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I arrived back in Jackson, Mississippi at 5am this morning.
I went on a podcast bender on the drive back from Fort Lauderdale.
Following are some of my favorites.
I've tried to put them in a loose order by how much I enjoyed them...
Search Engine: Who should be in charge of AI?
I'd say this is my favorite one I listened to on the trip.
A fascinating look into what's going on behind the scenes in the exploding world of AI.
Hard Fork: Our 2024 Predictions + Jenny Slate Answers Your Hard Questions!
I've heard this podcast mentioned many times and finally got around to listening to it.
The host Casey Newton is extremely bright and knowledgable about what's going on in Silicon Valley.
An intelligent and information dense discussion about technology, the internet and AI going into the new year.
Search Engine: Is there sane way to use the internet?
Another awesome one.
Probably tied for my second favorite of the trip.
These guys have a sensible, balanced perspective on how to keep technology in a relatively healthy place in our lives.
They're good at digging into many of the issues that we think about but often don't speak about when it comes to today's internet and the way it is impacting our lives.
Hard Fork: Google's Epic Loss + Silicon Valley's Curious New Subculture + How 2023 Changed the Internet
More fascinating discussion about Silicon Valley and AI technology and culture.
Search Engine: Heavyweight x Search Engine
This one was kind of a promotional effort to introduce Search Engine listeners to the Heavyweight podcast (they're both created under the same company).
I loved this story and I'm going to start listening to more Heavyweight podcasts.
"The podcast that helps people."
He finds people with an unresolved thing they can't get over, and he helps them get over it.
They're usually funny and usually moving.
Search Engine: Wait, should I not be drinking airplane coffee?
Do you drink airplane coffee?
I loved the way this story was told and investigated.
I find the approach to podcasting inspiring.
This seems to have emerged as a classic episode of Search Engine.
Search Engine: Why'd I take speed for twenty years?
The podcast host P.J. Vogt was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid and took prescription amphetamines for 20 years.
In the episode he gets curious about how our society got to a point where his doctor was recommending this to his in the same way an optometrist would recommend a pair of glasses.
A captivating look at the history of marketing amphetamines.
Search Engine: The Bull of Wall Street
I can't say this was my favorite episode, but I did enjoy it and found it to be a worthwhile listen.
I love how P.J. Vogt seems to be able to take any subject and create an engaging listen from his investigation.
In this episode, he gets curious about the big brass bull statue outside his office in Manhattan's Financial District, and he decided to look into it.
Reply All: #189 Goodbye All
Reply All has long been my favorite podcast.
They recently got embroiled in some controversy and they apparently decided to turn off the lights at the podcast.
This was their final episode.
Sad to see them go!
But it seems they are spinning off into new and interesting directions.
Replay All: #188 Into the Depths
This is a lighthearted look into some oddities found in the dark corners of Wikipedia.
Jewel: Turn Anxiety into a Powerful Ally
Technically a YouTube video, but essentially a podcast.
However, I couldn't find it as a podcast so I listened to it from YouTube as I drove down the highway.
Jewel has some great insights on mental health.
She's done a lot of work on herself and has plenty of good information to share.
She's quite articulate.
I particularly like the part about halfway through where she talks about using anxiety as an ally.
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