Wesley Yang – The Souls of Yellow Folk

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast | 1 December 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk. Describes the cultural invisibility of Asian-Americans: neither black nor white, tasting the frustrations of both, but denied the entitlement of either. Uses the Asian-American experience to explore racial gaslighting and microaggressions, concluding that the cure is more dangerous than the disease. Suggests that the liberal institutions that let us live together in peace are vulnerable to political correctness.

Medieval Warrior Queen

History Extra | 21 February 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Hanley, author of Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior. Tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’. Suggests Matilda wielded power more effectively than acknowledged by period chroniclers unable to accept a woman as ruler.

Fungi

In Our Time | 15 February 2018 | 0h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses fungi: organisms which are not plants or animals but a kingdom of their own. The millions of species of fungi play a crucial role in ecosystems, enabling plants to obtain nutrients and causing material to decay. Without fungi, life as we know it simply would not exist. They also make possible the production of bread, wine and certain antibiotics.

The Future of Meat

Freakonomics Radio | 14 February 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

Catherine Semcer on Poaching, Preserves, and African Wildlife

EconTalk | 18 February 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Semcer drawing on her background in African wildlife conservation. Discusses the role of incentives in preserving wildlife in Africa and, counter-intuitively, how allowing limited hunting of big game has improved both habitat and wildlife populations while reducing poaching.

McDonald’s Broke My Heart

Revisionist History | 10 August 2017 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell on French fries. McDonald’s made the world’s greatest French Fry, then succumbed to public pressure to make it healthier. A salutary lesson in how little we know about dietary matters.

Andrew Yarrow on Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life

New Books in Economics | 9 November 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yarrow about his book Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life. Evaluates the economic and cultural forces driving the population of men who leave the workforce, isolate themselves, and ultimately become angry.

Steve Kuhn – Life After Hedge Funds

Capital Allocators | 4 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with retired hedge fund manager Steve Kuhn. Describes parlaying a passion for playing games into a two-decade Wall Street career specialising in mortgage-backed securities. Insights on the evidence-based case for active manager alpha, Chinese education, philanthropy, and the IDEAL approach to immigration.