What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Cathy O’Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction

EconTalk | 3 October 2016 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cathy O’Neil about the ideas in Weapons of Math Destruction. Argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways and that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples discussed include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O’Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.

Inheritance

Analysis | 21 February 2016 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why does inheritance arouse such powerful emotions? Family, death and money make for gripping stories – just ask Tolstoy, Austen or Dickens – but our attitudes also reflect the way we feel about society, the state, and even ourselves. Discussions tend to dissolve into rows about levels of tax but this programme explores the values and intuitions that underpin our strength of feeling.

Yuval Noah Harari Reveals the Real Dangers Ahead

The TED Interview | 17 July 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about a future that’s profound, exciting, and unsettling. Discusses what we need to do to prepare for potentially civilisation-ending dangers ahead.

Elizabeth Gilbert on Life and Love

How to Academy | 19 August 2019 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert exploring her life story and thoughts on genius and creativity, sex and adventure, wonder and fear. Draws on her books Eat, Pray, Love, Committed, Big Magic and City of Girls.

Invisible Women

99% Invisible | 23 July 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, a book about how data from women are ignored and how this bakes in bias and discrimination in the things we design.

Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

Conversations with Tyler | 15 August 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Masha Gessen who has dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. Covers why Soviet mathematics was so good, Putin, the intensity of Russian friendship, strong Russian women, Russian politics, and more.