Carole Hooven on Testosterone

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 18 June 2021 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carole Hooven about her book T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us. Discusses her research with chimpanzees in Africa; the evolutionary origins of human behaviour; the role of testosterone in differentiating male development and masculinising behaviour; how prenatal testosterone differences in utero shape life trajectories; how it drives sex differences and how that affects relations between men and women and societal outcomes.

Genome Editing and the Future of Food

The Food Programme | 7 March 2021 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the future role of genome editing in food and farming and what that could mean for farmers and consumers. Backgrounds the technology and canvases a range of opinions for and against as the UK government consults on changing the legal status of genome editing.

Sam Altman on the A.I. Revolution, Trillionaires and the Future of Political Power

The Ezra Klein Show | 11 June 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Altman about his essay Moore’s Law for Everything. Backgrounds how AI will generate wealth by making almost everything cheaper, but destroy jobs in the process and shift wealth from labour to capital. Discusses the political economy that will require, arguing for taxing land and wealth, and distributing it to all to share the wealth.

Richard Thompson Ford on Dress Codes

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 19 March 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Thompson Ford about his book Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History. Explores the history of dress codes from the middle ages to the present and discusses the resulting insights about ourselves and our society.

Ian Leslie on Conflicted

EconTalk | 7 June 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ian Leslie about his book Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes. Argues that, far from being a negative thing, conflict is often the essential ingredient that helps us get to the right answer or best solution. Because some of our best thinking comes in collaboration with others, learning how to disagree civilly when our views conflict is the key to productive conversation in business and in marriage. The conversation includes a surprising defense of confirmation bias.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Surviving The Great Reshuffle

Modern Wisdom | 27 May 2021 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. Argues that time, space and geography are collapsing. The richest people on the planet are no longer in charge of labour or buildings, they’re symbol manipulators. The skillsets we need today are completely different to what was needed 50 years ago, let alone 500. Discusses why 2020 was the best thing to happen to talented people in the developing world, the danger of grade inflation in top-flight universities, Rory Sutherland, Isaac Newton, and more.

Work: Should You Do Less of It?

The Next Big Idea | 13 May 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Suzman about his book Work: A History of How We Spend Our Time. Draws lessons from the way San hunter-gathers spend their time to argue for spending less time toiling away at labour we loathe and more time working at things we love.

How to Stop Worrying and Love the Robot Apocalypse

Freakonomics Radio | 6 May 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Evaluates the impact that robots (and other smart technologies) will have on jobs, particularly the scope for newer collaborative robots (“cobots”) to totally reinvigorate how work gets done.