The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.
I Have to Ask | 14 September 2018 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. Discusses his four months as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana, and what he learned about the American system of justice.
Ideas Books | 13 August 2015 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Beth Shapiro, author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction. Discusses the benefits, ethics and risks behind the real and compelling science of what was once science fiction.
Freakonomics Radio | 26 April 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Conversation with Atul Gawande, cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Discusses Gawande’s simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.
History Extra Podcast | 10 May 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Saul David, author of Operation Thunderbolt, on the story of the Israeli operation to rescue hostages from an airport in Uganda in 1976. Fresh insights on the planning and execution of the raid and its long-term consequences.
EconTalk | 21 January 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jennifer Doleac about research on crime, police, and the unexpected consequences of the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include legislation banning asking job applicants if they’ve been in prison, body cameras for police, the use of DNA databases, the use of Naloxone to prevent death from opioid overdose, and the challenges of being an economist who thinks about crime using the economist’s toolkit.
Radio New Zealand | 18 January 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later
Interview with Paul Morland, author of The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World. Sets out how demographic change has influenced and explains much of the history of the last two centuries.
Revisionist History | 16 June 2016 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell uses a number of stories, notably the treatment of Australia’s first woman prime minister, to explain moral licensing – our habit of using a good deed to self-justify a bad one.