On my Cool Tools podcast, which I co-host with Kevin Kelly, we interviewed Stephen Dubner. Stephen's an award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality. He's co-author of the Freakonomics books, which have sold millions of copies in 40 languages, and he's host of Freakonomics Radio, which gets 8 million global monthly downloads and is heard by millions more on N.P.R. stations and other radio outlets around the world. Here are the show notes.
Irving Alpert, writing for Vice News, writes that they FOIAd the recently-deceased publisher's "absolutely wild" FBI file. To the FBI, he was a person of interest. His 322-page FBI file, obtained by VICE News through a Freedom of Information Act request, contains a wild litany of events involving the Hustler honcho—from John DeLorean's cocaine bust… READ THE REST
Bangor in Wales is the first town in history to elect a non-binary mayor. Owen Hurcum, 23, genderqueer and agender, came out two years ago. While they were unanimously elected into office by the Bangor Council last year, they weren't able to take office until Monday due to the pandemic. Hurcum also stated that "[Representation]… READ THE REST
An essential roundup of the most inessential journalism Who are you going to believe: the tabloids, or your own lying eyes? The National Enquirer cover is dominated by a photo of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's BFF Ghislaine Maxwell sporting a black eye, after she allegedly suffered a "terrifying attack" and was "battered in a brutal… READ THE REST
More than 4 out of every 5 Americans — 81 percent — say they feel they have a book in them and that they should write it. That's almost 200 million people who want to be writers. And while each and every one of those budding scribes might have a compelling tale to tell, you… READ THE REST
For many, the morning doesn't officially start until the first robust juices of the simple coffee bean touch their lips and activate their day. Considering not much else matters until that magic moment arrives, it makes sense coffee lovers should outfit themselves with a machine to make that first cup-of-the-day joy happen as fast as… READ THE REST
The pace of life is just faster than it used to be. Not so many years ago, if you needed to print an image or make a hard copy of a to-do list, you'd find a nearby printer, connect all your devices, and print it up. But these days … C'mon, who's gonna stop to… READ THE REST