Episode Archive

24 episodes of Wiser Than Yesterday since the first episode, which aired on March 5th, 2020.

  • The Republic - Plato

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  23 mins 3 secs
    ideal individual, perfect community, philosophy, plato's ideal republic, socrates

    The republic is an examination of justice in an individual and justice in a city. To Plato, justice is an appropriate balance between different parts of the whole.

    The individual is said that we should be led by reason, not passion or appetite. Everything performs its proper function, while the republic is established for everyone to perform the social role to which they are most suited.

  • Epicurus

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  21 mins 22 secs
    epicureanism, happiness, philosophy

    Happiness is the main goal in life, we can achieve this by pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. But also by taming our desires and enjoying small things

    Epicurus focused on happiness instead of virtue because he observed that humans are pleasure-seeking by nature.

  • Enchiridion by Epictetus

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  25 mins 30 secs
    enchiridion, handbook, philosophy, stoic ethical advice

    Epictetus was born as a slave around 50 AD. After gaining his freedom he decided to dedicate his life to philosophy, even opening a school. He didn’t write much about himself, most of his knowledge was written down by his students, particularly Arrian.

  • The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  22 mins 56 secs
    autobiography, catholic philosophies, saint augustine of hippo

    The book Confessions was the first autobiographical work written around 400 A.D. during Saint Augustine's early 40's. Augustine discussed his regrets for following the Manichaean religion and believing in astrology.

    Confessions is the most complete record of any single person from the 4th and 5th centuries.

  • The final days of Socrates - Plato

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 39 secs
    last days of socrates, philosophy, plato

    Describes the trial and death of Socrates in 403 BC.

  • Season Recap: Racism and Inequality

    September 19th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  48 mins 8 secs

    We look back at our discoveries reading a range of different books on racism and inequality

  • Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg

    September 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  29 mins 38 secs
    communication, compassion, empathy

    An approach to nonviolent living

  • Discrimination and Disparities - Thomas Sowell

    August 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 46 secs
    analysis, equality, racism

    A searching re-examination of the assumptions, and the evidence for and against, current approaches to issues of economic and other disparities

  • How to be an antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

    August 10th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 8 secs
    equality, racism

    How to Be an Antiracist is a 2019 non-fiction book by American author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. The book discusses concepts of racism and Kendi's proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes.

  • White fragility - Robin DiAngelo

    August 5th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  44 mins 8 secs
    equality, racism

    Learn why discussing racism is so taboo and difficult

  • Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race - Rene Eddo-Lodge

    July 3rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 36 secs
    equality, politics, race

    The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations today.

  • Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit

    June 19th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  36 mins 32 secs
    activism, environment, politics

    Radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.

  • 12. Skin in the Game - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    June 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 10 secs
    philosophy, statistics, taleb

    Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life. Having a measurable risk when taking a major decision -- is necessary for fairness, commercial efficiency, and risk management, as well as being necessary to understand the world.

  • 11. Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    May 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 41 secs
    economics, philosophy, self improvement

    Things that Gain from Disorder.

    We discuss the concepts of things that thrive and grow when exposed to volatility.

  • 10. The Bed of Procrustes - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    May 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 32 secs
    aphorisms, philosophy, wisdom

    Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

  • 9. The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    May 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 4 secs

    The book focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable outlier events — and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively.
    It was published in 2007, by author and former options trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb.