The NOT Great Escape-JONATHAN TAPLIN-THE END OF REALITY: Four Billionaires’ Fantasy of the Metaverse, Mars, Crypto, and Immortality

Written on September 20th, 2023

JONATHAN TAPLIN’s new book THE END OF REALITY picks up where MOVE FAST & BREAK THINGS left off. It documents how – rather than confront and solve the critical challenges we face – some of our wealthiest and most powerful men are plotting their escape – from transparency and regulation with crypto, from real life with the metaverse, from planet earth with colonies on Mars, and from death itself with transhumanism and cyborgs. This fantasy/nightmare is being sold by four billionaires – Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreeson, and Peter Thiel.

MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS-JONATHAN TAPLIN (2018)-How Facebook, Google & Amazon Cornered Culture & Undermined Democracy

Written on September 15th, 2023

JONATHAN TAPLIN is former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, producer of two Martin Scorsese films, MEAN STREETS and THE LAST WALTZ, and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Next week I’ll talk with him about his new book, THE END OF REALITY: How Four Billionaires Are Selling a Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, And Crypto. How better to warm up for that than by replaying our 2018 conversation about his earlier book MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy. You can learn more at

JEFF GOODELL-THE HEAT WILL KILL YOU FIRST: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet

Written on September 6th, 2023

July 2023 was the hottest month in recorded history, June ranks #2. All time high temperatures hit the US, Europe, and China. Phoenix recorded at least 110F for 20 days in a row. I speak with JEFF GOODELL about THE HEAT WILL KILL YOU FIRST: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet. Biggest takeaway: “The assumption that we will do what we need to do in time and things will go back to normal is a profound misunderstanding of this moment.” CO2 is not like smog. Recent extremes and disasters are here to stay. Learn more at

How will Boomers pass the torch? PHILIP BUMP-The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America

Written on August 24th, 2023

There’s little doubt we face critical challenges and serious doubt about whether we have the vision, the culture, the systems, or the will to successfully deal with them. I’ve been asking lately, “How did we get here?” and focusing a lot on the generations, in particular the Boomers and the 1960’s. I’m excited to speak with PHILIP BUMP, a national columnist for The Washington Post, about his first book, THE AFTERMATH: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America, an assessment of how the baby boom created modern America, and where power, wealth, and politics will shift as the boom ends. You can learn more at

Reviving Discarded America—MICHELLE WILDE ANDERSON-Fighting to Save Our Towns

Written on August 10th, 2023

In her new book THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE TOWN: Reimagining Discarded America, MICHELLE WILDE ANDERSON, Professor at Stanford Law School and Stanford School of Sustainability, explores vicious cycles in Stockton CA, Lawrence MA, Detroit MI, and Josephine County OR – four communities left behind by the modern economy. As local economies shrink, government is underfunded. As government delivers less to citizens, they lose faith in government and in each other. Coming back gets harder and harder, but it is not impossible. She tells the tough and inspirational stories of “People who” – in her words – “are working their asses off on some of the most important issues in the country.”