It’s not wrong to politicize death. It’s impossible not to.

Meet Roman Mars

If you know of Roman Mars, you’re probably a podcast nerd. Or maybe you’ve seen his multi-million view TED Talk on city flag design. Roman Mars is the host of two shows and the founder of Radiotopia, a collective of podcast and radio producers based in Oakland, California. Most notably, Mars hosts the award-winning podcast 99% Invisible that discusses ‘all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.’ It’s a commendable show that furthers the idea: anything is interesting if you dig deep enough.


The Senate is unfair by design. Is it still what the founding fathers intended?

Columns of the rotunda at the US capitol building at sunset

Just a Californian

I’m from the most populous state in the union. I’m glad to have grown up in such a diverse place. But, being from a big state doesn’t make me better than anyone else. Just because I live in California doesn’t mean my voice deserves to be louder. I live in California because it’s where I was born. Chance dropped me here. But, being from California made me think differently about the United States Senate and how it represents the people of this country.

A few months ago I came across a map of a recent Missouri election and I was…


A look at precautionary mindsets in the COVID-19 pandemic

At the time of writing, we’re 2 days into 2021 and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccines in distribution, I want to look back at how we’ve thought about public and personal safety during this strange time. I want to examine three mindsets I’ve come across during the pandemic and explore their flaws.

The Atomic Mindset

In late March 2020, I was in a group text with my wife and some friends. We had plans to go out for a birthday dinner celebration and were discussing what to do. …

Andrew Border

Trying to make sense of this wild, wonderful world.

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