Malcolm Gladwell on the Danger of Joining Consensus Opinions

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 August 2016 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell delving into his process to generate contrarian perspectives. Topics include: Gladwell’s early career; how Canadians are disinclined to escalate conflicts; the value and nature of boredom in childhood; how people reflexively pile on to convenient narratives; why podcasting is different from writing for the page/screen; how the internet will one day seem like an experiment gone completely awry; and the importance of people who are above average though not exceptional.

Michael Mayer – Pseudonymous Social Capital and Bottomless Coffee

Invest Like the Best | 12 March 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mayer of Bottomless, a startup that uses scales to ship coffee as you need it. Insights on education, learning, social media, personal productivity, technology, business and strategy. Interesting throughout.

Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

History Extra | 25 February 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bart van Es, author of The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, the 2018 Costa Book of the Year. Tells the story of his family taking in a young Jewish girl in The Netherlands during the Second World War and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved.

Medieval Warrior Queen

History Extra | 21 February 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Hanley, author of Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior. Tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’. Suggests Matilda wielded power more effectively than acknowledged by period chroniclers unable to accept a woman as ruler.

Larissa MacFarquhar on Getting Inside Someone’s Head

Conversations with Tyler | 16 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar about the thinking and thinkers behind her profiles, essays, and books, including notions of moral luck, who stays in small towns and why, effective altruism, why she avoids describing physical appearances in her writing, the circumstances that push humans to live more extraordinary lives, and more.

Robert Caro on the Art of Political Power

Intelligence Squared | 30 October 2015 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Robert Caro, covering the highlights of his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, perhaps the most highly regarded works of political biography.

Uri Bram on Learning and Project-Based Education

MetaLearn | 10 October 2018 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Uri Bram, author of Thinking Statistically, and CTO of Umuzi, an educational organisation that supports talented young South Africans to develop the skills needed to access high-value careers. Umuzi teaches a range of digital skills, including coding, copywriting and design, using real-life projects to make the experience as practical as possible. Deep insights throughout on learning and education.

Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.