Alfred Russel Wallace and the Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

The Insight | 25 April 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Spencer Wells tells the story of Alfred Russel Wallace’s life: his specimen collecting in South America and Indonesia, the development of his insights into natural selection, and his relationship with Charles Darwin.

Dr. Jane Goodall – The Legend, The Lessons, The Hope

The Tim Ferriss Show | 16 April 2020 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Goodall about her life story, pioneering research with chimpanzees, and her ongoing activism for the environment and the empowerment of young people.

The Cave Punan

Origin Stories | 8 April 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Steve Lansing about his work mapping the genetic and language diversity of the Indonesian archipelago. Includes his work from 2018 with the Cave Punan, the last surviving hunter-gathers living in Borneo, with a unique song language thought to predate the arrival of modern humans in Indonesia.

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.