Episode of the day: “Tell Me I’m Fat”

Listen to “Tell Me I’m Fat” (1:10:32)

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 589)

Great listen for fat and non-fat people. Most of the reflections here apply to an array of natural fragilities of being human and of personal connections.

More information:

Elna Baker website

Roxane Gay website

Jesus. (Painting by Fernando Botero)

Episode of the day: “Mind Games 2016”

Listen to “Mind Games 2016” (1:00:05)

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 588)

“Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves in way over their heads.”

More information:

Improv Everywhere website

David Berkeley website

No Pants scene of Improv Everywhere. (Image: improveverywhere.com)

Episode of the day: “In Defense of Ignorance”

Listen to “In Defense of Ignorance”

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 585)

“Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode – examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.”

Would you prefer to not know in case you were terminally ill? I think I would.

More information:

Lulu Wang website

“The astonishingly funny story of Mr. McArthur Wheeler” in awesci.com

“Unskilled and unaware of it” in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Dunning-Kruger effect on Wikipedia

“The blessing and curse of the people who never forget” on BBC

lemon juice

Episode of the day: "For Your Reconsideration"


Listen to “For Your Reconsideration”

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 584)

I swear that I try to branch out and listen to other podcasts in order to publish a wide variety here. But even though I listen to many podcasts, I choose today yet another This American Life episode!

This episode was absolutely incredible. An interesting story of a bogus social science study. A bit ironic that a new study, however, reveals some of the same findings the retracted study did.

And then, the most amazing story from the podcast “Beautiful Stories by Anonymous People”, which is a new podcast I intend to follow closely. This story makes you think that so often we get trapped in our own inertia despite the opportunities presented around us. We have plans, dreams, ambitions, but inertia takes over and fear prevails. Sometimes we would be better off using Nike’s philosophy and Just Do It!

More information:

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Michael LaCour’s scandal in The New York Times and The New Yorker

Donald Green and Michael LaCour (image from Michael LaCour’s facebook page)

New study “Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing” published in Science.

Listen to “Ron Paul’s Baby”

Episode of the day: "Same Bed, Different Dreams"

Listen to: “Same Bed, Different Dreams”

Podcast: This American Life (Episode 556)

This was a rebroadcasted episode worth listening just for the unbelievable story of the kidnap of two South Korean celebrities by Kim Jong-Il.

Podcast’s summary: “Stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her doppleganger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis for an entire relationship, even for a man who almost never sees the person who shares his bed.”

More information:

The book Kim Jong-Il Production on Amazon by Paul Fischer.