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.

Steve Kuhn – Life After Hedge Funds

Capital Allocators | 4 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with retired hedge fund manager Steve Kuhn. Describes parlaying a passion for playing games into a two-decade Wall Street career specialising in mortgage-backed securities. Insights on the evidence-based case for active manager alpha, Chinese education, philanthropy, and the IDEAL approach to immigration.

Roger McNamee: Every Tech Billionaire’s Mentor

The James Altucher Show | 14 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Roger McNamee, founding partner of venture capital firm Elevation Partners and author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Anecdotes and perspective on tech startups based on mentoring Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Insights about Facebook and the 2016 election and the way Facebook and Google gather data to manipulate our attention to their ends.

Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers

EconTalk | 8 January 2018 | 1h 14m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice and author of Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit. Explains the perniciousness of occupational licensing and other regulation that protects existing job holders from competition.

Robert Sapolsky on the Toxic Intersection of Poverty and Stress

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 January 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with neuroscientist and primatologist Robert Sapolsky based on his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. Principally about how the stress of poverty affects people’s minds but also covers whether free will is a myth, why he believes the prison system is incompatible with modern neuroscience, and inferences about politics from studying baboons.

Shane Bauer – American Prison

I Have to Ask | 14 September 2018 | 0h 33m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. Discusses his four months as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana, and what he learned about the American system of justice.