Will Marshall – Indexing the Earth

Invest Like the Best | 16 November 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Will Marshall, the co-founder and CEO of Planet, which has successfully built and deployed 450 satellites into space, to create a time series of images for every place on Earth. Describes how space is going through an internet moment where cost reductions and performance enhancements have led to a seismic shift in what’s possible, and how that can drastically improve life on Earth through unique datasets like the one Planet is piecing together.

COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.

Stories of War with Max Hastings

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 14 November 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace. Examines not just the heroism of those who have fought wars over the centuries but also the suffering and squalor that conflict brings. Reflects on his own experiences as a battlefield reporter in Vietnam and the Falklands, the effect those experiences had on him and why battlefields continue to fascinate him and the public.

The Economics of Ancient Rome with George Maher

The CapX Podcast | 15 October 2021 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with George Maher about his book Pugnare: Economic Success and Failure. Argues that the ascent of Rome wasn’t just a military or cultural achievement – it was an economic one. Discusses the Romans’ innovations in free trade, currency and banking, and why the lessons from the empire’s downfall are still relevant today.

Mark Mazower: The Greek Revolution

John Sandoe Books | 9 November 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mark Mazower about his book The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe. Discusses the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Empire; its post-Napoleonic context; the divisions within the Greek side, the incompetence of the Ottoman response; Lord Byron and the engagement of public opinion in the West; and its sudden end after a combined British, Russian and French flotilla wiped out the Ottoman fleet.

Making of The Master – Roger Federer, by Chris Clarey

The Tennis Podcast | 24 August 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Chris Clarey about his book The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer. Discusses the life and tennis career of Roger Federer, the people who have been important influences, and the rivalries that have shaped him.

Alexander Young: Everything You Want to Know About Cognitive Genomics

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 4 November 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Young discussing his work on cognitive genomics. Covers the heritability of complex traits; the large datasets required; twin studies; why Iceland’s isolation and homogeneity make it the ideal place for research distinguishing sociological explanations from biological; and the evidence that characteristics such as educational attainment are mediated to a large extent by inherited genes.

David Willetts on How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future

The CapX Podcast | 11 December 2019 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Willetts about his book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give It Back. Describes how the unconscious demographic power of baby boomers has benefited them at the expense of their children. Questions how long their children will be prepared to put up with higher taxes, working longer hours for less money, and lowered social mobility.