Dean Simonton on the Causes of Scientific and Artistic Genius

Rationally Speaking | 22 July 2018 | 1h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Professor Dean Simonton, who has spent his life quantitatively studying geniuses, from Einstein to Mozart.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Fresh Air | 22 November 2016 | 0h 48m | Listen Later 
Interview with Trevor Noah about his memoir “Born a Crime.” Describes his upbringing in apartheid-era South Africa with a black mother and white father. A human interest story with insights aplenty on the role of language in connecting people.

A Polite Word for Liar

Revisionist History| 31 May 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. Part 1 of a two-part exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how we all reimagine the truth – so we cannot treat our memory as gospel. So good you just might listen twice.

Free Brian Williams

Revisionist History | 7 June 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The second part of Gladwell’s exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Part 1 showed that only a fool accepts the evidence of his own memory as gospel. This part shows how we’re all fools. Around 60% of our memories of flashbulb events like 911 are false, although we fervently believe them to be true.

Pirate Hunters with Robert Kurson

The Art of Manliness | 9 July 2015 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Robert Kurson, author of the book “Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship”. Tells the story of two treasure hunters risking their lives and fortune to find a sunken pirate ship. In the process, they uncovered the story of one of the greatest pirates to ever live during the Golden Age of Piracy. Discusses why pirates are so appealing, why two guys would risk millions of dollar to find a pirate ship and the legendary story of the pirate who captained the sunken ship.