Revisiting Just Mercy (with Bryan Stevenson)

Stay Tuned with Preet | 26 December 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Stevenson about his memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, also released as a movie. Discusses his work as a civil rights attorney representing death row prisoners, and challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.

Noubar Afeyan on the Permission to Leap

Conversations with Tyler | 13 January 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Noubar Afeyan, co-founder of Moderna and CEO of Flagship Pioneering. Discusses teaching entrepreneurship; predictions on the future of gene editing and CRISPR technology; why the pharmaceutical field can’t be winner takes all; why “basic research” is a poor term; the secret to Boston’s culture of innovation; the potential of plant biotech; the role of systematic processes that include embracing unreasonable propositions and even unreasonable people in exceptional achievement; why Montreal is (still) a special place to him; how his classical pianist mother influenced his musical tastes; his discussion-based approach to ethical dilemmas; how thinking future-backward shapes his approach to business and philanthropy; the blessing and curse of Lebanese optimism; the importance of creating a culture where people can say things that are wrong; what we can all learn by being an American by choice, and more.

Shona Minson on Children of Imprisoned Mothers

Social Science Bites | 2 October 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shona Minson about her research on the effect on children of their mothers being imprisoned. Also describes her advocacy with a UK Parliamentary enquiry, which led to new guidelines aimed at strengthening female offenders’ family and other relationships.

Note that NZ Māori women are, per capita, the most imprisoned indigenous women in the world.

Michael Pollan on the Psychedelic Society

The Ezra Klein Show | 14 December 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan discussing the Oregon ballot initiative that legalized the use of psilocybin. Covers what Proposition 109 does and the challenges it will face, the lost history of psychedelics being used as a therapeutic tool in the 1950s, why the mental health profession in America is so excited about the revolutionary possibilities of psychedelic treatment, why the “noetic experience” induced by psychedelics has such incredible healing potential, whether widespread psychedelic use would create massive population-level changes in society, and much more.

Women in Greek Myths

History Extra | 25 November 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Natalie Haynes about her book Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths. Discusses the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, finding that the figures who emerge from different retellings and translations owe more to modern mores than historical fidelity.

A Tale of Two Evolutionary Processes with Rita Colwell

This View of Life | 25 August 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rita Colwell about her book A Lab of Her Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science. Tells two evolutionary stories. The first is the story of her career studying microbial genetic evolution, including diseases such as cholera and anthrax, and serving as Director of the National Science Foundation. The second is the story of cultural evolution and the lack thereof, such as entrenched sexism in science and the reluctance of the medical establishment to embrace new ideas.

How Men and Women Socialize Differently

The Art of Manliness | 26 August 2016 | 0h 39m | Listen Later
Interview with Joyce Benenson about her book Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes. Debunks popular notions that social conditioning makes women more social, and men more competitive. Discusses the biological origins of male and female socialization; why men prefer all-male groups; why women can be just as, if not more competitive, as men; how men compete to cooperate; and why men can make up much faster with an enemy than women can.

Life in a Cornish Fishing Village

Constant Wonder | 1 December 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later
Interview with Lamorna Ash about her book Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town. Backgrounds her time in a remote fishing town in Cornwall researching how fishing shapes a community. Shares vivid stories from her time on a trawler with four seasoned fishermen, encountering seasickness, all kinds of fish guts, and the constant tension between land and sea.