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Articles & Podcasts of Note (Week of 11/4/2019)

  • 5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please (nytimes.com): Cal Newport (Deep Work and Digital Minimalism) opinion piece about how our views of knowledge work and traditional work schedules are still evolving.
  • Bill Simmons’ Book of Basketball 2.0 Podcast (theringer.com): Bill Simmons sequel to 2009’s The Book of Basketball isn’t a book but a podcast. No matter,  it’s fascinating to see how much basketball has changed in the last decade.
  • The Collar Bomb Heist (wired.com): In 2003 a man with a bomb forcibly locked onto his neck is forced to rob a bank. Incredible true story described as “one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI.”
  • How Washington Keeps America Sick and Fat (politico.com): “The share of research dollars devoted to nutrition has stayed largely flat for at least three decades…” even as diet-related conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise.
  • Life is a Ponzi Scheme (nih.gov): The inversion of global age distribution—from many young supporting few elderly to the new arrangement where fewer young support many elderly—is frighteningly similar to the infamous Ponzi scheme.
  • The Lure of Luxury (bostonreview.net): As someone not swayed by luxurious things, it’s great to get some insight on why luxury goods are so compelling.
  • My Obsession with the Bon Appétit Cinematic Universe (jezebel.com): I’m fascinated by the ways platforms like YouTube are changing the content-landscape AND I’m a glutton for food programming. I consider this article a double-win.
  • Regulating Big Tech Makes them Stronger so They Need Competition Instead (economist.com): Cory Doctorow article points to the dark side of regulations: regulatory capture and stronger moats for incumbents. Will our political leaders consider these impacts or go for the expedient solutions that unwittingly bolster these companies?
  • The Riddle of the Well-Paying Pointless Job (medium.com): “Jobs where you know you could do the work in one to two hours each day, yet you have to pretend you’re working for a whole eight or nine hours.”
  • This. Isn’t. Sparta. (coup.blog): Magnificent 7-part series about the Hollywood myth of Sparta vis a vis the actual reality of the historical city-state.


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