Lisa Cook on Racism, Patents, and Black Entrepreneurship

EconTalk | 21 September 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Cook discussing her research into the impact of racism, lynching, and segregation on Black inventors and entrepreneurs and the consequent effect on innovation and the wider US economy. Nicely contextualised with her work studying the barriers to innovation in the Russian economy. Also considers the best measures to move forward from here.

Pericles

In Our Time | 17 September 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pericles (495–429BC), the statesman who dominated the politics of Athens for thirty years, the so-called Age of Pericles, when the city’s cultural life flowered, its democracy strengthened as its empire grew, and the Acropolis was adorned with the Parthenon. In 431 BC he gave a funeral oration for those Athenians who had already died in the new war with Sparta which has been celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of all time, yet within two years he was dead from a plague made worse by Athenians crowding into their city to avoid attacks. Thucydides, the historian, knew him and was in awe of him, yet few shared that view until the nineteenth century, when they found much in Pericles to praise, an example for the Victorian age.

Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy

The Hour of History Podcast | 1 August 2020 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Danielle Giffort about her book Acid Revival: The Psychedelic Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy. Backgrounds the rise, fall, and reemergence of psychedelic research and discusses the new generation of researchers working to rehabilitate psychedelic drugs and usher in a new era of psychedelic medicine.

Edward the Confessor

History Extra | 26 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Licence about his book Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood. Discusses the life and times of the pre-conquest ruler of England, King Edward the Confessor. Weighs the evidence for whether Edward promised the Kingdom to William the Conqueror.

Speed, Thrift, and Simplicity with Dan Ward

Acquisition Talk | 30 March 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Ward about his book Lift: Innovation Lessons from Flying Machines that ALMOST Worked and the People who NEARLY Flew Them. Uses examples from the development of aviation technology to draw lessons about how to accelerate innovation.

Greger Larson on How People Domesticated Animals

Tides of History | 17 September 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Greger Larson about the application of genetic science to build a more nuanced view of the domestication of animals. Discusses the evidence that animal domestication was much less of a human-directed process than commonly supposed.

Geoffrey Miller – Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech

Science Salon | 2 December 2019 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Geoffrey Miller about his book Virtue Signaling: Essays on Darwinian Politics & Free Speech. Discusses virtue signaling and why we all do it; how the phrase “virtue signaling” became a derogatory political meme; how virtue signaling really works and why it is not a bad thing; why evolutionary psychology is not based on “just so” story telling; how multiple traits can be selected at once; individual selection versus group selection; the role of virtue signaling in the evolution of the moral sentiments; how virtue signaling helps produce real morality (and not just fake altruism); gender differences in career preferences; neurodiversity and speech codes; cultural diversity; and why social groups tend to splinter and defenestrate members who are not sufficiently virtuous.

Zach Vertin – A Rope from the Sky

Press Conference USA | 1 March 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zach Vertin about his book A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State. Discusses the forces driving the creation of South Sudan and its subsequent collapse into civil war – drawing lessons for US foreign policy.