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  1. Who Needs Handwriting? - Freakonomics Freakonomics

    Remember the torture of penmanship class when you were a kid? Now, how often do you take a pen to paper these days? If you’re like the average American, it’s been more than a month since you did. So why do we still bother teaching handwriting in school?

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  2. Food + Science = Victory! (Ep. 226 Rebroadcast) - Freakonomics Freakonomics

    A kitchen wizard and a nutrition detective talk about the perfect hamburger, getting the most out of garlic, and why you should use vodka in just about everything.

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  3. Mitch Hedberg: “Acid Opened Up My Mind”

    Mitch Hedberg recalls a hallucinogenic trip to the woods and explains why he hates turtleneck sweaters.

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  4. Mitch Hedberg: I Wish They Made Fajita Cologne - “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”

    (Original airdate: 10/12/04) Mitch Hedberg jokes about “The Real World,” dreams, and dwelling cheeses. Experience the "Best Of Stand-Up From Conan" on our podcast hosted by CONAN writer Laurie Kilmartin. Only on Stitcher Premium:

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  5. How to Be Tim Ferriss - Freakonomics Freakonomics

    DUBNER: All right, so, Tim, let’s tackle some of our patented FREAK-quently asked questions. Feel free to give an expansive answer; feel free to give a lightning-round answer. There’s no right or wrong way to do these. Name the handful, or maybe it’s more than a handful, of things that you do — whether it’s rituals, whether it’s diets, sleep, exercise, whatever — things that you do to kind of keep yourself functional and happy and moving forward every day.

    FERRISS: Yeah. I wake up probably somewhere between 8:30 and 10 AM; I tend to stay up late. I sit down and meditate for 20 minutes. Then I brew tea, which is typically Pu-erh tea with turmeric and ginger added to it, to which I add coconut oil, which is high in medium chain triglycerides, which the brain likes very much. I consume that as I sit down and journal. There are two different journals that I’m currently using: the five-minute journal, which was created by a reader of mine, in fact. Really, really helpful for setting the tone and focus for the day. And then morning pages, which is really just a free-association exercise — good way to trap your monkey-mind on paper so it doesn’t distract you and sabotage you for the rest of the day. And between that point and lunch — these days, I’m often skipping breakfast — I will focus on creative, hopefully creative production or synthesis. So writing, recording, exploring, and if I have any type of admin or housekeeping, metaphorically, to deal with, that is done in the afternoon. I’d say that’s generally the routine. I, every night, have a very hot soaking bath. No bubbles, no jets. That’s sacrilegious.

    DUBNER: What is one thing you own that you should throw out but probably never will?

    FERRISS: The wooden shards of the targets that I hit when I was doing the Japanese horseback archery.

    DUBNER: You have them displayed or just stuffed in a drawer?

    FERRISS: They are respectively placed on a shelf, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with them. I think I might just—

    DUBNER: Sounds like you’re gonna keep them.

    FERRISS: I might give them away to people at some point. I just, they have such strong meaning for me. That would definitely be high on the list. I also have notebooks — just bookshelves and bookshelves of notebooks where I’ve recorded, for instance, almost all my workouts since I was about 16. I don’t think I need those.

    DUBNER: What’s your favorite sport to play and favorite sport to watch?

    FERRISS: Favorite sport to play — competitive sport?

    DUBNER: What is an example of a noncompetitive sport? Isn’t it then not a sport?

    FERRISS: That’s fair enough.

    DUBNER: No, I’m curious to know.

    FERRISS: Well, there’s a related—

    DUBNER: Like kite flying. Although we used to have kite fights when I was a kid.

    FERRISS: Yeah. No, acro yoga is something that I’m currently really delving into. It’s a combination of, in effect, yoga, acrobatics, and Cirque Du Soleil-type performances. The sports that I am best at or have been best at are generally those that I enjoy. I don’t like being really bad at things. 

    DUBNER: Welcome to the club.

    FERRISS: Yeah.

    DUBNER: You’re visiting New York now, which you do pretty regularly. It’s not uncommon to run into someone on the street asking for money. So it seems like everybody, over the course of their life, develops some kind of standard strategy for that scenario. What’s yours?

    FERRISS: I do not give money, and I’ll tell you why. I at one point paid a homeless gentleman in San Francisco to give me a tour of the entire sort of homeless underground in San Francisco.

    DUBNER: What did you pay him?

    FERRISS: It was through a service that I think is no longer around*. I think it was called Vayable? V-a-y-a-b-l-e. It was maybe 50, a hundred bucks, something like that? And he was very explicit and he said, “You should never give homeless people money.” And he showed me exactly where they—

    *CLARIFICATION: Vayable is still in business. According to their press team, they are “growing bigger than ever and now operating in more than 100 countries.”

    DUBNER: Right, says the homeless guy who’s getting paid by the agency.

    FERRISS: Who is getting money. So, right, you have to take that into account. But he walked me through the Tenderloin, through all these different areas, and he pointed out where to get clothing, where to get housing, where to get blankets, where to get food, where to get all these resources, and he said, anyone who is asking for money is doing so to buy drugs or alcohol.

    DUBNER: Tim, what is something that you believed for a long time to be true until you found out you were wrong?

    FERRISS: I believed for a very long time as an athlete that low-fat, high-carbohydrate was an optimal diet.

    DUBNER: Not just you, brother.

    FERRISS: Yeah. And I think there’s a decent amount of evidence, circumstantial or direct, to suggest that low-fat diets create a host of issues ranging from joint problems to amenorrhea, like the cessation of menstruation. I mean, it’s, it’s, I think entirely unnatural for sedentary people or for athletes.

    DUBNER: And also when you forbid people or discourage people from consuming a thing, whether in that case it’s fat, or it could be, you know, anything that you can think of, it’s not like most people will instead consume nothing. They’ll consume more of something else. So the complement, right? And in this case, the complement was a lot of carbs and a lot of sugars that contributed to — if we believe the science that we’re reading today —contributed to all kinds of chronic and underlying problems.

    FERRISS: Oh, absolutely. I mean, like, rice cakes? Might as well just inject yourself with insulin.

    DUBNER: So, I’m curious, when I read The 4-Hour Chef, it strikes me that you’re a very adventurous chef and eater, but when I hear you talk about your nutrition now, I am curious what you actually would put on a plate and put in your mouth. So if we were to leave this radio studio and say, “hey, let’s go get something to eat,” where would we go and what would you eat?

    FERRISS: I’m not purist about it, because I also know how to biochemically limit the damage that I might create. So if we wanted to go out and have sushi, and eat several pounds of rice, I could do that. It wouldn’t cause me any existential angst. 

    DUBNER: What would be your optimal meal? We’re in New York; there are many choices.

    FERRISS: Yeah. Optimal meal, I would say, would be grass-fed steak with vegetables, maybe some lentils for fiber.

    DUBNER: I’m down with that. No problem.

    FERRISS: And I can go out, and it is not clear to anyone eating with me that I am on a strange or restrictive diet when I order at a restaurant.

    DUBNER: Small question here: what is the best possible future invention or discovery for humankind?

    FERRISS: The first thing that comes to mind is functional safety precautions related to artificial intelligence, which I think is very difficult.

    DUBNER: Yeah, sure is.

    FERRISS: How do you create sort of stop-gap ripcords for an intelligence that is by definition intended to get to the point where it can do several million hours of human computation in the span of minutes or hours?

    DUBNER: I talk to people about it, I read about it, but it’s really hard for me to understand the contours of it. But the catch-22 part, it seems to me, is we want it to be good enough to be so good that we would be secondary. We would be the animals that somehow manage to create a better intelligence and therefore expendable.

    FERRISS: Yeah. I mean, this is a very, very prevalent and intense conversation among technologists right now. And there are those, of course, who believe that it’s summoning the demon and so on. There are those who think it will be a panacea. And there are those who believe it could be both. I tend to fall in that latter group. I mean, I do think that artificial intelligence could solve potentially the greatest dilemmas of our time.

    DUBNER: Which you would name as what? The fact that we die too early? The fact that we do stupid things?

    FERRISS: Yeah. I mean, you name it. I think space colonization or some variant thereof, climate change, world hunger, warfare or elimination thereof. I mean, it’s impossible to conceive of not only the solutions that A.I. would find to known problems, but the problems it would identify that we haven’t even noticed yet.

    DUBNER: I have no idea what even the next five years will bring, though, in A.I., much less 20 years from now. Maybe you do.

    FERRISS: I have some guesses, most of which I probably can’t talk about. But I would say that, imagine—

    DUBNER: What do you mean, you can’t talk about them? Because you know them to be true? You’ve told someone you won’t break the promise?

    FERRISS: That’s right. The latter. Just proprietary information from companies. But I would say this: imagine that a nuclear bomb were bits and bytes that could be transmitted through any broadband connection.

    DUBNER: Meaning replicable and scalable in a way that something physical like that is not?

    FERRISS: That’s right. That is far more uncontainable than a closely tracked amount of uranium or plutonium.

    DUBNER: That’s a very sobering note on which to end. So let’s not end there. All right, last question. If you had a time machine — and it sounds like you may know people who have time machines — when would you travel to and why and what would you do there?

    FERRISS: So I’m tempted to say that I would travel back in time to eliminate some dictator, tyrant, or so on. But I think that—

    DUBNER: Everybody would do that. Other people would take care of that.

    FERRISS: Other people would take care of that. So my knee-jerk response is that I would go back in time and have a lot of drinks with Ben Franklin.

    DUBNER: You do love Ben Franklin, I know, and there’s a lot of reasons to love him. But tell me why him.

    FERRISS: Because he wasn’t afraid to be an amateur, and as an amateur with a beginner’s mind, I think a fresh pair of eyes, he was able to create many, many breakthroughs in multiple fields that have shaped civilization and the world as we know it today. And he was also, though, at the same time, a bit of a merry prankster and a bit of a showman. And I just really enjoy that combination. Being able to accomplish very big, serious objectives while not taking yourself too seriously is something I aspire to.

    DUBNER: Well done, Tim Ferriss. Thanks for coming in.

    FERRISS: Thank you.

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  6. Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, and Greg Kihn - Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon -

    In our first interview, former WHITESNAKE guitarist ADRIAN VANDENBERG discusses his time with the band, working with Steve Vai, his working relationship with singer David Coverdale, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, the lawsuits over his name,…!podcast

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  7. Episode 23 - merritt kopas

    It’s a skeleton crew tonight! Alice and Jacob get together to talk about the terrifyingly talented merritt kopas! Can Alice and Jacob keep this episode from going on forever???? There’s just so much to talk about!!!!!!


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  8. Porn: a Love Story — Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory

    Porn: a Love Story

    by Jen Diamond, playwright from Inkubator On Air, Cohort One.

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