Books and Booze Overview

I've always had a passion for great books, good booze, and "philosophizing" with interesting people.

This podcast is simply a way of doing what I love, and publishing the content for potentially billions of Homo Sapiens to listen to.

The perfect book for this show is one that has had a meaningful impact on the guests worldview, changed the way they live, or are otherwise super passionate about.

A typical episode will include 1) a featured guest, 2) a book, 3) and a booze. After each reading the book independently, the guest-to-be and I will get a little (or a lot) drunk, and hit the "record" button. The resulting conversation becomes our podcast episode.





EPISODE #8 - Last of the Unanswered Questions

Retired politician, current entrepreneur, author, and world traveler Elliot Killian sits down to discuss a variety of interesting topics including: How Elliott ran for elected office at age 19 (and won), Elliott’s two short stories that peaked at #6 and #1 respectively on the Amazon short read Sci-Fi & Fantasy charts. We also talk about the Japanese classic Book of Five Rings, entrepreneurship, invention & innovation, career advice, world travel, and community service.


Episode #7 - I read 100 books in 2017, and here are the 4 that I recommend

John read 100 books in 2017, and narrowed them down to 4 books that you should read. The top 4 are: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, Tribe by Sebastian Junger, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges, and Doing Good Better by William MacAskill. Topics include: History, fictive language, tribalism, community, alienation, war, meaning, and effective altruism.


EPISODE #6 - saint of auschwitz

Ron McIntire joins the podcast to discuss Saint of Auschwitz, a biography of Catholic saint Maximilian Kolbe, who sacrificed himself in a Nazi concentration camp. Despite John’s initial trepidation due to his rejection of Catholicism, the pair enjoy and interesting conversation about Kolbe’s inspiring sacrifice.


EPISODE #5 - Doing Good better

Billy Ray Taylor joins the podcast to discuss Doing Good Better by William MacAskill and drink Lagavulin 16 Scotch. Topics include: Effective Altruism, moral philosophy, problems of loyalty, leadership organizations, and how to make the world better.


EPISODE #4 - hammurabi's code

John's first solo episode is a deep dive into Hammurabi's Code and it's relevance in today's society.


EPISODE #3 - The immortal Life of Henrietta LAcks

Bridget McNeela joins the podcast to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoot and share 3 local wines. Topics include: scientific advancement, medical ethics, informed consent, scientific education, individualism vs collectivism, and whether or not you should have the right to be an asshole.

EPISODE #2 - Ready player one

Geek culture writer, and host of the Blurbing It podcast, Monica Piluso joins the show to drink copious quantities of Pinot Grigio and discuss Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Topics include: geek culture, escaping reality, serial killers, cults, virtual reality, social identity, video game addiction, mythology, and being a woman in the geek culture dominated by men.




Episode #1 features our favorite local data scientist, Pawel Bodanowicz, Tito's Vodka, and The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Fun topics include: Political protest, schadenfreude, reality TV, aliens, making a deal with North Korea, and the ethics of nuking Mars if it was populated by martian puppies.


EPISODE #0 - Where good ideas come from BY sTEVEN JOHNSON

In this solo episode John introduces himself, the concept, and the inspiration for starting a podcast.

Big topics include enlightenment coffee houses, liquid networks, and not being afraid to fail.