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English


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16 P for Percent Percent Percent Percent

6/14/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss restaurants and research ethics. For more about Anthony Bourdain, whose death prompted the restaurant theme, Harry recommends Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential. For more about research ethics, Mairead recommends the Tri-Council Policy Statement. Our music is “Chop Shop (Instrumental)” by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:16:34

15 L for Late, Sticky Night

6/7/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss technological surveillance and social psychology. For more on social psychology, Mairead recommends the book The Person and the Situation by Lee Ross and Richard Nisbett. For more on technological surveillance, Harry recommends the most recent technology quarterly from The Economist. Our music is “Chop Shop (Instrumental)” by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:19:37

14 S for Stupid, Stupid Hypothesis

5/31/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss e-mails and income inequality. For more about income inequality, Mairead recommends this article about "the new American aristocracy" in The Atlantic and this dissenting article in Slate. She also references this paper and this paper, both by Miles Corak, about income inequality, and this 2012 speech by Alan Krueger, then-chairperson of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Here are the median home prices in San Francisco, this is the article about...

Duration:00:21:59

13 F for Fanfare

5/24/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss the Spanish Civil War and methods of neuroscience. For more on methods of neuroscience, Mairead recommends the textbook Foundations of Behavioural Neuroscience by Neil R. Carlson. For more on cutting out your tongue, she recommends the movie Oldboy (and warns that it's a relatively graphic film). For more on the Spanish Civil War, Harry recommends Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid and Catholicism, War and the Foundation of...

Duration:00:19:25

12 F for Facebook Shutting Down

5/17/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss bicycles and pharmacotherapy. For more on pharmacotherapy, Mairead recommends this episode of Science VS about the opioid epidemic, this interview with Dr. Leana Wen (health commissioner of Baltimore City, Maryland) on The Ezra Klein Show, this interview with Johann Hari on The Ezra Klein Show, and Hari's book, Lost Connections. For more on bicycles, Harry recommends that you ride a Bixi or read the Wikipedia page for bicycles. Our music is "Chop Shop...

Duration:00:15:24

11 E for Evil Spiders

5/10/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss the Internet and law/Latin. For more about dark patterns, Mairead recommends watching this Nerdwriter video. For more on frivolous lawsuits, Harry recommends this "Adam Ruins Everything" video. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:14:03

10 T for Thomas Tefferson

5/3/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss McCarthyism and voting behaviour. For more on McCarthyism, Harry recommends the book The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents by Ellen Schrecker and Phillip Deery. For more on voting behaviour, Mairead recommends the book Democracy for Realists by Larry Bartels and Christopher Achen. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:16:24

09 W for We've Got Mail

4/19/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss urban planning and China in the 1970s and 80s. For more on urban planning, Mairead recommends this Vox video about defensive design, this Vox video about malls in America and third spaces, and this episode of the podcast 99% Invisible. For more on China in the 1970s and 80s, Harry recommends the book The Cultural Revolution at the Margins by Yiching Wu. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:15:41

07 C for Cannibalism

3/23/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss religion in medieval Europe and deep work. For more on deep work, Mairead recommends reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport, and listening to Newport's interview on The Ezra Klein Show. For more on religion in medieval England, Harry recommends the book New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:18:42

07 C for Cannibalism

3/22/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss religion in medieval Europe and deep work. For more on deep work, Mairead recommends reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport, and listening to Newport's interview on The Ezra Klein Show. For more on religion in medieval England, Harry recommends the book New Worlds, Lost Worlds by Susan Brigden. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:18:42

06 N for Noam Chomsky Rules the World

3/8/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss linguistics and the development of expertise. To learn more about developing expertise, Mairead recommends the book "Peak" by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, this video about the zone of proximal development/adjacent possible, "Thought and Language" by Lev Vygotsky, and this book on flow states by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:19:46

05 C for Contrasting Your Mentals

2/22/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss goal setting and twentieth century China. For more on goal setting, Mairead recommends the book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals by Heidi Grant Halvorson. For more on twentieth century China, Harry recommends the book China in War and Revolution by Peter Zarrow. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:20:11

04 M for Monopoly (disambiguation)

2/8/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss historical trade, Facebook's algorithm, and public discourse. For more on public discourse, Mairead recommends you start with this Vox video on the window of discourse in the context of Trump. She also recommends you dominate in Monopoly using the advice in this reddit post.

Duration:00:18:07

03 P for Politics, Generally

1/25/2018
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In which Mairead and Harry discuss Latin American history and politics, generally. For more on Latin American history, Mairead recommends the excellent book "Born in Blood and Fire" by John Charles Chasteen. For more on politics, generally, Harry recommends reading about the Michigan model of voter choice for the funnel of causality, Charles Tilly's "Contention and Democracy in Europe 1650-2000" for protected consultation, and about pre-Civil War history for the Know Nothing party. Our...

Duration:00:18:42

02 G for German

1/25/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss moral psychology and the Middle Ages in Western Europe. Mairead demonstrates her German proficiency. For more on moral psychology, Mairead recommends "The Righteous Mind" by Jonathan Haidt and "The Lady Vanishes" from Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History. For more on the Middle Ages in Western Europe, Harry recommends the book "The Worlds of Medieval Europe" by Clifford R. Backman. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and...

Duration:00:20:52

01 K for Kronos

1/25/2018
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In which Harry and Mairead discuss American foreign policy in the 1950s and 60s and time perception. Kronos drops by. To read more about American foreign policy, Harry recommends you "Google American foreign policy". Mairead referenced this Guardian article about MAGA and this Vox article about a stress poll. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz.

Duration:00:18:23

00 P for Pilot

1/5/2018
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A for Effort is a podcast where hosts and longtime fans of banter Harry and Mairead guess the meaning of (relatively) obscure terms! In this pilot episode, Harry and Mairead discuss accelerationism, cryptomnesia, geomatics, native advertising, externalities, and vection. Our music is "Chop Shop (Instrumental)" by White Flowers, and our logo is by ei8htz. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:26:21