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I got a new phone and the queue on my podcast app of choice (Castro) did not properly load over. I decided to see this is a good thing.
Picture of empty queue in Castro. Can't see anything? Turn on images.
tumbleweeds blowing through
In fact, I see it as freedom! A fresh start! I was at that stage where my never ending and always expanding queue was stressing me out. So send me your best thought-provoking recommendations so I can start the cycle all over again.

p.s. Today I have several series that I am recommending below, and I am trying something new for the main link. I'm linking to (no affiliation) which allows you to choose what podcast app you want to load the series into. For direct episode links, I'm still linking to the show's website (until or similar allows for direct episode links). 

Throughline: Capitalism
I wish this series was even longer, but these three episodes give a nice history of capitalism within the US, a detailed discussion around what exactly neoliberalism is, and the history of prosperity gospel.   

Land of the Giants: Delivery Wars
A mini-series from Land of the Giants looking at the rise and impact of apps like Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Door Dash. The whole thing is interesting, but if you are only have time for one, check out the last episode about virtual restaurants and ghost kitchens (and you can always go back - you can really listen in any order).  

This is a 4-part series from Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and super producer Shima Oliaee. It came out a few years ago but I finally had a chance to listen. It's about the history of gay conversion therapy in the US and is very worth checking out.   

More or Less: Behind the Statistics: The doubling of life-expectancy 
  • I've long wanted to see a proper discussion around the increase in life expectancy that teases out infant mortality. Most of the improvements of life expectancy have to do with improving infant and childhood mortality, but that's not the whole story.
  • This eight minute episode delivers remarkably on what I've always wanted to learn.
  • "If you were born and survived childhood in 1850 and made it to the age of 20, you could expect to live to 60. Today, if you make it to 20, you can expect to make it to 85." 
  • The science writer interviewed, Steven Johnson, has a book called Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer. I added it to my ever increasing list. Maybe I should delete my reading list and start that over as well? That seems more horrifying for some reason.
  • A great piece from BBC that contemplates time using soundscapes and fascinating interviews. 
  • The above is a link to the BBC website, and unfortunately I could not find a link within any podcast player. It's worth checking out from the browser though. 


You Are Not a Visual Learner: Great video from Veritasium debunking the biggest myth in education

This Is The Most Fun Way To Make Your Life Awesome. From the always interesting blog (and newsletter), Barking Up the Wrong Tree. “So you should just tell yourself happy stories that are cheerier than morning television? No. McAdams found telling yourself happy stories doesn’t provide much value. It was redemptive stories – where you suffer and grow – that created a better life.”

Here is a handy starting point for figuring out your redemptive story (the article walks though how to think about filling this out):

“Growing up I was blessed in that I had been given the gift of ________. Not everyone had it as good as I did. I remember seeing _____ and I felt the need to do something about it. I have always believed that ______ was the right thing to do. It hasn’t always been easy. I faced problems, but I’m stronger because of them. They taught me that ______. I’ve wrestled with the issue of how to balance getting ahead with getting along and realized _____. Going forward, I know there will be more challenges but I want to continue to grow and flourish by setting a goal of ______.”

For fun: brutal comeback

For fun 2: how I will now eat cereal

For fun 3: porch hands

And don't forget, for any of you out there who love visual creativity, I have a whole different newsletter all about that

That's all for today. See you in two weeks!

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