The Most Interesting People I Know

The Most Interesting People I Know

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Interviews with fascinating people on science, ethics, and politics, with a focus on guests from Effective Altruism and Left-wing communities.


24 - Edgar Villanueva on Decolonizing Wealth
May 3 • 63 min
Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy. Edgar currently serves as Senior Vice President at the Schott Foundation for Public…
23 - Akash Mehta on why Andrew Cuomo is Not Your Friend
Mar 29 • 85 min
Akash Mehta is a writer and organizer from New York. He is a member of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and helped organize UChicago for Bernie. Akash recently wrote a great article for Jacobin called Even in a Pandemic, Andrew Cuomo Is…
22 - Zach Roberts on Bloomberg’s NYPD and Antifascist Journalism
Feb 26 • 105 min
CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes descriptions of racially-motivated violence. Zach Roberts is a photo and video journalist whose work has been published on the cover of the New York Daily News, The Observer, The Guardian and on the inside of the New…
21 - Malaika Jabali on Identity Politics and Myths About the Midwest
Feb 8 • 66 min
Malaika Jabali is an attorney, activist, and writer based in New York. She is a contributing writer to Essence Magazine and a frequent contributor to the Guardian. Her work also appears in Current Affairs, Jacobin, the Intercept and elsewhere. Malaika is…
20 - Meagan Day on the Case for Bernie Sanders
Jan 23 • 64 min
Meagan Day is a staff writer at Jacobin magazine. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vox, Mother Jones, The Week, The Baffler, In These Times, n+1, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction book Maximum Sunlight was excerpted in the Best…
19 - Ben Burgis on Reclaiming Logic for the Left
Jan 5 • 98 min
Ben Burgis is a philosopher and logician who lectures at Rutgers University. He has a segment on the Michael Brooks Show called the Debunk and writes a weekly column for Jacobin magazine. We spend most of the show talking about his book Give Them an…
18 - Marcus Davis on Nuclear War, Invertebrate Sentience, and Foundational Research
Dec 9, 2019 • 88 min
Marcus Davis is the co-founder and lead researcher at Rethink Priorities, a nonprofit conducting foundational research on neglected causes within the Effective Altruism movement. Marcus also co-founded Charity Entrepreneurship and Charity Science Health.…
17 - Rob Scott on Teaching College in Prison
Nov 24, 2019 • 84 min
Rob Scott is the Executive Director of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP), which he has led since 2013. Under his leadership CPEP has expanded operations from one to four prisons and now serves over 200 incarcerated students. Rob also helped form…
16 - Andrés Gómez Emilsson on Solving Consciousness and Being Happy All the Time
Oct 25, 2019 • 95 min
Andrés Gómez Emilsson is the Director of Research at the Qualia Research Institute (QRI). QRI aims to systematize the study of consciousness, to do to consciousness what chemistry did for alchemy. He holds a master’s degree in computational psychology and…
15 - Matt Stoller on Fighting Monopoly Power and Why Obama Was Actually Bad
Oct 16, 2019 • 93 min
Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Open Markets Institute and the author of Goliath: the 100 Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy (out now!). He was previously a Senior Policy Advisor and Budget Analyst to the Senate Budget Committee and worked in…
14 - Leah Garcés on Working with Factory Farmers to Help Animals
Oct 2, 2019 • 46 min
Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy for Animals, one of the world’s largest effective animal advocacy organizations. She was previously the executive director of Compassion in World Farming USA. Today we discuss her new book Grilled: Turning Adversaries…
13 - Lyta Gold on Cancel Culture, Feminist Utopias, and Comedy
Sep 17, 2019 • 113 min
Lyta Gold is the Amusements and Managing Editor of Current Affairs magazine. She is also the co-editor of the Current Affairs Big Book of Amusements, a full-color collection of some of the wonderful amusements that have appeared in the pages of Current…
12 - Eric Levitz on Why Democrats Should Wage a Vicious Class War in 2020
Aug 18, 2019 • 94 min
Eric Levitz is a political analyst and Associate Editor at New York Magazine, where he writes an alarming number of “good takes” on a huge range of topics. I think Eric’s columns are the rare combination of well-written and well-argued. I don’t know of…
11 - Lewis Bollard on Ending Factory Farming
Aug 10, 2019 • 83 min
Lewis Bollard leads the Open Philanthropy Project’s strategy for farm animal welfare. He directs roughly $30M in grants annually to nonprofits working to reduce suffering of farmed animals around the world. By virtue of his position, Lewis has deep…
10 - Brianna Rennix on Our Brutal Immigration System
Jul 29, 2019 • 65 min
Brianna Rennix is an immigration lawyer and a Senior Editor at Current Affairs magazine. She works near the border in Dilley, Texas, helping prepare detained immigrant women for their asylum hearings. This is a job that requires you to ask people about…
9 - Spencer Greenberg on Life-Changing Questions, Effective Altruism, and Burning Man
Jul 23, 2019 • 108 min
Spencer Greenberg is a mathematician, social scientist, and entrepreneur. He received his PhD in applied math from NYU and is the founder of SparkWave, a social venture foundry. As we discuss, SparkWave has created a number of apps tackling problems like…
8 - Emily Bazelon on Prosecutors, Jeffrey Epstein, and Kamala Harris
Jul 16, 2019 • 34 min
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of Charged: the New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration. Emily…
7 - Vanessa A Bee on Social Media, #metoo, and Innovating Under Socialism
Jul 12, 2019 • 57 min
Today’s guest is attorney, and writer Vanessa A Bee. Vanessa is the Social Media Editor and now Associate Editor at Current Affairs Magazine, where she runs a fiery and informative Twitter account: @curraffairs (in addition to her own: @vanessa_abee). You…
6 - Sam Miller-McDonald on Fighting Climate Disaster
Jul 3, 2019 • 96 min
Sam Miller McDonald is pursuing a PhD at Oxford studying the intersection of energy production and political power. He’s also an editor at The Trouble, a news site looking at climate change from a left perspective. In 2015, Sam co-founded ActivistLab, an…
Tiffany Cabán’s Election Mini-analysis
Jun 26, 2019 • 2 min
This is a special mini-episode giving a quick analysis of Tiffany Cabán’s likely election to be Queens’ next district attorney. This victory rivals the election of AOC in importance. Some further reading on the election: An article I wrote for Jacobin on…
5 - Pete Davis on Deepening Democracy
Jun 25, 2019 • 71 min
Today’s guest is Pete Davis. Pete wears many hats. I first came across his work as the host of the podcast for the Current Affairs magazine and we met at a live taping of a show in DC. But I also came across Pete through the commencement speech he gave at…
4 - Emily Anthes on Clones, Cyborgs, and Sado-Masochistic Cows
Jun 19, 2019 • 76 min
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and writer based in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Nature, Scientific American, and many other outlets. She has also appeared on far more prominent shows than…
3 - Malaika Jabali on the Real Reasons Hillary Lost Wisconsin
Jun 11, 2019 • 73 min
Malaika Jabali is an attorney, activist, and writer based in New York. She is a contributing writer to Essence Magazine and has had her work published in Current Affairs, Jacobin, the Intercept and elsewhere. She’s written on many topics including police…
2 - Nathan J. Robinson on Persuading People to Join the Left
Jun 6, 2019 • 76 min
Nathan J. Robinson is the founder and editor of Current Affairs, a left-wing print magazine based out of New Orleans. He is also the author of five books on politics. Nathan holds a law degree from Yale and is pursuing a PhD in sociology from Harvard. He…
(Cabán for Queens District Attorney Re-release) 1 - Chloe Cockburn on Ending Mass Incarceration
Jun 6, 2019 • 69 min
NOTE: This is a re-release of my discussion with Chloe Cockburn. At the beginning of the episode, I make the following endorsement of Tiffany Cabán, a candidate for Queens District Attorney: On Tuesday June 25th, Queens will hold an election for District…
1 - Chloe Cockburn on ending mass incarceration
May 23, 2019 • 68 min
Chloe Cockburn leads Open Philanthropy’s strategic grant-making aimed at ending mass incarceration in the US. Prior to joining Open Phil, she oversaw state policy reform work for the ACLU’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration. Previously, Chloe worked with…