Fungi

In Our Time | 15 February 2018 | 0h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses fungi: organisms which are not plants or animals but a kingdom of their own. The millions of species of fungi play a crucial role in ecosystems, enabling plants to obtain nutrients and causing material to decay. Without fungi, life as we know it simply would not exist. They also make possible the production of bread, wine and certain antibiotics.

The Future of Meat

Freakonomics Radio | 14 February 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

Catherine Semcer on Poaching, Preserves, and African Wildlife

EconTalk | 18 February 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Semcer drawing on her background in African wildlife conservation. Discusses the role of incentives in preserving wildlife in Africa and, counter-intuitively, how allowing limited hunting of big game has improved both habitat and wildlife populations while reducing poaching.

McDonald’s Broke My Heart

Revisionist History | 10 August 2017 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell on French fries. McDonald’s made the world’s greatest French Fry, then succumbed to public pressure to make it healthier. A salutary lesson in how little we know about dietary matters.

Andrew Yarrow on Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life

New Books in Economics | 9 November 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yarrow about his book Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life. Evaluates the economic and cultural forces driving the population of men who leave the workforce, isolate themselves, and ultimately become angry.

Steve Kuhn – Life After Hedge Funds

Capital Allocators | 4 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with retired hedge fund manager Steve Kuhn. Describes parlaying a passion for playing games into a two-decade Wall Street career specialising in mortgage-backed securities. Insights on the evidence-based case for active manager alpha, Chinese education, philanthropy, and the IDEAL approach to immigration.

Palace of Justice

Criminal | 17 August 2018 | 0h 27m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Benjamin Ferencz, who was just 27 years old when he prosecuted his very first trial. There were 22 defendants, each of them high-ranking members of Nazi Germany’s death squad. The entire world was watching.

The School of Hard Facts

Analysis | 28 October 2012 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with E.D. Hirsch who advocates a school curriculum strongly grounded in facts and knowledge. He believes that there are specific ideas, works of literature and scientific concepts which everyone should know so that they can be active participants in society. Discusses with the former English schools minister, Nick Gibb, the reasons for embracing Hirsch’s ideas and how they could counteract what he describes as a prevailing left-wing ideology among teachers.