Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography

EconTalk | 26 August 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic? Did he suffer from depression? Drawing on his biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts answers these and other questions in this wide-ranging conversation that includes a discussion of the mechanics of writing a 1000 page book on a man who has had over 1000 biographies written about him already.

Yuval Noah Harari Reveals the Real Dangers Ahead

The TED Interview | 17 July 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about a future that’s profound, exciting, and unsettling. Discusses what we need to do to prepare for potentially civilisation-ending dangers ahead.

Eric Ries – Lean Start-Ups and the Long-Term Stock Exchange

Capital Allocators | 26 August 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology and founder and CEO of the Long Term Stock Exchange. Discusses ideas from The Lean Startup and the philosophy and business proposition of the LTSE, which seeks to build a new relationship between companies that are built to last and the stakeholders who believe in them.

Robert Cottrell on the Future of Reading

Venture Stories | 22 August 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cottrell, editor of The Browser. Background on The Browser, the bond between readers and writers, future business models, long-form writing, algorithmic curation, and machine translation opening up non-English writing.

Milk Shake – Why the Future of Dairy Looks Scary

RNZ: Insight | 24 August 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Investigates the threat synthetic products pose to the dairy industry. Lab-grown milk protein is now stepping outside niche cheese and ice cream markets and into the bulk ingredient arena.

Razib Khan on “Stuff I’ve Been Wrong About”

Rationally Speaking | 20 August 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Razib Khan about his blog post Stuff I Was Wrong About. Covers human evolution, economics, religion, evolutionary psychology, and optimism about human progress. Also discusses lessons from the replication crisis about how not to be taken in by studies that do not replicate.

Kevin Mitchell on Innate

Brain Science | 26 July 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Mitchell about ideas from Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. Explains that our behaviour is more innate than commonly realized, due to variations in brain development. Even identical twins are innately different despite having nearly identical genomes.

Software Has Eaten the World … and Healthcare is Next

a16z | 18 August 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Marc Andreessen and Jorge Conde revisit Andresseesen’s 2011 predication that software would eat the world, considering how software has delivered on that promise and where it is yet to come. Discusses the translatable learnings from software’s transformation of the music and automotive industries, how software will now eat healthcare, and what changed in the fields of bio and computer science.