Pacific Exploration, Botany, and Revolution

Time to Eat the Dogs | 5 May 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edwin Rose about his paper Publishing Nature in the Age of Revolutions: Joseph Banks, Georg Forster, and the Plants of the Pacific. Discusses Joseph Banks and Georg Forster, naturalists on James Cook’s expeditions, and how political ideas shaped the way these specimens were understood back in Europe.

The Death of Nation-States and Radical Self-Ownership: The Sovereign Individual

Made You Think | 26 September 2017 | 2h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg, which presciently predicted in 1996 how the Internet would change our lives and work over the following decades. Discusses how technology might destroy what we think of as citizenship, work, travel, community, and life. Covers the increasing popularity of self-education over college; how to prepare for the future cyber-economy; the future of job automation and subsequent unemployment; the decreasing demand for people with degrees and job experience; the four stages of cultural and societal advancement; the future of cryptocurrency and online wealth; and the necessity for finding meaning in your life and work.

Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

EconTalk | 11 May 2020 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Branko Milanovic about his book, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Discusses inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic’s claim that in American capitalism, the texture of daily life is increasingly affected by the sharing economy and other opportunities.

Anne Case on Deaths of Despair

Social Science Bites | 7 May 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Case about ideas from her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, co-authored with Angus Deaton. Backgrounds their work uncovering the reducing life expectancy of non-college-educated white Americans due to deaths of despair – controllable behaviours like drug addiction, suicide and alcohol addiction. Discusses the aspects of America’s unique medical and pharmaceutical system that have resulted in this unique tragedy.

Under the Influence with Robert H. Frank

Economics Detective Radio | 8 May 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert H. Frank about his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. Backgrounds both that our social environment influences our behaviour and that our environment is itself a product of our behaviour. Makes the case for taxes that take account of these social contagion effects.

Mervyn King – How to Make Decisions for an Unknowable Future

How To Academy | 14 April 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mervyn King and John Kay about their book Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers. Highlights the successful – and the short-sighted – methods of dealing with an unknowable future. Argues that much economic advice is bogus quantification, with invented numbers offering false security; rather than robust narratives that yield the confidence to manage uncertainty.

Arnold Kling on the Three Languages of Politics, Revisited

EconTalk | 6 April 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Arnold Kling about the revised edition of his book The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides. Kling talks about the changed political landscape in the United States and around the world and how his ideas have changed since the book was first published in 2013.

Bill Gates on How We Must Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The TED Interview | 30 march 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Timeless interview with Bill Gates offering insights into the covid-19 pandemic, discussing why testing and self-isolation are essential, which medical advancements show promise, and what it will take for the world to endure this crisis.