While We're On The Subject

While We're On The Subject

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A show about life in the 21st century and how our hosts go about navigating through it all
026: I Only Endorse Some Crime
Jul 31 • 79 min
Mike and Job discuss conspiracy theories and the complicated and public nature of the modern digital world. They then discuss how people underestimate the progress of democracy around the world and how some ideas in evolution and economics relate to one…
025: You’re Batting A Big Old Zero
Jul 3 • 91 min
There is a pervasive and growing mood of pessimism in many parts of society. Our hosts struggle to understand and deal with it. They then tell some of their worst stories from work. The show closes with a discussion of potential university reforms to…
024: Optimistic About Burning It All Down
Jun 19 • 87 min
Mike and Jon follow up on their discussion on repeated processes before debating what makes some revolutions successful. They then argue over the merits of the Irish abortion referendum and direct democracy more broadly. They close with a discussion of…
023: Mobs Have Been Mobbing Since Humans Have Been Walking
Jun 5 • 84 min
The hosts argue about the usage democratize, capitalism, democracy, and communism and then explore the downsides of capitalism. They debate the merits of single issue voting and contrast the events of the Latin American independence revolutions and that…
022: Just Turn Spongebob Off
May 31 • 91 min
Mike and Jon start out complaining about people with terrible grammar but quickly move on to an attempt to make boring things interesting and a far ranging conversation about the possibilities of terraforming Mars and Venus. They finish it all off with an…
021: Talking To Oldies
May 27 • 90 min
Mike and Jon complain about walking etiquette before exploring how society treats the elderly and experience. They then discuss creating new things and what goes into it. They close with a conversation on giant tech firms, and why there are none in Europe.
020: Klosterman’s Curious Questions
May 15 • 73 min
To celebrate their twentieth episode Mike and Jon decided to try something a little different. Avoiding even the whiff of anything serious they discuss a series of peculiar questions written by the Author Chuck Klosterman. They discuss questions:…
019: National Kick A Kid While They’re Down Day
May 1 • 81 min
Mike and Jon talk about the potential use of DNA for data storage and the progression of science through the centuries. They then discuss their second quarter plans and the growing complexity of and conflicts between intellectual and tangible property…
018: I Feel Like I Always Get Put In The Dumb Group
Apr 24 • 68 min
Mike and Jon discuss how words for specific places or things generalize before exploring some simple strategies for improving memory retention when studying or reading books. They then break down the relationships between population decline, economic…
017: Back When Mao Was Maoing
Apr 11 • 84 min
Mike and Jon clarify the importance simplicity when learning science. Then they discuss playing pool and the difference between knowing about and knowing how to do something. They follow that with an exploration of potential impacts of Autonomous Vehicles…
016: Genetic Engineering Is Here Today
Apr 3 • 54 min
Mike and Jon start with a conversation about jobs their not suited for and the dull life of house painters before some follow up on the wilder side of genetic engineering. They then explain why they always rank things in their mind and go into how…
015: This Is Why I’m Glad We Don’t Talk
Mar 26 • 61 min
Mike and Jon discuss the differences between people who nitpick endlessly or make sweeping generalizations as well as how people wrap their identities up in their ideas. They also go over Jon’s condemnation of contemporary scientific units and the…
014: That One Friend You Don’t Actually Like
Mar 20 • 62 min
Mike and Jon start with a conversation on the mentality of immigrants and the difference between risk and the unknown followed by a meandering walk through marginal cost how to evaluate friendships and the dangerous virality of long dead ideas.
013: I Personally Want Genetically Superior Overlords
Mar 8 • 78 min
Our hosts examine the difficulties of migration and demographic decline in Eastern Europe and how this is exacerbating populism in Poland, Bulgaria, and Hungary. They go over what mike wants in a place he lives and talk about the history of number systems…
012: Maybe Branding And Advertising Get Too Much Flack
Mar 2 • 76 min
Mike and Jon recap their conversation on time tracking and rank the three most underrated U.S. Presidents and the three worst periods of history. They then discuss why branding and advertising are so despised and the often ignored intrinsic value they…
011: Wow This Is Becoming Semi Motivational
Feb 22 • 77 min
Mike ruminates on the origins of stairs, housing and doors before challenging Jon to find something interesting in the mundane topic of rope. They continue with a discussion of commuting, getting gas in LA, and how traits like optimism, caution,…
010: That Argument Is Incoherent Gobbledegook And Completely Useless
Jan 30 • 59 min
Mike and Jon begin by discussing how our expectations around marriage, schooling, and work are influenced by our families, the media, and society at large. They examine how desires interact with expectations and some of theirs growing up. After touching…
009: What’s Interesting Today, Will Be Interesting Tomorrow, And Was Interesting 10 Years Ago?
Jan 23 • 62 min
Our hosts broaden their conversation of grammar by complaining about people not using the plural possessive, schools not teaching grammar, and an exploration of German cases and the echoes of these that remain in English. They continue with a discussion…
008: Justin Time
Jan 16 • 58 min
Our hosts start off contrasting the snow in Korea to the fires all over California. Jon then complains about speed bumps and somehow generalizes them as a symptom of greater evil in society. They suggest a way to think about implementing long term…
007: If You’re Spain, It’s Gonna Hurt A Lot
Jan 9 • 54 min
Jon and Mike talk about recent trips to liverpool and Milan, hate listening to podcasts like “the Joe Rogan Experience”, Mike’s new job in the property management industry, and how it feels to listen to recordings of yourself. They then examine some ideas…
006: Italians, Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Start World War III And Make Them Throw In The Towel
Jan 4 • 44 min
Jon and Mike talk about recent trips to liverpool and Milan, hate listening to podcasts like “the Joe Rogan Experience”, Mike’s new job in the property management industry, and how it feels to listen to recordings of yourself. They then examine some ideas…
005: The Spooky Edition
Dec 27, 2017 • 58 min
Mike has been having a lot of great days lately. Jon and Mike discuss what makes for a good day and how to keep your momentum and good energy. They argue about commuting, and car ownership, then explore what makes a city nice to live in. After that they…
004: Learning How To Learn
Dec 21, 2017 • 59 min
After a summer break Mike and Jon return to discuss their travels in Peru, California, and Ireland, new jobs, settling into a new city and country, the American educational system, how we learn, the distinctions between skills and knowledge, how society…
003: Smuggling Money Out Of China
Dec 18, 2017 • 69 min
Mike and Jon discuss some new gadgets they’ve bought, how to get money out of China $500 at a time, Jon’s long path toward personal development and organization, the value of tracking how we spend time, how to assess goals and measure success, a trip to…
002: Dead Things, Old Stuff, And Islamaland
Dec 14, 2017 • 65 min
Mike and Jon touch on: fitness and stretching, traveling from China to Peru, and some of their pet peeves. They then go in depth on an archaeological breakthrough regarding the origins of humans in the Americas and discuss the types of information they…
001: So We’re Starting A Podcast, Oh And China’s Pretty Big
Dec 11, 2017 • 68 min
MIke and Jon Introduce themselves and While We’re On The Subject. They then discuss China and break down its ethnic makeup, how it compares with Korea, and how the very diverse people of China interact with a regime that often doesn’t relate to them at…