Liv Boeree on Poker, Aliens, and Thinking in Probabilities

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 July 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Liv Boeree, professional poker player and founder of Raising for Effective Giving, which has raised millions (largely from fellow poker players) for good causes. Ground covered includes game theory in poker and life, Bayesian analysis, the application of probabilities to the Fermi paradox, morality, and Effective Altruism.

Janet Golden on Babies Made Us Modern

EconTalk | 4 June 2018 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian Janet Golden about her book, “Babies Made Us Modern,” about the transformation of parenting in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a fascinating story of how our knowledge of infant health and behaviour grew dramatically but remains imperfect. Includes lots of anecdotes about past parenting practices.

David Brooks on Youth, Morality, and Loneliness

Conversations with Tyler | 6 June 2018 | 1h 22m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Luxuriate in the interplay between two fine, but unconventional, thinkers. Includes insights on Brooks’ writing process, loneliness, community, happiness and much more.

Mary Lou Jepsen on the Wearable MRI

FT Tech Tonic | 11 October 2017 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Scientist and former Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen on her latest startup, Openwater, where she and a team of researchers are working to develop a ski helmet-sized imaging device to dramatically lower the cost of medical imaging and one day read minds.

Catherine Hoke – The Master of Second Chances

The Tim Ferriss Show | 21 January 2018 | 2h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
This is a tear-jerker, with so many reasons to listen. Interview with Catherine Hoke, the founder of Defy Ventures, a nonprofit aimed at ending mass incarceration by harnessing entrepreneurship to transform prisoners. Hoke is the author of “A Second Chance: For You, for Me, and for the Rest of Us.” The conversation covers her background, advocacy for giving prisoners a second chance and deals openly and bravely with her redemption after her own second chance.

Sam Quinones on Heroin, the Opioid Epidemic, and Dreamland

EconTalk | 23 January 2017 | 1h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland,” about the explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America. That, in turn, became entangled with the growth in the use of pain-killers as recreational drugs. Drawing on the investigative reporting that culminated in his book, Quinones lays out the recent history and economics of the growth in heroin and pain-killer usage and the lost lives along the way.

The Lazarus Drug

Hidden Brain | 29 October 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behaviour — and causing more deaths than it saves. Explores with researchers, drug users and families the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much to understand about addiction.

Relentless: How One Guy Brought the Internet to America’s Schools

Without Fail | 5 November 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Purports to be the story of how Evan Marwell helped to bring high-speed Internet to American school children – thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of perseverance. Inadvertently tells another story about government bureaucracy.