Ed Yong – I Contain Multitudes

The Monocle Weekly | 20 September 2017 | 0h 14m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ed Yong, author of “I Contain Multitudes,” which nicely backgrounds the book and its ideas about the ecosystem of microorganisms that inhabit us and the world around.

Silicon Valley Values

Analysis | 12 June 2016 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Explores the identity and values of Silicon Valley – and what they mean for the rest of us. Talks to entrepreneurs, investors, academics and activists about how those values are permeating the world and what to do when they clash with other priorities down on the ground.

Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.

Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern

EconTalk | 4 June 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian Janet Golden about her book, “Babies Made Us Modern,” about the transformation of parenting in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating story of how our knowledge of infant health and behaviour grew dramatically but remains imperfect. Includes lots of anecdotes about past parenting practices.

David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness

Conversations with Tyler | 6 June 2018 | 1h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Luxuriate in the interplay between two fine, but unconventional, thinkers. Includes insights on Brooks’ writing process, loneliness, community, happiness and much more.

Mary Lou Jepsen on the Wearable MRI

FT Tech Tonic | 11 October 2017 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientist and former Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen on her latest startup, Openwater, where she and a team of researchers are working to develop a ski helmet-sized imaging device to dramatically lower the cost of medical imaging and one day read minds.

Catherine Hoke – The Master of Second Chances

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 January 2018 | 2h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
This is a tear-jerker, with so many reasons to listen. Interview with Catherine Hoke, the founder of Defy Ventures, a nonprofit aimed at ending mass incarceration by harnessing entrepreneurship to transform prisoners. Hoke is the author of “A Second Chance: For You, for Me, and for the Rest of Us.” The conversation covers her background, advocacy for giving prisoners a second chance and deals openly and bravely with her redemption after her own second chance.

Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland

EconTalk | 23 January 2017 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland,” about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America. That, in turn, became entangled with the growth in the use of pain-killers as recreational drugs. Drawing on the investigative reporting that culminated in his book, Quinones lays out the recent history and economics of the growth in heroin and pain-killer usage and the lost lives along the way.