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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

May 6, 2024

Academia's Impact on Society | Rudyard Lynch Interviews Samo Burja

In this episode of Live Players, Rudyard Lynch (@whatifalthist) interviews Samo Burja and covers a range of topics including the evolution and current state of academia, the impact of bureaucratization and managerial ideolog…
April 28, 2024

The Future of Democracy

This episode features Erik and Samo's 2nd-ever interview for the Venture Stories podcast, an in-depth discussion of geopolitics, statecraft, and the study of society. It was recorded in 2019. They cover: how might cryptocurr…
April 18, 2024

What India Should Do to Secure Its Future as a Global Superpower

This week Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss India as a live player. They cover: India's demographics and and the barriers it faces towards industrialization and wealth.
April 16, 2024

What Causes Institutions to Flourish?

This is a special re-airing of an episode Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg taped for Venture Stories (Village Global's podcast) in 2019 . Their conversation covers the following: the distinction between invention vs. adoption o…
April 6, 2024

Fall of Rome with Rudyard Lynch

Today we're sharing a special episode of History 102 with Rudyard Lynch (@Whatifalthist on YouTube). Rudyard Lynch and Erik Torenberg delve into the critical moments and competing narratives of the fall of the Roman Empire.
March 30, 2024

China, AI, and the New Global Order

In this episode Erik Torenberg and Samo Burja discuss the current state and future state of America, China, Russia, Ukraine, energy, the US dollar, AI, Peter Zeihan, Balaji Srinivasan, and more.