Marta Zaraska on Growing Young

Science Salon | 13 October 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marta Zaraska about her book Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. Examines the evidence that good nutrition and exercise, deep friendships, practising empathy and contemplating your purpose in life can improve your lifespan.

Robert Kurzban on Being Strategically Wrong

Rationally Speaking | 9 July 2017 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Kurzban about his book Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind. Describes the “modular mind” hypothesis and how it explains hypocrisy, self-deception, and other seemingly irrational features of human nature. Debates how useful these kinds of “strategic wrongness” really are.

Fredrik deBoer on the Cult of Smart

EconTalk | 26 October 2020 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fredrik deBoer about his book The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice. DeBoer argues that there is little that can be done to change the distribution of educational outcomes. He argues that educational reforms like charter schools and No Child Left Behind are doomed to failure. DeBoer, a self-described Marxist, suggests that society should remove the privilege of educational advantage.

Jonathan Losos: Urban Evolution

EdgeCast | 1 April 2017 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Jonathan Losos discusses the history of coming to terms with the fast pace of evolution. Covers examples of urban evolution by natural selection; small population genetic drift; the greater capacity for adaptation afforded by the mixing together of genetically differentiated populations; and phenotypic plasticity. Draws from his book Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution.

The Question of Education

a16z | 11 September 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Marc Andreessen and Dylan Field discuss education. Covers the purpose, past and present of education; economics of education (student loans, the debt crisis, government funding, industry cost disease, credentialing and accreditation capture); tradeoffs of hard and soft degrees when it comes to making money and assessing skills objectively; and advice for students.

Christopher Phillips on Scouting and Scoring Baseball

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 29 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christopher Phillips about his book Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball. Argues, counter to Moneyball, that both scouts and scorers use quantified judgements to assess the value of baseball players.

The Fundamental Human Relationship with Work

HBR IdeaCast | 13 October 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Applies an anthropologist’s perspective from studying an ancient hunter-gatherer society to suggest that our modern notions of work, economy, and productivity are perhaps too limiting. Argues that humans have always been drawn to work for its intrinsic value and that managers can prepare for the future workplace by broadening their thinking about work and purpose.

Adam Hart’s Unfit For Purpose

Little Atoms | 13 July 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Hart about his book Unfit for Purpose: When Human Evolution Collides with the Modern World. Discusses the mismatch between our biological adaptations and our modern environment, so that our bodies struggle to cope with the modern diet, stress, social media and “fake news”.