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Ezra Klein is an American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who co-founded Vox, where he is currently editor-at-large. He was previously a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post and an associate editor of The American Prospect. He has served as a contributor to Bloomberg News and MSNBC.
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Under a White Sky
The Nature of the Future
Elizabeth Kolbert - 2021-02-09
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In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to de...
Ezra Klein
2021-02-09T17:13:09.000Z
New pod! [email protected]'s new "Under A White Sky" is an incredible book. I read an early copy so we could have this conversation about the hard choices we're going to face in the coming years: Solar geoengineering, CRISPR gene drives, and more.      source
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The Ministry for the Future
A Novel
Kim Stanley Robinson - 2020-10-06
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From the visionary, New York Times bestselling author of New York 2140 comes a near-future novel that is a gripping exploration of climate change, technology, politics, and the human behaviors that drive these forces. Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the world's future generations and to protect a...
Ezra Klein
2020-11-30T16:24:54.000Z
There's more to say about the book than I possibly can here, but it's key virtue is it takes our present more seriously than we do. and then it asks questions many are afraid to ask — about capitalism, about the morality of violence, about how we ignore what we already know.      source
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The Price of Peace
Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes
Zachary D. Carter - 2020-05-19
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A page-turning biography of world-changing economist John Maynard Keynes and the big ideas that outlived him.In the spring of 1934, Virginia Woolf sketched an affectionate biographical portrait of her great friend John Maynard Keynes. Writing a full two years before Keynes would revolutionize the economics world with the publication of The General ...
Ezra Klein
2020-08-13T17:30:48.000Z
Also, I loved @zachdcarter "The Price of Peace," which is a brilliant exploration of the question "what is economics for?" disguised as an excellent biography of John Maynard Keynes. Listen to the podcast, but don't miss the book.      source
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The Shallows
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Nicholas Carr - 2020-03-03 (first published in 2010)
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Nicholas Carr’s bestseller The Shallows has become a foundational book in one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? This 10th-anniversary edition includes a new afterword that brings the story up to date, with a deep examination of the cognitive and b...
Ezra Klein
2020-07-01T21:19:29.000Z
I was...resistant to @Roughtype's The Shallow's when it came out. 10 years later, I think it's one of the most prescient books of the digital age. So I asked Carr to come on the podcast for a long overdue conversation:      source
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The City We Became
A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy (1))
N. K. Jemisin - 2020-03-24
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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.But every city als...
Ezra Klein
2020-06-25T15:43:07.000Z
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?      source
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This Is How You Lose the Time War
Amal el-Mohtar - 2020-03-17
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Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unli...
Ezra Klein
2020-06-25T15:43:07.000Z
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?      source
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Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson - 2019-10-29
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Kevin Wilson’s best book yet—a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilitiesLillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wa...
Ezra Klein
2020-06-25T15:43:07.000Z
A few fiction books I've loved recently: -NK Jemisin's "The City We Became" -Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's "This is How You Lose the Time War" -Kevin Wilson's "Nothing to See Here" They're all beautiful writing built on fantastical premises. Got any more recommendations?      source
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Let the People Pick the President
The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
Jesse Wegman - 2020-03-17
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"The Electoral College is a disaster for a democracy." —Donald TrumpThe framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 times. To this day, millions of voters, and even members of Congress, misunderstand how it works. It deepens our national divide and distorts the core democratic principles of...
Ezra Klein
2020-05-06T17:23:52.000Z
Speaking of which, @jessewegman's new book is great if you want to go deep on the case against the electoral college:      source
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Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop
The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America
Lee Drutman - 2020-01-02
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American democracy is at an impasse. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating. Our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer merely argue; they cut off contact with each other. In short, the two-party system is breaking our democracy, and driving us all crazy.Deftly weaving togeth...
Ezra Klein
2020-04-29T18:06:40.000Z
Highly recommend @leedrutman's book if you do want to understand this issue. He's more optimistic than I am about multiparty democracy solving our ills, but he's absolutely right on the structural nature of two-party duopoly:      source
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Give People Money
How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
Annie Lowrey - 2019-07-09 (first published in 2018)
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A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income--a stipend given to every citizen--and why it might be necessary in an age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling technology. Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become...
Ezra Klein
2020-04-27T20:53:10.000Z
And what better way to give it attention than reading @AnnieLowrey's brilliant book "Give People Money"?      source
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The Gamble by John Sides
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Overreach by George C. Edwards III
Beyond Ideology by Frances E. Lee
The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush by George C Edwards III
On Deaf Ears by George C. Edwards III
Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America by George C. Edwards III
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What It Takes by Richard ben Cramer