Let's Know Things

152 EpisodesProduced by Colin Wright

Let's Know Things is a show about putting current events into context. Rather than simply discussing the news, in each episode we use a news item as a starting point for a larger discussion about a particular industry, society, ourselves, and the world.

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Capacitors

April 16th, 2019

32:46

This week we talk about Leyden Jars, cascading failures, and MLCCs.

We also discuss dielectrics, batteries, and the global economy.

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Ethics Boards

April 9th, 2019

36:59

This week we talk about ethics, axiology, and the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council.

We also discuss the Heritage Foundation, Google, and …

Generative Adversarial Networks

April 2nd, 2019

35:44

This week we talk about Photoshopping, GANs, and Lincoln’s fake body.

We also discuss AI-generated cats, scientific discovery, and creative …

Privilege Spirals

March 26th, 2019

33:25

This week we talk about mafias, Silicon Valley, and the Ivy League.

We also discuss the Traitorous Eight, schadenfreude, and the Matthew Effect.

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Identity Politics

March 19th, 2019

38:54

This week we talk about labor unions, divide and rule, and identity.

We also discuss US political parties, the Combahee River Collective, and labels.

Sharenting

March 12th, 2019

33:55

This week we talk about stock photography, augmented reality, and online personhood.

We also discuss simultaneous localization and mapping, sharing …

Brand Disassociation

March 5th, 2019

32:13

This week we talk about Disney, YouTube, and crisis management.

We also discuss algorithms, recommendation spirals, and ad buyers.

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Attention

February 26th, 2019

43:44

This week we talk about the Red Market, binge-watching, and peak attention.

We also discuss Fortnite, net worth, and corporate shade.

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Superheavy Elements

February 19th, 2019

32:52

This week we talk about the Periodic Table, the Large Hadron Collider, and the Higgs boson.

We also discuss extreme chemistry, particle physics, and …

Hardware Parasites

February 12th, 2019

41:08

This week we talk about parasitical fungi, the right to repair, and the Game Genie.

We also discuss ROM cartridges, John Deere tractors, and Project Alias.

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Eyeglasses

February 5th, 2019

39:15

This week we talk about the Nimrud lens, non-compound eyes, and EssilorLuxottica.

We also discuss Big Lens, transparent medical pricing, and reading stones.

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Cannabis

January 29th, 2019

41:03

This week we talk about exploitation films, the Cannabis plant, and the Shafer Commission.

We also discuss the prison industrial complex, the International Opium Commission, and hashish.

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The 10 Billion Diet

January 22nd, 2019

32:06

This week we discuss flexitarianism, Banting, and the global diet industry.

We also discuss population growth, Claude Bernard, and Godzilla-scale …

Global Positioning System

January 15th, 2019

30:10

This week we talk about Sputnik 1, satellite triangulation, and the Guugu Yimithirr.

We also discuss the GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo constellations.

Cameras

January 8th, 2019

38:27

This week we talk about selfies, the Daguerrotype, and smartphone cameras.

We also discuss film, Kodak, and the perception of captured reality.

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Bandwidth Inequality

January 1st, 2019

40:17

This week we talk about internet access milestones, the rural digital disadvantage, and the benefits of broadband access.

We also discuss bandwidth issues in the US, internet non-users, and the mobile internet in Africa.

China's Evolution

December 25th, 2018

37:48

This week we talk about the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, and China's middle class.

We also discuss GDP, the benefits and downsides of …

Creative Platforms

December 18th, 2018

38:28

This week we talk about busking, deplatforming, and the Tumblr porn ban.

We also discuss megaphones, Patreon, and the friction between creating and funding.

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Sex Recession

December 11th, 2018

45:04

This week we talk about asexuality, penile measurements, and the mesolimbic pathway.

We also discuss dating apps, pornography, and biological reward …

Germline Modification

December 4th, 2018

42:46

This week we talk about insulin, genetic engineering, and rogue scientists.

We also discuss CRISPR/Cas9, assisted reproductive technology, and gene …

Facebook: It's Complicated

November 27th, 2018

46:28

This week we talk about Cambridge Analytica, Friday news dumps, and the Definers scandal.

We also discuss data breaches, Soros, and Brexit.

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Government Subsidies

November 20th, 2018

42:40

This week we talk about corporate welfare, Amazon's HQ2, and cronyism.

We also discuss helipads, private space companies, and Wisconsin.

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Motorized Scooters

November 13th, 2018

32:58

This week we talk about the Razor, scooter economics, and traversing microdistances.

We also discuss Bird, the difference between docked and dock-less transportation, and the scooter-charging gig economy.

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Cosplay

November 6th, 2018

42:13

This week we talk about fandom, conventions, and Mr. Skygack, from Mars.

We also discuss subcultures, kawaii, and harassment.

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New Climate Report

October 30th, 2018

41:12

This week we talk about hurricanes, 1.5˚ Celsius, and the IPCC 2018 special report on climate change.

We also discuss what real climate action looks like, why it probably won’t happen, and things we believe about …

Hardware Hacking

October 23rd, 2018

40:52

This week we talk about the Coventry Blitz Conspiracy, Supermicro, and Fancy Bear.

We also discuss state-sponsored hacking, the CIA, and Pearl Harbor.

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Consumer-Grade Medical Devices

October 16th, 2018

39:21

This week we talk about hypochondria, heart monitoring, and medical device classes.

We also discuss postmarketing surveillance, electrocardiograms, and smartwatches.

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Selling Privacy

October 9th, 2018

39:31

This week we talk about surveillance, iPhones, and profit margins.

We also discuss vertical integration, Fan Bingbing, and the Chrome browser.

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Stratigraphy

October 2nd, 2018

38:06

This week we talk about the Meghalayan stage, the ICS, and the Law of Superposition.

We also discuss Dr. Guy Middleton, lithostratigraphy, and …

Open Source

September 25th, 2018

42:54

This week we talk about Richard Stallman, Wikipedia, and GitHub.

We also discuss Common Clause, Amazon Web Services, and Linux.

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Debt Trap

September 18th, 2018

44:21

This week we talk about the Safavids, Djibouti, and debt-book diplomacy.

We also discuss the Belt and Road Initiative, China's structural weaknesses, and the Silk Road.

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Soybeans

September 11th, 2018

41:41

This week we talk about Morse & Piper, fake milk, and the Dust Bowl.

We also discuss FDA standards, plant-based protein, and soybean politics.

Flying Cars

September 4th, 2018

46:19

This week we talk about the Ford Flivver, the Space Race, and ideas that came too soon.

We also discuss civil rights, the Nucleon, and ideas that came too late.

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Apology Tour

August 28th, 2018

48:59

This week we talk about Ambien, reputation management, and the Twinkie Defense.

We also discuss GABA, drug enforcement schedules, and moral judgement.

Persuasive Technology

August 21st, 2018

40:56

This week we talk about Captology, Pigovian taxes, and dopamine.

We also discuss adolescent psychology, smoking, and dark patterns.

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Trust

August 14th, 2018

49:53

This week we talk about shopping malls, Goop, and societal trust.

We also discuss e-commerce, the war on journalism, and confirmation bias.

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5G

August 7th, 2018

43:46

This week we talk about life-changing speeds, millimeter waves, and wireless disruption.

We also discuss the 5G rollout, BS telecommunications …

Online Dating

July 31st, 2018

39:46

This week we talk about swiping, otaku, and the gamification of intimacy.

We also discuss dating sims, population stats, and Match Group.

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Sacred Cows

July 24th, 2018

34:59

This week we talk about the US Constitution, the free market, and property law.

We also discuss Canada's international influence, dictatorships, and AI authoritarians.

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Socialism

July 17th, 2018

46:45

This week we talk about the French Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and municipal socialism.

We also discuss the $15 minimum wage, the benefits of …

Crypto Scams

July 10th, 2018

39:22

This week we talk about multi-level marketing, Dennis Rodman, and BitConnect.

We also discuss the crypto commons, Ripple, and PotCoin.

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Reading

July 3rd, 2018

52:40

This week we talk about neolithic tablets, secondary orality, and speed reading.

We also discuss narrative, the myth of multitasking, and modern …

Sleep

June 26th, 2018

56:36

This week we talk about whale oil, the DEC2 gene variation, and the economic costs of insufficient sleep.

We also discuss LEDs, luminous efficacy, and contemporary sleep science.

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Conspiracy Theories

June 19th, 2018

46:01

This week we talk about sonic weapons, mass hysteria, and Occam's Razor.

We also discuss Cuba, Guangzhou, and encephalopathy.

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Competitive Video Gaming

June 12th, 2018

40:52

This week we talk eSports, Fortnite, and gaming as a service.

We also discuss Twitch, augmented reality, and Battle Royale.

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Complex People

June 5th, 2018

58:23

This week we talk about Fritz Haber, the Korean Peninsula, and moral gray areas.

We also discuss attribution bias, giving credit where credit is due, …

Personal Genomics

May 29th, 2018

38:54

This week we talk about citizen science, genealogy services, and serial killers.

We also discuss genetic privacy, HR 1313, and DNA analysis.

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Killer Robots

May 22nd, 2018

49:49

This week we talk about androids, drones, and Project Maven.

We also discuss lethal autonomous weapons, the Terminator, and cyberwarfare.

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The Call of the Commons

May 15th, 2018

40:46

This week we talk about Robogate, call centers, and phone fraud.

We also discuss the tragedy of the commons, the Do Not Call Registry, and noise.

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Art Forgery

May 8th, 2018

46:21

This week we talk about art valuation, Morellian analysis, and Duchamp's Fountain.

We also discuss market-demolishing faux Rodins, connoisseurs, and …

Counterfeit

May 1st, 2018

49:13

This week we talk about Gresham's Law, drop shipping, and Section 230.

We also discuss FOSTA-SESTA, stealing books, and reeded coins.

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Regulatory Capture

April 24th, 2018

46:22

This week we talk about rent-seeking, the Shirky Principle, and the tax-preparation industry.

We also discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Zuckerberg's testimony, and the public interest.

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The Right to Be Forgotten

April 17th, 2018

40:50

This week we talk about the GDPR, crypto-shredding, and online privacy.

We also discuss deleted files that aren't, Google as journalism, and EU standards.

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Organs

April 10th, 2018

53:49

This week we talk about Galen, organs-on-chips, and the interstitium.

We also discuss microbiota, Ptolemy I, and commensalism.

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Trade War

April 3rd, 2018

46:57

This week we talk about bribery, the Anglo-Irish Trade War, and Bananagate.

We also discuss China, tariffs, and the United Fruit Company.

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Digital Dark Age

March 27th, 2018

1:01:39

This week we talk about the Universal Serial Bus, cuneiform, and 5D optical data storage.

We also discuss chip aging, solid-state drives, and the …

Food Fraud

March 20th, 2018

56:32

This week we talk about fast food, the diet industry, and plastic rice.

We also discuss growth stunting, horse meat, and nutritional deficiencies.

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Millennials

March 13th, 2018

59:44

This week we talk about fashion forecasting, Theosophy, and the Generation formerly known as Y.

We also discuss Boomer, Aryans, and color consultants.

Satellite Broadband

March 6th, 2018

52:38

This week we talk about Starlink, Arthur C. Clarke, and atmospheric satellites.

We also discuss Facebook Aquila, space manufacturing, and the Falcon Heavy.

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Untouchable

February 27th, 2018

1:00:38

This week we talk about Napoleon, Jacob Zuma, and what it takes to become legally untouchable.

We also discuss financial crises, too big to fail, and …

Passive Architecture

February 20th, 2018

53:55

This week we talk about thermal bridges, superinsulation, and the Leaky Condo Crisis.

We also discuss zero-energy buildings, standards of living, and …

Data Portability

February 13th, 2018

47:36

This week we talk about edge cases, WHOIS, and information brokers.

We also discuss China's Social Credit System, the GDPR, and data ownership.

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Information Imbalance

February 7th, 2018

51:21

This week we talk about geolocation, Strava heat maps, and transparency.

We also discuss optimization, Zuckerberg's walls, and social media insider …

Cardboard Entertainment

January 31st, 2018

52:27

This week we talk about Zappers, board games, and Nintendo Labo.

We also discuss barcades, makerspaces, and unusual consoles.

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Geoengineering

January 23rd, 2018

54:13

This week we talk about contrails, space mirrors, and iron fertilization.

We also discuss stratospheric aerosol injection, meat, and paleoclimatology.

Mergers & Acquisitions

January 16th, 2018

45:00

This week we talk about the HHI Index, the Consolidation Curve, and Disney.

We also discuss tax bills, the Panic of 1893, and rightsizing.

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Quantification

January 9th, 2018

53:09

This week we talk about sensors, inventories, and the quantified self.

We also discuss venture capital, fitness trackers, and PARC.

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Norms

January 2nd, 2018

50:06

This week we discuss virtue signaling, hype cycles, and the Overton Window.

We also talk about pronking, online dating, and the Diffusion of Innovations Theory.

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Space War

December 26th, 2017

1:05:52

This week we discuss the Strategic Defense Initiative, the X-37B, and Project Excalibur.

We also talk about space treaties, Patriot missiles, and mutually assured destruction.

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Prison-Industrial Complex

December 19th, 2017

1:00:30

This week we talk about mass incarceration, sketchy Skype-clones, and private prisons.

We also discuss oubliettes, stop-and-frisk, and the War on Drugs.

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Sex Dolls

December 12th, 2017

1:07:01

This week we talk about the Uncanny Valley, the sex toy industry, and porn addiction.

We also discuss pedophilia, sexual aggression, and the age of consent.

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The Cloud

December 5th, 2017

47:21

This week we talk about room-sized computers, server farms, and hackers.

We also discuss teleprinters, Amazon Web Services, and fog computing.

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Opinions

November 28th, 2017

52:37

This week we talk about intelligence, the limits of language, and belief change.

We also discuss useless opinions, subjectivity, and gullibility.

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Human Migration

November 22nd, 2017

1:18:30

This week we talk about Terra Australis, Puerto Rico, and the Free State Project.

We also discuss the Spanish-American War, the European Refugee/Migrant Crisis, and Hurricane Maria.

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Organizing the Internet

November 15th, 2017

58:14

This week we talk about Melvil Dewey, Peppa Pig, and algorithmically generated content.

We also discuss creepy YouTube, hex triplets, and ad-based online infrastructure.

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National Parks

November 7th, 2017

52:43

This week we talk about George Catlin, porcupine caribou, and the Bogd Khan Mountain.

We also discuss Yosemite, the Department of the Interior, and the Louisiana Purchase.

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Universal Basic Services

October 31st, 2017

55:09

This week we talk about scarcity, nationalization, and the dictatorship of the proletariat.

We also discuss the National Health Service, …

Young People & Smartphones

October 24th, 2017

55:07

This week we talk about sleep debt, extended adolescence, and the psychic cost of everyday things.

We also discuss the Blackberry Pearl, depression, …

Stress

October 17th, 2017

39:44

This week we talk about non-sexual arousal, environmental perception, and chronic stress.

We also discuss the HPA axis, the self-help industry, and …

Artificial Womb

October 10th, 2017

44:29

This week we talk about IVF, premies, and artificial wombs.

We also discuss rites of passage, Brave New World, and the perceived place of women in society.

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Tulip Mania

October 3rd, 2017

49:27

This week we talk about cyborgs, the Curse of Knowledge, and Tulip Mania.

We also discuss the Eighty Years' War, distributed knowledge, and …

Asset Tokenization

September 26th, 2017

50:33

This week we talk about liquid and illiquid assets, ICOs, and commodities.

We also discuss soft power, tokenization, and state-run cryptocurrencies.

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Cassini-Huygens

September 20th, 2017

1:00:22

This week we talk about rovers, probes, and the moons of Saturn.

We also discuss Sputnik, Mir, and Instagram exclusives.

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Governments

September 12th, 2017

57:17

This week we discuss Republics, graham crackers, and treason.

We also talk about patriotism, Barrett Brown, and why breakfast is fake.

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Water Rights

September 6th, 2017

52:51

This week we talk about human rights, robo-toilets, and Malvern Holy Water.

We also discuss the scale of corporations, EBT, and Peruvian sewage …

Doxing

August 29th, 2017

52:59

This week we discuss VPNs, Charlottesville, and the Paradox of Tolerance.

We also talk about Cloudflare, the ACLU, and vigilante tweeting.

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Plastic Bags

August 22nd, 2017

1:06:49

This week we discuss bag bans, immortal sponges, and polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride.

We also talk about IKEA, the American Progressive Bag …

Hacking the System

August 15th, 2017

1:01:14

This week we talk about QR codes, security theater, and hacking HBO.

We also discuss Dunbar's Number, getting free meals for a year, and being rude to robots.

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Electric Cars

August 9th, 2017

1:20:26

This week we talk about the GM EV1, the Chevy Volt, and the Tesla Model 3.

We also discuss the fossil fuel death spiral, autonomous ridesharing, and …

Corporatocracy

August 1st, 2017

1:15:26

This week we discuss an array of -ocracies, the smartphone patent wars, and Google's Project Zero.

We also talk about the world's richest man, seasteading, and private militaries.

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Evidence

July 25th, 2017

53:36

This week we talk about faking Obama, Photoshop for audio, and the US Civil War.

We also discuss knock-off Magic cards, artificial neural networks, and the Illuminati.

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Incentives

July 18th, 2017

58:23

This week we talk about net metering, reproducibility, and the Laffer Curve.

We also discuss Amgen, anecdote, and the Edison Electrical Institute.

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Background Technologies

July 11th, 2017

1:02:44

This week we talk about domestication, exoskeletons, and biometric tattoos.

We also discuss RFID pills, genetic algorithms, and the Nike Vapor Razor Talon.

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Impulse Control

July 4th, 2017

51:59

This week we discuss tetraethyllead, alcoholism, and irresistible impulses.

We also talk about the Twinkie Defense, lead poisoning, and affluenza.

Hegemony

June 28th, 2017

47:32

This week we discuss China, Tesla, and The Fate of the Furious.

We also talk about Will & Grace, the Pax Romana, and cultural hegemony.

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Bitcoin

June 20th, 2017

1:03:28

This week we talk about counterfeit rupees, the blockchain, and cryptocurrency.

We also discuss Ethereum, bubbles, and Dutch tulip mania.

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Cultural Appropriation

June 13th, 2017

1:02:39

This week we discuss privilege, cochlear implants, and who should sell burritos.

We also talk about skin whitening, X-linked hypophosphatemia, and …

Boycotts

June 6th, 2017

56:13

This week we talk about Sean Hannity, Media Matters, and ethical consumption.

We also discuss conspiracy theories, the Irish National Land League, and girlcotts.

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Sanctions

May 30th, 2017

56:34

This week we talk about Smart Power, Iran, and little green men.

We also discuss the Organization of American States, a well-known embargo, and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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Analogies

May 23rd, 2017

51:48

This week we talk about neuroscience, engineer's disease, and neural laces.

We also discuss the computational theory of mind, EEG headsets, and Descartes.

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Kodi

May 16th, 2017

59:47

This week we talk about 3D TVs, the Aereo, and fully loaded Kodi devices.

We also discuss micropayments, television on Twitter, and the Digital …

Conflicts of Interest

May 9th, 2017

1:00:58

This week we talk about business ethics, revolving doors, and Halliburton.

We also discuss nepotism, the CIA's AWS, and Wall Street speeches.

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Whataboutism

May 2nd, 2017

33:12

This week we talk about ad hominem, Soviet propaganda, and red herrings.

We also discuss Pravda, logical fallacies, and hypocrisy.

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Moral Revulsion

April 26th, 2017

54:52

This week we talk about chemical weapons, North Korea, and misspeaking on camera.

We also discuss Yugoslavia, the MOAB, and Aleppo.

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Bots

April 18th, 2017

51:15

On this week's episode we talk about chatbots, social media cheats, and robot lawyers.

We also discuss logic trees, digital familiars, and the …

Coal

April 11th, 2017

47:38

On this week's episode we talk about fossil fuels, the EPA, and the yoga industry.

We also discuss the Carboniferous period, clean coal, and …

Terror & Memes

April 4th, 2017

47:46

This week we talk about terrorism, acronyms, and Doge.

We also discuss memetics, mass surveillance, and the Irish Republican Army.

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Influence Marketing

March 28th, 2017

49:24

This week we talk about authenticity, Rookie magazine, and PRIZM.

We also discuss product placement, Jersey Shore, and the two-step flow of …

At What Cost?

March 21st, 2017

47:51

This week we talk about blackballing, #DeleteUber, and the spirit of the law.

We also touch on taxes, Freemasons, and ride-share unions.

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Criticism

March 14th, 2017

50:36

This week we talk about chronological snobbery, signaling theory, and the Chicken Connoisseur.

We also discuss social cognition, Discover Weekly, and …

Global Community

March 8th, 2017

54:11

This week we discuss dark patterns, Facebook, and the tycoon monomyth.

We also talk about user interfaces, social network governance, and prioritized …

Suckerpunch

March 1st, 2017

47:39

This week we talk about the Harlem Hammer, COINTELPRO, and punching nazis.

We also discuss nonviolent protest, the Reichstag Fire Decree, and doxxing.

Pugs

February 22nd, 2017

44:18

This week we discuss brachycephalic dogs, maize, and birth control.

We also talk about lab mice, chimpanzee sanctuaries, and veterinarians.

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Political Omnivores

February 15th, 2017

42:45

This week we talk about enemies who are friends, globalization, and non-polarized opinions.

We also discuss the Tea Party, capitalism, and Uncle Joe.

Intellectual Exhaustion

February 8th, 2017

43:26

This week we talk about noble lies, compassion fatigue, and addiction.

We also discuss the melting arctic, empathy, and red alert causes.

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Journalism-ish

February 1st, 2017

48:31

This week we talk about smart mobs, reddit, and Kompromat.

We also discuss salacious dossiers, mob justice, and data-driven journalism.

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Imitation

January 25th, 2017

38:19

This week we discuss hackers, video games, and Project Xanadu.

We also talk about art, Mirai botnets, and intertwingularity.

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Obsolete

January 18th, 2017

54:01

This week, we talk about self-driving trucks, Malthusian catastrophes, and human obsolescence.

We also discuss zero marginal cost societies, Foxbots, …

Protests

January 11th, 2017

59:41

This week we discuss protests in several different contexts.

We also talk crypto-authoritarianism, clicktivism, and signaling theory.

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Frontiers

January 4th, 2017

48:24

This week we talk about the net-casting spider, space junk, and Kessler syndrome.

We also discuss NASA spinoffs, cowboys, and Mars rover bacteria.

Loot & Morality

December 28th, 2016

49:19

This week we talk about the German kunstschutz unit, the Venus de Milo, and slavery reparations.

We also discuss Operation Mummy's Curse, Nazi …

Prejudged Substance

December 21st, 2016

54:19

This week we talk about raves, the Opium Wars, and the Barbie Drug.

We also discuss guided psychedelic therapy, MDMA, nootropics, and alcohol.

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False Prophets

December 14th, 2016

56:08

This week, we discuss the five main philosophical theories of truth, the concept of post-truth, and how both play into political polls and journalism.

New Normal

December 7th, 2016

52:52

In this week's episode we talk about hurricane names, allergy shots, and thunderstorm asthma.

We also discuss the existing and impending consequences of climate change, metagenonic smog, and how authoritarianism is …

Digital Lives

November 30th, 2016

40:12

On this week's episode, we discuss cutting the internet umbilical, both intentionally and against one's will.

We also discuss some truly unfortunate …

Upsetting Norms

November 23rd, 2016

1:06:12

Today we talk about societal norms, how they're maintained, and why it's so uncomfortable and difficult to imagine a world without them.

We also …

Copyright & Fair Use

November 16th, 2016

1:05:34

On this week's episode, we get into the muddy, blurry worlds of Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain, and ask whether an array of modern tech …

What We Don't Say

November 9th, 2016

1:02:15

This week, we talk about doublespeak and political scandals that make sense, but also don't.

We also discuss the Great Barrier Reef's obituary, the …

Wear This Label

November 2nd, 2016

1:03:28

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about logotypes and brands, alongside social psychology and sexual fluidity.

We'll also touch on …

Freedom & Restriction

October 25th, 2016

43:04

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about freedom, the restriction of freedom, and the very thin line between the two.

We also discuss democracy, immigration, and the Burkini.

Let's Know Things is …

Nuclear Diplomacy

October 19th, 2016

1:03:12

This week, we talk about nuclear weapons and how they're often more useful as threats and geopolitical chess pieces than as actual munitions we …

Hands-Free

October 11th, 2016

1:12:40

This week we talk about the burgeoning hands-free audio movement, the technologies that are depending on and amplifying this progression, and why …

Magic That Works

October 5th, 2016

54:35

In this episode we talk about magic that works: forces that grant us additional powers here in the real world.

We also touch on paganism, social constructionism, how to take down New York.

Let's Know Things is produced …

Colossal & Connected

September 27th, 2016

47:50

On this episode, we talk about great big events, the interconnectedness of everything, and why it's so difficult for us to perceive outsized …

Population

September 21st, 2016

1:14:01

This week, we talk about population, and why we drown in think pieces every time it goes up or down worldwide or in a given locale.

We also address …

Problematic

September 13th, 2016

1:00:15

On this week's episode, we talk about words: their use, overuse, the watering-down of their meaning over time, and how they eventually acquire definition-baggage.

We also talk a bit about swearing and Pig Latin.

Let's …

Cyberspace & Meatspace

September 7th, 2016

1:04:53

On today's episode, we talk about the increasing number of ways the real world and the online world overlap, and what that means for how we exist and interact in these spaces.

Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by 

Biases & Perception

August 31st, 2016

48:10

On this episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about how perception can influence our decisions, whether we're choosing a wine or a presidential candidate.

We'll also talk about how negative biases about some groups can …

Look Away

August 23rd, 2016

55:46

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we touch on the idea of shunning, then deep-dive into empiricism versus faith, trust and journalism, and …

Non-Human Intelligence

August 17th, 2016

59:07

On today's episode we discuss intelligence, and in particular the types of intelligence we find outside of our own species.

We'll also address the …

Tourism

August 10th, 2016

42:25

Today we'll talk about tourism, what it means and where it started, and how it's being usurped by companies like Airbnb.

Let's Know Things is …

Click

August 3rd, 2016

1:28:38

On today's episode, we'll talk about the history of remote controls, before segueing into an exploration of the history of modern advertising.

From …

Interstitial 1

July 30th, 2016

17:46

Today's episode isn't a standard show — instead I'll answer some questions, talk about how the show's been doing and where it's going, and discuss sponsorships and how they'll be integrated into the podcast.

Let's Know …

Grays

July 27th, 2016

54:30

Today we talk about beliefs, the increased polarity of them in recent years, and some of the causes of that polarization. We'll discuss how this …

Barbarians at the Gate

July 20th, 2016

44:34

Today's episode is about the seemingly ceaseless surge of the new against the ostensibly sturdy walls of the established.

We'll talk about the Ottoman Turks and Attila, Scotch whisky, sushi, and even touch for a moment …

Privilege

July 10th, 2016

45:21

On today's episode, we talk about privilege in its many different shapes and forms and contexts.

We'll also dive into the benefits of being aware of one's privilege: for society, and for oneself.

Let's Know Things is …

Shoulds & Ares

July 5th, 2016

45:31

On this episode, we'll start with a discussion about ego depletion, segue into a rivalry between a tech billionaire and the online news behemoth who …

Big Data & the Apocalypse

June 29th, 2016

55:09

This week, we'll talk about end of the world scenarios from around the world. We'll also talk about Big Data: what it is, how it's collected, how …

Suburbia

June 15th, 2016

38:27

In this episode, we talk about suburbia: what it is, how it came to be, its impact throughout many different time periods, and why it tends to suck.

We'll also touch on what's happening now that we've fallen out of love …

Artificial Intelligence and Automation

June 3rd, 2016

42:40

On this week’s episode of Let’s Know Things, we talk about artificial intelligence and automation: the differences between them, why they matter, and how they inform what happens in pretty much every sphere of life.

Free Speech

June 3rd, 2016

30:00

On this episode of Let's Know Things, we'll discuss free speech and how that term is applied by different groups of people in support of opposing viewpoints.

We'll start the conversation with an article from New Republic

Contextualism and China

May 23rd, 2016

44:27

In this first episode of the Let's Know Things podcast, we start by talking about 'contextualism' and how it applies to the unspooling of news items …

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