Remote Work and Our New Reality

a16z | 23 March 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Ulevitch, and Lauren Murrow about the swift rise of remote work and virtual networking amid the spread of the coronavirus. Covers the platforms powering our newly homebound workforce (and student body), creative use cases for video conferencing and streaming—from online education to virtual therapy—and whether remote work will become the new normal.

David Dunning on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Masters in Business | 21 March 2020 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with social psychologist David Dunning – of “Dunning-Kruger effect” fame. Discusses why people have problems recognising their own incompetence and how we can get better at decision making. Covers ideas from his book Self-Insight: Roadblocks and Detours on the Path to Knowing Thyself.

Isabella Tree on Wilding

EconTalk | 16 March 2020 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Isabella Tree about her book Wilding. Describes how Tree and her husband turned their three and a half-acre farm, the Knepp Castle Estate, into something wilder, a place for wild ponies, wild pigs, wild oxen, and an ever-wider variety of birds and bugs. Covers the re-wilding phenomenon, the complexity of natural systems, and the nature of emergent order.

Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works

Five Good Questions Podcast | 20 March 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Discusses the most important event in human history, innovation lessons from the history of how we light our homes, whether debt allows us to pull innovation from the future, lessons from past epidemics for dealing with covid-19, and whether science is now too complex for gentlemen science.

Jim Chanos – Financial Frauds and Manias: Past, Present, Future

Infinite Loops | 27 February 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with renowned short-seller Jim Chanos about using history as a guide for investors today. Discusses his career in finance, the Mississippi Bubble, how past financial frauds and manias can be useful for modern investors, Tesla, lessons from the Great Financial Crisis, his financial history course at Yale and Wisconsin, and Theranos.

Neil Shubin on Evolution, Genes, and Dramatic Transitions

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 16 March 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil Shubin about his book Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA. Discusses the discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae, an ancient species of fish that was in the process of learning to walk and breathe on land; how these major transitions happen – typically when evolution finds a way to re-purpose existing organs into new roles – and how we can learn about them by studying living creatures and the information contained in their genomes.

Hadley Freeman on a 20th-Century Family History

History Extra | 9 March 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hadley Freeman about her book House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family. Tells the story of how she uncovered the history of her family’s course through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.

Peter Zeihan – Dis-United Nations

Invest Like the Best | 10 March 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Zeihan about his book the Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World. Uses a geographical lens to understand the world. Discusses two ways of ruling the world, the coming American disinterest in global affairs, and which countries are poised to do well in the future. Explores military and non-military technologies, political changes, and up and coming alliances like that between the United States and Mexico.