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    Adam is joined by general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Seleta Reynolds to talk about municipal transit and reducing our reliance on cars.

    Seleta appears on the Cars episode of the Adam Ruins Everything TV show. You can find out more about Seleta and her work at the LADOT here.

    Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

    Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

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    Adam and Caitlin discuss the bizarre world of funeral conventions, body compositing, and get deep about the afterlife.

    Adam Conover is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

    Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

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  5. Adam Ruins Everything - Episode 18: Game Designer Jonathan Blow Unpacks ‘The Witness’

    On the Adam Ruins Everything podcast, Adam typically brings experts who appeared on the TV show to further expand on the arguments they make on the show. But during the off-season of the TV show, we thought we’d try something new. We are going to start bringing guests onto the show who may or may not have appeared on the show, but who are just as thoughtful and groundbreaking in their work.

    Today’s guest is Jonathan Blow, the indie game developer who is best known as the creator of Braid and The Witness. In The Witness, which was released last year to rave reviews, a player walks around a picturesque island solving complex puzzles. The puzzles themselves are not only incredibly challenging and quite philosophical, but they’re almost a glimpse into the highly intelligent mind of Jonathan himself. Jonathan attended the University of California at Berkeley, and worked several jobs including Game Developer Magazine, before releasing Braid in 2008.On the podcast, Jonathan and Adam discuss The Witness at length… including, SPOILER ALERT, the solutions to puzzles and the game’s ending! (Don’t worry, spoilers will be clearly marked, so you have time to pause.) Within the game, they discuss architecture’s role in gaming, how the game raises questions about religion and the self, and much more. If you’re planning on playing the game, we encourage you to pause the episode before it gets spoilery and play the game yourself before finishing the episode.

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  6. Adam Ruins Everything Episode 23: Susan Crawford On Investing in Internet Infrastructure | Maximum Fun

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    Today’s Adam Ruins Everything podcast guest is the go-to person when it comes to internet infrastructure:

    Susan Crawford. Susan is a professor at

    Harvard Law School and the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age and the co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.

     

    On the podcast Susan tells us why the internet in the U.S. isn’t as good as it should be; it’s much slower than many other countries around the world because our cable conglomerates can control markets around the country. And unfortunately, these are leaving many of our communities in the technology dark ages. Susan tells Adam what we can do to promote internet infrastructure and how she’s already seen that activism first-hand around the country.

      Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com. Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

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  7. Adam Ruins Everything | Episode 10 Parking with “Shoup Dogg” Shoup

    Show: Adam Ruins Everything Guests: Shoup If you have any questions about parking, Shoup will definitely know the answer. The Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning is the author of The High Cost of Free Parking and studies how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment.

    and his cartoon alter ego appeared on Adam Ruins Cars, and on the podcast he and Adam discuss the problems with free parking, how meter revenue can finance public services in metered neighborhoods, and ‘s endless similarities with Snoop Dogg.

    Adam Conover is on Twitter @AdamConover and is currently touring the US.

    You can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

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  8. Adam Ruins Everything Episode 28: Jean Twenge and Adam Discuss Their Differences on Generational Differences | Maximum Fun

    Professor Jean Twenge appears on the upcoming season two premiere of the Adam Ruins Everything TV show called Adam Ruins Having a Baby. But the reason Jean’s on this week’s podcast is to talk about something very different: generations.

    Last year Adam gave a talk called ‘Millenials Don’t Exist’, which sought to prove generational narratives can be inaccurate and reductive. The presentation actually referred to Jean’s career-long work on the subject matter and may have made some jokes at her expense. 

    A year later, when Adam and his team were researching on Adam Ruins Having a Baby, they came across Jean’s work in a very different context - she’s conducted extensive research on fertility patterns for women in their later 30s. So they invited her to be an expert on the TV show! While she and Adam were on set, they discussed their differences on generations and decided to continue the conversation on the podcast.

    Jean is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and is the author of Generation Me and the upcoming iGen.

    Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

    Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

     

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  9. Adam Ruins Everything Episode 39: Jessica Huseman on Why Filing Taxes Is Unnecessarily Difficult | Maximum Fun

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    We all know how filing taxes is a pain. Every April Americans dig through receipts, meet with accountants, claim their expenses, and pray they’re not audited. It takes a significant amount of time and energy, and frankly, it doesn’t make that much sense that we have to calculate what we owe the government.

     

    But our guest, Jessica Huseman, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Economy, tells us taxes doesn’t have to be so hard. In many other countries around the world, citizens file their taxes through a system called return-free filing. That means instead of citizens calculating what they owe the government, the government will calculate their taxes and essentially send them the bill. Unfortunately, the tax companies like H&R Block and TurboTax prefer the status quo because that means more business for them; they’ve actually very successfully lobbied the government to keep this system in place.

     

    Jessica is a reporter with ProPublica and helped break this story for the organization earlier this year.

     

    Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

    Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

    http://maximumfun.org/adam-ruins-everything/adam-ruins-everything-episode-39-jessica-huseman-why-filing-taxes-unnecessaril

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  10. Adam Ruins Everything Episode 18: Game Designer Jonathan Blow Unpacks

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