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The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher.Audience producer: Louise ColettaProducer: David EdmondsEditor: Richard Knight(Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
#138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
#32 Earning Your Stripes with Patrick Collison. On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the transaction. What is now an organization with over a thousand employees and handling tens of billions of dollars of online purchases every year, began as a small side experiment while Patrick and his brother John were going to college. During our conversation, Patrick shares the details of their unlikely journey and some of the hard-earned wisdom he picked up along the way. I hope you have something handy to write with because the nuggets per minute in this episode are off the charts. Patrick was so open and generous with his responses that I’m really excited for you to hear what he has to say. Here are just a few of the things we cover: The biggest (and most valuable) mistakes Patrick made in the early days of Stripe and how they helped him get better The characteristics that Patrick looks for in a new hire to fit and contribute to the Stripe company culture What compelled he and his brother to move forward with the early concept of Stripe, even though on paper it was doomed to fail from the start The gaps Patrick saw in the market that dozens of other processing companies were missing — and how he capitalized on them The lessons Patrick learned from scaling Stripe from two employees (he and his brother) to nearly 1,000 today How he evaluates the upsides and potential dangers of speculative positions within the company How his Irish upbringing influenced his ability to argue and disagree without taking offense (and how we can all be a little more “Irish”) The power of finding the right peer group in your social and professional circles and how impactful and influential it can be in determining where you end up. The 4 ways Patrick has modified his decision making process over the last 5 years and how it’s helped him develop as a person and as a business leader (this part alone is worth the listen) Patrick’s unique approach to books and how he chooses what he’s going to spend his time reading ...life in Silicon Valley, Baumol’s cost disease, and so, so much more. Patrick truly is one of the most warm, humble and down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure to speak with and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation together. I hope you will too! *** For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript, go to https://www.fs.blog/podcast/ My free weekly Brain Food digest helps you upgrade your thinking. Don't miss out, sign up at https://www.fs.blog/newsletter/ Follow Shane on Twitter (https://twitter.com/farnamstreet)
Airbnb's Brian Chesky in Handcrafted. If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one-by-one. And don't stop until you know exactly what they want. That's what Brian Chesky did. As CEO of Airbnb, Brian’s early work was more akin to a traveling salesman. He takes us back to his lean years – when he went door-to-door, meeting Airbnb hosts in person – and shares the imaginative route to crafting what he calls an "11-star experience.”
Rank #1: Su Parque Nacional. Bienvenidos a Yosemite! A special welcome video for the Hispanic community living within a day's drive of Yosemite.
Rank #2: Olmsted Point Plowing. Every spring, both visitors and locals look forward to the opening of the Tioga Road, a high-elevation pass that crosses Yosemite National Park. Get a glimpse of what it takes to clear snow and ice from a section of the highway known for dangerous avalanches.
Rank #1: Camping in Yosemite. Yosemite National Park: Marea Ortiz, Park Ranger, gives an overview of camping in Yosemite and procedures for getting a campsite.
Rank #2: A Brush with Disaster--Matthew's Story. Yosemite National Park: Water in Yosemite is more dangerous than it looks, and stories like Matthew's are a common occurrence.
Rank #1: 03 Snow-Storms. More great books at LoyalBooks.com
Rank #2: 02 Winter Storms and Spring Floods. More great books at LoyalBooks.com
Rank #1: Tuolumne River. Yosemite National Park: Explore the Tuolumne River from its glacial headwaters at 13,000 feet down through Tuolumne Meadows and into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Scientists and rangers describe the power this river has on the landscape and on the people who visit it.
Rank #2: Frazil Ice. Yosemite National Park: Summer visitors to Yosemite National Park miss many of the unique events of winter and early spring. Frazil ice flows are dramatic natural events that occur in the waterfalls of Yosemite Valley during March and April.
Rank #1: Best Ways to Visit Grand Canyon in Four Hours or Less. One of the best ways you can experience the South Rim of Grand Canyon in 3 to 4 hours is to combine walking with shuttle bus riding. Learn how to get out to spectacular scenic views, and visit the historic Grand Canyon Village.
Rank #2: Ponderosa Pines: Living With Fire. How is the Ponderosa pine able to grow throughout the American West? Well, the secret to the tree's success is how well it has adapted to fire. Join Park Ranger Haley Bercot as she describes the unique ways in which the Ponderosa pine is able to protect itself from fire. But, what about people, what about those of us who live in these fire prone ecosystems? What about our homes? Our belongings? Our lives? We’re not naturally adapted to fire, but I think we can make a start by following the example of the Ponderosa Pine. Ponderosas protect themselves from fire with their armor of thick bark. We can do the same by using fire resistant building materials in our homes, and surrounding our homes with a defensible space.
Rank #1: Dream Jobs. Yosemite National Park: Is working for Yosemite your dream job? Watch this movie for information about the variety of National Park Service jobs in Yosemite.
Rank #2: Chinese History. Yosemite National Park: Did you know that early Chinese immigrants played an important role in shaping the Yosemite that we know today? Join Park Ranger Yenyen Chan on an exploration of this impressive and surprising history.
Rank #1: What's the Best Season to Visit Yellowstone? - iPod Version. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall each of these seasons have much to offer a Yellowstone visitor. To avoid surprises when you arrive watch this video to learn a little about visiting in each season.
Rank #2: Walks and Day Hikes in Yellowstone - iPod Version. Whether you're planning a short walk or an extended day hike in Yellowstone, you can get loads of great advice from this orienation video.
Rank #1: Audio - Insider's Look #28 Ranger Nicole Koehlinger talks about the ingenious raven.. Insider's Look host, Ranger Patrick Gamman talks with Ranger Nicole Koehlinger about the ravens in Grand Canyon National Park. Ravens are one of the most common birds seen in the park. They are intelligent, savvy, sociable and problem solvers.
Rank #2: Audio - Insider's Look #0 - May 18, 2009 Dedication of Photovoltaic System. Greetings, once again, from Grand Canyon National Park. This Ranger Patrick Gamman here to share with you the exciting news that the Arizona Public Service Company, (APS) who provides 900,000 customers with electricity has donated and built solar panels for the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. On May 18th, 2009 the park and members of APS held a dedication ceremony. Here are some of the highlights, starting with Park Superintendent Steve Martin. Download the transcript here: http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/upload/trans20090518Solar-ded-grca.pdf
Rank #1: The Soul Of America. Gorgeous photography and beautiful music complement this slideshow about the National Park Service and its people.
Rank #2: Lewis And Clark: At the Mouth of the Columbia River. After trekking across North America, Louis and Clark reach the mouth of the Columbia River and found Fort Clatsop, in an area that was already well-populated by indigenous peoples. This is a walking tour that describes the area and its history.
Rank #1: 2) Your Hike - Hiking Grand Canyon Video. Part 2 of the video tells shows an backpacking trip in progress and what to do when faced with a variety of situations during your hike or backpacking trip.A Grand Canyon hike can be one of the most challenging and memorable experiences of a lifetime. But no hike in the canyon is easy: the terrain is steep, dry and rugged. This video is designed to help you plan for and enjoy your hike into the canyon's harsh, yet fragile, environment.If you wish to camp anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim, South Rim, or Tuweep, you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center. Backcountry travelers must have their permit in their possession while in the backcountry. Once a camp is established, the permit must be attached to a pack, tent, or other equipment in plain view so it can be easily checked by rangers. Permits are valid only for the trip leader, itinerary, number of people, and dates specified on the permit. Permits for all overnight backcountry use must be obtained through the Backcountry Information Center at Grand Canyon National Park. For more information, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm
Rank #2: PSAR03 - Heading down the trail: It’s all about planning. Before we start down the trail though, there are a few more things to consider. First and foremost, are you in good physical condition? If you have any medical problems talk to your doctor before visiting the Grand Canyon to make sure you are healthy enough to hike steep and difficult trails. You can see beautiful views of the Canyon from the Rim Trail, or you may want to limit your hike to 15-30 minutes down trail. Remember it takes most hikers one and a half to two times the amount of time it took to hike down to hike back up. So a 30 minute hike down the trail may take 1 hour to come back up.
Rank #1: 0042u Bear Safety. Learning what foods are available at certain times of the year can help you avoid confrontations.
Rank #2: 0003 Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces Overview. There are several factors that lead these springs to form spectacular terraces that are always changing. Park Ranger Beth Taylor will explain how the terraces are built in this short video.
Rank #1: Traveling with Kids in Yellowstone - Apple TV Version. If your kids, or someone else's kids, will be joining you on your trip to Yellowstone, you may find this orientation video especially helpful.
Rank #2: Meals in Yellowstone - Apple TV Version. You can eat in a fancy restaurant, get fast food at a grill, or buy sandwich-makings at a general store to enjoy in a picnic area. The possibilities for meals in Yellowstone are numerous.
Rank #1: Ed Rizzotto: The Importance of Urban Parks. In 1988 Ed Rizzotto began working at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City. During his seven years at Gateway helped him recognize the unique role that urban parks play in the National Park System and in people’s everyday lives.
Rank #2: Bill Wade: Calling a national park home. What's it like to grow up in a national park? Retired NPS superintendent Bill Wade will tell you.
Rank #1: Soundscapes. Yosemite National Park: Dr. Fristrup, the senior acoustic Specialist with the National Park Service's Natural Sounds Program, talks about the effect of noise on predator-prey relationships, animal communications, and on human physiology.
Rank #2: Scenic Vistas. Yosemite National Park: This file discusses the inspiring scenery of Yosemite and brings to light the changing nature of what can be seen from various viewpoints. This episode further discusses some of the ideas regarding the development of a Scenic Vista Management Plan.
Rank #1: Lava Flows and Lava Tubes on Kīlauea. Join USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist Matt Patrick to discover the characteristics of lava flows and formation of lava tubes.
Rank #2: Lava Tube Formation. Discover how lava tubes form with Ranger Dave Barnes.