How to Fix Student-Loan Debt

Freakonomics Radio | 9 May 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
The cost of a university has skyrocketed, creating a debt burden that’s a drag on the economy. A possible solution is to shift the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power. Explores university education, how to fund it, and politics more generally with Mitch Daniels, the President of Purdue University.

Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival | 10 October 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Kay, former NHS doctor, now comedian and author of This is Going to Hurt, reflects on the often horrific conditions he was working under and what finally happened to make him hang up the white coat. Very funny, but with a serious message.

Tyler Cowen on Libertarianism, Diversity and Online University

Quillette | 11 April 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen, economics professor at George Mason University, about the limits of libertarianism, viewpoint diversity in Washington, D.C., and Marginal Revolution University, his online education venture.

Scott Adams on Persuasion

The Roundtable | 3 November 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Scott Adams about the ideas in his book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. Backgrounds the frame Adams used, applying his training in hypnosis, to identify Trump’s persuasion techniques and thereby call the 2016 election early for Trump in 2015.

What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.

Malcolm Gladwell on the Danger of Joining Consensus Opinions

The Ezra Klein Show | 23 August 2016 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Malcolm Gladwell delving into his process to generate contrarian perspectives. Topics include: Gladwell’s early career; how Canadians are disinclined to escalate conflicts; the value and nature of boredom in childhood; how people reflexively pile on to convenient narratives; why podcasting is different from writing for the page/screen; how the internet will one day seem like an experiment gone completely awry; and the importance of people who are above average though not exceptional.

The Economics of Renewables

IEA Conversations | 29 March 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley explaining the costs of regulation that promotes renewable electricity generation. English and Welsh household electricity costs have risen 50% in real terms since 2001. Meanwhile, emissions and costs are down in the US as it embraces cheap gas from fracking.

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

Planet Money | 19 January 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. Economist Julian Simon saw a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.