Popping the Filter Bubble

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 14 May 2019 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Gabriel Weinberg, DuckDuckGo CEO and co-author of Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models. Covers data privacy; protecting yourself online; mental models, especially grey thinking; and parenting.

Emily Oster on Cribsheet

EconTalk | 29 April 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist and author Emily Oster about her book Cribsheet. Explores what the data and evidence can tell us about parenting in areas such as breastfeeding, sleep habits, discipline, vaccination, and food allergies. Oster often finds that commonly held views on some of these topics are not well supported by the evidence while on others, the evidence appears decisive. Oster thoughtfully explores the challenges of using empirical work and balances our sometimes ignorance with common sense.

What Twins Tell Us

Hidden Brain | 25 March 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Nancy Segal on the story of the Bogota twins – two sets of identical twins mixed up at birth and raised as fraternal twins. A tragedy, a soap opera, and a science experiment, all rolled into one. Uses the stories of twins raised apart to explore the role that genes and the environment play in shaping our identities. Based on the book Accidental Brothers: The Story of Twins Exchanged at Birth and the Power of Nature and Nurture.

Bryan Caplan – Does Parenting Matter?

Rationally Speaking | 4 October 2015 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Argues that, despite our intuition that parenting choices affect children’s life outcomes, there’s strong evidence to the contrary.

Judith Rich Harris: Why Home Doesn’t Matter

ABC: Life Matters | 8 May 2007 | 0h 16m
Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). Harris made the case that parents play less of a role in shaping their children than commonly assumed. Rather, the most crucial aspects of a child’s environment are outside the home. Parents should lighten up and stop treating their children like projects. Day-to-day happiness is more important than moulding and shaping by parents given that genes and the external environment are more significant influences.

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Ten things girls need most

RNZ: It Takes A Village | 5 April 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with psychologist, parent educator and writer Steve Biddulph about his book 10 Things Girls Need Most. Argues that girlhood has become more lonely, pressured and unkind at the same time that adults are less available to support their daughters.

Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern

EconTalk | 4 June 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian Janet Golden about her book, Babies Made Us Modern, about the transformation of parenting in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating story of how our knowledge of infant health and behaviour grew dramatically but remains imperfect. Includes lots of anecdotes about past parenting practices.