The Obstetrical Dilemma

Origin Stories | 4 June 2021 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
The obstetrical dilemma suggests that human babies are born early as an evolutionary trade-off between having a pelvis wide enough to permit the birth of large-brained infants and narrow enough for efficient bipedal locomotion. Holly Dunsworth and Anna Warrener describe their research exploring the (non) evidence for the obstetrical dilemma and discuss the importance of the stories we tell about our bodies.

Edward Slingerland – Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

The Dissenter | 31 May 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Slingerland about his book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Discusses alcohol consumption during our evolutionary history; compares alcohol to other intoxicants; its social benefits, considering that humans are communal, creative and cultural; the role it might have played in the development of the arts, and in religious rituals; the negative and positive effects of alcohol; the evolutionary mismatches we face with distilled liquors and drinking in isolation; alternatives to alcohol, and how best to expose young people to alcohol.

Why Are We Living Longer Than Our Ancestors?

History Extra | 29 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (and BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga). Chronicles the revolution in medicine and innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.

How to Get Anyone to Do Anything

Freakonomics Radio | 27 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cialdini about the expanded and revised edition of his book Influence. Backgrounds the science of persuasion and gives a master class in the seven psychological levers that bewitch our rational minds and lead us to buy, behave, or believe without a second thought.

George Zaidan on Ingredients

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 25 May 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with George Zaidan about his book Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us. Discusses what makes a food highly processed; how and why humans began to preserve food; what aphid excrement has to do with one of the first sugar-added treats humans enjoyed; how cigarettes and e-cigs are similar and different; whether there is such a thing as too much sunscreen; causes of flawed scientific research; whether coffee is good or bad for us; and the acceptable amount of processed food to consume.

Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe

The Torch of Progress | 21 July 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patrick Collison discussing Fast Grants’ funding of covid-19 research, progress studies, the rate of scientific progress and whether it’s slowing down, his perspective on the sciences, Effective Altruism, on being a self-described ‘fallibilist,’ the entrepreneurial mindset, and more.

Matt Ridley: Evolutionist, Thatcherite, and Writer

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 18 March 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his 1999 book Genome and how its insights on genomics have held up since. Touches on his other books and discusses the relevance of evolution to everything, why Francis Crick is going to get “cancelled” at some point, if he’s still a happy Thatcherite, Britain’s response to Covid-19; and the origin of Covid-19 (his next book project).

Reproductive Health: Shanna Swan

Science History Podcast | 11 February 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shanna Swan about her book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Health, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race. Discusses the increase in reproductive health problems and the evidence that this is caused by prenatal and early childhood exposure to stressors, including chemicals commonly found in the environment.