Tom Barton on Short Selling and Investment

The Meb Faber Show | 10 October 2018 | 1h 24m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Entertaining story-after-story interview with famed short-seller and early-stage investor Tom Barton. Describes the process he used to identify and short fraudulent companies.

Matt Ridley on the Evolution of Everything

EconTalk | 22 February 2016 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book, “The Evolution of Everything”. Ridley applies the lens of emergent order to a wide variety of phenomena including culture, morality, religion, commerce, innovation, and consciousness.

Prehistoric Origins of Birds

Parsing Science | 10 July 2018 | 0h 33m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, from Yale University, talks about how the discovery of a 95 million-year-old Ichthyornis fossil in 2014 revealed unexpected insights into the origins of the minds and mouths of modern birds.

What We Learn from People Who Lived as Both Men and Women

The Inquiry | 3 May 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Ben Barres, a world-leading neurobiologist, lived the last 20 years of his life as a transgender man. He used his unique perspective of having lived as a woman and a man to become an outspoken opponent of gender bias. Explains what society can learn from people who’ve lived life as both a man and woman.

Five Questions with Benedict Evans

Danny In The Valley | 30 March 2018 | 0h 45m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Benedict Evans, a partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Deep insights on self-driving cars; Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm; and the prospects for artificial intelligence replacing all work.

Alison Gopnik on Parenting and the Downsides of Modernity

Rationally Speaking | 30 April 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik explains why modern parenting is too goal-oriented. Discusses whether anything parents do matters, whether kids should go to school, and how kids learn discipline if you don’t force them to do things.

Understanding the North Korean Economy

FT Alphachat | 16 February 2018 | 1h 01m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Marcus Noland, economist and executive vice president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains the North Korean economy, which is not entirely the communist museum piece we commonly think. Describes the bottom-up emergence of market processes in response to the failure of state institutions.

Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 14 March 2018 | 1h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The Enlightenment worked, says Steven Pinker, by promoting reason, science, humanism, progress, and peace. The programs set in motion by the 18th-Century intellectual movement became so successful we’ve lost track of what that success came from. Some even discount the success itself, preferring to ignore or deny how much better off humanity keeps becoming, decade after decade, in terms of health, food, money, safety, education, justice, and opportunity.