Podcasts that make my life complete

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 and 2020

Read my review here.

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.

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."

A short story about loneliness and love. I'm a sucker for Russian classics.

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