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Demetri Kofinas interviews some of the most brilliant minds in science, technology, finance, politics, and culture as he uncovers the hidden forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.

Hidden Forces Demetri Kofinas

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    • 4.8, 706 Ratings

Demetri Kofinas interviews some of the most brilliant minds in science, technology, finance, politics, and culture as he uncovers the hidden forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.

    The Death of Engagement: America’s New Cold War with China | Orville Schell

    The Death of Engagement: America’s New Cold War with China | Orville Schell

    In Episode 149, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society about the implications of Sec. Mike Pompeo's monumental speech at the Nixon Library, the history of engagement with China’s Communist Party, and what a New Cold War with China will mean for the future of peace and security.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Rise of Decentralized Finance | Framework Ventures’ Michael Anderson & Vance Spencer

    The Rise of Decentralized Finance | Framework Ventures’ Michael Anderson & Vance Spencer

    In Episode 148, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Framework Ventures founders Michael Anderson and Vance Spencer about decentralized finance, known as DeFi for short.

    Framework is a thesis-driven venture capital firm whose team of technologists, researchers, and investors partner with founders and teams to build token-based networks and develop the requisite cryptoeconomics, governance, and community to scale.

    • 57 min
    What the Twitter Hack Tells Us About Why the Internet Is Broken & How to Fix It | Muneeb Ali

    What the Twitter Hack Tells Us About Why the Internet Is Broken & How to Fix It | Muneeb Ali

    In Episode 147, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Muneeb Ali, co-founder of Blockstack, a full-stack decentralized computing platform and app ecosystem that puts users in control of their identity & data.

    The two spend the first half of their conversation discussing the recent twitter hack and what lessons can be drawn from the attack.

    The rest of the episode (including the overtime) is spent on Blockstack and how protocols like it offer solutions for problems of security and privacy on the Internet today.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars | Irshad Manji

    Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars | Irshad Manji

    In Episode 146, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Irshad Manji, a public intellectual, best-selling author, and Emmy award nominated documentary filmmaker whose latest book “Don’t Label Me,” attempts to educate readers on how to have conversations about politically sensitive subjects without inflaming the culture wars.

    It should surprise no one to learn therefore, that today's conversation with Irshad is one of the best we have ever had on this podcast. It's a must-listen.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Rise of Ethereum, the Future of DeFi, & the Transformation of Crypto Media | Camila Russo

    The Rise of Ethereum, the Future of DeFi, & the Transformation of Crypto Media | Camila Russo

    In Episode 145, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Camila Russo, the host of the Defiant podcast and author of “The Infinite Machine,” the first official account of the rise of the Ethereum blockchain. The two discuss the history of Ethereum, the ICO craze of 2017, the rise of decentralized finance, and the transformation of the crypto media industry during the subsequent bear market of 2018/2019.

    • 58 min
    Grandstanding: the Use and Abuse of Moral Talk | Brandon Warmke & Justin Tosi

    Grandstanding: the Use and Abuse of Moral Talk | Brandon Warmke & Justin Tosi

    In Episode 144, Demetri Kofinas speaks with philosophers Brandon Warmke and Justin Tosi about the phenomenon of grandstanding, which they define as “the use and abuse of moral talk for the purposes of self-promotion.”

    Although moral grandstanding is a spectacle most commonly associated with those on the political left, the practice of grandstanding is an entirely bipartisan phenomenon; its increased prevalence in public discourse has dangerous implications for politics and society.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
706 Ratings

706 Ratings

C.M. Talbert ,

Loved the episode with Irshad Manji

Keep it up!

ton14916 ,

My favorite podcast

I’ve learned more about the world from listening to this podcast for six months than everything else I’ve been doing for the last five years. So interesting, and so valuable.

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Like learning? Then this is for you

I’ve listened to this podcast off and on for the past few years, and a few gems in a row have now converted me to a subscriber and consistent listener. I love how well researched each episode is, and the guests are usually impressed and willing to go deeper into their work (or area of expertise) in comparison to when you hear them on other shows. Some standout episodes are episode 124 Peter Zeihan, episode 117 David Epstein, episode 114 Mike Green, episode 108 Pauline Brown, episode 79 Shoshana Zuboff, and more obviously. Enjoy!

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