Mental Pivot

Notes and observations from a lifelong pursuit of learning.

 
Insights and interesting reads delivered straight to your inbox.
Sign up for the free Mental Pivot Newsletter.

Articles & Podcasts of Note (Week of 11/09/2020)


Every Friday I highlight the most interesting or entertaining items from my media diet of the past week.


Articles:

Podcasts:

  • Dan Carlin: Hardcore History (lexfridman.com): Long conversation between Lex and Dan covering a wide range of historical topics.
  • Imaginary Worlds (imaginaryworldspodcast.org): Podcast series that explores fantasy and speculative fiction topics. Fascinating inquiries into questions such as magical thinking and fascism in speculative fiction.
  • The Lost Cities of Geo (99percentinvisible.org): A look at the impact of GeoCities which, in the 1990s, captured the imagination of early web-users by providing them with tools to build a vibrant community under the auspices of a virtual “city.”
  • Monopoly and Academic Decathlon (wnycstudios.org): John Green considers the venerable board game (and its complex history) and then offers a touching reminiscence of high school. Shoutout to reader SH for the recommendation.
  • Resistance: Coach G (gimletmedia.com): The eye-opening story of the only black man in the town of Harvard, Nebraska.


Get weekly email updates and additional content: Sign up for the free Mental Pivot Newsletter.