Adam Grant – The Man Who Does Everything

The Tim Ferriss Show | 5 December 2019 | 2h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with organisational psychologist Adam Grant disentangling the causes of his outsize success. Highlights include using a challenge network, attention management versus time management, harnessing obsession, and email management.

The Denisovans

Origin Stories | 29 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
A mysterious new human relative was discovered ten years ago from a pinky bone found in a Siberian cave. They’re called the Denisovans, and people around the world carry their DNA today. Until just a few months ago, the sum total of all the fossils the Denisovans left behind could fit in the palm of your hand. Now new research is unlocking more of their secrets.

Tech and Progress with Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen

Tech & Society with Mark Zuckerberg | 25 November 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen on the case for Progress Studies to better understand and capture the opportunities for technological and economic progress.

Christian Rudder: Dataclysm

Digital Mindfulness | 25 March 2017 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christian Rudder, co-founder of OK Cupid, and author of Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity – What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves. Explores the sociological inferences that can be drawn from the data generated by dating and social media websites.

The Truth About the Vaping Crisis

Freakonomics Radio | 21 November 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Contrasts the successful regulation of vaping in the UK, motivated by harm reduction, with the deaths and high teen uptake as the US attempts to ban vaping.

La La Land: Galileo’s Warning

Cautionary Tales | 22 November 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Galileo tried to teach us that adding more and more layers to a system intended to avert disaster often makes catastrophe all the more likely to happen. His basic lesson has been ignored in nuclear power plants, financial markets and at the Oscars… all resulting in chaos.

David Spiegelhalter – The Art of Statistics

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 6 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later
Interview with David Spiegelhalter, author of The Art of Statistics, sharing his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind chance from something more significant.

Unbelievable: The Forgotten Rape Data

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 1 November 2019 | 0h 9m | Listen Later | iTunes
Hundreds of thousands of US rape forensic samples have been taken but not tested, generally where the alleged offender is known. Jurisdictions now testing these samples are identifying a serial rapist in 20–25% of samples. Offenders typically rape 7–11 times before being caught. Two-thirds of US states now mandate testing of rape forensic samples.