Richard Meadows: The First Roaman, Optionality

RoamFM | 21 December 2020 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Meadows about beta testing Roam Research and his book Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World. Discusses the early development of Roam Research and how he uses it for his writing process. Discusses Optionality, the philosophy he has developed to be both resilient to and profit from a volatile and uncertain world.

Optionality is my favourite book for 2020. That’s very high praise for a year where Matt Ridley published a book.

Economics and Parenting

RNZ: Nights | 21 January 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later
Interview with Eric Crampton applying an economist’s perspective to parenting. Covers choosing names; the implication from twin studies that parenting investments have limited payoffs in later-life outcomes; and using written bids to optimally allocate household chores. Draws on his article The Tender Years.

The Problem with Meritocracy – David Goodhart

TRIGGERnometry | 15 November 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Goodhart about his book Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect. Argues that expanding higher education and valorising cognitive analytical elites has alienated those working in manual technical work and caring roles.

Tom Levenson on Money for Nothing

Versus History Podcast | 11 September 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thomas Levenson about his book Money for Nothing: The South Sea Bubble and the Invention of Modern Capitalism. Backgrounds the South Sea Bubble and how it lead to the birth of modern financial capitalism – the idea that you can invest in future prosperity and that governments can borrow money to make things happen. Also explores how the scientific revolution extended to the idea that empiricism and maths could make sense of everyday life; and how the invention of modern ideas about money both made the world rich and exposed us to predictable hazards that we fail to fully prepare for.

Nicholas Carr on Deep Reading and Digital Thinking

The Ezra Klein Show | 29 June 2020 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nicholas Carr about his book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. Discusses how speaking, reading, and the Internet have each changed our brains in different ways, why “paying attention” doesn’t come naturally to us, how human memory works, why having your phone in sight makes you less creative, what separates “deep reading” from simply reading, why deep reading is getting harder, why building connections is more important than absorbing information, the benefits to collapsing the world into a connected digital community, and more.

Into Africa featuring Sean Pawley

Conservative Curious | 12 December 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean Pawley, a young American who founded Seshat Bank, a bank in Rwanda. Discusses Rwanda’s long-term vision of being the “Singapore of Africa,” China’s influence on the African continent, and why he thinks there are big opportunities for investors in Africa.

Were the Suffragettes Terrorists?

History Extra | 18 December 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fern Riddell about her book Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion. Discusses her biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores the suffragettes’ use of bombings and fires to advance their campaign for votes for women.

Edward Wilson-Lee on The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books

The Curious Man’s Podcast | 30 September 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Wilson-Lee about his book The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World’s Greatest Library. Describes the life and work of Hernando Colon, the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus. Covers his biography that burnished the reputation of Columbus, his work to collect everything ever printed and house it in the world’s biggest library; and discusses the parallels with knowledge curation today.