Gregory Clark on Using Names to Measure Social Mobility

Social Science Bites | 1 April 2014 | 0h 19m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gregory Clark, author of “The Son Also Rises.” Describes how inferences about social mobility can be drawn from the distribution of surnames amongst elites in societies over many centuries. Discusses the implications for social policy if social status is highly heritable.

Silicon Valley Values

Analysis | 12 June 2016 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Explores the identity and values of Silicon Valley – and what they mean for the rest of us. Talks to entrepreneurs, investors, academics and activists about how those values are permeating the world and what to do when they clash with other priorities down on the ground.

Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.

David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness

Conversations with Tyler | 6 June 2018 | 1h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Luxuriate in the interplay between two fine, but unconventional, thinkers. Includes insights on Brooks’ writing process, loneliness, community, happiness and much more.

Catherine Hoke – The Master of Second Chances

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 January 2018 | 2h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
This is a tear-jerker, with so many reasons to listen. Interview with Catherine Hoke, the founder of Defy Ventures, a nonprofit aimed at ending mass incarceration by harnessing entrepreneurship to transform prisoners. Hoke is the author of “A Second Chance: For You, for Me, and for the Rest of Us.” The conversation covers her background, advocacy for giving prisoners a second chance and deals openly and bravely with her redemption after her own second chance.

Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland

EconTalk | 23 January 2017 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland,” about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America. That, in turn, became entangled with the growth in the use of pain-killers as recreational drugs. Drawing on the investigative reporting that culminated in his book, Quinones lays out the recent history and economics of the growth in heroin and pain-killer usage and the lost lives along the way.

The Lazarus Drug

Hidden Brain | 29 October 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behaviour — and causing more deaths than it saves. Explores with researchers, drug users and families the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much to understand about addiction.

How to Save a Stranger’s Life

Future Perfect | 15 October 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An introduction to Effective Altruism, the movement to make charitable giving more effective, illustrated with a story of donating a kidney to a stranger.