Visa: The Original Protocol Business

Business Breakdowns | 5 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Rampell about the Visa credit card business. Discusses Visa’s origin story, the start of the credit card market, Visa’s business model, its unique moat and network effect, and the potential threats from other businesses and macroeconomic forces.

Greg Clark: For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 8 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing the controversy around, and the ideas from, his upcoming book For Whom The Bell Curve Tolls. Explores his finding of very high long-term persistence of social status across lineages, and possible explanations for this, including genetic factors.

J. Doyne Farmer on The Complexity Economics Revolution

Complexity | 26 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with J. Doyne Farmer about ideas from his upcoming book The Complexity Economics Revolution. Discusses how ecology inspires novel forms of macroeconomics; how “bounded rationality” changes the narrative about rational self-interested economic actors; modelling markets with noise traders, value investors and trend followers as an ecological system; how leverage leads to greater instability; how new tools can help us predict emerging innovations and engineer a better banking system; the skewed incentives of science funding and venture capital; his take on cryptocurrencies; and more.

With Emergent Ventures, Tyler Cowen Puts Money Where His Mind Is

Access to Excellence Podcast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing Emergent Ventures, which funds big and unique ideas; the Fast Grants program helping to fight Covid-19; why having children can help fight climate change; and why he is bullish on the U.S. economy.

I came across this on The Valmy, a list of episodes curated by Peter Hartree – an excellent resource, especially if you like philosophy.

The Peasants’ Revolt: Who Were the Rebels of 1381?

History Extra | 28 April 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Bell and Helen Lacey about their research on the Peasant’s Revolt, which has used big data methods to uncover that far from being an ill-disciplined explosion of rage, it was organised with military precision, with key players being non-peasant returnees from the warring in France.

Prisoners of Geography

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 19 April 2021 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Marshall about his books Prisoners of Geography and The Power of Geography. Discusses how our politics, demographics, economies and societies are determined by geography.

Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know | Marian Tupy

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 3 May 2021 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marian Tupy about his book Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know, co-authored with Ronald Bailey. Discusses the positive trends in global economic growth, poverty, famines, cancer deaths, education, literacy, and more.

If you like this you might also like to follow @HumanProgress on Twitter. It’s a good source of positive stories about humanity’s progress.

The Son King, with Madawi Al-Rasheed

AfterWords | 10 February 2021 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Madawi Al-Rasheed about her book The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia. Backgrounds the rise to power of Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and discusses the ruthless repression and dangerous contradictions at the heart of the Saudi regime.