A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals

The Rubin Report | 25 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. Cowen defines his political position, explains the need for innovation to outpace regulation, reminds us how little we know and sets out the central importance of economic growth. Also touches on crypto, gratitude, climate change, immigration and sourcing talent.

Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 March 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Niall Ferguson about his efforts to ensure that policymakers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Discusses the changing politics of academia, the growing challenge of interpreting history productively, the problem of judging the past by the moral standards of the present, and more.

Transgender Life, Liberalism, and Free Trade

The Rubin Report | 30 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey about her transition from male to female, her career in academia and classical liberalism. Backgrounds the ideas in her Bourgeois series of books, which argue that it was innovation spawned by changing cultural values that sparked the Great Enrichment of the last two hundred years. Interesting throughout.

Michael Munger on Crony Capitalism

EconTalk | 25 February 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Munger, co-author of The Road to Crony Capitalism. Debates whether capitalism is unstable and inevitably leads to crony capitalism. Includes an eloquent explanation of why the 2008 bailouts have undermined faith in capitalism.

Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.

Wesley Yang – The Souls of Yellow Folk

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast | 1 December 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk. Describes the cultural invisibility of Asian-Americans: neither black nor white, tasting the frustrations of both, but denied the entitlement of either. Uses the Asian-American experience to explore racial gaslighting and microaggressions, concluding that the cure is more dangerous than the disease. Suggests that the liberal institutions that let us live together in peace are vulnerable to political correctness.

Catherine Semcer on Poaching, Preserves, and African Wildlife

EconTalk | 18 February 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Semcer drawing on her background in African wildlife conservation. Discusses the role of incentives in preserving wildlife in Africa and, counter-intuitively, how allowing limited hunting of big game has improved both habitat and wildlife populations while reducing poaching.

Andrew Yarrow on Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life

New Books in Economics | 9 November 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yarrow about his book Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life. Evaluates the economic and cultural forces driving the population of men who leave the workforce, isolate themselves, and ultimately become angry.