Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.

Why Mathematics is at the Heart of Life

RNZ: Jesse Mulligan | 6 June 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with Geoffrey West, author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies. West explains that the basic mathematical laws of physics governing growth in the physical world apply equally to biological, political and corporate organisms.

Status roles

Akimbo: A podcast from Seth Godin | 21 February 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Who’s up, who’s down? The drama of our lives is narrated by our perception of where we stand. Most of our energy, money and time goes into grooming ourselves into the status role where we believe we belong.

Sebastian Junger on Tribe

EconTalk | 31 December 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sebastian Junger about his book Tribe. Explores the human need to be needed and the challenges facing many individuals in modern society who struggle to connect with others. His studies of communal connection include soldiers in a small combat unit and American Indian society in the nineteenth century.

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later 
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.

Catharine MacKinnon on Gender Crime

Philosophy Bites | 26 March 2011 | 0h 17m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon about the concept of gender crime – a crime that happens as part of a social system of male domination and female subordination.

Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on “The Case Against Education.” Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.

Neil MacGregor: Living With The Gods

Spectator Books | 20 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Neil MacGregor about the ideas in his book “Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples”, which tells the story of the world’s religions through objects. What do religions have in common? Why should there be an evolutionary advantage in engaging with the intangible or imaginary? And what does the history of religion tell us about the common threads of humanity?