Walter Scheidel – Escape from Rome

Science Salon | 30 June 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity. Recounts the end of the Roman Empire and argues that Rome’s collapse cleared the path for Europe’s economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Discusses why the Roman Empire appeared; why nothing like returned to Europe; why Europeans came to dominate the world; the rich diversity of Europe that encouraged political, economic, scientific, and technological breakthroughs; why other parts of the world lagged behind; how empires are built and why they fail; America as an empire; income inequality and the only forces that change it significantly; and the future of human civilization.

Scholarstage on Chinese Politics & Philosophy

ChinaTalk | 18 August 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tanner Greer of the blog Scholarstage discussing Xi’s ideology, incentives in western China-watching, Mormons in China, why it’s worth studying classical Chinese history, and AI-assisted writing.

The Extraordinary Life of Sultan Selim I

History Extra | 28 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alan Mikhail about his book God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World. Discusses his biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, backgrounding how he transformed the empire in the early 16th century, and explaining the important consequences for the rest of the world.

Michael Mauboussin – Great Migration Public to Private Equity

Invest Like the Best | 1 September 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mauboussin about his paper on the migration of investment from public to private markets in the USA. Explore the reasons for this shift, the biggest overall changes in capital markets, what the future may hold, the rise of intangible asset investments, employee-based compensation as a form of financing, and more.

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

EconTalk | 31 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Ridley argues that we give too much credit to inventors and not enough to innovators – those who refine and improve an invention to make it valuable to users. Along the way, he emphasizes the power of trial and error and the importance of permissionless innovation.

This is the fourth episode I’ve posted with Matt Ridley about How Innovation Works. It’s a fantastic book, by my favourite author, interviewed here by my favourite podcaster.

John Hawks on the Deep Human Past

Tides of History | 27 August 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Hawks about paleoanthropology, archaic humans, genomics, and whether the concept of different human species even makes sense. We differ from each other genetically by one base pair in one thousand; to Neanderthals by 1.5 base pairs in a thousand; and to chimpanzees by 20 base pairs in a thousand.

Dr Walter Scheidel – The Great Leveler

Science Salon | 11 June 2017 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Traces the global history of inequality, showing that inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return.

Jason Furman on Productivity, Competition and Growth

Conversations with Tyler | 26 August 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Furman discussing how monopolies affect investment patterns, his top three recommendations to improve American productivity, why he’s skeptical of place-based development policies, what some pro-immigration arguments get wrong, why he’s more concerned about companies like Facebook and Google than he is Walmart and Amazon, the merits of a human rights approach to privacy, whether the EU treats tech companies fairly, the future of fintech, his highest objective when teaching economics, what he learned from coauthoring a paper with someone who disagrees with him, why he’s a prolific Goodreads reviewer, and more. Insightful throughout.