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Ernest Scheyder | Mining The Cobalt, Lithium, Copper & Rare Earths To Electrify The Economy
Mar 19 2024
Ernest Scheyder | Mining The Cobalt, Lithium, Copper & Rare Earths To Electrify The Economy
🎙️: https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/shareCurious Worldview Podcast - #170 w/ Ernest Scheyder On AppleCurious Worldview Podcast - #170 w/ Ernest Scheyder On Spotifyhttps://atlasgeographica.com/ernest-scheyder/Ernest Scheyder runs directly towards the impossible trade-offs of mining in the ‘War Below’...The electrification of the economy is on the one hand very good. It means we can move away from consuming the carbon rich oil into our atmosphere… but it also means that we are going to need way more other stuff from the under the ground than we currently even know about. It will require mining 100’s of more sacred sites and 100’s of more beautiful vistas. Copper, lithium, cobalt and literally 100’s of other rare earths are all necessary components of batteries, electric cars, trucks, boats, even leaf-blowers… and this for a scale for 8 billion, soon to be 9 billion people…If a sacred religious sight is built atop enough copper to secure your domestic supply… should you mine it?If thousands of tonnes of lithium is built under a unique flower, almost certain to go extinct if you extract… should you do it?And if you decide to play by environmental rules while everyone doesn’t… are you doing what’s right in the short term at the cost of whats best in the long?These questions consume the book, and as well, this conversation.So here is a veteran energy journalist for Rueters, and author of the War Below… Ernest Scheyder.War Below – Ernest Scheyder00:00 – Understanding Ernest Scheyder’s ‘War Below’02:54 – Daniel Yergin & Geothermal Energy05:21 – It’s Trade-Off’s All The Way Down (Mining, Policy Hypocrisy)28:08 – Ernest’s Hesitation To Offer His Opinion36:10 – Waste, Death & Bi-Products Of Mining54:19 – Greenwashing & Child Labour1:06:16 – Appreciation For The Miners1:08:58 – Economic Protectionism1:11:18 – Robert Friedland1:12:36 – Final 3 Questions… Serendipity, Fictional Character, Country Bullish OnCurious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeGeothermal Starter PackErik Townsend – Energy TransitionInvestigative Journalist Starter PackInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg
Jon Lee Anderson | A Life in Adventure & Journalism... From Che Guevara To The New Yorker
Mar 5 2024
Jon Lee Anderson | A Life in Adventure & Journalism... From Che Guevara To The New Yorker
🎙️: https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/shareCurious Worldview Podcast - #169 w/ Jon Lee Anderson On AppleCurious Worldview Podcast - #169 w/ Jon Lee Anderson On Spotifyhttps://atlasgeographica.com/jon-lee-anderson/I once responded to a question in a grant application that the people I admired most were great adventurers, great writers and great journalists… the kicker naturally being, that the best was a combination of all three!Well, in Jon Lee Anderson we have an exemplar for all three of those labels.Listens past 10 minutes and you will see the adventurer, listen to the details of how he put together Che’s biography and you will understand the journalist but then to top it all off, read anything Jon Lee’s written and you will understand the great writer. This was a mighty moment for the podcast. I managed to hide my nerves behind a facade of professionalism… but Jon and I ended up spending more than 4 hours together as we inhabited a closed, cold, empty drinkers club on a January London morning. Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker Staff WriterChe: A Revolutionary Life00:00 – Who Is Jon Lee Anderson02:20 – On The Same Stage Julian Assange Launched Wikileaks.05:50 – 13 Year Old Runaway Vagabond In East Africa.22:15 – Is Risk Necessary For It To Be An Adventure?26:03 – Discovering A Part Of The World For The First Time.32:44 – Serendipity & Jon Lee On Religion & Evil.40:20 – First Bi-Line At The Lima Times.47:37 – Jon Lee Reflects On His Upbringing & How He Thinks About Being A Father.53:54 – Che Guevara.1:24:00 – There’s No More Revolutionaries, Only Narcos…1:32:45 – Haiti.1:35:48 – What Does Jon Lee Admire Most & Least About Che Guevara?1:45:48 – What Doors Do The New Yorker Open?1:46:47 – Christopher Hitchens.1:51:50 – Next Generation Of Journalists & Media Landscape They Inherit.1:58:07 – Jon Lee Anderson Autobiography.2:00:24 – Country Jon Lee Is Bullish On.Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeJournalist Starter Pack – All Journalists Who Have Appeared On The PodcastExplorers Starter Pack – All Explorers Who Have Appeared On The PodcastDavid Grann – Lost City Of Z, New YorkerInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg
Patrick Watts | The End Of The American Empire
Feb 21 2024
Patrick Watts | The End Of The American Empire
🎙️: https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/shareCurious Worldview Podcast - #168 w/ Patrick Watts On AppleCurious Worldview Podcast - #168 w/ Patrick Watts On Spotify✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribehttps://atlasgeographica.com/patrick-watts/The following is with Patrick Watts who is one hell of an interesting fella, this was a really fun episode to record!The podcast is about the themes from his debut book, The End Of The American Empire. The End Of The American Empire – UK AmazonThe End Of The American Empire – US AmazonIt’s just come out in US and UK markets, so don’t hesitate a second to go and get it. Amazon link is in the description… this is a self published book from Patrick, so my hope is that the curious worldview audience will really make a difference in moving the needle here.00:00 – Who Is Patrick Watts01:23 – US Politics (Biden, Culture & Trump)11:23 – Theory Of Rhetoric13:49 – Patrick Watts… Self Confessed Americanophile17:54 – Distinction Between An Empire & State21:33 – Behind The Scenes Self Publishing47:58 – John Perkins & Confessions Of An Economic Hitman54:25 – Why Empires Have Fallen Throughout History1:16:49 – 50% Of Pregnancies In The US Are Unplanned1:19:13 – US Is The Most Mediciated Citizenry On Earth1:20:13 – What Does A Collapse Of The American Empire Look Like?1:33:30 – Serendipity In Patrick’s Life1:45:35 – Favourite Fictional Character & Country Particularly Bullish OnCurious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeGeopolitics Starter PackJohn Perkins & Confessions Of An Economic Hitman🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhoggInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/
Bill Browder | The Threat Of Putin Assassination + State Of Russian Culture & Russian Economy
Feb 16 2024
Bill Browder | The Threat Of Putin Assassination + State Of Russian Culture & Russian Economy
🎙️: https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/shareCurious Worldview Podcast - #167 w/ Bill Browder On AppleCurious Worldview Podcast - #167 w/ Bill Browder On Spotify✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribeBill Browder is back for his #2 appearance on the pod!This was recorded in his London offices, and builds upon the themes from our first conversation.Bill discusses the very real threat of assassination by both Putin and China. He lays out his Rouges Gallery of both nations and individuals and offers what is a rather desolate and grim picture of the Russian culture and economy.Bill Browder is the author of Red Notice & Freezing Order.Red Notice is one of my favourite autobiographies. It is an incredible story from how Bill went from the descendent of one of America’s most famous communists to becoming one of the most famous capitalists in Russia. At Hermitage Capital’s peak (Bill’s investment firm) he was the largest source of Western Capital in Post-Soviet Russia… his experiences around the voucher system alone make the book a must read. Or podcast a must listen ;)00:00 - Safety & Threat Of Assassination08:00 - Long Term Impact On Russian Culture17:22 - Current State Of The Russian Economy?21:46 - The Global Magnitzky Act26:46 - Bill Browder's Rouges Gallery & Anti Rouges GalleryCurious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeJim Henry – Blood BankersDesmond Shum - Red RouletteJohn Perkins – Confessions Of An Economic HitmanNic Shaxson – The Tools Of The Offshore AccountantBradley Hope – Jho Low & 1MDB Financial FraudNathan Lynch – Money Laundering In AustraliaOliver Bullough – MoneylandPodcast Starter Pack – Offshore Finance🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhoggInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/
Anna Sundberg | Wife Of A Jihadist... Radicalisation To Atheism In Extremist Islam
Feb 2 2024
Anna Sundberg | Wife Of A Jihadist... Radicalisation To Atheism In Extremist Islam
🎙️: https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/shareCurious Worldview Podcast - #135 w/ Anna Sundberg On AppleCurious Worldview Podcast - #135 w/ Anna Sundberg On Spotify✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribeAnna Sundberg co-authored a book of memoirs titled ‘My Beloved Terrorist’.This book is an incredible and rare story of how a young woman from Halmstad, who is otherwise your ABBA stereotype of a blonde swede with blue eyes, became radicalised in Islam and ultimately married the jihadist terrorist leader, Said Arif, who was captured by the Syrian secret police and had included in his network, the likes of Osama Bin Laden. This is the first time she’s ever told this story in english and following the central timeline of her experiences she answers questions about why Islam was even compelling at all the first place, secular Sweden, how steeply and quickly one can become radicalised, a day in the life of a jihadist wife, living in Chechnya, Syria, Berlin, being an extremist muslim in all these places and Sweden, re-entry into Sweden, De-Radicalisation, culture and more.00:00 – Who Is Anna Sundberg01:42 – Formative Experiences & Sweden Back In The Day10:42 – Becoming Radicalised22:47 – Feelings Of Regret & Wanting To Escape25:59 – Back To The Timeline & Extremely Conservative Islam1:00:38 – Taking A Break1:01:01 – Discovering Your Husband Was A Terrorist1:11:07 – Day In The Life Of A Jihadist Wife – Leading Up To 9/11 – Moving To Syria1:53:57 – Leaving Islam, Back In Sweden – Losing Faith2:14:26 – Re-Entry Into Sweden & De-Radicalisation2:40:25 – Discussing Swedish Culture & Whether Anyone Can Become Radicalised🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/anna-sundberg/Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeDiamant SalihuMartin SchibbyeInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg
Matthew Friedman | The Geography Of Human Trafficking & Slavery Today
Nov 13 2023
Matthew Friedman | The Geography Of Human Trafficking & Slavery Today
🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/matthew-friedman/This is a podcast about human trafficking and modern slavery.The guest is Matthew Friedman, and he is the CEO of the Mekong Club, which is an organisation that mobilises the private sector to take action against human trafficking and modern slavery.In this conversation, Matthew reveals unsettling story after unsettling story of human trafficking, modern slavery and scams. And in and among it all, he explains how it could be possible that today there are more slaves than has ever been before.Time Stamps For Matthew Friedman00:00 - Introduction01:32 - Horrific Story From Nepal/India05:25 - UN Versus NGO's Versus Private Sector11:19 - There Is More Slavery Today Than There Ever Has Been15:40 - What Does Matthew Do To Stop Resentment?20:25 - How Are Slavery Statistics Collected?22:30 - How Does Rising Middle Class In Developing Economies Affect These Numbers?28:50 - Pig Butchering & Harmcore38:56 - Coming Face To Face With The Criminals46:50 - The Role Of Offshore Finance & Money Laundering52:40 - The Geography Of All Of This1:00:10 - Red Light District In Amsterdam & 'Taken' & Jeffrey Epstein1:11:30 - Africa1:14:20 - China & Specific Example Of Manufacturers Exploiting Slavery & Greenwashing1:29:30 - Role Of Serendipity In Matthew Friedman's Life & Bullish Country & Conversation Between 2 People🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhoggCurious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeInvestigative Journalism Starter PackMartin Schibbye - Cards Of Qatar
Desmond Shum | Climbing To The Peak Of China's Business Elite & Fleeing Before Being Disappeared
Oct 4 2023
Desmond Shum | Climbing To The Peak Of China's Business Elite & Fleeing Before Being Disappeared
✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736After climbing the peak of China's Elite, Desmond Shum had to flee his country of birth out of fear of being disappeared. He was on the inside of the political apparatus along with his former wife, a multi billionaire who would later go on to be disappeared, and together, but in the years before they built their empire of the backs of being cosy with the most powerful elites right up the tippy top of the CCP mountains-cape. These relationships coupled with an incredible ambition and nouse for business led Desmond to multiple business deals that were not only extremely lucrative, but also interesting as a case study into the tide lifting all boats phenomenon that was a booming china ins the early 2000’s.00:00 – Introduction05:13 - Dealing With Abuse & The Chinese Caste System16:39 - Status, Vanity, Social Awareness & How Desmond Used It To His Advantage31:13 - Navigating China's Politics & Attention To Detail37:19 - Corruption & Guanxi49:13 - Desmond's Lifestyle When He Was At The Top53:48 - Dynastic Wealth & Desmond's Relationship With Whitney & His Son58:58 - Whitney's Disappearance1:04:13 - Whitney's Elite Guanxi1:12:18 - Desmonds Biggest Deals & The Tide That Lifts All Boats1:26:13 - Whitney's Disappearance1:29:28 - How Rich Chinese Hide Their Money  1:38:03 - Does Desmond Still Feared Being Disappeared?1:39:23 - Fallout After Publishing Book & Discussing Jack Ma1:45:43 - China's Future1:47:23 - 'I Signed My Life Away When I Decided To Publish The Book'🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/desmond-shum/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg
Tim Butcher | Charles Taylor, Liberia, Sierre Leone & Voodoo Magic
Sep 22 2023
Tim Butcher | Charles Taylor, Liberia, Sierre Leone & Voodoo Magic
✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736Tim Butcher returns to the podcast with another incredible journey through an African nation.The first time Tim appeared he spoke about his adventures through the Congo, weaving a story of an incredibly rich and beautiful country that is nonetheless un-developing. It remains easily one of my favourite episodes I’ve ever had the privilege to record. Tim, this time around takes us through his month long journey through Liberia and Sierre Leone. He wrote a book about it called Chasing The Devil, and as the title alludes, a big part of the journey was trying to come to terms with the voodoo, black magic and devil worship that he encounters along the way. Much like his Congo trip, Tim again is journeying in the footsteps of a great writer who had gone before him. In the case of Liberia it is the famous author and journalists, Graham Greene.00:00 – Introduction02:10 – What Is Good Writing & What Is Good Speaking?34:13 – Graham Greene & Liberia54:10 – Charles Taylor & The Devil Worship Of West Africa1:16:58 – The Journey Through Liberia1:37:45 – Geographical Determinism1:51:27 – The Kleptocracy Of Liberia & Africa More Broadly2:11:54 – Country You Are Most Bullish On2:17:31 – Cricket Chat🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/tim-butcher-chasing-the-devil/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeTim MarshallTim Butcher – Blood River Through The CongoJames Robinson – Why Nations Fail
Norman Ohler | Methamphetamines, Cocaine, The Nazi's & Hitler In WWII - Blitzed
Jul 20 2023
Norman Ohler | Methamphetamines, Cocaine, The Nazi's & Hitler In WWII - Blitzed
✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736Norman Ohler is a German screenwriter, author and journalist.Norman is most widely known as the author of Blitzed, an incredible book that documents the role of Pervatin (methamphetamine) and drugs during Nazi Germany and WWII.In this podcast with Norman, you can expect to hear about…The moment of serendipity that lead to writing blitzed in the first place.A bit about the crazy debauchery of Berlin pre WWII.A brief history on drug synthesis including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and even Aspirin.The prevalence of meth in the nazi army and as well Hitlers codependency on his doctor.Norman addresses some of the criticism of the book.+ as well he speaks about what the overall lesson is he hopes people take away from reading the book.00:00 – Introduction03:30 – Wim Wenders & Normans Eclectic Nature11:58 – The Moment Of Serendipity That Lead To Blitzed17:37 – Criticism Of The Book19:35 – History Of Debauchery In Berlin, Methamphetamines & Hypocrisy Of Nazi Puritans34:52 – Bayer Developed Heroin, Merk Developed Cocaine & Germans Invented Most Drugs43:10 – Methamphetamines In The Nazi Army + Hitler & His Codependency With Morel1:09:00 – What Lesson Does Norman Ohler Want People To Read From The Book?1:15:02 – Surprised By The Success Of The Book?1:18:12 – Serendipity & Conversation Between Any Two People Of History🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/norman-ohler/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeDavid De Jong
Mitchell Prothero | Cocaine, Guns, Narco States & Dirty Money In Europe
Jun 28 2023
Mitchell Prothero | Cocaine, Guns, Narco States & Dirty Money In Europe
✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736Gateway By Project Brazen - Listen NowMitchell Prothero is a war correspondent and two time bureau chief in Iraq for both UPI and McClathcy Newspapper’s. He is a senior writer at VICE news, has written for Buzzfeed, and is now, the host of gateway, Project Brazen’s latest series which is guns, cocaine and dirty money in Europe.This is truly one of the most fascinating and important stories happening in northern Europe at the moment. As Europe as a continent  is set too, apparently, overtake the USA as the gross largest consumer of cocaine in the world. And along with the increase in consumption comes the requisite increase in violence, corruption, money laundering and other criminal networks that the scale and money behind cocaine enables.Time Stamps For Mitchell Prothero00:00 – Introduction01:54 – From Covering ISIS To Cocaine05:49 – Anecdotes With Christopher Hitchens12:05 – Deep Diving Into The Cocaine Wars Of Europe – Mafia, Violence & Narco States?36:59 – The Role Of Globalisation In All Of This + The Question Of Legalisation1:00:34 – The Stigma Around Cocaine1:08:08 – More On Cocaine In Europe + Who Are The Keyser Söze’s?1:29:12 – Who Is Mitchell Prothero & What Is This Project (Where To Find Him)🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/mitchell-prothero/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ryanfhogg/Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeBradley HopeNicky WoolfChristopher TurnerJustin ScheckGateway By Project Brazen
Erik Townsend | Macrovoices, Energy Transition, Geothermal, USD Reserve Currency, Running A Hedge Fund & Making Millions In Software
May 8 2023
Erik Townsend | Macrovoices, Energy Transition, Geothermal, USD Reserve Currency, Running A Hedge Fund & Making Millions In Software
✍︎: https://curiousworldview.beehiiv.com/subscribe🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736When I started this podcast I made a list of 20 or so names that were titled ‘Dream Guests’. Erik Townsend has dipped his toe into several disparate worlds. He made millions as a software entrepreneur in the 90s, retired onto a yacht in his 30s, has lived all over the world, even managed a hedge fund, and has since built one of the strongest media platforms in finance – Macrovoices.  In the following conversation, the topics that we spoke about include the following…Erik’s Formative ExperiencesThe Why & How Behind Erik’s Energy Transition DocumentaryWhy Peter Zeihan & Nassim Taleb Have Yet To Appear On MacrovoicesBehind The Scenes Of MacrovoicesUSD Reserve Currency & Serendipity-----00:00 – Introduction02:00 – Early Life & Formative Experiences16:26 – Something Obvious To Erik That Isn’t Obvious To Anyone Else20:35 – Putting Together Erik’s Energy Documentary (+ Nuclear Bull Case)54:00 – Geothermal Energy1:02:00 – Why Hasn’t Peter Zeihan Been On Macrovoices?1:05:20 – Macrovoices Was Created As A Stealth Marketing Strategy To Promote The Hedge Fund1:16:18 – Dream Guests For Macrovoices (Nassim Taleb)1:20:00 – Significance Of The USD Being The Worlds Reserve Currency1:32:00 – Ethics Of Tax Evasion & Offshore Finance1:42:00 – The Role Of Serendipity In Erik’s Life1:51:15 – Country You Are Most Bullish On2:00:00 – Conversation Between Any Two People Of History2:02:00 – Message Of Admiration To Erik🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhogg✍️: https://atlasgeographica.com/erik-townsend/Curious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeGeothermal Energy Starter PackOffshore Finance & Financial Secrecy Starter PackEconomics & Economic Development Starter Pack
Miki Mistrati | Child Slavery Is Rife Throughout The Chocolate Supply Chain
Apr 12 2023
Miki Mistrati | Child Slavery Is Rife Throughout The Chocolate Supply Chain
🎙️: A Curious Worldview Podcast - https://curiousworldview.buzzsprout.com/1485736🎙️: https://atlasgeographica.com/miki-mistrati/The following is with Miki Mistrati – a Danish investigative journalist who has spent a career uncovering cases of child slavery and the child labour rife throughout the chocolate supply chain.He just released his new film on the matter titled ‘Chocolate Wars’ which is available on Amazon Prime.Something horrific at the core of chocolate is just how easily and reliably Miki uncovered horrific stories of child theft and child labour upon every visit he made to Africa’s west coast.-----00:00 – Introduction03:05 – The Chocolate Supply Chain In Reverse11:41 – Consistency In Dirty Supply Chains18:29 – The Most Egregious Actor In The Chocolate Supply Chain24:29 – Why It’s So Hard To Regulate The Chocolate Industry?36:16 – Corruption & How The Industry Has Changed45:43 – Dangers Of Reporting Child Slave Labour54:42 – Horrific Child Slavery Stories & The BS Of Fair Trade1:07:13 – Tonys Chocoloney1:10:20 – Problem Of Disappearing Children1:14:07 – Naming & Shaming The Explicit Brands1:23:57 – Swiss Significance1:26:50 – Greenwashing Everywhere1:31:08 – What Would Miki Do With 10,000,000,000 Euros1:32:05 – Similarities With Other Commodity Supply Chains1:35:40 – Country You Are Bullish On & Conversation Between Any Two People Of History🍻☕: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ryanhoggCurious Things Mentioned During The EpisodeRyan Delaney – Coffee Supply ChainInvestigative Journalism Starter Pack