Gregory Clark on Using Names to Measure Social Mobility

Social Science Bites | 1 April 2014 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gregory Clark, author of “The Son Also Rises.” Describes how inferences about social mobility can be drawn from the distribution of surnames amongst elites in societies over many centuries. Discusses the implications for social policy if social status is highly heritable.

Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools

Without Fail | 5 November 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Purports to be the story of how Evan Marwell helped to bring high-speed Internet to American school children – thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of perseverance. Inadvertently tells another story about government bureaucracy.

Clausewitz and On War

In Our Time | 17 May 2012 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss “On War,” a treatise on the theory and practice of warfare written by the Prussian soldier and intellectual Carl von Clausewitz. Informed by Clausewitz’s experience in the Napoleonic wars, the work looks not just at the practicalities of warfare, but offers a subtle philosophical analysis of the nature of war and its relationship with politics. Its influence is felt today not just on the battlefield but also in politics and business.

Understanding the North Korean Economy

FT Alphachat | 16 February 2018 | 1h 01m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Marcus Noland, economist and executive vice president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains the North Korean economy, which is not entirely the communist museum piece we commonly think. Describes the bottom-up emergence of market processes in response to the failure of state institutions.

Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book “Architect of Prosperity”, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.

Jonathan Haidt – The Coddling of the American Mind

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 9 September 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about the ideas in his book “The Coddling of the American Mind.” Covers hostility to free speech, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economics of prestige in “call out” culture, bigotry, systemic racism and the paradox of progress.

Universal Basic Income

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 June 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yang, author of “The War on Normal People,” about universal basic income (UBI). Discusses the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, and thoroughly canvases the arguments for and against UBI.

Dr Andrew Leigh: Why Policy Should Follow Trials

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 7 April 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later 
Interview with Australia’s shadow assistant treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh, author of “Randomistas”, on why random testing can provide data for policies that work. Advocates for evidence-based policy through the use of random trials. Examples covered include random trials helping to reduce crime and inequality and fascinating insights on sham surgery.