While out to dinner with two old college roommates, we began talking about the hypothetical of moving to California. I explained how against it I was and my reasoning:
1-Its expensive for no tangible reason
2-Its infrastructure blows
3-Most importantly the San Andreas Fault is set to cause a problem or two in the future (understatement)
When I dropped that piece of logic on my buddies one of them replied “damn Andy, you’re woke as hell.” I laughed and had to contextually put together what woke meant….
Another friend joined and said he had recently visited his homeland of Columbia. We got on the topic of the messed up governments in South America where I was able to hold a conversation; granted in a more basic fashion.
He again mentioned how up to date on current events we were. I told him some of my sources for “staying woke” or more formally staying informed.
In addition to current events I enjoy staying informed on finance. So I’m going to explain some of the ways I keep my information pipeline stacked with effecient and good quality stuff.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, are you in the cave of 2018?
Use these resources to stay informed on current events and financial information:
You will never run out of “cocktail tid-bits” while networking or on Tinder dates if you listen to this often
Covers economics, politics, regulation, business, and its not limited to the United States
Very interesting podcast if you want to understand why things are the way they are
I listen to this either on my way home from work if I’m not already brain dead, or while I’m warming up for my workout in the afternoon
5- Freakonomics by WNYC Studios (Podcast, 1 per week, 30-60mins)
Yes this is about economics obviously, but sometimes its not just economics. They’ll use their economic perspective/way of thinking to investigate the implications of things that may relate to economics
The episode I listened to today at the gym was about how graduate economics students go about interviewing for jobs during the first week of January in Chicago for any and every economic job opening in the country. So, the economists got together and found the cheapest, quickest, and most effecient way to go about hiring for their entire industry. Nerds.
I am passionate about finance, but I find myself listening to this and trying to understand what it is they are talking about. Whether its a new kind of financial analysis method or the maverick hedge funds being started, this will keep you on your toes.
Some of their guests are old boring rich dudes, but they have good insight
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