Malcolm Gladwell Won’t Make Up His Mind

More with Anna Maria Tremonti | 23 March 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell about the importance of changing our minds. The good news is he’s hopeful about our ability to do so. In fact, Gladwell believes closed-minded dogmatists are the real outliers. “Most people are actually open to new interpretations — surprisingly so.” Gladwell reveals why he prefers audio to print; where he gets his best ideas; why overconfident people may be more dangerous than ignorant ones; and why people reacting with a “huh” is the ultimate compliment.

Emilie du Chatelet: a Free-Spirited Physicist

The Forum | 27 February 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life and work of Emilie du Chatelet, the 18th-century French physicist, mathematician, and thinker. Du Chatelet’s insights into kinetic energy foreshadowed Einstein’s famous equation and her suggestions for experiments with the different colours of light would only be carried out half-a-century after she’d written about them. Plus she was a remarkable personality, determined to live a life of an independent woman, often pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable even in the liberal social circles of her day.

Freeman Dyson, Sage of Science

To The Best Of Our Knowledge | 8 December 2016 | 0h 36m | Listen Later
Freeman Dyson has died at 96 (NY Times obituary). This 2016 interview with Dyson looks back over his remarkable life in science.

Ryan Holiday – Turning the Tables

The Tim Ferriss Show | 13 February 2020 | 2h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Ferriss by Ryan Holiday. Insights include how caring properly for a dog counters self-absorption, journalling to think, risk management, personal energy management, experimenting, and investment.

Frank Stephenson: Pushing the Limits of Innovation

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 18 February 2020 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with renowned car designer Frank Stephenson discussing the path to mastery, innovation, and taking creative risks. Also gives a peek into the future of automobiles and what it means for us.

Tough Love, Global Diplomacy, and Lessons on Leadership

a16z | 14 February 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Rice about her book Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. Discusses her life and career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy. Covers her family background, education, career development, self-belief, strategic compartmentalisation, compassionate leadership, work-life balance, standing up for herself, China, and more.

The Amazing Dr Darwin

The Forum | 23 January 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Erasmus Darwin was a man of many talents: not only was he a successful physician, a popular poet, an ardent abolitionist and a pioneering botanist, he also worked out how organisms evolve, some 70 years before his grandson Charles’s theories about this revolutionised science. He is credited with many inventions and discoveries including the steering mechanism used in modern cars, the gas laws of clouds and a document copying machine.

Mik Scarlet

How We Got Here | 25 November 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mik Scarlet as he journeys by public transport in his wheelchair. Describes what train travel looked like as a New-Romantic-wheelchair-user in the 80s – when trains weren’t accessible and he had to be carried across the tracks and thrown into the guards van. Also discusses internalised ableism, how music and Sci-Fi cinema helped him out of depression, and how he found unlikely sex advice from lesbian women.