Chasing the Dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the Opioid Crisis

ChinaEconTalk | 23 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Describes his investigation of the industry developing and manufacturing recreational drugs in China for export to the West.

Michael Spence on Inequality & Growth

Masters in Business | 25 October 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economist and Nobel laureate Michael Spence discussing information signalling, how economies develop and grow, the impacts of technology, government institutions and intellectual capital.

The Planet Remade

Science for the People | 3 June 2016 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Oliver Morton about his book The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Considers the science of geoengineering to mitigate climate change, discussing how geoengineering might work, and the political and ethical questions surrounding it.

Saloni Dattani on the Debate Over Whether Male and Female Brains Are Different

Rationally Speaking | 3 September 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Several recent books have argued there’s no difference between male and female brains. Saloni Dattani, a PhD student in psychiatric genetics, discusses some of the problems with the argument, and what we really know so far about gender and the brain. References her article The truth about the female brain.

Julia Galef on How to Argue Better and Change your Mind More

The Ezra Klein Show | 25 July 2017 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Julia Galef about her work focused on how we think and argue, as well as the cognitive biases and traps that keep us from hearing what we’re really saying, hearing what others are really saying, and preferring answers that make us feel good to answers that are true. Discusses what she’s learned about thinking more clearly and arguing better, signalling, motivated reasoning, probabilistic debating, which identities help us find truth, and how to make online arguments less terrible.

Notes from a Transplant Surgeon

RNZ – All Programmes | 26 February 2019 | 0h 21m | Listen Later
Interview with Joshua Mezrich about his book When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon. A compelling account of the work, history and ethical issues of lifesaving organ transplants.

Susan Houseman on Manufacturing

EconTalk | 21 October 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Houseman of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research challenging the standard narrative about the US manufacturing sector. Houseman argues that conclusions about the growth of manufacturing are driven overwhelmingly by computer production while the rest of manufacturing has been stagnant. She also argues that productivity has a small role in reducing manufacturing employment and that trade has been the main cause of employment reductions.

Rory Sutherland – How to Be Less Rational (and More Brilliant)

How To Academy | 14 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about using the power of psychology to drive the success of ideas, products and businesses. Blends behavioural science, stories and branding to argue that logic, algorithms and theory stifle our ability to solve problems.