The Economics of Renewables

IEA Conversations | 29 March 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley explaining the costs of regulation that promotes renewable electricity generation. English and Welsh household electricity costs have risen 50% in real terms since 2001. Meanwhile, emissions and costs are down in the US as it embraces cheap gas from fracking.

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

Planet Money | 19 January 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. Economist Julian Simon saw a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.

Lewis Dartnell’s Origins

Little Atoms | 22 March 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about the ideas in Origins: How The Earth Made Us. Describes the enduring role of geology in shaping human history.

Amy Tuteur on Birth, Natural Parenting, and Push Back

EconTalk | 18 March 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with obstetrician-gynecologist Amy Tuteur about her book Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting. Argues that the ‘paleo-fantasy’ of natural parenting – the encouragement to women to give birth without epidurals or caesarians and to breastfeed – is bad for women’s health and has little or no benefit for their children.

Unreal Sex

Hidden Brain | 11 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Devlin, author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. Explores the history of artificial love and considers what love and sex look like in an age of robots and artificial intelligence.

How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?

Freakonomics Radio | 2 April 2015 | 0h 41m | Listen Later
A lot of conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than a hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that.

The Evolution Of Human Violence

KERA’s Think | 12 February 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with anthropologist Richard Wrangham about the ideas in The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution. Draws on evolutionary evidence to suggest that as we domesticated ourselves, we reduced our tendency to reactive violence, whilst simultaneously retaining our capacity for organised violence.

Cordelia Fine on Testosterone Rex

London Review Bookshop Podcasts | 18 April 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cordelia Fine, author of Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society. Examines the interplay between nature and nurture in the construction of gender and argues that differences between the sexes are overstated.