Matt Ridley: Infinite Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 23 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley discussing writing books about science, the age-old battle between viruses and humans, rational optimism, the difference between innovation and invention, the role of trial and error and the effects of social media on seeing others’ points of view.

Michela Wrong: Do Not Disturb

The Book Club | 24 March 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michela Wrong about her book Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad. While Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has basked in the approval of Western donors, Michela Wrong argues, his burnished image conceals a history of sadism, repression and violent tyranny. Discusses what our goodies-and-baddies account of Rwanda’s genocide missed, and why it urgently needs correcting.

Daryl Morey on Analytics, Psychology, and Basketball

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 15 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daryl Morey, the President for Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers. Discusses the science, art and human relations of optimising a basketball team to win games and championships – the data required, what to ignore, correcting for bias, while taking account of human intuition, etc.

Dying from Despair in the USA: A Discussion with Anne Case

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 15 March 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Case about ideas from her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, co-authored with Angus Deaton. Backgrounds the increasing deaths from pain and despair for American adults without a degree. Ties this to the weakening position of labour, the growing power of corporations, and the lack of affordable health care.

Ian Harris – Most Surgeries Are Ineffective

Bold Conjectures | 20 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Harris about his book Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence. Discusses the scientific method, how little surgery is demonstrated to have benefits beyond doing nothing, the need for randomised trials to assess which surgeries work, surgery as the ultimate placebo, and more.

Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-Century Survival Story

History Extra | 1 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrea Pitzer about her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North-East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Jonathan Goldberg – Capturing Carbon

Invest Like the Best | 18 March 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Goldberg, the founder, and CEO of Carbon Direct, a company focused on advising and investing in carbon removal at scale. Discusses commodities trading, the state of the carbon problem today, the importance of global carbon standards and carbon taxes, and the necessity for and future of carbon capture and removal technologies.