Rob Dunn: Never Home Alone; The Species We Live With

The Dissenter | 12 February 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Dunn about his book Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live. Fascinating, if slightly icky, discussion of how living in homes changed our dynamics with other species, particularly species of insects, bacteria and fungi, and how some of them adapted to our home environment.

Genetics, Genealogy, and Secrets Unknown

The Insight | 22 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Libby Copeland about her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. Explores the social and moral complications from the emergence of home DNA testing.

How Innovation Works, with Matt Ridley

Uncommon Knowledge | 19 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, How Innovation Works, which argues that we need to change the way we think about innovation, to see it as an incremental, bottom-up, fortuitous process that happens to society as a direct result of the human habit of exchange, rather than as an orderly, top-down process developing according to a plan. Ridley also discusses the covid-19 crisis, that China has the low-level freedoms necessary for innovation, and predicts what the world might look like in 2050.

Impossible Foods: Pat Brown

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 11 May 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Pat Brown about leaving his dream job at 60 to found a business to create delicious meat from plants. Alarmed at the destructive impact of meat production on the environment, he set out to make a burger so juicy and flavorful that even meat-lovers would crave it. After some painstaking research, Pat’s team created the Impossible Burger, and famous chefs started to feature it in their restaurants. In 2019, the Impossible Whopper launched at Burger King, and today Pat’s company, Impossible Foods, is valued at nearly $4 billion.

Adam Grant on Finding Balance

The Next Big Idea | 12 May 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Grant about work-life balance, the future of education, and the addictive nature of generosity. Insights throughout on working more effectively. A personal favourite was that adding video to a phone call worsens our ability to read emotional cues.

The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski

Free Thoughts | 27 September 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Timothy Sandefur about his book The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon. Discusses the life of the famous scientist, philosopher, and poet: making his series The Ascent of Man, his political philosophy, his views on the role of politics in science, his work assessing the aftermath of the atomic bomb in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and his friendship with Leo Szilard, the inventor of the atomic bomb.

Adam Smith and The Good Life with Ryan Hanley

The Good Life – The Investor’s Podcast Network | 13 January 2020 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ryan Patrick Hanley about his book Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life. Parses Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments to distil Smith’s advice for achieving the Good Life. Discusses why people should seek wisdom and virtue, not wealth and fame; the importance of love in a happy life; why it’s more important to give love than to receive it; and what steps we can take to get more out of life.

Robin Dunbar: How Many Friends Do You Really Need?

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 24 January 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later
Interview with Robin Dunbar about his work on human social networks behind the eponymous Dunbar’s number. Maintaining a friendship is cognitively demanding and our brains may be wired with a limit to the number of stable social relationships we can handle. Dunbar started his career studying African monkeys before turning his attention to less hairy hominids. His key discovery? That a primate’s brain size seems to dictate the size of their social networks and the number of relationships they can maintain.