicated is to an athlete Jim Brown called “the epitome of greatness” – Walter Payton. In this ...
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Theater and Optics

Theater and Optics

Episode 33 is dedicated to NBA superstar Larry Bird, aka “Larry Legend.” Nick notes the hardworking shooter’s many accomplishments, and ...
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Connections: From Jim Brown to Build Back Better

Connections: From Jim Brown to Build Back Better

Episode 32 is dedicated to the awesome Jim Brown, while no saint, Nick describes him as “the purest of athletes.” ...
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Risk/Reward Math Demoted for Political Science and Ideology

Risk/Reward Math Demoted for Political Science and Ideology

Episode 31 is dedicated to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Donnie Shell. Nick discusses the Hall of Famer’s NFL career and ...
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Domestic Energy: America’s Goalie

Domestic Energy: America’s Goalie

Nick dedicates episode 30 to the greatest goalie of all time, Martin Brodeur. The three-time Stanley Cup champion amassed records ...
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Prepare for Blindside as Elites Tackle Climate Change

Prepare for Blindside as Elites Tackle Climate Change

Episode 29 of the Far Middle is dedicated to the legendary hitting machine Rod Carew. Nick discusses how the 18-time ...
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The Times They Are A-Changin’: From Pro Athletes to Dylan

The Times They Are A-Changin’: From Pro Athletes to Dylan

In Episode 28, Nick looks at how the times they are a-changin'. In recognition of number 28, Nick dedicates this ...
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Collisions-Between-Bad-Government-Policy-and-the-Real-World

Collisions-Between-Bad-Government-Policy-and-the-Real-World

Episode 27 begins with a reflection on Carlton Fisk, one of the most-iconic number 27’s of the sports world. An ...
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Analyzing America’s 62% Crisis

Analyzing America’s 62% Crisis

Nick dedicates Episode 26 to three-time Super Bowl champ, and Philadelphia native, Herb Adderley. Continuing Nick’s “connections” theme, serendipitously, by ...
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LA Observations of Negative and Positive Liberties, Part II

LA Observations of Negative and Positive Liberties, Part II

Nick kicks-off episode 25 of the Far Middle with a salute to Raiders’ Wide Receiver Fred Biletnikoff—Super Bowl MVP, Pro ...
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Ode to and Observations of LA (Part I)

Ode to and Observations of LA (Part I)

Say hey! It’s episode 24 of the Far Middle and Nick leads off by tipping his cap to the epic ...
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Six Simple Things to Improve Economy, Culture and Society

Six Simple Things to Improve Economy, Culture and Society

In episode 23, Nick pays homage to the athlete he considers the greatest of all time, “if you want to ...
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Connections: Legitimate vs Red Herring ‘Code Reds’ for Humanity

Connections: Legitimate vs Red Herring ‘Code Reds’ for Humanity

Nick marks episode 22 of The Far Middle with a salute to the iconic #22—Emmitt Smith—the NFL’s all-time rushing leader ...
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Connections of Elite Reality: Campus Casualty to China Forces Fiction to Inflation/Shortages for All

Connections of Elite Reality: Campus Casualty to China Forces Fiction to Inflation/Shortages for All

In episode 21, Nick pays tribute to the great Roberto Clemente, followed by a discussion of Bob Dylan’s views on ...
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Connections: Washington D.C. to Biden’s Incompetency to Fiscal Policy and Market Bubbles

Connections: Washington D.C. to Biden’s Incompetency to Fiscal Policy and Market Bubbles

In episode 20 of The Far Middle, Nick again connects a series of subjects (“dots”) that on the surface appear ...
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Connections: Entitled Grads to Bezos Hypocrisy to China’s Fleecing of the U.S. and Czar Kerry

Connections: Entitled Grads to Bezos Hypocrisy to China’s Fleecing of the U.S. and Czar Kerry

In episode 19 of The Far Middle, Nick begins by discussing today’s college graduates, who leave school implanted with leftist ...
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Connections: Bernie to the Academia Monster to Freedom of Viewpoint

Connections: Bernie to the Academia Monster to Freedom of Viewpoint

Episode 18 of The Far Middle and the first day of fall 2021 arrive today. In this week’s episode, Nick ...
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Podcast #17 — Connections: Afghanistan to Swanky Doors to Culture Wars to American Pride

Podcast #17 — Connections: Afghanistan to Swanky Doors to Culture Wars to American Pride

In episode 17 of The Far Middle, Nick discusses America’s exit from Afghanistan, American credibility, and lack of leadership from ...
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Podcast #16 – Ode to James Burke’s Connections

Podcast #16 – Ode to James Burke’s Connections

In The Far Middle episode 16, Nick begins by reflecting on the BBC’s television series “Connections,” hosted by James Burke ...
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Podcast #15 – Connecting Dots: NFL Preseason Stinks, MLB Ruining Team Legacies and Energy Policy

Podcast #15 – Connecting Dots: NFL Preseason Stinks, MLB Ruining Team Legacies and Energy Policy

Episode 15 of The Far Middle marks the next phase of the podcast series as Nick moves on from episodes ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #14 – Author's Note

The Far Middle Podcast #14 – Author’s Note

This installment of The Far Middle marks a close to episodes previewing and covering The Leech chapter releases. In this ...
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The Far Middle Podcast  #13 - Epilogue

The Far Middle Podcast #13 – Epilogue

In this week’s The Far Middle episode, Nick dedicates this installment to The Leech’s epilogue. Nick discusses what he says ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #12 - Jeff Sachs

The Far Middle Podcast #12 – Jeff Sachs

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs is the focus of this week’s The Far Middle. While Nick notes his “begrudging admiration” for Sachs’ ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #11 - Bono

The Far Middle Podcast #11 – Bono

Nick, a decades-long fan of U2, discusses the group’s front man, Bono, in this week’s episode of The Far Middle ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #10: THE POPE

The Far Middle Podcast #10: THE POPE

Pope Francis is the focus of the 10th episode of The Far Middle. Nick asserts that the Catholic Church has ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #9: CITIES

The Far Middle Podcast #9: CITIES

Nick tackles the issues facing most American cities today in this installment of The Far Middle. “Today, in most major ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #8: PENSIONS

The Far Middle Podcast #8: PENSIONS

Public pension plans are the focus of this week’s The Far Middle podcast. Nick explains why public pension plans are ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #7: THE FED

The Far Middle Podcast #7: THE FED

In this episode of The Far Middle, Nick examines the critical role of the Federal Reserve and the epic power ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #6: STEM

The Far Middle Podcast #6: STEM

STEM education is the subject of this week’s The Far Middle episode. Right now, China has more universities ranked in ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #5: Academia

The Far Middle Podcast #5: Academia

"Academia is both a big issue as well as a personal one for me,” Nick explains in episode five of ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #4: Beyond Government

The Far Middle Podcast #4: Beyond Government

In this fourth episode of The Far Middle, Nick examines professions that have a proud history and play a vital ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #3: Big Government

The Far Middle Podcast #3: Big Government

In “The Far Middle” episode three, Nick discusses how the reach of government’s tentacles (a.k.a. the Deep State) are everywhere ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #2: Creators, Enablers, Servers, and Leeches

The Far Middle Podcast #2: Creators, Enablers, Servers, and Leeches

In this episode of “The Far Middle” podcast, Nick introduces the four different jobs and professions in society. On one ...
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The Far Middle Podcast #1: Introduction

The Far Middle Podcast #1: Introduction

In the first installment of the “Far Middle” podcast, Nick introduces the premise for the podcast series, and provides additional ...
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