Paul Bloom on Empathy

EconTalk | 27 February 2017 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Paul Bloom about his book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Bloom argues that empathy – the ability to feel the emotions of others – is a bad guide to charitable giving and public policy. Bloom argues that reason combined with compassion is a better and more effective guide to making the world a better place.

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.

Transgender Life, Liberalism, and Free Trade

The Rubin Report | 30 December 2016 | 1h 25m | Listen Later
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey about her transition from male to female, her career in academia and classical liberalism. Backgrounds the ideas in her Bourgeois series of books, which argue that it was innovation spawned by changing cultural values that sparked the Great Enrichment of the last two hundred years. Interesting throughout.

Wesley Yang – The Souls of Yellow Folk

Think Again – a Big Think Podcast | 1 December 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wesley Yang, author of The Souls of Yellow Folk. Describes the cultural invisibility of Asian-Americans: neither black nor white, tasting the frustrations of both, but denied the entitlement of either. Uses the Asian-American experience to explore racial gaslighting and microaggressions, concluding that the cure is more dangerous than the disease. Suggests that the liberal institutions that let us live together in peace are vulnerable to political correctness.

The Future of Meat

Freakonomics Radio | 14 February 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?

Andrew Yarrow on Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life

New Books in Economics | 9 November 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yarrow about his book Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American Life. Evaluates the economic and cultural forces driving the population of men who leave the workforce, isolate themselves, and ultimately become angry.

The School of Hard Facts

Analysis | 28 October 2012 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with E.D. Hirsch who advocates a school curriculum strongly grounded in facts and knowledge. He believes that there are specific ideas, works of literature and scientific concepts which everyone should know so that they can be active participants in society. Discusses with the former English schools minister, Nick Gibb, the reasons for embracing Hirsch’s ideas and how they could counteract what he describes as a prevailing left-wing ideology among teachers.