Uncommon Knowledge | 28 July 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bjorn Lomborg about his book False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. Argues for treating climate as a serious problem but not an extinction-level event justifying huge economic changes. Addresses some of the most vociferous climate policy critics, including Greta Thunberg, David Wallace-Wells and proponents of the Green New Deal. Also discusses some promising emerging technologies and why worst-case scenarios are often just that – scenarios that are used to motivate the public into action but are not likely to occur.
Cross-Examining History | 23 June 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Barry Gewen about his book The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World. Backgrounds the influences on Kissinger’s development and evaluates his framing of geopolitics in terms of power and national interest rather than ethics.
Tides of History | 28 May 2020 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zach Carter about his book The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes. Discusses the life and legacy of one of the most important figures of the 20th century, creating the economic structures and ideas that defined the Second World War and its aftermath.
Cold War Conversations | 10 April 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Archie Brown about his book The Human Factor, Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War. Argues that it was the personal relationships between Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher that brought about the end of the Cold War – not the economic and military outperformance of the USA.
The Lawfare Podcast | 4 April 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stephen Holmes, co-author of The Light that Failed: Why the West Is Losing the Fight for Democracy. Discusses the fate of liberalism in the decades following the fall of the Berlin wall, Holmes’ experience studying Eastern European politics, the problems with trying to export liberalism across the globe, and the factors that have led to the global rise of illiberal leaders.
Economics Detective Radio | 29 June 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Blyth, co-author (with Eric Lonergan) of Angrynomics. Explores the rising tide of anger, sometimes righteous and useful, sometimes destructive and ill-targeted, and proposes radical new solutions for an increasingly polarized and confusing world.
The Next Big Idea | 7 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Ryan abut ideas from his book Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. Explores, with an evolutionary psychology perspective, what we can learn from people in non-civilised societies, who tend to be healthier, happier and more fulfilled, notwithstanding their lack of cutting edge science and technology.
Revisionist History | 2 July 2020 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell makes the counterintuitive case that it would be better to elect political representatives by lottery rather than ballot.