How much do Uber and Lyft drivers really earn, after expenses? Are they getting a raw deal by being classified as 'independent contractors' instead of employees? I explore the debate over these questions with three guests: Louis Hyman (Cornell), Veena Dubal (UC Hastings College of the Law), and Harry Campbell (The Rideshare Guy).
Blogger, author, podcaster, economist Tyler Cowen of George Mason University discusses the lessons learned from the pandemic with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Appearing roughly one year after his first conversation on the pandemic, Cowen revisits the predictions he made then and what he has learned for the next time.
April 10, 2021
Everything is Alive is my favorite podcast discovery in a long time.Part comedy, part philosophical exploration lesson — each episode features a whimsical discussion between host Ian Chillag and an inanimate object.I could tell you more, but it would ruin the thrill of listening to your first episode. Listen for yourself here.I found this via The Gist podcast (meta). My list of (regularly updated!) podcast recommendations is here.Image from Flickr user proteinbiochemist. Used under the creative commons.
April 16, 2019
1.Sometimes the podcast about the internet, Reply All, has call-in shows where anyone can call in and talk to the hosts/ask a question.The most recent one covers internet security, speculates on whether or not your Alexa can get hacked, and ends with a really touching story of a Syrian refugee living in Turkey who taught himself English and is trying to attend a school in the US or Canada but can't.Listen here.2.This podcast interview of Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp software, by Shane Parrish's Knowledge Project podcast was really interesting. Basecamp is run unlike any other organization I've ever encountered – in the best way.One of the things that stuck out to me is how they measure the success of the launch of a new product feature. They don't utilize metrics like user adoption to determine if a new feature is successful, like most companies do.Instead, they look into how the feature affected the humans who made it. Did it tear them apart? Stress them out a lot? Bring them closer together?Listen here.See also: my other posts about podcasts.
March 29, 2019
I've been writing about podcasts on this blog since 2010! But I don't think I ever shared what podcasts I actually listen to. So here's my unsolicited list of podcasts I currently listen to. None of the podcasts are obscure, but I think it's an eclectic mix.I'm breaking down the list into regular listens (I pretty much listen to every single episode) and occasional plays. All links go to their respective Overcast page.
These podcasts post one song/weekday. Great way to find new artists to follow. They're also great for road trips. Just make a new playlist with a few songs, podcast, few more songs, etc.
What did I miss?
November 28, 2017