61 episodes

Sam and Simon talk about everything, but mostly how to do the things you have to do so you can make more time for what you want.

Take Back the Day Sam Beckbessinger & Simon Dingle

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Sam and Simon talk about everything, but mostly how to do the things you have to do so you can make more time for what you want.



    What gives things value, and how much should we be worried about that? Sam and Simon discover that everything is rubbish, and along the way mention:

    Veblen goods
    A lot of garbage things that don't deserve extra attention here
    Sir Digby
    Vaccines: A Measured Response
    Google Keep
    Bo Burnam

    • 46 min


    Prolific heat-thieves Sam and Simon talk about keeping shit together on this sixtieth episode of Take Back the Day. Things mentioned in this episode:

    Radiolab's Kleptotherms podcast.
    The Overstory by Richard Powers.
    Sam's crazy productivity system (subscribe to her newsletter too).
    Simon's silly ZARP website.
    Survive the Century climate-change game.
    The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel.
    Moss and their crypto carbon credits.

    • 42 min


    When do we self-sabotage? How do we break out of cycles? Can we form new habits? Why did Sam choose to move to a frigid, muddy island off the coast of Europe? We ponder all these questions and more in this episode of Take Back the Day, and along the way we mention:

    Steven Pressfield and the War of Art.
    Mr. Ferriss.
    BF Skinner and his superstitious pigeons.
    Atomic Habits by James Clear.
    Ira Glass.
    How to With John Wilson.
    Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake.

    • 38 min


    Yo yo yo. It's another episode of Sam and Simon Speak on the Internet™, bitches! In this episode they touch on:

    The stupid US elections.
    Simon's stupid book.
    Sam's amazing book.
    M O N E Y .
    Behavioural.... economics?
    Sam's newsletter (sign up!).
    Satrix MSCI World ETF (it's a thing you can invest in).
    Sam's thing she loves: Geocaching.
    Simon's thing he thinks is pretty cool: Wave Accounting.

    • 43 min


    Sam and Simon are making new things, and talking about it on the internet. Some of the things they mention along the way:

    Product Hunt
    Our friend Lauren ♥
    Dr. Bronner's - All-One!

    • 36 min


    Sam and Simon discuss the contents of their bug (or go) bags and what's needed to survive the apocolypse. They also discuss our incredible ability to make things normal, and how careful we have to be about what we allow to become regular things.

    Stuff mentioned in this episode:

    The Good Place
    The Prepared
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Radiolab's Atomic Artifacts episode
    Survival biscuits?
    Hedonic Adaptation
    Our sun entering a 'solar minimum' period
    Susan Sontag
    Highland 2 word processor
    Microsoft Fluid 🤯

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Concerningmj ,

Great podcast sam

Informative and fun.

Calberta ,

Smart and funny

Great show. Clever hosts, wide range of topics. Thanks. ... from California, SF Bay Area.

Dan Doiter ,


It's like my smart, dynamic friends get together each week to dish over the things I'm interested in. Sam, Simon - love love the format and where the conversations go... keep it going. -- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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