Michael Munger on Sharing, Transaction Costs, and Tomorrow 3.0

EconTalk | 29 October 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Economist Michael Munger talks about his book, “Tomorrow 3.0.” Munger uses the rise of companies like Uber and AirBnB to illustrate the role of transaction costs in understanding the sharing economy. Users and providers can find each other more easily through their smartphones, increasing opportunity. Munger expects these costs to fall elsewhere and predicts an expansion of the sharing economy to a wide array of items in our daily lives.

Robert Greene – The Laws of Human Nature

The James Altucher Show | 23 October 2018 | 1h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Robert Greene on the ideas in “The Laws of Human Nature,” which explains the hidden science behind human behaviour. Greene explains why we see so much irrational behaviour around us and in ourselves. Includes concrete advice on ways you can start to change your behaviour.

Losses Loom Large

Choiceology with Katy Milkman | 29 October 2018 | 0h 34m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Uses emotionally powerful stories and academic experts to explain loss aversion – the irrational way we distinguish between losses and gain – and the link between loss aversion and unethical choices.

How to Save a Stranger’s Life

Future Perfect | 15 October 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An introduction to Effective Altruism, the movement to make charitable giving more effective, illustrated with a story of donating a kidney to a stranger.

Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 24 April 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Kishore Mahbubani (former Singapore Ambassador to UN and President of the UN Security Council) on the ideas in his book “Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation.” Argues that global power is shifting from the West to the Rest—from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. Suggests changes required in the West and the Rest to manage the shift gracefully for long-term stability.

Blacklisted In China

Planet Money | 26 October 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Describes China’s experiment developing a social credit score, which expands beyond financial credit to such things as work and traffic behaviours in order to help people trust each other more. Low scores effectively blacklist you from society.

The Ties That Bind?

LA Review of Books | 26 July 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tim Wardle about his Sundance-winning documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” which tells the story of identical triplets, separated at birth and reunited by chance in their late teens. Discusses his approach to unveiling a story with many unexpected twists and jaw-dropping turns and how he integrated reflections on the many controversial elements of the story.

The Potato

The Food Programme | 23 April 2017 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The story of how potatoes changed the world, their diversity of flavours, and how they might shape our food future. With the cook and food writer Anna Jones, Charles C. Mann – author of “1493 – How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth”, and the potato revolutionary and agronomist Alan Wilson.