Canine Update

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On this momentous day, in which the very nature of American politics may be defined anew for the foreseeable future, Jonah wanted to have on Razib Khan, director of science at Insitome, to talk about the most relevant, up-to-the-minute, topical subject so that, in this consciousness-shifting moment, we may be able to hold on for dear life and come up with a coherent worldview amidst the chaos. That subject, you ask? Dog genetics. How did Man’s Best Friend become such a highly variegated species – some big, some small, some smart, others dumb, and on and on with countless other variables? Razib fills us in on the state of research into canine development over the last 10,000 years, why the regional variations between lineages of dog are so distinct, and how the new frontiers of this genetic research seek to address “how these animals became what they are, and how they evolved alongside humans in response to environmental pressures.” We also get to hear Razib voice what may be the most controversial statement of our political era: “Wolves are smarter than dogs.” Tune in to hear Razib defend this heretical stance.

Show Notes:

-Razib’s freshly-minted newsletter

-Get tickets for The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Razib in Quillette: “The Evolutionary History of Man’s Best Friend”

-The Remnant with Cass Sunstein

-Eusocial animals

-The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove the Neanderthals to Extinction

-Przewalski’s Horse

-Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

-NYT writeup of the Science magazine article

-Ancestry’s German-turned-Irish guy

-Border Collie intelligence

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Episode 240 · 5 months ago

Jane Galt and Me Part I

In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model for the cool and collected. After a pre-game round of dog talk, Megan and Jonah settle in for some candid words on bread, being nice, and feminism — commentary so well-informed, we’re posting Megan twice in one week.

Show Notes:

-The Big Tech Four vs. Congress 

-Maxine Waters asks a particularly garbled question to Bank of America 

-“The Great Relearning,” by Tom Wolfe 

-Megan’s book, not actually titled Permission to Suck. 

-Charlie Kirk’s mask terribleness, as featured in Jonah’s Wednesday G-File 

-Louie Gohmert blames the mask for his COVID-19 

-Megan on why racism kills 

-ZipRecruiter.com/Dingo to try it now for free 

-DrinkHydrant.com/Dingo for 25% off your first order 

Episode 239 · 5 months ago

Jonah’s Jameson Jamboree

Jonah’s had a long week, so grab an Irish whiskey (so long as it’s not Bushmills) and join him for some ruminating punditry on the tactical errors being made by conservative advocacy groups, “Cancel Rent” insanity, “Plandemic” insanity, and additional flavors of insanity. Also, Jameson, if you’re reading this, call us.

Show Notes:

-The glories of Jameson Caskmates 

-The most recent G-File 

-The (underrated) Tyranny of Cliches 

-Plandemic movie picking up speed 

-Our episode on conspiracy theories, with Joe Uscinski 

-Obama floats a falsehood about Rutherford B. Hayes 

Episode 238 · 5 months ago

Federalism for Me, Nationalism for Thee

A.B. Stoddard is a refreshing presence on today’s podcast as she and Jonah delve into starkly rank punditry and a discussion of the eerie intentionality behind Trump’s coronavirus response. In fact, A.B.’s wise words—on Fauci, on Trump’s fantasies, on panicked Texans—leave only a singular major question remaining: will Jonah end up rocking a man bun?

Show Notes:

-Steve’s piece on the canceling of Liz Cheney 

-Jonah’s recent appearance on the Chuck Toddcast 

-The Washington Post’s reporting of the Trump clan retweeting misleading doctor videos, that have since been deleted 

-Trump’s weirdly made-up invitation to throw the first pitch for the Yankees? 

-Jonah on NPR at the crack of dawn on July 28 

-A.B.’s Bulwark piece on how the Republican Party can’t be reformed from within 

Episode 237 · 5 months ago

Banana, Banana, Banana

A clean-shaven Michael Strain joins the perennially bearded Jonah to talk about the topic that always brings encouraging news: the economy. Lowering the national debt and the closing of movie theaters are two bullets in this chin-stroking chamber, complemented by banter about barbecue sauce and how to retrieve small children from the sewers.

Show Notes:

-Michael Strain’s new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)

-Jonathan Chait’s book on Obama’s legacy (got awkward when Trump won) 

-The Montreal Cognitive Assessment

-2001 anthrax attacks 

-Ayanna Pressley’s wise words to cancel everything 

-G-File in which Jonah talks about how the House Freedom Caucus is a bunch of hacks 

-DonorsTrust.com/Dingo for your free resource, “6 Reasons to Use a Donor Advised Fund”