Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring Covid-19

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 13 March 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
A timeless, multidisciplinary conversation on Covid-19. Enduring lessons on thinking clearly include base rate versus growth rate thinking, second- and third-order consequences, scientific thinking in political leadership, top-down versus bottom-up responses, and regulatory barriers to innovation.

How Wealth Has Changed

The Indicator from Planet Money | 27 February 2020 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Kenny explaining that two-thirds of global wealth is now human capital (ideas, knowledge, and learning), the use of which is non-zero sum. Sets out the free trade policy implications that flow from this.

What Byrne Hobart Thinks About Everything – Part One

Venture Stories | 6 March 2020 | 2h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Byrne Hobart discussing cost disease in healthcare, education, and construction; the future of globalization; whether bitcoin can become a reserve asset; whether Wall Street is good for society; how interest rates will change over the next 5–10 years and the role of negative interest rates; mental models for financial bubbles; betting on the future of Silicon Valley; the Tech Lash; and the future of the US-China relationship.

Rachel Barkow on Prisoners of Politics

Probable Causation | 27 February 2020 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rachel Barkow about her book Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. Argues that the politicisation of criminal justice policy prevents dispassionate analysis of the facts and produces poor public safety outcomes.

Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, Class Conflict, and Collective Joy

The Ezra Klein Show | 24 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich discussing ideas from her books, which have covered a vast range of topics, from the precarity of middle-class existence, to the psychological and sociological roots of collective joy, to human mortality, to her own attempt, as an atheist, to grapple with mystical experiences.

Decriminalising Domestic Violence

Big Ideas | 19 February 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leigh Goodmark about her book Decriminalizing Domestic Violence. Argues that the criminal justice system, with its emphasis on incarceration, fails to protect women and doesn’t address the causes of male violence, or coercive and controlling behaviour.

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.

Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics

Conversations with Tyler | 13 February 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist, author and podcaster Tim Harford. Covers debating and public speaking, the role of popular economics in a politicized world, Brexit polarization, feedback, the limits of fact-checking, playing poker with Steve Levitt, messiness in music, the three things he can’t live without, and more. Surprises and insights throughout.