Making Sense with Sam Harris | 28 May 2018 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan about his new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Covers the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics.
RNZ: Sunday Morning | 7 April 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later
Interview with Australia’s shadow assistant treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh, author of Randomistas, on why random testing can provide data for policies that work. Advocates for evidence-based policy through the use of random trials. Examples covered include random trials helping to reduce crime and inequality and fascinating insights on sham surgery.
RNZ: Saturday Morning | 22 May 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich about the ideas in her latest book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer. Deliciously contrarian, punctuated with evidence that many medical interventions are bad for us.
American Innovations | 10 May 2018 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Brings to life the drama of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA, along with the critical role of Rosalind Franklin’s X-ray crystallography.
Origin Stories | 5 December 2015 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave, with a fascinating and funny talk about human behaviour and the ways we are the same as, and different from, other animals.
The Art of Manliness | 9 July 2015 | 0h 31m | Listen Later
Interview with Robert Kurson, author of the book Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship. Tells the story of two treasure hunters risking their lives and fortune to find a sunken pirate ship. In the process, they uncovered the story of one of the greatest pirates to ever live during the Golden Age of Piracy. Discusses why pirates are so appealing, why two men would risk millions of dollars to find a pirate ship, and the legendary story of the pirate who captained the sunken ship.
Analysis | 28 June 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It’s not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Explores what drives this kind of change in collective attitudes.
EconTalk | 29 June 2015 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview on climate change with science writer and author Matt Ridley, who describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. He rejects the catastrophic scenarios that some say are sufficiently likely to justify dramatic policy responses, and he reflects on the challenges of staking out an unpopular position on a contentious policy issue.