Christoph Adami on How Information Makes Sense of Biology

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 February 2024 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christoph Adami about his book The Evolution of Biological Information: How Evolution Creates Complexity, from Viruses to Brains. Discusses information theory and how it helps us to understand organisms, evolution, and the origin of life.

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Rob Henderson on Life in Foster Care, Academia, and Beyond

“Upstream” with Erik Torenberg | 23 February 2024 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rob Henderson about his book Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class. Provides a sense of what it is like to grow up in a marginalised working-class environment. Stresses the importance of a stable home life, rather than a good education, to successful life outcomes.

I enjoy Rob Henderson’s Substack.

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The Gender War Within Gen Z

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 6 February 2024 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alice Evans about the worldwide gender schism that has Gen Z women – those in their 20s and younger – moving sharply left, while young men are shifting subtly to the right. Discusses why and the implications of sharply diverging politics between men and women. Draws from John Burn-Murdoch’s FT article A new global gender divide is emerging and Alice Evans’ Substack article What Prevents & What Drives Gendered Ideological Polarisation?

 

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Harnessing AI for Social Good with Arnold Kling

AI, Government, and the Future by Alan Pentz | 24 January 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Arnold Kling discussing the transformative potential of AI in government and society. Explores how AI chatbots will personalize learning and teaching, the dilemma of AI in the culture wars, and how to navigate the thin line between innovation and regulation in AI.

I highly recommend Arnold Kling’s Substack In My Tribe. Previous episodes include an EconTalk interview The Three Languages of Politics, Revisited and a Venture Stories interview What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything.

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The Vanishing Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 15 February 2024 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 3 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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The Brilliant Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 8 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 2 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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The Curious Mr. Feynman

Freakonomics Radio | 1 February 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Part 1 of a three-part series on the life and work of Richard Feynman. Uses interviews with family, friends and physicists, along with recordings of Feynman in his own words, to describe the curious, brilliant, and vanishing Mr Feynman.

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Casey Handmer – Mining the Air

Multiverses | 11 May 2023 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Casey Handmer about his firm Terraform Industries and its work pioneering air-to-fuel technology to synthesise methane and hydrocarbons from the air aiming to displace the transport of carbon from the crust to the atmosphere.

Check out Casey Handmer’s blog.

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