Tim Does the Haka in New Zealand

Heritage Explains | 13 September 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Crampton about his essay The Outside of the Asylum. An outsider’s view on what makes life in New Zealand (freedoms, politics and economics) so much saner than elsewhere.

Political Animals with Leah Garcés

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 September 2019 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leah Garcés, Executive President of Mercy for Animals, and the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. Discusses her work to reduce animal suffering by building coalitions with industrial chicken farmers. A challenging listen for those of us not vegetarian. An object lesson in how to balance condemnation and compromise when seeking to effect social change.

William Finnegan on Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Longform | 19 August 2015 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Paul Graham tweeted, that if you read, you must read William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. So I did and it was great. This podcast backgrounds Finnegan’s beautiful memoir of surfing, friendship and love, growing up and growing old.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt on Mozart’s Starling

Reader’s Corner | 26 August 2017 | 0h 29m | Listen Later
Interview with Lyanda Lynn Haupt about her book Mozart’s Starling. Tells the story of Mozart’s relationship with his pet starling during one of the most creative and productive periods of his life. Also describes the remarkable capabilities of Haupt’s own pet starling.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

How Does Slavery Work Now?

Beyond Today | 9 September 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
The stories behind the recent conviction of an organised crime group that enslaved hundreds of people in Britain. Victims were tricked into coming to the UK with the promise of work, forced into menial labour, with no access to their wages and housed in rat-infested accommodation. Explains the business model and our complicity buying ridiculously cheap services.

Cathy O’Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction

EconTalk | 3 October 2016 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cathy O’Neil about the ideas in Weapons of Math Destruction. Argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways and that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples discussed include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O’Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.

Katy Payne – In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

On Being with Krista Tippett | 22 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katy Payne, who discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Draws on ideas from her book Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants.