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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Multiculturalism and Lessons From the Rwandan Genocide

The Michael Shermer Show | 3 January 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jens Heycke about his book Out of the Melting Pot, Into the Fire: Multiculturalism in the World’s Past and America’s Future. Takes a global, historical perspective to answer questions on multiculturalism such as whether it is better to promote a unifying, shared identity that transcends ethnic differences or to foster a multicultural salad of distinct group identities; and whether it is better to minimize ethnic distinctions or to accentuate them with diversity initiatives and ethnic preferences.

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Saint Nicholas

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 19 December 2023 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Eleanor Janega about the life and mythology of Saint Nicholas, the 3C Christian bishop famed for his generosity and compassion, who formed the basis for the Santa Claus legend.

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Jacob Mikanowski on Eastern Europe

Conversations with Tyler | 18 October 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jacob Mikanowski about his book Goodbye, Eastern Europe: An Intimate History of a Divided Land. Discusses the differences between Eastern and Western European humor, whether Poles are smiling more nowadays, why the best Polish folk art is from the south, the equilibrium for Kaliningrad and the Suwałki Gap, how Romania and Bulgaria will handle depopulation, whether Moldova has an independent future, why there are so few Christian-Muslim issues in Albania, a nuanced take on Orbán and Hungarian politics, why food in Poland is so good now, why Stanisław Lem hasn’t gotten more attention in the West, how Eastern Europe has changed his view of humanity, his ideal two-week itinerary in the region, and more.

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Sarah Ogilvie: The Dictionary People

The Book Club | 20 September 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Ogilvie about her book The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary. Describes the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, why the OED was different in kind from any previous English dictionary, how crowdsourcing made it ‘the Wikipedia of its day’, and how – as she discovered – quite so many cranks, murderers, perverts and foreigners took such an interest in it.

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Michael Muthukrishna: A Theory of Everyone

The Dissenter | 25 September 2023 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Muthukrishna about his book A Theory of Everyone: The New Science of Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Discusses the premise of the book; the four laws of life: energy, innovation, cooperation, and evolution; how cooperation expands in human societies, and what distinguishes us from other animals; intelligence and IQ, and the collective brain and the idea of “genius”; the importance of institutions and cultural norms, and the role of ideas; multiculturalism, and how to solve the “paradox of diversity”; our current energy ceiling, and the problems that derive from it and how to solve them; and the challenges of studying human behavior cross-culturally.

It’s finally here! Michael Muthkrishna launched what will surely be the most important book this year in conversation with Matthew Syed at the London School of Economics. You can watch the launch on LSE’s YouTube channel (the presentation starts 7 min 15 s into the video. You should definitely subscribe to his Substack.

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Celebrating Marginal Revolution’s 20th Anniversary

Conversations with Tyler | 23 August 2023 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen on the 20th anniversary of Marginal Revolution. Discusses MR’s legacy, including the golden age of blogging in the mid-2000s, the decline of independent blogs and the rise of social media, the robust community—and even marriage—forged through MR, favorite commenters, how MR catalyzed separate real-world pandemic responses by each of them, what’s happened to Tyrone, whether the site’s popularity has tempted them into self-censoring, and more.

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