Nile Green on The Love of Strangers

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 14 November 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nile Green about his book The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London. Vividly describes the lives of six Iranian students who came to London in 1815 to master the sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe.

Henry Sanderson on Volt Rush

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 20 September 2022 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Sanderson about his book Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green. Discusses why electric vehicles didn’t catch on initially in the early 1900s, Exxon’s partial credit for discovering the lithium battery, China as the world’s ‘battery superpower’, the issues obtaining lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper, and deep sea mining as the next ‘great’ frontier for EV materials.

The Failures of the NY Times with Ashley Rindsberg

Conversations with Coleman | 18 March 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ashley Rindsberg about his book The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’s Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History. Discusses the little-known history of major errors made by the New York Times, the concept of authority, what makes the Times different from other papers, the idea of objective truth, the many problems with the 1619 project, and how to determine what’s true in the world.

Bo Sea on Good Arguments

The Next Big Idea | 17 November 2022 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bo Seo about his book Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard. Shares time-honoured techniques for getting your point across, changing minds without hurting feelings, dealing with bullies, and knowing when to shut up.

Sam Tatam – Evolutionary Ideas For Modern Problems

Modern Wisdom | 15 October 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sam Tatam about his book Evolutionary Ideas: Unlocking Ancient Innovation to Solve Tomorrow’s Challenges. Discusses the application of evolutionary solutions to modern problems, covering how the wings of an owl helped fix problems in the bullet train, how the ears of a hare assist wind turbines, why Google Glass failed, why airline tickets are so confusing, how companies can aid customer decision without limiting choice, and more.

Dream Hoarders: A Book Talk with Richard Reeves

Opportunity in America | 20 July 2017 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Reeves about his book Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It. Argues that America’s upper middle class has become more effective at passing on opportunities to their children, and while he applauds good parenting, he notes systemic advantages—in areas ranging from the tax code to institutional practices of higher education institutions—limit the abilities of parents lower down the income scale to help their children connect to the best opportunities, resulting in less social mobility overall.

The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinking with Temple Grandin

The TED Interview | 10 November 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Temple Grandin about her book Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions. Discusses her long, multifaceted career, and how her neurodivergent mind and its gift for identifying patterns and thinking visually has helped her pioneer groundbreaking research. She also explains how all kinds of brains can contribute to creating knowledge, and shares how neurodiversity is a strength across many disciplines.