Russ Roberts on Wild Problems

The Tim Ferriss Show | 5 August 2022 | 1h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Russ Roberts on lessons from F.A. Hayek and Nassim Taleb, decision-making insights from Charles Darwin, the dangers of scientism, his book Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us, learnings from the Talmud, the role of prayer, and the journey to transcendence.

John Goetz: Tracking Down a Torturer

The Prospect Interview | 7 June 2022 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Goetz about his article What happened in Guantánamo: a former prisoner and interrogator speak 17 years on. Describes the story of former Guantanamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi and the man who tortured him, Mr X; how Goetz and his colleague Bastian Berbner tracked down Mr X seventeen years later; and what it taught them about the war on terror.

Self-Help for Data Nerds

People I (Mostly) Admire | 14 May 2022 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz about his book Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life. Offers advice for everyday life distilled from mountains of data. Covers appearance, wealthiest occupations, factors that predict entrepreneurial success, the relative importance of genetics across various sports, mental health and beating depression, Google trends, racism, dating, and desensitising rejection.

Amy Bloom: Grief is the Price You Pay for Love

Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady | 10 March 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amy Bloom about her book In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss. Discusses her life with her husband, his decline with Alzheimer’s, and his death by voluntary euthanasia.

Tamar Haspel on First-Hand Food

EconTalk | 28 February 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tamar Haspel about her book To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard. Discusses what she learned from her quest to eat at least one thing she’d grown, caught, or killed every day. Reflects on the joy of learning and acquiring new skills to solve problems.

Honeybees w/ Thomas Seeley

Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria | 13 January 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Seeley about his book The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honeybee in the Wild. Discusses honeybee physiology and behaviour, backyard beekeeping, and what we can learn from wild bees to improve our relationship with these fascinating creatures.

Ravi Shankar Interview

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 5 January 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ravi Shankar about his book Correctional: A Memoir. Details his harrowing experiences with the law – incarcerated once innocently, and then again justly as his promotion to full professor was finalized. Describes his time in Hartford Correctional Center and those he shared time with. A story about the criminal justice system, mental health and self-journey.

Robert Brooks on Artificial Intimacy

The Dissenter | 20 December 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Brooks about his book Artificial Intimacy: Virtual Friends, Digital Lovers, and Algorithmic Matchmakers. Discusses the biology of intimacy, and the biology of love and romantic relationships, and how new technology exploits them; the effects technology might have on mating strategies, and on gender roles; the incel movement, and some equivalents in Japan, and how in Japan people deal with romantic rejection differently; and how lowering the price of sex might be good, and how technology can help with that.