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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.