6 episodes

Pod Paper Scissors considers the glitches in our society due to the hidden games in everyday human interactions. Each week, hosts Ben Klemens and Liz Landau discuss a different topic relating to social interaction including markets, politics, trends, and other core facets of our society, in a causal conversation format with original songs and interviews with knowledgeable guests.

Pod Paper Scissors Liz Landau and Ben Klemens

    • Social Sciences
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Pod Paper Scissors considers the glitches in our society due to the hidden games in everyday human interactions. Each week, hosts Ben Klemens and Liz Landau discuss a different topic relating to social interaction including markets, politics, trends, and other core facets of our society, in a causal conversation format with original songs and interviews with knowledgeable guests.

    The Illusion of Play

    The Illusion of Play

    What do we mean by "play" anyway? Historian Johan Huizinga wrote all about this in the 1930s. Let's take a look at his theory of play and how we can apply it to everyday situations. We end with a new original song by Liz Landau called "Queen of the Quarantine."

    • 24 min
    Putting a Price on Pollution

    Putting a Price on Pollution

    Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time. Two solutions have been proposed to reduce emissions: taxes and a cap-and-trade system. We discuss the benefits and failings of each scheme and check in on countries that have tried them.

    • 20 min
    The Tragedy of "The Tragedy of the Commons"

    The Tragedy of "The Tragedy of the Commons"

    Do you remember the idea of the "tragedy of the commons" from school? You probably heard it in the context of people taking too many resources for themselves or polluting a shared space. But originally, scholars who used this term had a totally different agenda in mind.

    • 19 min
    Meet Dr Pigou

    Meet Dr Pigou

    The Chicago school of economics, the carbon tax, and ticket takers who burn your entry fee right in front of you.

    • 19 min
    One shot at the Prisoner's Dilemma

    One shot at the Prisoner's Dilemma

    What do Ulysses, unions, and The Wire have in common?

    • 17 min
    What do you mean, Game Theory?

    What do you mean, Game Theory?

    Why did I have to worry about a toilet paper collapse during the coronavirus outbreak but not a bank collapse?

    • 15 min

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