John Danaher on Our Coming Automated Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 18 May 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Danaher about his book Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work. Makes the case that work will soon be optional and that human creativity and artistic impulse can flourish in a world free of the demands of working for a living. Discusses what that would entail, whether it’s realistic, and what comes next.

Genetics, Genealogy, and Secrets Unknown

The Insight | 22 April 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Libby Copeland about her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. Explores the social and moral complications from the emergence of home DNA testing.

Robert Pondiscio on How the Other Half Learns

EconTalk | 18 May 2020 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Pondiscio about his book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Pondiscio shares his experience of being embedded in a Success Academy Charter School in New York City for a year – lessons about teaching, education policy, and student achievement. Dissects what Success Academy does well.

The Death of Nation-States and Radical Self-Ownership: The Sovereign Individual

Made You Think | 26 September 2017 | 2h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg, which presciently predicted in 1996 how the Internet would change our lives and work over the following decades. Discusses how technology might destroy what we think of as citizenship, work, travel, community, and life. Covers the increasing popularity of self-education over college; how to prepare for the future cyber-economy; the future of job automation and subsequent unemployment; the decreasing demand for people with degrees and job experience; the four stages of cultural and societal advancement; the future of cryptocurrency and online wealth; and the necessity for finding meaning in your life and work.

Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

EconTalk | 11 May 2020 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Branko Milanovic about his book, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Discusses inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic’s claim that in American capitalism, the texture of daily life is increasingly affected by the sharing economy and other opportunities.

Anne Case on Deaths of Despair

Social Science Bites | 7 May 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Case about ideas from her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, co-authored with Angus Deaton. Backgrounds their work uncovering the reducing life expectancy of non-college-educated white Americans due to deaths of despair – controllable behaviours like drug addiction, suicide and alcohol addiction. Discusses the aspects of America’s unique medical and pharmaceutical system that have resulted in this unique tragedy.

Under the Influence with Robert H. Frank

Economics Detective Radio | 8 May 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert H. Frank about his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. Backgrounds both that our social environment influences our behaviour and that our environment is itself a product of our behaviour. Makes the case for taxes that take account of these social contagion effects.

Jamie Metzl | Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity

The Jordan Harbinger Show | 19 September 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jamie Metzl about his book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. Discusses genetic engineering’s rapid progress, why today’s beneficial genetic traits that may turn out to be ephemeral, the dangers of selectively editing out genes that cause disorders, why China is poised to excel in the application of genetic science, why equity and diversity remain important, and more.