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Thinking Is Cool
What if we all stopped to think a little harder? To have conversations with each other? What might the world look like? I’m Kinsey Grant and together, we’re gonna find out.
1 day ago
The retail investing revolution is here (Ft. Public)
Investing isn’t the old rich dudes’ game anymore. It’s yours, it’s mine, it’s everyone’s. But what are the ramifications of this rapid democratization of investing, this revolutionary tide change in the stock market? What happens in the post-meme stonk world, one in which the definition of “investor” looks nothing like it did a decade ago? What might our investing habits and goals mean for platforms and their responsibility? And most importantly...is it better to have meme-stocked and lost than to never have stocked at all? On this episode of Thinking Is Cool created in partnership with Public.com, we’re finding out. Public.com is a free investing social network app that allows you to both own parts of the companies you believe in and share ideas about your investing strategy with your community. I’m a fan and an active user (follow me here). Download the app today or sign up online at Public.com with the code STAYCOOL to receive $10 in free stock. Just remember: This offer is valid for U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to join. Visit Public.com/disclosures/ for more information. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram and hey while you’re here might as well sign up for my newsletter.
Sep 13, 2021
Cyborgs Are People Too: The Apple Story
Alternate episode titles: One Bad Apple Ruins the Whole of Humankind? Our iPhones, Our Selves? Hard to pick just one when the company in question has changed so much about the ways we interact with technology and with each other. Today, we’re raising the mythical curtain on Apple, a company that needs no introduction...but also lays claim to a history that most certainly might surprise you. In four storied decades, Apple has transformed the world and its inhabitants. But how? And has it all been for better? Or for worse? Listen to today’s episode to figure it all out together. Some very important thank yous: * To Christopher Mims, the Wall Street Journal technology journalist and author of the forthcoming (reallllly forthcoming like coming out September 14) book Arriving Today. * To Fundrise, which is Thinking Is Cool’s Season 2 presenting sponsor. And to you! For listening! And hopefully for sharing! You’re the best.
Sep 7, 2021
Why do people do drugs?
People do drugs. They do drugs for tons of reasons. They also don’t do drugs for tons of reasons. Some people do drugs to feel better or to feel smarter or to feel more focused in a chaotic world. Some people do drugs to get outside their own mind. Some people do drugs to treat ailments traditional medicine ignores. We all have different reasons and different highs. But the truth of the matter is this: Today, you’re hard-pressed to find anyone wearing one of those DARE “just say no” t-shirts without being drenched in irony. We’re not a society of “just say no” anymore. We’re a society that’s becoming increasingly comfortable talking about (and even legalizing) drug use. There’s an opportunity there—if we can do this right. So how do we use this moment—and our increasingly chill attitudes toward appropriate and safe drug use—to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself? Let’s think about it. Who you'll hear from this episode: Many of them preferred to keep their full names private, which...respect, seeing as this was all about doing drugs. So you’ll hear from several friends—Ben, Shardul, and Kelly. Additionally, I had the privilege of speaking with justice reform advocate Ashish Prashar. I also drew a lot of inspiration from Michael Pollan, whose work you can check out here. We have some astonishingly good partners this season: Learn more about our presenting sponsor, Fundrise, here. And learn more about Massican here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram and hey while you’re here might as well sign up for my newsletter.
Aug 30, 2021
Should Greek life exist?
There’s a wildly popular, deeply powerful institution in the United States that breeds racism, classism, and elitism among young people and desperately needs to be dismantled. Want to guess what it is? If you guessed it had to do with Natty Light, potential cult behavior, and 19-year-olds on power trips...you guessed right. Today, I’m exploring the impacts and implications of Greek life in the United States, both the good and the bad. You might be able to guess what conclusion I come to about Greek life based on that first sentence, but what should we build in its place? How can we give young people room to socialize and gain leadership experience without...ya know...people dying? We’re about to find out. We have some astonishingly good partners this season: Learn more about our presenting sponsor, Fundrise, here. And learn more about Pluto here.
Aug 23, 2021
It’s a love story baby just swipe right
Modern love is messy, complicated, heart-wrenching, beautiful, and above all else? Online. Today on Thinking Is Cool (which happens to be the Season 2 premiere just sayin’), we’re exploring the ways our modern interpretations of meeting people might force us to hold a mirror up to all of our relationships—with each other, and more importantly, with technology. Why do dating apps have such a stigma? Why do we think they suck so much? Why are our expectations so flawed? And what can we do differently? Join in, listen, get introspective, and have some fun. Because thinking is cool and so are you. Who you'll hear from this episode: * Lindsey Metselaar, host of the podcast We Met at Acme * Josh Kaplan, co-founder of Thinking Is Cool and reluctant Hinge user * Michael Fundora, close friend and honest confidant * Coleman Baker, boyfriend We have some astonishingly good partners this season: Learn more about our presenting sponsor, Fundrise, here. And learn more about Massican here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram and hey while you’re here might as well sign up for my newsletter.
Aug 20, 2021
Welcome to Season 2 of Thinking Is Cool
Thinking Is Cool is back. This show is all about making your next conversation better than your last, and this season there’s no shortage of thought-provoking topics for discourse on tap: dating apps, homelessness, Greek life, living forever, and so many more. If Season 1 of this show was about finding my footing, Season 2 of this show is about hitting my stride. You might agree with me. You might disagree with me. You might feel impassioned to change something. But no matter what, I’m making a promise now: bangers only. So hit that subscribe button, send Thinking Is Cool to a friend, and get ready to get thoughtful. Nothing is off limits. Everything is on the table. Take it anywhere. And remember...thinking is cool and so are you. Sign up for my newsletter here. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
Aug 10, 2021
Continuing the Conversation: Quinn CEO Caroline Spiegel on porn, pleasure, and random things that are hot
Porn is back. Season 1 of Thinking Is Cool was all about considering generation-defining issues, big topics, and sources for thoughtful conversation. My first episode of this show was about making a better porn industry—but it was also about pleasure, social norms, getting comfortable being uncomfortable, and engineering ethical industries. Those are all ideas that we can’t cover completely in one 38 minute podcast episode. So today, we’re kicking off a new project from Thinking Is Cool called Continuing the Conversation. The point is to get people to continue talking about big topics...they’re not a flash in the pan, and this will show why that is. Continuing the Conversation starts with Caroline Spiegel, the CEO of the audio erotica company Quinn. We’re talking about how the porn industry changes for the better and the ways consumers (read: all of us) can expedite that evolution. Here are some of the questions Caroline and I answer: * What are traditional porn’s biggest shortcomings? * How has the internet changed the way we get off? * Why can’t we assign value to the concept of pleasure—plain and simple? * Where do we most observe the impacts (positive and negative) of the sex positivity and sexual wellness movements in the world of porn? * How do you know when something is porn? * What are the realities of creating a truly good porn product—the Netflix of porn, if you will? And those are just the big ones—we’re also comparing porn to fast food, considering why some people watch porn for the plot, listing the random things people do that are inexplicably hot, and more. Listen now...but maybe make sure you’ve listened to Thinking Is Cool’s porn episode first. Do that here.
Jul 19, 2021
How Facebook destroyed us all
Even if you only use it as a means of remembering high school acquaintances' birthdays, Facebook changed your life and the world around you. That’s just a fact. This company—one that has in so many ways revolutionized technology and media and brought the world closer together—has also eroded democracy, engendered a dangerous new world of social mores, and not cared much for any of the negative externalities associated with becoming the fastest company ever to reach a $1 trillion valuation. Today, we examine how Facebook, the king of the tech monopoly castle, has changed the world...both for better and for worse. A note from our sponsor HMBradley: Deposit accounts are provided by Hatch Bank, Member FDIC. Go to www.hmbradley.com/apys to see current rates and the full Savings Tiers terms and conditions. The HMBradley Credit Card is subject to credit approval. The HMBradley Credit Card is issued by Hatch Bank under a license from Mastercard. Go to www.hmbradley.com/credit-card-terms to learn more about the Cash Back Rewards Program. This is a paid endorsement. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to my newsletter.
Jul 12, 2021
Is the new normal finally here?
The Great Reopening, the Roaring 20s, the Summer of Love. It’s here. We’re learning to cope with a new reality in the post-Covid era. But...how exactly are we supposed to do that? This week on Thinking Is Cool, we’re figuring it out together. It’s not easy to bounce back from a worldwide pandemic that claimed some 600,000 lives in the United States alone. It’s not simple to reintegrate into society after spending the better part of the last year distanced, both socially and mentally. But also… It’s incredibly gratifying to find yourself finally bellied up to the bar in a crowded hotspot after months of wishing for that sweet, sweet moment when you order a vodka soda with lime—hell, make it a double. It’s emotional, almost, to see hordes of people young and old filling the streets after months of that desolate reality we all endured when the bulk of traffic on 5th Avenue was Doordash drivers. We’ve all lived through an unparalleled experience, and now we’re all working through the excitement of coming back, the application of shifted perspectives, the anxiety of typical socialization. And we need to talk about it. So that’s what we’re doing this week on Thinking Is Cool—considering the ways this last year has changed people, places, and priorities, plus the ways those three interact. Let’s get personal. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter. A note from our sponsor, HMBradley: Deposit accounts are provided by Hatch Bank, Member FDIC. Go to www.hmbradley.com/apys to see current rates and the full Savings Tiers terms and conditions and www.hmbradley.com/tier-boost-terms to learn more about the HMBradley Deposit Account Savings Tier Boost Promotion. The HMBradley Credit Card is subject to credit approval. The HMBradley Credit Card is issued by Hatch Bank under a license from Mastercard. Go to www.hmbradley.com/credit-card-terms to learn more about the Cash Back Rewards Program. This is a paid endorsement.
Jul 6, 2021
How to become a billionaire
It's not worth getting dressed this summer if you're not wearing Thinking Is Cool merch. Buy some here. There are 2,755 billionaires in the world, which means 0.00000035% of us have three commas in our net worth. Despite that, those with the power to accumulate wealth are often those with the power, period. Because of that, we need to hold the ultra wealthy accountable. How did they build their wealth? How have they held onto their wealth, often for generations? What responsibilities do they bear given their place in societal and economic structures? They’re questions worth answering, so today we’ll attempt to do just that. I’ll tell you how to become a billionaire—and by the end of the episode, you’ll have the answer to a much bigger question: Should billionaires exist? Listen to find out. Sign up for Teddy's newsletter that explores the land of the modern billionaire here. A note from HMBradley: Deposit accounts are provided by Hatch Bank, Member FDIC. Go to www.hmbradley.com/apys to see current rates and the full Savings Tiers terms and conditions and www.hmbradley.com/tier-boost-terms to learn more about the HMBradley Deposit Account Savings Tier Boost Promotion. The HMBradley Credit Card is subject to credit approval. The HMBradley Credit Card is issued by Hatch Bank under a license from Mastercard. Go to www.hmbradley.com/credit-card-terms to learn more about the Cash Back Rewards Program. This is a paid endorsement. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter.
Jun 28, 2021
Politics is broken & you’re gonna fix it
All it takes is a positive attitude and a little elbow grease, right? Well, that...plus an enormous rethinking of the ways we incentivize political action and voting in the world’s most storied democracy. Nothing we can’t handle in a podcast episode. This week on Thinking Is Cool, I’m exploring the future of political parties as we work to evolve past where we are today—at a point of extreme and even dangerous fracturing along party lines. Because this—hyperpartisanship and the gridlock and vitriol it breeds—is a problem that urgently needs solving, and talking about it is how we start. This episode is about recognizing the horrors of our shared reality, but also finding the ways to move forward toward something better. It’s about the means by which we’ve become so shockingly extreme in our political views on both sides of the aisle...but also what we might be able to pull off to again find commonality in legislating. It’s about building something better. Learning…
Jun 21, 2021
Is bitcoin the future of everything?
Today on Thinking Is Cool, we’re together taking on the sisyphean task of finding out. Here’s a spoiler: The answer is a big fat maybe. Because like all good things in life, the answer is simple—it depends. Cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and decentralization have the potential to be a lot of things: the future of global currency systems, the future of the internet, the future of wealth building, and more. But it’ll take more than just adding laser eyes to your Twitter profile picture to bring those possibilities into the realm of reality. This week on Thinking Is Cool, we’re exploring what else we need to grasp to keep hold of the freer, fairer, and better future crypto has promised us. Here’s who you’ll hear from. And sidenote—I love this episode’s guests. They’re the kind of people you get off the phone with and think, “yeah...I could definitely get a beer with that person.” * Joe Wiesenthal, the co-host of the Odd Lots podcast and “What'd Yo…
Jun 14, 2021
The girlboss has left the chat
These days, which have been more populated with critiques of late-stage capitalism than most, the girlboss is facing a reckoning for one major reason: Instead of reinventing a system that put her down, she learned to play by the rules of her oppressors. What does that mean for the future of our social and economic frameworks? This week on Thinking Is Cool, we’re going to find out. What you can expect from this episode of Thinking Is Cool: * An exploration of the archetypical girlboss character and how she ascended to such power * Context and insight from women who’ve certainly avoided the trappings of girlbossery at a masterful level * Some digs at men I’ve worked with before (yolo) * The inspiration (I think! And hope!) to reconsider the ways we tend to put each other in boxes, regardless of gender identity We’ve got some really great insight in this episode thanks to two women who are all boss, no girlboss. Here are the guests in this episode: * Molly Maloney i…
Jun 6, 2021
Your move (and what it says about you)
There’s no such thing as a city with livability, hype, affordable apartments, proximity to talent and money, and good food and people watching. But that’s never stopped us from attempting to find it. The last year especially, we’ve been on the hunt for a new hub city here in the US as the post-Covid world opens up. In that search, long-held systems (both economic and social) have been uprooted—people who swore they’d never leave the Bay Area flocked to Miami like it was nothing. New Yorkers whose entire personality was being a New Yorker jumped on the first flight to Austin. Moving patterns have been undoubtedly accelerated in the last 12 or so months. I don’t need to tell you that (Twitter probably already has). But what do those moves mean for economies, local and national, and the ways they’re built? Today, we’re finding out by examining four of this country’s potential hubs: Austin, Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Pack your bags. We’re gonna have som…
May 30, 2021
Can you fix climate change?
Probably not :( :( but it doesn’t mean you don’t have a part to play in mitigating the likelihood of climate disaster! This week on Thinking Is Cool, I’m exploring the ways we as individuals can engineer a world that’s both livable and worth living in for future generations. Because at our current rate of environmental degradation, that’s looking harder and harder. So what can you—someone who’s neither Joe Biden nor Greta Thunberg—do to ensure the world doesn’t go up in flames by the time you retire to Naples in a few decades? I’ve got an idea or two. Listen to find out what they are. Who you’ll hear from this episode: * James Casey, my cool college environmental economics professor * David Wallace-Wells, the cool climate writer Professor Casey turned me on to five years back Listen if you’re looking for a little hope and a lot of insight. Remember, thinking is cool and so are you. Season 1 of Thinking Is Cool is brought to you by HMBradley, our exclus…
May 23, 2021
The Barstool Case Study
What might Barstool Sports—a company thoroughly emblematic of the feverish nature of our modern, digital world—teach us about ethics? More than you might expect. Here’s what you can expect in this episode of Thinking Is Cool: * A nuanced conversation about ethics, morals, and the ways late-stage capitalism has encouraged us to apply them to corporate entities * Lots of dunking on Barstool’s idiot in chief Dave Portnoy...plus some shoutouts to the people working at Barstool who are actually not dumb or bad or dangerous * Commentary on the inherent privilege of casting moral judgement against a potential employer * A look at what really goes down in my DMs There’s a lot to unpack with this one, and I don’t think the conversation around good vs. bad, ethical vs. unethical, or moral vs. immoral will ever really be over. So do me a favor. Go have a conversation with someone about Barstool and the role of ethics in the corporate world. You won’t regret it. This week…
May 16, 2021
How to make porn suck less
My name is Kinsey Grant and I want better porn. Well, more specifically, I want a more ethical, more enjoyable, and safer adult entertainment industry, one that works for everyone. Because everyone likes to get off. How you get there, though, is up to you. You might be into seeking out adult content that’s made ethically, with both porn star and porn consumer in mind...or you might be into supporting mega-monopolies that systemically undercut creators and engender unsafe environments for all. Different strokes, right? For me, it’s ethical and fair creation and consumption of adult entertainment that really revs my engine. This episode, we’re exploring how “ethical and fair” become the norm. Who you’ll hear from this episode: * Cindy Gallop, the Michael Bay of Business (she likes to blow shit up) and founder and CEO of Make Love Not Porn * Dr. Heather Berg, a feminist studies scholar writing about labor, sexuality, and social struggle. Also a professor of Women, Gend…
May 12, 2021
Welcome to Thinking Is Cool
What if we all stopped to think a little harder? To have conversations without getting combative? To be honest and give ourselves time and space for nuance? What might the world look like? I’m Kinsey Grant and together, we’re gonna find out. Welcome to Thinking Is Cool. My promise to you: Thinking Is Cool will make your next conversation better than your last. And that’s important—because conversations have the power to solve problems, connect people and generations, and root us in what really matters. Smash that MF subscribe button to get in on the action—a killer new episode of Thinking Is Cool every Monday. And go to thinkingiscool.com to sign up for my newsletter and blog <3 Welcome to the party. Everything is on the table. Nothing is off limits. Take it anywhere. And remember, thinking is cool and so are you.