How the Sandwich Consumed Britain

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 19 January 2018 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Fascinating backgrounder on Britain’s world-beating sandwich industry. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner.

Why Now?

Hidden Brain | 6 February 2018 | 0h 52m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Uses social science to explain the changes in our minds and culture that allowed the #MeToo movement to gain traction now after previous allegations of sexual misconduct went nowhere.

What Can Uber Teach Us About the Gender Pay Gap?

Freakonomics Radio | 6 February 2018 | 0h 42m | Listen Later 
A new perspective on the gender pay gap, using data from over a million Uber drivers. Offers three behavioural differences as explanations for the gender pay gap, notwithstanding Uber’s gender agnostic algorithms.

Alain de Botton—The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

On Being with Krista Tippett | 2 August 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Alain de Botton’s essay Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person was one of the most-read articles in The New York Times in recent years. As people and as a culture, he says, we would be much saner and happier if we reexamined our very view of love. Love deepens and stumbles, survives and evolves over time, and that process has more to do with ourselves than with what is right or wrong with our partner. The real work of love is not in the falling, but in what comes after.

Beyond the Politics of Race

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 29 July 2018 | 1h 56m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. Challenges progressive instincts with thoughtful, nuanced thinking, grounded in data.

How to Disagree Better

The Ezra Klein Show | 16 July 2018 | 1h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
“Contempt is the conviction of the utter worthlessness of another person. Anger leads to reconciliation, contempt to permanent enmity.” Interview with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, an America think tank. Discusses how to disagree better, why civility shouldn’t be the goal in conversation, why it’s healthy to have a lot of arguments, and why anger is a healthy emotion and contempt isn’t.

Richard Haier – The Neuroscience of Intelligence

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast | 4 June 2018 | 1h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Richard Haier about the ideas in his book The Neuroscience of Intelligence. Covers the history of the politically-charged debate about intelligence. Research points to genetics playing a more important role than environment as intelligence develops from childhood. Intelligence test scores correspond strongly to specific features of the brain assessed with neuroimaging.

Robin Hanson on Signalling and Self-Deception

Conversations with Tyler | 28 February 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Wide-ranging discussion with Robin Hanson, co-author of The Elephant in the Brain, which makes the case that as much as 90% of human behaviour is motivated by sub-conscious signalling, not the selfless motives typically professed.