James Belich – The Black Death

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 9 March 2018 | 0h 25m | Listen Later 
Interview with historian James Belich about his book, The Prospect of Global History, which argues that the Black Death, beginning in the 1340s, fuelled wider European control and influence across the globe.

Michael Schwimer – Moneyball as an Investment Strategy

Capital Allocators | 15 October 2018 | 0h 55m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Michael Schwimer of Big League Advance, a company that investments in Minor League baseball players in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings. Discusses his analytical approach to playing professional sport, his application of Sabermetrics, his concern for player welfare and the process of recruiting funders. Fascinating from both sports and data science perspectives.

Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.

What Causes What?

Planet Money | 17 October 2018 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. Uses stories about school performance and hormone replacement therapy to show how clever natural experiments can distinguish cause from correlation.

Why Bill Gates is Worried

The Ezra Klein Show | 15 October 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bill Gates about his foundation’s 2018 annual report which suggests that progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be about to stall. Discusses the geographic and political forces that have held African development back, whether economic growth brings political freedom, the risks posed by artificial intelligence, and how we should weigh future human lives and current animal suffering.

Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

The Book Club| 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography of Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.

Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book Architect of Prosperity, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.