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A free-wheeling podcast that combines books, booze, and interesting guests to create thought-provoking conversations.

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Episode #17 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality

EGuest: Evan Sandhoefner (blogger, Effective Altruist, and alum of Microsoft & Harvard) Book: Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer Booze: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 0:00:00 - Evan and Ballast Point Sculpin https://sandhoefner.com/ https://twitter.com/EvanSandhoefner?lang=en 0:03:49 - Brian Tomasik, who inspired Evan’s website https://briantomasik.com/ https://reducing-suffering.org/ 0:05:21 - How does Evan handle discussing ethics without sounding like a dick? 0:08:00 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality and the Effective Altruism movement https://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1972----.htm https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism?language=en https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/understanding-cause-neutrality/ 0:17:42 - Direct work vs Working to Give https://80000hours.org/articles/earning-to-give/ https://80000hours.org/career-guide/ https://80000hours.org/2015/07/80000-hours-thinks-that-only-a-small-proportion-of-people-should-earn-to-give-long-term/ 0:26:28 - The Most Effective Cocaine Dealer https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/3DGYg2RxXHgekLGeG/to-save-the-world-don-t-get-a-job-at-a-charity-go-work-on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem 0:30:57 - Utilitarian calculus: Quantifying fuzzy concepts like suffering, happiness, well-being, etc. 0:33:09 - Consciousness, consciousness meters, and aliens https://www.iep.utm.edu/hard-con/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speciesism https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html 0:42:19 - Moral tug-of-war: The demandingness objection to utilitarianism and Effective Altruism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demandingness_objection 0:49:53 - Bugs in our brains: Grappling with our flawed moral minds https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201108/statistical-numbing-why-millions-can-die-and-we-don-t-care https://fs.blog/2017/05/confirmation-bias/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-group_favoritism https://www.theverge.com/2017/3/27/15077864/elon-musk-neuralink-brain-computer-interface-ai-cyborgs 0:56:58 - Is ethics self-limiting? Can ethical people be successful? 1:02:11 - Self-deception, and The Elephant in the Brain by Robin Hanson and Kevin Simler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-serving_bias https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Brain-Hidden-Motives-Everyday/dp/0190495995 1:03:56 - Wild animal suffering, selection theory, and cats wearing bells https://reducing-suffering.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory https://www.birdsbesafe.com/ 1:17:57 - Domestic animal suffering, unhappy cows, and reducing vs eliminating meat from your diet https://animalcharityevaluators.org/ https://www.givewell.org/ 1:26:53 - Existential risk and the “expected value” of the far future https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/existential-risks/ https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/the-long-term-future/ https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/ea-global-2018-far-future-of-life/ 1:30:42 - Epic Givewell spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xBKlshqbu6H-uByB2INEaDNPpj_Ulz0WrrFwgrnkXfk/edit#gid=1537947274 1:31:59 - Open philanthropy, hit-based giving, and The Man Who Fed the World https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/hits-based-giving https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Fed-World-Laureate/dp/1930754906 1:41:04 - Slow vs fast Artificial intelligence, giving now vs giving later, the time value of money, and John’s personal reasons for (mostly) giving later https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/7uJcBNZhinomKtH9p/giving-now-vs-later-a-summary https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/timevalueofmoney.asp https://fs.blog/2013/02/the-psychology-of-human-misjudgement/ 1:53:01 - Effective Altruism’s “popularity problem”, growing the movement, and caring vs counting https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/pcygusgiy6ZabnB93/how-valuable-is-movement-growth 2:06:10 - An opportunity to be a real superhero

133 MINMAR 6
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Episode #17 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Episode #16 - Knocking on Heaven's Door

EGuest: Kim Ukura, bookish blogger & podcaster Book: Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler Boozes: Gin & Tonic Main topics: End of life care, physician assisted suicide, reading, reviewing “bad books”, podcasting, blogging, being a “dork”, and more. Find more Kim & John: Follow on Twitter: @kimthedork & @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: https://bookriot.com/author/kimukura/ https://newsletters.riotnewmedia.com/category/true-story/ https://www.sophisticateddorkiness.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/for-real/id1353587430?mt=2 https://booksandboozepodcast.com/ https://www.johnleven.com/ Books mentioned/recommended in this Episode Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atwul Gawande Show Notes: 0:00:00 - Introduction and making the perfect Gin & Tonic 0:05:42 - Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler and why it’s important Article mentioned: What Broke My Father’s Hear...

91 MIN2018 NOV 22
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Episode #16 - Knocking on Heaven's Door

Episode #15 - Blitzed

EGuests: Stefani Manard & Big Dev from the Shot of History podcast Boozes: Bourbons: Elijah Craig, Jim Beam, and Bulleit Main topics: Nazi’s & drugs, history, podcasting, reading recommendations, and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s views on sex, masturbation, and circumcision. Find more Stef, Dev & John: Follow on Twitter: @DrunkDorksStef , @PodmadBigDev , and @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: http://www.shotofhistory.com/ http://www.stefanimanard.com/ http://www.booksandboozepodcast.com/ http://www.johnleven.com/ Books/podcasts mentioned or recommended: Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler https://www.amazon.com/Blitzed-Drugs-Third-Norman-Ohler/dp/1328663795 Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/ The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-United-States/dp/0060838655 H.P. Lovecraft https://www.amazon.com/H.P.-Lovecraft/e/B000AQ40D2 The Comic Book Story of Beer: ...

74 MIN2018 OCT 28
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Episode #15 - Blitzed

Episode #14 - The Geometry of Wealth

EGuest: Brian Portnoy Boozes: Noah’s Mill bourbon and Bulleit bourbon Main topics: Money, meaning, reality vs expectations, investing, and reading (plus recommendations) Find more Brian & John: Follow on Twitter: @brianportnoy & @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: https://www.virtus.com/ https://shapingwealth.com/ https://booksandboozepodcast.com/ https://www.johnleven.com/ Books mentioned or recommended: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior by James Stockdale The Obstacle is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tom...

102 MIN2018 AUG 23
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Episode #14 - The Geometry of Wealth

Episode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents

EEpisode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud Guest: Tom Beck Booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally Main topics: Sigmund Freud, religion, morality, and civilization Part 1 - Freud (~23 mins) 0:00:00 - Intro - Tom Beck 0:03:27 - Why Freud? 0:07:29 - This episode’s booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally 0:09:09 - What did Freud get right and what did he get wrong? 0:11:40 - Sigmunda Freud’s Vagina Envy 0:13:56 - Id, Ego, Superego 0:18:58 - Psycho sexual stages of development Part 2 - Religion and God (~38 mins) 0:22:48 - Religion, childhood, magic mushrooms, self-awareness, and breasts 0:29:36 - Why is religion so much more popular than atheism? The promised link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2017/aug/08/in-god-we-trust-why-americans-wont-vote-in-an-atheist-president 0:34:25 - Does the fear of death drive religion? 0:35:37 - Extending the concept of religion to politics, philanthropy, and other causes. 0:37:58 - Politics filling the “meaning vacuum” left by the decli...

140 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Episode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents

Episode #12 - The Magic of Thinking Big

ECEO of Toujours Planning and co-host of the Worth It! Podcast, Dustin Granger, joins the show to sip Maker’s Mark bourbon and discuss The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. Topics include: Thinking big, finding meaning, confidence, goal setting, risk taking, social relationships, dealing with setbacks, and more. http://www.theworthitpodcast.com Twitter: @DRGranger https://twitter.com/drgranger Show Notes: 00:00:00 - Introducing Dustin Granger, his business (Toujours Management), and his podcast (Worth It!) 00:03:27 - The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz (Attempt #1) https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Thinking-Big-David-Schwartz/dp/0671646788/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528501689&sr=8-1&keywords=magic+of+thinking+big 00:06:53 - Maker’s Mark and other favorite alcohols 00:14:30 - The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz (Attempt #2) 00:23:25 - Momento mori: Designing your life from your own deathbed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori 00:31:00 - Relationships 00:33:19 -...

117 MIN2018 JUN 13
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Episode #11 - Drinking In America

ERon McIntire from the Grasping at Beers blog joins the show for a second visit to share four different kinds of booze and to discuss Drinking in America by Susan Cheever. Topics include: the history of alcohol in the United States, John's & Ron's own alcohol histories, and more. https://www.graspingatbeers.com/ 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:04:42 - Graspingatbeers.com and John & Ron’s mutual passion for booze. https://www.graspingatbeers.com 00:06:27 - Drink #1 Jim Beam Black Bourbon and John’s Top 3 Bourbons under $35 00:09:22 - The Mayflower and alcohol consumption in Colonial America 00:15:24 - The ubiquity of alcohol in human society 00:18:20 - Bridging gaps between different people by sharing alcohol 00:22:26 - Drink #2 Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and Ron’s whiskey heritage 00:28:32 - U.S. Alcohol Consumption Data from 1620 to 2018 00:33:43 - Universal Basic Income 00:41:15 - Origins of human alcohol consumption and Drunken Monkey Hypothesis 00:46:30 - Drink #3 Troegs P...

97 MIN2018 MAY 31
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Episode #11 - Drinking In America

Episode #10 - 50 Shades of Grey

EAuthor and traveling winemaker Amira Makansi joins the podcast to discuss 50 Shades of Grey. Topics include: Power dynamics in relationships, sexual taboos, wine and writing, politics, and more. The Sowing (Seeds Trilogy #1): https://www.amazon.com/Sowing-Seeds-Trilogy-1/dp/0989867110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524779418&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sowing+makansi Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read https://www.amazon.com/Literary-Libations-What-Drink-Read/dp/1510736581 Amira’s Blog: https://thezaxis.co Subscribe and Rate us on itunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 booksandboozepodcast.com johnleven.com Show Notes: 0:00:00 - Introducing Amira Makansi and 50 Shades of Grey 0:05:47 - Boozes: Dailance Cabernet Sauvignon (John) and Ridgecrest Merlot (Amira) 0:07:18- Amira’s wine industry expertise 0:09:30 - Amria’s literary work 0:15:45 - Christian Grey the super-hero? 0:17:56 - The allure of power and a Sexual Batman 0:29:54...

123 MIN2018 APR 27
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Episode #9 - I Know This Much Is True

ERich Young joins the podcast to split a bottle of Green Spot Irish Whiskey and discuss I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Topics include: Mental illness, self-delusions, bullying, masculinity, denial. Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 See more episodes at booksandboozepodcast.com See John's other projects at johnleven.com 0:00:00 - Intro and super long summary of the book (Feel free to skip this part) 0:36:53 - Dominick’s fear of becoming mentally ill like his twin brother. 0:45:03 - Personal hero myths, living in your own movie, and The John Show 0:53:13 - The four-star General, and practicing for angry interactions. 0:58:14 - Grappling with early versions of yourself 1:03:42 - Violence and bullying 1:19:24 - Toxic Masculinity and manhood in the 21st century 1:32:04 - John tries to pour his whiskey without opening it 1:32:43 - Denial, hyperfocus, and hair loss 1:48:20 - St. Patrick's Day arrives and th...

114 MIN2018 MAR 24
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Episode #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions

ERetired politician, current entrepreneur, author, and world traveler Elliot Killian sits down to discuss a variety of interesting topics including: How Elliott ran for elected office at age 19 (and won), Elliott’s two short stories that peaked at #6 and #1 respectively on the Amazon short read Sci-Fi & Fantasy charts. We also talk about the Japanese classic Book of Five Rings, entrepreneurship, invention & innovation, career advice, world travel, and community service. Subscribe and Rate us on itunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 booksandboozepodcast.com johnleven.com 0:00:00 - Elliot Killian Introduction 0:03:38 - Running for office http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archives/article_ac5ad21a-c888-5f50-8355-3bc7d9d79a15.html http://onwardstate.com/2014/03/07/elliott-killian-student-by-day-politician-by-night/ 0:16:52 - What we’re drinking and where you can find more Elliott 0:20:17 - Last of the Unanswered Questions by Elliot Killian https...

129 MIN2018 JAN 16
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Episode #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions

Latest Episodes

Episode #17 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality

EGuest: Evan Sandhoefner (blogger, Effective Altruist, and alum of Microsoft & Harvard) Book: Famine, Affluence, and Morality by Peter Singer Booze: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 0:00:00 - Evan and Ballast Point Sculpin https://sandhoefner.com/ https://twitter.com/EvanSandhoefner?lang=en 0:03:49 - Brian Tomasik, who inspired Evan’s website https://briantomasik.com/ https://reducing-suffering.org/ 0:05:21 - How does Evan handle discussing ethics without sounding like a dick? 0:08:00 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality and the Effective Altruism movement https://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1972----.htm https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism?language=en https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/blog/understanding-cause-neutrality/ 0:17:42 - Direct work vs Working to Give https://80000hours.org/articles/earning-to-give/ https://80000hours.org/career-guide/ https://80000hours.org/2015/07/80000-hours-thinks-that-only-a-small-proportion-of-people-should-earn-to-give-long-term/ 0:26:28 - The Most Effective Cocaine Dealer https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/3DGYg2RxXHgekLGeG/to-save-the-world-don-t-get-a-job-at-a-charity-go-work-on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem 0:30:57 - Utilitarian calculus: Quantifying fuzzy concepts like suffering, happiness, well-being, etc. 0:33:09 - Consciousness, consciousness meters, and aliens https://www.iep.utm.edu/hard-con/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speciesism https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html 0:42:19 - Moral tug-of-war: The demandingness objection to utilitarianism and Effective Altruism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demandingness_objection 0:49:53 - Bugs in our brains: Grappling with our flawed moral minds https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201108/statistical-numbing-why-millions-can-die-and-we-don-t-care https://fs.blog/2017/05/confirmation-bias/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-group_favoritism https://www.theverge.com/2017/3/27/15077864/elon-musk-neuralink-brain-computer-interface-ai-cyborgs 0:56:58 - Is ethics self-limiting? Can ethical people be successful? 1:02:11 - Self-deception, and The Elephant in the Brain by Robin Hanson and Kevin Simler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-serving_bias https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Brain-Hidden-Motives-Everyday/dp/0190495995 1:03:56 - Wild animal suffering, selection theory, and cats wearing bells https://reducing-suffering.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory https://www.birdsbesafe.com/ 1:17:57 - Domestic animal suffering, unhappy cows, and reducing vs eliminating meat from your diet https://animalcharityevaluators.org/ https://www.givewell.org/ 1:26:53 - Existential risk and the “expected value” of the far future https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/existential-risks/ https://concepts.effectivealtruism.org/concepts/the-long-term-future/ https://www.effectivealtruism.org/articles/ea-global-2018-far-future-of-life/ 1:30:42 - Epic Givewell spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xBKlshqbu6H-uByB2INEaDNPpj_Ulz0WrrFwgrnkXfk/edit#gid=1537947274 1:31:59 - Open philanthropy, hit-based giving, and The Man Who Fed the World https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/hits-based-giving https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Fed-World-Laureate/dp/1930754906 1:41:04 - Slow vs fast Artificial intelligence, giving now vs giving later, the time value of money, and John’s personal reasons for (mostly) giving later https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/7uJcBNZhinomKtH9p/giving-now-vs-later-a-summary https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/timevalueofmoney.asp https://fs.blog/2013/02/the-psychology-of-human-misjudgement/ 1:53:01 - Effective Altruism’s “popularity problem”, growing the movement, and caring vs counting https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/pcygusgiy6ZabnB93/how-valuable-is-movement-growth 2:06:10 - An opportunity to be a real superhero

133 MINMAR 6
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Episode #17 - Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Episode #16 - Knocking on Heaven's Door

EGuest: Kim Ukura, bookish blogger & podcaster Book: Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler Boozes: Gin & Tonic Main topics: End of life care, physician assisted suicide, reading, reviewing “bad books”, podcasting, blogging, being a “dork”, and more. Find more Kim & John: Follow on Twitter: @kimthedork & @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: https://bookriot.com/author/kimukura/ https://newsletters.riotnewmedia.com/category/true-story/ https://www.sophisticateddorkiness.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/for-real/id1353587430?mt=2 https://booksandboozepodcast.com/ https://www.johnleven.com/ Books mentioned/recommended in this Episode Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atwul Gawande Show Notes: 0:00:00 - Introduction and making the perfect Gin & Tonic 0:05:42 - Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler and why it’s important Article mentioned: What Broke My Father’s Hear...

91 MIN2018 NOV 22
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Episode #16 - Knocking on Heaven's Door

Episode #15 - Blitzed

EGuests: Stefani Manard & Big Dev from the Shot of History podcast Boozes: Bourbons: Elijah Craig, Jim Beam, and Bulleit Main topics: Nazi’s & drugs, history, podcasting, reading recommendations, and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s views on sex, masturbation, and circumcision. Find more Stef, Dev & John: Follow on Twitter: @DrunkDorksStef , @PodmadBigDev , and @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: http://www.shotofhistory.com/ http://www.stefanimanard.com/ http://www.booksandboozepodcast.com/ http://www.johnleven.com/ Books/podcasts mentioned or recommended: Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler https://www.amazon.com/Blitzed-Drugs-Third-Norman-Ohler/dp/1328663795 Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast https://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/ The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn https://www.amazon.com/Peoples-History-United-States/dp/0060838655 H.P. Lovecraft https://www.amazon.com/H.P.-Lovecraft/e/B000AQ40D2 The Comic Book Story of Beer: ...

74 MIN2018 OCT 28
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Episode #15 - Blitzed

Episode #14 - The Geometry of Wealth

EGuest: Brian Portnoy Boozes: Noah’s Mill bourbon and Bulleit bourbon Main topics: Money, meaning, reality vs expectations, investing, and reading (plus recommendations) Find more Brian & John: Follow on Twitter: @brianportnoy & @booksandbooze_ And check out our websites: https://www.virtus.com/ https://shapingwealth.com/ https://booksandboozepodcast.com/ https://www.johnleven.com/ Books mentioned or recommended: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior by James Stockdale The Obstacle is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tom...

102 MIN2018 AUG 23
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Episode #14 - The Geometry of Wealth

Episode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents

EEpisode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud Guest: Tom Beck Booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally Main topics: Sigmund Freud, religion, morality, and civilization Part 1 - Freud (~23 mins) 0:00:00 - Intro - Tom Beck 0:03:27 - Why Freud? 0:07:29 - This episode’s booze: Lagunitas Aunt Sally 0:09:09 - What did Freud get right and what did he get wrong? 0:11:40 - Sigmunda Freud’s Vagina Envy 0:13:56 - Id, Ego, Superego 0:18:58 - Psycho sexual stages of development Part 2 - Religion and God (~38 mins) 0:22:48 - Religion, childhood, magic mushrooms, self-awareness, and breasts 0:29:36 - Why is religion so much more popular than atheism? The promised link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2017/aug/08/in-god-we-trust-why-americans-wont-vote-in-an-atheist-president 0:34:25 - Does the fear of death drive religion? 0:35:37 - Extending the concept of religion to politics, philanthropy, and other causes. 0:37:58 - Politics filling the “meaning vacuum” left by the decli...

140 MIN2018 AUG 1
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Episode #13 - Civilization and Its Discontents

Episode #12 - The Magic of Thinking Big

ECEO of Toujours Planning and co-host of the Worth It! Podcast, Dustin Granger, joins the show to sip Maker’s Mark bourbon and discuss The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. Topics include: Thinking big, finding meaning, confidence, goal setting, risk taking, social relationships, dealing with setbacks, and more. http://www.theworthitpodcast.com Twitter: @DRGranger https://twitter.com/drgranger Show Notes: 00:00:00 - Introducing Dustin Granger, his business (Toujours Management), and his podcast (Worth It!) 00:03:27 - The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz (Attempt #1) https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Thinking-Big-David-Schwartz/dp/0671646788/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528501689&sr=8-1&keywords=magic+of+thinking+big 00:06:53 - Maker’s Mark and other favorite alcohols 00:14:30 - The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz (Attempt #2) 00:23:25 - Momento mori: Designing your life from your own deathbed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori 00:31:00 - Relationships 00:33:19 -...

117 MIN2018 JUN 13
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Episode #12 - The Magic of Thinking Big

Episode #11 - Drinking In America

ERon McIntire from the Grasping at Beers blog joins the show for a second visit to share four different kinds of booze and to discuss Drinking in America by Susan Cheever. Topics include: the history of alcohol in the United States, John's & Ron's own alcohol histories, and more. https://www.graspingatbeers.com/ 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:04:42 - Graspingatbeers.com and John & Ron’s mutual passion for booze. https://www.graspingatbeers.com 00:06:27 - Drink #1 Jim Beam Black Bourbon and John’s Top 3 Bourbons under $35 00:09:22 - The Mayflower and alcohol consumption in Colonial America 00:15:24 - The ubiquity of alcohol in human society 00:18:20 - Bridging gaps between different people by sharing alcohol 00:22:26 - Drink #2 Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey and Ron’s whiskey heritage 00:28:32 - U.S. Alcohol Consumption Data from 1620 to 2018 00:33:43 - Universal Basic Income 00:41:15 - Origins of human alcohol consumption and Drunken Monkey Hypothesis 00:46:30 - Drink #3 Troegs P...

97 MIN2018 MAY 31
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Episode #11 - Drinking In America

Episode #10 - 50 Shades of Grey

EAuthor and traveling winemaker Amira Makansi joins the podcast to discuss 50 Shades of Grey. Topics include: Power dynamics in relationships, sexual taboos, wine and writing, politics, and more. The Sowing (Seeds Trilogy #1): https://www.amazon.com/Sowing-Seeds-Trilogy-1/dp/0989867110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524779418&sr=1-1&keywords=the+sowing+makansi Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read https://www.amazon.com/Literary-Libations-What-Drink-Read/dp/1510736581 Amira’s Blog: https://thezaxis.co Subscribe and Rate us on itunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 booksandboozepodcast.com johnleven.com Show Notes: 0:00:00 - Introducing Amira Makansi and 50 Shades of Grey 0:05:47 - Boozes: Dailance Cabernet Sauvignon (John) and Ridgecrest Merlot (Amira) 0:07:18- Amira’s wine industry expertise 0:09:30 - Amria’s literary work 0:15:45 - Christian Grey the super-hero? 0:17:56 - The allure of power and a Sexual Batman 0:29:54...

123 MIN2018 APR 27
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Episode #10 - 50 Shades of Grey

Episode #9 - I Know This Much Is True

ERich Young joins the podcast to split a bottle of Green Spot Irish Whiskey and discuss I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. Topics include: Mental illness, self-delusions, bullying, masculinity, denial. Subscribe and Rate us on iTunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 See more episodes at booksandboozepodcast.com See John's other projects at johnleven.com 0:00:00 - Intro and super long summary of the book (Feel free to skip this part) 0:36:53 - Dominick’s fear of becoming mentally ill like his twin brother. 0:45:03 - Personal hero myths, living in your own movie, and The John Show 0:53:13 - The four-star General, and practicing for angry interactions. 0:58:14 - Grappling with early versions of yourself 1:03:42 - Violence and bullying 1:19:24 - Toxic Masculinity and manhood in the 21st century 1:32:04 - John tries to pour his whiskey without opening it 1:32:43 - Denial, hyperfocus, and hair loss 1:48:20 - St. Patrick's Day arrives and th...

114 MIN2018 MAR 24
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Episode #9 - I Know This Much Is True

Episode #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions

ERetired politician, current entrepreneur, author, and world traveler Elliot Killian sits down to discuss a variety of interesting topics including: How Elliott ran for elected office at age 19 (and won), Elliott’s two short stories that peaked at #6 and #1 respectively on the Amazon short read Sci-Fi & Fantasy charts. We also talk about the Japanese classic Book of Five Rings, entrepreneurship, invention & innovation, career advice, world travel, and community service. Subscribe and Rate us on itunes. (Please!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/books-booze/id1257563945?mt=2 booksandboozepodcast.com johnleven.com 0:00:00 - Elliot Killian Introduction 0:03:38 - Running for office http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archives/article_ac5ad21a-c888-5f50-8355-3bc7d9d79a15.html http://onwardstate.com/2014/03/07/elliott-killian-student-by-day-politician-by-night/ 0:16:52 - What we’re drinking and where you can find more Elliott 0:20:17 - Last of the Unanswered Questions by Elliot Killian https...

129 MIN2018 JAN 16
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Episode #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions