EPISODE #1 - THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES

Our inaugural episode features our favorite local data scientist, Pawel Bodanowicz, Tito's Vodka, and The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

 

Show Notes and Links:

0:00:00 - Introduction and disclaimers

0:04:15 - Pawel tries to set up the story...and spoils it instantly.

http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/The_Hunger_Games_Wiki

0:05:52 - Episode #1’s Booze - Tito’s Vodka

https://www.titosvodka.com/

0:07:09 - Authoritarianism and anxiety in dystopian fiction:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_in_the_World

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_of_Economic_Freedom

0:09:30 - Political protests, law enforcement, and the tipping point:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_the_Romanov_family

Headlines from MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech and the Kent State shootings:

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0828.html

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/05/kent_state_shootings_the_headl.html

0:17:25 - Pawel tries to set up the story (again)

0:19:42 - Reality TV, Schadenfreude, and most people not giving a crap about the 3rd world:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schadenfreude

“Why does your Dad watch the Kardashians...for the butts!” https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3m3qu7/serious_people_who_watch_keeping_up_with_the/

John’s personal favorite: Old people falling down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cchVXZrMwAA

Bigthink: Statistical Numbing. Why Millions Can Die, and We Don’t Care:

http://bigthink.com/risk-reason-and-reality/statistical-numbing-why-millions-can-die-and-we-dont-care

0:30:36 - Kim Kardashian, the Martian goddess of Progress:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_One

https://twitter.com/KimKardashian

0:35:54 - The morality of nuking alien puppies:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/11/us/elon-musk-mars-nuclear-bomb-colbert-feat/index.html

0:42:55 - CORRECTION: Jainism [NOT Buddhism] and not hurting animals, plants, or microorganisms:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa_in_Jainism

0:44:36 - Hiding from aliens & the impending Artificial Intelligence crisis:

https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Germs-Steel-Fates-Societies/dp/0393317552

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox

https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_can_we_build_ai_without_losing_control_over_it

https://www.samharris.org/podcast

0:50:03 - Poop problems, climate change, and solving problems you didn’t know you had:

http://gizmodo.com/in-1893-2-5-million-pounds-of-horse-manure-filled-nyc-1603208434

http://img.memecdn.com/Do-Emails-Get-Delivered-On-Sunday_o_99777.jpg

0:52:32 - Jealousy and inequality in District 12:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vassal_state

0:57:24 - North Korea’s Great Success and John’s big idea of offering Kim Jong-Un exile in a mansion in Switzerland:

http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/13/politics/dennis-rodman-north-korea/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissolution_of_the_Soviet_Union

1:08:30 - A brief history of nuclear uh-ohs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incident

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_close_calls

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/26/us/pentagon-floppy-disks-nuclear/index.html

1:13:57 - North Korea’s successful dictatorship (again) ...but what if the people actually rebel?

1:18:40 - Iron Domes and nuclear defenses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_89139WKho

1:24:05 - The Russian Hunger Games, CGI as a violence reduction tool, and more aliens:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game2:_Winter#Background

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38342421/russia-does-the-hunger-games-for-real-in-siberia-but-no-guns-are-allowed

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/dec/15/russian-reality-tv-show-allow-rape-murder-game2-winter

1:33:15 - What if that Capital beat Katniss and the rebels? Terrorism as a next step?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_carriers_in_service

1:37:54 - How to defeat a superpower?

http://www.globalfirepower.com/navy-aircraft-carriers.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

1:44:17 - Pawel & John: The Sequel - L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics (maybe)???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianetics:_The_Modern_Science_of_Mental_Health

 

Other podcasts mentioned:

https://www.samharris.org/podcast

http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/