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Like everyone else, my screen time was through the roof this week. And no Siri, I don't want to know what percent increase it was over last week. With that said, I found some excellent and thoughtful podcasts and links that are pretty divorced from the election.
Talking Politics—History of Ideas: Fukuyama on History [History/Politics, solo narrator]
  • Francis Fukuyama is a political writer whose name I've heard but is someone I honestly did not know much about. 
  • This episode walks through the big ideas of his famous essay and subsequent book called The End of History and the Last Man (1992).
  • He largely argues that liberal democracy is the best idea we have been able to come up with for how to organize society.
  • China's modern rise using state-run capitalism might provide a counter-argument, but Fukuyama isn't willing to concede this until at least 20 more years, and it is overall difficult to say if the last 350 years of democratic western society is a blip or not vs much older forms of political organization.

You're Wrong About: The Challenger Disaster [history/science, discussion]
  • Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall are journalists who research a person or event from history and explain to the other what the public has gotten wrong about that person/event.
  • This episode details the full story of what went wrong with the Challenger disaster, and Hobbes does an incredible job keeping it interesting throughout. 
  • Spoiler alert: it may have had to do with an O-ring, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Incompetence, bureaucracy, and all the rest.  

Resistance: Shake the room [politics/policing, compelling narratives about resisting]
  • Tagline: "A new show about refusing to accept things as they are."
  • The first three episodes consist of three amazing stories, which collectively add up to Resistance being one of my favorite new shows from the past few months.
  • This episode is a tense look at what it looks like to be intimidated by the police inside your own home. 

Quotes From Timeless Science Books: Cosmos by Carl Sagan. Sagan is an endless sources of amazing quotes about science. Even the opening line of this book is iconic: "The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be."
Cosmos by Carl Sagan

A Twitter thread on some original eye-popping visuals created for various podcast episodes. If anything, follow these artists to liven up your IG feed.

Simple but surprising visual on how different sized buildings are affected by different frequency earthquakes. 

The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

For fun: Prison Escapee Convinces Cop He is Actually a Jogger
For fun 2: Where is Steve?!
For fun 3: One of the best Jeopardy burns of all time. And RIP Alex Trebek.

That's all for this week!

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