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A podast from the Browser, the world's most influential curation newsletter.

A podast from the Browser, the world's most influential curation newsletter.


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A podast from the Browser, the world's most influential curation newsletter.






Pamela Hobart on the existential sandwich

Pamela Hobart is a philosopher turned philosophical life coach and mother of three. This week she discusses how to deal with an existential sandwich, why small innovations are valuable, and the deathbed fallacy. (30m 23s, or read the transcript here)


Ada Palmer on censorship, science fiction, and Machiavelli's laundry

Baiqu sits down with Ada Palmer, a cultural and intellectual historian and the author of science fiction and fantasy novels, including the award-winning Terra Ignota series.


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System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot.

Philosopher Rob Reich, political scientist Jeremy Weinstein and computer scientist Mehran Sahami are the authors of the brand new book System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot. We play a round of The Last Word, where we ask fascinating people to answer difficult questions in a very specific number of words.


Sylvia Bishop

Sylvia is a children’s book writer and the Assistant Publisher of The Browser. Sylvia reveals why you always kill off the parents, how to tap into the mind of a child, and evolutionary psychology.


Charles Saumarez-Smith on Art Galleries

Charles Saumarez-Smith, former director of the National Portrait Gallery, discusses his new book, The Art Museum in Modern Times. Interview by Beatrice Wilford.


Relevance In Art with Garth Greenwell

Inspired by his piece “Making Meaning”, Garth Greenwell joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss the meaning of the word and the idea of relevance when we talk about art, and how it poses a danger to how we encounter art. Reading material mentioned in the conversation: Cleanness by Garth Greenwell What Belongs To You: A Novel by Garth Greenwell


Browser Conversations: Katy Gero and Jaan Altosaar

Today, our host is Robert Cottrell, editor of the Browser. He is joined by Katy Gero and Jaan Altosaar, two guests with fascinating perspectives on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Katy is a computer scientist who uses AI in her work as a poet and an essayist, while Jaan is a postdoctoral researcher working on machine learning in health at Columbia University's Irving Medical Center.


Biological Warfare with LSUSR

Inspired by his piece “The Future of Biological Warfare”, LSUSR joins Lindelani and Nontsi to chat about the future of biological warfare.


Browser Conversations: Caroline Crampton and Cal Flyn

Caroline Crampton, the deputy editor of the Browser, talks to literary non-fiction writer Cal Flyn, author of Islands of Abandonment, about abandoned places.


The Hatboro Blues with Shawn McCreesh

Inspired by his piece “The Hatboro Blues”, Shawn McCreesh joins Lindelani and Nontsi to share his experience on growing up in an American town during the opioid epidemic. "The Hatboro Blues" was originally published in the Autumn issue of Liberties Journal. The piece has been taken down but if you are interested in reading it, please email


Understanding Bruxism with Madeleine Watts

Inspired by her essay “The Year of Grinding Teeth”, Madeleine Watts joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss her experience with bruxism and the shared anxiety that came with 2020.


Browser Conversations: Alex Tabarrok and Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott, former editor-in-chief of The Economist and now co-director of the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy, talks to Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-author of the blog Marginal Revolution, on lessons learned from the pandemic so far, and what lies ahead.


The Moral Philosophy Of Giving with Peter Singer

Hosts Lindelani and Nontsi discuss the moral ethics of giving with the philosopher Peter Singer focusing on the implications of the ethical code for people living in lower and middle income countries. Reading material mentioned in the conversation: The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer


On Running And Escapism with Larissa Pham

Inspired by her essay “On Running”, Larissa Pham joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss the psychological effects, and meditative properties of running. Reading material mentioned in the conversation:: Pop Song by Larissa Pham


The Joys And Sorrows Of Life with Robert Cottrell

Inspired by Emily Franklin’s thought-provoking piece “The Requirement of Adequacy”; Lindelani, Nontsi and Robert discuss restrictions to personal freedom, the bitter-sweet reality of parenting and coping with the dangers of life.


Malls In The Philippines with Diana Martinez

The view that malls are simply structures of commerce is challenged in this conversation between Nontsi, Lindelani and Diana. The article that inspired this conversation posits that malls in the Philippines are infrastructural, and also explores the emotional and psychological experience of going to a mall in the Philippines. The article that inspired this episode is titled An Archipelago of Interiors: The Philippine Supermall as Infrastructure of Diaspora and is written by Diana Martinez.


Understanding Artemisia Gentileschi with Helen Lewis

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Helen Lewis about "how the feminist passion for Artemisia Gentileschi’s life story risks overwhelming her artistic talent." Inspired by Helen's piece titled “Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?” Reading material mentioned in the conversation: Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work by Germaine Greer


Understanding Disability with Joanne Limburg

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Joanne Limburg about her personal journey with disability and the impact it has had on her family, social and professional life. Inspired by Joanne’s piece titled “Am I disabled?” Reading material mentioned in the conversation: Disability Visibility by Alice Wong The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon Inspiration Porn