• Ben Olson

Episode 83: Big Nihilists Don’t Cry

Nathan has two recommendations this week: Cadillac Desert, a thorough history of the American West’s pursuit of freshwater by Marc Reisner, and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a cooperative video game where the players work together to defuse a virtual bomb that only one of them can see and manipulate. If you squint hard, this game can almost count as LSAT prep. (1:53)

Matt in D.C. took the LSAT in February and is having post-test emotions he wants help processing; his range of feelings runs from sadness to happiness and back to anxiety. He asks the guys if they have experienced similar reactions and how they dealt with them. Nathan suggests boozing it up while Ben gets in touch with his inner Nietzsche (who knew Ben would be the darker one?!) (9:10)

Calvin attempted his second LSAT in February and found this test to be quite similar to the one in December. He does a comparison of the exams; do you agree with his assessment? (29:40)

Not to be outdone by his cohost, Ben recommends a book of his own, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This book was one of Obama’s Top 10 and possibly the reason behind Ben’s newfound nihilism. (32:40)

Madison is studying to take the summer LSAT with the goal of scoring a 178. She has an undergrad GPA of 3.2 from a top public university, a resume chock-full of community service hours, and a dream of attending Stanford Law School. While admiring Madison’s lofty goals, the guys encourage her to toss out her specific score idea, broaden her list of dream schools, and follow the application instructions to the letter. (37:20)

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We continue working through the June 2007 LSAT. To play at home, just download the free test; work through Section 3, Question 17; and listen in as we discuss the solution in detail. (1:00:26)

Nathan continues Episode 83 with Eliza Ghanooni, a bankruptcy attorney with her own firm in Los Angeles. Ms. Ghanooni works with corporate and individual clients, including students, who need help managing their debt. (1:21:40)

*Correction from the show: the lawsuit needed to get rid of student loans is actually an adversary proceeding to declare student loan debt dischargeable, not a non-dischargeability action.

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