Listening to This Week: Running for Office, Indie Tunes, and an Interview With a Badass

Here are some audio waves to put through your ears this week.

Podcast: Jennifer Lawless on why young people should run for office

Jennifer Lawless is a political scientist who studies representation among young people and women in the American political system. And according to her latest research, the millennial generation is the most disinterested of any previous generation in running for political office.

In this episode, Ezra Klein talks to her about why that may be, and how it’s not as hard as it may seem.


Music: My friend’s dope playlist

My wonderful Canadian friend, Jake Jardine, shared his amazing Spotify playlist of chill indie music with me. He’s dubbed it “Baelist,” which is indicative of how I feel about it. You will probably enjoy it too.


Podcast: Tim Ferriss interviews badass reporter Kara Swisher

I’m pretty bad with remembering names, so when I scrolled past this interview on my podcasts app, I didn’t think much about it. But when I was bored and just needed some background noice, I turned on this interview and realized that I had indeed come across this name before.

Kara Swisher is perhaps best known – to me, anyways – for her interviews of Steve Jobs alongside journalist Walt Mossberg. Swisher is a tech journalist who I admire because of her ability to cut through the usual phony nonsense that Silicon Valley is infamous for. As you’ll hear in this episode, Swisher doesn’t care what people think about her. She is both confident and humble, with an amazing ability to know when it’s appropriate for each.


The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley – Kara Swisher