23andMe (and You, and Everyone Else)

Freakonomics Radio | 16 May 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Wojcicki, founder and CEO of 23andMe discussing the revolution in home DNA testing, which gives consumers important, possibly life-changing information. It’s also building a gigantic database that could lead to medical breakthroughs. But how will you deal with upsetting news? What if your privacy is compromised? And are you prepared to have your DNA monetized?

Ezekiel Emanuel on the Practice of Medicine, Policy, and Life

Conversations with Tyler | 22 May 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emanuel Ezekiel about the importance of doctors, IQ versus EQ medicine, venture capital in biotech, reforming medical training, his brothers, immortality, unfettered rights to access medicines, the advantages of experiences over nicer things, and more.

Busting the Myth That Depression Doesn’t Affect People in Poor Countries

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 13 May 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the work of Vikram Patel finding cost-effective ways to treat mental illness in poor countries.

Daniel Pink on Timing

Afford Anything | 15 April 2019 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Offers guidance on determining the optimum time of day for various types of work.

Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival | 10 October 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Kay, former NHS doctor, now comedian and author of This is Going to Hurt, reflects on the often horrific conditions he was working under and what finally happened to make him hang up the white coat. Very funny, but with a serious message.

New Insights About Darwin

Time to Eat the Dogs | 16 April 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alistair Sponsel about his book Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation. Delves into the forces that shaped Darwin’s thinking on evolution.

Maria Konnikova on Learning to Play Poker

The James Altucher Show | 10 May 2018 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Maria Konnikova immersed herself in poker to write a book about luck. Now, having made $200k in her first year playing, she’s on her way to play in the world series. An excellent discussion of both decisionmaking and the process of getting good at something.

The Sorting Hat

Hidden Brain | 15 April 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
The desire to know who we are and where we belong has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. These tests offer individuals – and, increasingly, employers – quick and easy insights that can be used to make some of life’s biggest decisions. But most fail to stand up to scientific scrutiny. An exploration of the world of personality testing, and the many ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.