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POP FILTER: BLACK MIRROR

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*** There will be spoilers! ***

There’s too much pop culture to possibly keep track of. There are so many podcasts, apps, boxsets, books, and movies clamouring for your attention that it’s hard to know which are worth exploring. That’s where Pop Filter comes in.

The producer/editor behind the Inspireland Podcast, Wil McDermott, and Wil’s friend, Lorraine Harton (and sometimes Dave from Inspireland), sit down every couple of weeks to discuss some of the latest popular culture. This week, they chat about Netflix/Brooker’s Black Mirror.  Enjoy. Dave

If you enjoyed this episode of POP FILTER check out the last one where Wil And Lorraine discuss HBO's Westworld here.

E50 Dara O Kearney: Poker Pro

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In this episode I was delighted to be joined in the studio by professional Irish poker player, Dara O’Kearney. Dara, or Doke as he’s known in the poker world, gave a wide ranging and fascinating interview that’s definitely one of my favourites to date. At 1.5 hours it’s one of the longest chats I’ve had but I hope you’ll agree it’s one of the best!  Enjoy, Dave.

Some of the stuff we chatted about;

  1. Dara’s late entry and rapid ascension in the professional poker world.
  2. His experience as an ultra runner, including representing Ireland, and completing a 24 hour race.
  3. We chat about the psychology of endurance based high-performance.
  4. Dara became online friends with Bowie in the 1990s, a friendship initiated by Dara’s online criticism of Bowie’s online project.
  5. We discussed Dara’s experience in dealing with his son’s autism.
You can check out Dara's excellent blog here, as he says in the interview it's mostly poker geekery but his more accessible articles dominate his most read list on the right of the page.

Follow Dara on twitter here.

 

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There will be spoilers!

There’s too much pop culture to possibly keep track of. There are so many podcasts, apps, boxsets, books, and movies clamouring for your attention that it’s hard to know which are worth exploring. That’s where Pop Filter comes in.

The producer/editor behind the Inspireland Podcast, Wil McDermott, and Wil’s friend, Lorraine Harton (and sometimes Dave from Inspireland), sit down every couple of weeks to discuss some of the latest popular culture. This week, they chat about HBO’S Westworld.  Enjoy. Dave

If you like this you might like their last episode where they discuss Netflix's Amanda Knox documentary.

E49 Virginia Heffernan: The Internet As Art

So this was one of the most fun podcasts I've done to date even though it took us an age to get to the topic of the podcast! If you enjoy this episode you might also like my chat with internet sceptic, Andrew Keen, which you can check out here. Dave

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I’ve read books and think pieces about the internet but none have come close to describing the web’s awesome yet terrifying power as well as Magic And Loss by Virginia Heffernan. Heffernan, who has been described as “...one of the mothers of the internet.“, views the web as a massive work of art that encourages speed, wit, and versatility.

Virginia’s work sidesteps the cliches rife in analysis of online life (decreased attention spans, trolls, obsession with appearance, addiction etc) by taking a highly original, and at times searingly personal, account of the web’s rules, aesthertics, and values.

Some of the topics covered in our conversation were;

  1. The recent US election and the role social media may have played in it’s outcome.
  2. The fact that the web is now a part of our humanity, an expression of it, rather than merely an addendum to it.
  3. How virtual reality may create a deeper desire for real-world experience.
  4. A lot of what we think os as new, isn’t; self-portraits, memes, pithy wisdom, the use of symbols to express ideas etc.
  5. The hipster revolt.
  6. How hard it is keeping up with young people in whatsapp groups.
  7. Virginia tells us some of her favourite internet things and places.

It was great talking to Virginia and I hope to have her back on the show soon. Inspiring listening, Dave.

You can check out Virginia's website here. You can follow her on twitter here. GO BUY HER BOOK HERE. Watch her talk about Magic And Loss here.
If you enjoy this episode you might also like my chat with internet sceptic, Andrew Keen, which you can check out here.

E47 Constantin Gurdgiev: Economics As Art

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For episode #47 I was joined by the economist Dr Constantin Gurdgiev. When the Irish economy crashed and everybody was desperately searching for answers and solutions I often heard Constantin on the radio and was instantly attracted to his knowledge of economics and his ability to communicate complex ideas in simple ways.

When we met in June to record this episode I was delighted to find that his ability to explain economic ideas wasn’t limited to the shorter bursts radio generally provides but easily transferred to the longer podcast format.

During the episode we discussed:

  1. What it was like to be a Russian in the US when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
  2. Why economics is as much art as science.
  3. The difference between micro and macroeconomics.
  4. Why attempts to speedily and drastically redistribute wealth fail, and what the alternative is.
  5. Why Ireland is good at attracting, but bad at keeping, human talent.
  6. The distinction between risk and probability.
  7. Constantin had difficulty recommending a good primer on economics but relented and suggested a few!
You can follow Constantin on twitter @GTCost.
You can check out his website here.
You can watch his 4.5 million view TEDxDublin talk here.

E46 James Bloodworth: Myth Of Meritocracy

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In episode #46 I was joined by journalist and author, James Bloodworth. James’s book, The Myth Of Meritocracy, is a detailed investigation of the inequalities at the heart of how society works.  Bloodworth has found that if you’re born poor you’ll stay poor in spite of the widely-held belief that hard work and intelligence will see us rewarded with a better quality for ourselves and our family.

Topics covered during the conversation:

  1. What Meritocracy is and why it’s a myth.
  2. Why political parties have embraced it as an ideal worth pursuing (or at least talking about pursuing).
  3. Why there is so little social mobility in society.
  4. The role of genetics in social mobility.
  5. The failure of education to address inequality of opportunity and income.
  6. What we can do to make society more egalitarian.

James was a brilliant guest and his book is an excellent, concise read. In a lot of ways The Myth Of Meritocracy confirms something you’ve probably always felt to be true but does it better than you ever could.

Enjoy the episode. Dave

If you liked this episode you'll like my chat with economic hitman, John Perkins.

You can buy The Myth Of Meritocracy here. You can follow James on twitter here. You can check out his latest journalism here. Please leave a rating for the podcast here.

E40 Maria Konnikova: The Con(fidence) game

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In this short episode I was joined by psychologist and author, Maria Konnikova. Maria was born in Russia but moved to the US with her family when she was 4 years old.  Maria studied psychology and creative writing in Harvard where she was lucky enough to be tutored by Steven Pinker before completing her PhD in psychology at Columbia.

Maria has written for a host of titles including Scientific America, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Big Think, as well as having a stint as a producer on The Charlie Rose Show.  Maria’s first book Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes was a NYT bestseller and has been translated into 18 languages. Maria’s latest book, The Confidence Game, is a psychological exploration of The Grifter (con artist) and The Mark (victim).

Our conversation included the following topics;

  1. What got Maria interested in the con.
  2. A brief bio of The Great Imposter.
  3. The impact of technology on the con.
  4. Why we all fall for the lure of the con.
  5. Maria explains why fiction writers are often the best psychologists.
  6. The primary traits of the conman/woman.
  7. Maria tells us her favourite con movie and book.
Please leave a rating for the podcast here.
Check out Maria's author site here or her twitter here.
You can buy The Confidence Game here or Mastermind here.

E34 Alastair Humphreys: Living Adventurously

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For episode #34 I was joined by adventurer, author, and speaker Alastair Humphreys. Alastair has gone on several massive adventures but is at pains to point out that he is as lazy and cautious as the rest of us. Alastair was named a National Geographic Adventurer Of The Year in 2012 for his microadventure movement. Microadventures are a cheap, local, excuse-proof way of making adventures attainable for those of us who are too busy, poor, or timid to attempt something bigger.

Alastair was an excellent guest and I’m pretty sure I have the dubious honour of being the first interviewer who got him to swear at them!

Topics covered by my conversation with Alastair include:

  • The importance, and difficulty, of breaking our routine.
  • Alastair explains what motivated his first big adventure, a 46,000 mile bicycle ride!
  • The joy of the microadventure.
  • Breaking the elitism of adventuring.
  • The importance of staying childlike.
  • Alastair explains that writing is harder than walking across a desert.

Alastair mentioned tonnes of books that he loves and I’ll put these in a post this Thursday (12th). Enjoy the episode. Dave

You can check out Alastair's blog here. He also has a youtube channel with some great videos. If you live in Ireland and would like to join me on a microadventure with me, check this out.  Here's a short post by a friend of mine about a tubing microadventure we went on a few weeks ago.

 

Tomorrow’s Guest is Justin ‘The Big Pygmy’ Wren

In tomorrow’s episode I’m joined by the inspirational Justin Wren. Justin’s was a 2 time all-American high school wrestler. Justin’s became addicted to painkillers while recovering from a serious injury.  Justin appeared in the finale of season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter.

All of this happened before Justin’s story got really interesting…

Download the episode tomorrow to hear his full story. Check out the short video above for an appetiser.