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My Favorite Stuff


Here's a random collection of some of my favorite things. I don't get paid by any of these people or companies for endorsing their products or services. I would love to have to disclose something like that, so hit me up...




Podcasts


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Armchair Expert

This is my #1 podcast recommendation and not your typical celebrity interview show. The hosts, Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, do such a good job of getting people to be vulnerable and talk about their challenges, failures, addictions, and any other messy topic that makes them human.

The show does a great job of introducing me to actors, directors, producers, comedians, musicians, and others that I've never heard of. My favorite episodes aren't at all the ones I thought they would be, but inevitably are some really person I've never heard of who tells the most compelling story of their life! Check out episodes 24 (Dax's mom), 30 (David Harbour), 50 (Rob McElhenney), 70 (Sarah Silverman), 76 (Ryan Hansen), 126 (Ben Platt), and 139 (Dog the Bounty Hunter... seriously, it was a great interview).

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Stay Tuned With Preet

I binge-listen to this when I'm feeling the need to become more informed on current political events or want an expert's view of constitutional law, prosecutions, criminal justice reform, or a million other legal, political, and current event topics they cover. The host, Preet Bharara, is the former US Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan - AKA the guy who got fired by Trump after being asked to stay on.

One of my favorite episodes was Preet's interview of Judge Jed Rakoff (Nov 27, 2017). They talk about the weight and responsibility that comes with sentencing people to prison.

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The Daily

The Daily is produced by the NY Times. It's a great way to quickly digest what's going on in the world. They interview NY Times reporters and get their perspective on a story. Most episodes are 20-25 minutes long, so you can usually get through one on your commute to/from work.

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The Peter Attia Drive

OK, this is a big one. I try to stay healthy. I'm interested in bio-hacking and self-experimentation. And I try to sift through the latest research on medicine, nutrition, and health. What works? What doesn't work? The host, Dr. Peter Attia, is kind of like having your own personal doctor friend that will geek out with you on this stuff. I've got to admit, sometimes the conversation is too technical and goes over my head. Should've paid more attention in biology and chemistry...

Despite the technical challenges, I've learned a ton from listening to this podcast. My favorite moments are when he and a guest de-bunk something that is the current standard of care or point out that the medical community doesn't really understand a particular mechanism/approach (e.g. blood tests and cholesterol).

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

I love history. I even love reading history books. But Dan Carlin has ruined me for reading stories about World War 1 or the Roman Empire. These podcast episodes are the world's best audio books on history. They are 3-4 hours long. That might sound intimidating or maybe even boring. It is anything but that. Dan is a master-storyteller! And he does an insane level of research for each episode, reading dozens of books on the topic he's covering.

This one is perfect for binge-listening. Due to the time it takes to produce the content, he doesn't have hundreds of episodes. I wait until I'm in the mood for a great story, crank through a bunch of episodes, and then get depressed that I've blown through all of his content again.

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The Joe Rogan Experience

Joe is insane, funny, and wicked smart. I love kickboxing and mixed martial arts, and so really get into some of his interviews with fighters and trainers. I also like some of his interviews with stand-up comedians. I'm somewhat selective on this one. I pick and choose episodes. I love Joe, but some of the conversations are looooooonnnnnggggg. And I suspect Joe might have smoked a bit too much when the conversation rambles on in bizarre directions.

Note on Spotify: I included the icon below for a download page, but it doesn't have an actual link. Joe appears to have some sort of beef with Spotify.

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