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I read every corner of the Internet to find the best articles, podcasts & books to answer the question: how does society actually work?


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"How It Actually Works is one of the few weekly email newsletters that I actually look forward to. Trevor’s superpower is finding unique and insightful nuggets of wisdom, esoterica, and knowledge that are hiding right in plain sight, and sharing them in a fun and easy-to-read way. If you love learning new things, you’ll love How It Actually Works." - Dan Loewenherz


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"How It Actually Works is great because it challenges my intuitions. Every week I get to evaluate my gut take on stories I thought I understood but look at with new information and perspective. Great way to start the week thinking in a new way." - Nathan Dallon


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"That Sam Walton story hit home for me. It’s the unsexy bits that are interesting to me. Good issue this week, Trevor. Thanks." - Russ Shanahan


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