David Deutsch on the Infinite Reach of Knowledge

The TED Interview | 23 October 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Deutsch discussing his theory that the potential reach of knowledge is infinite, how knowledge first developed, why it sets us apart, and what these concepts mean for our present and future. Draws on his book The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World.

The Plague Cycle

Slate Money | 6 March 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Kenny about his book The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease. Backgrounds that, counter to Malthus, human population has historically been limited by disease, rather than famine. Also discusses vaccine distribution, and how the covid-19 pandemic is affecting the global economy long term.

Economists Deirdre McCloskey and Art Carden on the Bourgeois Deal

The Well-Read Investor | 31 march 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey and Art Carden about their book Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World. Argues that human freedom drove the accelerating world prosperity in the era commencing with the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and beyond.

Augustine Sedgewick on the Dark Empire of Coffee

Who Makes Cents? | 2 July 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Augustine Sedgewick about his book Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug. Describes the labour, food and business practices that combined with imperialism to spread coffee around the world, transforming whole societies in the process.

How One Man and Some Metal Boxes Revolutionized Global Trade

Trade Talks | 29 June 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marc Levinson about his book The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Tells the story of Malcom McLean’s innovation to containerise shipping and the resulting impact on people, ports, cities and trade.

The Story of Numerals

Many Minds | 14 April 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stephen Chrisomalis about his book Reckonings: Numerals, Cognition, and History. Discusses the anthropology of numbers, mathematics, and literacy. Describes various systems for representing numbers, building on tally systems that emerge in the Upper Paleolithic, their association with writing, and debunks the notion that Roman numerals fell from favour due to being difficult to calculate with.

Martin Sherwin – Gambling with Armageddon

The Michael Shermer Show | 2 February 2021 | 1h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Martin Sherwin about his book Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis and its potential for nuclear holocaust, in a wider historical narrative of the Cold War – how such a crisis arose, and how luck, reason and diplomacy saved the world from thermonuclear war.

Louis Fishman on Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era

Turkey Book Talk | 26 October 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Louis Fishman about his book Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914: Claiming the Homeland. Discusses how the late Ottoman era set the stage for the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.