James Watt: The Power of Steam

The Forum | 27 June 2019 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life and work of James Watt, the Scottish innovator whose improved steam engine helped power the Industrial Revolution and lay the basis for much of the mechanised world we take for granted now.

Steve Silberman on Evolving Attitudes About Autism

Point of Inquiry | 17 November 2015 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Silberman about his book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Uncovers the lost history of autism and shows how we arrived at the concept of the autism spectrum. Argues that many of us have autistic traits, some of which, such as social awkwardness and highly focused passions, have helped shape our world, especially the digital realm.

What Teeth Can Tell Us About People in Roman and Early Medieval Wessex

The Arch and Anth Podcast | 28 June 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katie Faillace about her work in dental anthropology. Measuring non-metric traits of archaeological teeth allows her to infer the relatedness of different populations in Wessex between the Roman and early medieval periods.

Thomas Gilovich on Human Behaviour

Masters in Business | 25 January 2018 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thomas Gilovich discussing his work in social psychology, decision making, behavioural economics and happiness. Draws on ideas in How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life and the paper he co-authored with Amos Tversky on the “Hot Hand” in the NBA.

Rob Reid – the Dark Side of Gene Editing and Synthetic Biology

The Kevin Rose Show | 20 June 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Reid. Backgrounds the promise of synthetic biology and gene editing before reviewing the risks of a doomsday bug wiping out humanity – and suggests that it’s time to take this danger seriously.

Randolph Nesse on Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Innovation Hub | 21 June 2019 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Randolph Nesse about the ideas in his book, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry. Considers emotional and mental disorders from an evolutionary perspective, and explains why natural selection left us with fragile minds.

Matt Moore on Analyzing Highway Safety

The Not Unreasonable Podcast | 18 June 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Moore of the Highway Loss Data Institute with insights from its insurance and automobile dataset. Weighs the evidence for the (in)effectiveness of a range of vehicle safety features and considers the potential for future improvements in road safety.

Green Technology and Early Adoption

Analysis | 17 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the advantages and dangers of accelerating the adoption of green energy technology to curb the UK’s contribution to global carbon emissions.