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The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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    The Columbia Protests [TEASER]

    The Columbia Protests [TEASER]

    Peter and Michael discuss the media coverage of the protests at Columbia — from the crazed, bloodthirsty ravings of right-wing media to the more muted, respectful bloodthirst of centrist media.To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

    • 27 min
    The Columbia Protests

    The Columbia Protests

    Peter and Michael discuss the media coverage of the protests at Columbia, from the crazed, bloodthirsty ravings of right-wing media to the more muted, respectful bloodthirst of centrist media.

    "Going Infinite": Michael Lewis Takes On Sam Bankman-Fried

    "Going Infinite": Michael Lewis Takes On Sam Bankman-Fried

    Peter and Michael discuss Michael Lewis’s bestselling book about the rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, a young prodigy whose only flaw was that he dreamed too big.Where to find us: Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:Michael Lewis Is Buying What Sam Bankman-Fried Is Selling Michael Lewis Likens Critics of His New Book on Sam Bankman-Fried to a 'Mob'The SBF trial is a reminder that crypto is a rotten businessReview: Michael Lewis's Going Infinit...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Eric Adams vs. Bail Reform

    Eric Adams vs. Bail Reform

    A few years ago, New York reformed its bail system. Since then, police and their close ally Mayor Eric Adams have successfully manipulated the public into believing that the reforms have been a disaster. Peter and Michael discuss how police have used taxpayer money to fund massive PR operations and control media narratives about crime.

    "The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 2: Campus Lies, I.Q. Rise & Epstein Ties

    "The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 2: Campus Lies, I.Q. Rise & Epstein Ties

    2 Better 2 AngelsSupport us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPodWhere to find us: Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance PhaseSources:Jeffrey Epstein’s Science of SleazePinker’s response to Epstein allegationsHow Jeffrey Epstein Captivated HarvardJeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNAIt’s Official — Steven Pinker Is Full of ShitPinker, Epstein, Soldier, SpyA century of sexual abuse victimisation: A birth cohort analysisThe prevalence of child ...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? [TEASER]

    Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? [TEASER]

    We're finally discussing a good book! Naomi Klein's "Doppelgänger" chronicles the long, steady descent of another Naomi — Wolf (buddy oof) — from feminist icon to crank conspiracist. To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

CBCPod ,

Outstanding podcast

After seeing it recommended by a couple of YouTubers I follow, I’ve been binge listening. Can’t recommend it enough…

midsommar trash ,

A lot can change

I used to love every show Michael worked on, but he’s fully mask of with his antisemitism now.

CNMZ ,

Smart, funny, necessary antidote

Way too much inaccurate, lazy, propagandistic trash is masquerading as popular wisdom or common knowledge. Michael and Peter have the chops and take the time to dismantle it.

There are lots of 1-star reviews lately for Michael and Peter’s stance opposing the well-documented genocide of Palestinians. The UN report of the special rapporteur (“Anatomy of a Genocide,” March-April 2024) happens to agree with this stance, but perhaps this report too is baseless and antisemitic.

In any case, this podcast’s beat is picking apart the nonsense that “everyone knows,” and the NYT et al.’s virtually evidence-free panic about American college students (who are much more upsetting than the actual war crimes, somehow) falls well within that domain. Keep up the good work.

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