How to be smart (asking for a friend)

Can I get a relist from my amazing list homies w more followers? (Shout out to you @PeteOnEarth @aus10 ❤️ etc...)
  1. I've been really fortunate to be surrounded by some amazingly intelligent human beings.
  2. We often sit around and have conversations that spark critical thinking and make me knowledge thirsty.
  3. Questions and debates about the American political system, did the Big Bang really happen, what can we do to change the system, what's going on in the Middle East and more fill our evenings.
  4. The thing is, I often feel intimidated by these talks and end up being quite quiet. At times, I don't know how to contribute (perhaps it is my lack of confidence and desire to contribute the perfect point).
  5. So I'm asking you — what do you find to be the most effective website/media outlet/book/source of information that keeps you both up to date and informs you of the past (in order to understand the current and future events)? And helps in general with your intelligent dinner table talk game.
  6. Thanks in advance!
  7. The Discovery Chanel, Scientific America magazine, The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands (Rescue center) Animal Planet, National Geographic, Life Magazine, Brain Games (tv show), Just read ANYTHING you are interested in, and if you are lost in a conversation just ask the people in the conversation. People are great outlets as well. 😍
    I am an ecology major so I am drawn to these outlets and pretty much anything that has to do with animals and environmental issues.
    Suggested by   @Katlips02
  8. NPR. NPR. NPR. NPR.
    Suggested by   @PeteOnEarth
  9. Study for free online! Obviously quite time intensive, but if you love to learn it is very worthwhile.
    Suggested by   @kaitmaree
  10. Listen to @PeteOnEarth NPR has it all. Download the app and listen to stories from around the country and world
    Suggested by   @ameliaville
  11. NPR when I'm driving, sitting at my desk, etc. When I'm online, I start with Google News (because they have multiple links & sources for each topic), see what's trending on Twitter, Slate, etc.
    Suggested by   @jhope71
  12. There's a daily morning email from the New York Times called NYT Now that gives an overview of what's going on that helps keep me up to date 🤓
    Suggested by   @goertli
  13. Last Week Tonight w/John Oliver, Full Frontal w/Samantha Bee, The Daily Show, Real Time w/Bill Maher, and Vice
    While I agree with the others that NPR is a good way to go, it can be like eating crackers in the desert (as dry as getting a handy with sandpaper). The writers and researchers for the good stuff on TV do most of the work, but also keep your attention causing you to learn more about more about the topics that might be less interesting to you 😎
    Suggested by   @NumbahTwo
  14. The Aspen Institute Podcasts!
    Super interesting people talking about super interesting things, projects, ideas!
    Suggested by   @hws