Podcast

Let's Know Things

Let's Know Things is a show about putting current events into context. Rather than simply discussing the news, in each episode we use a news item as a starting point for a larger discussion about a particular industry, society, ourselves, and the world.

Episodes

  • Capacitors

    Apr 16 2019

    This week we talk about Leyden Jars, cascading failures, and MLCCs. We also discuss dielectrics, batteries, and the global economy. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings When we reach 200 patrons, I'll produce an additional episode each month which will be available to all patrons at any level. For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Ethics Boards

    Apr 09 2019

    This week we talk about ethics, axiology, and the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council. We also discuss the Heritage Foundation, Google, and value theory. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings If we reach 200 patrons on Patreon, I'll produce an additional episode each month, available to all patrons. For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Generative Adversarial Networks

    Apr 02 2019

    This week we talk about Photoshopping, GANs, and Lincoln’s fake body. We also discuss AI-generated cats, scientific discovery, and creative self-consciousness. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings Announced this episode: If we reach 200 patrons on Patreon, I'll produce an additional episode each month, available to all patrons. For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Privilege Spirals

    Mar 26 2019

    This week we talk about mafias, Silicon Valley, and the Ivy League. We also discuss the Traitorous Eight, schadenfreude, and the Matthew Effect. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Identity Politics

    Mar 19 2019

    This week we talk about labor unions, divide and rule, and identity. We also discuss US political parties, the Combahee River Collective, and labels. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Sharenting

    Mar 12 2019

    This week we talk about stock photography, augmented reality, and online personhood. We also discuss simultaneous localization and mapping, sharing while a parent, and Mirrorworld. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Brand Disassociation

    Mar 05 2019

    This week we talk about Disney, YouTube, and crisis management. We also discuss algorithms, recommendation spirals, and ad buyers. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Attention

    Feb 26 2019

    This week we talk about the Red Market, binge-watching, and peak attention. We also discuss Fortnite, net worth, and corporate shade. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Superheavy Elements

    Feb 19 2019

    This week we talk about the Periodic Table, the Large Hadron Collider, and the Higgs boson. We also discuss extreme chemistry, particle physics, and Dmitri Mendeleev. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Hardware Parasites

    Feb 12 2019

    This week we talk about parasitical fungi, the right to repair, and the Game Genie. We also discuss ROM cartridges, John Deere tractors, and Project Alias. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Eyeglasses

    Feb 05 2019

    This week we talk about the Nimrud lens, non-compound eyes, and EssilorLuxottica. We also discuss Big Lens, transparent medical pricing, and reading stones. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Cannabis

    Jan 29 2019

    This week we talk about exploitation films, the Cannabis plant, and the Shafer Commission. We also discuss the prison industrial complex, the International Opium Commission, and hashish. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • The 10 Billion Diet

    Jan 22 2019

    This week we discuss flexitarianism, Banting, and the global diet industry. We also discuss population growth, Claude Bernard, and Godzilla-scale problems. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io My newest project is called Some Thoughts About Living

  • Global Positioning System

    Jan 15 2019

    This week we talk about Sputnik 1, satellite triangulation, and the Guugu Yimithirr. We also discuss the GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo constellations. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Cameras

    Jan 08 2019

    This week we talk about selfies, the Daguerrotype, and smartphone cameras. We also discuss film, Kodak, and the perception of captured reality. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Bandwidth Inequality

    Jan 01 2019

    This week we talk about internet access milestones, the rural digital disadvantage, and the benefits of broadband access. We also discuss bandwidth issues in the US, internet non-users, and the mobile internet in Africa. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • China's Evolution

    Dec 25 2018

    This week we talk about the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, and China's middle class. We also discuss GDP, the benefits and downsides of scale, and international tourism. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Creative Platforms

    Dec 18 2018

    This week we talk about busking, deplatforming, and the Tumblr porn ban. We also discuss megaphones, Patreon, and the friction between creating and funding. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Sex Recession

    Dec 11 2018

    This week we talk about asexuality, penile measurements, and the mesolimbic pathway. We also discuss dating apps, pornography, and biological reward systems. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Germline Modification

    Dec 04 2018

    This week we talk about insulin, genetic engineering, and rogue scientists. We also discuss CRISPR/Cas9, assisted reproductive technology, and gene editing ethics. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Facebook: It's Complicated

    Nov 27 2018

    This week we talk about Cambridge Analytica, Friday news dumps, and the Definers scandal. We also discuss data breaches, Soros, and Brexit. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Government Subsidies

    Nov 20 2018

    This week we talk about corporate welfare, Amazon's HQ2, and cronyism. We also discuss helipads, private space companies, and Wisconsin. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Motorized Scooters

    Nov 13 2018

    This week we talk about the Razor, scooter economics, and traversing microdistances. We also discuss Bird, the difference between docked and dock-less transportation, and the scooter-charging gig economy. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Cosplay

    Nov 06 2018

    This week we talk about fandom, conventions, and Mr. Skygack, from Mars. We also discuss subcultures, kawaii, and harassment. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • New Climate Report

    Oct 30 2018

    This week we talk about hurricanes, 1.5˚ Celsius, and the IPCC 2018 special report on climate change. We also discuss what real climate action looks like, why it probably won’t happen, and things we believe about climate change that probably aren’t accurate. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Hardware Hacking

    Oct 23 2018

    This week we talk about the Coventry Blitz Conspiracy, Supermicro, and Fancy Bear. We also discuss state-sponsored hacking, the CIA, and Pearl Harbor. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Consumer-Grade Medical Devices

    Oct 16 2018

    This week we talk about hypochondria, heart monitoring, and medical device classes. We also discuss postmarketing surveillance, electrocardiograms, and smartwatches. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Selling Privacy

    Oct 09 2018

    This week we talk about surveillance, iPhones, and profit margins. We also discuss vertical integration, Fan Bingbing, and the Chrome browser. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Stratigraphy

    Oct 02 2018

    This week we talk about the Meghalayan stage, the ICS, and the Law of Superposition. We also discuss Dr. Guy Middleton, lithostratigraphy, and academic geology shade. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Open Source

    Sep 25 2018

    This week we talk about Richard Stallman, Wikipedia, and GitHub. We also discuss Common Clause, Amazon Web Services, and Linux. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Debt Trap

    Sep 18 2018

    This week we talk about the Safavids, Djibouti, and debt-book diplomacy. We also discuss the Belt and Road Initiative, China's structural weaknesses, and the Silk Road. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Soybeans

    Sep 11 2018

    This week we talk about Morse & Piper, fake milk, and the Dust Bowl. We also discuss FDA standards, plant-based protein, and soybean politics. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Flying Cars

    Sep 04 2018

    This week we talk about the Ford Flivver, the Space Race, and ideas that came too soon. We also discuss civil rights, the Nucleon, and ideas that came too late. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Apology Tour

    Aug 28 2018

    This week we talk about Ambien, reputation management, and the Twinkie Defense. We also discuss GABA, drug enforcement schedules, and moral judgement. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Persuasive Technology

    Aug 21 2018

    This week we talk about Captology, Pigovian taxes, and dopamine. We also discuss adolescent psychology, smoking, and dark patterns. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Trust

    Aug 14 2018

    This week we talk about shopping malls, Goop, and societal trust. We also discuss e-commerce, the war on journalism, and confirmation bias. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • 5G

    Aug 07 2018

    This week we talk about life-changing speeds, millimeter waves, and wireless disruption. We also discuss the 5G rollout, BS telecommunications technologies, and MIMO antenna arrays. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Online Dating

    Jul 31 2018

    This week we talk about swiping, otaku, and the gamification of intimacy. We also discuss dating sims, population stats, and Match Group. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Sacred Cows

    Jul 24 2018

    This week we talk about the US Constitution, the free market, and property law. We also discuss Canada's international influence, dictatorships, and AI authoritarians. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Socialism

    Jul 17 2018

    This week we talk about the French Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and municipal socialism. We also discuss the $15 minimum wage, the benefits of capitalism, and automation. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Crypto Scams

    Jul 10 2018

    This week we talk about multi-level marketing, Dennis Rodman, and BitConnect. We also discuss the crypto commons, Ripple, and PotCoin. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Reading

    Jul 03 2018

    This week we talk about neolithic tablets, secondary orality, and speed reading. We also discuss narrative, the myth of multitasking, and modern distractedness. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io

  • Sleep

    Jun 26 2018

    This week we talk about whale oil, the DEC2 gene variation, and the economic costs of insufficient sleep. We also discuss LEDs, luminous efficacy, and contemporary sleep science. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io  

  • Conspiracy Theories

    Jun 19 2018

    This week we talk about sonic weapons, mass hysteria, and Occam's Razor. We also discuss Cuba, Guangzhou, and encephalopathy. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Competitive Video Gaming

    Jun 12 2018

    This week we talk eSports, Fortnite, and gaming as a service. We also discuss Twitch, augmented reality, and Battle Royale. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Complex People

    Jun 05 2018

    This week we talk about Fritz Haber, the Korean Peninsula, and moral gray areas. We also discuss attribution bias, giving credit where credit is due, and Mother Teresa. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Personal Genomics

    May 29 2018

    This week we talk about citizen science, genealogy services, and serial killers. We also discuss genetic privacy, HR 1313, and DNA analysis. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Killer Robots

    May 22 2018

    This week we talk about androids, drones, and Project Maven. We also discuss lethal autonomous weapons, the Terminator, and cyberwarfare. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • The Call of the Commons

    May 15 2018

    This week we talk about Robogate, call centers, and phone fraud. We also discuss the tragedy of the commons, the Do Not Call Registry, and noise. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Art Forgery

    May 08 2018

    This week we talk about art valuation, Morellian analysis, and Duchamp's Fountain. We also discuss market-demolishing faux Rodins, connoisseurs, and what art actually is. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Counterfeit

    May 01 2018

    This week we talk about Gresham's Law, drop shipping, and Section 230. We also discuss FOSTA-SESTA, stealing books, and reeded coins. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • Regulatory Capture

    Apr 24 2018

    This week we talk about rent-seeking, the Shirky Principle, and the tax-preparation industry. We also discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Zuckerberg's testimony, and the public interest. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com

  • The Right to Be Forgotten

    Apr 17 2018

    This week we talk about the GDPR, crypto-shredding, and online privacy. We also discuss deleted files that aren't, Google as journalism, and EU standards. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Organs

    Apr 10 2018

    This week we talk about Galen, organs-on-chips, and the interstitium. We also discuss microbiota, Ptolemy I, and commensalism. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Trade War

    Apr 03 2018

    This week we talk about bribery, the Anglo-Irish Trade War, and Bananagate. We also discuss China, tariffs, and the United Fruit Company. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Digital Dark Age

    Mar 27 2018

    This week we talk about the Universal Serial Bus, cuneiform, and 5D optical data storage. We also discuss chip aging, solid-state drives, and the Arch Mission Foundation. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Food Fraud

    Mar 20 2018

    This week we talk about fast food, the diet industry, and plastic rice. We also discuss growth stunting, horse meat, and nutritional deficiencies. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Millennials

    Mar 13 2018

    This week we talk about fashion forecasting, Theosophy, and the Generation formerly known as Y. We also discuss Boomer, Aryans, and color consultants. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Satellite Broadband

    Mar 06 2018

    This week we talk about Starlink, Arthur C. Clarke, and atmospheric satellites. We also discuss Facebook Aquila, space manufacturing, and the Falcon Heavy. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Untouchable

    Feb 27 2018

    This week we talk about Napoleon, Jacob Zuma, and what it takes to become legally untouchable. We also discuss financial crises, too big to fail, and political deposition. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Passive Architecture

    Feb 20 2018

    This week we talk about thermal bridges, superinsulation, and the Leaky Condo Crisis. We also discuss zero-energy buildings, standards of living, and quality of life. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Data Portability

    Feb 13 2018

    This week we talk about edge cases, WHOIS, and information brokers. We also discuss China's Social Credit System, the GDPR, and data ownership. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Information Imbalance

    Feb 07 2018

    This week we talk about geolocation, Strava heat maps, and transparency. We also discuss optimization, Zuckerberg's walls, and social media insider regrets. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Cardboard Entertainment

    Jan 31 2018

    This week we talk about Zappers, board games, and Nintendo Labo. We also discuss barcades, makerspaces, and unusual consoles. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Geoengineering

    Jan 23 2018

    This week we talk about contrails, space mirrors, and iron fertilization. We also discuss stratospheric aerosol injection, meat, and paleoclimatology. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    Jan 16 2018

    This week we talk about the HHI Index, the Consolidation Curve, and Disney. We also discuss tax bills, the Panic of 1893, and rightsizing. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Quantification

    Jan 09 2018

    This week we talk about sensors, inventories, and the quantified self. We also discuss venture capital, fitness trackers, and PARC. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Norms

    Jan 02 2018

    This week we discuss virtue signaling, hype cycles, and the Overton Window. We also talk about pronking, online dating, and the Diffusion of Innovations Theory. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Space War

    Dec 26 2017

    This week we discuss the Strategic Defense Initiative, the X-37B, and Project Excalibur. We also talk about space treaties, Patriot missiles, and mutually assured destruction. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Prison-Industrial Complex

    Dec 19 2017

    This week we talk about mass incarceration, sketchy Skype-clones, and private prisons. We also discuss oubliettes, stop-and-frisk, and the War on Drugs. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. You can find a list of the books I've written at Colin.io.

  • Sex Dolls

    Dec 12 2017

    This week we talk about the Uncanny Valley, the sex toy industry, and porn addiction. We also discuss pedophilia, sexual aggression, and the age of consent. Heads up: As you may have guessed from the subject matter, this episode won't be appropriate or easy listening for everyone. Act accordingly. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperb...more

  • The Cloud

    Dec 05 2017

    This week we talk about room-sized computers, server farms, and hackers. We also discuss teleprinters, Amazon Web Services, and fog computing. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Opinions

    Nov 28 2017

    This week we talk about intelligence, the limits of language, and belief change. We also discuss useless opinions, subjectivity, and gullibility. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Human Migration

    Nov 22 2017

    This week we talk about Terra Australis, Puerto Rico, and the Free State Project. We also discuss the Spanish-American War, the European Refugee/Migrant Crisis, and Hurricane Maria. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Organizing the Internet

    Nov 15 2017

    This week we talk about Melvil Dewey, Peppa Pig, and algorithmically generated content. We also discuss creepy YouTube, hex triplets, and ad-based online infrastructure. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • National Parks

    Nov 07 2017

    This week we talk about George Catlin, porcupine caribou, and the Bogd Khan Mountain. We also discuss Yosemite, the Department of the Interior, and the Louisiana Purchase. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Universal Basic Services

    Oct 31 2017

    This week we talk about scarcity, nationalization, and the dictatorship of the proletariat. We also discuss the National Health Service, technological unemployment, and manorialism. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Young People & Smartphones

    Oct 24 2017

    This week we talk about sleep debt, extended adolescence, and the psychic cost of everyday things. We also discuss the Blackberry Pearl, depression, and internet trolls.   For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Stress

    Oct 17 2017

    This week we talk about non-sexual arousal, environmental perception, and chronic stress. We also discuss the HPA axis, the self-help industry, and mindfulness. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Artificial Womb

    Oct 10 2017

    This week we talk about IVF, premies, and artificial wombs. We also discuss rites of passage, Brave New World, and the perceived place of women in society. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. Sponsors: Everlane & Hostgator My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Tulip Mania

    Oct 03 2017

    This week we talk about cyborgs, the Curse of Knowledge, and Tulip Mania. We also discuss the Eighty Years' War, distributed knowledge, and storytelling. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. Sponsors: Audible & Hostgator My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Asset Tokenization

    Sep 26 2017

    This week we talk about liquid and illiquid assets, ICOs, and commodities. We also discuss soft power, tokenization, and state-run cryptocurrencies. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. Sponsors: Audible & Everlane My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Cassini-Huygens

    Sep 20 2017

    This week we talk about rovers, probes, and the moons of Saturn. We also discuss Sputnik, Mir, and Instagram exclusives. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Governments

    Sep 12 2017

    This week we discuss Republics, graham crackers, and treason. We also talk about patriotism, Barrett Brown, and why breakfast is fake. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Water Rights

    Sep 06 2017

    This week we talk about human rights, robo-toilets, and Malvern Holy Water. We also discuss the scale of corporations, EBT, and Peruvian sewage treatment. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Audible & Everlane.

  • Doxing

    Aug 29 2017

    This week we discuss VPNs, Charlottesville, and the Paradox of Tolerance. We also talk about Cloudflare, the ACLU, and vigilante tweeting. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Audible & Hostgator.

  • Plastic Bags

    Aug 22 2017

    This week we discuss bag bans, immortal sponges, and polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride. We also talk about IKEA, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, and the lac bug. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Everlane & Hostgator.

  • Hacking the System

    Aug 15 2017

    This week we talk about QR codes, security theater, and hacking HBO. We also discuss Dunbar's Number, getting free meals for a year, and being rude to robots. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Everlane & Audible.

  • Electric Cars

    Aug 09 2017

    This week we talk about the GM EV1, the Chevy Volt, and the Tesla Model 3. We also discuss the fossil fuel death spiral, autonomous ridesharing, and the year 2040. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Hostgator & Audible.

  • Corporatocracy

    Aug 01 2017

    This week we discuss an array of -ocracies, the smartphone patent wars, and Google's Project Zero. We also talk about the world's richest man, seasteading, and private militaries. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Hostgator & Everlane.

  • Evidence

    Jul 25 2017

    This week we talk about faking Obama, Photoshop for audio, and the US Civil War. We also discuss knock-off Magic cards, artificial neural networks, and the Illuminati. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode was sponsored by Hostgator & Audible.

  • Incentives

    Jul 18 2017

    This week we talk about net metering, reproducibility, and the Laffer Curve. We also discuss Amgen, anecdote, and the Edison Electrical Institute. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon and/or vote for LKT in the News & Politics category of the Podcast Awards. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook.

  • Background Technologies

    Jul 11 2017

    This week we talk about domestication, exoskeletons, and biometric tattoos. We also discuss RFID pills, genetic algorithms, and the Nike Vapor Razor Talon. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon and/or vote for LKT in the News & Politics category of the Podcast Awards. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Audible, Hostgat...more

  • Impulse Control

    Jul 04 2017

    This week we discuss tetraethyllead, alcoholism, and irresistible impulses. We also talk about the Twinkie Defense, lead poisoning, and affluenza. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon and/or vote for LKT in the News & Politics category of the Podcast Awards. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Everlane, Lynda, and list...more

  • Hegemony

    Jun 28 2017

    This week we discuss China, Tesla, and The Fate of the Furious. We also talk about Will & Grace, the Pax Romana, and cultural hegemony. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Bitcoin

    Jun 20 2017

    This week we talk about counterfeit rupees, the blockchain, and cryptocurrency. We also discuss Ethereum, bubbles, and Dutch tulip mania. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Everlane, Lynda, and listeners like you.

  • Cultural Appropriation

    Jun 13 2017

    This week we discuss privilege, cochlear implants, and who should sell burritos. We also talk about skin whitening, X-linked hypophosphatemia, and the diffusion of innovations. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Everlane, Lynda, and listeners like you.

  • Boycotts

    Jun 06 2017

    This week we talk about Sean Hannity, Media Matters, and ethical consumption. We also discuss conspiracy theories, the Irish National Land League, and girlcotts. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Everlane, Lynda, and listeners like you.

  • Sanctions

    May 30 2017

    This week we talk about Smart Power, Iran, and little green men. We also discuss the Organization of American States, a well-known embargo, and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Everlane, Lynda, and listeners like you.

  • Analogies

    May 23 2017

    This week we talk about neuroscience, engineer's disease, and neural laces. We also discuss the computational theory of mind, EEG headsets, and Descartes. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. LKT is now on Patreon! Become a patron. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Kodi

    May 16 2017

    This week we talk about 3D TVs, the Aereo, and fully loaded Kodi devices. We also discuss micropayments, television on Twitter, and the Digital Economy Act. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. LKT is now on Patreon! Become a patron. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Conflicts of Interest

    May 09 2017

    This week we talk about business ethics, revolving doors, and Halliburton. We also discuss nepotism, the CIA's AWS, and Wall Street speeches. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is now available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Whataboutism

    May 02 2017

    This week we talk about ad hominem, Soviet propaganda, and red herrings. We also discuss Pravda, logical fallacies, and hypocrisy. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is now available as an audiobook, paperback, and ebook. This episode is brought to you by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Moral Revulsion

    Apr 26 2017

    This week we talk about chemical weapons, North Korea, and misspeaking on camera. We also discuss Yugoslavia, the MOAB, and Aleppo. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available for pre-order (and will hit shelves May 1, 2017). This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Bots

    Apr 18 2017

    On this week's episode we talk about chatbots, social media cheats, and robot lawyers. We also discuss logic trees, digital familiars, and the Matthew Effect. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available for pre-order (and will hit shelves May 1, 2017). This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Coal

    Apr 11 2017

    On this week's episode we talk about fossil fuels, the EPA, and the yoga industry. We also discuss the Carboniferous period, clean coal, and corporate sociopathy. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available for pre-order (and will hit shelves May 1, 2017). This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Terror & Memes

    Apr 04 2017

    This week we talk about terrorism, acronyms, and Doge. We also discuss memetics, mass surveillance, and the Irish Republican Army. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available for pre-order (and will hit shelves May 1, 2017). This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Influence Marketing

    Mar 28 2017

    This week we talk about authenticity, Rookie magazine, and PRIZM. We also discuss product placement, Jersey Shore, and the two-step flow of communication model. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becoming Who We Need To Be is available for pre-order (and will hit shelves May 1, 2017). This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • At What Cost?

    Mar 21 2017

    This week we talk about blackballing, #DeleteUber, and the spirit of the law. We also touch on taxes, Freemasons, and ride-share unions. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Criticism

    Mar 14 2017

    This week we talk about chronological snobbery, signaling theory, and the Chicken Connoisseur. We also discuss social cognition, Discover Weekly, and subjective taste. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Global Community

    Mar 08 2017

    This week we discuss dark patterns, Facebook, and the tycoon monomyth. We also talk about user interfaces, social network governance, and prioritized metrics. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Suckerpunch

    Mar 01 2017

    This week we talk about the Harlem Hammer, COINTELPRO, and punching nazis. We also discuss nonviolent protest, the Reichstag Fire Decree, and doxxing. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Pugs

    Feb 22 2017

    This week we discuss brachycephalic dogs, maize, and birth control. We also talk about lab mice, chimpanzee sanctuaries, and veterinarians. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Political Omnivores

    Feb 15 2017

    This week we talk about enemies who are friends, globalization, and non-polarized opinions. We also discuss the Tea Party, capitalism, and Uncle Joe. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Intellectual Exhaustion

    Feb 08 2017

    This week we talk about noble lies, compassion fatigue, and addiction. We also discuss the melting arctic, empathy, and red alert causes. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Journalism-ish

    Feb 01 2017

    This week we talk about smart mobs, reddit, and Kompromat. We also discuss salacious dossiers, mob justice, and data-driven journalism. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Imitation

    Jan 25 2017

    This week we discuss hackers, video games, and Project Xanadu. We also talk about art, Mirai botnets, and intertwingularity. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Obsolete

    Jan 18 2017

    This week, we talk about self-driving trucks, Malthusian catastrophes, and human obsolescence. We also discuss zero marginal cost societies, Foxbots, and centaurs. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Protests

    Jan 11 2017

    This week we discuss protests in several different contexts. We also talk crypto-authoritarianism, clicktivism, and signaling theory. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Frontiers

    Jan 04 2017

    This week we talk about the net-casting spider, space junk, and Kessler syndrome. We also discuss NASA spinoffs, cowboys, and Mars rover bacteria. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Loot & Morality

    Dec 28 2016

    This week we talk about the German kunstschutz unit, the Venus de Milo, and slavery reparations. We also discuss Operation Mummy's Curse, Nazi plunder, and the evolution of morality. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Prejudged Substance

    Dec 21 2016

    This week we talk about raves, the Opium Wars, and the Barbie Drug. We also discuss guided psychedelic therapy, MDMA, nootropics, and alcohol. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • False Prophets

    Dec 14 2016

    This week, we discuss the five main philosophical theories of truth, the concept of post-truth, and how both play into political polls and journalism. We also talk about demagoguery, emotions, and internet memes made tangible. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • New Normal

    Dec 07 2016

    In this week's episode we talk about hurricane names, allergy shots, and thunderstorm asthma. We also discuss the existing and impending consequences of climate change, metagenonic smog, and how authoritarianism is linked to the perception of instability. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. This episode is sponsored by Hostgator, Audible, and listeners like you.

  • Digital Lives

    Nov 30 2016

    On this week's episode, we discuss cutting the internet umbilical, both intentionally and against one's will. We also discuss some truly unfortunate near-future scenarios and marvel over the sprawling footprint of a powerful few tech companies. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Upsetting Norms

    Nov 23 2016

    Today we talk about societal norms, how they're maintained, and why it's so uncomfortable and difficult to imagine a world without them. We also discuss international sovereignty, the free press, and fictional archetypes. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Copyright & Fair Use

    Nov 16 2016

    On this week's episode, we get into the muddy, blurry worlds of Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain, and ask whether an array of modern tech company logos were stolen from a design book published in the 80s. We also manage to talk about Mickey Mouse, Google, and David Lynch. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • What We Don't Say

    Nov 09 2016

    This week, we talk about doublespeak and political scandals that make sense, but also don't. We also discuss the Great Barrier Reef's obituary, the response to it, and what this says about what we say, what we don't say, and why we either say or do not say these things. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Wear This Label

    Nov 02 2016

    On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about logotypes and brands, alongside social psychology and sexual fluidity. We'll also touch on Platonic Idealism and frenemy heuristics. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Freedom & Restriction

    Oct 25 2016

    On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about freedom, the restriction of freedom, and the very thin line between the two. We also discuss democracy, immigration, and the Burkini. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com

  • Nuclear Diplomacy

    Oct 19 2016

    This week, we talk about nuclear weapons and how they're often more useful as threats and geopolitical chess pieces than as actual munitions we intend to use. We also discuss Korean War history, the new offensive methods the world's governments (and non-governmental entities) are beginning to use, and how North Korea is upsetting a very precarious balance. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit l...more

  • Hands-Free

    Oct 11 2016

    This week we talk about the burgeoning hands-free audio movement, the technologies that are depending on and amplifying this progression, and why it's being promoted as a next-generation UI. We also touch on podcasting technology, Nintendo Rumble Paks, and digital privacy. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Magic That Works

    Oct 05 2016

    In this episode we talk about magic that works: forces that grant us additional powers here in the real world. We also touch on paganism, social constructionism, how to take down New York. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Colossal & Connected

    Sep 27 2016

    On this episode, we talk about great big events, the interconnectedness of everything, and why it's so difficult for us to perceive outsized happenings — or in some cases even believe they exist. We also take a look at cyanobacteria, riff on Mount Tambora, and learn the amazing name of a proto-bicycle. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Population

    Sep 21 2016

    This week, we talk about population, and why we drown in think pieces every time it goes up or down worldwide or in a given locale. We also address why it is that when we talk about population, we're usually not just talking about population. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Problematic

    Sep 13 2016

    On this week's episode, we talk about words: their use, overuse, the watering-down of their meaning over time, and how they eventually acquire definition-baggage. We also talk a bit about swearing and Pig Latin. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to view the show notes, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Cyberspace & Meatspace

    Sep 07 2016

    On today's episode, we talk about the increasing number of ways the real world and the online world overlap, and what that means for how we exist and interact in these spaces. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to view the show notes, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Biases & Perception

    Aug 31 2016

    On this episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about how perception can influence our decisions, whether we're choosing a wine or a presidential candidate. We'll also talk about how negative biases about some groups can color our impressions of potentially beneficial advances, and discuss how this knowledge might allow us to make better decisions for ourselves. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to view the show notes, to sign up for ...more

  • Look Away

    Aug 23 2016

    On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we touch on the idea of shunning, then deep-dive into empiricism versus faith, trust and journalism, and how politicians are like magicians. We also discuss why diluting the influence of journalism and journalists is a wonderful short-term tactic, but potentially very harmful in the long-term. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to view the show notes, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or ...more

  • Non-Human Intelligence

    Aug 17 2016

    On today's episode we discuss intelligence, and in particular the types of intelligence we find outside of our own species. We'll also address the questions we'll need to answer as we learn more about these non-human minds, and how our interactions with them might change our perception of society. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Tourism

    Aug 10 2016

    Today we'll talk about tourism, what it means and where it started, and how it's being usurped by companies like Airbnb. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Click

    Aug 03 2016

    On today's episode, we'll talk about the history of remote controls, before segueing into an exploration of the history of modern advertising. From there, we discuss about the development of the internet, and how the current click-based economy grew out of that soil. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Interstitial 1

    Jul 30 2016

    Today's episode isn't a standard show — instead I'll answer some questions, talk about how the show's been doing and where it's going, and discuss sponsorships and how they'll be integrated into the podcast. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Grays

    Jul 27 2016

    Today we talk about beliefs, the increased polarity of them in recent years, and some of the causes of that polarization. We'll discuss how this applies to politics, religion, and UFOs. We'll also talk about the benefits of tribalism, how those benefits become liabilities under the wrong leader and on scale, and how to puncture the filter bubble. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how be...more

  • Barbarians at the Gate

    Jul 20 2016

    Today's episode is about the seemingly ceaseless surge of the new against the ostensibly sturdy walls of the established. We'll talk about the Ottoman Turks and Attila, Scotch whisky, sushi, and even touch for a moment on the publishing industry. But this larger discussion stems primarily from an article about basketball. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, v...more

  • Privilege

    Jul 10 2016

    On today's episode, we talk about privilege in its many different shapes and forms and contexts. We'll also dive into the benefits of being aware of one's privilege: for society, and for oneself. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Shoulds & Ares

    Jul 05 2016

    On this episode, we'll start with a discussion about ego depletion, segue into a rivalry between a tech billionaire and the online news behemoth who outed him, and then pull Hulk Hogan into the mix. From there, we'll pivot to a conversation about actions and consequences, internet neutrality, political sightedness, and the gulf between here and where we could be. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, o...more

  • Big Data & the Apocalypse

    Jun 29 2016

    This week, we'll talk about end of the world scenarios from around the world. We'll also talk about Big Data: what it is, how it's collected, how it's used and by whom, and why it's worth understanding. We'll also chat a bit about heuristics, filter bubbles, and priorities. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Suburbia

    Jun 15 2016

    In this episode, we talk about suburbia: what it is, how it came to be, its impact throughout many different time periods, and why it tends to suck. We'll also touch on what's happening now that we've fallen out of love with suburbs, at least compared to our many centuries of obsession with them. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Automation

    Jun 03 2016

    On this week’s episode of Let’s Know Things, we talk about artificial intelligence and automation: the differences between them, why they matter, and how they inform what happens in pretty much every sphere of life. We’ll also dive into topics like post-scarcity economics and end-of-world scenarios. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com...more

  • Free Speech

    Jun 03 2016

    On this episode of Let's Know Things, we'll discuss free speech and how that term is applied by different groups of people in support of opposing viewpoints. We'll start the conversation with an article from New Republic entitled The "Free Speech" Charade, which does a good job of summarizing the conflict around free speech within higher education in the US — which is important to understand because it's a microcosm of what's happening pretty much everywhere else. Let's Know Things is produced a...more

  • Contextualism and China

    May 23 2016

    In this first episode of the Let's Know Things podcast, we start by talking about 'contextualism' and how it applies to the unspooling of news items in order to understand their significance and why they're presented the way they are. We then use an article from The Atlantic, entitled China's Twilight Years, as a starting point for a larger discussion about hegemony, American foreign policy, the use of The Other as a political tool, and why bogeyman-focused policies aren't achieving the same res...more