How to Fire People

Without Fail | Day Month 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patty McCord, author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. Covers the Netflix back story and its famous culture deck. Explains why high business performance requires the preparedness to fire people exemplified by professional sports teams as opposed to the values of a family.

The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

Venture Stories | 17 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Makes the case for a 30-day reset to clarify what is most valuable for you. Covers social media, the importance of solitude for thinking time, and the necessity of removing the merely good to make room for the excellent.

How Aldi Transformed the Way Britain Shops

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 18 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Fascinating examination of the history, business processes and society-wide cultural changes behind the success of Aldi, the discount supermarket retailer.

Immigration: Comparing this Wave with the Past

FT Alphachat | 22 March 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Leah Boustan of Princeton and Maggie Peters of UCLA comparing recent US immigration with its history. Rates of assimilation are similar, as measured by the rate of immigrant families adopting “American” names. But globalisation means that American companies no longer lobby in favour of immigration, preferring to access cheap labour by outsourcing offshore.

Churchill’s Navy

History Extra | 14 March 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Seligmann, author of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915. Discusses the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.

Amy Tuteur on Birth, Natural Parenting, and Push Back

EconTalk | 18 March 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with obstetrician-gynecologist Amy Tuteur about her book Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting. Argues that the ‘paleo-fantasy’ of natural parenting – the encouragement to women to give birth without epidurals or caesarians and to breastfeed – is bad for women’s health and has little or no benefit for their children.

Peter Zeihan – The Future of Geopolitics

Invest Like the Best | 5 March 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan about the ideas in his books The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. Argues that global trade will break down as the US withdraws from its role as global policeman.

Unreal Sex

Hidden Brain | 11 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Devlin, author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. Explores the history of artificial love and considers what love and sex look like in an age of robots and artificial intelligence.