Dennis Duncan – Index, a history of the

How To Academy | 7 September 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Dennis Duncan about his book Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age. Discusses the history of the book index, revealing how it transformed the way we read and process knowledge.

James Costa: Darwin, Wallace, The Origin of Species, and The Descent of Man

The Dissenter | 3 September 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with James Costa touching on Wallace and Darwin’s Origin of Species, but mainly focussed on The Descent of Man. Discusses where Darwin’s ideas came from, and in what ways they differ from Wallace’s; sexual selection; our primate origins; the evolutionary origins of our mental faculties; race and sex differences; cultural evolution; (cultural) group selection; Darwin as a precursor of evolutionary psychology; eusocial insects, and group selection.

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human with Richard Wrangham

The Innovation Show | 26 December 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Richard Wrangham about his book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. Argues that the habit of eating cooked rather than raw food permitted the digestive tract to shrink and the human brain to grow; helped structure human society; and created the male-female division of labour. As our ancestors adapted to using fire, humans emerged as “the cooking apes.”

This is one of my all-time favourite books.

The Great Slowdown and Why It’s Good, with Danny Dorling

Intelligence Squared | 5 May 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Danny Dorling about his book Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration―and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives. Argues that fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, and even technological progress have all steadily declined since the 1970s. Rather than lament this turn of events, Dorling says we should embrace it as a moment of promise and a move toward stability.

Dr. Robert Pearl: Uncaring

The House of Pod: A Medical Podcast | 17 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Pearl, the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, about his book Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients. Discusses the toxic culture of medicine that prioritises doctor status over patient welfare and the prospects for Amazon to disrupt the delivery of healthcare.

Bret Devereaux on Ancient Greece and Rome

EconTalk | 30 August 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Bret Devereaux about our understanding of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Devereaux highlights the gap between the reality of Greece and Rome and how they’re portrayed in popular culture. The conversation focuses on the diversity of ancient Rome and the military prowess of Sparta.

Ellen Peters on Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers

New Books in Mathematics | 31 May 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ellen Peters about her book Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers. Describes the three components of numeric ability – objective numeracy, subjective numeracy, and the innate number sense – and how they vary within and across populations. Discusses the inequities caused by this variance in quantitative reasoning skills.