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A free-wheeling podcast that combines books, booze, and interesting guests to create thought-provoking and often ridiculous conversations.

A free-wheeling podcast that combines books, booze, and interesting guests to create thought-provoking and often ridiculous conversations.
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United States

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A free-wheeling podcast that combines books, booze, and interesting guests to create thought-provoking and often ridiculous conversations.

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English


Episodes

Episode #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions

1/15/2018
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iTunesRetired politician, current entrepreneur, author, and world traveler Elliot Killian sits down to discuss a variety of interesting topics including: How Elliott ran for elected office at age 19 (and won), Elliott’s two short stories that peaked at #6 and #1 respectively on the Amazon short read Sci-Fi & Fantasy charts. We also talk about the Japanese classic Book of Five Rings, entrepreneurship, invention & innovation, career advice, world travel, and community service. Subscribe and...

Duration:02:13:29

Episode #7 - I read 100 books in 2017, and here are the 4 that I recommend

1/7/2018
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John read 100 books in 2017, and narrowed them down to 4 books that you should read. The top 4 are: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Tribe by Sebastian Junger, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges, and Doing Good Better by William MacAskill. Topics include: History, fictive language, tribalism, community, alienation, war, meaning, and effective altruism.

Duration:00:25:48

Episode #6 - Saint of Auschwitz

11/29/2017
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Ron McIntire joins the podcast to discuss Saint of Auschwitz, a biography of Catholic saint Maximilian Kolbe, who sacrificed himself in a Nazi concentration camp. Despite John’s initial trepidation due to his rejection of Catholicism, the pair enjoy and interesting conversation about Kolbe’s inspiring sacrifice. 0:00 - A lengthy, but heartfelt introduction 8:51 - Ron brings a 2015 Wycombe Chamberson http://www.wycombevineyards.com/ 10:35 - Kolbe’s background and his religious vision 15:32...

Duration:01:21:54

Episode #5 - Doing Good Better

11/8/2017
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Billy Ray Taylor joins the podcast to discuss Doing Good Better by William MacAskill and drink Lagavulin 16 year scotch. Topics include: Effective Altruism, moral philosophy, problems of loyalty, leadership organizations, and how to make the world better. 0:00:00 - Introduction 0:03:02 - Episode dedication 0:04:09 - Billy Ray Taylor and Lagavulin 16 introduction 0:05:37 - Disclaimer about the difficulty of talking about charity without sounding like a d-bag. 0:07:44 - A free beer offer,...

Duration:02:09:02

Episode #4 - Hammurabi's Code

9/30/2017
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John's first solo episode is a deep dive into Hammurabi's Code and its relevance in today's society. 00:00 - Introduction: Why try a solo episode? 03:30 - Low-carb boozin’ 04:47 - What makes Hammurabi's Code so unique and fascinating? 10:42 - Who were the Babylonians? 14:30 - Values and value systems 17:51 - Part 1 - “Tough on Crime” - Death penalties, Restitution multiples, Property laws, Assault crimes. 31:08 - Part 2 - “Crimes Against King and Government” 33:11 - Part 3 - “Selling your...

Duration:01:09:31

#3 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

8/19/2017
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Bridget McNeela joins the podcast to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot and share 3 local wines. Topics include: scientific advancement, medical ethics, informed consent, scientific education, individualism vs collectivism, and whether or not you should have the right to be an asshole. See more episodes at https://booksandboozepodcast.com/

Duration:01:26:45

Episode #2 - Ready Player One

7/30/2017
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Geek culture writer, and host of the Blurbing It podcast, Monica Piluso joins the show to drink copious quantities of Pinot Grigio and discuss Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Topics include: geek culture, escaping reality, serial killers, cults, virtual reality, social identity, video game addiction, mythology, and being a woman in the geek culture dominated by men.

Duration:01:56:24

Episode #0 - Where Good Ideas Come From

7/3/2017
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Host John Leven discusses his show's premise, inspiration from Steven Johnson, John's background, and what to expect in future episodes.

Duration:00:20:25