Michael Mauboussin – Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

What Got You There with Sean DeLaney | 19 July 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mauboussin discussing leadership in sport, his thinking and writing processes, books, behavioural biases, and the Santa Fe Institute. Draws in particular on ideas from his book The Success Equation, which is all about distinguishing skill from luck.

Charles Freeman on Awakening – A History of the Western Mind AD500–1700

Versus History Podcast | 15 August 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Freeman about his book The Awakening: A History of the Western Mind AD 500–AD 1700. Discusses the history of European thought, covering Charlemagne’s role preserving ancient texts, the founding of universities, the printing press and the Renaissance, and the effect of Europe’s encounter with the New World.

Steven Pinker: “I Manage My Controversy Portfolio Carefully”

People I (Mostly) Admire | 22 August 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Pinker about his work cataloguing human progress, language, and why his work has been so controversial. The first episode of a new podcast by Steve Levitt.

Six Degrees of Climate Emergency feat. Mark Lynas

Decouple | 16 July 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Lynas about his book Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency. Describes his process of summarising IPCC source material studies and laying out for each degree of warming what the human and environmental implications are for our warming world.

Progress Studies in 2020 with Jason Crawford

Venture Stories | 16 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Crawford, author of The Roots of Progress, discussing: the key aspects of human progress; the history of progress over time; whether we’ve traded off progress for safety; why the idea of progress is relatively new; what the nature of science fiction writing tells us about our vision for progress; why progress happens differently in different domains; how to think about safety with respect to new technologies; and the impacts of slowing population growth.

Irene Pepperberg on Revolutionizing What Humans Think of Bird Brains

When We Talk About Animals | 10 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Pepperberg about her research demonstrating the ability of parrots to communicate and understand complex ideas. Draws on her book Alex and Me, the story of her life and work with Alex, an African Grey parrot.

Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.

Brian Armstrong – The Future of Crypto

Invest Like the Best | 11 August 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Armstrong, the co-founder and CEO of Coinbase. Extols the benefits of economic freedom and discusses the future of cryptocurrency and decentralized finance as enablers of that freedom.