Elisabeth Anderson on Agents of Reform

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 April 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elisabeth Anderson about her book Agents of Reform: Child Labor and the Origins of the Welfare State. Argues that the modern welfare state emerged out of the passage of child labour laws, rather than the later labour movement and policymakers’ efforts to appeal to working-class voters. Contrasts the advocacy of child labour laws in Germany, France, Belgium, Massachusetts, and Illinois, drawing lessons about how institutional change is effected.

Manvir Singh: Going Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model of Hunter-Gatherers

The Dissenter | 17 June 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Manvir Singh about his paper Human Social Organization During the Late Pleistocene: Beyond the Nomadic-Egalitarian Model. Argues that some of our late Pleistocene forbears lived in large, sedentary, dense communities, not just as nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherers. Discusses the nomadic-egalitarian hunter-gatherer model, his diverse histories model, the implications it has for our evolved psychology, and how we think about evolutionary mismatches; how human societies get organized; the origins of agriculture; the transition to large-scale agricultural societies, and non-agricultural state societies; the sympathetic plot in fiction, and its psychological origins; and the functionality of beliefs.

I nearly missed this episode – don’t make that mistake – it is truly excellent. I suggest checking out his writing. I also recommend Razib Khan’s interview.

Rick Emerson on Unmask Alice

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 27 July 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rick Emerson about his book Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries. Explains how “Go Ask Alice”, the supposed diary of a middle-class drug addict, with its portrayal of sex, drugs and teenage self-destruction, demonised LSD, and led to the war on drugs.

Daniel Pick – a New History of Thought Control

How To Academy | 22 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Pick about his book Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control. Discusses the history of the notion of brainwashing, from early fears driven by soldiers not wanting to return home at the end of the Korean War, through Bond films, to the history of research on mind control.

Ashwini Deshpande on Discrimination and Affirmative Action

Ideas of India | 21 July 2022 | 1h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ashwini Deshpande about the economics of discrimination and affirmative action with a focus on caste and gender in India’s labour markets. Includes the reservation system and its critiques, education of women, caste discrimination, and how endogamy perpetuates caste. Draws from her books The Grammar of Caste: Economic Discrimination in Contemporary India and Affirmative Action in India.

For those of us outside of India this provides perspective on the effectiveness of affirmative action programmes worldwide.

Melanie MacEacheron: The Evolution of Motherhood and Feminism

The Dissenter | 11 July 2022 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Melanie MacEacheron about her research on motherhood and marital surname changes. Discusses the evolutionary psychology perspective on motherhood; sex differences in mateships and romantic relationships; marital surname changes and the factors and predictors associated with them; and whether feminism and evolutionary psychology need to be in conflict with one another.

Matthew Ball on the Metaverse and Gaming

Conversations with Tyler | 13 July 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matthew Ball about his book The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionize Everything. Discusses the eventual widespan transition of the population to the metaverse, the exciting implications of this interconnected network of 3D worlds for education, how the metaverse will improve dating and its impacts on sex, the happiness and career satisfaction of professional gamers, his favourite type of entrepreneur, and more.

Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

The Book Club | 15 June 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Elliott about her book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City. Discusses how she came to spend seven years reporting on a single, homeless family in Brooklyn, how she negotiated her duty to observe rather than participate – and what their telenovela-like experiences tell us about American history.