Blacklisted In China

Planet Money | 26 October 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Describes China’s experiment developing a social credit score, which expands beyond financial credit to such things as work and traffic behaviours in order to help people trust each other more. Low scores effectively blacklist you from society.

The Ties That Bind?

LA Review of Books | 26 July 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tim Wardle about his Sundance-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers, which tells the story of identical triplets, separated at birth and reunited by chance in their late teens. Discusses his approach to unveiling a story with many unexpected twists and jaw-dropping turns and how he integrated reflections on the many controversial elements of the story.

The Potato

The Food Programme | 23 April 2017 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The story of how potatoes changed the world, their diversity of flavours, and how they might shape our food future. With the cook and food writer Anna Jones, Charles C. Mann – author of 1493 – How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth, and the potato revolutionary and agronomist Alan Wilson.

Yuval Noah Harari – Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

The James Altucher Show | 18 September 2018 | 1h 04m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Hariri about his book, 21 Lessons for The 21st Century. Covers the myth of free will, perception, mental health, the rise of robots, algorithms, hackers, automation and how to prepare for these changes.

Robert Plomin: Blueprint

Spectator Books | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits and the likelihood of getting divorced. Also discusses the risks of publishing the book, race and eugenics, and implications for the future of our data and medical care.

Ben Thompson on Business and Tech

Conversations with Tyler | 24 October 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Ben Thompson of Stratechery on the business side of tech and more, including whether tech titans are good at PR, whether conglomerate synergies exist, Amazon’s foray into healthcare, why anyone needs an Apple Watch or an Alexa, growing up in small-town Wisconsin, his pragmatic book-reading style, whether MBAs are overrated, the prospects for the Milwaukee Bucks, NBA rule changes, the future of the tech industries in China and India, and why Taiwanese breakfast is the best breakfast.

Tim Flannery on the Natural History of Europe

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 12 October 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Author, scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Tim Flannery has turned his attention to Europe in his latest book, Europe: A Natural History. It’s an evolutionary story of huge animals, shifting islands, eccentric scientists and the impact of modern humans.

Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 27 February 2018 | 2h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Naval Ravikant, prominent early stage investor and CEO and co-founder of AngelList. Lots of wisdom throughout, but especially insightful on how to be a better reader.