William Bernstein, Efficient Frontier – We Are Creatures That Seek Compelling Narratives

The Meb Faber Show | 2 September 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with William Bernstein about his book The Delusions Of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups. Explains why we’re susceptible to manias and backgrounds situations that have seen extreme speculation. Discusses today’s market: Robinhood, meme stocks, lofty valuations, and crypto. Debunks prevailing narratives around star fund managers and the notion that the Fed will save the market.

Nichola Raihani – The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World

The Dissenter | 2 September 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nichola Raihani about her book The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World. Discusses mechanisms used to explain the evolution of cooperation – kin selection, reciprocal altruism, and group selection; the role of mothers and fathers and cooperative breeding; grandmothers; why men live so long; why people help unrelated others; interdependence; why we care so much about what other people think of us; social comparison; the ability to join together and rebel against tyrannical leaders; and how to promote large-scale cooperation.

Julia Galef – The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t

The Michael Shermer Show | 21 August 2021 | 1h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Julia Galef about her book The Scout Mindset. Discusses how to think more rationally; her scout mindset metaphor; how the empirical claims of things like climate science and vaccines compare with religious, political, or ideological beliefs; implicit racism; and the value of being able to describe your opponent’s view to their satisfaction.

Mike Duncan on the Marquis de Lafayette

Tides of History | 26 August 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Duncan about his book Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. Discusses Lafayette’s life and role in the American, French, Haitian, and South American revolutions.

The Decline and Rise of Democracy with David Stasavage

Charter Cities Podcast | 26 July 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Stasavage about his book The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today. Discusses the role of geography and technology in the emergence of democracy, the factors that influence the strength of a city’s fiscal position, the importance of having collective governance before bureaucracy, and more.

Mike Maples, Jr. – A Playbook for Startups

Invest Like the Best | 26 August 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate, about his life and work in venture capital. Discusses his early insights and secrets, value hypothesis testing, customer development, growth, team orchestration, and a lot more.

Censorship: Waging War on Free Speech

History Extra | 18 August 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Eric Berkowitz about his book Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News. Discusses the inglorious history of censorship – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – and explains why he believes that attempts to silence others never work.

Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang on Facebook

Longform | 18 August 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang about their book An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination. Backgrounds the journalistic work behind their investigation of Facebook to uncover the company’s unbending pursuit of growth.