Katy Payne – In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

On Being with Krista Tippett | 22 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katy Payne, who discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Draws on ideas from her book Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants.

Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.

Kevin Mitchell on Innate

Brain Science | 26 July 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Mitchell about ideas from Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. Explains that our behaviour is more innate than commonly realized, due to variations in brain development. Even identical twins are innately different despite having nearly identical genomes.

Matt Ridley: Optimism In The Face Of “The Bad News Industry”

Steve Forbes: What’s Ahead | 11 August 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley, summarising key ideas from The Rational Optimist. Argues that despite today’s constant influx of negative news, life is getting better at an accelerating rate. Ridley challenges popularly held beliefs about the current state of the world, citing that extreme poverty has been defeated, food production is more efficient than ever, humans are living longer, and warfare is actually on the decline. If there’s one thing the defiantly optimistic Ridley worries about, it’s too much bureaucracy which he sees as an attempt to curb trade and stifle innovation.

Nine Stories About Our Nine Pints of Blood

The Science Show | 8 June 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later
Interview with Rose George about her book Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood. At turns funny, insightful, and disturbing as she explores the science of blood and our changing attitudes to blood in different cultures over time.

England’s Galileo: the Life and Discoveries of Thomas Harriot

Late Night Live – with Phillip Adams ABC RN | 17 July 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later
Interview with Robyn Arianrhod about her book Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science, which resurrects Thomas Harriot’s reputation and acknowledges his place in the canon of scientific luminaries.

Nir Eyal on Indistractable

The Ezra Klein Show | 1 August 2019 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nir Eyal about ideas in his book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Debates whether big tech is addictive and whether good discipline suffices to manage digital distraction.

What If Our Ignorance Outgrows Our Potential?

Context with Brad Harris | 5 August 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
What happens when rich and powerful societies lose their wisdom and forget what made them great in the first place? Backgrounds the rediscovery after thousands of years of Lucretius’s modern sounding On the Nature of Things. (As told in Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.) Draws lessons for today from how a paradise of wisdom was once lost.