Things I like (Non-Pizza)
Podcasts I'm currently listening to:
99% invisible - As someone with an appreciation for design, but little ability to draw myself, this podcast always makes me think:
Recent favorite: SF's Chinatown, called Pagodas and Dragon Gates
The Moth - storytelling
Serial - Season 1; Season 2 was a bit long-winded for me
Mystery Show - a light-hearted show about a woman who solves mysteries. Hopefully it comes back after Gimlet bailed on the show (see update here).
Recent favorite: The Belt Buckle is awesome
Startup - produced by the same group as Mystery Show, an extremely honest look at starting a (podcasting) business.
Recent favorite: All of Season 1, but also this one which focuses on fundraising, and unconscious bias against women.
This American Life - the gold standard of storytelling
Recent favorite: The Poetry of Propaganda
Planet Money - My favorite show; it's able to take college level material and present it at a 7th grade level without pandering, or dumbing it down.
(Not so) Recent Favorite: The Rice Crisis. Sensational story.
Stuff I've enjoyed reading:
The Shut In Economy by Lauren Smiley
- This is one of my favorite articles I've ever read. I was linked to it by @ReformedBroker who called it "The Delivery Dystopia"; a perfect summation of this article.
Lead: America's Real Criminal Element by Kevin Drum
An amazingly convincing article that while Broken Window gets the credit, lead is the real cause of the rise/fall of crime.
Buried Secrets by Patrick Radden Keefe
Truth be told, I like everything that Patrick writes, but this one was particularly gripping. A story about an Israeli businessman, mining in Africa, and the impact of the resource curse.
The Fermi Paradox by Tim Urban
I rediscovered this article recently. I read it a very, very long time ago, but it was a great description of the likelihood of alien life. Key quote: "We’re rare, we’re first, or we’re fucked."