Alexey Guzey – Is Matthew Walker Lying to Us About Sleep?

Smart People Podcast | 11 February 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alexey Guzey about his demolition of Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep, which proselytised about the health risks of insufficient sleep. Fascinating both for the evaluation of the evidence on sleep, but also for Guzey’s research process and way of thinking.

Emilie du Chatelet: a Free-Spirited Physicist

The Forum | 27 February 2020 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life and work of Emilie du Chatelet, the 18th-century French physicist, mathematician, and thinker. Du Chatelet’s insights into kinetic energy foreshadowed Einstein’s famous equation and her suggestions for experiments with the different colours of light would only be carried out half-a-century after she’d written about them. Plus she was a remarkable personality, determined to live a life of an independent woman, often pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable even in the liberal social circles of her day.

All The Single Ladies…Are Losing In The Housing Market

The Indicator from Planet Money | 7 January 2020 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kelly Shue about Yale School of Management research which finds that single women buy houses high and sell low compared to their male counterparts.

Richard Davies on Extreme Economies

EconTalk | 9 March 2020 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Davies about his book Extreme Economies: What Life at the World’s Margins Can Teach Us About Our Own Future. Explores economic life in extreme situations. Examples discussed are the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, the rain forest in the Darien Gap in Panama, and Kinshasa, the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An economic and journalistic tour de force as Davies shares insights from his encounters with people around the world struggling to trade and prosper in extreme environments.

Brent Beshore – Micro Buyout Adventur.es

Capital Allocators | 10 December 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brent Beshore, founder and CEO of Adventur.es, an investment firm that buys small family-owned businesses. Shares lessons from his book The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers. Wide-ranging discussion of small business investment and what owners need to know to engage well with investors when selling their business.

Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring Covid-19

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 13 March 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
A timeless, multidisciplinary conversation on Covid-19. Enduring lessons on thinking clearly include base rate versus growth rate thinking, second- and third-order consequences, scientific thinking in political leadership, top-down versus bottom-up responses, and regulatory barriers to innovation.

The Bomb

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 18 February 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fred Kaplan about his book The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War. Discusses the history of nuclear deterrence, U.S. first-strike policy, preventive war, limited nuclear war, tactical vs. strategic weapons, the details of command and control, and other topics.

It Takes a Cosmos to Make a Human

On Being with Krista Tippett | 27 February 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jill Tarter about her life and work on SETI – The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – using telescopes and satellites to look for signs of other civilizational intelligence.