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The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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    DEI Part 2: The Harvard Wars

    DEI Part 2: The Harvard Wars

    Peter and Michael reflect on how a series of media failures brought us from student protests to a plagiarism scandal, the resignation of Harvard President Claudine Gay, a billionaire meltdown, and a ludicrous campaign against diversity hiring at major companies.

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    This week we're tackling Steven Pinker's 900 page dissection of the reasons why violence, torture and war have declined over the last 10,000 years. Was it an indeterminate mixture of politics, economics, technology and serendipity?  Or did some European guys write some books that said murder was bad?

    Special thanks to Philip Dwyer, Eleanor Janega, David M. Perry and Doug Thompson for help researching and fact-checking this episode!
    Where to find us: 
    Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:
    The Darker Angels of Our NatureGetting Medieval On Steven PinkerThe Decline of Violence in the West: From Cultural to Post-Cultural HistoryPinker’s (Mis)Representation of the Enlightenment and ViolenceHerding and Homicide: An Examination of the Nisbett-Reaves HypothesisPeace in Our TimeJohn Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and warThe business class doesn't understand the EnlightenmentDelusions Of PeacePinker And ProgressNorbert Elias and the History of ViolenceModernization, Self-Control And Lethal ViolenceExplaining Long Term Trends in Violent CrimeThe Enlightenment’s Dark Side Thanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 1 hr 37 min
    DEI Bart DEI

    DEI Bart DEI

    Conservatives are freaking out about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace, so Michael and Peter do a medium-to-deep dive on the subject. We talk about what workplace DEI aspires to be, how it falls short, and why the right is stirring up a moral panic about it.

    The Art of the Deal

    The Art of the Deal

    Before Donald Trump became America's most prominent politician and birth certificate inspector, he spent his days making everyone in New York City slightly uncomfortable. Michael and Peter discuss "The Art of the Deal," Trump’s 1987 bestseller chronicling his exploits as a celebrity slumlord.

    Where to find us: 
    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:
    When Donald Trump Took Down Holiday Inns The Lost City of Trump Who Runs New York Now? How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions Doer and Slumlord Both Donald Trump Gets What He WantsDonald Trump was a nightmare landlord in the 1980s Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America Thanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 52 min
    The Worst Takes of 2023

    The Worst Takes of 2023

    For our final episode of 2023, we look back on a year full of terrible opinions and do our best to locate the absolute worst.

    A special thanks to all of our subscribers for being part of our first full year. There are many more bad takes to come, and we look forward to suffering them alongside you.

    The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

    The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

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    https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

    • 28 min

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