Jeff Ma – Making Decisions with Data

Invest Like the Best | 10 December 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Ma about ideas from his book The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business. Discusses fascinating ways data is used to make decisions in the worlds of sports and business. Includes playing on the famous MIT Blackjack team, sports betting and analytics, analyzing human capital, and running the data science and analytics group at Twitter.

Perception: Why What You See Is Not Reality

The Next Big Idea | 26 November 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Don Hoffman about ideas from his book The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes. Argues that what we see, smell, touch, and taste are illusions. Reality, he says, is just an interface, like a computer desktop, built by our brains to conceal complexity.

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.