David Spiegelhalter – The Art of Statistics

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 6 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with David Spiegelhalter, author of The Art of Statistics, sharing his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind chance from something more significant.

Unbelievable: The Forgotten Rape Data

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 1 November 2019 | 0h 9m | Listen Later | iTunes
Hundreds of thousands of US rape forensic samples have been taken but not tested, generally where the alleged offender is known. Jurisdictions now testing these samples are identifying a serial rapist in 20–25% of samples. Offenders typically rape 7–11 times before being caught. Two-thirds of US states now mandate testing of rape forensic samples.

Open Borders with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith

Interviews with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith about their graphic novel Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. The first interview backgrounds their collaboration and discusses concerns about open immigration. The second interview focusses on the logic and morality of the arguments in favour of Open Immigration.

Economics Detective Radio | 11 November 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes

Rationally Speaking | 12 November 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Contagion, and Slavery in the Roman Empire

HistoryTwinsPodcast | 26 September 2019 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kyle Harper about his books The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire and Slavery in the Late Roman World. Discusses the disease events and climatic transitions which lead to the Roman collapse. Also covers what’s wrong with the slavery-to-serfdom theory and why even relatively poor Romans owned slaves.

Leaving the Faith

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 11 November 2019 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yasmine Mohammed about her book Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam. Discusses her family background and indoctrination into conservative Islam, the double standard that Western liberals use when thinking about women in the Muslim community, the state of feminism in general, honour violence, the validity of criticizing other cultures, and many other topics.

Daniel Markovits – The Meritocracy Trap

Spectator Books | 6 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy isn’t the solution to our social and political discontents, but the central part of the problem. Suggests that the notion of hard work and proven ability leading to wealth and success has created a miserable underclass and a comparably miserable overclass — and is responsible for a damaging and eventually unsustainable reorganisation of Western economies.

George Rzepecki – Investing in Africa

Invest Like the Best | 5 November 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with George Rzepecki, founder and managing partner of Raba, an Africa-focused investor in early-stage companies. Discusses the opportunities, risk and rewards of investing in Africa.

Malthusianism

In Our Time | 22 June 2011 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Malthusianism. Thomas Malthus argued that with population increasing exponentially, that food production could not keep pace – eventually a crisis would ensue. He suggested that famine, disease and wars acted as a natural corrective to overpopulation, and also suggested a number of ways in which humans could regulate their own numbers. The work caused a furore and fuelled debate about the size and sustainability of the human population ever since.