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Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything: Making it Happen

Making it Happen Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast compares American open source maker culture with the Chinese version. America’s version rose up as a reaction to intellectual property law. Meanwhile, in China, open source rose up where there is … Continue reading

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How America feels to Trump supporters

Ezra Klein talks with anthropologist Arlie Hochschild, who visited Trump country in Louisiana, and talked with many of his supporters to learn how America looks to them. They see themselves as patiently waiting in line for their due reward, only … Continue reading

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Journalist Philip Caputo remembers his landmark Esquire profile of William Styron

Caputo set out to profile Styron in 1985, when Styron, “one of the towering figures in American letters,” was working on the novel “The Way of the Warrior.” The two men shared an experience as Marines — Styron had praised … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality, 1968

Platform of the Real [Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything] Sony came out with the first portable video cameras in 1968. People started talking about video the way we talk about virtual reality today.

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Action Park: The most dangerous amusement park ever

That’s a waterslide with a vertical loop-the-loop. Yeah, seriously. I have a personal connection to this place. Action Park claimed six lives in the 1980s. From water slides with loops to racing tracks on the sides of mountains, the amusement park’s … Continue reading

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Meet Ceara Lynch, professional humiliation fetishist

Thank you, Princess [Love + Radio (podcast)] Ceara Lynch has a ten year career as a self-described humiliatrix, catering to a wide variety of sexual fetishes over the internet, and gaining exposure to a unique part of the human psyche. … Continue reading

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A fortuneteller predicted that Charles Victor “Victory” Faust would pitch the New York Giants to the World Series championship

Faust, whose story ended more than a century ago, had an atypical brain, according to The Memory Palace podcast.

There is a fine line between laughing at and laughing with.

[Charlie Faust on Wikipedia.][wikipedia]

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Don’t hang up

Listen with headphones on On the Love + Radio podcast: A woman calls a dating phone line only to find it’s more of a phone sex line. I listened to this while walking in the park, as I usually do … Continue reading

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Freakonomics Radio: Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?

Maybe. Data goes either way, and everybody doing a study seems to have a vested interest.

A deeper problem, notes Freakonomics: You need to have a job and a bank account to get a payday loan. Millions of people in the US have both jobs and bank accounts, and yet need to get loans at shockingly high interest rates just to make it from paycheck to paycheck. That’s wrong. Continue reading

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The Bronx Zoo exhibited a live African pygmy in the monkey house in 1906 

  His name was Ota Benga. Radio Diaries interviews an old woman who was his friend when she was a very little girl. Even at the time, the exhibit was controversial, protested by African-American leaders. The Man in the Zoo [Radio … Continue reading

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Presidential conspiracy theories, from Zachary Taylor to JFK

After dying in office in 1850, President Zachary Taylor’s death was the subject of a conspiracy theory for nearly 150 years. Finally in 1991, a historical novelist convinced Taylor’s family to have his body exhumed to test for arsenic poisoning. Continue reading

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Breaking up is hard to do, and it’s hard to put into appropriate words.

A family law barrister describes the weird language British law uses for divorce, and listeners to the Allusionist podcast share their worst break-up lines. Continue reading

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In Warren Buffet’s 10-year bet whether an index fund beat a hedge fund, the index fund is kicking it

In 2006, Warren Buffett posed a challenge. He bet that the smartest hedge fund managers out there couldn’t beat the world’s simplest, most brainless investment. Episode 688: Brilliant vs. Boring / Planet Money

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Breaking up is hard to do, and hard to put into appropriate words

A family law barrister describes the weird words British law uses for divorce, and listeners to the Allusionist podcast share their worst break-up lines. Allusionist 31: Post-Love / Helen Zaltzman

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The American Male at Age 10

Journalist Susan Orlean followed around a typical American 10-year-old boy in 1992 – white, middle-class and suburban – and produced an Esquire profile. The Classic Esquire Podcast reads excerpts from the story and talks to the author. In 1992, writer … Continue reading

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“Jolly Jane” Toppan was “the most notorious woman poisoner of modern times”

“Jolly Jane” Toppan worked as a nurse in New England in the late 19th Century and was well-loved by her patients for her conscientious attention and cheerful disposition. She confessed to poisoning 31 of those patients, and quite possibly did … Continue reading

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