Episode 165: Interviews with Tom Loeffler and Chris Algieri by HBO Boxing


HBO Boxing Insiders Eric Raskin and Kieran Mulvaney welcome two guests to the podcast in anticipation of the March 18 Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden: Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler and Jacobs’ camp nutritionist Chris Algieri.


Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, religion, and 60-day meditation retreats by Panoply Media


Yuval Noah Hariri’s first book, “Sapiens,” was an international sensation. The Israeli historian’s mind-bending tour through the trump of Homo sapiens is a favorite of, among others, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama. His new book, Homo Deus, is about what comes next for humanity — and the threat our own intelligence and creative capacity poses to our future. And it, too, is fantastically interesting.

I’ve wanted to talk to Hariri since reading Sapiens. I’ve had one big question about him: what kind of mind creates a book like that? And now I know. A clear one.

Virtually everything Hariri says in this conversation in fascinating. But what I didn’t expect was how central his consistent practice of vipassana meditation — which includes a 60-day silent retreat each year — is to understanding the works of both history and futurism he produces. We talk about that, and also:

-His theory on how all large-scale collaboration is based on fictions, from mythologies and religions to nationalism to human rights

-Why he sees money as one of the greatest stories human beings have ever told

-Why he reads only 5-10 pages of a huge number of books

-His theory that human beings have moved from venerating gods, to venerating themselves, to venerating data — and what that means for our future

-How we treat other animals and what that might imply for how artificial intelligences could treat us

-Whether wide swaths of human beings will be rendered useless by advances in computing

-The ways in which a narrow idea of what intelligence is — and the way it relates to consciousness — is holding us back from understanding AI

This is one of my favorite conversations we’ve had. Enjoy!


-Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, & Steel
-Frans de Waal’s Chimpanzee Politics
-Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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Native American Rights and the Law, ‘Land of Mine,’ and pre-Arab-Spring Art by WBEZ’s Worldview


The last Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have been removed, but the legal battles continue as native tribes begin filing challenges. The Danish film Land of Mine is competing for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. And on this week’s Weekend Passport, a symposium on artwork from the Arab Spring, a play about an Indian mathematician and a Mardi Gras concert at The Promontory.