About the show

In-depth breakdowns of some of the worlds most thought-provoking and inspiring books.

Our hosts, Nicolas Vereecke and Sam Harris digest non-fiction books from all centuries and genres.

This podcast is here to help listeners become smarter. To learn about ideas they haven't heard of or to gain more perspectives on the books and ideas they are familiar with.

We dive into topics such as philosophy, business, feminism, psychology, politics, economics and who knows what else. Our goal is to simply explore the best ideas and learn new things. You're most welcome to join us for the ride.

Episodes

  • 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.

  • 8. Fooled By Randomness - 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.

  • 7. Do You Talk Funny? - David Nihil

    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.)