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Let's Know Things

Series produced by Colin Wright

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A show about context and current events.

Let's Know Things is a show about the larger context in which the news takes place.

Each episode, host Colin Wright starts with a news item and unspools it, following the strands of what happened backward to present a broader and deeper picture of what's happening, why, and how it connects to others things going on in the world today.


19 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This week we talk about ad hominem, Soviet propaganda, and red herrings. We also discuss Pravda, logical fallacies, and hypocrisy.

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 27:25
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This week we talk about chemical weapons, North Korea, and misspeaking on camera. We also discuss Yugoslavia, the MOAB, and Aleppo.

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 48:15
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On this week’s episode we talk about chatbots, social media cheats, and robot lawyers. We also discuss logic trees, digital familiars, and the Mat...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 45:45
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On this week’s episode we talk about fossil fuels, the EPA, and the yoga industry. We also discuss the Carboniferous period, clean coal, and corpo...

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 41:13
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This week we talk about terrorism, acronyms, and Doge. We also discuss memetics, mass surveillance, and the Irish Republican Army.

  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 42:21
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This week we talk about authenticity, Rookie magazine, and PRIZM. We also discuss product placement, Jersey Shore, and the two-step flow of commun...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 41:43
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This week we talk about blackballing, #DeleteUber, and the spirit of the law. We also touch on taxes, Freemasons, and ride-share unions.

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 41:52
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This week we talk about chronological snobbery, signaling theory, and the Chicken Connoisseur. We also discuss social cognition, Discover Weekly, ...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 44:37
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This week we discuss dark patterns, Facebook, and the tycoon monomyth.

  • Added: Mar 07, 2017
  • Length: 47:55
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This week we talk about the Harlem Hammer, COINTELPRO, and punching nazis.

  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 42:03
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This week we discuss brachycephalic dogs, maize, and birth control.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 38:41
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This week we talk about enemies who are friends, globalization, and non-polarized opinions.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 36:24
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This week we talk about noble lies, compassion fatigue, and addiction.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 36:55
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This week we talk about smart mobs, reddit, and Kompromat.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 41:27
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This week we discuss hackers, video games, and Project Xanadu.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 32:10
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This week, we talk about self-driving trucks, Malthusian catastrophes, and human obsolescence.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 47:03
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This week we discuss protests in several different contexts.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 52:53
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This week we talk about the net-casting spider, space junk, and Kessler syndrome.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 42:04
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This week we talk about the German kunstschutz unit, the Venus de Milo, and slavery reparations.

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 44:53