Matti Friedman on Leonard Cohen and the Yom Kippur War

EconTalk | 6 June 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matti Friedman about his book Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai. Explains how songwriter Lenny Cohen and Israel were transformed in the crucible of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Edward O. Thorp, A Man For All Markets

The Tim Ferriss Show | 25 May 2022 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ed Thorpe discussing his life and work. Covers his development of methods to win at BlackJack; Claude Shannon and developing a wearable computer to win at roulette; the exercise habits that have kept him well; how he determined that Bernie Madoff was a fraud years before he was prosecuted; how he thinks about investment, mental models; and more. Draws from his book A Man for All Markets.

Kate Moore – The Woman They Could Not Silence

Talk Radio Europe | 29 June 2021 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Kate Moore about her book The Woman They Could Not Silence. Discusses the life of Elizabeth Packard, consigned to an insane asylum by her husband, who feared her intelligence; her battle to win her freedom; and the advances she brought for human rights.

Christopher de Bellaigue: The Lion House

The Book Club | 2 March 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher de Bellaigue about his book The Lion House: The Coming of a King. Discusses the life of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent – massacres, sieges, over-mighty viziers, Venetian perfidy, and… true love?

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.

The Forgotten Einstein

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 1 February 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ananyo Bhattacharya about his book The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann. Discusses the life and work of John von Neumann: the Manhattan Project; formulating Cold War geopolitical and modern economic theory; creating the first-ever programmable digital computer, prophesying the potential of nanotechnology; the limits of brains and computers – and how they might be overcome.

John Preston – The Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell

How To Academy | 25 January 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with John Preston about his book Fall: They Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain’s Most Notorious Media Baron. Discusses the life of Robert Maxwell: the extraordinary rise and scandalous fall; his rivalry with Rupert Murdoch; and more.

Gregory Zuckerman on the Crazy Race to Create the COVID Vaccine

EconTalk | 10 January 2022 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his book A Shot to Save the World: The Inside Story of the Life-or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Describes how a couple of companies that had never produced a successful vaccine developed a covid vaccine so quickly. Captures the daring, deranged, and damaged visionaries who drove one of science and medicine’s great success stories.