How to Fire People

Without Fail | Day Month 2019 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patty McCord, author of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. Covers the Netflix back story and its famous culture deck. Explains why high business performance requires the preparedness to fire people exemplified by professional sports teams as opposed to the values of a family.

How Aldi Transformed the Way Britain Shops

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 18 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Fascinating examination of the history, business processes and society-wide cultural changes behind the success of Aldi, the discount supermarket retailer.

Peter Zeihan – The Future of Geopolitics

Invest Like the Best | 5 March 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan about the ideas in his books The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. Argues that global trade will break down as the US withdraws from its role as global policeman.

A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals

The Rubin Report | 25 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Cowen defines his political position, explains the need for innovation to outpace regulation, reminds us how little we know and sets out the central importance of economic growth. Also touches on crypto, gratitude, climate change, immigration and sourcing talent.

Michael Mayer – Pseudonymous Social Capital and Bottomless Coffee

Invest Like the Best | 12 March 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mayer of Bottomless, a startup that uses scales to ship coffee as you need it. Insights on education, learning, social media, personal productivity, technology, business and strategy. Interesting throughout.

Game Theory

In Our Time | 10 May 2012 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making, which entails devising ‘games’ to simulate situations of conflict or cooperation. It allows researchers to unravel decision-making strategies, and even to establish why certain types of behaviour emerge. Game theory is now a vital tool in fields such as evolutionary biology, economics, computing and philosophy.

Transgender Life, Liberalism, and Free Trade

The Rubin Report | 30 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey about her transition from male to female, her career in academia and classical liberalism. Backgrounds the ideas in her Bourgeois series of books, which argue that it was innovation spawned by changing cultural values that sparked the Great Enrichment of the last two hundred years. Interesting throughout.