News & Politics

Let's Know Things

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 w...Show More
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Space War

1:05:52 | Dec 26th, 2017

This week we discuss the Strategic Defense Initiative, the X-37B, and Project Excalibur. We also talk about space treaties, Patriot missiles, and mutually assured destruction. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes...Show More
African Continental Free Trade Area

29:27 | Apr 30th

This week we talk about Jumia, the African Union, and free trade areas. We also discuss global economics, IPOs, and continental ignorance. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings When we reach 200 patrons, I'll produce an additional ep...Show More
The Shirky Principle

33:29 | Apr 23rd

This week we talk about carbon capture and storage, floating cities, and perverse incentives. We also discuss perpetuating problems, private prisons, and tax software. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings When we reach 200 patrons, ...Show More
Capacitors

32:46 | Apr 16th

This week we talk about Leyden Jars, cascading failures, and MLCCs. We also discuss dielectrics, batteries, and the global economy. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings When we reach 200 patrons, I'll produce an additional episode e...Show More
Ethics Boards

36:59 | Apr 9th

This week we talk about ethics, axiology, and the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council. We also discuss the Heritage Foundation, Google, and value theory. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings If we reach 200 patrons on Patr...Show More
Generative Adversarial Networks

35:44 | Apr 2nd

This week we talk about Photoshopping, GANs, and Lincoln’s fake body. We also discuss AI-generated cats, scientific discovery, and creative self-consciousness. Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings Announced this episode: If we reach...Show More
Privilege Spirals

33:25 | Mar 26th

This week we talk about mafias, Silicon Valley, and the Ivy League. We also discuss the Traitorous Eight, schadenfreude, and the Matthew Effect. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information...Show More
Identity Politics

38:54 | Mar 19th

This week we talk about labor unions, divide and rule, and identity. We also discuss US political parties, the Combahee River Collective, and labels. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more inform...Show More
Sharenting

33:55 | Mar 12th

This week we talk about stock photography, augmented reality, and online personhood. We also discuss simultaneous localization and mapping, sharing while a parent, and Mirrorworld. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com...Show More
Brand Disassociation

32:13 | Mar 5th

This week we talk about Disney, YouTube, and crisis management. We also discuss algorithms, recommendation spirals, and ad buyers. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this po...Show More
Attention

43:44 | Feb 26th

This week we talk about the Red Market, binge-watching, and peak attention. We also discuss Fortnite, net worth, and corporate shade. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this...Show More
Superheavy Elements

32:52 | Feb 19th

This week we talk about the Periodic Table, the Large Hadron Collider, and the Higgs boson. We also discuss extreme chemistry, particle physics, and Dmitri Mendeleev. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthing...Show More
Hardware Parasites

41:08 | Feb 12th

This week we talk about parasitical fungi, the right to repair, and the Game Genie. We also discuss ROM cartridges, John Deere tractors, and Project Alias. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more ...Show More
Eyeglasses

39:15 | Feb 5th

This week we talk about the Nimrud lens, non-compound eyes, and EssilorLuxottica. We also discuss Big Lens, transparent medical pricing, and reading stones. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more...Show More
Cannabis

41:03 | Jan 29th

This week we talk about exploitation films, the Cannabis plant, and the Shafer Commission. We also discuss the prison industrial complex, the International Opium Commission, and hashish. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patre...Show More
The 10 Billion Diet

32:06 | Jan 22nd

This week we discuss flexitarianism, Banting, and the global diet industry. We also discuss population growth, Claude Bernard, and Godzilla-scale problems. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more ...Show More
Global Positioning System

30:10 | Jan 15th

This week we talk about Sputnik 1, satellite triangulation, and the Guugu Yimithirr. We also discuss the GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo constellations. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more inform...Show More
Cameras

38:27 | Jan 8th

This week we talk about selfies, the Daguerrotype, and smartphone cameras. We also discuss film, Kodak, and the perception of captured reality. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information ...Show More
Bandwidth Inequality

40:17 | Jan 1st

This week we talk about internet access milestones, the rural digital disadvantage, and the benefits of broadband access. We also discuss bandwidth issues in the US, internet non-users, and the mobile internet in Africa. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com...Show More
China's Evolution

37:48 | Dec 25th, 2018

This week we talk about the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, and China's middle class. We also discuss GDP, the benefits and downsides of scale, and international tourism. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon....Show More
Creative Platforms

38:28 | Dec 18th, 2018

This week we talk about busking, deplatforming, and the Tumblr porn ban. We also discuss megaphones, Patreon, and the friction between creating and funding. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more...Show More
Sex Recession

45:04 | Dec 11th, 2018

This week we talk about asexuality, penile measurements, and the mesolimbic pathway. We also discuss dating apps, pornography, and biological reward systems. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For mor...Show More
Germline Modification

42:46 | Dec 4th, 2018

This week we talk about insulin, genetic engineering, and rogue scientists. We also discuss CRISPR/Cas9, assisted reproductive technology, and gene editing ethics. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings F...Show More
Facebook: It's Complicated

46:28 | Nov 27th, 2018

This week we talk about Cambridge Analytica, Friday news dumps, and the Definers scandal. We also discuss data breaches, Soros, and Brexit. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information abou...Show More
Government Subsidies

42:40 | Nov 20th, 2018

This week we talk about corporate welfare, Amazon's HQ2, and cronyism. We also discuss helipads, private space companies, and Wisconsin. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about t...Show More
Motorized Scooters

32:58 | Nov 13th, 2018

This week we talk about the Razor, scooter economics, and traversing microdistances. We also discuss Bird, the difference between docked and dock-less transportation, and the scooter-charging gig economy. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron...Show More
Cosplay

42:13 | Nov 6th, 2018

This week we talk about fandom, conventions, and Mr. Skygack, from Mars. We also discuss subcultures, kawaii, and harassment. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podcast...Show More
New Climate Report

41:12 | Oct 30th, 2018

This week we talk about hurricanes, 1.5˚ Celsius, and the IPCC 2018 special report on climate change. We also discuss what real climate action looks like, why it probably won’t happen, and things we believe about climate change that probably aren’t a...Show More
Hardware Hacking

40:52 | Oct 23rd, 2018

This week we talk about the Coventry Blitz Conspiracy, Supermicro, and Fancy Bear. We also discuss state-sponsored hacking, the CIA, and Pearl Harbor. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more infor...Show More
Consumer-Grade Medical Devices

39:21 | Oct 16th, 2018

This week we talk about hypochondria, heart monitoring, and medical device classes. We also discuss postmarketing surveillance, electrocardiograms, and smartwatches. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings...Show More
Selling Privacy

39:31 | Oct 9th, 2018

This week we talk about surveillance, iPhones, and profit margins. We also discuss vertical integration, Fan Bingbing, and the Chrome browser. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information a...Show More
Stratigraphy

38:06 | Oct 2nd, 2018

This week we talk about the Meghalayan stage, the ICS, and the Law of Superposition. We also discuss Dr. Guy Middleton, lithostratigraphy, and academic geology shade. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthing...Show More
Open Source

42:54 | Sep 25th, 2018

This week we talk about Richard Stallman, Wikipedia, and GitHub. We also discuss Common Clause, Amazon Web Services, and Linux. I'm on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about this podca...Show More
Debt Trap

44:21 | Sep 18th, 2018

This week we talk about the Safavids, Djibouti, and debt-book diplomacy. We also discuss the Belt and Road Initiative, China's structural weaknesses, and the Silk Road. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsk...Show More
Soybeans

41:41 | Sep 11th, 2018

This week we talk about Morse & Piper, fake milk, and the Dust Bowl. We also discuss FDA standards, plant-based protein, and soybean politics. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more informa...Show More
Flying Cars

46:19 | Sep 4th, 2018

This week we talk about the Ford Flivver, the Space Race, and ideas that came too soon. We also discuss civil rights, the Nucleon, and ideas that came too late. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthing...Show More
Apology Tour

48:59 | Aug 28th, 2018

This week we talk about Ambien, reputation management, and the Twinkie Defense. We also discuss GABA, drug enforcement schedules, and moral judgement. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more...Show More
Persuasive Technology

40:56 | Aug 21st, 2018

This week we talk about Captology, Pigovian taxes, and dopamine. We also discuss adolescent psychology, smoking, and dark patterns. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information about ...Show More
Trust

49:53 | Aug 14th, 2018

This week we talk about shopping malls, Goop, and societal trust. We also discuss e-commerce, the war on journalism, and confirmation bias. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more informatio...Show More
5G

43:46 | Aug 7th, 2018

This week we talk about life-changing speeds, millimeter waves, and wireless disruption. We also discuss the 5G rollout, BS telecommunications technologies, and MIMO antenna arrays. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patr...Show More
Online Dating

39:46 | Jul 31st, 2018

This week we talk about swiping, otaku, and the gamification of intimacy. We also discuss dating sims, population stats, and Match Group. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information ...Show More
Sacred Cows

34:59 | Jul 24th, 2018

This week we talk about the US Constitution, the free market, and property law. We also discuss Canada's international influence, dictatorships, and AI authoritarians. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letskn...Show More
Socialism

46:45 | Jul 17th, 2018

This week we talk about the French Revolution, Vladimir Lenin, and municipal socialism. We also discuss the $15 minimum wage, the benefits of capitalism, and automation. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/lets...Show More
Crypto Scams

39:22 | Jul 10th, 2018

This week we talk about multi-level marketing, Dennis Rodman, and BitConnect. We also discuss the crypto commons, Ripple, and PotCoin. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthings For more information abo...Show More
Reading

52:40 | Jul 3rd, 2018

This week we talk about neolithic tablets, secondary orality, and speed reading. We also discuss narrative, the myth of multitasking, and modern distractedness. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon.com/letsknowthing...Show More
Sleep

56:36 | Jun 26th, 2018

This week we talk about whale oil, the DEC2 gene variation, and the economic costs of insufficient sleep. We also discuss LEDs, luminous efficacy, and contemporary sleep science. I'm going on tour: BecomingTour.com Become a patron on Patreon: patreon...Show More
Conspiracy Theories

46:01 | Jun 19th, 2018

This week we talk about sonic weapons, mass hysteria, and Occam's Razor. We also discuss Cuba, Guangzhou, and encephalopathy. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Pat...Show More
Competitive Video Gaming

40:52 | Jun 12th, 2018

This week we talk eSports, Fortnite, and gaming as a service. We also discuss Twitch, augmented reality, and Battle Royale. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patre...Show More
Complex People

58:23 | Jun 5th, 2018

This week we talk about Fritz Haber, the Korean Peninsula, and moral gray areas. We also discuss attribution bias, giving credit where credit is due, and Mother Teresa. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit...Show More
Personal Genomics

38:54 | May 29th, 2018

This week we talk about citizen science, genealogy services, and serial killers. We also discuss genetic privacy, HR 1313, and DNA analysis. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become ...Show More
Killer Robots

49:49 | May 22nd, 2018

This week we talk about androids, drones, and Project Maven. We also discuss lethal autonomous weapons, the Terminator, and cyberwarfare. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a p...Show More
The Call of the Commons

40:46 | May 15th, 2018

This week we talk about Robogate, call centers, and phone fraud. We also discuss the tragedy of the commons, the Do Not Call Registry, and noise. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Be...Show More
Art Forgery

46:21 | May 8th, 2018

This week we talk about art valuation, Morellian analysis, and Duchamp's Fountain. We also discuss market-demolishing faux Rodins, connoisseurs, and what art actually is. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, vis...Show More
Counterfeit

49:13 | May 1st, 2018

This week we talk about Gresham's Law, drop shipping, and Section 230. We also discuss FOSTA-SESTA, stealing books, and reeded coins. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patro...Show More
Regulatory Capture

46:22 | Apr 24th, 2018

This week we talk about rent-seeking, the Shirky Principle, and the tax-preparation industry. We also discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Zuckerberg's testimony, and the public interest. For more information about this podcast and to view the co...Show More
The Right to Be Forgotten

40:50 | Apr 17th, 2018

This week we talk about the GDPR, crypto-shredding, and online privacy. We also discuss deleted files that aren't, Google as journalism, and EU standards. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthing...Show More
Organs

53:49 | Apr 10th, 2018

This week we talk about Galen, organs-on-chips, and the interstitium. We also discuss microbiota, Ptolemy I, and commensalism. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Pa...Show More
Trade War

46:57 | Apr 3rd, 2018

This week we talk about bribery, the Anglo-Irish Trade War, and Bananagate. We also discuss China, tariffs, and the United Fruit Company. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a p...Show More
Digital Dark Age

1:01:39 | Mar 27th, 2018

This week we talk about the Universal Serial Bus, cuneiform, and 5D optical data storage. We also discuss chip aging, solid-state drives, and the Arch Mission Foundation. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, vis...Show More
Food Fraud

56:32 | Mar 20th, 2018

This week we talk about fast food, the diet industry, and plastic rice. We also discuss growth stunting, horse meat, and nutritional deficiencies. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. B...Show More
Millennials

59:44 | Mar 13th, 2018

This week we talk about fashion forecasting, Theosophy, and the Generation formerly known as Y. We also discuss Boomer, Aryans, and color consultants. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.co...Show More
Satellite Broadband

52:38 | Mar 6th, 2018

This week we talk about Starlink, Arthur C. Clarke, and atmospheric satellites. We also discuss Facebook Aquila, space manufacturing, and the Falcon Heavy. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthin...Show More
Untouchable

1:00:38 | Feb 27th, 2018

This week we talk about Napoleon, Jacob Zuma, and what it takes to become legally untouchable. We also discuss financial crises, too big to fail, and political deposition. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, vi...Show More
Passive Architecture

53:55 | Feb 20th, 2018

This week we talk about thermal bridges, superinsulation, and the Leaky Condo Crisis. We also discuss zero-energy buildings, standards of living, and quality of life. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit l...Show More
Data Portability

47:36 | Feb 13th, 2018

This week we talk about edge cases, WHOIS, and information brokers. We also discuss China's Social Credit System, the GDPR, and data ownership. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Beco...Show More
Information Imbalance

51:21 | Feb 7th, 2018

This week we talk about geolocation, Strava heat maps, and transparency. We also discuss optimization, Zuckerberg's walls, and social media insider regrets. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthi...Show More
Cardboard Entertainment

52:27 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week we talk about Zappers, board games, and Nintendo Labo. We also discuss barcades, makerspaces, and unusual consoles. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Pat...Show More
Geoengineering

54:13 | Jan 23rd, 2018

This week we talk about contrails, space mirrors, and iron fertilization. We also discuss stratospheric aerosol injection, meat, and paleoclimatology. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.co...Show More
Mergers & Acquisitions

45:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

This week we talk about the HHI Index, the Consolidation Curve, and Disney. We also discuss tax bills, the Panic of 1893, and rightsizing. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a ...Show More
Quantification

53:09 | Jan 9th, 2018

This week we talk about sensors, inventories, and the quantified self. We also discuss venture capital, fitness trackers, and PARC. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron ...Show More
Norms

50:06 | Jan 2nd, 2018

This week we discuss virtue signaling, hype cycles, and the Overton Window. We also talk about pronking, online dating, and the Diffusion of Innovations Theory. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letskno...Show More
Prison-Industrial Complex

1:00:30 | Dec 19th, 2017

This week we talk about mass incarceration, sketchy Skype-clones, and private prisons. We also discuss oubliettes, stop-and-frisk, and the War on Drugs. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings....Show More
Sex Dolls

1:07:01 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week we talk about the Uncanny Valley, the sex toy industry, and porn addiction. We also discuss pedophilia, sexual aggression, and the age of consent. Heads up: As you may have guessed from the subject matter, this episode won't be appropriate ...Show More
The Cloud

47:21 | Dec 5th, 2017

This week we talk about room-sized computers, server farms, and hackers. We also discuss teleprinters, Amazon Web Services, and fog computing. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Becom...Show More
Opinions

52:37 | Nov 28th, 2017

This week we talk about intelligence, the limits of language, and belief change. We also discuss useless opinions, subjectivity, and gullibility. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Be...Show More
Human Migration

1:18:30 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week we talk about Terra Australis, Puerto Rico, and the Free State Project. We also discuss the Spanish-American War, the European Refugee/Migrant Crisis, and Hurricane Maria. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show...Show More
Organizing the Internet

58:14 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week we talk about Melvil Dewey, Peppa Pig, and algorithmically generated content. We also discuss creepy YouTube, hex triplets, and ad-based online infrastructure. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visi...Show More
National Parks

52:43 | Nov 7th, 2017

This week we talk about George Catlin, porcupine caribou, and the Bogd Khan Mountain. We also discuss Yosemite, the Department of the Interior, and the Louisiana Purchase. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, vi...Show More
Universal Basic Services

55:09 | Oct 31st, 2017

This week we talk about scarcity, nationalization, and the dictatorship of the proletariat. We also discuss the National Health Service, technological unemployment, and manorialism. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show...Show More
Young People & Smartphones

55:07 | Oct 24th, 2017

This week we talk about sleep debt, extended adolescence, and the psychic cost of everyday things. We also discuss the Blackberry Pearl, depression, and internet trolls.   For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, vi...Show More
Stress

39:44 | Oct 17th, 2017

This week we talk about non-sexual arousal, environmental perception, and chronic stress. We also discuss the HPA axis, the self-help industry, and mindfulness. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letskno...Show More
Artificial Womb

44:29 | Oct 10th, 2017

This week we talk about IVF, premies, and artificial wombs. We also discuss rites of passage, Brave New World, and the perceived place of women in society. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthin...Show More
Tulip Mania

49:27 | Oct 3rd, 2017

This week we talk about cyborgs, the Curse of Knowledge, and Tulip Mania. We also discuss the Eighty Years' War, distributed knowledge, and storytelling. For more information about this podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings...Show More
Asset Tokenization

50:33 | Sep 26th, 2017

This week we talk about liquid and illiquid assets, ICOs, and commodities. We also discuss soft power, tokenization, and state-run cryptocurrencies. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. ...Show More
Cassini-Huygens

1:00:22 | Sep 20th, 2017

This week we talk about rovers, probes, and the moons of Saturn. We also discuss Sputnik, Mir, and Instagram exclusives. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patron on Patreon. ...Show More
Governments

57:17 | Sep 12th, 2017

This week we discuss Republics, graham crackers, and treason. We also talk about patriotism, Barrett Brown, and why breakfast is fake. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patro...Show More
Water Rights

52:51 | Sep 6th, 2017

This week we talk about human rights, robo-toilets, and Malvern Holy Water. We also discuss the scale of corporations, EBT, and Peruvian sewage treatment. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings...Show More
Doxing

52:59 | Aug 29th, 2017

This week we discuss VPNs, Charlottesville, and the Paradox of Tolerance. We also talk about Cloudflare, the ACLU, and vigilante tweeting. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a p...Show More
Plastic Bags

1:06:49 | Aug 22nd, 2017

This week we discuss bag bans, immortal sponges, and polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride. We also talk about IKEA, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, and the lac bug. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, vis...Show More
Hacking the System

1:01:14 | Aug 15th, 2017

This week we talk about QR codes, security theater, and hacking HBO. We also discuss Dunbar's Number, getting free meals for a year, and being rude to robots. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowth...Show More
Electric Cars

1:20:26 | Aug 9th, 2017

This week we talk about the GM EV1, the Chevy Volt, and the Tesla Model 3. We also discuss the fossil fuel death spiral, autonomous ridesharing, and the year 2040. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsk...Show More
Corporatocracy

1:15:26 | Aug 1st, 2017

This week we discuss an array of -ocracies, the smartphone patent wars, and Google's Project Zero. We also talk about the world's richest man, seasteading, and private militaries. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show no...Show More
Evidence

53:36 | Jul 25th, 2017

This week we talk about faking Obama, Photoshop for audio, and the US Civil War. We also discuss knock-off Magic cards, artificial neural networks, and the Illuminati. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit l...Show More
Incentives

58:23 | Jul 18th, 2017

This week we talk about net metering, reproducibility, and the Laffer Curve. We also discuss Amgen, anecdote, and the Edison Electrical Institute. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Be...Show More
Background Technologies

1:02:44 | Jul 11th, 2017

This week we talk about domestication, exoskeletons, and biometric tattoos. We also discuss RFID pills, genetic algorithms, and the Nike Vapor Razor Talon. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthing...Show More
Impulse Control

51:59 | Jul 4th, 2017

This week we discuss tetraethyllead, alcoholism, and irresistible impulses. We also talk about the Twinkie Defense, lead poisoning, and affluenza. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Be...Show More
Hegemony

47:32 | Jun 28th, 2017

This week we discuss China, Tesla, and The Fate of the Furious. We also talk about Will & Grace, the Pax Romana, and cultural hegemony. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a patr...Show More
Bitcoin

1:03:28 | Jun 20th, 2017

This week we talk about counterfeit rupees, the blockchain, and cryptocurrency. We also discuss Ethereum, bubbles, and Dutch tulip mania. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. Become a pa...Show More
Cultural Appropriation

1:02:39 | Jun 13th, 2017

This week we discuss privilege, cochlear implants, and who should sell burritos. We also talk about skin whitening, X-linked hypophosphatemia, and the diffusion of innovations. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes...Show More
Boycotts

56:13 | Jun 6th, 2017

This week we talk about Sean Hannity, Media Matters, and ethical consumption. We also discuss conspiracy theories, the Irish National Land League, and girlcotts. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious show notes, visit letskno...Show More
Sanctions

56:34 | May 30th, 2017

This week we talk about Smart Power, Iran, and little green men. We also discuss the Organization of American States, a well-known embargo, and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. For more information about the podcast and to view the copious sho...Show More
Analogies

51:48 | May 23rd, 2017

This week we talk about neuroscience, engineer's disease, and neural laces. We also discuss the computational theory of mind, EEG headsets, and Descartes. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthing...Show More
Kodi

59:47 | May 16th, 2017

This week we talk about 3D TVs, the Aereo, and fully loaded Kodi devices. We also discuss micropayments, television on Twitter, and the Digital Economy Act. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthi...Show More
Conflicts of Interest

1:00:58 | May 9th, 2017

This week we talk about business ethics, revolving doors, and Halliburton. We also discuss nepotism, the CIA's AWS, and Wall Street speeches. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new...Show More
Whataboutism

33:12 | May 2nd, 2017

This week we talk about ad hominem, Soviet propaganda, and red herrings. We also discuss Pravda, logical fallacies, and hypocrisy. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visit letsknowthings.com. My new book Becom...Show More
Moral Revulsion

54:52 | Apr 26th, 2017

This week we talk about chemical weapons, North Korea, and misspeaking on camera. We also discuss Yugoslavia, the MOAB, and Aleppo. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show note...Show More
Bots

51:15 | Apr 18th, 2017

On this week's episode we talk about chatbots, social media cheats, and robot lawyers. We also discuss logic trees, digital familiars, and the Matthew Effect. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to...Show More
Coal

47:38 | Apr 11th, 2017

On this week's episode we talk about fossil fuels, the EPA, and the yoga industry. We also discuss the Carboniferous period, clean coal, and corporate sociopathy. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, an...Show More
Terror & Memes

47:46 | Apr 4th, 2017

This week we talk about terrorism, acronyms, and Doge. We also discuss memetics, mass surveillance, and the Irish Republican Army. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes...Show More
Influence Marketing

49:24 | Mar 28th, 2017

This week we talk about authenticity, Rookie magazine, and PRIZM. We also discuss product placement, Jersey Shore, and the two-step flow of communication model. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and ...Show More
At What Cost?

47:51 | Mar 21st, 2017

This week we talk about blackballing, #DeleteUber, and the spirit of the law. We also touch on taxes, Freemasons, and ride-share unions. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show...Show More
Criticism

50:36 | Mar 14th, 2017

This week we talk about chronological snobbery, signaling theory, and the Chicken Connoisseur. We also discuss social cognition, Discover Weekly, and subjective taste. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcas...Show More
Global Community

54:11 | Mar 8th, 2017

This week we discuss dark patterns, Facebook, and the tycoon monomyth. We also talk about user interfaces, social network governance, and prioritized metrics. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to...Show More
Suckerpunch

47:39 | Mar 1st, 2017

This week we talk about the Harlem Hammer, COINTELPRO, and punching nazis. We also discuss nonviolent protest, the Reichstag Fire Decree, and doxxing. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view th...Show More
Pugs

44:18 | Feb 22nd, 2017

This week we discuss brachycephalic dogs, maize, and birth control. We also talk about lab mice, chimpanzee sanctuaries, and veterinarians. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious s...Show More
Political Omnivores

42:45 | Feb 15th, 2017

This week we talk about enemies who are friends, globalization, and non-polarized opinions. We also discuss the Tea Party, capitalism, and Uncle Joe. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the...Show More
Intellectual Exhaustion

43:26 | Feb 8th, 2017

This week we talk about noble lies, compassion fatigue, and addiction. We also discuss the melting arctic, empathy, and red alert causes. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious sho...Show More
Journalism-ish

48:31 | Feb 1st, 2017

This week we talk about smart mobs, reddit, and Kompromat. We also discuss salacious dossiers, mob justice, and data-driven journalism. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show ...Show More
Imitation

38:19 | Jan 25th, 2017

This week we discuss hackers, video games, and Project Xanadu. We also talk about art, Mirai botnets, and intertwingularity. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show notes, visi...Show More
Obsolete

54:01 | Jan 18th, 2017

This week, we talk about self-driving trucks, Malthusian catastrophes, and human obsolescence. We also discuss zero marginal cost societies, Foxbots, and centaurs. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, a...Show More
Protests

59:41 | Jan 11th, 2017

This week we discuss protests in several different contexts. We also talk crypto-authoritarianism, clicktivism, and signaling theory. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copious show no...Show More
Frontiers

48:24 | Jan 4th, 2017

This week we talk about the net-casting spider, space junk, and Kessler syndrome. We also discuss NASA spinoffs, cowboys, and Mars rover bacteria. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the co...Show More
Loot & Morality

49:19 | Dec 28th, 2016

This week we talk about the German kunstschutz unit, the Venus de Milo, and slavery reparations. We also discuss Operation Mummy's Curse, Nazi plunder, and the evolution of morality. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information a...Show More
Prejudged Substance

54:19 | Dec 21st, 2016

This week we talk about raves, the Opium Wars, and the Barbie Drug. We also discuss guided psychedelic therapy, MDMA, nootropics, and alcohol. Let's Know Things is hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, and to view the copiou...Show More
False Prophets

56:08 | Dec 14th, 2016

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. We also talk about demagoguery, emotions, and internet memes made tangible. Let's Know Things is ho...Show More
New Normal

52:52 | Dec 7th, 2016

In this week's episode we talk about hurricane names, allergy shots, and thunderstorm asthma. We also discuss the existing and impending consequences of climate change, metagenonic smog, and how authoritarianism is linked to the perception of instabi...Show More
Digital Lives

40:12 | Nov 30th, 2016

On this week's episode, we discuss cutting the internet umbilical, both intentionally and against one's will. We also discuss some truly unfortunate near-future scenarios and marvel over the sprawling footprint of a powerful few tech companies. Let's...Show More
Upsetting Norms

1:06:12 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Today we talk about societal norms, how they're maintained, and why it's so uncomfortable and difficult to imagine a world without them. We also discuss international sovereignty, the free press, and fictional archetypes. Let's Know Things is produce...Show More
Copyright & Fair Use

1:05:34 | Nov 16th, 2016

On this week's episode, we get into the muddy, blurry worlds of Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain, and ask whether an array of modern tech company logos were stolen from a design book published in the 80s. We also manage to talk about Mickey Mou...Show More
What We Don't Say

1:02:15 | Nov 9th, 2016

This week, we talk about doublespeak and political scandals that make sense, but also don't. We also discuss the Great Barrier Reef's obituary, the response to it, and what this says about what we say, what we don't say, and why we either say or do n...Show More
Wear This Label

1:03:28 | Nov 2nd, 2016

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about logotypes and brands, alongside social psychology and sexual fluidity. We'll also touch on Platonic Idealism and frenemy heuristics. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. ...Show More
Freedom & Restriction

43:04 | Oct 25th, 2016

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about freedom, the restriction of freedom, and the very thin line between the two. We also discuss democracy, immigration, and the Burkini. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright....Show More
Nuclear Diplomacy

1:03:12 | Oct 19th, 2016

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. We also discuss Korean War history, the new offensive methods the world's governments (and ...Show More
Hands-Free

1:12:40 | Oct 11th, 2016

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. We also touch on podcasting technology, Nintendo Rumble Pak...Show More
Magic That Works

54:35 | Oct 5th, 2016

In this episode we talk about magic that works: forces that grant us additional powers here in the real world. We also touch on paganism, social constructionism, how to take down New York. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For...Show More
Colossal & Connected

47:50 | Sep 27th, 2016

On this episode, we talk about great big events, the interconnectedness of everything, and why it's so difficult for us to perceive outsized happenings — or in some cases even believe they exist. We also take a look at cyanobacteria, riff on Mount Ta...Show More
Population

1:14:01 | Sep 21st, 2016

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. We also address why it is that when we talk about population, we're usually not just talking about population. Let's K...Show More
Problematic

1:00:15 | Sep 13th, 2016

On this week's episode, we talk about words: their use, overuse, the watering-down of their meaning over time, and how they eventually acquire definition-baggage. We also talk a bit about swearing and Pig Latin. Let's Know Things is produced and host...Show More
Cyberspace & Meatspace

1:04:53 | Sep 7th, 2016

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. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more informa...Show More
Biases & Perception

48:10 | Aug 31st, 2016

On this episode of Let's Know Things, we talk about how perception can influence our decisions, whether we're choosing a wine or a presidential candidate. We'll also talk about how negative biases about some groups can color our impressions of potent...Show More
Look Away

55:46 | Aug 23rd, 2016

On this week's episode of Let's Know Things, we touch on the idea of shunning, then deep-dive into empiricism versus faith, trust and journalism, and how politicians are like magicians. We also discuss why diluting the influence of journalism and jou...Show More
Non-Human Intelligence

59:07 | Aug 17th, 2016

On today's episode we discuss intelligence, and in particular the types of intelligence we find outside of our own species. We'll also address the questions we'll need to answer as we learn more about these non-human minds, and how our interactions w...Show More
Tourism

42:25 | Aug 10th, 2016

Today we'll talk about tourism, what it means and where it started, and how it's being usurped by companies like Airbnb. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright. For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newslett...Show More
Click

1:28:38 | Aug 3rd, 2016

On today's episode, we'll talk about the history of remote controls, before segueing into an exploration of the history of modern advertising. From there, we discuss about the development of the internet, and how the current click-based economy grew ...Show More
Interstitial 1

17:46 | Jul 30th, 2016

Today's episode isn't a standard show — instead I'll answer some questions, talk about how the show's been doing and where it's going, and discuss sponsorships and how they'll be integrated into the podcast. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted b...Show More
Grays

54:30 | Jul 27th, 2016

Today we talk about beliefs, the increased polarity of them in recent years, and some of the causes of that polarization. We'll discuss how this applies to politics, religion, and UFOs. We'll also talk about the benefits of tribalism, how those benef...Show More
Barbarians at the Gate

44:34 | Jul 20th, 2016

Today's episode is about the seemingly ceaseless surge of the new against the ostensibly sturdy walls of the established. We'll talk about the Ottoman Turks and Attila, Scotch whisky, sushi, and even touch for a moment on the publishing industry. But...Show More
Privilege

45:21 | Jul 10th, 2016

On today's episode, we talk about privilege in its many different shapes and forms and contexts. We'll also dive into the benefits of being aware of one's privilege: for society, and for oneself. Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wrig...Show More
Shoulds & Ares

45:31 | Jul 5th, 2016

On this episode, we'll start with a discussion about ego depletion, segue into a rivalry between a tech billionaire and the online news behemoth who outed him, and then pull Hulk Hogan into the mix. From there, we'll pivot to a conversation about act...Show More
Big Data & the Apocalypse

55:09 | Jun 29th, 2016

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. We'll also chat a bit about heuristics, filter ...Show More
Suburbia

38:27 | Jun 15th, 2016

In this episode, we talk about suburbia: what it is, how it came to be, its impact throughout many different time periods, and why it tends to suck. We'll also touch on what's happening now that we've fallen out of love with suburbs, at least compare...Show More
Artificial Intelligence and Automation

42:40 | Jun 3rd, 2016

On this week’s episode of Let’s Know Things, we talk about artificial intelligence and automation: the differences between them, why they matter, and how they inform what happens in pretty much every sphere of life. We’ll also dive into topics like p...Show More
Free Speech

30:00 | Jun 3rd, 2016

On this episode of Let's Know Things, we'll discuss free speech and how that term is applied by different groups of people in support of opposing viewpoints. We'll start the conversation with an article from New Republic entitled The "Free Speech" Ch...Show More
Contextualism and China

44:27 | May 23rd, 2016

In this first episode of the Let's Know Things podcast, we start by talking about 'contextualism' and how it applies to the unspooling of news items in order to understand their significance and why they're presented the way they are. We then use an ...Show More