Mark Lynas: How We Got it Wrong on GMOs

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 9 June 2018 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with science writer Mark Lynas about his book “Seeds of Science.” Lynas used to be an anti-GMO activist but now thinks we got it wrong on genetically modified organisms and that our fear of GMOs is irrational.

Ed Yong – I Contain Multitudes

The Monocle Weekly | 20 September 2017 | 0h 14m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ed Yong, author of “I Contain Multitudes,” which nicely backgrounds the book and its ideas about the ecosystem of microorganisms that inhabit us and the world around.

Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.

Mary Lou Jepsen on the Wearable MRI

FT Tech Tonic | 11 October 2017 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientist and former Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen on her latest startup, Openwater, where she and a team of researchers are working to develop a ski helmet-sized imaging device to dramatically lower the cost of medical imaging and one day read minds.

Robert Kurson on Rocket Men

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 23 March 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Robert Kurson about his book “Rocket Men”, the inside story of Apollo 8 and the astronauts who took on the near-impossible challenge of mankind’s first mission to the Moon.

Did Cooking Make Us Human?

Origin Stories | 29 December 2015 | 0h 18m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Did cooking make us human? Richard Wrangham, author of “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human” and Rachel Carmody discuss the impact that cooked food had on human evolution.

Robert Plomin: Blueprint

Spectator Books | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his book “Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are,” in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits and the likelihood of getting divorced. Also discusses the risks of publishing the book, race and eugenics, and implications for the future of our data and medical care.

Tim Flannery on the Natural History of Europe

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 12 October 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Author, scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Tim Flannery has turned his attention to Europe in his latest book, “Europe: A Natural History.” It’s an evolutionary story of huge animals, shifting islands, eccentric scientists and the impact of modern humans.