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If Books Could Kill

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Recent Episodes of If Books Could Kill


The Columbia Protests [TEASER]

The Columbia Protests [TEASER]

Peter and Michael discuss the media coverage of the protests at Columbia — from the crazed, bloodthirsty ravings of right-wing media to the more muted, respectful bloodthirst of centrist media.

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

Episode 16 May 2024 27m and 17s


"Going Infinite": Michael Lewis Takes On Sam Bankman-Fried

"Going Infinite": Michael Lewis Takes On Sam Bankman-Fried

Peter and Michael discuss Michael Lewis’s bestselling book about the rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried, a young prodigy whose only flaw was that he dreamed too big.

Where to find us: 

Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

Michael Lewis Is Buying What Sam Bankman-Fried Is Selling Michael Lewis Likens Critics of His New Book on Sam Bankman-Fried to a 'Mob'The SBF trial is a reminder that crypto is a rotten businessReview: Michael Lewis's Going InfiniteThe Curious Case of FTX’s ‘Company Therapist’ (vice.com)FTX’s Coll...

Episode 2 May 2024 1h, 15m and 44s


"The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 2: Campus Lies, I.Q. Rise & Epstein Ties

"The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 2: Campus Lies, I.Q. Rise & Epstein Ties

2 Better 2 Angels

Support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

Where to find us: 

Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

Jeffrey Epstein’s Science of SleazePinker’s response to Epstein allegationsHow Jeffrey Epstein Captivated HarvardJeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNAIt’s Official — Steven Pinker Is Full of ShitPinker, Epstein, Soldier, SpyA century of sexual abuse victimisation: A birth cohort analysisThe prevalence of child sexual abuse with online sexual abuse addedHave Sexual Ab...

Episode 11 April 2024 1h, 24m and 12s


Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? [TEASER]

Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? [TEASER]

We're finally discussing a good book! Naomi Klein's "Doppelgänger" chronicles the long, steady descent of another Naomi — Wolf (buddy oof) — from feminist icon to crank conspiracist. 

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

Episode 28 March 2024 30m and 17s


Lean In

Lean In

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg became an icon for women who wanted to move from middle management at a tech company into upper management at a tech company. Today, Peter and Michael examine the contents of her bestselling book, survey the wreckage of corporate feminism and ask whether women will finally find liberation in the Metaverse.

Where to find us: 

Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

Facebook Feminism, Like It or NotFeminism's Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in?One Cheer for Lean InIs there an implicit quota o...

Episode 14 March 2024 57m and


"The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 1: You're Not Wrong, Pinker. You're Just An *sshole

"The Better Angels of Our Nature" Part 1: You're Not Wrong, Pinker. You're Just An *sshole

This week we're tackling Steven Pinker's 900 page dissection of the reasons why violence, torture and war have declined over the last 10,000 years. Was it an indeterminate mixture of politics, economics, technology and serendipity?  Or did some European guys write some books that said murder was bad?

Special thanks to Philip Dwyer, Eleanor Janega, David M. Perry and Doug Thompson for help researching and fact-checking this episode!

Where to find us: 

Peter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

The Darker Angels of Our NatureGetting Medieval On St...

Episode 22 February 2024 1h, 37m and 45s


The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

Before Donald Trump became America's most prominent politician and birth certificate inspector, he spent his days making everyone in New York City slightly uncomfortable. Michael and Peter discuss "The Art of the Deal," Trump’s 1987 bestseller chronicling his exploits as a celebrity slumlord.

Where to find us: 

TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

When Donald Trump Took Down Holiday Inns The Lost City of Trump Who Runs New York Now? How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions Doer and Slumlord Both Donald T...

Episode 11 January 2024 52m and 22s


The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod


Episode 21 December 2023 28m and 15s


The Identity Trap

The Identity Trap

"There are two kinds of political scientists: The types who deal with noisy data and post on Twitter with a bunch of caveats. And then there are the types who write books about identity politics."
 
Where to find us: 

TwitterPeter's other podcast, 5-4Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase

Sources:

Sam  Huneke's "Yascha Mounk’s Woke Straw Man"Jacob T. Levy's "The Defense of Liberty Can’t Do Without Identity Politics"Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò's "Elite Capture"Aaron Huertas's "We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists"Mary Lin Elementary und...

Episode 14 December 2023 1h, 47m and 3s


Pundit Portraits: Kathleen Parker and Chris Cillizza [TEASER]

Pundit Portraits: Kathleen Parker and Chris Cillizza [TEASER]

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

Episode 28 November 2023 29m and 42s

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