Dr. Robert Pearl: Uncaring

The House of Pod: A Medical Podcast | 17 May 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Pearl, the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, about his book Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients. Discusses the toxic culture of medicine that prioritises doctor status over patient welfare and the prospects for Amazon to disrupt the delivery of healthcare.

Censorship: Waging War on Free Speech

History Extra | 18 August 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Eric Berkowitz about his book Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News. Discusses the inglorious history of censorship – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – and explains why he believes that attempts to silence others never work.

Mary Ann Sieghart: The Authority Gap

The Book Club | 28 July 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mary Ann Sieghart about her book The Authority Gap. Marshals the evidence that all the way through society women are taken less seriously than men, even by other women. Suggests how it came to be, what we can do to change it, and why we should take the trouble.

Science in the Time of Cancel Culture

Analysis | 12 July 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Michael Muthukrishna speaks to a range of experts to assess the impact of modern social justice movements on scientific research and development. Discusses whether fear of personal or professional harm is strengthening conformism or eviscerating robust intellectual debate; whether open-mindedness on controversial issues can really exist in the scientific community; and whether rigorous public assessment of scientific findings helps to achieve better, more equitable and socially just outcomes.

Lucy Kellaway on Re-educated

Full Disclosure with James O’Brien | 23 July 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lucy Kellaway about her book Re-educated: How I changed my job, my home, my husband and my hair. Discusses quitting her full-time, high-status job as a journalist at the Financial Times to become a trainee teacher at a secondary school. Argues that age is no barrier to ripping up and starting again. Backgrounds her charity, Now Teach, which encourages experienced people to step into the classroom to help plug the colossal teacher shortage and bring freshness to the system.

James Heckman on Inequality and Economic Mobility

EconTalk | 26 July 2021 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Heckman about inequality and economic mobility. Drawing on research on inequality in Denmark with Rasmus Landerso, Heckman argues that despite the efforts of the Danish welfare state to provide equal access to education, there is little difference in economic mobility between the United States and Denmark. Includes a general discussion of economic mobility in the United States along with a critique of Chetty and others’ work on the power of neighbourhood to determine one’s economic destiny.

Heckman criticises the progressive belief that increased social spending will open up opportunity for the less advantaged. But he too appears to have a blind spot – attributing the persistence of advantage to family factors. Gregory Clark’s work points to that being due largely to genetics, rather than behaviours of the family. And if genetics is truly the source of persistent advantage, doesn’t that suggest that it’s only fair to use high taxes and transfers to even things out?

Mine: How the Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

The Next Big Idea | 3 June 2021 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Heller and James Salzman about their book Mine!: How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives. Explains that our notions of ownership are a storytelling exercise relying on just six stories to claim everything we own. Describes how those stories work, how you can use them to your advantage, and why they might be key to dismantling income inequality and arresting climate change.