Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

How It Began | 18 December 2017 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Coffee’s arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.

David Pilling, The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations

New Books in Economics | 4 April 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with David Pilling about his book “The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations.” Sets out how we typically evaluate national economies and offers some alternatives, even though each of those presents their own challenges.

The Edge of Humanity

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 September 2018 | 2h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about his book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” Discusses the importance of meditation, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilisation, threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism and the implications of AI and automation.

The Trust Battery

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 18 September 2018 | 1h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tobi Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify. As well as the Shopify story there are fascinating perspectives on how video games prepared him to run a company, the advantages of being headquartered outside of Silicon Valley, lessons scaling from 2 to 4,000 employees, antifragility, decisionmaking and company culture.

The Iliad

In Our Time | 14 September 2018 | 0h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great epic poem attributed to Homer, telling the story of an intense episode in the Trojan War. It is framed by the wrath of the Greek hero Achilles, insulted by his leader Agamemnon and withdrawing from the battle that continued to rage, only returning when his close friend Patroclus is killed by the Trojan hero Hector.

Helen Parr: Our Boys

Spectator Books | 14 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Helen Parr about her book “Our Boys: The Story of A Paratrooper”, which blends memoir, social history and military history to tell the story of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War and Britain’s changing relationship with its soldiers and veterans.

How Well Do You Understand Your World?

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 3 September 2018 | 0h 9m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bobby Duffy, author of “The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything” about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts.