Daniel Markovits – The Meritocracy Trap

The Book Club | 6 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy isn’t the solution to our social and political discontents, but the central part of the problem. Suggests that the notion of hard work and proven ability leading to wealth and success has created a miserable underclass and a comparably miserable overclass — and is responsible for a damaging and eventually unsustainable reorganisation of Western economies.

Malthusianism

In Our Time | 22 June 2011 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Malthusianism. Thomas Malthus argued that with population increasing exponentially, that food production could not keep pace – eventually a crisis would ensue. He suggested that famine, disease and wars acted as a natural corrective to overpopulation, and also suggested a number of ways in which humans could regulate their own numbers. The work caused a furore and fuelled debate about the size and sustainability of the human population ever since.

The Cat: In from the Wild

The Forum | 17 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the history of domesticated cats, which are thought to have started living alongside humans more than 9000 years ago. Cats probably domesticated themselves, entering the homes of early arable farmers in the Fertile Crescent to control the rodent population. Since then, they’ve been worshipped, vilified and revered by various societies around the world.

Julia Hartley Brewer meets Matt Ridley

The Julia Hartley-Brewer Show | 17 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with science and climate change writer Matt Ridley about the Extinction Rebellion protests over climate change. Discusses the risks of climate change and what the proposed targets to cut carbon emissions would mean for the lives of ordinary people.

The Gospel of Wealth

The Documentary | 16 October 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
The world’s greatest philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, said billionaires should give all their wealth away. In his guidebook to philanthropy, The Gospel of Wealth, he challenged people who acquired great wealth to give it back to the community. He believed the most important cause to support was education. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown asks why today’s billionaire philanthropists aren’t giving away more money and why education is no longer the top priority.

Thibault Le Texier on Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment

Rationally Speaking | 15 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Thibault Le Texier, author of Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment, discussing the evidence that the famous prison experiment was mostly fraudulent. Explores how the experimenters got away with such a significant misrepresentation for so long, and what this whole affair says about the field of psychology.

Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson — Befriending Radical Disagreement

On Being with Krista Tippett | 3 October 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
After Derek Black was outed for his white-power ideology at the New College of Florida, Matthew Stevenson, an Orthodox Jew, invited him to Shabbat dinner. An inspiring tale of tolerance, friendship and conversion.

Melinda Gates – How to Empower Women

How To Academy | 7 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Melinda Gates discussing ideas from her book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Shares stories and lessons learned from her work finding solutions for people with the most urgent needs. Compelling on the importance of empowering women.