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"Live Players" with Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg

See the world through the eyes of society's greatest rule-breakers. The "Live Players" podcast charts the key individuals shaping our future from first principles across multiple domains: business, politics, philanthropy, and broadcasting from the digital town square

Join host Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg as they analyze the mindsets of today's most intriguing business leaders, investors, and innovators through the lens of their bold actions and contrarian worldviews. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the development of technology, business, political power, culture and more.

If you want more than soundbites and sensationalism, this podcast delivers reasoned reflections on the live players who renew and transform civilization, whether we ask them to or not.

Topics frequently covered: Business titans, political players, and philanthropists like Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Peter Thiel, George Soros, Donald Trump, and more with the power to remake industries, policies, borders, or societal norms.
Live Players is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: www.turpentine.co

Recent Episodes

Feb. 28, 2024

Tech Stagnation and What's Holding Us Back

In this episode, Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss tech stagnation, drawing from Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen's theories on technological progress rates with energy consumption as a metric. They also delve into Y Combinat…
Feb. 21, 2024

Putin & Tucker, Russia, Ukraine and Poland

In this episode Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin, the history behind the Russia-Ukraine war and the media’s war propaganda machine. Poland's role within Europe, its politi…
Feb. 13, 2024

A deep dive on Big Pharma and Ozempic

In this episode Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss Astra Zeneca and the dysfunction of Big Pharma, its lack of innovation and potential ramifications despite its enormous economic power, incentives behind scientific break…
Feb. 7, 2024

Africa’s Geopolitics: Governance, Corruption and Global Influence

In this episode, Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss Africa as the potential "next China," its corrupt governments, and Botswana's leadership example. The corruption driven by inflated population figures, affecting economi…
Jan. 31, 2024

How to Make America’s Government More Efficient

Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss US government spending, regulation and the importance of strategic restructuring for improved efficiency. They cover the reasons why DARPA is a model for enhanced focus and efficiency in…
Jan. 24, 2024

China's Elite vs America's Elite

In this episode, Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss China as America’s mirror.