Episode 53: Third Places – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

You step out of the daily grind, leaving behind the familiar walls of home and office. Eager for connection and a breath of fresh air, you wander into a local “third place” – those magical spaces where community thrives. From cozy cafes to bustling parks, these vibrant havens offer a sanctuary for your soul, a chance to ignite your curiosity, and an opportunity to forge unforgettable connections.


  • Third Space: a postcolonial sociolinguistic theory of identity and community realized through language. It is attributed to Homi K. Bhabha. Third Space Theory explains the uniqueness of each person, actor, or context as a “hybrid”
  • Third Places: refers to the social surroundings that are separate from the two usual social environments of home (“first place”) and the workplace (“second place”). Examples of third places include churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, gyms, bookstores, stoops and parks.
  • Ray Oldenberg: an American urban sociologist who is known for writing about the importance of informal public gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. 
  • Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
  • Robert Putnam: :
  • Episode 35: Social Capital
  • Social Capital: the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.
  • Couldn’t find a source on the suburb development, so it could be wrong, but here’s the guy who created them in post-WWII, a sort of factory approach to housing.
  • Episode 42: Decadence
  • Harvard “Grant Study”: a 75-year longitudinal study from the Study of Adult Development at Harvard Medical School. It followed 268 Harvard-educated men, the majority of whom were members of the undergraduate classes of 1942, 1943 and 1944.
  • Quantification: In mathematics and empirical science, quantification (or quantitation) is the act of counting and measuring that maps human sense observations and experiences into quantities. Quantification in this sense is fundamental to the scientific method.
  • /r/nofriends
  • Student Loans as Recruitment Tool: “Student loan forgiveness undermines one of our military’s greatest recruitment tools at a time of dangerously low enlistments.”
    • Apologies, it wasn’t a military person, it was a politician pretending to speak for them. What a disgusting dirt bag, eh? Just full on saying it.
  • Expats: people who are living in another country.
  • NPR Article: How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes
  • David Brooks: a conservative political and cultural commentator who writes for The New York Times.
  • Conspiracy
  • The Road to Character (2017) by David Brooks
  • The Second Mountain (2019) by David Brooks
  • Jonathan Haidt
  • Plutocracy: a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income.
  • Episode 42: Decadence
  • Copenhagen Articles One and Two
  • 15-minute City Conspiracy

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