Jennifer Doleac on Criminal Justice

The Neoliberal Podcast | 17 September 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist Jennifer Doleac discussing the field of criminal justice research. Covers the state of criminal justice technology, which criminal justice reforms work and which have backfired.

Nature, Nurture, and Human Autonomy

The Psychology Podcast | 16 August 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Flynn discussing intelligence, what it is, its types, what effects it, what effects it has, and group differences and their potential causes. Draws especially on ideas in Does your Family Make You Smarter?: Nature, Nurture, and Human Autonomy.

You Can Change

The Happiness Lab | 13 September 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
The first episode of a podcast series by Laurie Santos about the science of happiness, based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale – the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history. Starts with the evidence that we can change our happiness, notwithstanding our circumstances and personality.

If Then: The Case For The Vape

Slate Daily Feed | 11 September 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jacob Grier about his book The Rediscovery of Tobacco: Smoking, Vaping, and the Creative Destruction of the Cigarette. A nicely balanced evaluation of the pros and cons of vaping, along with some interesting history about the tobacco industry.

Cathy O’Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction

EconTalk | 3 October 2016 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cathy O’Neil about the ideas in Weapons of Math Destruction. Argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways and that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples discussed include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O’Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.

Katy Payne – In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

On Being with Krista Tippett | 22 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katy Payne, who discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasound. Draws on ideas from her book Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants.

Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.

Kevin Mitchell on Innate

Brain Science | 26 July 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Mitchell about ideas from Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. Explains that our behaviour is more innate than commonly realized, due to variations in brain development. Even identical twins are innately different despite having nearly identical genomes.