When Doing the Right Thing Makes You a Criminal

The Ezra Klein Show | 5 December 2019 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Hsiung about his journey from academic and corporate lawyer to facing prison for his work rescuing sick, injured animals from slaughterhouses. Challenging, inspiring and deeply thoughtful.

Christiana Figueres on How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis

The TED Interview | 11 December 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christiana Figueres, who brokered the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change. Provides an inside look at the negotiations that led to a commitment from 195 countries to work toward a low carbon future.

Terry Moe on Educational Reform, Katrina, and Hidden Power

EconTalk | 9 December 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Terry Moe about his book, The Politics of Institutional Reform: Katrina, Education, and the Second Face of Power. Moe explores the politics and effectiveness of educational reform in the New Orleans public school system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Moe finds that policy-makers turned to charter schools for pragmatic reasons and students enjoyed dramatic improvements in educational outcomes as a result. Moe uses this experience to draw lessons about political reforms generally and the power of vested interests to preserve the status quo in the absence of catastrophic events like Katrina.

Peter Singer on the Lives You Can Save

The Ezra Klein Show | 2 December 2019 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Singer about his book The Life You Can Save. Covers his drowning child thought experiment, ethical philosophy, why moral reasoning is a social act, the ethics of caring most about those closest to you, AI risk, open borders, and where our obligations to others end.

Scott Adams: Avoiding Loserthink

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 26 November 2019 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dilbert creator and author Scott Adams sharing cognitive tools and tricks we can use to think better, expand our perspective, and avoid slumping into “loserthink.” Draws on ideas from his book Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America.

Restriction of Speech Online is Solvable

Solvable | 20 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Discusses his work fostering public understanding of free speech on the internet and who should make the rules about regulation.

Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care

EconTalk | 18 November 2019 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with entrepreneur and anesthesiologist Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma about what it’s like to run a surgery center that posts prices on the internet and that does not take insurance. Along the way, he discusses the distortions in the market for health care and how a real market for health care might function if government took a smaller role. A valuable corrective for those who believe that the problems with US health care are due to unfettered market forces.

James Robinson on The Narrow Corridor

The Good Fight | 16 September 2019 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Robinson, co-author of Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, about the importance of political institutions; the roots of freedom and prosperity; and how citizens can beat the historical odds to improve their countries.