Uninformed in the Information Age: Listen to This Part II

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We see evidence all around us of people making decisions without sufficient information. This is perhaps most evident in realm of politics during this season: elections. Staying informed is tough. There are more media sources trying to grab your attention than Johnson & Johnson products in the personal health section of Walmart. Needless to say, it can get overwhelming. Thankfully the revolutionized realm of radio has transformed itself into the popular smartphone app called podcasts, where you can listen to variety of engaging topics at your leisure. However, podcasts can also be overwhelming, especially in the area of News and Politics. This series of posts aims to equip you with a few good options to supplement your information consumption, talk knowledgeably about current events, and expand your grasp of free-market principles.

In the last post I recommended the podcast called Ricochet, the product of ricochet.com, which strives to be the most civil conversation on the web for center-right issues. The next station (as podcasts are sometimes called) is another product of rocochet.com called GLOP. The name GLOP is a combination of the station’s hosts, Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz. Jonah Goldberg is an incredibly popular conservative writer, whose work can be found in the LA Times, National Review, and his scintillating Twitter account. Rob Long (as introduced in the previous post) is the co-founder of Ricochet, TV Producer, and self-proclaimed rhino. John Podhoretz is another accomplished writer/author and editor of Commentary magazine. You may be asking yourself, how exactly are Ricochet and GLOP different? Their hosts have virtually the same resumes and they’re backed by the same website. While both share these similarities, the key difference is GLOP’s partial focus on pop culture’s role in current events, splitting its time fairly evenly between the two. In my opinion, the entertainment value of GLOP is much higher than Ricochet too, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusion. The hosts cover topics from Breaking Bad to the recent death of Joan Rivers to the explosion of NFL controversies and how they all play into the psyche of our culture, impacting how we function personally, interpersonally, and politically. GLOP’s masterful mixture of witty banter and intelligent analysis almost tricks your brain into blurring the line between knowledge and entertainment. As a social media powerhouse, Jonah Goldberg talks frequently about interactions with his followers, his take on popular TV shows, and other media topics. This then seamlessly flows into Rob Long’s wheelhouse, giving an insider’s view to the culture and history of Hollywood and how it has shaped the country’s worldview. John Podhoretz adds a sense of raw elegance with his New York Times style analysis and high-brow humor, balancing out Jonah and Rob’s unmistakable cackles and quibs. The only downside of GLOP is that it is posted monthly rather than weekly, which means you’ll have to stay stimulated with a few other suggested shows while you wait for that glorious little push notification to appear above the GLOP icon.

The greatest feature of these programs is that they make news and politics fun. While not even the “masterminds” in Washington fully understand all that is going on everyday in their own city, podcasts like GLOP give a smart, analytical, entertaining, and manageable look into the intricacies of current events. TV news and some print/digital newspapers seem to be filled with alarmist and cringe-worthy biases that make it hard to want to stay informed. GLOP takes their firm, unapologetic center-right stance and cuts through the kerfluffle of media ratings to bring you a genuine picture of what is important and why in our world today. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these guys.

To listen to GLOP or any of these podcasts, simply download the podcast app from iTunes and search the name of the station. Tap the cloud icon to download directly to your phone so you don’t have to use internet to listen later. For great articles to also keep yourself informed in the information age, check out Jonah Goldberg’s works at National Review Online as well as his personal newsletter called the “G-File.”

Next up, economics doesn’t have to scary, but sometimes it can be a little freaky.