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Why Giving Cash Works with GiveDirectly’s Michael FayeSo many charities try to fix poverty by giving away goods, services, and training. But why not address the actual problem and give away… money? Michael Faye, President and co-founder of the charity GiveDirectly, joins Adam to explain the evidence behind direct cash giving, and wrestles with the question of whether philanthropy can ever create systemic change.
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We did a whole segment about how the awards system is bullshit. It’s not based on talent or how good the work is, and I know that, but that doesn’t mean I get to not care about it. Because if any of my crew received a nomination, it would change our careers. My cinematographer — Matt Garrett, who’s incredible — we submitted for Best Cinematography in a Nonfiction Show. I think it’s some of the best cinematography in a nonfiction hosted show. Our costume team, they do elaborate period costumes that we put onscreen for like two minutes to make a silly point about Queen Victoria or whatever, and they do that on a day when they’re dressing 20 other people. Our hair team’s doing period hair. Our makeup team does prosthetics. We try to make it really beautiful for our fans. All those people on our staff, if any one of those people could say “Emmy-nominated” before their name the next time they’re applying for a job, that means a lot to them, to their careers, to how much money they make, and their longevity in the industry. So for both myself and for them, we gotta try! But we have to try in the context of this completely fucked-up system where we have almost no power.
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Ask and you shall receive — season two of my game developer interview podcast Humans Who Make Games is out now! This season features game creators like Kim Swift (Portal), Anna Megill (Control), Alx Preston (Hyper Light Drifter), and Alex Beachum (Outer Wilds). Whether you love video games or just love hearing creative people talk about their art and process, I think you’re going to love this season.
First up, we have a live episode recorded at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. My guests for this episode were the incredibly funny comic and gamer Ron Funches, and Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Jean Guesdon. This conversation was incredibly fun – hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed having it.
The Crystal Maze is now airing on Nickelodeon every Friday night at 7pm / 6c. “But I don’t have cable!” you cry. Well, you are in luck: the network has, in its infinite wisdom, seen fit to post the entire first episode on YouTube:
Tune in every week to watch me lead a new hyperactive family through a labyrinth of deadly traps devious challenges.
I am wildly excited to announce that I am the host and Maze Master of Nickelodeon’s new game show, 💎 The Crystal Maze 💎! I grew up on Nick game shows, so no gig could be cooler to me than leading jumpsuited families through a series of fiendish puzzles and messy challenges. Watch it January 24th at 7pm on Nickelodeon!
New episodes of Adam Ruins Everything are airing now on TruTV, every Tuesday night at 10pm! These eight episodes contain some of the best, most mind-blowing topics we’ve ever done, and the season finale is… well, let’s just say I’m very excited for you to see it. Here’s a clip from tonight’s episode, which features the return of Emily Axford as my co-ruiner: