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The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

If Books Could Kill Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 3K Ratings

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

    David Brooks's "Bobos in Paradise"

    David Brooks's "Bobos in Paradise"

    David Brooks became liberals' famous conservative by telling them what they wanted to hear. But ... why did they want to hear something that was lazy and wrong?

    Where to find us: 
    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase
    A Reasonable ManDavid Brooks: Boo-Boos in ParadiseA Cartoon EliteDavid Brooks’s Conversion StoryDavid Brooks and the Endless Grift of the Conservative CommentariatHow The Bobos Broke AmericaDeath Of A Yuppie Dream: The Rise And Fall Of The Professional-Managerial ClassStuff the Professional-Managerial Class Likes: "Distinction" for an Egalitarian EliteDavid Brooks’s Search for MeaningThe facts vs. David Brooks: Startling inaccuracies raise questions about his latest bookDavid Brooks Is Not Buying Your Excuses, Poor PeopleThanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 59 min
    Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers"

    Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers"

    In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell posited that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in something. Mike and Peter prove him wrong by mastering his dumb book over the span of about 50 minutes.

    Malcolm Gladwell talks about responding to critics, and the perils of ‘Talking to Strangers’Gladwell for Dummies Malcolm Gladwell interview The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance The Dangers of Delegating Education To Journalists Good intuition takes years of practice Blinkered How Malcolm Gladwell Tricks You Into Believing Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

    • 50 min


    In 2005, two men named Steven and Stephen published the quintessential airport book. In 2022, two men named Mike and Peter started a whole podcast just to make fun of it.

    Thanks to Ted Joyce and Ames Grawert for helping with the research for this episode!

    Where to find us: 
    TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase
    The 2003 NYT articleFreakonomics: What Went Wrong?A Review of FreakonomicsDismal ScienceFreak-FreakonomicsThe Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime: CommentThe Abortion–Crime Link: Evidence from England and WalesThe Impact of an Abortion Ban on Socioeconomic Outcomes of Children: Evidence from RomaniaDid Legalized Abortion Lower Crime?On the Choice of Control Variables in the Crime EquationSteven Levitt on Abortion and Crime: Old Economics in New BottlesThe Impact Of Legalized Abortion On CrimeThe Great American Mystery Story: Why Did Crime Decline?Is There an iCrime Wave?The Great Crime DeclineThe Crime Drop in America10 (Not Entirely Crazy) Theories Explaining the Great Crime DeclineWhat Caused the Crime Decline?Freaks and Geeks: How Freakonomics is ruining the dismal science.Interesting Questions in FreakonomicsIncentives And The Economic Point Of View: The Case Of Popular EconomicsAbortion and Crime in Australia
    Thanks to Mindseye for our theme song!

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

mindykcurtis ,


I am more than thrilled to see Michael Hobbes release a new podcast, and this is more than I could have hoped for! Insightful, smart, well-researched (as always), challenging, and thought-provoking!

heidi22133 ,

This is great work

Also, humbly requesting “Guns Germs and Steel”

Rebecca-SF ,

Almost entertaining and informative but not quite

This content could be helpful 2 min reviews on a book review but the hosts draw out their criticisms for an hour. This is a podcast of 2 people who think they are the smartest people in the room and love the sound of their voices.

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