Let's Know Things
By Colin Wright
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Let's Know Things is a show about putting the news into context. Rather than simply discussing current events, in each episode we use an article as a starting point for a larger discussion about a particular industry, society, ourselves, and the world.
||ExplicitObsolete||This week, we talk about self-driving trucks, Malthusian catastrophes, and human obsolescence.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitProtests||This week we discuss protests in several different contexts.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrontiers||This week, we talk about the net-casting spider, space junk, and Kessler syndrome.||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLoot & Morality||This week we talk about the German kunstschutz unit, the Venus de Milo, and slavery reparations.||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrejudged Substance||This week we talk about raves, the Opium Wars, and the Barbie Drug.||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFalse Prophets||This week, we discuss the five main philosophical theories of truth, the concept of post-truth, and how both play into political polls and journalism.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNew Normal||In this week's episode we talk about hurricane names, allergy shots, and thunderstorm asthma.||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDigital Lives||On this week's episode, we discuss cutting the internet umbilical, both intentionally and against one's will.||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUpsetting Norms||Today we talk about societal norms, how they're maintained, and why it's so uncomfortable and difficult to imagine a world without them.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCopyright & Fair Use||On this week's episode, we get into the muddy, blurry worlds of Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain in an attempt to understand whether some modern tech company logos were stolen from a design book published in the 80s.||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat We Don't Say||This week, we talk about doublespeak and political scandals that make sense, but also don't.||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWear This Label||On this week's episode, we talk about logotypes and brands, alongside social psychology and sexual fluidity.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFreedom & Restriction||On this week's episode, we talk about freedom, the restriction of freedom, and the very thin line between the two.||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNuclear Diplomacy||This week, we talk about nuclear weapons and how they're often more useful as threats and geopolitical chess pieces than as actual munitions we intend to use.||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHands-Free||This week we talk about the burgeoning hands-free audio movement, the technologies that are depending on and amplifying this progression, and why it's being promoted as a next-generation UI.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMagic That Works||In this episode we talk about magic that works: forces that grant us additional powers here in the real world.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitColossal & Connected||Great big events, the interconnectedness of everything, and why it's so difficult for us to perceive outsized happenings.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPopulation||This week, we talk about population, and why we drown in think-pieces every time it goes up or down worldwide or in a given locale.||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitProblematic||On this week's episode, we talk about words: their use, overuse, the watering-down of their meaning over time, and how they eventually attain definition-baggage.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCyberspace & Meatspace||On today's episode, we talk about the increasing number of ways the real world and the online world overlap, and what that means for how we exist and interact in these spaces.||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBiases & Perception||On this episode, we talk about how perception can influence our decisions, whether we're choosing a wine or a presidential candidate.||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLook Away||On this week's episode, we touch on the idea of shunning, then deep-dive into empiricism versus faith, trust and journalism, and how politicians are like magicians.||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNon-Human Intelligence||On today's episode we discuss intelligence, and in particular the types of intelligence we find outside of our own species.||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTourism||Today we'll talk about tourism, what it means and where it started, and how it's being usurped by companies like Airbnb.||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitClick||On today's episode, we'll talk about the history of remote controls, before segueing into an exploration of the history of modern advertising.||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInterstitial 1||A quick update about the show, what's coming next, and some answers to common questions from the audience.||7/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGrays||Today we talk about beliefs, the increased polarity of them in recent years, and some of the causes of that polarization.||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBarbarians at the Gate||Today's episode is about the seemingly ceaseless surge of the new against the ostensibly sturdy walls of the established.||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPrivilege||A discussion about privilege in context, and how awareness of our own privilege is valuable to society, and to ourselves.||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShoulds & Ares||Ego depletion, billionaires versus the press, actions and consequences, political sightedness, and the gulf between here and where we could be.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBig Data & the Apocalypse||This week, we'll talk about end of the world scenarios from around the world. We'll also talk about Big Data: what it is, how it's collected, how it's used and by whom, and why it's worth understanding.||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSuburbia||We talk about how suburbia came to be, where it's taken us, where it's going, and why it tends to suck.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitArtificial Intelligence and Automation||A discussion about AI and automation, the differences between them, and how they related to things like post-scarcity economics and the end of the world.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFree Speech||A discussion about free speech in universities informs the discussion of a bigger picture discussion of the same||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitContextualism and China||A story about China leads to a discussion about American hegemony and the usefulness of The Other||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love this new podcast. Colin Wright is a very thought provoking person and I would highly recommend this podcast for anyone looking to go outside the box and challenge their thoughts and preconceived ideas about life and the world around us! Thank you Colin for creating this project.
A great new part of Colin's portfolio
For those who have enjoyed Colin's writings or videos, this is a great new part of his arsenal of dealing with ideas in a slow and considered way. In a golden age of podcasting, Colin has managed to carve out an interesting niche and I'm looking forward to what else is ahead!
Colin is Magic.
Colin is such a beautiful speaker, and every word is carried with such loving consideration and weighted with integrity. I am passionate about learning new things, and this podcasts delivers thought-provoking content without being shrouded with ego. I have so much gratitude for everything he contributes to my life.