Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

EconTalk | 18 May 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Pondiscio about his book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York City for a year – lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement. Dissects what Success Academy does well.

Accidental Homeschooler

ChooseFI | 27 March 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vincent Pugliese with wisdom on homeschooling for the lockdown. Covers reasonable expectations for time, interweaving learning around children’s interests rather than subjects, cultivating a love of learning, not stressing about timetables, and focusing on enjoying it.

When Things Click

Hidden Brain | 4 February 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sets out the benefits of learning without external praise or criticism. Uses examples of clicker training with dolphins, dogs and humans to show that learning is fastest with value-less feedback that keeps the student focused internally on the process. Many implications for education and parenting.

The Power of Bad – Overcoming the Negativity Effect

The Art of Manliness | 8 January 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Tierney, who co-authored The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. Begins with how bad is much stronger than good and how many good things it takes to offset a bad one. Digs into the implications of bad things having a stronger impact than good ones, including how you need only be a good-enough parent to your kids, the best way to deliver criticism, and why religions that emphasize Hell win more adherents than those that focus on Heaven. Also covers how negativity is contagious, why it’s true that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch, whether or not social media is a negative force in our lives, and advice on how not to let the media make us think that things are worse than they really are.

Books I’ve Loved – Steve Jurvetson

The Tim Ferriss Show | 30 December 2019 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Steve Jurvetson shares wisdom on parenting and the future of technology in the course of discussing three books: Alison Gopnik’s The Scientist in the Crib, Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control, and Ray Kurzweil’s The Age of Spiritual Machines.

Andre Agassi, Tennis Legend, Author of Open

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books | 10 April 2018 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andre Agassi speaking candidly about his tennis career, fatherhood, pushing through pain, writing to make sense of his life, changing education, addressing dyslexia, and finding true meaning through his philanthropic work. Draws from his book Open.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – What Works on Wall Street

Standard Deviations | 16 August 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy, author of What Works on Wall Street. Discusses our psychological biases, the advantages of applying a rules-based approach to investment, and the issues with managing psychological risks, whether as an active or passive investor. Wisdom also on parenting and life in general.

Leeuwenhoek: the Fabric Seller Who Discovered Bacteria

The Forum | 18 July 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tells the story of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who was the first to observe bacteria and other microscopic lifeforms that couldn’t be seen by the naked eye. He is now regarded as the father of microbiology and yet he had neither scientific training nor university education, and spent his life first as a linen merchant and then a civil servant in a small Dutch city.