What Twins Tell Us

Hidden Brain | 25 March 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Nancy Segal on the story of the Bogota twins – two sets of identical twins mixed up at birth and raised as fraternal twins. A tragedy, a soap opera, and a science experiment, all rolled into one. Uses the stories of twins raised apart to explore the role that genes and the environment play in shaping our identities. Based on the book Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture.

Malcolm Gladwell on the Danger of Joining Consensus Opinions

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 August 2016 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell delving into his process to generate contrarian perspectives. Topics include: Gladwell’s early career; how Canadians are disinclined to escalate conflicts; the value and nature of boredom in childhood; how people reflexively pile on to convenient narratives; why podcasting is different from writing for the page/screen; how the internet will one day seem like an experiment gone completely awry; and the importance of people who are above average though not exceptional.

Rosalind Watts on Researching Psilocybin’s Effects on Depression

Y Combinator | 15 March 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with clinical psychologist Rosalind Watts about the action of psychedelic drugs in the brain and their clinical utility for the treatment of depression. Backgrounds the impressive results treating patients with hard-to-treat depression.

The Economics of Renewables

IEA Conversations | 29 March 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley explaining the costs of regulation that promotes renewable electricity generation. English and Welsh household electricity costs have risen 50% in real terms since 2001. Meanwhile, emissions and costs are down in the US as it embraces cheap gas from fracking.

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

Planet Money | 19 January 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. Economist Julian Simon saw a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.

Lewis Dartnell’s Origins

Little Atoms | 22 March 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about the ideas in Origins: How The Earth Made Us. Describes the enduring role of geology in shaping human history.

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50

Cato Daily Podcast | 5 February 2019 | 0h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. Explains why life improves in your 50s, 60s, and beyond.

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and Marriage

Freakonomics Radio | 6 July 2017 | 0h 43m | Listen Later
Over 40 percent of U.S. births are to unmarried mothers, and the numbers are especially high among the less-educated. Why? One argument is that the decline in good manufacturing jobs led to a decline in “marriageable” men. Cleverly uses high paying jobs for less educated men in the fracking boom as a natural experiment to explore marriage dynamics.