Sebastian Junger on Tribe

EconTalk | 31 December 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sebastian Junger about his book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. Explores the human need to be needed and the challenges facing many individuals in modern society who struggle to connect with others. His studies of communal connection include soldiers in a small combat unit and American Indian society in the nineteenth century.

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

The Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later 
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.

Catharine MacKinnon on Gender Crime

Philosophy Bites | 26 March 2011 | 0h 17m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon about the concept of gender crime – a crime that happens as part of a social system of male domination and female subordination.

Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education. Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.

Neil MacGregor: Living With The Gods

The Book Club | 20 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Neil MacGregor about the ideas in his book Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples, which tells the story of the world’s religions through objects. What do religions have in common? Why should there be an evolutionary advantage in engaging with the intangible or imaginary? And what does the history of religion tell us about the common threads of humanity?

Tara Westover on “Educated”

Reader’s Corner | 17 August 2018 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tara Westover about her memoir Educated. Tells the story of growing up home-schooled in a violent, anti-government, fundamentalist Mormon family. She escaped via self-education, ultimately earning a PhD at Cambridge. Valuable perspectives on managing relationships.

Michelle Baddeley on Social Herding

Social Science Bites | 2 February 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Michelle Baddeley discussing social herding, which often follows from an information imbalance, real or perceived, in which a person follows the wisdom of crowds. Touches on finance, neuroeconomics, groupthink, reputation and safety in numbers.

Capitalism and Moral Evolution

On Being with Krista Tippett | 2 June 2016 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the evolution of culture and conscience with Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner. Jonathan Haidt is studying the relationship between capitalism and moral evolution. The liberal view of capitalism as essentially exploitative may remain alive and well, Haidt says, but the ironic truth of history is that capitalism actually generates liberal values as it takes root in societies.