The Founder

Reply All | 14 February 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tells the story of Paul Le Roux, who parlayed encryption expertise into a huge criminal enterprise built on retailing painkillers. Based on the book The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

The Truth About the Vaping Crisis

Freakonomics Radio | 21 November 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Contrasts the successful regulation of vaping in the UK, motivated by harm reduction, with the deaths and high teen uptake as the US attempts to ban vaping.

La La Land: Galileo’s Warning

Cautionary Tales | 22 November 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Galileo tried to teach us that adding more and more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often makes catastrophe all the more likely to happen. His basic lesson has been ignored in nuclear power plants, financial markets and at the Oscars… all resulting in chaos.

Restriction of Speech Online is Solvable

Solvable | 20 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Discusses his work fostering public understanding of free speech on the internet and who should make the rules about regulation.

Uncensored: What Free Speech Debates Teach Us About Empathy

The Next Big Idea | 19 November 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zachary Wood discussing ideas from his memoir Uncensored, which argues that we can develop empathy and understanding by engaging with opposing viewpoints – including controversial speakers like anti-feminists, climate-change deniers, and self-proclaimed racists.

Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care

EconTalk | 18 November 2019 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with entrepreneur and anesthesiologist Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma about what it’s like to run a surgery center that posts prices on the internet and that does not take insurance. Along the way, he discusses the distortions in the market for health care and how a real market for health care might function if government took a smaller role. A valuable corrective for those who believe that the problems with US health care are due to unfettered market forces.

James Robinson on The Narrow Corridor

The Good Fight | 16 September 2019 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Robinson, co-author of Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, about the importance of political institutions; the roots of freedom and prosperity; and how citizens can beat the historical odds to improve their countries.

Daniel Ek – The Future of Audio

Invest Like the Best | 12 November 2019 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Ek, the founder and CEO of Spotify. Interesting for how he thinks about audio – but a tour de force demonstration of using systems and frameworks to think about business and value.