Alice Evans on The Great Gender Divergence

Tides of History | 27 June 2024 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alice Evans about The Great Gender Divergence, her Substack and upcoming book. Discusses the deep historical and cultural roots behind the divergent progress towards gender equality in different parts of the world.

Alice Evan’s Substack is outstanding. I’m going on record now with the prediction that this work will earn her the Nobel Prize in Economics.

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A Guide to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Art of Manliness | 29 May 2024 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Richardson about his book Zen and Now, a study and reflection on Robert Pirsig’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Explains what Pirsig’s book is all about, Pirsig’s ideas on the metaphysics of quality and our relationship to technology, and how he tried to combine the ethos of Eastern and Western thought into a unified philosophy of living. Discusses why Richardson wanted to recreate Pirsig’s road trip, the joys of travelling by motorcycle, and what he learned along the way.

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Shakespeare’s Maths

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 15 June 2024 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rob Eastaway about his book Much Ado About Numbers. Discusses Shakespeare’s knack for numbers and the simple maths that brings Shakespeare’s work to life.

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Jonathan Rauch on Free Speech

Different Matters | 16 May 2024 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Rauch about his books Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought and The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth. Discusses the importance of social systems that pursue the truth.

See also the Quillette episode.

I am a member of the Free Speech Union, which brought Jonathan Rauch to New Zealand to discuss the importance of academic freedom.

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Reporting From the Frontlines of the Culture Wars

The Michael Shermer Show | 14 May 2024 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nellie Bowles about her book Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History. Discusses what it’s like to work at The New York Times; what it’s like to found a new media company; same-sex marriage; Liberalism versus Progressivism; the Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and transgender movements; Patrisse Khan-Cullors; White privilege; somatic abolitionism; anti-racism; cancel culture; and more.

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Happily Ever After? Love and Marriage in Austen’s Era

History Extra | 14 February 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rory Muir about her book Love and Marriage in the Age of Jane Austen. Discusses the reality of love and marriage in the age of Jane Austen, from engagements and elopements to going on honeymoon with your mother-in-law.

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Fareed Zakaria on the Age of Revolutions

Conversations with Tyler | 27 March 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Fareed Zakaria about his book Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present. Discusses what he learned from Khushwant Singh as a boy, what made his father lean towards socialism, why the Bengali intelligentsia is so left-wing, what’s stuck with him from his time at an Anglican school, what’s so special about visiting Amritsar, why he misses a more syncretic India, how his time at the Yale Political Union dissuaded him from politics, what he learned from Walter Isaacson and Sam Huntington, what put him off academia, how well some of his earlier writing as held up, why he’s become focused on classical liberal values, whether he had reservations about becoming a TV journalist, how he’s maintained a rich personal life, and more. Suffused with his enduring passion for ideas and his belief in the importance of classical liberalism in an age of increasing populism and authoritarianism.

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Elise Hu on Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital

Asian Review of Books | 21 December 2023 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elise Hu about her book Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital. Discusses the mix of gender politics, culture of lookism, K-Pop, and cosmetic surgery that brought South Korea to dominate the cosmetics industry.

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