Today was a good day for family activities, reorganizing the house, and not packing for a work trip. As I was doing most of these things, I burned through my whole podcast cue. As such, I pulled forward some other episodes I’d been saving.

First up was Containers by Alexis Madrigal about global trade. I enjoyed it and thought it was very good overall. It may have been just me, but the audio mixing seemed more artsy than functional, because I too often had to work hard to hear what being said.

Second up was Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. Please listen to this show if you haven’t already. Carlin is so good, and his intellectual honesty is refreshing. If you don’t know where to start, maybe begin with “Blueprint for Armageddon” about World War I. This is probably a terrible recommendation, since the shortest of the episodes in this five-part series is 3 hours long, but I don’t think we as a culture know enough about WWI. Carlin fixes this problem magnificently.

Alright, instead of packing, I’m going to go to bed. I’m sure everything will be better in the morning.