Because Jon Stewart is about the sharpest, most righteous guy out there, his chosen “The Daily Show” successor a couple of years ago — the South African, Trevor Noah — had to be a pretty interesting character.
But why him? What’s his story?
Well, now I know — he just spent 8 hours telling me his story* . . . Trevor Noah: Born A Crime — and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yours free if new to Audible.com.
Or you could read it with your eyeballs, but you’d lose his amazing delivery.
Either way: Don’t miss it.
Or this piece in Foreign Affairs, “How America Lost Faith In Expertise,” by Tom Nichols, which begins:
In 2014, following the Russian invasion of Crimea, The Washington Post published the results of a poll that asked Americans about whether the United States should intervene militarily in Ukraine. Only one in six could identify Ukraine on a map; the median response was off by about 1,800 miles. But this lack of knowledge did not stop people from expressing pointed views. In fact, the respondents favored intervention in direct proportion to their ignorance. Put another way, the people who thought Ukraine was located in Latin America or Australia were the most enthusiastic about using military force there. . . .
*Only, I listened at 1.25X speed, so just 6.4 hours.
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SOCIAL SECURITY: The very first check, for $22.54, was paid in 1940 to a Vermont woman who had paid $22 in Social Security taxes. By the time she died, in 1974, aged 100, she had collected $20,944.42.~.
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