The Question of Education

a16z | 11 September 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Marc Andreessen and Dylan Field discuss education. Covers the purpose, past and present of education; economics of education (student loans, the debt crisis, government funding, industry cost disease, credentialing and accreditation capture); tradeoffs of hard and soft degrees when it comes to making money and assessing skills objectively; and advice for students.

The Fundamental Human Relationship with Work

HBR IdeaCast | 13 October 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Applies an anthropologist’s perspective from studying an ancient hunter-gatherer society to suggest that our modern notions of work, economy, and productivity are perhaps too limiting. Argues that humans have always been drawn to work for its intrinsic value and that managers can prepare for the future workplace by broadening their thinking about work and purpose.

Musa al-Gharbi on the Value of Intellectual Diversity

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 October 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Musa al-Gharbi about the value in intellectual diversity, both by keeping ourselves honest and in allowing ideas from unexpected quarters. Discusses why there are a lot more liberals than conservatives on university faculties, the extent to which that’s a problem, Heterodox Academy, and how we should better think about the value of diverse viewpoints.

Justice and Retribution

Hi-Phi Nation | 27 June 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Considers the arguments for and against eliminating punishment from the justice system. Ranges across the denial that we have free will, the view that perpetuating injustice disqualifies the state from punishing, and arguments for the necessity of retributive punishment. Considers whether any of us have the right to punish anyone else, and questions the very purpose of the criminal justice system.

Elizabeth Fry: ‘The Angel of Prisons’

The Forum | 1 October 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion of the life of Elizabeth Fry whose work in the 19C was a driving force behind a new way of thinking about prisons – one that stressed that improving conditions for prisoners and treating them with humanity would lead to better outcomes and lower re-offending rates.

Kate Manne on Misogyny and Male Entitlement

Philosophy Bites | 4 October 2020 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Manne discussing the notions of misogyny, male entitlement, and the term that she coined, ‘himpathy.’ Draws on ideas from Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women.

Bullshit Jobs

Hidden Brain | 3 September 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Graeber about the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and how these positions affect the people who hold them. Discusses the ideas in Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.

Alchemy: How Our Creations Recreate Us

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ainissa Ramirez about her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Draws on stories about eight key inventions to show how our innovations can change us in surprising ways.