Terry Gross recently interviewed Ryan Lizza about Paul Ryan and the profile of the Congressman he wrote for the New Yorker. They’re great introductions to the man we’re all suppose to care about for the next 3 months.
An interesting interview about the unparalleled power and reach of ExxonMobile. Steven Coll’s depiction of it as an essentially “stateless” corporation more powerful than most governments reminds me a lot of the East India Company as described by Venkatesh Rao in this great long read from last year.
Terry Gross interviews Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun. The story of how this gun rose to its place in America’s psyche is full of all sorts of crazy, truth-is-stranger-than-fiction type details, like the assassination attempt on the creator of the Glock that involved a rubber mallet and a parking garage in Lithuania. Strongly recommended.
Two of my favorite people.