The Rare Metals War

Big Ideas | 9 June 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Guillaume Pitron about his book The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies. Backgrounds the dependence of clean energy, digital technologies, and electric cars on rare metals and the problems with how these metals are mined, processed and traded. Discusses the economic and geopolitical impacts resulting from China’s dominance of the rare metals industry.

Machiavelli, Master of Power

The Forum | 27 May 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Exploration of the life and impact of Niccolò Machiavelli who wrote The Prince more than five hundred years ago, long read as a priceless guide to power and what holding it truly involves. Discusses the man behind the work, his claim that a leader must be prepared to act immorally, and why his name has become a byword for cunning and sinister strategy.

Jason Riley on The Life And Times of Thomas Sowell

Uncommon Knowledge | 26 May 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jason Riley about his book Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell. A wide-ranging discussion of the events and people that helped Sowell become one of the most important American voices on cultural, economic, and racial matters of the last 50 years.

Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

Peter Thiel on Innovation and Stagnation

Conversations with Bill Kristol | 15 September 2014 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel discussing his experiences founding companies, why it’s worth challenging “what everyone knows” in business and politics, the state of technology and innovation, the criticality of economic progress to the American democracy, and the crisis in American higher education.

The World for Sale

Columbia Energy Exchange | 16 March 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Javier Blas and Jack Farchy about their book The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources. Backgrounds how a small number of commodity trading firms have shaped global trade, the environment, and the course of geopolitics.

Who is the Real George Soros?

Vox Conversations | 1 April 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emily Tamkin about her book The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society. Discusses the life and legacy of George Soros, unpacking the meaning of the smear campaign against him, and the inherent contradictions of a wealthy man trying to use his influence to make societies more democratic.