Musa al-Gharbi on the Value of Intellectual Diversity

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 October 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Musa al-Gharbi about the value in intellectual diversity, both by keeping ourselves honest and in allowing ideas from unexpected quarters. Discusses why there are a lot more liberals than conservatives on university faculties, the extent to which that’s a problem, Heterodox Academy, and how we should better think about the value of diverse viewpoints.

Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy

EconTalk | 12 October 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Discusses the rise of populist and nationalist movements and their appeal even when they begin to erode or destroy democracy.

How to Decide, Convey vs. Convince, & More

a16z | 8 October 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about her book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Offers concrete advice on strategies, mindsets and tools to make better decisions under uncertainty.

Justice and Retribution

Hi-Phi Nation | 27 June 2020 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Considers the arguments for and against eliminating punishment from the justice system. Ranges across the denial that we have free will, the view that perpetuating injustice disqualifies the state from punishing, and arguments for the necessity of retributive punishment. Considers whether any of us have the right to punish anyone else, and questions the very purpose of the criminal justice system.

The Dispossession of Native Americans

History Extra | 13 October 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Claudio Saunt about his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. Tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century.

Macbeth

In Our Time | 1 October 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When three witches prophesy that Macbeth will be king one day, he is not prepared to wait and almost the next day murders King Duncan as he sleeps, a guest at Macbeth’s castle. Discusses their brutal world where few boundaries are distinct – between safe and unsafe, friend and foe, real and unreal, man and beast – until Macbeth too is slaughtered.

Invest Like the Best on Acquired

Acquired | 7 October 2020 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patrick O’Shaughnessy of the Invest Like the Best podcast. Back story on the podcast along with the history of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, how he went from philosophy major, to quant researcher, to developing software to sell OSAM’s technology to other wealth managers, to early-stage investing.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams: The Making of Science in Europe

The Book Club | 7 October 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hugh Aldersey-Williams about his book Dutch Light: Christaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe. Discusses the life and work of Christiaan Huygens. Argues that this half-forgotten figure was the most important scientist between Galileo and Newton. Describes his advances in optics, geometry, probability, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the invention of the pendulum clock and the discovery of the rings of Saturn – against the backdrop of a turbulent post-Reformation Europe and the beginnings of an international scientific community.