Atul Gawande – On Mortality and Meaning

On Being with Krista Tippett | 27 June 2024 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Atul Gawande about his book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Backgrounds the rise of hospice care and describes the insights from practicing end-of-life medicine cognisant of what makes a good day for the patient.

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Brad Delong on the Birth of Modern Prosperity

On Humans | 4 June 2024 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about the changes from 1870 onwards that changed the course of human progress. Part 2 of a 4-part series on the birth of modern prosperity. Draws from his book Slouching Towards Utopia.

See also other Bread DeLong episodes.

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Karthik Muralidharan Examines the State of the Indian State

Ideas of India | 6 June 2024 | 1h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Karthik Muralidharan about his book Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for Effective Governance. Discusses the lack of state capacity in India, improving the quality of public expenditure, fiscal federalism, methods to improve the hiring process for government, better ways of staffing and using the Indian bureaucracy, randomized control trials and development, and much more.

See also Alex Tabarrok’s review at Marginal Revolution.

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David Hand on Dark Data

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 8 July 2024 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Hand about his book Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters. Argues that data analysis can benefit from a “dark data” perspective – carefully considering what is unseen. Discuss examples showing how this perspective sheds light on concepts as classical as random sampling and survey design and as cutting-edge as machine learning and the measurement of honesty.

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Daniel Susskind on Growth and the Future of Work

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 3 July 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Susskind about his book Growth: A History and a Reckoning. Explores the impact of technology on work and the economy, discussing the history and circumstances that led to the creation of the GDP and its modern limitations, the moral and environmental challenges associated with a relentless pursuit of growth, and the need for societies to rethink the meaning and value of work in an increasingly automated world.

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Tony Blair – Life of a PM, The Deep State, Lee Kuan Yew, & AI’s 1914 Moment

Dwarkesh Podcast | 26 June 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tony Blair discussing what he learned from Lee Kuan Yew, intelligence agencies track record on Iraq & Ukraine, what he tells the dozens of world leaders who seek advice from him, how much of a PM’s time is spent governing, and what AI’s July 1914 moment will look like from inside the Cabinet.

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Robert Wright: Navigating Moral Realism

Lives Well Lived | 4 July 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robert Wright about his books The Evolution of God, Nonzero, The Moral Animal, Three Scientists and their Gods, and Why Buddhism Is True. Discusses the evolutionary explanations for altruism and sympathy, and how human sexual psychology impacts societal norms; the role of technology and non-zero-sum interactions in human history; the ethical challenges posed by artificial intelligence; moral realism; and the concept of being judged by a higher power.

See also the EconTalk interview about Why Buddhism Is True.

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