Tyler Cowen on Big Business

Political Economy with James Pethokoukis | 10 May 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his book Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero. Covers why we love to hate big business, whether American corporations are monopolistic, whether CEOs are overpaid, and whether Big Tech is a threat to our democracy.

Thoreau: The Writer Who Went to the Woods

The Forum | 9 May 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the life and legacy of the American thinker Henry David Thoreau and his famous work Walden, which describes the Thoreau’s experiment in living simply at Walden Pond in Massachusetts in the 1840s. Walden offers insights into work and leisure, nature, solitude, society, the good life and more. Discusses Walden and his essay Civil Disobedience, and reflects on the legacy of Thoreau’s work.

Forget Me Not: Starting a New Romance When Your Partner Has Dementia

RNZ: Insight | 11 May 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
What if your beloved has dementia and doesn’t know who you are anymore? Is it all right to start a new relationship with someone else? Considers the tangle of emotions, family reaction and legal issues that can emerge.

Why Are Even Women Biased Against Women?

Analysis | 29 January 2018 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Women are sexist too. Even avowed feminists are found to be unconsciously biased against women when they take ‘implicit association’ tests. Explores where these discriminatory attitudes come from and what we can do about them.

The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

Context with Brad Harris | 2 May 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students. Published in 1987, the book sold millions of copies and instigated a battle over the soul of the American University that’s been raging ever since. Bloom decried what he saw as a morally and intellectually crippling relativism and argued that the goal of education is not to become open to all ideas, but to cultivate the search for the best ideas.

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.

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.

Rachel Laudan on Food Waste

EconTalk | 4 December 2017 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Rachel Laudan about food waste. Argues that much of the alleged wasting of food serves a purpose and reducing waste would have costs that exceed the benefits. Also discusses the role of food taboos and moralizing about food. Along the way, Laudan defends the virtue of individual choice and freedom in deciding what to eat.