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Favorite Podcasts

A friend asked me for some favorite podcasts. This is an attempt to answer the question as of November 2019.



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Favorite Episodes

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My Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2019:

  1. Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt. “#140 The Roman Mars Mazda VirusReply All. April 11, 2019.
  2. Chris Hayes. “Dying of whiteness with Jonathan MetzlWhy Is This Happening? With Chris Hayes. March 26, 2019.
  3. Emmanuel Dzotsi. “#152 The Real Enemy, Part 1”, “#152 The Real Enemy, Part 2”, and “#152 The Real Enemy, Part 3Reply All. December 12, 2019.
  4. Julia Galef. “RS 241 – Thibault Le Texier on ‘Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment'Rationally Speaking. October 14, 2019.
  5. Malcolm Gladwell. “The Tortoise and the HareRevisionist History. March, 2019.
  6. Marc Maron. “Edward NortonWTF with Marc Maron. October 28, 2019.
  7. Mark Zuckerberg. “A Conversation with Jonathan Zittrain on the Future of Technology in SocietyFacebook. February 20, 2019. 
  8. Paul Ford and Rich Ziade. “Inspect Element: What's hiding behind the web page you're looking at?Track Changes. September 3, 2019.

Podcast episdoes that made my Best Lonform of 2018:

  1. “The Hollywood Edition” – Slate Money – March 31, 2018
  2. Calpihate – April, 2018
  3. “Jason Alexander” – WTF with Marc Maron – April 5, 2018
  4. “Alison Gopnik on 'The wrong way to think about parenting, plus the downsides of modernity'” – Rationally Speaking – April 29, 2018
  5. “Invcel” – Reply All – May 10, 2018
  6. “Data, Decisions, and Basketball with Sam Hinkie” – Invest Like the Best – May 22, 2018
  7. American Fiasco – June, 2018
  8. “Charles Oakley Talks MJ Stories, LeBron, and His Favorite Fights” – The Bill Simmons Podcast – June 8, 2018
  9. “General Chapman's Last Stand” – Revisionist History – June 13, 2018
  10. “The Crime Machine, Part 1” & “The Crime Machine, Part 2” – Reply All – October 11, 2018
  11. “Negative Mount Pleasant” – Reply All – December 6, 2018

Podcast episodes that made my Best Longform of 2017:

Podcast episodes that made my Best Longform of 2016:

It just so happens that my two favorite podcast episodes this year were on foreign affairs. The first comes from the always amazing This American Life who spent time in refugee camps in Greece speaking to people about their lives. As always, This American Life gives the most accurate macro view by focusing on the micro. The second comes from a show I'd never heard of before on China called Sinica. In the episode they talk to Arthur Kroeber, author of China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, who basically argues that China is actually following America's growth playbook (called the American System), which included lots of state-led development, high tariffs, and even tons of intellectual property theft (from Europe at that time). Basically he argues we should stop being so surprised by what's happening there.

Beyond those two, I listened to a lot of Marc Maron's WTF (always skip the first 10 minutes) and really enjoyed his interview with Louis Anderson, who I didn't realize was a serious standup. (Part of why I really enjoy WTF is that it's effectively a show about the creative process. When he goes deep with someone on how they do their craft I find it endless fascinating. While the Louis episode isn't exactly that, it's also just loads of fun to listen to anyone serious about anything talk to someone they so clearly respect.) Gladwell's Revisionist History was pretty good (though sometimes a bit preachy). His episode on Generous Orthodoxy was just a very well told story (and when you're done, go read the letter the show was based on).

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