Walter Stahr On Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival

Uncommon Knowledge | 1 September 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Walter Stahr about his book Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival. Discusses the life and work of Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under Lincoln: his work as an antislavery lawyer; US Senator, where he was instrumental in helping to settle the slavery question in the United States; governor of Ohio; and Treasury secretary, where he standardized the dozens of currencies then being issued by local banks and to give the US a national currency and a system of national banks.

The Royal Diplomat

The Documentary | 27 May 2022 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
The Queen has died at 96 (BBC obituary). After 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II was the world’s most high-profile global figure and a unique exemplar of diplomacy and soft power. Much of her role took place behind the scenes. She came to the throne in 1952 during a crisis and as the British Empire disintegrated in the aftermath of World War Two. The Queen’s role as constitutional monarch and head of the Commonwealth placed her at the heart of global crises. Recalls how she visited Ghana, Zambia and South Africa as a diplomatic envoy, helping to mediate in the racial politics of post-colonial Africa. From her first state visit to the US in 1957 to repair the transatlantic relationship after the Suez crisis, to her historic 2011 visit to Ireland, discusses how reconciliation was a major theme of the Queen’s reign.

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.

Gender Is Complicated for All of Us. Let’s Talk About It.

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 August 2022 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kathryn Bond Stockton about her book Gender(s). Explains the fundamentals and complexities of what gender means and discusses how people, including Stockton herself, have wrestled with it.

Matthieu Aikins on Traveling as an Afghan Refugee

The Lawfare Podcast | 25 February 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthieu Aikins about his book The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees. Describes his undercover journey from Afghanistan to Europe with his translator, Omar, who had been denied a special immigrant visa despite having been a translator for coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his visa denial, Omar decided to flee as a refugee, and Matthieu decided to join him on the journey.

Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

The Book Club | 15 June 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Elliott about her book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City. Discusses how she came to spend seven years reporting on a single, homeless family in Brooklyn, how she negotiated her duty to observe rather than participate – and what their telenovela-like experiences tell us about American history.

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.