Chuck Akre – The Three-Legged Stool

Invest Like the Best | 18 June 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with investor Chuck Akre anchored on his “three-legged stool” approach to evaluating companies: high returns on owners’ capital; quality and integrity of the people who run the business; and the record of and opportunity for reinvestment. Richly illustrated with memorable examples.

Anja Shortland on Kidnap

EconTalk | 17 June 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anja Shortland about her book Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business. Explores this strange, frightening, but surprisingly orderly world of kidnapping, which is relatively common where government authority is weak. She shows how the interaction between kidnappers, victims, and insurance companies creates a somewhat predictable set of prices for ransom and creates a relatively high chance of the safe return of those who are kidnapped.

The Inca

In Our Time | 13 June 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the people of Cusco, in modern Peru, established an empire along the Andes down to the Pacific under their supreme leader Pachacuti. Before him, their control grew slowly from C13th and was at its peak after him when Pizarro arrived with his Conquistadors and captured their empire for Spain in 1533.

Green Technology and Early Adoption

Analysis | 17 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the advantages and dangers of accelerating the adoption of green energy technology to curb the UK’s contribution to global carbon emissions.

The Life of Saladin

History Extra | 10 June 2019 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Phillips discussing the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who captured Jerusalem and battled the Crusaders during the 12th century. Draws on ideas in The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin.

Jon Wertheim on Sports, Psychology and Economics

Capital Allocators | 17 June 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jon Wertheim, sports journalist and author of ten books including Stokes of Genius about the Federer-Nadal rivalry, Scorecasting, and This Is Your Brain on Sports. Ranges across sports, investing and psychology delving into behaviour and decision making, tennis, the role of luck, cycles in basketball strategy, loss aversion, job preservation, omission bias, sports gambling, the business of sports, and lessons from interviewing.

This Changed How I Think About Love (with Alison Gopnik)

The Ezra Klein Show | 13 June 2019 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alison Gopnik on parenting, friendships, marriage, and schooling. What makes us feel love for each other. How we can best care for each other. How our minds really work in the formative, earliest days, and what we lose as we get older. The role community is meant to play in our lives. Draws on ideas in The Gardener and the Carpenter.

Puzzle Rush

Revisionist History | 20 June 2019 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
The fourth season of Revisionist History starts with Malcolm Gladwell questioning the merits of examinations that deliberately rush the student. It turns out that ranking by ability is a function of how much thinking is rushed.