Katy Payne – In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

On Being with Krista Tippett | 22 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katy Payne, who discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Draws on ideas from her book Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants.

How to Fix Your Hiring Process

HBR IdeaCast | 25 June 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Cappelli about the ideas in his HBR article Your Approach to Hiring is All Wrong. Argues managers at companies large and small are doing hiring all wrong. A confluence of changes, from the onslaught of online tools to a rise in recruitment outsourcing, have promised more efficiency but actually made us less effective at finding the best candidates. Cappelli sets out better, simpler ways to measure whether someone will be a good employee and advises companies to focus more on internal talent.

From the Internet’s Past to the Future of Crypto

a16z | 29 August 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marc Andreessen applying lessons from the history of the internet to the future of crypto. Why crypto is an important evolution (or revolution) of the internet. What entrepreneurs, corporations, and policymakers can learn from the beginnings of the browser, e-commerce, and other examples about how emerging technologies move forward.

The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

History Extra | 15 March 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Benn Steil, author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe, how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR, and its impact on the European recovery after the Second World War.

Inheritance

Analysis | 21 February 2016 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why does inheritance arouse such powerful emotions? Family, death and money make for gripping stories – just ask Tolstoy, Austen or Dickens – but our attitudes also reflect the way we feel about society, the state, and even ourselves. Discussions tend to dissolve into rows about levels of tax but this programme explores the values and intuitions that underpin our strength of feeling.

Why Worry about Global Population Decline?

Deep Dish on Global Affairs | 28 March 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson about their book Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline. Argues the world is in for a shock as global population peaks and then declines this century, reshaping everything from economic growth and immigration to government spending. Discuss why it’s happening and how nations can prepare for this radical shift.

Violet Moller on The Map of Knowledge

New Books Network | 31 July 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Violet Moller about her book The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found. Discusses the tenuous transmission of books from the ancient world to the modern, via Alexandria, Syria, Constantinople, Baghdad and Renaissance Venice.