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Articles & Podcasts of Note (Week of 02/03/2020)
Can the World’s Strangest Mammal Survive? (nytimes.com): The platypus faces a host of existential threats to its existence: habitat loss, human encroachment, predation by non-native species, and now drought and wildfires.
Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth? (thenewyorker.com): Economic growth—a long unquestioned tenet of prosperous Western nations—is now being scrutinized and debated vis a vis the threat of climate change and growing socioeconomic inequality.
Gimlet Academy Podcast (gimletmedia.com): 5-part miniseries hosted by Alex Blumberg about the Gimlet Media process for creating award-winning podcasts. This is a true masterclass in the narrative podcast genre.
How McKinsey Destroyed the Middle Class (theatlantic.com): Fascinating look at how management consulting insinuated itself into corporate planning and strategy and systematically deprived the middle class of upward mobility into the management class.
Naval Podcast: How to Get Rich (nav.al): Don’t let clickbait title scare you away. This is really about creating wealth and a fulfilling life. You will rarely encounter podcast episodes with so many interesting ideas.
No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air (scientificamerican.com): “Although we still do not have a singular and satisfying physical, qualitative explanation of lift, some recent attempts may have gotten us a bit closer.”
Tesla’s Cybertruck Has a Huge Cowboy Problem (medium.com): Tesla’s next biggest challenge will be getting Ford F-150 owners to switch to an electric vehicle that looks like “an armored mini-troop carrier from a dystopian sci-fi fantasy.” Good luck with that.