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.
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.
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.
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
September 14th, 2020 | Season 3 | 29 mins 38 secs
communication, compassion, empathy
An approach to nonviolent living
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
August 10th, 2020 | Season 3 | 37 mins 8 secs
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.
August 5th, 2020 | Season 3 | 44 mins 8 secs
Learn why discussing racism is so taboo and difficult
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 14th, 2020 | Season 2 | 36 mins 32 secs
aphorisms, philosophy, wisdom
Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
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.
May 3rd, 2020 | Season 2 | 33 mins 25 secs
economy, philosophy, trading
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets is a book that deals with the fallibility of human knowledge.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains how we delude ourselves into thinking untrue things due to our love of finding a story or reason when none exists.
April 28th, 2020 | Season 1 | 28 mins 30 secs
humour, public speaking, self-improvement
This book shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.)