Podcasts that make my life complete
Alphachat by the Financial Times
Listening to Alphachat throughout highschool is what sparked my interest in economics in the first place. Here you'll find a plethora of discussions on everything from social bonds served up at MacDonald's to the telling signs of the next recession.
On Being by Krista Tippett
I've been listening to On Being since I was 17. I can confidently say that the grace, wisdom and beauty contained in these interviews have added significant meaning to my life over the years. On Being is about pursuing "deep thinking, social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together." It lives up to its mission. Give it a try – I can guarantee you'll become a better version of yourself.
The Astral Hustle by Cory Allen
Cory Allen's conversations cover everything from the music of plants to exploring multiple realities. If you want to learn more about mindfulness, neuroscience and philosophy, look no further. The Astral Hustle is simply mind-blowing.
The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferris
Tim Ferris "deconstruct[s] world-class performers to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use." The interviews are a bit lengthy (sometimes up to two hours), but you're literally learning from the best of the best.
What Bitcoin Did by Peter McCormack
Peter McCormack achieves what most crypto media creators can only dream of: consistent, high-quality content. This is zero-BS, leaves-you-more-intelligent, worth-your-time kind of stuff. What's more, you don't need to be a blockchain wizard to understand what's going on. From regulators to bankers to brogrammers – McCormack hosts a range of experts that will give you a solid idea of what the most intelligent people in the industry are thinking and doing.
ONLINE COURSES that are actually worth it
Data Science with Python on Datacamp
If you want to complete the entire "Data Science with Python" career track, you'll need to unlock certain courses by signing up for a premium account ($29 per month). It's a decent price to pay for the content you get. I've tried numerous coding websites and found Datacamp to be the best for my needs.
A great intro to data-driven impact evaluation.
BOOKS I LOVED in 2019
Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff
Read my review here.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
A sweeping tale that will take you through a journey of modern India – from the warzone that is Kashmir to the streets of Delhi. The narration begins with the story of a Hijra, or transwomen, and then pivots to the point of view of an architect-turned-activist. The characters are eclectic, strange and at times confusing. After living in India for half a year, this novel took me instantly back to a place that is forever embedded in my heart.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
A love story that crosses time and place, revealing the beauty in the mundane, the "what-if"s, and the random chance that underlies much of our lives. Here's a quotation to entice you: "Necessity knows no magic formulae - they are all left to chance. If love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assissi's shoulders."
White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky