A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

Are Humans Fundamentally Good? (with Rutger Bregman)

The Ezra Klein Show | 1 June 2020 | 1h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book Humankind: A Hopeful History. Argues that human nature is kinder, friendlier, and more decent than generally thought and that a new world could be built atop that understanding. Discusses the deeply social, egalitarian lives of hunter-gatherers; whether the advent of human civilization was a huge mistake; whether humans have a common nature; the implications of the Holocaust; whether we can build a society without CEOs, politicians, and bureaucrats; and more.

Why is Jerusalem So Important?

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 19 June 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Sebag Montefiore about his book Jerusalem: The Biography. Discusses the history of the city sacred to three religions and why it has been on the front line of conflicts that have shaped the history of the Middle East and the wider world.

John Collison – Growing the Internet Economy

Invest Like the Best | 16 June 2020 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Collison, co-founder of Stripe. Discusses the future of the internet economy, industrial conglomerates, the power of writing well, and financial accounting in the age of intangibles.

Facebook: The Inside Story with Steven Levy

GeekWire | 3 March 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Levy about his book Facebook, The Inside Story. Backgrounds the process of writing the book, discusses Facebook’s controversies, and assesses Facebook’s conduct overall.

Rick Doblin – Psychedelic Breakthroughs

The Tim Ferriss Show | 12 June 2020 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rick Doblin, the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Discusses MAPS’s work to make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy an approved treatment for PTSD.

The Data Coach

Against the Rules with Michael Lewis | 2 June 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
From the latest series of Michael Lewis’ Against the Rules, which is about the role of coaches in society. All are excellent. This episode explores the quantitative, scientific, and data-driven new frontier of coaching. Shows how data and technology are applied to coaching baseball and conversational skills.

Far and Away with Andrew Solomon

Talking Books | 9 January 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Solomon about his book Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World. Discusses the virtues of travel and his impressions of some off-the-beaten-path countries he has visited.