Do You See Ice?

Time to Eat the Dogs | 5 June 2021 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Karen Routledge about her book, Do You See Ice?: Inuit and Americans at Home and Away. Discusses Baffin Island’s Inuit community as it came into contact with western whalers and explorers in the nineteenth century. Even though the Inuit worked closely with outsiders, their views of the Arctic world, their ideas about the meaning of home, even their views of time itself remained different.

Michael Muthukrishna: Human Culture, The Cultural Brain, And Political Corruption

The Dissenter | 9 May 2019 | 1 h 13m | Listen Later
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture is transmitted, maintained and modified. Discusses the interplay between biology and culture in explaining large-scale human cooperation; the biological bases of human culture; the Cultural Brain Hypothesis; the relationship between individual-level psychology and group-level traits; genetic and cultural evolution; group selection; prosocial institutions; political corruption and how societies might promote it and also common strategies to fight it that might backfire.

Dana Gioia on Learning, Poetry, and Studying with Miss Bishop

EconTalk | 15 February 2021 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dana Gioia about his book Studying with Miss Bishop. Discusses the craft of being a poet, the business world, mentorship, loss, why poetry no longer seems to matter, and how it might begin to matter again.

The Black Count: Interview with Writer Tom Reiss

The Marc Steiner Show | 5 July 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Reiss about his book The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Discusses General Alex Dumas, a hero of the French Revolution, who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti). He was the father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, who used his father’s larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

Culture, Innovation, and the Collective Brain

Many Minds | 3 February 2021 | 1h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about why our brains got so big; how culture makes us smart; where innovation comes from; the cultural brain hypothesis; what this means for a general theory of intelligence across species; explaining the Flynn Effect; how group size and interconnectedness power culture; the evolution of brain size in humans & cetaceans; why psychology needs to become a historical science; and more.

This episode was so insightful that I went looking for more. The episode with Michael Muthukrishna on The Dissenter is also very good.

What Would Orwell Be Without Nineteen Eighty-Four?

The Book Club | 31 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Podcast marking the moment that George Orwell comes out of copyright. D. J. Taylor (author of On Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell: The Life) and Dorian Lynskey (author of The Ministry of Truth) discuss how Orwell speaks to us now, and how his reputation has weathered. Was he secretly a conservative? Was he a McCarthyite snitch? How would he be remembered had he died before writing Nineteen Eighty-Four? And does ‘Orwellian’ mean anything much at all?

Women in Greek Myths

History Extra | 25 November 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Natalie Haynes about her book Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths. Discusses the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, finding that the figures who emerge from different retellings and translations owe more to modern mores than historical fidelity.