Tyler Cowen on Libertarianism, Diversity and Online University

Quillette | 11 April 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, about the limits of libertarianism, viewpoint diversity in Washington, D.C., and Marginal Revolution University, his online education venture.

Radically Normal

Hidden Brain | 8 April 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
For generations, living openly as a gay person in the United States was difficult, and often dangerous. But there’s been a dramatic change in public attitudes toward gay people. Explores one of the most striking transformations of public attitude ever recorded. Also considers whether the strategies used by gay rights activists hold lessons for other groups seeking change.

Michael Finkel – The Stranger in the Woods

Wild Ideas Worth Living | 20 June 2018 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Finkel, author of The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Tells the story of a man living alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years without lighting a single fire, or talking to a single soul.

Michael Lewis on the Culture of Finance

Masters in Business | 5 April 2019 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis with anecdotes and back story about Finance, his books (Liars Poker, Moneyball and The Undoing Project) and his new podcast Against the Rules.

Dani Shapiro’s Family Secret

The Longest Shortest Time | 13 March 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dani Shapiro about her book Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. A moving account of uncovering her father’s identity after surprising results from a consumer DNA test.

DNA Kits: Can You Trust Them?

Science Vs | 12 April 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Millions of people send off their DNA to companies like Ancestry.com and 23andme to find out where they come from, and what diseases they might get. Explores how much you can trust these DNA kits with anthropologist Jonathan Marks and geneticist Adam Rutherford.

Tom Wheeler – From Gutenberg to Google

New Books in Technology | 27 March 2019 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Wheeler, former FCC chairman and author of From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future. Discusses the history of network technology transformations: railroads, the telegraph, printing presses, computers, and search engines. Argues that it is the second-order effects of those new technologies that are transformational.