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Join Andrew Keen as he travels around the globe investigating the contemporary crisis of democracy. Hear from the world’s most informed citizens about the rise of populism, authoritarian and illiberal democracy. Listen to Keen’s commentary on and solutions to this crisis of democracy.

Andrew Keen


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    Ian Buruma: What to Make of America On Its 246th Birthday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 39:36

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Ian Buruma, editor and author of The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit. Ian Buruma is an author based in New York and was the editor of the New York Review of Books from 2017 to 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Daniel Birnbaum: Wassily Kandinsky and the Uncannily Contemporary Origins of 20th Century Abstract Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 28:12

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Daniel Birnbaum, author of Notes on the Frames of Art: Exhibition, Academy, Museum. Philosopher and art critic Daniel Birnbaum is one of the world's most prominent art curators. He is the former director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm and has managed museums and art schools in Germany and Italy, and curated the Venice Biennale. He is currently the artistic director of Acute Art, an avant-garde studio based in London, and a contributing editor at Artforum. Dr. B. is his first novel. He lives in London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    George Monbiot on How to Feed the World Without Devouring the Planet

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 41:17

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by George Monbiot, author of Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet. George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How To Stop the Planet Burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A.M. Homes: Why American Novelists Need to Not Just Keep Up With But Also Overtake Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 31:01

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by A.M. Homes, author of The Unfolding. A.M. Homes is the author of thirteen books, among them the best-selling memoir The Mistress' Daughter; the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, The End of Alice, and Jack; and the short story collections Days of Awe, The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know. She also writes for film and television and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Verlyn Klinkenborg on How to Write Well About Nature: Simplify Language, Empathize With Other Creatures, and Use Your Eyes Like a Hawk

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 35:45

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Verlyn Klinkenborg, author of The Rural Life. Verlyn Klinkenborg is a former member of the editorial board of the New York Times. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale Universeity. He has taught literature and creative writing at Fordham University, St. Olaf College, Bennington College, and Harvard University. Klinkenborg is the author of Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and The Rural Life. He lives on a small farm in upstate New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Elizabeth Sandifer: Why a Bloody End to Democracy in America Is Not Only Likely But Maybe Even Inevitable

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 36:39

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Elizabeth Sandifer, author of Tardis Eruditorum. Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She's not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Andrew Hodges on Alan Turing and Why One of the 20th Century's Most Iconic Figures Remains So Relevant in the 21st Century

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 48:07

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Andrew Hodges, author of The Great Philosophers: Turing. Andrew Hodges is Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University. His classic text of 1983, since translated into several languages, created a new kind of biography, with mathematics, science, computing, war history, philosophy and gay liberation woven into a single personal narrative. He is an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics, as a follower of Roger Penrose. See www.turing.org.uk for further material. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chris Miller: Is It Possible That the Russians Are Now Winning the War in Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 33:30

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Chris Miller, author of Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia. Chris Miller is assistant professor of international history in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Margaret Mitchell: Can Big Tech Be Reformed to Make It More Ethically Responsible In Its Development of Artificial Intelligence?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 36:56

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Margaret Mitchell, computer scientist and artificial intelligence researcher. Margaret Mitchell is an AI researcher who has worked for Microsoft and Google. Her research involves vision-language and grounded language generation, focusing on how to evolve artificial intelligence towards positive goals. This includes research on helping computers to communicate based on what they can process, as well as projects to create assistive and clinical technology from the state of the art in AI. Her work combines computer vision, natural language processing, social media, many statistical methods, and insights from cognitive science. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Robert Pearl: How the Seemingly Parallel Pandemics of Covid, Anxiety, and Gun Violence Are All Part of the Same Existential Crisis of American Healthcare

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 37:33

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Robert Pearl, author of Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients. Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. Named one of Modern Healthcare's 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and health care policy. He is the author of the Washington Post bestseller Mistreated, hosts the popular podcast Fixing Healthcare, publishes a newsletter with over 10,000 subscribers, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today, and Bloomberg News, and is a frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Debora Spar: How Social Media Is Killing Romantic Love and How Smart Machines Might Enable Us to Love Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 35:47

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Debora Spar, author of Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. Debora L. Spar is the MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the former president of Barnard College. Her previous books include Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection and Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Baynard Woods: How a White Racist "Totalitarian" System Has Permeated All of American History and Why Reparations Might Be Its Only Fix

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 37:13

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Baynard Woods, author of Inheritance: An Autobiography of Whiteness. Baynard Woods is an award-winning writer and journalist based in Baltimore. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Oxford American, and many other publications. He is coauthor, with Brandon Soderberg, of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Emma Brodie on Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, a Love Affair So Melodic That It Had to Be Transformed Into Fiction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 38:25

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Emma Brodie, author of Songs in Ursa Major. Emma Brodie has worked in book publishing for a decade, most recently as an executive editor at Little, Brown's Voracious imprint. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program, and is a longtime contributor to HuffPost and a faculty member at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their dog, Freddie Mercury. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jamie Bartlett on the Biggest Crypto Scam of All and the Heartless Bulgarian Cryptoqueen Behind It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 42:46

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Jamie Bartlett, author of The Missing Cryptoqueen: The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Con and the Woman Who Got Away with It. Jamie Bartlett is the bestselling author of The Dark Net (named a best book of the year by NPR and the Washington Post), Radicals, and The People Vs Tech, which was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos and regularly writes on technology and society for the Spectator, the Sunday Times, and elsewhere. In 2017, Jamie presented the two-part BBC TWO documentary series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. His TedTalk about dark net drugs markets has been watched nearly six million times. In 2019 his critically acclaimed BBC podcast series, The Missing Cryptoqueen, reached number 1 on the iTunes charts, and has been downloaded millions of times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Paul Thagard: Why Balance Is Essential in Our Vertiginous Age

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 32:44

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Paul Thagard, author of Balance: How It Works and What It Means. Paul Thagard is distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Waterloo and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. His books include The Brain and the Meaning of Life (2010); Natural Philosophy: From Social Brains to Knowledge, Reality, Morality, and Beauty (2019); and Bots and Beasts: What Makes Machines, Animals, and People Smart? (2021). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jenny Kleeman: What the End of Roe Might Tell us About the High Tech Future of Bird, Sex, Food, and Death

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 34:06

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Jenny Kleeman, author of Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex, and Death. Jenny Kleeman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who travels the world finding eye-catching, thought-provoking stories, and compelling characters. Her articles appear regularly in the Guardian and also in the Sunday Times (London), The Times of London, The New Statesman, and VICE. She has reported for BBC One's Panorama and HBO's VICE News Tonight. She won the One World Media Television Award for her work on Unreported World and was nominated for the Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award. She lives in England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Peter Zeihan: Why the End of Globalization Is Just the Beginning of the Chaotic 2020s

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 44:28

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Peter Zeihan, author of The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization. Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist and the founder of the consulting firm Zeihan on Geopolitics. His clients include energy corporations, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities, and the U.S. military. He is the author of The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. He lives in Colorado. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague: Why the News About the Resilience of American Democracy Is Both Very Good and Very Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 38:19

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague, author of The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It. Mark Bowden is the author of fifteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for The Atlantic and other magazines. Matthew Teague is a contributor to National Geographic, The Atlantic, Esquire, and other magazines, and executive producer of Our Friend, a feature film that premiered in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Steven Jones: What's the Point of Universities in Our Neo-Liberal Age of Radical Inequality and Fake News?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 33:58

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Steven Jones, author of Universities Under Fire: Hostile Discourses and Integrity Deficits in Higher Education. Steven Jones is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Manchester, UK, and currently head of Manchester Institute of Education. His academic background is in English Linguistics, and he brings the tools of critical discourse analysis to the university sector. He has written op-ed pieces for The Guardian and presented research evidence to policy-makers and government ministers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Kate Mangino: Why Boys, As Much as Girls, Benefit from Gender Equality At Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 35:20

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Kate Mangino, author of Equal Partners: Improving Gender Equality at Home. Kate Mangino is a gender expert who works with international organizations to promote social change. She has written and delivered curricula in over 20 countries about issues such as: gender equality, women's empowerment, healthy masculinity, HIV prevention, and early and forced childhood marriage. Mangino is a technical advisor and regular contributor to Fathering Together. Her writing can be found on Scary Mommy, Medium, and Substack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Katherine Angel on One More Pro-Abortion Argument: Why Girls Need to Take Sexual Risks If They Are To Grow Up to Become Women

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 39:08

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Katherine Angel, author of Daddy Issues: Love and Hate in the Time of Patriarchy. Katherine Angel is the author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent and Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell. She teaches creative and critical writing in London, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Alison Fairbrother on the Catch Within the Catch: How to Write a Feminist Novel About a Complicated Dad

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 35:59

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Alison Fairbrother, author of The Catch. Alison Fairbrother is an associate editor at Riverhead Books. She worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., before getting her MFA at Stony Brook University. She lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ben Tarnoff: Why Fixing the Internet Requires Political Struggle Rather Than Technological Innovation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 41:50

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Ben Tarnoff, author of Internet for the People: The Fight for Our Digital Future. Ben Tarnoff is a tech worker, writer, and co-founder of Logic Magazine. His most recent book is Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What They Do—and How They Do It, co-authored with Moira Weigel. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, and Jacobin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Nelly Lahoud: Remembering Osama Bin Laden: Monster, Family Man, or Misguided Genius?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 42:32

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Nelly Lahoud, author of The Bin Laden Papers: How the Abbottabad Raid Revealed the Truth about Al-Qaeda, Its Leader and His Family. Nelly Lahoud is a senior fellow in New America's International Security program and is the author of three books, including The Jihadis' Path to Self-Destruction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dr. Natalie Petouhoff: Can Digital Technology Really Deliver More Human Empathy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 31:28

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, author of Empathy in Action: How to Deliver Great Customer Experiences at Scale. Dr. Natalie Petouhoff joined Genesys after years of being a strategic executive advisor and leading Industry Analyst at Forrester and Constellation, CX VP at Salesforce, a PWC strategic management consultant, Chief Digital/Social Officer and ROI expert at Weber Shandwick, a digital transformation lecturer at UCLA, with humble beginnings as a product engineer at General Motors and Hughes Electrics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lyndsie Bourgon: Why the Morality of Tree Stealing Is Not As Simple as Many Traditional Environmentalists Would Like to Think

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 36:24

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Lyndsie Bourgon, author of Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods. Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer, oral historian, and 2018 National Geographic Explorer based in British Columbia. She writes about the environment and its entanglement with history, culture, and identity. Her features have been published in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, the Guardian, the Oxford American, Aeon, The Walrus, and Hazlitt, among other outlets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Martin Puchner: How to Fix the Environment? A Four-Thousand-Year-Old Reading List for Confronting Our Climate Emergency

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 30:00

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Martin Puchner, author of Literature for a Changing Planet. Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a prize-winning and bestselling author whose books include The Language of Thieves: My Family's Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate and The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization. He is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Literature. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dan McCrum on How to Spot a Fraud: Never Trust Anything That Sounds Too Good to Be True

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 34:36

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Dan McCrum, author of Money Men: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth. Dan McCrum is a member of the Financial Times investigations team. His reporting on Wirecard has been recognized with prizes from the London Press Club, the Society of Editors, the New York Financial Writers' Association, the Overseas Press Club, and the Gerald Loeb awards. He was also awarded the Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic journalism, a Reporters Forum Reporterpreis and a special award by the Helmut Schmidt prize jury for investigative journalism. In 2020, he was named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dan Hampton: Why the World Owes America a Great Debt For Its Participation in the Second World War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 35:54

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Dan Hampton, author of Valor: The Astonishing World War II Saga of One Man's Defiance and Indomitable Spirit. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years (1986-2006) in the United States Air Force. For his service in the Iraq War, Kosovo conflict, and first Gulf War, Col. Hampton received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School and USAF Special Operations School. A frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs and geopolitics, he has also appeared as an analyst on Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Anderson Cooper360. He is the nationally bestselling author of Viper Pilot, Lords of the Sky, The Hunter Killers, The Flight, Chasing the Demon, Vengeance, Valor, and a novel, The Mercenary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Azeem Azhar: Why, In an Age of Exponential Technological Change, Does So Little Seem to Change in Politics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 35:04

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Azeem Azhar, author of The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology Is Transforming Business,Politics, and Society. Azeem Azhar is the creator of the Exponential View, a global platform for in-depth tech analysis. His weekly newsletter is read by nearly two hundred thousand people from around the world, and his chart-topping podcast has featured guests including Yuval Noah Harari, Reid Hoffman, and Tony Blair. Over the last three decades, Azhar has founded and invested in a number of successful tech companies bought by firms like Amazon and Microsoft. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council, a senior advisor at PwC, and a contributor to publications including the Financial Times, Prospect, and the MIT Technology Review. He served as the Economist's first ever internet correspondent. He lives in London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lisa Lewis: Why the Crisis of Teenage Anxiety Might Begin and End With Sleep Deprivation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 22:20

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Lisa Lewis, author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, and How Parents and Schools Can Help Them Thrive. Lisa L. Lewis, MS, is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education. She played a key role in California's new healthy school start times law, the first of its kind in the nation. Lewis is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and Your Teen, among others. She's a parent to two teens, who inspire much of what she writes about--everything from concussions and heat stroke to school lockdowns to teenage sleep. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mark Lee Gardner: Rather Than Jefferson or Washington, Should Americans Be Celebrating Indigenous Leaders Like Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull As Their Greatest Historical Figures?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 36:09

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Mark Lee Gardner, author of The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation. Mark Lee Gardner is the author of Rough Riders, To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell, which received multiple awards, including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS's American Experience, as well as on the History Channel, AMC, the Travel Channel, and on NPR. He has written for National Geographic History, American Heritage, the Los Angeles Times, True West, and American Cowboy. He lives with his family at the foot of Pikes Peak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chris Stokel-Walker on a Digital Brave New World: Are We Entertaining Ourselves to Death on TikTok?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 33:07

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Chris Stokel-Walker, author of TikTok Boom: China's Dynamite App and the Superpower Race for Social Media. Chris Stokel-Walker is a British journalist whose work regularly appears in WIRED, The Economist and Newsweek. He is known for breaking major news about YouTube and often reports on the site for television, radio and podcasts. For YouTubers he has travelled around the world, attending YouTube events and speaking to behind-the-camera producers and power- brokers, including key creators KSI, Hank and John Green, Emma Blackery, and many others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Gian Volpicelli on the Crypto-Crash and Why the Party Might Finally Be Over

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 38:06

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Gian Volpicelli, the author of Cryptocurrency. Gian M. Volpicelli is a senior editor at WIRED UK. His areas of interest include cryptocurrency, technology regulation and digital politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Stephen Wertheim: Why Joe Biden Should Be Supporting Sovereignty and Not Democracy in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 37:45

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Bob Keefe, author of Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy. Stephen Wertheim is Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Review of Books, New York Times, and Washington Post. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bob Keefe: Can American Capitalism Really Be an Ally in the War Against Climate Change?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 34:54

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Bob Keefe, author of Climatenomics: Washington, Wall Street, and the Economic Battle to Save Our Planet. Bob Keefe is executive director of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and professionals who leverage economic research and their business perspective to advance policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. E2's national network includes more than 11,000 business leaders spread across nine chapters stretching from New York to Los Angeles, and a staff of advocates who work on climate and clean energy policies at the federal and state levels. As part of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world's biggest environmental groups with more than 3 million members and online supporters, E2 is the foremost business voice on issues at the intersection of the environment and economy, and the leading authority on clean energy jobs in America. Previously, Keefe spent nearly 25 years as a journalist, reporting for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Cox Newspapers chain, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Austin American-Statesman. He resides in San Diego, California Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Introducing Intelligence Squared US

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 52:12

    I am so excited to share with you Intelligence Squared US, America's leading platform for fair and balanced debate. I am a huge fan of their work, and have been on the show many times. They always have interesting, meaningful, rigorous discussions about tough subjects. It's a debate series, and they pull together the world's top thinkers on each topic to compare and contrast both sides of an issue. The discussions are impartial, informative, and importantly, civil. They're truly doing great stuff over at Intelligence Squared, bringing reason to controversial topics, and navigating them superbly. I always learn something, whether I'm listening or participating in one of the debates. It's a terrific series, an important nonprofit project which the country needs now more than ever, and you should subscribe now. Coming up now, an episode from Intelligence Squared, Is Nationalism a Force For Good? Have a listen. -- Andrew Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Britt Halvorson: How to Reimagine White Supremacy in the Heartland of the American Midwest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 31:05

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Britt Halvorson, author of Imagining the Heartland: White Supremacy and the American Midwest. Britt E. Halvorson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colby College and author of Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Garrett Graff: How Are Watergate and the January 6th Insurrection Similar? Nixon and Trump's Shared Paranoia and Isolation From the Outside World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 37:17

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Garrett Graff, author of Watergate: A New History. Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished journalist and bestselling historian, has spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. Today, he serves as the director of cyber initiatives for The Aspen Institute and is a contributor to Wired, CNN, and Politico. He's written for publications from Esquire to Rolling Stone to The New York Times, and edited two of Washington's most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and Politico. Graff is the author of multiple books, including The Threat Matrix, the national bestseller Raven Rock, and the New York Times bestseller The Only Plane in the Sky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Emma Jacobs: How Do We Define Adulthood in a Time When We've Created a Cult of Childhood?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 29:34

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Emma Jacobs, columnist for the Financial Times. Emma Jacobs writes features with a particular focus on work and office life. She is the co-author of the satirical column, Work Tribes. Previously, at the FT she has edited features, UK news, as well as working on FT.com's companies, markets and world desks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ewen Spencer on What Writers and Photographers Have in Common

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 31:10

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Ewen Spencer, author of Ewen Spencer: While You Were Sleeping 1998-2000. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Frank Smyth: Why the Next Three Years Could Be the Most Violent in American History Since Reconstruction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 38:29

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Frank Smyth, author of The NRA: The Unauthorized History. Frank Smyth is an independent, award-winning investigative journalist specializing in armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights overseas, and on the gun movement and its influence at home. He is a former arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch breaking the role of France in arming Rwanda before its genocide. Smyth is a global authority on journalist security and press freedom having testified to Congress and member states of several multilateral organizations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Juan Gonzalez: The Paradoxical History of Latinos in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 41:41

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Juan Gonzalez, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. Juan Gonzalez is one of this country s best-known Latino journalists. He was a staff columnist for New York Daily News from 1987 to 2016 and has been a co-host since 1996 of Democracy Now! He is the author of Harvest of Empire, News for All the People, Fallout, and Reclaiming Gotham. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Nick Seabrook: How Gerrymandering Is Killing American Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 25:39

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Nick Seabrook, author of One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America. Nick Seabrook is a professor in the department of political science and public administration at the University of North Florida. The author of Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics, he lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström: No, Sweden Isn't Perfect: On Racism, Xenophobia, and Not Even Feeding Your Own Guests

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 28:21

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström, author of In Every Mirror She's Black. Nigerian-American and based in Sweden, Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström is an award-winning author, speaker, and photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel, The Telegraph, New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Travel Channel, Adventure Magazine, Lonely Planet, amongst others. In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, Due North, and bestselling LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well, available in 18 foreign language editions. She has been recognized with multiple awards for her work, including 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award, and she was honored with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture in 2018. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection. Lola is also the editor of Slow Travel Stockholm, an online magazine dedicated to exploring Sweden's capital city in depth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jennifer Senior: How America's Rasputin, Steve Bannon, Is Simultaneously Clubbable and a Mortal Threat to the Republic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 40:48

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood and the recent Atlantic cover story, “American Rasputin.” Jennifer Senior is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ethan Lou: Is Today's Crypto Crash Terminal or Just Another Chapter in Its Inevitable Takeover of Our Financial System?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 35:26

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Ethan Lou, author of Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West. Ethan Lou‘s Field Notes from a Pandemic was named among the CBC's best nonfiction of 2020. Lou has written in publications such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. He is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia. Lou first bought Bitcoin in 2013. He lives in Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Christopher Leonard: How Today's Inflationary Crisis is Likely to Further Inflame Our Democratic Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 37:18

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Christopher Leonard, author of The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy. Christopher Leonard is a business reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Meat Racket and Kochland, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Simon Kuper: What Political Lessons Can We Learn From a Well-Run Football Club Like FC Barcelona?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 37:27

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Simon Kuper, author of The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making—And Unmaking—Of the World's Greatest Soccer Club. Simon Kuper is a journalist who writes for the Financial Times and publishes in newspapers and magazines around the world. He is one of the world's leading writers on soccer. His book Football Against the Enemy won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His works are also widely read in translation. Born in Uganda, Kuper spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands and now lives in Paris. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Oliver Bullough: How Britain Became the Jeeves of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats, and Criminals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 39:09

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Oliver Bullough, author of Butler to the World: How Britain Helps the World's Worst People Launder Money, Commit Crimes, and Get Away with Anything. Oliver Bullough is the author of the financial exposé Moneyland, which topped the Sunday Times bestseller list (UK), and two celebrated books about the former Soviet Union: The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great. His journalism appears regularly in the Guardian, the New York Times, and GQ. He lives in London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    James Kirchick on the Hidden History of Gay Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 43:27

    Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington. James Kirchick has written about human rights, politics, and culture from around the world. A columnist for Tablet magazine, a writer at large for Air Mail, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, he is the author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age. Kirchick's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. A graduate of Yale with degrees in history and political science, he resides in Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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