How To Clone A Mammoth

Ideas Books | 13 August 2015 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Beth Shapiro, author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction. Discusses the benefits, ethics and risks behind the real and compelling science of what was once science fiction.

The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted

Freakonomics Radio | 26 April 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later 
Conversation with Atul Gawande, cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Discusses Gawande’s simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.

John Carreyrou: Bad Blood in Silicon Valley

RNZ: Nine To Noon | 26 November 2018 | 0h 27m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood, about Elizabeth Holmes and the fraud at Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. The company raised billions to revolutionalise blood-testing before being exposed as a scam.

The Long-Term Effects of Lead Poisoning on Crime

Rationally Speaking | 7 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Rick Nevin, author of Lucifer Curves: The Legacy of Lead Poisoning. Makes the case that infant lead poisoning explains patterns in the subsequent incidence of crime.

Daniel Kahneman on Cutting Through the Noise

Conversations with Tyler | 19 December 2018 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Kahneman about bias, noise, happiness, memory, the replication crisis in psychology, advice to CEOs about improving decision-making, superforecasters, the influence of Freud, working in a second language, the value of intuition, and why he can’t help you win arguments with a spouse.

Why Mathematics is at the Heart of Life

RNZ: Jesse Mulligan | 6 June 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with Geoffrey West, author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies. West explains that the basic mathematical laws of physics governing growth in the physical world apply equally to biological, political and corporate organisms.

Hard Words: Why Aren’t Our Kids Being Taught to Read?

Educate | 10 September 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientific research has demonstrated that phonics is critical to teaching children how to read. But many educators don’t know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.

Judith Rich Harris: Why Home Doesn’t Matter

ABC: Life Matters | 8 May 2007 | 0h 16m
Judith Rich Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike has died at 80 (NY Times obituary). Harris made the case that parents play less of a role in shaping their children than commonly assumed. Rather, the most crucial aspects of a child’s environment are outside the home. Parents should lighten up and stop treating their children like projects. Day-to-day happiness is more important than moulding and shaping by parents given that genes and the external environment are more significant influences.

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