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Let's Know Things is a show about putting current events into context. Rather than simply discussing the news, in each episode we use a news item as a starting point for a larger discussion about a particular industry, society, ourselves, and the world.
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Jun 15, 2016

In this episode, we talk about suburbia: what it is, how it came to be, its impact throughout many different time periods, and why it tends to suck.

We'll also touch on what's happening now that we've fallen out of love with suburbs, at least compared to our many centuries of obsession with them.

Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright.

For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

Jun 3, 2016

On this week’s episode of Let’s Know Things, we talk about artificial intelligence and automation: the differences between them, why they matter, and how they inform what happens in pretty much every sphere of life.

We’ll also dive into topics like post-scarcity economics and end-of-world scenarios.

Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright.

For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

Jun 3, 2016

On this episode of Let's Know Things, we'll discuss free speech and how that term is applied by different groups of people in support of opposing viewpoints.

We'll start the conversation with an article from New Republic entitled The "Free Speech" Charade, which does a good job of summarizing the conflict around free speech within higher education in the US — which is important to understand because it's a microcosm of what's happening pretty much everywhere else.

Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright.

For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how best to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

May 23, 2016

In this first episode of the Let's Know Things podcast, we start by talking about 'contextualism' and how it applies to the unspooling of news items in order to understand their significance and why they're presented the way they are.

We then use an article from The Atlantic, entitled China's Twilight Years, as a starting point for a larger discussion about hegemony, American foreign policy, the use of The Other as a political tool, and why bogeyman-focused policies aren't achieving the same results that they used to.

Let's Know Things is produced and hosted by Colin Wright.

For more information about the podcast, to sign up for the LKT newsletter, or to learn how to support the show, visit letsknowthings.com.

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