The Same 24 Hours
209: Tony Hawk Live Podcast with Meredith Atwood

209: Tony Hawk Live Podcast with Meredith Atwood

April 15, 2020

Tony Hawk, the Birdman, is back on the Same 24 Hours Podcast - this time in a live format (video to post later on YouTube).

We got some great questions from people, including many awesome kiddos, and had a great discussion. A big thanks to Tony for his heart, soul and kindness.  The last minute of the podcast is priceless. 

Learn more about the Tony Hawk Foundation:  https://tonyhawkfoundation.org 

Follow Tony everywhere:  @TonyHawk

Limited Edition Prints: https://shop.tonyhawkfoundation.org/products/tony-hawk-autograph-to-support-the-tony-hawk-foundation-and-direct-relief

Listen in to hear Tony Hawk answer all the burning questions that many of his fans were eager to ask. You will also hear the perseverance and resilience that Tony exercised in the early days of his career.

“I never did it for the money, and I was willing to do it and struggle because that brought me so much happiness”- Tony Hawk  

Top Takeaways:

  • Learn the story of a resilient young man who went after his dreams to become a noticeable sportsman even when things didn’t look up for him.
  • The role of skateboarding in mental health.
  • How Tony helps fulfill kid’s dreams of having safe skate parks where they can practice and finesse their skill.

Key Moments

  • [2:26] Intro
  • [3:29] Tony answers a question from Nolan about his favorite trick to do.
  • [4:39] He talks about the mission and purpose of his foundation and their accomplishments so far.
  • [7:04] Tony tells his skating story of never giving up that started when he was 9 years old, how he fell in love with the game, and why he did it.
  • [12:30] He answers a question from a fan on where he got the confidence to sing on The Masked Singer.
  • [14:20] Tony gets to answer Mitchell’s question from the 90s.
  • [16:52] Meredith’s husband James Atwood joins the conversation and asks him to share a story of a park he funded that was important to him.
  • [19:08] He answers a question about a rumor.
  • [19:58] What’s his worst injury?
  • [21:31] How does skateboarding help with mental health?
  • [25:14] Brian reminisces with Tony about the old times and what he’s enjoyed as a fan.
  • [27:22] How can a skater have better balance and improve their gameplay even when not on skateboards or wheels?
  • [28:45] Isaac asks Tony about the first trick he ever did.
  • [29:54] Chris asks Tony if he is still interested in car racing that one of his friends used to do.
  • [31:23] Jake asks Tony about the social media pages that are putting out risky content and how safe that is for kids that follow them.
  • [34:06] He explains how his first-ever competition went down.
  • [36:12] Brian asks how Tony handles his pain after accidents.
  • [37:48] What is the biggest trick that he’s ever done?
  • [39:06] Brooke asks Tony when he started to skate before he went pro.
  • [39:57] Are there are any other tricks he would like to know now as a professional skater?
  • [40:51] What are his thoughts on a fan twitter account about him and his skateboard?
  • [42:01] How does he handle hate on social media?
  • [44:50] Aaron asks if he has ever landed 1260 before?
  • [45:47] Has Tony ever been impressed by Rodney Mullen’s dancing on the skateboard and if he could ever do it.
  • [46:44] Would he ever do mountain boarding?
  • [48:49] What’s his favorite park to skate?
  • [49:52] Sebastian asks Tony about the first trick he ever did and what he did when he got frustrated.
  • [51:16] Did he have a favorite song during his video game days and the one song he insisted on being played.
  • [52:44] Tony talks about his prints that are still available and what cause the money will support.

 

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206: Dr. BJ Miller: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death on the Daily Community Meetup with Meredith Atwood

206: Dr. BJ Miller: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death on the Daily Community Meetup with Meredith Atwood

April 8, 2020

Today's Special Guest is Dr. BJ Miller. 

Watch his famous TED Talk here.  You can buy his book here. You can watch the YouTube replay here.

Dr. Bruce (BJ) Miller Jr. is a hospice and palliative care specialist who treats hospitalized patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. His expertise includes symptom management for patients with cancer. In his work in end-of-life care, he seeks to connect art, spirituality and medicine.

Miller has a grant from the Fetzer Institute to help integrate spirituality as part of the health of mind and body into medical education.

A native of Chicago, Miller studied art history as an undergraduate at Princeton University. He worked at nonprofit organizations for the arts and disability rights for several years before coming to UCSF to earn his medical degree. He completed an internal medicine residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Harvard Medical School, working at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

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RESOURCES FROM THE DAILY MEETUPS

The Daily Stoic

Tools of Titans

Meditations: The Philosophy Classic 

Stillness is the Key

Switch On Your Brain

Simple Abundance

The War of Art

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Breath of God
The Values Factor

Mindset  

You are Not Your Pain

Learned Hopefulness

 

Domestic Violence Circle Meetings with Samra Zafar

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death - Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger 

Inner.U - 50% Off

A Good Wife: Escaping a Life I Never Chose

Stop Missing Your Life

Book by Jairek Robbins – Live It

HighPerformanceValues.com Survey

XPT App by Laird Hamilton & Gabby Reece

Book by Lauren Zander- Maybe It's You

Book by Nir Eyal, Indestractable

Book by Pilar Gerasimo – The Healthy Deviant

Book by Mike Reilly: Finding my Voice

Children's Book by Bonnie Clark: Taste Your Words

Book by Jen Elizabeth: Shape of a Woman

Book by Mirna Valerio, A Beautiful Work in Progress

Book by Emily Lynn Paulson: Highlight Real

Britt Frank’s “Bookshelf”

Anna Woods, SheStrength

Book by Joyce Shulman: Walk Your Way to Better

 

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196: Daily Community Meetup for 3/28 with Nir Eyal

196: Daily Community Meetup for 3/28 with Nir Eyal

March 28, 2020

The Special Guest today, Nir Eyal, author of Indestractable.

Watch the VIDEO REPLAY on YouTube!

During this crazy time, I am hosting DAILY community meetups online via ZOOM.

You can join in on the Daily Community Meetup at www.swimbikemom.com/meet - SEE people, be a part of a COMMUNITY, talk about what's going on and be supported. You do NOT have to be ON video; but you can join (audio only) and see others, and be a part of the community. 

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You can all join and take part.
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Books Referenced (So Far) in the Daily Meetups: 

 
Guest's Books / Programs / Freebies:
Book by Nir Eyal - Indestractable
Anna Woods, SheStrength
Book by Pilar Gerasimo - The Healthy Deviant
Book by Mike Reilly - Finding my Voice
Children's Book by Guest, Bonnie Clark: Taste Your Words
Book by Guest, Emily Lynn Paulson: Highlight Real
Book by Jen Elizabeth: Shape of a Woman
Britt Frank's Bookshelf: https://www.thegreenhousekc.com/britts-bookshelf 
Narcissism From the Inside Out with Britt Frank / Online Course: https://narcinonclasses.teachable.com/p/full-course-narcissism-from-the-inside-out 

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Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you loved it - really helps others to find the show!

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195: Daily Community Meetup for 3/27 with Anna Woods, SheStrength

195: Daily Community Meetup for 3/27 with Anna Woods, SheStrength

March 26, 2020

Watch the VIDEO REPLAY: https://youtu.be/85ung2vj_oM   

The Special Guest today, Anna Woods of SheStrength. 

During this crazy time, I am hosting DAILY community meetups online via ZOOM.

You can join in on the Daily Community Meetup at www.swimbikemom.com/meet - SEE people, be a part of a COMMUNITY, talk about what's going on and be supported. You do NOT have to be ON video; but you can join (audio only) and see others, and be a part of the community. 

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You can all join and take part.
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Follow me on Instagram for updates: www.instagram.com/swimbikemom 

Books Referenced (So Far) in the Daily Meetups: 

 
Guest's Books / Programs / Freebies:
Paper Plane Yoga
Anna Woods, SheStrength
Book by Pilar Gerasimo - The Healthy Deviant
Book by Mike Reilly - Finding my Voice
Children's Book by Guest, Bonnie Clark: Taste Your Words
Book by Guest, Emily Lynn Paulson: Highlight Real
Book by Jen Elizabeth: Shape of a Woman
Britt Frank's Bookshelf: https://www.thegreenhousekc.com/britts-bookshelf 
Narcissism From the Inside Out with Britt Frank / Online Course: https://narcinonclasses.teachable.com/p/full-course-narcissism-from-the-inside-out 

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Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you loved it - really helps others to find the show!

More information Meredith and her new book, The Year of No Nonsense, is below. 

The Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On With Your Life is available NOW.

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154: Stephen Chbosky: The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Imaginary Friend

154: Stephen Chbosky: The Perks of Being a Wallflower & Imaginary Friend

November 4, 2019

I met Stephen Chbosky by pure kismet... I'll tell you about it in this episode. I am honored to now know this man. And I bet that you know his book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. :)  His NEW novel, Imaginary Friend, was published in October 2019--and that is how I met Stephen-- at a bookstore in Boston. And the rest is history--or maybe it's just the beginning... 

Stephen is novelist and screenwriter, and film director best-known for writing the New York Times bestselling coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), as well as for writing and directing the film version of the same book, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film Rent and Disney's 2017 live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, alongside Evan Spiliotopoulos, and was co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the CBS television series Jericho, which aired from 2006 to 2008.

Most recently, he directed the 2017 drama Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.

Buy Imaginary Friend

https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/stephen-chbosky/imaginary-friend/9781538731345/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephenChbosky

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152: Patrick Vellner: CrossFit, Hard Work and “We are Not Machines”

152: Patrick Vellner: CrossFit, Hard Work and “We are Not Machines”

October 30, 2019

Meredith Atwood (@SwimBikeMom) and her co-host, ten-year old Stella (@Wods4Kids), interview CrossFit Games podium athlete and all-around nice guy, Patrick Vellner.

Vellner says, "[As a] part time chiropractor in Nanaimo, Canada, I have an extensive sports background and have been competing in Crossfit since 2013. I made it to the games for the first time in 2015 on Team Crossfit Plateau 2 and have since been back in 2016-2019 to compete as an individual finishing on the podium 3 times. Crossfit has been a great way for me to challenge myself and escape from my studies while also being a great outlet for my competitiveness."

Photo Credit: Pat Vellner's Profile: https://games.crossfit.com/athlete/158264/open

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pvellner 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatVellner 

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Host: Meredith Atwood
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Keah Brown: #DisabledAndCute and The Pretty One

Keah Brown: #DisabledAndCute and The Pretty One

July 18, 2019

Keah Brown is the creator of #DisabledAndCute. She is a reader, not a fighter. A lover and a writer. She has a B.A. in journalism from The State University of New York at Fredonia.

Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, ESPNW, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire UK, among other publications.

Her Debut essay collection, “The Pretty One.” will be out August 6th, 2019 via Atria Books an imprint of Simon and Schuster. You can pre-order it now. 

Keah loves TV, and she tweets, at @Keah_Maria, about cheesecake and how she should be writing.

Follow Keah

Website: https://keahbrown.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/keah_maria/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Keah_Maria

 

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The Best of the Same 24 Hours: Some of the Greatest Advice You’ll Ever Hear

The Best of the Same 24 Hours: Some of the Greatest Advice You’ll Ever Hear

December 19, 2018

As we near the end of 2018, I put together a powerful compilation of some of the best advice from the guests on The Same 24 Hours Podcast. *Listener Warning*

In this episode, you will hear treasures and snippets from the amazing Tony Hawk (Episode 88), Dr. Shefali (35), Laila Ali (73), Melissa Hartwig (68), Dr. Aviva Romm (39), Lizzie Velasquez (65),  Lauren Zander (22), David Leite (17), the Pease Brothers (4, 26), Chrissie Wellington (60), Jeff Galloway (18), Mike Reilly (46), Randy Spelling (53), James Lawrence (57), Anthony Malone (40), Jason Jaksetic (50), Annie Grace (29), Brian MacKenzie (89), Natalia Cohen (27), Kyle Maynard (82) and Shay Eskew (77) (and more!).

The 2019 Season of the Podcast launches in January!

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Tony Hawk: Skateboarding, Chimpanzees, Parenting and Video Games

Tony Hawk: Skateboarding, Chimpanzees, Parenting and Video Games

October 2, 2018

Tony Hawk was age 9 when his older brother gave him a blue fiberglass skateboard, chipped and scratched from years of use. The first time Tony stepped on it and rolled down an alley behind the family’s house in San Diego, there was no epiphany, no revelation … no foreshadowing whatsoever that he would go on to become the most famous skateboarder of all time. He reached the end driveway, looked back at his brother and shouted, “How do I turn?”

Eventually, of course, Tony learned to do more than merely turn. Practicing at the now-defunct Oasis Skatepark, the undersized prodigy soon began to attract attention by performing maneuvers well beyond his years. At age 12 he was winning amateur contests throughout California, at 14 he turned pro, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world. By the time he was 25, he’d competed in 103 pro contests, winning 73 of them and placing second in 19—a record that will almost certainly never be matched. He was crowned vertical skating’s world champion 12 years in a row.

As a 17-year old high school senior, Tony’s annual income surpassed that of his teachers, mostly as a result of royalties from his primary sponsor, Powell Peralta skateboards. He was able to buy his first home before he graduated. Through the late ‘80s, he traveled the world, skating demos and contests. Then, in 1991, the sport of skateboarding died a quiet but sudden death. Tony’s income shrank drastically; times were so lean that he survived on a $5-a-day Taco Bell allowance.

But while many of his peers moved on to other, more traditional pursuits, Tony never gave up on the sport he loved. The next few years flew by in a blur of financial uncertainty. Confident that skating would rebound, Tony refinanced his first house and with a friend launched his own skateboard company, Birdhouse Projects. The first few years were rough: Birdhouse wasn’t making money, and Tony’s future was sketchy.

But, almost as abruptly as it died, skating’s popularity surged skyward, and the Hawk became the Phoenix. Birdhouse grew into one of the biggest and best-known skate companies in the world, and Tony signed a wide range of endorsement deals. In 1998, he and his family started a children’s skate clothing company called Hawk Clothing. A year later, skating rocketed to unprecedented heights, from which it has yet to descend. Tony’s career came with it; in fact, he provided much of the fuel.

In 1999, Tony teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise. The Tony Hawk video game series became one of the most popular game franchises in history (and has now surpassed $1.4 billion in sales). His life would never be the same. In a stroke of good timing, at the X Games that year, Tony also became the first skateboarder to ever land a 900, a maneuver that had eluded (and occasionally hobbled) him for 10 years . It was one of skating’s most gripping moments, playing out in front of a collection of his peers and fans, and on national TV. That exposure, along with his successful video game, helped establish Tony’s mainstream celebrity

Soon after the 1999 X Games, Tony retired from competition, although he continues to put on demos and exhibitions all over the world. His Boom Boom HuckJam Tour featured some of the top skateboarders, BMXers and freestyle motocross riders in a giant tour that played in large arenas and theme parks across the country. Tony’s action sports exhibitions and shows continue to pack venues worldwide.

Tony has won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish’s Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Male Athlete and Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Male Athlete, beating out such sports icons as Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods, and Kobe Bryant. From video games to skateboards to online media to clothing to world tours, Tony has dominated the Action Sports market with his laid-back style. He is the most recognized Action Sports figure in the world and, according to some marketing surveys, one of the most recognizable athlete of any kind in the United States.

Today, his business skills have helped create a Tony Hawk brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. Tony regularly appears on television and in films, as well as on Sirius XM radio. His autobiography, HAWK—Occupation: Skateboarder was a New York Times bestseller and is currently available in paperback. In 2010, Wiley Publishing released How Did I Get Here? The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO. During 2012, in partnership with Google, Inc. Tony’s film production company, 900 Films, launched RIDE Channel on YouTube, the world’s most popular video site, and has now teamed with Complex Media to take it to the next level with TheRideChannel.com.

Tony is a role model for fans of all ages. His Tony Hawk Foundation has given away over $5.2 million to 556 skatepark projects throughout the United States. Tony’s foundation helps finance public skateparks in low-income areas in all 50 states, providing a safe place to skate, and helping to build the self-confidence of youths from Marathon, Florida to Sitka, Alaska. Skateparks that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation currently serve over 4.8 million kids annually.

Follow Tony & All the Things

Website: http://www.tonyhawk.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyhawk

Instagram: https://instagram.com/tonyhawk 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tonyhawk

Birdhouse Skateboards

900 Films

YouTube: TheRideChannel.com

Tony Hawk Foundation 

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Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

Erik Weihenmayer: No Barriers on Mt. Everest and in Life

September 17, 2018

"Life is harder off the mountain."

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In 2008 he climbed Carstensz Pyramid on the island of Papua New Guinea, completing the Seven Summits, the highest point on every continent.  This accomplishment closed the circuit on a 13-year journey that had begun with his 1995 ascent of Denali. He is joined by a select company of only 150 mountaineers to have accomplished the feat.

As word spread about Erik’s remarkable achievements, the world took notice; shortly after his summit of Everest, he was honored with a Time cover story detailing his conquest of the world’s highest peak. Since then, he has authored multiple books, including his memoir, Touch the Top of the World. Yet for those who had long known him, his propensity for taking on and knocking down the loftiest of challenges came as no surprise.

Even as retinoschisis began to rob him of his vision by the age of 14, Erik resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He established himself as a formidable wrestler in high school, representing his home state of Connecticut in the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. As a teenager, he also discovered rock climbing and a natural dexterity for the tactile aspects of scanning the rock with his hands and feet for holds.

After graduating a double major from Boston College, Erik became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach at Phoenix Country Day School. Yet it was atop the highest point in North America, the mountain known in the native Inuit language as Denali, where his quest for adventure began to take shape. Erik’s triumphs over some of the world’s most formidable mountains were fueling a growing aspiration to take the lessons he learned in the mountains to help others shatter barriers in their lives.

To advance this idea, Erik co-founded not merely an organization, but rather a movement called No Barriers. The mission is to help people with challenges, all of us to some extent, to turn into the storm of life, face barriers head on, embrace a pioneering and innovative spirit and team up with great people to live rich in meaning and purpose. The motto is “What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.” To this aim, Erik continues to challenge himself to live a No Barriers Life and in September 2014 he kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Erik is one of the most inspiring, engaging, and sought after speakers in the world. His presentations engage and inspire audiences by capturing lessons from his life and adventures around the world. Erik’s essential messaging focuses on harnessing the power of adversity, developing a guiding vision and building a strong “rope-team.” Erik sees every new challenge as an opportunity to problem solve, strategize and pioneer new ways forward.

“I think this is the best time in history, the most precious time in history to be a pioneer, to reach out, to seize hold of adversity and challenges we face, to harness energy not only to transform our own lives, but to elevate the world around us.”

– Erik Weihenmayer

Through Erik’s groundbreaking adventures around the world, he has explored and defined what it means to live a No Barriers Life, describing it as a map we build to navigate and to pursue a life that matters. Central to this journey is a mindset to continually challenge ourselves to grow and evolve – in Erik’s words, to “climb” while others “camp.”

Erik’s inspirational speaking career has taken him around the world from Hong Kong to Switzerland, from Thailand to the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile. Erik has shared the speaking platform with notables like:

  • George W. Bush
  • Al Gore
  • Tony Blair
  • Colin Powell
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Tom Peters
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Stephen Covey

The No Barriers Life
As a blind adventurer who has climbed Mt. Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon, Erik understands better than most that barriers are real, not merely perceived, and that that obstacles encountered can either stop us in our tracks, or we can figure out a way to harness them and propel ourselves to new places that we would never get to in any other way. Erik calls this “alchemy,” the process of turning lead into gold.  “With an alchemist,” he says, ” you can throw them in the midst of a fierce competitive environment, strip away their resources, throw roadblocks in front of them, and they’ll still find a way to win – not despite adversity, but because of it.”

Erik will take audiences on a journey to discover the tools and insights to develop what he calls the “No Barriers Mindset,” what it takes for individuals, teams, and organizations to turn into the storm, convert challenges into greatness, and reach for nearly impossible goals.

No Barriers Summit - NYC (October 5-6th 2018)

https://www.nobarriersusa.org/2018-summit-home/ 

Buy the Book(s):

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
Touch the Top of the World

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Website: https://erikweihenmayer.com 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erikweihenmayer 

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erikweihenmayer 

You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y9Jy0WzrOg 

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Music: Carl Stover Music
Host & Current Production: Meredith Atwood

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