9 episodes

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

If Books Could Kill Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

    The Lab Leak [TEASER]

    The Lab Leak [TEASER]

    In December 2019, the coronavirus pandemic began in Wuhan, China. In May 2021, America experienced one of the most cursed weeks of punditry we've ever seen.

    This is a condensed version of the full episode. To hear the rest go to patreon.com/IfBooksPod. See you next week! 

    • 14 min
    Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

    Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

    In 1992 a yoga instructor with a distance-learning PhD had the courage to ask: "Are women not getting help around the house because they're using the wrong modal verb?"

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    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:
    The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?A critical response to John Gray's Mars and Venus portrayals of men and women The Gender Similarities HypothesisThe Rebuttal from UranusComing home upset: Gender, marital satisfaction and the daily spillover of workday experience into couple interactionsFDA warning letter Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: An Analysis of a Potential MemeWomen, Men and Language Women, Men, and Gender: Ongoing DebatesWomen and Men Talking: Are They World’s Apart?

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Secret

    The Secret

    Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" sold millions of copies based on a simple premise: All of science is fake and the only reason anything ever happens is because people manifest it by communicating with the universe.
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    Power Lines Oprah's Ugly Secret The Staggering B******t of The SecretDeath by “alternative” medicine: Who’s to blame?  For Some Seeking Rebirth, Sweat Lodge Was End A Little Secret About The Secret Thanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 42 min
    The Population Bomb

    The Population Bomb

    How a Stanford lepidopterist convinced the world to fear the breeding habits of the poor. Again.

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    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:
    Sonia Shah’s “The Next Great Migration” Barbarian Hordes: The overpopulation scapegoat in international development discourseOptimism and OverpopulationThe Population Bomb RevisitedThe Strange History of Birth ControlBirth Control for OthersHow the World Survived the Population Bomb: Lessons From 50 Years of Extraordinary Demographic HistoryWhy the Population Bomb is a Rockefeller Baby

    • 49 min
    A Bari Special Bonus Episode [TEASER]

    A Bari Special Bonus Episode [TEASER]

    Our first premium episode is a deep dive into the blog of the infamously (and  dubiously) "canceled" Bari Weiss.

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    More free episodes are on their way! 

    • 9 min
    The Game

    The Game

    Neil Strauss's "The Game" aimed to teach any man how to hook up with beautiful women. All he needed was a little bit of sociopathy, a lot of misogyny and a fanny pack full of props.

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    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:
    He's Simply Resistable  Pickup Artists Are Still A Thing. And They Want You To Know They’ve Evolved.Misogynist Incels and Male Supremacism Would the Pickup Artist Stand a Chance in the #MeToo Era?  Thanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Mwil640 ,

Fabulous

Rational, yet somehow funny as hell, discussion about books that seem great on their face, but actually don’t make any sense.

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Hilarious and super smart

I love this show

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Lol

I know it’s good when I’m laughing out loud. Never stop.

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