Theodore Roosevelt on political parties, social media soaks up immense amount of your time for very little reward for it, to say the obvious fact that Capitalism is better than Communism is taboo in academia, the natural tendency of humans is to amass the strongest possible case for your own side.
Why are humans excited by violence, hundreds of thousands of people watched public executions, violence is inherent to human nature, when conversation fails all we have is violence, , guns as technology, flooding The Coliseum, the end of revolutions and more...
How Steve Rinella Spent a Year in the American Wild to Re-create a Feast from the Classic Recipes of French Master Chef Auguste Escoffier, The village storyteller is as old as language. Only there are 6 billion villagers and podcasts are the campfire, building bonds over shared experiences.
Doing what you dread immediately, early employees of Facebook refusing to use Facebook, the downside to training your brain for short term feedback loops, "billionaire? what the fuck is that word?", hang around smart high functioning people and copy what they do.
Humanity is one unbroken chain of life stretching back 4 billion years, there is only one place in the universe where atoms can contemplate atoms, we can be both valuable and insignificant at the same time.
Sidewinder intro, the value of old advice, drink shit that is a thousand years old, wasteful twitter addiction, a lake that is a thousand miles wide and an inch deep, no one gets out alive, Naval Ravikant's idea on this moment.
David and Rob talk about the podcasts they never miss. Here are the podcasts we discussed:
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
The Monday Morning Podcast
The Last Podcast On The Left
Star Talk Radio
Joe Rogan Experience
Waking Up with Sam Harris
Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast
Under the Skin with Russell Brand
The Way I Heard It With Mike Rowe
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Hank Rowan did something unprecedented and no one followed him. A billionaire gives $150 million to Harvard that has $36 billion because he thinks the school needs help opening its gates wider to the most talented students in the world. What? Spending $800 million on 100 students a year? What?
One of the best podcasts we have ever heard. Your entire life runs on the software in your head why would you not obsess over optimizing it? Honesty as a core value. The importance of reading. What Oprah says about energy. Why is philosophy important.
It's a story about what happens when your personal goals are pitted against the life of another person. And it's about how we make the toughest of moral decisions: whether or not to help someone who's nearly dead.
The arms race for attention. These products are like slot machines. Its not by accident. They will continue to take more time because that is the business model. People regret the time they spend in Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WeChat. People don’t regret the time they spend listening to podcasts.
I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks. —Danny Hillis, inventor of the clock
What you can learn from Napoleon’s maxims. Why Jocko Podcast is inspiring. Simple does not mean easy. Why everyone should start at zero. Napoleon and Jocko agree: Deliberate before you make a decision but once you make a decision you need to commit.
The time Trevor Noah was almost jumped in South Africa. What Trevor Noah noticed about Donald Trump's language. How language can unite and divide. This is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes.
We talk about one of the funniest podcasts we have ever heard: My Dad Wrote A Porno. This one contains a adult themes, sexual content and strong language. Basically all the good stuff. This originally aired 7 months ago.
The Vice President who resigned because he was impersonating Tony Soprano. The president that wrote the constitution will tell you if something is unconstitutional. A radical choice for repairing public roads.
Why everyone should read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (1:00), the age of truth never existed (4:00), what A16Z gets right about podcasts (8:00), building a more flexible society (12:00), what its like being obsessed with podcasts (16:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts (22:00)
The catastrophic event that created Britain (2:00), outbreak of STD's in the Koala community (5:00), how do airplanes survive lightning strikes? (8:00), simulation theory (13:00), how to listen to Science In Action: When Britain First Ripped Away From Europe (18:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts (19:00).
Andrew Jackson will kill you (3:00), Jackson the populist (10:00), the importance of historical context (12:00), where did the scar on Andrew Jackson's face come from? (17:00), how to support this podcast, get bonus episodes and keep us ad free (23:00).
The V-2 rocket travels at 5 miles per second (1:00), how a small meteor dug a mile wide hole in seconds (7:00), Neil deGrasse Tyson on astrology (15:00), Neil deGrasse Tyson on accessing the 4th dimension (18:00), escape velocity of death (24:00).
The Lewd Gecko (1:30), L. Ron Hubbard flips Yachts? (6:00), was L. Ron Hubbard a genius? (10:30), L. Ron Hubbard the submarine commander (14:30), get exclusive access to premium A Podcast About Podcasts episodes by subscribing on Patreon.
The Multiverse Theory (1:00), the earth used to be a giant snowball (11:45), Neil’s plan for an asteroid impact (27:30), the time Neil Tyson was blindfolded and taken to a laboratory that was producing artificial diamonds (37:00), how you can support this podcast (43:00).
Aaron Rodgers UFO sighting (1:00), Star talk (10:00), the religious upbringing of Pete Holmes and Aaron Rodgers (18:00), how rejection motivated Aaron Rodgers (28:00), Pete Holmes on Joe Rogan (41:00), not belonging to a political party or team (1:00:00).
Tom Cruise's superpower (2:00), Tom's Cruise's filmography (13:00) Tom Cruise on work (20:30), we love podcasts like Tom Cruise loves movies (25:00), how to support A Podcast About Podcasts/ our future plans (30:00).
The podcasts we never miss (1:30), technology’s impact on society (5:00), confusing technological change with political change (12:00), the internet enables completely new business models that do the same jobs but in completely different ways (19:00).
The living conditions at the Sunshine Hotel (1:00), how do you wind up in a flophouse? (8:00), the hustlers capital of the planet (20:00), Rob's wedding plans (24:00), a hilarious story about the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (30:00)
The death of Joseph Stalin (8:15), Harry Truman's insecurities (16:00), The Revolt of the Admirals (21:00), Richard Nixon's insane quote on presidential power (25:00), funny Russian and Chinese collusion stories from the Korean War (33:45), the relative size of nuclear mushroom clouds (41:15), Nikita Khrushchev (52:30), weekly premium episodes (1:00:30)
Rob's snowboarding trip (1:00), The Revenant (7:35), bear spray or gun for self defense? (14:15), what do bears eat? (25:30), the probability of getting mauled by a bear (32:30), apex predators (42:45), Rob's bear story (52:20).
We talk about what we learned from listening to Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank #277: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost with Henry Rollins. We talk about Southeast Asia, boats getting trapped in Antarctica, sailing the Nile River and obscure world travel.
We talk about what we learned from listening to Common Sense with Dan Carlin Show 310 Or Else. What happens if our nation’s problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn’t help? Can we solve corruption, institute constitutional checks and balances, change foreign policy and create jobs in the future? What happens if we fail to solve these problems?
We discuss what we learned from listening to the Nerdist episode #528 with Anthony Bourdain. We talk about America's first prison riot, cities of Asia, and how Anthony Bourdain influences travel decisions.
David and Rob talk about the Infinite Monkey Cage episode about extraterrestrial life. They discuss the enormity of the universe, Professor Brian Cox, and the reason to believe in extraterrestrial life.
David and Rob talk about one of their all time favorite podcast episodes: Hardcore History #48 Prophets of Doom. They discuss torture, the protestant reformation, hallucinating, your favorite podcasters favorite podcast, and polygamy.
David and Rob talk about The Tim Ferriss Show with Robert Rodriguez. They discuss creativity, turning failure into commercial success, funding filmmaking with experimental medical research, going your own way, and why art should be imperfect.
David and Rob talk about MeatEater Podcast #33 with Steven Rinella and Dan Flores They discuss the American Great Plains, coyotes on rooftops in Queens, Steve Rinella's intelligence and Rob's snowboarding trip to the Andes. ***Apologies for the background noise. Rob was rushing to catch a plane to South America and needed to do laundry. It happens.***