Kirby Ferguson: Recommendations

I've a short new feature at the end of my episodes now where I ask people about their favourite podcast/tvshow/film etc.  It's a good way to get a sense of people's influences even if picking a favourite is a difficult thing to do. Here are Kirby Ferguson's recommendations.

TV shows: The Knick

Kirby said he was a massive fan of The Knick. It was directed by Steve Soderbergh which is always a good thing and stars Clive Owen. The first 10 episode season is out and the second season is in post production. If anyone has any idea where this show can be viewed in the UK and Ireland please let me know. Here’s the trailer for season 2.

TV shows: True Detective S2

Season 1 of TD was instantly one of my favourite shows ever. I’ve watched the first episode of season 2 twice and not felt the need to return but I’m sure I will at some stage. Kirby believed that while S2 was flawed it had moments of brilliance that made watching it worthwhile. Here’s the beautiful trailer.

TV shows: Mr Robot

I’d never heard about Mr Robot prior to Kirby recommending it but it looks brilliant. That said, the belief of the central hacker seems to go against Kirby’s in This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory.

Mini Series: The Jinx

I haven’t seen this show yet but it’s definitely near the top of my to-be-watched list. Directed by the brother of previous guest Eugene Jarecki, The Jinx describes itself thus:

"...a six-part examination of the reclusive millionaire at the heart of three killings spanning four decades. Robert Durst, the scion of a New York real estate empire, has long been a suspect in the notorious 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie. Further suspicion was raised with the unsolved killing of his confidante, Susan Berman, thought to be a key witness in the investigation into Kathie's disappearance in 2000, as well as the subsequent killing and dismemberment of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Durst has consistently maintained his innocence and remains a free man today."

Film: Going Clear

I’m a massive fan of Alex Gibney and his 2015 doc, Going Clear, is a perfect example of why. Gibney tackles his subjects head-on and in this doc he explores the way people enter scientology, the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, and the misconduct of it’s leaders. Here’s the trailer:

Book: Thinking in Systems

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I have to confess I’d never heard of the book or the author but this is the blurb for the book:

Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.

Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.

While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology. Donella Meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner.

So there’s Kirby’s choices. Some definite gems in there. Dave

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