The Innocents Abroad 29: The Grand Narrative Jest

Broadcasting from Austria and Serbia, a podcast on life and society abroad.

26. September 2020

with Yaël Ossowski and Todor Papic

2:00 – A Serbian Man Escapes the EU

7:00 – Polish COVID

9:00 – Detailing international travel

12:00 – Buying Car

15:00 – Ron Paul Medical Episode

16:00 – Antiracism, Social Justice

16:50 – Identitarianism

20:00 – Growing Americanization of Everything

28:00 – It all comes from Australia

32:00 – Karl Popper and the Open Society

36:00 – Excited for Johan Norberg’s new book

44:00 – Podcasts to listen to

51:00 – David Foster Wallace and Quebec Separatism

55:00 – Kosovo Peace Deal

57:00 – QAnon goes mainstream

1:00 – Conspiracy theories and why they grow

1:03 – The Grand Narrative


Breath byJames Nestor

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa

The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics by Kevin Williamson

Open: The Story of Human Progress by Johan Norberg

The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper


Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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