Episode 21: Pickup Basketball, Assigned Reading, Expert Testimony: Urban Planning, Unchained Melodies, and Those Winter Sundays

This week Dave and Steel are joined by their friend Spencer. Together the trio discusses Steel and Spencer’s pickup basketball escapades, give reports on their recent reading (books by Thomas Pynchon, Dan Simmons, and Sabine Heinlein) and give each other new reading assignments (books by Frank Herbert, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ignazio Silone, Brandon Sanderson, Daniel Kahneman, and Alexander Dolgun), Dave & Steel ask Spencer all their burning questions about urban planning and transportation issues, share great music by Dawn Landes, Saintseneca, Christopher Paul Stelling, Strand of Oaks, Adult Mom, and Konono No. 1, and drop a beautiful poetic tribute to fathers from the twentieth-century American poet Robert Hayden.


Assigned Reading

For Dave:

  • Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy epic Warbreaker [from Steel]
  • Ignazio Silone’s classic Italian novel Bread and Wine [from Spencer]

For Spencer:

For Steel:

  • Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune.
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile

Expert Testimony

Portland’s spending on bike infrastructure relative to the cost of 1 mile of urban freeway, as checked by Polifact.

Unchained Melodies

Dawn Landes — Straight Lines

Saintseneca — Or or No

Christopher Paul Stelling — Every Last Extremist

Strand of Oaks — Kill Dragon

Adult Mom — Survival

Konono No. 1 — Lufuala Ndongo

Book Wisdom

This week’s passage of Book Wisdom was Robert Hayden’s moving tribute to his father, the poem “Those Winter Sundays.” Fathers everywhere, we thank you.

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