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Thirst is natural… so let’s celebrate it! Join Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins as they dig deep into the various ways women express their thirst, asking: why do we desire who we desire? At a time when men are Not Doing Great, Bim and Nichole want to ask keep asking questions about Hollywood inclusion and opportunity, through illuminating and hilarious conversations with special guests, original fanfic designed to make you sit up, and of course [REDACTED]. Bring a straw… and come thirst with us.
 
Jason Fried, founder and CEO of Basecamp (http://basecamp.com), and Nathan Kontny, CEO of Highrise (http://highrisehq.com), talk about the challenges of running a business, product design, and whatever else we're going though. Have something you'd like us to talk about? Let us know on Twitter https://twitter.com/jasonfried & https://twitter.com/natekontny
 
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Bomani and Elle Duncan laugh about whether or not her first child will welcome her second to the family (0:32) and discuss her “Atlanta-adjacent” roots (5:51). They swap stories on the city’s culture from HBCU’s to music, share what makes it different from every other city in the country as well as establish whether or not she is “off that narcotic…
 
Bomani shares his thoughts on the misery that is the Dallas Cowboys as currently constructed (0:56). Why do they still matter so much? Why are they “America’s team”? He also discusses why Derrick Henry of the Titans may be the last in a long line of Hall of Fame running backs (23:07) and sheds light on the situation around “The Eyes of Texas” for t…
 
I. One of the most interesting responses I got to my post supporting the junior doctors strike was by Salem, who said that this situation was (ethically) little different than that around adjunct professors, who also become overworked and miserable trying to break into a high-status profession. Salem very kindly didn’t directly accuse me of hypocri…
 
Bomani and comedian Roy Wood Jr. discuss what is better between getting “dunked on” and getting “stiff armed” (6:24), the relative strength of landlords and land ladies in this age of quarantine (21:17), Bill Burr’s monologue on SNL about racial accountability (30:35) as well as Ice Cube’s recent comments and allegiances (43:13). Plus, which footba…
 
David Friedman on Legal Systems Very Different from Ours: A brief survey of a range of legal system, past and present, from Imperial China and Periclean Athens to modern Amish and Romany. David Friedman is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics recently retired from spending the previous twenty-three years teaching in a law school. His f…
 
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the injury to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (0:57), including why it reminds us of the guilt we feel around the brutality of the game as well as why he believes that Prescott will still remain in Dallas long-term. The Lakers won the ‘chip (25:24), and why a piece about dementia and COVID-19 spells bad news for the NFL …
 
When Jane Fonda granted us an interview to talk about her famous workout tape, things didn't go as planned. On part one of a special two-part Decoder Ring, we explore the decades-long friendship of Jane Fonda and Leni Cazden, the relationship that birthed the workout that changed the world. It's a story of creation, regret, fame, forgiveness, traum…
 
[Epistemic status: not very serious] [Content note: May make you feel overly scrutinized] Sometimes I hear people talking about how nobody notices them or cares about anything they do. And I want to say…well… Okay. The Survey of Earned Doctorates tells us that the United States awards about a hundred classics PhDs per year. I get the impression cla…
 
Bomani and Vinnie Goodwill look back on the year for the NBA in advance of (potentially) the final game of the season with Heat-Lakers Game 5. The league deserves props for making this thing happen in the bubble (0:55). Would Anthony Davis be your MVP and are these Lakers historically great compared to others from their team’s history (27:10)? Plus…
 
Bomani Jones discusses why despite the “want to” from Jimmy Butler that won the Heat Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he stills hates the zone (0:58). If the Lakers come out on top would LeBron be deserving of the MVP and why did LSU gives up on COVID stadium protocols (21:27)? Plus, Bo tells stories about how much of a “bad man” Bob Gibson was following …
 
I. Suppose I were to come out tomorrow as gay. I have amazing and wonderful friends, and I certainly wouldn’t expect them to hate me forever or tell me to burn in Hell or anything like that. But even more than that, I think they would understand and accept the decision. There would be a lot of not-so-obvious failure modes they could fall into, but …
 
Bomani and Nick Wright dive into the deeper issues with the Clippers and discuss how it reflects on a Lakers team that dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals (6:05). This leads to a debate around borderline Hall of Fame cases across sports such as a few current members of the Warriors and Chiefs as Nick gets the obligatory amount of time to gush about …
 
Integrating Evolutionary Psychology and Behaviorism Summary - All of us want to change other people's behavior to align more closely with our goals. Over the last century, behaviorists have discovered how reward and punishment change the behavior of organisms. The central idea of this talk is that we are intuitive behaviorists and that our relation…
 
Bomani shares why he believes that the Lamar Jackson-Pat Mahomes matchup from Monday Night Football is a “sign of the revolution” and previews the NBA Finals (20:42). This includes Bam Adebayo name pronunciation attempts, why Tyler Herro vs. Kyle Kuzma could be the “game within a game” that he’s been telling you about for months as well as a remind…
 
I. A lot of libertarians and anarcho-capitalists envision a future of small corporate states competing for migrants and capital by trying to have the best policies. But the Internet is about as close to that vision as we’re likely to find outside the pages of a political philosophy textbook. And I am far from convinced. Let’s back up. Internet comm…
 
Bomani and Spencer Hall discuss the difficulties in getting the 2020 CFB season off the mark (0:17), the Big Ten getting “bullied” into playing (9:21), the commitment of coach Deion Sanders at Jackson State (25:42), Southern University’s band and Spencer’s time playing in the Florida band (34:44) as well as revisiting the Jake Garcia high school tr…
 
Bomani calls another meeting for the support group of fans of “sorry teams” (0:55), shares why he doesn’t need to apologize for Anthony Davis’ success in the WCF (21:40) and wonders whether or not Michael Jordan is going to try and play cards with Bubba Wallace for his paycheck now that they are joining forces (35:40). Plus, an IYHH with feral pigs…
 
[Epistemic status: something I’ve been thinking about recently. There’s a lot of complication around these issues and this is more to start a discussion than to present any settled solution] There’s a scene in Fiddler on the Roof where Tevye is describing his peaceful little town. He says they never fight – except that one time about a horse some p…
 
Bomani chats with friends Desus and Mero about the vacation they went on together to Amsterdam (1:42), cultural overlap with rap music knowledge (10:41), their new book “GOD-LEVEL KNOWLEDGE DARTS: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BRONX” (16:40) as well as the perks of being with Showtime and how it differs from their previous work (38:07). Plus, their thought…
 
And… SCENE. We came, we ushered in a glorious age of elucidating female desire, coined a few salient expressions of desire, and poof! like magic, we were gone. That’s right, we did it, folks: we wrapped up Thirst Aid Kit as a weekly podcast. We thank you for your ears, your enthusiasm, your tweets, your drabbles, your Tumblr Asks, your marriage pro…
 
Bomani Jones weighs in on Cam Newton’s debut with the Patriots, including him almost getting his “chain snatched” in a postgame scuffle (1:05). Bo turns up the heat on old quarterbacks across the NFL (15:17) and has a PSA for fans of "sorry" teams (29:15). Plus, an IYHH with orange skies up-and-down the west coast (42:07) and your voicemails from t…
 
Suppose a lot of that stuff about bravery debates is right. That lots of the advice people give is useful for some people, but that the opposite advice is useful for other people. For example, “You need to stop being so hard on yourself, remember you are your own worst critic” versus “Stop making excuses for yourself, you will never be able to chan…
 
It’s been two and a half months since I deleted the blog, so I owe all of you an update on recent events. I haven’t heard anything from the New York Times one way or the other. Since nothing has been published, I’d assume they dropped the article, except that they approached an acquaintance for another interview last month. Overall I’m confused. Bu…
 
Bomani and former “The Right Time” producer Shannon Penn discuss the impact of the NFL playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to games this season alongside the rise of black quarterbacks across the league (8:02), the state of Shannon’s misery surrounding the prospects for the Giants (26:07), how Cam Newton’s first season with the Patriots will …
 
Matthew Rhys’ energy is complex and layered, like a roasted pepper: there’s spice, there’s heat, and there’s smoke. In Rhys, there is a balance of all our favorite things — superb eye and face acting, characters that know how to yearn, tightly coiled power in a stern shell, and talent as deep as a Welsh valley. We talk about his career-defining wor…
 
Bomani Jones is here to remind you that football season is here (1:03)! Just because it doesn’t “feel like it”, doesn’t mean that there aren’t compelling storylines. Bo breaks them down for you, discusses how it will look different and addresses Kirk Herbstreit’s emotions from College Gameday. Anthony Davis has a battle on his hands with “can’t go …
 
Trigger warning: deliberately provoking horror about graduates’ real-​world post-​college prospects. Epistemic status: intended as persuasive speech, may somewhat overstate case. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to have been invited to speak here at the great University of [mumble]. Go Wildcats, Spartans, or Eagles, as the case may be! I apologiz…
 
Bomani Jones and Michael Smith discuss Michael’s new TV show “Brother From Another” that comes to Peacock later this month (2:40) and why the “stick to sports” moniker doesn’t work any longer, the role NBA owners play in the movement for social justice and how players can leverage their power (15:56), Steve Nash becoming the new Nets head coach (44…
 
Thirst is a broad church—did you know that? Which is why we can cackle like dirty aunties at filthy innuendos but also relish the pure PG-13 sweetness of a show like Sweet Magnolias. *Stefon from SNL voice* This show has everything: the long term female friendship of Helen, Maddie, and Dana Sue PLUS smouldering looks between exes; the exploration o…
 
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the polarized situation around the NBA players' on-then-off-again strike and LeBron's role in it (1:06), the legacy of Georgetown head coach John Thompson following his passing (35:34) as well as the "illusion of power" for college athletes covered in his recent piece for Vanity Fair (45:46). Plus, an IYHH includ…
 
[Related: Tyler Cowen on rationalists, Noah Smith on rationalists, Will Wilkinson on rationalists, etc] If I were an actor in an improv show, and my prompt was “annoying person who’s never read any economics, criticizing economists”, I think I could nail it. I’d say something like: Economists think that they can figure out everything by sitting in …
 
Okay. You might be saying “who?” but trust us. Marc Rebillet’s rising star is one to watch. Using a loop machine, a keyboard, and a strong WiFi connection, Marc live-streams his way across platforms and into that delightful intersection where humor, undeniable talent, and thirst meet. He improvises songs based on suggestions from his audience which…
 
Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth weigh in on Reds announcer Thom Brennaman using a slur on a “hot mic” during a broadcast, leading to his suspension mid-game (1:23). They discuss the effect that is has on fans, and whether or not their agency can force change like the football team in Washington (28:23). It evolves into a conversation about raci…
 
Every so often, the thirst stars align, or the thirst goddesses smile down on us, or whatever you want to call it... and well, it all came together for us this week. We manifested a long held TAK desire — we got to interview Jake Johnson! ::scream:: He told us about his new adult animated show Hoops, working on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, an…
 
Bomani dishes on the NBA Playoffs starting in the bubble and Luka Doncic comparisons to Larry Bird (1:09), why college students cannot be trusted to social distance (20:09) and neither can collegiate conferences to govern themselves (32:55), as well as why it is fair to be skeptical of new President of the Washington Football Team Jason Wright’s ab…
 
The mullet, the love-to-hate-it hairstyle is as associated with the 1980's as Ronald Reagan, junk bonds, and break dancing. But in at least one major way, we are suffering from a collective case of false memory syndrome. In this episode we track the rise and fall of the mullet, and also the lexical quandary at its heart: who named the mullet? Slate…
 
Bomani and Joel Anderson of Slate discuss his story about the problems around Liberty University’s athletics program as it relates to Black athletes, including the school’s pursuit of Hugh Freeze, Ian McCaw and their plan for building the program (1:31). Plus, players from the Big Ten have now joined the Pac-12 group in demanding accountability fro…
 
We’ve long talked about our love for romance novels and in this episode we are going deep: talking about the changing aesthetics of romance novels, the increased visibility of our favourite tropes and sub-genres, and the heroes and heroines that we love to see. In our Plus segment, we take begrudging inspiration from our times and look at how movie…
 
Bomani Jones dives deeper into his story about the Pac-12 players joining together under the banner #WeAreUnited in looking for safety from COVID-19, including the possibility of a boycott (1:05). He reacts to games officially picking up again for the NBA, shares why the entrance of families into the “bubble” could present some unforeseen yet hilar…
 
Bomani chats with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report about life inside the NBA’s “bubble” down in Orlando (1:11). Her and Bo laugh at the media’s coverage of Lou Williams’ famed trip to “Magic City” (9:51), which somehow leads them to discuss “little city gangsters” and their least favorite characters from “The Wire” (25:17). Plus, they wrap with what…
 
It’s never a bad move to hear from our thirsty yet oh-so-talented Thirst Buckets! Our audience is the best audience because they send us drabbles that make us swoon and giggle and we immediately put them aside so we can share the wealth on air. That’s what we’re doing with this episode— sharing listener-submitted drabbles about John Boyega, Aidan T…
 
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