Carl Hart on the Role of Drug Use in the Pursuit of Happiness

Keen On | 14 January 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl L. Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Discusses the restrictions, benefits and dangers of recreational drug use. Argues that restrictions on personal drug use are ineffective, racist, ignore empirical evidence, perpetuate social inequality, and are at odds with the right to pursue happiness.

What the Science of Relationships Can Teach Founders

Venture Stories | 4 February 2021 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Logan Ury discussing her book How To Not Die Alone from the perspective of founder relationships. Discusses: why a great relationship is really just a culmination of a series of small decisions, and how to be intentional every step of the way; how the three dating tendencies apply to cofounders as well as to romantic partners; what leads to external CEO candidates being paid more but performing worse than internal ones; why life is happier for satisficers than for maximizers; when to end it versus when to mend it; and why people love optionality but are much happier after having made permanent decisions.

Yuen Yuen Ang – China’s Gilded Age

New Books in Economics | 18 December 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuen Yuen Ang about her book China’s Gilded Age: The Paradox of Economic Boom and Vast Corruption. Defines four types of corruption: petty theft, grand theft, speed money, and access money, Explains that not all types of corruption carry the same harm and have the same impact on growth. Overviews research on corruption and argues that countries that appear free of corruption are just characterized by more sophisticated forms of corruption.

Eliot Higgins on We Are Bellingcat

Intelligence Squared | 5 February 2021 | 0h ??m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eliot Higgins about his book We Are Bellingcat. Tells the story of how Bellingcat pioneered the use of software to crack some of the biggest cases in the world. Discusses their investigations into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and the recent poisoning of Russian politician Alexei Navalny.

The Lonely Century – Noreena Hertz

RNZ: Nine to Noon | 22 November 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later
Interview with Noreena Hertz about her book The Lonely Century: Coming Together in a World That’s Pulling Apart. From isolated people working from home to elderly people in Japan apparently choosing prison over living alone, Noreena Hertz looks at our fundamental need for connection and community and offers ideas for how we can re-connect, as individuals and as communities.

Sarah Brayne on Police Surveillance

Probable Causation | 9 February 2021 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sarah Brayne about her book Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing. Describes how the police use big data and new surveillance technologies ad discusses the implications for social inequality, privacy, and civil liberties.

Should We Dim the Sun? Will We Even Have a Choice?

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 February 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Elizabeth Kolbert about her book Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Discusses the prospect of intentionally sending sulphurous particles into the atmosphere to dim the sun, whether carbon capture technology could scale up to to make a dent in emissions levels, the ethics of using gene-editing technologies to make endangered species more resistant to climate change, the governance mechanisms needed to prevent these technologies from getting out of hand, what a healthier narrative about humanity’s relationship with nature would sound like, how the pandemic altered carbon emissions, and more.

Ina Park on Strange Bedfellows

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 4 February 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ina Park about her book Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDS. Discusses the science and history of sexually transmitted diseases, including the role of a sex detective, the false stigma around herpes, Ina’s hope that all children contract oral herpes, merkins and other pubic grooming habits, how gonorrhea earned the nickname “the clap”, the miracle of modern medicine via the HPV vaccine, the importance of discussing topics like these with humour and honesty rather than condemnation, and more.